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Will BNP cut ties with Jamaat?

Khaleda tells NY Times she may consider leaving Islamist party For the first time since the formation of the four-party alliance (now the 18-party alliance) in 1998, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has hinted that her party might consider cutting off political ties with Jamaat-e-Islami. In an interview with the New York Times on Monday night, […]

  As many as 126 candidates out of 369 in the 139 constituencies lost their security money as they failed to bag at least one-eighths of the casting votes during the Sunday’s parliamentary elections.   The statistics were found analysing the unofficial election results of the constituencies that was disclosed by the Election Commission.   […]

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The rate may go up if supply disruption continues, economists say Inflation accelerated to 4-month high in December as food prices soared due to supply chain disruption caused by the prolonged political violence and shutdowns. Economists say inflation rate might climb up further unless supply conditions improve. Official data released yesterday showed the overall inflation […]

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  BNP vice chairman Selima Rahman on Tuesday claimed that the Prime Minister’s statements at Monday’s post-election press conference frustrated the nation.   “The nation was frustrated with the statement made by the Prime Minister at the press conference following the unilateral and farcical post-election,” she told a press briefing at her Gulshan residence.   […]

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  Denouncing the attacks on minorities over the 10 parliamentary polls, the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has urged the government to effective steps to protect them from such attacks and compensate the victims.   In a statement on Tuesday, TIB executive director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said a fanatic and non-democratic force has carried out the attacks […]

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It urges all sides to end political violence   In line with the influential countries, Australia has suggested a new, fully contested and transparent election in Bangladesh as soon as possible and called on all sides to end the political violence.   “The government and the opposition must take up their shared responsibility to hold […]

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It asks 18-party men to set up vigil for ensuring security of minorities   Opposition BNP on Tuesday held the ruling party ‘cadres’ responsible for the recent attacks and repression on minority communities and asked the 18-party men to prevent post-election violence against Hindus and other minority groups.   “The ruling party men as part […]

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Photos: Getty Images/AFP; Illustration by Bloomberg View In Bangladesh’s parliamentary elections Sunday, everyone lost. The vote was marred by bloodshed, boycotted by the opposition, and notable mostly for a dearth of actual voters. The results reveal only that the country’s bitterly divided political parties need to try again. Running largely unopposed, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina […]

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By ELLEN BARRY Bangladesh’s governing party celebrated its victory in general elections on Monday, dismissing critics who said the vote’s legitimacy was undercut by violence, low turnout and the absence of the country’s main opposition force from the ballots. The party, the Awami League, won 232 of the 300 seats in Bangladesh’s new Parliament, about […]

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Street protests in three Asian countries — Cambodia, Bangladesh and Thailand — are a vivid reminder of the fragile state of democracy in many developing countries, particularly those that do not have independent judiciaries and professional police forces and militaries. While the immediate causes for the turmoil are different in each country, they share several […]

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Lead to follow   Issuing a strong note of warning against the opposition leader, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked Khaleda Zia to stop post-polls violence and oppression on the minorities and the people who cast their votes on Sunday by the BNP-Jamaat-Shibir men, otherwise she would face the music.   “You didn’t take […]

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Terms violence unacceptable UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Terming the ongoing violence centring the 10th parliamentary polls unacceptable, UN chief Ban Ki-moon called political parties to resume meaningful dialogue and meet expectation of people for inclusive political process. In a statement issued by his spokesperson on January 6, the UN chief expressed sadness at the loss […]

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