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  • Bangladesh parliament elections: Odds pile up against timely election0

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    • November 11, 2018

    Photo credit: Prothom Alo English Shahid Islam 9 November 2018 Elections inject oxygen into democracy’s body politic. Timely and fairly held elections keep democracy alive and kicking. As Bangladesh leap frogs from one electoral setback to the other, the 2018 general election too seems to have been bottlenecked and, destined to hit a major bump.

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  • Bangladesh: COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION 2018-V0

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    • October 12, 2018

    12 October 2018 Foreign policies rank prominent in voters mind Shahid Islam   12 October 2018  Weekly Holiday Time may be a great healer, although at times it also adds to the afflictions one endures. Never before did the citizenry of Bangladesh bother so much about the regional and global policies pursued by their governments, as

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  • Bangladesh: Popcorn clouds of uncertainty threaten election, and sovereignty0

      Shahid Islam in Toronto     7 October 2018 Like the 1970 general election that had decided the fate of Pakistan, the nation of Bangladesh faces a similar electoral test that could break or re-make this almost half-a-century old nation- state by a bang or a whimper. While one wonders what so much at stake is

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  • Banngladesh: COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION 2018-2; All roads lead to Washington0

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    • September 23, 2018

    Credit: Prothom Alo   Shahid Islam       23 September 2018 The national cherry blossom festival in the Washington DC usually takes place between March and April each year; depending on the full blossom of these throbbing, eye-catching flowers. But many politicians from around the world cherish a dream to be showered by Washington’s blessing

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  • UN Human rights Commission wants actions against the attacks on Bangladesh protesters0

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    • September 16, 2018

      Special Correspondent  The weekly Holiday 16 September 2018 NEW High Commissioner for United Nations Human Rights body, Michelle Bachelet on Monday observed that student protesters and media professionals in Bangladesh were recently attacked, arrested and reportedly ill-treated. ‘The perpetrators of this violence must be held accountable to prevent recurrence,’ she said in her first

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  • Bangladesh: ELECTION 2018 & POST-EID SPECTACLES0

    Haggling beneath the surface yields nothing fruitful Shahid Islam   20 August 2018 Beyond the pale of the ordinary folks, haggling of an inordinate vintage has been on to bring the country’s ‘extra-parliament’ main opposition party, the BNP, into an accommodative electoral fold, according to reliable sources. This months-long beneath the surface haggling yielded no substantive

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  • Bangladesh: Can the Election Commission regain public confidence?0

    Shakhawat Hossain     17 August 2018 Elections were considered to be festivals in Bangladesh, but now are perceived as source of fear. As many have expressed their apprehensions regarding fair national elections in December this year following the massive irregularities in the latest five city corporation polls, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda

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  • Bangladesh: NEW GENERATION WANTS JUSTICE0

    Spectacular student resurgence strikes at the core Shahid Islam THEY don’t have a playground to be playful; a quaint park to be dreamy in wandering; any friendly parents and teachers to walk them through the spectacles of a universe that is otherwise divine and dazzling.  Amidst ugly stares of death stalking their lives on way

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  • Khaleda’s imprisonment stirs global uproar, election uncertainty0

    Shahid Islam in Toronto     19/2/2018 A missed opportunity often yields disaster and turns unmanageable, if not handled with care. The conviction and imprisonment of BNP chairperson and, three times PM of Bangladesh, Khaleda Zia, on February 8 could have led to instant chaos; which has been averted, thanks to Khaleda’s instruction to her followers

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  • Bangladesh : Hasina wants election to keep her party in power, no matter what0

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    • January 20, 2018

      Faruque Ahmed     19.1.2018 The High Court stay of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) election for three months in the wake of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s announcement of parliamentary election in December this year seems highly misleading. Many believe it may be art of a complex political calculation in an election year although clearly

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