NCC election: Naryanganj is full of enthusiasm with the last day campaign



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Only a day is left for election. Narayanganj is busy with the last day's campaign. The Narayanganj City Corporation(NCC) election campaign is in full swing on the last day, processions, meetings and street meetings are going on. Candidates are going door to door to the voters and asking for votes. There is a lot of excitement and curiosity among the voters about the election.

After receiving the symbol, 7 mayoral candidates of Narayanganj City Corporation election, 148 candidates for the post of general councilor and 34 candidates for the post of reserved women councilor have been vocal in the election field. But the last day's campaign was eye-catching.

On the occasion of the election, the atmosphere in Narayanganj City Corporation is now festive. Various streets of the city are littered with banners and posters of the candidates. Processions and processions are found in different areas. Miking for voting is going on in the area along with banners and posters. Children and teenagers were also present in the election campaign.

On Friday (January 14) at 10 am, two heavyweight candidates. Dr. Selina Hayat Ivy (Awami League nominee) and Taimur Alam Khandaker (Independent) held press conferences. Other mayoral and councilor candidates have campaigned at the same time. Councilor candidates are going door-to-door with voters. They are wanting blessings and votes.

Dr. Selina Hayat Ivy held a huge road rally and procession at 3 o'clock. Thousands of people including central leaders and activists, district and metropolitan Awami League leaders and activists participated in the procession.

Dr. Selina Hayat Ivy urged the voters to vote for the boat symbol to continue the trend of development. Dr. Ivy went door to door with the promise to make the ongoing work dynamic.

Ivy said victory was assured if there was no violence or chaos at the polls. My trust is in the people. Leaders can come, they can camp, they can observe. But they set me free. I was with the voters all the time. 'All sides of the house and outside have matched. Thinking about how I can be defeated by chaos.

“Give me a chance for five years more,” Ivy added. Many things can happen at any time. I am willing to accept death for you. I did not look at the world. I hope you will not return me empty handed.

Independent candidate Taimur Alam Khondoker, on the other hand, campaigned at the port with a huge showdown from 3 pm.

Taimur Alam Khondoker is promising development to the common men in the coming days. At the same time, he is criticizing the development activities of the former mayor. He said the city has not been urbanized as planned. The idea in the minds of the people is that the Election Commission is a joke. They are walking that path. Even then I want to have confidence in the Election Commission. He also said that the guests of the ruling party were trying to influence the election. Taimur Alam Khondoker brought various allegations in the last minute campaign. Fear is working inside him about the election environment.

Islamic Movement's mayoral candidate Mufti Masum Billah has staged a huge show-down in the city with the ‘Fan’ symbol. Voters are going door to door.

Mufti Masum Billah said the people are determined to win the Islamic forces this time. Insha Allah, victory will be ours if we can vote properly as the tide of people has been created.

In the afternoon, Khelafat Majlis mayoral candidate ABM Sirajul Mamun announced the election manifesto with 14 promises. Later he made a huge public connection with the ‘Wall clock’ symbol.

Sirajul Mamun said, "We are hopeful that the voters will support us in building a beautiful and clean city for justice, fairness and welfare of the people." I would like to request the esteemed voters of Narayanganj City to support our wall ‘clock brand’ and continue the trend of development of Narayanganj.

Councilor candidates have also been busy campaigning. Candidates are going door to door with their respective brands. They are seeking blessings and votes.

However, Narayanganj-4 MP Shamim Osman was in the top discussion during the 18-day campaign. Government party candidate Dr. Selina Hayat Ivy and general people alleged that it was Shamim Osman who made Taimur Alam Khondoker to contest the poll. Ivy said that Taimur Alam Khondoker is the candidate of 'Godfather' Shamim Osman. Central Awami League presidium member Jahangir Kabir Nanak also said in a statement, "We will not allow the ‘Boat’ to sink in the future because ‘Boat’ is the symbol of Awami League and Sheikh Hasina." Despite all these allegations and under pressure, MP Shamim Osman clarified his position in a press conference on January 10. He announced that the game will be played on the 16th. He will work as a boatman. Narayanganj is a ‘boat’ base place, symbol of independence. So the boat must win in Narayanganj. However, despite promises there are still rumors about this in the city.

The campaign for Narayanganj city polls will end at midnight on Friday (January 14). Voting will take place next Sunday with a break of one day where 5 lakh 17 thousand 361 voters will cast their votes through EVM at 192 centers. An analysis is going on among the people inside and outside the party as to who is the next city father.

Bangladesh condemns attack by Huthi Militia in UAE



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Bangladesh has strongly condemned the drone strikes by Huthi militias in the United Arab Emirates. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in Musaffah, causing extensive damage to civilian property.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that the latest attack was "an intense form of aggression by Huthi militias that has escalated tensions in the region."

This is a repeat of the terrorist attack after the hijacking of the UAE-flagged cargo ship Rawabi off the coast of Al Hudayah Governorate on January 2.

The statement said that Bangladesh considers the recent drone strikes targeting civilian installations and killing of innocent civilians an illegal, cowardly act of terrorism and a clear violation of international law and civil code.

Noting that such irresponsible actions could escalate tensions in the region, Bangladesh has called on Huthi militias to refrain from repeating such illegal activities and deliberately escalating tensions.

Dhaka expresses its strong solidarity against any threat to the security and safety of the people of the United Arab Emirates and its brotherly people.

The statement further said that Bangladesh is firmly committed to all efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region.

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DU Professor Tazmeri Islam gets bail



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BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's adviser and former professor of chemistry department of Dhaka University Dr. Tazmeri Islam arrested in the sabotage case filed at Uttara West police station has been granted bail by the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Mahbub Ahmed.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mahbub Ahmed on Tuesday (January 18) granted her bail on a bond of Tk. 10,000 after a court hearing.

Relevant police court General Registration Officer (GRO) Liaquat Ali confirmed the news to Jago News.

Earlier, Advocate Masud Ahmed Talukder applied for bail of Tazmeri Islam. Bail was opposed by the state. After hearing both sides, the court granted bail. General Registration Branch Officer of the cour Liaquat Ali confirmed the information.

The case was filed at Uttara West Police Station on September 23, 2018 on the charge of sabotage. Professor Tazmeri and 133 leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat were accused in the case. On November 26 of the same year, the High Court granted bail to Professor Tazmeri until the investigation report in the case was submitted.

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‘Our family lives on people’s money’: President to the DCs



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President Abdul Hamid addressing the Deputy Commissioners said that we  have to remember that our family lives on people's money. So people have the right to receive services. He said that serving the people is not a matter of kindness or generosity.

The president made the remarks while addressing a video conference from Bangabhaban at the Deputy Commissioners' Conference at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Tuesday (January 18).

"You are acting as the coordinator and supervisor of various government activities at the field level, which is playing an important role in the development of the country as a whole," he said.

The President, as a servant of the people, advised to put the interests of the country and the people above all, and said, "We and you are the servants of the people." So do your duty as a servant of the people. Deliver government services to the doorsteps of the people.

He said social security programs are an effective means of alleviating poverty and establishing social justice. Through these programs, DCs need to provide effective leadership in meeting the basic needs of the country's poor, ensuring social security and empowerment of the people, especially women.

The President directed the Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners to build a culture of transparency and accountability at every level of field administration.

President Hamid said corruption is the biggest obstacle to development. Sustainable development is being hampered by corruption. Therefore, a culture of transparency and accountability must be built at every level of field administration.

Noting that responsibilities and powers are vested in every level of bureaucracy and political leadership, the President said that exercise of power is essential for proper and efficient discharge of responsibilities, but it is more important to ensure that power is not misused.

He said the DCs need to provide effective leadership in ensuring that the basic needs of the poor, social security and empowerment of the people, especially women, are met through these programs.

The President said that the Deputy Commissioners should make efforts so that the real poor could enjoy the benefits of this program.

He said the government has given special importance to eco-friendly rural development, which is different from previous years. In villages like cities, all kinds of facilities have to be ensured. In order to ensure civic amenities in Mofussil areas, President DCs should take special initiative to develop Upazila Sadar and growing industrial centers as modern cities and suburbs through housing, education, expansion of agro-based industries, medical services, electricity, gas, drinking water and sewerage system.

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More 10 people die, 8407 get covid & 475 recovered



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Ten more people died from deadly virus corona while 8407 people got infected by the virus in the last 24 hours across the country.

This information was sent to the media on Tuesday ( January 18) by DGHS through a press release.

According to the press release, the latest deaths and cases of infection have brought the toll to 28164 and 1632788 respectively.

The release said that 475 people have recovered bringing the recovery figure to 1553795 so far.

During the period 35916 samples were tested in 852 authorized labs making a total 11929321 samples so far.

It may be mentioned here that the first case of corona infection was detected in Bangladesh on last March 8 (2020) while the first death occurred on March 18.

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