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Protests over Modi visit an excuse. Hefazat’s real aim to radicalise Bangladesh

The rise of anti-India Islamist force Hefazat-e-Islam in Bangladesh has contributed to the radicalisation of the region and is turning out to be a security threat to the Sheikh Hasina government
Border Guards Bangladesh personnel stand guard as activists from Hefazat-e Islam block a road during a strike following deadly clashes with police over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, in Narayanganj, about 16 km southeast of Dhaka on March 28(AFP)
Border Guards Bangladesh personnel stand guard as activists from Hefazat-e Islam block a road during a strike following deadly clashes with police over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, in Narayanganj, about 16 km southeast of Dhaka on March 28(AFP)
Updated on Apr 01, 2021 12:16 PM IST
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ByShishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Mashrafe Mortaza recovers from COVID-19

“I recovered from the virus after being treated at home. To those who are affected, stay positive. Keep faith in Allah and abide by the rules. Together we will keep fighting the virus,” added the 36-year-old pacer.
File image of Mashrafe Mortaza.(Getty Images)
File image of Mashrafe Mortaza.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 15, 2020 10:37 AM IST
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Press Trust of India | ByPress Trust of India

Sheikh Hasina meets Congress leaders, invites Sonia Gandhi to Bangladesh

The Congress, in a statement, said the meeting took place owing to a “special bond of friendship” between the party and the Awami League, the party Hasina leads.
The Congress said Gandhi accepted Hasina’s invitation to visit her country for commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s liberation.(HT image)
The Congress said Gandhi accepted Hasina’s invitation to visit her country for commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s liberation.(HT image)
Updated on Oct 07, 2019 02:13 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Review: In the Time of the Others by Nadeem Zaman

Set over a period of nine months in 1971, Nadeem Zaman’s debut novel is a fictionalized account of the bloody events that culminated in the creation of Bangladesh
Mukti Bahini liberation army troops undergoing rifle training on a rifle range in a liberated area of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in November 1971.(Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Mukti Bahini liberation army troops undergoing rifle training on a rifle range in a liberated area of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in November 1971.(Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Updated on Feb 15, 2019 05:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByLamat R Hasan

Sheikh Hasina takes oath as Bangladesh PM for third consecutive term

Sheikh Hasina’s cabinet is mostly made up of new faces. Thirty-one members of the new Cabinet are first-timers. The Cabinet exclusively consists of members of the Awami League.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina takes part in a press conference in Dhaka.(AFP File Photo)
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina takes part in a press conference in Dhaka.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jan 07, 2019 05:08 PM IST
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Press Trust of India | ByPress Trust of India

Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza registers landslide win in general elections

Mashrafe Mortaza, an Awami League candidate for Narail-2 constituency, got 274,418 votes while his rival Jatiya Oikya Front alliance nominee Fariduzzaman Farhad received 8,006 votes.
Mashrafe Mortaza speaks during an interview.(AFP)
Mashrafe Mortaza speaks during an interview.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 31, 2018 10:56 PM IST
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Dhaka | ByPress Trust of India

India must remind Sheikh Hasina to keep authoritarian instincts in check

The Awami League has blunted the BNP’s advantage among Islamist factions by itself pandering to Islamism. To be sure, Ms Hasina has cracked down on terrorism but has actively harassed journalists, arrested opposition leaders and remained passive to the killing of bloggers.
In the last decade of her rule, Sheikh Hasina has had a mixed track record. While Bangladesh’s economy has surged ahead, her record on human rights leaves a lot to be desired(AFP)
In the last decade of her rule, Sheikh Hasina has had a mixed track record. While Bangladesh’s economy has surged ahead, her record on human rights leaves a lot to be desired(AFP)
Updated on Dec 31, 2018 04:55 PM IST
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Bangladesh’s Hasina wins election by landslide as opposition demands new vote

The opposition alliance accused Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s party of using stuffed ballot boxes and other illegal means to fix the result.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (R) flashes the victory symbol after casting her vote, as her daughter Saima Wazed Hossain (1st L) and her sister Sheikh Rehana (2nd L) look on at a polling station in Dhaka .(AFP Photo)
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (R) flashes the victory symbol after casting her vote, as her daughter Saima Wazed Hossain (1st L) and her sister Sheikh Rehana (2nd L) look on at a polling station in Dhaka .(AFP Photo)
Updated on Dec 31, 2018 09:35 AM IST
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Dhaka | ByAgence France-Presse

Bangladesh election: PM Sheikh Hasina set to win record fourth term

According to local TV channel, Hasina’s alliance easily crossed the 151 seats required to form a government.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gestures after casting her vote in the morning during the general election in Dhaka, Bangladesh on December 30.(REUTERS)
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gestures after casting her vote in the morning during the general election in Dhaka, Bangladesh on December 30.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 31, 2018 12:04 AM IST
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Dhaka | ByPress Trust of India

Voting ends in Bangladesh election; 13 killed in poll-related violence

Voting in a tense election to choose a new government in Bangladesh ended on Sunday with at least 13 people being killed in poll-related violence amid allegations of manipulations by the ruling Awami League led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Voters queue at a voting center during the general election in Dhaka, Bangladesh December 30, 2018.(Reuters file photo)
Voters queue at a voting center during the general election in Dhaka, Bangladesh December 30, 2018.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Dec 30, 2018 05:36 PM IST
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Press Trust of India | ByPress Trust of India

In Bangladesh, a 47-year-old war dominates election campaign rhetoric

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman won the country that independence, and her Awami League party has run a campaign on reminding the public of “war criminals”, “fake freedom fighters” and “collaborators”.
Bangladesh’s premier and ruling party leaders have attacked the opposition in the bitter campaign for Sunday’s general election.(Hindustan Times)
Bangladesh’s premier and ruling party leaders have attacked the opposition in the bitter campaign for Sunday’s general election.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 30, 2018 01:16 PM IST
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Dhaka | ByReuters

10 killed in poll-related violence as voting underway in Bangladesh

Bangladesh stepped up security on December 29 in a bid to contain violence during a general election expected to see Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina win a record fourth term.
A Bangladeshi man walks past a photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in Dhaka on December 29, 2018.(AFP)
A Bangladeshi man walks past a photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in Dhaka on December 29, 2018.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 30, 2018 03:05 PM IST
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Dhaka | ByPress Trust of India

Bangladesh cricketer Mashrafe Mortaza to stand in election

A spokesman for Hasina’s Awami League said Mashrafe Mashrafe had been given the “green light” from the prime minister, who is seeking a third consecutive term in office on December 30.
Mashrafe Mortaza will be contesting elections for Bangladesh’s Awami League.(HT Photo)
Mashrafe Mortaza will be contesting elections for Bangladesh’s Awami League.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 12, 2018 04:23 PM IST
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Dhaka | ByAgence France-Presse

Bangladesh sets parliamentary polls for December 23

Bangladesh will hold its general election on December 23, the country’s electoral body announced on Thursday amid an impasse between the government and the main opposition alliance over the timing of the polls.
Bangladesh will hold its general election on December 23, the country’s electoral body announced on Thursday.(AFP)
Bangladesh will hold its general election on December 23, the country’s electoral body announced on Thursday.(AFP)
Published on Nov 08, 2018 07:58 PM IST
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Dhaka | ByPress Trust of India

Ahead of polls, Sheikh Hasina announces to build 560 model mosques, Islamic university in Bangladesh

Sheikh Hasina urged the clerics not to be agitated by anti-Islam propaganda on social media, saying her government has enacted tougher laws to expose to justice perpetrators of any malicious campaign regarding the religion.
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina announced that her government will construct 560 model mosques and an Islamic university with the Saudi assistance.(PTI)
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina announced that her government will construct 560 model mosques and an Islamic university with the Saudi assistance.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 04, 2018 11:47 PM IST
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Dhaka | ByPress Trust of India

Jailed Bangladeshi leader Khaleda Zia in poor health, arthritis worsen: Doctors

An orthopaedic specialist at Dhaka Medical College Hospital who visited Khaleda Zia as part of the government team, said her condition was not serious but her arthritis had worsened in prison.
Khaleda Zia, the 72-year-old leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party who was jailed in February for corruption, has been suffering complications from arthritis and is struggling to walk, doctors say.(AFP File Photo)
Khaleda Zia, the 72-year-old leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party who was jailed in February for corruption, has been suffering complications from arthritis and is struggling to walk, doctors say.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Apr 03, 2018 08:03 PM IST
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Agence France-Presse, Dhaka | ByAgence France-Presse
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