Dhaka, Aug 28 (UNB) – The leaders of Jukta Front and Gano Forum sat in a meeting here on Tuesday night and discussed various issues for foraging a greater national unity ahead of the next general election.
The meeting began around 8pm at Gano Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain’s Bailey Road residence and continued till 9:45pm.
Apart from Kamal Hossain, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, its general secretary Abdul Manna, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rob, its general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna and pro-BNP intellectual Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, among others, joined the meeting.
Contacted, B Chowdhury’s press secretary Jahangir Alam said Jukta Front presented a seven-point proposal on which the national unity will be forged.
He said the meeting accepted the proposals and agreed to make the unity based on those.
The proposals include forging a unity of all like-mined, non-communal, democratic and pro-liberation parties except Jamaat-e-Islami and other anti-liberation ones, in the national interests, ensuring freedom of speech, press freedom and freedom of association and meetings, establishing the rule of law, ensuring the independence of the judiciary and holding a neutral and acceptable election.
It also proposed ensuring a balance between parliament and the government to stop political obstinacy, announcing an election roadmap through discussion with political parties before the announcement of the election schedule, dissolving parliament and revoking the cabinet, and not arresting activists of any political party until the end of the polls and releasing all the students and political prisoners before the announcement of the election schedule.
Earlier on August 20, Dr Kamal Hossain and Jukta Front leaders had a meeting at B Chowdhury’s Baridhara residence.
The Kamal Hossain-led Gano Forum and newly formed Jukta Front, led by B Chowdhury, have long been trying to forge a national unity to hold the next polls in a fair and credible manner and bring a positive change in politics.
Khulna, Aug 26 (UNB) – Awami League candidate Abdus Salam Murshedi, a former national footballer and ex-president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), submitted nomination paper for by-election to Khulna-4 constituency as a lone candidate.
Murshedi submitted the nomination paper to Md Yunus Ali, returning officer and also election officer of Khulna divisional regional election office, at noon.
Though today (Aug 26) was the last date for the submission of nomination paper, two other intending candidates who collected nomination forms did not submit those.
The by-election to Khulna-4 comprising of Rupsa, Terokhada and Dighalia, was scheduled to be held on September 20.
The Khulna-4 constituency fell vacant with the death of AL’s three-time MP SM Mostafa Rashidi Suja on July 26 last.
Beijing, Aug 27 (AP/UNB) — A top Chinese leader has called for "advancing anti-separatism efforts" in Tibet, in a sign of continued high-pressure tactics in the Himalayan region.
Wang Yang, the ruling Communist Party's No. 4 ranking official, was quoted Monday in state media as stressing the importance of tight control over Tibet's Buddhist institutions, urging "preparedness and precautions for danger in times of safety."
Religious figures must "be courageous to battle all separatist elements" in the name of preserving national unity and social stability, Wang was quoted as saying in Tibet's regional capital of Lhasa during a visit there on Sunday.
Beijing's forces occupied Tibet shortly after the 1949 communist revolution and security there has been ratcheted up significantly in the decade since anti-government protests spread through Tibetan areas in 2008.
The tactics in Tibet are largely aimed at reducing the influence of the region's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in India. China claims Tibet has been part of its territory for more than seven centuries and regards the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist.
Many Tibetans insist they were essentially independent for much of that time.
Wang has broad responsibility for religious policy as head of the government's top political advisory body. In his comments Sunday, he also echoed Beijing's calls for the sinicization of religion, shorthand for adherence to the dictates of the officially atheist party.
Among recent tightening security measures in Tibet, students were required to sign agreements to "not take part in any form of religious activity" during the summer school holidays.
Young Tibetan monks have also reportedly been forced to leave one of the biggest monasteries in a Tibetan region of western China as part of a drive to replace monastic life with secular education.
Recent months have also seen sweeping crackdowns on traditional Muslim culture among the Uighur ethnic minority group in the northwestern region of Xinjiang and among Christians in eastern China.
Noakhali, Aug 14 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday alleged that BNP is conspiring to foil the upcoming general election after having failed repeatedly to launch a movement.
“Any kind of conspiracy will be thwarted together with people under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina,” he said while speaking at a meeting in Kabirhat municipality auditorium marking the National Mourning Day.
After the programme, Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, distributed cows among the local party leaders for mass feast on the National Mourning Day on Wednesday.
While talking to reporters after having lunch at the residence of Noakhali-4 MP Ekramul Karim Chowdhury, the ruling party leader said BNP made an abortive attempt to oust the government cashing in on the quota reform movement and student movement for safe road.
“Democracy can’t be established through spreading rumours. The removal of a democratic government is possible only through an election in a democratic way,” he said.
Replying to a query, he said there is no scope of dialogue with BNP. “They themselves have shut the path of dialogue,” he said referring to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s ‘indecent’ behaviour with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during their telephonic conversation before the 2014 election and the treatment of the Prime Minister when she went to Khaleda’s residence after the death of her son Arafat Rahman Koko.
Dhaka, Aug 13 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday granted six-month bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a defamation case filed against her in Narail over her 'derogatory remarks' about freedom fighters and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The HC bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Kashefa Hussain passed the order after hearing on a petition filed by Khaleda’s counsel.
Khaleda’s lawyer filed the petition on Thursday.
Earlier on August 5, a Narail court rejected her bail petition.
On December 21, 2015, Khaleda Zia at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh raised questions about the actual number of Liberation War martyrs saying, "There're controversies over how many were martyred in the Liberation War. There're also many books and documents on the controversies."
Reacting to Khaleda's remarks, Raihan Farooque Imam of Naragati in Narail, filed the case with the Cognisance Court on December 24, 2015.