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Bangladesh releases ex-PM Khaleda Zia from jail amid coronavirus outbreak; 74-yr-old was serving time in graft cases
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Bangladesh releases ex-PM Khaleda Zia from jail amid coronavirus outbreak; 74-yr-old was serving time in graft cases

The 74-year-old opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief is serving a 17-year prison term in two graft cases since 8 February, 2018

Bangladesh court sentences nine to death, hands out life term to 25 others for attacking Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago
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Bangladesh court sentences nine to death, hands out life term to 25 others for attacking Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago

A Bangladeshi court on Wednesday sentenced nine activists of a Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance to death and 25 others to life in prison for attacking Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago. Hasina was leading a nationwide campaign by rail when her coach came under attack upon arriving in Pabna's Ishwardy on 23 September, 1994. Hasina survived the assault carried out during BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's first term as prime minister.

Sheikh Hasina's return as Bangladesh PM augurs well for India unless she decides to use China card to get the best deal
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Sheikh Hasina's return as Bangladesh PM augurs well for India unless she decides to use China card to get the best deal

Sheikh Hasina's hat-trick shows that the leader has no lack of shrewdness or intelligence. Certainly, she's not going to annoy New Delhi who sits just across her borders. Quite understandably, she could also use the China card to get the best deal for herself.

'BNP lost because of its pro-Pakistan, anti-Liberation stance,' says Mesbah Kamal, Dalit rights activist in Bangladesh
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'BNP lost because of its pro-Pakistan, anti-Liberation stance,' says Mesbah Kamal, Dalit rights activist in Bangladesh

Mesbah Kamal, Dalit rights activist and professor of history, Dhaka University, talks about why Sheikh Hasina's Awami League alliance return to power for a third consecutive term and the significance of Bangladesh’s 11th parliamentary elections

Bangladesh election chief rules out holding fresh elections as Opposition alleges ballot stuffing after Sheikh Hasina's win
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Bangladesh election chief rules out holding fresh elections as Opposition alleges ballot stuffing after Sheikh Hasina's win

Bangladesh's election chief on Monday ruled out any scope of holding a fresh election as demanded by opposition alliance, saying the allegations of ballot stuffing on the night before the election is "completely untrue."

Sheikh Hasina is Bangladesh PM as Awami League secures 4th consecutive term with landslide win; Opposition calls victory 'farcical'
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Sheikh Hasina is Bangladesh PM as Awami League secures 4th consecutive term with landslide win; Opposition calls victory 'farcical'

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured a fourth term with a landslide victory in polls the opposition slammed as "farcical" over claims of vote-rigging, and clashes between rival supporters that killed at least 17 people.

Bangladesh election: Sheikh Hasina's Awami League heads for landslide win; Opposition alleges vote-rigging
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Bangladesh election: Sheikh Hasina's Awami League heads for landslide win; Opposition alleges vote-rigging

Hasina's ruling Awami League party crossed the 151 seats required to form a majority government in Bangladesh, according to local TV station Channel 24.

Bangladesh election: Voting ends as per schedule; 13 killed in violence, Sheikh Hasina says she is 'confident of victory'
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Bangladesh election: Voting ends as per schedule; 13 killed in violence, Sheikh Hasina says she is 'confident of victory'

While Hasina is seeking re-election for a fourth term as the prime minister, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khalida Zia faces an uncertain future.

Toll in Bangladesh election day violence rises to 10: Six die in Awami League-BNP clashes, three in police firing; cop killed by activists
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Toll in Bangladesh election day violence rises to 10: Six die in Awami League-BNP clashes, three in police firing; cop killed by activists

The election-day deaths brought to 14 the official police toll for Bangladesh election violence since the ballot was announced on 8 November. Voting is being held under tight security until 4 pm (1000 GMT) and polls have predicted a record fourth term for Sheikh Hasina.

Five killed in election violence in Bangladesh: Two shot dead by police, three die in clashes between Awami League, BNP activists
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Five killed in election violence in Bangladesh: Two shot dead by police, three die in clashes between Awami League, BNP activists

Five people were killed in election-related violence in Bangladesh on Sunday as voters went to the polls following a campaign marred by deadly clashes and a crackdown on the Opposition by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government.

Bangladesh to elect new govt tomorrow: 6 lakh security personnel deployed, vehicular movement to be restricted during polling
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Bangladesh to elect new govt tomorrow: 6 lakh security personnel deployed, vehicular movement to be restricted during polling

Clashes have gripped Bangladesh, a Muslim majority country of 165 million, in the run-up to the polls. Thirteen people have been killed and thousands injured in skirmishes between supporters of Hasina's ruling Awami League and activists of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

Bangladesh elections: Campaigning ends tomorrow; Sheikh Hasina seeks third term, Opposition says there is atmosphere of fear
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Bangladesh elections: Campaigning ends tomorrow; Sheikh Hasina seeks third term, Opposition says there is atmosphere of fear

Campaigning ends on Friday for Bangladesh's general election on 30 December with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League seeking a third straight term.

Bangladesh elections: Ex-PM Khaleda Zia's nomination rejected over conviction in corruption cases
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Bangladesh elections: Ex-PM Khaleda Zia's nomination rejected over conviction in corruption cases

Quashing the political ambitions of jailed ex-Bangladesh prime minister Khaleda Zia, the election authority on Sunday rejected her nomination papers from three constituencies, citing her convictions in two corruption cases.

Bangladesh's imprisoned Opposition leader Khaleda Zia barred from contesting next month's general election
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Bangladesh's imprisoned Opposition leader Khaleda Zia barred from contesting next month's general election

Bangladesh's imprisoned Opposition leader has been barred from contesting next month's general election against her arch-rival Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Opposition parties in Bangladesh form new alliance ahead of election, seek creation of all-party caretaker government
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Opposition parties in Bangladesh form new alliance ahead of election, seek creation of all-party caretaker government

Gono Forum President Kamal Hossain unveiled the new political alliance 'Jatiya Oikya Front' with former prime minister Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

Sheikh Hasina's dismissal of 'termites' remarks aside, India-Bangladesh ties face acid test ahead of General Elections
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Sheikh Hasina's dismissal of 'termites' remarks aside, India-Bangladesh ties face acid test ahead of General Elections

Bangladesh's prime minister Sheikh Hasina has played down the "illegal" Bangladeshi issue that has plagued the Indian political scene for years

Bangladesh student protests puts Sheikh Hasina govt on defensive, stirs opposition party's hopes of revival before general election
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Bangladesh student protests puts Sheikh Hasina govt on defensive, stirs opposition party's hopes of revival before general election

Sheikh Hasina's Awami League has taken a hit in the run-up to an election she was widely expected to win, after heavy-handed policing of demonstrations and a wave of arrests fuelled accusations that free speech is increasingly being curtailed.

Bangladesh student protests: Sheikh Hasina's Awami League blames riots on Opposition, says we did everything to quell protests
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Bangladesh student protests: Sheikh Hasina's Awami League blames riots on Opposition, says we did everything to quell protests

The nine-day long Bangladesh youth protests, which started after speeding buses killed students on 29 July, jolted the nation as allegations of gross human rights violations were reported against the ruling Sheikh Hasina government. Firstpost spoke to Abu Sayeed Al Mahmood Swapan, who is a Member of Parliament and the Organising Secretary of the Bangladesh Awami League. Here are the excerpts from the interview.

Ex-Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia gets bail in cases linked with fake date of birth, undermining national flag
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Ex-Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia gets bail in cases linked with fake date of birth, undermining national flag

Khaleda Zia is serving a five-year jail term after a court convicted her in February for embezzlement of foreign donations meant for an orphanage named after her husband and BNP founder and slain president Ziaur Rahman