Does Bangladesh need mid-term elections?

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BNP has suddenly taken a new political turn. For the longest time they have been demanding a general election to be held under a neutral caretaker government. To force the government to accept their demand, they launched two movements before and after the January 5 election in association with Jamaat. They killed people indiscriminately throughout… Read more »

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Cricket: A time for grace and maturity

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So far, 2015 has been a spectacular year for the Bangladesh cricket team. The team has had its moments in the past, with notable successes like the series win against New Zealand or their performance in Asia Cup 2012. However, in all those past occasions we have either fallen just short of unequivocal success, or… Read more »

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Reflections: The roots that clutch …

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Barack Obama, as we converse, is in his ancestral land of Kenya. He will not be going to his parental village, a place he has been to earlier as United States senator. This time, with all those worries about such murderous outfits as al Shabab flying around, there are proper security concerns related to the… Read more »

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The glory and the agony

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Sometime at the end of July 1975, Tajuddin Ahmad came by ominous news. Elements in the army were busy conspiring to remove the government of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Worse, they planned to assassinate the Father of the Nation. Tajuddin, at that point outside government, having resigned in October of the previous year, rushed to… Read more »

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Trans Pacific Partnership and garment export

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Whenever any of our major trade partners contemplates a free trade agreement or special trade preferences for countries that are exporters of apparels, an alarm is raised that such an agreement would adversely impact the export of apparels from Bangladesh. There was considerable unease when EU granted GSP+ trade privileges to Sri Lanka in 2005… Read more »

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Domestic politics delays signing of the Teesta deal

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Despite achieving breakthroughs in several areas of India-Bangladesh relations during the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic June 6-7 visit to Dhaka, both the countries are yet to resolve the most contentious bilateral problem—the Teesta. It has emerged as an emotive issue in Bangladesh where political elites, foreign policy experts, media, and the public expect… Read more »

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