Dhaka, Nov 17 (UNB) – BNP on Saturday demanded that the screening of docudrama titled ‘Hasina, A Daughter's Tale' be stopped to check the violation of the electoral code of conduct.
“Sheikh Hasina took interviews of her party’s nomination seekers at Ganobhaban by violating the section 14 (B) of the election of conduct. Now a docudrama, Hasina, A Daughter's Tale, is being screened at different movie houses in the capital and Chattogram,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
“The Prime Minister is an election candidate and a political personality. Different historical events, political contexts, change of power, her political experience and the country’s overall situation and her views have been presented in the docudrama unilaterally which is a serious violation of the electoral code of conduct. So, it’ll have to be withdrawn from the cinema halls immediately.”
Hasina, A Daughter's Tale', a 70-minute docudrama on the eldest child of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was released in movie houses in Dhaka and Chittagong on Friday.
Rizvi said it is not comprehensible how the Prime Minister being an election candidate is violating the code of conduct.
As per the code of conduct, he said, no candidate can start election campaign three weeks before the voting and carry out any electioneering through any photo or statement of the candidate. “Isn’t this docudrama is promotional one?”
Rizvi said a campaign is being carried out with posters having Sheikh Hasina’s photos at different movie houses, which is also a violation of the code of conduct.
The BNP leader criticised the Election Commission for what he said playing a role of silent spectator about such violation of the electoral code of conduct.
Besides, he said, the Prime Minister’s development activities are being screened at different points of the city violating the election code of conduct.
Rizvi urged the Election Commission to take prompt action against the violation of the code of conduct and create a level-playing field. “Otherwise, the election to be conducted by you will turn into a farce to people.”
Islamic University, Nov 17 (UNB) - Islamic University Journalists Association (IUJA) on Saturday condemned the attack on a journalist of Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (BRUR).
A press release, signed by IUJA president Abdullah Al-Faruk and its general secretary M Emran Shuvro, was issued in this regard on Saturday.
In the statement, IUJA demanded immediate punishment of the attackers who beat the journalist indiscriminately.
On Friday, a group of BCL activists of the university unit carried out an attacked on Rabby Hasan Sobuj, BRUR correspondent of Daily Jugantor.
Sabuj came under the attack for his protest against stalking carried out by BCL men while.
Dhaka, Nov 17 (UNB) – This year’s Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee Examinations for the fifth graders will begin on Sunday.
A total of 27,77,270 students will sit for the exams among which 12,78,000 students are male and 14,98,000 are female.
This time, there will be no MCQ type question in the examination covering total 600 marks for six subjects.
The number of this year’s examinees is 23,472 higher than that of last year.
The two and a half hours tests will start at 10:30 am and end at 1:00 pm.
Meanwhile, vigilance teams have been formed to inspect the exam activities in all districts like previous year, he said, adding that deputy commissioners, police supers, district primary education officers and upazila nirbahi officers have been directed to maintain the law and order in the exam halls.
The exam schedule for PEC: English on November 18, Bangla on November 19, Bangladesh and World Introduction on November 20, Primary Science on November 22, Math on November 25, Religion and Moral Education on November 26.
The exam schedule for Ebtedayee: English on November 18, Bangla on November 19, Bangladesh and World Introduction and Science on November 20, Arabic on November 22, Math on November 25 and Quran and Tajbid and Akaid and Fikh on November 26.
Dhaka, Nov 17 (UNB) - Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Javed Patwary on Saturday called upon the authority of Bangladesh Police Cooperative Society Limited, well known as Polwel, to develop the organization as a modern and profitable one.
The IGP, also the chairman of Polwel, made the call while addressing the 51st Annual general meeting of the society at Bangladesh Police Auditorium in the city’s Rajarbagh area.
The IGP said the shareholders should increase their confidence on the Polwel.
“Various types of projects have been initiated for the development of the policemen by investing their money,” he added.
The chief of the force emphasized for expanding profitable business alongside current projects of the Polwel and also to increase income of the oldest cooperative organization of the country.
The vice-chairman of Polwel additional IGP Mokhlesur Rahman, its managing director additional IGP Md Mainur Rahman Chowdhury, Director Additional DIG Dr Shoaib Riaz Alam and shareholders also spoke in the occasion chaired by the IGP.
DMP commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia, Director General of Rapid Action Battalion Benazir Ahmed, Polwel directors, delegates and shareholders, among others, were also present in the meeting.
Annual general meeting announces 40 percent dividend for the year 2015-16 and 2016-17. In addition, the financial statements of the last financial years were also approved in the meeting.
Dhaka, Nov 17 (UNB) - Speakers at a seminar here on Saturday said the country may miss out the opportunity of trade war if necessary infrastructures are not developed to welcome the shifting foreign direct investment (FDI).
They observed that huge foreign investments are being relocated from China to elsewhere like Vietnam, Cambodia and other countries due to its trade war with the USA.
“Unfortunately, Bangladesh is not getting such shifting investment,” said Dr Mostafa Abid Khan, member of Bangladesh Tariff Commission, at the seminar titled ‘Trade War and Its Implications for Bangladesh’.
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI) jointly organised the seminar at DCCI auditorium.
BFTI chief executive officer Ali Ahmed made the keynote presentation on the topic.
Chaired by DCCI president Abul Kasem Khan, the function was addressed, among others, by Commerce Secretary Shubhashis Bose, Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) Vice Chairman Bijoy Bhattacharjee, EnergyPac Managing Director Humayun Rashid, World Bank senior economist Dr Masrur Reaz.
Shubhashis Bose said the trade war between the USA and China may not last long, but Bangladesh has to develop infrastructures in a way so that FDI should sustain once it comes here.
Disagreed with a suggestion that Bangladesh should go for devaluation of its currency to compete with its neighbours, he said such step is very risky as it will push up the inflation as the country has to import raw materials for its export.
“Rather, we’ve to improve the efficiency of our production to sustain the competition,” he added.
The commerce secretary said most of the shifting investment belongs to South Korea and Japan but such investment is absent in Bangladesh.
The EPB vice chairman said the USA has imposed duty under the trade war on those Chinese products which Bangladesh does not export to America.
Humayun Rashid said Bangladesh should seriously study the trade war between the USA and China as what kind of benefits it could derive from such economic conflict.
Dr Mashrur Reaz said no country can have sustainable growth without opening up its market to foreign investment.
He said there is cost of liberalisation, but the advantage of such step is 10 times higher than the cost.
Reaz observed that there is no improvement in the ease of doing business despite various commitments and steps taken by the authorities concerned.
Additional Secretary to Commerce Ministry Sharifa Khan said Bangladesh can take the advantage of trade war as the prices of steel and aluminum have gone down on the global market following the trade war.
He said Bangladesh should be very careful so that environmentally hazardous industries are not relocated here.
Commerce Ministry’s deputy secretary Dr Abu Yusuf said Bangladesh lags behind in implementation of mega infrastructure projects and developing its human resources to welcome the FDI.
He said the investment ratio is far behind the required 40 percent of GDP to achieve the country’s goal to become a developed country.
Dr Yusuf said Bangladeshi products from the newly set up economic zones may be subjected to compliance issue as its law does not allow trade union like those in export processing zones (EPZ).