Awami League

  • Bangladesh: Khaleda Zia calls ruling Awami League a terror group 3 days ago

    Dhaka: Bangladesh's main opposition leader Khaleda Zia Saturday called ruling the Awami League a terror group, media reported. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader and former prime minister said the law-and-order situation in the country has immensely deteriorated under the ruling Awami League, bdnews24.com reported. She was speaking at a mass rally...
  • New Bangladesh government to be sworn in after disputed polls January 16, 2014

    Dhaka: Bangladesh's new government is set to be sworn in on Sunday, a week after the ruling party won a violenceplagued 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 twothirds of seats in...
  • Bangladesh's Sheikh Hasina sworn in as premier for third term January 12, 2014

    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 violencehit general election boycotted by the opposition. President Abdul Hamid administered oath of office to the 49member council of ministers at Bangabhaban ...
  • String of attacks rattles Bangladesh's Hindus January 12, 2014

    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 JamaateIslami were blamed for attacks...
  • Bangladesh: 5 killed postpoll clashes, toll rises to 21 January 7, 2014

    At least five persons were killed in Bangladesh on Tuesday in postpoll 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 a...
  • US calls for fresh elections in Bangladesh January 7, 2014

    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 we...
  • Awami League sweeps violencemarred Bangladesh general elections January 6, 2014

    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 pollrelated violence. Most voters preferred to stay at home fearing violence during the polling in 147...
  • Bangladesh: Voting begins amid violence, 6 dead, 60 polling stations torched January 5, 2014

    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. Antigovernment 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 January 5, 2014

    Dhaka: Voting began on Sunday morning in Bangladesh's violenceplagued 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 January 5, 2014

    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 antigovernment activists who torched 38 polling stations. The miscreants even set ablaze a train while enforcing a 48hour nationwide strike aimed at...
  • Bangladesh's name could be changed if Khaleda Zia wins, fears Hasina December 31, 2013

    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 humanchain and protest programme on Monday at the...
  • Security tightened in Dhaka amid tension December 30, 2013

    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 BNPled opposition movement that threatens to continue until the January 5 elections are called off. Police in riot gears continued to lay sieges around BNP...
  • Tension soars as Bangladesh gears up for Dhaka rally December 28, 2013

    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 proAwami League transport associations...
  • Violence continues in Bangladesh, 2 killed December 25, 2013

    A policeman and an Awami League leader were killed in two separate incidents of violence in Bangladesh hours after the opposition's 83hour 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 unidentified...
  • Bangladesh: 4 killed in violence after execution of Jamaat leader December 13, 2013

    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 JamaateIslami party that is a...
  • Another Bangladesh party boycotts elections, uncertainty deepens December 4, 2013

    Bangladesh's Awami Leagueled 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 for...
  • Bangladesh: Opposition BNP enforces fresh 72hour blockade across November 30, 2013

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

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

    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 48hour nationwide transport blockade from Tuesday. "The voting will be held on January 5, 2014," Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed said. The...
  • India in talks with US on political situation of Bangladesh November 16, 2013

    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 the...
  • Top BNP leaders arrested in pollbound Bangladesh November 10, 2013

    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 Party's...
  • Bangladesh bans rallies, street protests; BNP to defy October 20, 2013

    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 nonparty caretaker government. The BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) overnight decided to...
  • Bangladesh to get first ever woman parliament speaker April 30, 2013

    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 Bangladesh...
  • Hasina pledges to punish online insults against Islam April 1, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday pledged stern action against people found guilty of defaming Islam using the internet as rightwing 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...
  • Bus burning: TripuraDhaka service temporarily suspended September 24, 2012

    The move comes three days after a mob burnt down a bus at Norsinghdi in Dhaka after a clash between two factions of the Awami League. ...
  • Banned terror group HuJI still active in Bangladesh February 18, 2009

    Dhaka: Bangladesh has for the first time admitted that its territory and porous borders may have been used by terrorist groups to target India and says it is committed to acting against them. The HarkatulJehadi Islami (HuJI), the antiIndian militant group, continues to function in Bangladesh though it has been banned,...
  • Zillur Rahman declared new President of Bangladesh February 11, 2009

    Dhaka: Veteran Awami League leader Zillur Rahman, a close aide to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was on Wednesday declared as the country's new President by the Election Commission, more than a month after his party swept the landmark General Elections. The 79yearold Rahman, nominee of the Awami League, was the lone...
  • Sheikh Hasina swornin Bangladesh PM for second time January 7, 2009

    Dhaka: Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, the daughter of the nation's founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was sworn in as Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the second time on Tuesday following her landslide win in last month's general election. She was premier previously from 1996 to 2001. Hasina, 61, took...
  • Bangladesh polls: Hasina wins by landslide majority December 30, 2008

    Dhaka: Former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's political alliance won a landslide victory in elections aimed at restoring democracy to the troubled South Asian nation, an election official said on Tuesday. But even before the tally was complete, Hasina's opponents launched allegations of irregularities and forgery late on Monday night leading...
  • Hasina to win battle of Begums in Bangladesh December 30, 2008

    Dhaka: Former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her nineparty alliance raced to a landslide victory, winning 225 seats of the 299 seats that figured in Bangladesh's ninth general election held Monday. This meant a searing defeating for Hasina's arch political rival and twoterm prime minister, Begum Khaleda Zia, and her...