Dhaka, Jul 26 (UNB) – Noting that the country is riddled with 38 lakh pending cases, Law Minister Annisul Huq on Thursday said the ministry has initiated to form a ‘District Case Coordination Committee’ to expedite the disposals of the cases across the country.
“We are riddled with pile of pending cases. We’ve long been inheriting these. Currently, we have a total of 38 lakh cases pending across the country. We are taking initiative to form a ‘District Case Coordination Committee’ led by District Judge”, he said.
The committee would help in providing witnesses and investigation reports in short time, said the minister while attending a conference of Deputy Commissioners (DC) at the Secretariat.
Such coordination committees would also be comprised of district judges, DCs and Superintendents of Police, said law minister.
“We will inform how to dispose the drug related cases in short time with the existing Narcotics Control Act. We are also thinking of changing the law for quick disposal of the drug related cases,” he said.
Meanwhile, Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif, who also attended the DC conference, said “Within next 6-7 years the process of Digital Land Management will be completed. After that land related complications will be easily resolved.”
Replying a quarry over establishing political offices on government land, the minister said “The political offices will be evicted which are established on government land. The DC’s have been given direction in this regard.”
The three-day annual DC conference began on July 24 at Shapla Hall at Prime Minister's Office.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended a view exchange meeting on the first day of the conference.
At least 18 working sessions were held in this year’s conference and ministers, advisors, state-ministers, deputy ministers and senior secretaries of 52 ministries and divisions participated in the conference.
Dhaka, July 26 (UNB) - Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. Mohammad Javed Patwari on Thursday asked the police members, who are going to join United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti, to discharge their duties with professionalism and devotion.
The IGP gave the directive during a pre-deployment briefing to the Haiti-bound peacekeepers in the conference room of Police Headquarters on Thursday, said assistant inspector general (media) Soheli Ferdous at Police Headquarters.
Mentioning that Bangladesh has a glorious role in UN Peacekeeping Operations, Dr Patwari said the police members must be very devoted in performing their responsibility to keep the dignity and prestige of Bangladesh in the global context.
“You have to continue your efforts to brighten the image of the country. The country’s dignity cannot be damaged in any way,” the IGP said.
The top official of Bangladesh Police said that discipline and ethics should be given most importance while performing duties in peacekeeping missions and in no circumstances discipline can be broken.
“According to the UN mandate, you (peacekeepers) have to give the importance of social values, life and culture of the people as well as to show them respect under the mission area,” he added.
The IGP instructed the police members to carry out their duties by maintaining mutual friendship, brotherhood and sympathy.
Additional IGP M Mohsin Hossain, DIG Barrister Md. Harun Or Rashid and the concerned officials spoke on the occasion.
One hundred and forty members of the Bangladesh Police will join the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti led by its commander Additional SP of Tangail Police Training Centre Mohammad Abdul Mabud.
Bangladesh Police started playing role in the UN peacekeeping mission by joining the Namibia mission in 1989. It has been working with goodwill and professionalism for peace in the world's war-torn and conflict-ridden countries for almost 30 years.
Around 18,102 police members have already worked in the UN peacekeeping missions. So far, 20 policemen have sacrificed their life while performing duties in various missions.
Dhaka, Jul 26 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the government officials to take proper steps to engage people from all classes in containing drug abuse, militancy and terrorism.
“We’ll have to face these menaces engaging people from all classes. So, you’ve to take appropriate measures in this regard,” she said while addressing the annual conference 2018 of Bangladesh Administration Service Association at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.
Terming terrorism and militancy as a common problem across the world, the Prime Minister said the government has curbed militancy in the country with an iron hand. “Now, the government continues its drives against drugs,” she added.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, and President of the Bangladesh Administration Service Association and Information Secretary Abdul Malek also spoke on the occasion while acting Water Resources Secretary and Secretary General of the Association Kabir Bin Anwar delivered the welcome speech.
Dhaka, July 25 (UNB) – Two alleged drug traders and two suspected robbers were killed in separate ‘gunfights’ with law enforcing agencies in Khulna, Rajshahi and Jashore districts early Wednesday.
In Jashore, police recovered the bullet-hit bodies of two suspected robbers on Jashore-Manirampur road at Kanaitala in Sadar upazila around 2:55 am.
The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.
Apurba Hasan, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station, said acting on secret information that two gangs of robbers were exchanging bullets, a team of police went there, recovered the bodies and sent those to Jashore General Hospital.
The law enforcers also recovered three sharp weapons and some rope from the spot.
In Khulna, listed drug trader Emran alias Rocky, 22, was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Maheshwarpur in Daulatpur upazila early Wednesday.
Emran was the son another top listed drug trader Sheikh Mizanur Rahman alias Hatakata Mizan of the area.
Tipped off, a team of Rab-6 gave a signal to a motorbike carrying three people to stop around 3 am, said ASP Bazlur Rashid of Rab-6.
Defying the Rab signal, the criminals opened fire to Rab, forcing them to fire back in self-defence.
At one stage, Rab recovered the body of Emran along with a revolver, three bullets and 308 pieces of Yaba tablets from the spot.
Emran was wanted in seven cases, said the Rab official.
In Rajshahi, Sazzad Hossain, another suspected drug trader and son of Saim Uddin of Haripur Banpara village, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with Rab at Kasba in Poba upazila early Wednesday.
Tipped off, a team of Rab-5 conducted a drive in the area around 1 am. Sensing the presence of the elite force, the criminals opened fire on them that prompted Rab members to swing into action, said deputy commanding officer of Rab-5 Major AM Ashraful Islam.
After a brief gunfight, Rab members recovered the body of Sazzad and sent it to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital morgue.
He was wanted in seven/eight cases, said the Rab official.
With the latest deaths, at least 148 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ with members of law enforcement agencies while 37 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battles between rival groups during the countrywide anti-narcotic drives since15 May.
Kurigram, Jul 25 (UNB) – Voting in the by-election to Kurigram-3 constituency began on Wednesday morning in a peaceful manner.
The polling that started around 8 am will continue till 4 pm without any break, said returning officer GM Shahtab Uddin.
However, no untoward incident took place till filling of this report around 10:30 am.
Awami League candidate Prof MA Matin cast his vote at Ulipur MS School and College polling centre around 8 am.
A total of 363,075 voters will exercise their franchise through 159 polling stations in the constituency comprised of one municipality and 16 unions.
There are 69 important polling centres. 159 presiding officer, 767 assistant presiding officer and 1,534 polling agents were on the field of election.
Over 3,000 security personnel, including 2,300 police members, 346 Rab men and 263 BGB men, will remain deployed to check violation of code of conduct in the election area.
Besides, 17 executive magistrates will operate mobile court to oversee the violation of election code of conduct.
The EC on June 10 announced the by-election schedule for the parliamentary constituency. Former minister AKM Mayeedul Islam died on May 11 last.