Mirza Abbas’s nomination not accepted


MNA National Desk: BNP Standing Committee Member Mirza Abbas could not submit his nomination paper for Dhaka-9 constituency, reported news agency. Mirza Abbas alleged that his followers went to the office of returning officer timely on Wednesday with the nomination but they did not accept it. But the officers claimed, his supporters came to the office after 5pm. Abdus Salam, election officer for Dhaka-9, said “Abbas’s supporters came with the nomination paper at about 5:45pm. So, it was not accepted. Because, the submission time has ended at 5pm.” Earlier on Tuesday, the BNP leader has submitted his nomination paper for ...

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Mintoo, Alal, Sohel refrain from submitting nomination


MNA National Desk: BNP vice chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo, joint secretary general Moazzem Hossain Alal and Dhaka city (south) unit president Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel did not submit respective nomination papers on Wednesday, the last for submitting nomination paper. Abdul Awal Minto collected two nomination forms- one for contesting in Feni-3 constituency himself, and another for contesting in Feni-1 seat as an alternative to Khaleda Zia’s nomination, said BNP chairperson’s media wing officer Shayerul Kabir, reported news agency. Moazzem Hossain Alal wanted to contest in the Barishal-2 constituency, while Habib-un-Nabi Sohel was expected to vie in the Dhaka-8 constituency. But none ...

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Kamal Hossain not to be in election race

Kamal Hossain

MNA National Desk: Neither Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain nor his daughter Barrister Sara Hossain is going to participate in the 11th parliamentary elections. ‘Sir (Kamal) is not going to join the election as his physical condition is not well. Barrister Sara is also not going to take part in the polls on personal grounds,’ Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury told news agency. He, however, said Dr Kamal Hossain will be involved in electioneering in favour of the Jatiya Oikyafront. ‘Sir said he would work for the alliance and keep necessary contributions to ensuring its victory in the ...

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European Parliament will not observe polls

MNA National Desk: The European Parliament will not observe the upcoming general election in Bangladesh on December 30, the EU delegation office in Dhaka has said, reported news agency. The co-chairs of the European Parliament’s Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group made a statement in this regard. “The European Parliament will not observe this electoral process and consequently will neither comment on the process nor on the results that will be announced afterwards. Moreover, there will be no European Union Election Observation Mission.” It said no individual member of the Parliament has been mandated to observe or comment on this ...

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Khoka, 3 others jailed for 10 years


MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Wednesday has sentenced 10 year’s imprisonment former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and three others for their involvement in corruption over Banani Super market car parking lease. The other convicts are Abdul Baten, president of DCC supermarket in Banani, Mahmudul Hassan Azad, its general secretary and AHM Tareque, manager of the market’s parking lot. Judge Mizanur Rahman Khan of Dhaka divisional special judge court issued the verdict around 11am in absence of Khoka. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case on February 15 in 2012 against the four, accusing them of ...

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BNP nominates 800 candidates


MNA National Desk: The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has handed over its certificates of nominations to 800 candidates for 240 of the 300 seats for 11th parliamentary elections scheduled for December 30. Party insiders say it is taking time to finalise its list of 300 candidates, in a preemptive move to counter any ruling party offensive to dissuade the opposition candidates or to distabilise their discipline. Until Tuesday, the BNP camp named around 800 candidates, said party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. The alliance partners of the BNP including newly floated Jatiya Oikya Front (National Unity Front) and Jamaat-e-Islami, will ...

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Ershad admitted to CMH

HM Ershad

MNA National Desk: Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has been hospitalised after he became ill. The Jatiya Party chairman was admitted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) on Tuesday morning, said his Press Secretary Sunil Shuvo Roy, reported news agency. He said Ershad has been suffering from serious pain in his knees and some other complications. Roy said their chairman needs to go to Singapore for his regular health checkup but is unable to due to the upcoming 11th general election.

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No polls for convicts sentenced to over 2yrs: HC


MNA National Desk: The High Court today said a convict sentenced to more than two years in jail cannot contest the election, even if an appeal is pending. The court came up with the observation in line with Article 66 (2)(D) of the constitution. It said, the convict can only run for candidacy after a five-year term after completion of the jail term. The High Court bench of Justice Mohammad Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order while rejecting petitions filed by five BNP leaders seeking suspension of their conviction in graft cases, reported news agency. ...

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9 Nagorik Oikya men to contest polls

Nagorik Oikya

MNA National Desk: Nine candidates of Nagorik Oikya, led by Mahmudur Rahman Manna, will contest the 11th general elections with BNP’s poll-symbol, “sheaf of paddy.” Manzur Quader, central leader of the party, confirmed this on Monday night. They will contest with BNP as Nagorik Oikya has no registration, reported news agency. It started distributing the nomination papers to the nominated candidates on Tuesday morning. The nominated aspiratnts are: Mahmudur Rahman Manna (Bogura-2), SM Akram (Narayanganj-5), Fazlul Haque Sarkar (Chandpur-3), Ad. Nazrul Islam (Mymensingh-2), Mobarak Hossain (Brahmanbari-2), Rabiul Islam (Satkhira-2), Shah Md Rahmatullah (Rangpur-1), Mofakhkharul Islam (Rangpur-5) and KM Nurur Rahman ...

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Dhaka-6, 13, Ctg-9, Rangpur-3, Khulna-2, Satkhira-2 up for EVM use


MNA National Desk: Electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used in Dhaka-6 and 13, Chattogram-9, Rangpur-3, Khulna-2 and Satkhira-2 constituencies in the forthcoming general election as picked by the Election Commission. The Commission chose the six parliamentary seats out of 48 around 5pm on Monday through an open lottery in presence of journalists. On Saturday, the EC decided to use EVMs in all polling stations of the six constituencies located in city and district sadar areas during the 11th parliamentary elections slated for December 30. However, BNP even on Monday placed a demand before the Commission that it must refrain ...

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Nanak, Sadek urge to work for AL’s win


MNA National Desk: Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Sadek Khan, whose rivalry centring the Awami League’s ticket for Dhaka-13 constituency led to deadly clashes, have pledged to work for fetch victory of the party’s boat logo. A joint general secretary of the party and a former state minister, Nanak is not on the list of Awami League (AL) candidates. The party has chosen Sadek, the general secretary of its Dhaka Metropolitan (North) unit, for the constituency which consists of Mohammadpur, Adabor and Sher-e-Bangla Nagar areas. However, Nanak was elected MP from the seat in the last two elections, reported news agency.

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BNP starts handing over nomination letters

nomination letters

MNA National Desk: BNP has started distributing nomination letters among its nominated candidates to contest in the 11th parliamentary elections. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir started the process handing over the nomination letters of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia to Bogura BNP president Saiful Islam for Bogura-6 and to her adviser Helaluzzaman Lalu for Bogura-7 at 3:15 pm. Mirza Fakhrul broke down into tears while handing over the nomination letters of Khaleda Zia and could not speak for a while at that time. ‘May Allah help her get released from jail so that she could take part in the ...

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Abu Sayeed joins Gono Forum

Abu Sayeed

MNA National Desk: Awami League leader Professor Abu Sayeed, also a former state minister for information, has joined Gono Forum led by Dr Kamal Hossain. Prof Sayeed went to the Gono Forum office in Arambagh of the capital city at noon and joined formally. Professor Abu Sayeed collected the nomination papers from Gono Forum’s Arambagh office this afternoon, reported news agency. Professor Abu Sayeed had earlier bought nomination papers to contest the polls from Awami League but did not get the nomination. Shamsul Haque Tuku got the nomination for Pabna-1 from AL.

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EC selects 6 EVM seats by lottery


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission, or EC, is scrutinising 48 parliamentary constituencies for the potential use of electronic voting machines, or EVMs, on an experimental basis in the coming general election, reported news agency. Six of these seats will be selected for EVM use by lottery, said Election Commission Public Relations Joint Secretary SM Asaduzzaman said on Sunday. According to EC officials, the chief election commissioner, election commissioners, the EC secretary and other relevant officials have selected 48 seats that are eligible. The six seats will then be selected by random sampling. Though the seats are to be chosen ...

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4 big names dropped as AL nominates candidates


MNA National Desk: Four senior Awami League leaders have been left out from the nomination for the upcoming 11th general election, reported news agency. The leaders are Awami League joint general secretaries  Jahangir Kabir Nanok (Dhaka 13) and Abdur Rahman (Faridpur 1), organizing secretaries BM Muzzammel Haque (Shariatpur 1) and AFM Bahauddin Nasim (Madaripur 3). The party has nominated unit Awami League General Secretary Sadek Khan for Dhaka 13, Monjur Hossain for Fraidpur 1, Abdus Sobhan Golap for Madaripur 3, Iqbal Hossain for Shariatpur 1. Awami League has determined which of its candidates will contest the upcoming 11th general election ...

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Awami League announces nominees

Awami League

MNA National Desk: Awami League has determined which of its candidates will contest the upcoming 11th general election under the party banner, reported news agency. The party already started distributing letters to the nominees. The process began around 10am, on Sunday, at the party’s central office on Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka. The nominees include Sheikh Hasina (Gopalganj 3 and Rangpur 6), Obaidul Quader (Noakhali 5), Mujibul Haque (Comilla 11), Dr Dipu Moni (Chandpur 3), SM Rezaul Karim (Pirojpur 1), Saifuzzaman Shikhar (Magura 1), Sheikh Fazle Noor Tapash (Dhaka 10), Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal (Dhaka 12), Sadek Khan (Dhaka 13), and Aslamul ...

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Police do not arrest without any reason: CEC


MNA National Desk: Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Saturday said that police do not arrest anybody without any reason, reported news agency. The CEC told at a briefing after ending a meeting with executive magistrates at commission’s Agargaon office in the capital. “Members of law enforcer are working under EC. EC ordered the policemen. Police gave us commitment and are working according to our instruction,” Nurul Huda said. “The Commission has given directives to the police. The police have also made commitments to us. They’re working accordingly,” he said. Nurul Huda said the government does not give any ...

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EU not to send polls observers

diplomatic cables

MNA National Desk: Though it will not send any observer team because of a lengthy preparatory process, the European Union (EU) will closely monitor the next national election in Bangladesh, reported news agency. The EU will be keeping eyes on the developments in the coming weeks, a diplomatic source said, adding that not sending an observer team does not mean that they are not going to follow the elections. Meanwhile, a delegation of European Parliament is scheduled to meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina at 6pm on Saturday, said an official. On the other hand, two election experts of the EU ...

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Small army team in each dist during polls: CEC


MNA National Desk: Police forces have to work in coordination with small teams of armed forces to be deployed in each district during the 11th national elections, said Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda, reported news agency. CEC told this during a special meeting of Election Commission on Thursday. Outlining 12 point-instructions, CEC said, “We did not ask anyone to collect information about voting officers visiting homes. Don’t do it. Voting officials get disturbed by this. We don’t want it.” “The people of the country expect that the commission will hold a fair election. So, we’ve taken all the necessary ...

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EC sits with law enforcers over polls


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission today sat in a “special meeting” with the law enforcers to discuss their responsibilities ahead of the upcoming 11th parliamentary polls, reported news agency. The inspector general of police, metropolitan commissioners, deputy inspector general, and superintendent of police are attending the meeting that started at 10:30am at the Election Commission office. Yesterday, Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin said that some special instructions will be given during today’s meeting, such as expediting the process of illegal arms recovery, increase monitoring of bordering areas among others.

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Armed Forces Day observed

Forces Day

MNA National Desk: The Armed Forces Day was observed across the country on Wednesday with due solemnity and enthusiasm marking the establishment of Bangladesh military during the Liberation War. On this day in 1971, Bangladesh Armed Forces comprising army, navy and air force came into being and launched an all-out attack on the Pakistani occupation forces. Since the country’s independence, the day has been observed as the Armed Forces Day every year. The day’s programmes started with the offering of special prayers in mosques of all cantonments, naval outposts and establishments and air force outposts after Fazr prayers seeking divine ...

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Photographer Shahidul Alam freed from jail


MNA National Desk: Noted photographer Shahidul Alam was freed from jail on bail on Tuesday night. He walked out of Dhaka Central Jail at Keraniganj around 8:25pm after his bail paper reached the prison, said jailer Mahbub Islam On November 15, the High Court granted bail to Shahidul Alam in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act for spreading ‘propaganda’ through his Facebook account during the student movement demanding safe roads. Earlier on October 7, the High Court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain within seven days as to why Shahidul Alam, also ...

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Armed Forces Day on Wednesday

Armed Forces Day

MNA National Desk: The Armed Forces Day will be observed across the country today with due solemnity and enthusiasm marking the establishment of Bangladesh military during the Liberation War. On this day in 1971, Bangladesh Armed Forces comprising army, navy and air force came into being and launched an all-out attack on the Pakistani occupation forces. Since the country’s independence, the day has been observed as the Armed Forces Day every year. The day’s programmes to start with the offering of special prayers in mosques of all cantonments, naval outposts and establishments and air force outposts after Fazr prayers seeking ...

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‘No Objection’ on Khaleda’s photo in election posters

no objection

MNA National Desk: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s participation in the upcoming election is yet to be confirmed but the Election Commission has no objection to the use of her photo in the election posters of her party candidates. According to the election rules, only the election symbol, photos of the candidate and the party chief are allowed to be used in the campaign posters for parliamentary election. There is no restriction on the use of Khaleda’s photo in the campaign posters of her party candidates although she has been convicted in a case under the Penal Code, said Election Commission ...

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New US envoy Earl Miller reaches Dhaka

Earl Miller

MNA National Desk: New US Ambassador-designate Earl Miller has arrived in Dhaka on Sunday. Miller earlier served as ambassador to Botswana from 2014 to 2018. He is a career member of the US Senior Foreign Service and joined the Department of State in 1987, the embassy said. He served previously as consul general at the US Consulate General in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2011 to 2014. Ambassador Miller also served in Washington, San Francisco, Miami and Boston and at US embassies in El Salvador, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iraq, and India. The US senate confirmed his appointment on Oct 11.

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Six arrested over BNP’s Paltan violence


MNA National Desk: Police have arrested six people with alleged ties to vandalism and arson attacks on law-enforcement agencies’ vehicles in Naya Paltan. All of them are linked to Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, the student wing of the opposition BNP, police said on Tuesday. A helmeted man seen on a police car with his arms stretched in a show of defiance during violent clashes on Nov 14 was among the arrestees. The picture of the young man trended on the social media. Police identified him as Md HK Hossain Ali, an adherent to BNP leader Mirza Abbas. Hossain, a resident of ...

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Govt to give out ‘Mother of Humanity’ welfare award


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh government will be giving out ‘Mother of Humanity Social Welfare Award’ to five benevolent souls or organisations every year, reported news agency. The cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, okayed the draft Mother of Humanity Social Welfare Policy at its regular meeting today. Cabinet Secretary M Shafiul Alam told reporters after the meeting, the ‘Mother of Humanity’ title indicates to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Every year, the award will be given out to five individuals or organisations for contribution to social welfare under five separate categories. Each awardee will receive a gold medal, a replica ...

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