• Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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  • Amnesty disturbed by 'rise in disappearances, clampdown on media'

    Amnesty disturbed by 'rise in disappearances, clampdown on media'
    In tears the parents of victims of enforced disappearances at the Jatiya Press Club auditorium, where about 100 families of victims gathered to observe the UN's International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on August 30. Photo: Palash Khan

    The Amnesty International today urged Bangladesh authorities to tackle what it called "disturbing rise in enforced disappearances" and to end their "increasing crackdown on freedom of expression". “Bangladesh has made progress on reducing poverty and other development indicators, but this has not been matched...

Imran Khan for 'Bangladesh model'

Imran Khan for 'Bangladesh model'

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) President Javed Hashmi's startling claims of a scripted political crisis being engineered in Pakistan has led to widespread...

Imran Khan for 'Bangladesh model'

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) President Javed Hashmi's startling claims of a scripted political crisis being engineered in...

Plan for destruction of Mohamed’s tomb

Plan for destruction of Mohamed’s tomb

One of Islam’s most revered holy sites – the tomb of the Prophet Mohamed – could be destroyed and his body...

Plan for destruction of Mohamed’s tomb

One of Islam’s most revered holy sites – the tomb of the Prophet...

Tarique's new invective against Bangabandhu

Tarique's new invective against Bangabandhu

In a fresh attempt to belittle Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's contribution for the independence of Bangladesh, BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman has...

Tarique's new invective against Bangabandhu

In a fresh attempt to belittle Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's contribution for the independence...

144 Ctg Jamaat men charged with attacking cops

Police today pressed charges against 144 leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir for attacking law enforcers in the port city of Chittagong in 2012. The defendants have also been charged with snatching around 20 rounds of bullet from police and vandalising a police vehicle on November 18,...

BB won't oversee GB directors' polls: Muhith

The government is planning to bring changes in the existing rules to scrap Bangladesh Bank’s authority to oversee the election of nine borrower-directors of Grameen Bank, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said today. A new body will be formed to oversee the electoral process, Muhith said while talking to reporters at his Secretariat office...

Huge arms, ammo haul in Habiganj forest

For the third time in three months, a huge cache of firearms and ammunition were recovered from the Satchhari forest in Habiganj this morning, Rapid Action Battalion claims. Two light machine guns...

Apple investigates iCloud hackings

Apple has admitted it is 'actively investigating' claims that a flaw in the 'Find My iPhone' function of its iCloud service may have helped...

Man with upside-down head becomes motivational speaker

Resourceful Claudio Vieira de Oliveira knows more than a thing or two about overcoming adversity. Medics told the now-37-year-old's mother to let him starve to death after he was born with a...

Moudud, Abbas among 41 indicted for violence

A Dhaka court this morning indicted BNP Standing Committee members Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Ababs and Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and 38 leaders and activists of the BNP-led 20-party political alliance for violence...

     Business

State banks slow to go online

The government banks are lagging behind private and foreign banks in introducing online banking for customers, Bangladesh Bank data shows. BB's quarterly report as of June 2014 shows that all 75 branches of foreign banks and 3,632 branches or 99.94 percent of private banks have introduced online banking, gaining an edge over the state banks. A mere 858 branches or 24 percent of the total 3,540 branches of state-owned commercial banks offer online coverage. The situation is more depressing with the state-owned development banks; less than nine percent of...

     Op-ed

IF proof were needed of the immense damage Imran Khan has been causing to Pakistan's fragile democracy, one has only to observe the anguish with which his party colleague Javed Hashmi has noted the manner in which he let his followers loose on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's residence in Islamabad. Three people have died and hundreds have been injured as a result of Khan's brashness. Khan now charges Sharif with murder when the fact is that it was he who encouraged his followers to create terror on the streets. Imran Khan and the cleric Tahirul Qadri have created the perfect conditions for democracy to go through a fresh battering in Pakistan. The...

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