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I’m not another Imran Khan: Bangladesh’s Mashrafe Mortaza

DHAKA: He may be Bangladesh's biggest cricket star, but Mashrafe Mortaza insists he is not another Imran Khan, Pakistan's cricketing superhero-turned-prime minister. Contesting a seat in the national parliament for the ruling Awami League party in the December 30 elections, Mashrafe says he just wants to do more for sports and charity. "To be honest, the level where Imran Khan has reached, people cannot always reach there even if they want to," Mashrafe told AFP in an interview. "My desire is to do something for…

Pakistan lodges protest with Bangladesh over computer theft at Dhaka High Commission

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Office strongly protested on Tuesday with Bangladesh regarding theft of computers from its High Commission in Dhaka. Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal in a statement in Islamabad said that unknown burglars broke into the Consular Section of the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka and stole computers. Dr. Faisal said that the matter was immediately reported to Bangladesh authorities and an FIR was lodged with the police. The Bangladesh Foreign office was also informed about the…

Bangladesh ex-PM, Khaleda Zia to serve extra two years in prison

DHAKA: A Bangladesh court sentenced former prime minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia to seven years in prison for corruption on Monday, lawyers said, after she was jailed for five years in a separate case in February. The terms will run concurrently, meaning she will spend an extra two years in jail. The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has been in disarray ahead of general elections set for December after Khaleda was jailed in February for stealing funds for an orphanage. Khaleda, 72, and three…

Bangladesh editors protest ‘anti-press’ digital law

DHAKA: Bangladeshi newspaper editors on Monday staged a protest demanding sweeping amendments to a newly enacted digital law that journalists and rights groups say will curb freedom of expression. Critics say the measures -- including prison sentences for spreading "negative propaganda" -- are an attempt by an increasingly autocratic Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to stifle dissent in the South Asian nation. Sixteen members of the Sampadak Parishad, a council of top editors, stood in front of the national press club in…

India gold discounts widen; Bangladesh launches trade policy

MUMBAI/BENGALURU: Higher domestic prices dented demand for physical gold in India, prompting dealers to offer the biggest discounts in 3-1/2 months this week, while neighbouring Bangladesh approved its first policy to regulate imports and exports of the metal. Some customers in Singapore and elsewhere in Asia cashed in on a slight dip in global prices earlier this week, even as markets in top consumer China were closed for the Golden Week festival. In India, the second biggest gold consumer after China, dealers offered…

Turning tide on climate change: Bangladesh kids attend floating schools

DHAKA: Mosammat Rekha's older cousins grew up unable to read and write, their tiny village so frequently cut off from the nearest school by floods that would rise suddenly in their remote corner of disaster-prone Bangladesh. But seven-year-old Mosammat is learning her ABCs aboard a boat fitted with a classroom and play equipment that is helping children thrive even as climate change alters the world around them. "We can attend classes even during the rainy season, when our homes are barely above water," the…

Bangladesh calls for pressure on Myanmar on Rohingya repatriation

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s prime minister urged the global community, including the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), on Sunday to increase pressure on Myanmar to ensure the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown. “Despite the negative impact on own resources, ecology and local population, we have opened our border to give shelter to a huge number of Rohingya Muslims on humanitarian grounds,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said while inaugurating the regional hub of the IDB in…

Rohingya mark Eid, one year after Myanmar crisis began

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: Nearly one million Rohingya Muslims marked Eid al-Adha on Wednesday in the world's largest refugee camp, almost a year to the day since a brutal military crackdown drove the persecuted minority from Myanmar in huge numbers. Prayers were offered in makeshift mosques across southern Bangladesh to celebrate the Islamic festival of sacrifice as cows were slaughtered in muddy fields across the sprawling camps. In Kutupalong, a gigantic hill settlement crammed with hundreds of thousands of refugees, a…