Sheikh Hasina

  • India, Bangladesh engage in saree diplomacy June 26, 2014

    Dhaka: Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday presented a cream colour saree to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who in return gifted the famous Bangladeshi Jamdani saree to the visiting Indian leader. Swaraj, who is on her first standalone overseas visit after taking office a month ago, called on Hasina, who...
  • After Sushma Swaraj, PM to visit Bangladesh June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina's invitation to visit India's eastern neighbour. PM has also written a letter to Hasina where he hopes to foster new era of cooperation and connectivity between the two countries. The invite comes even as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj...
  • Modi invites Bangladesh premier to visit India June 26, 2014

    Dhaka: Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday handed over a letter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, inviting her to visit India. Swaraj met Hasina at Hasina's office at 11.30 a.m. on Thursday. "Swaraj handed over the letter during a meeting at the prime...
  • 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...
  • Hasina criticises Mamata for her stance against Teesta deal May 11, 2014

    Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her "extremely unfortunate" stance against the Teesta water sharing deal, but expressed optimism on resolving the issue through dialogue. "It was extremely unfortunate, the chief minister of an Indian state, Mamata Banerjee raised objection (in signing...
  • Teesta water pact a difficult one, says Manmohan Singh March 4, 2014

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday told his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina that a pact on sharing Teesta river waters was "difficult" even as an agreement was desirable in the interests of the two countries. Manmohan Singh's remarks came during a 25-minute meeting with Hasina on the margins of the BIMSTEC...
  • 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 violence-plagued 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 two-thirds of seats in...
  • Hindus attacked in post-poll violence in Bangladesh, BJP asks Centre to intervene January 14, 2014

    Dhaka: Members of Hindu community are being targeted in the post-poll violence in Bangladesh. Thousands of Hindu homes and shops were burnt down by Jamaat activists following Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's re-election. Back home in India, Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded the Centre to intervene in the matter even as...
  • 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 violence-hit general election boycotted by the opposition. President Abdul Hamid administered oath of office to the 49-member council of ministers at Bangabhaban -...
  • 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...
  • 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'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...
  • Strongly condemn Pakistan's resolution on Mollah: Hasina December 19, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday slammed Pakistan as anger mounted over a Pakistan parliamentary resolution condemning execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah for crimes against humanity in 1971. "By passing the resolution at National Assembly, Pakistan has proved that it never accepted the victory of Bangladesh in...
  • 21 killed in Bangladesh violence after Jamaat leader's hanging December 15, 2013

    Dhaka: The death toll in violence across Bangladesh triggered by the execution of a top Jamaat-e-Islami leader has risen to 21, prompting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to issue a stern warning saying, "We know how to control you." Abdul Quader Mollah, known as the "Butcher of Mirpur" for atrocities committed during...
  • 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...
  • 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 Jamaat-e-Islami party would be hanged shortly after midnight at Dhaka's Central Jail. Mollah's...
  • Bangladesh: Opposition extends nationwide blockade till Friday December 9, 2013

    Bangladesh's main opposition on Monday extended its ongoing 72-hour nationwide blockade till Friday morning demanding general elections under a non-party interim government. Salahuddin Ahmed, joint general secretary of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) made the announcement of rail, road, and waterway blockade, reports Xinhua. The BNP and its allies have enforced a series...
  • Bangladesh: Opposition announces fresh blockade against general elections December 5, 2013

    Opposition parties in Bangladesh on Thursday announced a fresh 72-hour nationwide blockade from Saturday to press for their demands, including postponement of the January 5 General elections. The BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance called for the fresh blockade after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina again rejected its demand for a 'non-party' caretaker government...
  • Another Bangladesh party boycotts elections, uncertainty deepens December 4, 2013

    Bangladesh's Awami League-led 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...
  • 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...
  • Bangladesh cabinet quits to allow all-party govt for polls November 11, 2013

    Bangladesh's cabinet ministers on Monday tendered their resignations to pave the way for an all-party government to oversee general elections, with the BNP-led opposition adamant on the demand for a neutral non-party government amid a violent political standoff. "The ministers and state ministers present at Monday's (regular) cabinet meeting have submitted...
  • 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...
  • Prospects for economic growth will enhance by Indo-Bangladesh partnership: PM October 5, 2013

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Saturday inaugurated the India-Bangladesh Grid interconnection at Bheramara, Bangladesh through video-conference. The PM extended his best wishes while laying the foundation stone for the 1320 MW Maitri Thermal Power Project that is being developed by the Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company,...
  • Border pact with India win-win deal, says B'desh PM Sheikh Hasina September 29, 2013

    New York: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked the opponents of Land Boundary Agreement in India to give up their opposition to the historic measure, saying settling the vexed issue would be a "win-win" situation for both the countries. The issue of the agreement, which is stuck because of...
  • Bangladesh to take legal action against noted economist Muhammad Yunus September 9, 2013

    Bangladesh's cabinet on Monday decided to initiate legal action against noted economist and Nobel prize winner Muhammad Yunus for what it called "irregularities during his time as head of the Grameen Bank". The cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair made the decision after receiving a probe report...
  • Mamata does a U-turn over Indo-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement August 26, 2013

    New Delhi: The Centre and the West Bengal government are in for yet another face-off, this time over foreign policy. As the UPA government is trying to bring the Land Border agreement with Bangladesh to be ratified by Parliament, Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee has made it clear that she wont...
  • 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...
  • Bangladesh building collapse: Mourners pray as army wraps up rescue op May 14, 2013

    Dhaka: Thousands of mourners gathered on Tuesday at the wreckage of the Bangladesh's worst building disaster to offer prayers for the 1,127 people who died when the eight-storeyed structure collapsed in April. The Islamic prayer service was held a day after the army ended the nearly three week, painstaking search...