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The honourable prime minister may crack down on political activists or troublemakers, but Bangladesh won’t settle down politically in the short term Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) recently organised dialogue on the political impasse that has crippled the country and is eating into the future of the Bangladesh economy. Some say it was organised in response […]

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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The government would provide necessary protocol and protection to Khaleda Zia despite the fact that she was set to lose the post of the opposition leader   Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam said yesterday the government would initiate talks with BNP, which had boycotted the 10th parliamentary polls. He also said the government […]

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The European Union has urged all parties in Bangladesh to refrain from violence and engage in a “genuine dialogue” putting Bangladesh’s interest above everything else. Through dialogue it urged them to agree on “a mutually acceptable way forward to strengthen democratic accountability and to hold transparent, inclusive and credible elections”. High Representative Catherine Ashton issued […]

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The High Court has stayed Bangladesh Bar Council Vice Chairman and BNP leader Khandker Mahbub Hossain seven-day remand in a bomb attack case. The bench of Justice Enayetur Rahim and Justice Mohammad Ullah issued the order on Thursday. It also issued a rule on why taking Mahbub into custody should be declared illegal. Golam Mohammad […]

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  The Election Commission will deploy army members in eight constituencies of six districts during re-voting in 392 polling centres there on January 16.   The commission at its meeting on Wednesday took the decision over the army deployment before and after the re-voting, said a highly-placed source at the EC Secretariat.   The eight […]

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Violence from all quarters must stop, he says   Reiterating the United States’ position on January 5 elections, US Ambassador in Dhaka Dan Mozena on Thursday said Bangladesh is responsible for ensuring its own democracy, and ‘outsiders, no matter how well intentioned, cannot do it’.   “We made clear our view that the elections (of […]

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  Human Rights Watch, a New York-based rights body, said the Bangladesh authorities should immediately end arbitrary arrests of opposition party members and others.   “The ruling party keeps saying it welcomes dialogue with the opposition, but in light of the ongoing crackdowns, it’s impossible to take that statement seriously,” said Brad Adams, Asia director […]

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  Work on the main structure of the much-hyped Padma Multipurpose Bridge will begin by June this year, said Communications Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday.   The minister came up with the remark while talking to reporters at the capital’s Setu Bhaban.   Bridge Division secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam, project director of the Padma Bridge […]

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  The international community, with one notable exception, has roundly criticised last Sunday’s election and continued calling for political dialogue shunning violence to have a truly participatory election in the future.   Most countries condemned the election-centred killings and violence but encouraged all parties to reach an agreement soon and mentioned that a mutually agreed […]

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The Speaker has violated the constitution by conducting the oath ceremony, Fakhrul claims   The swearing-in of new parliament members on Thursday was in violation of the constitution, BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir claimed. Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury violated the constitution by conducting the oath-taking ceremony, the BNP leader said in a […]

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The nationwide blockade programme will resume on Sunday Friday and Saturday will be out of BNP’s ongoing indefinite blockade programme across the country, party chairperson’s adviser Osman Farruq said. He made the announcement through a video message on Thursday evening. The indefinite blockades, called by BNP-led 18-party alliance, began on January 1. The opposition alliance […]

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