CEC justifies police actions on opposition

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul HudaChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Saturday said the police are not arresting anyone without any reason.He added that the law enforcement officials is not either going beyond the directives of the election commission as they are now under his commission’s control.”The police obey our directives. They arrest no one without any reason going beyond our directives,” he told reporters replying to a question at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies have alleged filing of fictitious cases and arrest of its thousands of leaders and activists and submitted list to the prime minister’s office and also the election commission authorities.The CEC made the remarks after the inaugural session of the EC’s three-day briefing arranged for giving its directives to executive magistrates for preventing the violation of the electoral code of conduct in the upcoming parliamentary elections.The first day’s briefing started at 10am with the participation of executive magistrates deployed in election duty in 18 districts.”The commission has given directives to the police. The police have also made commitments to us. They’re working accordingly,” he said.In reply to a question, Nurul Huda said the government does not give any directive to the commission over the election.”There’s no directive from the government. Rather, our election-related directives are now visible there in the field,” he said.The CEC said now the level-playing field prevails in the country.At the inaugural session, the CEC and four election commissioners — Mahbub Talukder, Shahadat Hossain, Rafiqul Islam and Kabita Khanom — were present.The commission in the three-day briefing will give directives to the executive magistrates over how to conduct drives against and punishing the violation of electoral code of conduct in the 11th national election slated for 30 December.Magistrates from Dhaka, Gopalganj, Cumilla, Gazipur, Munshiganj, Narayanganj, Tangail, Faridpur, Manikganj, Kishoreganj, Sherpur, Rajbari, Madaripur, Mymensingh, Netrakona, Jamalpur, Shariatpur and Narsingdi are there in the first day briefing.On 12 November, the EC directed the public administration ministry to appoint executive magistrates at the field level to check the violation of the electoral code of conduct.The EC asked the ministry to appoint one executive magistrate for every upazila, one for three to four wards of city corporations, one to two magistrates for each district sadar municipality and one magistrate for three to four upazilas of the Chattogram Hill Tracts.The commission asked the ministry to keep the magistrates engaged in the election duty till the next day of election (31 December).Besides, the commission will deploy more executive magistrates and judicial magistrates on large scale a few days before the general election.last_img read more

Houston Mayor Says Hes Ready To Sue Over Sanctuary City Law

first_img Share Listen X Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner made his comments on SB 4 after giving the annual State of Mobility address before the Transportation Advocacy Group.Mayor Turner says he believes the law known as SB 4 isn’t about sanctuary cities but more about racial and ethnic profiling. Dallas, Austin, El Paso, and San Antonio have already announced they’re suing over the law and Turner says he’s also ready to go to court.  He says SB 4 would take away too much discretion from Houston police. “Well the reality is when people fear that law enforcement officers may be asking them about their documentation or their legal status,” says Turner,  “They may be less willing to report crimes.”Instead of making the city safer Turner fears the law would have the opposite effect. “We see what’s happening all over the globe,” adds Turner. “Terroristic activities that are taking place. Information is critical and you don’t want anything put in place that will lessen access to information for law enforcement.”Turner must now seek City Council approval to move ahead with the lawsuit. That’s expected later this month. In a tweet, Turner urged council members to agree to the lawsuit. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:03last_img read more

Dance drama and some more

first_imgThough feminism came much later in the last century the emotions have always been there in pervasive and prevalent form. In the performance of artiste Dimple Kaur, we can see the dreams and longing for love, which is beyond the realms of time and society and the practical reality of the dream, marriage which was beautifully captures in the poem Kuvanri (The Virgin) and is interpreted by the dancer in today’s manifestations of domestic abuse and marital rapes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The psychological numbness and quietness is portrayed in the poem titled Chup, followed by the poem titled Mere Dost. Ae Mere Ajnabi is poem of hopefulness and yet the transitory nature of love and relationships. The cycle of love and pain continues as the longing intensifies. The next poem is about the undying spirit of the women Suraj Nu Sare Khoon Maaf Han and yet she says ‘I will meet you yet again…’ and I am Swatantra Rooh (A liberated soul). Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKaur is a performing Indian Classical dancer practicing Bhaartanatyam and VilasiniNatyam dance forms. The artiste commented, ‘This is my unique attempt to bring out in a contemporary form the possibilities and emotions that can be stirred with Punjabi language and I sincerely hope and believe that this will be appreciated by the audience and it will also provide them with an opportunity to experience art and its manifestations in new language.’When: Today Where: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate Ticket Price:  Rs. 500last_img read more

Major South Cheshire road shut following collision

first_imgThe affected stretch of the A529 (Image: Inrix) We have no further information on the collision itself at this stage. We will provide an update when one becomes available. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major South Cheshire road is closed following a traffic accident this evening. The A529 Audlem Road is shut following the collision between Second Dig Lane and Park Lane near Stapeley, south east of Nantwich. Inrix, the traffic data company, reports the road has been closed in both directions since around 5.05pm today (Friday August 2). Traffic is reported to be coping well in the area at present – although Inrix is reporting Cheshire Police believe the road will remain shut well into the evening. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more