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12:00 AM, June 14, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 14, 2012

Law to tackle hartal anarchy

PM tells Sangsad

The government is taking measures to resist arson and vandalism centring on hartals called by the opposition, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in parliament yesterday.
Besides increasing police patrol and involvement of intelligence agencies, it will set a plan to maintain law and order during hartal hours, she said. Patrolling of police has already been increased at some sensitive points in the capital and law enforcers have also been deployed to frisk people upon suspicion, Hasina added.
She informed lawmakers that a total of 59 cases had been filed across the country in connection with "untoward incidents" in the recent hartals enforced by the main opposition BNP and its allies. Five people were killed and 83 others injured while 79 vehicles were torched and vandalised during the hartal hours.
The BNP-led opposition enforced a series of hartals across the country after BNP Organising Secretary M Ilias Ali went missing around midnight of April 17 from Banani in Dhaka.
The number of people arrested in the cases so far is 304, 18 cases are under trial and 41 cases are under investigation, she told the House, adding policemen had been given orders to bring people, who were involved in arson and vandalism, under speedy trial tribunal.
The country has produced sufficient rice to fulfil the demand for this year, the PM told parliament.
"There will be no rice import in the current year," Hasina, also leader of the House, said in reply to lawmakers' queries.
Her government has taken various measures such as reducing the prices of fertilizers and ensuring uninterrupted power supply for irrigation, supply of seeds and other agricultural instruments to achieve self-sufficiency in rice.
In a scripted reply, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said the amount of rice produced in fiscal 2008-09 was 326.12lakh tonnes, in fiscal 2009-10 334.03lakh tonnes and in 2010-11 335.41lakh tonnes.
The government has taken a project to set up 3,000 private secondary schools, 1,500 colleges and 1,000 madrasas across the country, Hasina told the House, adding 47,672 posts of assistant teachers would be created under primary education development programme.
Another project has been taken to renovate and develop infrastructures of 350 educational institutions in the disadvantaged areas, she said.

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