GLOBAL FINANCIAL ORDER CRUMBLING
Is Bangladesh losing the currency war?
M. Shahidul Islam
The NATO-centric Western nations are busy with wars and aggrandizements; the Arab world is braced for a prolonged instability; India seems at a loss due to its strategic alliance with the USA proving more a predicament. Bangladesh, on the other hand, is being haemorrhaged by an infectious debilitation that hamstrings independent policy pursuance...[ FULL STORY ]
STOCK MARKET SCAM
It could be AL’s Achilles’ heel in next polls
The government is yet to decide on taking action against the share market manipulators in apprehension of possible combined reprisal by the wrong-doers within the political establishment.
The extent of share market scam is so widespread that the question of singling out either the chief architect or any of his major accomplices is being ruled out, sources close to the government informed, adding that it also involves the ruling party’s image...[ FULL STORY ]
RAJAPAKSA’S DHAKA VISIT
Bilateral ties expected to flourish
The visit of Sri Lankan Mahinda Rajapaksa to Bangladesh, we can believe, has been useful to both the South Asian countries which need to put more substance than there is now in their relationship. It may have even helped Bangladesh in starting to create a positive sense of direction in its policies and action towards its next door neighbours...[ FULL STORY ]
THE LIBYAN IMBROGLIO IV
Credibility gap hits humanitarian
US military roadmap for ‘Europe’s Libya intervention’, with its carefully planned timeline of military and intelligence events, is now widely perceived to be foot-dragging. Events were not going as planned. President Obama, after handing over US command to NATO for Operation Odyssey Dawn to enforce ‘no-fly zone’ over Libya, had to come forward again from behind the screen to issue a joint statement along with the overtly leading actors on the stage, Britain’s Cameron and France’s Sarkozy...[ FULL STORY ]
4 BENGALI SETTLERS KILLED
Fresh violence flares up in the hills
Abdur Rahman Khan
In a fresh violence in the hills, four settlers were killed in a violent clash between Bengali settlers and indigenous people over land possession at Shankhola Para and neighbouring villages in Ramgarh upazila of the Khagrachari hill district last week.
The ill-fated victims are Ayub Ali, 30, Nawab Ali, 70, Sunil Sarkar, 35, and Badiuzzaman of Shankola Para of Manikchhari...[ FULL STORY ]
Delhi for extending agreement
to seven years
New investment proposals have been tabled to the tune of $7 billion to put into effect appropriate transit infrastructures facilities through Bangladesh for the benefits of India.
The new investment requirement has been flashed through expert reports at a time when India has advanced a proposal for a seven-year agreement with Bangladesh to formally put the transit through...[ FULL STORY ]
DR. BINAYAK SEN GETS BAIL
Indian SC orders probe into Azad killing
It is the Supreme Court of India in its significant judgment set free Dr Binayak Sen on bail, a human right activist, who was awarded life imprisonment by a session’s court of Chhattisgarh on sedition charge. It has brought the Andhra Pradesh government to its knees in ordering probe by the central CBI into the killing of Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad along with Delhi based freelance journalist Pandey in July last year...[ FULL STORY ]
How appointment to constitutional posts be carried out?
M. Abdul Latif Mondal
Newspapers reported last week that the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Amendments (PCCA) was considering a proposition for introducing a system of parliamentary confirmation for appointment to constitutional posts. According to the proposal, a parliamentary committee composed of senior lawmakers of political parties will hold a public confirmation hearing after the government makes any appointment to any constitutional post...[ FULL STORY ]
Delhi’s ties with neighbours are fraught with conflict
Pallavi Roy in London
India’s relationships with its neighbours are fraught with conflict, save Bhutan and Maldives. Of late, the popular perception is that its relationship with Bangladesh is on an upswing. Last year, India signed the much-awaited agreement for transit of goods through Bangladesh to access its north-eastern states. Indian media reports hailed it as a momentous step in cementing India-Bangladesh relations...[ FULL STORY ]
Sonia admits Maoists are ‘grave threat’
to Indian security
The Indian Maoists have extended its sphere of influence is reflected in fierce battle with joint forces in Maharashtra on April 19. According to official report, at least one paramilitary trooper was killed and five others wounded in the encounter. In Bihar, a senior police officer was killed. Stray incidents of Maoist campaign were reported from other states. The red rebels’ expanding activities in fresh areas have perturbed Congress president Sonia Gandhi...[ FULL STORY ]
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