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Bangladesh deploys thousands of paramilitary guards amid deadly election campaign


More than 20,000 Bangladesh paramilitary guards were deployed across the country on Tuesday (Dec 18) amid mounting deadly violence ahead of a Dec 30 general election. At least six people have been killed in clashes over the past... More

India’s Bangladesh policy: Unwavering support for Sheikh Hasina is harmful for both...


In September, Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, the former Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh, noted the possibility of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League being reduced to an embarrassing minority in the next Parliament if there is a free and fair... More

Ominous Indian silence this time over Bangladesh during December 16 Victory Day...


Green and red lights glowed everywhere, flags and festoons gave the city a festive look. Dhaka celebrated Bangladesh Victory Day on December 16. Elsewhere in the country, from the bigger cities, the smaller district towns to the... More

KHALEDA CANNOT CONTEST POLLS: HC


The High Court has rejected three writ petitions filed challenging the cancellation of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s candidature in three constituencies to contest the upcoming general election. The one-member bench of justice JBM Hassan handed down the verdict... More

AL VOWS CITY FLAVOURS FOR THE VILLAGES


Ruling Awami League promised availability of city amenities in every village of the country in its election manifesto unveiled today. If voted, the party will undertake programmes to upgrade villages to cities, party’s President Sheikh Hasina said; reading... More

AL SET TO UNVEIL ELECTION MANIFESTO


Awami League on Tuesday completed all its preparations to launch its election manifesto, ahead of the 11th national election slated for 30 December, reports UNB. AL assistant office secretary Biplob Barua told UNB that prime minister and party... More

Bangladesh to sign SOP with Bhutan


Bangladesh is going to sign a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) with Bhutan for promoting bilateral trade and day to day commercial operation of vessels between the two friendly nations. For signing the SOP, the ministry of foreign affairs... More

PROVISION FOR POLLS-TIME GOVT WILL BE MADE: OIKYAFRONT


The parliament will have an upper chamber, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, convener of Nagorik Oikya and a leader of the Oikyafront, said this while reading out the manifesto at a press briefing at a hotel in Dhaka. Article 70... More

PRE-POLLS VIOLENCE LEAVES 162 INJURED IN 9 DISTS


At least 162 people were injured in pre-elections violence in Chattogram, Narsingdi, Bhola, Tangail, Chandpur, Bagerhat, Naokhali, Natore and Rangamati districts on Sunday, reports UNB. On the first day of the polls campaign on 11 December, two Awami... More

FINANCIAL INCLUSION OF 20 MILLION UNDERPRIVILEGED IN 10 YEARS


Nearly 20 million underprivileged people in the country are now enjoying financial inclusion with bank accounts in their names. This large number of people, including extreme poor, marginal persons, street children and beggars, didn’t have access to banking... More

A Bangladeshi ex-diplomat is missing for a year. All he did was...


Samiha Zaman says she will always remember December 4, 2017 as the most agonising day she has ever lived. That day, she returned home to Bangladesh after a month-long vacation in Europe with her only sister. Her... More

A ghost survey causes concern


The telecoms regulator has collected sensitive personal data of about 7 crore cellphone users without their consent and shared those with another government agency for a “survey,” just weeks before the parliamentary elections. Four mobile operators were at... More

Dhaka seminar on elections, raises critical questions on fairness of polls and...


With all major Bangladeshi political parties now on poll mode, the call for inclusive elections must be fulfilled even as questions ranging from how participatory they would be and whether voters More

DR KAMAL HOSSAIN’S MOTORCADE ATTACKED


The motorcade came under the attack when Dr Kamal was coming out of the Mausoleum after paying tributes to the martyred intellectuals around 9:45am, Latiful Bari Hamim, a staff of the Oikyafront’s media wing, confirmed told The... More

PRESS BANGLADESH GOVT TO CREATE CONDITIONS CONDUCIVE TO FAIR POLLS: HRW TO...


Human Rights Watch has urged the international community to press the government of Bangladesh to create conditions conducive to a free and fair national election slated for December 30. “The United Nations, European Union, United States, India, China,... More

In fear of the state: Bangladeshi journalists self-censor as election approaches


With less than a month to go to a general election, many journalists in Bangladesh say they are living in fear of ever-tightening media laws and engaging in self-censorship as a result. While Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s administration... More

ARMY DEPLOYMENT BY 24 OR 26 DEC


Military personnel will be deployed any day between 24 and 26 December to maintain law and order during the national elections due on 30 December. The troops would remain on duty till 1 January, according to an election... More

CEC WANTS LAWMEN TO CURB VIOLENCE


Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has instructed lawmen to curb violence arising in the country ahead of the upcoming general elections. Referring the recent spate of incidents and fatalities taking place, the CEC instructed lawmen to avert... More

UNGA ADOPTS BANGLADESH’S RESOLUTION ON CULTURE OF PEACE


Like each year, the United Nations General Assembly has unanimously adopted Bangladesh's flagship resolution on the 'Culture of Peace'. Chargé d' Affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative (DPR) of Bangladesh Permanent Mission to UN Tareq Md Ariful Islam floated... More

Nearly 100 injured in Bangladesh poll campaign violence


Bangladesh's election campaign turned violent Tuesday (Dec 11) with scores injured at political rallies across the country, as police fired pellet guns into crowds and stick-wielding mobs attacked rival candidates. Police told AFP clashes broke out in at... More

Bangladesh election campaign begins without an opposition candidate to challenge PM Sheikh...


There is no opposition candidate for prime minister, hundreds of people have been arrested and incumbent premier Sheikh Hasina stands accused of ignoring democratic checks on her power, but Bangladesh began campaigning on Monday for a year-end... More

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With Afghan elections in April, Ghani regime caught in a bind...

Notwithstanding the importance of the on-going talks between the Afghan Taliban and the US and the participation of the former in the recently-held Moscow summit on Afghanistan, there is a stark absence of the Afghan government in these parleys. While part of the reason for this absence is the Taliban’s own refusal to engage in direct talks with Kabul, even the US, Afghanistan’s main ally, didn’t consider including representatives... More

December 30 and the cycle of violence  

Election related violence is already at its peak and more is expected. This was not quite unexpected. Arrests, court cases and attacks on motorcades and public rallies continue unabated. With just three weeks to go for elections to Bangladesh’s parliament, there is anxiety in the air: it could be one of the deadliest elections in a long time. The incidents of violence are well spread out and, going by media... More

Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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