The cabinet on Tuesday gave final approval to the drafts of Securities and Exchange Commission (Amendment) Act 2012 empowering the SEC to form tribunal.
It also endorsed the draft of Securities Exchange (Amendment) Act 2012, Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters after a regular cabinet meeting held at the Cabinet Division of Bangladesh Secretariat.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting. During the meeting, the cabinet members also approved in principle The Exchange (Demutualisation) Act 2011 and Power and Energy Fast Supply Enhancement (Special Provision) (Amendment) Act 2012, Musharraf said.
International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Tuesday permitted 12 witnesses to defend Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam for his alleged crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Liberation War.
The tribunal also asked the defence lawyer to submit a list of the witnesses before it within October 14. The three-member tribunal headed by Justice Md Nizamul Huq came up with the order following a prosecution petition.
The prosecution on Monday submitted a petition before the court seeking cancellation of defence witnesses' list that contains the names of 2,939 people.
Ghulam Azam was arrested and sent to jail on January 11 for his alleged crimes against humanity. He is charged for committing crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes in 1971.
Law enforcers have made significant progress in the investigation into the murder of journalist couple Sagar and Runi, the police chief told a parliamentary body on Tuesday.
Inspector General of Police Hassan Mahmud Khandaker, however, declined to elaborate the progress to the parliamentary standing committee on home ministry.
Sagar Sarowar, news editor at private TV channel Maasranga, and his wife Meherun Runi, senior reporter at ATN Bangla, were found murdered on February 11 in their rented flat at West Rajabazar in the capital.
Mokhlesur Rahman, director general of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), informed the parliamentary watchdog that they do not have any progress about missing BNP leader M Ilias Ali. The DG also admitted that there is no development into the Saudi diplomat murder case.
Junior law minister Qamrul Islam on Friday said the cases against the senior leaders and activists of opposition BNP were filed based on specific charges.
"Those are not harassment cases. All are equal in the eyes of law. T(e law will be applied equally for all including the political activists," he said at a discussion at Dhaka Reporters Unity in the capital.
Police filed two cases on Apr 29 accusing several senior leaders of BNP-led opposition alliance over bomb explosions at the Secretariat and torching of vehicles in front of the Prime Minister's Office during the opposition-enforced countrywide lockdown.
The opposition enforced five days of countrywide shutdowns over the last two weeks protesting the alleged 'abduction' of one of BNP's organising secretaries Ilias Ali.
%0yReferring to those incidents, Qamrul on Friday said, "As they were hampering the people's safety, the government had to take stern measures to ensure security of the people."
The Awami League leader said BNP enforced general strikes during HSC examinations which did not happen in the last 40 years. He also hinted that the opposition could be behind Ilias's disappearance. He also said 'militants or personal vendetta' could also be responsible for this.