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News Updates

9th July - 13th July
  • Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh visiting Dhaka, security cooperation in focus
    Rajnath Singh will inaugurate a mega Indian Visa Application Centre at the city’s Jamuna Future Park during his visit. He will arrive in Dhaka for a three-day visit to further discuss on how the two neighbouring countries can strengthen cooperation in security areas showing zero tolerance to terrorism and radicalization. (Dhaka Tribune, July 12, 2018)
  • British lawyer for Bangladesh’s Khaled Zia refused entry to India. A British lawyer assisting Bangladesh’s opposition leader in her fight against corruption charges has been refused entry to India where he was scheduled to give a press conference about the case. (Daily Mirror, July 12, 2018)
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the parliament that there is no scope to bring change to the existing 30 per cent quota for freedom fighters in the civil service. (The Daily Star, July 12, 2018)
  • Bangladesh has handed over a list of drug dealers to Myanmar who fled to the neighbouring country amid the ongoing nationwide anti-narcotics drive. (The Daily Star, Jult 13, 2018)
  • Khaleda's bail extended till July 17. A Dhaka court extended the bail period of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia until July 17 in connection with the Zia Charitable Trust graft case. (The Daily Star, July 11, 2018)
3rd July- 10 July
  • No election with Khaleda behind bars: BNP
    Prime political opposition BNP today said out strongly that it will not allow any parliamentary election in the country with its Chairperson Khaleda Zia behind bars.
  • Several senior leaders of the party came up with the threat while addressing a token hunger strike programme at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in Dhaka today. The hunger strike was held protesting the Supreme Court order that upheld the stay on Khaleda’s bail in a murder case filed in Comilla on February 2, 2015.
  • BNP leaders including Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir observed the token hunger strike programme started around 10:00am and continued till 4:00pm.
  • Thousands of leaders and activists of the party and its different front and associate bodies took part in the programme. “It is now clear the next parliamentary election will not possible with our party chief Khaleda Zia in jail,” Fakhrul said. “We will not allow such election to happen in this country.”
  • Claiming that Khaleda Zia is being deprived of proper treatment, Fakhrul said the government is hatching a conspiracy to keep her away from the politics and election as well.( Daily Star, 10 July, 2018)
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