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Fakhrul gets 6-month HC bail

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This December 10, 2012 photo shows BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaking to newsmen after he was taken into a microbus of the Detective Branch of Police in the city. The High Court on Wednesday granted six-month ad-interim bail to BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in two cases filed […]

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AL to declare CWC in evening

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The ruling Awami League is set to declare its central working committee, the highest decision-making body of the party, Wednesday evening. AL General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam is expected to announce the new committee at AL President Sheikh Hasina's political office in Dhanmondi at 7:00pm. The new committee has been finalised by dropping some controversial […]

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Caretaker is the only formula: Khaleda

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday responded to the government's proposal for talks, saying the discussion has to be on a non-party polls-time government's outline. “Our demand is clear; the government's formula on the next election won't work. No election can be held under their supervision,” she told a discussion. “Our formula is clear, too. […]

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Khaleda rejects Ashraf's informal talks claim

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia addresses a rally at Engineers Institutions premises in the capital on Tuesday. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday rejected a statement of Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam that an informal dialogue was going on with the opposition. The opposition leader said it is a conspiracy, not discussion if there […]

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AL ready for poll dialogue

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The ruling Awami League wants to sit with BNP for dialogues any moment, said the Local Government and Rural Development Minister on Monday. “The only way to reach a solution is through dialogues. No other alternative is available,” said LGRD minister Syed Ashraful Islam, who is also the General Secretary of Awami League. “The sooner […]

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'Shutdown a day after oil price hike'

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The BNP has decided to enforce a countrywide shutdown with its allies the day after the government raises fuel oil prices. Standing Committee Member Tariqul Islam said a meeting of the leaders of 18-Party alliance at BNP Chairperson's Gulshan office took the decision on Sunday night. “There will be a shutdown the next day the […]

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Making 10th parliamentary election credible

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The 9th parliamentary election of Bangladesh has been considered as the “best election in the country's history.” One of the reasons for this success was the caretaker government (CTG). The initiatives taken by the Chief Election Commission were supported by the then CTG. This election that set best practice in many areas and the achievement […]

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Empowerment beyond charter

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AL national council authorises Hasina to change party constitution and declaration In yet another violation of party constitution, the Awami League national council has empowered newly elected AL President Sheikh Hasina to bring changes, if necessary, in the charter and declaration. As per the party charter, the national council can exercise its powers to amend […]

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Lobbying on for vital posts

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Hasan Jahid Tusher Hectic lobbying for a place in the next central committee of ruling Awami League has started with the close circles of re-elected party chief Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. At the same time, apprehension of being dropped from the committee prevails among many leaders ranking from outgoing joint general secretaries to central committee […]

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Mosharraf points finger at his boss

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Retracting from his earlier statement, ex-secretary of Bridges Division Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan has told the ACC in custody that he made all decisions on the Padma bridge project in consultation with “higher authorities” in an oblique reference to ex-minister Syed Abul Hossain. But long before his arrest on December 26 in the Padma bridge corruption […]

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Don't favour war crimes accused

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Dipu Moni urges int'l community Dhaka yesterday called upon the international community not to make any request in favour of the war crimes accused who are now under trial in the International Crimes Tribunal. “Bangladesh wants nobody to make any request or recommendation for the persons who are accused of war crimes or who might […]

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Same old formula

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AL re-elects Hasina, Ashraf; party charter, RPO flouted as no election for other Shakhawat Liton and Hasan Jahid Tusher Sheikh Hasina and Syed Ashraful Islam were re-elected Awami League president and general secretary unopposed at the party's national council yesterday. They were also given the power to choose other members of the AL central committee […]

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