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HM Ershad takes oath

MNA National Desk: Jaitya Party Chairman HM Ershad, who has been elected lawmaker from Rangpur-3 constituency, took oath today. Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the oath at the parliament around 12:30pm, reported news agency. The JP chief could not take oath “due to illness” on Thursday.  However, 21 other members from his party were sworn in as lawmakers of the 11th parliament on that day.

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Syed Ashraf’s first janaza held

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MNA National Desk: The first namaz-e-janaza of Syed Ashraful Islam, former Awami League general secretary and public administration minister of the previous Cabinet, has been held in Dhaka. The namaz-e-janaza, open for all, was held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban at 10:30am. President Abdul Hamid also took part in the janaza while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, along with other senior female leaders of Awami League, were present in the Sangsad Bhaban premises. His body will be flown to Kishoreganj via helicopter for a second janaza at the Sholakia Eidgah around 12pm. A third janaza will be held ...

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Dr Kamal hints on Gono Forum MPs to take oath

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MNA National Desk: Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday hinted that newly elected two parliament member (MPs) of his party Gono Forum may take oath and join parliament. “We’ve rejected the election, but the way our two candidates came out successful in such an election through competition is their big achievement. So, we’re thinking positively about sending them to Parliament,” he said. Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal said this at a press conference at Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan Parishad after an extended meeting of the party, reports UNB. He thinks that it will not create any problem with its ...

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Ranga made new JaPa chief whip

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MNA National Desk: Moshiur Rahman Ranga, Secretary General of Jatiya Party, has been made the opposition chief whip of the 11the parliament. JaPa Chairman HM Ershad confirmed this on Saturday. Earlier on Friday Ershad sent a letter to Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Choudhury in this regard. Contradicting his party’s parliamentary body’s decision, JaPa chairman HM Ershad on Friday said his party will be the main opposition in Parliament while he will act as the Leader of the Opposition, reports UNB. In a statement, he came up with the announcement contradicting the Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party’s decision to join the Awami ...

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Sheikh Hasina named leader of 11th parliament

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has been named the leader of the 11th parliament, reported news agency. The newly-elected Awami League lawmakers made Sheikh Hasina the party leader, in the house, during the party’s parliamentary body meeting held there on Thursday. Awami League Secretary General Obaidul Quader proposed Sheikh Hasina as the leader of the party’s parliamentary body; while another member of the party’s advisory council and Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu supported the proposal.

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Noakhali gang-rape: Local AL leader among 2 arrested

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MNA National Desk: Detectives in separate drives arrested two people including a local Awami League leader from Shenbagh and Sadar upazilas early Thursday over the ‘gang-rape’ of a woman after Sunday’s election. The arrestees are Ruhul Amin, former chairman of Charjubli union parishad and also the organising secretary of union unit of Awami League and another Bechu Mia, reports news agency. Md Ilias Sharif, superintendent of district police said a team of Detective Branch (DB) arrested Ruhul Amin from a poultry farm in Sadar upazila in the dead of night. Later, the team conducted another drive at a brick kiln ...

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Putin greets Sheikh Hasina

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MNA National Desk: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday congratulated Bangladesh Premier and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on securing her party’s absolute victory in the 11th parliamentary elections, reported news agency. “The Russian President sent a message to the prime minister greeting her, Bangladesh Awami League and the people of Bangladesh on securing her party’s landslide victory in Sunday’s national polls,” said PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim. Putin also wished success of the prime minister as well as continued peace, progress and prosperity of Bangladesh, he said.

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Gazette for new MPs published, oath taking ceremony Thursday

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MNA National Desk: The Election Commission has published a gazette listing the newly elected members of parliament (MPs) in the 11th parliament, reported news agency. A letter was sent to the parliament secretary for taking necessary measures to organize the oath-taking ceremony, Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said this while talking to reporters at the commission office on Wednesday. The MP-elects will be sworn in at the parliament at 11am on Thursday, reported news agency. According to the Article 148 (2A) of the Constitution, the newly elected members of parliament will be obliged to take oath within three days ...

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UK welcomes participatory polls

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MNA National Desk: The United Kingdom has urged a full, credible and transparent resolution of all complaints related to the conduct of the 11th parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field made the comment in a press release on Wednesday, after the announcement of the unofficial results for the recently held polls. In a statement published on the UK government portal, he said: “While I welcome the participation of all opposition parties in these elections, I am aware of credible accounts of obstacles, including arrests that constrained or prevented campaigning by opposition parties, ...

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Saudi King, Qatari Emir, Sri Lankan president greet Hasina

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MNA National Desk: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Tuesday congratulated Bangladesh Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on her party’s absolute victory in the 11th national election. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmanbin Abdulaziz Al Saud also sent a message greeting the prime minister on her party’s absolute victory in the parliamentary elections, press secretary Ihsanul Karim said. Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani congratulated Sheikh Hasina on her party’s victory in the election. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe congratulated Bangladesh Premier on securing her party’s absolute victory ...

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GM Quader to act as Ershad’s deputy

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MNA National Desk: Jatiya Party co-chairman GM Quader will be the chairman of the party in absence of his elder brother and party’s current chairman Ershad. HM Ershad made the announcement in a statement issued on Tuesday night. ‘As Jatiya party’s founding chairman I would like to inform the party’s leaders and activist and supporters at all levels that current co-chairman Golam Mohammed Quader will act as the Jatiya party chairman in absence of me,’ he said.

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EC publishes MP gazette notification

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MNA National Desk: The Election Commission (EC) published the gazette notification on the 298 MP-elects of the 11th parliamentary on Wednesday, reported news agency. ‘The gazette was sent to the BG (Bangladesh Government) Press on Tuesday evening for printing. It has reached our hand on Wednesday,’ said EC joint secretary SM Asaduzzaman. Traditionally, the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected MPs takes place within the three days after the publication of the gazette. According to the article 148 (2A) of the Constitution, the newly elected members of parliament will be obliged to take oath within three days after the publication ...

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Political and government officials congratulate Sheikh Hasina

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MNA National Desk: Political leaders, government and public sector officials have congratulated Awami League President Sheikh Hasina over the unprecedented third consecutive term in office she won in the 11th parliamentary election. The Prime Minister’s Press Wing said that several political leaders, civilian and military officials went to Ganabhaban and greeted the prime minister with flowers. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Advisor to the Prime Minister Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Cabinet Secretary, Chiefs of the armed forces, PM’s Principal Secretary, Public Administration Secretary, Office Secretary, Press Secretary, Inspector General of Police, Director General of RAB and the Director General ...

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Lawmakers to be sworn in Jan 3

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MNA National Desk: Newly-elected lawmakers to the parliament will be sworn in on January 3.Parliament Secretariat confirmed this morning that the oath-taking ceremony will be held in the Jatiya Sangsad on that day. With BNP refusing to participate in the oath-taking, it remains to be seen that if their party and alliance elects will be joining the ceremony on that day. The term of the prevailing Sheikh Hasina administration will end January 28.

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PM Hasina pays tributes to Bangabandhu

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of her party’s absolute victory in 11th national election. The Prime Minister paid the homage by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city, reported news agency. After laying the wreaths, Sheikh Hasina stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of independence. Flanked by senior Awami League leaders, Hasina placed ...

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Nearly 80% voter turnout

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MNA National Desk: The chief election commissioner (CEC) has said that 80% voters have exercised their franchise during Sunday’s 11th general election, reported new agency. CEC KM Nurul Huda made the disclosure during a press briefing at the Election Commission office in Dhaka’s Agargaon on Monday afternoon. He stressed that voters across the country had voted in a festive and fair environment. However, he said, voting in 16 polling centers around the country had been suspended due to various reasons. “A total of 104.1 million, about 80% of the total voters, exercised their voting right on Sunday,” said the CEC. ...

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AL secures people’s trust through landslide victory

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MNA Editorial Desk: The ruling Awami League (AL) led alliance has secured a landslide victory in the 11th parliamentary elections held across the country on Sunday. They are going to form the government for the consecutive third term under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Unofficial results show that Awami League led alliance secured 289 seats with Awami League itself winning 266 seats while its main opponent Jatiyo Oikyo Front which includes BNP and Jamaat leaders winning only 7 seats out of 299 constituencies, according to a private Television. Through this result Sheikh Hasina and her government successfully retained people’s ...

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At least 12, mostly from Awami League, killed in Election violece

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MNA National Desk: At least 12 people, mostly activists of the Awami League, have been killed in violence during the 11th national election, which ended amid reports of clashes and attacks on Sunday. Several more are injured, but their total figure is yet to be confirmed. Few incidents are stated below: – 40-year-old Jubo League leader Liakat Hossain hacked to death outside a voting centre at Gazipur’s Harinal. – Jubo League leader Nur Nabi Henru hacked to death by attackers at Noakhali’s Begumganj. – 40-year-old Modasser Ali, an Awami League Leader, is beaten dead in violence at Pachandar Union at Rajshahi. ...

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Mobile Internet Services blocked in Bangladesh

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MNA National Desk: The government has blocked all mobile phone internet services on the eve of voting in a bid to stop rumors being fanned across social media. The telecom operators halted faster 3G and 4G services on Saturday afternoon on instructions from the regulators BTRC. Later in the night, the operators received orders to stop 2G internet services as well and started disconnecting users of mobile phone internet. The outage will continue until Monday midnight, an official at an operator told media after it started at 11pm. Voters will cast ballots for 299 parliamentary seats between 8am and 4pm ...

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Dr Kamal and Mirza Fakhrul cast vote

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MNA National Desk: Jatiya Oikyafron convener Dr kamal Hossain cast his vote at the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College in Dhaka as voting in the 11th parliamentary elections began on Sunday morning. Dr Kamal along with his two daughters- Sara Hossain and Dina Hossain came to the center and cast his vote at 8:35am. BNP general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also cast his vote at the Thakurgaon Government Girls’ School as voting in the 11th parliamentary elections began on Sunday morning. The BNP leader cast his vote at the centre around 8:30 am.  Today voting in the 11th parliamentary ...

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Voting of 11th National Election begins all over country

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MNA National Desk: Voters began to cast their votes across the country on Sunday morning to choose the next members of parliament (MPs) for the next term amid tight security.  The voting in the 11th national election began at 8:00am and will continue till 4:00pm without any break. A total of 1,861 candidates are contesting in the polls. Among them, 1,733 are from political parties and 128 independents. A total of 10, 42, 38,677 voters, including 5, 25, 72,365 male and 5,16,66,312 female, will cast their votes at 206,477 polling booths of the 40,183 voting centers in 299 constituencies across ...

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Joy calls 30 Dec day of massive victory

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MNA National Desk: Prime minister’s ICT adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy on Saturday expressed his hope that the election day will be a day of massive victory for ‘boat’. “Tomorrow is election day and I believe will be a day of massive victory for the boat! To all my Awami League brothers and sisters, please ensure a peaceful, successful election,” Joy wrote in a Facebook post shared on his verified page. “The BNP-Jamaat is trying everything to make the election controversial as all polls show they will lose badly. I suspect they will attempt to cause disruptions, seize polling centers, maybe ...

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EC ready, voting Sunday

MNA National Desk: Election Commission has done all preparation to stage the 11th national election on Sunday (December 30). Voting will begin at 8 am and continue uninterruptedly till 4 pm on Sunday. For the convenience of voters, EC will launch SMS service across the country to get information about their polling center, center area and center number. For the 1st time in Bangladesh, Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs) will be used in Dhaka-6, Dhaka-13, Chattogram-9, Khulna-2, Rangpur-3 and Satkhira-2 constituencies in national election.

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Phones allowed; but to be kept shut in centres

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MNA National Desk: Election Commission has allowed carrying mobile phones in voting centres, but on condition that they will not use it inside voting centres. “Voters can enter polling centre along with their mobile phone set,” the commission’s Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said in a press briefing today. “But, voters will have to switch off their mobile phones after entering the centres,” he said at the briefing held at Nirbachan Bhaban in Agargaon.

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PM to cast vote at Dhaka City College

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will cast her vote at Dhaka City College centre in Dhaka on Sunday morning. PM’s Deputy Press Secretary Ashraful Alam Khokan said, “Dhaka City College is the polling centre of the AL chief,”. PMO sources say Sheikh Hasina will go to the polling centre in the early hours of voting on December 30.

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I feel proud being Bangabandhu’s daughter: PM on last day

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MNA National Desk: As she addressed officials and employees at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on the last working day of her current tenure, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she feels proud being the daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, not of being the country’s premier. “I feel proud of being the daughter of the father of the nation, not the prime minister … I don’t think about how I will enjoy the post. Rather, for me it’s a matter of how much I can engage myself in the people’s welfare,” she told officials and employees ...

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