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Alal among 64 BNP men held in Lalmatia

Alal among 64 BNP men held in Lalmatia

Police detained 64 leaders and activists of BNP and its associate organisations raiding Jubo Dal president Moazzem Hossain Alal’s house at Lalmatia in Dhaka this morning. The BNP men were planning to carry out sabotage during tomorrow’s hartal (shutdown), Bulbul, a sub-inspector of Mohammadpur Police Station, told The Daily Star Online when asked about...

Bangladeshi pleads guilty in FBI bribery scheme

Bangladeshi pleads guilty in FBI bribery scheme

A Bangladeshi and a US citizen living in Connecticut have pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and bribery to get confidential information about a prominent Bangladeshi politician in a case in which a former FBI agent is also charged. Rizve Ahmed, also known as Caesar, and Johannes Thaler entered pleas Friday, AP reports. The two...

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Unfreedom and indecency

IN view of the prevalent political crisis, which often flares up into organised killing of political rivals in Bangladesh, one might naively assume that (a) the “pro” and “anti-Liberation” forces are sorting out their problems; (b) while the “anti-Liberation” forces are hell-bent on turning the country into a part of Pakistan (again!), the “pro-Liberation” forces are just resisting them by all means; and (c) a total victory against the “enemies of freedom” would eventually resolve all other problems dogging...

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

What prospect for a political movement?

THE Awami League government may be criticised for a number of reasons: Rejecting dialogue with the BNP, deviating from an earlier promise of a mid-term poll, taking huge delegations out on tours overseas and keeping some bad apples in the Cabinet, as the expression goes. One of them, Latif Siddique, has been shown the door in compelling circumstances of his own creation. What about a mini-cabinet reshuffle to drop a couple of ministers? They need no fresh introduction to be...

Protests against new JCD committee

Protests against new JCD committee

Deprived of any posts in the newly-announced central committee of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) blasted crude bombs in front of BNP headquarters at Nayapaltan in Dhaka this afternoon. Police arrested three of the protesters from the spot. Last night, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia approved a 201-member partial committee of the party’s youth wing JCD with...

Barca face expulsion

Barcelona would not be allowed to play in La Liga if Catalonia broke away from Spain, the country's football league chief Javier Tebas said as tensions mounted in the region over the possibility of an independence referendum next month. Politics have been interwoven with the football club almost since it was formed and is summed up by the team's motto: 'more than a club'. Barca's role in pushing the Catalan nationalist cause varies depending on the board in power, but it...

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

An overland Bermuda Triangle

LATIF'S calculated heresy, British citizen Samiun Rahman's detention as a suspect recruiter for IS in Dhaka, the Islamic state phenomenon and the loosely-knit 54-country coalition going aerial against the IS as the latter holds the ground even on the run are a mixture of opposites in the world of absurdities. By his own admission, Latif chose to make those surreal and irreligious remarks as though dancing to the tune of freedom and free speech overseas (interpretation mine but facts are...

STRATEGICALLY SPEAKING

Deconstructing democracy

IT is not unusual for people in Bangladesh to have politicians, erudite scholars and, surprisingly, men in khaki inflict their ideas about democracy on them. Not very long ago our curiosity was tickled by an army chief's suggestion of an indigenous form of democracy for Bangladesh. That was not surprising, come as it did in the wake of the new dispensation brought about by the changeover of 1/11. What was, however, surprising was the chorus of support lent to...

15 Rangpur JP men injured in rival faction’s bomb attack

15 Rangpur JP men injured in rival faction’s bomb attack

At least 15 Jatiya Party men were injured in a crude bomb attack on a rally by the activists of a rival faction in Rangpur city this afternoon. The district and city convening committees formed on September 10 organised the rally at Shapla Chattar in the city, reports our Rangpur correspondent. All on a sudden,...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Politics over pandits

KASHMIRI Pandits, like Punjabi Hindus, have no homeland to return. Both want to go back. But the militancy that ousted them is still strong. On the top it is the local population which has been contaminated by the fundamentalists. Some Pandits who have returned are unhappy. They find that the atmosphere of secularism is, by and large, was a memory of the past. They have the feeling of being strangers at places where they and their forefathers lived happily. Religious bias...

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