Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Panel Mayor Md Osman Gani has died while undergoing treatment in Singapore. He was 69. He breathed his last around 8:30am (Bangladesh Time) on Saturday at a hospital in Singapore. DNCC Public Relations Officer ASM Mamun confirmed the matter to media. Osmani Gani was nominated as the panel mayor of the city corporation in September last year when the mayor of North City Corporation Anisul Haque stayed abroad due to his illness.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has told the party leaders not to compete unhealthy ahead of upcoming general election. He said this while addressing a meeting of Cumilla North District Awami League at Eliotganj on Saturday. Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Organizing Secretary Enamul Haque Shamim, Cumilla North District Awami League General Secretary Jahangir Alam Sarker, among others, spoke at the seminar. President of Cumilla district of Awami League Abdul Awal presided over the program.
Election Commission (EC) Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed has said the election schedule for the next parliamentary election will be announced anytime after October 30. "The election schedule will be announced anytime after October 30 and directives have been given to concerned authorities to prepare all things," the EC secretary told journalists about the preparation of national election at the EC Secretariat on Monday.
The High Court (HC) has dropped from its hearing list a writ petition filed by BNP leader Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury challenging the Anti-Corruption Commission's (ACC) notices that asked him to appear before it for interrogation over graft allegations. The HC bench of Justice Borhanuddin and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order on Wednesday. ACC lawyer Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan confirmed the matter to risingbd.com. The ACC on August 16 issued a notice asking Amir Khasru, a former minister and BNP Standing Committee member, to appear before it on August 28 for quizzing over allegations of money laundering and amassing wealth illegally. On August 28, the BNP leader sought one month’s time from ACC for collecting the necessary documents in this regard. The anti-graft watchdog granted his petition on the same day (August 28) and issued another notice asking Amir Khasru to appear before it at 10:00am on September 10. “If you fail to appear on the scheduled date, actions will be taken against you as per the Anti-Corruption Commission Act, 2004,” the ACC said in the notice. On September 3, Amir Khasru submitted the writ petition to the HC seeking stay on the effectiveness of the ACC notices, saying that the commission has not issued the notices to him in accordance with the law.
The trial proceedings of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable Trust graft case began around 12:15pm on Wednesday at a makeshift court set up inside the old Dhaka central jail on Nazimuddin Road in absence of her lawyers. Informing the court about her illness, Khaleda Zia said, "I am sick. I won't appear here frequently. My left foot and hand have almost been paralysed. Here is the medical report. You can keep an eye on the report. How much I am ill can be verified by the report." The BNP chief who entered the court on wheelchair also told the court, “Punish me as much as you want, punish me as long as you want.” The former prime minister said this after appearing before Special Judge Court-5 in connection with Zia Charitable Trust corruption case. The special court was shifted to the old central jail in Nazimuddin Road in Old Dhaka. The Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 adjourned the hearing till September 12. Earlier in the day, security measures were beefed up in and around central jail area in Old Dhaka's Nazimuddin Road over setting up a makeshift court there for the trial of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. Additional police were also deployed in the area. The law ministry issued a gazette yesterday, saying the proceedings in the Zia Charitable Trust case would now be held at the old Dhaka central jail on Nazimuddin Road. The decision was made taking Khaleda's security into consideration. On August 8, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against the BNP chief and three others for misappropriating Tk3.15 crore from the Zia Charitable Trust Fund. The others accused in the case are Khaleda’s former political secretary Harris Chowdhury, his former personal assistant Ziaul Islam Munna and former Dhaka City mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka’s personal assistant Monirul Islam Khan.
The Speaker of the Parliament Dr. Shirin Sharmin Choudhury has said that the Election Commission must ensure participatory elections. She said this while speaking at the inaugural function of a two-day-long ninth conference of Forum of Election Management Bodies of South Asia at a city hotel on Wednesday. Shirin Sharmin said that Election Commission is responsible for organizing elections according to the RPO and the Constitution. Free, neutral and participatory elections are basic of democracy. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda said according to the Constitution, the Election Commission is committed to conducting free and fair elections. A total of 21 representatives from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives are participating in this two-day conference.
The voting in three city corporations is being held amid boycott, allegations of vote rigging and other irregularities. Election Commissioner Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury said, "Some untoward incidents were reported just after beginning of the polls. We directed Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police to bring the situation under control. Later, the law enforcers brought the situation under control immediately." Voters are standing outside of the voting centers maintaining line. They all are waiting to cast their votes. The overall situation of the polls is better now." Following the Barisal candidate boycott issue, he said, "Boycotting vote is not the solution. They could face court if they have any allegation. But, there is no logic to boycott voting." Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukdar said, "The allegations from Barisal are under investigation. The decision from the commission will be disclosed later."
The High Court has directed the lower court concerned in Comilla to dispose a bail petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia by July 26 in an arson case lodged under the Special Tribunal Act in 2015. The High Court bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman passed the order on Monday following a petition filed by Khaleda Zia seeking bail in the case. Eight people were killed and many others injured after a bus was torched in Comilla's Chouddagram upazila on February 2, 2015, during anti-government agitation. The following day, police lodged two cases -- one for murder and another under the Special Powers Act, 1974 with Chouddagram Police Station.
The Awami League candidate Jahangir Alam and BNP’s mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarkar have cast their votes for Gazipur City Corporation (GCC). Awami League’s Jahangir Alam cast his vote at the polling centre in Kanaiya Government Primary School at Joydebpur around 9:10am and BNP’s Hasan Uddin Sarkar cast his vote at the Bashir Uddin Udayan School and College polling centre at College gate area around 8:15am. After casting vote, Jahangir Alam told reporters, "People are casting their votes in a merriment environment. I joined in the election to implement the citizen right. I welcome not only the votes of Awami League but also the votes of all party people." "I want to build a planned city with all. I want that people of Gazipur will get a clean city," he said. On the other hand, BNP backed candidate Hasan Uddin Sarkar expressed promise that if he becomes Mayor, he will convert Gazipur a modern town.
A Dhaka court has withdrawn the production warrant issued against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Gatco and Boro Pukuria coal mine graft cases. Judge Abu Syed Diljar Hussain, Special Judge of Dhaka Court no-3 and Judge KSM Shah Imran of Special Judge Court -2 passed the order on Thursday. Khaleda Zia's lawyer Hannan Bhuiyan confirmed the matter to media. On September 2, 2007, ACC deputy director Golam Shahriar filed the Gatco corruption case with Tejgaon police station mentioning 13 names. In February 26, 2008, Anti-Corruption Commission deputy director Shamsul Alam filed the Barapukuria coal mine case against Khaleda and 15 others for a contract with China National Machinery Export Corporation that gave them the responsibility of producing, managing and maintaining the Barapukuria coal mine.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who arrived here this afternoon on a four-day visit to attend the Outreach Meeting of the G7 Summit, joined a dinner hosted by Governor General of Canada for G7 guests this evening. Governor General Julie Payette hosted the dinner in honour of the head of governments and international organizations participating in the Outreach Session of the G7 Summit at La Citadelle Quebec. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the prime minister exchanged pleasantries with President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of Haiti and chair of the Caribbean Community Jovenel Moise and other dignitaries attending the dinner. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali accompanied Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the programme. The prime minister arrived in Canada to attend the Outreach Session of the G7 Summit at the invitation of her Canadian counterpart Justine Trudeau, who also invited other 15 world potential leaders beyond G7 to the meeting of the group. The G7 is a platform of the world’s seven largest advanced economies consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Earlier, a flight of Canada Air carrying the premier and members of her entourage landed at Jean Lesage International Airport here at 1.40 am. Bangladesh High Commissioner to Canada Mizanur Rahman and Director of International Relations and Deputy Chief of Protocol of Ontario Province received the prime minister at the airport. Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for Canada on Thursday evening to join G7 Outreach Meeting. She will join G7 Outreach Leaders Programme at Le Manoir Richelieu Hotel on Saturday. The prime minister will hold a meeting with Justine Trudeau on Sunday morning at her place of residence at Hotel Chateau Frontenac in Quebec. [i]Source: BSS[/i]
Former general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League's Chattogram city chapter, Nurul Azim Rony has been sent to jail in an extortion case. Chattogram Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Osman Goni passed the order around 12:00am on Monday. Assistant commissioner (prosecution) of CMP Kazi Sahabuddin Ahmed confirmed the matter. Court sources said that on April 3, Chattogram Biggan Collage Princial Dr Jahed Khan filed a case with Chakbazar police station on charge of extortion.