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DCCs get new administrators

DCCs get new administrators

The government today appointed two new administrators to the bifurcated Dhaka city corporations (DCC) ahead of its “long awaited elections next year.” The move takes place ahead of the long-awaited elections of the bifurcated Dhaka city elections, which the prime minister has said will take place early next year. Today, Dr Rakhal Chandra Barman, director general of the Department of Jute, was made the administrator for Dhaka north while Md Shawkat Mostafa, additional secretary (OSD) of the home ministry was appointed in the south part of the capital. The public administration...

Fake War Hero

Joint secy sent into retirement

Yet another top government official has lost his job for managing a fake freedom fighter certificate, bringing the number of such bureaucrats to four. The certificate of Joint Secretary Md Abul Kashem Talukder, officer on special duty, has been revoked. He was sent into retirement in “public interest”, said a notification of the public administration ministry on Sunday. According to the Public Servants Act 1974, a government official may go on voluntary retirement or the government can send him into retirement upon...

Fake War Hero Certificates

2 secretaries quit

They did not fight for the country's liberation. Yet they obtained freedom fighter's certificates at the fag-end of their careers to secure job extension by one year. But in the end the “dream” did not materialise; they instead earned a name one had better not earn: fake freedom fighter. Two secretaries, whose war hero's certificates were found fake and was already revoked, tendered their resignations yesterday. In the resignation letters submitted to the public administration ministry, however, they cited personal reasons. The...

Fake war heroes Niaz Uddin, Amir Hossain quit

Fake war heroes Niaz Uddin, Amir Hossain quit

Health and Public Service Commission (PSC) secretaries MM Niaz Uddin Mia and AKM Amir Hossain, who got their job extended with fake freedom fighter certificate, resigned today. They submitted the resignation letters to the public administration ministry on health and personal grounds. While talking to our correspondent, Niaz said, “I have taken the decision on personal ground.” Contacted, Amir Hossain said, “I have served the government for 30 years. I think it is time to go on retirement.” He denied making any remarks on whether he has resigned after an investigation found that they had obtained freedom fighter certificate without maintaining due procedures. The Anti-Corruption Commission earlier found that Niaz Uddin, Amir Hossain and...

Istiaque Ahmad new Petrobangla chairman

Istiaque Ahmad new Petrobangla chairman

The government today appointed cabinet division Additional Secretary Istiaque Ahmad as the chairman of state-run oil corporation Petrobangla. The public administration ministry floated an order in this regard this afternoon announcing that the appointment will come into effect immediately. Ahmad came as a successor to Professor Hossain Monsur who was made chairman of Petrobangla in August 2010.

Change in BCS preliminary test format

From now on, the preliminary examination of the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) will be of 200 marks while the duration will be two hours instead of the hour-long 100-mark test. The public administration ministry issued a gazette notification to this end yesterday following amendment to the Bangladesh Civil Service (Age, Qualification and Examination for Direct Recruitment) Rules, 1982. The new rule will come into effect from the 35th BCS examinations. A candidate with less than 30 percent marks in the written examination...

Liberation war affairs secretary made OSD

Liberation war affairs secretary made OSD

Liberation War Affairs Secretary KH Masud Siddiqui has been made officer on special duty (OSD). The public administration ministry issued a gazette notification in this regard today. According to the notice, MA Hannan, additional secretary to the environment and forests ministry, has been made the acting secretary to the liberation war affairs ministry. Masud Siddiqui faces allegations of obtaining freedom fighters' certificate through fake documents and anomalies in purchasing sub-par shields given to foreign friends in recognition of their contribution to the 1971 Liberation War. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the move on Thursday. Siddiqui, who was supposed to go on a one-year leave preparatory to retirement (LPR) from October 30, used the freedom...

Godfathers involved: Ivy

Godfathers involved: Ivy

Narayanganj City Corporation Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy today alleged that godfathers in the city were involved in the gruesome seven-murder. She told this to media after giving her deposition to a probe body formed to investigate the seven-murder case at the Secretariat office of public administration ministry in the capital this noon. "Everybody of Narayanganj...

DCC polls uncertain

The government has again appointed administrators to two Dhaka city corporations for six months, showing its unwillingness to hold elections to get public representatives even two and a half years after the erstwhile DCC's bifurcation.   The public administration ministry yesterday appointed Mohammad Ibrahim Hossain Khan, an additional secretary who had been officer on special duty and attached to the land ministry, as administrator of Dhaka South City Corporation, 13 days after the post fell vacant. Faruk Jalil, another additional secretary...

Mass hearing on Narayanganj killings May 12, 15

Mass hearing on Narayanganj killings May 12, 15

Mass hearings on the abductions and killings of seven people in Narayanganj last month will be held at the office of the district’s deputy commissioner on May 12 and 15. A circulation has been issued in this regard today, said Abdul Kashem Mohammad Mohiuddin, secretary member of the probe body which has been formed...

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