Shariatpur, Sep 16 (UNB) – The dredging of river Padma to prevent the scourge of riverbank erosion that rendered 5000 families homeless in the district will begin from Monday.
A dredger was brought at the erosion affected area in Naria on Sunday, said Acting Secretary of Water Resources Ministry in a press briefing at Naria Upazila Parishad office after visiting Kedarpur, Mulfatganj, Banstala areas.
“To prevent river erosion permanently a riverbank protection project along with nine kilometres of Zajira and Naria upazilas was approved in Ecnec meeting on January 2. The Tk 97crore project will be carried out 16 kilometres away from the Padma Bridge”, he said.
“The scheduled completion time of the project was set year 2021. Currently the government is spending Tk 6 crore for putting Geo-bags on the riverbanks to minimise intensity of the erosion”, he said.
One dredger has reached in Naria and two others will also reach very soon, he added.
Before the press briefing he also distributed relief materials including rice, salt, sugar, oil, candles among the erosion affected people at Naria Upazila premises.
Rangpur, Sept 16 (UNB) - Members of Rapid Action Battalion in separate drives on Saturday night arrested two suspected members of militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Rangpur and Lalmonirhat.
The arrestees were identified as Saiduzzaman Babu alias Amir Hamza, 46, son of late Osman Goni of Baniapara Rasulganj village in Patgram upazila, and Talim Pradhan, 25, son of late Mobarak Ali Pradhan of Rasulganj Sahebdanga village in the same upazila of Lalmonirhat.
Acting on information, a team of Rab-13 conducted a drive at Khalpara in Rangpur city and arrested Amir Hamza along with a foreign pistol loaded with two bullets, a magazine, two mobile phone sets and 32 books on jihad, said commanding officer of Rab–13 Additional DIG Mozammel Haque at a press briefing on Sunday afternoon.
Based on his information, they conducted another drive in Patgram Bazar area and arrested Talim Pradhan and recovered jihadi books, leaflets and mobile phone sets from his possession, he said.
Mozammel claimed that the arrestees are active members of JMB and they had planned to carry out subversive acts in the greater Rangpur region.
Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) - The High Court on Sunday ordered for maintaining the status quo on earth filling and construction of structures along the Meghna and Menikhali rivers in Sonargaon of Narayanganj.
An HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Ahmed Sohel passed the order after hearing two separate writ petitions filed under public interest litigation.
Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh earlier on September 9 filed the writ petitions.
The court also directed the deputy commissioner of Narayanganj to form a committee to look into the matter and submit a report within 30 days mentioning the names and addresses of individuals and companies who had been occupying the rivers.
At the same time, it issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain in four weeks as to why their inaction to stop the encroachment on rivers should not be declared illegal, said petitioner’s lawyer Advocate Manzill Murshid.
The rule also wanted to know as to why they should not be directed to remove the earth and structures from the rivers.
Forest and environment secretary, director general of the Department of Environment, chairman of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority, deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of Narayanganj, upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) and assistant commissioner of land of Sonargaon and officer-in-charge (OC) of Sonargaon Police Station have been made respondents to the rule.
Manzill Murshid said some influential people have been constructing structures encroaching on the Meghna and Menikhali rivers violating the Environment Protection Act-1995 and Natural Water Body Protection Act-2000.
Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) – The two-day 1st Senior Advocate Ozair Farooq memorial law conference, “Law, Justice and Society”, began at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban Auditorium of Dhaka University (DU) on Sunday.
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain inaugurated the conference as the chief guest. The DU Faculty of Law organised the event.
DU Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman presided over the inaugural function while Attorney General Advocate Mahbubey Alam and President of the Supreme Court Bar Association Advocate Zainul Abedin addressed it as special guests.
Former Chairman of National Human Rights Commission Prof Dr Mizanur Rahman, Prof Dr Muhammad Ekramul Haque and Barrister Mohammad Imtiaz Farooq also spoke on the occasion.
Dean of the Faculty of Law Prof Dr Md Rahmat Ullah delivered the welcome speech while acting Chairman of the Law department Prof Dr Md Nazrul Islam gave the vote of thanks.
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain recalled the outstanding contribution of late Advocate Ozair Farooq to promoting legal profession in Bangladesh.
He thanked the organisers for arranging this conference and hoped that the conference would create a common platform for young law academicians to develop legal research.
Dhaka, Sep 16 (UNB) - A bill titled ‘The Dowry Prohibition Bill, 2018’ was passed in the Parliament on Sunday incorporating a new provision of punishment for filing any false case.
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze moved the Bill in the House and it was passed by voice vote.
As per the new provision of the proposed law, the punishment for filing any false case will be maximum five years’ imprisonment or a fine of maximum Tk 50,000 or both.
Another provision has been changed only to specify the amount of monetary punishment for demanding or giving dowry in the proposed law as no specific financial punishment is mentioned in the existing law.
According to the provision, if any person demands or gives dowry s/he will have to face maximum five years’ imprisonment, which will not be less than one year’s jail term or maximum Tk 50,000 as fine or both.
The draft law has been prepared rearranging the original law of Dowry Prohibition Act, 1980 and its subsequent amendments made through promulgation of ordinances.