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People behind many successes, not govt

People behind many successes, not govt

The heroes behind Bangladesh's many successes in the last 40 years are its ordinary people, not the government, said eminent economist and former adviser to a caretaker government Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday. Bangladesh's real achievements are women of villages improving their lives using microcredit, poor girls bringing success in readymade garment exports and illiterate migrant workers sending $18 to 19 billion a year as remittance, he said. Courageous Bangladeshis conquered Mount Everest which made us proud, he told a press conference Bangla Mountaineering and Trekking Club organised in the...

Doubts over poverty cuts

Doubts over poverty cuts

The poverty rate in Bangladesh would have been 80 percent, not 26 percent, had it been calculated based on $2 a day income, a former finance adviser to a caretaker government said yesterday. Citing a report of World Health Organisation, Akbar Ali Khan said the number of poor people in Bangladesh is higher than...

Veteran journalist Mahbubul Alam passes away

Veteran journalist Mahbubul Alam passes away

Mahbubul Alam, former editor of The Independent and also an adviser to a caretaker government, died at Birdem Hospital in the city on Friday morning. He was 79. The veteran journalist breathed his last at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital around 9:25 am. Mahbubul Alam, who had been suffering from multiple health complications, was on life support at the hospital for the last three days. Born in Munshiganj district in 1936, the senior journalist started his journalism career in 1953. He was made the information affairs adviser to the 2007 caretaker government. He is survived by wife, three daughters, now living in the United States, and a host of relatives and well-wishers...

Thai army detains ex-PM Yingluck

Thai army detains ex-PM Yingluck

Thailand's military rulers detained former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday, a senior officer said, after summoning her for talks a day after the army overthrew her caretaker government in a coup. As the army moved to consolidate its grip on the country, its chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, set out his plans for the country, saying reforms were needed before an election. But some Thais defied martial law to protest against the takeover. Prayuth launched his coup after rival factions refused to give ground in a struggle for power between the royalist establishment and Yingluck's populist government that had raised fears of serious violence and damaged the economy. "We have detained Yingluck, her...

Thai government warns protesters as power struggle deepens

Thai government warns protesters as power struggle deepens

Thailand's beleaguered government on Sunday warned people to stay away from anti-government protests, saying it had to step up security as the two sides in a lengthy political crisis squared off over who is running the country. The caretaker government loyal to ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is clinging to power and to the...

WORLD AFFAIRS

Bangladesh at a crossroads

IN the course of just a few weeks, Bangladesh's fragile democracy -- which had made substantial social and economic progress in recent years -- has deteriorated dramatically. The general election on January 5, which Bangladesh's Western partners had hoped would consolidate its democratic credentials, was marred by violent protest and the refusal by the European Union and the United States to send observers, following the decision by the Bangladesh National Party (BNP), the country's main opposition party, not to...

All-party polls must be held immediately

A participatory parliamentary election must be held immediately since the present government lacks legitimacy for assuming power through an election that was largely uncontested and the voter turnout was low, said eminent citizens at a discussion in the city yesterday.     Salehuddin Ahmed, president of The Dhaka Forum and also former governor of Bangladesh Bank, said the country was at a political and economic crossroads with a government not accountable to the people. The Dhaka Forum, a newly formed group of...

Tributes pour in for Habibur

Tributes pour in for Habibur

Hundreds of people paid their last tribute to former chief justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman at the Central Shaheed Minar premises this morning. Hundreds of people paid their last tribute to former chief justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman at the Central Shaheed Minar premises today. From the shaheed minar, the body was taken to the Supreme Court premises around 1:00pm where his first namaz-e-Janaza was held.

No more talks with AL: Tarique

No more talks with AL: Tarique

BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman has dismissed the possibility of his party's holding further dialogue with Awami League, terming it an "illegal government" that has now come to power through a "farcical election".

1/11 masterminds still active: PM

1/11 masterminds still active: PM

Hasina alleges that civil society members, behind brining unconstitutional government through 1/11 political changeover in 2007, are still working to restore such situation

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