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JS bill allows diplomats to marry foreigners

Update : 16 Nov 2015, 08:02 PM

The Jatiya Sangshad yesterday passed the Public Servants (Marriage with Foreign Nationals) Bill 2015, scrapping the 1976 martial law era ordinance of the same name.

Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam piloted the bill in the House which was passed through voice vote. It was placed on September 9, 2015 and approved by the Cabinet on March 2, 2015.

According the law, the president might – on an application made in this regard – grant a public servant permission to marry or promise to marry a foreign national.

Earlier, Bangladeshi diplomats were not allowed to marry foreign nationals under the now defunct ordinance which was promulgated in 1976 during Ziaur Rahman’s regime and later annulled by a court.

Meanwhile, six other bills were placed in JS and sent to relevant parliamentary standing committees for scrutiny. The Zilla Parishad (Amendment) Bill 2015 was withdrawn.

The six bills are: Money Laundering Prevention (Amendment) Bill 2015, Surplus Public Servants Absorption Bill 2015, Railway Security Force Bill 2015, Army (Amendment) Bill 2015, Cadet College (Amendment) Bill 2015 and Air Force (Amendment) Bill 2015.

Finance Minister Muhith moved the money laundering bill. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Finance Ministry has been to send scrutiny report in two working days.

Railways Minister Md Mazibul Hoque placed the Railway Security Force Bill, which was sent to the relevant watchdog, who has been given 30 days to scrutinise it. 

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