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India cannot swap land with Bangladesh despite signing a protocol to that effect at the highest level between the two countries without amending the Constitution and enacting a law, a Division Bench of the Gauhati High Court said here last week. The verdict, given while a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice A K Goel and […]

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Against the backdrop of the strain in ties between TMC chief Mamata Banerjee and the Centre over Presidential election nominee, the Indian govt has said it does not expect her to put brakes on the signing of the proposed Teesta water-sharing deal with Bangladesh. Official sources said there is no doubt that the much-awaited accord […]

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The United States has voiced concern over the reports that Bangladesh was turning back Rohingyas fleeing the ethnic violence in Myanmar and urged the government to allow the refugees in. “We’re concerned that Bangladeshi authorities appear to have intercepted and turned back persons fleeing the ethnic and religious violence in Burma,” State Department Spokeswoman Victoria […]

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  DHAKA — Bangladesh refused on Thursday to open its border to Rohingya Muslims fleeing communal violence in neighbouring Myanmar despite pressure from the United States and rights groups.

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More than 300 garment factories were shut as readymade garment workers flew into a rage and clashed with police in Ashulia for third straight day on Wednesday, injuring over 100 people including 10 law enforcers. Our correspondent reports that over 3,000 law enforcers deployed in the area have finally managed to bring the situation under […]

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By: The Daily Star Diplomatic Correspondent Dhaka has decided not to allow any refugee from Myanmar and directed the administration and law enforcement agencies to beef up vigilance and resist intrusion. On the other hand, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a briefing yesterday urged the Bangladesh government to allow the people […]

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Thousands in and outside Dhaka suffered badly due to unavailability of transport yesterday. To obstruct people of other districts from joining a BNP-led 18-party alliance rally in the capital, the administration and ruling party men directed transport owners to suspend the operation of vehicles. Services of Dhaka-bound launches remained suspended since Sunday evening till yesterday […]

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Leaders of Bangladesh AbasanShilpa Rakkha Committee (Bangladesh Housing Industry Protection Committee), aforum of real estate companies and backward linkage organisations, havedemanded the cancellation of the ‘secret deal’ with Indian housing companySahara group to build four satellite towns in the outskirts of the capitalcity, Dhaka. The Bangladesh Abasan ShilpaRakkha Committee (BASRC) leaders also urged the government […]

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YANGON, Burma (AP) – Burma’s president on Sunday night declared a state of emergency in a western state where sectarian tensions between Buddhists and Muslims have unleashed deadly violence. He warned that if the situation spun out of control, it could jeopardize the democratic reforms he has been instituting since taking office last year. It […]

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The prices of all kinds of small and medium sized vehicles such as car, microbus and SUV will go up as supplementary duties have been increased in the proposed budget, said vehicle importers. They said 45 percent supplementary duty has been imposed on up to 1,500cc engine capacity cars. At the same time, the prices […]

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Dr. M. Rahmatullah, senior visiting fellow of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), is a transport expert and is involved in the issues relating to transit that Bangladesh wants to give to India, Nepal and Bhutan. Recently, he talked with Inam Ahmed, Deputy Editor of The Daily Star, on various aspects of transit. The Daily […]

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Former cricketer Imran Khan is now playing for a greater prize – but can he upset Pakistan’s political status quo? Once an international cricket star, Pakistan’s Imran Khan is now playing for a greater prize – to be his country’s next prime minister. But can he upset the political status quo? People & Power has […]

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