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.
Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) – Members of law enforcement agencies have been directed to monitor all social media platforms to prevent any kind of rumor or campaign aiming to destroy communal harmony during the upcoming Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of Hindu community.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary gave the direction while addressing a meeting on law and order and security during Durga Puja at the Police Headquarters that he chaired on Wednesday afternoon.
The IGP also asked them to take immediate steps to stop any propaganda that may hurt religious sentiments of any person or group as well as to take immediate action against people responsible for it, said AIG (Media) of the Police Headquarters Sohel Rana.
He instructed the police officials to perform their duties with sincerity and professionalism so that Durga Puja is celebrated safely with religious solemnity.
The IGP also urged the leaders of the Durga Puja Udjapan committees to recruit volunteers while making idols, install close circuit cameras and fire extinguishers as well as to use hand metal detectors in Puja Mandaps.
Sayeed Tariqul Hassan, AIG (Operations) of the Police Headquarters, presented a brief regarding the overall safety measures taken in the eve of the upcoming Durgapuja in the meeting. The meeting also discussed elaborately all the aspects related to the security of Durga Puja.
The Puja Udjapan Parishad leaders present at the meeting expressed satisfaction over the security measures taken on the eve of the Durga Puja.
Additional IGP (Admin) of the police headquarters Mokhlesur Rahman, other senior officials of the headquarters, chiefs of different police units, including Range DIGs, commissioners of different Metropolitan Police and SPs attended the meeting.
President of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad Milon Kanti Datta and General Secretary Nirmal Kumar Chatterjee, President of Dhaka Metropolitan Sarbajanin Puja Committee Shailendra Nath Majumder and representatives of different intelligence agencies and other stakeholders were present.