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    MARCH 30, 1971: Pakistan air force bombs Kalurghat radio station

    The month of March was near the end. But the barbarity of the Pakistan army was nowhere close to the finish line. It only got worse.

  • Nation observing Genocide Day

    The nation is observing the 'Genocide Day' in a somber mood today, commemorating the brutalities and cowardly attacks carried out by the Pakistani occupation forces on the unarmed Bangalees on the black night of March 25 in 1971.

  • Memoirs of 1971

    Memoirs of '71

    She was the first woman in her village Boro Tajpur to have completed matriculation and move to Kolkata for pursuing higher education. When the everyday commute to the heart of Kolkata and got too difficult, her family a decided to send her to Dhaka to stay with her brother Abdul Bari and continue her college education. A decision that changed her life, forever!

  • 'War crimes evidence found against 3 Habiganj men'

    Investigation agency have found evidence against three Habiganj men including a former upazila-level Awami League leader over their alleged involvement in crimes during the country’s Liberation War.

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    MARCH 7, 1971: The thunder roars

    The stage was set, the podium standing tall and ready and the microphones were switched on, waiting to echo the strong voice of the

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    MARCH 6, 1971: Tension builds up as March 7 rally nears

    With people of East Pakistan roaring for the declaration of independence, the suspense of what was to come on the March 7 rally grew. And with it, grew the angst and violence of the Pakistan government.

  • MARCH 2, 1971: First flag flies

    March 2, 1971 -- a historic day when Bangladesh announced its imminent arrival to the world by waving its flag for the

  • Islampur Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity

    In search of her roots

    Her expression began to change as soon as she stepped into the Missionaries of Charity at Islampur in Old Dhaka on Christmas morning. The colourful Christmas decor of the premises could hardly draw her attention.

  • A walk through the Liberation War Museum

    Visitors now can learn about the glorious Liberation War of 1971 at much wider spectrum as the Liberation War Museum has been shifted from its old building at Shegunbagicha to its new premises in Agargaon of Dhaka.

  • Bijoy Itihash app

    Bijoy Itihash app to display country's glorious history

    Innovative app "Bijoy Itihash", which would display the glorious historical events that led to the emergence of independent Bangladesh in 1971, is launched.

  • Shikha Anirban (flame eternal)

    President, PM pay homage to Armed Forces martyrs

    President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pay rich tributes to the martyred members of Bangladesh Armed Forces on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day 2017.

  • Bangladesh government honoured 34 retired police officials

    34 cops honoured

    Bangladesh government honours 34 retired police officials who built the first armed resistance against the Pakistan occupation forces on March 25 in 1971.

  • Martyred freedom fighter’s widow sues Meherpur ‘Razakar’

    Widow of a martyred freedom fighter in Meherpur files a case against a “local Razakar” for his alleged involvement in abduction and killing of her husband during the Liberation War in 1971.

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    Singer Abdul Jabbar passes away

    Abdul Jabbar whose powerful songs inspired the freedom fighters during the Liberation War passes away at a hospital in Dhaka. He was 80.

  • ICC satisfied with Bangladesh’s war crimes trial

    International Criminal Court President Justice Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi expresses her satisfaction over the proceedings of war crimes trials in Bangladesh.

  • Punishment for distorting Liberation War history

    Bangladesh Parliament unanimously adopts a resolution to enact a law for punishing those who will “distort” the country’s history of 1971 Liberation War and the mass killing.

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    The girl who lies among forgotten martyrs

    If she were alive, she would have been a living with the pride of our glorious Liberation War like any of us.

  • A forgotten massacre of 1971

    Today is April 23. On this day in 1971, the Pakistani occupation army aided by their local collaborators Rajakars went into an orgy of

  • Turkish envoy leaves Dhaka amid reports of withdrawal

    Turkish envoy to Bangladesh leaves Dhaka amid media reports that he has been withdrawn in response to the execution of top war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami.

  • Nizami's end

    Nizami was the highest ranking Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader to be hanged for crimes against humanity in 1971. With his execution, the stigma that we had been carrying for the last 45 years has been removed.

  • Pakistan parliament condemns Nizami hanging

    Pakistan’s parliament passes a unanimous resolution expressing “concern” and condemns the hanging of war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami. Sidewise, the country’s foreign ministry issues a statement voicing sadness over the execution. It also terms the execution “unfortunate.”

  • Nizami buried in Pabna

    Executed Jamaat ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami is buried at his village home in Santhia upazila in Pabna. Relatives and a few locals attended his namaz-e-janaza held at a madrasa at Monmothpur before he was buried around 7:15am.

  • Nizami’s profile

    War criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami's appointment as a minister by the BNP-led government was a slap in the face to our Liberation

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    [WATCH] Justice finally for the death designer’s victims

    The nation had to wait for 69 months to witness a long overdue justice is being carried out for the mass murders and rape in 1971 led by war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami. The legal battle in the war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Nizami has drawn to a conclusion as the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed his petition for reviewing its verdict that upheld his death penalty.

  • How Pakistan reacted over war criminals’ punishment

    Every time an execution of a war criminal took place in Bangladesh, the Pakistan government came up with “questionable comments” on the issue, which is Bangladesh’s internal matter.

  • Security beefed up at Dhaka jail

    Security in and around the Dhaka Central Jail, where death row war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami has been kept, was strengthened this afternoon.

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    Nizami shifted to Dhaka jail

    Death row war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami has been shifted to Dhaka Central Jail from a Kashimpur jail in Gazipur. The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the Jamaat-e-Islami chief's petition for reviewing its verdict that upheld his death penalty awarded by the International Crimes Tribunal-1 in 2014.

  • NO to war criminal NIZAMI'S plea

    The legal battle in the war crimes case against Motiur Rahman Nizami has finally drawn to a close after 69 long months. The man, who led the ruthless militia Al-Badr in the massacre of Bangalees including intellectuals and professionals during the 1971 Liberation War, has now only one option left -- seeking presidential clemency by confessing to the crimes he committed during the nine-month war.

  • Charges pressed against 2 ‘war criminals’

    The prosecution presses seven specific charges against two men including a former leader of Habiganj Awami League for their alleged involved in crimes committed during the Liberation War in 1971.

  • War crimes: Death for 4 Kishoreganj Razakars

    A special tribunal in Dhaka hands death penalty to four Razakars of Kishoreganj convicted of committing war crimes in 1971. One has been handed jail until death.