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Shahriar Islam Shovon

US taking steps to impose visa restrictions on Bangladeshis

The United States Department of States today said it is taking steps to impose visa restrictions on Bangladeshi individuals responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic election process in Bangladesh. "These individuals include members of law enforcement, the ruling party, and the political opposition," said State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller in a statement today. He said the US is committed to supporting free and fair elections in Bangladesh that are carried out in a peaceful manner. These persons and members of their immediate family may be found ineligible for entry into the United States, Mille...

Why cracking down on Nobel laureate Yunus?

Over 170 global leaders and Nobel laureates have urged Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to suspend legal proceedings against economist Muhammad Yunus, who was awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his social development work but has faced legal pressure at home for years. In an open letter dated August 27, leaders, including 

What lies ahead for Bangladesh?

Sudha Ramachandran

[caption id="attachment_29806" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sudha Ramachandran[/caption] Bangladesh is due to vote in general elections in January 2024. Opposition parties are threatening to boycott the election if the Awami League government does not meet their demand for elections under a caretaker government. The opposition’s protest rallies have been peaceful so far, but this could change in the coming weeks and months, especially if the sta...

Obama’s support to Yunus complicates Bangladesh politics

On July 23, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh upheld a lower court decision that said Mohammed Yunus must pay taxes on $7 million of donations he made between 2011 and 2014 to three trusts — Professor Muhammad Yunus Trust, the Yunus Family Trust and the Yunus Centre. The apex court ruled that these donations are not exempted under any existing laws. Yunus has been asked to pay a hefty $1.4 million in taxes. On August 17, former US President Barack Obama wrote a letter to Yunus, extending the support on behalf of millions of people whose potential he invested in. ...

Probe into exploitation of Indian, Bangladeshi nationals in New Zealand

The New Zealand government has launched a comprehensive probe into the alleged case of exploitation of 115 Indian and Bangladeshi nationals who arrived in the country with the promise of employment that did not materialise.
These individuals were accommodated in properties that were not fit to house so many people. The conditions of the accommodation were unhygienic, unsanitary, and inappropriate, New Zealand Immigration said in a press release.