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DNCC Mayor Race: BNP picks Tabith Awal

BNP executive committee member Tabith Awal has won the party ticket for mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation. Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary general of the BNP, announced his name last night after a meeting at the party chairperson's Gulshan office. Meanwhile, the ruling Awami League is set to finalise its mayor candidate today at a meeting of the party's Local Government Nomination Board. As many ...

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Pastor denounces Donald Trump, with Mike Pence in the congregation

A Maryland pastor denounced President Donald Trump’s alleged vulgar description of African nations from the pulpit on Sunday – while Vice-President Mike Pence was sitting in the pews of his church. Maurice Watson, pastor of Metropolitan Baptist church in Largo, said remarks in which Trump reportedly used the word “shithole” to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African nations were “dehumanizing” and “ugly”. W ...

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UK and France may drift apart after Brexit, warns former ambassador

Britain and France are in danger of drifting apart as a result of Brexit, undermining defence and security cooperation, according to Lord Ricketts, a former UK national security adviser and former ambassador to France. In order to counter this, the UK and France will have to work harder at the relationship, stepping up bilateral meetings, he says. Ricketts, who was ambassador from 2012 to 2016, issued the w ...

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Iran nuclear deal : Sanctions waived as Trump begins countdown to keep US in

Donald Trump has waived a raft of sanctions against Iran as required under a 2015 nuclear agreement, staying within the deal for the time being, but the US president warned European allies and Congress it will be the last such waiver he signs if they fail to agree to radical changes. With his announcement, the president in effect began a four-month countdown until the US ceases to comply with its obligation ...

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11ts JS Polls : AL, BNP target city polls to gain grounds

With their main focus on the national election, archrivals Awami League and BNP will use the upcoming city corporation elections to gain ground. Sources in both the parties said they would employ their “full strength” in next month's Dhaka North City Corporation mayoral race to make a good start early in the election year. A win in the DNCC election will give them greater advantages ahead of the 11th parlia ...

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Pushed Bangladesh into secession : Says ousted leader Nawaz Sharif

Comparing his situation with the revolt of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the recently ousted prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has said his country pushed Bangladesh to break away. Speaking to lawyers at the Punjab House in Islamabad on Tuesday, he claimed he had been ‘persecuted’ over the years and ‘pushed towards revolt’, the Daily Dawn reported. “Sharif drew parallels between what he considers ...

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Donald Trump awarded for undermining press freedom

United States President Donald Trump among other top world leaders was awarded for “his overall achievement in undermining press freedom”, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said.   The CPJ came up with the remark after five days in response to Trump’s “announcement via Twitter about his planned “fake news” awards on January 3. “Trump, by contrast, has consistently undermined domestic news outlets a ...

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EC wants to ease way for independent candidates

The Election Commission Secretariat has made a draft of 31 recommendations from the over 500 proposals put forward by political parties during discussions on the upcoming parliamentary elections, including plans to ease the way for independent candidates. Currently, an independent parliamentary candidate has to show proof of support by including signatures from 1 percent of the voters in the constituency in ...

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Portfolios of 6 ministers, junior ministers changed

In a reshuffle in the cabinet, the government on Wednesday reallocated the portfolios of six ministers and state ministers and gave portfolios to three new ministers, aiming to infuse further dynamism into the administration. Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam said Civil Aviation Minister and Tourism Rashed Khan Menon was given the portfolio of Social Welfare Ministry, while Anisul Islam Mahmud, who was Water R ...

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Voting begins at Rangpur city polls

Voting in the Rangpur City Corporation (RCC) elections began on Thursday morning amid a four-tier security measure having the presence of over 5,500 security personnel. The balloting in 193 polling stations started at 8:00am and will continue till 4:00pm without any break. Meanwhile, the mayoral candidates of three leading political parties have cast their votes at different polling stations. Sharfuddin Ahm ...

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