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11th National Election: Reality After The Dress Rehearsals

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MNA Editorial Desk: It is not very far that we are going to participate and observe the 11th national election scheduled to be held at the later part of this year. All the city corporation elections which were scheduled to be held prior to the national election are over. The results of these local government elections were very important as those were considered to be the dress rehearsal of the general election though conducted in a much less significant parameter. In the last few City Corporation elections country’s largest opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party also participated and made the polls competitive. ...

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BNP’s Ariful re-elected as Sylhet mayor


MNA National Desk: BNP candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury has finally been elected Mayor of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC), after reelection in two suspended centres of the city held on Saturday. Ariful bagged a total of 92,598 votes after getting 2102 votes in the two polling centers while Awami League candidate Kamran got 86,392 votes, including 527 votes from the latest two centres, said Returning Officer Md Alimuzzaman. The two polling centres– Gazi Burhanuddin Garam Dewan Government Primary School and Hobinandi Government Primary School– of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) election were postponed due to various irregularities on July 30. The BNP ...

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Quader says ‘No’ to BNP’s conditional election


MNA Editorial Desk: Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has dismissed the conditions the BNP announced for its participation in the upcoming general election. Bangladesh will not agree to any provisions before it holds an election, the Awami League leader said. Quader described the BNP’s announcement that it would boycott the election again unless Khaleda Zia was released from jail as just ‘cacophonous noise’. “It stinks of conspiracy. We hear hints of violence and sabotage in these words.” “Bangladesh will not hold a conditional election,” he said. “The election will be held according to the constitution. There is no need ...

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Arrest warrant against Khaleda, Goyeshwar


MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Wednesday issued arrest warrant against Bangaldesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia and her party’s standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy for making derogatory remarks about the number of martyrs in war of liberation and martyred intellectuals, reported news agency. Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Abu Sayeed issued the warrant allowing a plea of plaintiff AB Siddiqui. The court also set 7 August for submitting report on execution of the order. According to the case documents, Khaleda at a rally of Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal on 21 December 2015, had made the objectionable remarks. Her party ...

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BNP begins 7-hr hunger strike

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) started a seven-hour token hunger strike at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the city on Monday protesting at the Supreme Court order upholding its stay on bail granted by the High Court to Khaleda Zia in a murder case in Cumilla. BNP leaders, activists and supporters sat on mats in front of photos showing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and banners calling for her release. The activists chanted slogans demanding Khaleda Zia be freed. Advisors to the BNP Chairperson Kabir Murad and Ataur Rahman Dhali, BNP Joint Secretary General Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, Organising Secretary ...

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US Embassy becomes ‘mouthpiece’ for BNP: Joy


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy said it seems that the US Embassy in Dhaka has become a ‘mouthpiece’ for the BNP, reported news agency. ‘The current US Government has a strict policy of not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, so this is just the local Embassy’s opinion,’ Joy said on his verified Facebook page. Joy mentioned that there were irregularities in nine polling centres out of 425, which is just 2.1 per cent. ‘Our new Mayor Jahangir Alam received double the votes of BNP’s Hasan, a margin of over 200,000 votes. All ...

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Voter’s trust on EC: Clear and detailed message is mandatory


MNA Editorial Desk: In recent days, the most talked about issue throughout the country seems to be the 11th National Election scheduled to be held by the end of this year. While the participation of the country’s largest opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) under the current electoral format is still under question, the ruling party Awami League (AL) is actively preparing their fields to participate in the upcoming election to regain the power of the government for the third consecutive time. Meanwhile, the Election Commission (EC) is going through a quite busy time as after the new CEC’s taking office ...

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BNP seeks Gazipur SP’s withdrawal


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday demanded the election commission withdraw the Gazipur Superintendent of Police (SP), Harun-ur-Rashid, in order to make Gazipur mayoral polls free and fair, reported news agency. “We demanded that Gazipur SP Gazipur Harun-ur-Rashid be pulled out,” BNP leader Abdul Moyeen Khan told reporters after a meeting with chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda at the election commission secretariat. A three-member BNP delegation, led by Moyeen Khan, also submitted a letter of the party containing its various demands and observations for holding the election in a fair and acceptable manner. Moyeen Khan ...

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Gazipur poll campaign begins today


MNA National Desk: The Awami League and BNP-backed mayoral aspirants will begin their official campaign from today for the upcoming Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) polls scheduled to be held on June 26. Earlier, AL-backed candidate Jahangir Alam collected his symbol ‘boat’ and BNP-backed Hasan Uddin Sarker collected his symbol ‘paddy stack’ from the regional election commissioner Rakibuddin Mandol, reports news agency. Marking the city corporation election, Gazipur Peshajibi Somonnyo Parishad will organise a view exchange meeting at Gazipur Press Club at 11:00am on June 20. The city corporation has 1.13 million voters in 57 wards. This is the second election ...

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BNP to stage demonstration Wednesday

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MNA National Desk: The BNP will stage demonstration in the capital on Wednesday to protest the authorities’ refusal to grant permission for its countrywide rally scheduled for today (Monday). BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed made the announcement at a press briefing held at party’s Nayapaltan office around 11am on Monday. He said they tried to hold a rally in front of their central office at 2:00pm on Monday demanding the release of their chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail for ensuring her better treatment. ‘But, police didn’t give us permission to hold the rally at the behest ...

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Jail authorities cancel Khaleda’s relative visit


MNA National Desk: The jail authorities have cancelled a planned meeting of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia with her family members citing illness, reported news agency. Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir says they are worried about her health. Khaleda’s sister Selina Islam, son Tarique Rahman’s mother-in-law Iqbal Mand Banu and Tarique’s sister-in-law Shahina Khan Zaman Bindu, and several other relatives went to visit her at the old jailhouse on Nazimuddin Road in Dhaka on Friday afternoon. Mirza Fakhrul said they had permission to visit her, but the jail authorities did not allow them to see her. He said the authorities ...

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Audio clip of Tarique’s conversation goes viral


MNA Exclusive Desk: An audio clip of the telephone conversation of BNP leader Tarique Rahman had with Dhaka University teacher Mamun Ahmed about the agitation for quota reforms has gone viral on the social media, reported news agency. Prof Mamun has acknowledged having the conversation with the London-based acting chairperson of the BNP on Tuesday. Speaking to news agency on Wednesday evening, he said: “(Tarique) asked about what stance the White Panel (of pro-BNP teachers) has taken on the movement.” “I told him our position on the issue is much the same as the others. We favour reforms.” Prof Mamun ...

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ACC want to keep BNP away from polls

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MNA National Desk: BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Tuesday alleged that the government and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) were working with an identical goal to keep BNP out of the next general election. “The Anti-Corruption Commission is working as a government agent and their goal is the same. Both are trying to keep BNP away from the election race,” he said. Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “I would like to tell them that BNP will join the next polls, no matter what plots and repressive measures you resort to.” National People’s Party (NPP), one ...

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BNP’s human chain for Khaleda’s release

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MNA National Desk: BNP leaders and activists formed a human chain in Dhaka this morning as part of their countrywide protest demanding release of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Senior leaders and supporters of BNP gathered in front of Jatiya Press Club since 10:00am with placards and chanting slogans, blocking one side of the road. Huge number of law enforcers cordoned off the protesters to fend off any trouble. BNP’s districts, city units are also scheduled to observe the programmes at their convenient time and places. Earlier on Sunday, the party announced two-day countrywide fresh programmes, including formation of human chain ...

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Appeal filed challenging Khaleda’s verdict

MNA National Desk: Counsels of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed an appeal petition challenging the verdict sentencing the former prime minister to five years of imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. The appeal plea was filed with a branch of High Court at about 3:00pm on Tuesday, said Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Barrister Kaysar Kamal. Earlier, the senior lawyers of Khaleda Zia hold meeting for several hours at the hall room of Supreme Court’s bar in the morning. Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, AJ Mohammad Ali, Abdur Rezak Khan, Barrister Mahbubuddin Khokon, Barrister Badruddoza Badal, Sanaullah Mia, Aminul Islam, ...

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PM assures of polls with or without BNP


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has restated that the national election will be held in time with or without the BNP as she attended a press briefing after returning from Rome at Dhaka on Monday. “We cannot do anything if the BNP doesn’t participate in the election. The election will be held in time,” Hasina said. The BNP had stayed away from the 2014 election demanding a neutral polls-time administration, which they still want. Now, the BNP has ruled out going to the election with Chairperson Khaleda Zia in prison. “Nobody can do anything, if they don’t participate,” ...

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BNP submits memorandum to DC office


MNA National Desk: BNP leaders and activists on Sunday submitted a memorandum, containing its demand to release the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, to Dhaka’s Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Salah Uddin. BNP chairperson’s advisor Barrister Ziaur Rahman, Dhaka district unit BNP president Dewan Mohammad Salahuddin and numbers of party leaders and activists of the unit submitted the memorandum to the DC at noon. Later, BNP leaders and activists staged a demonstration in front of the DC office, and chanted various slogans demanding Khaleda’s release. Earlier, several hundred BNP leaders and activists gathered near Victoria Park from 10:00am amid the presence of huge ...

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UN expects fair polls in Bangladesh


MNA National Desk: The United Nations has expressed the hope that a favourable climate will be created in Bangladesh to hold a free and fair election. “…like in any country, this is our principal position that a climate could be created where free and fair elections could take place,” Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric told reporters in a regular briefing at the UN headquarters on Friday, reported news agency. He said they are following the situation in Bangladesh very closely. “We’ve expressed our concern.” On Wednesday, a European Parliamentary delegation hoped that the political environment in Bangladesh will become ...

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BNP begins signature campaign

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MNA National Desk: The BNP has started mass signature campaign demanding release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir inaugurated its pre-scheduled programme around 11am on Saturday at party’s Nayapaltan office in the capital. On Thursday, BNP announced fresh agitation programmes which included conducting mass signature campaigns across the country today, submitting memorandums to all deputy commissioners on Sunday and staging demonstrations in all district towns and metropolitan cities, except for Dhaka, on Tuesday. The BNP chief was sent to jail on February 8 after a special court in Dhaka had sentenced her to five ...

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BNP announces fresh protests


MNA National Desk: The BNP has chalked out fresh programmes to press for the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia. The protests will be held on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said at a press conference on Thursday. Khaleda, a three-time prime minister, is serving a five-year jail term after a Dhaka court convicted her on Feb 8 in a graft case involving the Zia Orphanage Trust. BNP will launch a mass signature campaign on February 17. The party will submit a memorandum to the deputy commissioner on February 18 and hold protest programmes ...

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Why our people support questionable political leaders?


MNA Feature Desk: Politics is like a tree that bears fruits seasonally or through the year bringing the creator’s best gifts for us who are often not that much grateful though. Coming back to earth where real life plays its tricks and gimmicks, we are more driven by benefits and promises of a bright future. And, that promise has to come from political parties or leaders for whom we dedicate our efforts. So, the bonding between politics and public is quite strong and lasts long unless one betrays the other. Also, display of over-allegiance is sometimes harmful too, showing the ...

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Tarique involved in Bangladesh mission attack : Obaidul


MNA National Desk: The road, transport and bridges minister today claimed that BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, who is now in England, was involved in Wednesday’s attack on Bangladesh High Commission office in London. The government has taken legal measures against those involved in the attack and has also taken steps to bring them back, Obaidul Quader said while inaugurating a gate on Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf highway today. The attack took place in London a day before a lower court verdict in Dhaka against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a corruption case. A special court on that day (February 8) ...

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Police foils BNP procession, several held


MNA National Desk: BNP leaders and activists brought out a procession from Purana Paltan area in the city on Saturday in protest against the imprisonment of their Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case. The BNP men brought out the rally from opposite to Kakrail Mosque area around 1:20 pm chanting slogans for the release of their leader. The law enforcers charged batons on the rally and detained several BNP activists from the procession. The BNP men brought out the rally as part of their 2-day protest programme against Khaleda’s conviction. Earlier on Friday, they staged demonstrations across the country ...

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Khaleda lawyers demand division for her


MNA National Desk: BNP joint secretary general Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon on Friday said a team of BNP lawyers went to the old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city in the evening for submitting an application to the jail authorities, seeking division for the BNP chief. However, the jail authorities did not meet them to receive it although they waited for nearly two hours at the jail gate. Earlier, Khaleda was taken to the old central jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Talking to reporters at ...

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Asaduzzaman Miah visits HC area

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MNA National Desk: Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah visited High Court area on Thursday morning. “Huge number of law enforcers have been deployed at all the points of the capital. No tension, be relaxed,” the DMP boss assured this to his fellows while visiting the HC area around 8:20am Zia Orphanage Trust graft case accused Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed have already been taken to Bakshibazar makeshift court. Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) forces have been deployed in different districts of the country including Dhaka since Wednesday night, ahead of verdict. Earlier, BNP alleged that most of ...

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Khaleda verdict: Security tightened across country


MNA National Desk: Security measures have been beefed up across the country including the capital Dhaka centring the verdict of Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. The former prime minister and five others, including her son Tarique Rahman stand accused of embezzling Tk 21 million in foreign donation meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust. As part of the security measures, close circuit cameras have been installed at different strategic points across the capital. The law enforcers have also set up checkposts at all the entry points of Dhaka to monitor movement of Dhaka-bound people. Inspector General ...

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Police ban all kinds of gatherings on Thursday

MNA National Desk: As tensions rise on the political scene over BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s graft case, police in Dhaka have prohibited all kinds of gatherings, processions and rallies on Thursday, when the court is scheduled to deliver its verdict. On Tuesday, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police issued a ‘special notice’, where it said any kind of gathering will be prohibited from 4am that day until further notice. It also said any kind of demonstration or procession hindering traffic or obstructing public movement will not be allowed. Carrying any kind of sticks, knives or any other sharp weapon and explosives or ...

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