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Dearth of diesel at fuel depots

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                Boro cultivation in the northern region of the country may be hindered due to shot supply of diesel in the fuel oil depots in Shahzadpur upazila of Sirajganj district. The barges and water vessels carrying diesel cannot reach different oil depots in the district in scheduled time […]

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By Nazmus Saquib “Al Haj Hazrat Zakir Shah – a 50 year old self declared ‘peer (religious leader)’ is doing business cashing on the religious sentiment of the people”, — alleged a resident of city’s Faramgate when this reporter was talking with a group of local people to enquire about the activities of the mysterious […]

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Jamaluddin Ahmed This following is a piece from the 6th February issue of India Today,  “In late December last year, a secret letter went from New Delhi to Dhaka. It was delivered directly to Sheikh Hasina, 65, the prime minister of Bangladesh. It warned her that Islamist radicals embedded within the Bangladesh Army were planning […]

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Whither Pakistan: Imran Khan at the Atlantic Council

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The Atlantic Council hosted a video-teleconference with Imran Khan on January 13th. Celebrity turned politician Imran Khan is the founder of the Tehreek-e-Insaaf Party. In the political turmoil that is now Pakistan, Imran Khan’s party has successfully gained momentum and support with the objective to clean the current political system. With early general elections being forecasted for […]

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Golfer Siddik leads Bangladesh charge

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Mohammad Siddikur Rahman, a renowned golfer of the region, will lead Bangladesh charge in the American Express Bangladesh Open-2012 Professional Golf Championship which begins Tuesday at the Kurmitola Golf Club course in the city. About one hundred golfers including 28 from Bangladesh are taking part in the fourth edition of the Bangladesh Open 2012 Professional […]

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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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