Dhaka, Jan 20 (UNB) – State Minister for Water Resources Zahid Faruk on Sunday said a newly-built pump house with the objective of preventing flooding and waterlogging in three key areas of the city- Mirpur, the Cantonment and Uttara Model Town –stands ready to be pressed into service before the monsoon arrives this year, helping mitigate public suffering in those areas.
The State Minister came up with the information on a visit to the newly-built pump house at Goranchatbari in city’s Mirpur area on Sunday.
Besides, deputy minister AKM Enamul Haque Shamim of Water Resources Ministry, said the 636-acre ponding area will help keep an area of 136 square kilometres nestled in the city’s east free of floods and waterlogging.
Dhaka, Jan 20 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said Japan wants Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s presence in the International Conference on the Future of Asia to be held this year in Japan.
Bangladesh also sought continued support from Japan to achieve its development goals and discussed ways to strengthen the relations between the two countries.
“We hope the relations between Bangladesh and Japan will be strengthened,” Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Hiroyasu Izumi told reporters after his meeting with Foreign Minister Dr Momen.
Terming Japan one of the best friends of Bangladesh’, Minister Momen said they have been helping Bangladesh since the very beginning of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
“We discussed ways of cooperation and roadmaps,” he said adding that Bangladesh is seeking continued support from its development partners.
On Rohingya issue, the Japanese Ambassador said Japan stands beside Bangladesh and is committed to continuing support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue. “We sincerely hope there’ll be a solution.”
Dhaka, Jan 20 (UNB) – After a writ seeking cancellation of their oath was turned down, another petition was filed with the High Court Division on Sunday challenging the legality of holding posts by MPs of the 11th parliament.
The writ of quo warranto filed by Supreme Court lawyer Tawhidul Islam also prayed in the writ for issuing a rule seeking explanation as to how the MPs of the 11th parliament are in their posts as they did not take oath as ‘per the Constitution’.
The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil is likely to hear the writ on Monday.
Lawyer of the petitioner Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon said the HC on Thursday rejected the writ seeking its directives to revoke the oath-taking of the newly elected MPs stating that it was not pressed.
Court said the petitioner, Tawhidul, could not file the writ as he was not an MP or aggrieved person, he said.
“So, we’ve now filed a writ of quo warranto seeking explanation as to how the MPs of the 11th parliament are holding their posts whereas they were not sworn in as the Constitution,” he added.
As per the previous writ, the Speaker administered oath to the new MPs on January 3 following publication of a gazette which is the violation of section 123(3) of the constitution as they were sworn in before the expiry of the 10th parliament.
The five-year tenure of the 10th parliament was supposed to end on January 28.
Dhaka, Jan 20 (UNB) – An Anti-Corruption Commission drive prompted by complaints to its 106 hotline resulted in show-cause notices issued against 30 teachers of the city's Willes Little Flower School and College on Sunday, in relation to their involvement in ‘coaching business’.
The drive was carried out by a team comprising assistant director Mohammad Javed Habib and deputy assistant director Afnan Jannat Keya, acting on the directions of Director General (Administration) Mohammad Munir Chowdhury, was deployed to probe the allegation.
They found that although the teachers in question made a pledge in 2017 not to continue their coaching activities – i.e. private tuition – they were found to be not only in breach of the commitment, but also forcing their students at Willes to enroll for them.
On the directives of the ACC team, the show-cause notices were immediately issued by the school authorities seeking explanations from the 30 teachers found to be primarily involved in such activity, generally viewed as unnecessary but driven by teachers as a way to make exorbitant sums of money over and above their salaries.
Also during the drive, the ACC team discovered that some students of grade 9, despite failing several subjects, were still set to gain promotion to grade 10 under dubious circumstances, thanks to a class-teacher.
To verify the allegations and ACC team’s own suspicions, an investigation committee was formed in their presence to bring forth the whole truth before taking any action against the teacher.
Willes Little Flower School and College started its journey as Willes Little Flower Higher Secondary School in 1956 as one of the earliest institutions offering English-medium education in what was then East Pakistan.
It takes its name from founder Josephine Willes.
Dhaka, Jan 20 (UNB) – A court here on Sunday issued a warrant for the arrest of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed for hurting people’s religious sentiments over four years ago.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Jasim Uddin issued the warrant and directed police to submit a report by February 18 on execution of the arrest warrant.
The case was filed by AB Siddique, president of Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organisation, with Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court on October 21, 2014.
According to the case statement, the BNP chairperson at a programme of the Hindu community in the capital on October 14, 2014 said Awami League wears the mask of secularism but in reality, they believe in atheism, which tarnished the image of ruling party and offended the religious sentiments of the party men.
The court then directed the officer-in-charge (investigation) of Shahbagh Police Station to investigate the allegation and submit a report in this regard.
Later, the IO submitted the report on June 30, 2018 as he found the allegation brought against Khaleda to be true.