Dhaka, Jul 14 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday sought the test reports of pasteurised milk of all companies which are approved by the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution(BSTI) within one week after testing the samples of those in four different laboratories.
The four laboratories are International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), Institute of Public Health, Food Safety Laboratory under the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute.
The tests of antibiotics, detergent, polyform, formalin and bacteria should be included in the laboratory testing.
A bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed andJustice MdIqbalKabir passed the order when BSTI lawyerSarkar MR Hasan informed the court that BSTI does not have proper technological support to test antibiotics in pasteurised milk.
The court also directed the representatives of the four laboratories to remain present when BSTI would collect milk samples for the testing.
The HC sought details of the steps taken by the BSTI against the milk companies concerned during the next hearing on July 23 after a new report ontest results on pasteurised milk placed before it.
A new research conducted by Prof ABM Faruque, the former director of Dhaka University's Biomedical Research Centre, found the traces of antibiotics in pasteurised products of Pran, MilK Vita, Igloo, Aarong, and Farm Fresh.
On June 25, researchers announced finding the traces of detergent and antibiotics in samples of pasteurised and unpasteurised milk of Pran, MilK Vita, Igloo, Aarong and Farm Fresh.
All the seven samples of pasteurised milk contained antibiotics used to treat humans, Prof Faruque had said. Detergent was detected in three samples of pasteurised and an unpasteurised one.
“The traces of antibiotics that we found were meant for human use. Antibiotics for humans and animals are totally different. We need to stop the use of antibiotics meant for humans on animals,” Prof Faruque told a press conference at Dhaka University on the same day.
Dhaka, July 14 (UNB) — Initiatives will be taken to toughen the existing law on torture and rape as per the proposal of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Begum Fazilatunnesa said on Sunday.
She came up with the announcement while joining the ministry around noon.
She said social and cultural activists and the people have to be united to create awareness to prevent rape and violence against women.
The incumbent government is women friendly, she said, adding that it has taken many initiatives for women's development and empowerment.
Dhaka, July 13 (UNB) – Hindu community groups here on Saturday opposed the demand raised by some rights groups to reform their family law and urged the government to refrain from doing so.
“We’ll launch a strong protest programme if the government reforms the law,” Dr JK Pal, convener of Hindu Paribarik Ain Poribartan Protirodh Committee (HPAPPC), told a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club.
Leaders and activists of more than 20 Hindu groups took part in the press conference.
Pal said the issue will be resolved with the help of religious scriptures and urged the government not to table any bill in this regard in Parliament.
Pal said some Hindu women want to create unrest in the guise of rights activism, and he called them ‘selfish’ and ‘ignorant’ who know nothing about the situation in villages.
Last month, rights activists said Hindu women in Bangladesh are deprived of their legitimate rights to property due to the existing ‘discriminatory’ law.
They urged the government to enact a unified family law to establish the rights of women, irrespective of religion, caste, and creed.
In a statement, the HPAPPC accused Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and several other NGOs of conspiring to destroy the Hindu family system.
“Any change to the law will be contrary to the scriptures and tantamount to destroying the community,” the HPAPPC said in a statement. “The Hindu community cannot accept it.”
HPAPPC Joint Convener Advocate Narayan Chandra Das said Hindus are minority in Bangladesh.
“The Awami League will lose their (Hindus’) votes if it reforms the law,” he said.
Dhaka, Jul 11 (UNB) – The Appellate Division on Thursday concluded hearing on an appeal seeking review on ‘life term means until death’ and kept it in CAV (curia advisari vult, which means reserving the verdict for a later time).
A seven-member bench, led by Chief Justice (CJ) Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order in the morning.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam stood for the state while Advocate Khandakar Mahbub Hossain represented the petitioner.
Besides, senior lawyer Rokanuddin Mahmud, AF Hassan Arif, Abdur Razzak Khan, and AM Amin Uddin expressed their opinion regarding the matter as they were appointed as Amirus Curiae (legal opinion provider in court) over the matter.
On October 15, 2003, lower court sentenced two siblings - Ataur Mridha alias Ataur and Anowar Hossain – to death in a murder case. Later, the High Court also upheld their death sentence on October 30, 2007.
On February 14, 2017, the Appellate Division commuted their death sentence to life term imprisonment when the convicts challenged the High Court verdict.
Meanwhile, the Appellate Division expressed seven-point opinion stating that ‘Life term imprisonment means sentence until death’.
Later, Amirus Curiae was appointed to hear the opinion of senior advocates over the matter when review appeal was filed by the convicts.
Normally as per the Bangladeshi law convicted offenders of life term imprisonment has to serve in jail for 30 years.
Natore, July 10 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday sentenced three students to jail for killing Mohammad Tanvir, a student of Ashraful Ulum Madrasa.
District Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Mohammad Mynul Haq delivered the verdict at noon.
Humaid Hossain and Bayejid Hossain were jailed for 10 years while Naim was given an eight-year imprisonment.
Earlier on August 25, 2015, Bayezid and Hossain and their friend Naim called Tanvir to their room at night. They slaughtered Tanvir and dumped the body in a septic tank.
Later, they demanded Tk5 lakh as ransom from Tanvir’s father.
Tanvir’s father later filed a general diary in this connection with sadar police and informed the Rapid Action Battalion.