EC directs the returning officers not to do biased work
Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
The Election Commission (EC) has instructed the Returning Officers to take steps to increase the number of voters in the upcoming 12th JS elections. The EC has also directed the Returning Officers not to do anything that is derogatory or prejudicial to the public.
This was stated in a circular signed by Deputy Secretary Atiyar Rahman of the election management branch of EC.
The purpose of Returning Officers is to act in accordance with laws and regulations to ensure that they do not act in a way that would bring discredit to the competent authorities or the local public and that they do not create the impression that they are biased.
In order to increase the number of voters, the EC has instructed the officials to organize a joint meeting with the district administration and upazila administration to encourage everyone to vote, and to keep in touch with the leaders of the local political parties.
In the circular, EC has instructed to work in the light of law, rules and code of conduct so that no influence or interference from any particular quarters can undermine the neutrality of elections.
The objective of the officials is also stated- not to act in a manner which may bring disrepute to the competent authorities or the local public and to ensure that they do not create the impression that they are biased, to act in accordance with the law and regulations.
According to the circular, intensive patrolling of law and order mobile units, strengthening of security measures in vulnerable areas and important polling stations and extensive pre-election publicity about the locations of polling stations after the finalization of the polling station list to create an assured environment for voters to come to the polling station smoothly and comfortably.
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.
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.
Majedul Haque Manik, District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Meherpur
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.
PM tells BGB to follow discipline and chain of command
Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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.