The seven-member bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order after the hearing of an appeal filed by Millat against the High Court order, reports UNB. Also read - Top court scraps candidacies of 5 BNP aspirantsThe Election Commission allowed his candidacy after his nomination was rejected by returning officer. Later, Awami League candidate and former information Minister Abul Kalam Azad challenged his candidature at the High Court as Millat was convicted in a corruption case. Also read - High Court stays EC's decision on Jamalpur 1 BNP candidateFollowing his writ, the High Court stayed his candidature on December 13. On Monday, the top court rejected candidatures of five BNP leaders.
December 18, 2018 11:26 UTC
US Ambassador in Dhaka Earl M Miller talks to reporters after a meeting with a BNP delegation at its Chairperson’s Gulshan office on Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 UNBThe meeting was held from 12:50pm to 1:10pmUS Ambassador to Dhaka Earl M Miller has said his country encourages all to participate in the democratic and electoral process and avoid violence. "We are concerned about the reports of violence. At the meeting with the BNP leaders, we all discussed and agreed that we must avoid and condemn violence. I also encourage everyone to participate in the democratic and electoral process," he said. “I encourage everyone to go out and campaign fully and freely and participate in the December 30 election.”"We must eschew violence of any forms," he added.
December 18, 2018 11:03 UTC
In a statement on Tuesday, the watchdog urged the commission to take effective measures to ensure a competitive environment in the upcoming general polls. “We are continuously witnessing such incidents, via various news media, that indicate that the commission has failed to address these issues,” said TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman. TIB also criticized the commission’s decision not to allow the media to live telecast and use mobile phones inside polling centres. Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda, last Saturday, said journalists cannot live telecast or place telephone conversations from a polling booth during voting in the upcoming general election. He, however, said journalists can use mobile phones to take photographs inside polling booths; except in the private place to fill out ones ballot.
December 18, 2018 11:03 UTC
Manchester United have sacked manager Jose Mourinho after their worst start to a season in almost 30 years, the club announced on Tuesday. "Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect," a club statement said. We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future. #MUFC — Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 18, 2018"The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future. Who should replace Jose Mourinho in the Manchester United dugout?
December 18, 2018 10:13 UTC
Saidul Anam Tutul | FacebookTutul has been suffering from heart-related diseases and was on life support at the coronary care unit (CCU) of Labaid hospital. Filmmaker and noted actor Saidul Anam Tutul has died on Tuesday. Tutul has been suffering from heart-related diseases and was on life support at the coronary care unit (CCU) of Labaid hospital. Saidul is the first general secretary and lifetime member of Director’s Guild. His last major work was “Adhiar,” which was released on 2003.
December 18, 2018 09:45 UTC
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced this while she delivered her speech to unveil Awami League’s 21-Point Special Pledge Manifesto at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, in Dhaka, on Tuesday morning. She said the curriculum of madrasa education will be upgraded and vocational education will be added to the religious curriculum. Awami League also promised that despite all welfare initiatives—including the salary and status enhancement of the teachers—there may still be some disparities in the salary structure of primary school teachers which will be dealt with judiciously in the next term. In the manifesto, Awami League also promised to provide the best for education and ensure the proper use of funds. Considering the importance of having the knowledge of language and mathematics, a substantial project will be created to train language and mathematics teachers of primary and secondary schools.
December 18, 2018 09:11 UTC
Representational photo strong>BigstockStudy loans at low interest rates will be provided for children of low-income familiesBNP has pledged to allocate 5% of national GDP for the education sector, if voted into power, the party says in its election manifesto. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir pledged this while reading out the party’s manifesto for the upcoming general election, at a hotel in Dhaka, on Tuesday. World class universities will be built and study loans with low interest rates will be provided for children of low-income families. A special fund will be formed to facilitate meritorious students in attaining top degrees from abroad. Seats will be reserved for poor meritorious students in public and private academic institutions.
December 18, 2018 08:37 UTC
Australian government's Department of Immigration and Citizenship BigstockSogir Ahmed was honest about his traffic offences in his citizenship application, submitted in March 2017A permanent Bangladeshi resident in Australia has been labelled a “menace on the roads” after his application for citizenship was denied because of numerous traffic transgressions, including 25 speeding tickets and eight convictions. Furthermore, his other traffic offences include that of driving above the speed limit, using an expired licence, and driving with marijuana present in his blood. Sogir Ahmed was honest about his traffic offences on his citizenship application, submitted in March 2017, with a national police certificate attached. The Department of Home Affairs rejected his citizenship application, in January 2018, due to his multiple traffic transgressions. However, Sogir filed an appeal with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), seeking to reverse the decision.
December 18, 2018 08:37 UTC
Climate change is severely affecting agriculture, the main source of income for flatland ethnic minorities in NaogaonKamrul Hasan/Dhaka TribuneAgriculture is the main occupation of many members of ethnic minorities, but climate change has left most of them unemployedNiresh Pahan, one of many ethnic minority farmers living in Naogaon, is on the brink of starvation and poverty as most of his paddy crop died this year. He, like many others, has fallen victim to climate change affecting the region. Additionally, most of the landlords have started farming mangoes on their land due to climate change; leaving us without work. In order to address the climate-induced livelihood vulnerabilities of flatland ethnic minorities, HEKS/EPER—a Switzerland based international NGO—has developed a bilateral partnership with UNDP to implement an IBFCR project that aims to empower women, and a project named Climate Change Adaptation Project for Plain land Ethnic Minority Communities. Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, HEKS/EPER Country Director Anik Asad said: “Community-level intervention is not sufficient enough to ensure climate-resilient livelihoods of the flatland ethnic minorities.
December 18, 2018 08:26 UTC
Awami League President and Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, unveiled the party’s 21-Point Special Pledge Manifesto for the December 30 election. The manifesto was unveiled at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, in Dhaka, on Tuesday. In the manifesto, Awami League promised that cooperation with India will continue in all sectors; including sharing the waters of the Teesta and other common rivers. Awami League said bilateral trade and security cooperation with India will also continue. It said cooperation between India, Bangladesh, and Nepal will also continue for hydroelectricity generation and basin-based joint management of common rivers.
December 18, 2018 08:15 UTC
BNP unveiled its manifesto for the December 30 general election at Lakeshore Hotel, in Dhaka, on Tuesday. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir read out the party manifesto full of promises they intend to implement if voted to power. In the manifesto, BNP pledged to practice democracy if voted into power. It will also amend the constitution to ensure executive power between President and Prime Minister is balanced. BNP also pledged to introduce an upper house, in parliament, if voted into power.
December 18, 2018 08:03 UTC
Powering the nation BigstockThe ruling party also set a target of producing 28,000MW electricity by 2023The Awami League has pledged to ensure 100% electricity coverage, for everyone across Bangladesh, by 2020. The ruling party also set a target of generating 28,000MW of electricity and positioning 23,000km of power transmission lines across the country by 2023. These pledges were announced by Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, as she delivered her speech to unveil Awami League’s Special Pledge Manifesto on Tuesday. If Awami league wins the 11th parliamentary election, it will establish two energy hubs in Matarbari area of Maheshkhali and Payra, the party vowed. The manifesto-unveiling event was held at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, in Dhaka, on Tuesday.
File photo of a Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka TribuneBangladesh has involved UN agencies in the Rohingya repatriation processRuling Awami League, in its election manifesto, has promised to ensure a peaceful and sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis. Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, unveiled the party’s 21-Point Special Pledge Manifesto at a hotel, in Dhaka, on Tuesday. Bangladesh’s government is trying to reach a peaceful and sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis by carrying out constructive dialogue with many friendly countries, international organizations, and the United Nations, she said. In September 2017, the prime minister placed a 5-point proposal before the UN general assembly to solve the Rohingya crisis. Considering the need for the international community’s assistance, Bangladesh has involved UN agencies in the Rohingya repatriation process.
File photo of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB)A total of 1,016 platoons of BGB were deployed on TuesdayBorder Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has been deployed across Bangladesh, including Dhaka, ahead of the 11th parliamentary election. A total of 1,016 platoons of BGB were deployed on Tuesday for the December 30 election. BGB Public Relation Officer Mohsin Reza confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune. Earlier on December 13, the Election Commission said army will be deployed from December 24 as a striking force across the country. The commission had they will stay in the field as striking force field until January 2.