Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed has said that military will be deployed ahead of the national election. “Army and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will be deployed two to three or seven to 10 days before the election,” he said. Helal Uddin Ahmed said this while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a day-long workshop for the assistant returning officers ahead of the election held at the Election Commission Secretariat at Agargaon in the city on Thursday.
Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman said Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee Examinations for class V students will begin on November 18. This year the Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) system has been excluded from the exams, he said. The minister made the announcement at a press conference at his secretariat office on Thursday. A total of 27,77,270 students will sit for the exams this year among which 12,78,000 students are male and 14,98,000 are female. The two and a half hours tests will start at 10:30 am and end at 1:00 pm. The exam schedule for PEC: English on November 18, Bangla on November 19, Bangladesh and World Introduction on November 20, Primary Science on November 22, Math on November 25, Religion and Moral Education on November 26. The exam schedule for Ebtedayee: English on November 18, Bangla on November 19, Bangladesh and World Introduction and Science on November 20, Arabic on November 22, Math on November 25 and Quran and Tajbid and Akaid and Fikh on November 26.
All the alliance partners of the Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront have decided to contest the upcoming general election with the symbol of sheaf of paddy (election symbol of BNP). Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna came up with the announcement on Thursday after a meeting of the alliance leaders at Dr Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber. Manna said, “We held a meeting today where we reached a decision that the Jatiya Oikyafront will contest the election with a common election symbol and this common symbol is the Sheaf of Paddy.” About Wednesday’s clash between police and BNP activists at Nayapaltan, he said the incident took place due to government provocations. He alleged that the government wants Oikyafront not to join the election, but they will go to the polls braving all the odds and obstacles. The Oikyafront leader also said they will continue to press their demand for delaying the election.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged everybody to work together for upholding the country’s dignity and making it a poverty- and hunger-free nation. The prime minister made the call while inaugurating the newly built State Toshakhana Museum or state depository near Bangabandhu Military Museum at Bijoy Sarani on Thursday. “Bangabandhu has not only given us independence, but also dignity. We have to uphold the dignity,” Sheikh Hasina said. The prime minister said during her government over the last 10 years the living condition of the people has been improved. We want to improve their living quality further,” she said. “We are aspiring to celebrate the golden jubilee of independence through freeing the country from poverty and hunger and Bangladesh would be a developed nation by 2041,” she said. The five-storey modern state depository with 50,000 square feet area was constructed under the supervision of Bangladesh Army at a cost of about Taka 80 crore. All gifts received by the President, Prime Minister, ministers and officials in their official capacity should be deposited to the Toshakhana under the supervision and maintenance of the Cabinet Division. Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed, PM’s Principal Secretary Md. Nozibur Rahman, PM’s Military Secretary Major General Mia Muhammad Joynul Abedin and Engineering Chief of Bangladesh Army Major General Siddiqur Rahman Sarkar also spoke on the occasion. Bangabandhu’s younger daughter Sheikh Rehana, cabinet members, PM’s advisors, members of diplomatic corps, chiefs of the three services and senior civil and military officials attended the function chaired by Cabinet Secretary Md. Shafiul Alam. Laying importance on proper preservation of the all gifts received by the state dignitaries at home and abroad, the prime minister said all those gifts are state property and carry dignity and honour. So those gifts should be properly preserved, she said. Sheikh Hasina lamented that many gifts, documents inscribed with her name and ‘boat’ (election symbol of Awami League) and many rare photographs were destroyed during the BNP-Jamaat regime. The prime minister thanked the officials of the cabinet division, defense ministry and Bangladesh Army for their sincere work to complete the construction of the museum ahead of the schedule. After liberation Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had taken initiative to establish a Toshakhana for preservation of the gifts received at home and abroad. Under his direction Toshakana (maintenance and administration) Rules 1974 was formulated and the Toshakhana was established at Bangabhaban. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina felt the necessity of a separate building for the state Toshakhana and under her direction an aesthetic building has been built for State Toshakhana beside Bangabandhu Military Museum where the state gifts shall be preserved for public display.
A Dhaka court has sentenced Destiny group Chairman Mohammad Hossain to three years imprisonment in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for not submitting his wealth statement. Dhaka Special Judge Court-6 Judge Sheikh Golam Mahbub passed the order on Wednesday. The court also fined him Tk 50,000, in default of which he will have to serve three months more in jail, Public Prosecutor Mahmud Hossain Jahangir confirmed. On July 31, 2012, the ACC filed two money-laundering cases against Destiny-2000 chairman M Hossain and group managing director Rafiqul Amin and 20 others on charge of misappropriating investors’ money amounting to Tk 3,285 crore. ACC found information that Mohammad Hossain piled illegal wealth of Tk131,171,598. Later, the watchdog sent notice to him to submit the wealth statement on June 16, 2016.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “Whether the Jatiya Oikyafront will participate in the upcoming parliamentary election or not is totally depending on the attitude of the Election Commission (EC) and the government.” The BNP leader came up with the comment while briefing reporters after a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital's Agargaon on Wednesday evening. “We have asked the Commission to defer the polls by three weeks,” Fakhrul said.
Monirul Islam, Chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Police, said that cops had showed extreme patience to face attacks by BNP leaders and activists. At least 10 police men sustained injuries in the attack, he claimed. He told this to the reporters at the spot of Nayapaltan in the capital on Wednesday noon. Monirul said, “Police just told them to move away from the road as the gathering halted vehicular movement, causing imense sufferings to people. Cops did not create any instigation. They were just talking to them. But they made attacks on cops. They threw brickbats to the lawmen, leaving some of them injured. “Law enforcers fired tear shells to disperse them with an aim of bringing the situation under control. Alongside, cops had kept much patience to face the situation. Even then, they torched two vehicles of law enforcers,” he added. A clash ensued between police and BNP men at the capital’s Nayapaltan area amid nomination papers sale of the party for the upcoimg 11the general election.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has said that there is no scope to defer the upcoming 11th national elections from its latest scheduled date. The CEC made the assertion while addressing a programme of returning officers in capital’s Agargaon on Tuesday. He said, “The Ijtema is scheduled to start on January 11. The government will remain busy at that time. Besides, there is a programme of Christian community. So, December 30 is proper time for election.” Following the announcement of Jatiya Oikya Front, CEC said, “We are happy as all the political parties are going to join the polls.” KM Nurul Huda said, “New history will be created. A stable situation will be created through the election will be held under the existing parliament. Four election commissioners and EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed attended the function.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmood said that Tk 274.25 crore has been collected from corrupted people who were indicted with confiscation and fine in different cases between 2013 to 2017. The ACC Boss told this while speaking at 9th session of 2nd resume of Implementation Review Group of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in Vienna, Austria on November 13. A press release issued by ACC Public Relations (PR) office revealed the news. Iqbal Mahmood said, “The ACC filed 189 cases with certain allegations of corruption while submitted 223 charge sheets to the courts between January to October in 2018.”
Jatiya Oikyafront (JOF) will hold meetings with the Election Commission (EC) and press editors to discuss their demand of deferring the date of the upcoming 11th general election scheduled by EC.” JOF spokesperson, also secretary general of BNP, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came told this the reporters after a meeting with the alliance’s top leaders on Tuesday noon. The meeting was held at the chamber of Gono Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain, also main leader of JOF, at the capital’s Motijheel. Mirza Fakhrul said, “A delegation led by Dr Kamal Hossain will go to EC at12:00pm on Wednesday with their demand of deferring polls. Apart from this, we will also hold a meeting with print media editors over the issue on November 16.” “The EC is completely unsuccessful to hold a fair election. They did not have talks or exchange views with political parties over conducting polls or schedule as they are not reluctant to arranging fair polls,” he added.
The Election Commission (EC) has asked police to take steps to prevent all types of processions and showdown while collecting, submitting nomination papers at party offices and offices of returning officers.. A letter in this regard signed by EC joint secretary of polls management division was sent to Inspector General of Police (IGP) on Tuesday. EC asked IGP to take proper steps to ensure election code of conduct. Nomination papers could be submitted to EC till November 28.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has bought a nomination form for Khaleda to contest the polls from Feni-1 while BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan has collected another form for her for Bogura-6 constituency. The two BNP leaders collected the nomination forms from BNP's Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at the party’s headquarters in Dhaka’s Naya Paltan on Monday. The sale of nomination papers began officially at 10:45 am with the purchase of two nomination papers. BNP leader Mirza Abbas will buy another form for Khaleda Zia to contest the polls from Bogura-6 constituency. BNP Vice Chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo, Mohammad Shahjahan, BNP Chairperson’s advisor Zaynul Abedin Faruk, Senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Dhaka Divisional joint secretary Fazlul Haque Milon and others attended the function.