Dhaka, Nov 9 (UNB) - Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed leaves here for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday on a three-day visit at the invitation of the UAE Armed Forces.
During the visit, the army chief will meet the Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces and the Land Forces Commander, said an ISPR release on Friday.
He will also visit the Al-Hamra Combat Training Centre during the tour.
The visit is expected the boost the bilateral relations and training assistance between the armies of Bangladesh and the UAE.
The army chief will return home on November 14.
Mentionable, General Aziz Ahmed is the first Bangladeshi army chief who is going to visit the UAE at the invitation of the UAE Armed Forces.
Dhaka, Nov 9 (UNB) - Deputy Commissioners and Divisional Commissioners have been directed to remove all the election campaign materials, including posters, archways and gates, from public places within the next seven days, said Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Friday.
The EC secretary came up with the directive in a meeting at Nirbachan Bhaban.
“Those who have used various materials, including posters, leaflets, archways and gates, as part of campaign have to remove those at their own initiative. No campaign will be allowed until the allocation of electoral symbols.”
Helaluddin said as election schedule has been announced, no rally, procession or torch procession will be allowed now, and action will be taken if processions are brought out violating the election code of conduct.
Replying to a question, he said there is no chance that an unregistered party to participate in elections through alliance with registered parties.
Dhaka, Nov 9 (UNB) - The Election Commission has appointed Deputy Commissioners of all the districts and two divisional commissioners as Returning Officers(ROs) to conduct the 11th national elections to be held on December 23 next.
Besides, Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNOs) have been appointed as assistant returning officers. In some constituencies, Assistant Commissioners (Land) have been made assistant returning officers.
The EC issued a notification signed by EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed appointing the returning officers and assistant returning officers, said EC Joint Secretary SM Asaduzzaman on Friday.
The Deputy Commissioners have been made Returning Officers for all the constituencies of the district concerned except Dhaka and Chattogram.
In Dhaka, the Divisional Commissioner has been made the Returning Officer for 15 constituencies while the Deputy Commissioner for the rest five constituencies of the district.
In Chattogram, the Divisional Commissioner has been made the RO for six constituencies while the Deputy Commissioner for the rest 10 constituencies of the district.
On Thursday last, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the schedule for the next general election.
According to the schedule, the last date for submitting nomination papers is November 19 while the date for scrutinising nomination papers is November 22 and the last date for the withdrawal of nomination papers is November 29.
Dhaka, Nov 9 (UNB) - Awami League on Friday started selling its nomination papers for the forthcoming 11th parliamentary elections.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader inaugurated the sale of nomination forms at AL president’s Dhanmondi political office around 10:00 am by purchasing a nomination paper on behalf of party president Sheikh Hasina.
Quader bought two forms for Sheikh Hasina. One of the forms was bought for contesting the election from Gopalganj-3 (Tungipara-Kotalipara). Later, he handed over the forms to AL's Religious Affairs Secretary Sheikh Abdullah.
Dr Ashikur Rahman Shanto collects nomination paper for Bhola-2 from AL's Dhanmondi political office . Photo: Zabed Hasnain Chowdhury/UNB
Obaidul Quader said the name of the constituency for which the other form was bought will be disclosed later.
He bought another form for Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury for contesting the polls from Rangpur-6 and handed over it to Deputy Speaker Advocate Fazle Rabbi Miah.
Later, AL joint secretary Mahbub Ul Alam Hanif bought another form for AL general secretary Quader to contest the polls from Noakhali-5 constituency.
In his introductory speech on the occasion, Quader said the selling of nomination forms started amid huge enthusiasm of the party followers.
Responding to a query, he said the last date for selling nomination form will be fixed after a meeting of AL Parliamentary Board to be held with its president Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The party has fixed Tk 30,000 as the price for each nomination form.
A total of eight booths have been opened for selling the forms.
The 11th parliamentary elections will be held on December 23. According to the schedule, the last date for filing nomination papers for candidacy is November 19. The returning officers will scrutinise the nomination papers on November 22 while the last date for withdrawing candidature is November 29.
Dhaka, Nov 9 (UNB) - The American Embassy, including its Consular Section and the American Center with the Archer K. Blood American Center Library, will remain closed on Sunday in celebration of Veterans Day, an American holiday.
The Education USA Student Advising Center will also remain closed on the day.
Emergency services for American citizens will be available, said a press release.