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Japanese PM dissolves parliament for election

Japanese PM dissolves parliament for election

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved parliament, paving the way for a snap election. Abe is seeking a new mandate for economic reforms and is delaying an unpopular increase in sales tax. But opinion polls conducted by local media indicate low support for the PM and that many people do not understand why he...

Increase reserved seats for women in JS

Increase reserved seats for women in JS

Women's rights campaigners yesterday once again called for increasing the reserved seats in parliament for women to 150 from existing 50 and introducing direct election to these seats for their political empowerment. Suggesting one woman lawmaker for every two parliamentary seats, they also demanded re-demarcation of constituencies so that the female MPs elected to...

Govt doesn’t have 1975-81 coups info: Minister tells JS

Govt doesn’t have 1975-81 coups info: Minister tells JS

The government does not have concrete information regarding the coups that took place in the Bangladesh Army during 1975-’81, road transport and bridges minister told the parliament today. Ruling Awami League lawmaker AKM Jahangir Hossain, who placed the concerned question, expressed dissatisfaction at the ministry’s failure to provide the information. “The minister’s answer is dissatisfactory....

Myanmar moots changing charter

Myanmar moots changing charter

Myanmar's parliament will consider amending the country's constitution -- which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president -- ahead of crucial elections next year, an official said yesterday. Suu Kyi is trying to change key sections of Myanmar's charter ahead of 2015 polls that are widely expected to be won...

Burkina Faso unrest: President Blaise Compaore resigns

Burkina Faso unrest: President Blaise Compaore resigns

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has announced his resignation, following violent protests at his attempt to extend his 27-year rule. Compaore issued a statement saying the presidency was now vacant and urging elections within 90 days. An army spokesman also broke the news to cheering demonstrators in the capital, Ouagadougou. On Thursday, protesters angry at Compaore's...

Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze

Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze

Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule have set fire to parliament. Correspondents say the city hall and ruling party headquarters are also in flames. A huge crowd is surging towards the presidential palace and the main airport has been shut. MPs have suspended a vote on changing...

JS goes into session on Nov 13

The Jatiya Sangsad goes into the fourth session on November 13. President Abdul Hamid convened the session yesterday, a parliament secretariat release said. The fourth session will be a brief one, sources at parliament said. According to the constitution, there can be a maximum 60 days' gap between the end of a session and the beginning of the next one. The last session of parliament had 14 working days and ended on September 18. The much-talked-about 16th constitutional amendment bill was passed in...

Modi plans ratifying LBA by year end

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to pass the long-pending constitution amendment bill to put into effect India's Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) in the month-long winter session of parliament beginning on November 24. A decision to recommend passage of the bill on the LBA was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) convened by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Monday. The LBA bill is among the 30 legislations the Modi government hopes to pass...

4th JS session begins Nov 13

4th JS session begins Nov 13

The fourth session of the 10th parliament will start on November 13. The session will began at 4:00pm, a release singed by SM Manzoor, director of the Public Relations section of the Parliament Secretariat, said today. President Abdul Hamid has convened the session, it added. The first session of the 10th parliament began on January 29...

Canada Parliament Attack

Shooter was on terror watch list

Shooter was on terror watch list

Canada's prime minister vowed the country would "not be intimidated" after a reported Muslim convert stormed parliament and killed a soldier, the nation's second 'terrorist' attack in days. The gunman, whose name was on a terror watch list, attempted to force his way into Canada's parliament Wednesday before the assembly's sergeant-at-arms shot him dead. The...

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