Dhaka, June 24 (UNB) - Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Monday said illegal drugs enter Bangladesh from India and Myanmar due to its geographical location.
"Although Bangladesh is not a drug-producing country, it’s now facing the menace due to its geographical location," he said while responding to a tabled starred question from Jatiya Party MP M Mujibul Huq in Parliament.
The minister said Yaba is coming to the country from Myanmar while cannabis, Phensidyl, heroin and injectable drugs are making their way into Bangladesh from India.
He said Yaba is smuggled into the country mainly through the Naf River. "To prevent the entry of Yaba into Bangladesh, the government has created a temporary circle of the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) comprising of nine officials.
Besides, an anti-narcotic team of 19 officials, including 10 Ansar men, is working in Cox's Bazar district," he said.
Asaduzzaman also mentioned that 31 posts have been created at the DNC under the leadership of deputy director in Cox's Bazar.
He said there is a plan to establish a naval unit in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar to stop drug smuggling.
The minister said at present, Ansar men are deployed in five bordering districts while adequate number of Ansar men will be deployed gradually in other bordering districts of the country along with the DNC officials.
He said law enforcement agencies lodged 119,878 cases against 161,323 drug traders in 2018 while the number was 6156 against 6671 drug traders in the first month of the current year.
To tackle the drug problem, Asaduzzaman said, five bilateral meetings at the director general level were held between Bangladesh and India while a move is underway to hold the sixth one.
Three meetings were held with Myanmar while the fourth one will be held in October or November this year, he said.
Replying to another question from ruling party MP M Abdul Latif, Asaduzzaman said the government has taken a project to collect special helicopters for using those during any fire incident in multi-storey buildings.
Besides, he said, scrutiny of specification for purchasing a Ka-32A11BC firefighting helicopter from a Russian company is under process.
Answering to another query from ruling party MP Mozaffar Hossain, the minister said the approved workforce of police is 212,007 with 201,393 of them being policemen and 10,614 non-police.
He said as the number of police is lesser than the requirement, the government in its first term created 32,031 posts while 48,300 posts were created during the second term against approved 50,000 ones. "A proposal for creating the rest of the posts is under process at different ministries," he said.
Dhaka, Jun 24 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said no one can destroy Bangladesh Awami League as it is a well-organised political party having numerous achievements during its 70-year history of struggle.
“Awami League is one of the well-organised oldest political parties of this subcontinent. No one could tear the party to shreds through hundreds of attacks and won’t be able to do so in the future, Inshallah,” she said.
The Prime Minister made the remarks while addressing a discussion arranged by Bangladesh Awami League marking its 70th founding anniversary at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) here.
Sheikh Hasina, also the AL president, said the party has now become a glorious organisation with the achievements gained in its 70-year history of struggle and successes.
Expressing the hope that AL will get much stronger as it did gradually in the past, she said, “AL is so deeply-rooted in public mind that no one could uproot it despite making hundreds of efforts in the past and won’t be able to do so in the future.”
“It’s fact that the country makes progress only when Awami League comes to power. Whatever developments the country achieved during the pre-war period that also came during 1954-1958 when Awami League had been in the government,” she said.
The Prime Minister urged the AL leaders and activists to work for the country by strengthening the party further.
She also asked them to follow the ideals of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman keeping in mind the dedication shown by their predecessors.
Highlighting different development activities of her government, Hasina said it will be able to continue the development trend as people extended their mandate to AL again in the last general election.
She expressed her gratitude to people for reelecting Awami League and keeping their trust on it again. “I want to extend my gratitude to the people of Bangladesh, and those who kept trust on AL, voted it, elected it again and again and thus gave it the opportunity to serve them,” she said.
“We’ll be able to develop the country as there’s the continuation of the government,” the Prime Minister added.
The AL chief asked her party leaders and activists not to be lavish, rather lead a simple life getting mingled with general people.
She expressed her conviction to ensure people’s welfare and build the country in such a way so that they can move in the international arena with dignity keeping their heads high.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh’s development journey started after the Liberation War overcoming hundreds of barriers. “Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman built Bangladesh as a least developed country within only three and a half years recovering the war-ravaged economy,” she added.
“Unfortunately, the Father of the Nation was killed in 1975 and then the next 21 years were again the history of deprivation,” she said.
The Prime Minister said the scenario of Bangladesh changed radically in the last 10 years after Awami League came to power in 2009 through the 2008 general election. “People’s fate has changed as AL came to power. Today, the poverty rate came down to 21 percent from 40 percent,” she said.
Noting that the poverty rate is 17-18 percent in many developed countries, she reiterated that the poverty rate would be cut down to at least one percent less than that in the developed countries. “There’ll be no extreme poor in Bangladesh,” she said.
Awami League general secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, its advisory council members Amir Hossain Amu and Tofail Ahmed, its presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and Mohammad Nasim, and joint secretaries Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, among others, spoke at the discussion.
Noted historian and Dhaka University Prof Muntassir Mamoon also spoke on the occasion.
AL Publication and Publicity Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud and Deputy Secretary Aminul Islam Amin conducted the discussion.
Dhaka, June 24 (UNB) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday filed a case against four people, including Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mizanur Rahman, for amassing illegal wealth and concealing information.
ACC director Manjur Morshed filed the case against DIG Mizan, his wife Sohelia Anar Ratna, nephew sub-inspector Mahmudul Hasan and younger brother Mahbubur Rahman, said ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.
According to the case statement, the ACC found that DIG Mizan accumulated wealth worth Tk 3.28 crore while he concealed information of wealth worth Tk 3.7 crore in his wealth statement.
On July 11, 2018, the ACC issued a notice to DIG Mizan and his wife Sohelia asking them to submit their wealth statements.
On May 3 last year, the ACC interrogated the DIG in connection with the illegal wealth accumulation as the anti-graft body found his huge cash, apartments, cars and property, and fixed deposit accounts with a number of banks.
The Commission also found his involvement in money laundering.
In January 2018, Mizan was withdrawn from the DMP Headquarters and attached him to the Police Headquarters following allegations of marrying a woman forcefully and torturing her later.
Allegations have it that Mizan picked Morium Akter up and married her by force.
Later, Mizan instigated the arrest of Morium in a false case following a family feud.
Dhaka, June 24 (UNB) – The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of Bangladeshi Flag Vessels (Protection) Bill 2019 with some changes.
The approval was given at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at the Prime Minister’s Office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, said Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam while briefing reporters at the Secretariat after the meeting.
The ‘Bangladesh Flag Vessels (Protection) Ordinance 1982’ was promulgated on June 28, 1982 and following the Supreme Court order, some changes were brought to it, he said.
There are some changes in section 3 of the ordinance and there are some restrictions on carrying goods through the Bay of Bengal, the Cabinet secretary said.
Besides, there is a provision of appeal in section 8 of the act. If anyone is fined for violating the rules, he/she can file appeal within 30 days, he said.
The Cabinet also approved the draft of ‘Bangladesh Institute of Sports Education Bill 2019’ to replace the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan Ordinance, 1983.
It also gave go-ahead to the International Mother Language Institute Award Policy-2019 bill to introduce a new award titled ‘International Mother Language Award’. The award will be given to two local and two international recipients in every two years ahead of the International Mother Language Day.
About the Moulvibazar train crash, the Cabinet secretary said the accident took place due to overloading as the train was overcrowded due to the problem on Dhaka-Sylhet highway.
Brahmanbaria, June 24 (UNB)-Vehicular movement on Dhaka-Sylhet highway which remained suspended since Tuesday last resumed on Monday as the authorities concerned opened Shahbazpur Bridge on the Titas river to traffic after its repair work.
Roads and Highway Department (RHD) Deputy Divisional Engineer Bhuiyan Redwanur Rahman said, “The bridge was opened to traffic in the morning as the repair work has been completed.”
The bus services on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway remained halted as the bailey bridge collapsed on June 18.
Meanwhile, Sylhet’s rail link with other part of the country remained suspended since Sunday night after a train crash in Kulaura upazila in Moulvibazar, leaving five people dead and many injured.