Wednesday, 11 January 2017
100% pension withdrawers at a loss: Muhith

11 January 2017 Finance Minister AMA Muhith said today that those who withdrew 100 percent of their pension fund would not be subject to any more privilege.

“Those who withdrew 100 percent of their pension money have drowned. They won’t get any more benefit,” he told reporters at the secretariat following a cabinet meeting.

He said that a new provision has been made so that the pension beneficiaries will not face any problem during cashing their fund.

Regarding the pension for private jobholders, the minister said the government intends to introduce pension for them, “but it will take time”. “We’ll talk with different stakeholders to this end as they have the responsibilities,” he said.

The government will abolish 100 percent encashment of pension fund by retired government employees from July 1 this year.

The retired government employees will get to cash 50 percent of their pension fund and rest will be provided to them by monthly installments, according to a circular issued by the finance division on Tuesday.

The circular also said that provision of the new pension fund will be effective from July 1 and the pensioners will get a five percent increment of the monthly pension amount from the same month.

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Running Prothom Alo journo over: Cops to quiz Kalyan at jail gate

11 January 2017 A Dhaka court today allowed police to interrogate actor and model Kalyan Corraya at the jail gate for three days in connection with a case filed over the hit-and-run that injured chief photojournalist of Bangla daily Prothom Alo on Monday.

Metropolitan Magistrate Md Mazharul Haque passed the order after rejecting remand and bail petitions.

Earlier in the day, Kalabagan police sought three-day remand for Kalyan a day after they arrested him in connection with the case filed with Kalabagan Police Station yesterday.

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Most militants hail from north: Home boss

11 January 2017 Most militants hail from northern Bangladesh, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said in Rangpur today.

“Government is in hard line regarding militancy,” he said after the 15th meeting of home affairs’ Parliamentary standing committee, reports our local correspondent.

“People got a positive result from the anti-militancy campaign across the country. Militancy situation is now under control in Bangladesh although it is a global problem,” he said.

About lawmaker Monzurul Islam Liton killing, Minister Kamal said police is working round the clock to trace and arrest the killers. “Nobody will be spared,” he warned.

The members of the committee including Shahidul Haque, Inspector General of Police [IGP] and Benjir Ahmed, Director General of Rab were present during the meeting.

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Cricket: Arrest warrants issued for Wasim Akram

11 January 2017 A local court in Karachi on Tuesday issued arrest warrants against former star cricketer Wasim Akram, after he failed to appear before the court during last 31 hearings of a case, it has been learnt.

Akram himself had lodged the case in August last year at Bahadurabad police station against Maj (retd) Amirur Rehman and others.

The court issued bailable warrants against Akram and asked him to appear before the court on January 17.

On Aug 6, 2015, Akram's Mercedes was shot at on Karachi's Karsaz Road while the former cricketer was on his way to the National Stadium Karachi to conduct a training session for young bowlers.

The shooting incident took place after Akram got into a minor car accident.

Following the mishap the former cricket captain had asked the driver to pull over. A heated discussion had ensued and the suspect, who was sitting in the back seat, came out of the car and fired a shot which hit Akram's vehicle.

Later, after filing the case against him, Rehman had managed to get pre-arrest bail from the court. Subsequently, he also wrote a letter to the star cricketer, seeking pardon unconditionally.

Copyright: Dawn/Asia News Network

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HC orders stop to sand mining from Surma

11 January 2017 The High Court today ordered the authorities concerned to immediately take steps to stop extraction of sand from Surma River in Sylhet.

The court asked the deputy commissioner of Sylhet to submit a report assessing the damage of the river due to sand extraction before the court, Assistant Attorney General Arobinda Kumar Roy told The Daily Star.

The court also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned of the government to explain as to why they should not be directed to eliminate Peshnewaj sand extraction zone (Balu Mahal) from the list of sand extraction zones of Surma River.

The bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo came up with the order and rule following a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association.

The petitioner said in the petition that south Surma River is being damaged due to sand extraction from it by Mahmud Tejaroti Agency, a business organization, in an uncontrolled manner and therefore, an adverse impact has been made on the environment.

Advocate Minhazul Haque Chowdhury appeared for the petitioner.

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Gulistan hawkers to stay off on office hours

11 January 2017 Hawkers of Gulistan will keep off from the streets during office hours, a joint meeting between city corporation authorities and hawker leaders decided today.

“It is being done to facilitate smooth movement of city dwellers,” Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Saeed Khokon told reporters after the meeting.

The decision will take effect from Sunday next week as a city corporation magistrate and police will take action against those who will sit on the street, he added.

As per the decision, hawkers will start business from 6:30pm on working days. On holidays, they will be allowed to start business from early morning.

“We appreciate the concept of holiday markets where the hawkers will be allowed to run their business without hassle,” said MA Kashem, president of Bangladesh Hawkers' Federation.

“A list of 2,500 hawkers has been prepared and they will get identity cards. They will also get assistance if they want to change their profession. The government will arrange suitable jobs for them,” Mayor Khokon said.

The mayor also assured legal steps against linemen, who extort hawkers. Police have been requested to take necessary steps in this regard, Khokon added.

Hawker leaders lauded the government’s initiative to arrange rehabilitation for them.

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EC talks: PM Hasina leads Awami League at Bangabhaban
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11 January 2017 The Awami League delegation led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has meet with President Md Abdul Hamid for talks on forming a new Election Commission.

The president greeted the Awami League chief when she arrived at the Bangabhaban at 4pm Wednesday.

Other representatives from the ruling party were already present in the official home of Bangladesh’s president.

The meeting began at the Durbar Hall around 4:05pm.

Those present in the meeting are - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, advisory council members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sengupta, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, HT Imam, Yusuf Hossain Humayun and Mohammad Jamir.

The others include Mohammad Nasim, Matia Chowdhury, Sahara Khatun, Syed Ashraful Islam and Joint General Secretaries Dipu Moni, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap, Law Affairs Secretary Abdul Matin Khosru, Publication Secretary Hassan Mahmud and Law Minister Anisul Huq.

The BNP was the first political party to sit with the president for talks on forming a new Election Commission. Their meeting was held on Dec 18. 

The present EC led by Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad was formed in 2012 through a search committee that then President Zillur Rahman formed upon consulting political parties.  

The same procedure will be followed this time to form the Election Commission that will hold the 2019 election, Law Minister Anisul Huq had said.

He said President Hamid would appoint officials to the new Election Commission via a search committee. The president's office is yet to make an official statement on the matter.

The tenure of current Election Commission expires in February.

President Hamid sat for talks with 23 parties in four phases so far. The dialogue will come to an end after talks are held with the Awami League.

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