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17 KILLED IN POLLS VIOLENCE


Opposition and ruling party activists are being killed in election violence across Bangladesh, and until last reported, 17 persons were killed across the country so far. CUMILLA One Oikyafront supporter Mujib, 35, has been killed in Chandina in police... More

47 OPPOSITION CANDIDATES BOYCOTT POLLS


A total of 47 opposition candidates have boycotted the election so far citing vote rigging and ballot stuffing. Among them, 22 Jamaat candidates, who were contesting the polls under the ‘sheaf of paddy’ symbol, said they boycotted the election due... More

DHAKA PEACEFUL, MAYHEM OUTSIDE


Voting for the 11th parliamentary election today witnessed a significant level of violence and deaths outside capital Dhaka, claiming at least 10 lives so far. Opposition candidates have boycotted elections across several constituencies alleging mass rigging, though voting... More

THIN TURNOUT IN POLLS PLAGUED BY CLASHES


An international news agency reports clashes between supporters of Bangladesh's ruling party and its opponents as Bangladesh votes in a general election after violence-plagued campaigns. Reuters reporters across the country of 165 million people saw sparse turnout at... More

ELECTION VIOLENCE CLAIMS 10 LIVES SO FAR


Opposition and ruling partyactivists are being killed in election violence across Bangladesh, and until last reported, 10 persons were killed across the country so far. CUMILLA One Oikyafront supporter Mujib, 35, has been killed in Chandina in police firing... More

ELECTION VIOLENCE CLAIMS 7 LIVES SO FAR


Opposition activists are mostly being killed in election violence across Bangladesh, and until last reported, seven persons were killed across the country so far. CUMILLA One Oikyafront supporter Mujib, 35, has been killed in Chandina in police firing during... More

DS JOURNOS BARRED FROM ENTERING POLLING CENTRES


The Daily Star journalists complaining that they were barred from entering various polling centres around Dhaka city. Meanwhile at a centre in Dhaka, two journalists were asked to show the notes they had taken at the spot. In Badda,... More

‘AL MEN’ ATTACK JOURNALIST, DELETE PHOTOS


A group of miscreants, wearing badge of Awami League candidate for Dhaka-16 (Mirpur) constituency, snatched a Prothom Alo correspondent’s mobile phone and deleted photos taken while they were beating a man. The group of 10-15 people chased and... More

‘SAW NO OPPOSITION POLLING AGENTS AT CENTRES’


There were no polling agents from the opposition parties at Ispahani Girls High School centre in Moghbazar area, Mahbub Talukder told The Daily Star after casting his vote at the centre around 9:00am. He also claimed that he... More

RANGAMATI JUBO LEAGUE LEADER KILLED IN CLASH WITH BNP MEN


A local leader of Jubo League, the youth front of Awami League, was killed in a clash with BNP activists at a polling centrein Kaukhali upazila of Rangamati this morning. Deceased Md Basir Uddin, 32, was Jubo League... More

EVM SHOWING PROBLEMS, SLOWING DOWN VOTING


Early morning roundup by The Daily Star across at least eight voting centres in this seat has found incidents of malfunction almost common at all centres. This constituency is the only constituency in Dhaka that is seeing electronic... More

VOTING SUSPENDED IN A NOAKHALI POLLING STATION


The voting in a polling station of Noakhali-3 constituency has been suspended as miscreant snatched away ballot papers and other election materials early Sunday. Ruhul Amin, assistant returning officer of Sharifpur Primary School center in Begumganj upazila, said... More

NO OIKYAFRONT POLLING AGENTS SEEN IN DHAKA


DHAKA-10 The Daily Star visited Kakoli High School, Dhaka City College, Teachers’ Training College, Dhaka College, University Laboratory School and College, Dhanmondi Government Boys School and College, New Model School and College voting centres. While plenty of ‘boat’ supporters... More

Syrian cleric confirms foreign role in Rohingya exodus


A leading Syrian cleric, Grand Mufti Ahmed Bader Eddin Mohammad Adib Hassoun, Syria’s highest religious authority, has confirmed India’s suspicion that an international terrorist network had a major role in triggering the latest bout of violence in... More

Can India match Pakistan’s strategic depth in Afghanistan?


It was in summer of 1987 that I first visited Afghan capital Kabul. Journalists from 26 countriesassembled in Moscow and then were flown to Kabul to attend a conference on a reconciliation program and see on ground its outreach. In the name of reconciliation... More

Vision 2030: A smart move


Begum Khaleda Zia, chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has declared the party’s Vision 2030. To many, it came too early with election scheduled for 2019. However, the party has made a smart move and tactically... More

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Fighting perjury in Pakistan

One of the major companions and helpers of corruption – an illness eating away the substance of the Pakistani state, its institutions and its people – is perjury. The meaning of perjury is to lie in court under oath, the giving of false evidence is already a criminal offence in Pakistan punishable by law. According to the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), a person giving or fabricating false evidence is... More

Saudi Arabia seeking to be active in South Asia by deepening...

While many political pundits in Pakistan are trying to tie the up-coming billion-dollar Saudi investment in Pakistan with Riyadh’s need to have Islamabad as an ally in its wars in Yemen and Syria, there has been little appreciation of the former’s own growing needs for diversifying its economy. It is also not recognised that Pakistan, with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) running through it in the form of... More

Despite sanctions compliance, India deepens energy partnership with Iran

On November 5, 2018, Washington granted India, along with seven other countries, a waiver from sanctions on oil purchases from Iran. The waiver allows for India to purchase 1.25 million tonnes per month, approximately equivalent to 300,000 barrels per day (bpd). In December 2018, India imported 302,000 bpd, representing a 41 percent drop in imports. While ostensibly constituting a success for US sanctions, India is deepening its energy relationship... More

Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... 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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