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Polls

Editorial

Investment climate after polls

DESPITE banks having no liquidity crisis, credit to the private sector has all but stagnated. Indeed, going by central bank data, loans taken by the private sector is nearly six per cent lower than Bangladesh Bank's target of 16.5 per cent for the current fiscal. Reasons for such a gloomy picture are multifaceted. With foreign bank borrowings hitting the US$1.5billion mark, most Bangladeshi banks have ended up with excess monies on their books. The fact that most banks have...

Bengal polls to be cancelled if Mamta defies transfer orders

Bengal polls to be cancelled if Mamta defies transfer orders

The Indian Election Commission is likely to take action if West Bengal government does not comply with its order to transfer officials, Times Now, complemented by Times of India reports quoting EC sources. The commission may even cancel polls in the concerned districts if the Mamata government refuses to carry out the transfers, the...

Magura: Polls then and now

ON March 20, 1994, the by-polls to Magura-2 parliamentary constituency became a symbol of rigged election in the era of democracy restored after overthrow of the Ershad-led autocratic regime. There were sporadic clashes, capturing of polling centres, ousting of polling agents, stuffing and snatching of ballot boxes and intimidation of voters by the then ruling BNP men who were hell-bent on securing a win. This shattered the credibility of the then Election Commission (EC). An analysis of the political...

Ex-TV star to stand against Gandhi

Ex-TV star to stand against Gandhi

India's main opposition BJP has chosen actor-turned politician Smriti Irani to stand against Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi in the general elections. Irani, who was the leading actress in one of India's most popular TV soaps, will take on Gandhi in the Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh. Polling to elect a new lower house will...

Rigging marks upazila polls

Rigging marks upazila polls

Voting in 73 upazilas in the final phase of the elections ended amid clashes, vote rigging and boycotts in different places today. Starting at 8:00am, the election continued till 4:00pm without any break. Hours before staring polls, a local Jubo League leader was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in Laxmipur Sadar upazila early today. A clash...

10 chairman aspirants boycott polls in 5 districts

10 chairman aspirants boycott polls in 5 districts

Ten chairman aspirants boycotted today’s upazila polls in Tangail, Patuakhali, Jamalpur, Narayanganj and Chuadanga alleging vote rigging by ruling Awami League men at different polling centres. Meanwhile, eight vice-chairman candidates in Tangail, Jamalpur and Narayanganj also boycotted the elections, report our district correspondents. In Ghatail upazila, the boycotting candidates alleged that ruling party activists stuffed...

Jubo League leader shot dead in Laxmipur

Jubo League leader shot dead in Laxmipur

A local Jubo League leader was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in Laxmipur Sadar upazila early today. Kabir Hossain, 38, was president of ward no-6 in Dighali union of the Jubo League, youth wing of the ruling Awami League, said Iqbal Hossain, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station. The police official said Kabir came under the...

Voting in Tangail by-polls end

Voting in Tangail by-polls end

Voting in Tangail-8 (Sakhipur-Basail) by-election ended peacefully amid tight security today. Starting from 8:00am, the voting continued till 4:00pm at 117 polling centres in the constituency without any break. No violence was reported from any of the polling stations, reports our Tangail correspondent. People were seen casting their votes amid enthusiastic environment during the by-polls. Law enforcers...

Amu violated polls rule: EC

Amu violated polls rule: EC

The Election Commission (EC) today asked the cabinet secretary to draw the prime minister's attention about violation of electoral code of conduct by Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu in the run-up to Sunday's upazila polls. The commission sent a letter to the cabinet secretary to this matter, said sources at the EC. Referring to a report published in The Daily Star on Saturday, the letter said the minister violated electoral code of conduct by joining the election campaign. "Attention of the prime minister should be drawn about the incident," said the letter signed by Jesmin Tuli, joint secretary of the EC Secretariat. Amu on Friday at a public meeting introduced Awami League-backed upazila...

Kejriwal to fight Modi in Varansi

Kejriwal to fight Modi in Varansi

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal today said he was ready to contest the Lok Sabha polls against BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, but would take a decision at his party's rally in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, on March 23. "The party wants me to contest against Modi, but the people of Varanasi will...

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Vajpayee weakest PM: Congress

Vajpayee weakest PM: Congress

Days after the Congress .......

It's Gandhi vs Gandhi

It's Gandhi vs Gandhi

It is being viewed as Gandhi versus Gandhi.....

New book adds fuel to fire

New book adds fuel to fire

A new book by a former top ...

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