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Bangladesh opposition stages mass hunger strike


May 21st, 2012 - 4:43 am ICT by IANS
Dhaka, May 21 (IANS) An alliance of 18 political parties in Bangladesh Sunday staged a seven-hour mass hunger strike to protest against the government's "oppressive policies".Thousands of political activists, ... Read more...

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Hasina for Islam as Bangladesh’s state religion


May 31st, 2011 - 1:03 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, May 31 (IANS) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed herself in favour of retaining Islam as the state religion, moving away from the secular provisions in the ... Read more...

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Court invalidates provision for caretaker Bangladesh government


May 10th, 2011 - 12:42 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, May 10 (IANS) The Bangladesh Supreme Court Tuesday declared illegal the constitutional provision for a caretaker government taking office three months before a general election and organising the ... Read more...

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‘Minority women’ gang raped in Bangladesh in 2001-02 (Lead)


April 26th, 2011 - 2:27 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, April 26 (IANS) A judicial commission has concluded that over 200 Hindu women were raped following the 2001 parliamentary election, forcing many terrorized families to flee the country.The ... Read more...

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Minority women in Bangladesh gang raped in 2001-02: report


April 26th, 2011 - 12:27 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, April 26 (IANS) A judicial commission in Bangladesh has concluded that "over 200 minority women were gang raped" in the violence following the October 2001 parliamentary poll that ... Read more...

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War crimes trial divides Bangladesh opposition


March 29th, 2011 - 3:37 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, March 29 (IANS) The impending trial of Bangladesh's Islamists accused of colluding with the Pakistani authorities during the run-up to the 1971 freedom movement has divided the opposition.Main ... Read more...

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Bangladesh war hero Mir Shawkat Ali dead


November 21st, 2010 - 2:04 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Nov 21 (IANS) Gen. Mir Shawkat Ali, a Pakistan Army officer who switched sides to fight Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1971, has died here at the age of 72.Ali, who died ... Read more...

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Arrest warrants against Bangladesh Islamists


July 26th, 2010 - 2:09 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, July 26 (IANS) A tribunal Monday issued arrest warrants against four top Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) leaders on charges of committing "war crimes" during the 1971 liberation movement. The four, who are ... Read more...

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Dhaka gets tough with Islamist party


June 30th, 2010 - 6:50 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, June 30 (IANS) The government Wednesday slapped eight cases against top officials of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), the country's largest Islamist party, who were arrested Tuesday on charges of hurting Muslim ... Read more...

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Top three of Bangladesh religious party arrested


June 29th, 2010 - 9:31 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, June 29 (IANS) Three top officials of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), the country's largest Islamist party, were arrested Tuesday on charges of hurting Muslim religious sentiments. JeI's ameer (chief) Maulana Motiur Rahman ... Read more...

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Hasina cleared of graft in frigate purchase


May 18th, 2010 - 9:38 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, May 18 (IANS) The High Court Tuesday quashed all proceedings against Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was accused of corruption in the purchase of a naval frigate during her ... Read more...

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Launch stir like the one in Bangkok to oust Hasina, Zia told


May 18th, 2010 - 4:15 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, May 18 (IANS) A section of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) wants to "replicate red shirts" of Thailand by launching a similar movement against the Sheikh Hasina government, a media ... Read more...

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Indian business delegation to visit Bangladesh


March 27th, 2010 - 12:33 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, March 26 (IANS) A high level Indian business delegation would visit Bangladesh early next month, Bangladesh's Industry Minister Dilip Barua said here Friday. "A 50-member team will be visiting Bangladesh on April ... Read more...

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Dhaka plans purchase of more combat aircraft, missiles


March 11th, 2010 - 12:50 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, March 11 (IANS) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government plans to procure fighter aircraft, surface-to-air missiles, helicopters and other armament to strengthen the armed forces. She told Bangladesh ... Read more...

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Deals with India provide connectivity in South Asia: Bangladesh


January 17th, 2010 - 3:43 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Jan 17 (IANS) In the face of criticism that Bangladesh gave "mega concessions" to India in deals signed during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to New Delhi last week, the ... Read more...

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Dhaka for talks with India on Teesta next month


January 16th, 2010 - 2:45 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Jan 16 (IANS) Bangladesh is initiating a process to expedite talks with India over striking a deal on sharing of Teesta waters, a top minister has said. Keen to follow up ... Read more...

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Demand to probe post-poll 2001 violence in Bangladesh


December 10th, 2009 - 11:36 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Dec 10 (IANS) A lawyer in Bangladesh Thursday served a notice on the government to constitute an inquiry commission within seven days to investigate atrocities on religious minorities immediately after ... Read more...

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Bangladesh’s main opposition party resents ‘transit’ to India


December 10th, 2009 - 1:05 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Dec 10 (IANS) The country's main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has opposed the government's move to join the UN-sponsored Asian Highway, saying it would provide "transit" to India ... Read more...

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Dhaka opposition complains to diplomats


November 2nd, 2009 - 3:24 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Nov 2 (IANS) Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the country's main opposition in parliament, has complained of "repression" of its leaders and cadres by the government while briefing foreign diplomats and ... Read more...

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Dhaka makes long-term plan to dredge ‘dying’ rivers


August 26th, 2009 - 7:06 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Aug 26 (IANS) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered two dredgers for two rivers, which feed the country's principal ports at Chittagong and Mongla, to keep them fully navigable. It ... Read more...

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Dhaka names ex-intelligence sleuth, diplomat as deserter


August 16th, 2009 - 12:44 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Aug 16 (IANS) The Bangladesh government has declared as deserter an army brigadier general who was a top military intelligence official posted in its mission in Washington last year. Brigadier General Chowdhury ... Read more...

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‘Pakistan-based militants supported attack on Sheikh Hasina’


August 1st, 2009 - 2:39 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Aug 1 (IANS) An Indian militant nabbed here has disclosed that two Pakistan-based Islamist militant groups supplied grenades that were used to attack a 2004 rally addressed by Bangladesh's current ... Read more...

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Bangladesh cabinet approves lifelong protection for Hasina, family (Lead)


July 28th, 2009 - 1:17 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, July 28 (IANS) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her sister Rehana and their children will get Special Security Force (SSF) protection in view of threats to their lives, as per ... Read more...

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Cabinet approves special lifelong protection for Hasina, family


July 28th, 2009 - 12:04 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, July 28 (IANS) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her sister Rehana and their children will get Special Security Force (SSF) protection in view of threats to their lives as per ... Read more...

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Bangladesh to resume Mujib murder trial


July 11th, 2009 - 10:18 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, July 11 (IANS) Bangladesh will shortly resume the trial relating to the murder of its founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was killed along with most of his family members ... Read more...

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Dhaka to enact law to better protect Hasina


June 24th, 2009 - 1:08 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, June 24 (IANS) Bangladesh is to enact a law that would provide more security personnel to protect Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other family members of the country's founding father ... Read more...

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Protests mount in Dhaka against Indian river project


June 14th, 2009 - 2:06 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, June 14 (IANS) Bangladesh's main opposition has threatened to move the United Nations as the Sheikh Hasina government has called for talks over a river valley project India is planning ... Read more...

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Dhaka to prosecute 2 former spy chiefs smuggling arms for Indian rebels


May 18th, 2009 - 1:19 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, May 18 (IANS) Two former Bangladesh Army generals, who headed the National Security Intelligence (NSI), will be prosecuted for facilitating the landing of Chinese arms meant for insurgents in India's northeast ... Read more...

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Bangladesh orders probe into 2001 post-poll violence


May 6th, 2009 - 8:59 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, May 6 (IANS) A court here Wednesday directed the Bangladesh government to constitute a commission to probe violence against religious minorities in the aftermath of general elections in 2001. Responding to ... Read more...

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Dhaka begins process for ‘war crime’ trials


February 15th, 2009 - 1:25 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Feb 15 (IANS) Bangladesh has launched investigation against the chief of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), beginning the process of trial of those accused of committing "war crimes" during the 1971 liberation war.People ... Read more...

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Dhaka poll was cancelled due to threat: army chief


February 3rd, 2009 - 2:38 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Feb 3 (IANS) Dhaka's military leadership sought cancellation of parliamentary elections in January 2007 because some "powerful countries" threatened to get the UN to withdraw Bangladeshis from peacekeeping missions, the army ... Read more...

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Over 5 million gather near Dhaka for Muslim prayer meet (Lead)


January 30th, 2009 - 5:38 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Jan 30 (IANS) Over five million people, including Indians, converged near here to attend the annual three-day Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim congregation after Haj that begins Friday.Organisers said people ... Read more...

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Over 5mn Muslims gather near Dhaka for Muslim congregation


January 30th, 2009 - 2:46 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Jan 30 (IANS) Over five million people, including Indians, have converged near here to attend the annual three-day Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim congregation after Haj that begins Friday.Organisers said ... Read more...

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Dhaka to implement peace deal with Buddhist tribals


January 30th, 2009 - 12:38 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Jan 30 (IANS) The Bangladesh government plans to amend the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Land Commission to ensure a better deal for the Buddhist tribals and implement the peace accord signed ... Read more...

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Triumphant Hasina takes oath as Bangladesh PM (Second Lead)


January 6th, 2009 - 9:59 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Jan 6 (IANS) Sheikh Hasina of the Awami League (AL), the daughter of Bangladesh's founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was Tuesday sworn-in prime minister for a second time following her landslide ... Read more...

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