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Massive anti government protests in Bangladesh 

Shahariar Islam Sovon Thousands of protesters from various political parties took to the streets in several districts, major cities, and capital to demand Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's resignation including a free, fair, and credible national election, ensure freedom of speech, ensure proper power supply, reduction of fuel and essential commodity prices and an end to the crackdown on journalists. The rallies staged by different political wings including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) protest against the rising living cost, surging essential commodity prices, fuel prices, economic crisis, power shortage, attack on journalists issue and depreciating national currency. The BNP Secretary General claims that Hasina's government has been accused with financi...

Chhatra Maitri forms new committee

Bangladesh Chhatra Moitri, a left leaning student body, has formed a 51-member new central committee with President Atulan Das Alo and General Secretary Aditi Adrita Srishti. Besides, Imran Nur Nirab was elected as Organizing Secretary. at the end of two-day long 21st National Council of Chhatra Maitri which ended on Tuesday. Eminent cultural personality and dramatist Mamunur Rashid inaugurated the council. After that, the main discussion session of the council was held in the TSC Auditorium. Workers Party General Secretary Fazle Hossai...

Newly inaugurated 100 bridges will quicken country’s development: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today termed the inauguration of 100 bridges at a time as a historic event, saying it would help quicken the country's overall development. "The biggest thing is that we can make the country's development quicker with the inauguration of 100 bridges," she said. She virtually opened the 100 bridges in 25 districts at a cost of over Tk 879 crore from her official Ganabhaban residence here. The premier also said the bridges would help the law enforcement agencies take prompt measures to ensure public security and maintain law and order. "It will be easier to help people in any disaster," she said, adding that the transportation and marketing of the goods would be quicker and easier. While exchanging views with the beneficiaries, the prime ministe...

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