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Displeased, US urges for credible polls

It also condemns violence, calls on all to stop committing it Expressing displeasure over Sunday’s elections, the United States (US) on Monday encouraged the government and opposition parties to engage in ‘immediate dialogue’ to find a way to hold fresh elections as soon as possible that are free, fair, peaceful, and credible.   “The United […]

The Commonwealth has also expressed its disappointment over limited participation and low voter turnout in Bangladesh elections and encouraged dialogue among political parties for a more inclusive and peaceful political process.   “The limited levels of participation and the low voter turnout are disappointing,” said Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General, in a statement on Bangladesh elections. […]

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40% votes cast

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Sunday’s general elections held in 139 constituencies had a 40 percent turnout, according to the Election Commission. Polling in the halted centres in eight constituencies will take place on Jan 16. As many as 153 seats, among 300, returned winners without contest, as the BNP-led Opposition alliance had boycotted the polls. The Opposition, working to […]

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Three more export cloths –woven, knit and terry towels- will get five percent cash incentive from the government even for transactions through telephonic transfer. The finance ministry has decided on this. So far, only cloth made from native yarns used to get the incentive against Letters of Credit. The government has asked Bangladesh Bank to […]

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The lists have been issued from the EC office in the afternoon The Election Commission on Monday has released a list containing the unofficial results of 139 constituencies where the 10th general elections except took place on Sunday. The lists have been issued from the EC office in the afternoon. According to the lists, ruling […]

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Kuwait is going to resume manpower recruitment from Bangladesh after a seven-year break. Director General of the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) Begum Shamsun Nahar said the Bangladesh embassy in Kuwait had sought some 593 workers for employment in a particular company in Kuwait. She said on Monday the government’s ‘labour diplomacy’ had […]

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I firmly believe that relieving the Mujib and Zia families from politics in itself shall stimulate and rejuvenate politics Bangladesh is now seen internationally as a country of enormous economic potential, and in recent years, the country has made huge progress in many social indicators including poverty alleviation, child mortality, and others. And yet, the […]

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Illegal regime won’t last for long, she says   Demanding immediate cancellation of Sunday’s ‘farcical‘ elections, opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Monday urged the government to quit and reach a compromise for holding a free, fair, peaceful and inclusive national election under a non-party neutral administration.   In a statement, Khaleda, also the chairperson of […]

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  The Indian media has not been as scathing as the rest of the international press in its criticism of the elections to the 10th Jatiya Sangshad in Bangladesh held on Sunday, perhaps mindful of its government’s backing for the farcical poll arranged by its traditional ally the Awami League.   Zee News, under the […]

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Two Jatiya Party MP-elects have claimed that Raushan Ershad will be the next Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. The party, however, has not yet made any specific announcement with other party leaders remaining silent. Keeping the nation and its leaders and activists behind a smokescreen, the party won 13 seats in the 10th general […]

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He instructs admin, law-enforcers to deal with post-polls violence with strong hand   Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on Monday renewed her offer to BNP to have a dialogue for the next election in the country, but not for any early polls.   “I’ll urge all, including the opposition leader, to come up for a […]

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He’ll return home once his treatment complete   BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, now in London, ruled out the possibility of further dialogue with Awami League branding the incoming government an ‘illegal’ one.   “There’s been a farcical election already. The government that comes to power through a farcical election is definitely not a legal […]

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