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CEC Affirms Commitment to Transparent National Election

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Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal emphasized his strong commitment to conducting a transparent and impartial national election scheduled for January 7 next year.

“We are determined to ensure a fair and credible election to safeguard the country’s economy and future,” he stated.

Addressing the first phase of a daylong training for divisional officials at the Election Commission (EC), the CEC mentioned that the EC is actively working to prevent the influence of muscle power, black money, and irregularities.

In reference to the training program, Awal underscored the importance of providing intensive training on electoral rules and regulations to enable members of the electoral investigative committee to perform their duties accurately.

While acknowledging the collaborative effort required, the CEC expressed that it would be impossible for the EC alone to organize a genuinely fair election without government support and the sincerity, bravery, and integrity of officials assisting in the process.

“We must ensure that voters can participate in hassle-free voting, and allegations from candidates will only be considered if polling agents are present at the polling centers,” he added.

The CEC emphasized the EC’s pursuit of an uncontroversial election result, stating, “For the sake of the country’s democracy and economy, we have no alternative but to conduct a free and fair election.”

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Rainfall Likely in Parts of Bangladesh, says Met

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The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has forecasted rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty winds in various parts of the country in the next 24 hours from 9 am today.

According to a bulletin from the met office, these weather conditions are likely in one or two places over Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, and Khulna divisions. The rest of the country may experience mainly dry weather with a temporary partly cloudy sky. The bulletin also anticipates a rise in both night and day temperatures by 1-2 degrees Celsius across the country.

On Friday, the maximum temperature recorded in the country was 31.2 degrees Celsius at Teknaf in the Chattogram division, while today’s minimum temperature of 09 degrees Celsius was recorded at Tetulia in the Rangpur division. The sun is expected to set at 5:58 pm today and rise at 6:25 am tomorrow in the capital.

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PM Sheikh Hasina Outlines Path to Development Through Independent Institutions

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina emphasized today that a nation’s path to development relies on the foundations of an independent judiciary, a robust parliament, and a capable administration. Speaking at the closing session of the two-day International Conference on ‘South Asian Constitutional Courts in the Twenty-First Century: Lessons from Bangladesh and India’ at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), she highlighted the government’s commitment to judicial independence. Hasina pointed out that since assuming power, the judiciary has been separated from the administration, with a distinct budget allocation to ensure financial autonomy.

Acknowledging the past dependence of the Judiciary on the government for financial matters, the Prime Minister detailed the steps taken by her government to create an independent Election Commission. She underscored the significance of detaching the Election Commission from the Prime Minister’s Office, ensuring its complete independence and dedicated funding.

Furthermore, Sheikh Hasina mentioned a constitutional amendment, inspired by a High Court verdict, criminalizing the illegal usurpation of state power. She asserted that this inclusion safeguards the fundamental and democratic rights of the people.

Highlighting Bangladesh’s progress, Hasina announced the country’s recognition as a developing nation effective from 2026. Looking ahead, she expressed the vision of transforming Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country, known as “Golden Bangladesh,” by 2041, in line with the ideals of the nation’s founding leader, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The event also featured remarks from Chief Justice of Bangladesh, Justice Obaidul Hassan, Chief Justice of India, Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, Minister for Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs, Anisul Huq, and Justice M. Enayetur Rahim of the Appellate Division.

 

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PM Sheikh Hasina Envisions Self-Reliance in Bangladesh’s Defense Strategy

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has emphatically restated Bangladesh’s commitment to avoiding conflict but emphasized the need to strengthen its defense capabilities for safeguarding independence and sovereignty.

Speaking at the Golden Jubilee commemoration of the Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act, 1974, enacted by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, she highlighted the government’s alignment with Bangabandhu’s vision through the Forces Goal 2030. PM Hasina affirmed the country’s determination to take necessary measures for self-reliance. The Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act, 1974, was praised as a crucial guideline, expected to remain integral for the nation’s future. The significant maritime areas acquired were underscored as contributors to Bangladesh’s economic prosperity.

In the program chaired by State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), Shipping Secretary Md. Mostafa Kamal and Naval Chief Admiral M Nazmul Hassan also addressed key points. Rear Admiral (Retd) Md Khurshed Alam presented a keynote paper, accompanied by an audio-visual documentary. PM Hasina explored different stalls within the program premises post-event.

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