- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Today is the last day for the mayoral and councillor aspirants of Dhaka and Chittagong city corporations to campaign seeking votes.
As per the election code of conduct, the candidates will have to stop campaigning 32 hours before the voting starts at 8am on Tuesday.
As the deadline got closer, candidates backed by the ruling Awami League, BNP, Jatiya Party, left-wing parties and socio-cultural organisations passed busy day yesterday.
The European Union has urged all political actors to take concrete steps to end violence, de-escalate tensions and engage in a constructive manner, for the long-term stability and democratic development of Bangladesh.
A statement issued by Maja Kocijancic, the spokesperson for EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said in the run up to the vote for the mayoral elections in Dhaka and Chittagong, all sides must refrain from any actions that could spark further violence.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will address two separate press conferences today, just two days before the city corporation polls of Dhaka and Chittagong.
“Prime Minister will hold a press conference at 4pm at Ganabhaban on her recent visit to Indonesia,” said AKM Shameem Chowdhuri, PM’s press secretary.
The PM paid an official visit to Indonesia from April 21 to 23 to attend the 2nd Asian-African Summit.
Money is being traded for loyalty in Chittagong, where city corporation candidates are paying underprivileged children to campaign for them and bolster participation in election processions.
The use of children – who are excluded from the franchise and whose use in such activities are a violation of the Child Act, 2013 – is not new in Bangladesh, experts said.
A delegation from Awami League-led 14-party alliance is going meet Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad to place a complain against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The alliance’s senior leaders will meet the CEC in the commission at 10:30am, says Health Minister Mohammad Nasim at a press conference following its meeting yesterday. The meeting was held at AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s political office in Dhanmondi.
Six mayoral candidates for Dhaka south went head to head at ‘Meet Dhaka’ jointly held by Dhaka Tribune and ATN NewsOpening remarks
Shahidul Islam: My bus is not one to crumble or burn down by petrol bombs. I am running with bus as my symbol as a protest against those who destroyed buses with petrol bombs. The entire Dhaka south needs to be brought under CCTV coverage in order to ensure security.
Following orders from the local returning officer of the upcoming city corporation election, a total of 30 platoons of BGB personnel were deployed in Chittagong yesterday.
BGB 28 Battalion’s Deputy Director Maj Tanveer Mahmud told the Dhaka Tribune that they had deployed their personnel across the city ahead of the April 28 elections.
CCC Election Returning Officer Md Abdul Baten said they had passed the order for the sake of maintaining law and order in the port city before and during the polls.
Candidates of Chittagong City Corporation elections were busy conducting campaigns yesterday, with voting due on the day after tomorrow.
Awami League-backed candidate AJM Nasir Uddin and BNP-backed aspirant M Manjur Alam were among the mayoral and councillor hopefuls who campaigned in full swing in the port city. They were accompanied by volunteers and supporters who chanted slogans using loudspeakers to woo voters.
Death toll around 1,500 in 7.8 magnitude trembler whose shock waves are felt across South AsiaDescribed by disaster specialists as the scenario that keeps them awake at night, a major earthquake hitting Nepal’s heavily-populated Kathmandu valley has long been anticipated – and dreaded.
Yesterday’s earthquake has already claimed over a thousand lives on the first day of the disaster. Experts fear the death toll will rise.
The massive trembler measured 7.8 on the Richter scale according to the United States Geological Survey.
Out of the total 12 mayoral candidates to the Chittagong City Corporation elections, at least 10 might lose their security money, opined a number of voters, local politicians and election observers in the zone.
According to the Election Commission a candidate is not refunded with the deposit money, which is Tk50,000, if he fails to bag at least one-eighth of the total votes cast.
In the previous CCC polls held on June 17, 2010, majority of the votes were cast to BNP-backed M Manjur Alam, who won the race, and Awami League-backed candidate Mohiuddin Chowdhury.
Three women died in Bogra, Pabna and Tangail districts after a powerful 7.8-earthquake jolted the country yesterday afternoon.
In Bogra, a woman named Morsheda Begum, 55, was killed after a mud-wall collapsed on her during the earthquake in Unahoto Singra village under Dupchanchia upazila.
In Pabna, panic-stricken Rokeya Khatun, 67, resident of Shahid Siddique Road in the town, died of cardiac arrest while trying to come out of her residence in a hurry. She is a retired teacher of the Gopalpur Primary School and a secretary the local unit of the Awami League.
A powerful earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through northern India on Saturday, killing more than 1,500 people, touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest and toppling a 19th-century tower in the capital Kathmandu
Qawmi madrasa-based radical Islamist platform Hefazat-e-Islam has been trying to take revenge on the government through campaigning against the ruling party-backed mayoral candidate in Chittagong City Corporation election slated for April 28.
Several intelligence agencies confirmed the information to the Dhaka Tribune while top Hefazat leaders also admitted that they want to see mayoral aspirant AJM Nasir Uddin defeated because of the government’s stance during the May 5, 2013 rally at Shapla Chattar.
The primary schools in the haor areas of Sunamganj have been experiencing a low turn out of students for the last few weeks due to the harvest and inclement weather.
During the busy harvest period, it is common for children to work in the fields and help their families. Since it is not possible for the poor families to hire extra manpower, they depend on their young family members to do the small chores.
Moreover, the haor areas stay submerged during this season making it difficult for children to commute to their schools.
An outlawed leader of the Purba Bangla Communist Party was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Jugnipasha Telipukur of Phultala upazila early yesterday.
The deceased was identified as Sohel Rana, 25, son of Wahab Ali, a resident of Abhoynagar upazila in Jessore district. He was the second-in-command of the party.
Elias Fakir,officer-in-charge of Phultala police station said on a tip-off, a team of police conducted a drive in Paigram Kosba and arrested Sohel on Friday.
He was wanted in several cases, including three murder cases, the OC added.
Today, April 26, is the Koroi-Kadipur mass-killing day in Joypurhat. On this day in 1971, 371 innocent Hindu villagers of Koroi and Kadipur villages were massacred by the invading Pakistani army with the help of local anti-liberation forces. Their homes were homes were looted and burnt down later.
A total of 1429 polling centres out of 1982 of the up coming Dhaka South and North City Corporation elections have been identified as important, Asaduzzaman Miah, commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said yesterday.
The DMP boss said they had planned the security measures based on the importance of the polling centres. At the important polling centres, there will be 24 police and Ansar officials, including 12 armed persons, on duty while at general polling centres there will be 22 police and Ansar officials, including 10 armed persons.
The much awaited Surma bridge on the Surma River in Sunamganj is fast becoming a reality as 97 percent of the construction has been completed so far.
People of the area are elated to see the bridge come to life in 10 years since the work began. They are hopeful of a brighter and prosperous future once the bridge is opened to public.
Authorities said if everything goes as planned, people would be able to use the bridge from June this year.
Awami League-backed mayoral candidate Annisul Huq has urged voters to caste votes by evaluating a candidate’s competence rather than taking his political identity into account.
“The Election Commission will find suitable ways to deploy the armed forces if candidates demand so in the city corporation elections,” he said while addressing a rally at Tajgaon College in the capital yesterday.
Annisul campaigned in different areas of Dhaka North City Corporation, and also in Uttara.
Nearly 500 households of three villages in Shyamnagar upazila of the district are facing actuate fresh water crisis after two canals of the area have been leased out to local influential people for fish cultivation.
The inhabitants of the three villages Khutikata, Kachiharania and Katalbaria under Kashimari Union Parishad used to depend on Shuta and Sangkranti canals, the only freshwater reservoirs in the areas, to meet their household and drinking water demand, reports UNB.