News Updates

21 July - 31 July
  • BNP fears city polls will be a farce
    Fakhrul claimed the current Election Commission had failed to perform its duty as an independent and constitutional body. (Dhaka Tribune, July 28, 2018)
  • Social issues dominate AL polls campaign, no clear BNP plan
    Senior leaders of the party say the issues they will focus on include militancy, crime, corruption, drug abuse, and water, air, and river pollution. (Dhaka Tribune, July 23, 2018)
  • US official appreciates Bangladesh’s role in addressing Rohingya crisis. (The Daily Star, July 25, 2018)
  • Thousands of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and activists staged a massive showdown in the Sylhet metropolis as part of the campaign of the party-backed mayoral candidate in the upcoming city corporation elections. (Dhaka Tribune, July 22, 2018)
  • Awami League leaders urge people to vote for continued development. (Dhaka Tribune, July 22, 2018)
14th July - 20th July
  • Global warming: Bangladesh among ‘most at risk’ in struggle to stay cool
    Bangladesh is among the countries ‘most at risk’ as a studyshowed that more than a billion people in the world are at risk from a lack of air conditioning and refrigeration to keep them cool and to preserve food and medicines as global warming brings more high temperatures. (The Daily Star, July 16, 2018)
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated that Bangladesh doesn't allow its territory to be used by any terrorist, terrorist group or entity against any state or people, and always favours resolving any issue with neighbours through talks during a meeting with Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh. (The Daily Star, July 15, 2018)
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed hope that the Election Commission will be able to hold an inclusive, fair and neutral national election by the year-end with support from all political parties, the administration and other stakeholders. (The Daily Star, July 20, 2018)
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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