Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud

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Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud this week doubled down on the policy of allowing only ad-free foreign satellite TV channels to be broadcast in the country. Although the stipulation has existed as part of the Cable Network Operation Act, it has been ignored for 15 years, he mentioned. “But this time we have done enough groundwork and will remain firm in our decision to implement clean-feed broadcast of overseas channels,” the minister told reporters following a meeting with the leaders of Editors’ Forum.

Mobile courts started operating from October 1 under the direction of the I & B Ministry to implement ad-free or clean feed broadcasting of foreign channels in accordance with "Foreign TV channels have been airing progammes in Bangladesh over the years ignoring our law. Every year the country is losing around Tk 20 billion worth investment because of the broadcast of foreign channels with advertisements," he said.

 

Nazmul Hassan Papon will steer the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as its president for a new four-year term as he was predictably chosen by all the newly-elected directors on Thursday. He served as the president of the board in the last two terms as well. After taking on the full-time role for the consecutive third time, Nazmul said his main goal in the new term is to complete the construction of the Sheikh Hasina International Stadium in Purbachal.  The BCB election to choose its new 25-member board of directors took place on October 6.

Two of the posts are filled by nominees of the National Sports Council.  The other 23 are filled by BCB through election. This time at least seven of these posts were elected unopposed, well before any balloting took place. Then on the eve of the election, more withdrawals of candidacies resulted in two more directors getting elected with no opposition to speak of.

 

A Noakhali court sentenced two persons to life term imprisonment in a rape case at Joykrunchpur village of Eklashpur union under Begumganj upazila of the district last year. The convicts are chief of Delwar Bahini Delwar Hossain alias Delu, and his close associate Mohammad Ali alias Abul Kalam. Zainal Abedin, judge of Noakhali women and children repression prevention tribunal-1, delivered the verdict in presence of the convicts.

According to the case statement, on 2 September, 2020, the members of Delwar Bahini tortured and tried to rape the woman at her house. The convicts also made a video of this torture and posted it on social media, it was seen that the convicts continued beating her up even as she pleads profusely to be let go. Once the video went viral, it sparked tremendous anger and was one of the key drivers of a movement demanding greater protection for women in society. It ended with the government bringing in the death penalty for rape through an ordinance (later ratified).

 

Two deathrow convicts in a case over the killing of two women after raping them in Alamdanga upazila of Chuadanga district were executed Monday night. The execution of the two men —Mintu alias Kalu, 50 and Aziz alias Azizul, 50 of Railaxmipur village in Alamdanga upazila—took place at Jessore Central Jail around 10:45the authorities said.

On September 27, 2003, Azizul and Mintu gang-raped two women at Railaxmipur village before strangling them to death with scarves. The next day, the victims’ families lodged complaints with Alamdanga police station in Chuadanga. On July 26, 2007, a Chuadanga Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal judge sentenced Azizul and Mintu to death. The court also fined them Tk2 lakh each. Following appeals, the verdict was upheld by the High Court on November 11, 2012, and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on July 26 this year. They are the first executions carried out by the state since that of the convicted Bangabandhu killer Capt. Majed Ali in April 2020.

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