BNP Declares Dawn to Dusk Hartal for Thursday May 17

BNP declares dawn to dusk Hartal for Thursday May 17

BNP Declares Dawn to Dusk Hartal for Thursday May 17

Dhaka, May 16: BNP has declared a 12-hourdawn-to-dusk countrywide hartal for Thursday May 17 in protest against the jail of their top leaders.

Thirty-four senior 18-party alliance leaders, including BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, were sent to jail on Wednesday after they surrendered before a court here in an arson case.

BNP declares dawn to dusk Hartal for Thursday May 17

BNP declares dawn to dusk Hartal for Thursday May 17

Apart from Fakhrul, BNP’s standing committee members Dr Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, MK Anwar, Mirza Abbas, ASM Hannan Shah, Sadeque Hossain Khoka, Liberal Democratic Party president Oli Ahmed and other senior leaders of the coalition were charged in the case.

Meanwhile, at least 20 people including policemen and journalists were injured during clashes between lawyers, activists of 18-party alliance and police at Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court premises. The clash ensued as soon as the news of sending the leaders to jail broke out.

Diganta TV cameraman Khalilur Rahman, Dainik Dinkal Arifuzzaman Mamun, ABC Radio’s Zilhajuddin Nipun, Channel 24 journalist Sazid, Boishakhi TV journalist Mahmud Sharif, bdnews24.com’s Anisur Rahman Khan were the journalists among the injured.

Of the injured, lawyer Hossain Ali Khan, also a leader Jatiyatabadi Lawyers’ Forum, was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as his condition deteriorated. Besides, two other lawyers Nazrul Islam Pappu, and Akhtaruzzamn, were injured during the scuffle.    

Violence also spread at different corners of the city and at least two buses were torched in city’s Motijheel AGB Colony, and Karwanbazar.

2 buses torched in Dhaka city due to protest by BNP against jailing of their leaders

2 buses torched in Dhaka city due to protest by BNP against jailing of their leaders


District units of BNP in Sirajganj, Pabna, Natore, Tangail, Bogra, and Thakurgaon called dawn-to-dusk shutdown in the respective districts in protest against the court’s decision.

Independent TV reported that hundreds of Liberal Democratic Party workers barricaded Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highway in Chandanaish area. A number of vehicles were also vandalised by the workers. 15 LDP men were picked up from the spot.

Meanwhile in the capital, Police detained at least 100 18-party alliance men from different parts of the city for bidding to create anarchy, our correspondent reported.  

Earlier in the noon, Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Erfanullah rejected the bail prayers after a brief hearing in connection with the case for setting ablaze a bus in front of prime minister’s office during April 29 hartal.

The hearing began at 12:40pm and concluded at 1:25pm.

Witnesses said hundreds of BNP leaders and activists thronged the court area when the leaders went to surrender.

Soon after the court cancelled the bail prayers and ordered to sent them to jail, , pro-BNP lawyers brought out processions in the court premises while other BNP men staged demonstration surrounding the court.

At one stage, The pro-BNP lawyers also pelted brickbats and PET water bottles at the law enforcers and court building.

According to witnesses several hundred personnel from police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) were deployed in and around the court area to tackle the situation.

Besides, traffic movement on the roads at English Road, Laxmibazar, Sadarghat, Jagannath University and adjacent areas remained suspended while almost all the offices and business establishments remained closed during the clashes.

Khurshid Hossain, deputy commissioner of Lalbagh Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, many people were detained for creating anarchy in the area.

He, however, said the number of arrested people was yet to be ascertained.


Thirty-three top 18-party alliance leaders including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir landed in jail on Wednesday after their bail petitions were rejected in an arson case.

33 top 18-party alliance leaders including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir forced in jail on Wednesday after their bail petitions were rejected in an arson case.

Security has been beefed up in and around the court premises prior to the surrender of the opposition leaders.

During the hearing, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, the counsel of the defendants, said that the charge against the 18-party alliance leaders is not acceptable and it is totally politically motivated.

Earlier in the morning, the leaders, accused in the case involving setting fire to a bus in front of PM office during the April 29 BNP-enforced hartal, arrived at the crowded court premises in old Dhaka, court sources said, adding the court is expected to start hearing after mid-day Wednesday.

On May 13, the third bench of the High Court directed the leaders, accused of torching the bus, to surrender before the trial court by May 16.

Justice Anwarul Haque also asked the law enforcers not to arrest or harass the petitioners during the two-day period.

On May 10, Chief Justice Md Mozammel Hossain sent the bail petitions of 34 alliance leaders, who earlier secured anticipatory bails following a split verdict in two cases, to a third bench of the High Court for final disposal.

On May 7, the HC bench, comprising Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Nazrul Islam Talukder, passed the split order over 34 bail petitions filed by senior alliance leaders, including its acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

The senior judge of the HC bench Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury granted anticipatory bail for the BNP leaders till submission of the charge sheets in connection with the cases. He also issued two separate rules asking the government to explain within four weeks why the petitioners should not be granted permanent bail in the cases.

On the other hand, junior judge Nazrul Islam Talukder directed the petitioners to surrender before the trial court within next seven days. He also directed the law enforcers not to arrest or harass the petitioners during the seven-day time.

As a result the petitions were sent to Chief Justice Mozammel Hossain for constitution of a third bench for final disposal of the bail petitions.

On April 29, Tejgaon police filed a case against 44 leaders and activists of the BNP-led 18-party alliance for allegedly torching the bus.

BNP call for Hartal in 16 districts for Thursday, May 17


BNP - Bangladesh Nationalist Party

BNP - Bangladesh Nationalist Party

Opposition BNP called dawn-to-dusk hartal in 16 district of northern region of the country for Thursday in protest against arrest of 33 leaders of 18-party alliance.

Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, BNP chairperson Khaleda’s political adviser and also Northern Districts’ Coordinator of Ilias Ali rescue movement, made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday noon.

He said, “The government has filed different types of cases against opposition leaders instead of giving Ilias Ali back. They are obstructing democracy through arresting the leaders.”

Tuku criticized the government for sending 33 leaders of 18-party alliance, including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to jail in a case filed for torching vehicle in front of PMO office during hartal.

He urged the people of 16 northern districts to make the hartal a success.

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Presidential Candidates 2012 – Updated Candidates List with Bio

Presidential Candidates 2012

With participation of  all the final nominees from Presidential Candidates 2012, the US Presidential Election 2012 will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, which will be the 57th presidential election for USA. The President and the Vice President of the United States will be elected by the Presidential electors on December 17, 2012.

List of  Presidential Candidates 2012 with full bio, photos, video, personal profiles, logo & slogan including election strategy, agenda & campaign.

Republican Presidential Candidates 2012

As of latest update on August 2011, Republican Party has 17 (seventeen) candidates for election 2012 who has formally declared candidacy or have filed as candidates with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The Republican presidential primaries for the Presidential Election 2012 will be held in 2012 to determine the presidential nominee of the GOP.


1. Michele Bachmann

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota’s 6th district
Born:  April 6, 1956 (age 55), Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Political party:  Republican
Spouse:  Marcus Bachmann
Residence:  Stillwater, Minnesota
Education: Winona State Uni (BA), Oral Roberts Uni (JD), College of William & Mary Law School (LLM)
Occupation : Attorney
Religion : Evangelical Christian

2. Herman Cain

Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Born:  December 13, 1945 (age 65), Memphis, Tennessee, US
Political party:  Republican
Spouse:  Gloria Cain
Residence:  Sandy Springs, Georgia, US
Education: Morehouse College (B.A.), Purdue University (M.S.)
Occupation : Businessman, Radio host, Columnist
Religion :  National Baptist

3. Newt Gingrich

58th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Born:  June 17, 1943 (age 68), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Political party:  Republican
Spouse:  Callista Gingrich
Residence:  McLean, Virginia
Education: Emory University (B.A.), Tulane University (M.A./PhD)
Occupation : College Professor, Author, Politician
Religion :  Roman Catholic

4. Jon Huntsman, Jr.

  9th United States Ambassador to China & former Governor of Utah
Born: March 26, 1960 (age 51), Palo Alto, California
Political party: Republican
Spouse: Mary Kaye Cooper
Residence: Sandy Springs, Georgia, US
Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A.)
Occupation : Ambassador, Governor
Religion : The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

 5. Gary Johnson

   29th Governor of New Mexico
Born:  January 1, 1953 (age 58), Minot, North Dakota
Political Party:  Republican
Spouse:  Dee Simms
Residence:  Taos, New Mexico
Education:  University of New Mexico
Occupation:  Businessman
Religion:  Luthera

 6. Fred Karger

  Karger has worked on nine presidential campaigns and served as a senior consultant to the campaigns of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford.
Born:  January 31, 1950 (age 61), Glencoe, Illinois, US
Political party:  Republican Party
Spouse:  (Gay)
Education:  University of Denver (BA)
Occupation :  Political consultant, Gay rights activist, Actor
Religion :  Judaism

 7. Andy Martin

  Known for Litigation and allegations involving Barack Obama’s birthplace and father
Born:  1945 (age 66), Middletown, Connecticut
Political party:  Republican
Spouse:  (Single)
Residence:  New York, New York
Education:  University of Illinois (BA, JD)
Occupation :  Public Interest Lawyer, Executive Director of CCoA
Religion :  Episcopal

 8. Thaddeus McCotter

   Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan’s 11th district
Born:  August 22, 1965 (age 45), Livonia, Michigan, U.S.
Political party:  Republican
Spouse:  Rita McCotter
Residence:  Livonia, Michigan
Education:  University of Detroit (BA & JD)
Occupation :  Attorney
Religion :  Roman Catholic

 9. Jimmy McMillan

Born:  December 1, 1946 (age 64)
Political party:  Republican
Spouse:  (Single)
Residence:  East Village, Manhattan, New York City, NY
Occupation :  Political Activist, Perennial Candidate
Religion :  Christian

 10. Ron Paul

   Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas’s 14th district
Born:  August 20, 1935 (age 75), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political party:  Republican
Spouse:  Carolyn “Carol” Paul
Residence:  Lake Jackson, Texas
Education:  Gettysburg College (B.S.), Duke University (M.D.)
Occupation :  Physician, Politician
Religion :   Christian (Baptist)

 11. Rick Perry

   47th Governor of Texas
Born:  March 4, 1950 (age 61), Paint Creek, Texas
Political party:  Republican Party
Spouse:  Anita Thigpen
Residence:  West Austin, Texas
Education:  Texas A&M University (Animal Science)
Occupation :  Military Officer, Farmer, Politician
Religion :  Christian (Methodist)

Presidential Election 2012

 12. Buddy Roemer

   52nd Governor of Louisiana
Born:  October 4, 1943 (age 67), Shreveport, Louisiana
Political party:  Republican
Spouse:  Frances (Cookie) Demler & Patti Crocker Roemer
Residence:  Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Education:  Harvard University
Occupation :  Businessman
Religion :  Methodist

 13. Mitt Romney

   70th Governor of Massachusetts
Born:  March 12, 1947 (age 64), Detroit, Michigan
Political party:  Republican
Spouse:  Ann Romney
Residence:  Belmont, Massachusetts / San Diego, California
Education:  Stanford University, Brigham Young University  (BA), Harvard University (MBA, JD)
Occupation :  Businessman, Politician, Author
Religion :  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints    (Mormon)

 14. Rick Santorum

  United States Senator from Pennsylvania
Born:  May 10, 1958 (age 53), Winchester, Virginia
Political party:  Republican
Spouse:  Karen Garver Santorum
Residence:  Penn Hills, Pennsylvania
Education:  Pennsylvania State University, University of Pittsburgh,
Dickinson School of Law
Occupation :  Attorney, Politician
Religion :  Roman Catholic

 15. Jonathon Sharkey

   Known as Jonathon (originally John) Albert “The Impaler” Sharkey
Born:  April 2, 1964 (age 47), Elizabeth, New Jersey
Political party:  Republican Party
Residence:  Florida
Education:  Kansas State University, Hillsborough Community College for BA, Ph.D. in Political Science from SCU, Lake Charles, LA
Occupation :  Actor, Director, Professional Wrestler, US Army Disabled Veteran
Religion : Catholic


Democratic Presidential Candidates 2012

Democratic party candidates list as who have either formally announced that they are running for president in 2012 and/or have filed as a candidate with the FEC.

 1. Barack Obama

   44th President of the United States
Born:  August 4, 1961 (age 50), Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S
Political party:  Democratic Party
Spouse:  Michelle Robinson
Residence:  White House & Chicago, Illinois
Education:  Occidental College, Columbia University (B.A.), Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Occupation :  Community organizer, Lawyer, Constitutional law professor, Author
Religion :  Christianity

 2. Randall Terry

Born:  1959 (age 51–52), New York City, New York, US
Political party:  Democratic party
Spouse:  Andrea Sue Kollmorgen
Residence:  Washington, D.C.
Education:  Elim Bible Institute, Empire State College, SUNY
Occupation :  Pro-Life activist, Author, TV Host, Author, Lecturer
Religion :  Roman Catholic


Independent Presidential Candidates 2012

 1. Kent Mesplay

   California delegate to the Green National Committee
Born:   July 19, 1962 (age 49), Madang, Papua New Guinea
Political party:  Green Party
Residence:  Pueblo, CO
Education:  Harvey Mudd College, Northwestern University
Occupation :  Air Quality Inspector II, Teacher
Religion :  Unknown

 2. R. Lee Wrights

   Vice Chair Libertarian National Committee
Born:  June 8, 1958 (age 53), Winston-Salem, N.C
Political party:  Libertarian Party
Residence:  Burnet, Texas
Education:  Willmar College
Occupation :  Writer, Editor, Communications director
Religion :

 3. Jack Fellure

Born:  October 3, 1931 (age 79), Midkiff, West Virginia
Political party:  Prohibition Party
Spouse:  Jean
Residence:  Hurricane, West Virginia
Occupation :  Perennial candidate, Retired engineer
Religion :

 4. James Hedges

   Tax Assessor for Thompson Township, Fulton County, Pennsylvania
Born:  1939
Political party:  Prohibition Party
Education:  University of Iowa (BA),University of Maryland (MS)
Occupation :  Prohibition activist, Editor, Tuba Performer,
Religion :

 5. Stewart Alexander

   Socialist Party USA nominee for President of the United States
Born:  October 1, 1951 (age 59),  October 1, 1951 (age 59)
Newport News, Virginia, United States
Political party:  Socialist Party USA
Occupation :  Political writer, activist
Religion :  None (Atheist)

 6. Roseanne Barr

Born:  November 3, 1952 (age 58), Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Political party:  Independent Candidate
Spouse:  Ben Thomas
Residence:  Big Island, Hawaii, U.S.
Occupation :  Actress, comedian, writer, producer, director
Religion :

 7. Robert John Burck

Born:  December 23, 1970 (age 40), Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Political party:  Independent Candidate
Education:  University of Cincinnati
Occupation :  Actor, singer, songwriter, writer
Religion :

 8. Joe Schriner

  An American politician and journalist. He has run as an independent candidate for President of the United States in four consecutive election cycles.
Born:  1955 (age 56)
Political party:  Independent Candidate
Residence:  Ohio
Education:  Bowling Green State University
Occupation :  Journalist and author
Religion :  Catholic


Prospective Candidates 2012

The following are individuals who have been the subject of speculation in prominent media sources as being possible presidential contenders in the 2012 election. The speculation may stem from noted media analysts and commentators, or from actions or comments made by the individuals themselves — which suggest the possibility of a presidential run — as reported in reliable media sources.

 1. Alvin Greene

   Democratic nominee for United States Senator
Born:  August 30, 1977 (age 33), Florence, South Carolina
Political party:  Democratic party
Residence:  Manning, South Carolina
Education:  University of South Carolina
Occupation :  Soldier, Politician
Religion :  Baptist

 2. John R. Bolton

   25th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Born:  November 20, 1948 (age 62), Baltimore, Maryland
Political party:  Republican
Spouse:  Gretchen Bolton
Residence:  Bethesda, Maryland
Education:  Yale University, Yale Law School
Occupation :  Lawyer, diplomat
Religion :  Lutheran

 3. David Duke

   Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from the 81st district
Born:  1 July 1950 (age 61), Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political party:  Republican
Spouse:  Chloê Eleanor Hardin (div)
Residence:  Mandeville, Louisiana, U.S.
Education:  Louisiana State University
Occupation :  Author, political activist
Religion :  Christianity

 4. Rudy Giuliani

Born:  May 28, 1944 (age 67), Brooklyn, New York
Political party:  Republican
Spouse:  Judith Giuliani
Education:  Manhattan College (B.A.), New York University School of Law (J.D.)
Occupation :  Attorney
Religion :  Roman Catholic

 5. Sarah Palin

   9th Governor of Alaska
Born:  February 11, 1964 (age 47), Sandpoint, Idaho, U.S.
Political party:  Republican
Spouse:  Todd Palin
Residence:  Wasilla, Alaska
Education:  University of Idaho
Occupation :  Local news sportscaster, Commercial fisherman, Politician, Author, Political commentator
Religion :  Non-denominational Christian

 6. Virgil Goode

   Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia’s 5th district
Born:  October 17, 1946 (age 64), Richmond, Virginia
Political party:  Constitution (2010–present)
Spouse:  Lucy Dodson
Residence:  Rocky Mount, Virginia
Education:  University of Richmond, University of Virginia
Occupation :  Attorney
Religion :  Baptist (convert from Presbyterian)

 7. Donald Trump

  An American business magnate, television personality and author. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization.
Born:  June 14, 1946 (age 65), Queens, New York City
Political party:  Republican
Spouse:  Melania Trump
Residence:  Trump Tower, Manhattan
Education:  Fordham University, University of Pennsylvania
Occupation :  Chairman & president of The Trump Organization
Religion :  Presbyterian

 8. George Pataki

   53rd Governor of New York
Born:  June 24, 1945 (age 66), Peekskill, New York
Political party:  Republican
Spouse:  Libby Pataki
Education:  Yale University, Columbia Law School
Occupation :  Attorney, Politician
Religion :  Roman Catholic

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