Dhaka, Apr 26 (UNB) – Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Friday urged people to play the role of a watchdog as owner of the country to protect their constitutional rights and make the government accountable.
“The constitution has guaranteed people’s rights as owner of the country. We must get organised and guard our rights,” said.
Dr Kamal came up with the remarks while speaking at the inaugural session of Gonoforum’s fifth national council.
He said no one, including the President and the Prime Minister, is above the constitution. “We must register our protest if anything is done beyond the constitution. We must make the government accountable. Or else, we’ll lose our ownership of the country.”
The Gonoforum chief said people must remain aware about the way the country is being run. “We’ll have to be careful so that the police play its due role. All must discharge their duties obeying the constitution.”
Dr Kamal said the police can help ensure democratic and constitutional rule in the country by playing its proper role.
As the owners of the country, he said people have some responsibilities to enjoy their ownership “We must get organised and play an active role in ensuring good governance and the rule of law in the country.”
The Gonoforum president said people will have to force the government to run the country as per the constitution with their united efforts.
Depicting the country’s overall situation, Dr Kamal urged people not to get frustrated. “The victory of people is certain.“
The council began at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the morning with party president Dr Kamal Hossain in the chair.
Dr Kamal together with party senior leaders inaugurated the council by hoisting the national and Gonoforum flags around 10am.
Several hundred party delegates from across the country joined the event.
The last council of Gonoforum was held on December 10, 2011.
Dhaka, Apr 25 (UNB)- Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has been directed to conduct a feasibility study on the radiation level emitted from mobile towers and its effect on public health and environment.
A High Court bench comprising Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir on Thursday asked BTRC to submit the study report within four months following a writ petition filed by a local rights organization Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh in 2012.
Deputy Attorney General Qazi Zinat Haque represented the state while Advocate Manzil Murshid, Ripon Baroi and Sanjay Mondol represented the petitioner and Khandaker Reza-E-Rakib represented BTRC.
The court also served an 11-point directive regarding the towers that are a key feature of the entire telecommunications infrastructure these days:- to limit emission level of radiation to 0.1, to avoid rooftops of residential buildings, schools and colleges, hospitals, clinics, jails, playgrounds, heritage and archaeological areas while installing mobile towers; take security measures to prevent excessive radiation emission; make the BTRC and license owners independently measure radiation in compliance with ITU and IEC codes; replace towers that emit excessive radiation with new ones and so on.
HRPB filed the writ petition as public interest litigation with the High Court seeking its directives following a media report on the detrimental effects by mobile towers installed on the roofs of residential buildings and offices.