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Where did the caretaker debate go?

So why continue with yet another undemocratic instrument to fix a broken democratic system, and not try to strengthen democratic institutions? Civil society leaders have called for the postponement of the January 5 elections – something that I wholeheartedly agree with. However, I also expected them to bring back to the table the debate over […]

Mohammed Akhtar’s former neighbors keep stopping by to tell him that it is time for him to come home, that there is really nothing to be afraid of. They try to coax him, reminding him that Hindu and Muslim families lived together in his village for generations before September, when a two-day spasm of religious […]

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Manmohan Singh: “In a few months time I will hand the baton over” Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced that he will not stay in the post if his Congress party wins the next election, due in the summer. Mr Singh, 81, has been Indian PM for almost a decade. He said a Congress […]

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Voters are undecided about going to the polling centres fearing violence Rickshaw-pullers look on at a burning bus after pro-blockade activists torch the vehicle in the city’s Gulistan yesterday The country is heading into the 10th Parliamentary Polls tomorrow amid opposition’s boycott and threat to resist the polls, with tension, disappointment and fear of violence […]

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  The Election Commission has completed its all preparations for holding elections in 147 constituencies out of 300 in the country amid the opposition’s call to people to boycott what it said the farcical polls.   As part of the preparations, Chief Election Commission Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad will inaugurate a media centre on the premises […]

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The Saudi government has announced a two-month grace period to expatriates who have failed to legalise their status during the seven-month amnesty period. Arab News reports that Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Naif issued the order to the expatriates who have failed to complete their residency correction procedures at the Passport Department during […]

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Is the AL realising that the oldest political party of the country is becoming isolated from its own arena? Much has been said and written about our upcoming 10th parliamentary election. This election is boycotted by the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance and many other parties. Our civil society members and political parties opposing this election […]

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Opposition supporters indulged in torching of polling centres in Feni, Chittagong, Brahmanbaria, Nilphamari, Dinajpur and Barisal throughout Friday in keeping with Khaleda Zia’s call to stop parliamentary elections. Apart from the acts of arson, they also hurled crude bombs at the Satkhira election office. Schools and colleges are usually used as polling centres during national […]

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The Forests and Environment Minister of the poll-time government has said that actions against those responsible for the recent acts of sabotage will be taken after a new government takes over following Sunday’s elections. “After the elections, stern measures will be taken against those who are terrorising people and creating anarchy,” Hasan Mahmud said at […]

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Wholesale and retail prices of rice have increased this week compared with the previous week in this peak Aman harvesting season. Traders have attributed the rise to breakdown of supply system because of the frequent strikes and blockades by the BNP-led 18-Party alliance. In this one week, rice prices went up by Tk 2-3 a […]

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She says she is under house arrest   Opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Friday urged the country’s people to fully boycott the January-5 election terming it a farce in the name of polls.   “I call upon the country’s people for completely boycotting the stained and farcical acts on January 5 in the name of […]

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At this point in time, with the 10th Parliamentary elections upon us, we are all painfully aware of the reasons for the Opposition’s boycott and their demands. They have demonstrated their demands with enough dead and burnt bodies and bomb attacks. Rather than rehash all the current political hot topics I would like to ask […]

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