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‘Concentrate on chaotic roads’, Rizvi’s tells Quader

Dhaka, Feb 12 (UNB) – BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Tuesday urged Awami League general secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader to look at chaotic roads and public transport instead of advising BNP and others. “Awami League general secretary has now opened a counseling centre for others driving out the rule of law ... Read More »

BGB firing in Thakurgaon ‘clash with cattle smugglers’; dead

Thakurgaon, Feb 12 (UNB) – Four people, including a Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinee, were killed and at least 16 others injured after members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) opened fire during, what the paramilitary force claimed, a clash with cattle smugglers on Tuesday. The incident took place at Bahrampur village in Haripur upazila in the morning. Police Super Mohammad ... Read More »

Swedish Krona supported the struggle against apartheid

STOCKHOLM, Feb 11 2019 (IPS) – Between 1982 and 1988 Birgitta Karlström Dorph was on a secret mission in South Africa. “Why didn’t they stop us? Probably they were not aware of the scope of the operation. The money was transferred through so many different channels. We were clever, ” Karlström Dorph says.  The work was initiated by the Swedish prime ... Read More »

Dhaka wants safe zone in Rakhine for Rohingya repatriation

Dhaka, Feb 10 – Bangladesh has urged the world leaders to make an arrangement of safe zone in Rakhine state of Myanmar for the repatriation of the displaced Rohingya people as soon as possible. Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen yesterday made the call to the world leaders to expedite the process of the repatriation of the Rohingya. He further said ... Read More »

US officer at border shoots driver going to Mexico

Nogales,  Feb 9(AP/UNB) — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer shot and wounded a driver who was trying to enter Mexico at a crossing in Arizona, the agency said Friday. The mayor of Nogales, Arizona, told a newspaper Thursday night that the man was killed, but CBP spokeswoman Teresa Small told The Associated Press Friday the man had not ... Read More »

BNP for reorganising party to free Khaleda from jail

Dhaka, Feb 8 – BNP senior leaders on Friday laid emphasis on the rehabilitation of party’s affected leaders and activists to launch a strong movement to free their chairperson Khaleda Zia through reorganising the party. Speaking at a protest rally marking the 1st anniversary of Khaleda’s jailing, they also regretted that they could not ensure Khaleda’s release using the strength ... Read More »

Govt has nothing to do with Khaleda’s release: Quader

Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) -Terming Khaleda Zia’s release from jail ‘legal matter’, Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges minister Obaidul Quader has said the government has no influence over the issue. He said this at a press briefing at the political office of Awami League president Sheikh Hasina at Dhanmondi in the capital on Friday morning. Quader ... Read More »

BNP workers upset as Khaleda’s jailing passes one year

Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) – Amid deep uncertainty about the party’s political future following a massive defeat in the December-30 polls, BNP is going to observe the 1st anniversary of the jailing of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case with a simple programme on Friday. Party senior leaders and Khaleda’s lawyers don not see any ray of hope to ... Read More »

‘What hell feels like’ – Acid violence in Cambodia

Sitting on a thin mattress on the floor of their home in a Phnom Penh slum, 3-year-old Molita delicately touches the scars that cover her mother’s back. In November 2014, when Molita was an infant, the owners of a neighbouring market stall attacked her mother, Moung Sreymom, with highly concentrated acid. They doused nearly half her body, leaving penetrating burns ... Read More »

Rizvi invites Quader to join BNP

Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) – BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Thursday invited Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader to join BNP as its adviser since he has long been giving the party various suggestions. “Awami League general secretary is regularly giving BNP various advice at different programmes about what the party should do…he’s also saying in ... Read More »

Trump predicts all IS territory will be cleared next week

Washington , Feb 7 (AP/UNB) — President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that the Islamic State group will have lost by next week all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria. He said the U.S. will not relent in fighting remnants of the extremist organization despite his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria over the objections of some ... Read More »

New generations can lift Arab Region out of current crisis

GENEVA, Feb 5 2019 (IPS) – History testifies that there is no end to its evolution despite what some have claimed. This is because aspirations of its actors are in constant flux and because the quest for an « ideal city » is asymptotic. Each generation wants to put its imprint on the present and to be the architect of ... Read More »

Oikya Front demands reelection under neutral govt

Dhaka, Feb 06 – Leaders of opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front on Wednesday demanded of the ruling Awami League-led government to announce a new schedule to hold a fresh election under a non-partisan govt. Otherwise they warned launching a resistance movement what it said against the ‘illegal and unelected government’. The Oikyafront taking people with them will build resistance against ... Read More »

Holey Artisan case witness unfolds

Dhaka, Feb 06 – Eyewitness Sharmina Parvin of the Holey Artisan Bakery case, on Wednesday appeared before a tribunal of Dhaka and narrated how the militants killed innocent people before her inside the capital’s Holey Artisan Bakery on the night of July 1 of 2016. Parvin, wife of Abul Hasnat Reza Karim, who was shown arrested in the Holey Artisan ... Read More »

Bringing ISIS to justice: Running out of time?

Nadim Houry Director, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program Sometimes complex policy issues are best captured in a simple question. If ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is captured alive tomorrow, who should prosecute him, where and for what crimes? When I pose this question to policymakers – in Western capitals or in the Middle East – I am often met with a ... Read More »

Shop owners demand closure of Dhaka Int’l Trade Fair-2019

Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – Bangladesh Shop Owners’ Association (BSOA) on Wednesday urged the government to end the month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2019 saying it was hampering their business. At a press conference in a Dhaka hotel, they demanded that fairs, including DITF, must not extend beyond seven days. “DITF originally started to draw international attention towards Bangladeshi ... Read More »

Govt has nothing to do with Jamaat ban: PM

Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told Parliament that the government has nothing to do right now to ban Jamaat-e-Islami as a political party as a case in this regard remains pending with the court. “There’s a case now pending with the court over banning Jamaat. We perhaps can do nothing here until the court ... Read More »

Many BNP leaders ready to join UZ polls, claims Quader

Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said many BNP leaders want to participate in the upazila parishad elections and they have the proof of that. “Whatever the decision at the centre is, the fact is that many BNP leaders want to participate in the election, and we have the evidence of that,” said ... Read More »

Trump to meet North Korean leader Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam

Washington, Feb 6 (AP/UNB) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he will hold a two-day summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam to continue his efforts to persuade Kim to give up his nuclear weapons. Trump has said his outreach to Kim and their first meeting last June in Singapore opened a path to ... Read More »

Does European Union generate external instability?

by Branko Milanovic The historic achievement of peace within a Europe of universal norms is belied by the external instability engendered by violent and incoherent interventions. The European Union is justly admired for making war among its members impossible. This is no small achievement in a continent which was in a state of semi-permanent warfare for the past two millennia. ... Read More »

Oikya Front to protest ‘vote robbery’ wearing black badges

Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront is going to form a human chain wearing black badge in the capital on Wednesday, protesting what it said ‘vote robbery’ in the December-30 national election. The programme will begin at 3pm in front of the Jatiya Press Club and conclude at 4 pm with the participation of Oikyafront leaders and activists. Senior ... Read More »

Bullets in the Crackdown on Venezuela’s Protests

CARACAS, Feb 1 2019 (IPS) – The protests in Venezuela demanding an end to the presidency of Nicolás Maduro in the last 10 days of January, whose soundtrack was the sound of banging on pots and pans in working-class neighbourhoods, had a high human cost: more than 40 deaths, dozens wounded and about a thousand detainees, including 100 women and 90 ... Read More »

BNP plunges into deep ditch of negative politics: Quader

Dhaka, Feb 4 (UNB) – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday alleged that BNP leaders are making unguarded remarks about the 11th parliamentary election as the party has fallen into a deep ditch of negative politics. “BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront leaders are making abortive efforts to make the election controversial. In fact, BNP has plunged into a deep ditch ... Read More »

BNP postpones Feb 8 Surawardy Udyan rally

Dhaka, Feb 4 (UNB) – BNP on Monday postponed its scheduled public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on February 8 due to the ongoing Ekushey Book Fair.Instead of the public rally, the party will now hold a protest rally at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on the same day, marking the 1st anniversary of jailing of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in ... Read More »

Costs of post-9/11 US wars to 2019: $5.9 trillion

By Neta C. Crawford Nov 2018 –The United States has appropriated and is obligated to spend an estimated $5.9 trillion on the war on terror through the Fiscal Year 2019, including direct war and war-related spending and obligations for future spending on post-9/11 war veterans. This number differs substantially from the Pentagon’s estimates of the costs of the post-9/11 wars ... Read More »

PM’s tea party like ‘pleasure without conscience’: BNP

Dhaka, Feb 3 (UNB) – BNP on Sunday described Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ‘tea party’ at Ganobhaban as pleasure without conscience and said no democracy-loving party leader joined it. “The tea party arrangement by a regretless government after a grand vote robbery reminds me a famous saying by Mahatma Gandhi ‘pleasure without conscience’. This pleasure is a social sin,” said ... Read More »

Queen Elizabeth to be evacuated in case of Brexit unrest

Dhaka, Feb 3 (UNB) – British officials have revived cold war emergency plans to relocate the royal family should there be riots in London if Britain suffers a disruptive departure from the European Union, reports local media on Sunday newspapers. “These emergency evacuation plans have been in existence since the cold war but have now been repurposed in the event ... Read More »

The criminalization of peaceful expression in Myanmar

This is the time to talk about freedom of expression. We expected it to become better, but it’s becoming worse and worse. —Maung Saungkha, activist and poet, Yangon, April 2018 They are not using the law to protect the people but to restrict the people. —Khin Sandar Tun, civic educator, Yangon, June 2018 The National League for Democracy (NLD) took ... Read More »

Mahbub for taking to streets to free Khaleda

Dhaka, Feb 1 – BNP Vice-chairman Khandker Mahbub Hossain on Friday urged their party leaders and activists to heat up the streets to have their chairperson Khaleda Zia freed from jail. “It would be very tough to free Khaleda Zia through a normal legal process as the government has destroyed all the institutions, including the judiciary. I personally don’t believe ... Read More »

Oikya Front hails PM for invite explains why it can’t join tea

Dhaka, Feb 01 – The opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front on Friday hailed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for inviting its leaders to her today’s tea party at her official residence Ganabhaban regretting their inability to take part in it. The Oikya Front in a letter sent to the Prime Minister questioned the morality of the government formed after what it ... Read More »