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Students put seven days ultimatum

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Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad has threatened to boycott classes and examinations at all universities and colleges across the country for an indefinite period if the three cases filed over the quota reform demonstrations are not withdrawn within seven days.
Nurul Haque, joint convener of the platform, came up with the threat at a press conference in front of the Dhaka University (DU) Central Library Wednesday afternoon.
“General students might be harassed in the cases filed against unidentified protesters over the quota reform movement. So, the cases must be withdrawn within the next seven days,” he said.
He continued: “If the cases are not withdrawn within the stipulated time, classes and examinations at all universities and colleges across the country will be boycotted for an indefinite period.”
He also sought security for the quota protesters.
Rashed Khan, another joint convener, alleged that those who led the movement were being threatened in various ways, including the social media.
He urged the authorities concerned to ensure security of the protesters who had actively participated in the quota reform movement.
The platform leaders also demanded that those involved in the attack on the residence of the DU vice-chancellor be identified through scrutinizing CCTV camera footages and brought to book.
They also demanded immediate execution of the Prime Minister’s announcement to abolish the quota reform in public service.
Another joint convener Faruk Hossain was, among others, present at the press conference.
On April 11 last, four cases were filed against unnamed people over clashes and vandalism on the DU campus and attack on the vice-chancellor’s residence during demonstrations demanding reforms of the existing quota system in government jobs.

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Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad has threatened to boycott classes and examinations at all universities and colleges across the country for an indefinite period if the three cases filed over the quota reform demonstrations are not withdrawn within seven days.
Nurul Haque, joint convener of the platform, came up with the threat at a press conference in front of the Dhaka University (DU) Central Library Wednesday afternoon.
“General students might be harassed in the cases filed against unidentified protesters over the quota reform movement. So, the cases must be withdrawn within the next seven days,” he said.
He continued: “If the cases are not withdrawn within the stipulated time, classes and examinations at all universities and colleges across the country will be boycotted for an indefinite period.”
He also sought security for the quota protesters.
Rashed Khan, another joint convener, alleged that those who led the movement were being threatened in various ways, including the social media.
He urged the authorities concerned to ensure security of the protesters who had actively participated in the quota reform movement.
The platform leaders also demanded that those involved in the attack on the residence of the DU vice-chancellor be identified through scrutinizing CCTV camera footages and brought to book.
They also demanded immediate execution of the Prime Minister’s announcement to abolish the quota reform in public service.
Another joint convener Faruk Hossain was, among others, present at the press conference.
On April 11 last, four cases were filed against unnamed people over clashes and vandalism on the DU campus and attack on the vice-chancellor’s residence during demonstrations demanding reforms of the existing quota system in government jobs.


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China looks to smooth polls in Bangladesh

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Peoples’ Republic of China, the biggest trade partner with $15 billion exports to Bangladesh, wants to see the upcoming general elections “smooth and stable”.
The Chinese Embassy’s economic and commercial counsellor, Li Guang Jun, said his government wants to see a “peaceful transition of power” in Bangladesh as seen in China.
He responded to a question on Thursday when he said they have “so many Chinese and Chinese companies, and we are concerned about that”.
“We hope the election will be smooth and stable,” he said when his comment was sought about the upcoming elections and its impact on business ties with China.
The press briefing at the embassy was organised to publicise the first International Import Expo which will be held from Nov 5 to Nov 1O.
Jun said the expo would create a platform for countries to engage in international trade and share business opportunities with each other.
He said they invited Bangladesh and the export processing bureau has already showed their interest to join the expo.
“It’s a unique because it is focused on import,” he said.
With the two-way trade of $16 billion, China is the largest trading partner of Bangladesh. But Bangladesh’s exports amount to $1 billion.
The counsellor suggested Bangladesh to sign FTA with China to give the export a boost.
He said the FTA would cover investments also, apart from trade. “When Chinese companies will invest in Bangladesh, the export products will be diversified,” he said. “This will increase Bangladesh’s exports.”
Currently, China has investments worth $300 million in Bangladesh. With the latest investments in the power sector, the figure will go up manifold, Jun said. For example, in Payra, China is investing $2 billion.
Bangladesh will soon sign $2.6 billion loan deal with China’s EXIM Bank to finance the rail link over the Padma bridge.

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Peoples’ Republic of China, the biggest trade partner with $15 billion exports to Bangladesh, wants to see the upcoming general elections “smooth and stable”.
The Chinese Embassy’s economic and commercial counsellor, Li Guang Jun, said his government wants to see a “peaceful transition of power” in Bangladesh as seen in China.
He responded to a question on Thursday when he said they have “so many Chinese and Chinese companies, and we are concerned about that”.
“We hope the election will be smooth and stable,” he said when his comment was sought about the upcoming elections and its impact on business ties with China.
The press briefing at the embassy was organised to publicise the first International Import Expo which will be held from Nov 5 to Nov 1O.
Jun said the expo would create a platform for countries to engage in international trade and share business opportunities with each other.
He said they invited Bangladesh and the export processing bureau has already showed their interest to join the expo.
“It’s a unique because it is focused on import,” he said.
With the two-way trade of $16 billion, China is the largest trading partner of Bangladesh. But Bangladesh’s exports amount to $1 billion.
The counsellor suggested Bangladesh to sign FTA with China to give the export a boost.
He said the FTA would cover investments also, apart from trade. “When Chinese companies will invest in Bangladesh, the export products will be diversified,” he said. “This will increase Bangladesh’s exports.”
Currently, China has investments worth $300 million in Bangladesh. With the latest investments in the power sector, the figure will go up manifold, Jun said. For example, in Payra, China is investing $2 billion.
Bangladesh will soon sign $2.6 billion loan deal with China’s EXIM Bank to finance the rail link over the Padma bridge.


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Rain exposes risks for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar

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The first spell of   rains fell on the Bangladeshi border town of Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday, bringing with it apprehension and the first signs of flooding in the camps hosting thousands  of Rohingya refugees who have fled a violent crackdown in Myanmar.
An early morning downpour that fell on the flimsy bamboo and tarpaulin shacks of the sprawling camp marks the beginning of a rainy season which, it is feared, could put at least 150,000 lives at risk.
The first bout of rain lasted only an hour, but brought strong winds and left destruction in its wake. Sporadic bouts of rain are now predicted for the rest of the week, though the full monsoon rains and cyclonic storms are yet  to come.
Nur Jahan, 27, who fled from Maungdaw in Myanmar, said his home had already been damaged by the first rainfall. “It was really dangerous because there was also a strong wind blowing around the camp and dust was coming into our homes,” he said.
“I was really worried. I thought my hut was going to be blown down by the wind. I was trying to save my ration cards because I thought if I lost those, we won’t be able to get our rations. The water was gathering on my roof and it almost caved in and at the same time I was worried about it blowing off.”
Jahan added: “If the rains continue like this, then my house and others are going to be destroyed. I’m worried about my children. Where are they going to stay during the monsoon?”
Since August 2017, over 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar, following a brutal military campaign of violence that saw villages razed to the ground, men killed and women sexually assaulted. Cox’s Bazar is now home to the most densely populated refugee camp in the world.
Fiona MacGregor, of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), who was on the ground in Cox’s Bazar, said: “Given the ground conditions and weather in the area, it is impossible to mitigate against all disaster.” Describing the camps in the aftermath of the first rainfall, she said there had already been shallow flooding and churned roads, highlighting the challenges for aid access that lay ahead.
She went on: “The fact that people in some parts of the camps today were having to wade through water after only a few showers is an indication of the kind of the difficult and dangerous ground conditions we will see far more of when monsoon proper arrives and which will also bring the risk of water-borne diseases and infections.”
Cox’s Bazar is known for having one of the highest rainfall totals in the country during monsoon season. Many of the overcrowded camps are also built on newly deforested hills, which are susceptible to mud landslides and flash flooding.
Bangladesh’s refugee relief and rehabilitation commissioner, Mohammad Abul Kalam, said they were trying to stabilise the slopes using sandbags and other techniques. “We have adopted elaborate plans to save the refugees from the risks of the natural disasters during the coming monsoon,” he said, adding that they hoped to relocate all those in high-risk areas within weeks.
“Around 90,000 of the refugees are living in very high-risk areas and we are planning to relocate them to safer areas on a priority basis. We are developing 700 to 800 acres of forest land on the west of Kutupalong camp, where they all will be relocated to a new, safer area.”
Speaking on Tuesday, Bangladesh’s prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, re-emphasised a controversial government plan to move 100,000 of the monsoon-vulnerable refugees to Bhasan Char, an uninhabited sediment island in the Bay of Bengal. However, the plans have prompted a backlash from aid agencies, who have raised concerns about living conditions and weather vulnerability of the proposed location, while refugees themselves have said they will refuse to go.
Kalam said the island was not yet ready to welcome the refugees. “It is being developed to make the place suitable for living. We hope within a month or two it will be ready,” he said.
As the monsoons approach, the Rohingya refugees are desperate for hope Lisa Singh and Andrew Broad
Agencies such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the IOM and the World Food Programme, in cooperation with some Bangladeshi government agencies, are working to make the camps as resilient against the impending rains as possible. Refugees have also been attempting to prepare for the floods over the past few weeks, though the prospect has left many terrified.
Shafiqa, 25, who left Buthidaung in Myanmar, described how she had begun rebuilding her hut almost from scratch, digging up mud to fortify the weak frame of the bamboo and tarpaulin shelter.
“The winds are coming and people say they could break everything,” she said. “We haven’t been able to build our homes properly, so I’m terrified of the monsoon. There’s no one in the house to help me, my parents are old and it’s dangerous at night, so I’m just trying to strengthen my home by building these mud walls.”
Ali Johor, who crossed over from Rakhine to Bangladesh in September, was concerned the 10ft x12ft shack he lives in with nine other family members, built on the slope of a hill, would not be able to survive the rain. “I fear that one such storm could blow away my entire shack,” he said.

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The first spell of   rains fell on the Bangladeshi border town of Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday, bringing with it apprehension and the first signs of flooding in the camps hosting thousands  of Rohingya refugees who have fled a violent crackdown in Myanmar.
An early morning downpour that fell on the flimsy bamboo and tarpaulin shacks of the sprawling camp marks the beginning of a rainy season which, it is feared, could put at least 150,000 lives at risk.
The first bout of rain lasted only an hour, but brought strong winds and left destruction in its wake. Sporadic bouts of rain are now predicted for the rest of the week, though the full monsoon rains and cyclonic storms are yet  to come.
Nur Jahan, 27, who fled from Maungdaw in Myanmar, said his home had already been damaged by the first rainfall. “It was really dangerous because there was also a strong wind blowing around the camp and dust was coming into our homes,” he said.
“I was really worried. I thought my hut was going to be blown down by the wind. I was trying to save my ration cards because I thought if I lost those, we won’t be able to get our rations. The water was gathering on my roof and it almost caved in and at the same time I was worried about it blowing off.”
Jahan added: “If the rains continue like this, then my house and others are going to be destroyed. I’m worried about my children. Where are they going to stay during the monsoon?”
Since August 2017, over 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar, following a brutal military campaign of violence that saw villages razed to the ground, men killed and women sexually assaulted. Cox’s Bazar is now home to the most densely populated refugee camp in the world.
Fiona MacGregor, of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), who was on the ground in Cox’s Bazar, said: “Given the ground conditions and weather in the area, it is impossible to mitigate against all disaster.” Describing the camps in the aftermath of the first rainfall, she said there had already been shallow flooding and churned roads, highlighting the challenges for aid access that lay ahead.
She went on: “The fact that people in some parts of the camps today were having to wade through water after only a few showers is an indication of the kind of the difficult and dangerous ground conditions we will see far more of when monsoon proper arrives and which will also bring the risk of water-borne diseases and infections.”
Cox’s Bazar is known for having one of the highest rainfall totals in the country during monsoon season. Many of the overcrowded camps are also built on newly deforested hills, which are susceptible to mud landslides and flash flooding.
Bangladesh’s refugee relief and rehabilitation commissioner, Mohammad Abul Kalam, said they were trying to stabilise the slopes using sandbags and other techniques. “We have adopted elaborate plans to save the refugees from the risks of the natural disasters during the coming monsoon,” he said, adding that they hoped to relocate all those in high-risk areas within weeks.
“Around 90,000 of the refugees are living in very high-risk areas and we are planning to relocate them to safer areas on a priority basis. We are developing 700 to 800 acres of forest land on the west of Kutupalong camp, where they all will be relocated to a new, safer area.”
Speaking on Tuesday, Bangladesh’s prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, re-emphasised a controversial government plan to move 100,000 of the monsoon-vulnerable refugees to Bhasan Char, an uninhabited sediment island in the Bay of Bengal. However, the plans have prompted a backlash from aid agencies, who have raised concerns about living conditions and weather vulnerability of the proposed location, while refugees themselves have said they will refuse to go.
Kalam said the island was not yet ready to welcome the refugees. “It is being developed to make the place suitable for living. We hope within a month or two it will be ready,” he said.
As the monsoons approach, the Rohingya refugees are desperate for hope Lisa Singh and Andrew Broad
Agencies such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the IOM and the World Food Programme, in cooperation with some Bangladeshi government agencies, are working to make the camps as resilient against the impending rains as possible. Refugees have also been attempting to prepare for the floods over the past few weeks, though the prospect has left many terrified.
Shafiqa, 25, who left Buthidaung in Myanmar, described how she had begun rebuilding her hut almost from scratch, digging up mud to fortify the weak frame of the bamboo and tarpaulin shelter.
“The winds are coming and people say they could break everything,” she said. “We haven’t been able to build our homes properly, so I’m terrified of the monsoon. There’s no one in the house to help me, my parents are old and it’s dangerous at night, so I’m just trying to strengthen my home by building these mud walls.”
Ali Johor, who crossed over from Rakhine to Bangladesh in September, was concerned the 10ft x12ft shack he lives in with nine other family members, built on the slope of a hill, would not be able to survive the rain. “I fear that one such storm could blow away my entire shack,” he said.


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Bangladesh boys selected to for Friendship Football in Russia

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Md Golam Rafi Khan and Rafat Shams,  both 12 year old football enthusiasts from Bangladesh, have been selected as country’s representatives at the global FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP (F4F) social programme.
The F4F programme, supported by Gazprom and FIFA aims at developing youth football and a healthy lifestyle as well as promoting tolerance, open-mindedness and respect of different cultures and nationalities between children from across the globe. Bangladesh joins the programme for the second time and will participate alongside 210 other countries and regions.
Md Golam Rafi Khan will join Young footballers from around the world in Moscow in June 2018. The children will be a part of the 32 International Teams of Friendship and play against each other in the Gazprom FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP International Championship. The friendly tournament aims to bring together children from around the world and celebrate the unifying spirit of football.
Rafat Shams will act as the young journalist and report on all the local and global activities of the F4F programme as part of the International Children’s Press Center. He will also spread awareness on the Nine Values (friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions and honour) of the F4F programme.
Md Golam Rafi Khan and Rafat Shams, will also participate in the Sixth Football for Friendship International Children’s Forum in Russia, which will allow youngsters to meet their peers from other countries, share their experiences, and discuss with famous footballers and journalists on how to promote key values of the F4F Programme around the world
The sixth season of the F4F programme will conclude with a visit by the participating children to the opening ceremony and the first match of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Speaking on the selection of the young ambassadors by Bangladesh Football Federation, Mr.HARUNUR RASHID (Exco Member– Bangladesh Football Federation) said, “The selection of the young ambassadors from Bangladesh is an extension of our support to this unique global initiative. The programme is a wonderful opportunity for the ambassadors to build ties of friendship among children from around the world and foster peace and harmony through the beautiful game of football. We wish our young ambassadors all the best for the programme and look forward to their contribution in promoting the key values of the programme, in Russia, as well as in Bangladesh”.

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Since 2013, PJSC Gazprom has been organizing the International Children’s social programme Football for Friendship. The key values promoted by the programme participants include friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, tradition and honour. The participants are Young Players (girls and boys, including those physically challenged), as well as Young Journalists covering the F4F events within the framework of the The Football for Friendship International Children’s Press Center. Geographical scope of the programme expand annually: from 8 countries in 2013 to 211 countries in 2018. For the past five years, more than 3,700 people have participated in the programme. Football for Friendship is supported by FIFA, UEFA, International Olympic Committee, football federations of various countries, international children’s charity funds, and world’s leading football clubs.
32 International Teams of Friendship were formed during the Open Draw, as well as playing roles for each Young Player from each country (goalkeeper, defender, midfielder or forward) were determined. After definition of the roles for the Young Players, their coaches will be selected this way: 19 countries which will represent the Young Coaches were defined in an unpredictable manner as a result of an Open Draw, 11 coaches will be chosen from the cities hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, 2 Young Coaches will be selected from the best participants of the previous seasons of the Football for Friendship programme.

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Md Golam Rafi Khan and Rafat Shams,  both 12 year old football enthusiasts from Bangladesh, have been selected as country’s representatives at the global FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP (F4F) social programme.
The F4F programme, supported by Gazprom and FIFA aims at developing youth football and a healthy lifestyle as well as promoting tolerance, open-mindedness and respect of different cultures and nationalities between children from across the globe. Bangladesh joins the programme for the second time and will participate alongside 210 other countries and regions.
Md Golam Rafi Khan will join Young footballers from around the world in Moscow in June 2018. The children will be a part of the 32 International Teams of Friendship and play against each other in the Gazprom FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP International Championship. The friendly tournament aims to bring together children from around the world and celebrate the unifying spirit of football.
Rafat Shams will act as the young journalist and report on all the local and global activities of the F4F programme as part of the International Children’s Press Center. He will also spread awareness on the Nine Values (friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions and honour) of the F4F programme.
Md Golam Rafi Khan and Rafat Shams, will also participate in the Sixth Football for Friendship International Children’s Forum in Russia, which will allow youngsters to meet their peers from other countries, share their experiences, and discuss with famous footballers and journalists on how to promote key values of the F4F Programme around the world
The sixth season of the F4F programme will conclude with a visit by the participating children to the opening ceremony and the first match of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Speaking on the selection of the young ambassadors by Bangladesh Football Federation, Mr.HARUNUR RASHID (Exco Member– Bangladesh Football Federation) said, “The selection of the young ambassadors from Bangladesh is an extension of our support to this unique global initiative. The programme is a wonderful opportunity for the ambassadors to build ties of friendship among children from around the world and foster peace and harmony through the beautiful game of football. We wish our young ambassadors all the best for the programme and look forward to their contribution in promoting the key values of the programme, in Russia, as well as in Bangladesh”.

BACKGROUND
Since 2013, PJSC Gazprom has been organizing the International Children’s social programme Football for Friendship. The key values promoted by the programme participants include friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, tradition and honour. The participants are Young Players (girls and boys, including those physically challenged), as well as Young Journalists covering the F4F events within the framework of the The Football for Friendship International Children’s Press Center. Geographical scope of the programme expand annually: from 8 countries in 2013 to 211 countries in 2018. For the past five years, more than 3,700 people have participated in the programme. Football for Friendship is supported by FIFA, UEFA, International Olympic Committee, football federations of various countries, international children’s charity funds, and world’s leading football clubs.
32 International Teams of Friendship were formed during the Open Draw, as well as playing roles for each Young Player from each country (goalkeeper, defender, midfielder or forward) were determined. After definition of the roles for the Young Players, their coaches will be selected this way: 19 countries which will represent the Young Coaches were defined in an unpredictable manner as a result of an Open Draw, 11 coaches will be chosen from the cities hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, 2 Young Coaches will be selected from the best participants of the previous seasons of the Football for Friendship programme.


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CPB, SPB want parliament dissolved before election

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The Communist Party of Bangladesh and the Socialist Party of Bangladesh demanded that the parliament should be dissolved before the next general election to be held by January 28, 2019.
Addressing a discussion at the Institution of Engineers in Dhaka on reformation of the electoral system, the left parties also demanded cancellation of the existing single-member constituency system replacing by the proportional representation.
Proportional representation is an electoral system in which parties gain seats in proportion to the number of votes cast for them.
CPB and SPB jointly organised the programme.
In a concept paper, CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim demanded amendment to the constitution curbing power of the government and seating routine works for the interim government during the election as it was proved that holding a neutral election under the party government impossible.
He also demanded direct voting for the reserved women seats in the parliament and restoration of the provision of ‘no vote’.
Oikay NAP president Pankaj Bhattacharya said that the nation now observing the contraction policy of democracy and holding a free, fair and participatory election would not be possible without opening up the democracy.
Shushashoner Janya Nagarik secretary Badiul Alam Majumder said that the next general election would not be peaceful and acceptable if the stakeholders — Election Commission and the government— would not complete the whole election process with credible and transparent way.
International Crimes Tribunal prosecutor Rana Dasgupta said, ‘Now we are watching a game in name of democracy which earlier we seen during the Pakistan period.’
Former caretaker government adviser M Hafizuddin Khan said there was no bar on dissolving the parliament even under the existing constitution.
Former Awami League lawmaker SM Akram said he had no hope that there would be a free, fair and participatory election.
Gana Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury said that he suspected that the ruling party will do everything to ensure secure its role and long lasting.
Columnist Syed Abul Maksud said that the present parliament was a non-participatory one and that parliament was like ‘imitation ornament’.
He also said that there was no difference between the present parliament and autocratic system.
SPB president Khaliquzzaman presided over the discussion.

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The Communist Party of Bangladesh and the Socialist Party of Bangladesh demanded that the parliament should be dissolved before the next general election to be held by January 28, 2019.
Addressing a discussion at the Institution of Engineers in Dhaka on reformation of the electoral system, the left parties also demanded cancellation of the existing single-member constituency system replacing by the proportional representation.
Proportional representation is an electoral system in which parties gain seats in proportion to the number of votes cast for them.
CPB and SPB jointly organised the programme.
In a concept paper, CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim demanded amendment to the constitution curbing power of the government and seating routine works for the interim government during the election as it was proved that holding a neutral election under the party government impossible.
He also demanded direct voting for the reserved women seats in the parliament and restoration of the provision of ‘no vote’.
Oikay NAP president Pankaj Bhattacharya said that the nation now observing the contraction policy of democracy and holding a free, fair and participatory election would not be possible without opening up the democracy.
Shushashoner Janya Nagarik secretary Badiul Alam Majumder said that the next general election would not be peaceful and acceptable if the stakeholders — Election Commission and the government— would not complete the whole election process with credible and transparent way.
International Crimes Tribunal prosecutor Rana Dasgupta said, ‘Now we are watching a game in name of democracy which earlier we seen during the Pakistan period.’
Former caretaker government adviser M Hafizuddin Khan said there was no bar on dissolving the parliament even under the existing constitution.
Former Awami League lawmaker SM Akram said he had no hope that there would be a free, fair and participatory election.
Gana Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury said that he suspected that the ruling party will do everything to ensure secure its role and long lasting.
Columnist Syed Abul Maksud said that the present parliament was a non-participatory one and that parliament was like ‘imitation ornament’.
He also said that there was no difference between the present parliament and autocratic system.
SPB president Khaliquzzaman presided over the discussion.


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NHRC worried by murders, kidnappings in CHT

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The National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday expressed concern over a recent rise in murders and kidnappings in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The NHRC said in a statement that the human rights situation would deteriorate in the area if the current trends persist. ‘I call on everyone concerned to ensure that the perpetrators of the murders and kidnappings be brought to justice,’ said NHRC chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque. He said that the administration needed to strengthen its efforts to maintain peace and harmony in the area. In the statement he particularly referred to a newspaper report about the murder of Surja Bikash Chakma that took place in Khagrachhari on Tuesday. He also referred to abductions of UPDF leaders Monty Chakma and Doyasona Chakma from Rangamati on March 18. Monty is general secretary of Hill Women’s federation while Doyasona is its central committee member. Our Khagrachhari correspondent reported on Wednesday locals in Matiranga found the body of a middle-aged man dumped in a forest. The deceased has been identified as Natun Kumar Tripura, 45, a resident of Hatimura village under Gomti union. Locals said Natun had been missing for the last two days. Matiranga police station’s officer-in-charge Zakir Hossain said that the motive behind the murder could not be known immediately.

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The National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday expressed concern over a recent rise in murders and kidnappings in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The NHRC said in a statement that the human rights situation would deteriorate in the area if the current trends persist. ‘I call on everyone concerned to ensure that the perpetrators of the murders and kidnappings be brought to justice,’ said NHRC chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque. He said that the administration needed to strengthen its efforts to maintain peace and harmony in the area. In the statement he particularly referred to a newspaper report about the murder of Surja Bikash Chakma that took place in Khagrachhari on Tuesday. He also referred to abductions of UPDF leaders Monty Chakma and Doyasona Chakma from Rangamati on March 18. Monty is general secretary of Hill Women’s federation while Doyasona is its central committee member. Our Khagrachhari correspondent reported on Wednesday locals in Matiranga found the body of a middle-aged man dumped in a forest. The deceased has been identified as Natun Kumar Tripura, 45, a resident of Hatimura village under Gomti union. Locals said Natun had been missing for the last two days. Matiranga police station’s officer-in-charge Zakir Hossain said that the motive behind the murder could not be known immediately.


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