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Bangladesh gets more Indian power

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Defying the concerns and protests by the environmentalist groups, civil society and political parties in Bangladesh, the Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has been given the work order to start working on the Rampal Power Plant adjacent to Sundarbans of Bangladesh, 
As part of the Rs 100 billion agreement, which is the Indian firm’s biggest-ever overseas deal, the company will set up two 660-MW power plants in Rampal. The order has been secured from Bangladesh India Friendship Power Company Limited (BIFPCL) and Bangladesh Power Development Board.
Experts of both the countries have questioned the construction of this power plant, which may threaten the ecological balance of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest and a UNESCO heritage site.
However, a release on the firm’s website said BHEL will install a state-of-the-art FGD plant and dry bottom ash handling system in order to meet stringent environmental standard.
BHEL has arranged debt financing for the project from the EXIM Bank of India for which the loan agreement between EXIM Bank of India and BIFPCL was signed in March last year, it added.
BHEL’s scope of work in the project includes design, engineering, manufacture, supply, construction, erection, testing and commissioning of 2x660 MW thermal sets with ultra-supercritical parameters on turnkey basis. The scope also includes setting up of a jetty and a river-water intake system.
“BHEL has had a long association with Bangladesh’s power sector - the company’s first major project in the country was the 100 MW Baghabari Gas Turbine Power Project (GTPP) which was commissioned in 2001. Subsequently, BHEL has constructed 2x120 MW Siddhirganj GTPP, besides setting up 220 kV Baghabari & Ishurdi substations,” it further said.
Government approves import of 1600 MW power from India
Meanwhile, Bangladesh government on Wednesday approved the import of 1600 MW power from India . The Cabinet Purchase Committee with Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed in the chair approved import of electricity from Indian Adani Group’s 1600 MW power plant in Jharkhand state for next 25 years.
The government signed a contract in this regard during the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent visit to India 
The tariff per unit was fixed at 8.6120 cents (US) per kilowatt hour which is equivalent to Tk 6.89 per unit.
At present, Bangladesh is importing about 710 MW power from different producers in India. On average the electricity is being imported from Indian government sector at Tk 5.50 and from private sector plant at Tk 6.50 per unit.
Many power sector analysts believe the tariff with Adani Group was settled at a much higher rate relative to existing tariff rates.
The Cabinet Committee also approved a proposal for purchase of solar power from a 35 MW plant in Manikganj district. The Consortium of Spectra Engineers Ltd & Shunfeng Investment Ltd will set up the plant and the state-owned PDN will buy the power from it at Tk 11.12 per unit.
 
Inia gets power corridor
On the other hand, India has got the opportunity to transport power and gas to its eastern part using the land of Bangladesh after signing a number of deals and MoUs with India on energy and power sector during Bangladesh Prime Minister’s recent visit to India. PM was visiting the country.
India has got the long cherished corridor to transport electricity from Asam to Bihar, which was finalized in the PM’s visit. The electricity will be transmitted using a grid substation which will be built in Dinajpur. A transmission network will be built from BarnaGarh of Assam to Katihar of Bihar via Parbatipur of Dinajpur. Bangladesh will be allowed to procure 1,000 MW of electricity from that transmission system.
After finalizing another deal with India during the PM’s visit, Bangladesh has just begun importing 60 MW of electricity from Palatana of Tripura from where the state has been importing 100 MW of electricity since March of last year. However, as of writing this report the transmission of the 60 MW electricity didn’t begin as for some technical reason.
From now on Bangladesh will be able to invest in the hydroelectric power sector of Bhutan and import that electricity from Bhutan using the land of India with a trilateral deal. Earlier, Bangladesh had no chance to import electricity directly from countries like Bhutan or Nepal according to the ‘Guidelines on Crossborder Trade of Electricity’ act that was taken by the Indian government on December 5 of last year. However, importing electricity from Nepal issue was not fully resolved in the PM’s visit.
According to the signed instruments, soon the country will also be able to import 500 MW of more electricity from the Indian retail market. However, the Bangladeshi government is expecting a tax exemption in importing electricity from India.
Indian state operated Petronet has signed a deal with its Bangladeshi counterpart Petrobangla to install a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) processing plant at Kutubdia of Cox’s bazar with a Joint Venture approach. According to the signed instruments, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) is likely to install a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plant at Kutubdia and build a pipeline to transport gas to the northeast part of India.
Bangladesh is also importing diesel from Numaligarh of Asam. Recently a shipment of 200 metric tons of diesel was received at Parbatipur of Dinajpur; another 2,200 metric tons of diesel was imported in March of last year from India using the Dinajpur border. Earlier, in 2015 BPC signed a deal with Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) to construct a 139 km of pipeline named Indo-Bangla Friendship Pipeline to import diesel to Bangladesh. According to the deal, diesel will be imported using oil tankers until the construction of that pipeline finishes. The PMs of the both countries expressed their satisfaction seeing the progress of construction of the pipeline.
The two neighboring countries also agreed on collaborative approach in managing and operating of the Nuclear power plant in Bangladesh and further agreed on Bilateral Cooperation on Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.

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Special Correspondent
 
Defying the concerns and protests by the environmentalist groups, civil society and political parties in Bangladesh, the Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has been given the work order to start working on the Rampal Power Plant adjacent to Sundarbans of Bangladesh, 
As part of the Rs 100 billion agreement, which is the Indian firm’s biggest-ever overseas deal, the company will set up two 660-MW power plants in Rampal. The order has been secured from Bangladesh India Friendship Power Company Limited (BIFPCL) and Bangladesh Power Development Board.
Experts of both the countries have questioned the construction of this power plant, which may threaten the ecological balance of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest and a UNESCO heritage site.
However, a release on the firm’s website said BHEL will install a state-of-the-art FGD plant and dry bottom ash handling system in order to meet stringent environmental standard.
BHEL has arranged debt financing for the project from the EXIM Bank of India for which the loan agreement between EXIM Bank of India and BIFPCL was signed in March last year, it added.
BHEL’s scope of work in the project includes design, engineering, manufacture, supply, construction, erection, testing and commissioning of 2x660 MW thermal sets with ultra-supercritical parameters on turnkey basis. The scope also includes setting up of a jetty and a river-water intake system.
“BHEL has had a long association with Bangladesh’s power sector - the company’s first major project in the country was the 100 MW Baghabari Gas Turbine Power Project (GTPP) which was commissioned in 2001. Subsequently, BHEL has constructed 2x120 MW Siddhirganj GTPP, besides setting up 220 kV Baghabari & Ishurdi substations,” it further said.
Government approves import of 1600 MW power from India
Meanwhile, Bangladesh government on Wednesday approved the import of 1600 MW power from India . The Cabinet Purchase Committee with Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed in the chair approved import of electricity from Indian Adani Group’s 1600 MW power plant in Jharkhand state for next 25 years.
The government signed a contract in this regard during the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent visit to India 
The tariff per unit was fixed at 8.6120 cents (US) per kilowatt hour which is equivalent to Tk 6.89 per unit.
At present, Bangladesh is importing about 710 MW power from different producers in India. On average the electricity is being imported from Indian government sector at Tk 5.50 and from private sector plant at Tk 6.50 per unit.
Many power sector analysts believe the tariff with Adani Group was settled at a much higher rate relative to existing tariff rates.
The Cabinet Committee also approved a proposal for purchase of solar power from a 35 MW plant in Manikganj district. The Consortium of Spectra Engineers Ltd & Shunfeng Investment Ltd will set up the plant and the state-owned PDN will buy the power from it at Tk 11.12 per unit.
 
Inia gets power corridor
On the other hand, India has got the opportunity to transport power and gas to its eastern part using the land of Bangladesh after signing a number of deals and MoUs with India on energy and power sector during Bangladesh Prime Minister’s recent visit to India. PM was visiting the country.
India has got the long cherished corridor to transport electricity from Asam to Bihar, which was finalized in the PM’s visit. The electricity will be transmitted using a grid substation which will be built in Dinajpur. A transmission network will be built from BarnaGarh of Assam to Katihar of Bihar via Parbatipur of Dinajpur. Bangladesh will be allowed to procure 1,000 MW of electricity from that transmission system.
After finalizing another deal with India during the PM’s visit, Bangladesh has just begun importing 60 MW of electricity from Palatana of Tripura from where the state has been importing 100 MW of electricity since March of last year. However, as of writing this report the transmission of the 60 MW electricity didn’t begin as for some technical reason.
From now on Bangladesh will be able to invest in the hydroelectric power sector of Bhutan and import that electricity from Bhutan using the land of India with a trilateral deal. Earlier, Bangladesh had no chance to import electricity directly from countries like Bhutan or Nepal according to the ‘Guidelines on Crossborder Trade of Electricity’ act that was taken by the Indian government on December 5 of last year. However, importing electricity from Nepal issue was not fully resolved in the PM’s visit.
According to the signed instruments, soon the country will also be able to import 500 MW of more electricity from the Indian retail market. However, the Bangladeshi government is expecting a tax exemption in importing electricity from India.
Indian state operated Petronet has signed a deal with its Bangladeshi counterpart Petrobangla to install a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) processing plant at Kutubdia of Cox’s bazar with a Joint Venture approach. According to the signed instruments, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) is likely to install a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plant at Kutubdia and build a pipeline to transport gas to the northeast part of India.
Bangladesh is also importing diesel from Numaligarh of Asam. Recently a shipment of 200 metric tons of diesel was received at Parbatipur of Dinajpur; another 2,200 metric tons of diesel was imported in March of last year from India using the Dinajpur border. Earlier, in 2015 BPC signed a deal with Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) to construct a 139 km of pipeline named Indo-Bangla Friendship Pipeline to import diesel to Bangladesh. According to the deal, diesel will be imported using oil tankers until the construction of that pipeline finishes. The PMs of the both countries expressed their satisfaction seeing the progress of construction of the pipeline.
The two neighboring countries also agreed on collaborative approach in managing and operating of the Nuclear power plant in Bangladesh and further agreed on Bilateral Cooperation on Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.

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PM asks RAB not to harass people

Special Correspondent
 
PM sheikh Hasina addressing a ‘Darbar’ at Kurmitola RAB Forces Headquarters marking the 13th founding anniversary of the elite force.
Urging the RAB members to obey the rules of the law, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said they should efficiently discharge duties with utmost responsibility, professionalism, patriotism and honesty keeping in mind that they are members of a disciplinary force.
“Moral turpitude may weaken the mentality of any force. You should always remember that you are the servant of the people. So you have to remain careful so that people are not harassed by your actions in anyway,” she said while addressing a ‘Darbar’ at Kurmitola RAB Forces Headquarters marking the 13th founding anniversary of the elite force.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal attended the function as the special guest and director general (DG) of RAB Benazir Ahmed spoke, among others, on the occasion. PM’s Security Advisor Major General (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddiqui, Inspector General of Police M Shahidul Haq and senior civil and military officials attended the function.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an elite anti-crime and anti-terrorism unit of the Bangladesh Police, was formed in 2004, comprising members of the Bangladesh Police, Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy, Bangladesh Air Force, Border Guard Bangladesh and Bangladesh Ansar.
Since then the force is performing its duties in maintaining law and order, combating terrorism and holding various national programmes peacefully in addition to drive against pirates in the Sundarbans mangrove forests and curbing human trafficking.
On her arrival at the RAB headquarters, the prime minister was given guard of honour by Rab Forces Honour Guard.
“Members of a force must maintain discipline and obey the order of the higher authorities,” the prime minister said, adding that “your salaries and other allowances are paid by the people. So, they should not be subjected to harassment in anyway.”
“Your main task is to ensure security of the public life and property,” Sheikh Hasina said hoping that the RAB members should be guided and discharging their duties as dictated by the laws, rules and principles.
Praising the role of RAB in combating militancy and terrorism, the prime minister said the soil of Bangladesh, which was liberated at the cost of blood of millions of martyrs, would not be allowed to be used for any militant or terror activities.
Like the past, the prime minister said, the RAB members would effectively play their role in future to make the public life and property safe and secured being imbued with the spirit of the War of Liberation.
Sheikh Hasina said the RAB has immense success in maintaining law and order. The force is playing a pioneering role in the drives against all kinds of crimes including recovering illegal arms, combating terrorism, militancy and different outlawed groups.
The prime minister said her government in the last eight years has taken extensive measures for development of the elite force. New battalions were created and their infrastructural development and benefits were increased manifolds. Since the 2015 fiscal year the budget of the force has almost been doubled.
Sheikh Hasina said the government has acquired land for RAB headquarters, training school and all battalions. The ECNEC has approved the infrastructure development project of RAB. Acquisition of modern equipments has been completed to enhance its capacity of identifying criminals, collecting finger print and telephone set tracking.
The prime minister said the government has allocated necessary budget to procure two helicopters for RAB to enhance its operational capacity. Now the RAB has acquired capacity of carrying out its operations on the ground, water and air, making it a three-dimensional force, she said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said law and order and peaceful situation are foremost prerequisites to take forward the country economically.
“Smooth law and order is important to build up confidence in people to dream of a prosperous future,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu put Bangladesh on the right track of development in post independence war ravaged Bangladesh launching a massive reconstruction campaign.
But, she said, after his brutal assassination the country virtually lost its desire to prosper and the course of its progress became stalled and the nation was lost from the track becoming a dignified nation in the world comity.
Sheikh Hasina said for 21 years Bangladesh was ruled by the military dictators and their legions in a very disgraceful manner.
The country regained its hope in 1996 when Awami League assumed power and moved on a planned economic and political programme to set the country on the road of development again.
“People of Bangladesh are now reaping the benefits of the good governance of the Awami League . . . with everybody’s support including the law enforcement agencies and government organizations’ the Awami League has made the country a role model of development in the last eight years,” she said. 
Sheikh Hasina particularly appreciated the law enforcement agencies saying their performance helped Bangladesh to be on the track of development.
She said the security forces took a steadfast stance against terrorism and militancy which has posed a threat not only for Bangladesh but also for the whole world.
“Everybody including the law enforcement agencies, their intelligence units and armed forces are working very sincerely and with devotion against the militants and terrorists,” the premier said.
And in delivering their services, she said, many members of the law enforcing agencies embraced martyrdom, the prime minister noted.
Sheikh Hasina said she never considers the public expenditure for law enforcing agencies as a “spending but investment”.
“That is why our government is not reluctant to allocate necessary budget for their development,” the premier said.
Praising the recent operation of RAB at Atiya Mohal in Sylhet she said RAB has successfully cleared the building off explosives.
She also acclaimed RAB initiatives that saw surrender of a number of extremists and pirate groups in Sundarbans.
“Their surrender has made the mangrove forest safer than ever for tourists and people in the neighbourhood who are dependent on the forest for their livelihood,” Sheikh Hasina said.
Later the Prime Minister inaugurated the newly constructed building of the RAB-9.

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Special Correspondent
 
PM sheikh Hasina addressing a ‘Darbar’ at Kurmitola RAB Forces Headquarters marking the 13th founding anniversary of the elite force.
Urging the RAB members to obey the rules of the law, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said they should efficiently discharge duties with utmost responsibility, professionalism, patriotism and honesty keeping in mind that they are members of a disciplinary force.
“Moral turpitude may weaken the mentality of any force. You should always remember that you are the servant of the people. So you have to remain careful so that people are not harassed by your actions in anyway,” she said while addressing a ‘Darbar’ at Kurmitola RAB Forces Headquarters marking the 13th founding anniversary of the elite force.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal attended the function as the special guest and director general (DG) of RAB Benazir Ahmed spoke, among others, on the occasion. PM’s Security Advisor Major General (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddiqui, Inspector General of Police M Shahidul Haq and senior civil and military officials attended the function.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an elite anti-crime and anti-terrorism unit of the Bangladesh Police, was formed in 2004, comprising members of the Bangladesh Police, Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy, Bangladesh Air Force, Border Guard Bangladesh and Bangladesh Ansar.
Since then the force is performing its duties in maintaining law and order, combating terrorism and holding various national programmes peacefully in addition to drive against pirates in the Sundarbans mangrove forests and curbing human trafficking.
On her arrival at the RAB headquarters, the prime minister was given guard of honour by Rab Forces Honour Guard.
“Members of a force must maintain discipline and obey the order of the higher authorities,” the prime minister said, adding that “your salaries and other allowances are paid by the people. So, they should not be subjected to harassment in anyway.”
“Your main task is to ensure security of the public life and property,” Sheikh Hasina said hoping that the RAB members should be guided and discharging their duties as dictated by the laws, rules and principles.
Praising the role of RAB in combating militancy and terrorism, the prime minister said the soil of Bangladesh, which was liberated at the cost of blood of millions of martyrs, would not be allowed to be used for any militant or terror activities.
Like the past, the prime minister said, the RAB members would effectively play their role in future to make the public life and property safe and secured being imbued with the spirit of the War of Liberation.
Sheikh Hasina said the RAB has immense success in maintaining law and order. The force is playing a pioneering role in the drives against all kinds of crimes including recovering illegal arms, combating terrorism, militancy and different outlawed groups.
The prime minister said her government in the last eight years has taken extensive measures for development of the elite force. New battalions were created and their infrastructural development and benefits were increased manifolds. Since the 2015 fiscal year the budget of the force has almost been doubled.
Sheikh Hasina said the government has acquired land for RAB headquarters, training school and all battalions. The ECNEC has approved the infrastructure development project of RAB. Acquisition of modern equipments has been completed to enhance its capacity of identifying criminals, collecting finger print and telephone set tracking.
The prime minister said the government has allocated necessary budget to procure two helicopters for RAB to enhance its operational capacity. Now the RAB has acquired capacity of carrying out its operations on the ground, water and air, making it a three-dimensional force, she said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said law and order and peaceful situation are foremost prerequisites to take forward the country economically.
“Smooth law and order is important to build up confidence in people to dream of a prosperous future,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu put Bangladesh on the right track of development in post independence war ravaged Bangladesh launching a massive reconstruction campaign.
But, she said, after his brutal assassination the country virtually lost its desire to prosper and the course of its progress became stalled and the nation was lost from the track becoming a dignified nation in the world comity.
Sheikh Hasina said for 21 years Bangladesh was ruled by the military dictators and their legions in a very disgraceful manner.
The country regained its hope in 1996 when Awami League assumed power and moved on a planned economic and political programme to set the country on the road of development again.
“People of Bangladesh are now reaping the benefits of the good governance of the Awami League . . . with everybody’s support including the law enforcement agencies and government organizations’ the Awami League has made the country a role model of development in the last eight years,” she said. 
Sheikh Hasina particularly appreciated the law enforcement agencies saying their performance helped Bangladesh to be on the track of development.
She said the security forces took a steadfast stance against terrorism and militancy which has posed a threat not only for Bangladesh but also for the whole world.
“Everybody including the law enforcement agencies, their intelligence units and armed forces are working very sincerely and with devotion against the militants and terrorists,” the premier said.
And in delivering their services, she said, many members of the law enforcing agencies embraced martyrdom, the prime minister noted.
Sheikh Hasina said she never considers the public expenditure for law enforcing agencies as a “spending but investment”.
“That is why our government is not reluctant to allocate necessary budget for their development,” the premier said.
Praising the recent operation of RAB at Atiya Mohal in Sylhet she said RAB has successfully cleared the building off explosives.
She also acclaimed RAB initiatives that saw surrender of a number of extremists and pirate groups in Sundarbans.
“Their surrender has made the mangrove forest safer than ever for tourists and people in the neighbourhood who are dependent on the forest for their livelihood,” Sheikh Hasina said.
Later the Prime Minister inaugurated the newly constructed building of the RAB-9.

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Government unhappy with the Chief Justice

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Law Minister Anisul Huq on Wednesday requested Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha not to express grievances and in public as there is opportunities to discuss the issues with the government and resolve those. 
Expressively discomforted with some recent remarks of the Chief Justice, the Law Minister at a press conference said, “The chief justice of no other country expresses annoyance in public so often.”
The Law Ministry convened the press conference marking the National Legal Aid Day to be held on April 28. 
“No other chief justice speaks so much in public either,” the minister told reporters while replying to a query over a recent remark of Chief Justice SK Sinha that administration was obstructing the judiciary from acting freely.
The minister said he had “utmost respect” for the chief justice but it would be easier for him to answer if the Chief Justice had “elaborated more on his concerns.”
“With due respect, I ask you (chief justice) to communicate your concerns directly to the executive rather than making them in public,” he said. 
Any problem can be solved through discussion, he said adding that his government had never interfered in judicial activities and will never do in future. 
The minister detailed different initiatives by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for magistrates including salary hikes.
Salary of High Court justices have been raised to Tk95,000 from Tk49,000. For the judges of Appellate Division, the salary has been raised to Tk105,000 from Tk53,000.
The salary of chief justice has been raised to Tk110,000 from Tk56,000, said Minister Anisul.
“The justice has been given due honour. These are not done for pleasing the judiciary,” he added.
The minister refuted chief justice’s statement that “government was acting like a step mother to the judiciary.”
“The prime minister is doing all these to boost the freedom of judiciary. Still if they find the attitude ‘step motherly’, then I cannot argue. It is just unfortunate.”
The Awami League government led by Sheikh Hasina never interfered with the work of the judiciary and will never do so in future, claimed the minister.
“I do not see a chasm between judiciary and the executive,” said Anisul referring to recent comments of chief justice.
Earlier on Wednesday, Law Minister Anisul Huq outright rejected an allegation of step-motherly behavior towards the judiciary, saying if the government behaved this way, then the Prime Minister would not have done so much for the judges.
“With due respect to him, I would like to say that you have seen examples of many developing and developed countries, you have seen our neighboring countries as well. Without conducting trials, no other chief justice expresses so much annoyance and speaks so much in public,” Huq added.
He, however, said he was not “denying the fact that, he (chief justice) perhaps says these for some reasons, but if he got offended by anything, he could inform us of the matter instead of speaking in public, helping us to try to resolve that”.
In reply to a question on Chief Justice Sinha’s recent claim that the administration does not want the judiciary to run independently, Huq said, “It would have been great if the chief justice would have cited the reason behind such remarks”.
Law Secretary Abu Saleh Sk Md Zahirul Haque was present at the briefing, among others.

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Special Correspondent
 
Law Minister Anisul Huq on Wednesday requested Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha not to express grievances and in public as there is opportunities to discuss the issues with the government and resolve those. 
Expressively discomforted with some recent remarks of the Chief Justice, the Law Minister at a press conference said, “The chief justice of no other country expresses annoyance in public so often.”
The Law Ministry convened the press conference marking the National Legal Aid Day to be held on April 28. 
“No other chief justice speaks so much in public either,” the minister told reporters while replying to a query over a recent remark of Chief Justice SK Sinha that administration was obstructing the judiciary from acting freely.
The minister said he had “utmost respect” for the chief justice but it would be easier for him to answer if the Chief Justice had “elaborated more on his concerns.”
“With due respect, I ask you (chief justice) to communicate your concerns directly to the executive rather than making them in public,” he said. 
Any problem can be solved through discussion, he said adding that his government had never interfered in judicial activities and will never do in future. 
The minister detailed different initiatives by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for magistrates including salary hikes.
Salary of High Court justices have been raised to Tk95,000 from Tk49,000. For the judges of Appellate Division, the salary has been raised to Tk105,000 from Tk53,000.
The salary of chief justice has been raised to Tk110,000 from Tk56,000, said Minister Anisul.
“The justice has been given due honour. These are not done for pleasing the judiciary,” he added.
The minister refuted chief justice’s statement that “government was acting like a step mother to the judiciary.”
“The prime minister is doing all these to boost the freedom of judiciary. Still if they find the attitude ‘step motherly’, then I cannot argue. It is just unfortunate.”
The Awami League government led by Sheikh Hasina never interfered with the work of the judiciary and will never do so in future, claimed the minister.
“I do not see a chasm between judiciary and the executive,” said Anisul referring to recent comments of chief justice.
Earlier on Wednesday, Law Minister Anisul Huq outright rejected an allegation of step-motherly behavior towards the judiciary, saying if the government behaved this way, then the Prime Minister would not have done so much for the judges.
“With due respect to him, I would like to say that you have seen examples of many developing and developed countries, you have seen our neighboring countries as well. Without conducting trials, no other chief justice expresses so much annoyance and speaks so much in public,” Huq added.
He, however, said he was not “denying the fact that, he (chief justice) perhaps says these for some reasons, but if he got offended by anything, he could inform us of the matter instead of speaking in public, helping us to try to resolve that”.
In reply to a question on Chief Justice Sinha’s recent claim that the administration does not want the judiciary to run independently, Huq said, “It would have been great if the chief justice would have cited the reason behind such remarks”.
Law Secretary Abu Saleh Sk Md Zahirul Haque was present at the briefing, among others.

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BNP not against India

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BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday claimed their party is not anti-Indian one, but it is always vocal for safeguarding national interests.
“BNP does politics for protecting the rights and interests of the country and its people. Should we be branded as anti-Indians as we raise our voice for realising our justified rights from India? We’re never against India and its people,” he said.
He came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Muktijuddha and Ziaur Rahman Research Council at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU).
At the programme, the BNP secretary general unveiled the cover of a book on Ziaur Rahman and inaugurated the website of the Parishad.
Fakhrul said the current government has failed to realise people’s due rights from India and ensure the interests of the country and its people.
“The current regime has put the country’s existence at stake. We feel bad as we couldn’t thank our Prime Minister on her return home from India as she came empty-handed,” he said.
He urged the government to raise the issue of ensuring fair share of water of 58 common rivers with India, including Teesta, at the United Nations (UN).
“Some people (Indian leaders) gave assurance that the Teesta deal will be signed very soon. But Mamata (West Bengal Chief Minister) ruled it out saying in  Teesta  ,  there is not enough water to give to  Bangladesh. We ask the government to go to the UN to get the due share of water of the common rivers.”
About the recent flashflood in haor areas, the BNP leader said the flood created due to onrush of water from upstream India as the neighbouring country opened the gates of the embankments it set up to retain water during dry season. “It’s not a justified an action regarding the common rivers.”
He demanded water sharing as per international law. He said, “What about our rights? Will I be termed anti-Indian simply because I demand my share of water?

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BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday claimed their party is not anti-Indian one, but it is always vocal for safeguarding national interests.
“BNP does politics for protecting the rights and interests of the country and its people. Should we be branded as anti-Indians as we raise our voice for realising our justified rights from India? We’re never against India and its people,” he said.
He came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Muktijuddha and Ziaur Rahman Research Council at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU).
At the programme, the BNP secretary general unveiled the cover of a book on Ziaur Rahman and inaugurated the website of the Parishad.
Fakhrul said the current government has failed to realise people’s due rights from India and ensure the interests of the country and its people.
“The current regime has put the country’s existence at stake. We feel bad as we couldn’t thank our Prime Minister on her return home from India as she came empty-handed,” he said.
He urged the government to raise the issue of ensuring fair share of water of 58 common rivers with India, including Teesta, at the United Nations (UN).
“Some people (Indian leaders) gave assurance that the Teesta deal will be signed very soon. But Mamata (West Bengal Chief Minister) ruled it out saying in  Teesta  ,  there is not enough water to give to  Bangladesh. We ask the government to go to the UN to get the due share of water of the common rivers.”
About the recent flashflood in haor areas, the BNP leader said the flood created due to onrush of water from upstream India as the neighbouring country opened the gates of the embankments it set up to retain water during dry season. “It’s not a justified an action regarding the common rivers.”
He demanded water sharing as per international law. He said, “What about our rights? Will I be termed anti-Indian simply because I demand my share of water?

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