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Wedding joy shattered: partygoers among 14 killed in Jhalakathi road crash

112 Upazilas will go to the polls in third phase on May 29

The Election Commission has announced that 112 Upazilas will hold council elections in the third phase of the polls on May 29. Applications for the council races must be submitted to the Upazila’s returning officer or online by May 2. The applications will be scrutinised on May 5 and candidates have until May 12 to withdraw. Candidates will receive their election symbols on May 13. The polls on May 29 will continue uninterrupted from 8am to 4pm. Candidates will contest for the seats of chairman, general vice chairman and reserved vice chairman seats at the Upazila level. Twenty-one Upazilas will use electronic voting machines, while the rest will use paper ballots. The EC, led by Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal, finalised the schedule for the third round of the Upazila council elections after a meeting at the agency’s Agargaon offices on Wednesday. Afterwards, EC Secretary Jahangir Alam provided the details to the media. Bangladesh has 495 Upazilas. This year, 485 of them will go to the polls in four stages. The elections for the remaining Upazilas will be held after their council terms conclude. The first phase of the 6th Upazila council elections will begin on May 8 with polls in 150 Upazilas, the second phase is on May 21 with polls in 161 Upazilas. The fourth phase of polls is set for Jun 5. Even though there is a provision to run for chairperson with the party symbol, the ruling Awami League is not nominating anyone or allowing candidates to use the party symbol in Upazila polls. In that case, the party faithful will have to run as independent candidates. The commission has already eased the procedure for independent candidates as they are no longer required to submit signatures of 250 voters with their nomination papers. The candidates are also allowed to use colour posters alongside traditional black and white ones. The commission also extended the time for election campaigns and increased the sum of the security deposit for the chairperson and vice-chairperson nominations. The security money for a chairman aspirant has been increased to Tk 100,000 from Tk 10,000. The amount has been raised to Tk 75,000 from Tk 5,000 for a vice-chairperson aspirant. The Upazila council elections were held on a single day in 1990 and 2009 after the local government body was formed in 1985 by the military ruler HM Ershad. The commission organised the fourth Upazila council elections in six phases in 2014 and the fifth one in five phases in 2019.

UN Security Council to vote Friday on Palestinian UN membership

The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to vote Friday on a Palestinian request for full UN membership, said diplomats, a move that Israel ally the United States is expected to block because it would effectively recognise a Palestinian state.   The 15-member council is due to vote at 3 p.m. (1900 GMT) Friday on a draft resolution that recommends to the 193-member UN General Assembly that "the State of Palestine be admitted to membership of the United Nations," diplomats said.  A council resolution needs at least nine votes in favour and no vetoes by the US, Britain, France, Russia or China to pass. Diplomats say the measure could have the support of up to 13 council members, which would force the US to use its veto. Council member Algeria, which put forward the draft resolution, had requested a vote for Thursday afternoon to coincide with a Security Council meeting on the Middle East, which is due to be attended by several ministers.  The United States has said that establishing an independent Palestinian state should happen through direct negotiations between the parties and not at the United Nations. "We do not see that doing a resolution in the Security Council will necessarily get us to a place where we can find ... a two-state solution moving forward," US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Wednesday.  The Palestinians are currently a non-member observer state, a de facto recognition of statehood that was granted by the 193-member UN General Assembly in 2012. But an application to become a full UN member needs to be approved by the Security Council and then at least two-thirds of the General Assembly. 'PEACE-LOVING STATES' The UN Security Council has long endorsed a vision of two states living side by side within secure and recognized borders. Palestinians want a state in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, all territory captured by Israel in 1967. Little progress has been made on achieving Palestinian statehood since the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the early 1990s. The Palestinian push for full UN membership comes six months into a war between Israel and Palestinian Hamas militants in Gaza, and as Israel is expanding settlements in the occupied West Bank. Israel's UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan said earlier this month that "whoever supports recognizing a Palestinian state at such a time not only gives a prize to terror, but also backs unilateral steps which are contradictory to the agreed-upon principle of direct negotiations." A Security Council committee on the admission of new members - made up of all 15 council members - met twice last week to discuss the Palestinian application and agreed to a report on the issue on Tuesday.  "Regarding the issue of whether the application met all the criteria for membership ... the Committee was unable to make a unanimous recommendation to the Security Council," the report said, adding that "differing views were expressed." UN membership is open to "peace-loving states" that accept the obligations in the founding UN Charter and are able and willing to carry them out.
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