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Elections

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...

Indian markets rally on hopes of opposition’s victory

Indian markets rally on hopes of opposition’s victory

Indian shares hit a third consecutive record high while the rupee and bonds gained in early trade today after exit polls showed the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies winning a majority in the country's elections. Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi is set to become India's next prime minister, four major exit polls showed on...

News Analysis

2 ECs starkly different

Actions speak louder than words. The Indian Election Commission has once again proved this adage true by launching a crackdown on black money and compelling the West Bengal government to agree to its move to transfer some officials. These two latest incidents are glaring examples how the EC has been taking control over the administration to ensure free and fair elections. This is why electoral experts in Bangladesh frequently cite the Indian EC as an example and desire to have such...

BJP pledges improved economy

BJP pledges improved economy

India's main opposition BJP has promised to improve the economy and infrastructure and curb corruption if it wins in the general elections. The party launched its manifesto on the day millions of Indians began voting to elect a new government. The polling, to be held in nine phases, ends on 12 May. Votes will be...

Upazila Election 2014

AL targets vice-chair posts

AL targets vice-chair posts

With the tally of BNP-blessed vice-chairman candidates still higher after four phases of the upazila polls, the ruling Awami League is now concentrating on making sure their vice-chairman and chairman runners win on Monday's elections to 74 upazila parishads. Contenders backed by the BNP have so far secured 16 more vice-chairman posts than their...

8 candidates boycott polls

8 candidates boycott polls

Eight chairmen candidates, six BNP-backed, today boycotted the fourth phase of the upazila election in Khulna, Barisal and Bhola alleging vote rigging and ouster of their agents by ruling party men. Three vice-chairman candidates also stayed away from the election on the same allegation. Six BNP-backed chairmen candidates also alleged that the election officials were...

BYLINE

Anger, amnesia and the journalist in-between

THE last Indian politician to send journalists to jail, most notably [but not solely] Kuldip Nayar of Ramnath Goenka's Indian Express, was Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Her reason was an Emergency she imposed upon India in 1975 to preserve her power. In the subsequent 1977 general elections, Indian voters showed precisely what they thought of such dictatorship when they threw Congress out of power. This went a long way to protect press freedom from potential censors. Politicians, of every hue,...

BNP to lay siege to DC offices Thursday

BNP to lay siege to DC offices Thursday

BNP will lay siege to the deputy commissioners' offices across the country on Thursday protesting what the party said "vote rigging and attacks on activists of 19-party alliance by ruling Awami League men" during third phase of upazila parishad elections. The BNP-led 19-party combine also threatened to launch a tougher movement if the government...

Upazila Chairman Posts

16 aspirants face murder charges

At least 118 chairman aspirants of the 393 contesting elections to the third phase upazila stand accused in different types of cases, including criminal offences, Shushashoner Janney Nagorik (Shujan) has claimed. Of them, 16 are accused in murder cases, said a Shujan report that was revealed at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters' Unity yesterday. A total of 434 chairman candidates are running for the polls to be held in 83 upazilas on March 15. Shujan, a civil society organisation aiming at...

Peace deal signed

Peace deal signed

Ukraine's embattled leader signed a deal with the opposition yesterday in a bid to end the ex-Soviet country's worst crisis since independence after three days of carnage left nearly 100 protesters dead. But President Viktor Yanukovych's dramatic decision to hold early elections and form a new unity government while granting amnesty for those involved...

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