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AL MP intercepts mobile court team

Notwithstanding the fact that the discipline of Law concerned with the rules of conduct and practices is universally acknowledged as binding on plebeians as well as patricians’ alike—-continual deplorable erosion of confidence of the body politic in even-handed application of law persists.
Law enforcers later rescued one of the five staffers of the forest department who took shelter under a nearby bridge after being attacked by the MP’s men, as reported in the Daily Star on19 September 2016. This was sheer interference in administrative action as the lawmaker took the law into his own hands and obstructed the government officials from discharging their duties. What is more, meanwhile a rally was held near Himchari tourist spot around 4:30pm, protesting the drive, which was attended, among others, by the MP and Riaz-ul Alam, chairman of Ramu upazila, also president of the upazila unit of the Jubo League.
The above incident was one of the numerous instances of brazen defiance of the law by leaders and activists of the ruling AL and its formidable student organ BCL, youth body Juba League et al. Here is another example. Two months after committing double murders in the capital, Rony, Awami League MP Pinu Khan’s son, was arrested on 31 May 2015, investigation officer Deepak Kumar said adding that Rony had admitted to “firing from his licensed gun”. Police say auto-rickshaw driver Yakub Ali and rickshaw-puller Abdul Hakim were shot dead in a random firing from a Land Cruiser Prado around 1:45am on 14 April. “He (Rony) was cosily sitting there as if he were visiting his relatives,” victim Yakub Ali’s wife Salma Begum told bdnews24.com.
One of the most influential political philosophers of the modern period and English leader of the Enlightenment age who fathered Classical Liberalism, John Locke was of the view that wherever law ends, tyranny begins. Political theorist Michael Joseph Oakeshott observed that the rule of law remains the most civilised and least burdensome conception of a State.
An effective criminal justice system is a key aspect of the rule of law, as it constitutes the conventional mechanism to redress grievances and bring action against individuals for offences against society.

 
265 highway deaths: Obaidul Quader’s admirable candour
 
In this era of pervasive pretence and degeneration of morals in our milieu, when the truth is miserably in short supply, someone calling a spade a spade should be regarded as a brave person. While none of his cabinet colleagues made a clean breast of his mistake, an admirable example has been set by Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on 19 September 2016 when he accepted responsibility for the deaths in road crashes on highways during the holidays of Eid-ul-Azha.  But these preventable mishaps and deaths did not happen owing to Mr. Quader’s fault per se.
He told journalists at a meet-the-press programme in Dhaka, “I am not successful in establishing discipline in transport sector and as a minister I can’t shirk responsibility of the accidents on highways”. The minister said that he was shocked at such “procession of death” on the highways.
At least 265 people were killed and 1,153 others injured in 210 accidents on roads, waterways and railways across the country in 12 days from September 7 to 18 during their Eid-ul-Azha journeys this year. Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity (JKS), a passengers’ welfare association, came up with the statistics. The association found over-speed, reckless driving, risky overtaking, absence of road dividers, defying traffic rules, driving by unskilled drivers, dilapidated roads, passengers lack of awareness, overloading, lack of separate lanes for slow vehicles, unfit vehicles and attending phone calls by drivers while driving as the major reasons behind the accidents.
These accidents, the minister alleged, were mostly caused by drivers who drive their vehicles at an excessively higher speed to avail as many trips as they can.  General people can be made to abide by the traffic rules “but it is very tough to bring the politicians and influential people under the ambit of law,” the minister added.  Dividers and service roads will be constructed on the Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Mymenshingh highways in order to reduce road accidents, Quader said.
We hope the minister will be able to devise an effective plan and modus operandi to make highways safe and deal with road hogs severely.
When all said and done, first and foremost Mr. Obaidul Quader’s singular target should be to discipline automobile drivers many of whom do not possess genuine driving license. So be it.
But here it is quite relevant to recall that a shipping minister’s job is to look after national waterways where hundreds of people perished in maritime disasters. Shipping minister Shahjahan Khan has often been busy with sundry other extraneous irrelevant assignments like threatening to stop supply of food to Opposition BNP chief Khaleda’s office and urging Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to immediately arrest the BNP Chairperson in 2015.
Some years ago Shahjahan Khan was reported to have applied pressure on the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority to get 10 thousand driving licenses WITHOUT mandatory driving test! After that too Khan was reported to have demanded 24,000 thousand more driving licenses without test, ignoring the very fact that every holder of such license could be a potential killer.
Therefore, the task will be easier said than done because there is major stumbling block.

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Notwithstanding the fact that the discipline of Law concerned with the rules of conduct and practices is universally acknowledged as binding on plebeians as well as patricians’ alike—-continual deplorable erosion of confidence of the body politic in even-handed application of law persists.
Law enforcers later rescued one of the five staffers of the forest department who took shelter under a nearby bridge after being attacked by the MP’s men, as reported in the Daily Star on19 September 2016. This was sheer interference in administrative action as the lawmaker took the law into his own hands and obstructed the government officials from discharging their duties. What is more, meanwhile a rally was held near Himchari tourist spot around 4:30pm, protesting the drive, which was attended, among others, by the MP and Riaz-ul Alam, chairman of Ramu upazila, also president of the upazila unit of the Jubo League.
The above incident was one of the numerous instances of brazen defiance of the law by leaders and activists of the ruling AL and its formidable student organ BCL, youth body Juba League et al. Here is another example. Two months after committing double murders in the capital, Rony, Awami League MP Pinu Khan’s son, was arrested on 31 May 2015, investigation officer Deepak Kumar said adding that Rony had admitted to “firing from his licensed gun”. Police say auto-rickshaw driver Yakub Ali and rickshaw-puller Abdul Hakim were shot dead in a random firing from a Land Cruiser Prado around 1:45am on 14 April. “He (Rony) was cosily sitting there as if he were visiting his relatives,” victim Yakub Ali’s wife Salma Begum told bdnews24.com.
One of the most influential political philosophers of the modern period and English leader of the Enlightenment age who fathered Classical Liberalism, John Locke was of the view that wherever law ends, tyranny begins. Political theorist Michael Joseph Oakeshott observed that the rule of law remains the most civilised and least burdensome conception of a State.
An effective criminal justice system is a key aspect of the rule of law, as it constitutes the conventional mechanism to redress grievances and bring action against individuals for offences against society.

 
265 highway deaths: Obaidul Quader’s admirable candour
 
In this era of pervasive pretence and degeneration of morals in our milieu, when the truth is miserably in short supply, someone calling a spade a spade should be regarded as a brave person. While none of his cabinet colleagues made a clean breast of his mistake, an admirable example has been set by Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on 19 September 2016 when he accepted responsibility for the deaths in road crashes on highways during the holidays of Eid-ul-Azha.  But these preventable mishaps and deaths did not happen owing to Mr. Quader’s fault per se.
He told journalists at a meet-the-press programme in Dhaka, “I am not successful in establishing discipline in transport sector and as a minister I can’t shirk responsibility of the accidents on highways”. The minister said that he was shocked at such “procession of death” on the highways.
At least 265 people were killed and 1,153 others injured in 210 accidents on roads, waterways and railways across the country in 12 days from September 7 to 18 during their Eid-ul-Azha journeys this year. Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity (JKS), a passengers’ welfare association, came up with the statistics. The association found over-speed, reckless driving, risky overtaking, absence of road dividers, defying traffic rules, driving by unskilled drivers, dilapidated roads, passengers lack of awareness, overloading, lack of separate lanes for slow vehicles, unfit vehicles and attending phone calls by drivers while driving as the major reasons behind the accidents.
These accidents, the minister alleged, were mostly caused by drivers who drive their vehicles at an excessively higher speed to avail as many trips as they can.  General people can be made to abide by the traffic rules “but it is very tough to bring the politicians and influential people under the ambit of law,” the minister added.  Dividers and service roads will be constructed on the Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Mymenshingh highways in order to reduce road accidents, Quader said.
We hope the minister will be able to devise an effective plan and modus operandi to make highways safe and deal with road hogs severely.
When all said and done, first and foremost Mr. Obaidul Quader’s singular target should be to discipline automobile drivers many of whom do not possess genuine driving license. So be it.
But here it is quite relevant to recall that a shipping minister’s job is to look after national waterways where hundreds of people perished in maritime disasters. Shipping minister Shahjahan Khan has often been busy with sundry other extraneous irrelevant assignments like threatening to stop supply of food to Opposition BNP chief Khaleda’s office and urging Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to immediately arrest the BNP Chairperson in 2015.
Some years ago Shahjahan Khan was reported to have applied pressure on the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority to get 10 thousand driving licenses WITHOUT mandatory driving test! After that too Khan was reported to have demanded 24,000 thousand more driving licenses without test, ignoring the very fact that every holder of such license could be a potential killer.
Therefore, the task will be easier said than done because there is major stumbling block.

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Nepalese Prime Minister’s strategic visit to India

Barrister Harun ur Rashid
 
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal of Nepal who has been on a four-day state visit to India, paid a courtesy call on Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on 16th September. During the meeting held at the Rastrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, the two discussed issues relating to mutual interests and relations between Nepal and India. Also reportedly discussed were the matters related to President Mukherjee’s purported Nepal visit in near future.
Dhahal once led the Moaoist rebels in Nepal and was known as “Prachanda” because of his fierce opposition and fight against the monarchy. Everyone expected that his first visit as second time Prime Minister would be China but he chose India this time.
 
Modi-Dahal talks
Earlier, Prime Minister Dahal had held a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Nepal’s new prime minister said during his visit to New Delhi that he was trying to “bring everyone on board” with a divisive new national constitution that has caused tensions with his country’s closest ally India.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said his government wanted the constitution to work for all sections of Nepali society, after months of deadly protests last year by the Madhesi minority Nepali Hindus living near the Indo-Nepalese border in the south over fears it would leave them politically marginalized.
“You are aware that my government has made serious efforts to bring everyone on board as we enter the phase of implementation of the constitution in the interest of all segments of Nepalese society,” Dahal said after talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi said Nepal should “successfully implement the constitution through inclusive dialogue, accommodating the aspirations of all sections of a diverse society.
Nepal’s previous administration had accused India of imposing an “unofficial blockade” on the landlocked nation in support of the Madhesis, who share close cultural, linguistic and family links with Indians across the border.
But Dahal’s trip to New Delhi ­ his first foreign visit since taking office­ is seen as an attempt to heal ties with India.  Landlocked Nepal depends heavily on its southern neighbour practically for everything including fuel and also needs access to India’s ports for its foreign trade.
In Nepal there has been a quick succession of Prime Ministers because of political instability. Some journalists thought that “anarchy” was established in the country after abolishing “monarchy”.
 
Implementation will take years
The deal among the parties on the framework of the Constitution:
Although  on 8th June, 2015 after almost a decade, Nepal’s major political parties (the Nepali Congress, Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist), United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the Terai-based Madhesi Front) reached an accord, agreeing to a federal model with eight provinces that would allow them to form a government involving all major parties.
As agreed, the lower house of Parliament will have 275 seats with 60 per cent (165 seats) directly elected and 40 per cent (110 seats) elected through proportional representation system, while the upper house will have 35 members elected through proportional representation system. A constitutional court will also be set up for 10 years to resolve constitutional disputes.
The pact agreed to be formalised by the Constituent Assembly.  The Assembly would open a process for public comment, and then vote on the draft.
The boundaries of eight provinces which have not been named have to be delineated, leaving unclear how much power will accrue to small, marginalised ethnic groups of the eight provinces. A federal commission would take up the task of mapping the provinces, a process that could last years, according to informed observers.
The political parties had to agree to a constitution after the deadly quakes in April that claimed nearly 9,000 lives in the country.  Analysts say that the disaster generated pressure to the parties to come to a deal, otherwise Nepalese people would not forget and forgive the politicians.
 
A new beginning
Political leaders, civil society and armed forces in Nepal are required to take into account that they face a new challenge where cooperation and unity of purpose will be required at all levels to restore confidence of the public to the new political system.  Kanak Mani Dixit, the founding editor of Himal Southasian magazine and a prominent political commentator, said the decision has been to put off on the most vexing problems ­ the mapping and naming of the new provinces.   However he said “If this will get us ahead on a road to a constitution which will give us a modicum of political stability for reconstruction, well, this is probably the best we could ask for” Since 2008, after abolishing monarchy, Nepal has gone through a rapid and unprecedented transformation in its political history. For the first time, the Himalayan nation of about 28 million has turned into a secular democratic Republic. The total image and standing of Nepal has dramatically changed as people have struggled for democracy, sacrificed their precious lives and have eventually succeeded through their determination and courage.
The country is unfolding to a new environment and South Asian nations must be ready to ensure that a new Nepal is a positive factor within its political, economic and social environment at a time when the sub-region consisting of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal are going through a dramatic phase of cooperation including connectivity ushering in a new era of relationships.
 
The writer is former Bangladesh Ambassador to the UN, Geneva

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Barrister Harun ur Rashid
 
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal of Nepal who has been on a four-day state visit to India, paid a courtesy call on Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on 16th September. During the meeting held at the Rastrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, the two discussed issues relating to mutual interests and relations between Nepal and India. Also reportedly discussed were the matters related to President Mukherjee’s purported Nepal visit in near future.
Dhahal once led the Moaoist rebels in Nepal and was known as “Prachanda” because of his fierce opposition and fight against the monarchy. Everyone expected that his first visit as second time Prime Minister would be China but he chose India this time.
 
Modi-Dahal talks
Earlier, Prime Minister Dahal had held a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Nepal’s new prime minister said during his visit to New Delhi that he was trying to “bring everyone on board” with a divisive new national constitution that has caused tensions with his country’s closest ally India.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said his government wanted the constitution to work for all sections of Nepali society, after months of deadly protests last year by the Madhesi minority Nepali Hindus living near the Indo-Nepalese border in the south over fears it would leave them politically marginalized.
“You are aware that my government has made serious efforts to bring everyone on board as we enter the phase of implementation of the constitution in the interest of all segments of Nepalese society,” Dahal said after talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi said Nepal should “successfully implement the constitution through inclusive dialogue, accommodating the aspirations of all sections of a diverse society.
Nepal’s previous administration had accused India of imposing an “unofficial blockade” on the landlocked nation in support of the Madhesis, who share close cultural, linguistic and family links with Indians across the border.
But Dahal’s trip to New Delhi ­ his first foreign visit since taking office­ is seen as an attempt to heal ties with India.  Landlocked Nepal depends heavily on its southern neighbour practically for everything including fuel and also needs access to India’s ports for its foreign trade.
In Nepal there has been a quick succession of Prime Ministers because of political instability. Some journalists thought that “anarchy” was established in the country after abolishing “monarchy”.
 
Implementation will take years
The deal among the parties on the framework of the Constitution:
Although  on 8th June, 2015 after almost a decade, Nepal’s major political parties (the Nepali Congress, Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist), United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the Terai-based Madhesi Front) reached an accord, agreeing to a federal model with eight provinces that would allow them to form a government involving all major parties.
As agreed, the lower house of Parliament will have 275 seats with 60 per cent (165 seats) directly elected and 40 per cent (110 seats) elected through proportional representation system, while the upper house will have 35 members elected through proportional representation system. A constitutional court will also be set up for 10 years to resolve constitutional disputes.
The pact agreed to be formalised by the Constituent Assembly.  The Assembly would open a process for public comment, and then vote on the draft.
The boundaries of eight provinces which have not been named have to be delineated, leaving unclear how much power will accrue to small, marginalised ethnic groups of the eight provinces. A federal commission would take up the task of mapping the provinces, a process that could last years, according to informed observers.
The political parties had to agree to a constitution after the deadly quakes in April that claimed nearly 9,000 lives in the country.  Analysts say that the disaster generated pressure to the parties to come to a deal, otherwise Nepalese people would not forget and forgive the politicians.
 
A new beginning
Political leaders, civil society and armed forces in Nepal are required to take into account that they face a new challenge where cooperation and unity of purpose will be required at all levels to restore confidence of the public to the new political system.  Kanak Mani Dixit, the founding editor of Himal Southasian magazine and a prominent political commentator, said the decision has been to put off on the most vexing problems ­ the mapping and naming of the new provinces.   However he said “If this will get us ahead on a road to a constitution which will give us a modicum of political stability for reconstruction, well, this is probably the best we could ask for” Since 2008, after abolishing monarchy, Nepal has gone through a rapid and unprecedented transformation in its political history. For the first time, the Himalayan nation of about 28 million has turned into a secular democratic Republic. The total image and standing of Nepal has dramatically changed as people have struggled for democracy, sacrificed their precious lives and have eventually succeeded through their determination and courage.
The country is unfolding to a new environment and South Asian nations must be ready to ensure that a new Nepal is a positive factor within its political, economic and social environment at a time when the sub-region consisting of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal are going through a dramatic phase of cooperation including connectivity ushering in a new era of relationships.
 
The writer is former Bangladesh Ambassador to the UN, Geneva

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Illegal foreign nationals must be identified
A.M.K. Chowdhury
 
Some foreigners are unlawfully residing in Bangladesh for years together. They came to Bangladesh on tourist visa. Then they worked in different commercial organisations and are residing here. Most of them are working in garment factories, buying houses, advertising agencies and foreign companies. They are from India, Sri Lanka and European countries. Most of them remit money back home through ‘Hundi’ system, an informal channel of transferring money.
A news report said that Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told parliament that at present one lakh 12 thousand and 485 foreigners are working in Bangladesh. Of them 910 foreigners are residing illegally. The time allowed in their visas has expired. Special Branch (SB) maintain the list of illegal foreigners.
 
Foreigners remit $ 4 billion from Bangladesh every year
The minister also said some 20 thousand 656 Indians are working in different organizations, industries, development project and in power sector in the counry. (see The Daily Naya Diganta, dated July 1,2016). Another news report said Awami League (AL) joint secretary Mahbub-Ul –Alam Hanif proposed introduction of income taxes on foreign nationals earning in Bangladesh. Hanif said that foreign experts take away some $ 4 (four) billion as expert allowance from the country every year.”
Income tax evasion by foreigners must be stopped. Appointment of foreign experts indiscriminately must also be topped,” he added.
Hanif suggested that Bangladesh could impose 25 per cent income tax on foreign experts and earn some 8,000 (eight thousand) crore from the foreigners yearly. (see The New Age, dated June 23, 2016). We hope National Board of Revenue (NBR) will look into it and do the needful in this regard.
 
Various misdeeds by foreign nationals
Some foreign nationals were allegedly involved in various misdeeds in collaboration with Bangladeshi nationals.They earn money deceiving innocent people. According to a news report Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) – 2 arrested six people including four Nigerians from Lalmatia in the city for selling fake herbal seeds named ‘Bio Livia.’ They sold 59 seeds at Tk. 3 lakh to one Mehdi Hasan who later filed a fraud case.
These Nigerians arrested are : Moduvuike Onyeskachi, Nwesu Chimezie, Opara MeDonald and MaduvuikeChristian and Bangladeshi national Sayed Taslim Shadat Wasti and a womanSayema Saidur Bristi alias Sonia. They launched attractive advertisement of aphrodisiac herbal seeds ‘Bio Livia’ in online media and deceived innocent people. (see The Daily Observer, dated June 4, 2016)
Another news report said law enforcers arrested a Chinese national named Zou Jian Hui, 38, from the Elephant Road, Prime Bank A.T.M. (automatic teller machine) booth. The security guard at the ATM confined him inside the booth having seen him taking so much time than usual and called on the bank authority. After getting information RAB – 2 and police rushed to the spot and arrested him. Zou Jian Hui withdrew a sum of Tk. 66,000 using two ATM cards of the Middle – East based foreign bank.
 
ATM forgers withdrew Tk. 575,000
It also said ATM forgers withdrew Tk. 575,000 from three booths of Prime Bank in the city. The digital bank burglars pumped out the money from Elephant Road, Farmgate and Panthapath booths within a short time from 6.20 a.m. to 6.40 a.m. They drew Tk. 310,000 from Panthapath booth, Tk. 199,000 from Farmgate booth and Tk. 66,000 from Elephant Road booth. They used 11 ATM cards of Middle East – based bank. (see The Financial Express, dated May 19, 2016)
Another news report said some $176 billion equivalent to Tk. 13732 crore in 2012, $60 equivalent to Tk, 4630 crore in 2011, Taka 20 thousand 576 crore in 2006, Taka 18 thousand 794 crore in 2007 was siphoned off out of Bangladesh. (see The Bangladesh Pratidin, dated December 18, 2014.
A news report said some $966 crore equivalent to Taka 75 thousand crore in 2013 and $587 crore 70 lakh was siphoned off out of Bangladesh in last 10 years. The money was laundered through informal channels to Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Malayasia, Switzerland, South Africa and Philippines. (see The Daily Naya Diganta, dated March 3, 2016).
 
Transferring $400 crore every year
Another news report said foreign nationals who are working in Bangladesh are transferring $400 crore equivalent to Taka 32 thousand crore every year. (see The Daily Naya Diganta, dated March 28,2016).
A news report said police arrested six persons including a German national Piotr Szczepan Mazurek and three officials 0f City Bank for stealing Tk. 24 lakhs from six ATM booths at Eastern Bank, City Bank and United Commercial Bank in the city. The money was withdrawn by using duplicate cards collecting information of clients’ cards and PIN (Personal Identification Number) numbers through installing video camera and skimming devices. (see The Daily Naya Diganta, dated March 7, 2016)
Another news report said more than two lakh foreign nationals are residing in Bangladesh. Of them 71 in Bangladesh. (see The Daily Naya Diganta, dated May 24, 2016)
A news report said RAB arrested 10 counterfeit currency note makers and suppliers from the city. Of them seven are from Cameroon and two from Congo. (see The Bangladesh Pratidin, dated August 10, 2016)
Another news report said police detained 44 Nepali nationals from Mirpur area in the city as they did not have any legal document for staying in Bangladesh. Around 10,000 Nepalis have been staying illegally since their visas expired. (The Daily Observer, dated August 5, 2016)
The government should take effective measures to find out foreign nationals who are residing illegally and are involved in various crimes. Priority to appointment of Bangladeshis should be given if they are found efficient and competent than the people of other countries.
 

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A.M.K. Chowdhury
 
Some foreigners are unlawfully residing in Bangladesh for years together. They came to Bangladesh on tourist visa. Then they worked in different commercial organisations and are residing here. Most of them are working in garment factories, buying houses, advertising agencies and foreign companies. They are from India, Sri Lanka and European countries. Most of them remit money back home through ‘Hundi’ system, an informal channel of transferring money.
A news report said that Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told parliament that at present one lakh 12 thousand and 485 foreigners are working in Bangladesh. Of them 910 foreigners are residing illegally. The time allowed in their visas has expired. Special Branch (SB) maintain the list of illegal foreigners.
 
Foreigners remit $ 4 billion from Bangladesh every year
The minister also said some 20 thousand 656 Indians are working in different organizations, industries, development project and in power sector in the counry. (see The Daily Naya Diganta, dated July 1,2016). Another news report said Awami League (AL) joint secretary Mahbub-Ul –Alam Hanif proposed introduction of income taxes on foreign nationals earning in Bangladesh. Hanif said that foreign experts take away some $ 4 (four) billion as expert allowance from the country every year.”
Income tax evasion by foreigners must be stopped. Appointment of foreign experts indiscriminately must also be topped,” he added.
Hanif suggested that Bangladesh could impose 25 per cent income tax on foreign experts and earn some 8,000 (eight thousand) crore from the foreigners yearly. (see The New Age, dated June 23, 2016). We hope National Board of Revenue (NBR) will look into it and do the needful in this regard.
 
Various misdeeds by foreign nationals
Some foreign nationals were allegedly involved in various misdeeds in collaboration with Bangladeshi nationals.They earn money deceiving innocent people. According to a news report Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) – 2 arrested six people including four Nigerians from Lalmatia in the city for selling fake herbal seeds named ‘Bio Livia.’ They sold 59 seeds at Tk. 3 lakh to one Mehdi Hasan who later filed a fraud case.
These Nigerians arrested are : Moduvuike Onyeskachi, Nwesu Chimezie, Opara MeDonald and MaduvuikeChristian and Bangladeshi national Sayed Taslim Shadat Wasti and a womanSayema Saidur Bristi alias Sonia. They launched attractive advertisement of aphrodisiac herbal seeds ‘Bio Livia’ in online media and deceived innocent people. (see The Daily Observer, dated June 4, 2016)
Another news report said law enforcers arrested a Chinese national named Zou Jian Hui, 38, from the Elephant Road, Prime Bank A.T.M. (automatic teller machine) booth. The security guard at the ATM confined him inside the booth having seen him taking so much time than usual and called on the bank authority. After getting information RAB – 2 and police rushed to the spot and arrested him. Zou Jian Hui withdrew a sum of Tk. 66,000 using two ATM cards of the Middle – East based foreign bank.
 
ATM forgers withdrew Tk. 575,000
It also said ATM forgers withdrew Tk. 575,000 from three booths of Prime Bank in the city. The digital bank burglars pumped out the money from Elephant Road, Farmgate and Panthapath booths within a short time from 6.20 a.m. to 6.40 a.m. They drew Tk. 310,000 from Panthapath booth, Tk. 199,000 from Farmgate booth and Tk. 66,000 from Elephant Road booth. They used 11 ATM cards of Middle East – based bank. (see The Financial Express, dated May 19, 2016)
Another news report said some $176 billion equivalent to Tk. 13732 crore in 2012, $60 equivalent to Tk, 4630 crore in 2011, Taka 20 thousand 576 crore in 2006, Taka 18 thousand 794 crore in 2007 was siphoned off out of Bangladesh. (see The Bangladesh Pratidin, dated December 18, 2014.
A news report said some $966 crore equivalent to Taka 75 thousand crore in 2013 and $587 crore 70 lakh was siphoned off out of Bangladesh in last 10 years. The money was laundered through informal channels to Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Malayasia, Switzerland, South Africa and Philippines. (see The Daily Naya Diganta, dated March 3, 2016).
 
Transferring $400 crore every year
Another news report said foreign nationals who are working in Bangladesh are transferring $400 crore equivalent to Taka 32 thousand crore every year. (see The Daily Naya Diganta, dated March 28,2016).
A news report said police arrested six persons including a German national Piotr Szczepan Mazurek and three officials 0f City Bank for stealing Tk. 24 lakhs from six ATM booths at Eastern Bank, City Bank and United Commercial Bank in the city. The money was withdrawn by using duplicate cards collecting information of clients’ cards and PIN (Personal Identification Number) numbers through installing video camera and skimming devices. (see The Daily Naya Diganta, dated March 7, 2016)
Another news report said more than two lakh foreign nationals are residing in Bangladesh. Of them 71 in Bangladesh. (see The Daily Naya Diganta, dated May 24, 2016)
A news report said RAB arrested 10 counterfeit currency note makers and suppliers from the city. Of them seven are from Cameroon and two from Congo. (see The Bangladesh Pratidin, dated August 10, 2016)
Another news report said police detained 44 Nepali nationals from Mirpur area in the city as they did not have any legal document for staying in Bangladesh. Around 10,000 Nepalis have been staying illegally since their visas expired. (The Daily Observer, dated August 5, 2016)
The government should take effective measures to find out foreign nationals who are residing illegally and are involved in various crimes. Priority to appointment of Bangladeshis should be given if they are found efficient and competent than the people of other countries.
 

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