Dhaka, Oct 2 (UNB) - The High Court on Tuesday asked the Finance Division Secretary to investigate the absence of Bangabandhu’s photo and distortion of the Liberation War history in the book ‘History of Bangladesh Bank’ and submit a report to his end.
An HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali passed the order following a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Human Rights Commission Chairman Iktedar Ahmed.
The court also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the distortion of the Liberation War history and the absence of the photo of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the book should not be declared illegal.
The Finance Division Secretary and five others have been made respondents to the rule which is returnable in four weeks.
Bangladesh Bank has published a book ‘History of Bangladesh Bank’ in December 2017 in which there is no existence of the photo of Bangabandhu and it also distorted the history of the Liberation War, including the ‘7th March Speech’.
Iktedar Ahmed filed the writ petition in the morning in this regard.
Dhaka, Oct 2 (UNB) - The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved 15 projects involving Tk 13,218.31 crore, including the Tk 4,371 crore ‘Navigability development and reclamation of Old Brahmaputra, Dharla, Tulai and Punorbhoba Rivers’ project.
Of the total project cost, Tk 8,479.22 crore will come from the government, Tk 448.43 crore from the organisation’s own fund while the rest of Tk 4,290.66 crore from project assistance.
The approval came from the 8th Ecnec meeting of the current fiscal year held at the NEC conference room here with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan briefed reporters after the meeting.
He said the ‘Navigability development and reclamation of Old Brahmaputra, Dharla, Tulai and Punorbhoba Rivers’ will cost Tk 4,371 crore as it aims to maintain navigability in those rivers to ensure smooth and safe plying of river vessels.
The State Minister said Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) under the Ministry of Shipping will implement the navigability development and reclamation of four rivers project by June 2024.
The project areas cover Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha and Dinajpur districts of Rangpur Division, Kishoreganj of Dhaka Division and Jamalpur, Sherpur and Mymensingh districts of Mymensingh Division.
Under the project, around 227 kilometres of the Old Brahmaputra River would be dredged up to 100 metres of width and 3 metres of depth to upgrade it to a class-2 navigational route to ensure the transportation of passengers and goods with ease and less cost.
Besides, around 60 metres of the Dharla River will be dredged into 38 meters of width and 2 metres of depth to transform it to class-3 navigational route.
The Punorbhoba River will be turned into a class-3 navigational route while the Tulai River into a class-4 navigational one through conducting necessary dredging.
Of the approved 15 projects, 10 are new while 5 are revised ones.
The development of Cox's Bazar Airport, 1st phase, 3rd revised will cost Tk 2,015.65 crore.
MA Mannan said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the meeting noted that the Cox's Bazar Airport will be developed in such way so that wide-bodied aircraft like Boeing 777 or Airbus 380 could take off and make landing there as it has all the potentials of becoming a hub of this region.
The Ecnec meeting also approved the 2nd revision of the Reaching out of School Children (ROSC) Project, 2nd phase with Tk 1,290.36 crore.
Under the project, the forcibly displaced Rohingya children will be imparted non-formal education in their own language or in English. For this, the project period has been extended up to December 2020.
The other projects approved at the meeting are Development of Hathazari-Fatikchhari- Manikchhari-Matiranga- Khagrachhari Road (R-160), Chattogram portion at Tk 399.44 crore, Construction of Sonahat Bridge over the Dudhkumar River on Bhurungumari-Sonahat Landport-Bhitorbondo- Nageshwari Highway with Tk 232.95 crore, Construction of Bangladesh Chancery Complex in Berlin at Tk 109.47 crore, Construction of Powder Milk Factory at Baghabarighat in Sirajganj, 1st revised spending Tk 105.93 crore.
The remaining approved projects at the meeting are Sustainable Coastal and Marine Fisheries Project with Tk 1,868.86 crore, Embankment works for protecting Rajapur and Purba Elisha union under Sadar thana in Bhola from the erosion of Meghna River, 1st revised with Tk 343.91 crore, Embankment protection of the Halda River and Dhurong canal alongside flood control measures under Fatikchhari and Hathazari upazilas in Chattogram with Tk 156.77 crore, Construction of BFDC Complex with Tk 322.78 crore, Construction of research and training institute on national professional health and security affairs with Tk 165.28 crore, Further Development of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University, Gopalganj, 1st revised, with Tk 250.56 crore, Small Irrigation Development through using solar power spending Tk 82.63 crore and Sustainable Forests and Livelihood (results) project with Tk 1,502.72 crore.
Dhaka, Oct 1 (UNB) – A case has been filed against former Chief Justice SK Sinha with Shahbagh Police Station on charge of misuse of power and corruption.
Barrister Nazmul Huda, a former BNP minister, filed the case on September 27, Masudur Rahman, Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Media), told UNB on Monday.
He said the case was filed accusing SK Sinha of misusing power and indulging in corruption.
Dhaka, Oct 1 (UNB) – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday upheld the High Court order granting anticipatory bail to BNP standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury in two cases filed for allegedly ‘instigating’ the student movement over road safety and ‘conspiring’ against the state.
A three-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order after rejecting the two separate petitions filed by the state.
Barrister Moudud Ahmed stood for the BNP leader while Attorney General Mahabubey Alam represented the state.
Earlier on September 27, the High Court granted anticipatory bail to Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury in the two cases.
An HC bench of justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty passed the order after the BNP leader surrendered before the court and prayed for bail in the cases.
Of the cases, one was filed with Shahbagh police station in the capital and the other with Kotwali police station in Chattogram on August 4.
Khasru was sued as a reported audio clip of his telephonic conversation with a youth over intensifying the recent student movement went viral on Facebook and YouTube on August 4.
Dhaka, Oct 1 (UNB) – A writ has been filed with the High Court seeking its directives on dissolution of the 10th parliament 42 days ahead of the next national election and formation of a caretaker government.
Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond filed the writ with the concerned bench of the High Court on Monday.
The writ also sought issuance of a rule asking the respondents to take steps for dissolving parliament and forming a caretaker government.
It also sought order for staying the announcement of the election schedule until the disposal of the rule.
Law Secretary, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs secretary, President’s office secretary, Cabinet secretary, secretary to Prime Minister’s Office, Jatiya Sangsad secretary and Chief Election Commissioner have been made respondents to the writ.
The hearing on the writ is likely to be held at the bench of Justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Ashraful Kamal this afternoon.
Eunus Ali said in the petition that according to proposal of constitution and Article 11, 65(2), the national parliament will be formed with 300 elected members. But 153 members of the parliament are not elected directly by people, he claimed. Therefore, the directive has been sought for dissolving parliament ahead of the election.
If parliament is not dissolved ahead of the election there will be two parliaments at the same time as per Article 123(3), which is contrary to Articles 65 and 123(3). Besides, contesting the election keeping intact the parliament membership goes against the constitution, he said.