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Japan exit polls suggest Abe victory

Japan exit polls suggest Abe victory

Exit polls suggest that the party of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has secured a large majority in the country's parliamentary elections. Abe had called a snap poll to boost support for his economic reforms. He was elected in 2012 and has tried to revive the economy by raising public spending and printing money. After an initial burst of growth, Japan slipped back into recession in the second half of this year. Japan is the third-largest economy in the world, according to the World Bank, but it has struggled in recent years. However,...

DCC polls declared to thwart BNP’s movement: Fakhrul

DCC polls declared to thwart BNP’s movement: Fakhrul

The government announced Dhaka city corporation polls with an aim to thwart BNP’s anti-government movement, the party’s spokesperson said today. “The announcement was made to divert people’s attention from the opposition’s movement,” BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said while talking to reporters at Labaid Specialised Hospital in Dhaka. He went to the...

Swiss set for immigration vote

Swiss set for immigration vote

Swiss voters are due to go to the polls to decide on measures aimed at severely restricting immigration. The ballot marks the second time this year that non-EU country Switzerland has held a referendum on immigration. Last February voters narrowly backed reintroduction of quotas, effectively opting out of a free movement of people agreement with...

Media spotlight on Zuckerberg's India visit

Media spotlight on Zuckerberg's India visit

Media are highlighting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's pledge to provide more Indians internet access. He is on a visit to India and addressed a conference on connectivity in Delhi on Thursday. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document,...

No early polls, no talks

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ruled out the possibility of any midterm election in Bangladesh and holding any dialogue with the BNP as nothing wrong has happened in the country after the January 5 election. She also dismissed the allegation of an entente between her government and Jamaat-e-Islami that was made following the recent Supreme Court verdict commuting Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee's death sentence to imprisonment unto death. “Why there should be a midterm election? What are the problems for...

BNP stresses talks on polls before AL tenure ends

BNP stresses talks on polls before AL tenure ends

The BNP-led 20-party alliance will force the Sheikh Hasina-led government to sit with it in a dialogue for holding a fresh election before the end of this administration’s tenure, a top BNP leader said today. The alliance will gradually take its ongoing anti-government movement to “top gear” to force the government for the dialogue...

Polls In 13 Upazilas

AL 7, BNP 5

AL 7, BNP 5

The ruling Awami League-backed chairman aspirants won in seven upazilas, while the BNP favourites came out victorious in five in yesterday's upazila polls. However, the chairman post in the other upazila went to an AL rebel, according to unofficial results declared by the returning officers. Stray incidents of violence, vote rigging, stuffing of ballots and...

12 upazilas go to polls today

Polls to 12 upazila parishads in eight districts will be held today in the sixth phase amid tight security measures to avert violence. Rebel candidates have again appeared as a big threat to both the ruling Awami League and the BNP-backed candidates. Meanwhile, the by-election for Tarakanda upazila in Mymensingh will also be held today, as its chairman became an MP in the January 5 national elections. As many as 182 candidates are contesting in 13 upazilas, 64 of them for the...

Polls in India

Exit polls forecast big win for BJP

Exit polls forecast big win for BJP

A record turnout yesterday marked the end of polling in the long-drawn Indian parliamentary election, with exit polls suggesting that the Bharatiya Janata Party led by Narendra Modi and its allies are on their way toward securing a majority. The final phase of voting in 41 constituencies ended and the first exit polls released soon afterwards pointed to a huge voters' swing towards the BJP. Official results of the elections will be declared on May 16 when the vote count is taken up for all the 543 Lok Sabha seats. The BJP was projected by exit polls to win 249 of the 543 seats in parliament while its allies in the National...

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...

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