Dhaka, Nov 5 (UNB) - Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Monday said everyone must be respectful to the law as no one in society is above the law.
“The role of judges is important in the law as they performed with honesty and firmly to establish the rule of law. Equality and impartiality in the society will be established through the law and in its absence there will be misuse of power,” she said, while addressing the award giving ceremony of the Justice Sikandar Ali Memorial Scholarship -2018, held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on the campus as chief guest.
The three important parts of the state are –Executive, Legislature and Judiciary and these are performing their duties for the sake of the people.
Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the programme while Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Haque also addressed the programme.
The Law Minister also made a presentation titled ‘Rule of Law’ at the programme.
Jayanta Kumar Mridha and Iffat Sajia Meem received the cheques from the speaker.
Dhaka, Nov 5 (UNB) – The senior leaders of Jatiya Oikyafront on Monday urged the Election Commission (EC) not to announce the schedule for the next general election until the outcome of its Wednesday’s talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
An Oikyafront delegation, led by Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) president ASM Abdur Rob, made the call at a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda, four other Commissioners and the EC secretary at Agargaon Nirbachon Bhaban.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Abdur Rob said they had discussions with the EC in a cordial manner based on their seven-point demand they placed before the Prime Minister during their talks with her on November 1.
He said the Commission agreed to some issues they raised at the meeting while it could not give its final decision on some others, including deployment of army and the use of EVMs in the election.
“We requested them not to announce the election schedule before the outcome of our dialogue (with the Prime Minister) on November 7… it seems they may consider our request,” Rob said.
He said the EC has assured them that it will ensure the security of polling agents during the election so that they can perform their duties boldly and safely inside every voting centre.
The JSD president said the Commission also told them that it will ensure so that the agents get the authorised result sheets at every centre after the vote counting. “They also assured us that no signature will be taken from the polling agents before the counting of votes.”
He said they called upon the EC not to use EVMs in the election as most political parties and voters do not want it. “But, they (EC) couldn’t give us any final decision on it.”
Rob said they demanded deployment of army with the magistracy power so that they can arrest troublemakers and terrorists to ensure a fair election. “The CEC said he didn’t say the army won’t be deployed.”
He said the CEC talked about the deployment of army as a striking force and they opposed it. “They (EC) heard it, but didn’t give any final decision on it.”
Later, briefing reporters, EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said the issue of army deployment will be discussed after the announcement of the election schedule.
He said the Commission has preparations for announcing the schedule for the 11th parliamentary elections on Thursday. “The decision will be finalised at the EC meeting at 10am on that day.”
The other Oikyafront delegation members include BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Barkatullah Bulu, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury and Jatiya Oikya Prokriya’s Sultan Muhammed Mansur Ahmed.
Earlier on Saturday, Dr Kamal Hossain, on behalf of the Oikyafront, sent a letter to the CEC requesting him not to announce the next general election schedule until the ongoing dialogue is over.
However, the Election Commission on Sunday said it would announce the schedule for the next parliamentary election on November 8.
The decision came at a meeting of the Commission with the CEC in the chair.
Dhaka, Nov 5 (UNB) - The High Court (HC) on Monday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why submission of blood test report should not be made compulsory for the brides and grooms before their marriage.
The court also sought explanation as to why dope test of job seekers would not be compulsory before joining any government service.
A bench of Justice ZBM Hasan and Justice Md Khairul Alam issued the rule.
Cabinet secretary, Law secretary, Health secretary, Inspector General of Police, Directorate General of Health Services, Director General of Narcotics Control Department were asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.
Supreme Court lawyer Syeda Shahin Ara Laile filed a writ petition on July 5 with the HC seeking blood test to detect Thalassemia and drug addiction of brides and grooms before marriage.
Advocate Aklas Uddin Bhuiyan stood for the writ petitioner and Deputy Attorney General Motahar Hossain Raju stood for the state.
Jashore, Nov 5 (UNB) – BNP standing committee member and former minister Tariqul Islam, who died on Sunday, was laid to eternal rest here on Monday.
Tariqul was buried at Karbala graveyard in the district town around 4:45pm following his fourth and final namaz-e-janaza at Jashore Eidgah after Asr prayers.
People from all walks of life, leaders of the ruling and opposition parties, Tariqul’s family members and relatives attended the namaz-e-janaza.
Tariqul, who had long been suffering from heart and kidney diseases, diabetics and old-age complications, died at Apollo Hospitals Dhaka in the capital on Sunday at the age of 73.
His body was flown to Jashore airport from Dhaka around 2:35pm and then taken to his residence in the town.
Later, it was brought to the Town Hall field where people from all walks of life gathered to have a last glimpse of the late leader. They also paid their last homage to Tariqul and bade him the final farewell.
From the Town Hall, the body was taken to Eidgah for his final janaza.
Before the janaza, BNP standing committee member Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan and party vice chairman Netai Roy Chowdhury, on behalf of party chairperson Khaleda Zia, paid tributes to Tariqul by placing wreaths at his coffin.
Local MPs, leaders of Awami League and other parties also paid respects to him by placing wreaths at his coffin. Later, the janaza was held around 4:30pm.
The BNP leader’s first namaz-e-janaza was held at a Shantinagar mosque on Sunday night, while the second one at Nayapaltan in front of BNP’s central office around 10am and the third one at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in the capital around 11:15am on Monday.
BNP, led by party senior leaders, paid last respects to him by placing wreaths at his coffin in front of its central office.
The party also observed a mourning day on Monday by hoisting black flags and keeping the party flag at half-mast atop its offices across the country. The party leaders and activists also wore black badges.
Tariqul had long been inactive in party politics due to his illness. He last attended a BNP standing committee members’ meeting in February this year before Khaleda was sent to jail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
He was elected MP for four times from Jashore and performed as information and environment and forest minister during the BNP-led four-party government.
When BNP formed the government in 1991, Tariqul was first made social welfare minister and then posts and telecommunications minister.
Born in Jashore in November 1946, Tariqul was the first elected chairman of Jashore municipality.
Chattogram, Nov 5 (UNB) – A court here on Monday issued a warrant for the arrest of Yakub Ali, owner of Yakub Group of Industries, in a cheque dishonor case.
Chattogram Metropolitan Magistrate Shafi Uddin passed the order following a hearing on a petition, said Advocate AM Zia Habib, a counsel of the plaintiff.
According to the prosecution, Yakub Ali took Tk 1.15 crore from business Biswajit Dey as loan for business purpose. Later, he gave a cheque to pay his loan.
When the plaintiff failed to withdraw the money through the cheque, he served a notice giving 30-day time.
As Yakub failed to pay the money Biswajit Dey, managing director of Dibbya International Limiter, filed the case on October 15 and the court summoned Yakub to appear before the court on November 5.