Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – There is no possibility of deterioration in law and order situation in the country ahead of the next parliamentary election, said Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu on Thursday.
The Industries Minister said this while talking to reporters after a meeting of the cabinet committee on law and order at the Secretariat.
“The law and order situation in the country is satisfactory and the political situation is also stable as all the political parties are focusing on the election,” he said.
While reacting to a query on BNP’s allegation about filling ‘ghost cases’ against the party men, the minister said, “BNP’s allegation isn’t true. They are telling lies. Action will be taken if there is any specific information.”
Talking about the militancy issue, the Minister said, “Militancy is under control now but the law enforcing agencies are aware of it and there is no threat of militant attack.”
Referring to the anti-drug drive, Amu said the use of the drug has been reduced following the drive against drug and the law enforcing agencies have been asked to be more cautious about it.
According to the sources of the meeting, the members of law enforcement agencies were asked to maintain law and order situation ahead of the election.
Medina (Saudi Arabia), Oct 18 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina offered ziarat at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) at Masjid Al-Nabawi here on Wednesday night.
She offered Esha prayers at the holy mosque and sought divine blessings for the people of Bangladesh as well as peace and prosperity of the entire Muslim Ummah.
Earlier Wednesday night, the Prime Minister arrived at Medina from Riyadh by a special flight of Saudi Arabian Airlines.
She will leave Madina for Jeddah on Thursday morning and lay the foundation stone of the Chancery Building of Bangladesh Consulate General in Jeddah.
The Prime Minister will perform holy Umrah in Makkah after Esha prayers on Thursday night.
On Tuesday, Sheikh Hasina arrived at Riyadh on Tuesday on a four-day bilateral visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of Saudi King and the custodian of the two holy Mosques Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
During her stay in Riyadh, the Prime Minister had meetings with the Saudi King and the Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. She also had a meeting meeting with the Saudi business community, including leaders of the Council of Saudi Chamber (CSC) and Riyadh Chamber of Commerce there.
The Prime Minister will leave Jeddah for home on Friday.
Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Wednesday voiced doubts that their Chairperson Khaleda Zia will not get justice in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case as the verdict was written before the ‘completion’ of the trial process.
“Khaleda Zia has been in jail in a fabricated case. The verdict in another case will be given on October 29. Why will it be pronounced on October 29 since the judgment was written long ago?” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader said the judge who acquitted Tarique Rahman had said he was given a written verdict while ex-Chief Justice SK Sinha narrated how pressure was created on him to change his verdict. “After knowing these things, it’s a kind of stupidity to expect justice.”
Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh (DAB) arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club marking the 11th death anniversary of its former president Prof MA Hadi.
Earlier on Tuesday, Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 in Dhaka fixed October 29 for pronouncing verdict in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
On February 8 last, Khaleda was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case by the same court.
Nazrul, a BNP standing committee member, said though thousands of crores of Taka were looted from banks and the financial sector, no one faces any trial for it as the government is not willing to do so. “But it intensified the trial process against our leader (Khaleda) in the Zia Charitable Trust case.”
He said Khaleda has no ability to go to the court to give her self-defence statements since she has been receiving treatment at a hospital following advice of a medical board. “The court now fixed October 29 to deliver verdict in the case in her absence. This situation can’t continue for long.”
The BNP leader urged all to get united to get rid of the current situation through holding a fair, credible and acceptable election.
Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) - Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase on Wednesday approved a number of procurement proposals including awarding a contract for development of fairway from Sirajganj to Daikhowa river route to facilitate the river transit offered to neighbouring India.
As per a tender proposal placed by the Ministry of Shipping, Dharitri Banga Limited, a contractor which won the contract, will carry out dredging works and other relevant works at the river route from Sirajganj to Daiakhowa at a cost of Tk 227.46 crore.
The works will be implemented under Bangladesh-India inland water transit and trade protocol route for 7 years project.
In absence of the Finance Minister, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu presided over the cabinet body committee meeting which was attended by the ministers who are the member of the committee.
Bangladesh will bear 20 percent of the cost of the works while India will bear the 80 percent.
The contractor will dredge the river route to 2-meter depth and 30-meter width in next two years and maintain the route for next five years after completion of the dredging.
The committee also approved a proposal of the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry to improve the runway and taxiway of Sylhet Osmani International Airport at a cost of Tk 387.40 crore.
A joint venture of Halla and Mir Aktar Hossain won the contract.
Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) - Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested managing director (MD) of SA Group Md Shahbuddin Alam from the city’s Gulshan area on Wednesday on charge of loan forgery.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sharmin Jahan of CID (Media) said a team of CID (Organised Crime Division) arrested the MD of the Chattragram-based group of companies.
She said Shahabuddin was arrested in connection with a case filed by Bank Asia with EPZ police station of port city.
The Bank Asia authorities filed the case in 2017 for Tk 27 crore loan forgery, she added.
Shahabuddin was produced before a Dhaka CMM court in the afternoon.
Sources at the CID headquarters said Shahabuddin Alam had taken loans of over Tk 35000 crore from various commercial banks and financial institutions for running his business.
He had taken loan of Tk 709.27 crore from Bank Asia branch of CDA Avenue Branch.