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    MARCH 31, 1971: Indira Gandhi pledges support

    The month of March, that saw the ignition of flames of freedom, finally came to an end.

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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.

  • Blueprint for genocide

    The planning and execution of genocidal brutality in history is marked by efforts to wipe out traces of such acts but surprisingly,

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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.

  • Trial for 1971 genocide

    We are happy to hear young Pakistanis, who represent the new generation in Pakistan, take up the cause of letting their people know ...

  • War trial: Death warrant for Quasem reaches Dhaka jail

    The death warrant for war criminal Mir Quasem Ali reaches Dhaka Central Jail around half an hour after the international crimes tribunal issued the warrant.

  • Charges pressed against 6 Netrakona war crimes suspects

    The prosecution presses seven charges against six Netrakona men who were allegedly involved in crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971.

  • 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.”

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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.

  • Nizami’s review plea hearing likely tomorrow

    The Supreme Court is likely to hold hearing on the review plea filed by convicted war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami Sunday.

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    War trial: Mir Quasem’s verdict tomorrow

    All eyes are on the Supreme Court, which is set to deliver the verdict tomorrow on the appeal filed by war criminal Mir Quasem Ali challenging his death penalty amid comments from different persons including two ministers on the chief justice.

  • Charges against 2 Kishoreganj ‘Razakars’ accepted

    International Crimes Tribunal-1 accepts the charges brought against two alleged Razakars for their “war crimes” in Kishoreganj during 1971.

  • 2015 events that Bangladeshis would want to forget

    Let us walk down the memory lane to look back at the events in the year 2015 that are etched in our memories and would remain so no matter how much we would want to forget them.

  • Goyeshwar goes crazy

    In a flurry of outrageous remarks, BNP leader Goyeshwar Chandra Roy on Friday described the 1971 martyred intellectuals as "anti-


    The BNP chief, in her first public address in more than a year on Monday said, “There is still a controversy about the exact number of

  • Sun rose from ruins

    It was a treacherous journey. On bull-carts and on foot. But it was the journey that finally led to the fall of Dhaka in 1971 and the victory for Bangladesh and its 75 million Bangalis.

  • Nation observes Martyred Intellectuals Day

    The nation is observing the Martyred Intellectuals Day today paying tributes to the intellectuals killed systematically by the Pakistan occupation army and their local collaborators at the fag-end of the country's Liberation War in 1971.

  • Oh Pakistan!

    It is really not a surprise that Pakistan would make a statement which pretty much echoes what the research has been revealing all along: that Pakistan justifies the war crimes; that Pakistan will not take responsibility for the harm they inflicted on an entire people in 1971.

  • [WATCH] Pakistan lying about 1971 genocide

    How can Pakistan deny that it did not commit any genocide in 1971?

  • Pakistan still in denial and self-deceit

    More than four decades on, the present day government of Pakistan has unabashedly and deliberately chosen to deny history. This is not just shameful; it is infinitely more immoral.

  • ‘Bangladesh reviewing ties with Pakistan’

    Govt is assessing Bangladesh-Pakistan ties, considering measures need to be taken over Pak reaction after execution of 2 war criminals, says foreign minister.

  • Pakistan denies war atrocities in 1971

    Pakistan summons the acting high commissioner of Bangladesh and denies committing any war crime or atrocities during the 1971 war of independence.

  • Another step towards justice

    One of Bangladesh's many tragedies was the near reversal, within three and a half years of our birth as a country, of the gains of our Liberation War and the coming to power, later, of people who not only opposed the birth of Bangladesh but actively participated in the genocide and crimes against humanity that was the hallmark of the Pakistani forces and their Bengali collaborators.

  • Opinion: AI statement shows political bias

    Amnesty International has caused fury and rage in the minds of Bangladeshis with its latest statement in support of two war criminals awaiting death – SQ Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed.

  • War criminal SQ Chy to seek review of SC verdict

    Condemned war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury is to file a petition with the Supreme Court seeking review of its judgement that had upheld his death penalty for war crimes.

  • Rayerbazar memorial

    The Rayerbazar momorial is the site we go to pay our respects every year to intellectuals massacred on the eve of victory on December 14, 1971.

  • Mancha for quick execution of SQ Chy

    Gonojagoron Mancha demands immediate execution of the death penalty pronounced to the BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for his crimes against humanity in 1971.

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    'Nixon didn't give a fig for the 1971 genocide'

    Former US president Richard Nixon “didn't give a fig for the genocide that was being committed in present-day Bangladesh”, says a Pulitzer winning New York Times journalist.