Stern action if polling officials found biased: EC

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MNA National Desk: The Election Commission today warned the election officers of punitive action if any allegations of bias were raised against them during the 11th parliamentary election. “If any allegations of bias are raised against any of the election officers in the election and those are proved through investigations, the commission will take punitive action,” said Election Commissioner Brig Gen (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury. “Neutrality is very important for this election,” he added. Shahadat was speaking at a training programme for the field-level election officers at Dhaka’s Nirbachan Bhaban this morning.

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Oikyafront leaders sit with editors

Oikyafront leaders

MNA National Desk: Jatiya Oikyafront leaders, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, are exchanging views with editors of print media at Hotel Lakeshore in the city on Friday. The view-exchanging programme began at 3:30pm, reported news agency. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, its senior leaders Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, JSD president Abdur Rob, Nagorik Oikya convenor Mahmudur Rahman Manna, among others, are attending the programme. Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman, New Age editor Nurul Kabir, Manabzamin editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, , News Today editor Moslemuddin Ahmed,  bdnews24 editor-in-chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi, Dhaka Tribune editor Zafar Sobhan, Holiday editor ...

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Shahidul Alam gets bail


MNA National Desk: The High Court has granted bail to acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam in a case filed under the controversial ICT Act, reported news agency. A bench of Justice Sheikh Abdul Awal and Justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty passed the order on Thursday. Deputy Attorney General Bashir Ullah appeared for the state while Barristers Sara Hossain and Jyotirmoy Barua appeared for Shahidul Alam during the court session. Earlier on Wednesday, the court set Thursday to hear the ruling on Shahidul’s  bail petition. On August 5, the 63-year-old photojournalist was picked up by law enforcement officials, hours after he had given Al ...

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PM Hasina inaugurates Toshakhana Museum


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged everybody to work together for upholding country’s dignity and making a poverty and hunger nation. The prime minister made the call while inaugurating the newly built State Toshakhana Museum (state depository) near Bangabandhu Military Museum at Bijoy Sarani in Dhaka. “We are aspiring to celebrate the golden jubilee of independence through freeing the country from poverty and hunger and Bangladesh would be a developed nation by 2041,” she said. The five-storey modern state depository with 50,000 square feet area was constructed under the supervision of Bangladesh Army at a cost ...

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Piickme holds helmet distribution program


MNA National Desk: The helmet distribution program of on-demand ride sharing service company Piickme Limited, Bangladesh, was inaugurated at the conference lounge of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Thursday. Piickme Business Operations Manager Shariful Islam Tarek presided over the program. Ilias Kanchan, the chairman of Nirapad Sarak Chai movement, was present as Chief Guest while Sayed Ishtiaq Reza, Chief Editor of GTV and Sarabangla, was present as special guest on the occasion. Helmets were distributed among the Piickme’s respected riders at the programme. Speaking on the occasion, Ilias Kanchan thanked Piickme Ltd for this app service as well ...

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3 cases filed over Naya Paltan clash


MNA National Desk: Three cases have been filed over the clash between police and BNP members in Dhaka’s Naya Paltan area, reported news agency. The cases were filed for attacks on the police and two vehicles being set alight during the clash on Wednesday. Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia, on Wednesday night, told the Dhaka Tribune that 34 people have already been arrested for the matter. He said 30 others, who were involved in the incident, have also been identified. The Counterterrorism and Transnational Crimes (CTTC) Deputy Commissioner Mohibul Islam Khan urged the public to notify the DMP ...

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BNP activists torch police cars during clash in Naya Paltan

Naya Paltan

MNA National Desk: BNP supporters have clashed with the police on the third day of the party’s nomination form sale, in front of the party’s headquarters at Naya Paltan in Dhaka. It is unclear what triggered the clash. BNP activists are fighting running battles with police in front of their headquarters. TV footage shows several BNP activists vandalizing two vehicles and torching them. BNP activists hurled brick chunks at police. Law enforcement responded by firing teargas canisters. It is unclear how many people have been injured in the clash. Police and stick-wielding BNP activists took position on two ends of the ...

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AL to interview nomination seekers today


MNA National Desk: The interview of those who have collected nomination papers to contest the forthcoming general election with Awami League tickets will be held today. Awami League Parliamentary Board (ALPB) will interview the aspirants from 11:00am at party president Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office. Awami League president prime minister Sheikh Hasina will preside over the interview session. Staff members at the AL chief’s political office were passing a busy time in sorting out the nomination papers submitted by the party aspirants. However, a total of 4,023 party leaders collected nominations forms to contest the election with AL tickets, reported ...

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No scope of delaying polls further: CEC


MNA National Desk: Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Tuesday said there is no way to defer the date of the 11th national parliamentary elections further. He came up with the remark while inaugurating the training session of returning officers at the Election Commission office in the capital, reported news agency. “There’s no scope to delay it further. So, it won’t be possible to defer the date as we’ve already completed all the preparations for holding the election on 30 December,” said the CEC. He urged the returning officers to perform their duties neutrally without fear.

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BNP starts selling nomination papers

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MNA National Desk: BNP formally started selling its nomination papers on Monday to those who want to contest the next general election with the party’s election symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’. The sale nomination paper began at 10:45am with the purchase of two nomination papers for its chairperson Khaleda Zia. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir purchased a nomination form for Khaleda to contest the polls from Feni-1 while BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan collected another form for her for Bogura-6 constituency. The aspirants can collect the party nomination paper from 10 to 4pm on Monday and Tuesday ...

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Amir Khosru released on bail

Amir Khosru

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury was released from jail on bail on Monday, reported news agency. He walked out of Chittagong Central Jail after the bail order reached the jail authorities, said senior jail superintendent Prashanta Kumar Banik. On 27 August, the High Court granted anticipatory bail to Amir Khosru in two cases filed for ‘instigating’ the student agitation over road safety and ‘conspiring’ against the state. An HC bench of justice Muhammad Abdul Hafizand justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty passed the order after the BNP leader surrendered before the court and prayed for ...

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Oikya Front to take part in national election

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MNA National Desk: The newly-formed Jatiya Oikya Front opposition alliance has announced that it will compete in the upcoming 11th national parliamentary election. The opposition alliance led by Dr Kamal Hossain briefed the media on its decision at 1pm at the National Press Club on Sunday. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, another leader of the opposition alliance, made the announcement and also called for the current election schedule to be scrapped and for the polls to be delayed by a month.

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PM asks Shakib ‘to hold on to cricket’


MNA National Desk: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, a top cricketer, is expected to buy an Awami League nomination form for the upcoming general election, reported news agency. But ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan reversed his plan. Shakib met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Ganabhaban on Saturday, an official at the Prime Minister’s Office said, asking not to be named. Hasina asked Shakib to hold on to cricket as the World Cup is looming, according to the official. Shakib’s statement was not immediately available. Earlier, Awami League’s Deputy Office Secretary Biplab Barua said that both Mashrafe and Shakib called the party’s ...

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Mashrafe, Shakib to collect AL nomination form


MNA National Desk: Cricketers Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe bin Mortaza will collect nomination papers of ruling Awami League on Sunday for contesting the upcoming 11th parliamentary election. The duo would collect nomination form AL’s Dhanmondi office on 10:30am. They confirmed the matter to Awami League secretary general and also road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader at 12:00pm over phone, said Md Abu Naser, senior information officer of the Ministry. Shakib and Mashrafe are likely to contest from their home district Magura and Narail respectively.

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2 killed in Dhaka road accident amid AL clash


MNA National Desk: Two teenage boys were run over by a vehicle and killed amid a clash between two factions of the Awami League in the Adabor area of Dhaka’s Mohammadpur. The dead were identified as Arif, 17, and Shujon, 15. They were killed on Noboudoy Housing Road area, reported news agency. “Some youths came near the iron gate on a pickup van, when a group noticed the pickup and attacked it. People began to run around.” The pickup tried to make a hasty getaway and the two boys were caught beneath the wheels. Arif was taken to Suhrawardy Medical ...

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BD takes full control of Bangabandhu-1 satellite


MNA National Desk: Thales Alenia Space which developed Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite, Bangabandhu-1, on Friday handed over its transmission and operation management to Bangladesh. A delegation of the Franco-Italian aerospace company handed over relevant documents to acting chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Md Jahurul Haque at a function at the Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL) office at Banglamotor in the city in the evening. Later, the acting chairman transferred the documents to BCSCL Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood at the program. Former posts, telecom and IT minister Mustafa Jabbar and French Ambassador to Bangladesh Marie-Annick Bourdin were ...

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Election is not acceptable without level-playing field: Fakhrul

MNA National Desk: BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said an election is not acceptable without a level-playing field. “Our words are very clear: a level-playing field must be created and equal rights must be given to all political parties. Begum Khaleda Zia must be released. Otherwise, no election will be acceptable,” said the secretary general of BNP, a key ally of the Jatiya Oikya Front, at the Rajshahi rally on Friday. The rally was organised, a day after the Election Commission set Dec 23 as the voting date. Dr Kamal Hossain, chief of the alliance, did not join ...

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AL begins selling nomination papers

MNA National Desk: Ruling Bangladesh Awami League on Friday started selling its nomination papers among the party’s aspiring candidates of members of parliament in the 11th parliamentary elections. Party general secretary Obaidul Quader inaugurated the sale of nomination forms at AL president’s Dhanmondi political office around 10:00am by purchasing a nomination paper on behalf of the party president Sheikh Hasina. Quader bought two forms for Sheikh Hasina. One of the forms was bought for contesting the election from Gopalganj-3 (Tungipara-Kotalipara). Later, he handed over the forms to AL’s religious affairs secretary Sheikh Abdullah. Obaidul Quader said the name of the ...

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National elections on Dec 23

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MNA National Desk: The 11th parliamentary election will be held on December 23 this year. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda made the announcement on Thursday evening in a televised address to the nation. The aspirants will have to submit their nomination papers by November 19, said CEC. The nomination papers will be scrutinised on November 22, he said adding that the last date for withdrawing candidature is November 29. While addressing the nation at 7pm, the CEC urged all the political parties to participate in the general election to keep the trend of democracy and pace of development ...

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Polls-time govt likely on Friday: Muhith


MNA National Desk: Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said the polls-time government is likely to be formed on Friday (Nov 9), reported news agency. There will be no new minister. However, the resignation letters of technocrat ministers were not accepted by the Prime Minister yet, he said. Muhith made the remarks to reporters in secretariat on Thursday noon (Nov 8). Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu was also present at the time. He said the technocrat ministers’ resignation will come into effect after PM accepts their letters.

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Khaleda Zia taken to jail from BSMMU


MNA National Desk: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was taken back to jail in old part of Dhaka from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Thursday, reported new agency. Earlier on Wednesday, the law ministry issued a gazette notification saying that the trial of Khaleda Zia and others accused in the Niko corruption case will be held at a makeshift court in Old Dhaka central jail. The ministry issued the gazette notification transferring the court citing security reasons. According to the gazette, room no 7 of the old central jail’s administration building will be the venue for the makeshift court. ...

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PM’s press conference postponed


MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s Thursday’s scheduled press conference has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances, reported news agency. “The press conference has been postponed due to unavoidable reasons,” PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told Wednesday evening. The premier was scheduled to address a press conference tomorrow, Thursday on the outcomes of the dialogues between the Awami League-led 14-party alliance and other political parties. However, the CEC will announce the election schedule in the address at 7pm on Thursday despite the Oikya Front’s call for its deferment. The BNP leaders said the Oikya Front decided to wait and ...

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EC to declare election schedule at 7pm Thursday

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MNA National Desk: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda will address the nation on Thursday to announce the schedule of the 11th parliamentary election. The CEC’s address will be aired at 7pm on Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Radio, says a release issued by the Election Commission. Previously, in a meeting on Monday, Jatiya Oikya Front requested the Election Commission to announce the election schedule after dialogues between the political parties and the government had ended. In response to the request, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Tuesday said it would not be possible to defer the announcement ...

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2nd dialogue of Jatiya Oikya Front


MNA National Desk: The dialogue between the Awami League and the Jatiya Oikya Front has begun at Ganabhaban. Led by Oikya Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain, an 11-member delegation entered Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s official residence in Dhaka around 10:38am on Wednesday. The talks started around 11:00am. The members of Oikya Front’s delegation are: Dr Kamal Hossain, JatiyaSamajtantrik Dal President ASM AbdurRab, BNP Secretary General MirzaFakhrul Islam Alamgir, BNP Standing Committee members KhandkakerMosharrafHossain and Barrister Moudud Ahmed, MostafaMohsinMontu, Advocate SubrataChowdhury, NagorikOikya Convener MahmudurRahman Manna, SM Akram, Abdul MalekRatan and Sultan Mohammad Mansur Ahmed. On the other side, accompanying the prime ...

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Create atmosphere for credible polls: LDA tells PM


MNA National Desk: Left Democratic Alliance (LDA), a platform of left-leaning political parties, on Tuesday urged the government to create an atmosphere for holding a free, neutral, participatory and acceptable to all election, reported news agency. They also urged the government to dissolve Parliament before announcement of the election schedule, form a neutral caretaker government, reform the Election Commission, scrap the EVM, stop filing and withdraw political cases, create a level-playing field for all parties. LDA Convener Saiful Huq, who is also the general secretary of Biplobi Worker’s Party, said this to reporters after emerging from the dialogue with the ...

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Four technocrat ministers resign


MNA National Desk: All four technocrat ministers have resigned following Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s orders as part of the process to reconstitute the cabinet ahead of the general elections. They are Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar, Religious Affairs Minister Matior Rahman, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc, and Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman. They tendered their resignation letters to the Cabinet Division on Tuesday evening, officials at their ministries told media. Earlier in the day, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader told the media about Hasina’s orders.

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Jatiya Oikya Front to hold protest marchs


MNA National Desk: The Jatiya Oikya Front, a new opposition alliance, says it will start a Rajshahi-bound protest march on Nov 8 if the government does not accept its seven demands, including the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail. The protest march will be followed by a rally in Rajshahi on Nov 9. The announcement was made from a public meeting held at the Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on Tuesday to galvanise its campaign against the government. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, who presided over the public meeting, has also announced a protest march to the ...

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