Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) - State Minister for Information Tarana Halim on Thursday told Parliament that the BNP-Jamaat clique is operating around 300 Facebook pages from abroad to spread rumours and false information to tarnish the image of the government, ministers and MPs ahead of the national election.
“We know the BNP-Jamaat vested group has opened 300 Facebook pages which are being operated from abroad with an aim to spread rumours and misguide people with false information to dent the image of the government and assassinate the characters of each minister and MPs ahead of the election,” she said.
The junior minister came up with the remarks while replying to a supplementary question by Awami League MP Shamsul Haque Bhuiyan.
Under the circumstances, she said, the government is going to set up a ‘Rumour identification and prevention cell’ which will be functional at the end of this month.
About the function of the cell, Tarana said it will remain in operation round the clock and continuously monitor different social networking sites to inform media within three hours if any rumour is found.
She alleged that a vested quarter using the logos of different noted online portals and newspapers has been spreading rumours on the social media.
During the recent safe road movement by students, Tarana said, such rumours were spread using the BBC logo. “BNP-Jamaat is conducting such false propaganda and circulating false news.”
She called upon the MPs to take steps to have their Facebook pages verified through Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission so that no one can spread false information through using their fake IDs.
The state minister said the government will give the electronic media necessary directions to stop the use of indecent and indecent languages during their live programmes.
Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday accepted chargesheet against six people in a case over the death of two college students in a road accident on Airport Road on July 29.
Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Kaisarul Islam accepted the chargesheet.
The accused are Shahadat Hossain, owner of ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ bus, its driver Masum Billah, his assistant Enayet Hossain, owner of another ‘Jabal-e-Noor’ bus Jahangir Alam, its driver Zobair Sumon and his assistant Asad.
Among them, Asad and Jahangir Alam remainrf absconding.
The court also issued an arrest warrant against two absconding accused.
The court also directed Cantonment Police Station to submit a report by October 1 about the arrest warrant.
On September 6, police pressed charges in the case.
Earlier on July 29, Diya KhanamMim and Abdul Karim Rajib, first year students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College, were killed as a bus ploughed through some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road in the capital.
The accident triggered a widespread protest by students, demanding safe roads and seeking justice for their fellows.
Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) – The government has fixed the minimum wage for readymade garment workers at Tk 8000, said State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu.
The decision will come into effect in December next after the publication of a gazette notification, said the state minister while briefing reporters at his ministry here on Thursday afternoon.
The new wage has been fixed following the Bangladesh Labour Law as there is a provision to re-fix wage after a five-year interval. The gazette in this regard will be published by December, said Chunnu.
The basic in the new wage is Tk 4100. There has been a 50 percent salary hike compared to previous times, said the junior minister.
He said the minimum wage was TK 1662.50 in 2006, Tk 3,000 in 2010 and TK 5,300 in 2013.
The government formed a new wage board to review the existing wages of the garment industry workers on January 14. The garment owners proposed TK 6,000 as the minimum wage, while the demand from workers was TK 12,000. After bargaining, TK 7,000 was fixed. But, both the owners and workers did not accept it, said the state minister.
Later, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held a meeting with both parties and fixed the wage. The board disclosed the information about the new wage at a meeting held at its office today, said Chunnu.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Siddiqur Rahman and wage board head senior district magistrate Syed Amirul Islam were also present at the briefing.
The BGMEA president said the new wages of the garment industry workers have been fixed as per the decision of the Prime Minister.
Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) - A court here on Thursday fixed September 20 to deliver its order whether the trial proceedings in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case will continue in the absence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of Special Judge Court-5 fixed the date after a hearing.
Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol on Thursday filed a petition to deliver the verdict in the case seeking completion of trial in the absence of Khaleda as she did not appear before the court during the last several months due to her illness.
Besides, Khaleda’s lawyer filed a petition to allow two lawyers to meet her in jail to have an idea about her physical condition.
In response to the petition, the court instructed the jail authorities to take steps as per prison rules.
The court on Wednesday asked Khaleda’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia to submit a written explanation today stating how the trial proceedings will continue in the case.
On September 4, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry issued a gazette notification to hold the trial of Khaleda Zia in the case at the Old Dhaka Central Jail after setting up a makeshift court there.
The following day Khaleda was produced before the special court-5 when she stated that she is sick and she will neither be able to appear before the court repeatedly nor can stay there for a long time.
The BNP chairperson is now at Nazimuddin Road central jail, serving five years' rigorous imprisonment as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 this year.
Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) – Members of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) on Wednesday night arrested the son-in-law of Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, executed killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, from city’s Hatirjheel area for posting derogatory comments against Bangabandhu on Facebook.
Fuad Zaman, the husband of Shehnaz Rashid Khan, daughter of Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, was detained on charges of giving a post on Facebook praising the killers of Bangabandhu and making ‘derogatory comments’ against him, said Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
The team also seized his mobile phone, the official added.
On August 15, Fuad, in a Facebook post, praised the killers of Bangabandhu and sought the salvation of those departed souls, police said adding that he also termed the killing as a ‘good job’.
Later on August 30, a case was filed with Dhanmondi Police Station under the ICT Act.
Fuad will be produced before a court here with seven-day remand prayer, said the deputy commissioner.
Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan was executed on January 27, 2010.