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Exams hartal-hit

Exams hartal-hit

Around 21 lakh schoolchildren along with their guardians are frustrated and concerned, thanks to Jamaat's ongoing hartal which led to the deferral of Sunday's JSC and JDC examinations across the country. While this has ruined the young learners' preparations, it will also put undue mental pressure on them. And it is highly unlikely that the...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

The meaning of Nizami's verdict

The meaning of Nizami's verdict

It is not revenge. It is not retribution. It is not settling of accounts. And politics, it is definitely not.  It is meting out justice. It is holding political leaders accountable for their action especially if they commit crimes against humanity. It is fulfilling an inner urge for justice and fair play. In...

US ice melting?

The relations between the US and Bangladesh have apparently begun to thaw, about 10 months after the January 5 polls that Washington termed deeply flawed. Not a single word was raised about the elections at the third US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue in Washington on October 28-29 and bilateral meetings on its sidelines, according to a highly placed diplomatic source. The two countries only discussed the ways to strengthen cooperation, while the US side was “exceptionally friendly and warm”. “Usually the US side tries...

Quasem verdict Sunday

Quasem verdict Sunday

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday fixed Sunday for delivering judgment in the war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali, around six months after the conclusion of his trial procedures. Quasem, considered one of the top financiers of Jamaat, faces 14 charges, including murder committed in the city between November and December 16,...

Dhaka sharing info with Delhi on JMB: PM

Dhaka is sharing information with Delhi about the activities of banned militant outfit JMB on Indian soil, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday. "We are verifying information that came up in Indian media reports on the JMB and its operation ... our intelligence agencies are working on it and we talked with India about the issue," Hasina told journalists at Gono Bhaban in the capital. Bangladesh government would decide its next course of action after verifying the information, said the PM...

Sweden recognises Palestinian state

Sweden yesterday officially recognised the state of Palestine, becoming the first major European country to do so, in a move hailed as "historic" by Palestinians but denounced by Israel. "Today the government takes the decision to recognise the state of Palestine," Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem wrote in the mass-circulation Dagens Nyheter daily, less than a month after Sweden's new government announced the plans to make the controversial move. "It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians' right to self-determination," she...

Illegal Wealth

Khoka indicted

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka in a case filed for amassing wealth illegally and concealing its information from the ACC. Judge Md Zahurul Haque of Senior Special Judge's Court of Dhaka passed the order after rejecting a petition seeking Khoka's bail-extension and fixed November 16 for starting the trial. Mohosin Mia, a counsel for the BNP leader, had filed the petition in which he also pleaded to the court to halt the trial proceedings...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Death for death designer

Death for death designer

He did whatever he could to stop the nation's birth. He led a ruthless militia to massacre unarmed civilians during the 1971 Liberation War. Motiur Rahman Nizami didn't stop there. Towards the end of the war, he, aided by the Pakistan army, unleashed his force, Al-Badr Bahini, to wipe out the brightest sons and...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Operated like Gestapo

Operated like Gestapo

Few of them returned home. Many of their bodies could not even be traced. Most of the corpses that were found at different killing sites in Dhaka were mutilated beyond recognition. They were among the brightest sons and daughters of the soil -- all pro-liberation people including professors, journalists, litterateurs and doctors. They were massacred...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Islam misused deliberately

Jamaat and its the then student wing Islami Chhatra Sangha had misused the religion and worked against the sanctions of the Holy Quran and Hadiths by committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 said. Jamaat-e-Islami's notorious student wing was renamed Islami Chhatra Shibir after the war. The two had functioned as “communal” as well as “criminal” organisations to implement the plan and design of the Pakistan army, which resulted in the killing of innumerable...