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My proposals can solve Rohingya crisis: PM

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Monday that the Rohingya crisis could be resolved in line with the five-point proposal she had placed in last month’s UN General Assembly session in New York.
“We don’t want war ... we believe all problems could be solved through discussion,” she said while receiving donations to her Relief and Welfare Fund. Bangladesh Association of Banks (BAB) handed over the donations to the Prime Minister at her office on Monday.
The five-point proposal that the prime minister made at the 72nd UNGA session on Sept 21 included an immediate end to ethnic cleansing in Ralkhaine state; creation of a “safe zones” inside Myanmar under UN supervision; sustainable return of all forcibly displaced Rohingyas and ifull implementation of Kofee Anan recommendations.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has given shelter to the Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds.
“It is a responsibility of every human being to stand beside the distressed humanity ... it would be inhumane if we don’t stand beside the Rohingyas at the time of their distress,” she added.
Thanking the BAB for coming forward in aid of the distressed humanity, the prime minister said the association always extends their helping hand for people’s welfare.
“They also stood beside the people during the recent flood. They also came forward to the help of those who were forced to take shelter in Bangladesh after being persecuted in Myanmar,” she said.
In this connection, she recalled the genocide of Pakistani occupation forces during Bangladesh’s Liberation War and said the atrocities on the Rohingya people remind us of the torture perpetrated by the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.
“Over 10 million people became refugees and three crore people became homeless during our Liberation War,” she said.
Remembering her and her younger sister’s refugee life after the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975, she said: “We feel the pain and sorrow of the Rohingyas as we had to lead a refugee life for six years.”
Pointing out that the cross section of people came forward to help the distressed Rohingyas, Sheikh Hasina said the people of the country have a human quality. “They have stood beside the Rohingyas by taking help from the remote areas,” she said.
The prime minister said the civil administration, army, navy and air force, BGB, Police and her party volunteers are working hard to mitigate the sufferings of these people.
She said arrangements are being made to relocate them to a safer place where multipurpose cyclone shelter centres would be constructed for them.
While talking about the issue of militancy, Sheikh Hasina said: “It’s a global problem ... incidents of militancy also took place here. But we contained it with an iron hand.”

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Monday that the Rohingya crisis could be resolved in line with the five-point proposal she had placed in last month’s UN General Assembly session in New York.
“We don’t want war ... we believe all problems could be solved through discussion,” she said while receiving donations to her Relief and Welfare Fund. Bangladesh Association of Banks (BAB) handed over the donations to the Prime Minister at her office on Monday.
The five-point proposal that the prime minister made at the 72nd UNGA session on Sept 21 included an immediate end to ethnic cleansing in Ralkhaine state; creation of a “safe zones” inside Myanmar under UN supervision; sustainable return of all forcibly displaced Rohingyas and ifull implementation of Kofee Anan recommendations.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has given shelter to the Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds.
“It is a responsibility of every human being to stand beside the distressed humanity ... it would be inhumane if we don’t stand beside the Rohingyas at the time of their distress,” she added.
Thanking the BAB for coming forward in aid of the distressed humanity, the prime minister said the association always extends their helping hand for people’s welfare.
“They also stood beside the people during the recent flood. They also came forward to the help of those who were forced to take shelter in Bangladesh after being persecuted in Myanmar,” she said.
In this connection, she recalled the genocide of Pakistani occupation forces during Bangladesh’s Liberation War and said the atrocities on the Rohingya people remind us of the torture perpetrated by the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.
“Over 10 million people became refugees and three crore people became homeless during our Liberation War,” she said.
Remembering her and her younger sister’s refugee life after the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975, she said: “We feel the pain and sorrow of the Rohingyas as we had to lead a refugee life for six years.”
Pointing out that the cross section of people came forward to help the distressed Rohingyas, Sheikh Hasina said the people of the country have a human quality. “They have stood beside the Rohingyas by taking help from the remote areas,” she said.
The prime minister said the civil administration, army, navy and air force, BGB, Police and her party volunteers are working hard to mitigate the sufferings of these people.
She said arrangements are being made to relocate them to a safer place where multipurpose cyclone shelter centres would be constructed for them.
While talking about the issue of militancy, Sheikh Hasina said: “It’s a global problem ... incidents of militancy also took place here. But we contained it with an iron hand.”


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Stop “Blue Whale” game link: HC

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The High Court (HC) on Monday asked Information Ministry, Post and Telecommunications Ministry and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regularity Commission (BTRC) to take measures to block the gateway of much-alarming  “Blue Whale” internet  game.
A HC division bench comprising Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan passed the order upon a writ petition filed by three lawyers of the Supreme Court (SC).
Apart from this, the court also asked the authorities concerned to stop special internet offers during  night time ( from 12am to 6am ) for six months and form a monitoring cell to identify the persons addicted in internet-based games .  The  identified  persons  will  be provided  with counseling to keep them away from the dangerous    practice.
Secretaries of Post and Telecommunications Ministry, Home Ministry, Social Welfare Ministry, Information and Communication Technology Ministry, Law Ministry, Health Ministry, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Bangladesh Computer Council, and mobile operators have been made respondents to the directives.
Three Supreme Court (SC) lawyers, Subrata Bardhan, Barrister Mohammad Kawsar and Barrister Nur Alam Siddique filed the writ petition seeking the above directives.
While talking to reporters, Subrata Bardhan claimed that his daughter Apurba Bardhan Sharna, 13, a class eight student of the Holy Cross College, committed suicide after playing the “Blue Whale” game.
Guardians should be more cautious while giving android cell phones to their children for use, he said, adding that a strong monitoring can stop such deaths.
After getting instruction from Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, the BTRC has asked all to call immediately to 2871 soon after getting any information relating to internet-based deadly games such as “Blue Whale”.
Meanwhile  a Chittagong University student  has been detected  playing  the  dangerous  game  “Blue Whale”  and brought  to counseling.  
Police  also rescued a college student who is addicted to sensational online game ‘Blue Whale’ at Nabinagar in Brahamanbaria on Saturday night.
Nabinagar police officer-in-charge Aslam Sikder said police went came to the house of Mushfiqur Rahman Imon and took him to the police station after being informed by his family.
Imon’s family members said Imon is a brilliant student and secured GPA-5 in PSC, JSC and SSC examinations.
The family members informed  the police  that  Imon used the play the game and cut on his hand with blade.
After interrogating Imon, Police remanded him to family’s custody on Sunday noon.
Imon told police that he often tried to commit  suicide out of frustration.
He requested others not to play games like blue whale.
Alarmed  by  the  Blue Whale  addiction ,  Bangladesh government has undertaken a project to intensify filtering of harmful internet contents.
The  posts and telecommunications ministry  has asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for procurement of the sensitive equipment for safe internet services.

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The High Court (HC) on Monday asked Information Ministry, Post and Telecommunications Ministry and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regularity Commission (BTRC) to take measures to block the gateway of much-alarming  “Blue Whale” internet  game.
A HC division bench comprising Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan passed the order upon a writ petition filed by three lawyers of the Supreme Court (SC).
Apart from this, the court also asked the authorities concerned to stop special internet offers during  night time ( from 12am to 6am ) for six months and form a monitoring cell to identify the persons addicted in internet-based games .  The  identified  persons  will  be provided  with counseling to keep them away from the dangerous    practice.
Secretaries of Post and Telecommunications Ministry, Home Ministry, Social Welfare Ministry, Information and Communication Technology Ministry, Law Ministry, Health Ministry, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Bangladesh Computer Council, and mobile operators have been made respondents to the directives.
Three Supreme Court (SC) lawyers, Subrata Bardhan, Barrister Mohammad Kawsar and Barrister Nur Alam Siddique filed the writ petition seeking the above directives.
While talking to reporters, Subrata Bardhan claimed that his daughter Apurba Bardhan Sharna, 13, a class eight student of the Holy Cross College, committed suicide after playing the “Blue Whale” game.
Guardians should be more cautious while giving android cell phones to their children for use, he said, adding that a strong monitoring can stop such deaths.
After getting instruction from Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, the BTRC has asked all to call immediately to 2871 soon after getting any information relating to internet-based deadly games such as “Blue Whale”.
Meanwhile  a Chittagong University student  has been detected  playing  the  dangerous  game  “Blue Whale”  and brought  to counseling.  
Police  also rescued a college student who is addicted to sensational online game ‘Blue Whale’ at Nabinagar in Brahamanbaria on Saturday night.
Nabinagar police officer-in-charge Aslam Sikder said police went came to the house of Mushfiqur Rahman Imon and took him to the police station after being informed by his family.
Imon’s family members said Imon is a brilliant student and secured GPA-5 in PSC, JSC and SSC examinations.
The family members informed  the police  that  Imon used the play the game and cut on his hand with blade.
After interrogating Imon, Police remanded him to family’s custody on Sunday noon.
Imon told police that he often tried to commit  suicide out of frustration.
He requested others not to play games like blue whale.
Alarmed  by  the  Blue Whale  addiction ,  Bangladesh government has undertaken a project to intensify filtering of harmful internet contents.
The  posts and telecommunications ministry  has asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for procurement of the sensitive equipment for safe internet services.


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Allegations against CJ is cooked-up: BNP It is conspiracy against government: AL

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday alleged that the government is making an ‘imaginary story’ bringing various allegations against chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha only to contain him.
“The allegations brought against the chief justice are nothing, but a cooked-up story. People believe that the main motive behind the allegations is to force him to resign after compelling him to leave the country in a terror style and sending him on forced leave through fraudulence,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, he also said the government is making an onslaught on Sinha with the ‘fabricated’ allegations as it is suffering from a trauma following the statement given by the chief justice before leaving the country.
A day after Sinha left the country for Australia, the Supreme Court on Saturday issued a statement saying the chief justice is facing 11 charges, including money laundering and corruption.
It said president Abdul Hamid informed about the allegations of five judges of the Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, who later declined to conduct trial proceedings sitting in the same bench with Sinha as he could not give an acceptable explanation over those.
Rizvi questioned why the president did not take action against Sinha applying article 96 of the Constitution if he is accused of so many allegations.
He also said the president violated the constitution by holding a meeting with the five Appellate Division judges excluding the chief justice.
The BNP leader also questioned why the government did not bring these old allegations against Sinha before the 16th amendment verdict. “It suggests the government hushes up allegations against those who help it and protect their unethical interests.”
He also said the three notifications of the law ministry regarding the transfer of 10 key officials of the Supreme Court administration are illegal.
“It’s an unprecedented incident. Before going to Australia, SK Sinha said it’s only the chief justice jurisdiction to reshuffle the Supreme Court administration.”
Rizvi said the government is doing everything unilaterally to bring the judiciary under its control.

AL says it a conspiracy
Meanwhile the ruling Awami League and its political allies have said that the statement made by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha before his departure for Australia on Friday is part of a conspiracy against the present government.
The party leaders also hinted that the government is going to take stern action against the chief justice which could include removing him from his post permanently.
Awami League leaders also expressed fears that BNP and others political parties may try to use Surendra Kumar Sinha’s statement for their own gain and to create unrest in the country.
As part of the action against Sinha, the present government has begun leveling corruption charges against the chief justice. As of Saturday afternoon, there has been talk of 11 charges of irregularities against Justice Sinha about which AL leaders claim to have proof.
Meanwhile, five judges of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) have refused to sit with Chief Justice Sinha on the bench following the allegations, said SC Registrar General Syed Aminul Islam.
Earlier, in a meeting with five judges of the Appellate division, President Abdul Hamid handed over documents related to the allegations against Sinha , the supreme court statement said.

Corruption to be investigated: Law Minister
Meanwhile, Anto corruption Commission will open an investigation into the corruption allegations against Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, says Law Minister Anisul Huq.
His statement came on Sunday, a day after the Supreme Court cited 11 charges, including graft, money laundering, financial misappropriation and moral lapse, against Sinha.
“Almost all of the allegations against him fall under the purview of the Anti-Corruption Commission. So you can assume who will lead the probe,” Huq told the media in his office.
The Supreme Court on Saturday issued a rare statement with damning allegations that tainted the top judge’s career, just three and a half months before his retirement.
The statement signed by the top court’s Registrar General Syed Aminul Islam came, hours after Justice Sinha left for Australia on Friday amid harsh criticism by the ruling party stalwarts for scrapping the 16th constitutional amendment.
“These allegations need to be probed. A case will be filed if they are found to be true. Everything will be done under the law,” Huq told reporters on Sunday.
Asked why the government allowed the chief justice to leave the country in the wake of the barrage of allegations, he said that Justice Sinha was still the chief justice according to the law.
“The chief justice is an institution and a constitutional position. So any hasty step against him will be inappropriate.”
Justice Sinha has gone abroad on leave and the president, in line with the Constitution’s Article 97, assigned the next senior judge Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah to lead the top court, said the law minister adding there’s nothing controversial about it.
“A political quarter is trying to create a controversy as they ran out of things to talk about. Those who were trying to create a controversy had political agenda, which they failed to achieve,” he said in clear reference to the BNP and its allies.
The BNP alleged that Justice Sinha was forced to go abroad on leave.
Before heading to the airport on Friday, Sinha said he was ‘not sick, but embarrassed’ by criticism by ruling Awami League leaders over the 16th amendment verdict, contradicting his letter publicised by Law Minister Huq.
In a written statement, he said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina may have been ‘hurt’ because ‘a quarter misinterpreted the verdict to her’.
The Law Minisater said on Sunday he was shocked to learn that Sinha dismissed the reports of his illness.
“I am shocked at what he said. He wrote to the president that he was ill, and seven days later he says he’s fine. We should have asked him to undergo a medical test in the very beginning, but we did not do that.”

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday alleged that the government is making an ‘imaginary story’ bringing various allegations against chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha only to contain him.
“The allegations brought against the chief justice are nothing, but a cooked-up story. People believe that the main motive behind the allegations is to force him to resign after compelling him to leave the country in a terror style and sending him on forced leave through fraudulence,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, he also said the government is making an onslaught on Sinha with the ‘fabricated’ allegations as it is suffering from a trauma following the statement given by the chief justice before leaving the country.
A day after Sinha left the country for Australia, the Supreme Court on Saturday issued a statement saying the chief justice is facing 11 charges, including money laundering and corruption.
It said president Abdul Hamid informed about the allegations of five judges of the Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, who later declined to conduct trial proceedings sitting in the same bench with Sinha as he could not give an acceptable explanation over those.
Rizvi questioned why the president did not take action against Sinha applying article 96 of the Constitution if he is accused of so many allegations.
He also said the president violated the constitution by holding a meeting with the five Appellate Division judges excluding the chief justice.
The BNP leader also questioned why the government did not bring these old allegations against Sinha before the 16th amendment verdict. “It suggests the government hushes up allegations against those who help it and protect their unethical interests.”
He also said the three notifications of the law ministry regarding the transfer of 10 key officials of the Supreme Court administration are illegal.
“It’s an unprecedented incident. Before going to Australia, SK Sinha said it’s only the chief justice jurisdiction to reshuffle the Supreme Court administration.”
Rizvi said the government is doing everything unilaterally to bring the judiciary under its control.

AL says it a conspiracy
Meanwhile the ruling Awami League and its political allies have said that the statement made by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha before his departure for Australia on Friday is part of a conspiracy against the present government.
The party leaders also hinted that the government is going to take stern action against the chief justice which could include removing him from his post permanently.
Awami League leaders also expressed fears that BNP and others political parties may try to use Surendra Kumar Sinha’s statement for their own gain and to create unrest in the country.
As part of the action against Sinha, the present government has begun leveling corruption charges against the chief justice. As of Saturday afternoon, there has been talk of 11 charges of irregularities against Justice Sinha about which AL leaders claim to have proof.
Meanwhile, five judges of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) have refused to sit with Chief Justice Sinha on the bench following the allegations, said SC Registrar General Syed Aminul Islam.
Earlier, in a meeting with five judges of the Appellate division, President Abdul Hamid handed over documents related to the allegations against Sinha , the supreme court statement said.

Corruption to be investigated: Law Minister
Meanwhile, Anto corruption Commission will open an investigation into the corruption allegations against Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, says Law Minister Anisul Huq.
His statement came on Sunday, a day after the Supreme Court cited 11 charges, including graft, money laundering, financial misappropriation and moral lapse, against Sinha.
“Almost all of the allegations against him fall under the purview of the Anti-Corruption Commission. So you can assume who will lead the probe,” Huq told the media in his office.
The Supreme Court on Saturday issued a rare statement with damning allegations that tainted the top judge’s career, just three and a half months before his retirement.
The statement signed by the top court’s Registrar General Syed Aminul Islam came, hours after Justice Sinha left for Australia on Friday amid harsh criticism by the ruling party stalwarts for scrapping the 16th constitutional amendment.
“These allegations need to be probed. A case will be filed if they are found to be true. Everything will be done under the law,” Huq told reporters on Sunday.
Asked why the government allowed the chief justice to leave the country in the wake of the barrage of allegations, he said that Justice Sinha was still the chief justice according to the law.
“The chief justice is an institution and a constitutional position. So any hasty step against him will be inappropriate.”
Justice Sinha has gone abroad on leave and the president, in line with the Constitution’s Article 97, assigned the next senior judge Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah to lead the top court, said the law minister adding there’s nothing controversial about it.
“A political quarter is trying to create a controversy as they ran out of things to talk about. Those who were trying to create a controversy had political agenda, which they failed to achieve,” he said in clear reference to the BNP and its allies.
The BNP alleged that Justice Sinha was forced to go abroad on leave.
Before heading to the airport on Friday, Sinha said he was ‘not sick, but embarrassed’ by criticism by ruling Awami League leaders over the 16th amendment verdict, contradicting his letter publicised by Law Minister Huq.
In a written statement, he said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina may have been ‘hurt’ because ‘a quarter misinterpreted the verdict to her’.
The Law Minisater said on Sunday he was shocked to learn that Sinha dismissed the reports of his illness.
“I am shocked at what he said. He wrote to the president that he was ill, and seven days later he says he’s fine. We should have asked him to undergo a medical test in the very beginning, but we did not do that.”


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