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Trench warfare

IN TWO months, or sooner, Bangladeshis will go to the polls. This general election will be the seventh stab at a political transition involving the two heads of bickering dynasties—Khaleda Zia, of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), pictured left, and Sheikh Hasina, of the Awami League (AL), pictured right. Since 1991 the two parties have […]

Bangladesh’s opposition leader Zia along with 20 members of the 18-party opposition alliance discussed the country’s political impasse with the president at the Darbar Hall President house in the capital Dhaka. Bangladesh‘s opposition leader and former premier Khaleda Zia met late Tuesday with President Abdul Hamid and set eight demands to end the lingering political […]

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  Reminding people that Bangladesh will again turn into a den of militants and terrorists if BNP returns to power, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday sought votes for Awami League in the next general election for the country’s peace and progress.   “BNP’s return to power will mean oppression, torture, looting, price hike… the […]

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Some ministers of the newly formed polls-time government take oath at Bangabhaban on Monday. Photo: Prothom Alo Two days after the formation of the polls-time government, portfolios have been distributed among some ministers. A gazette notification will be published in this regard tomorrow, reports Bangla daily Prothom Alo tonight quoting sources. Some ministers have already […]

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Fakhrul wants more from JCD men Opposition activists have to do much more than just vandalising one or two vehicles on the street to have the BNP-led alliance’s demands met, acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said yesterday. “Many of our leaders, including the JCD general secretary, are in jail. The party activists […]

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Amid the unity factor looming overhead, the 18-party opposition alliance is planning to enforce another spell of four to five days’ countrywide hartal next week demanding a non-party election-time government. Sources in the opposition said its chief Khaleda Zia was worried, as the government had reportedly made attempts to split the alliance by offering ministerial […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the BNP to contest the parliament polls, promising the Opposition a free and fair election. “There will be no manipulations,” she said in her concluding address in the last session of the 9th parliament on Wednesday. Hasina also reiterated her offer to the BNP and its allies to join […]

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  Plainclothes police recovered 30 crude bombs and arrested a retired junior army officer and his son in this connection from their Demra residence on Wednesday night.   Acting on a tip-off, a special DB team conducted a raid on the house at Pachchim Boxnagar under Demra Police Station at about 11:30pm.   The detectives […]

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Three parallel safety pacts spurred by the death of more than 1,100 people in the April collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh have tentatively agreed on common standards for plant inspections in the country. Experts from the three groups—the Accord on Fire and Safety in Bangladesh, which is led by mostly European retailers; the […]

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More than two decades after his military government was ousted by people’s power, Hussein Mohammed Ershad is seeking a reversal of fortunes. Now chairman of the Jatiya Party (JP), the former military dictator says Bangladesh is fed of the ‘two-party tyranny’ and wants peace and stability under a ruler who is capable of providing it. […]

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Mentioning that the President has entrusted her with the responsibility to run the polls-time cabinet, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday renewed her call to the opposition leader to join the upcoming parliamentary elections.   “I’ll again urge the opposition leader to join the election as it will be held in a free, fair and […]

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The General Assembly’s human rights committee passed a resolution urging Myanmar to give the stateless Rohingya minority equal access to citizenship and to crack down on Buddhist violence against them and other Muslims in the southeast Asian nation. The resolution, passed by consensus Tuesday, received mixed reaction in Myanmar. The director of the president’s office, […]

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