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Shibir activist Khalilur dreamt of becoming a barrister. A bullet ended it all.


Written By: MohammadHossain
19/08/2013 4:48
Human rights

    Khalilur Rahman (22) dreamt of being a barrister. He dreamt of changing the society, of helping poor children to change their lives through education. His dreams were erased forever as a police bullet, which was meant to protect him, was used to kill him....    Full story...

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Shibir-o-phobia, the forced narrative in Bangladesh


Written By: MohammadHossain
19/08/2013 4:34
Social Issues

It is fair to say that Bangladesh is in a grip of a phobia. I would personally like to label it as Shibir-o-phobia, which I characterize to be the unreasonable fear of Shibir / Bangladesh Islami Chatra Shibir. Take for example the cases below,   Case Study-1: The Daily Star, in its....    Full story...

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Land Boundary Agreement in Indian parliament: Tokenism?


Written By: HarunurRashid
18/08/2013 20:34
Foreign Relations

In an exclusive interview with The Independent’s Delhi correspondent Kumkum Chadha, India’s union minister for External Affairs Salman Khurshid called the Land Boundary Agreement(LBA) between Bangladesh and India a post-wedding photograph. That implies that the wedding is in place,....    Full story...

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The true faces of Muslim secular fundamentalists


Written By: Ajmal-Masroor
15/08/2013 17:27
Human rights

In the last six months the world has witnessed the blatant double standards of those who claim to be Muslims, secularists and liberals, all at the same time. The problem with such people is that they are not confident Muslims, they are not true secularists and certainly they are not liberals at....    Full story...

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Constitutionality and legality of banning a political party


Written By: NazirAhmed
12/08/2013 11:54
Contemporary Debate

Some extreme left oriented political parties and their affiliated professional and cultural organisations have long been demanding for banning the Bangladesh Jammat-e Islami (BJI). This is not their new demand. However, they have recently intensified their demand which most of the Bangladeshi....    Full story...

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Provisions for and against the rule of law in the Constitution of Bangladesh


Written By: NazirAhmed
06/08/2013 13:01
Law and Order

Introduction Rule of law is an internationally recognised concept.  Accordingly, Bangladesh recognises rule of law as a basic feature of its Constitution.  In Anwar Hussain Chowdhury v Bangladesh 1989 BLD, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh recognised the rule of law as one of the....    Full story...

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The monkey, Finance minister and equitable rights of children


Written By: HarunurRashid
05/08/2013 16:44
Economics

Stories come in handy in bringing home certain unpleasant truths about the society you live in. There are some advantages of telling stories. The narrator can make use of the fiction that reflects on the fact which otherwise is unpalatable. So the story serves as a convenient cover for the....    Full story...

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The place of rule of law in the Constitution of Bangladesh


Written By: NazirAhmed
05/08/2013 15:05
Law and Order

In fact, the term ‘rule of law’ is well placed in the Constitution of Bangladesh. Its Preamble states the ‘rule of law’ as one of the objectives to be attained. The Preamble, inter alia, says “....it shall be a fundamental aim of the State to realise through the....    Full story...

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Drunken boy Joy: Future Chief of Awami League!


Written By: Nazmul
05/08/2013 12:27 05/08/2013 12:10
Controversy

Sajib Wazed Joy, son of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina have returned to Bangladesh few days ago and became headline almost everyday of his short visit by the grace of Pro-Awami League secularist propaganda media machinaries. People of Bangladesh thought he would be different, at least not....    Full story...

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Shahbag rises again, with a fake facebook post


Written By: MohammadHossain
03/08/2013 7:38 03/08/2013 6:51
Controversy

A random post was seen popping on various facebook pages such as that of ডাক্তার আইজূ, who fancies itself on being a great Shahbagi personality and মুক্তিযুদ্ধ’১৯৭১, another big pro-Shahbag page. I have found it to....    Full story...

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Who will be benefited from banning the Jammat?


Written By: NazirAhmed
02/08/2013 15:08
Contemporary Debate

Even if someone wants to start a business, he should make a market study, and consider the positive and negative factors that might affect his business. Similarly, the government should consider what it would achieve by banning the BJI. Banning the BJI could cause one of three things: Firstly:....    Full story...

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Arrest of MP Rony is an act of politics, not an act of love of media freedom


Written By: MohammadHossain
02/08/2013 9:51 02/08/2013 9:49
Bangladesh

The past week has been crawling with media gimmicks by the Awami League, topping which are these two:   1. PM Sheikh Hasina cooking for her son on his birthday. This is being repeatedly shown as a testament to her motherly qualities in a bid to woo potential....    Full story...

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Murders and Revenge extrajudicial killings: Lawlessness reigns supreme in Bangladesh


Written By: MohammadHossain
03/09/2013 4:05 02/08/2013 9:34
Law and Order

It was a murder that took the nation by storm. In early hours on Tuesday the 30th of July, miscreants shot dead Reazul Haque Milki, Organising Secretary of ruling Awami League’s youth wing Juba League's Dhaka Metropolitan (south) unit in front of the Shoppers World at Gulshan road....    Full story...

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Fourth Amendment of the Constitution: a black chapter in the history of Bangladesh


Written By: NazirAhmed
26/07/2013 1:04
Law and Order

Introduction The Constitution of Bangladesh has been amended fifteen times so far.  Within those fifteen amendments, the most controversial amendment was the Fourth Amendment, for it fundamentally changed the nature and character of the Constitution.  Yet surprisingly, there has be no....    Full story...

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Odhikar has every reason not to trust the government of Bangladesh


Written By: MohammadHossain
21/07/2013 4:38
Human rights

On the 10th of July, the Ministry of Information sent a letter to the human rights organization Odhikar requesting a copy of fact finding report carried out by Odhikar on ‘Assembly of Hefazate Islam Bangladesh and Human Rights Violations’, citing the....    Full story...

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