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BNP to observe ‘democracy killing day’ amid AL’s threat

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Friday said that it would observe ‘democracy killing day’ on January 5 holding black flag processions across the country amid the ruling Awami League’s ‘threat’ not to allow BNP to take to street. BNP on December 28 announced that the party leaders and activists wearing black badges would bring out black flag processions in districts ...

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People to resist BNP on Jan 5

Joint general secretary of ruling Awami League Mahbubul Alam Hanif on Friday said people would resist any protest programmes of BNP on January 5. ‘It is not only that BNP tried to thwart the election on January 5 in 2014, a total of 87 people were killed after the election in the name of ousting the Awami League-led government in 2015,’ Hanif ...

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Seven Biman officials put on 8-day fresh remand over PM’s flight glitch

  A Dhaka court on Friday placed eight-day remand to each of seven Biman officials in connection with a case filed for a glitch in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s special flight on November 27. Metropolitan Magistrate Wayezkuruni Khan Chowdhury passed the order after Mahbub Alam, inspector of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTCU), sought a 10-day fresh remand for ...

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to open dot bangla domain Saturday

  The much-awaited dot bangla (.bangla) domain would be unlocked for the people tomorrow. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally inaugurate the dot bangla (.bangla) domain on Saturday noon at a simple ceremony at her official residence Ganobhaban. State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim and other high officials of the Posts and Telecommunications Division and state-owned Bangladesh Telecommunications ...

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Bernicat: EC has to be neutral

The new Election Commission has to be seen as being truly neutral, US ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat has said. In an interview with Indian business daily Mint on Friday, Ambassador Bernicat discussed several issues surrounding Bangladesh, focusing in particular on terrorism and politics. “The mandate of EC’s members is expiring in February. The president has a real task ahead ...

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BNP’s EC proposals would be helpful forming strong EC, says president

  18th December, 2016 Presisent Abdul Hamid is optimistic about his initiative of holding formal meeting with political parties to constitute a strong new Election Commission, Bangabhaban officials said. The President on Sunday afternoon held his first meeting with a delegation of BNP led by it’s chairperson Khaleda Zia and hoped what they proposed would be helpful to constitute a ...

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Considering legal action over technical glitch on PM’s flight, says civil aviation minister

The government plans to initiate legal action to find out any possible ‘ulterior motive’ behind the technical glitch on the plane carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. “…The prime minister was unharmed, but it’s a matter of national security…there had been several attempts on her life in the past,” Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon told the media on Sunday after ...

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21,000 Rohingya refugees enter Bangladesh to escape Myanmar ‘ethnic cleansing’

Around 21,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh in recent weeks to escape army crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar, an official of the International Organisation for Migration said. Bangladesh has stepped up patrols on the border to try to stem the tide of refugees fleeing a bloody crackdown by Myanmar’s army in the western state of Rakhine since early October. The government ...

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British MPs call for intensifying pressure on Myanmar

UK government urged by a cross-party group of 70 British parliamentarians to ‘intensify pressure’ on the Myanmar government and allow full humanitarian access to Rohingya Muslims in the North Rakhine State of Myanmar. The British parliamentarians including co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group for Burma Rushanara Ali MP came up with the call in a letter to British Foreign Secretary ...

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Child laborers toil 64 hours a week, survey reveals

Child laborers in the country who live in slums work for an average of 64 hours a week, many of them in textile factories making clothes for top world brands, a major study said on Wednesday. The new report from the London-based Overseas Development Institute has found that 15 per cent of Dhaka slum-dwellers aged between six and 14 did ...

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