civil aviation

Death penalty for disrupting civil aviation

MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved a draft law imposing death penalty and a fine of Tk 50 million for disrupting civil aviation.

Cabinet has approved the ‘Civil Aviation Movement Act 2017’ at a cabinet meeting on Monday.

The draft is also an updated form of the 1960’s ‘The Civil Aviation Ordinance’, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told reporters after the meeting.

The Cabinet Secretary said a provision has been kept for maximum five years of jail or maximum taka one crore as fine or both the punishments for violating the rules of the Air Navigation Order (ANO).

Alam said any person entering the airspace of Bangladesh illegally by flying an aircraft will have to face maximum seven years and minimum three years of imprisonment or pay up to Tk 50 lakh fine.

There is also a provision of maximum five years’ jail term or up to Tk 50 lakh fine for any pilot or responsible person for flying the aircraft dangerously, he added.

Explaining dangerously flying an aircraft, the Cabinet Secretary said anyone deliberately doing such works that could put the lives of passengers at risk would come under the jurisdiction of the law.

He also informed that if anyone carries ‘dangerous’ goods in the aircraft, the responsible person will to serve maximum seven years’ imprisonment or pay up to Tk 50 lakh as fine.

The Cabinet meeting also okayed the draft of ‘The Textile Policy, 2017’ updating the existing textile policy of 1995 through setting some specific goals, vision and mission to improve the textile sector by implementing the policy.

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