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Dialogue with BNP: Hasina then and now

THOSE who saw Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's press conference on television on Saturday must have noticed her emphatic no to holding any dialogue over the next general election with BNP led by Khaleda Zia. In recent times, she had not made such strong arguments against holding talks with the opposition BNP like she did on Saturday. She even asked: “Why do I have to sit with killers?” Who are the killers? The answer lies in her speech. “It's unfortunate...

Hearing on Khaleda’s graft cases deferred

Hearing on Khaleda’s graft cases deferred

A Dhaka court today deferred until September 3 the hearing on Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases. Judge Basudev Roy of the Special Judge Court-3 passed the order after Taherul Islam Towhid, a counsel for Khaleda, submitted two separate petitions seeking adjournment of the hearing in the cases. In the petitions, the defence lawyer said the Supreme Court fixed September 1 as the next date of hearings on four appeals filed by Khaleda with the Appellate Division seeking a stay on a High Court. On April 23, an HC bench scrapped two petitions, in which the former prime minister had challenged the charge framing against her in the cases. Later...

Solution must come from AL, BNP: UN official

Solution must come from AL, BNP: UN official

UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Neal Walker today said leaders of the two main political parties -- Awami League and BNP -- can agree on conditions that would create way for free and fair elections, asserting that no outsiders can do it. “My view is that the solution must come from Bangladesh, mainly from two political leaders. This really depends on the will of both sides… there’re no outsiders and the UN never pretended to do that,” Walker said. He said it is important to say that “solution to democratic evolution in Bangladesh can only be formulated and implemented by Bangladeshis.” Asked if the UN, after being failed in its first mission...

PM not interested in talks with BNP

PM not interested in talks with BNP

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today rejected outright any possibility of a dialogue with BNP regarding the next parliamentary elections saying that BNP "missed the train and now have to wait for next one". "If a political party takes wrong decision, it has to pay for this. Since BNP missed the election train, it has...

Khaleda greets Hasina as AL chief, not PM

Khaleda greets Hasina as AL chief, not PM

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today sent an Eid greeting card to Sheikh Hasina addressing her as Awami League president, not prime minister. On behalf of Khaleda, a two-member team led by BNP’s assistant office secretary Abdul Latif Jony delivered the card to the AL chief’s political office at Dhanmondi. Sources at Hasina’s office confirmed The...

30 hurt in BNP factional clash in Rangpur

30 hurt in BNP factional clash in Rangpur

At least 30 people, including a policeman, were injured when two factions of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) clashed at Shalban in Rangpur city yesterday. The clash ensued when supporters of Momtaj Sherin Bharosa, vice-president of BNP Rangpur district unit, attacked an iftar party arranged in a community centre by the supporters of Emdadul Haque...

No reason to be feared: Abbas to govt

No reason to be feared: Abbas to govt

BNP’s new Dhaka city chief Mirza Abbas today said the Awami League government has no reason to get feared of opposition’s movement as what he said the anti-government agitation would be “peaceful and democratic”. “But do not let loose your [the government] cadre groups and do not attack us. You will have to provide us opportunity to wage normal agitation,” Abbas said at an iftar programme at the capital’s Ladies Club.  The Dhaka Medical College Hospital unit of Doctors Association of Bangladesh, a platform of pro-BNP physicians, arranged the iftar. This was Abbas’s maiden appearance before the public and media since the announcement of the 56-member committee of the party’s crucial chapter...

HRW again urges disbanding Rab

HRW again urges disbanding Rab

Human Rights Watch in an open letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today reiterated its demand to disband Rapid Action Battalion (Rab). Until it is disbanded, Rab should be made into an entirely civilian force by withdrawing all military officers and soldiers from its membership, the New York-based rights organisation said. “The Bangladeshi government has...

Khaleda, Tarique talk BNP overhaul in Madina

Khaleda, Tarique talk BNP overhaul in Madina

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman today held a series of meetings on different crucial issues including party’s overhauling and upcoming anti-government movement in Madina, sources said. BNP leaders in Saudi Arabia said Khaleda and Tarique held at least four closed-door meetings since their arrival in Madina Sunday morning. Khaleda’s Press Secretary...

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SC stays Khandaker Mosharraf’s HC bail

SC stays Khandaker Mosharraf’s HC bail

The Supreme Court today stayed until September 2 a High Court order that had granted bail to BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain in a money laundering case. A five-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain passed the stay order after hearing two separate petitions filed...

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