Dhaka, Dec 16 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar with the rise of sun on Sunday, marking the 48th Victory Day of the country.
The President and the Prime Minister laid wreaths at 6:42 am and stood in solemn silence there for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs of the Great War of Liberation in 1971.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force presented state salute on the occasion when bugles played the last post.
Ministers, state ministers, the chiefs of the three services, members of parliament, freedom fighters, diplomats, representatives of different development partners and high civil and military officials were, among others, present.
Later, flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League President, laid another wreath at the National Memorial as the party chief at 6:45am.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the morning on the occasion of the Victory Day.
She paid the homage by placing a wreath at the portrait of the Father of the Nation in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the capital
After placing the wreath, the Prime Minister stood in solemn silence there for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the great leader and the architect of the country's independence.
Later, flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, the president of Bangladesh Awami League, placed another wreath at the portrait of the Father of the Nation as the party chief.
Dhaka, Dec 16 (UNB) – Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist distant warning signal no two as the deep depression over southeast bay and adjoining area moved to northwestwards, intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘Phethai’ over southwest bay and adjoining areas on Sunday.
It moved northwestwards further over the same area (near lat. 11.6°n, long. 83.5°e) and was centred at 06:00 am Sunday about 1495 km southwest of Chattogram port, 1440 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 1385 km southwest of Mongla port and 1380 km southwest of Payra port.
It is likely to intensify further and move in a north/northwesterly direction, said a special bulletin of the Met office.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kms of the cyclone centre is about 62 kph rising to 88 kph in gusts/squalls. Sea will remain very rough near the cyclone centre, it added.
Due to the cyclonic storm, light to moderate rain is likely to occur over at a few places over Khulna, Barishal, Chittagong, Dhaka and Sylhet divisions. Weather may remain mainly dry with partly cloudy to cloudy sky elsewhere over the country.
All fishing boats and trawlers over the North bay have been advised to keep close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice.
They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.
Dhaka, Dec 15 (UNB) - Health Minister and Spokesperson of the Awami League-led 14-party alliance Mohammad Nasim on Saturday said Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain has deviated from his ideology in a bid to come to power.
"How could those who had been in contact with Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman shun his ideology and join hands with Jamaat-e-Islami? The nation will never forgive them," he said while exchanging views with professionals at his residence.
He continued: "Just like anti-liberation elements who couldn’t accept our liberation, their descendants don’t accept our independence. So-called liberals like Dr Kamal not only joined hands with Jamaat but also gave them nomination with the ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ to bring them back to power.”
Jamaat is a component of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, but not part of the recently formed Jatiya Oikyafront formed under Dr Kamal’s leadership.
Nasim said the country’s people should remain alert about the conspiracy of the anti-liberation forces. “They should be boycotted not only from the election but everything else.”
He also said there is no alternative to Sheikh Hasina to lead the country forward. "The country is marching forward in a systematic way. To keep up the trend, we have to reelect Sheikh Hasina. People shouldn’t vote for the conspirators," he added.
The Health Minister said all the efforts are on to hold a free, fair and neutral election in the country, urging all to remain cautious and patient as a certain group is trying to thwart the peaceful atmosphere.
He also called upon BNP not to boycott the election on any excuse.
Dhaka, Dec 15 (UNB) – Polling materials, except ballot papers, have already been sent to 63 districts as Bangladesh prepares for its next general election.
The Election Commission supplied 12-14 items to every district, except Dhaka, on December 8-9. Ballot papers will be sent to districts four to five days before the polls slated for December 30.
According to EC’s list, the items include transparent ballot boxes, electronic voting machines (EVM), electoral rolls with photograph, ineffaceable ink pens, rubber seal (official seal), marking seal, stamp pad, glue, brass seal, charger light (lamp), calculators, stapler, stapler pin, large and small sacks.
Some materials, such as ball-point pens, white papers, carbon papers, knife, needle, candle, matchboxes, glue pot, stamp pad ink and iron or plastic plates, are also procured from local markets.
“We may send the ballot papers to the returning officers by December 25,” said Khondker Mizanur Rahman, EC's joint secretary.
They will then be sent to upazilas two to three days before the election. The ballot papers and other polling materials will be handed over to presiding officers at upazila headquarters a day before the election.
“From there, the materials will be taken to 40,199 polling stations across the country,” he said, adding that they started collecting election materials six months ago.
Helicopters and EVMs
Helicopters will also be used for transporting election items and officials to and from polling stations in remote places in Khagrachhari, Rangamati and Bandarban.
Mizanur said the EC had asked returning officers for lists of polling stations where air transport would be needed.
“Most of these remote polling stations are in Khagrachhari,” the official said.
Apart from helicopters, the election will also see the use of EVMs. But these machines will not be used in all 300 constituencies.
About 900 EVMs will be used in six constituencies – Dhaka-6 and 13, Chattogram-9, Rangpur-3, Khulna-2 and Satkhira-2. Some 2.12 million voters will be able to cast their votes through the electronic machines.
As many as 104.2 million voters will elect their representatives in Parliament from among 1,841 candidates.
Jahangirnagar University, Dec 15 (UNB) - The general secretary (GS) of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Jahangirnagar University (JU) unit was reportedly assaulted on Friday by a former BCL leader of the unit over establishing supremacy on the campus.
The incident took place in front of Shaheed Salam Barkat Hall around 10:30 PM when former JU BCL secretary and former vice-president of central committee Razib Ahmed Rasel assaulted him.
After being assaulted, JU unit general secretary SM Abu Sufian Chanchal left the place.
However, tensed situation was prevailing in the campus over the incident.
According to the witnesses, former GS and also former central committee vice-president Razib Ahmed Rasel came to the campus and met Chanchal in front of SSB Hall to discuss over the faction. At one stage, Razib got angered and slapped him, they said.
Seeking anonymity a vice-president of the university unit said, “For a long time, an internal clash was prevailing between them over establishing supremacy on the campus. Although Chanchal was loyal to Razib, he also started to maintain liaison with BCL central committee president Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon.”
The crisis was deepened centering the last programme of the university marking the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s reception on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway on Thursday where they factions observed the programme separately.
Expressing dissatisfaction, some leaders and activists of the university unit criticized the incident. They were exclaimed on how an ex-leader could assault a running leader.
Denying the allegation, Razib, however, said, “Chanchal was loyal to my panel but he tried to make ‘faction’. Some senior leaders of the university unit called me to settle the matter. I angrily questioned him about the matter and no assault was happened there.”
However, Chanchal also denied the assaulting incident. He said that an altercation was held between us.
Contacted, assistant proctor Mohibur Rouf Shaibal said, “There was no such incident but an altercation was happened between them.”
Later, they solved the issue with mutual discussion, he added.