Analysis: Is compromise possible if the schedule is extended?



Ishtiaq Hussein, Special Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Thursday (November 30) was the last day to submit nomination papers for the 12th Jatiya Sangsad (JS) elections. There was a curiosity among the common people throughout the day whether the BNP would come to the polls even before the submission of nomination papers.

Because of that curiosity, many were eagerly waiting to see if BNP submits nomination papers today. But in the end, the BNP did not submit any nomination papers today. Although there was enthusiasm among the common people to know more about the issue, political analysts already understood that BNP is not coming to the elections because even on the last day of submission of nomination papers, they observed hartal. Moreover, there is no preparation for the BNP to go to the elections.

Most of the central leaders, including the party's Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, are now in jail. In this situation, it is impossible to have a dialogue about the election because there is no leader outside the prison to speak for dialogue.

It is being talked about whether the main opposition party BNP will come to the election after the deadline for submission of nomination papers or whether there is any chance of compromise. At the end of day, no nomination papers have been submitted by the BNP. Does that mean the 12th JS elections are going to be held without the BNP? However, several election commissioners repeatedly said that if BNP comes to the polls, the schedule will be changed.

Political analysts said that the schedule is still possible to change. And the Election Commission also has that power. However, there is a constitutional obligation to hold elections within 90 days. Normally 45 days should be allowed from the announcement of schedule till the day of election. As such, there is one week left until election day.

Constitutional experts said that the election schedule can be postponed till December 12. The matter completely depends on the Election Commission. However, if BNP does not come to the election, then the discussion is going on about what is the benefit of delaying the schedule.

Political analysts said that since BNP's central leaders are in jail, those who are out are not coming out in public. In this situation, there is no situation for discussion or dialogue. In the political environment that is prevailing now, or from any foreign country, there is still no open activity in this regard.

Analysts said the schedule may be changed even after the deadline for filing nominations has crossed. The schedule is not only changed, the Election Commission can also cancel it if it wants. In that case, the commission will have to take a very bold decision. No such decision has been taken by any commission in the past.

On the other hand, there is no other initiative from the ruling Awami League. However, the General Secretary of the party, Obaidul Quader, said that if the Election Commission adjusts the schedule keeping in mind the deadline, it is a matter for the Election Commission. That is, a green signal was given by the government. After Thursday, it can be assumed that that possibility has also weakened.

Meanwhile, Raushan Ershad, the chief patron of Jatiya Party, one of the partners of the government, had already demanded rescheduling. However, it is assumed that this claim of Raushan Ershad will not prevail at all with the government.

However, EU Ambassador Charles Whiteley and ambassadors of seven European countries visited the Election Commission on Wednesday and held a meeting. At the end of the meeting, the ambassadors spoke of democratic, credible, peaceful and participatory elections. However, the Election Commission has also clarified the issue of holding elections as part of their constitutional obligations.

BNP leaders, however, said that since they are agitating for the resignation of the government, they are not concerned about whether the schedule is delayed or not. Member of the BNP standing committee Abdul Moin Khan said, they want a fair, impartial and inclusive election. Extending the deadline for submission of nominations here will not achieve their claim.

All things considered and the BNP-Awami League's adamant stance, it is clear that there will be no compromise between the two parties if the schedule is changed. For this we want sincere initiative and unconditional dialogue.

   

Bangladeshi couple shot dead in South Africa



District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Noakhali
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Terrorists shot dead expatriate husband and pregnant wife in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday (March 3) evening.

The deceased are Md. Mohin Bhuiya (32), son of Md. Hossein Bhuiya and his wife Runa Akhter (22) of North Manikpur village, Ward No. 4, Arjuntala Union of Upazila. She is the daughter of Md Liton of Jamadar Bari in Kesharpur Union of the same upazila.

This information was confirmed by Abdul Jabbar, UP Member of Ward No. 4 of Arjuntala Union Parishad.

He said armed terrorists shot Mohin and his pregnant wife in Johannesburg, Africa on Sunday evening. At that time both husband and wife died on the spot. Later the locals rescued them and took them to the hospital where the doctor on duty declared them dead. Fortunately, their two children who were with them survived. The two younger brothers of the deceased who were in Africa reported the matter to the country house around 2 o'clock on Sunday. Initially we don't know much more than that. It is believed that this incident happened due to previous violence.

Md. Mofiz Bhuiya, the younger brother of the deceased, said that my elder brother Mohin first migrated to South Africa in 2008 in search of livelihood. Then he took his wife six years ago. My sister in law was 7 months pregnant. Terrorists shot dead my elder brother along with Bhabi.

UP member Abdul Jabbar also said that the news of the deceased expatriate's death was conveyed to the local people on the microphone of the mosque of the village house. This has cast a shadow of mourning over the entire area. The family of the deceased sought the help of the government to bring their bodies to the country.

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Prime Minister awarded medals to 72 BGB members



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On Monday (March 4) at 9:30 am, she joined the parade organized on the occasion of BGB Day at Bir Uttam Anwar Hossain Parade Ground, Pilkhana.

Later, the Prime Minister took the salute besides inspecting the official parade. After the parade, 72 BGB members were awarded medals for their heroic and meritorious work in BGB.

In the speech of the chief guest, the Prime Minister said that besides protecting the border, BGB is playing a role in preventing smuggling and drugs. Government is working BGB as a smart and modern force. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged BGB members to work according to the chain of command.

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Farmer's doom due to incentive onion seed



Majedul Haque Manik, District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Meherpur
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Farmers in Meherpur have suffered huge losses by cultivating onions under government supplied seed as incentives. After all the expenses of onion cultivation, only onion roots are found instead of onion ‘Guti’. It is bad news for the country in the year of onion shortage.

The answer to the question that the farmers planted for some unknown reason despite knowing that the seeds were out of season is not being answered. More than five hundred farmers of the district have to pay the loss.

According to the investigation, the agriculture office has provided seed and fertilizer assistance to 520 marginal farmers of Meherpur district in the current season for growing onion crops under government incentives. Each farmer cultivates onion in one bigha of land. BADC, a government seed producer, imported Nashik Red N53 onion seeds from India. Which is distributed among these marginal farmers free of cost by the Agriculture Office as an incentive.

According to sources from the Agriculture Office, 520 farmers in three upazilas of the district were given one kilogram of onion seeds and two types of fertilizers under the direction of the Department of Agricultural Extension.

The farmers said that some of the farmers sowed the seeds by trusting the government seeds and some planted onion seedlings by making seedlings. Even though onion seedlings are planted in the field in November, no onion pods have been found till date. Farmers are not getting any onion at the base of the cultivated onion trees in the fields. Farmers are spending the necessary fertilizers and pesticides waiting day after day in the hope that the pods will set. But if you pick up the plant, you can't see anything except the roots at the base. Many farmers have given up hope of onions without getting any response from the agriculture office.

Speaking to some agriculture officials who did not want to be named, Indian Nasik Red N53 onion seeds are mainly used for summer onion cultivation. In three upazilas of the district, the farmers got good yield and price of summer onion. Agriculture officials knew that if this summer variety is planted in winter, it will not produce onions. But under the pressure of the upper class, they distributed these seeds in winter. No one answered the question that the big owners have forced the farmers to grow this variety of seeds for some unknown reason.

Touhidul Islam, the affected farmer of Saharbati village, said that he has spent more than Tk. 30,000 on one bigha of onion cultivation. Even though the onion picking time has passed, the onion has not set. Now it will cost some more money to clear the field. The affected farmers are not getting any instructions despite repeatedly contacting the agriculture office.


The victimized onion farmers said that they planted onions in the hope of good yield from the government seeds. But what they didn't know is that summer onion seeds planted in winter will not set. As a result, these farmers have become helpless due to the loss of the entire plantation.

It can be seen that if the minimum financial loss of onion plantation is 30 thousand rupees per bigha, then the total cost of 520 bigha land of 520 farmers is more than Tk. 1 crore 56 lakh. In the year of the major onion crisis in the current season, on the one hand, the onion production has decreased, on the other hand, the marginal farmers have suffered a great financial loss. To compensate for the loss, the aggrieved farmers repeatedly complained to the agriculture office, but there is no assurance or remedy.

Why was it distributed among the farmers knowing that the seeds were out of season? Such questions were put to Meherpur District Agriculture Extension Department Deputy Director Vijay Krishna Halder. But he said without giving any answer, good yield of summer onion has been obtained with onion seeds of this variety.

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PM tells BGB to follow discipline and chain of command



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, I sincerely congratulate those who have been awarded various awards today in recognition of their heroic and meritorious work. This is how you show your skills. May we give this medal more and more. Discipline is the main driving force of an army. Never disturb the order. Follow discipline and chain of command.

She said this at the parade organized on the occasion of BGB Day at Bir Uttam Anwar Hossain Parade Ground in Pilkhana on Monday (March 4) at 9:30 am.

She said, we have sheltered more than 10 lakh Rohingya refugees for humanitarian reasons. Negotiations are underway to send them back to Myanmar. We did not quarrel with the neighbors. We are trying to solve the problem through discussions with neighboring countries.

Using the quote of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who told BGB members, "Work with faith." Act righteously.

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