Election officials said here that 461 village committees of 527 were captured by the Left Front, while Opposition Congress-INPT and Independent candidates won 56 and one villages respectively.
Earlier, Left front candidates had won nine village committees without contest.
Similarly, Left front swept all seven panchayat samitis and 65 of 73 panchayats in byelection and Opposition Congress succeeded in eight village panchayats.
Dhaka, 27 February : Former BNP lawmaker and Partex Group chairman M A Hashem was today arrested in tax evasion case.
Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police arrested him when he was passing through the Lake Road at about 6pm (BDST). Last week Metro special judge’s court issued order warrant of arrest for his failure to appear on three consecutive dates impeding framing of charge in the case.
The cheques totaling Tk 4.80 lakh were distributed at a simple ceremony at the PM’s official residence Ganabhaban. A total of 25 banks provided the cheques for the families of the 58 slain army officers. Bangladesh Association of Banks’ (BAB) arranged the money from their members.
After handing over the cheques, the Prime Minister affectionately treated the slain army officers’ family members. PM’s Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad and BAB president Nazrul Islam Majumder were, among others, present.
Kolkata, 27 February : A court in West Midnapore district Sunday sent two CPI(M) leaders to 14 days judicial custody for their alleged role in the 7 January Netai shootings which left nine people dead and several injured, police said.
‘Abani Singh and Ashwini Chlak were presented before the Jhargram court and remanded to judicial custody for 14 days,’ Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) Superintendent of Police and in-charge of Special Crime Branch (Kolkata) Arun Bothra said.
UNI, Shillong, 27 February : The Border Security Force (BSF) today arrested a top National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) from Baldova area in Meghalaya bordering the Indo-Bangla border.
Anjima Boro (37), the self-styled NDFB Major, was arrested by the BSF troopers while he was trying to enter the Indian territory in states West Garo Hills district. Boro, who joined NDFB in the year 1998 and underwent arms training at Bhutan, was involved in extortion of money and helped his cadres to cross over to Bangladesh from Meghalaya. He mostly remained stationed at Buxiganj of Distt Jamalpur in Bangladesh.
This will be the 5th census in the country after the last census was held in 2001. The population census is held every ten years.
Bangladesh has a long history of census. The first one conducted in this territory was in 1872 under the British. After Independence, the four Population and Housing Census were held in 1974, 1981, 1991 and 2001. The country’s population was 7,63,98,000 in 1974; the number was 8,99,12,000 in 1981; it was 11,14,55,185 in 1991 while the population rose to 13,05,22,598 in 2001.
“The preparations are going on in full swing for successfully holding the census,” said Statistics Division Secretary Riti Ibrahim while recently talking to UNB correspondent Golam Moin Uddin.
The Statistics Division Secretary said that there would be around 2,800 zones across the country for the supervision of the census process with the BBS officers and staffs acting as zonal officers. The zonal officers will look after the supervisors while some 6-7 enumerators will work under a supervisor.
The number of supervisors will be around 57,000 while the enumerators will number around 3,10,000. Each of the enumerators will collect data from 120 households. The zonal officers would recruit the enumerators and supervisors from the local youths prioritizing the females.
To conduct the census, Riti Ibrahim said, the country would be divided into 130 census districts.
She said that only the floating people would be brought under enumeration from 14 March midnight (12:00 am) to 15 March (6:00 am) following the modified Defacto method. This will also be used as reference night.
Riti Ibrahim said that there will be 25 questions for the enumeration including 11 household related and 14 individual related. The question of disability will be included in the individual category while questions on ethnicity will fall in the household category. Some 18 specific ethnic communities will be mentioned in the questionnaire.