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PEOPLE ARE ON OUR SIDE: HASINA
AL will get more votes this time: Joy

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Sajeeb Wazed (Joy)

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has warned Awami League leaders and activists to prevent squabbles from fumbling the party’s ‘assured victory’ in the upcoming eleventh parliamentary elections.
“The people are on our side,” Hasina said at a welcome event arranged by the Paris branch of the Awami League. “They are ready to vote and they will do so. Make sure no scheme against us succeeds. Divisions between us can allow these plots to sneak in.”
The prime minister is on a three-day trip to Paris for the One Planet Summit. The Awami League event on Tuesday night was held at the InterContinental hotel, where Hasina is staying. Awami League activists from other European countries also joined in at the event.
“The elections are coming,” Hasina told them. “We must win these elections and will be elected by the people. Bangladesh’s progress will continue its pace.”
On Monday the prime minister’s son and ICT advisor Sajeeb Wazed, popularly known as Joy, said the Awami League’s victory in the upcoming elections was assured.
“I sat with the Awami League leaders to convey good news. The AL will get more votes in the next election than it did in 2008 general election,” he told the media, citing a Gallup poll.
“The election is close,” Hasina said at the Paris event. “The Election Commission says it will be held by December 2018. The campaign starts three months before the election. We have eight to nine months. We have to do our development work quickly so that its fruits reach the people.”
The development of Bangladesh will be obstructed if political powers, such as the BNP-Jamaat alliance, win the election, she said.

AL will get more votes this time: Joy
Meanwhile, Prime Minister’s son and het ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has assured that Awami League will secure more votes in the 11th parliamentary elections than it did in the 9th general elections.
“I sat with the Awami League leaders to convey a good news. The news is that the AL will get more votes in the next election than it did in 2008 general election,” he told the media quoting the Gallup poll he conducted.
He was speaking to the media after attending a meeting with the leaders of the Awami League and its front organisations on Monday at the AL chief’s Dhanmondi office. General Secretary Obaidul Quader was also present among other central leaders.
He, however, made it clear that he would not contest in the next elections.
“I will not be a candidate. My goal is to keep the party in power. I am not tempted by the ministerial position or parliamentary membership,” he told the news briefing.
According to the Election Commission statistics, the Awami League bagged 230 seats in the ninth parliamentary elections held on Dec 29, 2008, securing 48.04 percent or over 33.63 million votes.
The party won 234 seats in a largely boycotted election on Jan 5, 2014, when a total of 153 MPs were elected unopposed as no one filed nominations in those constituencies. In the rest of the 147 seats, the party candidates got around 12.36 million votes.

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Special Correspondent

Sajeeb Wazed (Joy)

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has warned Awami League leaders and activists to prevent squabbles from fumbling the party’s ‘assured victory’ in the upcoming eleventh parliamentary elections.
“The people are on our side,” Hasina said at a welcome event arranged by the Paris branch of the Awami League. “They are ready to vote and they will do so. Make sure no scheme against us succeeds. Divisions between us can allow these plots to sneak in.”
The prime minister is on a three-day trip to Paris for the One Planet Summit. The Awami League event on Tuesday night was held at the InterContinental hotel, where Hasina is staying. Awami League activists from other European countries also joined in at the event.
“The elections are coming,” Hasina told them. “We must win these elections and will be elected by the people. Bangladesh’s progress will continue its pace.”
On Monday the prime minister’s son and ICT advisor Sajeeb Wazed, popularly known as Joy, said the Awami League’s victory in the upcoming elections was assured.
“I sat with the Awami League leaders to convey good news. The AL will get more votes in the next election than it did in 2008 general election,” he told the media, citing a Gallup poll.
“The election is close,” Hasina said at the Paris event. “The Election Commission says it will be held by December 2018. The campaign starts three months before the election. We have eight to nine months. We have to do our development work quickly so that its fruits reach the people.”
The development of Bangladesh will be obstructed if political powers, such as the BNP-Jamaat alliance, win the election, she said.

AL will get more votes this time: Joy
Meanwhile, Prime Minister’s son and het ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has assured that Awami League will secure more votes in the 11th parliamentary elections than it did in the 9th general elections.
“I sat with the Awami League leaders to convey a good news. The news is that the AL will get more votes in the next election than it did in 2008 general election,” he told the media quoting the Gallup poll he conducted.
He was speaking to the media after attending a meeting with the leaders of the Awami League and its front organisations on Monday at the AL chief’s Dhanmondi office. General Secretary Obaidul Quader was also present among other central leaders.
He, however, made it clear that he would not contest in the next elections.
“I will not be a candidate. My goal is to keep the party in power. I am not tempted by the ministerial position or parliamentary membership,” he told the news briefing.
According to the Election Commission statistics, the Awami League bagged 230 seats in the ninth parliamentary elections held on Dec 29, 2008, securing 48.04 percent or over 33.63 million votes.
The party won 234 seats in a largely boycotted election on Jan 5, 2014, when a total of 153 MPs were elected unopposed as no one filed nominations in those constituencies. In the rest of the 147 seats, the party candidates got around 12.36 million votes.


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Children’s for Victory day show held at BSA

Cultural Correspondent

Child artistes of different cultural organisations entertained the audience performing songs and dance recitals at a programme at the Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
Bangladesh Shishu Sanghatan Oikkojote, a platform for cultural organisations promoting child artistes, held the programme marking Victory day, which will be celebrated across the country on December 16.
Child artistes in group performed songs, dance recitals and poetry recitations at the programme.
Child artistes of Saptakalir Asor rendered a liberation war-based song Muktisenar Rakte Bheja and patriotic song Jhir Jhir Mridu Mando Batash at the show.
Child artistes of Taal Cultural Centre performed a dance recital synchronised with the song Surjodoye Tumi Surjaste Tumi.
Artistes of Mandira Sangskriti Pathsala staged a dance production titled ‘Swadesh Amar Ma’, directed by Mohamamd maruf Hossain, and artistes of Ghashphool staged a dance recital synchronised with the song Sedin Ar Koto Durey to the delight of the audience.
Artistes of Moitree Shishu Dal in group staged a poetry production titled ‘Ei Nabanne’, which depicted new harvest and Nabanna festival. Artistes recited excerpts from different poems on Nabanna as part of the production, which was compiled by Tamanna Sarwar Nipa.
The event also included a discussion.
President of Sammilito Sangskritik Jote Golam Kuddus, poet Aslam Sunny and president of Bangladesh Shishu Sanghatan Oikkojote Shah Alom Sikder Joy, among others, spoke at the event.

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Child artistes of different cultural organisations entertained the audience performing songs and dance recitals at a programme at the Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
Bangladesh Shishu Sanghatan Oikkojote, a platform for cultural organisations promoting child artistes, held the programme marking Victory day, which will be celebrated across the country on December 16.
Child artistes in group performed songs, dance recitals and poetry recitations at the programme.
Child artistes of Saptakalir Asor rendered a liberation war-based song Muktisenar Rakte Bheja and patriotic song Jhir Jhir Mridu Mando Batash at the show.
Child artistes of Taal Cultural Centre performed a dance recital synchronised with the song Surjodoye Tumi Surjaste Tumi.
Artistes of Mandira Sangskriti Pathsala staged a dance production titled ‘Swadesh Amar Ma’, directed by Mohamamd maruf Hossain, and artistes of Ghashphool staged a dance recital synchronised with the song Sedin Ar Koto Durey to the delight of the audience.
Artistes of Moitree Shishu Dal in group staged a poetry production titled ‘Ei Nabanne’, which depicted new harvest and Nabanna festival. Artistes recited excerpts from different poems on Nabanna as part of the production, which was compiled by Tamanna Sarwar Nipa.
The event also included a discussion.
President of Sammilito Sangskritik Jote Golam Kuddus, poet Aslam Sunny and president of Bangladesh Shishu Sanghatan Oikkojote Shah Alom Sikder Joy, among others, spoke at the event.


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BNP asking for credible elections

Special Correspondent

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir

BNP on Tuesday urged the ruling party to hold a credible election to know about its actual popularity raising a question as on what basis of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy’s survey report that Awami League win in the next polls with better results than in the past,
“A very influential person of the ruling party, who stays abroad most of the time, used to make some rhetoric. He (Joy) had said before the 2014 polls that he had information about Awmai League’s victory. Now he has said again that Awami League will win the next the polls with more votes,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “I would like to question on the basis which you’re saying it...hold an election in a neutral manner allowing voters to exercise their right to franchise to assess your popularity.”
A faction of Samyabadi Dal arranged the programme at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU), marking the 30th death anniversary of Comrade Mohammad Toha.
Earlier on Monday, Joy told reporters at Awami League president’s Dhanmondi office that he conveyed the ruling party leaders good news. “The news is that Awami League will get more votes in the next general election than it did in 2008.”
Trashing Joy’s assertion, Fakhrul suggested him to read the wall writings and try to understand the public pulse. “We can understand people’s pulse and we can say you (AL) will be defeated.”
He said their party does not depend on any evil force and conspiracy as people are their strength.
Fakhrul said the government must arrange the next national election under a non-party neutral administration as people will not participate in any 2014-like election.
“The country’s people want to see a free, fair and credible election, and choose their representatives through it. There’s no point of resorting to a ploy in the name of Constitution,” he observed.
The BNP leader called upon people from all walks of life to get united to force the government to hold the 11th parliamentary elections under an impartial administration.
Quader hopeful about BNP participation
Meanwhil, Awami League general secretary on Tuesday said BNP has to participate in the next general election, if they don’t want to risk their existence in national politics.
Visiting the Jessore-Khulna Highway this morning the minister said BNP cannot avoid the polls as it may further squeeze the party’s position in the political landscape.
“We have asked them several times to take part in the elections, we did not want to conduct any polls without competition. But they have pushed it to an adverse condition”, he said.
“They (BNP) had created a critical condition by stepping back at the last moment from participating in the January 5 polls. But legally the polls can’t wait for anyone, there is no scope to disrupt the journey of democracy,” the AL general secretary added.

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Special Correspondent

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir

BNP on Tuesday urged the ruling party to hold a credible election to know about its actual popularity raising a question as on what basis of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy’s survey report that Awami League win in the next polls with better results than in the past,
“A very influential person of the ruling party, who stays abroad most of the time, used to make some rhetoric. He (Joy) had said before the 2014 polls that he had information about Awmai League’s victory. Now he has said again that Awami League will win the next the polls with more votes,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “I would like to question on the basis which you’re saying it...hold an election in a neutral manner allowing voters to exercise their right to franchise to assess your popularity.”
A faction of Samyabadi Dal arranged the programme at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU), marking the 30th death anniversary of Comrade Mohammad Toha.
Earlier on Monday, Joy told reporters at Awami League president’s Dhanmondi office that he conveyed the ruling party leaders good news. “The news is that Awami League will get more votes in the next general election than it did in 2008.”
Trashing Joy’s assertion, Fakhrul suggested him to read the wall writings and try to understand the public pulse. “We can understand people’s pulse and we can say you (AL) will be defeated.”
He said their party does not depend on any evil force and conspiracy as people are their strength.
Fakhrul said the government must arrange the next national election under a non-party neutral administration as people will not participate in any 2014-like election.
“The country’s people want to see a free, fair and credible election, and choose their representatives through it. There’s no point of resorting to a ploy in the name of Constitution,” he observed.
The BNP leader called upon people from all walks of life to get united to force the government to hold the 11th parliamentary elections under an impartial administration.
Quader hopeful about BNP participation
Meanwhil, Awami League general secretary on Tuesday said BNP has to participate in the next general election, if they don’t want to risk their existence in national politics.
Visiting the Jessore-Khulna Highway this morning the minister said BNP cannot avoid the polls as it may further squeeze the party’s position in the political landscape.
“We have asked them several times to take part in the elections, we did not want to conduct any polls without competition. But they have pushed it to an adverse condition”, he said.
“They (BNP) had created a critical condition by stepping back at the last moment from participating in the January 5 polls. But legally the polls can’t wait for anyone, there is no scope to disrupt the journey of democracy,” the AL general secretary added.


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Solution to Rohingya crisis rests in Myanmar: UN

DHAKA, Dec 14, 2017 (BSS)– UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman has said the ‘origins and solutions to the Rohingya crisis rest in Myanmar’.
“Repatriation and reconciliation policies will fail without accountability and non-discriminatory rule of law and public safety measures to address the fears and distrust among communities in Rakhine,” he said.
Briefing on developments in Myanmar at UN Security Council on Tuesday, Feltman said the United Nations can help Myanmar to defuse inter-communal tensions and create an environment for safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingya refugees.
“Myanmar could also tap the UN’s capacities and experience in tackling other challenges, including democratic consolidation...We hope Myanmar will draw upon the wealth of expertise the UN can offer,” he added.
Expressing gratitude to Bangladesh government for its continued generosity to give shelter of over 626,000 forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals, he urged international community to continue to support these efforts, according to a message received here yesterday.
During his deliberations, Feltman highlighted the bilateral agreement signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for a comprehensive and durable solution through safe, dignified, and voluntary return in accordance with international law.
“The returns must be supported by reconciliation efforts, and central to this is the implementation of the Rakhine Advisory Commission recommendations,” he added.
The Advisory Commission, established by Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and led by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, recommends that the government take concrete steps, such as ending enforced segregation of Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims and ensuring full and unfettered humanitarian access throughout Rakhine state.
Feltman said that during his October visit, he explored with the authorities potential UN support in key areas.
“We urge all Myanmar leaders, including in the military, to condemn incitement to racial hatred and violence. We encourage them to adopt measures to defuse tensions between communities and create an environment for safe and dignified repatriation, including through interfaith initiatives,” he said.
He noted that the General Assembly is expected to approve a resolution that requests the Secretary-General to appoint a Special Envoy for Myanmar.
This initiative can strengthen the partnership between the UN and Myanmar, in close consultations with interested Member States in the region and beyond.
“We believe we have much to offer in working with Myanmar on a number of challenges the country faces, in full respect of Myanmar’s sovereignty,” he concluded.
Today’s meeting is a follow-up to the Council’s presidential statement on the situation in Myanmar adopted on November 6, which requested the Secretary-General to brief on developments 30 days after its adoption.
Pramila Patten, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, who visited Bangladesh from November 5 to 13 also briefed the Council.
Describing “the most heartbreaking and horrific” accounts of sexual atrocities against girls and women in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, she said that every woman or girl she had spoken with during her visit to Rohingya encampments in Bangladesh had either endured brutal assault or had witnessed sexual violence, including seeing women literally being raped to death.
Such shocking accounts indicate a pattern of grave violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, he said.
He added, “Sexual violence was being used as a ‘push factor’ for forced displacement on a massive scale, with some survivors being told to leave because they were not citizens of Myanmar”.
It was crucial that safe return of the Rohingya people be accompanied by basic security and guaranteed rights, stated Ms. Patten, emphasizing that otherwise, the cycle of violence, impunity and forced displacement risked being repeated if the underlying conditions did not change.
Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen also spoke and described Bangladesh’s position on Rohingya crisis.

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DHAKA, Dec 14, 2017 (BSS)– UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman has said the ‘origins and solutions to the Rohingya crisis rest in Myanmar’.
“Repatriation and reconciliation policies will fail without accountability and non-discriminatory rule of law and public safety measures to address the fears and distrust among communities in Rakhine,” he said.
Briefing on developments in Myanmar at UN Security Council on Tuesday, Feltman said the United Nations can help Myanmar to defuse inter-communal tensions and create an environment for safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingya refugees.
“Myanmar could also tap the UN’s capacities and experience in tackling other challenges, including democratic consolidation...We hope Myanmar will draw upon the wealth of expertise the UN can offer,” he added.
Expressing gratitude to Bangladesh government for its continued generosity to give shelter of over 626,000 forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals, he urged international community to continue to support these efforts, according to a message received here yesterday.
During his deliberations, Feltman highlighted the bilateral agreement signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for a comprehensive and durable solution through safe, dignified, and voluntary return in accordance with international law.
“The returns must be supported by reconciliation efforts, and central to this is the implementation of the Rakhine Advisory Commission recommendations,” he added.
The Advisory Commission, established by Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and led by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, recommends that the government take concrete steps, such as ending enforced segregation of Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims and ensuring full and unfettered humanitarian access throughout Rakhine state.
Feltman said that during his October visit, he explored with the authorities potential UN support in key areas.
“We urge all Myanmar leaders, including in the military, to condemn incitement to racial hatred and violence. We encourage them to adopt measures to defuse tensions between communities and create an environment for safe and dignified repatriation, including through interfaith initiatives,” he said.
He noted that the General Assembly is expected to approve a resolution that requests the Secretary-General to appoint a Special Envoy for Myanmar.
This initiative can strengthen the partnership between the UN and Myanmar, in close consultations with interested Member States in the region and beyond.
“We believe we have much to offer in working with Myanmar on a number of challenges the country faces, in full respect of Myanmar’s sovereignty,” he concluded.
Today’s meeting is a follow-up to the Council’s presidential statement on the situation in Myanmar adopted on November 6, which requested the Secretary-General to brief on developments 30 days after its adoption.
Pramila Patten, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, who visited Bangladesh from November 5 to 13 also briefed the Council.
Describing “the most heartbreaking and horrific” accounts of sexual atrocities against girls and women in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, she said that every woman or girl she had spoken with during her visit to Rohingya encampments in Bangladesh had either endured brutal assault or had witnessed sexual violence, including seeing women literally being raped to death.
Such shocking accounts indicate a pattern of grave violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, he said.
He added, “Sexual violence was being used as a ‘push factor’ for forced displacement on a massive scale, with some survivors being told to leave because they were not citizens of Myanmar”.
It was crucial that safe return of the Rohingya people be accompanied by basic security and guaranteed rights, stated Ms. Patten, emphasizing that otherwise, the cycle of violence, impunity and forced displacement risked being repeated if the underlying conditions did not change.
Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen also spoke and described Bangladesh’s position on Rohingya crisis.


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Disciplinary rules for lower court judges ‘unconstitutional’: Moudud

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Terming the disciplinary rules for lower court judges ‘unconstitutional’, BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed on Tuesday said the lower court judges went under the absolute control of the government due to the rules.
“The disciplinary rules, the government has prepared, for the lower court judges is quite suicidal, meaningless and unconstitutional. With this, the lower court judges went under the full control of the government,” he said.
The former law minister came up with the remarks while addressing a discussion in the city. Aparajeya Bangladesh, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the discussion at the Jatiya Press Club on the occasion of the birth anniversary of BNP founder late President Ziaur Rahman.
The government on Monday issued the gazette on the disciplinary rules for lower court judges in line with the Article 116 of the Constitution.
Moudud said the judiciary lost its independence with the rules. “It can’t be said anymore that the judiciary is separated from the executive organs of the state,” he said.
The rules go against the Article 22 of the Constitution that states that the State shall ensure the separation of the judiciary from the executive organs of the State, he said.
The BNP leaders said not only judges and lawyers but also the country’s people from all classes oppose the rules. “We want to say the people of Bangladesh have not accepted this rules and there’ll be movement against this rules,” said Moudud.
The Supreme Court lawyer said former chief justice SK Sinha will be remembered for ever as he tried to uphold the independence of judiciary opposing such rules, which was the main reason for creating the dispute between him and the government.
Earlier on Monday, the government issued gazette notification on service rules and conduct for lower court judges, a day after three-day time extension by the apex court.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday set January 2 for next hearing on the gazette notification that issued on lower court judges’ conduct rules.

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Terming the disciplinary rules for lower court judges ‘unconstitutional’, BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed on Tuesday said the lower court judges went under the absolute control of the government due to the rules.
“The disciplinary rules, the government has prepared, for the lower court judges is quite suicidal, meaningless and unconstitutional. With this, the lower court judges went under the full control of the government,” he said.
The former law minister came up with the remarks while addressing a discussion in the city. Aparajeya Bangladesh, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the discussion at the Jatiya Press Club on the occasion of the birth anniversary of BNP founder late President Ziaur Rahman.
The government on Monday issued the gazette on the disciplinary rules for lower court judges in line with the Article 116 of the Constitution.
Moudud said the judiciary lost its independence with the rules. “It can’t be said anymore that the judiciary is separated from the executive organs of the state,” he said.
The rules go against the Article 22 of the Constitution that states that the State shall ensure the separation of the judiciary from the executive organs of the State, he said.
The BNP leaders said not only judges and lawyers but also the country’s people from all classes oppose the rules. “We want to say the people of Bangladesh have not accepted this rules and there’ll be movement against this rules,” said Moudud.
The Supreme Court lawyer said former chief justice SK Sinha will be remembered for ever as he tried to uphold the independence of judiciary opposing such rules, which was the main reason for creating the dispute between him and the government.
Earlier on Monday, the government issued gazette notification on service rules and conduct for lower court judges, a day after three-day time extension by the apex court.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday set January 2 for next hearing on the gazette notification that issued on lower court judges’ conduct rules.


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