Sangsad Bhaban, Oct 21 (UNB) - A bill titled ‘The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Act, 2018’ was placed in Parliament on Sunday, incorporating the provisions of harsher punishment in the existing law.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu placed the Bill and it was sent to the respective parliamentary standing committee for further examination. The committee was asked to submit the report within two days.
The proposed law has been formulated making the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Ordinance 1985 more time-befitting one.
According to the draft law, the use of trademark without having a licence will be considered as an offence.
For committing such offences, the offender will have to suffer maximum two years in jail or pay a fine of Tk 1 lakh to Tk 25,000 or both.
There is a provision of four years' imprisonment or maximum Tk 2 lakh and minimum Tk 50,000 fine or both for exporting products violating government circular on export, distribution and marketing, and for commercial advertisement of banned products.
Besides, a provision of one year's imprisonment or maximum Tk 50,000 and minimum Tk 10,000 as fine for exporting any product violating export conditions is also there.
The proposed law has a provision of one year's imprisonment or Tk 25,000 fine or both for violating any of the rules and regulations formulated under the proposed law as well as for the offences not covered by the mentioned sections.
Sangsad Bhaban, Oct 21 (UNB) - A total of 81 state-owned mills and factories in the country have so far been privatised after the formation of the Privatisation Commission.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, who is in-charge of the Prime Minister Office in Parliament, made the disclosure in Parliament on Sunday replying to a starred question from treasury bench MP AFM Bahauddin Nasim (Madaripur-3).
Of the mills and factories, the highest 30 were under the Textile and Jute Ministry, 19 under the Industries Ministries, five under the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry, four under the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry, said Matia.
Besides, 20 other state-owned entities under the Industries Ministry and three entities under the Finance Ministry were given to the private sector through handing over government shares, she said.
Sylhet, Oct 21 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront has finally been given permission for holding its rescheduled public rally at the city’s Registry Field on Wednesday.
“Oikyafront has been given permission for its rally,” Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) Commissioner Golam Kibria told UNB on Sunday evening.
Sylhet district unit BNP general secretary Ali Ahmad said they got permission, and they are now taking preparations for holding the rally.
He said Oikyafront leaders will offer fateha at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and Shah Paran (R) and at the grave of General MAG Osmani, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces during the War of Liberation, in Sylhet on October 24, and then hold the rally.
Earlier in the day, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader at a programme in the capital said, police gave Oikyafront permission, but its leaders are unnecessarily staging a drama over it as they did not get official letter in this regard.
He also said the Prime Minister instructed them so that everyone can hold rallies without ant restriction.
On Friday, Jatiya Oikyafront leaders at a meeting in the capital deferred its maiden public rally in Sylhet to October 24 as it was denied permission to hold the programme on October 23.
On October 13, BNP together with Dr Kama Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiy Oikyafront to press for their seven-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party administration.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday warned that people will put up barricade on every street to give the government a befitting reply to its all misdeeds.
In a statement, he also said, “The government is trying to hang onto power resorting to evil acts, but it won’t be able to avoid its fall as people’s backs are pushed against the wall.”
The statement was issued protesting and condemning the jailing of BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury in a case filed under the ICT Act.
Fakhrul said Amir Khosru was sent to jail as part of an ‘evil design’ to frighten the country’s people. “But, the government’s such desire won’t be fulfilled.”
He said the arrest of their every leader is only inspiring the BNP leaders and activists to carry out a strong struggle against the government.
The BNP leader warned that the government’s all efforts to cement its ‘illegal power’ will turn futile.
He said the government is suppressing opposition leaders and activists and those hold different opinions indulging in the politics of vengeance. “The arrest of Amir Khosru Mahmud has exposed the government’s political vengeance.”
Fakhrul said the government is indiscriminately arresting BNP leaders and workers and filing ‘fictitious’ cases against them to hold the next polls unilaterally without voters.
He demanded the government immediately release Khosru from jail withdrawing the ‘false’ case filed against him.
Earlier in the day, a Chattogram court sent Amir Khosru to jail rejecting his bail petition in a case filed under the ICT Act.
Acting general secretary of Chattogram city unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Jakaria Dastagir filed the case under sections 57 (2) of ICT Act and 15 (3) of the Special Powers Act with Kotwali Police Station on August 4.
A reported audio clip of telephonic conversation between the BNP leader and an unknown boy over intensifying the ongoing student movement went viral on Facebook and YouTube.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Sunday alleged that their leaders and activists have now got second-class citizens as the country has turned into an ‘Awami League colony’.
“Opposition leaders and activists have now turned into second-class citizens in Bangladesh...the entire country has now become a colony of Awami League due to venomous attack of current illegal regimes’ fascism,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
He said police obstructed their party leaders and activists at different parts of the country today from observing their scheduled black-flag procession programme, protesting the conviction of BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman in August-21 grenade attack cases.
“Our leaders and activists are observing black-flag procession programme across the country, including Dhaka. But police have continued their repressive acts,” Rizvi added.
He said police also arrested their some party leaders and activists foiling their programmes.
As part of their countrywide programme, Rizvi said he along with some party leaders and activists took out a black-flag procession near Shyamoli Cinema Hall in the morning.
He said police have started harassing and arresting their party leaders and activists in Sylhet ahead of Jatiya Oikyafront’s scheduled public rally there on Wednesday.
He alleged that police are raiding the houses of BNP leaders and activists and harassing their family members in Sylhet. “It’s regrettable that over an 80-year-old BNP leader Saidur Rahman was arrested from his house. Our leaders and activists now can’t stay in their houses in Sylhet.”
He alleged that no one, except Awami League leaders and activists, has any right, including the right of expression, in the country.