A Dhaka court has sentenced Destiny group Chairman Mohammad Hossain to three years imprisonment in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for not submitting his wealth statement. Dhaka Special Judge Court-6 Judge Sheikh Golam Mahbub passed the order on Wednesday. The court also fined him Tk 50,000, in default of which he will have to serve three months more in jail, Public Prosecutor Mahmud Hossain Jahangir confirmed. On July 31, 2012, the ACC filed two money-laundering cases against Destiny-2000 chairman M Hossain and group managing director Rafiqul Amin and 20 others on charge of misappropriating investors’ money amounting to Tk 3,285 crore. ACC found information that Mohammad Hossain piled illegal wealth of Tk131,171,598. Later, the watchdog sent notice to him to submit the wealth statement on June 16, 2016.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmood said that Tk 274.25 crore has been collected from corrupted people who were indicted with confiscation and fine in different cases between 2013 to 2017. The ACC Boss told this while speaking at 9th session of 2nd resume of Implementation Review Group of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in Vienna, Austria on November 13. A press release issued by ACC Public Relations (PR) office revealed the news. Iqbal Mahmood said, “The ACC filed 189 cases with certain allegations of corruption while submitted 223 charge sheets to the courts between January to October in 2018.”
Owners and workers are conducting a transport strike from Sunday morning (October 28th) in Narayanganj on the first day of the 48-hour transport strike across the country calling for transport owners and workers. Workers on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway stayed in support of the strike from 6am on Sunday at Shimrail intersection of Siddhirganj. At this time, the workers stopped all types of transport in the highway with the location of the highway in Sainrod, Sanaarpar, Shimrail point, Siddhirganj and Kanchpur point. They stuck with rickshaw, auto rickshaw and patient ambulance. The workers also torched the tire on the highway. During the picketing, they did not allow any kind of movement. There are allegations that several public and private professionals including the female students and the driver of the Prime Minister's Office were assaulted on the highway. Private workers with highways, if they want to go to the microbus destination, transport workers will be black in those transport. Even workers of many drivers have transported the workers to black color. Embarrassed, the owner, driver and ordinary passengers of private transport Meanwhile, workers' press workers are seen to be attacked. Even after introducing journalists, the workers continued to behave rude. The press workers prevented the media from photographing. On the other side, transport workers detained the PM Sajjadul Hasan's car in Shimrail area around 9:30 am. After blocking his car for almost half an hour, Maima Taslim Hossain, TI (Administration) of Traffic Police of Narayanganj, on duty at Shimrail intersection, was able to recover the car after discussions with the workers. The passengers are going to suffer terribly. Thousands of people are seen walking to their destinations without getting the vehicles. Garment worker Sahira Akhter said, "We came out of the house to go to the office at 6:00 am and came to Shimrail and saw all the transport closed. Being forced to go to the office is not forced to get a car. Shanta Zaman, a Class X student of Dainiya University College, said, "After going for the college, I was forced to go to the street waiting for an hour to go home without getting any car. The government's bank official KA Motilib Miah said, "Without the previous announcement, the workers have called us a blockade and put us in danger." How do we go to workplace now? A passenger named Monir Mia from Shani Akhada said, 'One of my relatives died at Madanpur area on the night of yesterday. She came out of the house to see him and was trapped in Shimrail. I am skeptical about whether to see my relative's body. Passenger Shefali Akhter said, "We have seen serious danger due to the closure of all types of vehicles, including transport workers, rickshaw, van and patient carrying ambulance since 10am. This is inhuman. ' A constable of the police, who was reluctant to reveal the name, told the police that Shimrail is in charge of the police station. The laborers stuck a deadly sick patient car carrying an ambulance in Shimrail area. Later, they requested to leave the patient vehicle. The protesters said that we will not move from the highway until our demands are met. Our demands must be followed. Delwar Hossain, president of Shimrail branch of Bangladesh Truck Cavendish pickup owners association, said, "We are continuously campaigning for accepting the demand of 8-point workers." Narayanganj traffic police TI (administration) Molla Taslim Hossain said at the Shimrail point of view, the security measures have been strengthened and kept in mind due to the fact that the workers could not bring any unpleasant incident, including the vandalization of vehicles, to the Dhaka blockade. There have been no untoward incidents yet. It is to be noted that the transport owners and workers are conducting the strike to recover eight-point demand including amendment of certain sections of the Road Transport Act.
The transport strike enforced by transport workers is underway in the country since Sunday morning, causing immense suffering to the people. Transport workers declared a 48-hour strike to press home their eight-point charter of demands, which includes amendments to the recently-passed Road Transport Act. The nationwide strike has begun at 6:00am Sunday which will continue till 6:00am on Tuesday. Following the strike, all types of public transports are closed. As a result, immobility has grabbed the whole country including capital. Due to the strike, many passengers are facing trouble after coming out from their home. The people are forced to find alternatives ways to go to their destinations. Although, some buses of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) are seen plying in city roads but the number of buses are few against the demand. Usman Ali, general secretary of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation said the workers will not drive any transports from 6 am Sunday to 6 am Tuesday.
Law Minister Anisul Huq called upon the transport workers to withdraw the ongoing strike saying that they have no clear idea about the road transport law. The minister made the call while replying to a query of journalists after a programme held at Judicial Administration Training Institute in the capital on Sunday. “Those who are observing the work abstention have no idea about the road transport act,” Anisul said. “In the road transport act, there is no provision that ensures stringent punishment for the transport workers. But they have enforced the strike without understanding the law. I urge them to withdraw the strike,” he said. Bangladesh Road Transport Workers’ Federation yesterday called for a 48-hour countrywide work abstention demanding amendment to some provisions of the Road Transport Act 2018. The strike came into effect from 6:00 am today.
Asian Development Bank (ABD) has projected 7.5 percent GDP growth for Bangladesh in the fiscal 2018-19. The forecast was disclosed at the ADB outlook-2018 released at its office at Agaorgaon in the city on Wednesday. Bangladesh export and remittance are likely to remain steady, according to the release. However, the expansion in import is likely to be slower. On the supply side, strong industrial growth is likely to continue and contribute to the stable growth. Bangladesh economy is in good shape and growth momentum is likely to continue, the release said adding that the country has recorded over 7 percent growth rate for the three consecutive years, reaching growth to 8 percent now.
US ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat has said that as a middle-income country Bangladesh needs a free, fair and inclusive election. The US ambassador said this at the launching ceremony of a campaign “Bangladesh will win if peace wins” at the Celebrity Hall of Bangabandhu International Convention Centre (BICC) on Monday. Democracy International brought together 400 Awami League and BNP leaders to inaugurate the campaign, a national campaign ahead of the next national election. The US ambassador said political parties must accept their rivals as legitimate participations in the political process and as potential leaders of the next government, even when they disagree on issues or policies. "It's essential that Bangladeshis urge nonviolence by all actors at every stage of the democratic process, before, during, and after the elections," Bernicat said. She said violence serves only those who wish to undermine the democratic processes and the interest of Bangladesh and its citizens.
The High Court has given an order to shut down 14 hospitals including Crescent Diagnostic and Hospital in the capital's Mohammadpur area as they have no license. A bench of Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and Justice Sohel Ahmed passed the order on Tuesday noon. Advocate Monjil Morsed stood for the petitioner.
Seasonal traders are in deep trouble due to low prices of rawhide of sacrificial animals. The traders are facing huge losses as they cannot sell rawhide to wholesalers. Wholesalers are showing reluctance to buy rawhide for ‘fund crisis.’ Insiders in the tannery industry fear that a huge quantity of rawhide may get rotten and may be smuggled out of the country through borders due to low prices of rawhide. Seasonal rawhide traders claim to have suffered huge losses as they are not getting fair prices of rawhide they have bought. Tanners said they are collecting rawhide a little bit slowly as they have fund crisis. Small traders said they have invested in buying rawhide from across the country and now they are facing difficulties in selling them to tanners. Even tanners are not willing to pay the government-fixed prices of salted rawhide. Many tanners stopped buying rawhide from them showing personal problems. Under the circumstances, traders who came to the capital from across the country fell into a deep crisis as they were compelled to sell rawhide at throwaway prices.
Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA) alleged that media are spreading misleading information over the price of sacrificial animal rawhide. BTA president Shahin Ahmed came up with the allegation at a press briefing at its office in the capital’s Dhanmondi on Saturday. He said, “Media are publishing news that this year rawhide price is the lowest in last 30 years. In fact, it is not authentic. Misleading information is being spread over the price of rawhide which will increase rawhide trafficking.” He also urged the government to increase surveillance on border for the next one month. Shahin Ahmed said, “The news is being published on media is an isolated incident. Tanneries will not take responsibility of buying rawhide in less prices forcefully at different areas by some people and in name of different social organisations. Tanners will buy salted rawhide at fixed price. But if anyone did not mix salt on rawhide properly, he will not get price for it. Tanners will collect the rawhide within a week next, if sessional traders preserve their leathers with salt properly.”
Government and non-government offices and banks resumed operations on Sunday after holiday marking Eid-ul-Azha. The first working day was spent amid exchange of Eid greetings. The scenario was identical at the Bangladesh Bank, insurance offices, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) and Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) offices. City streets also remained empty as most of Eid holidaymakers have yet to return to Dhaka.
A case was filed against 19 officials of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL) including its erstwhile managing director in connection with the disappearance of 1.44 lakh tonnes of coal. Barapukuria coal mine's manager (administration) Mohammad Anisur Rahman lodged the case with Parbatipur model police station at 12:00am on Tuesday. Habibul Haq, officer-in-charge of Parbatipur model police station confirmed the matter. The accused are - Nur-Uz Zaman Chowdhury, AKM Khaledul Islam, MD Habib Uddin Ahmed, Abul Kashem Pradhania, Mosharraf Hossain, Masudur Rahman Hawlader, Ashok Kumar Haldar, Arifur Rahman, Jahidul Islam, Ekramul Haque, Muhammad Khalilur Rahman, Morsheduzzaman, Habibur Rahman, Jahedur Rahman, Sottendranath Barman, Syed Imam Hasan, Zobayer Ali, Abdul Mannan Patwari and Gopal Chandra Saha. Investigation Officer also officer-in-charge of Parbatipur model police station (probe) Fakhrul Islam started investigation in this regard. According to case statement, BCMCL managing director Habib Uddin Ahmed and others allegedly sold 116,000 tonnes of coal and embezzled Tk 2 billion.