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Law enforcement agencies follow different strategies to gather intelligence on the perpetrators including war criminals, listed terrorists, militants, and drug peddlers.After thorough revise, reports from grassroots are forwarded to the Police Headquarters' (HQ) Crime Management branch for documentation.
In addition to police's different units, the NTMC, too, carries out duty to prevent misuse of technology.
“Technological misuse has been increased due to fast and uncontrolled flow of information," said Brigadier General Ziaul Ahsan.
"The NTMC's platforms are used to provide law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies including National Security Intelligence with information and technological assistant on terrorists,” said Ahsan, who heads the NTMC.
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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has launched mobile tracking to secretly search for government officials involved in bribery and corruption, to identify their movements and locations.
According to sources, ACC has already collected corruption data of many government officials and non-government personnels through surveillance and mobile tracking.
The list includes the names of at least fifty people, some of whom are representatives of the public, two UNOs, a controversial deputy commissioner, a dozen subregistrars, some secretarial staffs. There are also several cycles of misappropriation of job candidates in the name of job hiring.
It is reported that with the help of National Telecommunication Monitoring Center (NTMC), the ACC is conducting the entire work.
Information source- Daily Jugantar
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Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started raiding the suspects' phones. The agency has also received information on corruption of more than two hundred people through the sources of phone calls. In addition, several officers themselves are under surveillance.
The Anti-Corruption Commission had to rely on intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies to monitor suspected corrupt phones, monitor activities and locate the accused.
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The government today approved a proposal to purchase a Vehicle Mounted Data Interceptor for the National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre (NTMC) through Direct Purchase Method (DPM) for the sake of national security.The approval came from the 12th meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs held at the Cabinet Division with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.
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State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak made the announcement at a seminar styled “Growing Cyber Threats around the World and Preparedness for Bangladesh” held at Multipurpose Hall of the academic complex of MIST on Sunday (August 4). The seminar is jointly arranged by Armed Forces Division (AFD) and Department of CSE, MIST.
In this seminar Dr Syed Munir Khasru, chairman IPAG, Brig Gen Ziaul Ahsan, BPM (BAM), PPM (BAR), Director, NTMC, Engineer Tarique Barkatullah, Director Natioanl Data Center joined the panel discussion.
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Ziaul Ahsan said that cyber-attacks are not just about financial necessity or stealing information. Rather, a corporation chooses cyber-attacks to incite the general public to gain their own interests. About 25 percent of the Facebook IDs in Bangladesh are fake IDs.Through which propaganda is carried out. We have to be careful about this.
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A Dhaka court has ordered the arrest of suspended deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Mizanur Rahman in the bribery case filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC). On Sunday (Jul 21), the court of Dhaka Senior Special Judge KM Imrul Kayes passed the order.
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The case against Mizan and Basir is being filed due to the authenticity of the conversation with bribe transactions found in the forensic report from NTMC. After the investigation of the bribery scandal, the report may be submitted next week with the recommendation of the case.
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Shahbagh Police has said suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Mizanur Rahman will be produced before the Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge court on Tuesday.
"Mizan has been taken into custody according to the order of court. He will stay here at Shahbagh police station. We will produce him before the court tomorrow [Tuesday]," DMP Additional Commissioner of Police (Ramna Zone) HM Azimul Haque told Dhaka Tribune.
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After having thorogh examination NTMC (National Telecommunication Monitoring Center) forensic team presented the confirmation result of the audio record of bribe transactions between DIG Mizan and ACC director Enamul Basir on Tuesday afternoon to a ACC (Anti-corruption commision) team led by ACC chairman Iqbal Mahmud.
In connection with the ACC's complaint, RAB-2 and the National Telecommunication Monitoring Center (NTMC), both conducted a joint operation where a fake Anti Corruption Commision officer Najma (real name Raju Mia) was arrested.
Likewise, on Feb 2, in connection with the alleged involvement of the detective unit, RAB-2 and NTMC jointly conducted a operation where so called ACC officer Sirajul Islam orfe Haji Jahirul Huda (the real name Anisur Rahman Babul) was arrested from Hazaribagh area of Dhaka.
The ACC further said, bringing the Deceivers under the law is a complex process which the Commission operates relentlessly. However, there is no alternative to the awareness of the concerned people.
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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said law enforcement agencies are capable to control all sort of crimes including militancy and cross border crimes.
“Our law enforcement personnel are very much competent now. We are capable to face any kind of challenge, as we have achieved efficiency by exchanging intelligence information with other countries,” he said this, while witnessing ‘Annual Performance Agreement (APA)’ for 2019-20 financial year as the chief guest at the Secretariat.
In this program Director of NTMC has signed Annual Performance Agreement (APA) with Secretery to Public Security Division in the presence of Hon'ble Home Minister.
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Bangladesh has warned since the horrific terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka's church and elite hotel. The highest safety preparedness of all types is given in mind. All the ranges of the police headquarters, metropolitan police and district have been sent to the special message from the police headquarters. RAB headquarters also warned all their battalions. On the other hand, a list of people who participated in so-called militant activities in Bangladesh, including Syria, could not return to the country, has been sent to all the airports, land and seaports of the country.
Brigadier General Ziaul Ahsan, director of National Telecommunication and Monitoring Center, said, "Cyber world is not beyond our surveillance. We do not want to think that someone will be able to do anything beyond our surveillance. But still. "
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The National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre (NTMC) will soon be able to block and filter anti-government propaganda and other content to be used for criminal activities on the internet.
Officials at NTMC yesterday said a “Content Blocking and Filtering System” is now being implemented.
The NTMC made the disclosure during the visit of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan and chiefs of different law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
NTMC, which began its operation on January 1, 2017, has been monitoring all telecommunication service providers round the clock. Besides, work is on to implement Integrated Lawful Interception System (ILIS), the officials added.
NTMC, with the help of Facebook authorities, has closed 1,479 fake Facebook IDs, including 752 which were operating under the name of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and 141 used for militant activities.
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On 20th February 2019, along with Honorable Home Minister Asadduzzaman Khan Kamal, Secretary to the Department of Public Security and Secretaries to the other related ministries, Heads of all the law enforcing agencies and intelligence agencies of Bangladesh, had visited National Telecommunication Monitoring Center (NTMC).
During the visit a meeting was held in this regard between several law enforcement and intelligence agencies with Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal in the chair, at NTMC office.
In order to ensure the security of the country, NTMC Director, Brig Gen Ziaul Ahsan had briefed on the current activities of NTMC and the future plans in the meeting. Regarding the current activities, he informed that about two thousand fake Facebook IDs, pages and web sites were closed before and after the national election.
NTMC Director also said: “If a local police station is directly deals with Facebook concerning a fake Facebook ID, it is not fruitful. By sending us the information instead, we can act on their behalf in a centralized way.”
The National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre (NTMC) is seeking to bring all the information of government and non-governmental organizations, and telecommunication service providers, on a single platform.A meeting was held in this regard between several law enforcement and intelligence agencies with Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal in the chair, held at NTMC office in Tejgaon, Dhaka, on Wednesday.
Asaduzzaman Khan, after the meeting, said: “In this era of information technology, people are misusing digital media to commit crimes. At today’s meeting, we discussed the necessary tools required for the smooth functioning of the organization.”
NTMC Director, Brig Gen Ziaul Ahsan, said: “If a local police station is directly in touch with Facebook concerning a fake Facebook ID, it is not fruitful. By sending us the information instead, we can act on their behalf in a centralized way.”
When asked about phone leaks earlier in the election, he said: “NTMC did not have any involvement in those.”
When asked if the organization will record cell phone conversations of all citizens from now on, and how will the inf ...
The government has decided to strengthen the National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre (NTMC) to help it play a significant role in protecting the security of the country and its people.
The decision came from a meeting on Wednesday at the NTMC office in the city, which was attended by top officials of law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
Bangladesh set up the NTMC in 2013 under the Home Ministry as part of building digital Bangladesh, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told reporters.
He said various issues were discussed at the meeting. “We’ve decided to strengthen NTMC’s logistics and manpower.”
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NTMC Director Brig Gen Ziaul Ahsan on Thursday said a vested quarter has been actively circulating rumours and propaganda on social media, with the aim of tarnishing the image of the governmentThe government has blocked at least 752 Facebook IDs and 1,332 pages that were opened using the name of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reportedly to tarnish the image of the government.
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On November 13, the National Telecommunication Monitoring Center (NTMC) and Home Ministry's Security Services Division signed a bilateral agreement with the Ministry of Religions to ease the verfication of passports of pilgrims. In this case NTMC will be used as a central hub. Through the Middle Server set up at NTMC, the Ministry of Religions will be able to collect the necessary information of passport within a short period of time. It will be easier to verify the passport and visa process at the earliest time. Also, Hajj pilgrims registration with false information process can be easily identified.
Brigadier General Ziaul Ahsan, director of the National Telecommunication Monitoring Center (NTMC) said, Registration of Hajj pilgrims will be verified from NTMC.
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Brigadier General Ziaul Ahsan, Director, NTMC have congratulated Honerable Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina over the unprecedented third consecutive term in office she won in the 11th parliamentary election.
The prime minister also exchanged New Year’s greetings and described the election win as another ‘big victory’ in the Victory Month of December.
She said, "Bangladesh will be a non-communal spirit Bangladesh. There will be no place for war criminals, terrorism, militancy, drugs, corrupt people.
"We can fulfill the dreams of the Father of the Nation by building Bangladesh as a prosperous golden country."
The Election Commission has ordered the social media to be monitored for 24 hours to prevent 'rumors, propaganda and conspiracy' in front of the polls. After the meeting with the telecommunications sector regulator BTRC and the National Telecommunication Monitoring Center on Monday, EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmad told the information.
He said, "Using social media, including Facebook to question or debug propaganda, rumors, elections, voted 24 hours for the concerned organization."
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To attend a bilateral meeting on content blocking and filtering Grameenphone Chief Executive Michael Folly met with the director, NTMC Brigedier general Ziaul Ahsan today on 14 November2018.
Taking advantage of the rapid development of worldwide communication technology country's security system may be threatened due to its extreme misuse and to stop this NTMC has taken a program on Content blocking and filtering in various communication network.
In this program, due to the active participation of the mobile operators is needed, a bilateral meeting between Grameenphone's Chief Executive and the Director, NTMC was held in the NTMC premises.
Honorable Secretary of the Department of Public Safety, Mustafa Kamal Uddin visited NTMC today on 29th October, 2018. During the visit, he observed all the activities of NTMC and was impressed with the unprecedented development of this organization. At that time Director, NTMC and other senior officials of the Home Ministry were present. After the inspection the Secretary appreciated NTMC's commitment and effort for the nation and wishes it's all-round success.
In the recent times to get political benefits there are huge amount of rumors and false information spreading in the social medias specially in the Facebook, Twitter and Youtube by a specific group of people. Due to that we've obserbved some movements were happened recently. National Telecommunication Monitoring Center(NTMC) always concern on this issue.
Keeping freedom of expression intact how to stop spreading rumours and fake contents in the social medias, NTMC arranged an extensive
discussion session with HE Barbara McCormack, Vice president Newseum Institute, Washington DC and other US representatives.
Director of NTMC Brigadier General Ziaul Ahsan, Major Fahim Adnan and HE
On Thursday, 20th September, 2018, Director, NTMC and other officials had a meeting with all the law enforcing agencies and intelligence agencies of Bangladesh in the NTMC premises. In that meeting Director, NTMC exchanges view on the difficulties, modernization and future planning of NTMC with all particepents.
Awami League joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif on Tuesday alleged that Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami is patronising militancy to create anarchy in the county with a target to oust the government. The ruling party leader was addressing a dialogue titled "Extremism and fake content in social media: Challenges and way forward" organised by Move Foundation at a hotel in Baridhara diplomatic enclave.
Director of National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre Brigadier General Ziaul Ahsan presented the keynote at the programme while Canadian High Commissioner Benoit Prefontaine, former Chief Information Commissioner Prof Golam Rahman, Islami Oikya Jote leader Maulana Altaf Hossain, Major General (retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim, BNP leader Barrister Sarwar, Bhorer Kagoj Editor Shyamal Dutta, among others, attended the dialogue.
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Today on 16th Septemeber 2018 Major General TM Jobayer , honorable Director General of National Security Intelligence(NSI) has came visit national Telecommunication Monitoring Center(NTMC) and observed activites of the NTMC. After the inspection he praised the activities of this organization and wished it's success in the future.
NTMC continues to work on technological innovation, giving utmost importance to the security of the people of the country by strengthening all state law enforcement and intelligence agencies. As part of this, today on 11th September 2018, a meeting on Database integration was held between the Major General Md Masud Rezwan, director general (DG) of the Department of Immigration & Passport (DIP) and Director, National Telecommunication Monitoring Center(NTMC).
Popular video-sharing website YouTube may open its office in Bangladesh as early as in two months as the US-based company is considering the South Asian country as a new business hub.
A delegation for YouTube, a subsidiary of search engine giant Google, is set to visit Bangladesh next week.
The delegation will meet several people including the government ministers and private sector stakeholders to discuss its potential move to the country.
The government has decided to have strict monitoring of the social media, saying widespread abuse of social media platforms, especially Facebook, during the student-led protest for safer road, has forced it to take such a decision. Rumours and unsubstantiated news spread like wildfire during the eight-day protest programme. This, the government feels, fuelled the fire and created the scope for havoc. Law enforcers have arrested around 30 people for being involved in spreading rumours and propaganda through Facebook. Immediately after the protest, a government representative called on an official from Facebook and had a long meeting with him. Talking to The Independent, Mostafa Jabbar, minister for post, telecommunication and information technology, said the activities that had taken place using Facebook and YouTube during the protest were "not acceptable".
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In keeping with the demands of government organisations to protect state security, law and order, and corruption, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has brought changes in the focal point group relating to the call detail record (CDR) of mobile phone users. On August 28, 2016, the BTRC had taken an initiative to limit access to the call detail record (CDR) of mobile phone subscribers.
According to the Telecommunication Act 2001 (Corrected in 2010) 97 KA clause, “In the interest of state security, government law enforcers NTMC, DGFI, NSI, RB, SB has the right to take CDR from the mobile operator if its needed was stated in the minutes of the meeting."
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The home minister said terrorism may not have been completely eradicated from the country, but it is under control, with the increase of the capability of the forces. After the Holey Artisan attack, the government received enormous support from the people making it easier control the situation. Terrorists did not have strength left to conduct any big attack further, he remarked.“Our police forces have been reorganized, the NTMC [National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre] unit has been introduced, additional forces have been added with new equipment to tackle any untoward situation in the country,” he added.
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Annual Performance Agreement, Public Administration Secretary Mustafa Kamal Uddin signed the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) with the top officials of Bangladesh Police, Coast Guard, Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB), Ansar and National Telecommunication Monitoring Center (NTMC). After the signing of the agreement, the Home Minister said, "The program of what we should do to implement the government's mission-visions is here." They will work accordingly. '
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The government will purchase modern equipment for the National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre (NTMC) to step up mobile phone, email and social network surveillance. The cabinet committee on purchase chaired by Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu yesterday approved the home ministry proposal that would cost Tk 236 crore.More modern equipment is required to assume more control over obstructing or recording users' telephonic or online communications so that intelligence activities could be conducted more smoothly, said a home ministry official.
According to the proposal, the NTMC, which has been working under the home ministry since February 2014, conducts Lawful Interception (LI) to help intelligence and law enforcement agencies ensure state security.
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In connection with the investigation of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), often the Scientific Intellectual Instrument or Device is seized as evidence. But due to their forensic labs, no data can be disclosed by analyzing these instrons or devices. As a result, the accused accused in many important cases could get away. Due to this, the ACC demanded the establishment of its own forensic lab.Besides, it has proposed to introduce its own mobile phone tracking system in a small scale. Recently, the ACC delegation presented the demand at a project evaluation committee (PEC) meeting on strengthening the Anti-Corruption Commission held in Planning Commission.
At the time, the ACC representative said, like other organizations, ACC will conduct mobile tracking activities with the help of the National Ministry of Home Affairs, National Telecommunication Monitoring Center (NTMC). Besides, there is a need to set up separate mobile tracking system of ACC.
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Finding out whether a mobile handset is original or not is a challenge for a buyer in Bangladesh, as there is no valid database of mobile devices in the country. But the wait could soon be over, as Bangladesh Mobile Phone Importers Association has got go-ahead to establish an IMEI database, which would help cut the use of illegal handsets, combat crimes and boost government revenues. The association will set up the international mobile equipment identity (IMEI) database of all imported handsets in three months.
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The Anti-Corruption Commission has just begun tapping phones of its own officials to stop what it says unethical dealings between them and corruption suspects.
On March 27, this practice began as an experimental tactics after getting evidences that an ACC investigator took Tk nine lakh from a corruption suspect for not pressing any charge against him, an ACC director general told New Age.
He said that the tactics was introduced with clearance from the National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre and the home ministry,
The ACC would take action against the investigator in the next week, he said.
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Different websites of hacking victims started to be active. From the morning on Wednesday (April 11th) the Prime Minister's Office website, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Education Ministry, Bangabhaban, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Communications has entered the web site.Since Tuesday (April 10th) at night, there was no going to enter these sites.
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Bangladesh has proposed to build an inter-state Internet infrastructure or Internet highway by holding the Asian Highway. This internet highway is named as Asia-Pacific Information Super Highway (APIS). The proposed Internet Highway connects 32 countries of the Asia-Pacific region through underground optical fiber cable. Its length is equal to the Asian highway, which is 1,45,000 kilometers. The length of this highway in Bangladesh will be 1,768 kilometers.
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IT experts say it is imperative to boost cyber monitoring to curb militant activities and other crimes. Police officials responsible for curbing militancy also stressed the need to give priority to patrolling the cyber world rather than physical patrolling. Officials at Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit emphasized enhancing technical support along with increasing manpower to contain cyber crimes. A CTTC official said currently militants are not capable of carrying out sabotage acts on a major scale. They cannot mobilize very well but they are trying to collect members.
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Today, the report presented in the court said that in the context of the High Court directive, the name of many harmful online games, apps and websites, to stop online games, all BTRC licensed international internet gateways (IIGs) and mobile phone operators have been instructed. All promotional internet offers have been asked to be closed from 12am to 6am.
Moreover, in the future, the presence of such harmful online games, BTRC will run the necessary campaign to increase the awareness of the guardians about this. BTRC will work jointly with the National Telecommunication Monitoring Center (NTMC) and law enforcement agencies for collecting and monitoring information related to harmful online games.
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Bangladesh and Russia reached a consensus on forming a joint working group on cyber security as state minister for Information and Communication Technology Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak Wednesday night held a bilateral meeting with Russian communications and mass media minister Nikolai Nikiforov in Moscow.
According to the ICT division sources, Palak at the meeting sought Russian help in ensuring cyber security in Bangladesh, saying, ‘Bangladesh has done wonders in the field of ICT in the last nine years as the area of digital activities has expanded hundredfolds. This has also increased the risk of cyber threat and we want to achieve world class ability in tackling such threats with the help from friendly nations like Russia.’
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now in Singapore on a four-day state visit, expressed deep shock and sorrow at the casualties in the US-Bangla Airlines plane crash in Nepal on Monday. Her Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the prime minister is keeping an eye on the matter as it develops.The press secretary conveyed the prime minister’s profound sympathy to their family members.She also prayed for the swift recovery of the injured. President Abdul Hamid also expressed his profound shock at the deaths in the plane crash, according to BSS.
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission is set to block 30 lakh SIMs without any prior notice as their owners had registered more than 15 SIMs against one national card. At present, one national ID card can have at most 15 mobile connections on it. Earlier on December 31, 2017 the government gave a two-month timeframe for subscribers to deactivate their excess SIM cards.
“But the response was low,” said a top official of the telecom division related with the process. The BTRC used its main server, where all the mobile operators are connected, to detect that about five lakh NID cards had registered more than 15 SIM cards each.Now, violators will have their SIM cards blocked at random without getting any prior notice, said the official.
The SIM blocking process will start soon, he said, adding that state-owned Teletalk might be spared.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid announced Tk 5 lakh reward for helping government to capture anyone who is involved in the SSC question paper leaks through social media or any other means.
The minister made the announcement after an urgent meeting with National monitoring committee and law enforcing agencies at secretariat on Sunday afternoon (February 4).
The Education Ministry convened the meeting with representatives of other important divisions of the government to prevent question paper leakage in the ongoing SSC and equivalent examinations. Top level government officials and two divisional secretaries of the Education Ministry are participating in the meeting. Moreover, representatives of Public Administration Ministry, Cabinet division, Home Ministry, Information Ministry, ICT division, Police, RAB and intelligence agency were also called to join the meeting. BRTC chairman and National Telecommunication Monitoring Center (NTMC) director were also summoned in the meeting.
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has canceled the licenses of six companies of the market for selling international SIM, RIM and data cards inside the country. In response to a letter from the National Telecommunication Monitoring Center (NTM), under the Ministry of Home Affairs, the decision has been taken by the BTRC.
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