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UN team in Dhaka to encourage pre-poll dialogue
Dhaka, Dec.7 : A six-member United Nations team led by Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, has arrived in Bangladesh capital Dhaka with the objective of encouraging political parties to sit down for a dialogue and create an environment conducive to holding an ...
Bangladesh: Does it really matter that Khaleda Zia is not contesting ...
By Salim Haq, Dhaka, Dec.7 : December 2, 2013 was the last date for the filing of nominations for the tenth parliamentary elections being held on January 5, 2014. The BNP, which had declared its intention of not participating in the elections under a Sheikh Hasina led election-time government, ...
Meghalaya proposes 22 border 'haats' with Bangladesh
By Raymond Kharmujai, Shillong, Dec 7 : Meghalaya is keen to set up 22 more border 'haats' (markets) along the India-Bangladesh border to create economic opportunities for the people living along it. The haats, once thriving centres of trade and commerce, were shut down after the creation of ...
UN emissary on visit to Dhaka to resolve political crisis
Dhaka, Dec 7 : UN Assistant Secretary General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco has arrived here in an apparent last-ditch effort to broker a deal between Bangladesh's ruling Awami League (AL) party and the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) over the issue of conducting Jan 5 parliamentary ...
Bangladesh declares three-day state mourning for Mandela
Dhaka, Dec 6 : Bangladesh has declared a three-day state mourning from Saturday to pay tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela, who passed away Thursday night.
100-day countdown to World T20 begins
Dubai, Dec 6 : The International Cricket Council (ICC), together with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), celebrated the 100-day countdown to the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 in the three host cities.
UN envoy to visit Bangladesh amid political turmoil
Dhaka, Dec 6 : With Bangladesh's opposition refusing to relent over its main demand for a caretaker government during parliamentary polls, a UN envoy will try to broker peace between the ruling Awami League and main opposition party Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
FIR against Taslima Nasreen
New Delhi/Lucknow, Dec 5 : A First Information Report (FIR) has been lodged against exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen after a Muslim cleric alleged in a police complaint that her certain tweets have hurt religious sentiments, reports said.
Bangladesh: Violence wracks pre-election period
New York, Dec 5 : Violence by opposition protesters and excessive force by security forces need to end in Bangladesh, with national elections scheduled for Jan 5, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.
Ex-Bangladesh dictator Ershad threatens to commit suicide
Islamabad, Dec. 5 : Former military dictator of Bangladesh, Hussain Muhammad Ershad, has threatened to kill himself.
BJP airs concern over violence on Bangladesh minorities
Kolkata, Dec 5 : Expressing concern over "sustained violence against minorities in Bangladesh," the BJP Thursday submitted a memorandum to the Bangladesh high commission in the West Bengal capital, calling for steps to stop the violence.
Bangladesh opposition calls another three-day blockade
Dhaka, Dec 5 : Bangladesh's main opposition Thursday called another round of non-stop 72-hour nationwide blockade from Saturday morning to press its demand for a non-party caretaker government ahead of parliamentary elections.
BSF arrests two for smuggling arms into Bangladesh
Kolkata, Dec 5 : The Border Security Force (BSF) has arrested two smugglers and seized some arms and rounds of ammunition as well as 145 bottles of Phensedyl from West Bengal's Malda district, an official statement said here Thursday.
Shun violence, Rights group tells Bangladesh parties
New York, Dec 5 : Violence by opposition protestors and use of excessive force by the security forces needs to end in Bangladesh, where national elections are scheduled for Jan 5, 2014, a human rights group based here said Thursday.
Bangladesh's opposition warns of intensifying stir
Dhaka, Dec 5 : Bangladesh's opposition has threatened to sharpen its ongoing countrywide blockade if the Sheikh Hasina government fails to meet its demands of cancelling the Jan 5 parliamentary polls and withdrawing cases against party leaders.
Sujatha Singh meets Bangladesh PM
Dhaka, Dec 4 : Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, who is visiting Bangladesh, met country's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia among others.
Hasina blasts Khaleda Zia over violence
Dhaka, Dec 4 : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has criticised Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia for the ongoing nationwide transport blockade over the issue of caretaker government during parliamentary polls and the casualties caused due to it.
BSF lauds South Bengal frontier's success
Kolkata, Dec 4 : The Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday declared that the South Bengal frontier on Indo-Bangladesh border during the month of November had gained considerable success in the operational front by seizing many unauthorized articles.
India airs concern over Bangladesh violence, calls for talks
Dhaka, Dec 4 : India Wednesday voiced concern over the violence in Bangladesh unleashed by the opposition and called for dialogue to resolve differences among political parties ahead of the Jan 5 parliamentary elections.
Indian foreign secretary meets Hasina
Dhaka, Dec 4 : Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh Wednesday met Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and discussed bilateral issues as well as the tense political situation in the country ahead of the Jan 5 general elections.
Bangladesh's political chaos to hit railway link project: Officials
Agartala, Dec 4 : The current political turmoil in Bangladesh is likely to delay the execution of a new rail link between India and its neighbour, officials said Wednesday.
Indian foreign secretary begins maiden Bangladesh visit
Dhaka, Dec 4 : Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh arrived here Wednesday on her first visit to Bangladesh amid widespread violence across the country.
Centre's external affairs policy is Trinamool policy: Mamata
Kolkata, Dec 4 : Nothwithstanding her party's stringent opposition to the land boundary agreement and Teesta water sharing pact with Bangladesh, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday stressed that the state's ruling Trinamool Congress adheres to the central government's external ...
Trinamool adheres to government policy on Teesta, says Mamata
Kolkata, Dec 4 : Notwithstanding her party's opposition to the land boundary agreement and Teesta water sharing pact with Bangladesh, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Wednesday that the state's ruling Trinamool Congress adheres to the central government's external affairs policy on ...
US urges Bangladesh parties to end political unrest
Dhaka, Dec 4 : The US has urged the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Awami League to get talks going to end political unrest in the South Asian country, media reported Tuesday.
ICC to continually review violence in Bangladesh before deciding on ...
Dhaka, Dec.3 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said it will monitor political violence in Bangladesh ahead of next year's ICC World Twenty20 in the troubled country but is "happy" for now with arrangements.
India 94th in list of corrupt nations
New Delhi, Dec 3 : India is ranked 94th in a list of most corrupt countries in the world, doing better than its neighbours Pakistan - ranked at 127 - and Bangladesh - at 136, a new report by Transparency International said Tuesday.
Jatiya Party to boycott Bangladesh election
Dhaka, Dec 3 : Former Bangladesh president Hussain Muhammad Ershad announced here Tuesday his Jaitya Party too would boycot next month's general elections, dealing a huge blow to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League (AL)-led ruling alliance, of which it was a key partner.
Foreign Secretary to visit Bangladesh Dec 4-5
New Delhi, Dec 3 : Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh is from Dec 4 paying a two-day visit to Bangladesh where she is expected to discuss the fraught political situation and the Jan 5 parliamentary elections with Bangladeshi leaders.
Bangladesh troopers oppose Indian construction activity
Agartala, Dec 3 : Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) troopers have opposed the construction of a culvert, creating tension along the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura, an official said here Tuesday.