Dhaka, Mar 6 (UNB) –The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) on Wednesday suspended one of its officials for negligence of duty as film star Ilias Kanchan passed security check with a bag containing his revolver at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here on Tuesday.
CAAB Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Naim Hassan told UNB that they have been investigating into the incident and on-duty operator Fazlar Rahman was suspended over the issue.
However, the former film star and an activist demanding road safety told this correspondent that the breach was “unintentional” and in the first scanning the gun was not detected while he was going to Chattogram from Dhaka.
Meanwhile, Md Mohibul Haque, secretary to Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, said that the revolver was spotted by the on-duty security officials during second scanning of Ilias Kanchan’s luggage.
They immediately brought it to Kanchan’s notice and he admitted that he was carrying a licensed gun, he added.
But the film star denied it saying, “During the second scanning after getting the boarding pass, suddenly I could recall that I had a gun in my bag and immediately I informed it to the security officer.”
Dhaka, Mar 6 (UNB) – A total of 81 state-owned mills and factories were handed over to the private sector following the recommendations of the Privatization Commission after its formation in 2000.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq, who is in-charge of the Prime Minister’s Office in Parliament, said this replying to a tabled question from Awami League MP Didarul Alam (Chattogram-4) in the House.
Of the 81 mills, 30 were under the Textiles and Jute Ministry, 19 under the Industries Ministry, five under the Environment and Forest Ministry and four under the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry.
Of the remaining 23, 20 mills and factories under the Industries Ministry and three others under the Finance Ministry were handed over to the private sector through handing over the government’s shares of the industrial units to private hands.
To streamline privatisation processes, the government constituted the Privatisation Commission in 2000. Few years ago, the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority was formed merging the Privatisation Commission and the Board of Investment.
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Md Tajul Islam said the number of the cooperatives registered by the Cooperatives Department is now 1,74,535 ones across the country.
Self-cooperatives for 684,070 people or families were created through the Cooperatives in the country, he said replying to a tabled question from opposition MP Mashiur Rahman Ranga (Rangpur-1), who is also immediate past state minister for rural development and co-operatives division.
Tajul Islam said of the registered cooperatives, 23,118 are engaged in providing loans.
In reply to a scripted question from treasury bench lawmaker M Abdul Latif (Chattogram-11), the LGRD and Cooperatives Minister said the government has a plan to establish cooperative market in each upazila under the government’s management through the Cooperatives Department.
Dhaka, Mar 6 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday sought cooperation from all, irrespective of their party affiliation and opinion, in establishing Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country in the world.
“We want to establish Bangladesh as a country of developed and prosperous one in the world by ensuring the economic emancipation of people and free the country from hunger, poverty and the curse of illiteracy. For that I want cooperation from all, irrespective of their party affiliation and views,’ she said.
The Prime Minister said this while responding to a tabled question from ruling party MP Mohammad Shahiduzzaman (Meherpur-2) in Parliament during the PM’s question-answer session.
In the eyes of the government all people, irrespective of their party affiliation and opinion, are equal, she said adding, “We’ll work for all.”
Hasina mentioned that Awami League does not believe in the politics of vendetta. “We believe in equality, brotherhood and unity. That’s why we called for national unity on various occasions.”
During her address to the nation on January 25, the Prime Minister said, she underscored the need for national unity.
Hasina said Awami League as the believer of constitutional and democratic system always relies on the united power of people. “The participation of all citizens is needed for the overall development and advancement of a country.”
As an individual, one can be involved with any party or organisation and there can be difference of opinion, she said.
“It’s natural in the democratic system, but sometimes it was seen that there had been evil attempts to vanish the opponents.”
Hasina mentioned about the assassination of the Father of the Nation along with other family members in 1975 and said AL leaders and activists were repeatedly made victims of political vendetta.
She also referred to the killing attempts made on her at different times, including the August 21, 2004 grenade attack that left 22 AL leaders and activists killed and many injured.
While responding to another question from ruling party MP M Shahiduzzaman Sarker (Naogaon-2), Hasina said the anti-adulteration drive will continue till the standard of food comes to the desired level.
To ensure safe food, she said, the anti-adulteration drive is being intensified while the executive magistrates are conducting the mobile court regularly.
To check the transfer of adulterated food items, check-posts have been set up at different parts of roads and highways across the country.
Replying to another question from M Rustam Ali Farazi (Pirojpur-3), Hasina said steps will be taken to provide facilities of modern city in every village through constructing developed roads, communications, supplying drinking water, modern healthcare, quality education, developed sanitation and wastage management, increasing the power and fuel supply, high-speed internet and expanding the market of consumer items.
To increase the power and fuel supply and make it dependable, the government will encourage and give assistance for setting up group-based biogas plants and solar panel, the Prime Minister told the House.
“Our main target is to remove all sort of inequality. Through rural development the imparity between the rural and urban will be moved,” she said.
Dhaka, Mar 6 (UNB) - The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on Wednesday recommended issuing health alert if the air pollution level exceeds AQI value 300 as per a guideline of the World Health Organization (WHO) to create public awareness.
The parliamentary watchdog came up with the recommendation at its 2nd meeting held at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban with committee chairman Saber Hossain Chowdhury in the chair.
The JS body also suggested taking necessary steps to hold a coordination meeting on emergency basis involving the ministries concerned and agencies to reduce environment pollution.
The meeting also suggested submission of a report by the Forest Department on the forest area of the country using Geographic Information System (GIS).
Committee members Md Shahab Uddin, Jafar Alam and Md Rezaul Karim were also present at the meeting.
Bangladesh, one of the most densely-populated countries in the world, has been struggling with air pollution for a long time and Dhaka continuously ranks among the world’s most polluted cities.
Cox’s Bazar, Mar 6 (UNB) – Over 1,000 tourists have got stranded at the St Martin's coral island in the Bay of Bengal due to inclement weather.
Local administration asked the tourists not to leave the island until the weather improves, said Hasib Uddin Badal, vice-president of Cox’s Bazar Tour Operators’ Association.
The authorities suspended vessel movement on Teknaf-St Martin's route due to rough sea under the influence of depression over the Bay.
However, all the tourists are now safe, said Hasib Uddin.
On March 5, around 3,000 tourists went to the island. Among them, 11,00 tourists did not return for passing night over there.
Rabiul Hasan, upazila nirbahi officer of Teknaf upazila, said the tourists would be brought back to Teknaf once the weather gets normal.
The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal No three due to frequent thunderstorms and squally weather.
Under the influence of frequent thunderstorm, a squally weather is likely to affect the maritime ports, North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh, said a Met office bulletin.
All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay have been advised to proceed with caution until further notice.
Rain, thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty/squally wind is likely to occur at one or two places over Chattogram and Sylhet divisions.