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Too many cooks spoil the broth

Part-7
Law aplenty, will missing

Too many cooks spoil the broth

  Laws abound, but they have failed to ensure food safety mostly for a lack of enforcement and coordination among the government bodies responsible for preventing food adulteration. As many as 15 ministries and their agencies are tasked with enforcing more than a dozen laws to check contamination in the production, processing and marketing of...

Evil rules as state sleeps

Evil rules as state sleeps

To ensure safe food for people, the legal provision could not have been any more stringent than what it is now. But non-enforcement of the laws is all to blame. Whoever adulterates any food item or drink and sells them shall be sentenced to death or be imprisoned for life, the Special Powers Act...

Fake Freedom Fighters

5 high govt officials lose certificates

The government has decided to revoke the freedom fighters' certificates of five top bureaucrats for forgery and not following proper procedures in obtaining those. The Liberation War Affairs ministry at a meeting with Jatiya Muktijoddha Council yesterday made the decision, following recommendations from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). The five are Privatisation Commission Chairman Molla Waheeduzzaman (former secretary of the Prime Minister's Office), Health Secretary Niaz Uddin Mia, Public Service Commission Secretary AKM Amir Hossain, former Liberation War Affairs secretary KH Masud...

JP turmoil intensifies

Intensifying the intra-party rift, Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad and some of his party colleagues boycotted an emergency meeting of the JP parliamentary party yesterday. Leader of the Opposition Raushan Ershad on Saturday night convened the meeting to discuss issues including relieving LGRD State Minister Moshiur Rahman Ranga and Opposition Chief Whip Tajul Islam of their presidium membership in the party. About 28 MPs attended the meeting at the leader of the opposition's office on the second floor of Jatiya Sangsad...

Amendments hurt judiciary

The constitutional amendments made by the governments of Awami League, BNP and Jatiya Party have undermined the independence, transparency and image of the Supreme Court, a House committee has said. The parliamentary standing committee on the law ministry has come up with the observation, describing the four amendments to article 96 of the constitution that deals with retirement age of judges and their removal on grounds of misconduct or incapacity. The committee in its report prepared on scrutiny of the constitutional...

Arrest order for Fakhrul

Arrest order for Fakhrul

A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant for BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on charges of assaulting police and torching vehicles during an opposition blockade in 2012. Metropolitan Magistrate Md Yunus Khan passed the order after accepting the charge sheet in the case. Mirza Fakhrul is currently in Singapore for treatment, his lawyer Sanaullah Miah told The Daily Star yesterday afternoon. Initiatives for his bail would be taken on his return, he added. In a statement last night, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia condemned the arrest warrant, saying it was issued “intentionally”.  She alleged the government made the move only to ruin the opposition, and the name of the BNP...

Questions over a 'gunfight'

A man was killed in a “gunfight” between criminals and members of the Detective Branch of police in the capital's Mugdah yesterday morning. The family of the victim, Masud Tarek, 26, a garment worker at Adamjee EPZ in Narayanganj, however, claimed that a group of people introducing themselves as DB personnel had picked him up from his home at Dania in Kadamtali around 3:00am and killed him in a planned way. "There are some complaints against Tarek and we are taking...

ISIS executes UK aid worker

ISIS executes UK aid worker

British aid worker David Haines has been executed by ISIS militants, according to a video posted Saturday to a website associated with the group, making him the third Western captive to be killed by the Islamist extremist group in recent weeks. The ISIS video post showing Haines' beheading called his execution "a message to...

Part-6
Anti-adulteration drive misdirected

Published Date: September 14, 2014
Confusing battle fought so far

Confusing battle fought so far

Confusion reigns over the way formalin is detected, and permissible level of the chemical in food, as adulteration goes on unabated with no food safety standards in place. The situation is hurting growers, traders, consumers, and above all the country's image internationally as a food exporter, said experts. Take, for example, the anti-formalin drive launched...

News Analysis
Attorney General's Remark

Published Date: September 14, 2014
Surprising indeed

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam has now joined others in insulting the opponents of the proposed constitutional amendment to empower parliament to impeach a Supreme Court judge on grounds of misbehaviour or incapacity. While the AG has accused two eminent jurists of reversing their stance, the fact is it is he who has moved away from what he had said about the same issue three years back. Joining a gathering of the pro-Awami League lawyers who staged a showdown on the SC...