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5 NY Senators begin B’desh visit Sunday

Five State Senators from the New York City begins their weeklong “familiarisation tour” here on Sunday, Agencies report. Led by Senator Luis Sepulveda, the delegation comprises of five State Senators and three staff members who will meet high level dignitaries.  They will also travel to Sylhet and Cox’s Bazar during their stay to see for themselves the remarkable development taking ...

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It’s an accident; BSF showed “hegemony”

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Saturday termed the recent exchange of fire between the border forces of Bangladesh and India an “accidental incident” saying the members of the Border Security Force (BSF) demonstrated their “hegemony” intruding into Bangladesh’s territory, Agencies report. “This is one incident. This is an accidental incident and due to a misunderstanding,” he said adding ...

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Syed Ahmad Khan was one of modern India’s real architects

M.J. WARSI Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was a great intellectual, an enlightened and forward-looking educationist, an outstanding literary genius, an erudite theologian, a versatile writer and a fearless journalist, a pragmatic social reformer, an apostle of secularism and Hindu-Muslim unity and one very distinguished architect of modern India. It was the true nationalist in Sir Syed, who in 1859 had ...

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Donald Trump’s sanity is not the question. The real issue is how he got into office

Gary Younge While writing a New Yorker profile on Donald Trump in the late 1990s, Mark Singer attempted to discover something about the businessman’s private thoughts, as opposed to his outsized, public persona. When Singer asked him what he thought about when shaving in front of the mirror, Trump did not really understand the question. “OK, I guess I’m asking, ‘do ...

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Rewarding assassins led to trend of child killings

The then government’s actions to secure indemnity for the killers of child Sheikh Russell and other members of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s family have played a role in the rise in killings and torture of children in Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina says, Agencies report. One of the surviving members of the family, the prime minister made the observation at an event ...

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Govt approves appointment of administrators for Robi, GP

The Posts and Telecommunications Division on Thursday approved a proposal of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) for appointing administrators for mobile operators Grameenphone (GP) and Robi, UNB reports. Posts, Telecommunications Division Minister Mustafa Jabbar told UNB over cell phone that BTRC had sent a proposal for appointing administrators or receivers which has been approved. The further details will be available ...

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Trump ordered diplomats to work with Giuliani on Ukraine, Sondland testifies

Donald Trump instructed US diplomats to go through his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to make the Ukrainian president’s access to the White House dependent on launching investigations into Trump’s political opponents, the US ambassador to the EU has testified, The Guardian reports. In his opening statement to Congress on Thursday, Gordon Sondland, a wealthy hotelier and Trump donor, sought to distance ...

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Europe can’t keep shutting its eyes to the disaster in Syria

Natalie Nougayrède These past few days have been a watershed for Europe. I’m not thinking about Brexit, but about Syria – which increasingly looks like our 21st-century Spanish civil war. Western and European defeat in Syria (by which I mean political and moral, not just military defeat) has parallels with the 1930s when democracies were unable or unwilling to stand up to ...

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FM embarks on Europe tour

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday began his visit to a number of European countries as Bangladesh is giving much importance to boosting its export to the European market with diversification of products as part of its economic diplomacy, Agencies report.  The minister, who left here for Berlin on Wednesday morning, will also visit France, Italy and Greece.  ...

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