Jail sentence of ailing former prime minister and opposition leader will be suspended and she will be released for a period of six months, Law Minister Anisul Huq says.
Court finds fugitives 'guilty of serial abuses' during the country's 1971 war of independence. Critics say the so-called International Crimes Tribunal, which has no international oversight, is politically motivated and used to target the opposition.
Bangladesh plans to relocate over 100,000 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char island. NGOs have expressed their concerns at the proposal given the lack of infrastructure on the island and potential environmental dangers.
More than 103,000 Rohingya out of over a million who fled Myanmar will be moved to Bhashan Char but international groups warn that the move could be risky.
Election official says Bangladesh's ruling alliance led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina won Sunday's violence-marred election with 288 seats, enabling it to form a government. The opposition has rejected the result and called for a new vote.
The opposition rejected the results of the parliamentary polls, but local television channels have called the election in favour of the incumbent prime minister, Sheikh Hasina.
Clashes between supporters of the ruling party and opposition and the use of force by the police resulted in the deaths of at least 18 people on election day.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is widely expected to win a record fourth term in a vote that is dominated by opposition claims that they have been shackled by a government clampdown.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is poised to win fourth term in Sunday's contest, but press freedom continues to be curtailed and the opposition leaders are jailed on whimsical grounds.
Bangladesh has also ordered the shutdown of high-speed mobile internet services ahead of this weekend's national election, local media reports, while the US and UN have expressed concerns over the looming polls.
While opposition parties have cried foul over transparency concerns, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, seeking a third straight term and a record fourth in all, shrugs off the complaints.
Secretary general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and oppsotion spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, urges the country's figurehead president to appoint a neutral person to the post of chief election commissioner.
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