Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Bangladesh Shuts Down 3G, 4G Access Across Entire Country Ahead Of Elections

Bangladesh Shuts Down 3G, 4G Access Across Entire Country Ahead Of Elections

Salil Tripathi, a London-based journalist and author of "The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and Its Unquiet Legacy", said the government has delayed visas for election observer groups such as the Asian Network for Free Elections (Anfrel) despite its promises of openness.

"Rahul walked up to Modiji and hugged him after attacking his government on the floor of Parliament. Possible perhaps, but only time will tell", said Wazed, who is also the information and communication technology adviser to the prime minister. "Whoever is doing development, he should be there", he said. "But the other part of me prefers a simple and ordinary life", he said.

55-year-old Hossain Ali, an Awami League activist and poll volunteer, is stabbed to death by his nephew during an argument about the election at Natore's Noldanga.

Bangladesh's garment industry exports $30 billion a year to supply the racks of Zara, H&M, Uniqlo and other fashion retailers, making it the second-largest in the world after China.

One striking feature of politics in the country has been the bitter and violent antagonism between those in power and those aspiring to replace them.

A former exile who had most of her family gunned down in a military coup in 1974, Hasina has argued human rights are a peripheral concern to most Bangladeshis and that rural people in particular are more concerned with food and jobs, which she says her government has delivered.

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On Friday, BNP Senior Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told reporters in Dhaka that party leaders, candidates and activists had been targeted in almost 2,900 attacks by Awami supporters since polls were first announced November 8. If economic boom is the only consideration - Awami League should have been the priority.

BNP spokesman Rizvi Ahmed Sunday accused ruling party men of resorting to violence and widespread irregularities, including stuffing ballot overnight, driving out its polling agents and capturing polling stations across the country.

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. Awami League supporters had set up help desks on the street outside the polling station for voters to find their registration serial numbers.

"I can say with 95 per cent confidence that our party will get 200-plus seats on its own".

Facebook last week shut down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the opposition that a threat intelligence consultancy determined were created and managed by government associates.

"This is an important election, but the condition is not peaceful in the country", said Monir, a teacher at a madrassa. Its economy grew almost 8 percent this year on greater agricultural production and the South Asian country's booming garments exports industry, the second-largest in the world after China. The other prominent pledges include attaining the status of a middle-income country for Bangladesh and taking the per capita income to $5,479 by 2021. In nine polling centres Reuters reporters visited in Dhaka, posters bearing the Awami League's "boat" symbol far outnumbered those of the opposition. Hasina slammed the opposition for failing to recognise Bangladesh's achievements.

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"We have been in power for 10 years and she was put behind bars this February".

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"The violence during the campaign that has mainly targeted the opposition bears out their misgivings about unfair treatment", he added.

"Their politics is about killing people".

Asked whether he wanted a BNP-mukto Bangladesh, like the BJP wants a Congress-mukt Bharat, he said he didn't.

"If courts and police are manipulated why did it take a decade to convict Khaleda Zia and her son?" Amid a flurry of late campaign appearances on Wednesday, Hasina said the "BNP-Jamaat alliance carried out bomb attacks in 88 constituencies". A credible win would indicate voters are willing to tolerate the erosion of public institutions and their civil rights in exchange for relative political stability and economic growth that has led to a tripling in the country's annual GDP.

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