- November 19, 2017
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will not get the chance to cast her vote in the much-anticipated Dhaka city corporation polls to be held tomorrow.
“I am not a city corporation voter. I am listed under the Dhaka cantonment area, which is not a part of the city corporation,” she said responding to a query at a press conference in her Gulshan office yesterday.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has urged the people of Dhaka and Chittagong to take revenge by voting against the government’s “misdeeds and misrule” and thus usher in a silent revolution on April 28.
The former prime minister also called upon the voters to cast their votes early and to guard the polling centres so that nobody can change the result of the elections. At the same time, she wants voters to accept the results if the polls are fair and build resistance at every ward if they see rigging.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the people of the country will not respond to the call of a “repressor and killer” like BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia any more.
“Nobody will respond to the call of a repressor and killer like her,” she said in an apparent counter of Khaleda’s call for casting votes for her party-backed candidates in the upcoming Dhaka and Chittagong city corporation polls.
An aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines reached Kathmandu yesterday afternoon with relief and aid teams following a directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Bangladesh Air Force’s C-130 aircraft loaded with 10 tonnes of relief materials landed at Kathmandu, said a press release from the Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) signed by Assistant Director Reza-ul Karim.
The relief includes medicines, tents, dry food, drinking water and blankets, the release read.
Six medical teams of the army were included in the aid team.
Election materials including ballot papers have already reached the offices of the returning officers concerned, as the Election Commission finalises its preparations for the city corporation elections in Dhaka and Chittagong tomorrow.
Arrangements are already in place to send the election materials to the polling centres by today, before voters head to cast their ballots from 8am tomorrow; the elections will take place until 4pm tomorrow without any interval.
BNP-backed Dhaka north mayoral hopeful Tabith Awal during his yesterday’s campaign raised several allegations about arrest, threat and harassment against party activists.
“Awami League supporters and law enforcement officials have been threatening our aspirants and polling agents with arrest while the ruling party-backed candidates continue to violate electoral code of conduct,” he said.
For two months during last year, the government had to spend 70% of its total subsidy in the power sector for purchasing electricity from independent and quick rental power plants.
The government disbursed Tk1,297.49 crore to the Power Development Board for the months of October and November in 2014; of this amount, Tk932.24 crore was allotted for buying electricity from the quick rental plants.
The electoral code of conduct has been violated during the campaign of city corporation elections in Dhaka and Chittagong, according to the Election Working Group (EWG).
Presenting its findings during the campaign period of April 7-23, EWG Director Dr Md Abdul Alim said the violation occurred a significant amount of times, both by the mayoral and the councillor candidates in the three city corporations. The presentation took place at a press conference in the National Press Club in Dhaka yesterday.
Three Dhaka city mayoral candidates of the Awami League and the BNP were busy campaigning in different areas as yesterday was the last day to conduct campaigns for city elections scheduled for tomorrow.
Awami League-backed mayoral aspirant Sayeed Khokon yesterday said he would accept the city corporation election result even if it showed his defeat.
Describing himself as a person who has a clean image, Khokon said he did not get involved in any business by abusing power even though the Awami League had taken office six years ago.
Unlike the 2010 city elections that saw no women candidates running for a general councillor seat in Chittagong, this year – three women aspirants have shunned the seats reserved for women and are fighting to get elected a ward councillor in a general seat.
The three female candidates – Fatema Badsha from Ward 23, Rabeya Sultana from Ward 11 and Momtaz Begum from Ward 4 – said they chose to run against other male candidates in general seats as reserved female ward councillors were deprived of many powers, allotment and chances.
Within a week of the horrifying sexual assault during Pohela Boishakh celebration at Dhaka University, a female teacher of Jagannath University (JnU) was assaulted allegedly by a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League yesterday.
The teacher of public administration identified the attacker as Araz Miah, 22, joint secretary of the JnU unit Chhatra League and a student of Islamic history and culture of 2009-10 session.
Campus sources and witnesses also provided the same information.
In another attack on non-Awami League-backed mayoral candidates, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh-backed candidate Mahi B Chowdhury’s car was attacked early yesterday morning by unidentified miscreants at Sat Rasta in the capital’s Tejgaon area.
Mahi, his wife Ashfah Haque Lopa and his chauffeur Shahid Mandol were injured in the attack, which took place on their way home after attending a television programme of the ATN News around 2:40am.
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Abdus Salam, one of the charge-sheeted accused in a case filed over the death of Jihad who fell into an abandoned pipe on Shahjahanpur Railway Colony premises of the capital.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Aminul Haque passed the order after a hearing on the bail petition filed by Salam’s lawyer in the case.
On March 8, Salam surrendered before a Dhaka magistrate court after the expiry of his four-week bail. The court sent him to jail rejecting his bail petition.
It’s anybody’s race, observers of the Chittagong City Corporation mayoral contest said yesterday, as Awami League-backed AJM Nasir and BNP-backed M Manjur Alam braced for a close finish.
With just a day to go before the election, there is no clear favourite for the port city race for top job.
The political calculus involved is complex – with several discrete but sizeable interest groups at play, each of which could easily swing the vote.
A general meeting of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) was suspended in progress yesterday after 34 ward councillors boycotted the meeting after presenting their three-point demand.
Sources said the councillors came to the 15th general meeting of the KCC, which took place at Shahid Altaf Auditorium in Khulna, 20 minutes after it started around 11:30am yesterday.
Bangasonahat land port in Kurigram has been awaiting infrastructural overhaul after it was opened a year ago, putting traders in perennial troubles.
They continue to pay taxes to do business without having access to the facilities they need, with the government appearing to be indifferent to improving infrastructures.
Speakers at a programme in the district have slammed the ready-made garment owners for not playing due role for the sake of the children who lost their father or mother in the Rana Plaza disaster that claimed 1,135 lives on April 24, 2013.
The participants made the statement in an event titled “Sishu Conference” hosted by Sishu Palli Plus at Tengra village in Sreepur upazila yesterday, where the children who are being benefited from the organisation were present as well.
Infrastructural development has never been carried out at the Mother and Child Welfare Centre in Sunamganj since its establishment 64 years ago, heightening the sufferings of patients.
The number of patients has risen steadily over the years but there has been no upgrade of the facility in terms of manpower and patient beds.
There are some 35,600 pregnant women in the district at present and locals say the six-bed facility, located on the DS Road area and roofed over with corrugated iron, has to be modernised to ensure proper care for these women.
Bangladesh is neither ready for a major earthquake nor a major man-made disaster, disaster management expert Professor Mahbuba Nasreen told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
“The public just does not know what to do in an emergency,” she said.
Saturday’s severe earthquake left at least three dead in three districts in Bangladesh, with one dying when a mud wall collapsed and two collapsing in panic during the tremor.
Rajuk has identified several multi-storey buildings in the Bangshal and Banani areas of the capital which may have tilted as a result of Saturday’s tremor.
No casualties were reported, said Rajuk, but office workers forced to continue going to work in risky buildings, said they were anxious about their safety.
The Dhaka Tribune yesterday found a six-storey commercial building in Bangshal tilted to one side.