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Violence mars poll in Bangladesh

by Haroon Habib Polling ended in all 147 parliamentary constituencies across the country amid attacks by the anti-poll activists which forced the Election Commission to suspend voting in at least 161 centres. The much-awaited Bangladeshi election was marred by violence as the eight hours-long voting closed at 4 p.m. with reports of low turnout because […]

The Election Commission postponed voting in nearly 500 polling stations in the wake of widespread violence at different parts of the country that left at least 19 people dead.   Election Commissioner Zabed Ali hinted that the figure of the centres where election has been postponed would be approximately 500.   While talking to reporters […]

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Economic danger signs start to show The indicators show economy-wide phenomena such as changes in unemployment, national income, rate of growth, gross domestic product, inflation and price levels The economic damages caused by the current political unrest starts coming out on the surface as most key macroeconomic indicators are in the red. The indicators show […]

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Demanding fresh elections under a non-party administration, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday said the government’s efforts to hold a stage-managed election has failed.   In a statement, Fakhrul said, “The voters not only rejected this farcical election but also foiled the government’s all efforts to hold unilateral polls.”   Claiming […]

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Amid a deepening conflict between Bangladesh’s two main political parties, the scene here in the capital as polls opened for the general elections on Sunday was ominous, with black-clad special forces units and soldiers in combat gear patrolling nearly empty boulevards. The official nationwide figures were still being compiled, but several Dhaka polling places visited […]

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The morning after

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We must now turn our attention back to resolving the political crisis that remains. Let us move forward and not back The 10th parliamentary elections have been concluded. They were not ideal, but they could have been worse, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief that the nation has come through the process […]

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The survey conducted by BGMEA over 38 export-oriented factories has come up with the claim of huge business losses in the RMG sector The country’s readymade garment sector has incurred a loss of $20m due to cancellation of orders, extra-burden of air freight, delays in shipments, discount and vandalism in the wake of non-stop political […]

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The Awami League is heading towards an absolute majority in Sunday’s parliamentary elections that was marked by violent clashes in different parts of the country and low turnout amid boycott by the opposition alliance.   According to primary results available as of filing this report around 12 midnight, the ruling party won 68 seats out […]

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Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, who failed to withdraw nomination, lost in Lalmonirhat-1 (Hatibandha-Patgram) election to the ruling party candidate. The JP chief however won the election over Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) candidate in Rangpur-3 constituency. Ershad bagged 55,453 while Md Sabbir Ahmed 25,586, reports our Rangpur correspondent. In Lalmonirhat, Awami League aspirant Motahar Hossain […]

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Claiming that the country’s people have rejected Sunday’s ‘lopsided’ national election with hatred by staying indoor, BNP demanded cancellation of the polls and announcement of a fresh schedule for the 10th parliamentary elections.   It also asked the government to quit and take initiatives for holding the election under a non-party caretaker government through talks […]

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Describing the Jan 5, 2014 as a black day for democracy, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) on Sunday said no one witnessed such an unprecedented, candidate-less and voter-less farcical election not only in Bangladesh, but also in the world history.   In a joint statement, SCBA president AJ Mohammad Ali, also adviser to BNP […]

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A polling officer at the city’s St Joseph Technical School centre of Dhaka -6 constituency, alleged that about 100 unknown people entered his centre at about 3:30 pm on Sunday and snatched ballot papers from the polling officers to put seal on them to show higher voter turnout at over 50 percent.   Requesting anonymity, […]

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