Taimur alleges that Naryanganj city is now full of outsiders!



District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Naryanganj
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Independent mayoral candidate in Narayanganj City Corporation election, Advocate Taimur Alam Khondoker said, "Different areas of the city, different MPs have been entrusted for voting in favor of government nominated candidate. The Minister of Rupganj has been given the responsibility of the number 3 ward. They will make an influence there. Thus the city is filled with outsiders. They have no work on Election Day. They should not be able to move on Election Day. That is why I am drawing the attention of the Hon'ble Prime Minister. '

He made the remarks at a news conference at his residence at 10pm on Friday (January 14).

Taimur Alam Khandaker said, "I am not getting justice. Leaders and activists of different levels of Narayanganj came to my house at 10 pm. They have come here with various allegations of harassment. From the beginning, we hoped that the election would be a victory for the people without any interference. "

He said, "I am drawing the attention of the Prime Minister through you. There is a girl whose father was shot while trying to save me. The girl's husband has been arrested. A boy named Swapan was taken away. Police raided the home of Joseph, a leader of the Metropolitan Juba Dal. I am getting news from different places; police are going to many houses. '

Mayor candidate Taimur said that the day Election Commissioner Rafiqul Islam came to Narayanganj, I told him that when I want to vote, they ask me if we can vote, and you sit down or not? I have no reason to sit down now. I'm not a party candidate now. I am an independent candidate, my accountability to the people. The Election Commissioner said that you can rest assured that the vote will be fair.

“There were no outsiders in my showdown at the port,” he added. They are all City voters. Distinguished guests led the road rally held by my rival on the west bank of the river. We are in a difficult situation now.

Timur said every school has a digital system. The administration is instructing to remove the CCTV cameras. What does this mean? You will consider it and present it to the Prime Minister. They are trying to remove this CCTV camera to carry out police torture. You will check. My request to all is that in the interest of fair and transparent selection, you will make arrangements to keep these CCTV cameras.

"Operators should not be able to repair machines without our agents," he said. It's like being in the place of agents. It will be my request. Agents should not be pushed out.

Taimur Alam Khondoker said, "All this is being done to show our fear." We have become accustomed to being plagued by lawsuits for the past 15 years. In this situation, I am drawing the attention of the Hon'ble Prime Minister through you. Your position will not come or go for a mayoral post. If there is a fair election in Narayanganj, you will carry its reputation. Otherwise you will have to take responsibility for it and your image will be tarnished.

More 15 people die, 15807 get covid & 1037 recovered



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Seventeen more people died from deadly virus corona while 15807 people got infected by the virus in the last 24 hours across the country.

This information was sent to the media on Thursday ( January 27) by DGHS through a press release.

According to the press release, the latest deaths and cases of infection have brought the toll to 28288 and 1747331 respectively.

The release said that 1037 people have recovered bringing the recovery figure to 1561043 so far.

During the period 49425 samples were tested in 852 authorized labs making a total 12310679 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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It is difficult to hold election in political arena: CEC



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has said that it is difficult to hold elections in the political arena.

He said a choice could be made with the gun on head. That cannot be forever. It is difficult to choose in the political arena. But it is possible.

The CEC said this while addressing a RFED talk at the media center of Election Building in Agargaon on Thursday (January 27) at 11am.

KM Nurul Huda said former Chief Election Commissioner Dr. ATM Shamsul Huda criticized the current Commission, but had violated the law by holding 90-day elections in 690 days. He has done a lot of illegal things while in charge.

Regarding the various comments of EC Mahbub Talukder, he said, "I have always spoken about Mahbub Talukder." He is implementing his personal agenda in the EC. He is a sick person. Mahbub was sometimes in the ICU and sometimes in the CCU. He has also received treatment in Singapore, India. The cost of these treatments was borne by the Commission. The amount of this money is about Tk. 30 to Tk.40 lakh.

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EC formation bill passed in Jatiyo Sangsad



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Dhaka: The Election Commission (EC) Formation Bill-2022 has been passed in the Jatiyo Sangsad(JS) with the provision of appointment of Chief Election Commissioner (EC) and other Election Commissioners through the formation of Search Committee.

On Thursday (January 26), Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Advocate Anisul Haque proposed to pass the 'Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioner Appointment Bill-2022' as per Article 118 (1) of the Constitution, which was passed by voice vote.

Earlier, some opposition MPs had proposed to send the bill to the committee for scrutiny.

After the President assent to the bill, it will be a law.

The bill passed stipulates that one of the two prominent citizens nominated by the President in the search committee will be a woman. The work of the search committee has been asked to be completed within 15 working days which was 10 working days in the bill raised in Parliament.

Earlier on Sunday (January 23), Law Minister Advocate Anisul Haque introduced the bill in JS. When BNP MP Harunur Rashid objected to raising the bill, it was rejected by voice vote.

The parliamentary committee has recommended changing the eligibility clause of CEC and Commissioners in the bill placed in the parliament. Section 5 (c) states that in order to become a CEC and Commissioner, he must have at least 20 years of working experience in any important government, judicial, semi-government or private position. This section will include government, judicial, semi-government or private positions as well as 'autonomous and other occupations'.And in case of disqualification, section 6 (d) is being changed. Now it is said that a person cannot be a CEC or a Commissioner if he is convicted of a criminal offense of moral turpitude and sentenced to at least two years imprisonment. Here, only two years imprisonment has been excluded. That is, moral turpitude would be considered a disqualification from becoming a CEC or Commissioner if convicted for any term in a criminal offense.

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It began with Shishir Kumar, more who refused ‘Padma Samman’



Afsana Ripa, News Room Editor, Barta24.com
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Dhaka: India's highest civilian award, the Padma Samman. The Padma Award was introduced on 2 January 1954 by the President of India. The Padma is awarded by the Government of India in recognition of its special contribution to the nation. The awards were given in three categories namely Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.

On January 25 this year, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced the list of recipients of the Padma Award. Former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya has refused this year's Padma Bhushan award from that list.
Buddhadeb Bhattacharya himself said in a statement, "I don't know anything about the Padma Bhushan award. No one told me anything about this. If I was given the Padma Bhushan award, I would refuse it. '

Not only Buddhadeb Bhattacharya but also three others have returned the Padma honors given by the government from West Bengal this year. Former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, Geetashree Sandhya Mukherjee and prominent Tabla player Anindya Chatterjee.

The refusal of the Padma honor began with the playwright Shishirkumar Bhaduri. The then Congress government at the Center felt that this eminent personality of Bengal needed to be given Padma Samman. And Shishir Bhaduri was 70 years old then. Refusing to accept the honor bestowed on him by the government, the eminent artist of the theater said, "The state honor is in fact an attempt to form a team of flatterer."

Since then, for decades, many prominent Bengalis have politely returned the Padma Samman.

Prominent journalist Nikhil Chakraborty rejected the Padma Bhushan in 1990. At that time there was a Congress government at the center. He made it clear to the Center that a journalist should not be burdened by the generosity of the state.

Hemanta Mukherjee, the artist of the golden age of West Bengal, returned the Padma awards like Sandhya Mukherjee and Anindya Chattopadhyay. He refused to accept the Padma award given to the eminent artist by the Center in 1988.
West Bengal playwright Badal Sarkar has returned the Padma award more than once. He was first awarded the Padma Shri in 1972. He refused to take it. Four years ago, Badal Sarkar received the Sangeet-Natak Academy honor. Badal Sarkar said that as a writer he has got the respect he deserves. He does not need any new respect.

The only exception was Soumitra Chatterjee, a prominent Indian actor. By returning the Padma award in 1970, he received an even higher honor. Explaining the reason for accepting the Padma Bhushan award in 2004, he said, "If this honor is not taken, the fans will be hurt emotionally."

‘Balo Bir Chiro Unnata Momo Shir’
Seeing the storm of rejection of Padma award, Nazrul's rebellious poem comes to mind again and again. In the words of those who have rejected this honor, it seems that in the greed of getting an honor, one's self-dignity cannot be sacrificed in any way.

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