Kudos to Mayor Annisul Huq for his move to take over the illegal part of the land of Pakistani Governor Abdul Monem Khan. In the midst of such a move, demands have come from Ghatok Dalal Normul Committee to seize all properties of war criminals and other anti-Bangladesh entities. This is perhaps a demand made late, but we can still bring it to fruition.
The attacks were set off by outrage over an image on Facebook depicting the Hindu god Siva at a Muslim holy site in the city of Mecca. On Oct. 30, hundreds of angry Muslims ransacked 15 temples and the homes of more than 100 families in a Hindu neighborhood in Nasirnagar, northeast of Dhaka. The police did not intervene. Other attacks on Hindus took place across Bangladesh.
The triumphant AL of the post Council 2016 era is looking worse for wear within a month as Nasirnagar and Santal “genocide”, as Sultana Kamal has called it, hits the government. One had thought that nothing could disturb its image in those heady days, but Nasirnagar alone has cost the confidence of most minority citizens and the Santal pogrom has given it a stamp of pattern.
Recent revelations related to our surge in economic growth have underlined its inter-active engagement with poverty reduction.
One of the most pressing items before the United States Congress in its upcoming lame-duck session, or at the onset of its new session in January will be the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which was signed in February this year by 12 countries in the Pacific Ocean Basin.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already invited President-elect Trump to visit Bangladesh to witness the “phenomenal development” that has taken place in recent years. While the new president’s schedule may be too busy for that, it at least signals the government’s desire to talk business.
It has now become apparent that the hard right religious groups are not the only danger to free speech in Bangladesh. The main challenge is now coming from the members of the mainstream political establishment who are sworn to defend it, yet seek to restrict it in practice.
The main challenge is now coming from the members of the mainstream political establishment who are sworn to defend it, yet seek to restrict it in practice.
On 7 November 1975, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh was commandeered by elements determined to undermine the fundamental guiding principles on which the War of Liberation had been waged four years earlier.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was in Dhaka on a state visit on 14-15 October, gave Bangladesh a gift of a cornucopia of investment proposals amounting to US$24.5 billion. This offer could not have come at a more opportune moment. The nation aspires to a higher growth rate in order to move into the league of high middle income countries in a short time and transform itself into a developed country by 2041.
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The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.