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Unhindered education first for Ducsu polls

Unhindered education first for Ducsu polls

Although holding the overdue election to Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) is necessary, the first step towards arranging the polls is to keep the academic activities of the university unharmed, says Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique. “Our primary target is to hold classes and examinations regularly. We want to hold the polls keeping academic activities of the university undisturbed,” he said in an interview with the news agency. “I think it is needed to hold the Ducsu polls. But the university's desire is not enough to hold the...

Govt to be forced for midterm poll: BNP

Govt to be forced for midterm poll: BNP

  BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today said that the government would be forced to arrange a midterm national election in the force of a mass movement. “The ruling Awami League will be forced to hold the mid-term election before 2019 in the face of mass movement,” he told reporters after placing...

EU condemns Ukraine rebel poll

EU condemns Ukraine rebel poll

The European Union has condemned as "illegal" elections held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the polls were "a new obstacle on the path towards peace". The central government in Kiev also described as a "farce" the polls in the two self-proclaimed people's republics in the Donetsk and...

Ukraine's President seeks coalition talks

Ukraine's President seeks coalition talks

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko plans to start talks on forming a coalition government after exit polls showed his bloc emerge strongest in Sunday's parliamentary elections. He said talks might last up to 10 days. PM Arseniy Yatseniuk's People's Front party could be a key partner, he added. Pro-Western parties look set to dominate parliament after the...

Shirin, Saber Elected to Lead CPA, IPU

Win doesn't mean int'l community accepted polls

BNP yesterday claimed that the election of Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury as chairperson and president of CPA and IPU respectively did not mean that the international community had accepted the January 5 polls. “They (voters of the international parliamentary bodies) have expressed their stance independently in all parliamentary associations at international level including Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU),” claimed BNP Vice Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury. “They did not take any suggestion from the...

Repeated calls for dialogue not a weakness: BNP

Repeated calls for dialogue not a weakness: BNP

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today said it will be a mistake for the government if it takes BNP’s repeated calls for dialogue as a weakness. The BNP spokesperson said this in two different discussions in the capital city of Dhaka. “Dialogue is the language of democracy as there’s no room for...

Khaleda to visit 4 dists in Oct, Nov

Khaleda to visit 4 dists in Oct, Nov

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is scheduled to visit four districts during the months of October and November to garner public support in favour of the party's demand for an immediate election under a nonparty caretaker system. BNP-led 20-party alliance will arrange four rallies in Nilphamari and Natore on October 23 and 30, the party’s...

Demand for fresh polls internal issue

In a major policy shift, the United States has described the demand for political dialogue to hold a fresh election in Bangladesh as an "internal issue" that needs to be solved by political parties. "I think that [fresh election] is an internal issue which the political parties of Bangladesh and the people of Bangladesh will need to resolve… they'll resolve that at some point," said US Ambassador Dan Mozena at a diplomatic talk in the capital yesterday. Mozena called for fresh...

Afghan Unity Deal

Taliban reject new govt as US 'sham'

Afghanistan's Taliban militants yesterday decried a pact by rival election candidates to form a government of national unity as a "sham" orchestrated by the United States and they vowed to press on with their war. Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named president-elect on Sunday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, ending months of turmoil that has destabilised the country as most foreign troops prepare to leave. Ghani's administration must now...

Tunisia president declares re-election bid

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki announced Saturday he will stand for re-election in November, in a key vote almost four years after a revolt that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings. The polls, along with parliamentary elections in October, are seen as the final step in Tunisia's transition after more than two decades under strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who was toppled in 2011. The moderate Islamist party Ennahda won Tunisia's first post-Ben Ali election the same year. Marzouki, a fierce opponent of...

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