• 2nd day blockade in progress amid stray incidents
  • BJP set to sweep MP — BJP: 107; Congress: 51
  • South Africa unites in prayer for Mandela
  • U-19 match postponed in Chittagong after blast
  • JP wants rescheduled election
  • AL won’t mind if polls shifted, says Amu
  • Warrant for execution of Quader’s death sentence today likely
  • UN envoy meets CEC
  • Israel minister proposes partial West Bank annexation
  • Pakistan turns to China for development
  • ‘JP ministers’ resignations will travel to PMO by postal mail’
  • Death sentence execution warrant for Quader sent to jail
  • Tribunal advises Yusuf to change lawyer
  • Running train of unilateral polls needs to be stopped: Dr Kamal
  • Govt to shoulder responsibility for any unwarranted situation: BNP
  • UN emissary meets Indian envoy
  • Many things possible, CEC tells Taranco
  • Jamaat calls strike for Monday
  • PM meets President, apprises him about country’s situation
HOME  MAIN NEWS
  
Print Friendly and PDF

Constitution to be followed

PM tells Taranco

Staff Correspondent

UN Assistant Secretary-General for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco meets prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photoUN Assistant Secretary-General for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco meets prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday told UN assistant secretary general for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco that she would act in accordance with the constitution and follow democratic process in holding the 10th parliamentary elections.
Gowher Rizvi, foreign affairs adviser to the prime minister, informed reporters after a one-on-one meeting between Sheikh Hasina and Fernandez-Taranco that the UN official had called for deferring the polls schedule but the prime minister told him that the issue of rescheduling of the polls was under the jurisdiction of the Election Commission.
The hour-long meeting began at 4:50pm and ended at 5:50pm at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban.
Rizvi said Fernandez-Taranco had handed over a message of UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon to the prime minister. Quoting the message, Rizvi said the UN secretary general had stressed the need for creating a level-playing field for holding the elections. The prime minister told the UN envoy that the polls would be held in accordance with the constitution.
Before the one-to-one meeting with the prime minister, a delegation-level discussion was held between the two sides.
Earlier, a delegation of Awami League leaders held a meeting with Fernandez-Taranco at Sonargaon hotel. AL general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam led the seven-member team at the talks. 
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Syed Ashraf hoped that the initiatives taken by the United Nations for an inclusive and peaceful election would be fruitful like its initiatives before the last general elections.
‘Following the initiatives of UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, the last general elections were held. This time too we hope that his initiative and the discussions with his assistant secretary over the next general elections would be fruitful,’ he said.
Ban Ki-moon visited Dhaka in November 1-2, 2008 and discussed different issues relating to politics, economy and social affairs ahead of the 9th general elections.
Ashraf said no specific issue was discussed in the meeting with Taranco on Saturday afternoon. ‘Primary discussions were held on the election. There would be more talks with him. We hope the discussions would be fruitful as we want democracy to continue [functioning] and they [UN] also want so,’ he said, adding that ‘both sides’ would need ‘some spaces’ for reaching a consensus to ensure an election participated by ‘all political parties’.
Replying to a question, Ashraf clarified that ‘all political parties’ meant that the election would be held with the participation of the political parties which had already been involved in the current electoral process.
About the election schedules, he said that the 10th parliamentary elections must be held on January 5 as per the schedules.
Land minister Amir Hossain Amu, industries minister Tofail Ahmed, the prime minister’s foreign affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi, former commerce minister Faruk Khan, AL joint general secretary Mahbub Ul Alam Hanif and former diplomat Shahed Reza were on the AL delegation at the meeting that started around 1:40pm and ended around 3:30pm.
Fernandez-Taranco started his Bangladesh mission by holding meetings with foreign minister AH Mahmud Ali and foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque.




Reader’s Comment

comments powered by Disqus
   

Ferries torched at Mawa as blockade begins

Transport worker Alamgir undergoes treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital as he suffered severe burns after blockaders set fire to a bus at Mawa ferry terminal in Munshiganj on Saturday. — Indrajit Ghosh
Stray incidents of violence and arson marked the first day of the third spell of the opposition-enforced blockade of road, railway and waterways on Saturday as pickets clashed with the police and torched vehicles and ferries to push for a non-partisan... Full story

Businessmen vent anger against parties

Businessmen launch a mass signature campaign in front of BGMEA Bhaban in Dhaka on Saturday to protest at the ongoing political crisis and blockade. — Sanaul Haque
Business leaders on Saturday threatened taking to the streets along with their workers and employees if major political parties failed to reach a consensus in three to four days. Asking political parties why businessmen would fall victim to their politics of... Full story

Constitution to be followed

UN Assistant Secretary-General for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco meets prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday told UN assistant secretary general for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco that she would act in accordance with the constitution and follow democratic process in holding the 10th parliamentary... Full story

Taranco meets Khaleda

UN Assistant Secretary-General for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco calls on opposition leader Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo
The visiting United Nations assistant secretary general for South and Central Asian affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco called on Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday and discussed different issues, including the next general... Full story

Biased TV coverage of parties, leaders identified

Significant levels of political bias in the reporting of news by the state-owned Bangladesh Television have been identified in the ongoing monitoring of the channel by the international NGO Democracy International. The NGO, whose Democratic... Full story

South Africa prepares funeral for Mandela

Mourners place flowers outside the home of the late South African President Nelson Mandela in Houghton, Johannesburg on Saturday. — Reuters photo
South Africa on Saturday prepared a sweeping, emotional 10-day farewell to Nelson Mandela — a funeral that will draw an unprecedented gathering of world leaders and luminaries, reflecting the anti-apartheid icon’s transcendent influence. Full story

BNP calls hartal in Dhaka for today

Dhaka city unit of Bangladesh Nationalist Party enforces a 24-hour general strike in the capital while BNP-backed student and volunteer fronts have also called dawn-to- dusk hartal in different districts for today in protest at the arrest of its leaders. Full story

Warrant for execution of Quader̢۪s death sentence likely today

The warrant for the execution of the death sentence of Abdul Quader Molla on war crimes charges is likely to be issued today by the International Crimes Tribunal-2. On September 17, the Appellate Division sentenced... Full story

I̢۪ll head JP as long as I live: Ershad

The Jatiya Party chairman, HM Ershad, on Saturday lambasted media reports which said that Ersahd had been removed and Rawshan Ershad had been made the party̢۪s acting chairperson. Full story

WTO hails ‘historic’ first global trade agreement

Commerce ministers capped days of hard negotiations on Saturday by approving a WTO agreement on international commerce they hailed as a ‘historic’ boost for the trade body. Full story

Marooned people demand effective river management

The marooned people living on the side of the River Kobadak in the southwest of the country are demanding an immediate excavation of the silted up river and an effective river management to remove the water that collects there for months every year. Full story

NSA defends global cellphone tracking as legal

The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorised under a sweeping US presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by... Full story

Dhaka-Kolkata bus off during blockade

As yet another 72-hour opposition blockade starts Saturday, the Dhaka-Kolkata bus service has been cancelled for reasons of safety. Since 1999, two bus services ‘Souhardyo’ and ‘Shyamoli’ have operated between Dhaka... Full story

42 appeal against cancellation of candidatures

Forty-two aspirants have so far appealed to the Election Commission against the cancellation of their nominations by the returning officers till Saturday. During the two-day scrutiny that began on Thursday, the returning officers cancelled... Full story

PM urges Khaleda to call off blockade programme

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday urged the opposition leader, Khaleda Zia, to call off the ongoing blockade programme amid the three-day national mourning to pay respect to Nelson Mandela, the revered icon of South Africa̢۪s... Full story

US for dialogue, credible election in B̢۪desh

The United States has again underlined the urgent need for major political parties in Bangladesh to engage immediately in constructive dialogue to hold credible elections that reflect the will of Bangladeshi people. Full story

Hearing on maritime boundary case begins tomorrow

The hearing on the case related to the Bay of Bengal maritime boundary dispute between Bangladesh and India will begin at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the Netherlands on Monday. Full story

105 sued over rly sabotage

Government Railway Police filed a case with Bonarpara Railway police station in Gaibandha on Friday against the miscreants for sabotage on the railway at Buringi area district on Wednesday. Full story
  • Online Poll


    Do you think that the government has successfully brought back normalcy in public life after the January 5 elections?

    • Yes
    • No
    • No comment
    Ajax Loader