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Bangladesh’s Non – Election

by Daniel Berman Getting reelected with a bad economy is hard – ask George H. W. Bush. Getting reelected with a bad economy, near anarchy in the countryside, multiple corruption probes, and accusations of human rights abuses is harder still. Hence Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh hit upon gold when she found perhaps […]

Two cannot join for violating polls code Two hundred and eighty-nine MPs elected in the 10th parliamentary polls are set to take oath today, amid the opposition’s allegation that the government has been violating the constitution by keeping two parliaments alive simultaneously. Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury told the Dhaka Tribune that she would administer oath […]

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Click to Expand & PlayAwami League’s Sheikh Hasina Dhaka:  The United States has said Sunday’s polls in Bangladesh were not credible and it wants fresh elections in that country. In contrast, India has said the elections were part of its neighbour’s internal and Constitutional process. New Delhi is reportedly backing current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, […]

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The showdown between two politicians from prominent political families is embroiling India’s Islamic neighbor in unpredictable violence. As a young girl in Bangladesh, you could say I grew up parallel to the legendary rivalry between the country’s main political foes, Sheikh Hasina and Begum Khaleda Zia: two very powerful women with some serious political capital. […]

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 Most of the senior and mid-level leaders declined to comment on the issue BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman Conflicting comments from the party chief and her son on the issue of holding a dialogue to settle the prevailing political stalemate have confused the mid-level and grassroots leaders and activists of […]

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The selection game

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 Common people select a person to represent them, and later that person falls prey to power and misuses it Photo- Focus Bangla The so-called epoch-making selection in the name of an election has been carried out amidst cries of the civil society and woes of the international arena. All the voices have fallen on deaf […]

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  Voicing grave concern over the post-polls violence, chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Prof Mizanur Rahman on Wednesday urged the government to use its force, if required, to resist the evil forces to put an end to the violence. “I want to remind the state and the government that it’s time to […]

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Khaleda asks oppn activists to continue blockade   Opposition BNP on Wednesday alleged that the ruling party men are carrying out attacks on the minority communities at different parts of the country in a planned way to divert people’s attention from the ‘stage-managed, voter-less election’ to other direction.   In a statement, BNP acting secretary […]

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 It drops to 6-8% from the previous year’s double-digit figure The inter-bank call money rate remained low throughout last year due to dull investment as banks were sitting with huge liquidity. The rate hovered around 6-8% almost the whole year except January, compared to the double-digit rates during previous two consecutive years, according to Bangladesh […]

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  The 60-hour countrywide hartal enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance alongside its nonstop blockade demanding the cancellation of January-5 election results ended at 6pm Wednesday amid stray incidents of violence, leaving three people dead.   The opposition combine originally enforced a 48-hour shutdown at 6am on Monday which was scheduled to end at 6am […]

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  Jatiya Party senior presidium member Raushan Ershad is likely to meet Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban on Thursday evening.   Although Raushan was scheduled to meet Hasina on Wednesday evening, the meeting will be held on Thursday’s evening, said a highly placed source at the Prime […]

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The meeting is going on File photo: British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Gibson meets BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan residence on December 30, 2013 Robert Gibson, British High Commissioner in Dhaka, has been holding a meeting with the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Gibson went to BNP Chairperson’s residence around 7:30pm on Wednesday, […]

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