Vol. 5 Num 277 Tue. March 08, 2005  
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More changes in admin

The government yesterday brought further changes at different levels of the administration and made fresh appointments.

According to an official announcement, Secretary in-charge of the Ministry of Information Zafar Ahmed Chowdhury, who was also holding the charge of director general of Bangladesh Television, has been transferred to the Ministry of Environment and Forest.

Chairman of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation Mahbubur Rahman has been made secretary in-charge of the Ministry of Information.

Former additional secretary Ferdous Ara Begum, who was made officer on special duty (OSD), has been made director general of BTV.

Ferdous Ara, who is wife of the prime minister's Press Secretary Tajul Islam, was promoted to the post of joint secretary under the president's quota immediately after the BNP-led coalition came to power. She was promoted to the post of additional secretary last year again under the president's quota. Both the times, she was promoted despite her failure to fulfil the normal promotion criteria, official sources said.

Ferdous Ara was posted at the Economic Relations Division (ERD) as additional secretary but her posting was cancelled within a few days as the finance ministry declined to accept her in the ministry, the sources mentioned.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Abdul Momen has been appointed executive director of Dhaka Transport Coordination Board. Saifuddin Ahmed, newly promoted joint secretary and private secretary to the LGRD and Cooperatives minister, has replaced Momen as CEO of the DCC. He is among the 61 newly promoted joint secretaries who got posting first.

Director of the now defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption Mujibur Rahman Hawlader has now become joint secretary at the Ministry of Establishment and deputy secretary at Parliament Secretariat Afzal Hossain has become chief metropolitan magistrate of Rajshahi.

Meanwhile, seven deputy commissioners and four additional commissioners, promoted to the post of joint secretary on March 5, have been asked to continue in their respective posts until further orders.