’Haribhanga’ also goes to Imran Khan as Hasina’s gift

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sent the Haribhanga variety of mango to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan as her “mango diplomacy” continues.

The mangoes were handed over to the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Protocol at the Prime Minister’s Office on the Eid-ul-Adha day, said the Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sent this delicious Bangladeshi premier quality ‘Haribhaga’ variety of mango as a goodwill gesture to her Pakistan counterpart, the High Commission said.

‘Haribhanga’ also goes to Imran Khan as Hasina’s gift

The mangoes were received with much appreciation, the High Commission said, mentioning that the goodwill gesture of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh will remain symbolic in the relationship between the two South Asian nations.

Earlier, Sheikh Hasina sent mangoes as gifts to her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

She also sent the same gift to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Maldives President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Senior journalist Ruhul Quddus no more

Muhammad Ruhul Quddus, a veteran journalist and senior member of the Jatiya Press Club (JPC), died from Covid-19 Wednesday.

The 66-year-old passed away at Suhrawardy Hospital and left behind his wife and two sons.

Ruhul last worked as a senior sub-editor at Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) and went to retirement four years ago.

He was also the founding secretary-general of the Bangladesh-South Africa Friendship Association and a producer and host of Bangladesh Television (BTV) programmes.

After graduating from Rajshahi University, he joined weekly Pabna Barta in 1980 as a journalist. Later, he worked for different media outlets including Dainik Bangla, and BSS.

Ruhul was laid to rest at his family graveyard in Pabna’s Bera Thursday.

JPC President Farida Yasmin and General Secretary Elias Khan expressed deep shock at the death of the senior journalist.

The JPC leaders conveyed deep sympathy to his bereaved family and prayed for the salvation of the departed soul, said JPC Joint Secretary Mainul Alam in a message.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Olympics Archery: Bangladesh qualify for mixed doubles

Bangladeshi celebrated archers Ruman Shana, and Diya Siddique qualified for the round of 16 of the recurve mixed event (mixed doubles) of the Tokyo Olympics Archery at the Yumenoshima Park Archery field Friday.

Diya finished 36th among 64 participants in the ranking round of recurve individual, shooting a career-high 635 points.

Ruman finished 17th among 64 competitors in the ranking round of recurve individual, scoring 662. His career-best is 686 points.

The two Bangladeshi archers scored 1,297 to finish 16th and qualified for the round of 16 of the mixed doubles as the last team, knocking out their nearest rival Canada (1295).

In the mixed doubles, the Bangladeshi pair will face South Korea Saturday.

In the recurve singles, Diya Siddique will play against her Belarusian rival while Ruman will face a British archer.

Ruman Shana directly qualified to compete in the Tokyo Olympics after winning the bronze medal in the recurve men’s singles of the Archery World Championship in June 2019 while Diya Siddique earned the chance to compete in the Olympics after getting a wildcard entry from the organisers.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Guidelines for praying in mosques during lockdown reissued

The Ministry of Religious Affairs on Friday issued mandatory guidelines for offering prayers in congregation at mosques across the country, during the strict lockdown.

They are effectively a reissue of the notification that set the same guidelines before the countrywide all-out lockdown on July 1.

Wearing of masks is mandatory, and the guidelines direct the elderly, children, as well as the sick – to abstain from attending mosques.

Besides, the notification said, each mosque should have enough soap, water and sanitizer to ensure health hygiene.

The ministry drilled down to the detail of urging devotees to perform what are known as Sunnah (taken to mean ‘optional’), and the ablution before prayer, at home.

In its guideline, the ministry said, the devotees will have to bring their personal prayer mats as authorities will not be allowed to lay out carpets on mosque floors.

Local administrations will take legal action against those who will violate the directives, it is added.

Bangladesh entered another 14-day nationwide strict lockdown on Friday, after a break of a week due to Eid ul Azha.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangladesh High Commission in Delhi celebrates Eid

High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India Muhammad Imran has said Bangladesh is their “soul” no matter where they are in the world and emphasised working together.

“We have to work from our respective places to implement the vision of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said while exchanging Eid greetings with the officials and staff of the high commission and their families.

Addressing the officials and staff of the mission, Muhammad Imran said: “Your children should be present at all the national functions of the mission. In this way, they will be able to know about the history and tradition of Bangabandhu, the great hero of Bangladesh’s independence.”

Bangladesh High Commission in Delhi celebrates Eid

On the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, the second-biggest religious festival of Muslims, the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi organised a programme at Bangabandhu Hall of the embassy Wednesday night, according to a media release.

The messages sent by President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were read out at the event.

Deputy High Commissioner ATM Rokebul Haque read out the president’s message and Minister (Press) Shaban Mahmood the prime minister’s speech.

High commissioner Muhammad Imran wished for the welfare and prosperity of the Bangladeshis in his speech.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Food systems that ignore needs of poor are doomed to fail: IFAD

President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Gilbert F Houngbo on Friday said their attempts to create more equitable and sustainable food systems are doomed to fail if they ignore the challenges and needs of rural people in the world’s poorest countries.

“Rural people have long been sidelined in food value chains. While they toil to produce much of our food, too often they receive a pittance for their efforts and are left vulnerable to shocks,” said the President of IFAD, the UN agency which leads on tackling rural poverty and hunger.

Ahead of the UN Food Systems pre-Summit that begins in Rome on Monday, he said this is a critical moment to address the inequity of food systems.

“Without concrete actions that result in real changes for rural producers, hunger and poverty will only grow, and increased instability and migration will follow,” he added.

Rural small-scale farmers produce about a third of global food, and supply up to 80 per cent of food in parts of Africa and Asia.

Although they play a major role in keeping food systems functioning, they themselves often go hungry.

In 2020, this was exacerbated by climate change, conflict, and the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in a dramatic increase in global hunger, according to a report jointly released by five UN agencies including IFAD last week.

One in 10 now go hungry

At the pre-Summit (26-28 July), IFAD will join thousands of governments, companies, development agencies, farmers and civil society organisations to discuss ways to transform how we grow, process, sell and consume food to make it more sustainable and equitable.

The pre-Summit aims to establish a common vision, launch commitments and mobilize partnerships for financing.

“If we want to fix food systems, listen to the people who work in them,” said Houngbo. “Rural small-scale producers are the ones who understand their own challenges and can guide what solutions are needed.”

To gather input from rural producers across the world, IFAD launched its Rural Voices platform this week. Shirley Casachagua, from a remote area in Peru, is one of the contributors.

“No matter what continent, country or republic you live in, we are all children of the earth and we live off it,” she said. “I would like to ask world leaders to be a watchdog to large industries because they contribute more to climate change and this hurts all of us who live on the land.”

IFAD has also collaborated with Farm Radio International to conduct surveys with remote rural people through radio programmes, and it has supported the organization of over 40 independent dialogues led by farmers’ organizations and Indigenous Peoples’ groups which will feed into the Summit process.

IFAD is calling for a number of key changes to food systems, including to commit financing and political will to ensure rural people can access the inputs, markets, financial services, technology and information they need to grow their businesses, adapt to climate change, protect the environment and biodiversity, and be more resilient to economic, health and weather shocks and to make food systems fairer and more equitable. Food systems depend on people’s labour, and those who work in them must earn decent livelihoods.

IFAD is also leading an initiative to unlock the potential of public development banks across the world to finance food systems transformation and help shift investments to more environmentally sustainable and fairer systems, and is hosting the official session at the pre-Summit: Mobilizing trillions for food systems transformation — financing for impact, leveraging the pivotal role of public development banks.

Following the Food Systems Summit in September, countries will develop their own pathways to transform food systems, and IFAD will support its Member States to develop their strategies and put them into action.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

‘Honoured and overwhelmed’: Dr Yunus after receiving Olympic Laurel

Noble Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has said he is “honoured and overwhelmed” to receive the Olympic Laurel.

“I’m honoured and overwhelmed to receive this Olympic Laurel. And so sad I can’t be there with you,” he said in his acceptance speech.

Prof Yunus received the Olympic Laurel as only the second person in history when the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics took place on Friday.

The distinction was created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to honour outstanding individuals for their achievements in education, culture, development and peace through sport.

The IOC is taking the social dimension of sports very seriously, Prof Yunus shared on his verified Facebook page on Friday.

“You, athletes of the world, can provide the leadership in transforming this world,” he said.

Prof Yunus called for creating a world of three zeros – zero net carbon emission, zero wealth concentration to end poverty and once for all, zero unemployment by unleashing the power of entrepreneurship in everyone.

He wished the IOC success with its mission to help transform this world to a more peaceful world through sport.

“I wish all of you best of luck for your competitions,” he said, thanking all for this award. “That’s so special to me. Thank you.”

“Bangladesh will be so proud of this award because Bangladesh is a country that doesn’t get close to an Olympic medal. But they’ve a cause to celebrate now. The whole world will watch a Bangladeshi receiving an Olympic award which will make every single person of Bangladesh proud of it. I believe it’ll be something that Bangladesh will remember for long,” said Prof Yunus during a virtual press meet recently.

Prof Yunus is also the recipient of numerous international awards for his ideas and endeavours and is a member of the board of the United Nations Foundation.

In 2006, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for founding Grameen Bank, which pioneered the concepts of microcredit and microfinance for people living in poverty.

The first-ever Olympic Laurel was awarded to the Kenyan Olympian and social changemaker Kip Keino on 5 August 2016, during the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.

Initiated for Rio 2016, the Olympic Laurel is to be awarded at the opening ceremony of each summer edition of the Olympic Games.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangladesh High Commission organises tree plantation programme in Brunei

Bangladesh High Commission has organised a tree plantation programme at Taman Riadah, Jalan Pusat Persidangan, Bandar Seri Begawan with the support of the Department of Forest of Brunei Darussalam.

The tree plantation programme was undertaken to celebrate the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the Golden Jubilee of the Independence of Bangladesh, said the high commission Friday.

More than a hundred trees including 41 Ru Runag, 59 Ubah and one Neem were planted.

Bangladesh High Commission organises tree plantation programme in Brunei

Yang Berhormat Setia Awang Haji Ali Bin Apong, minister for primary resources and tourism, joined the programme as chief guest. Bangladesh High Commissioner Nahida Rahman Shumona was also present.

Members of the Bangladeshi community, diplomatic core, civil society, officials from the Department of Forest and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and journalists also joined the event.

The Bangladesh high commissioner said she was very proud and happy to have been able to organise the programme as part of the ongoing celebrations of the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of the Independence of Bangladesh.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Zimbabwe restore parity in T20 series

After five consecutive defeats, Zimbabwe finally beat Bangladesh by 23 runs in the T20 format Friday at the Harare Sports Club.

With the win, Zimbabwe restored parity in the second match of the three-match series.

The last match of this series will be played on July 25 at the same venue.

In Friday’s match, Zimbabwe batted first after winning the toss and posted 166/6 in 20 overs.

In reply, Bangladesh kept losing the wickets regularly and were bundled out for 143 in 19.5 overs.

The Tigers made two changes to starting XI, choosing Taskin Ahmed and the debutant Shamim Hossain over Liton Das and Mustafizur Rahman.

Mohammad Naim and Soumya Sarkar, who shared Bangladesh’s first 100-run stand in the opening partnership in the first match, failed to shine this time.

Both of them were removed by Blessing Muzarabani within 17 runs.

Mahedi Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan managed a good start, scoring 15 and 12 runs but failed to continue. They fell prey to Wellington Masakadza who took three wickets conceding 20 runs in four overs.

Debutant left-hand batsman Shamim Hossain scored 29 runs off 13 balls with three fours and one six.

Afif Hossain, who played more balls than any of his teammates, perished on 24 off 25 balls. Dismissals of Shamim and Afif ended Bangladesh’s chance of winning the match.

Along with Masakadza, Luke Jongwe also bagged three wickets for Zimbabwe while Tendai Chatara and Blessing Muzarabani scalped two wickets each.

Earlier, Wessley Madhevere stuck 72 off 57 balls with five fours and three sixes for the hosts. Also, Dion Myers and Ryan Burl scored 26 and 34.

For Bangladesh, Shoriful Islam took three wickets while Mahedi Hasan and Shakib took one wicket each.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Remembering Tajuddin on his 96th birth anniversary

The 96th birth anniversary of Tajuddin Ahmad, the first Prime Minister of independent Bangladesh and one of the four national leaders, was observed on Friday.

Tajuddin, a great man and a political logician to the core, was born on this day in 1925 at Dardariya village in Kapasia, Gazipur.

Since the 1947 partition, Tajuddin Ahmad played a very important role in all movements from anti-communalism to the Language Movement to the 1971 Liberation War.

A close confidante of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Tajuddin was the general secretary of the Awami League in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Always actively associated with politics for the emancipation of people, he coordinated with Awami League’s election campaign in 1970, in which the party won a historic parliamentary majority to form the government.

Tajuddin had led the wartime provisional government during the Liberation War of Bangladesh 1971.

On December 22, 1971, Tajuddin returned to Dhaka after the war.

After the independence of Bangladesh, Tajuddin served as the Prime Minister till the historic return of Bangabandhu to his homeland on January 10, 1972.

Later, he served as the Minister of Finance and Planning in the cabinet of the Bangabandhu government. He resigned from the cabinet on October 26, 1974.

On November 3, 1975, four national leaders and heroes of the country’s Liberation War — Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, Captain Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman — were assassinated inside the Dhaka Central Jail.

The strong and unbending role Tajuddin had played during the Liberation War and the supreme sacrifice he made will always be remembered by this grateful nation.

Liberation War Museum arranged a 48-hour online programme from Friday at 8pm, marking the 96th birth anniversary of Tajuddin Ahmad.

Filmmaker Tanvir Mokammel will deliver a speech on this virtual event, titled “Jonmodine Tajuddin Ahmad: Nisshongo Sarothi” and there will be a question-answer session at the end of the discussion.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

India working to resume vaccine export to Bangladesh, reiterates Doraiswami

India, the world’s largest vaccine maker, is working to resume the export of Covid vaccine jabs to Bangladesh as vaccine production in India is growing rapidly.

Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami reiterated this at Akhaura International Checkpost on his way back to Bangladesh from India on Friday morning.

The envoy said India is working to resume the vaccine supply to Bangladesh and the increased production of Covid vaccine is a positive sign.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to send vaccine jabs to Bangladesh if vaccine production increases further. But I can’t give any specific date in this regard,” he told local journalists.

He said the trade volume between the two countries has increased despite the pandemic. “If our communication systems remain suitable, then we’ll be able to continue trading amid this pandemic.”

Doraiswami also said India will be happy it can cooperate more with Bangladesh in their fight against Covid-19.

Akhaura Upazila Nirbahi Officer Rumana Akhter, officer-in-charge of Akhaura Police Station Md Mizanur Rahman and Immigration Police In-Charge Md Abdul Hamid others were present.

On July 18, the envoy went to New Delhi though Akhaura land port to discuss how India can expedite the supply of the remaining doses of Covishield jabs produced by Serum Institute of India.

Bangladesh was scheduled to get three crore doses of vaccines from India under a tripartite agreement signed last year. But New Delhi halted the export after sending only 75 lakh doses in March citing high domestic demand.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

20 hurt as ferry hits Padma bridge pillar

At least 20 people have been injured in a ferry accident in the Padma river in Munshiganj, officials said on Friday.

The accident occurred when a Ro-Ro ferry, named Shahjalal, crashed into a pillar of the Padma bridge near the Mawa area of Munshiganj around 9am.

Though the front part of the vessel has been mangled, there was no structural damage to the bridge, the officials said, adding that all the injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals.

Assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport and Communication, Shafiqul Islam said that the passengers fell over each other as the ferry hit the pillar.

“Some 33 vehicles that the ferry was carrying also sustained minor damages in the impact of the crash, which completely destroyed the pantry area of the vessel,” he said.

Master of the ferry, Abdur Rahman said the steering wheel got dislocated as the vessel’s electrical circuit broke down suddenly and strong river current triggered the crash.

The bridge authority has expressed concern as three ferries have collided with the pillars this month only.

Source: United News of Bangladesh