Former Bangladeshi PM indicted for graft at charities

DHAKA, Bangladesh, March 19 (UPI) -- Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was charged with corruption for allegedly illegally collecting more than $1 million in donations for charities.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
By United Press International

U.S. displeased with Bangladeshi politics

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. government has concerns about the state of democracy in Bangladesh, a State Department spokeswoman said after the swearing in of the country's prime minister.

Bangladesh's re-elected prime minister starts new term

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheik Hasina started her third term by placing a wreath at a shrine in Dhaka honoring her father, the country's founder.

Mounting frustration over Bangladesh parliamentary elections

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he would continue supporting democratic processes in Bangladesh but expressed outrage over election-related violence.

State Dept. questions if Bangladesh elections served will of people

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said it was disappointed in the elections in Bangladesh, saying they didn't seem to "credibly express" the will of the people.

British government official alarmed by violent Bangladeshi elections

LONDON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The level of violence associated with parliamentary elections in Bangladesh is deplorable, British government official Sayeeda Warsi said Monday.

Polling stations torched as Bangladesh prepares for elections

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Some 30 polling stations have been burned in Bangladesh ahead of Sunday's parliamentary elections as the opposition began a two-day strike, officials say.

Opposition leader under house arrest in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The leader of Bangladesh's largest opposition party is under house arrest, supporters say, in a dispute over elections to take place Sunday.

Bangladesh opposition leader prevented from joining elections protest

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Opposition leader Khaleda Zia said she was not allowed to leave her Bangladesh home Sunday to march in a protest calling for the postponement of the elections.

U.N. urges end to election-related violence in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The current election-related violence in Bangladesh could seriously threaten the stability of the country, a U.N. official warned.

Bangladesh death toll reaches 600

DHAKA, Bangladesh, May 5 (UPI) -- The death toll from the Bangladesh building collapse has now reached 610 as searchers clear rubble away from the site, officials said.

Bangladesh Parliament gets first woman speaker

DHAKA, Bangladesh, May 1 (UPI) -- Parliament in Muslim-majority Bangladesh got its first woman speaker with the election of Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, 47, a lawyer who was unopposed.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
By United Press International

Recent attacks lead Bangladesh government to consider Jamaat-e-Islami ban

MUMBAI, March 6 (UPI) -- An assault by Islamists on a Hindu temple in Chittagong has Bangladesh's govt. considering options.
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Begum Khaleda Zia (Bengali: খালেদা জিয়া) born August 9, 1944 is a former Prime Minister of Bangladesh, having served from 1991 to 1996, becoming the first woman in the country's history & second in the Muslim world (only after Ms Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan) to head a democratic government as prime minister. She served again from 2001 to 2006. Ms Zia is the widow of assassinated President of Bangladesh Lieutenant General Ziaur Rahman, and leads his old party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

After 35 years of independence of Bangladesh she has ruled the country for about 10 years (longest serving Prime Minister of Bangladesh). She has been elected to five separate parliamentary constituencies in the general elections of 1991, 1996, and 2001, a feat not achieved by any other politician in Bangladeshi history.

Khaleda Zia (Putul) was born on 9 August 1944 to Iskandar Majumder and Taiyaba Majumder in Birbhum district of West Bengal province, India and later migrated with her family to Dinajpur District. Khaleda Zia is the youngest in a family of four. She has two brothers, Major (Retd.) Sayeed Iskandar, a retired military official, and Shamim Iskander, an engineer of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, and two elder sisters, late Khurshid Jahan Hoq (Chocolate Apa), former Womens' Welfare Minister, and another sister who is deceased. The family originally hails from Fulgazi Upazila of Feni District, Bangladesh. She studied in Dinajpur Government Girls High School. In 1960, she married Ziaur Rahman, at the age of 15.

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