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  • Asia forms world’s biggest trade bloc, a China-backed group excluding US0

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    • November 15, 2020

    Prothom Alo   15 November 2020 Reuters Hanoi, Vietnam Vietnam’s industry and trade minister Tran Tuan Anh (C) signs as Vietnam’s prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) witnesses during the signing ceremony of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement during the 37th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam 15 November, 2020Reuters Fifteen Asia-Pacific economies formed the

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  • Bangladesh: US senators call for sanction on senior RAB officials0

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    • October 28, 2020

    Prothom Alo   28 October 2020 Diplomatic Correspondent, Dhaka The committee on foreign relations of the United States Senate has urged Trump administration to impose sanctions on senior officials of Bangladesh’s elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) for their alleged involvement with extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture. A 10-member bipartisan group of the senators made

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  • Interview – ANM Muniruzzaman: Bangladesh must maintain geostrategic independence0

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    • October 13, 2020

    Prothom Alo    13 October 2020 Mizanur Rahman Khan ANM Muniruzzaman Maj Gen (red) ANM Muniruzzaman is the president of Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Strategic studies. In an interview with Prothom Alo, he talks about the India-China dilemma, the growing security and military significance of the Indian Ocean, Bangladesh’s geostrategic position, and more. After

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  • So did no one demolish the Babri Masjid?0

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    • October 13, 2020

    Prothom Alo Touhid Hossain 13 October 2020 Babri Masjid Such headings have often been used in news and views published in various languages. But I am using it again. The special CBI court in Lucknow delivered its verdict on 30 September in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The case had been filed 27 years ago

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  • Bangladesh, India need to work together: Jeffrey Sachs0

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    • September 18, 2020

    Raheed Ejaz 19 September 2020 Jeffrey Sachs Regional cooperation is important to resolve the crisis the world is going through right now, says development economist Jeffrey Sachs. He made the remark Thursday evening as the keynote speaker at the international webinar on “The UN in Times of People’s Needs: Rethinking Multilateralism”, organised by North South

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  • Ban on onion export: ‘Understanding between Bangladesh and India will weaken’0

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    • September 17, 2020

    Prothom Alo   17 September 2020 Diplomatic Correspondent Dhaka Flags of Bangladesh and India Bangladesh had earlier requested India not to stop exports of daily essentials like an onion. The friendly neighbour also asked India to it inform Bangladesh in advance if it took any decision to ban exports of daily food items. So India’s decision

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  • ‘Bangladesh must make use of Bay of Bengal’s increasing importance’0

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    • September 16, 2020

    Prothom Alo Diplomatic Correspondent https://31506d63e8058fb0e74e428d44517ed5.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html Participants at a webinar on the growing importance of the Bay of Bengal 16 September 2020 Global powers are increasingly focused on the geopolitics, economy, and business centred on the Bay of Bengal. The importance of the region has increased further since the outbreak of novel coronavirus. Bangladesh needs to

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  • Bangladesh must sign convention to prevent enforced disappearance0

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    • September 5, 2020

    Prothom Alo   5 September 2020 Editorial Desk Bangladesh remains in denial of forced disappearances. According to the Asian Human Rights Commission, 553 people went missing in Bangladesh from 2009 to 2019. The opposition party, BNP, claims that the number is over 1000. The ruling party, however, completely rejected such claims. The government says that there

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  • Dhaka’s view of Bangladesh-India relations: India wants Bangladesh by its side in the geopolitical scenario0

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    • September 3, 2020

    Prothom Alo   3 September 2020 Raheed Ejaz Dhaka Indian foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla leaving Sonragaon Hotel, 18 August Amidst a growing tide of speculations concerning relations between Bangladesh and India, India’s foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla paid an almost surprise visit to Dhaka last month. Normally such visits are announced in advance, but this

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  • Bangladesh: Crime and Law – The killings that never see justice0

    29 August 2020 Ahmed Zayeef Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) were involved in the killing of 26-year-old Nur Alam Babu, the only son of the wounded freedom fighter Akkas Ali, 11 years ago. He was killed in a so-called gunfight. The home ministry’s inquiry committee revealed this the year after the incident took

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  • Bangladesh: So what’s the point of journalism then?0

    Prothom Alo    28 July 2020 Sohrab Hassan This year’s slogan for World Press Freedom Day is ‘Journalism without fear or favour’. However, those of us involved in journalism in Bangladesh, cannot say with conviction that we are able to practice journalism fearlessly. We are hounded by fear, both within the law and extrajudicially too.

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  • Bangladesh: Independent media is the best friend of any government: Rehman Sobhan0

    Prothom Alo   15 July 2020 Mizanur Rahman Khan Rehman Sobhan The country’s leading economist, chairman of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and former caretaker government adviser, Professor Rehman Sobhan, recently spoke to Prothom Alo in an interview taken in the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic. The eminent economist spoke on a wide variety of

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  • Bangladesh for equitable sharing of marine resources0

    Prothom Alo English Desk 27 June 2020 Permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations ambassador Rabab Fatima has said they will require access to equitable sharing of marine resources, especially in areas beyond national jurisdiction to fully realise the potentials of blue economy for the socio-economic development of the country, reports UNB. She made

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  • Bangladesh: Coastal districts hit hard by Amphan0

    UNBDhaka 21 May 2020 A man walks with his bicycle under an uprooted tree after Cyclone Amphan made its landfall, in South 24 Parganas district. Reuters Cyclone Amphan left a trail of devastation when it hit Bangladesh’s coastal districts with wind speed of up to 180kph and over 10 feet tidal surges on Wednesday night. It

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