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Bangladesh has slumped to 86th place in this year’s Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Index of Democracy 2015. The country ranked 85 in 2014 in EIU’s democracy index. The EIU, a special arm of the leading international financial magazine “The Economist”, released the index on January 21, providing a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide […]

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Four people were killed in a school shooting in a remote part of Saskatchewan on Friday and a suspect arrested, police said, in Canada’s worst school violence in years. La Loche acting Mayor Kevin Janvier told the Associated Press that his 23-year-old daughter Marie, a teacher, was shot to death in La Loche, an impoverished […]

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Errors by three airmen troubleshooting a nuclear missile in its launch silo in 2014 triggered a ‘mishap’ that damaged the missile, prompting the Air Force to strip the airmen of their nuclear certification and quietly launch an accident investigation, officials said Friday. In a statement released to The Associated Press, the Air Force declined to […]

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A flight attendant kicked four men, including two Bangladeshi nationals, off a recent Toronto-to-New York flight for looking too Muslim. The four — Faimul Alam and another flier, whose identity could not be confirmed, are Bangladeshi Muslims, one is an Arab Muslim and Shah Anand a Sikh from India — were all ordered off the […]

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Bangladeshi origin American Dr N Nina Ahmad has been appointed as the Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement. Philadelphia Mayor-elect Jim Kenney selected her for the post, says a report of Philadelphia Foundation. Nina has been a member of the Foundation’s Board of Managers since 2011. Her main job will be to oversee the Mayor’s […]

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A senior Pakistani Taliban commander released video footage on Friday of four fighters he said carried out Wednesday’s deadly assault on a university in Pakistan’s northwest that killed 20 people and vowed more attacks on schools in future. The footage raised fresh questions of a possible split in the fractured Taliban leadership, whose official spokesman […]

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Pakistani students look at a room inside a hostel following the attack at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda town, some 35 kilometres outside the city of Peshawar, Pakistan, on Wednesday. — AP Photo At least 21 people died when gunmen armed with grenades and Kalashnikovs attacked a university in Pakistan Wednesday, as security forces moved […]

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US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, January 18, 2016. – Reuters photo British MPs on Monday debated a petition to ban US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from Britain over remarks on Muslims, but while describing his comments as ‘crazy’ and ‘offensive’, most said the ban would go […]

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BY Ben Kochman A man in traditional Muslim garb was pummeled Friday in the Bronx by two hateful goons yelling “ISIS! ISIS!,” police said. The 43-year-old victim, from Bangladesh, was walking with a 9-year-old girl on Watson and Pugsley Aves. in Parkchester at around 5:30 p.m when he was ambushed, according to the NYPD. The […]

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Bangladesh has the fifth largest offline population in the world, with about 148 million still not connected to the internet, a World Bank study found. Only India, China, Indonesia and Pakistan have more offline population than Bangladesh, said the report titled World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends, which was released last week. The report said […]

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International sanctions on Iran have been lifted after a watchdog confirmed it had complied with a deal designed to prevent it developing nuclear weapons. The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said the deal would contribute to improved regional and international peace and security. The landmark deal between Iran and world powers was agreed last […]

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Parul Verma In a political system that filters and denies the existence of basic human rights of speech, movement, biological functions (eating/sexuality), there lay a common man’s fear that becomes their psychological weapon and order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of annihilation, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of loss of property […]

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