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Probe into grave HR violations in Rakhine remain absent: UN

Special Correspondent UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has said investigations into allegations of grave human rights violations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State remain absent. She said there are currently no conditions for the voluntary, sustainable, dignified, and safe returns of the over 730,00 Rohingyas currently in Bangladesh, as well as the almost 130,000 […]

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US terms Bangladesh polls ‘lopsided’: decries rights abuse

Shakhawat Hossain The United States in a recent report has identified most significant human rights problems in Bangladesh during last year. The US report listed unlawful or political killings, forced disappearances, life-threatening prison conditions, freedom of speech limitations, negative government pressure on and fear of reprisal by press and media, and impunity for security force […]

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Bangladesh: an unhappy nation

Special Correspondent Bangladesh has slipped 10 notches on the Happiness Index, lagging much behind Pakistan but still ahead of India, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. According to World Happiness Report 2019 as released on Wednesday—on the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Happiness—Bangladesh was placed 125th among 156 countries of the world, while Sri Lanka and […]

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FIFA’S MAHFUZA IN THE DOCK

Big leaders don’t care for defamation case Faruque Ahmed The arrest of Mahfuza Akhtar Kiron, leader of women football team and executive committee member of Bangladesh Football Federation and Council member of FIFA makes hardly any sense in a case on charge of allegedly hurting the prime minister’s image. Many believe every utterance explaining a […]

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The funny thing in Bangladesh Democfracy

F R Chowdhury Iwas very upset with news from Bangladesh. For last few months we often come across news that someone somewhere in Bangladesh is arrested or jailed for passing unacceptable remark against the prime minister or for making any sort of cartoon of the prime minister. I am grateful to Allah who gave me […]

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Kashmir assembly polls deferred

Online Agencies The Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections were deferred as the New Delhi government could not accede to state administration’s demand for over 70,000 paramilitary forces personnel for conducting the simultaneous polls. The J&K administration’s demand could not be met as a large number of personnel would be required for deployment across the country […]

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Bangabandhu’s 99th or 100th birth anniversary?

Sir Frank Peters I am confused… totally confused… and I am sure there are millions more just like me. In some Bangladeshi newspapers on Sunday news stories heralded Bangabandhu’s birthday anniversary as his 99th. Other publications made claim it was his 100th. Which are correct? By my calculations, if Bangabandhu was born on March 17, […]