Homage to martyred Intellectuals

Homage to martyred Intellectuals

Dhaka:  Bangladesh paid homage to the intellectuals martyred in the 1971 liberation war as President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led thousands in paying their respects in the capital (December 14). Army bugles played the ‘Last Post’ as Hamid and Hasina stood in solemn silence in a state ceremony at the Martyred Intellectuals […]

Burma Refugees flood Bangladesh

Burma Refugees flood Bangladesh

DHAKA : Beleaguered Bangladesh has a refugee problem now – Hundreds of Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in neighbouring Burma, many with horrific tales of troops killing civilians and burning villages. Bangladesh says it has prevented hundreds more from crossing into the country, despite pleas from the United Nations to open its […]

Pope names first Bangladeshi ‘Anglo-Indian’ cardinal

Pope names first Bangladeshi ‘Anglo-Indian’ cardinal

This week, Pope Francis has named 17 new cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church from around the world, many of whom will help choose his successor. The new cardinals come from five continents, and include the Vatican’s envoy to Syria. Though some observers expected to see a new cardinal from India, the Pope chose to […]

Bangladesh Think Tank to re-imagine South Asia

The Ninth South Asia Economic Summit will be held in Dhaka next month with the theme ‘Reimagining South Asia in 2030’. Private think-thank Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) will organize the regional event on Oct 15-16. The venue of the summit is yet to be disclosed. A four-member CPD delegation, led by its Chairman Rehman […]

ISIS is in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh ….

ISIS is in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh ….

To defeat ISIS, South Asian countries must look beyond their selfish and myopic interests The so-called Islamic State (IS) in appeared around 2014. Since then, policymakers and the strategic community in South Asia remain divided on whether the terrorist group poses a threat to the region or not. These differences can be attributed to two […]

Bangladeshi Catholic Bishop denounces violence

Bangladeshi Catholic Bishop denounces violence

Bangladesh: People from all sections of Bangladeshi society should denounce the use of violence in the name of religion, said Bishop Sebastian Tudu of Dinajpur in a recent seminar. Bangladeshi police organized the seminar, which drew some 8,000 people including leaders from Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian communities. Bangladesh is a multi-religious and multi-cultural nation, […]

Assam impatient to deport illegals

Assam impatient to deport illegals

GUWAHATI: The new government in Assam wants 250 ‘illegal’ Bangladeshi nationals deported immediately. Miffed at the slow deportation process, the State Government has written to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) asking the latter to streamline and fast-forward the deportation process on a priority basis. The MHA, as part of the process, is expected to […]

US Citizen was also ISIS terrorist in Bangladesh?

US Citizen was also ISIS terrorist in Bangladesh?

DHAKA : A US national of Bangladesh origin was among nine suspected Islamist extremists killed in a massive gunfight in Dhaka, police said Wednesday. But Bangladesh continues to deny that ISIS has radicalized its youth. Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesman Masudur Rahman said that Shahzad Rouf was one of nine young men who were killed during […]

Bangladesh bans Zakir Naik, scans mosque sermons

Bangladesh bans Zakir Naik, scans mosque sermons

Bangladesh has begun to screen Friday sermons in mosques, in an effort to control the proliferation of extremist ideas in the country.  Bangladesh has also blocked ‘Peace TV’, the channel run by Zakir Naik, a preacher who ‘inspired’ extremist Islam radicals. The decision was taken by senior government officials, who have also decided to implement […]

Indian girl among B’desh terror victims

Indian girl among B’desh terror victims

NEW DELHI An Indian teenager was among 20 foreigners who were killed after being taken hostage by a group of attackers at an upmarket cafe in Bangladesh capital Dhaka, a government minister said Saturday Tarushi Jain, 19, was caught up in the horrific 11-hour siege at the Holey Artisan Bakery, a Western-style cafe popular with […]

Dhaka Muslin: back from the dead?

Dhaka Muslin: back from the dead?

People in the Indian subcontinent often like to sing of their ‘glorious past’. One of the legends one hears is about the legendary muslin cloth produced in India, so ‘thin that an entire muslin saree could pass through a finger-ring’.  Really?  Why isn’t this marvellous cotton cloth seen today? Muslin, once weighed against gold in the […]

Bangladeshi Islamists brutally kill Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, liberal Muslims

Bangladeshi Islamists brutally kill Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, liberal Muslims

DHAKA (Bangladesh) Unidentified men hacked to death a Christian grocer in Bangladesh’s north-west on Sunday (June 5), say international media reports. The numbers of attacks on religious minorities and secular activists by Islamist militants are growing. “Sunil Gomes was hacked to death at his grocery store just near a church at Bonpara village,” Shafiqul Islam, […]