How was the Awami League nomination?



Ishtiaq Hussein, Special Correspondent, Barta24.com
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The ruling Awami League has finalized candidates for 298 seats on Sunday. As there were new faces in this year's nomination, many parliamentarians who were discussed did not get nominated in the election. In this year's nomination, some of the ministers of the present Cabinet have failed to get nomination from the party.

Awami League central office until the finalization of the list of candidates on Sunday, there was great enthusiasm. After the party's General Secretary Obaidul Quader announced the final candidates list, there was a slight decline in it, especially the workers-supporters of those who did not get the nomination suddenly became silent. And among the supporters of those who get nominations, there is unbridled enthusiasm. The party nomination was discussed from afternoon till night. Various reactions have emerged from the media to the party workers.

There was already talk about the fact that several highly-criticized parliamentarians will be dropped out in this election. These parliamentarians were controversial for various reasons including corruption, usurpation. This list includes MP from Faridpur-3 Constituency and former Minister Khandokar Mosharraf Hossain, Minister of State for Information Murad Hasan criticized in the case of obscene phone calls, former Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, two-time Member of Parliament from Barisal-4 Constituency Pankaj Nath, former IG and member of Kishoreganj-2 Constituency Noor Mohammad, Manikganj-1 Member of Parliament and former cricketer Naimur Rahman Durjoy, popular businessman and Rajshahi-4 Constituency Member of Parliament Enamul Haque, Sunamganj-1 Constituency Member of Parliament Moazzem Hossain Ratan, who is discussed due to corruption.

3362 people bought nomination papers in the 12th National Parliament election on January 7. Among them were former bureaucrats, former IGP, DIG and businessmen, film actors and actresses. 661 less nomination forms have been sold than last election.

But in the end, many people were left out of the nomination race. The biggest surprise is that 71 parliamentarians of the past parliament this year failed to get nominations. The list of dropped ministers includes three state ministers. They are Minister of State for Labor and Employment Mannujan Sufian, Minister of State for Primary and Mass Education Zakir Hussain and Minister of State for Culture KM Khalid. A total of 71 MPs including Sadek Khan, Dr. Habibe Millat, Jaya Sengupta, Subid Ali Bhuiyan. Party candidates were finalized in the meeting of the Parliamentary Nomination Board chaired by the president of the party, Sheikh Hasina, from November 23 to November 25.

Shakib Al Hasan, captain of the national cricket team, actor Ferdous, former PSC chairman Md. Sadek are in the surprise list of nominations. Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Saeed Khokon sought nomination for Dhaka-6 and Dhaka-8 constituencies. There was a lot of discussion inside and outside the party about the nomination of the son of former mayor Mohammad Hanif, member of the executive committee of Awami League. In the end he got the chance to be elected with boat symbol.

Actress Mahia Mahi sought nomination from Chapainawabganj-2, actor Masum Parvez applied for nomination from Barisal-3 constituency, actor Siddiqur Rahman, actor Shakil Khan from Dhaka-17. But none of them got the nomination in the end.

Lawyer Barrister Sumon, who is popular on social media for talking about people's problems, also sought nomination. Failing to get the nomination, he declared to be an independent candidate. In this context, he told reporters, since the leader spoke about participatory elections, I have decided to participate in the elections. He is confident of winning.

Son Sulaiman Selim has been nominated to replace three-time elected member of parliament Haji Selim. In Narayanganj Salim Osman and Hasanul Haque Inu seats in Kushtia, no one has been nominated so far. On the other hand, there were new faces in 5 out of 8 seats in Dhaka. These are; Awami League central leader Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Bahauddin Nasim, Film actor Ferdous, Mainul Hossain Khan Nikhil. Saqib has been nominated to the exclusion of heavyweight candidates like Saifuzzaman Shekhar. Last time MP and cricketer Mashrafe was nominated for Narail 2 seat.

8 new faces out of 19 seats in Sylhet division. Of these, Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mahmud is the younger brother of the current IG of Police.

Awami League leader Bahauddin Nasim has also been nominated for Rashed Khan Menon's seat in Dhaka-8. Instructions have been given to contest every seat this year.

Regarding the nomination, Awami League Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's decision regarding the election nomination is final. However, in some cases, players have to be hired in the field of politics. Although he did not applaud this matter, he said that politics should remain in the hands of politicians.

   

There is discomfort over inflation: Finance Minister



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Finance Minister Abul Hasan Mahmud said, there is some discomfort about inflation. One decreases and the other increases again. What to do by force? But be patient, everything will be fine.

The Minister said these things after a courtesy meeting with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Bangladesh Chief of Mission Abudusattar Esaid and IFAD representatives at the Economic Relations Division of Sher-e- Bangla Nagar of the city on Thursday (February 22).

Regarding the foreign debt, the minister said, there is some pressure to pay the foreign debt. However, the issue of too much pressure is not like that. Are we dead for debt repayment?

He also said that IFAD has released two billion dollars for the development of Renu Pona on Hal River. I will do more such work in the future. IOM deals with overseas migrants. They work to bring expatriates. They will continue this kind of support in the future.

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Want to challenge disinformation and misinformation: Minister of State for Information



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Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Muhammad Ali Arafat said that he wants to challenge disinformation and wrong information with true information.

The state minister said this while giving an interview to German journalists visiting Bangladesh in the office room of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at noon on Thursday (February 22).

Journalists Richard Biel, Michael Stang, Susan Kreutzmann, Aljosa Hartmann, Julia Theresa Held, Natalie Meroth, Benjamin Bernd Thomas, working in various German media were present at the time.

In response to a question from German journalists regarding the response to the 2023 report and ranking published by Reporters Without Frontiers (RSF), the state minister said, "Recently, I have not criticized the report and ranking published on the RSF website, but presented real information because it's still on their website in 2024. There are many wrong information in the report of RSF and contrary to this I have presented the truth in the media with evidence and sent a letter to RSF in this regard. Our intention is to present the truth to RSF and re-evaluate our ranking.

He said that sometimes some people criticize the work of the government with bad intentions. The current government welcomes constructive criticism. We just want to prevent disinformation and misinformation. When the media criticizes the government with proper evidence, it helps the government. But criticizing something with wrong information doesn't help anyone.

While giving the interview, he said that the government has made the Digital Security Act to keep people safe from the digital world. Criticized for its misuse, the government changed it to the Cyber Security Act. This is the beauty of the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Her government has always been adjusting and changing everything according to demand.

In response to a question regarding global climate change, the state minister said that Bangladesh is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world. Bangladesh has formulated a 100-year Delta Plan to protect the Bangladesh Delta. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is building houses for climate refugees. More research is needed to address the risks of global climate change. Bangladesh has always been making strong statements on this issue in international forums. The international community needs to come up with more cooperation and realistic solutions to deal with climate risks.

In response to a question about the Rohingya refugees, Mohammad Ali Arafat said that Bangladesh has shown maximum sympathy to the Rohingyas. Currently, the Rohingya citizens of Myanmar are a major source of stress for densely populated countries like Bangladesh. Bangladesh wants the Rohingyas to return to their home country with dignity. The whole world has a responsibility for Rohingya refugees. Developed countries should play a role in creating a suitable environment for the return of Rohingyas to Myanmar. The international community should continue to put pressure on Myanmar in this regard. Moreover, the countries that have the capacity can help the Rohingyas to live a better life by taking them to their respective countries.

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“A class of people is harming the country through distortion of history”



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"Distorting history is a congenital problem of a class people. They are harming the country. Whatever they do for the development of the country, they don't like anything.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said these things at a discussion meeting organized by Dhaka District Awami League in Tejgaon on the occasion of National Mourning Day on Thursday (February 22).

Pointing out that there was an attempt to erase Bangabandhu from the language movement history, the Prime Minister said, Awami League and Bangabandhu struggled to establish the rights of Bengalis. We have achieved liberation through this struggle. Not only that, Bangabandhu's contribution was erased from the history of independence. "Somewhere a Major stood on a drum and announced Bangladesh became independent, we are also being told the distorted history".

Commenting on the contribution of Awami League to celebrate February 21 as 'International Mother Language Day', the head of government said that Bangabandhu had to go to jail repeatedly for speaking about the people of the country. Awami League has declared February 21 as 'National Mourning Day', granted a holiday and budgeted for the construction of Shaheed Minar.

Recalling the contribution of Bangabandhu in the language movement, Sheikh Hasina said that Bangabandhu laid all the foundations of state management. He proceeded step-by-step with the plan, exactly as it was necessary to proceed to give economic emancipation to a nation. He inspired people with the spirit of freedom.

The Prime Minister also said that there is evidence of Bangabandhu's contribution to the language movement in Pakistani intelligence reports.

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Three people including the restaurant manager were stabbed in Kushtia



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Miscreants stabbed three people including the manager of a restaurant in Kushtia town. The incident took place at the River View Food Corner located under Sheikh Russell Bridge adjacent to Thanapara embankment on Wednesday (February 21) night.

Those injured in the stabbing are - restaurant manager Tushar Ahmed (23), head cook Shimul Hossain (25) and assistant cook Shubo (22).

The injured have been admitted to Kushtia 250-bed General Hospital. Among them, the manager of the restaurant, Tushar’s condition was critical, said the doctor on duty.

Suvo, the restaurant's assistant cook who was injured in the stabbing, said, 'I was working in the restaurant's kitchen. At this time, four to five unknown youths tried to forcefully enter the kitchen. When I stopped them, they grumbled. At this time, if the owner's mobile number is requested, I express my unwillingness to give it. Then they started arguing with manager Tushar. At one point they started beating the manager. At one stage of the beating, a young man stabbed the manager. At that time, when Shimul and I tried to stop them, they also stabbed us and ran away.

Abdul Khalek, the owner of River View Food Corner, said, "I was not in the restaurant at the time of the incident. Later I came to know that three of my employees were stabbed by miscreants. As far as I know, no one has bad relations with them. However, I still cannot say anything about the reason for this attack on them.

Resident Medical Officer (RMO) of Kushtia 250-bed General Hospital Tapas Kumar Sarkar said, "Three people have been admitted to the hospital due to stabbing injuries. Two of them are out of danger, but the condition of one is critical.

Kushtia Model Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Sheikh Md. Sohel Rana said that the police operation is continuing to catch those involved. They are reviewing the CCTV footage. He also said that preparations are underway regarding the filing of the case.

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