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Niloy Chatterjee Neel is the latest victim of a vicious campaign against secular bloggers in Bangladesh. His murder by machete-wielding men at his house in Dhaka underscores the grave dangers that writers critical of extremism and religious intolerance face in Bangladesh.


The state must ensure their security. It is indeed disconcerting to see that the minorities living in Raozan area in Chittagong, once terrorised by Salahuddin Quader Choudhury, continue to still live in a state of fear of retribution.


After the turmoil of earlier months, Bangladeshi politics presently appears eerily quiet. There is no shortage of analysis ranging from 'calm before the storm' to 'democracy to take a back-seat and time to consolidate development'.


The Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) decision to drop its demand for the formation of a caretaker government under whose charge parliamentary elections would be held, offers a fresh opportunity to resolve an extended political deadlock.


Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia holds the rather unenviable feat of leading two consecutive failed political movements.


Yet another stampede, and yet another spate of tragic deaths of 27 dirt-poor people in Bangladesh, 23 women and four children! This happened last Friday (July 10) in Mymensingh.


Visitors to Bangladesh, who enter the country for the first time through the Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport in Dhaka, might get the wrong impression about the major languages spoken in the country.


Over the last several months there have been sporadic media reports that the government was mulling the idea of relocating the Rohingyas from the Teknaf-Cox's Bazar region.


Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) jointly signed a Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA) in Thimphu on June 15 and formulated a six-month plan to implement the deal, which will allow the movement of cargo and passenger vehicles among these four countries. The deal will open up the sub-region in an unprecedented scale for investment, trade, people-to people contact which will have multiplier positive effects on the sub-region.


While waiting for my connecting flight to Dhaka at Dubai's airport lounge, I came across throngs of fellow Bangladeshi nationals waiting to fly back home. Most of them eke out a hard-earned living in the Middle East while facing demanding working hours, harsh living conditions and fears of deportation to support their families back home. Additionally, the workers are treated as inferiors while adjusting to life on foreign soil. Yet, to add to their worries, they will likely face difficulties in securing jobs in the Middle East in the coming years.


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