Considering the plight of officials and the public in public and private offices, public transport is being relaxed. Buses and minibuses will be able to run from 6 am to 6 pm in all city corporation areas of the country including Dhaka and Chittagong from Wednesday. However, half of the seats in these buses and minibuses have to be left vacant. In this case, the rent will be 80 percent more effective than the prescribed rate.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader announced the decision at a briefing from his residence around 4pm on Tuesday. He said the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reconsidered and approved the issue of public transport subject to conditions, taking into account the issue of suffering in public transport, working in various institutions, including government and non-government, in the lockdown situation. This decision until further notice
The limited number of city corporations that will operate the buses are Uttara and South of Dhaka, Chittagong, Gazipur, Narayanganj, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet, Barisal, Comilla, Rangpur and Mymensingh.
According to the Ministry of Road Transport, Dhaka Upazila Paribahan is associated with Gazipur, Narayanganj, Narsingdi, Munshiganj and various upazilas of Dhaka district. Allowing buses and minibuses to operate in the Gazipur and Narayanganj City Corporation areas along with Dhaka’s two city corporations means that public transport in the capital will run almost normally.
Obaidul Quader further said that at the beginning and end of every trip, the car should be disinfected with disinfectant and the persons involved in transport and passengers should wear mandatory mask and use hand sanitizer. In no way can additional rent be collected from the adjusted rent (80 per cent increase). He also said that long-distance public transport will remain closed till further notice.
Earlier on Wednesday, the government had directed to run buses and minibuses leaving half the seats vacant. In return, the government decided to increase the rent by 60 percent over the existing rent. But since the lockdown took effect last Monday, all public transport has been shut down. It was decided to run buses and minibuses in limited areas in the city again from tomorrow. However, long-distance bus services remain closed.
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Documents have reached the High Court seeking approval of the death sentence of 14 accused in the case of conspiracy to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and sedition by planting a bomb at a public meeting place in Kotalipara, Gopalganj.
On Tuesday, Supreme Court spokesman Mohammad Saifur Rahman told Prothom Alo that documents including the verdict in the case have been received and sent to the concerned branch. The next process will be taken as per the rules.
The Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 gave its verdict on March 23 in that case two decades ago. The verdict sentenced 14 militants to death.
Lawyers say that if a convict is sentenced to death in a court of law, it needs the approval of the High Court, which is known as a death reference case. Judicial court judgments and documents are sent to the High Court for approval of death references of those sentenced to death as per rules. And convicts can appeal from prison to jail. Apart from this, you can also make regular appeals and miscellaneous appeals against the sentence. Paperbook (case details) is to be prepared in preparation for the Death Reference Hearing. At the end of the process, there is a joint hearing on the death reference, the appeal of the accused, the jail appeal and the appeal.
The 14 convicts sentenced to death are: Mofizur Rahman alias Mahibullah, Anisul Islam alias Anis, Mahmud Azhar, Rasheduzzaman alias Rashed Khan, Sarwar Hossain Mia, Tareq Hossain alias Marfat Ali, Abdul Wadud Mollah, Azizul Haque, Lokman, Yusuf alias Moshab Enam, Haque, Mosaheb Hasan alias Rashu, Amirul Islam and Rafiqul Islam. Among the accused, Azizul, Lokman, Yusuf, Enamul and Mosaheb are fugitives. All of the accused have been identified as members of the banned militant group Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (HUJI).
The events of two decades ago
July 22, 2000 Kotalipa in Gopalganj