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Fight for BNP, AL tickets intensifies Sylhet, Barisal mayoral polls

Our Correspondent, Sylhet

The Independent

The mayoral election here is gaining momentum day by day. The city corporation poll date has been fixed on March 20.

The Sylhet City Corporation consists of 27 wards and the number of voters is one lac sixty six thousand. The election schedule is likely to be announced within a few days.

MA Houque, a BNP leader and a social worker will contest the coming mayorial election from the four party alliance.

At present the incumbent Mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Karman, a renowned Awami League leader and social worker will contest the poll with the support of AL.

Earlier the four party alliance had finalised its candidate MA Hoque to contest the election.

The then poura chairman AFM Kamal, a social worker and a BNP leader is going to contest the election as an independent candidate as he did not get ticket from the BNP.

Kazi Kamal is likely to get nomination from JP (Ershad).

The aspirants of the AL and four party alliance candidates are campaigning very hard and making contacts with the voters everyday through holding meetings.

Meanwhile the ruling four party alliance candidate is trying to win the voters by taking up various projects in different areas in the city.

Our Correspondent from Barisal writes: The talk of the town now centres round the probable candidates from two major political parties -- BNP and Awami League –for the mayoral post of Barisal City Corporation.

The enthusiasm among people for the ensuing city corporation polls got a new dimension as the news of Awami League’s participation in the election spread in the town yesterday.

The nomination seekers from BNP and Awami League were trying hard to win the support of the central leaders of their respective parties.

Aspirants for BNP nomination are sitting Mayor and Barisal City BNP President Ahsan Habib Kamal, District BNP General Secretary and Barisal Chamber of Commerce president Ebaidul Haq Chan, central Jubo Dal leader Abdur Rahman Khan and BNP central Organising Secretary Principal Abdur Rashid Khan. District BNP president Jatiya Sangsad whip Mujibur Rahman Sarwar’s name is also heard as aspirant for BNP nomination.

Those lobbying with party high command for nomination of Awami League are : Barisal Awami League senior leader Advocate Mushfiqur Rahman, Barisal City AL president Advocate Golam Abbas Chowdhury Dulal and Barisal city commissioner Alamgir Khan Alo. A source said there was chance of Advocate Mushfiqur Rahman getting AL nomination.

Principal of Barisal Law College Advocate Enayet Pir Khan may contest the election as Barisal Nagorik Committee nominee.

There are rumours that Jamaat-e-Islami city unit ameer Advocate Moazzem Hossain Helal and Jatiya Party district president Maniruzzaman Faruq may also contest for the post mayor.

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Hasina recovering after sinus operation

Staff Reporter , The Independent

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has been recovering fast after having undergone a minor sinus operation on Sunday.

Prof Prangopal Dutta and Dr A S Ahmed conducted the operation at a city clinic.

Earlier on January 5, a five-member medical board decided to carry out a minor operation for her Maxillary Sinusitis after thoroughly examining her and carrying out different pathological tests.

Her physicians, however, advised her to take complete bed rest for a few more days. Sheikh Hasina, who has been suffering from high fever since December 7, is expected to fully recover soon, according to her family sources.

Meanwhile, Dhaka City Ulema League organised a milad mahfil at the party central office at Bangabandhu Avenue yesterday for the early recovery of Sheikh Hasina.

Dhaka City Ulema League president Moulana Shahidul Islam Kashiyani and general secretary Mufti Masum Billah Swandipi conducted the milad mahfil.

Special prayers were also offered seeking divine blessings of the Almighty for her long life.

Central leaders of the party including Habibur Rahman Siraj, Advocate Sudhangshu Shekhar Haldar, Omar Ali, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, MA Karim and Ulema League leaders Moulana Shah Newaz, Moulana Ruhul Amin Noori, Moulana Abu Bakkar Siddique, Moulana Saifullah, Moulana Abul Hasan, Moulana Khalilur Rahman, Mufti Shahidullah and Dhaka City Awami League leaders Abul Bashar, Abu Ahmed Munnafi, Sabera Begum and Mostafa Kamal Master attended the milad mahfil.

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Govt believes in balanced development: Mannan Bhuiyan

Staff Reporter , The Independent

LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged the rich people of the society to invest in their respective areas for the development of the country.

He was speaking as the chief guest at the Annual General Meeting of Pabna Samity, Dhaka at Hotel Sonargaon. Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas, Post and Telecommunication Minister Barrister Aminul Haq, State Minister for Power Iqbal Hasan Mahmud, Deputy Minister for Local Government Advocate Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu, Deputy Minister for Communication Asadul Habib Dulu and Air Chief Air Vice Marshall Fakhrul Azam spoke. President of Pabna Samity, Dhaka Krishibid Javed Iqbal presided.

Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said the present government believes in balanced development of all areas of the country. He said if investment increases development would get momentum. He said the responsibility of the Government was to create opportunity and the present government was doing that.

The LGRD Minister said the investors would be given all necessary facilities including bank loan. He stressed on the need for building up infrastructure and educational institutions. He said those who are not involved in politics could also contribute to the development process.

Replying to the comments by leaders of Pabna Samity that Pabna was lagging behind in development compared to other areas the Minister said attention would be given so that Pabna does not lag behind.

Mirza Abbas said it was sad that there were two ministers from Pabna in the last Awami League government but the area was not developed. He said "We found the country in a sorry state after the Awami League left power.

Barrister Aminul Haq said North Bengal was lagging behind in development. He said in a free market economy the fittest would survive. He urged the people of Pabna to work hard for the development of the area.

Iqbal Hasan Mahmud said Shaheed president Ziaur Rahman started the development of the country but the process could not be continued.

Advocate Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu said Pabna remained under-developed due to the failure of the political leadership.

Krishibid Javed Iqbal demanded establishment of Pabna Medical College whose foundation stone was laid by President Ziaur Rahman. He also demanded construction of Aricha-Nagarbari-Daulatdia bridge and an EPZ at Pabna.

Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan gave away a medal to Asif Hossain Khan who won the gold medal in shooting at the Commonwealth Games.

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Comilla eviction

AL demands compensation for victims

Our Correspondent,

Comilla, The Independent

Jan 6: Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Advocate Abdul Hamid today demanded rehabilitation of the evicted people of Comilla airport area in their own places if they were evicted for any purpose other than for the cantonment.

Advocate Abdul Hamid also demanded immediate compensation for the evicted people. He spoke at rallies at Unaisha, Dhulipara and Ramnagar while visiting 11 villages in Comilla airport area. Col (retd) Faruk Khan MP, former deputy speaker Prof Ali Ashraf, former MP AHM Mostafa Kamal and former whip Mujibul Haq also spoke.

Advocate Abdul Hamid said even if it was necessary to use the area for the cantonment the inhabitants of the area should have been rehabilitated before being evicted.

An Awami League team led by Advocate Abdul Hamid visited the Comilla airport area. The team distributed relief among the evicted people.

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Politics of vengeance hindering progress: Ershad

UNB, Manikganj , The Independent

Jan 6: Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad today observed that no economic development is possible as politics of vengeance are pursued in the country.

Referring to the bitter relationship between the leaders of two main political parties – BNP and Awami League, the former President said people wish an alternative to ‘see an end to this mud-slinging’.

He was speaking at an extended meeting of district unit of his party, now divided into three factions, at the Town Hall. It was also addressed by a number of central leaders.

Turning to BNP, Ershad said the government has failed in its commitments made during the election campaign. Separation of the judiciary, autonomy of the electronic media and many other commitments made by BNP remain a far cry. That is why the government is now losing confidence of the people, he observed.

Ershad noted with dissatisfaction that politics of vengeance are now pursued in the country. He said there can be no economic development, neither any good person will come to politics in such a situation.

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Talukder Khaleq granted and interim bail in murder case

UNB, Dhaka, The Independent

The High Court yesterday granted ad interim bail to former state minister Talukder Abdul Khaleq MP in a murder case filed with the Rupsha police in Khulna.

Khaleq, arrested in November last, was shown arrested in the Jahangir murder case on January 4 following a High Court order declaring illegal his detention under the Special Powers Act on December 2.

The Court also issued rule upon the government to show cause in 4 weeks as to why Khaleq should not be granted regular bail.

A Division bench comprising Syed Amirul Islam and Justice Mirza Hossain Haider passed the order upon a petition filed on his behalf.

Khaleq had earlier secured ad interim bail in three other cases accusing him of murder.

Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru appeared for Khaleq.

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