Civil society platform Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) president Hafiz Uddin Khan addresses a press conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday. Photo: UNBMore than 52 per cent of the total 548 candidates, who are vying for mayor and ward councillor posts in the upcoming polls to three city corporations, are businessmen by profession, reports UNB.While addressing a press conference at the National Press Club organised to share the affidavits of candidates contesting in the upcoming city polls, civil society platform Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) said this on Wednesday.Presenting a report, Shujan representative Dilip Kumar Sarkar also said at least 43 per cent of the candidates taking part in the three elections have educational background below the secondary level.Elections to three city corporations in Sylhet, Barishal and Rajshahi are billed for 30 July.Dilip also presented the information of the candidates’ income status, picture of their assets, number of cases against them, their loan status and description and assessment of financial status of all mayoral candidates in the press conference.Local government expert Tofayel Ahmed said the EC did not properly check the information provided by the candidates in their affidavits and he urged that the EC must verify the information appropriately.Shujan said the election commission (EC) has lost the credibility, which was earlier gained through successful holding of polls in Narayanganj, Cumilla and Rangpur cities.The civil rights body said EC could not take any clear step to prevent several incidents of electoral code of conduct violations already taken place centring the upcoming city polls.That’s why, Shujan observed, public trust on EC is eroding.Mentioning the incidents of bomb blast in Rajshahi, filing of cases against the activists of BNP mayoral candidate in Sylhet and arrests of several persons, Shujan said these incidents are making people worried and concerned about the fairness of the election.Dilip Kumar Sarkar said, “Before the national parliament election these city polls are the biggest ones organised by the EC and if the EC fails to arrange elections in a free and fair way, it will give a negative impression about EC among the public.”Presiding over the programme, Shujan president Hafiz Uddin Khan alleged, “EC failed to ensure a level playing field for the each contesting candidates in these cities, which makes us concerned about the fairness of the elections.”
Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:40 Listen X News 88.7 politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider has been at the Republican National Convention talking to members of the Texas delegation.They spoke about their views on the upcoming presidential election and on Texas’ role in the Republican Party going forward.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016With Donald Trump accepting the GOP’s nomination Thursday night, we now get to hear the delegates thoughts on their candidate in this audio postcard.Interview Highlights:Johnny Lopez, delegate from Irving“I started off being a [Sen. Ted] Cruz supporter, Texas favorite son, but the fact of the matter is that there’s only two people in the race now, and it’s Trump all the way for me.”Chuck Meyer, at-large Texas delegate, lives in The Woodlands“We’re a very red state. Our entire leadership, all the positions in the executive branch, the judicial branch, and the state legislature are majority Republican [NOTE: There is one elected Democratic state judge, Judge Lawrence E. Meyers of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, who was elected four times as a Republican before switching parties in 2013]. And we deliver 38 electoral votes when it comes to the fall. That’s a pretty sizable chunk of electoral votes. You don’t win the White House…if you’re a Republican if you don’t win Texas.”Reginald Grant, delegate from Texas Congressional District 2, lives in Huffman“The world is looking at us and seeing what we’re going to do this election cycle. They’re counting on us to make the right decision, which I’m sure most of the world would agree would be Donald Trump, because we’ve alienated our friends and our allies all around the world, and so they’re looking to know that we have their backs.”Soraya Zamora, delegate from Texas Congressional District 15“I’m originally from Venezuela. I’m a naturalized U.S. citizen, very proud to be an American citizen. When I see people that choose to stay home [on Election Day], because [Trump] is not conservative enough, it really irks me, because it’s not about the man. It’s about the country and what is at stake. Whomever wins the presidency will have to choose Supreme Court justices. These are positions that will probably be for 20, 30, 40 years.”Mike Goldman, at-large Texas delegate, lives in Austin“One thing I’ve seen traveling around the country is that other states frequently look to Texas to develop policy and to measure their approach to resisting what we see as federal overreach. And so I think Texas will continue to have an important role going forward. And the fact that Texas was…the largest state that was not very friendly to Donald Trump, that’s going to be important too.”Morgan Graham, Republican County Chair, Cameron County (Hispanic population of county exceeds 90 percent)“Texas will always be Texas. We’ll never be brought to our knees by any state and by any party, even if it’s our own…We have Governor Greg Abbott, we have our state [GOP] chairman, Tom Mechler – they are actually thinking into other things, something that the national party has overlooked, which is investing [in] and recognizing the Hispanic conservative populace…As far as Texas politics is concerned, we’re going to be fine. It’s just a matter of whether or not other people are willing to work with us and use the asset that we are.”Julie Faubel, at-large alternate Texas delegate, lives in Montgomery“We are a red state, and the Republican National Committee is counting on us to remain red. The RNC last year gave us money to fund field operations, and it’s vital, because if Texas turns blue, there goes the Republican Party in Texas, as well as the national Republican Party.”
Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaThe Houston City Council has approved an agreement with Harris County that will allow its Flood Control District to buy out several houses that got flooded during the Memorial Day flood of 2015.The Houston City Council approved Wednesday an agreement with the Harris County Flood Control District to provide it with up to $10.6 million in federal funding it has at its disposal so that the District buys out about 57 houses that were flooded during the Memorial Day flood of 2015.The homes are located in the neighborhoods of Braeburn Glen, Glenburnie and Cashiola, and Langwood.According to the City, these neighborhoods are low and moderate-income areas.The buyouts will be voluntary and, after the houses are demolished or removed, the properties could be repurposed as parks, gardens and playing fields.Additionally, the goal of the buyouts is to restore the floodplains to their natural function for stormwater storage.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner talked about the agreement with the County after the City Council’s meeting and said that “there are thousands more homes that are subject to buyouts.”“We need to do it, handle it,” added Turner “in a very strategic fashion, and we need to kind of factor in all of the strategies that will be required to make the city more resilient.” Share
Kolkata: At a time when beating up of stray animals, their killings and even abandoning have become rampant in Kolkata, an NGO has given shelter to the cats which were left uncared for due to shifting of the Alipore correctional home to Baruipur.The organisation which is working for the welfare of stray animals for the past two decades has successfully rehabilitated 82 cats, left unattended due to the shifting. The cats were raised by the workers and inmates of the correctional home. They were fed regularly by the staff of the correctional home and the inmates. After the correctional home was shifted to Baruipur, there was no one to look after them. The cats became weak. Senior officials of the Correctional Home department were contacted and permission was sought for the rehabilitation. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseOn Sunday, in the presence of Biplab Das, Additional Inspector General (Correctional Home), the NGO took the cats in its possession. Earlier, the inmates had requested the senior officials at Alipore Correctional Home to take the cats along but their plea had been turned down. A spokesman of the NGO said the cats have been kept in a separate enclosure at the Shibrampur centre. There are already 80 cats there. The newly-adopted cats will be given 200 grams of fish per day along with milk. After they were brought to the centre, they were examined and kept at a separate enclosure. “The cats would not have survived had they not been attended on time,” said a spokesperson of the NGO.