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Dhaka Reporters Unity

Protect indigenous Rakhines

The state must ensure that the indigenous Rakhines, whose population is down to a few thousand now, do no get wiped out from the country, a citizens' group said yesterday, after a recent visit to two southern districts where the minority community lives. Subjected to land grabbing and faced with discriminations at different administrative levels, many Rakhines have left the country, the group's leaders told a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity. The group comprising academics, writers and activists visited the...

End Tuba Group workers' woes

End Tuba Group workers' woes

A group of civil society organisations yesterday urged the government and garment factory owners' association to resolve the standoff over unpaid wages of Tuba Group workers without any further delay. Otherwise, the hunger strike enforced by the workers for two weeks now could snowball into a nationwide movement, they said. “If a countrywide movement is...

Maritime Row

Govt staging drama over verdict

The government has started a drama over the recent verdict on maritime dispute with India even though it did not get what it had demanded, said BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday. “We have lost 6,000 sq km in the sea [Bay] including the South Talpatti but still they term it a big win. How can you say it is a win even after we got less than what we had claimed? It would have been a...


Ekattor, ATN Bangla best TV channels

Private television channels Ekattor and ATN Bangla have been respectively awarded as the best news and entertainment channels for 2013 by Bangladesh Cable Television Viewers Forum (BCTVF). The forum yesterday handed over the awards to the channel authorities at a programme in Dhaka Reporters Unity's Sagor-Runi auditorium. Channel Ekkator's “ekattor journal” and ATN Bangla's “Amra Korbo Joy” were also awarded in the categories of the best talk shows and children's programmes respectively. The BCTVF also awarded 13 television journalists and personalities for...

'Shamim never helped Nur Hossain flee'

'Shamim never helped Nur Hossain flee'

Slain Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam's father-in-law Shahidul Islam yesterday contradicted earlier statements by his other relatives over Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman's role in prime accused Nur Hossain's escape from the country. Speaking at a press conference in Dhaka Reporters Unity office, Shahidul, locally known as Shahid Chairman, claimed Shamim did not assist...

Contempt rule on two dailies

The High Court yesterday issued a contempt of court rule on two Bangla dailies -- Samakal and Naya Diganta -- for publishing a joint statement of the Dhaka Reporters Unity president and general secretary on a sub-judice matter. The court asked DRU President Shahed Chowdhury and General Secretary Elias Khan to appear before it on Wednesday to explain their statement on barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud's arguments during the hearing of a contempt rule on another Bangla daily, Prothom Alo.   In yesterday's...


Journalists to stage hunger strike Mar 31

Journalists to stage hunger strike Mar 31

Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) will observe a daylong hunger strike on March 31 demanding exemplary punishment to the killers of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi. "We will observe tougher movement if our demand is not meet by this time," DRU president Shahed Chowdhury announced during a memorial organised on the occasion of...

Nazmul Huda demands fresh poll in 90 days

Terming the January 5 poll unconstitutional and illegal, former BNP leader Barrister Nazmul Huda urged the government and Election Commission on Tuesday to arrange a fresh election within the next 90 days. Huda, who claimed himself to be chairman of Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF), threatened to petition against that election if a fresh schedule is not announced within next seven days. Addressing a press conference under BNF's banner at Dhaka Reporters Unity, he called the entire election process from announcement of...

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