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EC Sets Jan 7, for 12th Parliamentary Election

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The Election Commission (EC) has officially slated January 7, 2024, for the 12th parliamentary election in Bangladesh. Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal made the announcement, revealing that voting would occur in 300 constituencies nationwide. Nomination papers are due by November 30, with scrutiny taking place from December 1 to 4. Candidates can withdraw until December 17, and appeals on decisions can be made from December 6 to 15. Election symbols will be distributed on December 18, marking the start of the campaigning period until 8 am on January 5.

CEC Awal highlighted the EC’s efforts to streamline the electoral process, introducing online nomination submissions through two new apps. The commission has already appointed 66 Returning Officers (ROs) and 592 Assistant Returning Officers (AROs). Awal emphasized the importance of transparency, ease, and fairness in the electoral procedures.

Stressing the constitutional mandate to hold elections within 90 days before the parliament’s term ends, Awal detailed the extensive dialogue and engagement the EC had with political parties, intellectuals, and civil society. Despite invitations, some parties declined to participate in the discussions.

The CEC urged adherence to the electoral code of conduct, emphasizing the role of political parties, officials, and law enforcement agencies in ensuring fair, free, and impartial elections. Security measures to prevent fraud and maintain order were emphasized.

With preparations almost complete, including an updated voter list and constituency demarcation, Awal called on the media and election observers for cooperation. He stressed the media’s role in ensuring visibility and transparency in the electoral process.

In concluding remarks, CEC Awal expressed confidence that the 12th JS elections would be free, impartial, participatory, and peaceful with the collective effort and responsible behavior of all stakeholders. He appealed for sincere participation and cooperation from political parties, candidates, and the public in this democratic exercise.

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Met Predicts Continued Heat Wave Across the Country

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The Bangladesh Meteorological Department has forecasted that the current mild to moderate heat wave will persist in several regions of the country over the next 24 hours, starting from 9 AM today.

The weather bulletin issued this morning indicates that the heat wave is affecting the districts of Dhaka, Tangail, Faridpur, Madaripur, Gopalganj, Narayanganj, Rajshahi, Pabna, Chapainawabganj, Cumilla, Chandpur, Khagrachhari, Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Jashore, Chuadanga, Kushtia, Magura, Barishal, Patuakhali, and Bhola. This condition is expected to continue.

“Daytime temperatures may see a slight drop, while nighttime temperatures are likely to remain relatively unchanged. The high moisture content will likely maintain the current level of discomfort,” the bulletin noted.

The forecast also includes the possibility of light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty winds in various parts of the country. Specifically, rain is expected in many areas of the Rangpur, Mymensingh, and Sylhet divisions; in some areas of the Dhaka and Chattogram divisions; and in isolated locations in the Rajshahi, Khulna, and Barisal divisions. Moderately heavy to heavy rainfall is anticipated in parts of the Rangpur, Mymensingh, and Sylhet divisions.

On Tuesday, the highest temperature recorded in the country was 38.3 degrees Celsius in Bandarban, while the lowest temperature today was 23.5 degrees Celsius, also in Bandarban. Sylhet experienced significant rainfall over the last 24 hours, measuring 131mm as of 6 AM today.

In the capital, sunset is expected at 6:47 PM today, and sunrise is forecasted for 5:11 AM tomorrow.

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Time to Act on Climate & Water Challenges: Enviroment Minister

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Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury has called for a shift from rhetoric to tangible actions in addressing water, climate change, and cryosphere preservation.

“Words, rhetoric, and pledges must transform into delivery and action on water, climate, and the cryosphere,” said Chowdhury during the plenary session of the 3rd High-Level International Conference on the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Sustainable Development.’

The conference, held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Tuesday, served as a crucial gathering for global leaders and stakeholders to discuss pressing issues related to water and climate. Chowdhury emphasized the urgency of these challenges, stressing the need for global solidarity, political ownership, and decisive leadership to implement the necessary changes.

“Achieving our shared goals and ensuring a sustainable future requires global solidarity, political ownership, and leadership,” the minister stated.

The 3rd High-Level International Conference on the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Sustainable Development’ is a key platform for countries to collaborate on sustainable water management and climate action.

Chowdhury reiterated Bangladesh’s dedication to global initiatives and highlighted the critical role of collective action in addressing environmental challenges.

His call to action underscores the importance of moving beyond promises and taking concrete steps to safeguard our planet’s water resources and climate for future generations.

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PM Sheikh Hasina Distributes 18,566 Houses to Homeless Families Ahead of Eid-ul-Azha

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has distributed 18,566 houses to homeless and landless families across the country under the Ashrayan-2 project, just five days before Eid-ul-Azha. The distribution ceremony took place on Tuesday, with the Prime Minister inaugurating the process via videoconference from her official residence, Ganabhaban. The event connected to Kaliganj upazila of Lalmonirhat, Eidgaon upazila of Cox’s Bazar, and Char Fashion upazila of Bhola.

During the ceremony, the Prime Minister also declared 70 additional upazilas, including all upazilas from 26 districts, free from landlessness and homelessness. This brings the total number of landless and homeless-free districts to 58 and the number of upazilas to 464 nationwide.

Under the government’s flagship housing initiative, the Ashrayan-2 Project aims to ensure housing for all. On this occasion, 1,282 houses were distributed in Lalmonirhat, 261 in Cox’s Bazar, and 1,234 in Bhola districts.

This initiative builds on previous distributions where the Prime Minister handed over 63,999 houses in the first phase, 53,330 in the second phase, 59,133 in the third phase, and 39,365 in the fourth phase of the Ashrayan-2 Project.

Each beneficiary family receives a semi-pucca house on two decimals of land, with ownership jointly granted to both husband and wife. Each house includes two bedrooms, a kitchen, a toilet, and a veranda.

The rehabilitation program for homeless people was originally introduced by the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in 1972. Prime Minister Hasina revived the effort with the Ashrayan project in 1997, aiming to provide homes and land ownership to the homeless and landless.

Since the project’s inception, a total of 771,301 families have been rehabilitated, benefiting approximately 3,856,505 individuals. Across all programs, 4,340,000 people from 867,904 families have received homes, including 2,910,265 people from 582,053 families under the Ashrayan Project.

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