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Lanka to hold parliamentary elections in 100 days

Lanka to hold parliamentary elections in 100 days

Sri Lanka's new president yesterday announced fresh parliamentary elections two years ahead of schedule and told his new cabinet that the vote would be conducted in 100 days. Maithripala Sirisena told his new cabinet of 27 ministers inducted yesterday to prepare for a snap election that would be held after he has implemented his...

Democracy, elections and misuse of trust

Democracy, elections and misuse of trust

OVER the last few days my thoughts have kept wandering back to George Orwell's 1984. I took this opportunity to refresh my memory of this classic dystopian novel. 1984 is about totalitarianism, which tries to control every aspect of people's lives, including people's thought process and what they believe, even privately. 1984 is...

Sri Lanka leader faces crucial poll

Sri Lanka leader faces crucial poll

Millions of Sri Lankans are voting in an unexpectedly close election that pits President Mahinda Rajapaksa against one of his former allies. Rajapaksa, in office since 2005, called the election two years early with analysts predicting an easy win. But many voters have since rallied behind the challenger, former minister Maithripala Sirisena. Sri Lanka votes in...

Defy ban, Khaleda tells supporters

Defy ban, Khaleda tells supporters

BNP Chief Khaleda on Sunday called upon the leaders and activists of the alliance to defy the police ban on political gatherings and to make their January 5 rally a success. “We don’t obey the government’s ban on political activities ahead of tomorrow’s programme in Dhaka. I’m calling upon you (rank and file) to...

Buses, launches to Dhaka stopped

Buses, launches to Dhaka stopped

Major road and waterway communication routes to Dhaka were cut off today without any prior notice ahead of January 5 elections anniversary in the capital. With Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s (DMP) ban on rallies inside the capital, bus and launch owners of Rajshahi, Rangpur, Natore, Barisal and Munshiganj closed down operations “fearing chaos over head-to-head...

4 hurt, vehicles vandalised in Pallabi hartal clash

4 hurt, vehicles vandalised in Pallabi hartal clash

BNP supporters engaged with police and vandalised at least seven vehicles in Dhaka’s Pallabi area this morning to begin 20-party’s daylong countrywide hartal today. Four people, including three policemen, were injured in the clash that took place near Pallabi Super Market area around 8:00am. Three crude bombs were blasted at the scene. One BNP activist...

Holding Of DCC, Zila Parishad Polls

Govt reluctant as it fears AL's defeat

The government is disinclined to hold the elections to the two Dhaka city corporations and zila parishads fearing defeat of the Awami League candidates, discussants told a roundtable yesterday. The fear might have come from the ruling party's downfall in the elections to five city corporations last year and many upazila parishads this year, said M Hafizuddin Khan, president of Shushashoner Jannoy Nagorik (SHUJAN), which organised the discussion at the capital's Jatiya Press Club. "I think the government wants to confirm...

DCC polls ploy to foil BNP movement

After a long time, the government has announced to hold the overdue elections to the two Dhaka city corporations to foil BNP's movement and divert people's attention from the protest, party acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said yesterday.  He made the comments while talking to reporters at Labaid Specialised Hospital in the capital where he visited the ailing film director Chashi Nazrul Islam. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told Monday's cabinet meeting that the elections would be held early next...

Lt Col Isaac Zida named Burkina Faso PM

Lt Col Isaac Zida named Burkina Faso PM

The authorities in Burkina Faso have appointed an army officer, Lt Col Isaac Zida, as transitional prime minister. Col Zida had been among officers who took power when then President Blaise Compaore was forced to resign on 31 October during mass protests. He declared himself head of state but on Tuesday oversaw the swearing-in of...

Burkina Faso Unrest

Army ousts president

Army ousts president

Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced on Friday that he was stepping down to make way for elections after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule. His resignation came as tens of thousands of protesters demanded that he quit immediately after a day of unrest that saw mass demonstrations, with protesters storming and...

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