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  • Karl Marx in Bangladesh

    , by HASSAN Mirza

    A survey of the influence of Marxist thought in Bangladesh.
    No I am not talking about my encounter with the ghost of Karl Marx in Bangladesh. If you are interested in such stories you should read Howard Zinn’s Marx in Soho or Sumonto Bandyopadhyay’s Bhuture Molakat (Ghostly Encounter)—two (...)

  • Protests lead to traffic chaos across Bangladesh

    , by New Age (Bangladesh)

    Students demand the abolition or reduction in civil service recruitment quotas for families of liberation war martyrs, women and minorities. The ´martyrs’ quota is particularly unpopular because of widespread corruption and nepotism
    Protesters pushing for reduction in public recruitment quota (...)

  • Amid Student Protests, Bangladesh Scraps Quota in Government Jobs

    , by MAHMUD Faisal

    In the face of nation-wide protests by thousands of students, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday announced abolishment of the decades-old quota system for recruiting government officials through an annual civil service exam. Over a hundred students, demanding reduction in 30% reservation for children of freedom fighters, were injured in clashes with the police.

    Hasina declared in Parliament that “there is no need for quota system in the public service” asking the (...)

  • Time for Bangladesh to reform the freedom fighter quota in civil service recruitment

    , by ELAHI Khandakar Qudrat-I

    The civil service recruitment quota for children and grandchildren of liberation war martyrs is unpopular. It no longer plays a useful purpose and is unfair to many other families which sacrificed or suffered in the 1971 war of liberation from Pakistan

    The Bangladesh Civil service, the biggest and the most prestigious public sector employer in the country, appoints personnel for government bureaucracy under quota system in its cadre category. Currently, 44 per cent vacancies are filled up from merit list while the remaining 56 per cent are filled under various quotas. Out of these quota jobs, 30 per cent are reserved (...)

  • Bangladesh: Coup bid reveals extremism within

    , by HAQ Naimul

    DHAKA, Feb 2, 2012 (IPS) - Bangladesh’s army has won paludits as leading United Nations peacekeepers, but the January coup attempt against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government has exposed lurking religious extremism within its ranks.
    On Jan. 19, the army brass disclosed that it had foiled a (...)

  • Bangladesh’s last chance

    , by MONTERO David

    Bangladesh’s prime minister, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, launched a coordinated assault in January 2010 on the Islamist order that has gripped her country for 30 years. She attacked its legal foundation. In 1979, Islamists had hijacked control of the state, amended the constitution, and transformed (...)

  • Bangladesh Election Won by Ex-Prime Minister Hasina

    , by JOHNSON Ed

    Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) — Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed’s political alliance was swept back to power in national elections, ending two years of military-backed emergency rule.
    Hasina’s Awami League gained a clear parliamentary majority, winning 229 seats with results declared (...)

  • Bangladesh Goes Back to the Polls

    , by THAKURIA Nava

    Two years on, a benighted country tries democracy yet again
    With Bangladeshi voters going to the polls, apprehension remains over whether the vote can ensure a stable democratic regime, or whether the poverty-stricken country will slip back into the vitriolic infighting that has paralyzed it (...)

  • Bangladeshis vote for 1st time in 7 years

    , by AP

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s political alliance took the lead early Tuesday in elections aimed at restoring democracy to the troubled South Asian nation, officials and media reports said.
    The English-language Daily Star newspaper reported early Tuesday that the (...)

  • Bangladesh Now: A Showpiece of Pax Americana

    , by BOSE Soumitra

    If things come the Bush-Blair or rather Empire way, we would have all over the earth what we now see in Bangladesh. The country is run now by what is eulogized as a “caretaker government”! Yes, care is what they are taking, of what, however is the question? Political activities are banned. It (...)

  • Bangladesh: Where do we go from here?

    , by SOBHAN Rehman

    Rehman Sobhan examines the implications for the country of Prof. Yunus’s decision to retreat from the political stage.
    The precipitate withdrawal by Prof. Muhammad Yunus from the political arena was an unexpected as was his announcement of launching a party. The emphasis is on the word (...)

  • Taming the Strong Women of Bangladesh

    , by THAKURIA Nava

    The military has put restrictions on Bangladesh’s politicians and derailed the two women at the center of the country’s fevered political system. The country awaits the end game.
    After nearly a generation of desperate and debilitating democracy dominated by two women who hated each other enough (...)

  • Bangladesh: The counter-reformation

    , by SOBHAN Zafar

    Sunday, February 11: Joint forces arrest S.M. Nuruzzaman, ex-commissioner of the Phulbari town municipality and a leader of the Phulbari chapter of the national committee resisting the Phulbari coal mining project. Nuruzzaman was instrumental in organising the anti-mining protests at (...)

  • Bangladesh: Army-backed Arrests Worry Rights Groups

    , by AHMED Farid

    DHAKA, Feb 5 (IPS) - The detention of over a dozen high-profile politicians by the military-backed interim government in Bangladesh, on Sunday, has raised a storm of protests by rights groups and the country’s two main political parties.
    Those taken into custody include former ministers (...)

  • Electoral commissioners quit after court ruling in Bangladesh

    , by CHENG Eva

    On January 31, Bangladesh’s acting electoral commission chief Mahfuzur Rahman and his four deputies resigned, paving the way for the country’s caretaker government to appoint new commission members as demanded by the main alliance of opposition parties.
    The resignations followed a ruling the (...)