Chandpur, Sept 17 (UNB) - A mobile court snapped five illegal power connections of Palli Bidyut at Chandiapara village in Kachua upazila on Monday afternoon.
The mobile court, led by Assistant Commissioner (Land) Ruman Dey, along with Zonal Palli Bidyut Deputy General Manager Md Jahangir Alam conducted a drive and severed the electricity connections.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam on Monday night said he depicted the country’s current scenario before the United Nations during his recent meeting with its Assistant Secretary-General in New York, the USA.
“I conveyed the UN about the country’s present political situation. We informed them about what they wanted to know,” he said.
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting of BNP standing committee members at the party Chairperson’s Gulshan office.
The BNP leader who went to the USA on Wednesday returned home on Sunday evening.
During his stay in the USA, the BNP leader had a meeting with UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča at the UN headquarters on Thursday.
From Washington, Fakhrul went to London on Saturday and met the party acting vice-chairman before flying for home.
Replying to a question, the BNP leader said the UN Assistant Secretary-General said they will look into matters they discussed at the meeting.
He claimed that he went to the United Nations at the invitation of its Secretary-General António Guterres. “It’s clear that I went to the United Nations at the invitation of its Secretary-General. As he (António Guterres) was at the funeral of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, we held talks with the assistant secretary-general who was in charge.”
About his meeting with BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman in London, Fakhrul said he discussed about the country’s political situation with him.
BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed at a programme on Friday claimed that their party secretary general went to the UN Headquarters at the invitation of its Secretary General António Guterres.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a programme accused BNP of resorting to falsehood over Fakhrul’s visit to the US as it claimed the UN secretary general invited him.
She also said an assistant secretary general of the UN confirmed that the UN chief did not invite Fakhrul. “Rather, the BNP leaders sought his appointment.”
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) - City Bank and American Express on Monday announced the launch of ’The University of Dhaka American Express® Card’ (“the Card”).
The bank has partnered with Dhaka University, the oldest and most prestigious university in Bangladesh, to introduce this co-branded credit card, said a press release.
The card, issued by City Bank, has specially been designed for faculty members and executives associated with Dhaka University to make their life more rewarding.
The University of Dhaka American Express® Card issued by City Bank offers customised services and benefits to suit the lifestyle needs of the employees associated with the university.
Immediately after the approval of the card, the members will be presented with Welcome Vouchers offering savings in various stores. Holders of this card do not need to pay any annual fee and they can also get one free Supplementary Card.
The card offers its members attractive benefits that are associated with the American Express brand like Membership Reward Points, Flexibuy at 0 percent interest, Flexiloan, Card cheque etc. along with shopping and dining experiences with premium retailers at home and overseas.
Rangpur, Sept 17 (UNB) – Police have pressed charges before a court against the wife and her ‘lover’ over the killing of special public prosecutor and Awami League leader Rathish Chandra Bhowmik.
Sub-inspector of Kotwali Police Station Al-Amin, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge-sheet before the Court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Arifa Yesmin Mukta against Rathish’s wife Snigdha Sarkar Dipa and her ‘lover’ Quamrul Islam on September 13, Rangpur police super Mizanur Rahman said while briefing reporters at his office on Monday noon.
Rathish was found dead at Tajhat Mollahpara of the city on April 4 last, five days after he went missing.
Based on the information gleaned from his wife Snigdha, members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered his body from under the ground at an under-construction building site.
Police claimed that Snigdha, an assistant teacher of Tajhat High School, had an extramarital affair with his colleague Quamrul.
On the night of March 29, Snigdha made Rathish unconscious feeding him milk and rice laced with 10 sleeping pills and later both Snigdha and Quamrul strangulated Rathish to death.
The following day, they kept the body inside an almirah and later took it to the under-construction building site by a van where they buried it.
Rathish represented the state in the Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi and Khadem Rahmat Ali killing cases.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) - The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministry on Monday submitted its scrutiny report on the much-talked-about ‘The Digital Security Bill, 2018’ in Parliament.
Chairman of the parliamentary watchdog Imran Ahmed placed the report in the House.
The Bill was placed in the House on April 9 aiming to deal with cybercrimes, including hurting the religious sentiment, negative propaganda against the Liberation War and Bangabandhu, and illegal activities in e-transactions and spreading defamatory data.
The JS body proposed inclusion of the Official Secrets Act, 1923 in the bill where any offence will be committed under the law using computer, digital device, computer network, digital network or any other digital means.
The punishment for this offence will be not more than 14 years of imprisonment or not more than Tk 25 lakh as fine or both.
If a person commits the same offence for more than once, the punishment will be lifetime imprisonment or not more than Tk 1 crore fine or both.
In the report, the committee suggested inclusion of the definition of “spirit of Liberation War” under section 21.
The definition of the spirit of the Liberation War as proposed by the committee is: “The high ideals of nationalism, socialism, democracy and secularism, which inspired our heroic people to dedicate themselves to, and our brave martyrs to sacrifice their lives in the national liberation struggle.”
It also proposed inclusion of the Right to Information Act (RTI) under section 3 in case of right to information-related matter.
The parliamentary watchdog kept the section 43 that says a police official can search or arrest anyone without any warrant issued by a court and police would carry out the job following the proposed security council’s director general's approval.
The committee, however, reduced the jail term to 10 years from 14 years for spreading negative propaganda against the Liberation War or Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman using digital devices. The fine for this kind of offence remains the same at Tk 1 crore.
Earlier, the proposed law made many crimes cognisable and nonbailable offences.
In the proposed bill, digital, database and critical information infrastructure have been defined.
As per the bill, digital forensic labs, and a digital security agency under the Prime Minister’s Office will be set up, while a national computer emergency response team and an 11-member digital security council, headed by the Prime Minister, will be constituted.
If any person commits the offence for second time or more, the punishment will be lifetime imprisonment or fine Tk 3 crore or both.
The punishment for illegal access to critical information infrastructure (CII) is maximum seven-year of imprisonment or Tk 25 lakh fine or both, while that for damaging the CII through illegal access is maximum 14 years’ imprisonment, or Tk 1 crore fine or both.
If the offence is committed by the same person for second time or more, the punishment will be lifetime imprisonment or Tk 2.5 crore fine or both.
The punishment for resorting to cyber violence which will jeopardise integrity or security or sovereignty of the state, intimidate people or any section of people, impede legitimised access to computer, computer network or internet is maximum 14 years’ imprisonment or maximum Tk 1 crore fine or both.
The punishment for hurting religious values and sentiment is maximum 10-year imprisonment, or Tk 20 lakh fine or both.
The punishment for providing or spreading defamatory data is maximum three-year jail or maximum Tk 500,000 fine or both, while that for destroying communal harmony is maximum seven years’ imprisonment, Tk 500,000 fine or both.
The punishment for illegal activities using e-transaction services of bank, insurance, financial institution and any other organisation is maximum five years’ imprisonment, Tk 500,000 fine or both.
The punishment for resorting to cyber hacking is maximum 14 years imprisonment and Tk one crore fine, or both.
Resorting to digital theft by capturing any confidential information of government and semi-government, autonomous and statuary bodies by using computer, computer network, digital network or any other electronic devices through illegal access is a cognisable offence.
The offences under sections 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34 of the proposed law are cognisable and non-bailable, while the offences under sections 20, 25, 29 and 48 are bailable ones.