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Religion was used for all recent killings of bloggers, though in Islam nowhere is it written or said that anyone has the right take another person's life in the name of religion. 

The word 'blogger' has become the most hateful word in the dictionary of religious extremists. Ironically the masterminds behind the killers and many of their supporters are themselves bloggers, blogging on their websites hate and intolerance.


Unofficial though it is, the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party's (BNP) decision to participate in the Dhaka and Chittagong City Corporations elections is a trifle surprising. The BNP now faces an array of hurdles, difficult and dangerous, before its future politics.


Khaleda Zia needs to know that her fight should be against whatever grievances her party and its alliance may have against the ruling government and not the people of Bangladesh.

the post-liberation generations must be enabled to understand and appreciate facts in its proper historical perspective; of special significance is the ludicrous attempt by a quarter to belittle Bangabandhu by raising a motivated controversy about the proclaimer of our independence.   

Avijit wrote about science and humanity, critiqued religious fundamentalism, and created the first online Bangla platform for freethinking. For these reasons, religious extremists hacked Avijit to death with machetes.


Rather, the economic life of common people suffers the most. It suffered heavily in the second half of 2013, and now it has been suffering heavily again since the beginning of 2015, with no foreseeable sign of ending. 


Over the last two decades the topic of climate change has gone through an evolution in thinking both at the global level as well as in Bangladesh.


The nine month long Liberation War was influenced by the ethos to establish a country where progress, equity and justice would be the underlying philosophy of development policies.


Salahuddin of late had assumed the image of a phantom figure. He was the un-anointed spokesperson of the party dishing out press releases occasionally announcing the continuation of hartal, from unknown locations. 


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The India-Pakistan diplomatic war-dance and military brinkmanship continues unabated. India on Thursday (October 21) asked a Pakistan High Commission staffer in New Delhi to leave the country for allegedly running an espionage ring that was busted with the arrest of two Indians possessing sensitive defence documents.


The first India-Palestine Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) signifies New Delhi’s commitment towards economic development and well being of Palestine writes Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor

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Since my last visit five years ago I have keenly observed India’s political, economic and social transformation, and welcomed the increasingly active role India is playing internationally. I have also witnessed the growing personal ties between New Zealand and India, supported by our diaspora communities and our education, tou...


Address by M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs on Regional Integration and Prosperity at Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (October 5, 2016). Read more inside...

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Anthony ensured that the equipping of our military came down to 1962 levels, but Parrikar, together with the present government, appears to be hell bent upon denigrating the soldiers and denying them their dues. Taking cover behind ‘mischievous bureaucrats’ can’t work anymore; responsibilities will have to be taken...


The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...


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