Bangladesh

  • SLC to make security assessment ahead of Bangladesh tour January 11, 2014

    Colombo: Two senior Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials are all set to visit Bangladesh to make a security assessment there ahead of their national cricket team's tour to the country. A SLC spokesman said that vice-president Mohan de Silva and Ajith Jayasekera, a former CEO of SLC and national team manager,...
  • Bangladesh says extra security for Pakistan in Asia Cup January 10, 2014

    Dubai: Bangladesh on Friday promised enhanced security for the Pakistan cricket team during next month's Asia Cup, after political unrest in Dhaka endangered their participation in the regional event. The Asian Cricket Council last week decided to host the event in Dhaka from February 25-March 8 despite violence and protests in...
  • Sheikh Hasina invited to form govt in Bangladesh January 10, 2014

    Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina on Thursday was invited by the President to form government after her party's victory in the controversial January 5 elections. "President (Abdul Hamid) invited Sheikh Hasina to form the government as leader of the house when she called on him at the presidential palace," said  President's...
  • We have reservations about playing in Bangladesh: PCB January 8, 2014

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made it clear their team will participate in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh only after getting a clearance from their government due to security concerns in the violence-hit neigbouring country. The PCB statement has come after the chief executive of the Asian Cricket Council...
  • The Last Word: Were Bangladesh general polls credible or just a sham? January 7, 2014

    Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is once again set to form government with her party Awami League clearly sweeping the general elections. The principal opposition party did not take part in the elections and had allegedly participated in violence that resulted in the death of 21 people. ...
  • Bangladesh: 5 killed post-poll clashes, toll rises to 21 January 7, 2014

    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 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 violence-marred 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 poll-related violence. Most voters preferred to stay at home fearing violence during the polling in 147...
  • Voting ends, counting begins in Bangladesh January 5, 2014

    Voting ended in Bangladesh's 10th parliamentary elections, marred by a series of violent incidents, boycotts and low voter turnout on Sunday. Counting of votes began shortly after balloting ended at 4 pm, the Daily Star reported. Voting in the parliamentary polls began at 8 am on Sunday amid a series of violent...
  • 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. 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 January 5, 2014

    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 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 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: Miscreants burn 38 polling centres ahead of elections January 4, 2014

    Ahead of Bangladesh parliamentary elections scheduled for January 5, miscreants on Saturday burnt 38 polling centres in at least 28 districts. The violence was reported from Rajshahi, Nilphamari, Narsingdi, Kishoreganj, Feni, Kurigram and Natore districts, among others The Daily Star reported. Police said the acts of arson appeared to be a clear...
  • Bangladesh to remain venue of Asia Cup January 4, 2014

    Colombo: The security concerns triggered by political unrest in Bangladesh notwithstanding, the country will remain the host of the Asia Cup next month, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) announced on Saturday. "There is no change to the venue, it will go ahead as planned in Bangladesh," Ashraful Haque, the ACC chief...
  • India seals Indo-Bangla border ahead of general polls in Bangladesh January 4, 2014

    New Delhi: India has decided to seal its border with Bangladesh for three days as a security measure ahead of parliamentary elections in the neighbouring country. General election in Bangladesh is scheduled to take place on Sunday. Despite India's move to close the Indo-Bangla border, reports indicate that legal movement...
  • Sri Lanka offer to host Asia Cup, World Twenty20 January 3, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka are ready to step in and host the Asia Cup one-day tournament and the World Twenty20 if the two events are pulled out of violence-plagued Bangladesh, a top official said on Friday. The Asia Cup had been scheduled to be held between February 24 and March 7 in...
  • Bangladesh: 2 killed as violence continues ahead of elections, five voting centres set on fire January 3, 2014

    At least two people have been killed in clashes between pro-and anti-government supporters across Bangladesh, as five voting centres were set on fire amid the opposition's nonstop blockade two days before the elections. Police said a driver and a trader were killed and three others injured when suspected activists of main...
  • SLC likely to drop Malinga from Bangladesh tour January 2, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is likely to drop pacer Lasith Malinga from the national squad to tour Bangladesh as a means of sending a strong signal to the star bowler over his indifferent attitude towards training and poor performance. Following Sri Lanka's 2-3 loss in the recent ODI series against...
  • 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 human-chain 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 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 BNP...
  • Bangladesh opposition adopts Gandhian way for non-stop protest December 29, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh's main opposition party BNP on Sunday announced that it would stage non-stop sit-in protests like Mahatma Gandhi's Satyagraha across the country until the general election scheduled for January 5 was not scrapped. The announcement came hours after police prevented opposition leader Khaleda Zia from leaving her house here to...
  • 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 pro-Awami League transport associations...
  • Bangladesh: Army deployed ahead of controversial January 5 polls December 26, 2013

    Bangladesh, on Thursday, deployed the army across the country to contain deadly political violence ahead of the January 5 elections, even as nine policemen were injured in attacks by opposition activists. "The armed forces have been deployed in aid to civil administration," an army statement said. The troops would act "as...
  • 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 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 unidentified...
  • Great cinema will emerge from Pakistan, Bangladesh: Naseeruddin Shah December 20, 2013

    Mumbai: Seasoned Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah says 'we are too happy with ourselves' but the future belongs to SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka in terms of good cinema. Naseer, who has been part of Pakistani director Shoaib Mansoor and director duo Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi's 'Khuda...
  • Pakistan likely to pull out of Asia Cup, World T20 in Bangladesh December 20, 2013

    Karachi: The Pakistani cricket authorities might be maintaining a diplomatic stance on their national team's participation in the forthcoming Asia Cup and World T20 events in Bangladesh, to be held early next year, but chances of a pullout are looming large. A source told PTI that there are concerns in the...
  • Another controversy over Taslima, TV serial postponed December 20, 2013

    Kolkata: The broadcast of a Bengali TV serial whose script was written by exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen was postponed indefinitely on Thursday after Muslim fundamentalists raised objections, despite both the channel and the author clarifying that the story had nothing to do with religion. Minority leaders from the 'Milli Ittehad...
  • TMC tears up Bangladesh Land Demarcation Bill in Rajya Sabha December 18, 2013

    New Delhi: The Bangladesh Land Demarcation Bill saw uproarious scenes in the Rajys Sabha with Trinamool Congress Mps tearing the Bill in protest. TMC MPs stormed into the well as soon as External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid introduced the Bill in the House. TMC MP Derek O'Brien alleged that the Bill...
  • 4 dead in renewed violence in Bangladesh December 15, 2013

    Dhaka: Police in Bangladesh opened fire on Sunday to try to stop rampaging activists of an Islamist party who were protesting the execution of one of its leaders, leaving at least four people dead. The violence took place as the Jamaat-e-Islami party enforced a daylong general strike across the South Asian...
  • 25 killed as violence escalates in Bangladesh after execution December 15, 2013

    At least four persons were killed in clashes in Bangladesh on Sunday, taking the death toll to 25 in violence linked to the execution of a senior Jamaat-e-Islami leader, even as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina warned of strong action against rioters. Jamaat workers stabbed to death an Awami League supporter on...