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Political Crisis

Court upholds Khaleda’s arrest warrant

GRAFT CASES

Court upholds Khaleda’s arrest warrant

A Dhaka court today upheld the arrest warrants issued against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable graft cases. After refusing to entertain the petitions filed seeking withdrawal of Khaleda’s arrest warrants, Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of the special judge's court-3 said the February 25 order on the BNP chief’s arrest will remain effective. As per law, none can file such petition on behalf of any fugitive accused, Judge Jamadar said after hearing the petitions. The court also fixed April 5 for further hearing in the cases. It...

Diplomats for de-escalating political conflict

Diplomats for de-escalating political conflict

A group of foreign diplomats including US and EU ambassadors has emphasised on the de-escalation of political conflict for the sake of human rights and democracy in Bangladesh. Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Greg Wilcock made the comment while briefing journalists on behalf of the envoys after their meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia...

Govt’s fall imminent: BNP

Govt’s fall imminent: BNP

BNP today accused the government of indulging in a killing spree and planning to portray the country’s prevailing political crisis as a militant issue. “The government’s evil efforts to project Bangladesh as a militant country before the world have already gone in vain. Now it is counting time to meet its severe downfall,” BNP...

Real estate linkage industries hit by political unrest

It is not only the realtors who have been hit hard by the ongoing political crisis, the linkage industries such as bricks, cement, paint, stone and steel are also incurring huge losses. Industry insiders said continued blockade and strikes since January 6 have reduced their production and sales substantially, and ultimately forced many of the owners to suspend production and cut jobs. “More than half of our 400 mills have suspended production due to the ongoing political crisis. Those who are...

'An election at this time will not solve our problems under the present constitutional provisions'

'An election at this time will not solve our problems under the present constitutional provisions'

Dr Badiul Alam Majumdar, Secretary of Sujon, talks about the current political situation and the latest civil society initiative for dialogue to The Daily Star's Sushmita S Preetha. The Daily Star (TDS): In the current political situation, how effective do you think your endeavour of initiating a dialogue between the two parties will be, when both parties seem adamant in holding on to their respective positions? Badiul Alam Majumdar (BAM): Negotiation is the language of democracy, and politics the art of compromise. People are getting fed up and voices are being raised in the country. The initiative we took is a reflection of that voice, of people's expectations. We expect...

POLITICAL IMPASSE

Solution lies in Bangladesh: US envoy

Solution lies in Bangladesh: US envoy

Saying that solution to the ongoing political crisis exists within Bangladesh, new US envoy Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat today assured that foreign friends would extend help if the country wants. The US ambassador to Bangladesh made the comment during her first conference at the American Club this morning. Regarding a dialogue between Awami League and BNP to resolve the political impasse, she said, “I have every hope that Bangladesh will find a way forward, but I don’t predict.” Bernicat further said the US deplores the attacks including arsons and train derailments that killed and wounded many innocent victims. Condemning the violence for political objectives, she expressed her beliefs that there is simply no...

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Bangladesh crisis in the mirror of historical sociology

ENOUGH has already been written, discussed and debated on the ongoing political crisis in Bangladesh, especially with regard to the usefulness of a meaningful dialogue between Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia to resolve the crisis, albeit in the short term. However, all the unsolicited advice seems to have gone down the Buriganga, which is also as polluted as Bangladesh politics. As I have argued through this column, unrestrained political violence could be a prelude to full-blown terrorism, so has the...

Talks move failure to put sovereignty at risk: Brig Shakhawat

Talks move failure to put sovereignty at risk: Brig Shakhawat

Hailing the initiative by concerned citizens’ urge for talks, former Election Commissioner (EC) Brig Gen (retd) M Shakhawat Hossain today said if the steps fail, external interference in Bangladesh will increase. “And the country's sovereignty will become vulnerable,” Hossain said when he was speaking at a human chain in front of National Museum in...

A look at the current Political Crisis

EVERY day we see in the media graphic images and horror stories of innocent civilians -- victims of the ongoing political unrest. Who is to blame? The answer depends on who you ask; the opposition will point their fingers at the present government, and vice-versa. There is a saying, “Don't point fingers if your hands are not clean.” This is an apt statement applicable to all the political players. The present unrest is after all the result of self-serving political...

Nagorik Samaj pushes for talks

Nagorik Samaj, a platform of civil society members, yesterday sent three letters to the president, the prime minister and the BNP chairperson, requesting them to take initiatives for holding a national dialogue to resolve the ongoing political crisis. The letters were signed by former chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda on behalf of the platform. The letters mentioned that a views-exchange meeting of people from different professions was held at the Engineers' Institute on February 7, where the participants unanimously adopted...

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