Dhaka, Nov 13 (UNB) -The Election Commission has asked the law enforcers to take necessary measures so that the election aspirants and their supporters follow the electoral code of conduct while collecting and submitting nomination forms from and to the offices of their parties.
The Commission sent a letter to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) on Tuesday in this regard.
Citing reports of different print and electronic media, the letter says probable candidates were using motorcades, showdowns and processions with motorcycles or other vehicles during the collection and submission of nomination forms from the offices of their respective parties which is a clear violation of the electoral code of conduct.
No registered political party or its nominated candidate or any independent candidate or no one else on behalf of them can bring out any procession or showdown during the submission of nomination papers, it says.
The Election Commission has asked the law enforcers to take steps so that there is no repeat of such incident during the submission of nomination papers to the offices of the returning officers or assistance returning officers.
Dhaka, Nov 13 (UNB) – Juktofront leader Mahi B Chowdhury on Tuesday said their combine has planned to participate in the forthcoming general election under the Awami League-led grand alliance.
“Juktofront and Awami League will hold a formal meeting in this regard very soon. We’ve come here to discuss about the formal meeting,” he said while talking to reporters after a meeting with AL leaders at the ruling party’s Dhanmondi office.
Awami League Secretary Obaidul Quader was present at the meeting.
Mahi said this is the beginning of the formal talks between the 14-party alliance and newly formed Juktofront over the election.
He also said their aim is not to stand either against Awami League or BNP. “We do politics for Bangladesh.”
Mahi, also a Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) leader, expressed the hope that BNP will part its ways with Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.
Mahi along with BDB top leader Major (retd) MA Mannan took part in the meeting to discuss the election-related issues, including possible nominations.
Juktofront is a political platform, led by BDB President Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury.
Dhaka, Nov 13 (UNB) - Awami League MP from Tangail-3 (Ghatail) constituency Amanur Rahman Khan Rana who is now in jail has filed bail petitions with the High Court again in two cases filed over the killing of freedom fighter Faruk Ahmed and two Jubo League leaders.
The HC bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman is likely to hear the petitions on Wednesday, said Deputy Attorney General Dr Bashir Ullah on Tuesday.
Earlier on November 19, the High Court rejected his bail petition in the Faruk murder case.
Rana had been denied bail on several occasions by both the Tangail trial court and the High Court.
The Awami League MP surrendered to the Tangail additional district and session’s judge court on September 18, 2016 ending his 22-month fugitive run in the freedom fighter murder case.
The AL leader went into ‘hiding’ after he was accused of killing freedom fighter and member of district unit AL, Faruk Ahmed.
On January 18, 2013, the Awami League leader was shot dead in front of his residence in the district town.
Later, Faruk’s wife Nahar Ahmed filed a case in this connection.
Fourteen people, including four brothers of Tangail’s influential Khan family, were made accused in the murder case.
Baghil union Jubo League leaders Mohammad Shamim and Mohammad Mamun went missing on July 16, 2012 in the district town.
The following day, Shamim’s mother filed a general diary with Tangail Sadar police station.
Later, police arrested several suspects over the incident when two of the arrestees - Shahadat Hossain, 16 and Hiron Mia, 27 -- revealed that both of the Jubo League leaders had been murdered as the order of MP Rana.
Islamic University, Nov 13 (UNB) - The authorities of Islamic University in Kushtia imposed a ban on all kinds of activities relating to ragging on the campus.
University proctorial body took the decision to keep the campus free from ragging, sources at registrar office said on Tuesday.
IU proctor Professor M Mahbubar Rahman told UNB legal actions would be taken against the students if anyone found involve with any kind of ragging.
Dhaka, Nov 13 (UNB) - Bangladesh has reiterated its call for sustaining the international pressure on Myanmar for the safe and dignified repatriation of the Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh to escape atrocities.
“A continued and sustained international pressure on Myanmar will be catalyst for a long-term solution to one of the worst humanitarian crisis created by Myanmar forcing Bangladesh to bear its brunt," Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali said on Tuesday in New Delhi.
He made the remark while briefing more than 60 diplomats representing their New Delhi-based missions concurrently accredited to Bangladesh.
The hour-long briefing session was held to update the diplomats about the latest development on Rohingya crisis and to seek support for the OIC and EU resolution entitled “Human Right Situation in Myanmar”, table at the 3rdCommittee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Already 99 countries have cosponsored the draft resolution which will be considered by the 3rdCommittee on November 15, said the High Commission.
Last year, a resolution on the “Situation of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar” was overwhelmingly adopted at the 3rd Committee with 135 countries voting in favor, 10 against and 26 abstaining.
Referring to the influx of over 700,000 Rohingyas since 25 August in 2017, Syed Muazzem said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina let the persecuted men, women and children to enter Bangladesh on humanitarian consideration.
It is now time for the refugees to return to their homes under a continued and sustainable repatriation programme, he said adding that a permanent solution to the crisis lies in the implementation of the three-point solution proposed by Sheikh Hasina at the last UNGA session.
The essence of the three-point is: Myanmar must end discriminatory laws, policies and practices against minority group, bust create a conducive environment through building trust and protection of rights and it must end atrocious crimes against Rohingyas.
The High Commissioner said over 2,000 Rohingya refugees are expected to leave for Myanmar on Thursday in the first batch of voluntary and verified repatriation under a bilateral agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar and it is being supervised by UNHCR.
“It’s a token repatriation and it’ll be a test case for Myanmar,” he said.
The session was followed by a question-answer session.