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.Ruling Awami League and a few other quarters have reacted to the BNP’s decision of amending the party constituion and making party senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman acting chairman ahead and after BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s jailing in a graft case on 8 February.Ten days ahead of the verdict on the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, the principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party BNP submitted to the election commission the amended version of its constitution after revoking its section-7.The section said if a person is convicted as per 1972 presidential order, declared bankrupt, proved unbalanced, known as corrupt or notorious in society, he or she is disqualified from being member of the national council, the national executive committee, the standing committee or member of executive committee at any level. The person will also be disqualified from being nominated by the party to contest in the national elections.BNP leaders said the party had revoked the section-7 of its constitution working out a strategy to tackle the evolving situation in which its top leadership was implicated in what is called false cases.”The constitution of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party has been changed through discussion with the party’s senior leaders,” BNP standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman told Prothom Alo.He pointed out that the BNP leaders are being implicated in false cases and punished as well. “What could the party do [in such circumstances?” the BNP leader said about the plot to convict the party leaders.According to rules, a registered political party can amend its constitution after holding its council session and submit it to the EC. The EC has nothing to do if the party constitution is not conflicting with the Representation of People Order (RPO).However, the BNP side said nothing about whether any discussion was held for amendment of the party constitution. The BNP held the national council session two years ago.The AL camp and some others criticised the BNP’s move, calling it undemocratic.The AL, especially its general secreraty Obaidul Quader, termed this step bizarre, and blasted the BNP for making Tarique Rahman acting chairman of the party despite being convicted in absentia in a corruption case. Quader alleged that the BNP amended the constitution “out of fear of cases”.Tarique Rahman was sentenced to 10 years in jail in the same graft case in which Khaleda Zia was awarded with five years of imprisonment.Secretary of Shujan or ‘Citizens for Good Governance’, Badiul Alam Majumdar told Prothom Alo that the BNP could have given the party responsibility to someone who is not convicted in any corruption case.About amendment of the party constitution, he said this indicates that the BNP is not willing to allow the party leadership to someone outside the Zia family.BNP leaders argue the party grassroots leaders and activists will not accept the party’s leadership from outside the Zia family.The BNP’s policymakers alleged that the government has planned to keep the family of Khaleda Zia out of politics. They said they had information that the government might try to split the BNP or establish alternate leadership, taking advantage of the situation.While scrapping section 7, the BNP leaders also kept in mind the the AL’s possible criticism that the BNP keeps someone convicted in corruption case at the helm of the party.The BNP leaders candidly said it was just obvious that BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman would be picked for the position of acting chairman in absence of Khaleda Zia. Section-8 of the party constitution provides this scope.However, the BNP leaders did not make a direct reply as to whether the party constitution was amended through the council session held in 2016.Speaking to Prothom Alo, political scientist and former Dhaka University vice chancellor Emajuddin Ahamed said the imprisonment of Khaleda Zia is a conspiracy against the country’s stability and the next parliamentary polls.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has withdrawn 15 cases filed against her during the military-controlled government, he pointed out.”Attempt is made to push the leader, who once took position against minus-2 (a plot to exclude Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina from party leadership), out from politics,” he added.BNP leaders claimed that there is no discomfort in the party with the leadership of Tarique Rahman as acting chairman, who, they said, was talking to senior leaders over phone.BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said the BNP is completely comfortable with Tarique Rahman as the party’s acting chairman. “Why is the Awami League so uncomfortable with the BNP’s leadership?”
A motorist drives through high waters after Hurricane Florence swept through, in Bolivia, North Carolina, US, 15 September 2018. Photo: ReutersTropical storm Florence dumped “epic” amounts of rain on North and South Carolina as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising.Florence’s intensity has diminished since it roared ashore along the US mid-Atlantic coast on Friday as a hurricane. But its slow march over the two states, crawling west at only 3 miles per hour (6 km per hour), is expected to leave large parts of the region deluged in the coming days, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said late Saturday.”This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news briefing. His state has already endured record rainfall, with much more forecast to come. Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said.”This is a hurricane event followed by a flood event,” said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, around 50 stranded people had been airlifted out by helicopter in North Carolina, said petty officer Michael Himes of the US Coast Guard. More than 26,000 hunkered down in shelters.Numerous roads were closed, and authorities warned of the risk of landslides, tornadoes and flash floods, with dams and bridges in peril as rivers and creeks swelled. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in South Carolina.North Carolina officials said there had been at least seven storm-related fatalities in the state, with unconfirmed reports of a further three deaths.South Carolina authorities reported one death.The White House said president Donald Trump approved making federal funding available in some affected counties.Trump, who plans a visit to the region next week, tweeted his “deepest sympathies and warmth” to the families and friends of those who had lost their lives.Worst Yet To ComeAt 2300 EDT (0300 GMT), the NHC said Florence had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km), and was slowly drifting westward over South Carolina.The center said the storm would dump as much as 40 inches (102 cm) of rain along coastal areas of the Carolinas, as well as up to 10 inches in southwestern Virginia.In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people about 90 miles inland, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes by Sunday afternoon because of the flood risk.”If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible,” Mayor Mitch Colvin said at a news conference.”The worst is yet to come,” he added.The storm made landfall on Friday near Wilmington, a city of about 120,000 squeezed between North Carolina’s Atlantic coastline and the Cape Fear River.On Saturday, its streets were strewn with downed tree limbs and carpeted with leaves and other debris. Electricity remained out for much of the city, known for its historic mansions, with power lines lying across roads like wet strands of spaghetti.Near the Sutton Power Plant in Wilmington, coal ash leaked from a Duke Energy landfill. The site lost enough material to fill around two-thirds of an Olympic-sized pool, the company said in a statement, adding that it did not believe the incident posed a risk to health or the environment.Officials had warned before the storm that the rains could risk tainting waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste.Florence has already set a North Carolina record for rainfall totals, exceeding that of Hurricane Floyd, which struck in 1999 and caused 56 deaths. Floyd produced 24 inches of rain in some parts of the state, while Florence has already dumped about 30 inches in areas around Swansboro.In New Bern, about 90 miles northeast of Wilmington at the confluence of two rivers, Florence overwhelmed the town of 30,000 and left the downtown area under water. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.”It was pitch black and I was just scared out of my mind,” said Tracy Singleton, who with her family later drove through torrential rain and high winds from her home near New Bern.South Carolina authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas, while Wilmington set a curfew on Saturday evening in response to looting in one area.As the United States dealt with Florence, a strong typhoon tore across the northern tip of the Philippines, wrecking homes and triggering landslides before heading toward Hong Kong and China.
Share Manuel Balce Ceneta/APFormer California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks at a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in October on the day arguments took place in a case about political maps in Wisconsin.Updated at 4:39 p.m. ETThe U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a Republican challenge to the newly drawn Pennsylvania congressional map ahead of the 2018 elections.The decision means Republicans have few, if any, options remaining to try to stem a map that will almost certainly result in Democrats picking up potentially three or four seats and could make half a dozen or more competitive.Tuesday is the filing deadline for candidates for Pennsylvania’s April 26 primaries.Last month, the Supreme Court also declined to block the state court decision that said the old GOP-drawn map violated the Pennsylvania Constitution.Republicans drew a gerrymandered map in 2011 that resulted in a 13-5 congressional district advantage. That was despite Democrats having won the state in five straight presidential elections at the time.Democrats need to win a net of 24 seats to win a majority in the U.S. House.The decision comes on the same day a federal court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Republican congressmen challenging the new map. It’s a double gut punch to the GOP and all but guarantees that Democrats pick up a few seats, and in an election with control of Congress at stake, every seat counts.Legally, the challenge could also open the path to a slew of state court challenges.Challengers to the 2011 GOP-drawn map called into question its legality based on the state constitution, a rarity that could provide a road map for challengers in other states.The Supreme Court’s decision Monday also shows a possible reluctance to weigh in on state law when it comes to redistricting.This is not the last say the Supreme Court will have, however, on redistricting. It is hearing arguments March 28 on a Republican challenge to Maryland’s Democratic-drawn congressional map, and the court has a decision pending on a Democratic challenge to GOP-drawn state legislative districts in Wisconsin.Both cases deal with political rather than racial gerrymandering. While the court has ruled previously on racial gerrymandering, it has never ruled on political gerrymandering.The Supreme Court will hear arguments April 24 on racial gerrymandering in Texas as well. And the court also temporarily blocked a lower court’s decision in a racial gerrymandering case in North Carolina ordering the state to redraw a map that was favorable to Republicans.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.