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Shujan demands Supreme Judicial Council probe 100pc voting

Dhaka, July 09 – Terming the 100 percent vote cast in 213 centres in the 11th parliamentary polls as ‘illogical and unusual’, Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) Tuesday demanded the Judicial Supreme Council (JSC) to investigate the irregularities and to bring the responsible person to justice. The cast of 100 percent votes in any centre is not logical and not at ... Read More »

Cornered BNP to join local body polls sans party symbol

Dhaka, July 5 (UNB) – BNP on Friday decided to participate in the upcoming local body elections without using its election symbol, ‘the sheaf of paddy’. The decision was taken at a meeting of the party’s standing committee members at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office. “We still think the local body elections should be held without party symbol. We’ve decided to ... Read More »

100 pc voter turnout in 69 centres not ‘normal’: CEC

Dhaka, June 30 – The 100 percent voters’ turnout in 213 polling centers in the 11th parliamentary polls has raised questions among political parties, experts and even the Election Commission. Even Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Sunday termed the casting of 100 percent votes in election centres ‘abnormal’. Election Commission (EC) on Saturday published the full results ... Read More »

Opposition BNP candidate GM Siraj wings Bogra – 6 by-election

BNP candidate GM Siraj wins the by-election to Bogura-6 parliamentary constituency BNP candidate GM Siraj has secured a seat in the 11th parliament after winning the by-election to the Bogura-6 (Sadar) constituency. Senior election officer Mahabub Alam Shah announced the poll outcome on Monday. Contesting with the ‘paddy sheaf’ symbol, Siraj bagged 89,782 votes in the by-polls. His nearest rival, ... Read More »

Low turnout of voters mark Bogra-6 by-election

Bogura, June 24 (UNB) –Voting in the by-election to Bogura-6 constituency is underway on Monday amid a very poor response from voters at many polling stations. The balloting began at 9 am and will continue till 4 pm without any break. Visiting different polling stations the UNB correspond found that the voter turnout was poor in the morning. However, no ... Read More »

Opposition win in Istanbul a blow to Turkey’s Erdogan

Istanbul, Jun 24 (AP/UNB) — The opposition candidate for mayor of Istanbul celebrated a landmark win Sunday in a closely watched repeat election that ended weeks of political tension and broke the long hold President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party had on leading Turkey’s largest city. “Thank you, Istanbul,” Ekrem Imamoglu, 49, said to the tens of thousands of people who ... Read More »

By-election to BNP’s Fakhrul-vacated Bogra-6 seat Monday

Bogura, June 23 (UNB) – The by-election to Bogura-6 constituency will be held on Monday. Voting will begin at 9am and continue till 5pm without any break. Meanwhile, the Election Commission has completed all the preparations to smoothly hold the by-polls using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).  The constituency was declared vacant as BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, who ... Read More »

EVMs to be used in all future BD elections: CEC

Bogura, June 19 (UNB) – Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said that Electronic Voting Machines will be used in all future elections in Bangladesh. “A legal framework has been prepared in this regard,” he said at a law and order meeting over Bogura-6 by-polls. The meeting was held at the Deputy Commissioner’s office in the Sadar ... Read More »

Lop-sided election not good for democracy: EC Mahbub

Dhaka, June 19 (UNB) – Mentioning that the upazila parishad elections were lop-sided ones as opposition parties did not participate in the polls, Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder on Wednesday said no one-sided election is good for democracy. He made the remarks in a statement after the fifth and final phase of the local government election ended on Tuesday. The election ... Read More »

Don’t use EVM in Bogura-6 by-polls: BNP

Dhaka, Jun 17 (UNB) – BNP on Monday demanded the Election Commission withdraw its decision of using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the by-election to Bogura-6 parliamentary seat billed for June 24. “The Election Commission, which is subservient to the government, has decided in a planned way to use EVMs at every polling station in the by-polls to Bogura-6 seat since ... Read More »

The world has lost its compass

By Roberto Savio Rome, Jun 3 2019 (IPS) – The terrible feeling I had on waking up and seeing the Italian voting results at the recent European elections was that my country was suddenly full of strangers. How could the majority of Italians reconfirm a government which has been the most inefficient in history, quarrelling on everything every single day ... Read More »

Populists, greens and the new map of European politics

by Sheri Berman In light of the gains by green parties and right-wing populists in the Euro-elections, Sheri Berman explores how the traditionally dominant parties respond to such challenges. ‘Peak populism’ and the ‘green wave‘ was how many observers summarised the outcome of the recent European Parliament elections. Green parties will have 69 seats in the new parliament, up from ... Read More »

GM Siraj to contest Bogura-6 by-polls with ‘Sheaf of Paddy’

Dhaka, Jun 2 (UNB) – BNP has finally kept trust in its former MP GM Siraj by allocating the party election symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ for him to contest the   by-election to Bogura-6 parliamentary seat. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday handed over a party letter to GM Siraj at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office nominating him as ... Read More »

The Euro-elections in microcosm: Macron versus Le Pen

by Anna Nadibaidze Marine Le Pen didn’t surge forward in France, yet Emmanuel Macron lacked a winning alternative. It was the populists versus the progressives in the Euro-elections writ small. Throughout the European election campaign in France, it became clear that the vote was portrayed by all sides as a referendum on Emmanuel Macron’s presidency and his proposals for both ... Read More »

Modernity triumphs over Feudal attitude in India

By Ranjit Devraj New Delhi, May 25 2019 (IPS) – “We worked for the poor and they voted us back to power,” was the explanation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made to newly-elected legislators on Saturday, May 25, on the spectacular win scored by his nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India’s just concluded general elections. Modi’s statement appeared refreshingly ... Read More »

PM urges people’s representatives to win their trust

Dhaka, May 27 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the public representatives to win the hearts of people as well as attain their trust and confidence to have the opportunity to serve them repeatedly. “You’re the public representatives as people cast their votes. You have to win their trust and confidence…you’ve responsibilities and duties to them,” she ... Read More »

Europe-wide vote fragments centre as far right, Greens gain

Brussels, May 27 (AP/UNB) — The European Union’s traditional center splintered in the hardest-fought European Parliament elections in decades, with the far right and pro-environment Greens gaining ground on Sunday after four days of a polarized vote. Turnout was at a two-decade high over the balloting across the 28 European Union countries. The elections were seen as a test of ... Read More »

Learn from India how to hold unquestionable election: BNP

Dhaka, May 25 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Saturday urged the government, the Election Commission and the ruling Awami League to take lessons from India’s Lok Sabha elections. “People in India could cast their ballots in favour of the party of their choice in the Lok Sabha elections. I would like to urge the Bangladesh government, ... Read More »

Don’t want to continue as CM, Mamata of West Bengal tells party

Kolkata, May 25(UNB) – Mamata Banerjee, addressing her first press conference after her party’s national election setback in Bengal, said she did not want to continue as Chief Minister and had told her Trinamool Congress that, acoording to NDTV. “I have told my party, for six months I have been unable to work. I was a powerless Chief Minister. I ... Read More »

NDA’s second term: What it means for India’s environment?

by Mayank Aggarwal • Since 2014, the National Democratic Alliance government has carried out a series of changes in India’s environmental laws aiming to simplify them and promote ease of business. Many of such changes were marred by controversies as well. • As the NDA government returns to power with a mandate bigger than 2014, activists fear dilutions of the ... Read More »

India’s ruling party takes 303 of 542 seats in election win

New Delhi, May 25 (AP/UNB) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with leaders of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday following his thunderous victory in national elections. Modi met with his outgoing Cabinet ministers and later presented his resignation along with theirs to President Ram Nath Kovind. The president asked the officials to continue to serve until ... Read More »

Let’s work for peace- Pak PM. Peace my primacy- India PM

Dhaka, May 24, – Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday congratulated his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi after the BJP swept the national election in trends released by the Election Commission, reports NDTV. “I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia,” ... Read More »

It’s time for feminism at the European elections

by Carmen Calvo, Helena Dalli and Franziska Giffey As the polls open for the European Parliament elections, three gender-equality ministers and state secretaries put feminism at the top of the electoral agenda. The European election campaign has been in full swing. A lot is at stake—not just the composition of the European Parliament, but the soul of Europe. Socialists and ... Read More »

Modi surges to victory in India on Hindu-first platform

New Delhi, May 24 (AP/UNB) — Narendra Modi, India’s charismatic but polarizing prime minister, was headed Friday for a landslide election victory, propelling his Hindu nationalist party to back-to-back majorities in parliament for the first time in decades. With most of the votes counted, Modi’s stunning re-election mirrored a global trend of right-wing populists sweeping to victory, from the United ... Read More »

India’s Modi paints image of Hindu ascetic called to power

New Delhi, May 24 (AP/UNB) — The man in the saffron robe sat cross-legged with his eyes closed, back to the wall of a cave framed by the Himalayas. This was India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest production, traveling to a remote mountain temple with a preferred TV news crew to show the world India’s leader meditating days before the ... Read More »

Rahul Gandhi Concedes Defeat In Amethi, welcomes Irani

Dhaka, May 23 (UNB)- Rahul Gandhi, president of the Congress party, congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi this evening for his spectacular re-election and asked him to “take care of the interests of the country”; the 48-year-old also conceded defeat in Amethi, asking political opponent and BJP leader Smriti Irani to “nurture with love” the constituency that has been his family ... Read More »

PM phones Modi, greets him on landslide victory

Dhaka, May 23 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday phoned her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and extended the heartiest congratulations to him on his party’s landslide victory in the Indian general election. “The Prime Minister (Sheikh Hasina) phoned the Indian Prime Minister at 5:30 pm and extended her heartiest congratulations to him on his party’s landslide victory in ... Read More »

India elections: Voters to find out if Modi returns as PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has secured another five-year term after winning a landslide general election victory. Results so far show his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to win about 300 of the 543 seats in parliament. The main opposition alliance, which is headed by Rahul Gandhi’s Congress party, has admitted defeat. The vote had been widely viewed as ... Read More »