BNP blames govt for reluctance to hold talks

The BNP acting secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, alleged on Thursday that fresh talks between the Opposition and the government over election-time interim government has not yet been held due to the latter’s “reluctant attitude” to take any such step. “Our party chairperson Khaleda Zia has expressed her intention to sit across the table

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No alternative to talks, says Ershad

Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad on Saturday said, a serious situation is prevailing in the country and there is no alternative to dialogue to get rid of this condition. While exchanging views with a delegation of the Buddhist community at the party’s central office at Banani in the capital, the former President also observed, democracy must be continued in the country

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Dialogue process ‘very slow’: Mozena

The initiative of a dialogue between the government and opposition to resolve the political impasse is progressing very slowly, as there is a lack of confidence in each other, United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan W Mozena said on Wednesday. The dialogue is difficult under the current circumstance and that it will not be easy and fast, he acknowledged.

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Proposed ADP a big challenge: economists

Mirza Aziz terms it unrealistic, eyewash ahead of polls
The government will face a huge challenge to implement the proposed mammoth annual development programme of Tk 73,968 crore in the next fiscal year because of the ongoing political crisis that has already affected revenue collection, said economists on Monday.
The extended meeting of the Planning Commission on

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Time is running out to find solution through dialogue: Taranco

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco has said that the time is running out to find a solution through dialogue between the parties to hold free, fair, credible, inclusive and non-violent elections in Bangladesh that will be acceptable to all. “Our concern is that the time is running out and that the quicker the dialogue starts, I think,

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No alternative to dialogue: Dipu Moni

There is no alternative to dialogue between the government and opposition for holding the next general elections in a credible manner, and to get rid of the ongoing violence in the country, Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni told foreign diplomats on Sunday. She also said that the sooner the dialogue was held the better it would be for the nation. However, Dipu Moni reminded

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Talks could solve political crisis, says Speaker

Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury on Sunday said a solution to the current political impasse centering the election-time government could be found through talks. “The two major political parties of the country are sincere about holding talks over the poll-time government; the venue and details of the dialogue are yet to be determined,” she told reporters after her meeting with

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Respond to offer of talks, Hasina tells Khaleda

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday, urged the opposition leader in Parliament, Khaleda Zia, to come to the talks table to resolve the current political stalemate. “Respond to our offer of talks and shun the politics of killings,” Hasina said at a meeting with the grassroots leaders of Barguna district unit of Awami League, at her Ganobhaban residence. Accusing BNP

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BNP for written proposal on talks

The BNP says it will agree to negotiate if the government proposes a dialogue in writing and agree to restore the caretaker system to conduct parliament polls. Party chief Khaleda Zia’s adviser Shamsuzzaman Dudu responded on Thursday to Prime Minister’s offer for talks to Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia. “We’d like to request the prime minister to clarify

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Eminent citizens welcome dilaogue move

Dhaka, May 3: Eminent citizens welcomed the government call to the opposition for dialogue to resolve the ongoing political impasse and emphasized that dialogue was the only solution to groom the democratic process in the country. Eminent jurist Barrister Rafique-ul Huq welcomed and thanked the prime minister Sheikh Hasina to invite the opposition leader Khaleda Zia

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Ban Ki Moon ‘to send team to help break political crisis’

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon will send a UN delegation in May to help the bickering political parties reach an understanding and thus resolve the ongoing political crisis in Bangladesh. “The delegation is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka in the second week of May as per the personal desire of the UN Secretary General,” BNP chairperson’s adviser Sabihuddin Ahmed told

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