Polling in over 400 union councils in several districts have ended peacefully. Counting is now underway after the voting ended at 4 this afternoon. Full fledged elections were held in 59 UPs while there were by-elections in vacant posts and suspended centres due to irregularities. Allegations of malpractices have been received from some polling centers.
Meanwhile, peaceful holding of polls also took place in 22 UPs of defunct enclaves in the northern region. Voting took place in the attached unions of the defunct enclaves in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Panchagar from 8 in the morning till 4 pm. Long queues of voters at various centers were noticed since morning. However the presence of the ballotees became scanty after noon. RAB and BGB beside police and ansars were deployed in the polling centers for smooth holding of the votes.
BNP has brought massive allegations of occupying polling centers, vote rigging and terrorism against the ruling party leaders and workers in the UP elections also held today. At a news conference at the party central office at Nayapaltan BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that the government and the election commission together have again turned the UP elections into a farce like in the past. Rizvi also said the administration including the police played the role of silent spectators in the face of occupying the centers by government supporters by intimidating the BNP supported candidates, leaders and workers.
Investigation of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipon killing case has not yet been completed even after one year. He was killed by miscreants on this day last year at Shahbag Aziz Supermarket in the capital. DB police is investigating the sensational case and till now they have arrested two members of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team Abdus Sabur and Mainul Hassan Shamim involved in the murder plot. But Selim, the main member of the killer group could not be arrested as yet. Detectives say the mystery of the case would be unearthed once he is arrested. Meanwhile, relatives of Dipon have demanded immediate nabbing of the killers.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has upheld the bail granted by the High Court to Mahmudur Rahman, editor of Daily Amar Desh in the case of abduction and plotting to kill Sajib Wazed Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her ICT Advisor. The five-member appellate bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumer Sinha quashed the petition filed by the state seeking stay of the appeal. Earlier, the bail of Mahmudur Rahman was stayed by Chamber Judge Hasan Foyez Siddiqui on the 18th of September following petition by the prosecution.
The cabinet has approved amendment to the draft of National Tax Card policy raising to 125 the number of individuals and organisations to get maximum taxpayers’ card. The approval was given at a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. The meeting also decided to provide the tax cards to 64 individuals, 50 companies and 11 in other categories. Earlier 20 individuals and organisations used to get tax card each year. Later briefing newsmen Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said the tax cardholders would enjoy the status of CIP for one year.
Dhaka North City Mayor Annisul Haque has said the process to make the Dhaka City under its jurisdiction green within two years is going ahead. While taking part in distribution programme of plants and tubs to city dwellers at the Diploma Krishibid Institute he said trees would be planted surveying each residence in phases. Claiming that Dhaka North City Corporation is much successful in removing garbage apart from green campaign, the mayor said 90 percent of waste piles have been removed already.
JMB Regional Commander Kulu Molla has been killed in a gunfight with DB police in Kushtia. Four policemen were injured in the incident. One foreign pistol, two rounds of ammunition, three sharp weapons and empty cartridges were recovered from the spot. JMB members opened fire on the policemen at around three last night when they went to Koburhat area to conduct a drive. Later Kulu Molla was killed in an exchange of gunfire between the two sides.
Now news from abroad. Asian-American voters in the upcoming US presidential election, only eight days away might tilt towards Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton rather than her Republican rival Donald Trump. According to opinion polls the main reason of the slide in Trump’s support among the Asian-Americans is hurling insulting comments by him about the immigrants and communal instigation. Meanwhile, the Democrat leader in the US Senate says the head of the FBI may have broken the law by revealing that the bureau was investigating emails possibly linked to Hillary Clinton.
Now sports. ATN Bangla have made a good start in the Summit-DRU Media Cup Cricket beating Independent Television by 5 wickets. Held at the Moulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium, the Independent selected to bat first in the six a side match. They scored 62 runs in the stipulated six overs. In reply country’s first private satellite television channel ATN Bangla reached the winning target without loosing any wicket with five balls remaining. Kamruzzaman Razib made the highest 32 runs while man of the match Niaz Zaman Sajib made 17. ATN Bangla will face off Naya Diganta in the second round on Wednesday.