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Bill okayed to ensure standardised Bangla spelling

Times National Desk - January 1st, 2013

The cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft of the Bangla Academy Bill, 2012 bringing new responsibilities of the academy under a legal framework as well as making its existing law time-befitting.
The approval was given at the regular weekly meeting of the cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan briefed reporters. Musharraf said the existing law, ‘The Bengali Academy Ordinance 1978, which was amended in 1983, is in English and the proposed law will be in Bangla.
The cabinet secretary said the new responsibilities of the academy which were brought under the legal framework with the proposed law include ensuring standardised spelling method of (Promito Bebohar) Bangla, taking advice from experts in important academic matters and invitation of foreign writers and researchers to excel the language.
The cabinet also endorsed the draft of ‘the Bangladesh Rubber Board Act, 2012 aimed at encouraging rubber cultivation in the country as well as development of the industry.
Under the proposed law, he said there will be a board of directors headed by a fulltime chairman to flourish the organisational structure.
Representatives from different ministries, Chittagong Hill Tracts
Development Board, Chitagong Hill Tracts Regional Council, Forest Department and entrepreneurs and rubber cultivators will be incorporated in the board.
The chairman of the board will be a joint secretary of the government.
Once enacted, the cabinet secretary said the law would play an important role in development of rubber cultivation.
The cabinet also gave a nod to a proposal for signing an agreement with Russia on visa waiver for the officials and diplomatic passport holders of both the countries.
A report on the participation of the environment and forests minister in the 18th meetings of the Conference of Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol held in Doha from November 26-December 8 this year was placed before the cabinet.
Besides, the cabinet was apprised about participations of Bangladesh delegation, headed by the state minister for energy, power and mineral resources in the Green Energy Summit at the World Green Energy Forum -2012 held in Korea and the visit of the State Minister Japan on September 14.
Cabinet members, the advisers to the prime minister, state ministers and secretaries concerned were present at the meeting.