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Manna’s family files general diary

Manna’s family files general diary

Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s family this afternoon filed a general diary with Banani Police Station hours after detectives denied picking him up. Begum Sultana, a sister-in-law of Manna, stated in the GD that though a group of plainclothes men, identifying themselves as detectives, picked up Manna from a Banani residence but the Detective Branch of Police denied it. Manna is missing and his mobile phone is switched off since then, Sub-Inspector Farida Pervin of Banani police station quoted from the GD.  “A number of people in several vehicles...

Fresh 72-hr hartal from Sunday

The BNP-led 20-party alliance has called for a new spell of 72-hour countrywide hartal from Sunday morning to press home their demands that include fresh elections under a nonparty administration. The shutdown, beginning at 6:00am Sunday, will continue till 6:00am Wednesday, according to a press release issued by BNP Joint Secretary General Salauddin Ahmed on behalf of the alliance this evening. Besides, the alliance will stage demonstrations across the country on Monday. The hartal will be enforced on top of the nonstop...

SCBA polls on March 15, 16

SCBA polls on March 15, 16

The two-day annual election to the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) to elect candidates in its 14 executive posts including president and secretary will be held on March 15 and 16. The executive committee of the association on Sunday fixed the schedule for its polls and issued a notification today in this regard, SCBA...

Talks without BNP possible

The prevailing crisis can be solved through dialogue between the government, and social organisations and political parties, excluding the BNP-led 20-party alliance, said Udbigna Nagorik Samaj, a group of citizens led by economist Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, yesterday. The parties perpetuating terrorism should be left out of dialogue, Dr Abul Kashem, general secretary of Bangladesh Peace Council, told a discussion of the group in the capital's Cirdap auditorium. The speakers said the main cause of the conflict was not election but...

BNP welcomes talks move

BNP welcomes talks move

Six days into a group of civil society members proposed for holding a national dialogue to end the political standoff, the BNP today said it would welcome such initiative. “We welcome any initiative of national consensus, national dialogue and national charter for holding an acceptable election participated by all under a nonpartisan government,” BNP...

Kejriwal gets cracking, to meet PM Modi today

Kejriwal gets cracking, to meet PM Modi today

A day after winning a historic verdict in Delhi assembly elections, chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal and his colleagues wasted no time in getting down to work. Kejriwal and his close aide, Manish Sisodia, raised the issue of full statehood for Delhi at their first meeting with Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday,...

Free Election

Free Election

WHENEVER a minimum democratic environment prevailed and people got a chance to participate in political activities, including electoral politics, people have celebrated the event. In the post 1947 period, voting for Jukto Front in 1954 and for autonomy in 1970, participation in the Liberation War, and overthrowing of the dictatorial regime in 1991...

Australian PM survives leadership test

Australian PM survives leadership test

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged an end to disunity after surviving a party confidence vote on his leadership. Liberal Party MPs voted by 61 to 39 not to open up his position to challengers. The leadership test, initiated by a backbencher on Friday, came after a series of policy mis-steps by Abbott that...

Thoughts on a possible dialogue

THERE are three main points that can be discussed in a possible dialogue: (i)    How the interim government that will conduct a national election can be formed; (ii)    When the next election can be held; (iii)    A way out of the current bloody turmoil. Interim government Let us not try to find eleven persons from the retired judges, professors, etc. because they are not elected by the people.  Making them MPs using the parliament goes against the spirit of the apex...

Boko Haram assaults Nigerian city

Boko Haram assaults Nigerian city

Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram fighters have attacked the strategically important north-eastern city of Maiduguri, with dozens reported dead. Earlier on Sunday they captured the north-eastern town of Monguno. The BBC's Will Ross in Lagos says that with the insurgents gaining ground, Maiduguri is increasingly at risk. US Secretary of State John Kerry meanwhile has arrived in...

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