BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir briefs newsmen after BNP’s scheduled dialogue with the election commission at the commission secretariat in Agargaon on Sunday. Photo: Prothom Alo Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday expressed optimism about resolution to the countrys prolonged political impasse through talks.After joining a scheduled dialogue with the election commission, the BNP, which boycotted controversial ballot in 2014, observed that the commission has little to do in ensuring free and fair polls.Read more: EC’s dialogue with BNP beginsIn the current political order, the EC does not have much to do. Still, weve been optimistic a bit after talks, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told newsmen at Nirbachan Bhaban (Election Building).He claimed that the commission, too, admitted its limitations with regard to the BNPs emphasis on political dialogue and election-time government.Read more: ‘Fair polls possible only if govt in place wants’ They will try their best to do something within their limitations, Fakhrul said of the ECs position on ensuring credible general elections.The BNP secretary general led a party delegation at the dialogue and presented a 20-point demand at the dialogue. Chief election commission KM Nurul Huda chaired the meeting.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) conducts drive in Max Hospital in Mehedibagh area of Chattogram on 8 July after a child, Raifa Khan, 3, died from wrong treatment in the hospital. Photo: Prothom AloThe High Court on Monday said calling a strike at hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres by doctors to justify their mistakes is unethical, reports UNB.”To err is human. Doctors are not gods. Committing mistakes is not unethical. But calling a strike to justify the mistake is unethical,” it said.A bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the observations while hearing a rule.Mentioning that people go to three types of professionals — police, lawyer and doctor — when they are in any danger, the court said they would suffer if the professionalism is ruined by some miscreants.Raifa Khan, 3, daughter of Rubel Khan, staff reporter of vernacular daily the Daily Samakal, died thanks to wrong treatment at Max Hospital in the port city of Chattogram on 29 June.On 7 July, two physicians of the hospital were dismissed as two probe committees found their negligence in the treatment of the minor girl.Doctors at private hospitals and clinics went on an indefinite strike on Sunday protesting at the drive at different private clinics and hospitals by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) following Raifa’s death.However, they called off their strike on Monday.”Though we’ve many renowned physicians and a rich healthcare system in the country, many people go abroad for treatment due to medical malpractices and in the process, a large amount of foreign currencies are spent,” the HC bench said.The court came up with the observation while hearing a rule issued over the incident where 20 people lost their eyesight following surgeries at a health centre in Chuadanga on 5 March.The bench asked the director general of the Directorate General of Health Services to submit a report before it by 6 July, specifying the reasons for losing the eyesight of 20 people.The victims lost their vision after surgeries at the Impact Masudul Haque Memorial Community Health Centre (IMHMCHC) in Chuadanga on 5 March, said a report published on Bangla daily Samakal on 29 March.Following a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Amit Das Gupta, the HC on 1 April issued the rule asking the director and a physician of IMHMCHC in Chuadanga to explain why they should not be directed to give Tk 20 crore in compensation to 20 people who lost their eyesight.