Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) – As part of its countrywide programme, BNP on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the office of Dhaka’s Deputy Commissioner (DC) to press for the party’s seven-point demand, including the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
A delegation of Dhaka district unit of BNP, led by party executive committee member Nipun Roy, submitted the memorandum to the DC office at the old part of the city around noon.
On behalf of the DC, additional district magistrate Quazi Nahid Raushon received the memorandum.
On Sunday, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir from their Suhrawardy Udyan Rally announced a two-day programme, including submission of a memorandum to all the deputy commissioners across the country today, and observing the same programme in all cities on Thursday.
The party’s all the city units will submit a memorandum to the divisional commissioners tomorrow (Thursday) to force the government to meet their demands.
The party’s other demands include formation of a neutral election-time government before the announcement of the election, withdrawal of all the ‘false’ cases filed against Khaleda, party senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, and all other political prisoners, dissolution of parliament, resignation of the government, deployment of army at all the polling stations with magistracy power for ensuring fair balloting, assurance of not using EVMs in the election and reconstitution of the Election Commission.
Khaleda was sent to jail on February 8 last as a special court convicted her and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday urged the people of the country to accept the good aspects of satellite culture excluding the evil sides.
The President was speaking as chief guest in the inaugural ceremony of International Folk Festival 2018 at Muktarpara field of Netrokona organised by Greater Mymensingh Cultural Forum.
President Abdul Hamid said “Do not get influenced by the cheap trend of satellite culture. Rather, you will have to accept the good aspects of it and you will have to exclude the evil sides.”
“Information-technology has affected everyone's life in the village and city. The whole world has become a village because of the free flow of information. As a result, the sky culture is now reality. The influence of the culture of different countries and nations is spreading very fast. The cultural pattern is also changing at the same pace,” the President said.
The President stressed on the need for establishing an international institution for preserving folk culture. He said “The precious components of folk culture which is now scattered should be preserved in an organised way. An international standard folk culture institution should be established for the preservation of folk culture.”
He added "I am happy hear that the Cultural Forum has already taken a timely step to establish this type of institution with the collaboration of cultural ministry.”
The President said “This international folk festival will intensify the relationship among the local and foreign researchers and artists and play a vital role in developing this region’s history, heritage and lifestyle. This festival will be considered as a milestone in the national history.”
Calling upon the countrymen to spread own culture abroad, he said “There are various components of our culture across the country. You should collect these and will have to spread those abroad. I hope that many people including poets, writers, dramatists, producers, collectors, researchers, and institutions will come forward in this regard.”
Visva-Bharati University Professor Sabuj Koli Sen, and Dinesh Chandra Sen's great grand-daughter Debkanya Sen were also present in the programme.
Renowned folk researcher Jatin Sarker presented the keynote speech in the programme chaired by Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar.
Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy, Chief Coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Affairs in the Prime Minister's Office Abul Kalam Azad were present.
Earlier, the President laid the foundation of Sheikh Kamal IT Training and Incubation Centre in the district.
Cumilla, Oct 3 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday rejected the bail petition of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in a murder case filed over the deaths of eight people in an arson attack here in 2015.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Court Judge Biplob Debnath passed the order.
Public prosecutor advocate Mostafizur Rahman represented the state while advocate Kaiyum Haque stood for Khaleda.
Kaiyum Haque said as the court rejected the bail plea of Khaleda Zia they would file bail petition with the High Court.
Earlier on September 20, acting judge Golam Mahbub Khan, Senior Judicial Magistrate court-5 fixed September 30 for hearing on a bail petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the murder case. When the prosecution filed a time petition the court fixed October 3 for hearing.
Eight people were killed and at least 20 others injured in a petrol bomb attack on a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram of Cumilla district during the BNP-led alliance's movement on February 3, 2015.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday alleged that the party’s around 3.58 lakh leaders and activists have been made accused in about 4,108 ‘ghostly’ cases in September alone.
“Like the government, police now have turned into a non-factual data production factory. As per the information we’ve so far, around 4,108 cases were filed in the last month accusing 3.58 lakh people,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he said their at least 4,483 leaders and activists were arrested during the same period.
Rizvi criticised Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader for his comment that a case was filed with Hatirjheel Police Station against top BNP leaders on charge of working out plots for carrying out subservice acts, saying it is a false and fabricated allegation.
He alleged that the government is using law enforcers like its party cadres to suppress its political opponents.
The BNP leader also slammed Prime Minister’s adviser HT Imam for what he said providing ‘weird’ information that Awami League has 42 percent vote while BNP 30 percent.
“Where did he get such fictitious statistics? People are eager to know whether these bizarre information are produced by him or by Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy,” he quipped.
Rizvi said HT Imam urged the ruling party leaders and activists to be aggressive while carrying out election campaign. “It’s not only against the election code of conduct, but also tantamount to instigating Awami League leaders and activists to indulge in violence.”
He also said the Prime Minister’s political adviser’s such comment has indicated that the next election will be held without the participation of voters.
The BNP leader alleged that their party chairperson Khaleda Zia has been deprived of treatment in jail as part of the government’s evil plan.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said conspiracies over elections were there and will be there in the future but she does not care about it at all.
“I know, conspiracies were there and would be there, but I don’t care,” she said while replying to a question at a press conference at her official residence Ganobhaban.
The press conference was arranged to brief journalists about the outcome of her recent weeklong visit to the United States to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly.
Replying to a question over the Digital Security Bill, Sheikh Hasina said journalists who do not provide false news need not to be worried over the recently passed Digital Security Bill, 2018.
“If anybody doesn’t have any criminal mindset or any plan to commit any offence in future then there’s nothing for him to be worried about,” she said.
There is nothing here (in the bill) for a journalist to be worried who will not commit any offence or falsely blame anyone and mislead people with false information, she said.
The Prime Minister said the government examined relevant laws of different countries before formulation of the law.
Responding to a question regarding a recent Facebook post of cricketer Liton Das on the occasion of Durga Puja and its subsequent removal following harsh criticisms by a section of people, Hasina said the government has taken a move to enact the Digital Security Act to deal with such incidents.
"I don't know who wrote those and why, but Bangladesh believes in non-communal attitude and we (Awami League) do the politics of no-communalism," she said.
Hasina also mentioned that those who are involved in spreading communalism and those are perverted have no principle.
The Prime Minister urged all to come forward and become more cautious to prevent these and requested the journalists to play more active role in this regard.
Replying to another question, Sheikh Hasina hoped that all political parties will join the upcoming national election and if any party does not do that will be its own decision.
“So many political parties are there [in the country]. It’s their own party decision which parties would join the polls and which won’t. I hope all the parties will participate in the election,” she said.
The Prime Minister said the AL government is in power for the last 10 years and has carried many development activities. “I want to remind the party leaders and activists that this does not mean the party will return to power automatically in the next election…Bangladesh is not that type of place. Had Bangladesh been more developed and civilised one then this would have happened.”
Asked about the ‘Greater Unity’, Sheikh Hasina said, “I’m happy that an alliance is being forged. I’m ready to extend any type of help they need.”
The Prime Minister, however, said there are two alliances in Bangladesh -- one is Awami League and another is Anti-Awami League. “The anti-Awami Leaguers will have to go to somewhere and they need a platform.” An alliance is in the offing, and big shots and good people are there. This is good for elections. So, I welcome them.”
About the much-talked about Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), the Prime Minister said, “I’ve no problem with the EVM. I’m, in fact, in favour of the EVM. We’ve already modernised the election system. Now it’s Digital Bangladesh. If people can make transactions through mobile phones what is the problem in casting votes through machines? There should be a system so that you can cast your vote through your mobile phone set, and then will not need to go to the polling station.”
Sheikh Hasina said, “You need to understand that we want EVM as Ecnec passed the EVM project. People have elected us and we’ve the trust in them. So, we’ve been working to ensure the voting rights of people.”
Replying to a question over Rohingya issue, she said the global community is putting pressure on Myanmar to take Rohingyas back to their homeland.
“All are worried over the issue. All countries are creating pressure on Myanmar to take the Rohingyas back,” the Prime Minister told the journalists.
She said Myanmar has already decided to take back some Rohingyas as per the agreement signed with Bangladesh.
“Now discussion is on over it. Bangladesh has constructed houses and other infrastructure at Bhasanchar to ensure a better environment for them. I’ll visit Bhasanchar soon.”
Replying to a question over government’s plan for the local community who have been affected by the huge Rohingya influx, she said the government is providing assistance to local residents alongside the Rohingyas and international agencies are also helping the local communities, she said.