Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) - BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam left here for New York, USA, early Wednesday to ‘meet UN Secretary General António Guterres’.
Fakhrul along with party executive committee member Tabith Awal left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for the USA in a flight of Emirates Airlines around 1:50am, a BNP standing committee member told UNB wishing anonymity.
The BNP leader claimed that Fakhrul went to meet UN Secretary General António Guterres at his invitation to discuss “Bangladesh’s political situation and issues relating to Bangladesh’s next general election”.
Another BNP standing committee member said the UN secretary general recently invited Fakhrul to meet him in the UN Headquarters. “Our standing committee members also discussed the matter on Tuesday.”
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) – Accusing law enforcers of detaining its over 100 leaders and activists from its token hunger-strike programme in the city, BNP on Wednesday alleged that the government has taken a strategy to arrest its opponents by giving permission for their programmes.
“Police swooped on our leaders and activists after the end of our token hunger-strike programme at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, and arrested them indiscriminately,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at the BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “The government has resorted to a new strategy to arrest our leaders and activists by giving us verbal permission for holding our programmes.”
Earlier in the day, BNP observed a two-hour token hunger-hunger strike programme peacefully from 10am to 12pm on the premises of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, demanding its Chairperson Khaleda Zia's release from jail and her proper treatment.
Rizvi alleged that the government has given police a licence to arrest opposition leaders and activists in a freestyle ahead of the national election to hold another ‘lopsided, voter-less’ polls. “We strongly condemn it.”
He demanded the government immediately release the arrested BNP leaders and activists.
The BNP leader claimed that police arrested their 107 party leaders and workers from today’s hunger-strike programme in the capital.
Rizvi warned that the government will not be able suppress people with rampant arrests and repressive acts. “Rather, it’ll only provoke people to take to the streets to out bust their pent-up anger.”
He also alleged that their party’s over 300 leaders and workers were arrested on Monday from the BNP’s human chain programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) - The ‘Standards of Weights and Measures Bill, 2018’, was placed in Parliament on Wednesday, aiming to achieve international standard in maintaining weight and measurement of products.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu placed the Bill and it was sent to the respective Parliamentary Standing Committee for further scrutiny.
The Committee was asked to submit its report within 15 working days.
About the crimes and punishment under the proposed law, without prior approval from the government, anyone using non-standard weights will be awarded maximum six months jail or maximum Tk 20,000 fine instead of six months of jail or Tk 3,000 fine under the existing law.
Besides, there is a provision in the draft law to award one year jail term or fine Tk one lakh for non-standard weights and measurements.
Anyone found involved in changing the working standards of the weights and measures will be awarded maximum two years of imprisonment or fined Tk 50,000.
Apart from this, a provision is also there for maximum one year of imprisonment or Tk 50,000 as fine for producing non-standard weights and measures for the purpose of export.
For the purpose, the original Standard of Weights and Measures Ordinance 1982 has been translated into Bangla and modified through incorporating the issues related with the international organisations such as Asia Pacific Meteorology Programme (APMP), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electro-technical Commission (IEC).
Besides, the issues related to Codex Alimentarius Commission, South Asia Regional Standards Organisation (SARSO), International Bureau of Weights and Measures and the International Organisation of Legal Meteorology were also incorporated in the draft law.
Dhaka, Sept 11 (UNB)- 'Housing and Building Research Institute Bill 2018’ was placed in Parliament on Wednesday, aiming to ensure housing facilities for all.
The move to enact the new law came as the Housing and Building Research Institute was established with an ordinance promulgated during the military regime in 1977.
Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain placed the Bill and it was sent to the respective scrutiny committee for further examination. The committee was asked to submit its report within seven working days.
As per the bill, the head office of the Institute will be located in Dhaka. Its branches can be established in any part of the country taking prior permission from the government.
The council to run the institute will consist of 22 members including the Minister in charge of the Ministry of Housing and Public Works as its Chairman.
The council will sit for two times at least in a year.
There will be an 8-member Executive Committee, including the director general, who will be its chairman.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told Parliament that the government is actively considering the formation of a commission to identify other conspirators behind the killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“The matter of formation of a commission to identify other masterminds of the assassination of the Father of the Nation is now under government’s active consideration,” she said replying to a starred question from Awami League MP Mohd Abdullah (Laxmipur-4).
The Prime Minister said many information regarding the conspiracy behind the killing of the Father of the Nation got exposed during the two consecutive terms of the Awami League government.
“According to the information, some people and organisations from both home and abroad had indirectly been involved in the conspiracy,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said efforts are on to bring the killers of the Father of Nation, who are now hiding abroad, back home.
An inter-ministerial committee formed in this regard comprising the Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Home Ministry is working in a coordinated way over the issue, she said.
A petition has been placed before the Canadian Federal Court of Justice for providing information about how fugitive convicted killer Noor Chowdhury is living in Canada, the Prime Minister added.
Diplomatic and legal measures have been taken to bring another fugitive convict, Rashed Chowdhury, back from the USA, she said, adding that lawyers have been appointed there for taking the legal measures.
Besides, the taskforce is working to bring other fugitive convicts back home and red alert has been issued through the Interpol to arrest them, Hasina added.