The head of a Conservative Party committee in charge of organising no-confidence motions in the party leadership said he had collected the 48 letters of lawmakers necessary to trigger the vote. "The threshold of 15% of the parliamentary party seeking a voteof confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded," said Graham Brady, head of the 1922 Committee. A wing of the most ardent critics of the European Union in May's party have been collecting letters calling on her to resign for some months. If May survived the motion, no second one can be taken by party members for another year. "The last thing our country needs right now is a Conservative Party leadership election," Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted.
December 12, 2018 10:05 UTC
Along with the immediate threat of terrorist attacks, opposition protests and public demonstrations will pose risks to political stability, it said. The report also specifically mentions the reputation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as being the key factor in election. The Jatiya Oikya Front is led by Kamal Hossain, a veteran politician and key author of Bangladesh’s first constitution. However, the current prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, remains the most popular candidate, the EIU said citing numerous local opinion polls. We expect the AL to win the December election, enabling a continuation of the status quo.
December 12, 2018 10:00 UTC
In a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Justice William Ehrcke granted $7.5 million bail to Meng, who has been jailed since her arrest on December 1. Among conditions of her bail, the 46-year-old executive must wear an ankle monitor and stay at home from 11pm to 6 am. China had threatened severe consequences unless Canada released Meng immediately, and analysts have said retaliation from Beijing over the arrest was likely. Huawei, which makes smartphones and network equipment, said in a statement it looked forward to a "timely resolution" of the case. Huawei is the world's largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment and second-biggest maker of smartphones, with revenue of about $92 billion last year.
Map of Naogaon districtMiscreants destroyed the Bogarbari office’s furnitureMiscreants have vandalized BNP’s Bogarbari election campaign office under Parail union in Raninagar, Naogaon. The incident took place on Tuesday night. Parail union BNP President Nur Mohammad said: “The attackers destroyed our campaign office. They broke all the chairs and tables inside the office.”Raninagar police station Officer-in-Charge ASM Sadiqur Rahman said: “I have been notified about the incident. Necessary steps will be taken to address the situation.”
The BNP leader said this to the journalists when she, leading a BNP delegation, went to the Election Commission to submit a written complaint, on Wednesday, at noon. She said: “We think the chief commissioner is helpless and embarrassed as he is unable to take any action for all the crimes committed toward BNP leaders, activists, and followers. DCC former commissioner BNP leader Mir Hossain Miru, GM Badshah, Mozammel Hoque, and Pallabi police station BNP leader Moazzem Hossain were also arrested— along with Jhalakathi’s Rajapur police station’s BNP General Secretary Nasim Akand. In Chuadanga, Awami League activists injured seven BNP activists and vandalized two cars using the “Joy Bangla” slogan. In the letter, BNP has requested the commission's intervention to stop the transgressions committed against the party’s leaders, activists, and followers.
Boat, the electoral symbol of Awami League Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka TribuneAwami League will win the 11th general polls as it has overseen solid economic growthLondon-based Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) has predicted that the ruling Awami League would return to power with majority of parliamentary seats at the 11th parliamentary election. In the country report on Bangladesh, published on December 4, EIU stated that the Awami League will win the next polls by majority principally due to the fact that it has overseen solid economic growth. EIU report adds that Bangladesh’s impressive record of economic growth and socio-economic development under the Awami League administration, coupled with a lack of an effective opposition election campaign, will be enough to fend off any challenge posed by the BNP or the Jatiya Oikya Front more broadly. The report predicts that a win for Awami League will be important in sustaining foreign investment, and will also support the administration’s drive to expand and deepen private sector participation in the economy. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is a specialist publisher serving companies establishing and managing operations across national borders for the past six decades.
December 12, 2018 09:00 UTC
North Korea blew up 10 of its facilities in November, while the South tore 10 down on its own side using excavators. South Korean inspectors visited each of the guard posts on the North's side on Wednesday to make sure they had been dismantled and all firearms and troops removed, Seoul's defence ministry said. North Korean inspectors carried out the same process at the South's bunkers in the afternoon, it added. Video footage showed armed South Korean soldiers shaking hands with North Korean personnel at the military demarcation line in the centre of the DMZ, before crossing to the other side. "This marks the first time since the division that the soldiers of the North and South... are peacefully crossing the military demarcation line," the ministry said in a statement.
December 12, 2018 08:37 UTC
This has effectively ruined the chances of Dulu, the organizing secretary of BNP, and former State Minister Tuku of contesting the 11th general polls. Senior lawyer Fida M Kamal and barrister Ajmalul Hossain QC stood for Dulu and Tuku—while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the Election Commission, alongside lawyer Obaidur Rahman Mostafa and barrister Kamrun Mahmud Dipa. On the same day, the Election Commission filed a writ petition with the Supreme Court challenging a High Court order that instructed the commission to accept Dulu and Tuku’s nominations—and stayed previous rejection orders of their respective returning officers. The commission had earlier rejected the appeals by Tuku from Sirajganj 2 and Dulu from Natore 2. Consequently, both leaders filed petitions with the High Court on Sunday against the commission’s decision.
December 12, 2018 08:15 UTC
File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka TribuneFollowing the High Court split order on Tuesday, the case was forwarded to the chief justiceThe documents of three writ petition filed challenging the cancellation of Khaleda Zia’s candidacy in the 11th parliamentary election has been returned to the High Court. Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain returned the documents to the judges concerned of the High Court on Wednesday. So, the chief justice returned the documents for clarifications. On Tuesday, a High Court bench issued a split order on Khaleda Zia's candidature in all the three constituencies she submitted nomination papers, to contest the election—which is scheduled to be held on December 30. Following the High Court split order, the case was forwarded to the chief justice.
December 12, 2018 08:03 UTC
There are serious concerns that the misuse of social media and the trend of spreading falsehoods could inevitably cause polls-time violence. Those at the meeting decided that shutting down access to social media could do more harm than good. Bangladesh has witnessed numerous instances of grotesque violence, sparked by a rapid spread of rumours using various social media platforms. Along with the protesters on the streets, thousands of social media users shared news about the murder and rape of protesting students. “Aside from tasking various government organizations to monitor social media, we are also doing it ourselves.
December 12, 2018 08:03 UTC
Representational photoHe was accused in multiple cases filed with Dhanmondi police stationPolice have arrested Moniruzzaman Gazi Manik, vice-president of central Chhatra Dal, from Dhaka’s Dhanmondi area. The Chhatra Dal leader was arrested from near the residence of Dhaka 10 BNP candidate MA Mannan on Tuesday midnight. Dhanmondi police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Abdul Latif told the Dhaka Tribune: “He was arrested in multiples cases.”Manik has been produced before the court on Wednesday morning, he said. Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, BNP chairperson's press wing officer Shamsuddin Didar said police picked up Manik while he was returning home after holding a meeting at Mannan’s residence. He claimed that officials in two police vehicles and eight to ten motorbikes took Manik to Dhanmondi police station.
December 12, 2018 07:07 UTC
Nurul Huda made the comment at a briefing held during the conclusion of three-day Judicial Magistrates’ training session at the Election Commission building on Wednesday. Addressing the program, AKM Nurul Huda said: “Life is more precious than any election. The Election Commission has decentralized all administrative power to returning officers and judicial magistrates. Election Commissioners Mahbub Talukder, Md Rafiqul Islam, Brig Gen (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury, Kabita Khanam, and commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed, among others, were present at the program. The motorcade of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came under attack in Thakurgaon on Tuesday as he was entering the district to campaign for the upcoming elections.
December 12, 2018 06:49 UTC
BNP candidate Afroza Abbas speak to police officials after they were attacked by allegedly Chhatra League activists in Dhaka’s Kamalapur area on December 12, 2018 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka TribuneAfroza Abbas did not sustain injuries in the attacksAfroza Abbas has come under attack twice by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists in Dhaka’s Kamalapur and Madartek areas, a BNP leader says. At least 15 supporters of the BNP candidate were injured in the attacks that occurred on Wednesday morning, BNP chairperson’s press wing member Shamsuddin Didar told the Dhaka Tribune. He said Chhatra League men, who are also the supporters of Awami League leader Saber Hossain Chowdhury, carried out the first attack in Kamalapur, injuring 10 women. Supporters of BNP candidate Afroza Abbas speak to police officials after they were attacked by allegedly Chhatra League activists in Dhaka’s Kamalapur area on December 12, 2018 | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka TribuneDidar said the Chhatra League men hurled brickbats at the BNP candidate’s motorcade in Madartek area, leaving at least five women wounded. However, BNP leader Mirza Abbas’s wife Afroza-- who is contesting for Dhaka 9 constituency in the upcoming 11th general election slated for December 30—did not sustain injuries in the attacks.
December 12, 2018 06:46 UTC
File photo of Ruhul Quddus Talukdar Dulu UNBHe was arrested from his Gulshan residence in DhakaDetective Branch (DB) of Police has arrested BNP leader Ruhul Quddus Talukdar Dulu from his Gulshan residence in Dhaka. He was arrested around 11am on Wednesday, Joint Commissioner of DB Mahbub Alam told the Dhaka Tribune. "We had a warrant to arrest Dulu in a case lodged with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station," Mahbub said. The High Court order came after Dulu filed a writ petition against the returning officer's disqualification of his candidacy on Monday. Dulu, who filed his nomination papers for Natore 2 constituency, had his candidacy rejected for his conviction in a criminal case.
December 12, 2018 05:48 UTC
Technology-driven toys continue to propel festive sales at the end of 2018, as they have done in recent years. Harry Potter as well as Sesame Street with Let’s Dance Elmo, which encourages children to dance and sing, is back in fashion this holiday season, as are technological gifts – with games consoles- such as Nintendo Switch, artificially intelligent robots and digital accessories among the top picks for shoppers this year
December 12, 2018 04:30 UTC