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  • Local people roam in a ravaged school building, which was to be used as a polling centre at Purba Chandrapur in Feni, after miscreants set fire to it on Thursday night. — Focusbangla photo

  • Members of the Border Guard Bangladesh patrol a road at Lalbagh in the capital on Friday as the government goes to unilaterally hold the 10th national polls on January 5. — Indrajit Ghosh

  • Travelers leave the Back Bay train and subway station during a winter nor’easter snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday. — Reuters photo

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Two killed as blockade turns violent

Local people roam in a ravaged school building, which was to be used as a polling centre at Purba Chandrapur in Feni, after miscreants set fire to it on Thursday night. — Focusbangla photo
The blockade of roads, railway and waterways that the opposition alliance started enforcing on January 1 became violent on the third day on Friday, with two days left to the 10th national elections... Full story

48-hour strike begins today

The BNP-led opposition alliance enforces a general strike for 48 hours, amidst the current blockade of roads, railway and waterways, across the country beginning this morning, 24 hours before the national polls scheduled for tomorrow. Full story

Govt undermines EC’s role

Steps taken by the Awami League and ‘lack of a pro-active’ role by the incumbent election commissioners have ‘weakened’ the Election Commission though the ruling party in its election manifesto had pledged five years... Full story

Voters fear violence despite heightened security

Members of the Border Guard Bangladesh patrol a road at Lalbagh in the capital on Friday as the government goes to unilaterally hold the 10th national polls on January 5. — Indrajit Ghosh
Despite heightened security measures taken by the Election Commission, many anticipate a low turnout of voters in the 10th parliamentary elections to be held on January 5 as fear of trouble... Full story

Khaleda asks people to boycott polls

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Friday urged people to totally boycott the ‘farcical’ election scheduled for Sunday. She gave a clarion call to people to carry... Full story

BNP, allies prepare to ‘resist’ polls

Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies are likely to employ all their strength particularly in districts to ‘resist’ the election to 146 parliamentary constituencies on Sunday despite being frustrated by the lack of instruction from... Full story

AL asks candidates to ensure 60pc turnout

Candidates contesting in the January 5 controvertial elections with Awami League ticket have been instructed to adopt any means to ensure at least 60 per cent turnout of voters at the polling centres, insiders in the ruling party said. Full story

Luxury car import duty cut to please Orion Group

The National Board of Revenue has drastically cut down the custom duty on the import of luxury cars for infrastructure projects under Private Public Partnership in the Build Own Operate and Transfer framework, officials said. Full story

Only India, Bhutan to oversee polls

Only India and Bhutan are sending four election observers to oversee the 10th parliamentary elections scheduled to be held tomorrow amidst boycott by the main opposition camp. However, none of the four observers is either... Full story

9 killed as heavy snowstorm hammers US

Travelers leave the Back Bay train and subway station during a winter 
nor’easter snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday.  
— Reuters photo
A major snowstorm producing blizzard-like conditions hammered the northeastern United States on Friday, causing more than 1,000 US flight delays and cancellations, paralysing road travel, and closing schools and government offices. Full story

US to monitor Bangladesh events

The United States keeps reserved its observation about Sunday’s general elections in Bangladesh saying that it will be monitoring the situation and engaging as necessary. Marie Harf, deputy spokesperson... Full story


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