Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) – Jatiya Party presidium members on Sunday ‘unanimously’ empowered its Chairman HM Ershad to take any unilateral decision regarding the next general election.
“A joint meeting of Jatiya Party presidium members and MPs unanimously decided that the sole responsibility will be bestowed upon party Chairman HM Ershad to take all the decisions about the upcoming parliamentary elections,” said a party press release.
As per the meeting’s decision, it said Ershad will determine whether Jatiya Party will join the polls independently or with any alliance.
Besides, the party chairman’s decision about nominating party candidates will be accepted as the final one.
The meeting also decided to take preparations for contesting the election from 300 constituencies, the release added.
“Elaborate discussions were also held for making the Jatiya Party-led Sammilita Jatiya Jote’s grand rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on October 20 a success,” it added.
Jatiya Party senior co-chairman Raushon Ershad, co-chairman GM Quader, presidium members Anisul Islam Mahmud, MA Sattar, Kazi Firoz Rashid, Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu, M Abul Kashem, Prof Delwar Hossain Khan and Syed Abu Hossain Babla were, among others, present.
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) - Outgoing Iranian Ambassador Dr Abbas Vaezi Dehnavi called on President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Sunday.
During the meeting the President spoke of excellent bilateral relationship between Bangladesh and Iran, said the President's press secretary Joynal Abedin in a post-meet media briefing.
Referring to cordial support of Iranian government on Rohingya issue, President Hamid expressed his gratitude to the people and government of Iran.
Abdul Hamid said Bangladesh and Iran extended mutual support and cooperation to each other in different regional and international forums.
The outgoing Iranian envoy lauded the overall development and progress, especially, in ensuring the women empowerment in Bangladesh.
The envoy also praised the time-befitting role of Bangladesh in giving shelter to the forcibly displaced Rohingya people.
He also thanked the President for his cooperation during his time here.
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) - Terming unexpected Indian BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s “threat to capture Bangladesh”, BNP on Sunday urged him to withdraw his remark.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also criticised the government for not registering any protest against such a comment.
“Indian ruling party BJP’s influential leader Subramanian Swamy at a recent press conference threatened to capture Bangladesh if continued repression on Hindus is not stopped. But our government didn’t give any reaction to it,” he said.
The BNP leader further said his (swami) threat against Bangladesh independence and sovereignty is unwarranted and undiplomatic. “We strongly condemn it and urge him to withdraw his comment.”
Rizvi said the government’s silence over Swamy’s comment has not only exposed the government’s knee-jerking foreign policy but also its utter failure to protect the dignity of the country’s independence and sovereignty.
He alleged that the government is not raising its voice against the BJP leaders comment only to cling to power. “The current government doesn’t represent country’s people as it is ruling the country as the representative of others.”
The BNP leader said their party believes in ensuring the constitutional rights of all irrespective of their religion and colour. He urged the government to look into the BJP leader’s allegation about the repression on Hindus and take effective steps in this regard.
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday provided Tk 1.82 crore as financial assistance for 12 families, including those of late footballer and hockey players, film actor, litterateur and persons critically injured in BNP-Jamaat violence.
The Prime Minister handed over cheques for the amount at her Tejgaon office in the city.
The recipients of the assistance include late footballer Monem Munna’s wife Yeasmin Munna, late hockey player Zahidur Rahman Pushkin’s wife Fahmida Rahman, late hockey star Jumman Lusai’s wife Puei Lusai, actor Sarwar Uddin Danyraj, poet and photographer Billal Hossain, and Jamal Pasha and Nurjahan who were injured in separate incidents of violence unleashed by BNP-Jamaat in Fatikchhari of Chattogram and Chapainawabganj respectively.
Sheikh Hasina provided the financial assistance from the PM’s Relief Fund to meet the treatment cost and bear the family expenditures.
Banja Luka, Oct 7 (AP/UNB) — Bosnians were voting Sunday in a general election that could install a pro-Russian nationalist to a top post and cement the ethnic divisions of a country that faced a brutal war 25 years ago.
The ballot is seen as a test of whether Bosnia will move toward integration in the European Union and NATO or remain entrenched in rivalries stemming from the 1992-95 war.
Some 3.3 million people are eligible to vote for an array of institutions in Bosnia's complex governing system, which was created by a peace accord that ended the war that killed 100,000 people and left millions homeless.
The country consists of a Serb regional government and a similar Muslim-Croat entity joined in a central government. Voters are casting ballots for the three-person Bosnian presidency, the Serb president, and the two entities' parliaments and cantonal authorities.
There have been no reliable opinion polls ahead of the election. The campaign was marred by divisive rhetoric and allegations of irregularities that fueled tensions.
Bosnia's Serbs and Croats want to move closer to their ethnic kin in neighboring Serbia and Croatia, while the Muslims want to keep Bosnia together. The issue was at the core of the 1990s' war.
The main focus is on the race for Bosnia's three-member presidency, because of the candidacy of hard-line Serb President Milorad Dodik, who advocates eventual Serb separation from Bosnia.
Dodik is a key Balkan ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his victory would mean stronger Russian influence. The current Serb member of the presidency and a relative moderate, Mladen Ivanic, is running too.
The main ethnic Croatian presidential candidate, Dragan Covic, is also dashing hopes that Bosnia will be strengthened as a multi-ethnic union. Covic seeks the formation of a third government body, a Croat mini-state that would spell further fragmentation for the fragile nation.
Liberal candidates who back a civil society free of ethnic divisions largely have been pushed to the margins in Sunday's vote. Observers say widespread voter apathy also diminishes chances of an election surprise, despite high unemployment and widespread corruption.
In a show of widespread popular discontent with Bosnia's politicians, thousands of people rallied at anti-corruption protests Friday in Sarajevo, the capital, and in the main Serb city of Banja Luka.