Dhaka, Jan 3 : With two days left for the 10th parliamentary elections, Begum Khaleda Zia must be seriously questioning her decision to sit them out and wondering where does she go from here.
While Khaleda had made her intentions of not contesting elections under a government headed by Sheikh Hasina known much earlier, the die was really cast after the election commission announced the poll schedule in late November.
Not only did the BNP not file nominations, but it has launched a series of hartals and blockades since October 26 to force the legitimate government of Sheikh Hasina to step down in favour of a neutral caretaker government.
Dhaka, Dec 10 : The two major parties in Bangladesh - the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party - are tight-lipped about their talks with UN emissary Oscar Fernandez-Taranco over the Jan 5 parliamentary polls.
The UN assistant secretary general, who arrived here Friday evening to broker a deal between them on the poll issue, twice met ruling Awami League leaders and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party chair Khaleda Zia twice. Besides, he separately met two senior BNP leaders, bdnews24. com reported.
Dhaka, Nov 29 - The Bangladesh Cricket Board has announced a 14-member Under-19 squad for the upcoming One-Day series against West Indies here next month.
The West Indies will reach Dhaka Monday and play seven Youth ODIs against the young Tigers during the 19-day tour, reports CMC.
The first two One-dayers will be played at Chittagong's Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Dec 6 and Dec 8.
The third match will be played at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox's Bazar.
Dhaka, Oct 26 : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her rival Khaleda Zia held a telephonic conversation Saturday to discuss the possibility of a dialogue between ruling and opposition parties to end the stalemate over a caretaker government to oversee elections, Xinhua reported.
It was the first direct conversation between the two leaders since 2009.
Dhaka, Oct 9 : Bangladesh's export earning in the first quarter of the current 2013-14 fiscal year (July 2013-June 2014) grew 21.24 percent year-on-year to $7.63 billion, official data showed Wednesday.
Of the total earnings, Bangladesh's Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data showed that the South Asian country's income from readymade garment items, including knitwear and woven, stood at $6.203 billion during the July-September period of the current fiscal year, Xinhua reported.
Dhaka, Oct 3 : Bangladesh's foreign exchange reserves reached $16.15 billion at the end of September this year, Xinhua reported Thursday citing the country's central bank.
A Bangladesh Bank official, who preferred to be unnamed, said that "the country's foreign exchange reserves stood at $16,154 billion at the end of the last month after reaching $16,250 billion at the end of August".
Bangladesh's foreign exchange reserves hit a record high of over $16 billion in August, reflecting the country's strength from the economical and financial point of view.
A number of retailers in Australia have been accused of underpaying their suppliers in Bangladesh forcing them to exploit low cost labour in the country by not offering a safe working environment.
Retailers including Coles, Target, Cotton On and Forever New are among the retailers that have been accused of using low-cost labour in Bangladesh. A factory had collapsed in April in the south Asian country that has claimed more than 1100 lives, exposing the unsafe conditions for working in the factories in the country.
Dhaka, June 6 : The Bangladeshi government Thursday unveiled a record 2.22 trillion taka (about $28.50 billion) proposed national budget targeting an economic growth of 7.2 percent for the next 2013-14 fiscal year starting in July.
The country's Finance Minister A. M. A. Muhith placed the fifth annual budget of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) party government since 2009 before the parliament when opposition legislators boycotted the presentation, reported Xinhua.
Dhaka, April 22 : Abdul Hamid was Monday elected unopposed the president of Bangladesh which has been reeling under a violent political stand-off between the ruling and the main opposition parties.
"Abdul Hamid, speaker of the National Assembly, is elected president of Bangladesh as per section 7 of the Presidential Election Law 1991," said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakib Uddin Ahmed in a formal announcement Monday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling coalition Sunday named Abdul Hamid as its candidate for the post of the country's 20th president, reported Xinhua.
Dhaka, April 8 : A two-year-old baby from eastern Bangladesh has died of H5N1 virus, the first bird flu death in the South Asian country, a senior health official said Monday.
Mahmudur Rahman, head of the country's Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told Xinhua that "the seventh case of Influenza A (H5N1) has been confirmed from one of our surveillance sites in Comilla".
Comilla is 96 km east of capital Dhaka.
He said the male child was from Chauddogram sub-district of Comilla.
Dhaka, March 27 : A Bangladesh court Wednesday asked why Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her predecessor Khaleda Zia can't be asked to sit for talks to end the ongoing political impasse.
A high court division bench of Justice Md Nizamul Huq and Justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order following a writ petition by Eunus Ali Akond, a Supreme Court lawyer, reports Xinhua.
Akond filed the public interest litigation March 14 seeking directives on Hasina and Khaleda, who have refrained from talking to each other since long. They have been asked to reply in four weeks.
Dhaka, March 20 : Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman Wednesday died at a hospital in Singapore, said a media report. He was 83.
Rahman died at Mount Elizabeth Hospital of Singapore where he was undergoing treatment for respiratory problems and some other complications since March 11, reported thedailystar. net.
Before being flown to Singapore, Zillur was admitted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka March 10 with respiratory problems.
He had fever since March 9.
Dhaka, Mar. 5 : President Pranab Mukherjee and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina jointly flagged off the locomotives and twenty tank wagons at the Cantonment Railway Station in Dhaka this morning.
The Railway Minister of Bangladesh, Mojibul Haque, expressed his delight with this project, and said that it would be of great help to his nation.
Dhaka, March 4 : A crude cocktail bomb Monday exploded near the hotel where Indian President Pranab Mukherjee is staying. No one was injured.
Describing it as a "minor explosion", Indian officials here said this was a common occurrence during hartals or strikes.
They said a small cocktail bomb was flung by two motorcycle borne men outside the Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon where Mukherjee is staying. Mukherjee was in the hotel at the time. He had returned for lunch after the convocation ceremony at Dhaka University.
Dhaka, Feb 23 : At least four people were dead and scores injured as thousands of activists of about a dozen of religion-based parties and groups clashed with police, lobbed handmade bombs and pelted stones at them in capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the country after Friday''s weekly Juma prayers over the issue of blasphemous bloggers.
Dhaka, Feb 17 : Asserting that India and Bangladesh share a unique position in the world with its historical and cultural linkages as well as common perspectives with regard to open societies, democracy, value systems and ethics, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said India remains committed to an early resolution of the issue of sharing of Teesta waters.
Bangladesh's commerce ministry has requested its India counterpart to commit at least 15 lakh bales of cotton each year.
Ghulam Muhammed Quader, commerce minister of Bangladesh, said that the draft for the same had already been almost finalized and the deal could be hit in the next two to three months.
Dhaka, Jan 2 - Dhaka has become one of the most crowded cities on earth, with a population density of 43,000 per square kilometre, making life harder for the residents.
Spread across 350 sq km, today Dhaka is home to more than 15 million people. The high population growth has made life difficult for the residents.
The loss of the green cover has led to more pollution and congestion, thus taking a heavy toll on people's health.
Dhaka, Oct 12 : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has unveiled the nation’s first domestically made laptop named ‘Doel’.
The state-owned telecom company Telephone Shilpa Sangstha (TSS) has produced four models of the laptop.
The most basic model that runs the android operating system is priced at 10,000 taka (130 dollars), and is the cheapest laptop in the world.
TSS managing director Mohammad Ismail said that the new laptop would bring lots of benefits to the nation.
Dhaka, Oct 5 - West Indies cricket captain Darren Sammy said his side's month-long tour of Bangladesh will be quite challenging.
Sammy and the rest of the West Indies side minus five players taking part in the Champions League Twenty20 with Trinidad & Tobago arrived at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the Bangladesh capital Tuesday.
"Playing Bangladesh at home is always tough, as New Zealand found out the last time they were here," said Sammy.