[b] [/b]Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Anisul Huq said that only the President has the right to appoint new Chief Justice. The Minister made the opinion while replying to a question at his secretariat office on Monday noon. He said, "I can say that only the President has the right to appoint Chief Justice according to the Bangladesh constitution. As a president, he does two tasks- he appoints Prime Minister and Chief Justice." "This is his (President) duty. Only he can say when he will do it (appointment of new Chief Justice)," Anisul Huq said. In reply to another question, he said that the Law will run its course. Nobody is above the law.
Ismat Ara Sadek, State Minister for public administration ministry said that some 3.60 lakh posts remain vacant in different ministries and other government agencies in the country. The state minister made the disclosure on behalf of Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam at the National Parliament on Monday. "Now the number of total vacant posts in different ministries, divisions and departments is 359,261 in the country," she said. Necessary steps have been taken to fill the vacant posts. Recruiting people to the vacant posts is a continuous process, Ismat Ara Sadek added.
The High Court (HC) has issued a rule asking the government as to why the decision of fixing 13 year-old for minimum age of a freedom fighter should not be declared illegal. Alongside, the court also stayed the effectiveness of the gazette notification issued for the writ petitioner Khandoker Shahidul Islam alias Shahidullah. Besides, the effectiveness of the sepate letters have also been stayed for six months. The bench of Justice Kazi Rezaul Haque and Justice Mohammad Ullah came up with the order and rule on Tuesday. Advocate AKM Fazlul Karim and Barrister ABM Altaf Hossain moved for the writ petitioner in the court. After 45 years of independence, the government has finalised the definition of freedom fighter, fixing 13 as the minimum age for being recognised as a freedom fighter. Setting nine conditions for eligibility, a gazette notification was published on November 10 last year with the consent of President Abdul Hamid. The government has finalised the definition on the basis of recommendations of the Jatiya Muktijoddha Council to prepare an acceptable list of the freedom fighters. According to the gazette, people who were 13 on March 26 in 1971 would be deemed eligible to apply for the status. As per the definition, people who took part in the Liberation War in response to the call of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman between March 26 and December 16 in 1971 will be recognised as freedom fighters.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has said that the government has been failing to send back Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar. The BNP chairperson also urged Myanmar to take back Rohingyas to their country in the shortest possible time. Khaleda Zia said this while distributing relief at a Rohingya camp in Ukhia on Monday noon. She reached Ukhia around 12.45pm. Earlier around 11.00am, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia started her journey from ***’s Bazar Circuit House to visit Rohingya camps in Ukhia upazila and distribute relief materials among the Myanmar's displaced nationals. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia arrived in ***’s Bazar from Chittagong on Sunday night.
Two students of Dhaka University (DU) have temporarily been expelled for their alleged involvement in the admission test fraudulence. The University authority took the decision in syndicate meeting on Sunday night. DU Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman confirmed the news. The expelled students were identified as Mohiuddin Rana, student of Physics Department of the session 2011-12, and Abdullah Mamun of Applied Chemistry Department of the session 2014-15. Of them, Rana, identifying him as one of the key frauds of the group, was taken in remand in a case by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Rana was assistant secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) central committee. Later, he was suspended from the post after the allegation. He was arrested with devices used in the fraudulence of the admission test from his own room of Shahidullah Hall of the university.
At least nine people were killed and 20 others were injured in separate road mishaps at Madhabdi and Shibpur upazila of Narsingdi on Monday morning. Md Ilias, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Madhabdi Police Station, said a head-on collision was happened between a passenger bus and a microbus near Kandail bus stand area in the morning, leaving four dead on the spot and 17 others injured. The injured were immediately rushed to a local hospital where two more succumbed. The deceased could not be identified immediately, he added. Meanwhile three people were killed and five others were injured in a head-on collision between a bus and human hauler, popularly known as Leguna, at Kararchar village of Shibpur upazila in the morning. The deceased could not be known immediately. Md Hafizur Rahman, Inspector of Itakhola Highway Police of Narsingdi, confirmed the news.
A Dhaka court sentenced 11 people with 20 years of imprisonment for attempting to kill present Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in August 1989. However, the court acquitted one of the accused as no charges were found against him. Judge of the Additional Metropolitan Session’s Court Md Zahidul Kabir passed the verdict on Sunday. The court also fined all of the convicts Tk 20,000 each in default of which they will serve six-month more in jail. The convicts are- Lt Col (retd) Khandakar Abdur Rashid (fugitive), Zafar Ahmed alias Manik (fugitive), Humayun Kabir alias Humayun (fugitive), Golam Sarwar alias Mamun, Sohel alias Freedom Sohel Joj Miah, Shahjahan Balu, Nazmul Maksud alias Murad, Mizanur Rahman, Khandokar Amirul Islam alias Kajal and Gazi Imam Hossain. Earlier on October 16, the Judge Zahidul Kabir fixed October 29 for delivering the verdict. On August 10, 1989, the convicts launched an attack on Sheikh Hasina at her residence in Dhanmondi's Road 32. Later, Zahurul Islam, a security guard of the residence, filed a case with Dhanmondi Police Station.
Water transports from Barisal to all other parts of the country including Dhaka have been suspended due to bad weather. Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) came up with the announcement on 5:00pm on Saturday. Azmal Huda Mithu, deputy director of Naval Safety and Traffic Division in Barisal, confirmed the news. He said all kinds of water transports will remain suspended till further notice due to bad weather. Meanwhile just after announcement, all passengers boarded on Adventure-1, Parabat-10 and 12, Suravi-7, Kitankhola-1, the launches anchored at Barisal ghat, were bared to journey to their destination.
Dr Samir Saha of Bangladesh and Professor Shahida Hasnain of Pakistan have been named as the two laureates of the 2017 Carlos J. Finlay UNESCO Prize for Microbiology. The Prize will be presented to them on November 6 during the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, which will bring together the Organization's 195 Member State from October 30 to November 14. Dr Samir Saha is the head of the Microbiology Department of the Dhaka Shishu Hospital for children (Bangladesh). He is also the Executive Director of The Child Health Research Foundation at the Bangladesh Institute of Child Health. As leading researcher in paediatrics, he played a key role in introducing to Bangladesh vaccines against two bacteria that cause meningitis, which had a direct positive impact on the health of children in the country. He has also led research into the resistance to treatment of some pneumococcal diseases. Shahida Hasnain, founder and chairperson of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Punjab in Lahore (Pakistan), has won numerous distinctions for her work. Her department is today recognized as a centre of excellence both for its equipment and expertise. "Professor Hasnain significantly contributed to advances in research in environmental, agricultural and medical microbiology. She has notably worked on the heavy metal detoxification mechanisms, salt stress tolerance mechanisms, and bacterial morphogenesis," said a statement from UNESCO. The Carlos J. Finlay Prize for Microbiology has an endowment of $10,000, which will be divided between the two laureates. Created in 1977 by UNESCO at the initiative of the Government of Cuba, the Prize rewards scientists whose research has made an outstanding contribution to microbiology and its applications. The Carlos J. Finlay UNESCO Prize rewards the efforts of an individual, or of an institution, non-governmental organization or other entity which, through research and development, has made an outstanding contribution to the field of microbiology and its applications. The Government of Cuba and UNESCO have established the prize in honour of one of the most important microbiologists in history: Carlos J. Finlay.
Jannatul Nayeem Avril, stripped of Miss World Bangladesh, is now the brand ambassador of Lovello. Lovello Chairman Ikramul Haque said, "Jannatul Nayeem Avril lost Miss World Bangladesh award. She lost the crown due to some misunderstanding. However, she has talent. That’s why we made her brand ambassador." Earlier on September 29, Jannatul Nayeem was announced as the winner of Miss World Bangladesh 2017. Since then, there was an allegation that Jannatul Nayeem Avril took part in the contest hiding her marital status.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that the Bangladesh’s image has increased aboard for sheltering Rohingyas. The Prime Minister said this after landing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the city on Saturday morning. About Bangladesh’s stance to give shelter to Rohingyas, Hasina said had Bangladesh not taken this stance then it would not have been possible to draw the attention of the international community like this way. “Now everyone is sympathetic, everyone is extending their hands and everyone is coming forward to help the Rohingyas,” she said. The Prime Minister, however, thanked the Myanmar government for coming forward to start the discussion -- at least bowed down to the international pressure. “I think this is a special aspect, I think, there’s an international pressure (on them)…we’ll be able to solve the problem gradually through discussions.” Hasina also thanked the people of Bangladesh for giving their all-out support to the stance of the government for giving shelter to the Rohingya nationals. She returned home from London wrapping up her three-week visit to the United States and the United Kingdom. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage members landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 9:25 am. Ministers, advisers to the prime minister, parliament members, the Chiefs of three services, senior leaders of Awami League and 14-party combine, eminent personalities, and high civil and military officials were present at the airport to receive the prime minister. Winding up her 16-day official visit to the USA, she left Washington, DC on October 2 for London on her way back home.
The Bangladesh government will not give refugee status to Rohingyas people. From now their new identity will be 'forcibly evicted Myanmar citizens'. Shah Kamal, Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, made the disclosure while addressing a press conference at the Secretariat office in the capital on Thursday noon. He also said, 'The Rohingyas will be identified as 'forcibly evicted Myanmar citizens'. The foreign ministry has issued a letter in this regard." "The number of Rohingyas crossing the border into Bangladesh to flee violence in Rakhine State of Myanmar since August 25 to October 4 has exceeded five lakh. All of them are Myanmar citizens. The government is working to send back them," he added. Relief and Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya and others attended the programme.