DSE marks rise

December 31, 2008

Staff Reporter
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) registered remarkable gains after a day of the national election as investors’ hoped that the peaceful election and its results would help boost the market.
The investors yesterday placed huge buying orders to get profit, pushing up the day’s turnover to Tk 4.31 billion on yesterday from Tk 2.9 billion on Sunday. After two and half month, the turnover crossed the US$ 4 billion since October 21 this year.
The prices of shares gone up across the board while 175 issues, out of the total 230 bought and sold Read more

Why the AL won and the BNP lost the election-2008

December 31, 2008

COMMENTARY
Why the AL won and the BNP lost the election-2008
Mahmud ur Rahman Choudhury
God forbid that I be considered pro or anti anyone. I have to start on this apologetic tone because things are so polarized in Bangladesh that people tend to see everything in black and white ignoring the shades in between and the other 5 bright colors of the rainbow but for my own sake and for the sake of my readers, I cannot remain blinkered and have to see things in Panasonic colors. This analysis of the crucial 2008 election is meant to throw up certain issues which both the political parties and the public need to be aware of, if our progress towards democracy is to remain unfettered Read more

Grand victory for grand alliance

December 30, 2008

People go for change in fair polls; voters turnout 70pc
Star Report

Hasina flashes V-sign after casting vote. Photo: STAR

Hasina flashes V-sign after casting vote. Photo: STAR

The Awami League-led grand alliance has swept back to power after seven years out of office with a stunning landslide victory in Read more

Sex on beach Briton, Vince Acors, speaks out for first time

December 30, 2008

From Times Online
Sex on beach Briton, Vince Acors, speaks out for first time

Vince Acors admitted his foolishness today

Vince Acors admitted his foolishness today

Nico Hines
A British businessman today spoke out for the first time about his conviction for having sex on a beach in Dubai, saying that he had been “extremely naive” but claiming that the verdict against him was unjust.
Vince Acors and Michelle Palmer were caught embracing on Jumeirah beach six months ago. Mr Acors Read more

Australian snorkeller snatched by shark

December 29, 2008

• Shredded westuit found off Perth coast
• Son hears father’s screams

Ellen Connolly in Sydney, guardian.co.uk

Great white shark. Photograph: Amos Nachoum/Corbis

Great white shark. Photograph: Amos Nachoum/Corbis

A snorkeller is believed to have been snatched by a shark as he swam last weekend with his son at a beach south of Perth. Witnesses reported seeing a dorsal fin and thrashing in the water before the sea turned red and the man vanished at the scene on Australia’s west coast.
Father-of three Brian Guest, 51, who had campaigned for many years for the protection of sharks, had been looking for crabs on yesterday morning with his 24-year-old son when he was attacked about Read more

Illegal graffiti ads dirtying city

December 29, 2008

Rizanuzzaman Laskar
Photo: STAR

Photo: STAR

Strange looking women in peculiar clothes have taken over most of the city’s roadside walls. Their grotesque and deformed postures annoy pedestrians.
Onlookers say this kind of particular advertisements is a torture to their eyes. “They look like aliens from mars,” remarked Shah Alam, a pedestrian in Badda.
The unpleasant looking wall advertisements from a private teaching institution stretching across Read more

Mindless Car Parking On in Gulshan

December 29, 2008

Photo: Tawfique Ali

Photo: Tawfique Ali

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) move to free the main thoroughfare in Gulshan from illegal car parking falls flat as vehicles are being parked right under the ‘no parking’ signs. The DCC recently leased out a number of lanes in the posh residential neighbourhood for commercial car parking on the plea that it Read more

Jubilant voters rush polling centres

December 29, 2008

BREAKING NEWS
Jubilant voters rush polling centres
Star Online Report
The capital city of Dhaka as elsewhere in the country wore a festive look today with tens of thousands walking down at polling centres to elect their representatives for the national parliament in the national election after seven long years.
Our correspondents who are visiting the polling centres found the voters standing in long queues to choose the representatives of their choice.
Some people however alleged that they could not cast votes as their names were not on the electoral Read more

Accept polls results: Hasina

December 29, 2008

BREAKING NEWS
Accept polls results: Hasina
Star Online Report
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina today hoped that the general election will be held peacefully and urged all to accept the election result whatever it will be.
She also flashed V-sign after casting her vote at Dhaka City College centre with her sister Sheikh Rehana at about 8:30am.
Talking to reporters emerging from voting booth, she expressed her hope that the Awami League-led Read more

Khaleda satisfied with election mood

December 29, 2008

BREAKING NEWS
Khaleda satisfied with election mood
Star Online Report

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said the today’s election is being held in a festive mood and hoped that the four-party alliance will win the election if it is held in a free, fair and neutral manner.
“We have said earlier that the BNP-led alliance will win the election with the mandate of people across the country,” Khaleda told reporters after casting her vote at Adamjee Cantonment School and College Read more

CA happy at peaceful voting

December 29, 2008

BREAKING NEWS
CA happy at peaceful voting

Star Online Report

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed today expressed his happiness to see the voters’ turnout for the ninth parliamentary polls being held countrywide today.
The voting is being held peacefully across the country and there is no report of any incident so far, the CA told reporters after stamping his ballot at Gulshan Model School and College in the capital at Read more

CEC rules out possibility of results boycott

December 29, 2008

BREAKING NEWS
CEC rules out possibility of results boycott
Star Online Report
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda said there would not be any scope for any quarters to reject today’s election results as the polling process has been accomplished so meticulously.
“The voting process has been arranged in such a way that there will be no scope of boycotting the results,” the CEC said while talking to reporters after casting his vote at Gulshan Model School and College polling centre.
There are over one and half a thousand foreign observers and two lakh local observers to watch the Read more

Winners to work jointly with losers: Gen Moeen

December 29, 2008

BREAKING NEWS
Winners to work jointly with losers: Gen Moeen
UNB, Dhaka
Army chief Gen Moeen U Ahmed hoped that Monday’s election winners along with the losers would work together for taking the country forward.
“The country should not be divided unnecessarily and without any reason,” he told reporters after casting his vote at Adamjee Cantonment College polling centre.
Replying to a question, Gen Moeen said, “This is not only the victory of Bangladesh rather the victory of the whole world.”
The United Nations and all other power centres of the present day world have extended support to the Read more

Voting going on peacefully: EU team chief

December 29, 2008

BREAKING NEWS
Voting going on peacefully: EU team chief
UNB, Dhaka
European Union (EU) chief election observer Alexander Lamsdorff today said he found large turnout of enthusiastic voters casting their votes in an orderly and peaceful manner in the first three hours without any fear and intimidation.
Talking to reporters and election officials after observing voting process at Suritola Primary School centre in Old Dhaka, he said, they received information from EU long-term observers that the same peaceful situation has been prevailing across the country.
“We’ll not only observe the polling but also observe the counting of votes, consolidation and Read more

Nation goes to polls today

December 29, 2008

Massive security measures for 9th JS elections
Staff Correspondent

EC completes preparations for election. Photo : Banglar Chokh

EC completes preparations for election. Photo : Banglar Chokh

Displaying a landmark progress in the quest for “a government of the people, by the people and for the people”, the nation goes to Read more

Khaleda feels relaxed, upbeat

December 29, 2008

Staff correspondent
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Sunday said that she was feeling relaxed after completing preparations and hectic campaigns across the country for the general polls on Monday.
‘I feel relaxed as I have done all the works, and still I am in good health,’ Khaleda Zia told while exchanging views with newsmen at the National Press Club on Sunday.
Attired with a yellow sari, Khaleda Zia came at the press club in joyous mood to share views like the Read more

AL expects ‘absolute majority’

December 29, 2008

Foreign observers hope polls will be free, fair
Staff Correspondent
The European Parliamentary Party, the European Union polls observation team and the National Democratic Institute on Sunday hoped that Bangladesh’s ninth parliamentary polls today would be free and fair through which the people would elect a new government.
‘We hope that the best election will be held this time in Bangladesh’, Charles Tannock, chairman of a 10-member delegation of the European Parliamentary Party and the EU polls observation team, told reporters after a meeting with Awami League president Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence.
He hoped that all the political parties would accept the results of the elections. ‘Nothing untoward Read more

Cast your vote wisely

December 29, 2008

CA tells nation
Unb, Dhaka
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed has urged the electorates to cast their votes wisely and appealed to the political parties to gracefully accept the results of today’s crucial general election.
“Let us get united and participate in an appropriate democratic process. I hope tomorrow’s parliament elections will be a classic example not only for our nation but also in the international domain,” he said in his address to the nation over radio and television last night.
In his apparently last national address as head of the caretaker government, Fakhruddin told the voters that the stature of their representatives and mode of development in their areas as well as overall development depend on their decision.
“You are now sitting in the chair of judge… Keep it in mind that we are going to take a decision for five years through our single day’s verdict. We’ll not make mistake in taking the decision, Inshallah,” Read more

Stern action for negligence

December 29, 2008

CEC warns poll officials again
Unb, Dhaka
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda has urged the voters to cast their votes judiciously in today’s national election.
“Don’t vote at the instigation of anybody, cast vote by using your intellect and conscience to achieve your cherished dream,” he said in a televised address to the nation last night.
The CEC also directed the presiding and returning officers across the country to discharge their election duties impartially and in accordance with the election rules and regulations.
“I ask all returning and presiding officers to discharge their assigned duties neutrally. If there is any negligence in this respect, stern action will be taken against those responsible,” he cautioned.
The CEC said after completion of vote casting, the presiding officers must start ballot counting in presence of candidates or their agents Read more

Vote or ‘No’ vote?

December 29, 2008

bdnews24.com, Dhaka
“Can you tell me what to do? There are three candidates in my constituency, but none of them are any good. I don’t find any reason to go and vote.”
A voice comes to the help of this unhappy voter. “You can still apply your voting rights if you don’t like any of the contestants of your constituency. You can vote ‘No’.”
This is how the Election Commission has been running advertisements on television channels and other media for days to raise awareness about the ‘No’ vote, a first in Bangladesh elections.
But despite the colourful campaign, it appears that some are still not aware of the new provision, Read more

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