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Political Violence

Political violence kills 130 this year

As many as 130 people have been killed in 509 clashes among political parties in the first nine months this year, according to rights body Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK). About 6,587 people have also sustained injuries during these clashes. Of the casualties, 23 have died and 1,134 have been injured in 88 incidents of the ruling Awami League's intra-party clashes. In its nine-month human rights violation report -- from January to September -- which was released on Tuesday, the rights body...

Political violence blocks progress

Political violence blocks progress

Bangladesh's development will skyrocket if it can avoid political violence, and ensure constructive politics and gender equality, outgoing UN Resident Coordinator Neal Walker has said. There is no doubt that Bangladesh will be a marvellous place, if it can avoid violence, provide conducive environment for investment and development, ensure law and order and uphold...

Newws Analysis

Rule of law or act of vengeance?

The police let their imagination run wild to implicate almost all of BNP's senior leaders along with their junior ones in a large number of cases in connection with political violence during the last two years. These senior BNP leaders allegedly torched and vandalised vehicles, blasted crude bombs and threw brickbats at law enforcers during street agitations against the Awami League-led government in 2012 and 2013. Along with the big leaders, the police were also meticulously bent on implicating a huge...

Conciliation is desirable, not conflict

BNP has been making repeated threats to uproot the government by staging mass movements. However, the ruling party appears to be little concerned about this. Rather, some of the ruling party stalwarts have been enticing BNP by saying that it is incapable of waging a mass movement. Some have even been making explicit threats that the street agitation of BNP would be appropriately dealt with by the law enforcement agencies as well as the ruling party members.    As citizens,...

US to continue talks with govt on press freedom

US to continue talks with govt on press freedom

The United States will continue discussion with the government of Bangladesh about extrajudicial killings, political violence and freedom of the press, a US state department official has said. Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said this while replying to a question during daily press briefing yesterday. "..we support freedom of expression, freedom of the media everywhere, including...

STRAIGHT LINE

Gearing up anti-militancy drive

MEDIA reports are apprehensive about the inadequacy of establishment action with regard to anti-militancy drive. In fact, there is a premonition that nearly 300 militants remain at large and an equal number who were arrested have slipped through legal loopholes. There are credible fears that the fugitive militants have regrouped to strengthen militant outfit and are getting ready to strike at the opportune moment. On ground, there are reasons to worry. The recent daring ambush on a prison van to...

Polls violence: Injured Noakhali ansar man dies

Polls violence: Injured Noakhali ansar man dies

An ansar member who sustained injuries during Thursday's polls violence in Noakhali died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) early today. Jamal Uddin, 38, breathed his last around 5:00am at the DMCH, reports our Noakhali correspondent. Uddin, a resident of Dhannyapur village in Sonaimuri upazila of the district, came under attack when he along...

Thai protest leader promises to clear streets, moving campaign to park

Thai protest leader promises to clear streets, moving campaign to park

Anti-government protesters in Bangkok have said they will scale back their presence in the streets. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said in his nightly speech on Friday that the protesters would withdraw from several stages erected at key intersections around Bangkok. Starting on Monday they would consolidate at Lumpini Park, a central venue that has...

Restive Thailand 'faces civil war'

Thailand risks sliding into civil war after a wave of political violence in which 22 people have been killed, officials warned yesterday as the unrest claimed the life of a fourth child. Near-daily gun and grenade attacks in protest-hit Bangkok have raised concerns that a nearly four-month-old political crisis is entering a dangerous new phase with both sides refusing to back down. More than 700 people have been wounded since demonstrators took to the streets for rolling rallies aimed at ousting...

Editorial

Combating Jamaat

JAMAAT has been resorting to hostile actions against the law enforcing agencies for quite sometime. The latest clash between Jamaat and the police was on 19 January in Sundarganj of Gaibandha district. And we notice a very dangerous trend where the police have been deliberately targeted, as was the case in Sundarganj where, reportedly, Jamaat-Shibir men ambushed a police team. The ensuing clash lasted for nearly five hours and resulted in injuries to 55 persons including 22 policemen. The recent...

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