Khaleda Zia

  • Bangladesh court rejects libel plea against Khaleda Zia 31-03-2014 07:27 PM

    A Bangladeshi court on Monday rejected a libel suit filed against former premier Khaleda Zia on charges of "distorting the history" by claiming that her late husband Ziaur Rahman was the nation's first president. Dhaka's Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shamsul Arefin said the petition against Zia, the chairperson of the main...
  • Former Bangladesh premier Khaleda Zia indicted over graft 20-03-2014 11:35 AM

    Former Bangladeshi premier Khaleda Zia and her fugitive son were on Wednesday charged with corruption by a court in Dhaka for allegedly collecting nearly USD 1 million in donations for charities named after her late husband. Zia, 68, the chief of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), appeared before...
  • 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...

  • Voting ends, counting begins in Bangladesh 05-01-2014 05:10 PM

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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: 5 Senior BNP leaders arrested 09-11-2013 07:25 PM

    Five top BNP leaders were arrested in Bangladesh ahead of a nationwide shutdown to push for the restoration of a neutral caretaker set-up 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...
  • Hasina fails to reach Zia over phone, shutdown looms over Bangladesh 26-10-2013 05:18 PM

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday, telephoned her arch-rival 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...
  • 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...
  • Khaleda Zia's birthday celebrations triggers new controversy 17-08-2013 06:19 PM

    The celebration of opposition leader Khaleda Zia's birthday coinciding with the death anniversary of Bangladesh founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has triggered acontroversy that could affect crucial talks between the country's two main political parties on electoral reforms. "It is not possible for us to compromise with those who celebrate a...
  • Abdul Hamid sworn in as Bangladesh's president 24-04-2013 08:18 PM

    Dhaka: Veteran politician and parliamentarian Abdul Hamid was on Wednesday sworn in as Bangladesh's 20th president. Hamid was administered the oath of office by acting speaker Shawkat Ali during a ceremony at the Bangabhaban presidential palace, two days after he was elected unopposed to the post. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina...
  • President's meeting with Zia called off due to security concerns: Ranjan Mathai 04-03-2013 10:09 AM

    Bangladesh's key Opposition leader Khaleda Zia cancelled a plan meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday. ...
  • Khaleda Zia arrives in the capital, meets Sushma 29-10-2012 12:23 PM

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister of Bangladesh Begum Khaleda Zia arrived in New Delhi on Sunday on a week-long 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...
  • Graft charge brings Khaleda Zia to Bangla court 08-12-2011 08:14 PM

    Dhaka: Former premier and leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia on Thursday became the first ex-Bangladeshi Prime Minister to appear before a court, which granted her eight weeks of interim bail in connection with a graft case. Court officials said the former premier appeared this afternoon before a two-member bench...
  • Bangladesh: Arrest warrant against Zia's son 03-07-2011 08:36 PM

    Dhaka: A Bangladeshi court on Sunday issued arrest warrants for the fugitive eldest son of former premier Khaleda Zia and 17 others over a 2004 grenade attack on an Awami League rally that killed 24 people and injured some 300 people, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Forty six year old...
  • Ex-Bangladesh PM's son jailed in graft case 23-06-2011 03:48 PM

    Dhaka: A Bangladesh court on Thursday sentenced Arafat Rahman Koko, the younger son of former prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia, to six years in prison for illegally acquiring $2.7 million in corrupt payments, court officials said. The verdict could fuel street protests by Khaleda's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its...
  • Bangladesh burning, mutiny spreads 26-02-2009 11:13 AM

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