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British Islamic State suspect arrested in Bangladesh

Samiun-Rahman_British Islamic State suspectDetectives in Bangladesh say they have uncovered a British-led Isil recruitment cell in the capital Dhaka.
A British Muslim convert has been arrested in Bangladesh on suspicion of recruiting volunteers to fight with Islamic State jihadists in Syria.
Samiun Rahman, 24, was held in the Bangladeshi captial, Dhaka, six months after he is believed to have arrived in the country.
His arrest came two days after detectives revealed they were searching for a London-based Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) agent who had had recruited a number of young men who were arrested in recent weeks.
They first learned of a British man from East London allegedly recruiting Islamic State fighters when they arrested seven young Islamic militants, including an associate of Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, the 21-year-old student behind the failed 2012 attack on New York’s Federal Reserve Bank.
Three alleged recruits were arrested last week, including the son of a retired judge and the other the son of a senior civil servant.
They had been told they would travel to Syria via Turkey posing as followers of the Tabligh Jamaat, a moderate Islamic religious study group.
At Mr Rahman’s family home in Holborn, east London, a woman who said he was his sister said the family had “no idea what was going on”.
She said: “We don’t know what he was doing out there. We don’t know anything about it. I can’t really speak to you.”
A neighbour said Mr Rahman had converted to Islam while serving a prison sentence.
She said: “Before he went to prison, he wasn’t religious at all. He drank all the time and took drugs. He was completely antisocial and always arguing with his older brother about this and that.
“He’s lived here with his mum and sisters for years. Then he got put inside. When he came out after a few months he was wearing the full Muslim gear, the hat, the robe, the beard – everything. I couldn’t even recognise him.
“I assumed he was putting it all on so he could get out of prison early. But instead of standing around on the streets, he started going to the mosque all the time. All the drink and drugs stopped.
“But then he went away to the Middle East. I know his mum told one of the neighbours she was worried he’d gone to fight with Isil. It must be terrible for her.”
Mr Rahman is accused of recruiting would-be Isil fighters in Dhaka and in Sylhet, in the north of the country, where his family are believed to have relatives.

Bangladesh Court Commutes Death Sentence of Delwar Hossain Sayedee

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Delwar Hossain Sayedee Denied Playing Role in Atrocities During Country’s War for Liberation. A Bangladeshi court commuted the death sentence of a senior opposition politician convicted of war crimes to life in prison Wednesday, sparking clashes in the capital. An … read more

Bangladesh-Turkey businesses stress FTA

The Turkish government imposed 17 percent duty on import of textile and garment items from Bangladesh in June 2012 to protect its domestic apparel industry. All Bangladeshi products, except garment items, enjoy zero-duty benefit in the Turkish market. “We are … read more

Mamata Banerjee to meet Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh.

Mamata Banerjee has called the Deputy High Commissioner to discuss the issue,” sources said In the wake of allegations against one of the MPs of All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) for providing money raised from the Saradha Group to Jamaat-e-Islami-Bangladesh … read more

Dhaka launches global initiative to fight autism

Health experts suggest ensuring quality of traditional medicines at WHO conference. Bangladesh yesterday launched a global initiative to address the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in the South-East Asia Region of World Health Organization. Saima Wazed Hossain, chairperson of … read more

Accelerate Japan Bangladesh Relations: Abe arrived in Dhaka

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Japan is a tested Fried of Bangladesh.Bangladesh sacrifices UNSC candidacy supporting Japan.Bangladesh has withdrawn its candidature for the non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council in support of its ‘long-tested’ friend Japan, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has announced. The announcement … Japan Bangladesh Relations

Bangladesh seeks ‘Bay of Bengal partnership’ for blue economy

Bangladesh blue economy

Bangladesh has sought ‘Bay of Bengal partnership’ for sustainable economic growth leveraging the blue ocean to its south. “Blue economy must be inclusive and people-centric,” the foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali said on Tuesday at the end of the two-day … read more

Bangladesh no longer in pirate prone countries

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said journey in the sea route is safe now as Bangladesh is no longer in the list of pirate prone countries. ‘Blue Economy’ is a concept that can significantly contribute to the socio-economic development of … read more

Bangladesh and Japan need comprehensive partnership

In this exclusive interview, Matsushiro Horiguchi, former ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh, talks to Tokyo-based Bangladeshi journalist Monzurul Huq and reflected on various aspects of bilateral relations that the upcoming visit of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is bound … read more

Bangladesh eyes ‘blue economy’ for sustainable growth

The Blue Economy: 10 years - 100 innovations - 100 million jobs

Dhaka is going to host an international workshop on ‘blue economy’ with experts and representatives from 20 countries. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will open the two-day workshop on Monday. This will be the first such workshop Bangladesh will host. Officials … read more

Over 100 villages submerged in flood-hit Bangladesh-Part of embankment collapses

Bangladesh erosion-by-jamuna

Flood situation in Bangladesh worsened as over 100 villages have been submerged after gushing waters washed away a portion of an embankment on Jamuna river in the country’s northwest, affecting over one lakh people. Lives of around one lakh people … read more