Nation this week

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Education Minister advises to “take less bribes”

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid urged the officials of the Directorate of Inspection and Audit (DIA) to limit their practice of receiving bribery and refrain from providing false reports about educational institutions. He made the appeal while speaking at an event in Shikkha Bhaban on December 24. “I don’t have the guts to ask you not to take bribes, it would be meaningless. Referring to the exchange of bribery everywhere, the minister said: “It is not only the officials who are thieves, but also the ministers. I am a thief too.  This is the way of the world. But it has to be changed. “


JP wins big in Rangpur

Jatiya Party candidate Mostafizur Rahman won the Rangpur City Corporation polls defeating his nearest rival Awami League contender Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu by a huge margin in the election held in a peaceful manner on December 21. According to the unofficial result, Mostafiz bagged 1,60,489 votes while Jhantu polled 62,400 votes and BNP candidate Kawsar Jahan Babla got only 35,136 votes. The Election Commission termed Rangpur City Corporation polls a ‘model election’ saying that it was held amid a festive mood.


Mubashar back, mystery remains

The captors of North South University teacher Mubashar Hasan were divided over whether to kill him or not, before finally freeing him early December 22. The kidnappers also demanded money for his release, said Mubashar, sharing his experience of the 44-day captivity with journalists as he repeatedly fought back tears. The abductors dropped him off from a microbus near the airport in Dhaka around midnight. From there, he reached his Banasree house on a CNG-run auto-rickshaw around 12:45am. His return came three days after journalist Utpal Das was found in Narayanganj, 71 days after his abduction from the capital’s Dhanmondi.


SC Verdict on 16th Amendment: Govt seeks review

The government on December 24 filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking review of its verdict scrapping the 16th amendment to the constitution that had empowered parliament to remove SC judges for incapacity or misconduct. The attorney general’s office submitted the 908-page review petition outlining 94 grounds on which the apex court may consider the government’s prayer for restoring the 16th amendment, cancelling the provision of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) and striking out some of its observations. In the review petition, the government has sought cancellation of the 39-point code of conduct, formulated by the apex court for its judges under article 96 of the country’s charter, according to sources at the attorney general’s office.

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