Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) – Two parliamentary bodies have got new chairmen as the Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday reconstituted a total of six committees.
Jatiya Party MP Shameem Haider Patwary (Gaibandha-1) was made chairman of the Standing Committee on Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry replacing Awami League MP Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun (Narsingdi 4).
Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun was made chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce Ministry as the post fell vacant with the death of Opposition Chief Whip Tajul Islam Choudhury (Kurigram-2).
The four other parliamentary committees reconstituted changing their members are the Parliamentary Committee on Private Members Bills and Resolutions, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Land Ministry, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Disaster Management and Relief Ministry, and the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
Chief Whip ASM Feroz moved the proposals for constituting the committees. Later, the proposals have been adopted by voice vote with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) – The ‘Community Clinic Health Assistance Trust Bill, 2018' was passed in the Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday for ensuring the participation of rural people in healthcare services and collecting donation for trust funds to run the country’s community clinics.
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim moved the Bill and it was passed by voice votes.
The goals of the Community Clinic Heath Assistance Trust Bill is to ensure the participation of people in coordinated healthcare services to rural people, provide healthcare services by using trust funds, and collect necessary social assistance and donation from individuals and organisations for providing the health services.
According to the bill, there will be an advisory council of the trust, headed by the Prime Minister, and a 14-member board to be headed by the managing director to regulate the trust. An additional secretary-level official will be the managing director of the board.
The trustee board will be consisted of 15 members to be appointed for three years.
There will be two types of funds -- permanent and current.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) – Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has summoned eight Titas Gas officials including its managing director for investigating allegations of acquiring huge money through gas connections by meter-bypassing and tampering.
ACC deputy director (public relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB that ACC investigation officer and deputy director Farid Ahmed Patwari signed notice has been sent to Petrobangla Chairman asking the eight Titas officials to appear before ACC on October 1 and 2.
Titas Gas managing director Mir Mashiur Rahman, deputy general manager SM Abdul Wadud and In-charge (Manager) of Gazipur Sabber Ahmed Chowdhury have been asked to be present at ACC headquarters on October 1.
Narayanganj regional office general manager Shafiqur Rahman, T & T department (Gazipur) manager Abu Bakar Siddiqur Rahman, Titas Gas manager Akheruzzaman, and manager of engineering services department Shahjada Faraji and assistant officer Abu Siddique Tayani will face ACC interrogation on October 2, the notice said.
Thought the ACC has been investigating the complaint since April 6, 2017, the latest development came on a day when a major national daily carried an elaborate report on Titas officials’ telltale graft practices.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) – At least 12 people managed getting registration of Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) as MBBS degree holders without having that degree in the first place.
In a drive Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday unearthed gross irregularities in the way BMDC is giving registration to fake MBBS degree holders.
ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB that the Commission conducted the drive after receiving the complaint in its hotline (106) against 12 so called doctors who took BMDC registration without the degree.
ACC director general (administration) Mohammad Munir Chowdhury ordered the immediate investigation and operation against the accused who took the BMDC registration on the basis of the fake degree in the name of Taishan Medical University of China.
A team led by deputy director Mohammad Mahmud Hasan immediately conducted a drive in the city’s office of BMDC to find out the truth.
ACC primarily found that the accused did not get the degree from the Taishan Medical University in China.
The BMDC officials present during the ACC drive failed to explain the irregularities.
Regarding the operation, the DG of the Enforcement Operations (ACC) Mohammad Munir Chowdhury said, "BMDC can’t provide registration without proper verification. The ACC will immediately investigate the incident and identify the responsible people and take strict legal process."
Pabna, Sep 20 (UNB)– Three people, including a child, went missing after a small boat capsized in the Padma River in Dighi Gohailbari area of Sadar upazila.
The missing people are Hashem, Bipul and Naim.
Officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station Obaidul Haque said a small boat with 11 people on board sank while crossing the Padma River around 2:30 pm .
Eight people managed to swim ashore while three others remained missing.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Joynal Abedin said a diver team from Rajshahi started for the accident spot to launch a salvage operation .