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Current levels of violence deeply shocking: UN rights chief

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged the Bangladesh political leaders on both sides to stop political violence and their ‘destructive brinkmanship’. “Whatever their differences, political leaders on both sides must halt their destructive brinkmanship, which is pushing Bangladesh dangerously close to a major crisis,” Pillay said in a statement issued from Geneva on Sunday. Instead, she said, they (political leaders) must fulfill their responsibility and use their influence to bring this violence to an immediate halt and seek a solution to this crisis through dialogue. The statement came at a time when the...

Pol violance hampers export-import thru’ Dhaka-Chittagong highway

The Dhaka- Chittagong highway has turned into a mostly violated and risky route due to hartals and continuing demonstration which covers the country’s 80 per cent export and import. The business leaders of different organisations once again urged to the political leaders to keep free from all kind violence on Dhaka-Chittagong highway to sake supply chain undisturbed of the country. Voilance in Dhaka-Chittagong highwayBangladesh earned $28 billion from exporting the apparels sector, wher...

HC issues rule on ‘No Vote’

Responding to a public interest litigation (PIL) writ petition, the High Court (HC) on Sunday issued rule asking the government and the Election Commission to explain why they should not be directed to bring amendment to the Representation of the People Order (RPO) to reintroduce the provision for ‘no’ vote. After a brief hearing on the PIL writ petition filed by two lawyers — Shahriar Majid and Rokanuddin M Faruq — an HC division bench comprising Justice Mirza Hossain Haider and Justice M Khurshid Alam issued the rule, which is returnable in two weeks. High Court

People lead to streets if political compromise delayed: Biswal

US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal has said the delay in reaching a consensus on a framework for an interim government to oversee the next election may push Bangladeshi citizens to take to the streets to express their frustrations. “The longer the two sides cannot agree on a framework for an interim government to oversee the next election, the more likely Bangladeshi citizens will take to the streets to express their frustrations,” she wrote in her Nov-15 (op-ed) write-up ‘Fighting for Democracy in South Asia: The Great Debate ’. bishwal

Politics risks tearing itself over violent creation

Bangladesh, that most beautiful and tragic of countries, today risks tearing itself apart in renewed vicious squabbles over its violent creation. It is as if the tormented ghosts of the country’s bloody past are rising to seek revenge. It is time for Bangladeshi and international leaders to set up a truth and reconciliation commission to exorcise the ghosts and try to heal the deep wounds before it is too late. A twist in the tragedy is that it had begun to look as if - in spite of recent terrible disasters in garment factories - Bangladesh was finally going to justify the golden dreams of its founding fathers and give the lie to Henry Kissinger’s description of the country as an eternal basket case. [caption id="attachment_415" align="alignleft" width="300"]