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Have cops been indemnified by premier?

Alarmed at whether the prime minister has given indemnity to police to stop the BNP-led blockade violence, Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna yesterday slammed the law enforcers for the so-called shootouts that have killed ten people since January 12. “Rab, BGB and police chiefs have spoken of extremities. Has the premier given them indemnity for offence?” he told a meeting with journalists in the Shishu Kalyan Parishad auditorium in the capital. On Wednesday, Sheikh Hasina ordered police to “do anything...

Why Modi was unhappy with Sujatha

Why Modi was unhappy with Sujatha

Over the past six months, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is learnt to have been repeatedly unhappy with the MEA and particularly with former foreign secretary Sujatha Singh's leadership, which failed to keep pace with his bigger interests, reports The Times of India. Where Sujatha Singh and the PMO diverged was her inability —...

KNOT SO TRUE

Unless we stop…

“She stayed for 8 minutes!” “No, she stayed for 3!” “They thanked her for her almost-a-visit!” “No, they did not!” While we are incessantly discussing about failure of courtesies and indulging on how many minutes our Prime Minister stood near the gate of the Mrs. Zia's office while digging out past instances of who visited who when someone had died at some point, the rest of the world is moving on. The 'rest' includes our next-door neighbour, India, which has just celebrated its...

Editorial

A good gesture by PM

It was a good call of duty the Prime Minister intended to redeem entirely out of her own volition. She dashed to grieving BNP chief Khaleda Zia's office on Saturday night to personally condole the premature death of her younger son Arafat in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the PM's spirit in that very humane circumstance went unrequited as the two could not see each other. One realises how the BNP chief could not predictably be in a mental or physical condition, having...

Obama declares nuclear 'breakthrough'

Obama declares nuclear 'breakthrough'

In a glow of bonhomie, US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a breakthrough on nuclear trade on Sunday, a step that both sides hope will help establish an enduring strategic partnership. Obama said the two countries had made progress on two issues holding up commercial civil nuclear cooperation, one...

Modi breaks protocol for Obama

Modi breaks protocol for Obama

US President Barack Obama landed in New Delhi on Sunday for the start of a three-day visit to India, receiving a hug from Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he disembarked from Air Force One, reports NDTV. In a departure from protocol, Modi drove to the airport to greet the President and his wife, Michelle. POTUS, who landed in the overcast capital at around 9:40am (0410 GMT), was accorded a red-carpet welcome. He then used his armored limousine, the Beast, to drive to the five-star ITC Maurya hotel, before heading to Rashtrapati Bhawan for a reception.  The Beast had the Indian and US flags fluttering on its bonnet.   The two leaders are due...

Obama's India visit aimed at containing China: Report

Obama's India visit aimed at containing China: Report

As US President Barack Obama arrived in India for an unprecedented second visit, a wary Beijing kept a close watch on its outcome amid commentaries by official think tanks here that the trip is aimed at containing China but New Delhi will not fall for it, reports The Times of India quoting PTI. Obama's...

News Analysis

Enough, no?

An office is locked, a blockade is called, death and destruction follow. But today we begin with Selina Begum, a blind and widowed mother, who lost her only child in an arson attack on Sunday. We begin with Selina because, we hope, our prime minister and our opposition party leader are mother enough to be able to grasp the pain of losing a child, the only child that is. When Sohagh, just 18, set out for his first day at...

PM asks ministry to maintain medical college standard

PM asks ministry to maintain medical college standard

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today launched academic activities of 11 public medical colleges in the country, directing the health ministry to maintain standard of the newly-established medical colleges both at public and private sectors side by side with the existing ones. "We are thanking the health ministry to set up more public medical colleges...

Khaleda can go home anytime: PM

Khaleda can go home anytime: PM

A day after cordoning off Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office by police, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said the BNP chief has not been confined to her office.   “She can go to her residence anytime she wants,” the premier said while addressing a view-exchange meeting with Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders on the occasion of...

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