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Govt doesn’t have 1975-81 coups info: Minister tells JS

Govt doesn’t have 1975-81 coups info: Minister tells JS

The government does not have concrete information regarding the coups that took place in the Bangladesh Army during 1975-’81, road transport and bridges minister told the parliament today. Ruling Awami League lawmaker AKM Jahangir Hossain, who placed the concerned question, expressed dissatisfaction at the ministry’s failure to provide the information. “The minister’s answer is dissatisfactory....

Tarique sued for calling Sheikh Mujib ‘Pakbandhu’

Tarique sued for calling Sheikh Mujib ‘Pakbandhu’

A sedition case was filed against BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman today for terming Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as “Pakbandhu (Friend of Pakistan)”. Advocate Moshiur Rahman Malek, president of Bangabandhu Foundation, filed the case with the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in Dhaka. After hearing the charges brought against Tarique, Metropolitan Magistrate Asaduzzaman Nur...

Zia involved in Bangabandhu killing: PM

Zia involved in Bangabandhu killing: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said BNP founder Ziaur Rahman was involved in the incidents of August 15, 1975 in which Bangabandhu and most of his family members were assassinated. "Col Faruque (one of the killers of Bangabandhu) said that Bangabandhu was so popular that there was no way without killing Bangabandhu. They went...

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BANGABANDHU AND LAPSES IN HIS SECURITY

BANGABANDHU AND LAPSES IN HIS SECURITY

The assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family on 15 August 1975 remains testimony to the woeful absence of security around the president. All these years after the tragedy, the significant question remains: why were the intelligence agencies of the government in absolute ignorance of what was afoot? National Security Intelligence,...

  

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Remembering

Bangabandhu

THE people of Bangladesh mourn today, as they have mourned all these long years since August 15, 1975, the absence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in national life. The tragic, sudden end to the life of the Father of the Nation was an ugly blow to the aspirations of the people of Bangladesh for a secular, democratic and heritage-driven society based on the noble principles of the 1971 War of Liberation. Today, thirty nine years after that darkly vicious day,...

National Mourning Day

August 1975 and thereafter

August 1975 and thereafter

WHAT happened in August 1975 was a great tragedy perpetrated by an anti-people clique who did not want Bangladesh to move in the direction its people had desired it to take. The desire embodied a dream and an ideology; and for its fulfillment the people had struggled not only in 1971 but even before. The long struggle did not begin all of a sudden. It had a glorious history of its own. In December 1971 it reached a point where it was impossible for the old state not to yield to the emergence of an independent Bangladesh. What the assassins were bent upon doing was the bringing down not...

National Mourning Day

Conspirators and Bangladesh

A particular personality may be killed and even his close associates may be silenced either by physical elimination or by distraction from the original path, but their ideas and principles can never be defeated or compromised. The conspirators were able to kill Bangabandhu, his close relations and some of his political associates, but were they successful in totally eliminating the spirit and ideals of independence for which the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sk. Mujibur Rahman and his close...

National Mourning Day

BANGABANDHU

BANGABANDHU

Sometime in 1957, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, then a young, rising politician, threw a question at a rather drowsy Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy. Was it not possible, he asked Pakistan's prime minister, for East Pakistan to become independent someday? The question startled Suhrawardy wide awake. In a state of disbelief, the prime minister (he...

National Mourning Day

August 15: Bangabandhu's daughters

BANGABANDHU and most of his family were assassinated at about 04:45 Dhaka time (00:45 German as well as Yugoslav time) on Friday August 15, 1975. The news was muddled for quite some time and Ambassador Humayun Rashid Chowdhury first heard of the coup at about 03:30 (German time) from a telephone call curiously from an extraordinary 65-year old German journalist, Gisela Bonn. This was confirmed by other calls coming in from various Bangladesh Embassies in Europe in the subsequent...

National Mourning Day

I remember the day

I remember the day

DOES anyone need to remember the sun, the moon, the Himalayas or, for that matter, the primordial oceans? Does anyone need to put in conscious efforts to remember the air that one inhales, the heartbeat that goes on unceasingly till death? They are all there, always there, absolutely inseparable from one's life, one's surroundings...

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