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B’desh approves draft Road Transport Act

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Students block a road as they join in a protest over recent traffic accidents that killed a boy and a girl, in Dhaka, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

DHAKA (Xinhua) – Bangladesh’s government has approved the draft of Road Transport Act 2018 under which traffic offenders will risk being sentenced up to 5 years in non-bailable jail.The country’s existing transport law entitled the maximum penalty of three years behind bars with the provision of bail. The move comes in the wake of the countrywide student protests that erupted after two students died on the spot after they were run over by a bus in a reckless driving incident on the highway linking Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport with the center of Dhaka on July 29.

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