Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) – The chamber judge of the Appellate Division on Monday upheld the High Court order asking the authorities concerned to provide first class division to photographer Shahidul Alam in jail.
Chamber judge justice Mohammad Iman Ali passed the order after hearing on a petition filed by the state seeking stay on the HC order.
The court kept the petition ‘out-of-list’.
On September 5, the HC directed the authorities concerned to provide first division to Shahidul Alam.
Later, the petition was filed against the order.
Detectives arrested ShahidulAlam from his Dhanmondi residence on August 5 and a case was filed against him with Ramna Police Station on August 6. He was also placed on a seven-day remand in the case.
Police claimed that he spread propaganda through his Facebook account during the student movement demanding safe roads.
Natore, Sept 17 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Katashkol Ikkhu Centre area of Boraigram upazila early Monday.
The deceased was identified as Sirajul Islam, son of Abdus Sattar of Balia Village. Sirajul was wanted in several cases, including that of drug.
Tipped off that a gang of drug traders gathered in the area, a team of Rab members conducted a drive there around 1:30am, said a Rab press release.
When the elite force asked them to surrender, the press release said, the gang members tried to flee the scene firing gunshots on them which triggered a gun battle.
After a brief gunfight, the Rab team found Sirajul lying after being hit by bullets. He was then taken to the upazila health complex where doctors declared him dead.
The Rab team recovered a foreign pistol and drugs from the spot.
Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) - The High Court on Sunday ordered for maintaining the status quo on earth filling and construction of structures along the Meghna and Menikhali rivers in Sonargaon of Narayanganj.
An HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Ahmed Sohel passed the order after hearing two separate writ petitions filed under public interest litigation.
Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh earlier on September 9 filed the writ petitions.
The court also directed the deputy commissioner of Narayanganj to form a committee to look into the matter and submit a report within 30 days mentioning the names and addresses of individuals and companies who had been occupying the rivers.
At the same time, it issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain in four weeks as to why their inaction to stop the encroachment on rivers should not be declared illegal, said petitioner’s lawyer Advocate Manzill Murshid.
The rule also wanted to know as to why they should not be directed to remove the earth and structures from the rivers.
Forest and environment secretary, director general of the Department of Environment, chairman of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority, deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of Narayanganj, upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) and assistant commissioner of land of Sonargaon and officer-in-charge (OC) of Sonargaon Police Station have been made respondents to the rule.
Manzill Murshid said some influential people have been constructing structures encroaching on the Meghna and Menikhali rivers violating the Environment Protection Act-1995 and Natural Water Body Protection Act-2000.
Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) – Mentioning that the minimum wage of Tk 8,000 was fixed for garment workers to protect the interests of both owners and workers, State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu on Sunday said there is nothing to be dissatisfied with it.
“We’ve announced a logical minimum wage taking into consideration the interests of both sides. We’d formally discussed with the leaders of almost all organisations concerned before announcing the wage and they all agreed with the structure,” he said.
The junior minister was talking to reporters after a function at the Secretariat to hand over BSRM’s contribution to Bangladesh Workers’ Welfare Foundation Fund.
“I think most of the garment workers will accept the minimum wage. There’s no scope of creating unrest over it as the wage was increased by 51 percent,” he added.
Replying to a query about the rejection of the minimum wage by some workers’ bodies, Chunnu said, “It’s up to them who will accept and who won’t. But this is the minimum wage. No one can pay less than it.”
Earlier on September 13, the government fixed the minimum wage for readymade garment workers at Tk 8,000, which will come into effect in December next after the publication of a gazette notification.
The basic in the new wage is Tk 4,100.
Turning down the minimum wage, some garment workers demanded raising it to Tk 16,000.
The minimum wage for garment workers was Tk 1,662.50 in 2006, Tk 3,000 in 2010 and TK 5,300 in 2013.
Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) – Customs Intelligence officials on Sunday seized a consignment of illegally imported medicines worth Tk 1 crore at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) Director General Dr Shahidul Islam said Jamal, a passenger, arrived at the airport by a flight TK-0712 from Egypt around 5 am.
When Jamal was trying to cross the green zone of the airport, the CIID team intercepted him and recovered the medicines from the his two luggage.
The sized medicines included Duphaston-12,000 pieces, Mixtard-2000 pieces, Neoral 25 mg-15000 pieces, Neoral 50 mg-2000 pieces and Novo Rapid-250 pieces.
Later, the customs officials seized the passport of Jamal.