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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday reiterated her government’s determination to build modern and strong armed forces keeping pace with the world to safeguard country’s hard-earned independence and sovereignty. ‘We want to move keeping pace with the world, we don’t want our armed forces to lag behind in any field. Keeping this in mind we’re […]

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Photo:Rajib Dhar ‘Around 3:15am, they asked us to get up and sit down for Sehri, saying we must observe fast. I was heading towards toilet around 4:30am’ Hasnat Karim is the most talked-about name ever since the July 1 terrorist attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan, Dhaka last year. Aiming to celebrate his daughter’s […]

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NO TO HATRED & VIOLENCE; YES TO PEACE & PROSPERITY           F R Chowdhury   The word “ISLAM” means peace. Islam does not support violence. The killing of any human being is a crime. It is a sin for which everyone will be ultimately answerable to Allah, the creator of the universe and human being. […]

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According to one intelligence report, at least 38 Bangladeshis have travelled through various countries to reach Syria and join the IS There have been a number of reports of Bangladeshis, both locals and expatriates, joining the terrorist group Islamic State over a period of about three years. Some have travelled straight to Syria to join […]

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Kim James (foreground) and her younger sister, Anne. Courtesy of the James Family The Silence of the Lambs Are Protestants concealing a Catholic-size sexual abuse scandal? The New Republic, July 2017 By Kathryn Joyce June 20, 2017 It was a hot day in July, a Saturday afternoon, and Kim James was bored. Her older sisters […]

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REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS FREEDOM INDEX RANKED BANGLADESH 146 WITH ABUSE SCORE OF 53.3 The World Press Freedom Index score of 146 puts Bangladesh into another least developed democracy in the world and more towards an autocratic regime. Press freedom is worse than Pakistan and little better than Congo. While we pride ourselves with the economic […]

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The Rapid Action Battalion yesterday arrested a garment factory owner who it claimed is a Majlish-e-Shura (policy-making body) member of JMB’s “Sarwar-Tamim Group” and also a major fund provider for the banned militant outfit. A Rab-11 team arrested Imran Ahmed, 37, managing director of Jim Tex Linkage Industries Limited, and his accomplice Shamim Mia, 29, […]

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Dyeing and washing factories at Shyampur Kadamtali polluting Buriganga. Photo: Prothom Alo.  Dhaka’s river Buriganga is being polluted by washing and dyeing factories, according to the Department of Environment. A report of the department back in 2015 shows a total of 60,000 cumecs untreated affluents pour into the Buriganga river. Out of that, 22000 cumecs […]

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ADANI FILES – GGI EDITORIAL TEAM SHORT HISTORY OF A DANGEROUS CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION Environmental Justice Australia and Earth justice have compiled a detailed report called the Adani Files that summarizes the mining giant Adani’s track record, based on publicly available evidence and research into hundreds of court documents. They show that Adani are, at their […]

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Just like the impure gold that they use to make jewellery and ornaments, the gold businessmen in the country too resort to indiscriminate malpractice. They do not have valid documents for the gold and they sidestep the legal channels of gold import. Gold business in the country lacks transparency as the main means of bringing […]

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Rampal power plant near at the Sunderbans could drastically worsen air pollution and cause approximately 6,000 premature deaths in its lifetime, said coal and air pollution specialist of Greenpeace Lauri Myllyvirta on Friday through a video conference. He assessed that the coal-based 1,320MW plant would be the single largest source of air pollution in Bangladesh. […]

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The Bangladesh government has not only failed to protect dissenting voices or hold accountable the armed groups that threaten them, it has also stifled freedom of expression through a slew of repressive tactics and new laws, said an Amnesty International report yesterday. The report styled “Caught between fear and repression: Attacks on freedom of expression […]

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