Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) - A Bill titled, 'Bangladesh Employees Welfare Board (Amendment) Bill, 2018’, was passed by Parliament on Tuesday seeking to ensure the financial benefits of employees.
State Minister for Public Administration Minister Ismat Ara Sadique, on behalf of Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, placed the bill and it was passed by voice vote.
Under the proposed law, if any employee passes away then the family of the deceased will get the financial benefit of the joint insurance and get other fixed financial benefits from time to time as recommended by the government.
Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) - A bill titled ‘Mental Health Bill 2018’ was placed in Parliament on Tuesday for making a time-befitting law in Bangla version scrapping the exiting Lunacy Act 1912.
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim placed the Bill and it was sent to the respective parliamentary standing committee for further examination. The Committee was asked to submit its report within 15 days.
According to the draft bill, if any professional engaged in mental health service intentionally provides false report over mental illness, the person will be punished with a fine of maximum Tk 3 lakh or one year’s rigorous imprisonment or by both.
The bill also incorporated another punitive provision for guardians and doctors in case of their negligence in providing treatment to mental health patients and management of his property.
If any guardian or doctor neglects the treatment of mental health patients or management of his property or does not implement any order of the court, s/he will be punished with a fine of maximum Tk five lakh or three years’ rigorous imprisonment or both.
In the bill, the government has been entrusted with the responsibility of conducting, coordinating, regulating and improving all the activities related to mental health.
Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) - The ‘Community Clinic Health Assistance Trust Bill, 2018' was placed in Parliament on Tuesday for ensuring the participation of rural people in healthcare services and collecting donation for trust funds to run the country’s community clinics.
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim placed the Bill and it was sent to the respective parliamentary standing committee for further examination. The Committee was asked to submit its report within a day.
The goals of the Community Clinic Trust Assistance Bill is to ensure the participation of people in coordinated healthcare services to rural people, provide healthcare services by using trust funds, and collect necessary social assistance and donation from individuals and organisations for providing the health services.
According to the proposed law, there will be an advisory council of the trust, headed by the Prime Minister, and a 14-member board to be headed by the managing director to regulate the trust. An additional secretary-level official will be the managing director of the board.
The trustee board will be consisted of 15 members to be appointed for three years.
There will be two types of funds -- permanent and current.
Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) - The ‘Bangladesh Sangbad Sagstha (BSS) Bill 2018’ was placed in Parliament on Tuesday to properly run the organisation under a legal framework.
The state-run media outlet emerged as the national news agency in 1972 and being run under an ordinance promulgated in 1979.
Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu 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 days.
BSS was established on January 1, 1972 as the then Dhaka Bureau of the erstwhile Associate Press of Pakistan (APP) was turned into Bangladesh’s news agency while an ordinance for it promulgated during the military regime in 1979.
The draft law suggests the national news agency to be operated by a 13-member Board of Directors with three years tenure which will include representatives from different ministries, including the home and foreign ministries, alongside senior journalists.
The government will appoint the chairman of the board while a person having 18 years of experience in journalism would be eligible for the post of the Managing Director and Chief Editor of the national news agency.
Dhaka, Sept 18 (UINB)- Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat returned home after visiting the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission Area on Tuesday.
During the visit, Chief of Air Staff inspected the Medal Parade of Bangladesh Air Force Contingents in Democratic Republic Congo as the Chief Guest and exchanged greetings with the members of the contingents, said a press release of Inter Service Public Relation (ISPR).
He also visited BAF contingent in Mali and exchanged greetings with the contingent members. Besides, the Air Chief also exchanged views with military and civil UN high officials on United Nations Peacekeeping Mission.
It is expected that the visit would boost up the morale of peacekeeping members of Bangladesh in mission areas, help to enhance BAF relation with the UN and also open up new opportunities for future co-operation with UN.