Vol. 4 Num 173 Mon. November 17, 2003  
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4 bills placed as JS session starts

Four new bills were placed in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday when the 10th session of parliament began amid boycott by the Awami League (AL).

The opening got off without a quorum crisis for the first time with Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar making a fresh call to the AL to join the House.

However, the AL brushed aside the request and stuck to its previous stance.

"I urge the main opposition to join parliament to honour the confidence people bestowed on them," Sircar said.

Briefing newspersons at his parliament chamber yesterday, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Abdul Hamid reiterated the allegation that the Speaker and Deputy Speaker were responsible for the current stalemate by allowing the alliance lawmakers to utter 'filthy words' in the House.

"The Speaker is yet to assure us that the treasury bench members will no more fling abusive remarks at the opposition," he said.

The AL has been boycotting parliament since June 25 protesting a state minister's 'derogatory remarks' against the leader of the opposition.

The Code of Civil Procedure (Second Amendment) (Amendment) Ordinance, 2003 was placed in the House yesterday.

After the question hour, Law Minister Moudud Ahmed introduced a bill titled "The Code of Civil Procedure (Third Amendement) Bill, 2003". The bill aims at preventing filing of false cases and helping quick disposals of civil suits.

The amendment proposes a fine of Tk 20,000 instead of Tk 5,000 for filing false cases.

Telecommunications Minister Aminul Haq introduced a bill titled 'Bangladesh Employees' Welfare Board Bill, 2003' that aims to allow more facilities for government employees and their dependants. It proposed to form a Bangladesh Government Employees Welfare Board.

State Minister for Communi-cations Salahudin Ahmed introduced a bill titled "The Insurance (Amendment) Act, 2003" on behalf of Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury. The bill aims to reduce foreign aid dependency and increase revenue from domestic sources.

State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources AKM Mosharaf Hossain introduced the Bangladesh Petroleum Institute Bill, 2003. It aims to set up an institute in Dhaka to create skilled human resources in oil, gas and mineral resources sectors and to conduct research activities. The institute will offer diploma and certificate courses and will act as a reference centre for petroleum and mineral resources related information.

All the bills were sent to the parliamentary standing committees for scrutiny.

The House also adopted the obituary reference on the deaths of former legislative assembly members Nabab Ali Yeaur Khan and Mohammad Hashem, former lawmakers M Hasan Ali Talukdar and Mohammad Harun-or-Rashid Khan.

The House sits at 10:00 this morning.

The session will run till November 19.