Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Wednesday underscored the need for allowing journalists to be at the courtroom for transparency of the judiciary.
He came up with the remark after inaugurating the office of Law Reporters’ Forum (LRF) at the Supreme Court Bar Association Bhaban.
Sharing his experience gathered in a seminar on journalism on court premises in Turkey, the Chief Justice said, “…there was a topic on allowing journalists at courtroom for transparency of the judiciary. So, it’s now internationally established that the entry of journalists into courtroom and court premises will have to be ensured.”
Pointing to LRF members, the CJ said, “I’m so pleased to see that you’ve got a place to sit in.”
The Chief Justice also unveiled the cover of the annual publication of the forum.
Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday directed for submitting a progress report on fixing fees of health tests at private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres and hanging the price lists publicly and establishing CCUs and ICUs at the district level within March 5.
A bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam passed the order after hearing an appeal filed by the writ petitioner.
The court also asked the Health Secretary to mention in the report the progress on formulating a policy for running private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres.
The court set March 7 for the next hearing in this regard.
Lawyer of the petitioner Barrister Dr Bashir Ahmed said on July 24 last year, the court directed for fixing fees of health tests at private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres and hanging the charge list in public and establishing CCUs and ICUs at the district level.
The court had asked for taking the help of mobile court in this regard if necessary and forming a policy as per the Medical Practice and Private Clinics and Laboratories (Regulation) Ordinance, 1982 and form a body with specialists within 60 days for its implementation.
On August 1 last, the Directorate General of Health Services formed a five-member committee for formation of the policy but the committee failed to inform the court of any progress.
Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday ordered confiscation of all the copies of the book, ‘Bangladesh Banker Itihash’, from the market and the ongoing Ekushey Book Fair for the distortion of history.
The HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali also summoned the editor of the editorial panel, Shubhankar Saha, to appear before the court on March 12 to explain in person why the picture of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, founder of the Bangladesh Bank, is absent in the book, and distortion of the history.
The court orders came after the probe panel constituted following the HC directives submitted its report mentioning that it found the evidence of the distortion of history in the book published by the Bangladesh Bank.
Barrister ABM Altaf Hossain stood for the writ petitioner while Advocate Zubair Rahman argued for Shubhankar and deputy attorney general Al Amin Sarkar represented the state.
Altaf Hossain said the court asked the Bangladesh Bank governor to take steps to recall all the copies of the book from the market.
Earlier in the day, Al Amin Sarkar placed the probe report before the court.
In the report, it was mentioned that the statement of the committee concerned that they could not place any photo of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the book as they did not find any relevant one is not acceptable.
The probe committee also found distortion of history in the book.
The report said the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu had named the central bank as ‘Bangladesh Bank’ which was established in 1972. But his photo was absent in the book ‘Bangladesh Banker Itihash’.
Citing the editorial panel, the report said the publication of the photos of then Pakistan President Ayub Khan and East Pakistan Governor Monem Khan in the book was a wrong decision.
After the submission of the report, Shubhankar’s lawyer confessed that a mistake had been committed and apologised verbally.
‘Bangladesh Banker Itihash’ was published in December 2017. The absence of the image of Bangabandhu in the book drew huge flak.
On October 2, 2018, chairman of the Bangladesh Human Rights Commission Mohamamd Iktedar Ahmed filed a writ petition with the High Court over the issue.
The HC on that day issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the distortion of history in the book and the absence of the image of the Bangabandhu should not be declared illegal.
Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) – The probe panel formed following the directives of the High Court has found evidence of distortion of the Liberation War history in the book ‘History of Bangladesh Bank’ published by the Bangladesh Bank in December 2017.
The report of the probe body was submitted before the HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali on Monday.
The report said the history of the Liberation War has been distorted by not attaching the picture of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the book.
Earlier on October 2 last year, the High Court 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.
The HC 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.
Bangladesh Bank published a book ‘History of Bangladesh Bank’ in December 2017 in which there is no existence of the photo of Bangabandhu and it also reportedly distorted the history of the Liberation War, including the ‘7th March Speech’.
Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) - Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali on Monday said Bangladesh and India will now have to proceed to establish a win-win equation to benefit not only the two neighbours but the entire region as the relationship is passing through a ‘golden chapter’.
He said Dhaka’s ties with New Delhi have reached a multidimensional and comprehensive platform benefitting the people of the two closest neighbouring nations.
The envoy was speaking on Bangladesh-India relations at Kautilya Fellowship Programme organised by India Foundation in New Delhi on Monday.
Young diplomats and academics from 32 countries are taking part in the programme, according to Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.
Muazzem Ali quoted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as saying that Bangladesh-India relations have become a ‘role model’ for ‘Neighborhood Diplomacy’.
Modi’s remarks came when Bangladesh’s new Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen called on him during his first visit to India early this month.
Syed Muazzem said, “We should showcase this model of relations to the world, in the form of research and study at the university level, in the form of thesis, PhD etc.”
In that sense, he said, “You’re lucky that you’re having a lecture on a ‘role model neighborhood relations’, which is passing through a ‘golden chapter’ and the ‘best ever’ one under the leadership of two Prime Ministers - Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi.”
He said the India-Bangladesh relation has gone beyond the strategic partnership level and now encompasses all aspects of the bilateral cooperation.
“We’re confident that the landslide victory of our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her party Awami Leauge at the recently held 11th Parliamentary Elections of Bangladesh for the 4th term and 3rd consecutive term, will enable us to further consolidate and expand the ever-increasing bilateral ties with our closest neighbor India, based on shared vision and mutuality of interest,” he said.
The High Commissioner said he is happy that India-Bangladesh cooperation is expanding in the multifarious areas like security, energy, connectivity, trade and Commerce, defence, culture, and people-to-people contact.