Dhaka, June 10 (UNB) – Law Minister Anisul Huq on Monday told visiting European Union Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore that the government has enacted the Digital Security Act to deal with cybercrimes, not to suppress press freedom.
“We’ve elaborately talked about the overall Rohingya situation. We’ve also discussed some other issues as he (EU representative) talked about the Digital Security Act… I clearly told him that the law has been enacted to ensure cyber security and prevent cybercrimes, not to curb the freedom of press or the freedom of speech,” he said.
The minister was talking to reporters after a meeting with a European Union delegation on Human Rights, which was led by EU Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore, at his personal office in the city’s Gulshan area.
Anisul said they also discussed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment issue.
“I told him that the court of Bangladesh sentenced Khaleda as per the law, and the High Court later extended the punishment. She has been in jail as she was convicted by the court and the government has nothing to do with it.”
He also said the government has no role in keeping her in or releasing from jail since she is convicted for embezzling the money of orphans.
The minister said he urged the EU special representative to talk to Myanmar authorities to take their citizens back as the delegation is also scheduled to visit Myanmar.
He said they also discussed prompt trial in the Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case. “I conveyed him the progress we’ve so far made in the case. I also told him that a process is on to dispose of the case as early as possible following the due legal procedures.”
Gilmore said Bangladesh showed its immense generosity by receiving and sheltering a huge number of Rohingya people in its territory.
He also mentioned that Bangladeshi products’ duty-free access to EU countries under the Everything but Arms (EBA) scheme will be discussed in new EU parliament.
The EU special representative is scheduled to visit Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar tomorrow (Tuesday).
Dhaka, June 10 (UNB) –Prof Dr M. Nawaz Sharif, a US based internationally famed expert on technological innovation and technology transfer, arrives in city on Monday to address as lead speaker in a conference titled ‘Bangladesh Industries Globalization Initiative (BIGI)’ .
He will also provide baseline information at the conference being organised by Daffodil International University.
The two-day conference will be held on June 12 and 13 at the Banquet Hall of Daffodil Tower in the city’s Dhanmondi area.
Also labeled as ‘Innovation Stakeholders Consultative Conference’ that focuses on forming a technological innovation management centric initiative for building an innovation economy and carries an underlying message ‘From Technology Information to Innovation Economy.
Chaired by Daffodil Group of Enterprises Chairman M Sabur Khan, Industries Secretary Md Abdul Halim will be the chief guest at the conference while Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) Chairman Md Mustaq Hassan will be a special guest, said a press release on Saturday.
There will be three sessions on the opening day which will focus on enriching understanding through fusion of unique perspectives of stakeholders.Four more sessions will take place on the concluding day to arrive at a composite landscape of opportunities and predicaments.
Prof Dr M. Nawaz Sharif is the Principal Consultant for Technology Management in Myriad Solutions Inc, Maryland, USA. In the recent past, he served as an Adjunct Professor in the Engineering Professionals Programof the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and a Visiting Professor in the Project Management Program of the George Washington University (GWU).
Earlier, he was a Management of Technology Chair Professor and the Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost)of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) of Bangkok, Thailand.
He also served as the Director of the UN-ESCAP’s Asian and Pacific Center for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), Bangalore, India; and a Doctoral Program Director of the Graduate School of Management and Technology (GSMT) at the Universityof Maryland University College (UMUC), Adelphi of Maryland.
Dhaka, June 10 (UNB) - The first merit list of students seeking admission to Class-XI for the academic session of 2019-2020 was published on Monday.
The list was uploaded on the website on Sunday midnight, said Prof Ziaul Haque, Chairman of Dhaka Education Board.
The list is available on the ministry website: www.xiclassadmission.gov.bd.
Some 13,18,866 students have been selected in the first merit list and they will have to complete their admission process within June 27-30, he said.
A total of 14,15,876 students have applied for the admission to different public and private colleges in the first phase.
Besides, those who failed to get enrolled in any college can apply for admission to 10 colleges on July 19-20 and on June 24.
The second merit list will be published on June 21 while the third one on June 25.
Dhaka, Jun 10 (UNB) – Taking a swipe at Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Monday said those who are unable to keep themselves united want to forge a greater national unity against the government.
“It makes me laugh…I feel pity seeing Oikyafront’s messy condition. They’ve long been repeatedly talking about forging a greater national unity. But now there’s no unity in Oikyafront. They’re going to hold a meeting today (Monday) to keep their unity intact,” he said.
The minister came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at his Secretariat office.
Mahmud said some leaders of the Oikyafront have already declared to quit the alliance. “The announcement to create a greater unity against the government by those who can’t keep themselves united is ridiculous.”
About BNP’s lone female MP Rumeen Farhana’s comment that the current parliament is illegal, he said she branded herself as illegal after taking oath as an MP of parliament. “It’s their habit to make contradictory remarks.”
The minister said BNP has first said they would not join the parliament under any circumstance. “They later took oath, and even took the share of a seat reserved for women. “There’s always contradiction in their words and actions.”
He also came down hard on BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for terming the Prime Minister’s remark about Tarique devoid of political etiquette. “We need not to learn courtesy from BNP. I would like to urge Mirza Fakhrul to ask his party leaders to learn how to show good manner.”
Mahmud said it is the duty of the state to execute the sentence awarded to any convict person by the court.
He said the Prime Minister said the sentences that courts have handed down to Tarique Rahman in different cases will surely be executed. “There’s nothing discourteous in her comment.”
Dhaka, June 10 (UNB) - Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Monday said former Sonagazi OC Moazzem Hossain will be arrested soon.
“It’s difficult to arrest someone when he or she goes into hiding, but there’s no lack of effort (from the government) to find him out. I hope, he’ll be arrested soon and action will be taken against him,” he said.
The minister came up with the remarks while addressing a press conference at the secretariat over contemporary issues.
Replying to another question, Quader said he talked to the Home Minister over the issue and the Home Ministry is very sincere about Moazzem’s arrest.
The government has a strong stance over the issue and the Prime Minister is serious about the trial of Sonagazi madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case, he said.
“The government doesn’t have any negligence or weakness over the issue,” Quader added.
Home Minister Assaduzzaman Khan on Sunday said former OC of Sonagazi Police Station Moazzem Hossain will have to face the music for his role in the murder of Feni madrasa student Nusrat.