Bangladeshi Afrin to meet 40 Nobel laureates in Chemistry

A graduate of Cumilla University’s Department of Chemistry has got the opportunity to meet 40 Nobel laureates in her field from around the world.

Khandaker Afrina Haque, from Cumilla’s Chauddagram, was a student of just the third graduating batch of the department at CU, and is now doing an M.Phil at BUET.

She will travel to Germany to attend the 71st Nobel Laureates Reunion at Lindau, where she will have the opportunity to meet some 40 Chemistry laureates, when they gather in the German tourist town from June 26 – July 1 next year.

Afrina is one of just two Bangladeshis invited to join them by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Committee after various screenings under the auspices of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences.

“It’s like a dream, I never thought I would get such a huge opportunity,” the budding chemist gushed.

Afrina attained the highest GPAs – 3.89 at Bachelor’s and 3.92 at Master’s – recorded till now in the Chemistry Department of Cumilla University, and she was research-oriented from the very beginning.

She said, “From the very beginning, I was interested in studying and researching.”

She is currently pursuing research at BUET under Al Naqib Chowdhury, who advised her to apply for this event.

Afrina’s teachers are also happy with her success. Cumilla University Department of Chemistry’s Prof. Syedur Rahman said Afrina was talented and hardworking from the beginning.

“We are very proud. Such students are the assets of the department, the star of Cumilla University. We look forward to more of her success,” Prof. Syedur said.

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings focus on Nobel Prizes in Physiology, Medicine, Physics and Chemistry. Each meeting is organized consisting of various sessions, lectures, discussions, master classes, panel discussions and exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences of young researchers with Nobel laureates.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Stripping of Begumganj woman: Chamber judge stays HC order to take action against 3 police officers

The Chamber judge of the Appellate Division on Tuesday stayed the High Court order to suspend three police officers and take department action against them for negligence of duty in the case of stripping a woman and torture in Begumganj upazila of Noakhali district.

Chamber judge Obaidul Hasan ordered the stay until a petition filed by three police officers is heard on November 28 by the full bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.

The petition was filed by Harun-or-Rashid, the then officer-in-charge of Begumganj Police Station, Sub-inspector Habibur Rahman and Assistant sub-inspector Mafizul Islam.

Advocate Momtaz Uddin Fakir stood for the police with Barrister Anik R Haque also representing the petitioners. Deputy Attorney General Nouroz Russel Chowdhury argued for the state.

On October 28, the HC bench of Justice Md Mojibur Rahman Miah and Md Kamrul Hossain Molla directed the authorities concerned to temporarily suspended the police officers and take departmental action against them for failing to quickly respond to the woman’s perils.

Three cops filed a petition seeking stay on the HC order.

On September 2, 2020, the victim, a housewife, was stripped and tortured by some local miscreants of ‘Delwar Bahini.’

The horrific incident came to light after a video on it, taken by the perpetrators, went viral on the internet on October 4 that year.

The video sent a shock wave throughout the country, triggering widespread protests.

The victim filed two cases accusing nine people 33 days after the incident.

One of the cases was filed under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act and another under the Pornography Control Act.

On October 5, 2020 after the video footage was brought to court’s attention, it directed Bangladesh telecommunication regulatory Commission Chairman to remove the content and store it in pen drive or CD as evidence.

The court also directed Noakhali superintendent of police to ensure overall safety to the victim and her family.

Besides, the court formed a committee to investigate any negligence of police in recording the victim’s statement and ordered a report within 15 working days.

After finding proof of negligence of local representatives, police members and watchman in the report the court passed the orders today, said the deputy attorney general.

On October 4, 2021, Noakhali Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-1 sentenced Delwar Hossain alias Delu, leader of ‘Delwar Bahini’ and his associate Mohammad Ali alias Abul Kalam to life imprisonment over the case.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Ex-CJ Sinha gets 11 years in graft case

A special court in Dhaka on Tuesday sentenced former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha to 11 years’ imprisonment in a case filed over laundering Tk 4 crore.

Judge of the Dhaka Special (Court-4) Sheikh Nazmul Alam Khan handed down the verdict.

The court also fined S K Sinha Tk 45 lakh, in default, to suffer six months more rigorous imprisonment.

It also ordered the authorities concerned to confiscate Tk 78 lakh from his bank account.

The court also sentenced eight other accused in the case to different jail terms while acquitted two others — Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha –as allegations brought against them were not proved.

Former managing director of Farmers Bank AKM Shamim got four years’ jail with a fine of Tk 50,000 while Santri Roy Simi and Ranjit Chandra Saha were sentenced to three years’ imprisonment each with a fine of Tk 10,000.

The remaining four accused — Gazi Salahuddin, senior executive vice president and former head of credit division of the bank, Swapan Kumar Roy, first vice president (Credit division), Shafiuddin Askari Ahmed, vice president Md Lutful Haque — were sentenced to three years’ imprisonment each and fined Tk 25,000 each.

On July 10, 2019, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case accusing former chief justice SK Sinha and 10 others of accumulating illegal wealth and laundering Tk 4 crore.

Earlier, the judgment in the graft case was scheduled to be delivered on October 5 and then it was deferred to October 21 as the judge was on leave.

On August 29, seven of the 11 accused in the case pleaded “not guilty”.

They are Mahbubul Haque Chisty, former audit committee chairman of Farmers Bank, former managing director of the bank AKM Shamim, first vice-presidents Swapan Kumar Rat and Md Lutful Haque, and former senior executive vice presidents (SEVPs) Gazi Salahudiin, Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha.

On August 24, the defence lawyers grilled the investigating officer of the case, Benazir Ahmed, also the director of the ACC. Twenty-one witnesses had testified in the case.

On September 25, 2019, the anti-graft body summoned five officials of Farmers Bank for interrogation over the deposit of Tk 4 crore in CJ Sinha’s account with the Supreme Court branch of Sonali Bank.

On December 10, 2019, the investigation officer in the case submitted a chargesheet against the 11 accused. On August 13, 2020, a court framed charges against the 11, including Sinha.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

PM leaves London for Paris

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left London on Tuesday morning for Paris to attend the 75th Anniversary of UNESCO and distribute the first-ever UNESCO-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize for Creative Economy.

During the Paris tour, Sheikh Hasina will also have meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron and French Prime Minister Jean Castex.

“A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage left Heathrow International Airport at 9:24am (local time),” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said.

Bangladesh Ambassador to the United Kingdom Saida Tasneem Muna saw her off at the airport.

Earlier Sheikh Hasina, also the President of Bangladesh Awami League, talked to her party leaders and activists from the expatriate community, who came to her place of residence –Claridge’s Hotel– in London to see off her, said Ihsanul Karim.

The PM told them that she could not meet all physically due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation and she would do that when the situation becomes normal.

The aircraft will land at De Gaulle International Airport at 11:15am local time, where Bangladesh Ambassador Khandaker Mohammad Talha will receive her.

Later, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be given a warm reception at Elysee Palace, the official residence of French President Emmanuel Macron, when she arrives there.

The French President would receive the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina upon her arrival at the palace.

A red carpet will be rolled out there to welcome Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while the Presidential guard will also give a salute to her.

Both the Bangladesh Prime Minister and the French President will have a tete-a-tete followed by witnessing the signing of MoUs/TCA/TA.

Hasina will also join a launch to be hosted by Emmanuel Macron and visit the Guard of Honor to be given by the Republican Guard at the Elysee Palace.

Later, the Prime Minister is scheduled to go to the Matignon, the official residence of the French Prime Minister.

Upon her arrival at the Matignon, French Prime Minister Jean Castex would receive and welcome her with a bouquet of flowers.

On November 10, Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury and Dassault Aviation president Eric Trappier, Thales president Patrice Caine will call on her at her place of residence.

She will have a meeting with the French business organisation MEDEF’s high-profile delegate.

French Minister Florence Parly will also meet her.

Later in the afternoon, she will visit the French Senate where she will receive an official reception during the ongoing Senate Session.

On November 11, Sheikh Hasina will attend the Paris Peace Forum.

Later, she will go to attend the Unesco-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize for the Creative Economy at Unesco Headquarters. From there she will go to Elysee Palace to attend the dinner to be hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in honour of her.

On November 12, Sheikh Hasina will go to the Paris Peace Forum and attend a high-level panel discussion on South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

Later she will go to the Unesco Headquarters to attend the inaugural session of the 75th Founding anniversary of Unesco and she will deliver her speech there.

She will participate in the dinner to be hosted by Unesco director general Audrey Azoulay in honour of the head of the governments and states.

On November 13, Sheikh Hasina will attend a civic reception to be accorded to her by the expatriate Bangladeshis living there.

At 4pm (local time), she will depart De Gaulle International Airport by a VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines and land at Hazrat Shahjalal Airport at 10 am (local time) on November 14.

Earlier, on November 3, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in London, the capital of the United Kingdom, from Glasgow after attending the World Leaders Summit at the COP26 and other events.

On October 31, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Glasgow on a two-week visit to the United Kingdom and France.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

UP polls creating panic instead of festivity: GM Quader

Jatiya Party Chairman on Tuesday voiced concern that the ongoing Union Parishad (UP) polls have become a matter of panic instead of festivity.

In a statement, he said, “The second and third phases of Union Parishad elections are going on across the country. These elections of the local government were once held in a festive manner in the country. Now these polls have become a frightening matter instead of festivity.”

GM Quader, also the deputy opposition leader in Parliament, said the Election Commission has completely failed to maintain law and order in the ongoing UP elections.

“Attacks and exchange of fire over elections have become a daily affair. People have become panicked over the killing and violence every day,” he observed.

The Jatiya Party chief said the country’s people do not want to see bloodletting in the name of elections.

He also voiced frustration over the inaction of the Election Commission (EC) in ensuring a congenial election atmosphere.

GM Quader also said the EC’s role in the UP polls gives an impression that it has nothing to do with polls violence.

He said people are getting disappointed as the violence and terrorist activities are taking place every day in front of the members of the law enforcement agencies.

GM Quader said some people have already been killed in election violence. “Terrorists hacked to death two sons of a mother at Kathuli union of Gangni Upazila in Meherpur. “Nothing can be more unfortunate and painful than this.”

He urged the Election Commission to take more stern measures to curb election violence.

The Jatiya Party chief said it is not acceptable that the EC will be unable to maintain a peaceful environment after declaring the election schedule. “Tougher initiatives need to be taken to hold polls in a free, fair and neutral manner.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BGMEA shares RMG success stories at IAF meeting

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan has shared “impressive stories” of Bangladesh’s RMG industry while attending the Board meeting of the International Apparel Federation (IAF) held in Antwerp, Belgium.

He also took part in the General Assembly of IAF members.

BGMEA Vice President Miran Ali attended the General Assembly on invitation.

Faruque Hassan has been elected as a Board Member of the International Apparel Federation (IAF) at the General Assembly of IAF members this year.

He was the first from the BGMEA Board joining the IAF in 2013.

The BGMEA President gave closing remarks at the 36th IAF World Fashion Convention held in Antwerp, Belgium on November 8 where he apprised the audience of the current status of Bangladesh’s RMG industry and its impressive strides, especially in the areas of workplace safety, environmental sustainability and workers’ wellbeing.

He also invited all to the next IAF Fashion Convention which will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in November 2022.

BGMEA Vice President Miran Ali attended the opening keynote panel of the IAF Convention as a speaker and discussed responsible purchasing practices.

The outgoing IAF President Han Bekke handed over the IAF presidency to Cem Altan during the 36th IAF World Fashion Convention.

BGMEA Director Abdullah Hil Rakib also participated in the 36th IAF Convention.

IAF is the world’s leading federation for apparel manufacturers, their associations, and the supporting industry that represents the interests of apparel companies in different stages of the supply chain, including brands, retailers and manufacturers.

IAF’s membership includes apparel manufacturing associations as well as brands from more than 40 countries.

BGMEA has been a member of the International Apparel Federation since 2013.

The IAF provides its members with valuable information and guidance and it represents its members on several international platforms working incessantly on more industry standardization, harmonisation, industry collaboration and inclusiveness of global solutions.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangladesh going for green energy to mitigate climate change impact: Minister

Bangladesh is focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation to mitigate the adverse impact of carbon emissions, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md. Shahab Uddin has said.

Speaking at a briefing at COP26 press conference room at Glasgow on Monday, the minister reiterated that Bangladesh has been making the efforts despite being one of the least emitters in the world.

He said in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) update submitted in August this year, “We have put forward enhanced emission reductions by 2030 amounting to around 90 million tons of CO2 equivalent in combination of conditional and unconditional commitments,”

He, however, lamented that the global community still lacks a sense of urgency and a true commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement so that countries like Bangladesh can have a sustainable future.

In this regard he said that commitment to limit the global warming to 1.5℃, NDC ambition, common timeframe for NDCs as well as decision on Long Term Finance (LTF) are not decided yet.

“One crucial demand is definition of Climate Finance, which is yet to be agreed upon. There is no clear roadmap on $100 billion mobilization and new quantified goal. Urgent and adequate replenishment for Green Climate Fund and Adaptation Fund is also looked-for,” he said.

Shahab Uddin mentioned that Bangladesh has recently scrapped 10 coal-based power plant projects worth USD10 billion. The country has also joined the global leaders’ declaration to end and reverse deforestation by 2030.

Bangladesh, he said, has installed more than 6 million solar home systems in off-grid areas, and more than 4.5 million improved cooking stoves have been distributed in rural areas.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presented clear and concrete proposals from Bangladesh and as the President of Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) on November 1, the minister mentioned.

Bangladesh looks forward a balanced and fair outcome at Glasgow by strengthening a “common global commitment” for leaving a healthier planet for our future generation, he said.

Deputy Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Begum Habibun Nahar, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Secretary Mostafa Kamal, delegation members Dr Quazi Kholiquzzaman and Prof. Dr. Ainun Nishat were present at the briefing.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

India bow out of T20 World Cup beating Namibia by 9 wickets

India farewelled coach Ravi Shastri with a win after ending their Twenty20 World Cup campaign beating Namibia by nine wickets on Monday.

Out of semifinals contention, India made sure there was no slip-up with a complete performance: Limiting Namibia to 132-8 and overhauling that with 136-1 in 15.1 overs.

Spinners Ravindra Jadeja (3-16) and Ravichandran Ashwin (3-20) starred in the first half of the last Super 12 match, then Rohit Sharma — dropped by Michael van Lingen at short fine leg in the first over — and KL Rahul smashed half-centuries in the second half. Sharma made 56 and Rahul an unbeaten 54 off 36 balls.

The match was also the last for India bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar, while Virat Kohli captained India for the 50th and last time in T20s.

“Big thank you to all those guys,” Kohli said of the team staff. “They’ve done a tremendous job all these years … they were an extended part of our bigger family. They’ve contributed immensely to Indian cricket as well.”

Tournament host India, the favourite for the title, finished third in their group after losing both of their opening games to eventual semifinalists Pakistan and New Zealand.

“I know we have not gone far in this World Cup, but we have had some good results in T20 and enjoyed playing together,” Kohli said. “It’s a game of margins … you talk about two overs of cricket with intent in the first two games and things could have been different. We were not brave enough.”

Namibia had a campaign to be respected, and earned a solitary win against Scotland in the Super 12s.

Jadeja and Ashwin spun out the top order as Namibia slipped to 72-5 and then 94-7 in the 16th over. David Wiese top-scored with 26.

Captain Gerhard Erasmus tried seven bowlers to stymie India to no avail. Jan Frylinck got the consolation wicket when Sharma top-edged a slower delivery and was caught at point.

“Quick turnarounds between games, so we haven’t been able to really soak in the experiences,” Erasmus said. “Only once we go back we’ll be able to realize we played an awesome level of cricket. We can take a lot of positives.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Woman hacked to death by husband in Bagerhat

A woman was allegedly killed by her husband over a family feud in Shambagat village of Bagerhat’s Fakirhat upazila on Monday night.

The victim was identified as Arifa Begum, 18, wife of auto driver Helauddin of Dighlia upazila of Khulna district.

Police have arrested the woman’s mother-in-law and stepmother in connection with the case, said acting officer-in-charge of Fakirhat Police station, ANM Khairul Anam.

According to Khairul, Helal went to Arifa’s house on Monday night and hacked her to death, before fleeing from the spot.

Police said that Helaluddin got married to Arifa in 2013. They have a one-year-old son.

Family sources said Helaluddin used to physically assault his wife almost regularly.

“The body has been sent to the Bagerhat sadar hospital morgue for an autopsy, the OC added.

The woman’s mother Amena Begum has filed a complaint against five, including the Helaluddin in this connection. “An FIR has been lodged. We are trying to arrest all the accused,” said the OC.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

No one is above law, Sinha’s conviction proves that: Law Minister

Law Minister Anisul Huq on Tuesday said it has been proved with the conviction of former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha that no one is above the law.

“The verdict proves no one is above the law. I think an example has been set with this. If anyone holds any constitutional or top government post he or she has to be accountable for his or her activities,” Anisul told reporters at the secretariat.

“I’m not very happy with it. This cannot be a pleasant experience for me. He was the chief justice, and I’m a lawyer. I’ve been involved in the judiciary all my life,” said the minister.

“From this verdict, we should learn that transparency and accountability should always be maintained, and those who hold important positions of the state have to be more careful,” he added.

Replying to a question, he said, “In Bangladesh history, no chief justice had committed such unlawful work. So, there was no need to hold any trial.”

Replying to another question, the minister said this verdict proves that the rule of law exists and the nation has come out of the culture of injustice which was there from 1975 to 1996.

Conviction

Earlier in the day, a special court in Dhaka sentenced former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha to 11 years’ imprisonment in a case filed over laundering Tk 4 crore.

The court also fined S K Sinha Tk 45 lakh, in default, to suffer six months more rigorous imprisonment.

It also ordered the authorities concerned to confiscate Tk 78 lakh from his bank account.

The court also sentenced eight other accused in the case to different jail terms while acquitted two others — Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha –as allegations brought against them were not proved.

Former managing director of Farmers Bank AKM Shamim got four years’ jail with a fine of Tk 50,000 while Santri Roy Simi and Ranjit Chandra Saha were sentenced to three years’ imprisonment each with a fine of Tk 10,000.

The remaining four accused — Gazi Salahuddin, senior executive vice president and former head of credit division of the bank, Swapan Kumar Roy, first vice president (Credit division), Shafiuddin Askari Ahmed, vice president Md Lutful Haque — were sentenced to three years’ imprisonment each and fined Tk 25,000 each.

On July 10, 2019, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case accusing former chief justice SK Sinha and 10 others of accumulating illegal wealth and laundering Tk 4 crore.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Students of DU-affiliated colleges block Nilkhet intersection to demand special exam

Students from seven government colleges affiliated with Dhaka University held a four-hour protest on Tuesday at Nilkhet to demand that the authorities scrap the results of a recently-held fourth year examination in which a majority of examinees failed and retake it.

Students of 2015-16 academic session joined the protest blocking Nilkhet intersection from 1 pm to 4 pm halting traffic movement in the area and causing huge suffering to commuters. They dispersed after police arrived at the scene.

The students called the results of the examination as “disastrous” because of the mass fails, most of them in English. Because of this a large number of students can’t now quality for admission in Masters.

In the protest, students chanted slogans demanding special examination and publish the results of this exam as quickly as possible.

Al-Amin, a student of Dhaka College, told UNB that they met Ik Salimullah, the coordinator of the seven colleges earlier in the day, but he did not listen to their demand. Salimullah is the principal of Dhaka College.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

US envoy calls for joint action to tackle climate crisis right now

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller has said that the world must put in joint efforts to confront the climate crisis right now instead of leaving the challenge for future generations.

“The climate crisis is here. This is not a challenge for future generations. Together, we must confront it today,” he said mentioning that COP26 in Glasgow is a pivotal moment at the start of this decisive decade to tackle the climate crisis.

While COP26 continues in Glasgow, Scotland, Miller visited U.S. government climate resilience projects in Cox’s Bazar and travelled to St. Martin’s Island to assess the effects of climate change and learn about local adaptation efforts.

Miller learned about severe coastal erosion and sea level rise on the island, the impact on local fisheries, the degradation of coral colonies, and local efforts to restore mangroves and protect shorelines.

US envoy calls for joint action to tackle climate crisis right now

Maritime Affairs Unit Secretary Rear Admiral (Retd) Md. Khurshed Alam, EU Ambassador to Bangladesh Charles Whiteley, Japanese Ambassador Ito Naoki, Australian High Commissioner Jeremy Bruer, MoFA Director (Americas) Syed Shah Saad Andalib and Australian First Secretary — Development Cooperation, Kate Sangster joined.

The United States has partnered with Bangladesh on many climate resilience projects in the Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf region, said the US Embassy on Tuesday.

For example, the U.S. government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated more than 140 renovated cyclone shelters to the Cox’s Bazar district administration, including one on St. Martin’s Island, to protect residents from frequent natural disasters.

Since 2001, USAID has constructed over 700 multi-purpose cyclone shelters that serve as both safe havens and as schools in Bangladesh, said the US Embassy in Dhaka.

Additionally, USAID support has strengthened flood forecasting and early warning systems to provide residents life-saving time to evacuate to shelter.

USAID supports the Bangladesh Forest Service and local communities to co-manage forests and wetlands, including the Teknaf Wildlife Sanctuary, thereby protecting more than 1.8 million acres of critical ecosystems across the country.

The U.S. government also supports restoration projects for degraded landscapes and ecosystems within the Teknaf Wildlife Sanctuary.

Prior to his trip to St. Martin’s, Miller visited USAID climate resilience projects where U.S. investments have helped farmers adapt new techniques to overcome soil salinity, use organic pest control, and plant new trees while protecting existing natural resources.

Source: United News of Bangladesh