Monday, September 25, 2023

Cabinet approves two significant Acts

The Cabinet on Monday gave its final approval to the draft of two pieces of legislation: the ‘Debottor (endowment) Property Management Act, 2013’ and the ‘Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Land Dispute Resolution Commission Amendment Act, 2013’. The approval was given at the regular weekly Cabinet meeting held at the Secretariat. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting.
After the meeting, Cabinet secretary Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters that the drafts of both the laws will be sent to Parliament soon for passage.
“The draft of the proposed ‘Debottor (endowed) Properties Act’ has been enacted with the aim of preventing the grabbing of Hindu properties dedicated to deities, with the provision of imprisonment for one year and fines of Tk. 5,000 to Tk. 50,000 as financial penalties for misuse of and for spreading wrong information about such properties. It was the longstanding demand of the country’s Hindu community,” he said.
The Act was given approval in principle on December 12, 2012, by the Cabinet.
“The provision of management and development and the handover process are clearly mentioned in the proposed law,” Bhuiyan said, adding that “a central management board will be constituted to look after the endowed properties of the Hindu community”.
The vice chairman of the Hindu Religious Welfare Trust will be the chairman of the management board, while a new post of administrator will be created for running the affairs of the board. The administrator will be a joint secretary of the government, who will be drawn from the Hindu community. The administrator will also act as member secretary of the management board, he said.
Similar boards will be formed at the district level, which will be headed by the respective deputy commissioners.
The boards at the central and district levels will prepare a list of Hindu religious places of worship and endowed properties, he explained. It will help the government protect such properties and prevent misuse of those. The authorities concerned will take steps to recover the occupied properties from those who have grabbed them, he added.
CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission (Amendment) Act 2013:
The Cabinet also approved the draft of the ‘Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Land Dispute Resolution Commission Amendment Act, 2013’, which finally amends the sole authority of the commission’s chairman to take decisions.
“The meeting also decided to remove the provision of preparation of guidelines within six months of the passage of the law. This is because though the law was enacted in 2001, the authority has failed to prepare the guidelines for implementing the law,” Mosharraf said, further adding, “However, the Cabinet has decided to prepare the guidelines within the next three months. The authorities concerned have been ordered to prepare the draft and submit it to the Cabinet division for its approval.”
The Cabinet secretary further said that according to the amendment, the power to take a decision has been distributed among the members of the commission, which earlier was solely concentrated in the hands of the chairman. Pursuant to the amendment, the unanimous decision of the commission will be the final decision.
“However, if the commission fails to take a unanimous decision, the opinion of the majority of the members, including the chairman’s opinion, will be accepted as the final decision,” he added.
Describing the formation of the full commission, he said the five-member commission will be formed under the leadership of a retired Judge of the Appellate Division, who will be its chairman. Other members of the commission are: the divisional commissioner of Chittagong, the representative of CHT regional council chairman, chairman of the district council concerned, and the circle chief of the tribal communities concerned.
According to the amendment, it is not mandatory for the chiefs to attend meetings of the commission. They can send their representatives, who nevertheless must have the authority to take decisions.
The Cabinet secretary said the meeting decided to empower the commission for settling the disputes over land that have been given on illegal lease, occupied by others and distributed to settlers who have been illegally settled. The commission will able to dispose of the disputes under the law relating to CHT.

-With The Independent input

Related News

Information and communication technology for sustainable development was the focus of the 2nd international conference

News Desk : The three-day-long 2nd international conference on ‘Information and Communication Technology for Sustainable Development’ organised by Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) has successfully concluded on Saturday (23 September). In the closing ceremony, the chief patron of this conference BUP Vice Chancellor Major General Md Mahbub-ul Alam awarded certificates to three outstanding research ... Read more

3 children run over by train in Mohakhali

News Desk : Three young lives were cut short on the street of Dhaka as they were struck by a train on Saturday morning. The incident occurred at 6am in Mohakhali area, when a train en route from Kamalapur to Dewanganj hit the children as they attempted to cross the railway tracks. The children, ... Read more

World Bank approves $300 million to accelerate learning for Bangladesh’s secondary education

News Desk : World Bank has approved a $300 million fund to help Bangladesh recover from learning losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic It will introduce supplementary online learning combined with in-class teaching to strengthen system resilience, improve learning outcomes and teaching quality, and reduce school dropouts, says a World Bank press release. “Bangladesh ... Read more

10th Asian Tourism Fair begins in Dhaka

News Desk : A three-day regional tourism fair aimed at promoting cross-border connections, improving cultural exchanges and boosting economic growth has begun in the capital. The fair styled ’10th Asian Tourism Fair and Bangladesh Tourism Development Summit 2023′ began at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center on Thursday. Md Mahbub Ali, state minister for civil ... Read more

49 athletes selected for admission with DU Sports Quota

News Desk : Dhaka University has released the list of 49 students initially selected to the 2022-23 undergraduate academic session for the sports quota . The list was published on Sunday (September 17) in a circular from the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences, and Law. The athletes include Towhid Hridoy, ... Read more

NID server will remain down for maintenance until 2:00 p.m tomorrow

News Desk : The National Identity Card (NID) server of the Election Commission (EC) has been down since this morning due to maintenance reasons, the Election Commission’s Information System Management Officer Aminul Islam said today. “It is to inform everyone that the NID server is undergoing maintenance. Due to this all services will remain ... Read more

Pushed off from moving bus in Gazipur, RMG worker dies

News Desk : A female garment worker died after she was allegedly pushed off a moving bus following an argument with the helper of the bus over fare on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway of Gazipur district on Friday night. The deceased was identified as Champa Begum, 30, wife of Abul Kalam of Mymensingh district. The incident ... Read more

From January to August 2023, 361 students commit suicide

News Desk : At least 361 school, college, madrassah and university students across Bangladesh killed themselves in the last eight months, revealed a study on Saturday. Aachol Foundation, a social organisation initiated by students, conducted the study titled — Students Suicide Rate Increasing: Which Way the Solution?— from January 2023 to August based on ... Read more

SSC exams in 2024 likely to start in February, HSC in June

News Desk : The Secondary School Certificate examinations of 2024 are likely to start from the second week of February, according to a notice issued by different education boards on Tuesday. The Higher Secondary Certificate examinations of 2024 are likely to start from the second week of June, another notice issued by the boards ... Read more

Microbus catches fire on Purbachal Expressway

News Desk : A running microbus caught fire near Kanchan Bridge on Purbachal Expressway in Narayanganj’s Rupganj upazila this afternoon causing temporary tailback on the busy road. However, there were no report of casualties, reports our Narayanganj correspondent. Two firefighting units of Purbachal station brought the fire under control. Station chief of local fire ... Read more

Nine arrested for storming train, robbing belongings in Tongi

News Desk : Robbers boarded the Dhaka-bound Karnaphuli Express train when it was stopped near Gazipur’s Tongi last night and robbed its passengers. Nine people were arrested with sharp weapons and mobile phones in connection with the robbery, Ferdaus Ahmed Biswas, officer-in-charge (OC) of Dhaka Railway Police Station, told our local correspondent today. The ... Read more

Parts of Bangladesh likely to see light to moderate rain

News Desk : Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at most places over Rangpur, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions, at many places over Dhaka, Barishal and Chattogram divisions and at a few places over Rajshahi and Khulna divisions. Moderately heavy to heavy falls may occur at ... Read more

2 bodies washed ashore in St Martin’s Island

News Desk : Police have recovered the partially decomposed bodies of two unidentified men washed away by the tide on the beach of St Martin’s Island under Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar. The bodies were found on the beach about 4 kilometres south of St. Martin’s Jetty, at about 8:00am on Friday. Police estimated one ... Read more

Another physician dies from dengue in Dhaka

News Desk : A female doctor died of dengue at Dhaka Medical College Hospital early Friday. The victim, Mosammat Sharifa Binte Aziz, 27, died at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital at about 5:00am while undergoing treatment there. Sharifa is a daughter of Aziz Bhuiyan of Joypara village under Dohar upazila in Dhaka ... Read more

Car accident on Dhaka-Barisal highway kills intern physician

News Desk : An intern physician of a private medical college was killed yesterday after her car collided with a roadside tree at Gourandi on Dhaka-Barishal highway. Gournadi Highway Police Sub Inspector Mamun said the accident took place at 7:00am yesterday. According to the SI, Iqra Binte Hafiz (27), an intern physician of Medical ... Read more

Landslide kills Rohingya woman, her daughter in Ukhiya camp

News Desk : A Rohingya woman and her daughter were killed in a landslide on the foot of a hillock in Balukhali Rohingya camp -9 under Ukhiya upazila in Cox’s Bazar Monday late afternoon. The deceased are Jannat Ara, 28, wife of Anwar Islam, and their two-year old daughter Mahim Akhter. Armed Police Battalion ... Read more

Sundarbans inundated due to rain and tidal wave

News Desk : Heavy rain caused by a a depression in the bay and a tidal wave caused by the full moon have inundated the low-lying areas of Bagerhat. According to the additional district commissioner Hafiz Al Asad, 750 families in the district are currently suffering from the waterlogging disaster. However, locals said the ... Read more

‘Uncle, nephew murdered by colleagues’

Reveals PBI after a 5-year probe into death of two press workers News Desk : Two bodies, two mysteries unsolved. In November 2017, press worker Sohel Mia was beaten unconscious by unidentified assailants. He later succumbed to his injuries in a Dhaka hospital. His distant uncle, Iqbal Hossain, initially faced blame for the murder ... Read more

Two children drown in Habiganj

News Desk : Two children drowned in separate incidents in Habiganj’s Bahubal and Shayestaganj upazilas yesterday. The deceased are Rihan Mia, 3, of Barlaria village in Shayestaganj and Toha Mia, 6, of Bahubal. Nazmul Haque Kamal, OC of Shayestaganj Police Station, said Rihan fell into a puddle near his home in the afternoon. Acting ... Read more

Five killed in road accidents

News Desk : At least five people were killed in road accidents yesterday, according to reports from our correspondents. In Rajshahi, three people were killed on the Rajshahi-Naogaon highway in Rajshahi’s Mohanpur upazila in the morning. The deceased are Abul Hossain, 55, Zahangir Alam, 45, and Azibar Rahman, 35. The accident happened as a ... Read more