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China, Featured »

[29 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, set to open in Beijing on Oct. 18, is worth watching for two reasons. General Secretary Xi Jinping is bidding to become China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, and he may stake his legitimacy on the country’s growing influence abroad. Both suggest an expansion of China’s political oppression at home and assertiveness abroad.
Mr. Xi may defy Party tradition at this Congress, which falls halfway through his 10-year term in office, and seek to extend his tenure beyond 2022. The last two …

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[29 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in South China Morning Post, Sept 29, 2017
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will stay on as head of government for another term while President Xi Jinping’s name will be enshrined in the Communist Party’s charter alongside those of late leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, sources familiar with the situation told the South China Morning Post.
With three weeks to go before an all-important national party congress that will decide China’s leadership line-up for the next five years, speculation about the gathering’s outcomes is mounting. Past congresses were defined by intense …

Bangladesh, Headline »

[29 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Tarek Mahmud in Dhaka tribune, Sept 29, 2017
Private security service companies are running their businesses without any specific rules and regulations in place amid a growing risk that militants masquerading as security staff may plot acts of sabotage against Bangladesh’s important establishments.
Like other businesses, security service providers are operating merely with a trade licence, depriving their owners and staff of certain benefits. The companies are not being properly monitored as well, said people involved in the sector.
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Mohammad Shah Alam Sarker, general secretary of Bangladesh …

Bangladesh, Headline »

[28 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in bdnews24.com
Stalwarts of the ruling Awami League and the opposition BNP have engaged in a face-to-face discussion for the first time in a while over an election-time government.
The roundtable discussion took place at the closing ceremony of a workshop titled ‘Advancing youth leadership and participation for peaceful elections’ on Thursday.
HT Imam, Political Adviser of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has called on the BNP to contest in the next parliamentary polls assuring them of a “proper, participatory election.”
But BNP Standing Committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan said: “We want the …

Bangladesh »

[28 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

Jamalpur’s Sharishabari municipality mayor, who went missing from the capital’s Uttara last Monday, was found in a tea estate in Sreemangal yesterday.
Gourlal Vumij, a security guard of Kaliaghat union spotted Mayor Rokonuzzaman Rokon, 42, at the estate around noon.
Gourlal told The Daily Star that he found Rokon standing under a tree and as he approached, the mayor told him, “Please save me, if you do not save me, they will kill me.”
“The mayor was talking like an insane person and I took him to the union parishad [Kaliaghat] chairman’s room,” …

Bangladesh »

[28 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

Shrouded in her son’s memory, Nasrin Akhter is now bed-ridden and anxiously passing her time.
The mother can now only hope that her son, Ishrak Ahmed Fahim, a student of Mcgill University in Canada, who went missing from the capital’s Dhanmondi on August 26, will return soon.
Ishrak’s father, Jamal Uddin Ahmed, has asked for help from everyone – the police, Rab and DB – to find his son. Yet, Ishrak remains traceless.
Like Ishrak, five other people have been abducted or gone missing since August 22. Of them, only two have returned. …

China, Featured »

[27 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Zhao Yusha in Global Times, Sept 27, 2017
Tumxuk (Xinjiang): Xinjiang will use a new high-tech body security scanner for road security checks, a move to enhance counter-terrorism work before the forthcoming 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
A division from the People’s Liberation Army in Tumxuk, Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, recently introduced 10 units of terahertz security scanners, which were installed at road security checkpoints.
“It took these scanners only 10 seconds to scan one person, while the traditional hand-held scanner takes almost 50 …

China, Headline »

[27 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By He Huifeng in South China Morning Post, Sept 27, 2017
Young Chinese like Eli Mai, a sales manager in Guangzhou, and Wendy Wang, an executive in Shenzhen, are borrowing as much money as possible to buy boomtown flats even though they cannot afford the repayments.
Behind the dream of property ownership they share with many like-minded friends lies an uninterrupted housing price rally in major Chinese cities that dates back to former premier Zhu Rongji’s privatisation of urban housing in the late 1990s.
Rapid urbanisation, combined with unprecedented monetary easing in the …

Bangladesh »

[27 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in ProthomAlo, Sept 27, 2017
HasinaRuling Awami League organising secretary Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury on Tuesday said conspiracies against prime minister Sheikh Hasina are being hatched not just internationally but inside the party, too.
“The real intention of these conspirators is unmasked in times of crisis. We’ve seen this during the emergency government after 1/11 (11 January 2007 takeover),” he said.
Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury made the observation at a meeting of Dhaka South Awami League in the capital’s Bangabandhu Avenue.
The AL leader, however, said dedicated party leaders will foil all conspiracies.
“No matter how …

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[26 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Keith Bradher in The NY Times online, SEPT. 25, 2017
SHANGHAI — China has largely blocked the WhatsApp messaging app, the latest move by Beijing to step up surveillance ahead of a big Communist Party gathering next month.
The disabling in mainland China of the Facebook-owned app is a setback for the social media giant, whose chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has been pushing to re-enter the Chinese market, and has been studying the Chinese language intensively. WhatsApp was the last of Facebook products to still be available in mainland China; the …