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Opposition strike hits Dhaka

Dhaka: Shops were shut in Bangladesh as most vehicles stayed off the roads in a daylong strike called by opposition parties to demand the resignation of the government. Security was tight as riot police and special forces fanned out to deter violence. Bangladesh is reeling from floods that have inundated large areas of the country, leaving thousands of families to battle with hunger and disease. "The country has not failed but the government has failed, the whole alliance has failed because of their inefficiency, because of their non governance, because of their lack of sense of responsibility and because of their greed to grab money, wealth and power," Motia Chowdhury, former minister and leader of the opposition Awami League party that called the strike along with 1its allies, said.

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