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Britain reviews aid to Bangladesh after election violence

 By David Bergman, Dhaka British government has said it is reviewing its funding of aid programmes in support of Bangladesh’s parliament following an electiom marred by deadly violence and accusations of ballot fixing A spokesman at the High Commission in Dhaka said two programmes – costing more than £55 million – could lose part of […]

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, who first filed nomination and later seemed stubborn to boycott the 10th parliamentary poll, reportedly failed to meet his party MPs inside the parliament building after taking oath yesterday. The former military dictator finally took oath as MP of the Rangpur 3 constituency yesterday, ending speculations that he might stick […]

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Faisal Rahim The country witnessed a bloody, unprecedented election held by the ruling Awami League sidetracking the opposition parties. It was exclusively an AL election ended over selection of MPs making sure the ruling party’s return to power again. On Jan 5 the government held the election putting BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia under virtual […]

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WHERE IS THE END?

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by F R Chowdhury   Ever since she came to power, Sheikh Hasina has achieved lot of success. She arranged for hanging of most of those connected with the killing of her father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. She successfully evicted Begum Khaleda Zia, the leader of the opposition from a house given to her by a […]

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Abu Hena It was the morning of 5th January when BBC’s Dhaka correspondent was reporting on the Bangladesh election scenario to the news room in London. “There is fog all around, so none has turned up to vote so far,” he said standing right inside an empty polling center. The news caster who was not […]

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Mohammad Ali Sattar The 10th parliamentary election is over. The ruling party and its allies are very happy. They have successfully passed the polling day while the country was in the grip of violence and deaths. However, the elections have been dubbed as unacceptable locally and globally. Much before the polls were actually held we […]

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Sadeq Khan Ignoring violent protests throughout the country, over a score of deaths in the exercise of coercive power of the State, total boycott by the parliamentary Opposition, and express disapproval of international community who through a UN emissary conducted an unfinished mediation effort for a consensus on election-time government to ensure a commonly acceptable […]

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Fazal M. Kamal “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” — Abraham Lincoln The level of surrealism has been lifted to a wondrous degree. After having successfully isolated itself from the people as well as the international community (both of which were dealt with […]

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The BNP-led 18-party alliance has postponed its countrywide nonstop blockade programme from 6 am on Monday till further announcement.   “BNP acting secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has made the announcement of postponing the blockade,” party assistant office secretary Shamimur Rahman Shamim said in a statement.   He said the alliance will announce fresh programmes […]

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Amid speculations about the UK aid programme in Bangladesh, British High Commissioner Robert W Gibson on Saturday said Britain will continue to support the poorest and most marginalised people in Bangladesh.   “UK aid is a partnership between the people of Britain and the people of Bangladesh,” said the British diplomat in a statement.   […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will form her new Cabinet taking the oath of office on Sunday for the second consecutive term following her Awami League’s massive victory in the much-talked-about election to the 10th parliament.   The oath taking ceremony of the Prime Minister and her Cabinet will be held at 3.30 pm at the […]

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BNP on Saturday said the new government going to be formed by Awami League on Sunday will be an autocratic regime as it has no people’s mandate.   “The government which will be formed on January 12 will be the administration of dictatorship without having any representation of people. This regime will in no way […]

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