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Unprecedented vote rigging in city elections: TIB

Condemning the widespread vote rigging, violence and obstruction towards balloting at different polling stations during the city polls, the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has said the Election Commission (EC) and law enforcement agencies have failed to hold credible and peaceful elections. Besides, it observed, the opposition parties have created a new risk in restoring a healthy atmosphere in the country’s ... Read More »

Account of election observers of city polls

A registered election observer from Mass Line Media Centre, a local NGO that has been engaged in observing elections since 2003, was forced to leave a polling centre at gunpoint, as ‘ruling party men’ engaged in acts of rigging. The entire story of what the observer, Syed Ibne Masud, saw as he arrived at his assigned polling centre, the Siddheswari ... Read More »

CEC goes silent amid charges city polls were rigged

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad has declined to comment on the environment of the city corporation polls amidst allegations of large-scale rigging. He was asked about the measures taken to check clashes in polling centres, stuffing of false votes and throwing out of polling agents from the centres on Tuesday. “You show me (evidence). Show me,” was all he ... Read More »

City to be foolproof security zone for polls: DMP Commissioner

A foolproof security zone will be created in the capital on the day of the City Corporation elections so that voters can cast their votes without any fear. “A foolproof security zone will be created in the city on the election day on April 28 so that voters can cast their votes spontaneously, fearlessly and in a festive mood,” said ... Read More »

EC decision on Army deployment April 19

The Election Commission will soon take a decision on whether the army will be deployed during the upcoming city corporation elections. Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed informed the mayor and councillor candidates about the commission’s position while exchanging views with them at Chittagong on Saturday. “We’ll have a meeting with law enforcing agencies on Apr 19. The matter will ... Read More »

Candidates with criminal cases face police action

Legal actions will be taken against the candidates facing criminal cases if they contest the Dhaka city corporation elections without securing bail, said a senior police official on Thursday. “The law enforcers will take legal actions against the candidates who are accused in criminal cases and intend to participate in the election campaign without securing bail from court,” said Detective ... Read More »

Dhaka, Chittagong city corporation polls April 28

Elections to partitioned Dhaka City Corporation north and south and Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) will be held on April 28 next. Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad announced the polls schedules for the three city corporations at a press briefing at the EC Secretariat on Wednesday. According to the schedules, the deadline for submission of nomination papers is March 29 ... Read More »

No law enforcing agency held Bnp’s Salahuddin: Police IG

Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque on Saturday said, “Police know nothing about the whereabouts of Salhauddin. We were looking for him, but no law enforcement agency arrested him. The policechief was addressing a discussion titled ‘The contribution of police in Liberation War and its role in maintaining democracy and human rights at Nawab Nabab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban ... Read More »

Increase people’s involvement in district budget making

Speakers at a dialogue at Tangail on Saturday demanded ensuring greater involvement and participation of local people in the district budget to gear up the development of the districts. Taking part in a pre-budget dialogue they also said formulation and implementation of district budget will expedite the country’s balanced development. They also emphasised on the coordination between public representatives, local ... Read More »

Historic 7 March Saturday

Historic March 7, a Red- letter day in the history of Bangladesh, is being observed Saturday. On this day in 1971, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered his epoch- making speech at the Race Course Maidan, now Suhrawardy Udyan, in Dhaka. In his 19-minute extempore speech to the people of East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, Bangabandhu in unequivocal term said, “We had ... Read More »

Indian Navy Chief lauds Bangladesh Navy

Visiting Chief of Naval Staff of Indian Navy Admiral R K Dhowan today lauded Bangladesh Navy for its efforts to turn the force into three-dimensional one under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The Indian naval chief came up with the appreciation when he called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Jatiya Sangsad office on Monday evening. After ... Read More »

Monument to be built for Indian soldiers: Minister

The government has planned to construct a monument in honour of the Indian army personnel who sacrificed their lives for Bangladesh’s liberation in 1971. Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said this while responding a starred question from Nazmul Huq Prodhan (Panchagar-1) in Parliament. Read More »

Regulator indeed – Cell coverage to Khaleda’s office restored

Khaleda Zia’s office yesterday came under the coverage of GrameenPhone as the connection was restored at Gulshan-2 and Baridhara enclave. Shamsuddin Didar, member of BNP chairperson’s media wing confirmed it saying that they are now getting Grameen Phone connection. He said the Teletalk network was available in the office before and now connection of Grameen Phone is resumed but the ... Read More »

Barbed wire fences around change Khaleda’s office look

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office took a new look as barbed wires were raised on the boundary walls of the House yesterday to strengthen the security of the office, according to BNP sources. The extra security measures has been taken at the advise of the BNP chairperson’s security team following the demonstrations of different pro-government organizations in front of ... Read More »

ISPR urges caution in presenting info about Armed Forces

The Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday requested all concerned to take enough cautionary steps before making any comment or presenting any sort of information over the Armed Forces. In a press release, the ISPR said some media houses are presenting assumption-based and fictitious information or comments about the Armed Forces. “Such assumption-based and concocted information or comments presentation ... Read More »

‘Airing content to instigate burning people to death punishable’

It is being observed that some miscreants and terrorist individuals or organizations are throwing petrol, octane, gunpowder and such ignitable substances at transports causing huge damage to public life and property to create panic among the people and put country’s integrity and sovereignty as well as public safety at stake, said a PID handout today. Such activities are liable to ... Read More »

Police capable to avenge killings – DIG

Deputy Inspector General(DIG) of police of Chittagong range Shafiqul Islam has said the police force has “the capability to avenge one killing with two”. The DIG made the comment at a meeting titled “Resisting Sabotage and Law and Order Situation” at the Chouddagram High School ground here on Wednesday. Read More »

Reshuffle in police administration

In a reshuffle of the police administration, five senior police officials were given new postings on Sunday. According to a Home Ministry notification, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mohammad Abul Kashem of the Police Headquarters has been appointed the Additional IG (Current Charge) of the Police Headquarters. Read More »

Rab rewad up to Tk one lakh for info on ‘anarchists’

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) announced reward in eight categories ranging from Tk 10,000 to Tk one lakh for information leading to the arrest of those involved in subversive activities. Director General of Rab Benazir Ahmed made the announcement at a press briefing at Rab headquarters on Saturday. During the briefing, the Rab chief said the force will provide TK ... Read More »

BGB members may fire shots to stop bombing: Gen Aziz

The members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) carrying ‘lethal weapons’ during their patrols in a number of districts to tackle blockaders will fire shots in self-defence, said its director general Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed on Thursday. “BGB carries lethal weapons, but they won’t fire shots on anyone. If someone launches any attack, BGB members can open fire in self-defence,” the ... Read More »

Clashes over medical college prompt curfew in Rangamati

The administration clamped a curfew in Rangamati district following rising tension over the opening of a medical college there. Deputy Commissioner Shamsul Arefin said the curfew was imposed at 7:30pm on Sunday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina officially inaugurated 11 medical colleges, one of them in Rangamati, through a video conference Saturday. Pro-CHT Peace Accord group PCJSS has been opposing the ... Read More »

Shahidul Haque new IGP, Benazir Rab DG

In a major reshuffle in the police administration, the government has made AKM Shahidul Haque new Inspector General of Police. Shahidul Haque who was serving as the additional IGP (Admin) at the Police Headquarters replaced Hassan Mahmood Khandker after over four years. Besides, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Benazir Ahmed has been made Director General of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) while ... Read More »

Military hardware import on cards to modernise army: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said a process is under way to procure significant amount of military equipment from various countries including China and Serbia to make Army more modern, time befitting and all-round. She stated this while addressing the President’s Parade of 71 Long Course and 42 Short Course of Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) at Bhatiary in Chittagong. Read More »

Armed forces shall fulfil people’s hopes, aspirations: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said her government has been working to establish a professional and well-trained armed forces and expressed the optimism that the Armed Forces will keep intact its role in future for fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people. “Our armed forces were established in the battlefield of liberation war. Our patriotic armed forces from ... Read More »

Jatiya Press Club polls deferred to secure contest by all

An extraorfinary general meeting (EGM) of the National Press Club on Monday decided to hold the bianniel general meeting and election of its managing committee by 31 March next, as against the schedule to get it done by 30 December, and empowered the sitting committee to remain in charge till a new committee takes charge. Due to adoption of this ... Read More »

Military, police better not work together as in Rab: US official

A senior US official has apparently suggested that the military and police had better not work together, as they now do at RAB – but if they have to, there should be adequate oversight and accountability. The US assistant secretary for narcotics and law enforcement affairs has said it is better for Bangladesh to have a situation where the military ... Read More »