Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) – Five suspected criminals were killed in separate 'gunfights' with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police in the capital, Cox’s Bazar and Pabna early Tuesday.
In Dhaka, two unidentified ‘robbers’ were killed in a reported gunfight with the members of Rab-2 in Rayerbazar area around 3:30 am.
Being informed that a gang of robbers was staying behind Rayerbazar Graveyard, a team of Rab-2 conducted a raid there around 3:30 am.
Sensing the presence of the elite force, the gang members opened fire on them, triggering the gunfight.
The gunfight left the duo injured with bullets.
The injured were rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where the duty doctors declared them dead around 6:30 am, said Sub-inspector Bacchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH police outpost.
The team recovered three pistols, bullets and sharp weapons from the spot.
In Cox’s Bazar, two suspected drug traders – Abdus Samad, 27, son of Md Shah Alam, of Sitakundu upazila in Chattogram district and Abu Hanif, 30, son of Nazmul Sarder of Jashore district-were killed in a reported gunfight with the members of Rab-7 in Morichya area of Ukhia upazila around 2:30 am.
Major Mehedi Hasan, company commander of Rab-7, said that a Rab-7 team set up a check post in the area. When a truck was passing through it, they signalled it to stop.
However, denying signal, the drug traders opened fire on the elite force from inside of the truck, forcing them to retaliate which triggered the gunfight.
After the gunfight, the team recovered two bodies from the spot.
The Rab official said that they recovered 1.30 lakh pieces of Yaba tablets and a foreign pistol, one shooter gun, eight-round bullets and eight-round bullet shells from the spot.
In Pana, Korban Hossain, 36, son of Kiamuddin Pramanik of Jatrapur village in Ataikula upazila, and a suspected leader of regional outlaw party ‘Naksal’ was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Koijori village around 1:30 am.
Being tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive in a jackfruit orchard, said Masud Rana, officer-in-charge of Ataikula Police Station.
When the team reached there, the outlaw gang opened fire on them, prompting the law enforcers to fire back which triggered the gun battle, leaving Korban dead on the spot.
Four policemen were also injured in the incident, said the OC, adding that they recovered a revolver, four cartridges, two cartridge sells, 20 Yaba tablets and a motorcycle from the spot.
Korban was accused in several cases including murder and robbery, said the police official.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) - The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministry on Monday submitted its scrutiny report on the much-talked-about ‘The Digital Security Bill, 2018’ in Parliament.
Chairman of the parliamentary watchdog Imran Ahmed placed the report in the House.
The Bill was placed in the House on April 9 aiming to deal with cybercrimes, including hurting the religious sentiment, negative propaganda against the Liberation War and Bangabandhu, and illegal activities in e-transactions and spreading defamatory data.
The JS body proposed inclusion of the Official Secrets Act, 1923 in the bill where any offence will be committed under the law using computer, digital device, computer network, digital network or any other digital means.
The punishment for this offence will be not more than 14 years of imprisonment or not more than Tk 25 lakh as fine or both.
If a person commits the same offence for more than once, the punishment will be lifetime imprisonment or not more than Tk 1 crore fine or both.
In the report, the committee suggested inclusion of the definition of “spirit of Liberation War” under section 21.
The definition of the spirit of the Liberation War as proposed by the committee is: “The high ideals of nationalism, socialism, democracy and secularism, which inspired our heroic people to dedicate themselves to, and our brave martyrs to sacrifice their lives in the national liberation struggle.”
It also proposed inclusion of the Right to Information Act (RTI) under section 3 in case of right to information-related matter.
The parliamentary watchdog kept the section 43 that says a police official can search or arrest anyone without any warrant issued by a court and police would carry out the job following the proposed security council’s director general's approval.
The committee, however, reduced the jail term to 10 years from 14 years for spreading negative propaganda against the Liberation War or Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman using digital devices. The fine for this kind of offence remains the same at Tk 1 crore.
Earlier, the proposed law made many crimes cognisable and nonbailable offences.
In the proposed bill, digital, database and critical information infrastructure have been defined.
As per the bill, digital forensic labs, and a digital security agency under the Prime Minister’s Office will be set up, while a national computer emergency response team and an 11-member digital security council, headed by the Prime Minister, will be constituted.
If any person commits the offence for second time or more, the punishment will be lifetime imprisonment or fine Tk 3 crore or both.
The punishment for illegal access to critical information infrastructure (CII) is maximum seven-year of imprisonment or Tk 25 lakh fine or both, while that for damaging the CII through illegal access is maximum 14 years’ imprisonment, or Tk 1 crore fine or both.
If the offence is committed by the same person for second time or more, the punishment will be lifetime imprisonment or Tk 2.5 crore fine or both.
The punishment for resorting to cyber violence which will jeopardise integrity or security or sovereignty of the state, intimidate people or any section of people, impede legitimised access to computer, computer network or internet is maximum 14 years’ imprisonment or maximum Tk 1 crore fine or both.
The punishment for hurting religious values and sentiment is maximum 10-year imprisonment, or Tk 20 lakh fine or both.
The punishment for providing or spreading defamatory data is maximum three-year jail or maximum Tk 500,000 fine or both, while that for destroying communal harmony is maximum seven years’ imprisonment, Tk 500,000 fine or both.
The punishment for illegal activities using e-transaction services of bank, insurance, financial institution and any other organisation is maximum five years’ imprisonment, Tk 500,000 fine or both.
The punishment for resorting to cyber hacking is maximum 14 years imprisonment and Tk one crore fine, or both.
Resorting to digital theft by capturing any confidential information of government and semi-government, autonomous and statuary bodies by using computer, computer network, digital network or any other electronic devices through illegal access is a cognisable offence.
The offences under sections 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34 of the proposed law are cognisable and non-bailable, while the offences under sections 20, 25, 29 and 48 are bailable ones.
Sangsad Bhaban, Sept 17 (UNB) - A bill titled 'The Communicable Diseases Prevention, Control and Eradication Bill, 2018' was placed before the Parliament on Monday.
State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque on behalf of Health Minister Mohammad Nasim placed the Bill and it was sent to the respective Parliamentary Standing Committee. The Committee was asked to submit its report within 20 working days.
The proposed law is aimed at tackling any emergency situation related to public health by checking and eradicating all contagious diseases.
Another goal of the draft law is to protect people from communicable diseases as well as taking proper measures to create mass awareness about germs related to diseases like Kala-Azar, HIV, Influenza, Nipah, Ebola, and Typhoid.
The draft law was prepared merging the existing 'The Bangladesh Malaria Eradication Board (Repeal) Ordinance, 1977' and 'Prevention of Malaria (Special Provisions) Ordinance, 1978'.
As per earlier directives of the Supreme Court that had declared all martial law regimes ordinances illegal, the draft law was placed before the Cabinet translating the original law in to Bangla as well as widening the area of its jurisdiction to cover all the contagious diseases.
Under the proposed law, a patient or the affected person will have to be screened and isolated to protect common people from being affected.
The affected person will also have to be examined in the related and specified institutes to detect the type of disease.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) – A court here on Monday sentenced two men to 15-year jail term under separate sections of penal code in a money laundering case filed by then Anti-Corruption Bureau in 2003.
The convicted men are—Om Prokash Chowdhury alias Om Prokash Agarwal and Har-e Krishna Saha. They remain absconding.
Under section-406, the court sentenced them three year jail and fined Tk 10 crore, under section 468- five year jail and fined Tk 10 lakh by default they have to serve one year more jail and under section 471- seven year jail and fined Tk 10 lakh, by default they have to serve more one year and six months jail.
According to the prosecution, the convicted people embezzled Tk 17 crore 38 lakh and 50,000 of Dhaka Bank using papers of their fake residential address and fake institutions M/S HB apparels.
Later, Mir Mohammad Joynul Abedin Siddiq, assistant director of then anti-corruption bureau filed the case against 14 people with Motijheel police station on January 1, 2013.
Later, police pressed charge against 13 people.
In 20014, nine accused were excluded from the chargesheet.
After examining all the records and witnesses, Dhaka divisional special judge Mizanur Rahman Khan handed down the verdict acquitting two other accused Narayan Chandra Bhowmick and Khandaker Nasir Hasan.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) – The body, formed by the government to review the existing quota system in public service, has recommended abolishing the quota system from 9th to 13th grades (1st class and 2nd class) of government jobs.
“We submitted our report to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today (Monday). Our proposal is that there shouldn’t be quota in the public recruitment for 9th to13th grades, meaning previous 1st class and 2nd class jobs," Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said while briefing reporters at the Secretariat over the Cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Talking about the freedom fighters’ quota, he said, “We’ve taken opinions of legal experts when they said it’s a policy decision of the government and there’s a court verdict which shouldn’t be disobeyed.”
Now, the Public Administration Ministry will take the formal approval of the Prime Minister in this regard and place it before the Cabinet for its clearance, the Cabinet Secretary said.
Noting that the next Cabinet meeting will be held in the first week of the next month, he said, “If the Cabinet approves it, a gazette notification will be issued in this regard.”
On July 2, the government formed a seven-member committee with Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam as its convener to review the existing quota system in public service.
The other members of the committee are secretaries of the Public Administration, Finance Division, Liberation War Affairs, Legislative Division and PSC and PMO acting secretary.
In April, students of public and private universities across the country waged a strong movement demanding reforms in the quota system in public service recruitment process.
In the face of the movement, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced in parliament on April 11 the abolition of all types of quotas in government jobs.
But no gazette notification has so far been issued regarding the abolishment of the quota system as per the Prime Minister’s declaration.
On July 12, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said it is not possible to reform freedom fighters’ quota in government jobs as there is a High Court verdict to continue it.