Awami League

  • New Bangladesh government to be sworn in after disputed polls 16-01-2014 09:51 AM

    Dhaka: Bangladesh's new government is set to be sworn in on Sunday, a week after the ruling party won a violence-plagued election that the opposition boycotted and amid growing international calls for a fresh and inclusive polls. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League ended with more than two-thirds of seats...
  • Bangladesh's Sheikh Hasina sworn in as premier for third term 12-01-2014 09:40 PM

    Dhaka: Sheikh Hasina was sworn in for her second straight term as Bangladesh's prime minister, a week after her Awami League party secured a landslide win in the violence-hit general election boycotted by the opposition. President Abdul Hamid administered oath of office to the 49-member council of ministers at Bangabhaban...
  • String of attacks rattles Bangladesh's Hindus 12-01-2014 02:09 PM

    Bangladesh's Hindus have been rattled by a string of attacks linked to the recent controversial general election, with leaders of the minority community saying such violence can be stopped only if the government takes stern action against perpetrators. Activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami were blamed for...
  • Back Bangladesh, not Hasina or Zia

    Head to Haid-ar |  Suhasini Haidar
    By every account, the January 5th elections, Bangladesh's 10th so far, were a low point for democracy. The boycott of the 18-member opposition alliance meant...

  • Bangladesh: 5 killed post-poll clashes, toll rises to 21 07-01-2014 05:22 PM

    At least five persons were killed in Bangladesh on Tuesday in post-poll clashes amidst a police crackdown against senior members of the opposition party for instigating violence that has resulted in 31 deaths, making it the bloodiest vote in the country's history. Three persons were killed and 10 hurt in...
  • US calls for fresh elections in Bangladesh 07-01-2014 11:40 AM

    The US has called for fresh polls in Bangladesh that reflect the will of the people, even as it expressed strong concern over the just concluded general election which it alleged was neither credible nor fair. "We have been very clear about our strong concerns about the selection and what...
  • Awami League sweeps violence-marred Bangladesh general elections 06-01-2014 09:43 AM

    Dhaka: The ruling Awami League on Sunday swept the general elections in Bangladesh which were marred by deadly clashes, a low turnout and a boycott by opposition parties, even as 21 people were killed in poll-related violence. Most voters preferred to stay at home fearing violence during the polling in...
  • Bangladesh: Voting begins amid violence, 6 dead, 60 polling stations torched 05-01-2014 12:15 PM

    In Bangladesh voting for the parliamentary elections has started amid opposition protests that have left at least 6 people dead. Over 10 people have also been injured. Anti-government groups torched at least 60 polling stations on Saturday. The election commission has set up over 18,000 polling stations across the country....
  • Polls start in Bangladesh amidst violence, 6 killed 05-01-2014 09:55 AM

    Dhaka: Voting began on Sunday morning in Bangladesh's violence-plagued general elections amid calls from opposition BNP and its allies to resist the polls, even as six persons were killed in clashes across the country. Polling began at 8 am (0200 GMT) in 147 out of 300 constituencies in 59 districts...
  • Bangladesh goes to polls today amid violence 05-01-2014 07:34 AM

    Dhaka: Despite boycott by principal opposition party, Bangladesh goes to polls on Sunday amid violence. On the eve of the general elections, two people were killed by the anti-government activists who torched 38 polling stations. The miscreants even set ablaze a train while enforcing a 48-hour nationwide strike aimed at...
  • Bangladesh's name could be changed if Khaleda Zia wins, fears Hasina 31-12-2013 12:53 PM

    Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's party has said that opposition leader Khaleda Zia may change the country's name in case she returns to power. The apprehension was expressed by the ruling Awami League (AL) party's publicity secretary Hassan Mahmud while participating in a human-chain and protest programme on Monday at...
  • Security tightened in Dhaka amid tension 30-12-2013 12:39 PM

    A security blanket was thrown over the Bangladesh capital for the second consecutive day on Monday, with troops guarding key points to secure them from a BNP-led opposition movement that threatens to continue until the January 5 elections are called off. Police in riot gears continued to lay sieges around...
  • Tension soars as Bangladesh gears up for Dhaka rally 28-12-2013 01:15 PM

    Tension has been running high in Bangladesh as the main opposition alliance gears up for a showdown in the national capital, which has been cut off from many districts amid security concerns, media reported on Saturday. Most districts in the country were cut off from Dhaka as pro-Awami League transport...
  • Violence continues in Bangladesh, 2 killed 25-12-2013 02:53 PM

    A policeman and an Awami League leader were killed in two separate incidents of violence in Bangladesh hours after the opposition's 83-hour nationwide blockade demanding the scrapping of the January 5 polls ended. Officials said a bus carrying traffic policemen was set afire at Bangla Motor area of Dhaka by...
  • Bangladesh: 4 killed in violence after execution of Jamaat leader 13-12-2013 02:52 PM

    At least four people were killed in Bangladesh on Friday when supporters of Islamist leader Abdul Quader Mollah vented their fury at his execution for war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. The decision to hang Mollah, a senior figure in the Jamaat-e-Islami party that is...
  • Another Bangladesh party boycotts elections, uncertainty deepens 04-12-2013 11:07 AM

    Bangladesh's Awami League-led grand alliance suffered a major setback on Tuesday when one of its key members announced a boycott of the general elections a day after the main opposition BNP decided against taking part, raising questions over the credibility of the January 5 polls. Political violence during opposition protests...
  • Bangladesh: Opposition BNP enforces fresh 72-hour blockade across 30-11-2013 03:04 PM

    Bangladesh's main opposition BNP and its right wing allies on Saturday began to enforce another 72-hour nationwide blockade demanding postponement of upcoming general elections, a day after ending a deadly protest campaign. "The countrywide 72-hour road, rail and waterways blockade will start from 6:00 am tomorrow and last until Monday...
  • 9 dead in political violence across Bangladesh, opposition protests 27-11-2013 10:51 AM

    Nine persons were killed in violence across Bangladesh as the opposition BNP on Tuesday enforced a 48-hour nationwide transport blockade to push its demand for postponing the general election scheduled for January 5. Amid a stand-off over the interim government that will conduct the polls, activists of the BNP and...
  • Bangladesh to hold general elections on January 5, BNP launches protests 26-11-2013 11:17 AM

    Bangladesh's poll panel on Monday announced that the general election would be held on January 5, triggering protests by activists of the main opposition BNP which called a 48-hour nationwide transport blockade from Tuesday. "The voting will be held on January 5, 2014," Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed said....
  • India in talks with US on political situation of Bangladesh 16-11-2013 08:41 PM

    India, on Saturday, said it is holding consultations with the US and other countries on the political impasse in Bangladesh over an electoral dispute between the country's two major parties. "I can say definitely that we are discussing the situation of Bangladesh with different countries who have an interest in...
  • Top BNP leaders arrested in poll-bound Bangladesh 10-11-2013 01:40 PM

    Five top Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders were arrested in Bangladesh ahead of a nationwide shutdown to press for a neutral caretaker government to oversee the next general election, prompting the opposition to increase the duration of the strike from 72 to 84 hours. Three members of the Bangladesh Nationalist...
  • Bangladesh bans rallies, street protests; BNP to defy 20-10-2013 04:06 PM

    Bangladeshi authorities have banned rallies and street protests in the capital city Dhaka for an indefinite period, just days ahead of main opposition BNP's grand rally to mount pressure on the government to accept its demand for polls under a non-party caretaker government. The BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) overnight decided...
  • Bangladesh to get first ever woman parliament speaker 30-04-2013 03:35 AM

    Dhaka: Bangladesh will get its first ever woman speaker for its parliament as the ruling Awami League parliamentary party unanimously nominated Minister of Women and Child Affairs Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury for the post on Monday evening. reported Xinhua. She is likely to be elected without contest as the main opposition...
  • Hasina pledges to punish online insults against Islam 01-04-2013 02:30 AM

    Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday pledged stern action against people found guilty of defaming Islam using the internet as right-wing Islamic parties threatened to wage an intensified street campaign against "atheist bloggers". "You (Islamic parties) do not need to go for any movement. As a Muslim, I...