Dhaka calls Trumps Jerusalem move a threat to intl peace

first_imgThe United States’ recent announcement recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move to transfer of US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv may trigger grave consequences, said Dhaka.It expressed apprehensions that Washington’s decision might arise as threats to international peace by inflaming the Muslim world and raising new waves of tension.Bangladesh’s permanent representative to the UN ambassador Masud Bin Momen iterated Dhaka’s position, addressing a meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People at UN headquarter on Thursday, reports UNB.He added that such announcement might trigger hostility and violent extremism in the already volatile region of the Middle East as well as other parts of the world.Ambassador Masud expressed his deep concern at this announcement and said, “It would impose Israeli control over the holy city of East Jerusalem and contribute to changing its historical and legal status, its demographic structure and historic Arab-Islamic character.”He reiterated Bangladesh position in favour of establishing the State of Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.He said Bangladesh stresses on preserving the legal status of Jerusalem within the framework of relevant UN resolutions.Ambassador Masud urged all parties concerned to take a pragmatic approach to the Middle East Process in reaching a two-state solution for peace and stability in the region.He mentioned that Bangladesh’s President recently attended the sixth extraordinary OIC summit held in Istanbul on December 13 to show solidarity with the Palestinian people at this critical juncture.The permanent representative of Senegal, ambassador Fode Seck, chaired the meeting while the permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, ambassador Riyad H Mansour delivered his statement among others.The unilateral, irresponsible and reckless decision of USA regarding the status of Jerusalem is a clear violation of International Law, said ambassador Riyad H Mansour.He praised the diplomatic efforts made by several member states at UN, particularly in the Security Council condemning the US decision and supporting the peace process in Middle East.In his statement, permanent representative of Turkey ambassador Feridun Hadi Sinirlioglu made brief remarks on the recent extraordinary OIC summit of Istanbul convened by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on this issue.last_img read more

DUCSU polls voting begins

first_imgDU students queue for casting their vote in DUCSU election on Monday. Photo: UNBThe voting of the much awaited Dhaka University’s central students’ union, known as DUCSU (Dhaka University Central Students’ Union) and hall unions polls began on Monday morning, reports UNB.The voting has begun at 8:00am which will continue until 2:00pm without any break.A total of 43,256 DU students, including 16,292 females and 26,964 males, will exercise their right to franchise in the six-hour voting.The university authorities have already taken all the necessary steps to conduct the polls in a festive manner after a frantic electioneering by all the major student organisations.A total of 229 candidates are vying for the 25 posts of DUCSU.Among them, 21 are vying for vice president while 14 for general secretary, and 13 for assistant general secretary.Besides, 11 candidates are vying for the Liberation War secretary post, while nine each for the science and technology secretary and common room and cafeteria secretary posts, 11 for the international affairs secretary post, 8 for the literary secretary post, 12 for the cultural secretary post, 11 for the sports secretary post, 10 for the student transport secretary post, 14 for the social welfare secretary post, and 86 for aspirants for the member posts.In the hall union elections, a total of 509 aspirants are in race for 13 positions in each of 18 residential halls of the university.According to the university administration a total of 508 polling booths have been set in 18 residential dorms for the voting.Among them,  25 polling booths have been set up at Jagannath Hall while 20 at Dr Muhammad Shahidullah Hal, 30 at  Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall, 35 each at Shamsunnahar Hall, Salimullah Muslim Hall and Fazlul Huq Muslim Hall, 32 at Master Da Surja Sen Hall, 22 at Zahurul Haq Hall, 20 at Muktijoddha Ziaur Rahman Hall, 50 at Ruqayyah Hall, 20 each at Kabi Jasimuddin Hall, Amar Ekushey Hall and Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall , 16 at AF Rahman Hall, 24 at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall, 19 at Bangladesh-Kuwait Maitree Hall, 45 at Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall and 40 at Bijoy Ekattar Hall.Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police imposed a restriction on movement of outsiders and vehicles on DU campus for 24 hours from 6:00pm on Sunday ahead of the pollsThe last election to DUCSU was held on 6 July, 1990.  In the last 28 years, the Dhaka University students could not cast their votes for selecting their representatives as the election process was closed.last_img read more