Khaleda Zia

  • Sushma Swaraj to meet Bangladesh opposition leader June 25, 2014

    Dhaka: India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will meet opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia on Friday. The BNP chairperson's press secretary Maruf Kamal Khan announced this at a press conference on Tuesday night, bdnews24.com reported. He said the place and time would be announced later. Swaraj is going to Dhaka...
  • Bangla PM Hasina, BNP chief Zia congratulate Modi May 16, 2014

    Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia on Friday congratulated BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on securing a thumping mandate in the Lok Sabha polls. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday congratulated BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on securing a majority in the Lok Sabha...
  • Bangladesh court rejects libel plea against Khaleda Zia March 31, 2014

    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 opposition...
  • Former Bangladesh premier Khaleda Zia indicted over graft March 20, 2014

    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 the...
  • 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 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'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: 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 Jamaat-e-Islami party that is a...
  • Top BNP leaders arrested in poll-bound 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: 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 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 Party's...
  • Hasina fails to reach Zia over phone, shutdown looms over Bangladesh October 26, 2013

    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 leader...
  • 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 non-party caretaker government. The BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) overnight decided to...
  • Khaleda Zia's birthday celebrations triggers new controversy August 17, 2013

    The celebration of opposition leader Khaleda Zia's birthday coinciding with the death anniversary of Bangladesh founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has triggered a controversy 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 'fake...
  • Abdul Hamid sworn in as Bangladesh's president April 25, 2013

    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 was...
  • 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...
  • President's meeting with Zia called off due to security concerns: Ranjan Mathai March 4, 2013

    Bangladesh's key Opposition leader Khaleda Zia cancelled a plan meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday even as fresh violence marred his first foreign trip since taking over presidency. "We had fixed a time for Khaleda Zia to call on the President. The President was in fact looking forward to...
  • 'India committed to early conclusion of Teesta deal' March 4, 2013

    Dhaka: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday conveyed to the top Bangladesh leadership India's commitment to an early conclusion of Teesta river water-sharing deal and implementing the land boundary agreement as he sought to give a substantive content to bilateral ties on his maiden overseas visit since assuming the top constitutional...
  • President visits Bangladesh amid violence, Zia cancels meeting with him March 3, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh rolled out the red carpet for President Pranab Mukherjee who arrived at Bangladesh on Sunday for a three-day state visit but his tour came under a shadow as opposition leader Khaleda Zia cancelled her meeting with him amidst a general strike by Jamaat-e-Islami to protest conviction of its...
  • Bangladesh deploys army after more violence over tribunal March 3, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh deployed troops on Sunday to a town where eight people were killed in clashes between police and Islamist party supporters protesting against the conviction of party leaders on charges stemming from the country's 1971 independence war. Bangladesh has been rocked by protests and counter-protests since January 2013, when a...
  • Bangladesh Oppn party leader cancels meeting with Pranab March 3, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh's main Opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Sunday abruptly cancelled her proposed meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee, casting a shadow on his first foreign visit. As per the itinerary of the President, the Chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was to meet Mukherjee at his hotel suite on Monday...
  • 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 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...
  • B'desh: Khaleda Zia's son indicted in 2004 bombing March 18, 2012

    Dhaka: The son of former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and 29 others were on Sunday indicted by a special court for a grenade attack in 2004 that killed 24 people. The special court framed the charges against 30 people, including Zia's son Tarique Rahman, who is currently in Britain, Xinhua...
  • Graft charge brings Khaleda Zia to Bangla court December 8, 2011

    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 headed...
  • Bangladesh: Arrest warrant against Zia's son July 3, 2011

    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 Tarique...
  • Ex-Bangladesh PM's son jailed in graft case June 23, 2011

    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 Islamist...
  • Pacts with India a sellout: ex-Bangladesh PM Zia January 17, 2010

    Dhaka: Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Sunday termed the agreements signed with India during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's New Delhi visit as "a total sell-out". Zia, a former prime minister, told a media conference that Hasina's visit and the talks she had with the Indian leadership were "not only a...
  • Hasina, Zia exchange barbs on ties with India January 2, 2010

    Dhaka: Ahead of her summit-level talks in India, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday ridiculed Opposition leader Khaleda Zia's threats of making her government's path "thorny" should it fail to protect national interests while signing agreements with New Delhi. "Those who had made the people's lives thorny during their tenure...
  • Bangladesh to probe 1971 war crimes afresh April 5, 2009

    Dhaka: The Bangladesh government on Sunday announced it would form a panel to investigate war crimes allegedly perpetrated by Pakistani occupation forces and their local agents 38 years ago. "We will form a probe committee at an inter-ministry meeting scheduled for Wednesday," State Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs...