Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) - Police arrested BNP joint secretary general Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel from the city’s Gulshan-2 area on Tuesday evening.
“We’ve come to know that plainclothes police arrested Sohel around 7:30pm, and took him to Gulshan Police Station,” BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told UNB.
Sohel, also the president of Dhaka south city unit BNP, went into hiding after BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was sent to jail on February 8 in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
BNP sources said Sohel has been facing over 50 cases on acts of sabotage and other charges.
Dhaka, Sep 18 (UNB) – Experts on Tuesday stressed on need to ensure transparency and equity in securing green climate funds (GCF).
They said it’s possible through implementation of policies maintaining global standards.
The speakers reiterated the need to monitor the implementation of projects at the root-level, along with ensuring participation from the community and experts along with involving members of the civil society to monitor the implementation process.
They made the observations at a Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) organised daylong international dialogue held in the capital, said a press release.
Experts from Bhutan, Nepal, Australia, South Korea, Germany and Bangladesh participated in the ‘Dhaka Integrity Dialogue 3: Equity and Transparency in Green Climate Funding’ at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).
Experts recommended improving the capacity of GCF to make a sustainable impact and better disbursement of the funds and called to ensure equitable representation from developing countries in the GCF Board to reap the benefits of the Paris Agreement.
Chief guest of the concluding session of the dialogue Environment Forest and Climate Change Minister, Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud, said that the government has undertaken the climate issue with high importance.
He said that besides forming its own climate fund in parallel to GCF, it has been spending a considerable part of its national budget every year in climate adaptation and recently, climate adaptation was significantly included in the newly adopted Delta Plan 2100.
TIB Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman emphasized on the need of exerting pressure upon GCF to make access procedures user-friendly and practical, and develop a robust environmental and social safeguard policy and ensure wide dissemination among stakeholders.
He urged for collective efforts to enhance technical capacity of the affected countries, especially those in South Asia in writing proposals for the GCF and effective implementation of the approved projects.
Recognising that Bangladesh is one of the worst sufferers of climate vulnerabilities, the speakers suggested to integrate space technologies with the meteorological department, while stating the need for more research as data is needed for developing and designing projects, effective monitoring and implementation.
Since 2011, TIB has been playing pivotal role in research and advocacy on climate finance governance in Bangladesh for ensuring integrity, transparency, accountability and participation in all types of climate funds in Bangladesh.
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.