Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Aug 2015 – The security for Helen Garlick and the SIPT will not be the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, the Governor’s Office does not say who will get the job, but we did hear from His Excellency that he sees the current compliment of local officers as ‘stretched’. The Governor responded to a series of Magnetic Media questions following his statement explaining why he will take the CFO’s advice and pursue getting $2.2 million in the Budget Supplementary for security for the SIPT despite disagreement of the move by the Cabinet. While the Governor will not elaborate on the specific threats to Helen Garlick and her team, nor will he detail who will be hired; he does say he does not believe it is appropriate to report on the finances while the trial is ongoing. “Once the trial has been concluded, there should be a transparent breakdown of these costs providing as much detail as possible. It is not appropriate to release figures of this nature while the trial process is ongoing.”H.E. agreed with the Premier that there should be a report; but is convinced that should come later. We also asked the Governor why he would bypass the democratic process of debate in the House of Assembly, he said: “The UK respects the views of those who have been elected to govern in the territory to the greatest extent possible. Instructing the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to arrange a special appropriation is not taken lightly and is only done in extremis.” It was also said, but not expounded upon that the $2.2 million will be sufficient; the figure is nearly cut in half from the original request of $4.3 million. Related Items:governor peter beckingham, Helen garlick, Sipt TCI: Judge rules there is ‘a case’; all nine defendants will go to trial in September More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again DR wants consulate office in TCI
The government on Thursday said prices of pulses were easing as per reports from states due to de-hoarding operations and arrival of fresh crop, but a look at the retail rates reveal that this daily source of protein continues to remain dear.”Retail prices of pulses have registered declining trends as per market reports from the states. Release of pulses seized under de-hoarding operations is being expedited,” the ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution said in a statement.”Arrival of new crop has also started. This will help to moderate prices further,” it said, adding that Tur or Arhar dal was cheaper by as much as 3.59 percent in the past week alone at Rs.152.11 per kg on November 18, against Rs.157.77 before that.Similarly, it said the price of Urad dal was down by 6.08 percent — from Rs.150.43 a week ago to Rs.141.28 on Wednesday.But at the retail level, the government’s claims did not appear to hold ground.At the Big Basket online retail store, Tur dal was quoting way above at Rs.201 per kg and Rs.375 for a two-kg bag.Reliance Fresh also priced its Tur dal at a price of Rs.219 per kg.At other retail stores, prices fluctuated anywhere between Rs.190 and Rs.230 per kg.Even the commerce ministry data on wholesale price index for October, released on Monday showed that the pulses remained dearer by 52.98 percent over the past year.Even when compared with the previous month, there was a spike of 9.17 percent.The build-up during the current fiscal year, that is since April 2015, has also been rather steep at 41.45 percent.Similarly, data on consumer price index released by the ministry of statistics and programme implementation showed a 22.24 percent inflation rate of pulses as on July 2015, compared to the previous year.The consumer affairs ministry also said thousands of tonnes of pulses had been seized under the de-hoarding operations by the states, which were auctioned or offloaded in the market to increase availability.Curiously, while data released on November 12 said 1,33,828.31 tonnes had been seized, that released six days later showed a lower quantity of 1,32,777.14 tonnes had been confiscated.At the same time, the prices of some other items of mass consumption — onions and tomatoes — were rocketing.On Wednesday, Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha reviewed the prices and availability of essential commodities, especially pulses, tomatoes, onions and edible oils in an inter-ministerial meeting.”It was observed that the increase in prices of tomatoes and onions is largely on account of disruption of supplies due to heavy rains in the southern states which is expected to be temporary,” a press note issued after the review said.”The situation is expected to ease in the coming days,” the statement added.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on way to a makeshift court at the abandoned central jail from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on Thursday. Photo: Sajid HossainBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was taken to a makeshift court at the abandoned central jail from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Thursday to be produced before it for hearing of Niko graft case.A black SUV carrying Khaleda reached the old central jail in the capital’s Nazimuddin Road around 11:40am, reports news agency UNB, quoting jail sources.Following the hearing, she will be taken back to the jail, they said.Several police vehicles escorted her to the abandoned central jail from the hospital in the morning.On Wednesday, the law ministry issued a gazette notification saying that the trial of Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia and others accused in the Niko corruption case will be held at a makeshift court in Old Dhaka central jail.The ministry issued the gazette notification transferring the court citing security reasons.According to the gazette, room no 7 of the old central jail’s administration building will be the venue for the makeshift court.Meanwhile, a huge number of police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Detective Branch (DB) of police and Ansar members were deployed in and around Nazimuddin Road to maintain law and order as well as security.Khaleda Zia was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) after prison authorities shifted her there from jail on 6 October for better treatment in response to a court order.On 4 October, the High Court directed the government to immediately admit Khaleda Zia to the BSMMU and form a 5-member medical board afresh for her treatment.Khaleda Zia was in the abandoned Dhaka central jail at Nazimuddin Road since she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on 8 February this year.