HC halts DNCC mayoral by-polls

HC halts DNCC mayoral by-polls

The High Court's three-month stay on the process of Dhaka North City Corporation polls yesterday triggered a blame game between the Awami League and the BNP.

The voting was scheduled to take place on February 26.

The BNP held the AL and the Election Commission responsible for the situation while the ruling party claimed that the BNP was "guilty of the same crime".

The HC also questioned the legality of the schedule of the DNCC mayoral by-polls and the elections to 18 new wards under the city corporation on February 26. Besides, it issued two rules asking the authorities concerned of the EC and the government to explain in four weeks why the schedule should not be declared illegal.

The bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed came up with the order and rules following two writ petitions filed on Tuesday seeking the stay order.

Deputy Attorney General Mokhlesur Rahman told The Daily Star that the HC stayed the polls on the grounds that the ward councillors would be elected for five years while the mayor for over two years. There might be confusions over the fate of those 18 ward councillors when the next DNCC polls would be due after two years, he said.

The court also took into consideration the grounds mentioned in the petitions that the EC did neither publish the voter list of the 18 new wards nor provide the candidates with compact discs, containing the list, he said.

Jahangir Alom, chairman of Beraid union parishad, and Ataur Rahman, chairman of Bhatara union parishad, filed the two writ petitions with the HC.

Concluding hearing the petitions, the HC bench set yesterday for passing orders on them. Advocate Quamrul Haque Siddique appeared for Jahangir and barrister Mustafizur Rahman Khan and barrister Ahsan Habib Bhuiyan argued for Ataur.

Jahangir is also the general secretary of Badda Thana Awami League while Ataur is the treasurer of Dhaka North City BNP.

The BNP yesterday alleged that the EC staged an "election drama" on instructions from the government as the AL feared a defeat in the by-polls.

Party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the HC stay order proved that the EC was incompetent and irresponsible.

They [EC] announced the election schedule without even consulting anyone and without closing the loopholes," he told reporters.

Rejecting the allegation, AL Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif told The Daily Star, "If the writ petitioners filed the pleas based on their political identities then both the BNP and the Awami League should be held guilty of the same crime. The allegation from the BNP is baseless.

AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader said his party had nothing to do with the HC order. The government is not involved in this. We don't believe in dirty politics,” he said at a press briefing at the party president Sheikh Hasina's Dhanmondi office.

Soon after the EC announced the polls schedule on January 9, there were rumours that the AL would not want the elections months before the parliamentary polls, scheduled for the end of this year.

It's because the party morale would be down if its candidate faced a defeat, said party insiders, adding that the AL would probably not like to risk that right before the national polls.

The insiders also said although the AL officially said it had nothing to do with the elections, a section of party leaders felt relieved after the HC passed the stay order yesterday.

Those leaders believed the government would have to be in a dilemma over the polls. On one hand, it would have to ensure a free and fair polls and one the other, such an election might put the victory of the party candidate at risk, said the leaders.

Meanwhile, Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said the HC order would not have any negative impact on the regular activities of the DNCC.

He said panel mayor Osman Gani, president of Badda Thana AL, would be running the DNCC.

The post of the DNCC mayor fell vacant after Annisul Huq had passed away on November 30 last year. The Local Government Division declared the post vacant on December 1. The EC set January 18 as the deadline for filing nomination, while January 21 and 22 were set for scrutinising the nominations. Deadline to withdraw candidacy is January 29.

The AL-led government had split the Dhaka city corporation into two in November 2011.

In the last election held on April 28, 2015, BNP-backed mayoral candidate Tabith Awal boycotted the polls on the voting day, alleging widespread rigging.

This week, the Awami League named businessman Atiqul Islam while BNP Tabith Awal for contesting the mayoral polls.

Talking to The Daily Star over phone yesterday, Atiqul said, “I was ready to contest the polls and I still am. I will bring some changes to my election strategy now.

I am respectful to the court and the party. So I will abide by the decisions of the court and the party.

Tabith said, “It's painful. The possible candidates and the media had talked about the loopholes but the Election Commission did not take any initiative [to fix them]. I am hopeful that commission will take some steps [in this regard] immediately.


Man orders $60 veneers online but gets something hilarious

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Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. An English teen got much less than he bargained for as he looked to brighten up his smile with veneers he bought online.

Ben Watson, 19, of Halifax, bought the “veneers” for nearly $60 on Wish. He said they were advertised as the “perfect smile at the best price,” Watson said.

I went on a night out with my friends and they took a photo of me, with the flash on. When the flash hit my teeth, they were yellower than the sun,” Watson told InsideEdition. om. I thought, ‘I am going to have to invest, rather buy some teeth, buy some teeth whitening or look at a cheaper way to correct them.

Watson, who said he drinks a large amount of coffee and Red Bull, began looking online when he spotted the teeth on the website.

I thought, ‘Why not? It’s a cheap way to do it,'” Watson said. thought I was I just going to wear them over my regular teeth and nobody would be able to tell the difference. They were advertised to [be] sticking over my teeth, no hassle, mess free.

But, that’s not exactly what happened.

When the teeth arrived nearly a month later, according to Watson, he had his roommate open the package because he wasn’t home. His roommate was laughing so hard at the sight of them that he couldn’t speak, Watson explained.

I just thought this couldn’t get any worse,” Watson said. thought, ‘I can’t really wear them in the environment that I wanted,' so I said, 'I’ll wear them out just as a laugh.

That night, all of his friends got quite a kick out of it.

It was probably one of the most funniest things that could have ever happened," Watson said. I mean, my friend took a video with them and they fell straight out of my mouth. It really was funny but bad at the same time.

Watson said he doesn’t plan on asking the company for a refund. Although he can barely speak with the teeth in his mouth, he said he may wear them again for a few more good laughs.

This is more of a novelty thing,” Watson said. The teeth, believe it or not, have made quite a few good memories so for the sake of [$60], I am just going to keep them and stick out with them.

Messages left for Wish. com by InsideEdition. com were not immediately returned Tuesday.


Diljit Dosanjh on Soorma’s clash with Dutt biopic

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Diljit Dosanjh, whose Hindi film Soorma will lock horns at the box office with Dutt biopic, says he is looking forward to see the movie as he is a huge fan of both Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt. Soorma and Dutt biopic are scheduled to be released on June 29.

The film is based on my favourite superstar Sanjay Dutt sir and my favourite actor Ranbir is playing his role and it is directed by my favourite director (Rajkumar Hirani). All my favourite people are in a one film so I am very excited to see it. I will definitely go and watch the film," Diljit told PTI.

When asked about the clash, the 34-year-old star said, "I don't know if it is clashing or not. The producers are ideally the best people to talk about it. They are the owners they will talk about it.

Diljit, who will be seen as former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh in "Soorma", said it was a difficult film to make. I have not played any games so far. I feel hockey is a tough game. I am very happy that in the second year of my acting career in Bollywood I got to do a biopic. We all have worked really hard.

Soorma" tells the story of Singh, an Indian professional field hockey player and an ex-captain of the national team. He was grievously injured after he was hit in an accidental gunshot in a train in 2006 but he did not give up and continued playing.

The "Udta Punjab" actor says despite the doctors giving up and losing all hope, the hockey player bounced back. According to Diljit, the makers of "Soorma" have tried their best to present an authentic story of Singh on screen.

The actor-singer was trained for almost two months by Singh, who used to be present on the sets most of the time. Talking about the film's title, Diljit says, "'Soorma' means someone who does something that is impossible. It's the perfect title.


Jonny Bairstow and England return to Gabba in lighter mood for second ODI

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Jonny Bairstow and England return to Gabba in lighter mood for second ODI • England aim to take 2-0 lead over Australia in one-day series
• Bairstow happy with form as opener since shift last summer

Jonny Bairstow returned to familiar surroundings in Brisbane on Wednesday. It was in the Gabba’s press conference hall, moments after England had lost the first Ashes Test, that Bairstow read a statement regarding the alleged


Shilpa Shinde's shocking decision

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Popular television actress Shilpa Shinde, winner of Bigg Boss Season 11, says that after the “bad experience” she had with Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hain, she does not want to act in television serials any more.

Often, winning the reality television show has translated to plum offers in the television space for celebrities. But Shilpa says after “whatever happened” during the Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai -- in which she essayed Angoori bhabhi -- she does not want to work on small screen. would rather explore the medium of films than television. After working for so many years, the way few people of the industry (referring to the producers of Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai) treated me, I am disheartened. I do not wish to work in the TV industry anymore,” said Shilpa.

In 2016, the actor left the show Bhabhi Ji. due to issues with the producers. She also reportedly filed a complaint of sexual harassment against producer Sanjay Kohli. Since the actor came out openly in the media and spoke about her experience, she faced trouble in getting new shows.

Asked if naming and shaming any big name in the industry takes a toll on an actor’s career, she said: “Yes, it does.

It is tough for an actress to raise her voice on sexual harassment because the chances are they will question your character, they will ruin your career and they will defeat you in the power game. So one has to be very strong to fight against these white collar mafias,” said the actor, who had even won an Indian Telly Award for her comical performance as Angoori bhabhi.

Coming to Bigg Boss, Shilpa was contending with another popular actress Hina Khan in the finale. Was she sure about her victory? Though I knew from the beginning that I deserve to win the show, it is a different world inside the ‘Bigg Boss’ house. was a journey with a lots of emotional ups and down. At this moment, I am a little overwhelmed to talk much about it, but of course I am glad I won,” she said.

Having started her career in 1999, Shilpa grabbed eyeballs with a daily soap Bhabhi. She acted in shows like Sanjeevani, Maayka, Chidiya Ghar, Lapataganj and more. See, in the last 15 years, people did not love me, but the characters that I played. They did not know how I am in real life as Shilpa Shinde. So now, everyone, who voted for me, they know my real self,” said Shilpa.

My confidence to win Bigg Boss did not come from the number of fans I had before entering the house. I am always confident that I am a good person. I have a lot of patience and tolerance, so I was confident to fight the game on that basis,” she added.


Simone Biles breaks her silence: 'I am not afraid to tell my story'

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US gymnast Simone Biles won four golds at the Rio Olympics.
  • Sentencing of the former USA Gymnastics team doctor has begun
  • US gymnast revealed on Monday she too was victim of Larry Nassar

As the sentencing of the former USA Gymnastics team doctor starts in a Michigan courtroom, questions are being asked over how he was allowed to sexually abuse dozens of young athletes, including one of the stars of the 2016

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