Watch what you say
Announcing the inauguration of a children's gallery in parliament, Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday urged lawmakers not to utter any word that might have an adverse impact on their minds.
His suggestion came in the context of some MPs using vulgar and abusive words in parliament on several occasions.
This is the first time a gallery has been set up in parliament, from where children of all ages will be able to watch parliament's proceedings.
More than 50 students of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Girls' High School in the capital were present at the inauguration. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina waved at the children as the Speaker informed lawmakers of their presence in the gallery.
"I think children who are observing parliament proceedings will be able to learn many things from lawmakers' participation in the House and their speeches," Abdul Hamid said.
The Speaker in his inaugural speech on the fourteenth parliamentary session called upon opposition MPs to join the House soon and play their roles to fulfil people's expectation.
The fourteenth session that began yesterday in the absence of the BNP-led opposition will continue until September 19, according to Business Advisory Committee of parliament.
The Speaker in his speech also said as part of the government initiative to turn the House into an e-parliament, each lawmaker would soon be provided with a laptop.
Meanwhile, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam placed a bill in parliament, seeking an increase in the salaries of members of Bangladesh Public Service Commission.
According to the proposed bill, the salary of the PSC chairman would be equivalent to that of a cabinet secretary and salaries of other PSC members would be that of a secretary to the government.
The bill was sent to the parliamentary standing committee on public administration ministry for scrutiny.