Bangladesh Nationalist Party

  • 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Bangladesh Islamist leader Mollah to be hanged after midnight December 10, 2013

    Dhaka: Authorities in Bangladesh said on Tuesday they were ready to execute a leader of the country's largest Islamic party who was convicted of war crimes. Inspector General of Prisons Mainuddin Khandaker said Abdul Quader Mollah of the opposition JamaateIslami party would be hanged shortly after midnight at Dhaka's Central Jail. Mollah's...
  • Bangladesh: 5 Senior BNP leaders arrested November 9, 2013

    Five top BNP leaders were arrested in Bangladesh ahead of a nationwide shutdown to push for the restoration of a neutral caretaker setup to oversee the next general elections, prompting the opposition to increase the duration of the strike from 72 to 84 hours. Three members of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party's...
  • Hasina fails to reach Zia over phone, shutdown looms over Bangladesh October 26, 2013

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday, telephoned her archrival Khaleda Zia to invite her for talks to resolve a standoff on holding the next general election but failed to reach her, even as Bangladesh braced for a shutdown called by the main opposition BNP. "The Prime Minister called the opposition leader...
  • Bangladesh war crimes tribunal sentences 7th opposition leader to death October 1, 2013

    Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal sentenced a senior opposition leader and lawmaker to death on Tuesday in the seventh such verdict by the body set up to probe abuses during the country's bloody struggle for independence. Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a legislator from the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was found guilty...
  • Bangladesh: Parliament elects first woman speaker April 30, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh's Parliament on Tuesday elected Shrin Sharmin Chowdhury, currently the state minister for women and child affairs, as its first woman and youngest speaker. Chowdhury was elected by lawmakers unanimously as the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia, is boycotting parliament, reported Xinhua. In...
  • 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...
  • Blast, arson mark opposition strike in Bangladesh March 18, 2013

    Dhaka: Several buses were set afire and crude bombs exploded as Bangladesh's main opposition BNP and its right-wing allies enforced a two-day nationwide strike from Monday for the release of their detained leaders and cadres. Capital Dhaka and several other cities witnessed sporadic violence during the anti-government protests but no...
  • Bangladesh: 154 opposition activists sent to jail March 12, 2013

    Dhaka: As many as 154 opposition activists, who were detained during a raid on their headquarters Monday night, were sent to jail Tuesday in connection with two assault cases against them. The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court in Dhaka passed the order sending the activists to jail after they were produced...
  • Bangladesh: Crude bombs hurled at BNP office March 11, 2013

    Dhaka: Three to four crude bombs were hurled at the office of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Naya Paltan, where a meeting of the party was going on. However, no one was injured. The BNP has called for strike in Dhaka on Wednesday, as fears grow of more violence in the...
  • Khaleda Zia arrives in the capital, meets Sushma October 29, 2012

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister of Bangladesh Begum Khaleda Zia arrived in New Delhi on Sunday on a weeklong visit and called on Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj. Zia, who is Leader of Opposition in Bangladesh, met Swaraj at her residence in New Delhi. The two leaders...
  • Khaleda Zia's son temporarily freed from detention July 18, 2008

    Dhaka: Bangladesh government on Thursday released former prime minister Khaleda Zia's ailing younger son from detention in a graft case for two months for treatment abroad. "We received the executive order at 5 pm and released Arafat Rahman Koko at 6 pm" from a staterun specialised hospital where he was being...
  • Bangladeshi govt to release exPM Khaleda Zia June 16, 2008

    Dhaka: In the wake of national and international pressure, the militarybacked interim government of Bangladesh has announced that it will release former prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Khaleda Zia. "It cannot be done overnight. But we are in the final phase of the process for her release,"...
  • Bangladesh forces arrest exPM Zia, son September 3, 2007

    Dhaka: Security forces on Monday arrested former prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia along with her younger son in an early morning raid on graft charges. Television footages showed Zia and her son Arafat Rahman Rahman Koko being taken from her Dhaka Cantonment residence to a court...
  • ExB'desh PM accused of terrorist links November 23, 2006

    Dhaka: Bangladesh's exprime minister Begum Khaleda Zia, and her politician son Tareq Rahman have been accused of having "close links" with an Islamic militant, as the campaign for the parliamentary polls in January hots up. Retired Colonel Oli Ahmed, who left Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to form the Bangladesh Liberal...
  • Caretaker PMdesignate ill, B'desh unsure October 28, 2006

    Dhaka: Fresh uncertainty shrouded Bangladesh's turbulent political scene on Saturday after a presidential spokesman said the man chosen to act as interim head of government was too ill to take the oath of office. Former Supreme Court chief justice K M Hasan was to have been sworn in as caretaker leader...
  • B'desh PM may quit amid Oppn revolt October 27, 2006

    Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Friday said she was ready to hand over power to a caretaker government to oversee the general elections due in January, even as the opposition announced a blockade of the capital once the transfer scheduled for Saturday happens. Addressing the nation before handing over...