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Policy to protect domestic helps' rights soon

Policy to protect domestic helps' rights soon

The government will enact a policy on domestic helps to protect their rights as employees, said State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu yesterday.  “It (the proposal) will be placed before the cabinet within one month,” he said. If the bill gets the cabinet nod, it will be placed in the parliament, he...

Pakistan Crisis

Parliament backs PM

Pakistan's parliament threw its weight behind embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention. But, signaling a possible softening in his position, protest leader Imran Khan said he would meet a conservative Islamist politician who has been trying to mediate between Khan and the government since the start of the confrontation. Sharif, who enjoys a solid majority in parliament, convened a joint session of the assembly as...

Not in interest of country, people

The way the government is going to amend the constitution to restore parliament's authority to impeach Supreme Court judges is "not right at all" and "not in the interest of the country and the people", eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain said yesterday. Public opinion should be solicited in this regard, he said, stressing the need for reaching a consensus through a national dialogue before the House passed any amendment to the charter. He made the observations at a roundtable discussion on...

JS session starts

JS session starts

The third session of the 10th parliament started this afternoon with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair. Earlier in the afternoon, Parliamentary Business Advisory Committee at a meeting decided that the session will continue till September 18. The Speaker presided over the meeting. The meeting was attended, among others, by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina...

Ukraine wants to seek Nato membership: PM

Ukraine wants to seek Nato membership: PM

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk yesterday said that the government is seeking to join Nato and is submitting a relevant bill to parliament to end the country's official 'non-bloc' policy. "The government is entering a bill to Verkhovna Rada (parliament) about the cancellation of Ukraine's non-bloc status and resumption of Ukraine's course for Nato...

Impeachment of Judges: A suggestion

THE Cabinet has approved the draft proposal to amend the Constitution and vest the power of impeachment of judges of the Supreme Court in the Parliament. The fundamental issue now is how the law should be framed so that it achieves its professed goal i.e. ensures accountability of the Supreme Court judges. This article will deal with one aspect that the proposed law on this issue may contain to reduce the scope for misuse.    Vesting the power in the...

Impeachment Bill

20-party demo today across the country

The BNP-led 20-party alliance has announced a three-day programme protesting the government's move to restore parliament's authority to impeach judges.   The combine will stage processions and rallies across the country, excluding the capital, today. It will hold these programmes at least at 15 points in the capital tomorrow and also form human chains across the country on August 30. At a press conference yesterday, BNP Joint Secretary General Rizvi Ahmed announced the programmes at the party's Nayapaltan headquarters.   “Although it...

Govt out to gag media

Govt out to gag media

The government has moved to control the judiciary through a constitutional amendment to restore parliament's authority to impeach Supreme Court judges for misconduct or incapacity, said top leaders of the BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday.  They also accused the Sheikh Hasina-led government of trying to secure the “illegal regime” by formulating an “anti-people national...

CABINET OKAYS 16TH CHARTER AMENDMENT BILL

Parliament 'to get' authority to impeach SC judges

Parliament 'to get' authority to impeach SC judges

The cabinet today approved the proposal for amendment of constitution to pave the way for restoring the parliament’s authority to impeach the Supreme Court judges for misconduct or incapacity. Once Constitution (16th amendment) Act-2014 is passed in the parliament, it will raise public confidence upon the judiciary, Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said...

Iraq president names deputy speaker new PM

Iraq president names deputy speaker new PM

Iraq's new president on Monday snubbed the powerful incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and nominated the deputy parliament speaker to form the new government, raising fears of more infighting in the government as country faces the threat of Sunni militants in the north. In a televised address Fouad Massoum gave Haider al-Ibadi 30 days...

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