Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) – The country’s apex court on Monday curbed the way for BNP candidates for Dhaka-1, Dhaka-7, Bogura- 3, Bogura-7 and Manikganj-3 constituencies to participate in the forthcoming general election slated for December 30.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court ruled that Adamdighi upazila parishad chairman Abdul Muhit Talukdar and Shahjahanpur upazila parishad chairman Sakar Badal cannot contest the election from Bogura-3 and Bogura-7 respectively for not stepping down from the chairman post.
Besides, Dhamrai upazila parisahd chairman Tomij Uddin cannot take part in the election from Dhaka-20 as his resignation was not accepted.
The Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the orders after hearing separate petitions.
Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali and Prabir Niyogi stood for the BNP candidates while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Advocate Obaidur Rahman Mostafa represented the Election Commission.
On December 2, the returning officer cancelled Tomij Uddin’s nomination. However, the Election Commission during hearing his appeal on December 6 declared his nomination valid.
Awami League candidate in the Dhaka-20 constituency Benazir Ahmed filed a writ petition with the High Court against the EC decision and the HC turned down the EC decision declaring his candidacy valid.
Following an appeal filed by Tamij Uddin against the HC order, Chamber Judge Hasan Foez Siddique on December 12 stayed the HC order and sent the petition to the Appellate Division for hearing.
Nominations of two other candidates Abdul Muhit Talukdar and Sarkar Badal were rejected by returning officers for not resigning from their respective upazila chairman post.
They filed separate writ petitions with the High Court challenging RO’s decision and the HC on December 9 stayed the RO decision.
The Election Commission later appealed against the HC order with the Appellate Division when the Chamber Judge stayed the HC order and sent it to the full bench.
In another order, the seven-member Appellate Division bench upheld an HC order that had stayed the nomination of BNP candidate Afroza Khan Rita for Manikganj– 3 constituency on loan default charge.
The HC on December 12 stayed EC’s nomination approval after hearing a writ petition filed by Sonali Bank Ltd accusing Rita, daughter of late BNP leader Harunur Rashid Khan Monno, of loan default.
Meanwhile, the High Court issued a rule staying the EC decision that had legalised the nomination paper of Nawabganj upazila parishad chairman and BNP candidate for Dhaka-1 constituency Khandker Abu Ashfaq.
A bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Jalal Uddin, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh contestant for the parliamentary seat.
AM Amin Uddin who along with Barrister Shamim Ahmed Mehedi and Barrister Abdul Qaiyum stood for the petitioner said Ashfaq filed the nomination before his resignation from the post of upazila parisahd chairman was accepted.
Qaiyum said the BNP candidate cannot contest the election following the court order.
Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) - Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal has said the young generation should come up with forward-looking ideas and initiatives towards achieving long-cherished goal of Sonar Bangla.
“Since the future of the country is in the hand of the new generation, it’s very much important to inculcate the spirit of nationalism and Liberation War into them,” he said reminding the young generation of paying back to the invaluable sacrifices of the martyrs.
Ambassador Belal made the remarks at a discussion held in The Hague on Sunday marking the 48th Victory Day. The Embassy of Bangladesh in The Hague celebrated the day with due solemnity and festivity on the Embassy premises.
He paid homage to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and recalled how his leadership inspired the whole Bengali nation to be united to fight for the independence, said the Bangladesh Embassy in The Hague on Monday.
Mentioning few instances of development wonders attained under the able leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the ambassador hoped that this development spree will remain persistent in all over the country.
Ambassador Belal also expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for her leadership on successful completion of Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP)-2100 and also thanked the Netherlands for their sustained support.
Bangladesh community in the Netherlands has urged all to join hands to uphold the development spirit of Bangladesh and fulfill the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Golden Bangla.
They spoke on significance of the Victory Day and Liberation War in their life and highlighted the role of expatriate community and Bangladesh Embassies to make a bridge so that the expatriate community can add value in the process of nation building.
Zainal Abedin, Golam Rabbani and Tanbira Talukder among others spoke representing Bangladesh community in the Netherlands.
The programme commenced with the hoisting of national flag at full mast by Ambassador Belal.
At the outset, one minute silence was observed in honour of the martyred freedom fighters who sacrificed their invaluable lives in the Liberation War.
Homage was also paid to Bangabandhu, all freedom fighters and all 'Brianganas' of 1971 who lost their sanctity.
Later, a colourful cultural programme was organised on the Chancery premises, where the expatriate community as well as members of family of the officials of the Embassy enthusiastically took part.
The artists presented patriotic songs, traditional folk dance and poems commemorating the Victory Day and the spirit of Liberation War.
A young band of Bangla music named Trimatrik rendered a touching musical presentation at the end.
Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday adjourned hearing on a writ petition challenging the legality of 22 Jamaat-e-Islami leaders contesting the next general election with BNP’s electoral symbol.
The bench of Justice Md Ashfakul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali will decide their fate on Tuesday.
Four people, including Bangladesh Tarikat Federation Secretary General Syed Rezaul Haque Chandpuri, filed the writ petition challenging legality of the Jamaat leaders’ nomination.
The Election Commission, chief election commissioner, Jamaat chief, its secretary general, the candidates and three others have been made defendants.
The High Court cancelled Jamaat’s registration with the EC on August 1, 2013 following a writ petition filed by 25 people, including Chandpuri. The Election Commission finally issued a gazette notification on October 29 this year cancelling the party’s registration.
Jamaat had openly sided with Pakistani occupation forces in 1971 and actively tried to thwart the Banglaees’ struggle for freedom. Several of its top leaders have been convicted of war crimes.
Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) - The election to the Jatiya Press Club managing committee will be held on Tuesday.
The voting to elect the new managing committee of the club for the 2018-19 tenure will begin at 9am and continue till 5pm without any break.
Meanwhile, the 22nd biennial general meeting of the club was held at its auditorium on Monday.
Dhaka, Dec 17 (UNB) – Japan has reiterated its continued support for the safe and voluntary return and resettlement of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine state of Myanmar.
Japan also highly commended Bangladesh’s humanitarian support to the displaced Myanmar nationals.
The issue came up for discussions at the second Foreign Office Consultation (FOC) between Bangladesh and Japan held in Tokyo on Monday. The first FOC was held in Dhaka on February 2015.
Japan will further promote the Japan-Bangladesh comprehensive partnership and continue to fully support Bangladesh's development on all fronts so that the country can attain the status of a middle-income country by 2021, said Senior Deputy Minister of at Japanese Foreign Ministry Kazuyuki Yamazaki.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque is leading a 10-member delegation to Japan for the Foreign Secretary level dialogue.
Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima, and representatives from other ministries were also present during the discussion, according to the Foreign Ministry here.
The FOC reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and took stock of the implementation status of decisions taken in the past at different levels of the two governments.
Consensus was reached to strengthen economic and commercial relations, and to explore new areas of cooperation.
The Foreign Secretary expressed hope that Bay of Bengal Industrial Growth Belt (Big-B) Initiative will accelerate cooperation for the development of quality infrastructure and the investment environment in Bangladesh and will strengthen regional connectivity.
He urged Japan’s support to set up skills and Japanese language training center in Bangladesh to train potential Bangladeshi workers for recruitment in highly skilled and less skilled sectors under Japan’s newly adopted immigration law.
Foreign Secretary Haque requested Japan to foster greater friendship and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.
Defining Bangladesh’s plan to develop inclusive and people-centric blue economy, he called for Japanese assistance and collaboration in deep sea fishing and ocean resource mapping.
On the sidelines of the FOC, Foreign Secretary Haque paid a courtesy call on State Minister of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan Ichiro Tsukada at his office and discussed issues of mutual interest.
Tsukada is also Secretary General of Bangladesh-Japan Parliamentary Friendship (JBPFL) which works to enhance and strengthen cooperation between parliamentarians of the two countries.
Haque also met Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobukatsu Kanehara at Prime Minister’s Office and discussed bilateral, regional and strategic issues.