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Wednesday, July 13, 2011Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The cabinet yesterday approved in principle the draft of the Human Trafficking Prevention and Curb Act, 2011 with a provision of death penalty.
It also endorsed the draft of the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Act, 2011 in a bid to prevent all kinds of terrorism in the country.
The approvals came at the weekly cabinet meeting at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The anti-human trafficking act has been enacted in conformity with the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act, 2000, prime minister's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad told newsmen after the meeting.
The other punishment for human trafficking will be a life term or a fine of Tk5 lakh or both, he noted adding, the government alone cannot stop human trafficking without cooperation from other countries.
The council of ministers emphasised collaboration between public and private organisations to stop the crime.
The Anti-terrorism Act, 2009 has been amended further to prevent terrorism like killing, threatening, carrying or possessing illegal arms and ammunition, abduction, creating panic, using Bangladesh's soil for carrying out terrorist activities in or outside the country, mentioned the press secretary.
Bangladesh would not allow an inch of its soil for terror activities against any of its neighbours, the premier told the meeting.
The cabinet also gave the nod to private companies to set up duty-free shops at international air, sea and land ports in the country.