Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikya Prokriya convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Wednesday said ‘politicisation is now the number one disease’ in the country as people are being deprived of their due rights for the menace.
“Politicisation is now the number one disease in the country. A political government should be there, but it can’t indulge in politicisation. Now people who belong to the party (ruling party) get everything and those who have no connection with it only play the role of silent spectators, and this is only because of politicisation,” he said.
Apparently reacting to Prime Minister’s comment that they are making the national unity with corrupt people, Dr Kamal said he has no black money.
Oikya Prokriya arranged the programme titled ‘The necessity of a non-party election-time government’ at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh.
Dr Kamal said people are the real owner of the country. “But many people think those who have black money are the owner of it as black money is being used to take away the ownership from people.”
Despite repeated amendments to the Constitution, he said, the current charter still recognises people as the owners of the country.
Dr Kamal said a greater national is necessary to restore people’s ownership of the country, and ensure their rights.
He, however, said those who are against the unity have black money, muscle power and state machinery. “They’ll create obstacles to creating the unity. But we must forge the greater unity of people defying all odds and barriers.”
Mentioning that people want a qualitative change in the country, he urged all to implement the spirit of the Liberation War and dreams of freedom fighters.
He also said some departments of Dhaka University have around 30 professors. “It’s absurd and insanity. I want to know as to how a department can appoint 30-40 professors. Is the country run by crazy people?”
Dr Kamal said a representative parliament through a credible election is necessary to get rid of the country’s current situation and restore people’s ownership of the country.
He said the nomination seekers of the two major parties used to go to their top leaders to have their blessings by touching their feet. “This culture should be buried so that honest and competent people can contest the polls and become people’s true representatives.”
The Oikya Prokriya leader also said they are trying to forge the national unity to establish people’s voting rights not to engage in bargaining with any party to have many sets to contest the polls.
Speaking at the programme former caretaker government advisers barrister Moinul Hosein said though the current government came to power by stealing people’s votes, it is now calling other people thieves.
“How they (govt) dare snatching people’s voting rights by talking about the Liberation War?” he said.
Moinul Hosein also said a fair election cannot be held under those who assumed power by snatching people’s voting rights.”
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) president ASM Abdur Rob, Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, Dhaka University Professor Dr CR Abrar, Gano Forum general secretary Mustafa Mohsin Montu and BNP vice chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo, among others, spoke at the programme.
Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has imposed a ban on the foreign travel of seven officials of The Farmers Bank Ltd over approving Tk 4 crore loan against fake documents and depositing the money into former Chief Justice SK Sinha’s account.
ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya on Wednesday told UNB that a notice was sent to Superintendent of Police (Immigration) of Special Branch of Police in this regard.
The officials are former managing director and chief executive officer AKM Shameem, first vice-president Swapan Kumar Roy, senior executive vice-president Gazi Salauddin, vice-president M Lutful Haque, assistant vice-president Shafiuddin Askaree Ahmed, former SVP Ziauddin and executive officer Umme Salma Sultana.
Meanwhile, six of the seven officials were quizzed on Wednesday in this connection.
Earlier on May 6, ACC grilled two businessmen named -- Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chadra Saha -- for allegedly taking Tk 4 crore in loan from The Farmers Bank Ltd using fake documents and depositing the money in the bank account of a VVIP.
Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) – Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Wednesday said journalists are continuously playing the role of vigilant sentinels of society.
“Journalism is a noble profession and an importance work. Journalists are playing a continuous role like vigilant sentinels out of their social commitment to people’s right to information,” he said.
The Chief Justice was addressing a workshop on ‘Legal aid and law journalism’ jointly organised by the Supreme Court chapter of National Legal Aid Services Organisation and Manusher Jonno Foundation at the Supreme Court conference room.
He also said journalists play the important role of making all concerned conscious through publishing reports on the hopes and aspirations of common people and justice seekers.
Mahmud Hossain said they can file reports on those remain imprisoned in jail for long without trial and those cannot appoint lawyers for lack of money. “They also can write reports on the benefits of legal aid,” he said, expressing the hope that the government’s legal aid services will be more dynamic with the sincere efforts of the media.
He said people’s right to get justice can be ensured if all perform their duties properly from their respective positions.
Going down the memory lane, the Chief Justice said he was a journalist working as a correspondent of the Dainik Sangbad when he was practising law as a lawyer.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, Bangladesh Bar Council Vice-chairman Yousuf Hossain Humayun, Supreme Court Bar Association President Zainul Abedin, SC Registrar General Zakir Hossai and Manusher Jonno Foundation Executive Director Shaheen Anam, among others, addressed the workshop with Chairman of SC committee of National Legal Aid Services Organisation Justice Enayetur Rahim in the chair.
Dhaka, Sept 27 (UNB) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on governments to support digital technologies that can transform the way people travel, reduce the ecological burden of tourism and bring the benefits of tourism to all.
“Digital technologies have brought a positive momentum to societies and economies around the world. They’ve connected us on a global level, helped to empower the most vulnerable and become our crucial allies for sustainable development,” he said in a message marking the World Tourism Day that falls on September 27.
The theme of the day is ‘Tourism and the digital transformation’.
The UN chief said the wide reach of tourism into many sectors, from infrastructure and energy to transport and sanitation, and its huge impact on job creation, make it a vital contributor to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“At the same time, tourism plays a pivotal role in advancing cultural understanding and bringing people together,” he said.
Yet tourism, Guterres said, needs innovation in technology to realise its potential contributions.
“Its benefits need to flow to host communities. Governments can help connect startups with investors to facilitate innovation, entrepreneurship, employment and a truly inclusive tourism sector,” he added.
The UN chief said, “Our challenge is to continue harnessing this power for good while safeguarding against the risks.”
Dhaka, Sep 26 (UNB) – Costs of two road and rail infrastructure projects have been escalated, one of those for second time.
Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase on Wednesday gave approvals to increased costs for implementation of one Railway Ministry project and one Road Transportation and Bridge Ministry project.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith chaired the meeting of the cabinet body.
As per the proposals, the implementation cost of the Laksham-Chikni Astana double track rail line project was increased by Tk 92 crore to Tk 1,714.10 crore.
This has been the second time this project’s cost got escalated, said Nasima Begum, additional secretary at the Cabinet Division, while briefing about the meeting’s decision.
She said earlier the cost of the project was increased by Tk 400 crore from the cost of Tk 1301.20 crore.
The committee gave its nod to another cost enhancement proposal of the Road Transportation and Bridge Ministry for curb simplification project of the Indrapur to Chakrashala portion of the Dhaka-Chattagram-Cox’s Bazar highway.
The ministry proposed to increase the cost of the project by Tk 12.58 crore to Tk 75.45 crore from Tk 62.85 crore.
Three more cost increase proposals were placed by the Power Division. But later the Power Division withdrew the proposals saying that there was some errors in their calculation, meeting sources said.