Awami League wins five more years

BPC hopes to make profits in 2019

Dhaka - Rival party supporters fought battles that left at least 14 dead Sunday as Bangladesh held a parliamentary election expected to give the country's longest-serving leader, Sheikh Hasina, a new term despite opposition claims of rigged voting.

In the first hours of voting, after voting in Dhanmondi, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she was confident about Awami League's victory, and pro-liberation forces will come out victorious.

Walking with a cane, Mr Hossain cast his vote near his home in Dhaka, saying that he was receiving complaints about vote-tampering and intimidation from various parts of the country.

The opposition has rejected the results of the parliamentary polls, but local television channels have called the election in favour of the incumbent prime minister, Sheikh Hasina.

Speaking to reporters after visiting a polling station, Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukdar admitted that he was unable to find opposition polling agents there. Amid a flurry of late campaign appearances on Wednesday, Hasina said the "BNP-Jamaat alliance carried out bomb attacks in 88 constituencies".

Clashes have gripped the Muslim majority country of 165 million in the run-up to the vote, in which the ruling Awami League and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are leading their own alliances.

The Awami League Secretary General Mahbubul Alam Hanif said the violent clashes were due to internal struggles within the BNP.

The opposition says more than 15,000 of its activists were detained during the campaign, crushing its ability to mobilise support.

Two political activists were killed in separate incidents of election violence.

The party also alleges that around 12,000 activists were injured in attacks by ruling party followers.

"Let us hope that the reports we are getting of the malpractices that have taken place overnight, all over the country, do not irreparably damage this process", said Kamal Hossain, the leader of the National Unity Front.

The Jatiya Oikya Front or NUF is a coalition of four parties - Gono Forum, BNP, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD, Nagorik Oikya and Krishak Sramik Janata League. "He died on the way to hospital", Mohammad Niamutullah, police chief in the southern town of Patia, told AFP.

Manchester United end 2018 with another win
Solskjaer said he hadn't felt the need to tell Pogba to cut out the showboating but clearly believes his message has got through. Solskjaer has completely reinvigorated the World Cup victor , as he was back to his best against Bournemouth .

Maurizio Sarri gives his take on precarious situation surrounding Chelsea midfielder
Hudson-Odoi suffered a hamstring injury during Chelsea's Boxing Day win over Watford . I think it's very hard to play every three days.

#IndiaInAustralia: Three key moments of Day three of third Test
He was as incisive on Friday during India's second innings collecteing four wickets while yielding only 10 runs. I just try to back myself in any situation that I go.

About 600,000 security officials, including army and paramilitary forces, were deployed across the country in a bid to contain violence in Bangladesh's 11th general election.

Security agencies have been asked to keep an extra vigil on religious minority communities during the voting tomorrow amid reports of Hindu households being set on fire by miscreants.

According to the eyewitnesses, posters bearing the ruling party's "boat" symbol outnumbered those of the main opposition's "sheaf of paddy". The BNP said over 1,100 people were rounded up on Friday alone.

Authorities ordered mobile operators to shut down high-speed Internet services until midnight yesterday "to prevent the spread of rumors" that could trigger unrest.

The Bangladeshi parliament comprises a total of 350 members, of which 50 seats are reserved for women who are elected later by the 300 directly-elected members on the basis of procedure of proportional representation in the parliament through single transferable vote.

Some 1,848 candidates - 1,779 men and 69 women - are running in 299 constituencies, while polling in one constituency has been postponed to January 27 due to a candidate's sudden death.

The opposition alliance is likely to win 49 seats, while victory in three constituencies may go to independent candidates, according to the Research and Development Center (RDC), a NGO which published the poll results this week.

Police say they have been working under the orders of the Election Commission since last month.

The more than 40,000 polling stations closed at 4 p.m., and counting was to being soon afterward.

"Development is not only economic growth, it has a far broader meaning which includes human rights, rule of law, inclusivity, accountability and good governance, all (of which) seem to be missing here", said Illinois State University politics professor Ali Riaz.

The opposition parties have alleged that thousands of their leaders and activists have been arrested.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paul Pogba: Manchester United are now playing as they should do - offensively
Dec 31, 2018 - 02:05
United were at their most threatening down his side, and he was beaten far too easily by Rashford for the first goal. One change could be made in the back-line.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Local congressmen push back at Trump’s border closure threat
Dec 31, 2018 - 00:50
The House on December 21 approved a spending bill that included $5.7 billion for border wall construction. It remains to be seen how much longer the partial shutdown of the USA federal government will continue.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China, US plan face-to-face trade meeting in January
Dec 30, 2018 - 01:25
Publicly, Trump is pushing the Asian nation to reduce trade barriers and stop alleged theft of intellectual property. The United States agreed to hold off on planned increases in tariffs on China in light of China's commitment.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Flights resume at Germany's Hannover Airport after man drove into secure area
Dec 30, 2018 - 01:16
The global airport in Hannover handled 5.87 million passengers a year ago , though it isn't one of Germany's top hubs. In a tweet, Hanover police said officials were able to stop the auto , "overpower" a man and take him into custody.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top McCaw signing offer sheet with Cavaliers
Dec 30, 2018 - 01:01
In McCaw's stead, Alfonzo McKinnie has emerged from the basketball wilderness to seize a role as a reserve wing. The Warriors or Cavs could waive McCaw before January 7, and they wouldn't be liable for the rest of his salary.

Illegal Migrants Try to Seize French Fishing Boats for Cross-Channel Runs
Dec 30, 2018 - 00:52
Immigration minister Caroline Nokes will assess the situation during a visit to Border Force offices in Dover on Saturday. "Attempting to cross the Channel in this way is extremely risky and they are putting their lives at risk", Nokes said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Another Round Of Sears, Kmart Closures Announced
Dec 30, 2018 - 00:38
The company plans to shutter 80 stores beginning in late March and liquidation sales could begin in two weeks, the company said. The company says it has announced the latest round of closings as part of a financial restructuring.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cameron Bancroft reveals who forced him into ball-tampering
Dec 29, 2018 - 02:05
When Smith spoke at the SCG, he said he felt T20 cricket would be adequate preparation for the World Cup if that was all he was able to play.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top UK Govt: Huawei is a concern
Dec 29, 2018 - 02:04
It said however, that it would still use some of the company's equipment for products deemed to not be at the core of the network. The FCC estimates 25 percent of rural carriers in the USA now have ZTE or Huawei equipment being used in their networks.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top United States investigating CenturyLink internet outage, 911 failures
Dec 29, 2018 - 01:58
Some CenturyLink customers across the country were without the internet as outages stretched from NY to California. CenturyLink posted several times via Facebook that it was working to solve the issue.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sears to close 80 more stores, awaiting bids to stay in business
Dec 29, 2018 - 01:38
Workers were told this week that liquidation sales are expected to start at the affected locations in two weeks, CNBC reports . Including the closings after the bankruptcy filing, Sears would have just over 500 functioning locations left.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Miley Cyrus Was ‘Ecstatic’ on Her ‘Perfect’ Wedding Day with Liam Hemsworth
Dec 29, 2018 - 01:10
Miley Cyrus finally got hitched to her boyfriend of 10 years Australian actor Liam Hemsworth in a secret ceremony. Cyrus then confirmed the wedding , sharing multiple photos to Instagram of the small gathering.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Thailand legislature legalizes medical marijuana and kratom
Dec 28, 2018 - 00:43
It added that despite being classified as an illegal drug, many patients have used marijuana to treat their diseases. Medical users must have a prescription or a medical marijuana identification card to avoid prosecution.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Twitter Roasts Trump for Doubting Santa's Existence in Chat With Little Girl
Dec 28, 2018 - 00:43
It is not clear why the POTUS said what he did, because the existence of Santa has never been under any doubt. Next time she spoke with him, she would ask him about his family, she said. "Most people know this question".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump surprises US troops in Iraq
Dec 28, 2018 - 00:40
Trump vowed that his administration will give a "harsh response" if America faced another terrorist attack. Take more time.' Constantly giving them more time.