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  • A man stuffs ballots in presence of election officials at the Balaikathi Government Primary School polling centre at Bakerganj in Barisal during the first phase of Upazila election on Wednesday. — New Age photo

  • Painters give finishing touches to the floor paintings on the Central Shaheed Minar premises in Dhaka on Wednesday, marking the upcoming February 21. — Sanaul Haque

  • Prime minister Sheikh Hasina poses for a photograph with guests and graduates of Defence Services Command and Staff College at Mirpur Cantonment in Dhaka on Wednesday. Report on page 1— PID photo

  • Anti-government protesters protect themselves behind shields as they clash with the police on Independence Square in Kiev early on Wednesday. — AFP photo

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Stuffing, boycott mark upazila polling

A man stuffs ballots in presence of election officials at the Balaikathi Government Primary School polling centre at Bakerganj in Barisal during the first phase of Upazila election 
on Wednesday. — New Age photo
The suspension of polling in several stations, boycott by BNP and Jamaat leaders contesting the polls and widespread allegations of ballot box stuffing by ruling party men marked elections to 97... Full story

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Nation set for Amar Ekushey

Painters give finishing touches to the floor paintings on the Central Shaheed Minar premises in Dhaka on Wednesday, marking the upcoming February 21. 
— Sanaul Haque
The nation pays homage to the martyrs of the language movement of 1952 a minute after midnight past today by placing wreaths at shaheed minars across the country. The Central Shaheed Minar has... Full story

Govt misses deadline

A government plan taken up in 2012 to publish textbooks for children of national minorities or small anthropological groups in six such languages towards the beginning of 2014 has failed. The government earlier decided to... Full story

Major labour markets closed to Bangladeshis: minister

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Malaysia and Bahrain have virtually stopped recruiting Bangladeshi workers, expatriates’ welfare overseas employment minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said Wednesday. Replying to questions at a news... Full story

BNP alleges massive rigging

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party alleged massive vote rigging in the first phase of the elections to upazila parishads held on Wednesday and termed the elections ‘mockery’ like the January 5 general elections. In protest against the massive... Full story

BNP 28, AL 24, Jamaat 9, UPDF 1

Leaders of the BNP-led alliance contesting the upazila elections took a lead in 62 upazilas, according to results New Age received half an hour after midnight past Wednesday. According to the unofficial results, announced.... Full story

AL terms upazila polls free, fair, peaceful

The ruling Awami League on Wednesday claimed that the first phase of the elections to 97 upazila parishads were held in a free, fair, transparent and peaceful manner. Party advisory council member HT Imam, also prime minister’s political adviser, made the... Full story

Most JP MPs avoid Ershad

Most of the Jatiya Party lawmakers are avoiding party chairman HM Ershad and are grouped together unofficially under his wife Raushan Ershad, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, some of the lawmakers said. They said that the lawmakers loyal to... Full story

AL govt works as servant of people, not as ruler: PM

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina poses for a photograph with guests and graduates of Defence Services Command and Staff College at Mirpur Cantonment in Dhaka on Wednesday.  Report on page 1— PID photo
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said that her government always works as the servant of the people, not as the ruler and never spares anybody when the question of corruption arises. ‘We never spare anybody when the... Full story

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Kiev protests leave 26 dead

Anti-government protesters protect themselves behind shields as they clash with the police on Independence Square in Kiev early on Wednesday.   — AFP photo
Anti-government protesters were locked in a stand-off with the riot police across burning barricades Wednesday after fierce clashes left at least 26 people dead in Ukraine’s worst crisis since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The crackdown by security forces triggered a storm of international... Full story

Thai court bans use of force against protests

A Thai court ordered the government on Wednesday not to use force against protesters who are attempting to oust the prime minister, a day after violent clashes between the riot police and demonstrators left five people dead and dozens injured. Full story

US to remain engaged with new govt: Nisha

US assistant secretary of state for south and central Asian affairs Nisha Desai Biswal has again assured that though there was low voters turnout in January 5 elections in Bangladesh, Washington would continue to remain engaged with the Bangladesh... Full story


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