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Polls schedule: Oppn men go on the rampage across country

Over 200 vehicles vandalised, 150 crude bombs blasted   Activists of the BNP-led 18-party alliance went on the rampage in different places across the country on Monday night following the announcement of the schedule for the 10th parliamentary polls.   In a televised address to the nation in the evening, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi […]

The core of the matter

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The stage is set. The actors are in motion and the audience is resigned to the fact that their verdict will not matter when the play finally ends. The play will follow its own plot no matter what, but since you have already spent your currency, the only option available to you at this juncture […]

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JS polls on Jan 5

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BNP rejects schedule, hits back with 48-hour ‘blockade’ from 6:00am today; Hannan Shah held The general election will be held on January 5, the Election Commission said yesterday amid fear of escalation of violence and uncertainty over the BNP-led opposition alliance’s participation in the polls. Announcing the polls fixture, Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad […]

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The BNP and its allies have rejected the electoral roadmap and will enforce Bangladesh-wide blockades of road, rail and water transports for 48 hours starting from 6am Tuesday. The opposition’s spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the protest programme at a press briefing on Monday at BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office. The Opposition plans […]

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The ruling Awami League has welcomed the election schedule and hoped the BNP will join the national election. “The tension and worries of the countrymen are over,” party Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif told reporters on Monday after the Chief Election Commissioner outlined the roadmap to polls. Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad in […]

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Reach consensus

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CEC asks political parties again The chief election commissioner has once again urged all political parties to reach a consensus over polls-time government for the sake of the country’s progress, peace and democracy. Giving an outline of the roadmap to the 10th parliamentary election in a televised address yesterday, Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad said the commission […]

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  Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on Monday urged the Election Commission (EC) to reschedule the date for submitting nomination papers terming it ‘unrealistic’.   “The date fixed for submitting nomination papers is unrealistic. There should have been at least two weeks’ gap between the announcement of schedule and the date for submission of nomination […]

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4 new advisers stay put; cabinet meets without advisers for the first time Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked seven of her 11 advisers to resign. The seven, appointed when the Awami League-led grand alliance took office five years back, will step down in a day or two. She gave the orders at a meeting […]

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Ahead of the announcement of the election schedule yesterday, the US stressed the need for holding a dialogue between the major parties, while India said democratic institutions and process in Bangladesh will be strengthened in the run up to the national election. “I don’t know whether the chief election commissioner will be doing that or […]

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Questions arise over legality of signing such deal by polls-time govt; first target is to restore trade privileges The government, after more than a decade of talks, yesterday inked the Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (Ticfa) with the US, ushering in a new era of communication between the two countries. Commerce Secretary Mahbub Ahmed […]

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The BNP and its allies have announced a 48-hour nationwide blockade of roads, rail and waterways starting from 6am Tuesday rejecting the roadmap to general elections. The opposition’s spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the programme at a press briefing on on Monday. Fakhrul said, “We ask that the schedule be kept on hold until […]

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The Election Commission (EC) will call out troops to assist it in conducting fair and credible the parliamentary elections in keeping with the past. “Conducting polls at 300 constituencies across the country on same day is very tough. The number of voters is also really huge,” Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad said on Monday […]

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