Dhaka, July 17 (UNB) – Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is going to stop issuing fresh no objection certificates (NOCs) to Grameenphone and Robi over the row about dues to the government.
“We’ll soon stop issuing NOCs to them (GP and Robi). Let’s see what happens next,” BTRC Chairman Md Jahurul Haque told a press conference at his office on Wednesday afternoon.
He also said there is a provision to appoint an administrator to realise the dues from the two mobile phone operators.
GP has Tk 12,579.95 crore in dues to the government, including Tk 4,085.95 crore to the National Board of Revenue (NBR), while Robi has Tk 867.23 crore to the government, including Tk 197.21 crore to the NBR alone, as per a BTRC audit.
Terming the audit claims disputed, both the mobile phone operators were urging BTRC to settle the issue through arbitrations.
However, the BTRC says there is no scope of any arbitration as per the existing law over realising dues from them.
On July 4, the telecom regulator reduced 30 percent bandwidth capacity of Grameenphone while 15 percent of Robi as they failed to pay their dues to the government.
The BTRC chairman said the audit was conducted as per the directives of the High Court. “Letters were sent to them several times seeking dues and their bandwidth capacity was also reduced.”
He, however, said Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy at a meeting on Tuesday asked for cancelling the decision to reduce the bandwidth capacity as it ultimately affects customers. “The decision will be lifted by tonight (Wednesday night).”
Asked whether the decision was a wrong one, he replied in the negative, saying, “We’re going to take even bigger steps.”
Once the telecom regulator stops the issuance of NOCs, Grameenphone and Robi will not be able to import telecom equipment and instruments, and install base transceiver stations, said BTRC Director General (Spectrum) AKM Shahiduzzaman.
They will also not be able to offer new packages, he said.
Dhaka, July 17 (UNB) – The government is firmly committed to establishing long-lasting peace in the hilly region by implementing the peace accord, said State Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing on Wednesday.
“Despite having many adversities, the government is sincerely working for the full implementation of the CHT peace treaty to establish long-lasting peace and improve the living standard of people in the region,” he said.
Bir Baha came up with the remarks while speaking at the Deputy Commissioners’ Conference at the auditorium of the Cabinet Division.
The junior minister said the initiative for developing the CHT began ending the longstanding bloody conflict and violence with the signing of the peace treaty under the leadership of then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on December 2, 1997.
Stating that there are only three percent of cultivable plain lands in the CHT, he said the government is giving priority to socio-economic development of the region through poverty alleviation.
Bir Bahadur said different ministries and development partners are implementing various development projects and programmes in the CHT for improving the living standard and socioeconomic condition of its residents.
Dhaka, Jul 17 (UNB)- A tribunal here on Wednesday framed charges against former Sonagazi Police Station officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossain in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.
Advocate Nazrul Islam Shamim, who stood for the state, read out the charges brought against the former OC while he claimed himself not guilty.
The Tribunal fixed July 31 for starting the trial in the case.
The former OC was accused of illegally interrogating madrasa student Nusrat and recording the episode on his phone. The video was later circulated on the social media.
Supreme Court lawyer Syeddul Haque Sumon filed a case against Moazzem under the Digital Security Act on April 15.
Moazzem was withdrawn and later suspended on May 10. A tribunal ordered his arrest on May 27 after investigators found allegations brought against him to be true. He was arrested on June 16 from Shahbagh.
The next day, the Cyber Tribunal rejected his bail plea and sent him to jail.
Moazzem summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa’s Principal Sirajud Doula and Nusrat to the police station after the latter accused her teacher of sexually harassing her.
The OC interrogated Nusrat in the absence of her lawyer or any other woman. She was crying but the OC paid no heed and kept questioning her using inappropriate language.
Nusrat’s mother had filed a case with Sonagazi police over her daughter’s sexual harassment. On April 6, the girl was set on fire at an exam centre in Sonagaziupazila, by people loyal to SirajUd Doula.
She died on April 10 at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.
Moazzem was withdrawn the same day and suspended a month later on charge of negligence.
Moulvibazar, July 17 (UNB) – Waters of Monu, Kushiara and Dholai rivers passing through Moulvibazar district, are at present flowing above the danger mark, even after reducing to some extent.
About 50,000 families of Moulvibazar became affected as flood water entered the locality.
Several hundred villages of Sadar, Rajnagar and Komolganj upazilas went under water following breach of protection dam of the rivers. Besides, houses, roads and croplands were also inundated. On the other hand, floodwater has entered the premises of about 50 educational institutions.
Water Development Board (WDB) sources informed that Monu river of Moulvibazar was flowing 45 centimeters below danger level at Monu river railway bridge point and 84 centimeters above danger mark at Chadnighat point on Tuesday night.
The river Dholai is flowing 44 centimeters below and Kushiara river at Sherpur point of Moulvibazar is flowing 54 centimeter above danger level.
Earlier on Monday, Monu river of Moulvibazar was flowing at 76 centimeters and 97 centimeters above danger levels at railway bridge point while river Dholai river was flowing 9 centimeters and Kushiara river at Sherpur point were flowing 54 centimeters above danger marks.
Meanwhile, WDB executive engineer Ranendra Shankar Chakravarty said, “Three breached places of river Dholai will be repaired after water recedes. “
Dhaka, Jul 17 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government does not want any children to remain unschooled as an educated nation is urgently needed to ensure 'Golden Bangladesh' as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"Education is a kind of light…this light helps human being to flourish. So, no child should remain outside this light and that’s our aim," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while handing over awards to 12 meritorious students selected at the national level through Creative Merit Searching Competition-2019 across the country at her official residence Ganobhaban.
She said the government has formulated a policy to this end and is implementing that.
Sheikh Hasina said the world is moving forward fast as the present era is the era of science. "This is not possible to achieve anything without practising science, acquiring education and without research," she said.
The Prime Minister mentioned that Bangladesh became self-reliant in food production through continuous research by its scientists and researchers while the government has patronised them.
She said the country achieved its independence while the nation got self-dignity, identity and state in exchange of huge sacrifice. "Our aim is to build the nation in a proper way, put it in a dignified place before the world. To build a golden Bengal, we need an educated nation.”
Hasina said the government is taking every programme and long-term plan after proper evaluation so that this nation could stand on the global stage with its head high.
Mentioning that this country has a history of sacrifice, the Prime Minister said this nation was deprived of knowing its own real history of victory in the Liberation War. "Children used to be taught distorted history. If anyone starts learning with tampered or false history then his or her life also becomes deceitful."
Hasina said now educational curricula have been made for the development of the country considering Bangladesh’s geographical position and its climate and population.
She said the government is taking necessary measures to build the future generation of the country properly.
Each recipient of the award of the competition got a medal, certificate a cheque of Tk one lakh.