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[16 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in Dhaka Tribune, Aug 16, 2017
by Md Hedait Hossain Molla Khulna, & Arifur Rahman Rabbi
Saiful Islam, the militant who was killed, possibly by his own bombs, during a raid on Hotel Olio International in Panthapath, Dhaka on Tuesday morning, came to Dhaka only a week ago, telling his family that he was coming to the capital city to look for employment.
The 21-year-old was a native of Noakati village in Shahosh union under Dumuria upazila, Khulna. His father, Abul Khayer, is the treasurer of Jamaat-e-Islami Shahosh unit, confirmed Habil Hossain, …

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[14 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Nectar Gan in South China Morning Post, Aug 14, 2017
When Xi Jinping took the helm of China’s ruling Communist Party in late 2012 he had few trusted allies by his side or loyal aides at his command.
The party’s Central Committee – its senior leadership – was stuffed with cadres handpicked by the previous leadership or the one before that, with many members occupying important jobs in the party and the government.
Five years on, with another leadership shake-up just months away, that situation is set to change.
Through rounds of …

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[14 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Amanur Rahman in Dhaka Tribune, August 14, 2017
Suspected militant Ferdous Ahmed, a follower of New JMB’s mastermind Sarwar-Tamim, made a failed attempt to flee to Syria a few months ago. Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members arrested him before he could flee. He was shown arrest in an Anti-Terrorism Act case filed with Badda police station on March 21.
In the confessional statement given to Dhaka Metropolitan Judge Md Golam Nabi on April 1, Ferdous described how he got involved with militancy.
Ferdous, son of the managing director of Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan …

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[11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

In Bangladesh, a Bachelor or Master’s degree certificate is usually the result of 16 to 18 years of education.
Then again, as the old saying goes, in Dhaka city you can get tiger’s milk if you have the money. Certificates that are as good as the original may not even cost as much, as this correspondent has found.
For as little as Tk2,000, one can skip the hard work of attending schools, thanks to a number of fake certificate manufacturers across Dhaka.
In most cases the counterfeit will be practically indistinguishable from the …

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[11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Sheikh Shahariar Zaman in Dhaka Tribune, August 10, 2017, at 11PM
Canada’s Immigration Court and Supreme Court had initially rejected Bangabandhu’s murderer Noor Chowdhury’s application for political asylum and wanted to send him back, but the then BNP government let the opportunity go by.
Canada even sent a letter in this regard to the Bangladesh government in 2006. But because of the BNP government’s lack of interest in the matter, Noor Chowdhury was able to take advantage of Canada’s pre-removal risk assessment clause to remain in Canada. Law Minister Anisul Huq, …

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[11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Nuruzzaman Labu in Dhaka Tribune, August 11, 2017
Ahmed Azwad Imtiaz Talukdar aka Omi, an A Levels student at Sunbeams School in Dhaka, spent 372 days at various militant hideouts, waiting for his call to “hizrat.” He wrote a letter to his parents and broke his mobile phone before leaving. He was finally arrested by police on March 7.
Omi left his house on the instructions of an unknown contact. He went to Mohammadpur, where he was instructed by a person to get on a bus without asking questions. He then …

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[10 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Senior Correspondent in bdnews24.com, Aug 9, 2017 at 20:37:57.0 BdST
Little-known and completely unheard-of print publications sell tens of thousands of copies in Bangladesh, if the Department of Film and Publication, the agency that distributes government advertisements, were to be believed.
The latest circulation figures for print newspapers and magazines released by the DFP has raised eyebrows and triggered ripples of laughter among the people involved with the media industry. This is because the print media is on the ropes, suffering from declining advertising revenue and circulation amid an onslaught from …

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[5 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Wang Xiangwei in South China Morning Post, Aug 5, 2017
If there was any lingering doubt about President Xi Jinping’s (???) ascendancy over an upcoming leadership reshuffle and China’s way forward in the next five years and even beyond, it should have been dispelled by the intensifying campaign to cement his authority over the past two weeks.
The massive military parade on July 30, broadcast live on national television, saw Xi dressed in a green uniform as the commander-in-chief to receive the salute from 12,000 troops and review the People’s Liberation …

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[5 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in Dhaka Tribune, Aug 5, 2017
by Asif Showkat Kallol & Arifur Rahman Rabbi
The government has expressed concern about the recent trend of using courier services to ship illegal firearms from Myanmar and other countries into Bangladesh, sources in the security forces have revealed.
In the first five months of this year, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) seized 19 pistols, a revolver, and 26 different types of guns.
Moreover in the past four years, BGB has seized 237 pistols, 26 revolvers, 152 guns, 5,159 rounds of bullets, 196 magazines, 60 bombs, three grenades, …

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[4 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Viola Zhou in South China Morning Post, Aug 4, 2017
After the pomp and ceremony of China’s big military milestone this week, the sudden absence of President Xi Jinping and other key leaders from state television news bulletins on Wednesday was a familiar sign for China watchers – Beijing’s summer conclave has begun.
The secretive annual gathering at Beidaihe beach resort, 280km east of Beijing on the Bohai Sea, is particularly sensitive this year, with the Communist Party’s national congress around the corner and coming just weeks after a Politburo member …