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Budget ‘imaginary’ to cause public sufferings

Describing the proposed national budget for the 2020-21 fiscal as an “imaginary, blunt and unimplementable” one, BNP on Friday said it will only inflict further sufferings on people at this time of coronavirus pandemic. The party also said the budget made the nation frustrated as it was not framed with any focus on protecting the lives and livelihoods of people and overcoming the current crisis, reports UNB. Speaking at a virtual press conference on the budget, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the government has proposed huge allocat...

Government ‘incapable of tolerating dissident views’

The government in Bangladesh is set on stopping dissenters from expressing their opinions, claims Nurul Kabir, the editor of the leading English-language daily newspaper New Age, in an interview with DW. Bangladeshi protesters remember murdered journalists Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi The shrinking space for free speech in Bangladesh has drawn international attention in recent months. The South Asian nation has seen a number of gruesome attacks on bloggers this year that left four people dead and several others critically injured. The attacks have targeted not only bloggers, but also minority communities.

Army tightens grip in Myanmar

The leader of Myanmar’s ruling party was ousted by the country’s president in a dramatic swoop Thursday as the army and its allies strengthened their political grip ahead of crucial elections. The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has been gripped by in-fighting in the run up to the November polls—billed as the freest and fairest for decades in the former-junta ruled nation. After a night of high political drama which saw security forces enter the USDP base in Naypyidaw, Shwe Mann—who is also the parliamentary speaker—was ousted in an unexpected party putsch. The USDP, which served as a vehicle for former junta figures to transform into MPs, issued a statement