Past elections at a glance

December 29, 2008

Unb, Dhaka
The first national election in independent Bangladesh was held on March 7, 1973 where a total of 1,209 candidates, including 120 independents, contested 300 seats.
Of the total 35,205,642 registered voters, 19,329,683 (54.91%) voters exercised their franchise in the first election. Awami League secured 293 seats while the rest seven seats were shared by smaller parties and independents.
The election to the second parliament was held on February 28, 1979 with the participation of 2,547 Read more

Looking back at events of last 2 years

December 29, 2008

Rakib Hasnet Suman
The country is ready to return to normal through today’s election after a lot of dramatic turns of events during the last two years’ rule under a state of emergency that resulted from confrontational politics.
The root of the crisis lies in the BNP-led four-party alliance government’s passing the 14th constitution amendment bill on May 16, 2004 to extend the retirement age of Supreme Court judges to 67 from 65. The then opposition rejected it outright, terming it a plot to set up a partisan caretaker Read more

24 killed in Tangail road mishap

December 29, 2008

Our Correspondent . Tangail
At least 24 persons were killed and 15 others injured when a truck fell into a road-side ditch at Garinda near Tangail town on Sunday morning.
The police, quoting the witnesses, said the accident had taken place at about 9:00am when a Bogra-bound rod-laden truck from Dhaka, also carrying 45 people plunged into a road-side ditch killing 23 on the spot and injuring 16 others.
The victims were mostly day-labourers coming to their villages of different districts on board the Read more

6 lakh security personnel deployed

December 29, 2008

Staff Reporter
At least 600,000 security personnel, including nearly 50,000 army troops have been deployed across the country to ensure a smooth election today for a new parliament and government.
Home Ministry officials said yesterday the deployment of law enforcers at polling centers began from 6:00am and election materials started to be moved to remote centers under strict security.
They said ballot boxes, ballot papers and other materials will be dispatched to remote centers in the three hill districts in southeast by helicopters.
The officials said 80,567 police, Rapid Action Battalion and Armed Police Battalion and 466,000 Read more

Cell phone to remain open

December 29, 2008

Staff Reporter
Cellular phones network will be in operation during the parliamentary elections to facilitate communication, Chief Election Commissioner Dr ATM Shamsul Huda said yesterday.
In a televised address, CEC said the mobile phones would remain open this time during the parliamentary elections in order to keep communications uninterrupted.
He said none would be allowed to enter the polling center with mobile phone while casting their vote.
“Without authorised persons, nobody will be allowed to use mobile phone in the polling centers,” the Read more

Analysts predict immediate majority for none

December 29, 2008

Reuters, Dhaka
Some analysts predict neither Mahajote chief Sheikh Hasina nor her rival ex-PM Begum Khaleda Zia will have an immediate majority.
Jockeying to win needed parliamentary support could add to fears of post-election violence and delays in a new government tackling such challenges as fighting poverty and reducing endemic corruption in the South Asian nation of more than 140 million. In the immediate term, however, security forces are concentrating on preventing violence at the polls after a brick-throwing attack on Read more

Who votes where

December 29, 2008

Staff Correspondent
The president, Iajuddin Ahmed, will cast his vote in the Bangabhaban Government Primary School polling centre at about 11:00am and the chief adviser, Fakhruddin Ahmed, will cast his vote in the Gulshan Model High School polling centre at about 10:00am today.
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, will cast her vote in the Adamjee Canton-ment Read more

Five-tier security for polling today

December 29, 2008

Staff Correspondent
The government has put in place five-tier security with the deployment of more than 6 lakh security personnel across the country for the general elections today.
Home ministry officials said 80,567 personnel of the police, Rapid Action Battalion and the Armed Police Battalion and 466,000 Ansars personnel were deployed across the country.
This is the highest number of lawmen ever deployed for polls secu- rity in Bangladesh’s history, said ministry officials.
More than 35,000 polling centres have been set up in 299 electoral constituencies.
In the Dhaka city, 38,928 policemen and Ansars personnel have been deployed, the highest number Read more

Khaleda for end to hartal, blockade

December 28, 2008

Offers apology for past mistakes
Shahidul Islam Chowdhury

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, left, addresses a rally of the BNP-led alliance in Paltan Maidan in Dhaka on Saturday while an army man keeps watch with binoculars. — New Age photo

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, left, addresses a rally of the BNP-led alliance in Paltan Maidan in Dhaka on Saturday while an army man keeps watch with binoculars. — New Age photo

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Saturday said democracy and development were synonymous with BNP and its election symbol ‘paddy sheaf’ and urged the people Read more

Hasina seeks mandate for ‘charter for change’

December 28, 2008

Nazrul Islam and Tushar Hayat . Chittagong

The Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina, addresses a rally from behind bullet-proof glass in Laldighi Maidan in Chittagong on Saturday as the Chittagong mayor, ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, looks on. — New Age photo

The Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina, addresses a rally from behind bullet-proof glass in Laldighi Maidan in Chittagong on Saturday as the Chittagong mayor, ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, looks on. — New Age photo

The Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday sought a mandate from the electorate for her party’s ‘charter for change’ in Monday’s parliamentary elections urging the voters not to let their conscience be sold out to black money on offer.
‘They are out with sackfuls of money they plundered during their rule to buy vote at the final Read more

Election 2008: Politics of repentance, lofty pledges

December 28, 2008

Mostafa Kamal Majumder
Begum Khaleda Zia, Chairperson of the BNP and leader of the 4-party alliance yesterday sought people’s mercy for mistakes committed during the alliance rule that ended in 2006 while at the same time asserting success in reducing corruption that, she said, had peaked during the Awami League rule between 1996 and 2001.
Mistakes might have had been there, she told the Paltan Maidan meeting, and added ‘we will build the country taking lessons from those’. The BNP chief’s narration of success on economic and law and order fronts and the claim of being the founder of the independent Anti-Corruption Commission Read more

Bid to become PM again defended

December 28, 2008

Hasina, Khaleda respond to Al Jazeera
Star Report
Qatar-based television channel Al Jazeera published exclusive interviews of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Friday. Al Jazeera asked the two leaders the same questions.
Why should the people of Bangladesh elect you again?
Sheikh Hasina: “Last time I was in power I ensured their [Bangladeshis] food safety net. We ensured health, we controlled the law and order situation, we ensured peace. Definitely people will vote for us, they will elect us, we are confident about it.”
Khaleda Zia: “I have done a lot of work for the people of Bangladesh. I’ve developed the education Read more

Electoral trail ends

December 28, 2008

AL and BNP both allege ‘partisan role’ of EC, CG continues communication with Hasina, Khaleda
Staff Correspondent
Amid great enthusiasm contesters along with their activists and supporters from all political parties including Awami League-led grand alliance and BNP-led-four-party alliance passed busy schedule till Saturday late night for electoral trail as the stage is now set to hold the much-awaited national parliament election tomorrow (Monday) amid unprecedented security measures.
The candidates, including Awami League-led grand alliance and BNP-led-four-party alliance, continued their last minute electioneering before the ban on the campaign came into force yesterday Read more

Large crowd floods Paltan

December 28, 2008

Abdullah Juberee
Thousands of people in seemingly endless processions surged into the Paltan ground in Dhaka on Saturday to witness the conclusion of the BNP-led alliance’s campaign for the elections to the ninth parliament, where the alliance supremo, Khaleda Zia, called for concerted efforts to build a prosperous Bangladesh.
Large and small processions from different parts of the city poured into the meeting venue, chanting slogans seeking vote for the alliance candidates, and carrying colourful banners, inscribed with the alliance candidates’ portraits, festoons with black and white posters, paddy sheaf, and large replicas Read more

Khaleda says curbing prices number 1 task

December 28, 2008

Bdnews24.com . Dhaka
Regretting ‘past mistakes’ the BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, in a televised speech Saturday evening, promised if elected that curbing prices would be her alliance’s number one task.
‘Stern actions against corruption and terrorism, and transforming parliament into an effective institution, will also get priority,’ she said.
Khaleda’s recorded speech was aired on state-owned Bangladesh Television and Radio at around 9:15pm, immediately following one by her rival Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina.
‘We made mistakes during some massive development projects, for which we are sincerely sorry and Read more

Let’s put an end to politics of confrontation: Hasina

December 28, 2008

Bdnews24.com . Dhaka
The Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina, in a televised speech on Saturday vowed to establish a Bangladesh free from hunger and poverty, and called for a ‘transparent political culture’ taking lessons from the past.
Hasina called upon all, ‘Let us put an end to the politics of confrontation for the sake of highest state interests.’
‘Let us all, ranging from government party and opposition, create a transparent political culture.’
Campaigns for the ninth parliamentary elections come to an end on December 27 midnight with the Read more

No ban on private cars in metro cities

December 28, 2008

In the metropolitan areas of Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal, the Election Commission has imposed restriction on movement of taxicabs, microbuses, jeeps and pick-up vans from midnight today until December 29 midnight.
Other vehicles including private cars will be allowed to ply.
ACROSS THE COUNTRY
There will be a ban on movement of auto-rickshaws, taxicabs, jeeps, pick-up vans, cars, buses, Read more

195 killed in Isareli air strikes on Gaza

December 28, 2008

World powers call for peace, Hamas responds by firing rockets
Afp, Gaza City
At least 195 Palestinians were killed across the Gaza Strip on Saturday in massive Israeli air strikes on the Hamas-run enclave, said the head of Gaza emergency services Moawiya Hassanein.
Another 300 people were wounded, some 120 of them seriously in the attacks.
An Israeli man died as Hamas swiftly responded to the air raids by firing rockets into the Jewish state.
As Israel warned that the bombardment was “just the beginning,” Hamas told Israelis living near their Read more

Indian survey ships leave Bangladesh waters

December 28, 2008

Foreign ministry summons Indian high commissioner
Staff Correspondent
Indian survey vessels, which Thursday night entered the Bangladesh waters in the Bay of Bengal left the area Saturday evening, said a release issued by the Inter Service Public Relations.
‘The three ships have moved towards west leaving the Bangladesh waters and now they are doing survey in the Indian territories in the west of the Bangladesh waters,’ the release said.
Earlier in the morning, the Indian high commissioner in Dhaka, Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, told reporters, ‘The ships have their own work, and they will do whatever work they have and then move Read more

How to add colors to your sex life

December 27, 2008

Do you really feel that the daily stresses of your busy life are squeezing away the fun from your rocky bedroom life? Couples become frustrated, panicky when their sex lives go to the wayside during stressful periods of their life. They find it very hard to deal with such a condition. Remember that it is always important to stay connected with each other during lives high well as low periods. And in case, sex is not in your mind, make sure you guys are together for each other. Here are some other easy ways by which you can add more colors to your sex life- just read them below!
Show appreciation for one Read more

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