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Voting for 10th national parliament begins

Voting for the country’s general election 2014 started at 8 am on Sunday amid foolproof security in which the people of 147 constituencies will elect their representatives.   The much-talked-about 10th national election began amid the opposition’s boycott and widespread arson attacks across the country that left about 100 polling stations damaged and two people, […]

THE outcome of Bangladesh’s election on 5th January seems certain. But with the main opposition party boycotting the vote, whether the government can claim a legitimate victory is less clear. Source: The Economist

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The minus-one solution ROAD 79 in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone is a good place for a glance at the state of Bangladesh’s democracy. Here two sides of a house are blocked off by five lorries loaded with sand, and scores of policemen; a third side is blocked by the high walls of the Russian embassy. Khaleda […]

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A platform of eminent citizens has opposed the demand of another group of prominent citizens to stall Sunday’s polls, saying such a demand is aimed at ‘creating a constitutional vacuum’ in Bangladesh. On Dec 28, most of the participants at a discussion, organised by four non-government organisations (NGO), advocated cancelling of Sunday’s general elections. A […]

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BY M. Ron Wahid , John Hannah Bangladesh rarely registers in the minds of most Americans, but U.S. policymakers would be well advised to devote some urgent attention to the country. As things stand now, general elections scheduled for Jan. 5 look virtually guaranteed to leave a trail of bitter division, wide-scale violence, and chaos […]

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From the very beginning of this year it has been a breathless rollercoaster ride. Corruption scandals, political shenanigans and the worst factory disaster left Bangladesh gasping for air. Politics took a devastating turn when political rivalry took the form of brutal violence against people and public property, its debilitating effects seeping into every crevice of […]

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Bangladesh is no real democracy except in the minds of those who hold state power Let us dispense with the notion that any of our four major political parties are democratic, notwithstanding the fond remembrances of non-existing history by their apologists in the media and intelligentsia. Never in the history of the Bengali people, going […]

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If one wants to draw any similarity between the two so-called one-sided parliamentary polls — the one of February 15, 1996, and the one to be held today — it will be spotted in the solid stance of the Jamaat-e-Islami against both the elections. Though it waged movements against both the polls for establishing non-partisan […]

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BNP has appealed to the voters to stay away from polling centres claiming that Sunday’s elections will be a puppet show. “This election is a puppet show. The people of the country have already rejected it,” said Osman Farruq, an advisor to BNP chief Khaleda Zia, at an urgent press briefing on Saturday. “I want […]

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The facility for all will be incentive for corrupt people in the banking sector Four state-owned commercial banks had to reschedule loans to the tune of Tk3,700 crore in the first nine months of last year, mainly due to pre-election regularisation of loans taken by the politically influential people – many of them taking part […]

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BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam on Saturday alleged that the government’s ill-effort to cling to power has made Sunday’s national election a farce and a cruel joke. In a statement, he said, “This election has now truly turned into a farce of cruel joke. Awami League has chosen the path of such an […]

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Opposition boycotts polls; 100 polling stations torched on election eve The much-talked-about 10th national election is going to begin at 8am today (Sunday) amid the opposition’s boycott and widespread arson attacks across the country that left about 100 polling stations damaged and one person dead on Saturday.   The election will be held in 147 parliamentary […]

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