Dhaka, Sep 11 (UNB) - The government has directed all the news media, including print media and news agencies, to provide dearness allowance to their staff, including journalists and other employees, under the 9th wage board.
The Information Ministry issued a notification on Tuesday directing the news media to pay 45 percent of the main salary of media staff and journalists as dearness allowance.
The notification said the order will come into effect from March 1 of this year.
The interim benefit will be adjusted with the salary structure later.
State Minister for Information, Tarana Halim, sought cooperation of all news media in implementation of the directive.
Besides, she said that the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would distribute financial aid to the journalists in financial hardship and to the families of dead and sick journalists at her office (PMO) on September 19.
The aid will be provided from the government grants, she said.
Dhaka, Sept 11 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Qauder on Tuesday said that the polls-time government will be formed in the middle of October.
He said he had a discussion on this with the Prime Minister.
Talking to journalists at Secretariat, Obaidul Quader said the size of the government will be like the one formed in last time and there will be no technocrat in the small-size cabinet.
He claimed that Ershad’s Jatiya Party has requested to add one or more leaders of JP to the poll-time government and the Prime Minister will consider the matter.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said that the party's nomination for the national election will be finalised next month.
He said the Prime Minister has given ‘hint’ to 60 to 70 leaders for taking preparation as they might get nomination.
In another query of reporters how many seats will be given to the alliance parties in the next elections, Obaidul Quader said, it could be 60 to 70.
He also said that Jatiya Party has declared that if the BNP does not come to the polls, the Jatiya Party will compete without alliance. If BNP joins the fray, JP will form alliance.
BNP is trying to create issue over its Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s illness. She needs better treatment and it is possible at BSMMU as the hospital is specialized, said the AL leader.
“BNP couldn’t do anything in last ten years and it will not be possible do anything also in next two months,” said Quader.
He warned to local leaders not to involve in any ill competition centring national election as AL is now more united and well-organized than any time before.
Dhaka, Sept 11 (UNB) – A court here on Tuesday denied bail to renowned photographer and Drik Gallery managing director Shahidul Alam in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.
Judge KM Imrul Kayes of Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judge’s Court passed the order after hearing the bail petition filed on August 14.
Public Prosecutor Mohammad Abu Abdullah moved against the bail petition while Barrister Sarah Hossain stood for Shahidul Alam.
The High Court on Monday directed the lower court concerned to dispose of the bail petition filed by Shahidul within Tuesday (today).
Shahidul filed a bail petition with the HC on August 28 through his lawyers--Sara Hossain and Jyotirmoy Barua--saying he may be granted bail as he is ill.
Earlier on September 4, a judge of a two-member High Court bench felt ‘embarrassed’ to hear the bail petition in the case.
The same day, the bench forwarded the petition to the chief justice for a decision.
On September 5, the HC directed the authorities concerned to provide first-class division to photographer Shahidul in jail after hearing of the writ petition.
Detectives arrested Shahidul Alam from his Dhanmondi residence on August 5 and the case was filed against him with Ramna Police Station on August 6.
Police claimed that he spread propaganda through his Facebook account during the student movement demanding safe roads.
Rajshahi, Sept 11 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Pakuria-Dhuroil Beel in Mohanpur upazila early Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as Dulal Miah, 45, son of late Ibrahim, a resident of Harihar village.
AFM Ashraful Islam, deputy commanding officer of Rab-5, said a gang of drug traders numbering around ten tried to flee when a Rab team was patrolling in the area around 1 am.
Being chased by the elite force members, the gang opened fire on them, prompting them to fire back that triggered the gunfight.
Later, the team found Dulal with bullet wounds and took him to Mohonpur Upazila Health Complex where the duty doctors declared him dead.
The team recovered 506 Yaba tablets, a foreign pistol, one round bullet and a magazine from the spot.
Dhaka, Sept 10 (UNB) – A court here on Monday placed 12 students, who were allegedly picked up by detectives on Wednesday, on remand.
Metropolitan Magistrate Nurunnahar Yasmin passed the order when sub-inspector Abdur Rahman of Tejgaon Industrial Police Station produced them before her court seeking a seven-day remand.
Those remanded are Mujahidul Islam, Iftekhar Alam, Jahangir Alam, Raihanul Abedin, Mahfuz Ahmed, Tarik Aziz, Mehedi Hasan, Jahirul Islam, Saifullah Bin Mansur, Al Amin and Borhan Uddin.
All of them were put on a two-day remand in a case filed for assaulting police while Tarek Aziz was granted another two-day remand in another case filed under the ICT Act.
Masudur Rahman, Deputy Commissioner (Media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said law enforcers arrested the 12 students from Tajkunipara on Sunday.
They were accused in two cases filed with Tejgaon Industrial Police Station over attacking police and spreading rumour over the recent student movement, he said.
Police said miscreants chanted anti-government slogans and attacked police in front of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology in Tejgaon on August 6.
However, families of the students on Sunday alleged that Detective Branch of police picked them up from Tejgaon area on Wednesday last.