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US, Bangladesh in ‘best relationship ever’

US, Bangladesh in ‘best relationship ever’

United States and Bangladesh now have the “best relationship and partnership ever,” said Dan W Mozena, the outgoing US ambassador to Bangladesh today. Mozena made the comment after meeting leader of the opposition Raushan Ershad at 4:30pm at her Gulshan residence. The meeting began at 4:30pm and lasted an hour. The Obama administration of the...

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A straight answer to an elliptical curve

LEGISLATION is not always the best way to resolve a social problem with a contentious history of a thousand years, but governments are not always in control of events. Sometimes, events control governments. The Agra incident, where some fringe hardliners sought to “reconvert” a handful of Muslims, surviving under many forms of pressure including poverty and immigration, brought to the surface a simmering undercurrent of community relations. The Union government's response has been straight, forthright and devoid of fudge. It...

5 CU BCL activists, 60 others sued

5 CU BCL activists, 60 others sued

Police today sued five leaders and activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League, ruling party’s student front, of Chittagong unit along with 60 anonymous others in an arms case. The lawsuit was filed after lethal weapons – one shotgun, five cartridges, and 30 other weapons – were seized in last night’s crackdown in the campus’...

Malala hopes to be PM

Malala hopes to be PM

Malala hopes to pursue a career in politics. She may even aspire to be prime minister of Pakistan once she has completed her studies in the UK. "If I can serve my country best through politics and through becoming a prime minister then I would definitely choose that," Malala told BBC HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur...

BNP slams ACC chief for ‘political’ talks

BNP slams ACC chief for ‘political’ talks

BNP today criticised acting chief of Anti-Commission Commission (ACC) Shahabuddin for his “political” comments on the party’s Chairperson Khaleda Zia. “The ACC chief spoke like a political leader though he chairs a constitutional position. He has gone past his limit,” BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleged in a press briefing at...

Khoka charged with sedition

Police yesterday pressed charges against BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka, also a former mayor of Dhaka City Corporation, in a sedition case. Tofail Ahmed, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Paltan Police Station and also investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's court.  Twenty-four people have been named as prosecution witnesses. The court fixed December 14 to decide whether it will take cognisance of the charges. According to the case, Khoka, now in the US for treatment, on October...

‘BNP doesn't need conspiracy to come to power’

‘BNP doesn't need conspiracy to come to power’

BNP does not need to resort to conspiracy to come to power, the party’s spokesperson said today asserting that it was rather the Awami League who is seasoned in this regard. Acting Secretary General of BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s comments came in view of the allegation made by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that...

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Time to change script

Time to change script

FOCUS on a recent set of incidents in Indian politics. You discern a certain vibrancy in the relationship between the opposition and the government in Lok Sabha. And note that BJP's overwhelming mandate has made little difference in its equations with the other side which hasn't been orphaned at all. What proved quite uproarious...

Rebel JCD men lock its office for 2nd day

Rebel JCD men lock its office for 2nd day

Dissident Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders and activists kept its Nayapaltan central office under lock and key yesterday for the second day in Dhaka demanding cancellation of its new committee. Over a hundred deprived JCD men extended their ultimatum to seven days from 48 hours issued Tuesday to meet their demands. Otherwise, they threatened...

We’ll bring change if people want: Khaleda

We’ll bring change if people want: Khaleda

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today said her party was waiting for the people’s consent to oust the ruling government and bring change in the country. She blamed the incumbent Awami League government for crossing all previous limits of corruption and repression on the people. “The people are fed-up with the misrule of the government. They...

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