Without BNP, Boat and Plough running in the election train



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Finally, the train of the 12th Jatiya Sangsad(JS) election has started without the BNP and some of its like-minded parties in the anti-government movement. Candidates from 30 out of 44 parties registered in the Election Commission (EC) are participating in the polls of January’24, EC officials said.

In a circular signed by Shariful Islam, Director of Public Relations of the Election Commission on Thursday (November 30), it is said that the nominees and independent candidates of 30 parties, including the ruling Awami League and the main opposition party of the parliament, the Jatiya Party, have submitted their nomination papers in the 12th JS Election.

This time 2741 aspirants filed nomination papers against 300 seats. A maximum of 40 people have filed nomination papers in the Feni-1 seat. A minimum of 4 candidates have filed nomination papers for multiple constituencies. Apart from this, 8 candidates from different parties have filed their nomination papers in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Gopalganj-3 constituency.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has said that there is no opportunity to extend the schedule for the 12th JS elections. It has also been informed that this election will be held according to the existing schedule. Unless something miraculous happens, BNP has no chance to participate in this election.

All 39 registered parties participated in the 11th JS elections. At that time, 3 thousand 65 people submitted nomination papers.

According to the schedule announced by the EC, the nomination papers submitted will be scrutinized from December 1 to 4 by the concerned returning officers. The deadline for filing appeals against the selection of nomination papers is December 5-9. Appeal disposal December 10-15. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is December 17.

The candidatures of many were canceled during the verification of nomination papers. Besides, many people withdrew their candidature. This will further reduce the number of candidates in the final competition.

It is known that the ruling Awami League, Jatiya Party, Jatiya Party (JP), Bangladesh Samyavadi Dal (ML), Krishak Sramik Janata League, Bangladesh Workers Party, Bilapadhara Bangladesh, Jatiya Party (Part), Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal are participating in the 12th JS elections. JSD, Zaker Party, Bangladesh Tariqat Federation, Bangladesh National Awami Party, Bangladesh Khilafat Movement, National People's Party, Gano Forum, Gano Front, Bangladesh Jatiya Party, Islamic Front Bangladesh, Bangladesh Kalyan Party, Islami Oikyajot, Bangladesh Islamic Front, Bangladesh Muslim League (BML ), Bangladesh Sanskriti Muktijot (Muktijot), Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF), Bangladesh Congress, Trinamool BNP, Demokratic Party, Bangladesh JSD, Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Andolan-BNM and Bangladesh Supreme Party (BSP).

The parties that did not participate in the elections are BNP, LDP, Khilafat Majlis, CPB, Biplabli Workers Party, Islami Andolan Bangladesh, Jamiat Ulamae Bangladesh, Insaniat Biplab, National Democratic Andolan or NDM, JSD (Rob), BSD, BJP, Bangladesh Khilafat Majlis, Bangladesh Muslim League (Hurricane) and Bangladesh National Awami Party-Bangladesh NAP (Cow).

   

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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