Amid sporadic violence, millions on Wednesday queued up in Bangladesh to vote in the first-ever local body polls on party lines, joined by opposition BNP which had boycotted the 2014 General Elections.
On the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, Bangladesh witnessed an unprecedented unanimity among rival political parties, with the ruling Awami League and the opposition BNP on the same page over having better ties with India.
At least seven persons, including a police officer, were injured on Saturday when the shotgun of the bodyguard of a ruling Awami League leader accidentally went off during a party rally in central Bangladesh.
A Bangladeshi court Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Khaleda Zia for failing to attend hearings on graft charges, amid fears the move will worsen weeks-long deadly political turmoil.
The security around Bangladesh Opposition chief Khaleda Zia's office has been stepped up after hundreds of pro-government activists tried to besiege the building demanding withdrawal of the ongoing nation-wide blockade.
Heavy security cover has been put in place in Bangladesh's capital ahead of ruling Awami League's scheduled rally in the city today to mark the first anniversary of the controversial polls amid heightened political tension and violence which has claimed 13 lives so far.=
Bangladesh's special tribunal on Monday sentenced to death ruling Awami League's expelled leader Mobarak Hossain for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
The US Embassy here Thursday rubbished a local media report quoting Indian intelligence sources that American agencies hatched a plot to oust Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling Awami League.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today invited India`s Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi to visit Bangladesh and expressed hope that the two neighbours would continue to work sincerely and solve any problem through bilateral discussions.