Dr Kamal ‘regrets’ his reaction


MNA National Desk: Jatiya Oikyafront convener and Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday expressed his regret for his reaction to a journalist who wanted to know his position on Jamaat-e-Islami, reported news agency. Dr Kamal got angry with a female reporter when she asked him about Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s participation in the upcoming 11th national election despite the cancellation of its registration by the Election Commission. In a statement issued, Dr Kamal said, “All through my life I have spoken up for the freedom of the press and the rights of journalists. If my words hurt anyone, I sincerely ...

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Oikya Front writes to president seeking meeting

Oikya Front

MNA National Desk: Oikya Front leaders have written a letter to President Abdul Hamid, seeking permission to meet him before the upcoming general polls, reported news agency. BNP Chairperson’s Press Wing Official Shayrul Kabir Khan confirmed the matter on Saturday. A 10-member delegation led by Dr Kamal Hossain would meet the president on December 17. A letter, signed by the BNP chairperson’s Private Secretary ABM Abdus Sattar, was sent to the president in this regard on December 13.

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GD filed against Kamal Hossain for ‘threatening’ journos

Kamal Hossain

MNA National Desk: A general dairy (GD) was lodged with Islamic University police station in Kushtia on Friday against Jatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain on allegation of threatening journalists, reported news agency. Acting editor of Bangla daily Bangladesh Shomoy Mostafizur Rahman, and also a professor of Folklore Studies department of the university, filed the complaint, said Raton Sheikh, officer-in-charge of the police station. In his GD, Mostafizur Rahman alleged that Dr Kamal Hossain, after paying tributes at Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in the capital’s Mirpur area, threatened journalists when one of them asked him whether there was any connection of ...

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Motorcade of Dr Kamal attacked


MNA National Desk: Jatiya Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain’s motorcade came under attack near the Martyred Intellectuals’ Memorial in the capital’s Mirpur yesterday, reported news agency. At least 25 people were injured in the attack carried out allegedly by ruling party men around 9:45am when the eminent jurist was returning home after paying tribute to the martyred intellectuals, alleged leaders of the opposition alliance. Seven to eight cars were vandalised, they said. Armed with rods and sticks, some supporters of Aslamul Haque, Awami League candidate for Dhaka-14 constituency, attacked Dr Kamal’s car after he boarded it at the memorial’s main ...

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President, PM pay tribute to martyred intellectuals


MNA National Desk: President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid homage to martyred intellectuals on the occasion of Martyred Intellectuals Day. First the president, and then the prime minister paid their tribute by placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Dhaka’s Mirpur area, on Friday. The chiefs of the three military services were also present. Flanked by Awami League central leaders, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the ruling party, laid another wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial as party chief. Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Liberation War Affairs ...

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Bangabandhu Peshajibi League paid homage to martyred intellectuals

Martyred Intellectuals

MNA National Desk: Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Leaders have paid homage to martyred intellectuals on the occasion of Martyred Intellectuals Day by placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Dhaka’s Mirpur area, on Friday. Bangabandhu Peshajibi League founder president Dr. Sarker Md. Abul Kalam Azad, general secretary Sheikh Jamal Ahmed, party’s organizing secretary Rashedul Hasan along with other senior leaders were present. On the night of December 14, 1971, over 200 intellectuals — including: educationists, journalists, litterateurs, writers, physicians, scientists, lawyers, artists, philosophers and political thinkers — were picked up, in Dhaka, by the Pakistani occupation forces, aided by their ...

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Stay alert to prevent 2014-like polls violence: CEC


MNA National Desk: Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Thursday asked the intelligence agencies to find out whether there was any conspiracy by any third party behind the recent violence to createan anarchic situation like the ones occurred during the 2014 national election. Top representatives from the police, Rapid Action Battalion, Border Guard Bangladesh, Ansar and VDP, intelligence agencies and the Armed Forces Division as well as 66 returning officers and superintendents of police (SPs) of all the districts joined the meeting that started around 10 am at Nirbachan Bhaban. The CEC said the election preparation and strategy need ...

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Vote for Zafrullah in Faridpur 4: PM


MNA National Desk: Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged people to vote for Kazi Zafrullah, the party’s candidate, reported news agency. “Vote for ‘Boat’ so that we can form the government again. All development projects will stop if the Awami League is not returned to power,” she said while addressing a street rally in Faridpur’s Bhanga on Thursday. Hasina addressed the rally on her to Dhaka, from Gopalganj. Kazi Zafrullah, a presidium member of Awami League, is the candidate of Faridpur 4 constituency. On her way back to Dhaka, PM Hasina will also address rallies at ...

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PM launches campaign offering wreaths at Bangabandhu shrine

Bangabandhu shrine

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday offered wreaths at Bangabandhu shrine to mark the launching of polls campaign, reported news agency. The premier reached Tungipara by road at 2.10pm and went straight to the shrine of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman where she first placed wreaths as the Prime Minister and then as the Awami League president. The Awami League president is scheduled to address a public rally at Sheikh Lutfar Rahman Government Degree College ground at Kotalipara in the district in the afternoon. On December 13, on her way ...

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BNP leader Dulu arrested


MNA National Desk: Detective Branch (DB) of Police has arrested BNP leader Ruhul Quddus Talukdar Dulu from his Gulshan residence in Dhaka. He was arrested around 11am on Wednesday, reported enws agency. On Tuesday, the Election Commission filed a petition with the Appellate Division against a High Court order that cleared the way for him to contest the 11th parliamentary election. The High Court order came after he filed a writ petition against the returning officer’s disqualification of his candidacy on Monday. Dulu, who filed his nomination papers for Natore 2 constituency, had his candidacy rejected for his conviction in ...

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Fakhrul’s motorcade attacked in Thakurgaon


MNA National Desk: The motorcade of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has been attacked in Thakurgaon, as he was entering the district to engage in his campaign for the upcoming 11th parliamentary election, reported news agency. Fakhrul is contesting from Thakurgaon 1 constituency in the election slated for December 30. BNP Press Wing official Shairul Kabir, who confirmed the matter, said the attack took place around 1pm on Tuesday, as the senior BNP leader was on his way to his home district to start campaigning.

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Director General of BGB visits remote hilly border of Khagrachari


MNA National Desk: Director General of BGB Major General Md. Shafeenul Islam, ndc, pschas vsited the most remote ‘UttorLakkachara’ BOP and ‘Kantalong’ BOP of Khagrachari sector as part of routine border visit at Monday (Dec 10) afternoon. These two BOPs are so remote that it takes 4-5 days to reach by foot from battalion headquarter. Walking lanes for traveling to these BOPs are being made as per the directions of the Director General. DG of BGB inspected different development works implemented at those BOPs and instructed the respective battalion commanders to take new initiatives for BOP’s development. Director General informed ...

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PM Hasina to launch electoral campaign from Tungipara

electoral campaign

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will start her electoral campaign on Wednesday for the upcoming 11th parliamentary polls, reported news agency. Awami League Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak said, on Wednesday Sheikh Hasina will visit Tungi Para. She will officially start her electoral campaign after paying tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu’s grave. After paying homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Sheikh Hasina will attend a public meeting in her constituency [Gopalganj 3]. She will then visit several districts and participate in the election campaign. Nanak announced this on Monday at a press briefing. Awami League ...

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EC begins allocating electoral symbols

electoral symbols

MNA National Desk: The allocation of electoral symbols, to candidates of all parties, has begun for the upcoming 11th parliamentary election in Dhaka, reported news agency. Symbols will be allocated for all 300 constituencies during the course of the day. The political parties already informed the commission about their final candidates via formal letters. According to the electoral code of conduct, candidates can start campaigning once symbols have been allocated to them. The candidates will have to stop their campaign activites 32 hours before voting day—which is December 30. Therefore, this year the candidates can campaign for 19 days.

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BSK Mela launched election campaign for ‘Boat’


MNA National Desk: Urging people to vote for ‘boat’ in the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections on Dec 30, Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela (BSK Mela) launched a nation-wide campaign today at Shilpakola Academy. The program was inaugurated by Awami League’s publicity and publication secretary Hasan Mahmud MP. He requested everyone to vote for his party considering the huge progress Bangladesh during the last decade under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir,the chief patron of the organization, also delivered his valuable speech on the occasion. He said, “During the 30 years of BSK Mela’s journey, we have ...

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JaPa to contest 29 seats under Grand Alliance

Grand Alliance

MNA National Desk: The Jatiya Party of HM Ershad has been allocated 29 seats as part of the Grand Alliance, but is also planning to run candidates for 132 seats separate from the coalition. Among the Grand Alliance seats is that of Chairman HM Ershad for Rangpur-3 and Dhaka-17, the Mymensingh-4 seat for the party’s Senior Co-Chairman Raushon Ershad, the Lalmonirhat-3 seat of Co-Chairman GM Quader and the Rangpur-1 seat of General Secretary Mashiur Rahman Ranga. AKM Mostafizur Rahman will run from Kurigram-1, Ponir Uddin Ahmed from Kurigram-2, Shameem Haidar Patwari from Gaibandha-1, Shariful Islam Jinnah from Bogura-2, Nurul Islam ...

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Aggrieved BNP men continue demo


MNA National Desk: Supporters of the BNP leaders, who were not nominated, resumed their demonstration for the second consecutive day today in front of the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office in Dhaka, reported news agency. Nearly 200 supporters of the failed BNP nomination seekers gathered in front of the Gulshan office around noon. As part of their protest, the supporters yesterday pelt stones at Gulshan office and damaged windows of the office. However, a group of aggrieved BNP activists also locked the party’s Nayapaltan office from outside, confining Senior Joint Secretary General Rizvi Ahmed for nearly an hour last ...

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Hawlader made Ershad’s special assistant

special assistant

MNA National Desk: Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on Saturday appointed its presidium member Ruhul Amin Hawlader as his special assistant giving him the No 2 position in the party. “Ruhul Amin Hawlader has been appointed as the Jatiya Party Chairman’s special assistant. He’ll discharge all the organisational responsibilities of the party chairman in his absence,” said a party press release. Ershad took the decision as per section 20/1/A of the Jatiya Party constitution with immediate effect, the press release added. Earlier on December 3, Ershad made party presidium member Moshiur Rahman Ranga its secretary general removing Ruhul Amin Hawlader ...

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Khaleda’s Gulshan office vandalised

Gulshan office

MNA National Desk: Supporters of some BNP leaders who did not get party nomination to contest upcoming polls on Saturday evening attacked party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office. Several hundred supporters of BNP international affairs secretary ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon (Chandpur-1), Taimur Alam Khandaker (Narayanganj-1) and Selimuzzamn Selim (Gopalganj-1) gathered in front of Khaleda’s office around 5:30pm and started demonstrating there. They chanted slogans against BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for what they said depriving their leaders of nominations. The protesters demanded the party nominate their respective leaders as candidates reviewing its decision. At one stage, they tried ...

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Decision on Khaleda Zia’s appeal pending


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission has kept its decision pending on the appeal filed by jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Feni 1 constituency, reported news agency. The commission kept the decision pending on Saturday, the third and last day of appeal hearing. Two more petitions filed by the BNP chief for Bogra 6 and 7 constituencies will be heard later in the day. On Saturday, appeal hearings of remaining 233 petitions filed by the nominees against the rejection of their candidacies are being held. Khaleda Zia’s nomination papers were rejected last week as she because of her conviction ...

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EC resumes last day hearing on 233 petitions

last day

MNA National Desk: The Election Commission resumed its hearing for the last day on Saturday on the petitions filed against the decisions of the returning officers over the rejection and acceptance of nomination papers in different constituencies. The Election Commission will hear and dispose of the remaining 233 petitions, including three of jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, reports news agency. The Election Commission’s third-day hearing started 10:00am at the Nirbachan Bhaban with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair. However, the returning officers accepted a total of 2,279 nomination papers and cancelled 786 others submitted in the 300 ...

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Oikyafront to hold first electioneering rally Dec 10

Oikya Front

MNA National Desk: Jatiya Oikyafront will hold its first electioneering rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on December 10, reported news agency. Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, joint secretary general of BNP, a component of the Oikyafront, came up with the announcement at a briefing today at the party’s Nayapaltan central office. The rally will begin at 2:00pm on the day, Rizvi said. This will be the alliance’s first rally after the announcement of the schedule for the upcoming parliamentary election slated to be held on December 30. The Oikyafront earlier held four rallies before the polls schedule announcement. The first ...

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BNP’s Rony, Milton, Tamizuddin cleared for polls


MNA National Desk: The candidacies of BNP leaders Golam Maula Rony, Morshed Milton, and Tamizuddin have been reinstated by the Election Commission—after hearings for their appeal petitions, reported news agency. They are now cleared to contest the upcoming 11th parliamentary election. The decision resulted from the appeal hearings being conducted at the Election Commission building in Dhaka on Thursday. A total of 160 rejected candidates will go through the first phase of the appeal-hearing process. A total of 543 petitions were filed with the Election Commission within stipulated three days till Wednesday challenging the decisions of returning officers over the ...

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PM inspects ‘Hangsabalaka’ at Shahjalal Airport


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday inspected newly procured second Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner — the most state-of-the-art aircraft named ‘Hangsabalaka’ — at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the city. The Prime Minister boarded the new aircraft and went round its different zones, including the cockpit. The 271-seat capacity Dreamliner arrived here on Saturday last from Penfield Airport in Seattle Boeing Headquarters in the USA. The Prime Minister herself chose the name ‘Hangshabalaka’ for the most modern version of the Boeing added to Biman. Two more Dreamliners – ‘Rajhangsha’ and ‘Shankhachil’ – will be added to Biman’s fleet ...

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Viqarunnisa students resume demo


MNA National Desk: Students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College have resumed their demonstrations for the second consecutive day demanding the punishment and removal of its principal and accused teachers over the suicide of fellow student Aritree Adhikari. A group of students, including classmates of Aritree, took position in front of the main gate of the educational institution with placards. Earlier, on Tuesday night, a case was filed with Paltan police station against Viqarunnisa Principal Naznin Ferdous, morning shift in-charge Jinat Ara, and Class 9 class teacher Hasna Hena over Aritree’s suicide by victim’s father Dilip Adhikari. Aritree Adhikari, a ...

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Complete scrutiny of Mirza Abbas’ nomination paper within 24 hrs: HC


MNA National Desk: The High Court on Tuesday asked the authorities concerned to accept the nomination paper of BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas and complete the scrutiny within 24 hours. The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order following a writ petition filed by Mirza Abbas. Advocate Zainul Abedin and Advocate Ehsanur Rahman stood for the petitioner. The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain why the refusal to accept of Mirza Abbas’ nomination paper should not be declared illegal. The Chief Election Commissioner, Dhaka returning officer and ...

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Panel formed to investigate Viqarunnisa girl’s suicide


MNA National Desk: A three-member committee has been formed to investigate the suicide incident of a Class-IX student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College (VNSC) in the city, reported news agency. The Ministry of Education on Tuesday formed the committee, led by Prof Mohammad Yusuf, director of Dhaka Regional Education office, at the directive of its minister Nurul Islam Nahid. The minister said this while talking to reporters at the Secretariat in the morning. The committee has been asked to submit its report within three days. Adhriti Odhikari, daughter of Dilip Odhikari, and a Class-IX student of Viqarunnisa Noon School ...

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