Govt works to develop living standard of Dalit people: Narayon

Livestock Minister Narayon Chandra Chanda yesterday said living standard of Dalit people has improved a lot because of the government’s different special measures for downtrodden people.

“Dalit people are not lagging behind now as the government ensures equal rights of all citizens,” he told a consciousness raising function on sexual and reproductive health at Shaheed Jobaed Ali auditorium at Dumuria upazila in the district.

Non-government development agency Dalit organized the function with its acting executive director Basanti Lata Das in the chair. Dumuria upazila parishad chairman Md Khan Ali Mansur attended it as the special guest.

The minister said the government has been implementing different programmes to engage downtrodden people with mainstream as they can contribute to economy.

Highlighting different development measures of the government, Narayon said community clinics have been set up in rural areas to reach health services to the doorsteps of people.

The countrywide community clinics have brought positive changes in the field of healthcare as the destitute and underprivileged rural people are getting health services free of cost, he added.

The minister said because of the government’s massive measures for women including education and health facilities, the country has become a role model in women empowerment.

DA for newsmen to be announced next week: Inu

Tribunal Desk :

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, announced yesterday that the much anticipated Dearness Allowance (DA) for journalists, as recommended by the Wage Board, would probably be gazetted next week(week starting Sunday).

He made the announcement at a meeting at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) auditorium here.

The minister explained that they had completed the necessary formalities and now everything was ready for the promulgation.

Scoffing at the idea of proposals for across-the-board unity, he said “The idea of Razakars and Freedom Fighters marching together was preposterous.”

The meeting was also addressed by the Media Advisor of the Prime Minister, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury.

Government decision on anti-drug drive is right; Amu

Tribunal Desk :

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu yesterday said the decision that the government and the law enforcement agencies have taken to root out drug from the country, is right.

“Those who are involved with the dealings of drug will not be spared. The decision that the government and the law enforcement agencies have taken to root out drug from the country is right,” he said.

The Industries Minister was addressing a function while distributing stipends among the poor and meritorious students held at Jhalakati sadar upazila parishad auditorium as the chief guest.

Organised by Muslim Aid Bangladesh, Deputy Commissioner of Jhalakati M Hamidul Haque spoke on the occasion as special guest chaired by Muslim Aid Bangladesh Representative Iqbal Ahmed.

The Industries Minister also warned that none would be allowed to create anarchy in the country through forming political party in the name of religion.

“The people of Bangladesh is peace-loving. Conspiracies were hatched in the past to create militancy in the name of religion. But, our Prime Minister has rooted out militancy from the country keeping her life at stake. The same way, the Prime Minister will free the country from the clutch of drug,” he added.

During the function, Amu handed over cash to some 40 bright and meritorious students. Besides, he also handed over food items to some 250 poor and hapless people.

Apart from this, he handed over cheques for Taka 5.20 lakh to some 15 institutions and 27 individuals from his personal fund.

Drug peddlers to face tough punishment: Quader

Tribunal Desk :

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said every drug peddler will be punished if allegations are proved against him or her — no matter how big the drug peddler is.

“Even lawmaker from Cox’s Bazar-4 constituency, Abdur Rahman Bodi, will not be spared if allegations against him are proved. None will be spared even if he or she is a member of Awami League or BNP…Everyone will be punished,” he told journalists while inspecting the work on Nabinagar-Chandra highway in Ashulia.

“Anyone whose name is in the list of Department of Narcotics Control (DNC), will face the same consequence,” Quader said.

About the Prime Minister’s visit to India, Quader said the matter of Teesta agreement would be discussed during the visit though there is no agenda regarding the agreement.

Senior officials concerned were present on the occasion.

Bangladesh 78 Shares Drug war: Death toll continues to rise after overnight ‘shootouts’

Two people were killed overnight in Cumilla, two in Dinajpur, and one each in Pabna, Thakurgaon, Chandpur, Mymensingh, Joypurhat, Feni and Barguna.

PM receives D. Litt from Kazi Nazrul University

Tribunal Desk :

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today received an honorary Doctor of Literature (D. Litt) from Kazi Nazrul University of West Bengal for her outstanding role in improving the living standard of the people through democracy, women empowerment, poverty alleviation and socioeconomic development.

The university conferred the degree on her at a special convocation and the 3rd annual convocation of the university on its campus in West Burdwan district here.

Vice chancellor of the university Sadhan Chakraborty presided over the convocation while Minister in Charge of Department of Higher Education of West Bengal government Dr Partha Chaterjee was the guest-of-honour.

Prime minister’s sister Sheikh Rehana, Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and dignitaries of the two counties, including academics, poets, artistes and senior officials attended the function.

Paying her tributes to national poet of Bangladesh Kazi Nazrul Islam, Sheikh Hasina urged everybody to rise above small interests and communalism and learn how to value people as human being as taught by Nazrul.

“As a member of human race, she said, everybody should uphold the values of humanity above all not only in his/her working place but also in every steps of life.”

Sheikh Hasina expressed her immense pleasure for having the opportunity to come to the birthplace of Kazi Nazrul on his birthday and receive the degree from a university named after him.

“I think this honour is not only for me, but also the people of
Bangladesh,” she said, extending thanks to the university authorities for the degree.

Sheikh Hasina said advent of rebel poet Nazrul in the sky of Bengali literature was just like a comet. Nazrul, who was a poet, litterateur, music composer, musician, singer, music director, dramatist, actor, journalist, editor and soldier, has filled the Bengali literature with precious treasures.

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EC allows MPs to join city poll campaigns

Tribunal Desk :

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday amended its election code of conduct, allowing the lawmakers to participate in city corporation election campaigns.

“The Members of Parliament (MPs) don’t hold any office, do not use any government vehicle and government officials are not attached with them…They also do not hold any office of profit…So, the commission recommended the MPs be excluded from the “Very Important Person” (VIP) definition. They can take part in the city corporation election campaigns,” said EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed.

He was addressing at a press briefing after an EC meeting at Nirbachon Bhaban here.

He said 11 amendments were proposed in the existing Local Government (City Corporation) Act 2016.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda presided over the meeting.

The secretary said as the MPs do not hold any position in any office of profit, the EC has recommended that they be excluded from the VIP definition.

But they will not be able to use circuit houses or government houses during the election campaign, as per the new amendments, Ahmed said.

The approved proposals will soon be sent to the Law Ministry for vetting, he added.

Drive against drug peddlers to be continued: Home Minister

Tribunal Desk :

 Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday said the drive against illegal drugs peddlers would be continued as per the list prepared by law enforcement agencies.

“The government has already prepared a list of illegal drug traders and their patrons. None in the list will be spared,” he told newsmen while speaking as the chief guest at an inaugural ceremony of anti-drug campaign in the city’s Farmgate area.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) organised the anti-drug campaign with its commissioner M Asaduzzaman Miah presiding. The DMP pasted stickers on different motor vehicles in the city with some slogans ‘avoid drugs, protect yourself and save next generation.’

Kamal, also a freedom fighter, joined the anti-drug campaign with pasting stickers for building awareness among mass people about illegal drugs and its harmful impact.

He said that members of the law enforcement agencies have been taking necessary measures against illegal drug traders as well as those who are involved in this regard.

The minister warned that the government adopted zero tolerance policy against illegal drugs and its abuse, adding, “The law enforcement agencies have been conducting drive against illegal drugs across the country following Prime Minister’s directive. We are always sincere about illegal drugs and our Prime Minister urged all strata of people to come against illegal drug abuse.”

Referring to security in the capital city, he said the DMP commissioner with his sincere efforts and efficient capacity successfully ensured security.

Kamal also urged all guardians and parents for taking special care of their family members alongside informing police about illegal drug trading.

The commissioner said police will not spare any drug traders and added, “The DMP is campaigning against drugs regularly. We arrested many drug traders and seized huge quantity of illegal drugs.”

He said, “We are ensuring tight security during the Ramadan.”