"All preparations are at the final stage for holding the parliamentary election on December 18 and the upazila polls on December 28. We are committed to holding both elections in free, fair, neutral and acceptable manner."
"Election Commission has the responsibilities to prepare voter list and declare the election schedule and the commission has done this. Now, the political parties should take part in the election as they have the responsibility on their shoulder to protect the rights of 15 crore people of the country."
"We told the court in an affidavit that we would hold the ninth parliamentary election within December. Now we have no scope to deviate from the commitment."
MUHAMMED SOHUL HUSSAIN
"The two leaders are not sitting willingly, and you can't get anything good out of an imposed dialogue. It will be better if the two political parties sit and talk."
MUHAMMAD ZAFAR IQBAL
author and scientist.
"I am not interested in who will come to power. But I want, at any cost, an elected government whose first task would be to address the economy."
SYED MANZUR ELAHI
former adviser to caretaker government.
"I'm always ready for dialogue, but that ought to be based on an agenda. Problems won't be solved if we just meet and have a cup of tea."
former prime minister and Awami League (AL) chief
as quoted by her party's spokesperson Syed Ashraful Islam.
"And she wants to let the countrymen know through the media that she too is ready for talks."
NAZRUL ISLAM KHAN
Bangladesh Nationalist Party spokesperson
announcing his party chairperson Khaleda Zia's willingness to have dialogue with the AL chief.
" We don't know how hard daily life was back then and if there was any space for love."
Dr WOLFGANG HAAK
who has analysed the oldest genetically identifiable nuclear family.
A team led by Haak has gone through the remains from 4,600-year-old burials in Germany.
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