Dhaka, Oct 1 (UNB) - The much-awaited mobile number portability (MNP) service has been launched for the first time in the country on trial basis, enabling the customers to switch to different operators without changing their existing mobile phone numbers.
Jahurul Haque, acting chairman of the Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC), said the service went into operation at 12 am on Monday.
It will take Tk 50 as well as a 15 percent value-added tax (VAT) to change carriers within 72 hours. “Besides, customers will have to pay another amount of Tk 100. “It’ll take a total of Tk 157.50 to change one’s operator,” he said adding that there will be increased competition among the mobile phone operators following the service.
Bangladesh has introduced the service as the 72nd country in the world, Jahurul Haque added.
Infozillion BD Teletech, a joint venture between a Bangladeshi firm and a Slovenian firm, which received the licence of the service, completed the preparations for the launch.
Mabroor Hossain, managing director of Infozillion BD Teletech, said 20 customers have already availed of the service in the morning while more than 100 customers applied for to do so.
Keraniganj, Oct 1 (UNB) – Police recovered the floating body of an unidentified girl from the Buriganga river in Dakshin Keraniganj on Sunday.
Md Ashraful Alam, sub-inspector of Dakhshin Keraniganj Police, said locals spotted the body it the river in Faridabad area and informed police.
Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital for an autopsy.
Rajshahi, Oct 1 (UNB) –A farmer allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at Katakhali , on the outskirts of the city, on Monday morning.
Local farmers spotted the hanging body of Mansur Rahman, 40, son of late EzazUddin and informed police, said officer-in-charge of Katakhali Police Station Nibaran Chandra Barman.
Police later recovered the body.
The reason behind the suicide could not be known yet.
Dhaka, Oct 1 (UNB) - Journalists and editors who have no intention to publish falsehoods do not need to worry about the recently passed Digital Security Act 2018, said Prime Minister's ICT adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy in a Facebook post on Sunday night.
In the Facebook post, Joy expressed his opinion about the criticisms by certain quarters about the Digital Security Act.
Joy said, “With regards to hacking and covert surveillance in Government offices and computers, this was created to protect citizen data and privacy. We did not have any specific laws against hacking and theft of data until this Act. How are we supposed to prosecute hacking and theft of your data without this law?”
Mentioning that public information such as national ID numbers, bank, health and land records and others important information are now digitalised and stored in government system, he said, “If these are hacked, who will be to blame? You will blame the Government. As the ICT Advisor I had recommended these laws to prevent hacking.”
Recognising that this law may make the journalists’ work harder, Sajeeb said, “Should journalists be allowed to hack and capture any information, including citizen data being discussed inside a Government office, in order to expose someone corrupt?”
Referring to the practices in the EU and the USA, he claimed that no country in the world allowed to gather information through illegal means, and journalists have to go to other sources for information.
He said, “Neither our Press Club nor the Editors’ Council, indeed no media body has ever enforced their own charter of ethics and conduct. The current head of the Editors’ Council is Mahfuz Anam, who confessed on television to running a false smear campaign against our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the 1-11 dictatorship.”
“In the US or EU, he would have been forced to resign from journalism and he would never be employed as a journalist or editor again. By contrast, in Bangladesh, the Editors’ Council jumped to his defence and has now even made him General Secretary. I find this astounding. Since the EU and US Embassy have issued their opinion on this Act, they should also issue a statement on Mahfuz Anam’s confession as the Editor of a major national newspaper. Otherwise, they’re being partisan and interfering in our internal affairs. The hypocrisy is mind boggling!”
“What does this also say about the ethics of the Editors’ Council itself? Clearly, they have none. In effect, the Editors’ Council is saying that they should be allowed to run smear campaigns against Governments and try to topple politicians they don’t like with complete disregard for the truth. If they can do this to Sheikh Hasina, where does that leave the future of our country?”
“Since editors are not willing to follow their own ethical guidelines, we can let the Courts decide what is true and what is false,” he added.
If the Editors’ Council wants these sections changed, then they must enforce their own charters first. Any editor or journalist who has published anything false must be removed and never again be allowed to serve as a journalist or editor.
Criticising the foreign missions who have complained about this act, the ICT adviser asked them, “Can the journalists bring in hidden surveillance equipment inside your missions?”
Laying emphasis on having a law regarding it, he said, “Anyone who is against this section cannot be a true Bengalee. They must be a hidden Jamaat supporter and Rajakar.”
About Mentioning the Holocaust Denial Laws, he asked the EU missions that “If you can have your Holocaust Denial Laws, why can’t we have this law? If our law is in violation of UN and Human Rights charters, then are not your laws as well?”
Talking about the objection about religious sentiment, he brought the example of the incident of Ramu’s violation. Sajeeb said, “How are we supposed to deter such false incitement to violence without this Act?”
Dhaka, Oct 1 (UNB)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday urged the Awami League leaders and activists to remain alert against all conspiracies keeping in mind that the party is moving forward fighting various odds and obstacles.
"The conspirators are still conspiring …their conspiracies are going on…we’ve to move forward keeping that in mind," she said.
The Prime Minister said this when AL leaders accorded an instant reception to her at Ganobhaban for her successful completion of the US visit to attend the 73rd UNGA, brightening the country's image.
During the visit, Sheikh Hasina received prestigious ‘International Achievement Award’ given by Inter Press Service, a global news agency, for her dynamic and farsighted leadership in addressing Rohingya crisis while Global Hope Coalition conferred upon her the ‘2018 Special Recognition for Outstanding Leadership Award’.
She returned home on Monday morning completing her weeklong visit to the United States.
The Prime Minister said some MP aspirants are seen undermining local AL leaders to create positions for themselves in their respective areas. "This is a wrong way of doing politics…all will have to pay dearly for this."
In this connection, Hasina mentioned the party’s defeat in the elections in 1991 and 2001. "There was a deep-rooted conspiracy in 2001, while the conspiracy in 1991 was from within and outside the party," she recalled.
The Prime Minister said Awami League leaders and activists always have to think there are strong opponents out there who are the defeated forces of 1971 and the killers of 1975. "We’re advancing through a struggle…our struggle is not over yet."
About the country’s progress, Hasina said though Bangladesh has earned a dignified position on the world stage, there is no room for complacency as it will invite an inevitable fall. “There’s no room for complacency…when there’s any complacency the fall is inevitable."
To foil the 1971 victory, she said, the Father of the Nation had been assassinated. “They’re constantly hatching conspiracies," she said.
The Prime Minister said a class of people has emerged out of these conspiracies who never do the politics of vote as they have no capability to form a party.
"But, they’ve the desire to go to power. For this, they shake hands with the defeated force of 1971 and killers of 1975. They’re always behind us," she said adding that the AL leaders and activists always have to keep that in mind.
Without naming anyone, the Prime Minister said some newspapers are ready to confuse people with huge false information. “I know, they’re sitting with information, they will release those one after another, they’ll confuse people about our all achievements with false information."
Hasina also mentioned that ministries and the ACC took those seriously and start work against the party people. "We have to remain alert," she said.
The Prime Minister described her participation in the 73rd Session of the UNGA and other high-level events as well as her meetings with world leaders as very successful.
She said the lost glory and dignity of the country and its people have been regained in the international arena following her government’s massive steps.
About the politics of votes, she said, many are now speaking about fair and neutral votes, but they never talk about the so-called “Yes” “No” vote introduced by military dictator Ziaur Rahman.
She mentioned it is Awami League that established the voting rights of people in Bangladesh.
Hasina called upon the people of the country, including leaders and workers of her party, to keep vigil against conspiracies to make elections questionable just ahead of the next general election.