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Human Rights Monitoring Report: January 01-31, 2012

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Odhikar believes that the role and democratic aspiration of individuals and the collective rights and responsibilities of the people must be the foundational principle of the state. Democratic legitimacy of the state is directly related to its commitment and capacity to ensure human rights, such as rights to life and livelihood; right to environment and […]

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Call for the end of harassment against Odhikar staff

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      Wednesday, 23 March 2011 Open Letter to Government ofBangladesh 23 March 2011 Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina Prime Minister of Bangladesh Old Sangsad BhabanTejgaon, Dhaka-1215Bangladesh Re: Call for the end of harassment against Odhikar staff Your Excellency Madame Prime Minister, The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a membership based regional […]

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Odhikar worried at abduction, disappearance

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Sat, 07/01/2012 While there has been a fall in incidents of extra-judicial killings, the number of ‘enforced disappearances’ allegedly at the hands of law enforcers saw an alarming rise last year, the rights group Odhikar said yesterday. Revealing its Human Rights Report 2011, the organisation termed the country’s overall human rights situation in 2011 “disappointing”, […]

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Moni brings glory for the country

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that Enamul Haque Moni will stand in the one-off Test between New Zealand and Zimbabwe at McLean Park in Napier from January 26. Moni will become the first Bangladeshi to be the on-field umpire in the game’s highest version. Australian Rod Tucker will be his partner in the […]

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100 hrs on, Sagar -Runi's murder still remain mystery to investigators

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By Nazmus Saquib Although five days have elapsed since the brutal murder of the journalist couple Meherun Runi and Sagar Sarwar, Police is yet to find any clue to crack the case, giving rise to palpable shock and anger among colleagues and kin of the journalists. Wishing anonymity, a crime reporter of a national daily […]

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Forex reserves gain slightly

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Backed by high remittance inflows in the past few weeks, the country’s foreign currency reserves rose to USD 9.80 billion on February 14, from USD 8.90 billion a month ago. A Bangladesh Bank (BB) statement claimed that a further rise in foreign currency reserves would strengthen the Taka against the US dollar. According to BB […]

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Peaceful sit-in on Mar 12 planned: goodbye, if foiled’

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CHANDPUR, FEB 13: The BNP chairperson and leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia has warned that her party will say goodbye to the government through a ‘people-based’ sit-in programme if obstacles are created to March 12 programme. The former prime minister was addressing a grand rally at Chandpur Stadium Field on Monday protesting the killing […]

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Popular actor Humayun Faridee passes away

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Popular actor Humayun Faridi passed away at his Dhanmondi residence Monday morning. He was 60. Faridi fell in his bathroom at his residence at Dhanmondi-9/A and breathed his last around 10:00am, Bangla Daily Prothom Alo reports. Faridi was a popular actor in television drama, theatre and cinema. He was well-known for his extra-ordinary and unprecedented […]

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Indian co to hold wind power feasibility study

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Dhaka, Feb 12 (bdnews24.com) – The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with an Indian firm for a feasibility study on the development of wind-power plants in five districts in Bangladesh. The Indian firm ReGen Powertech will experimentally set up a 15megawatt power plant if the study is successful. Deputy secretary (renewable energy) of […]

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Reveal income source of M'sian firms: BNP

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  Dhaka, Feb 11 (bdnews24.com) — The BNP has asked the government about the income sources of the Malaysian companies who are to fund the construction of the Padma bridge. “People must be informed about the income source of those construction firms that are going to finance the project. We want to whether the money […]

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By Nazmus Saquib 32 more Bangladeshi workers in various Middle East countries like Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq, United Arab Emirates may meet a fate similar to that of their eight compatriots, who were beheaded in public in Riyadh last year for murdering an Egyptian security guard. These 32 workers are at present languishing in jail in […]

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Plight of Rickshaw-pullers in VIP Areas

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Faizul Khan Tanim writes on a new wave of rickshaw ban Absurd as it may sound, but it is true that a new wave of rickshaw ban has hit the VIP areas of the capital with no permission to ply on the streets from 09:00 pm onwards. Residents of Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, DOHS, Baridhara allege […]

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