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Govt committed to modernise armed forces further: PM

Govt committed to modernise armed forces further: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today reiterated her government's firm commitment to further strengthen the armed forces for safeguarding the country's hard-earned independence and sovereignty. "Our government has taken steps for further development and modernization of the armed forces so that they can move keeping pace with the entire world," she said. "We have also set...

Catalonia poll 'backs independence'

Catalonia poll 'backs independence'

An informal vote on independence for Catalonia has shown more than 80 percent in favour, officials say. The provisional results followed a day of voting across the region in north-eastern Spain. Earlier, Catalan leader Artur Mas hailed the non-binding poll "a great success" that should pave the way for a formal referendum. The non-binding vote went...

Barca face expulsion

Barcelona would not be allowed to play in La Liga if Catalonia broke away from Spain, the country's football league chief Javier Tebas said as tensions mounted in the region over the possibility of an independence referendum next month. Politics have been interwoven with the football club almost since it was formed and is summed up by the team's motto: 'more than a club'. Barca's role in pushing the Catalan nationalist cause varies depending on the board in power, but it...

Scotland could still declare independence: Salmond

Scotland could still declare independence: Salmond

Alex Salmond has claimed that Scotland could declare itself independent without a referendum in the future. The Scottish first minister, who has said he is standing down after voters failed to back independence last week, said a referendum was the “best route” to statehood, but added that there were others. He said if the Scottish...

Editorial

Scotland decides to be with the UK

IN a historic referendum held Thursday, the Scottish people have had their say about what future they like for themselves: To be an independent entity or remain part of Great Britain. It was an extraordinary sight of how a people decide its political future in a democracy through freely exercising their right to self-determination.     Clearly, pragmatism of the Scottish people has got the better of their emotion through this referendum.    The majority of the electorate,   55 per cent of...

Europe breathes sigh of relief

Europe breathes sigh of relief

Europe breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after Scotland voted to reject independence from Britain, easing fears of a separatist domino effect on the continent and the risk of a British exit from the EU. Many European capitals had the jitters before the vote, worrying how they would deal with an independent Scotland's place...

'Devolution Revolution'

Scotland vote shakes up UK

Scotland vote shakes up UK

Scotland was enticed to reject independence with a promise of new powers but the pledge has pushed Prime Minister David Cameron into offering the same package to England -- a move that could change the face of the United Kingdom. Cameron secured the outcome he wanted after Scots voted "No" by a clear margin...

Gordon Brown emerges as the 'saviour'

Gordon Brown emerges as the 'saviour'

The man credited with swinging Scotland's independence referendum and saving Prime Minister David Cameron's job is ironically his predecessor, Gordon Brown, who was defeated by Cameron in the 2010 election. Tributes flooded in for the former Labour leader yesterday from the same conservative commentators who once mocked his clumsy style and simmering rivalry with...

United Kingdom remains united

United Kingdom remains united

Scots yesterday rejected independence in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but headed for a major shake-up that will give more autonomy to both Scotland and England. Queen Elizabeth II called for "mutual respect" among Scots following a highly divisive campaign. The queen appealed for Scots on both sides to set...

Scotland stays -- but the story's not over

Scotland stays -- but the story's not over

David Cameron has had the narrowest of political escapes. Success for the "Better Together" campaign has saved him from catastrophe: he will not, after all, live on in history as the Prime Minister on whose watch the Scottish nation chose to leave the United Kingdom. But serious questions will now be asked in...

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