Farmer stabbed to death in Bhola

A farmer was allegedly stabbed to death over a property dispute in Rajapur union of Sadar Upazila on Tuesday.

The deceased was identified as Md Ruhul Amin Bepari, 57, a resident of ward no 7 under Rajapur union. Police have arrested a woman in connection with the murder.

According to police, Ruhul Amin had a feud with his relative Kasem Chowkidar over a property. The disputed land was in Ruhul’s possession.

On Tuesday, Kasem, his wife and their sons attacked Ruhul, leaving him seriously injured.

Hearing his screams, relatives rescued him and admitted to Bhola Sadar Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries in the evening.

“A police team, led by Ilisha police outpost in-charge Md Farid was sent to the spot,” said officer-in-charge of Bhola police station Enayet Hossain.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Degrees not enough, achieve global standards, President tells DU students

President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday asked every student to achieve international standards along with academic degrees.

“As the number of students in Dhaka University has increased over time, so has the scope of its infrastructure and educational activities,” the President said.

“Competition has also been internationalised for the benefit of modern science and information technology. So, every student has to obtain international standards along with degrees,” he said.

President Hamid was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Dhaka University’s 16-day programme in celebration of the centenary of its founding. The programme will also mark the golden jubilee of the country’s independence.

Hamid, who virtually attended the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest from his official residence, said that the university authorities also need to consider world standards in determining curriculum and teaching.

The President said that parents and guardians send their children to university with high hopes and aspirations.

“Besides, the country and the people invest for educating them. The students have to acquire the ability to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the family, the country and the people,” he added.

Hamid said that the expansion of infrastructure, faculty members, students, departments and institutes contributes to the development of a university but the quality of education and research is the key indicator.

“Higher education institutions, including universities, have to come forward to enhance the quality of education and the capacity of students, taking into account the needs and qualifications of the national and international labour market.”

He hoped that Dhaka University will play a leading role in this journey.

The country’s oldest public university, the highest seat of education and a cradle of democratic movement which began its journey on July 01, 1921, is celebrating its 100th founding anniversary.

The celebration has been delayed by five months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jatiya Sangsad speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury joined the programme as a guest of honour.

The President also unveiled special books, photography albums and websites on the centenary of the university.

The six books are Bangabandhu and Dhaka University, Dhaka University: History and Traditions, the University of Dhaka and the Making of Shaping Bangladesh, Celebrating Hundreds Years of the University of Dhaka – Reflection from Alumni National and International Inaugural Speech, Dhaka University Convocation Speech, and Dhaka University Centennial Illuminations.

A documentary and a theme song on the centenary were also released on the opening day of the celebrations, while a greeting message from Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering was also played during the programme.

Vice-Chancellor of the University Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman presided over the inaugural programme.

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Foreign Minister AKM Abdul Momen, University Grants Commission Chairman Professor Dr Kazi Shahidullah and President of Dhaka University Alumni Association AK Azad spoke on the occasion.

On December 3, students of the Theatre and Performance Studies and Dance Department, and members of Dhaka University Teachers’ Association will perform in the cultural programme while the Dolchut Band led by popular musician Bappa Mazumder will perform in the programme.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun and educationist Rasheda K Chowdhury will attend a discussion meeting on December 4, while former pro-vice- chancellor Prof Dr Shahadat Ali will preside over the session. A cultural programme will also be held on the day.

A victory procession with the participation of teachers, students, officials and employees will be held from the premises of Aparajeyo Bangla to Shahid Minar on the morning of December 12. A discussion programme will be held in the afternoon.

Teachers, students, officials and employees will place wreaths at the National Martyrs’ Memorial at Savar on December 16.

The 16-day festivities will end on Victory Day, with a concert and laser show on the central playground of the university.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Overdue HSC exams begin Thursday

After a 7-month delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations for the academic session 2020-21 will begin on Thursday, maintaining health protocols.

Some 13,99,690 students are expected to take the HSC and equivalent examinations this year while the number was 13,65,789 last year.

The number of candidates has increased by 33,901 with a growth rate of 2.48 percent.

About 11,38,017 candidates will sit for the HSC exams under nine general education boards, 1,13,114 for Alim exams under Madrasa Education Board and 1,48,503 for vocational exams under Bangladesh Technical Education Board this year.

Besides, 406 students will take part in the examinations from abroad. Some 2,621 centres are ready to hold the HSC examinations across the country.

This year the SSC and the HSC examinations could not be held as per the schedules due to the Covid-19 pandemic and then the government decided to hold the examinations with shortened syllabuses.

The SSC and equivalent examinations that began on November 14 concluded on November 23while the HSC exams will conclude on December 30.

Besides, all coaching centres across the country will remain shut from November 25 to January 3 ahead of the exams.

Educational institutions across the country had remained closed since March last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure was extended several times.

Finally, the government reopened schools and colleges on September 13 following an improvement in the Covid-19 situation.

Last year’s HSC examinees were evaluated on the basis of their results of JSC and SSC exams, a decision which received a mixed reaction.

Education Minister Dipu Moni has urged all to maintain health protocols so that the HSC examinations can be held without any disruption.

“Concerns are growing as the new variant of coronavirus, ‘Omicron’, has been identified. It’s more infectious. We need to remain very careful,” she told a programme at Chandpur Press Club on Tuesday evening.

The minister, however, expressed dissatisfaction as many people are not wearing face masks. “We should follow the hygiene rules and avoid public gatherings to contain the spread of the virus so that we don’t have to postpone the HSC exams.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Dispose of cases over communal disturbances in 90 working days: SC

All the cases relating to disturbing communal harmony in the country have to be disposed of by the lower trial courts in 90 working days accepting the charge sheets , according to a notification issued by the Supreme Court administration on Wednesday.

The notification was issued on the order of the Chief Justice, the administration said.

In the case of failing to resolve the matter within this timeframe, the SC has to be informed of the reasons, it said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Take preparations to face graduation challenges: Hasina to business community

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the business community to take necessary preparations for the possible challenges they will face due to the graduation of Bangladesh as a developing country.

“We may face many challenges here. But we’re always ready to face the challenges… We, the Awami League government, have taken the preparations. I would like to ask the business community to take preparations properly,” she said.

The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the 16-day gala celebration, arranged by the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the country’s independence.

She virtually opened the grand celebration programme at the Amphitheatre adjacent to Hatirjheel, from her official residence Ganobhaban in the evening.

Sheikh Hasina said now Bangladesh has won the status of a developing country. “As a developing country, we’ll get many scopes to take the country forward further,” she said.

Describing the AL government as a business-friendly one, she said her government has not come to do business but creates all sorts of scopes for the business community to expand businesses and thus generate jobs for the socioeconomic development of people.

The Prime Minister asked the businesspeople to take income-generating programmes in their respective areas to change the fate of rural people by increasing their financial and purchasing capacities.

“You might be born in a village or studied in a rural school. To change the fate of people, take some programmes alongside the government’s ones in your respective areas so that their financial and purchasing capacities go up,” she said, pointing at the businesspeople.

The business community will ultimately be benefited as their businesses and the market of their products will expand due to the rise in the purchasing capacity of people, said Hasina.

In collaboration with Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), the country’s apex business body arranged the celebration programme, titled “50 Years of Independence-Grand Celebration of Red and Green (the two colours of the National Flag).”

PM’s Adviser Salman F Rahman and DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam also spoke at the function presided over by FBCCI President Md Jashim Uddin.

During the 16-day gala celebrations, there will be fireworks, different cultural events, presentation of regional folk songs and Nazrul and Rabindra songs by noted singers, performances by distinguished dancers and programmes for women and children.

The 16-day celebration programme will start at the Amphitheatre after 7:00pm every day till December 16, which is open to the public.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Jobs in Red Cross: ICRC job Circular

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has published a job circular to its Bangladesh office. The company will recruit staff in three positions. Interested candidates can apply online.

1. Position Name: Staff Health Officer

Position: Not specified

Job type: Contract based

Work place: Cox’s Bazar

Qualifications: MBBS degree and at least three years of work experience.

Salary: Attractive salary and medical insurance benefits

Application deadline: 12 December 2021

2. Position Name: Generalist Field Officer

Number of posts: 1

Job type: 6 month contract

Work place: Cox’s Bazar

Eligibility: Must have a degree in Development Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Public Health or similar. If you have a bachelor’s degree, you have four years of work experience in the relevant field and if you have a master’s degree, you have three years of work experience.

Salary: Attractive salary and medical insurance benefits

Application deadline: December 10, 2021

3. Position Name: Health Field Officer (Nurse)

Number of posts: 1

Job type: 1 year contract, but the contract is likely to be extended

Work place: Cox’s Bazar

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in nursing. Must be registered with Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council with one year of apprenticeship experience. Must have three to five years of working experience in a government or private hospital.

Salary: Attractive salary and other benefits

Application deadline: 11 December 2021

The way the application

Interested candidates for all the posts have to register and apply on this website.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Inward remittance fell by 21% in 5 months of FY22

Bangladesh received (USD) $1553.70 million inward remittance in November, which is considered lowest in 18 months.

Bangladesh Bank (BB) data shows that the expatriates sent $1553.70 million remittance in November 2021 compared to $2078.74 million in November 2020 amid the Covid-induced lockdown in almost all their host countries.

According to the BB, in the first five months (July-November) of the fiscal year (FY) 2021-22, Bangladesh received remittance of $8.61 billion down from $10.89 billion in the FY 2020-21. It means the expatriates’ income has decreased by 21 per cent to $2.28 billion in five month in the current fiscal year.

The expatriate income shows fall for last five months in the current fiscal year despite renewed economic activities in the Middle Eastern and European countries and the USA.

The sector insiders say money transactions on illegal channels (hundi) have increased since the pandemic related restrictions were lifted.

Besides, the rate of new employment has been lower than the job loss.

The inward remittance inflow of last five months of FY22 saw decreasing trend compared with the same period in the FY21.

Arrival of remittance was $1.87 million in July, $1810.10 million in August, $1726.71 million in September, $1646.87 million in October and $1553.70 million in November of FY22.

In the F21 inward remittance was received $2598.21 million in July, $1963.94 million in August, $2151.05 million in September, $1646.87 million in October and $2078.74 million in November.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Rangs, Paperfly ink deal to deliver goods within 48 hrs

Rangs Industries Limited has partnered with Paperfly for nationwide high speed doorstep product delivery within 24-48 hours.

Rangs Industries Executive Director Quazi Ashiq ur Rahman and Paperfly’s co-founder & chief marketing officer Rahath Ahmed signed an agreement recently.

Rangs Executive Director Quazi Ashiq ur Rahman said, “We are producing the international-standard products with well-equipped research and development facilities. The strong network of Paperfly will help to reach the products to the doorsteps of customers.”

“Paperfly is well-known for high-speed doorstep pickup and doorstep delivery of any size of products within 24 to 48 hours all over Bangladesh with the strength of 216 delivery points across the country,” he said.

Rangs Industries corporate affairs head Fahim Adnan Khan, RANCON Electronics head of distribution Mir Mohammad Shamsul Alam, distribution manager Shajedur Rahman and assistant manager Tushar Mahmud Mamun, and from Paperfly, head of Cargo & Courier Ahsan Shameem, assistant manager Ahsan Ahmed (Courier & Cargo), were, among others, present at the signing ceremony.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

’Bongokonnar Tantprem’ premiered to promote local fabrics, heritage

HerNet TV, the first television channel in Asia on women’s wellbeing and welfare, recently premiered a fashion film on Bangladesh’s handloom and apparel.

The film “Bongokonnar Tantprem” presents local fabric to the world and shows how it is perceived and promoted by leading women and designers of the country.

Fifty iconic women participated in the film wearing dresses designed by 25 talented local fashion designers.

HerNet Magazine was also launched at the event.

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni attended the film screening and magazine launching programme as chief guest in the capital.

Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Md Atiqul Islam and State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Md Murad Hassan were also present.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan joined the event as the guest of honour.

Faruque said the documentary would play a role in making Bangladesh’s tradition well known in the country and the international arena by showcasing local clothes and costumes.

“It would also help create more export opportunities for Bangladeshi garments by linking our rich culture and heritage with fashion,” he added.

BGMEA Director Barrister Shehrin Salam Oishee and Giant Group Director Sharmeen Hassan Tithi were present at the programme and honoured as two of the 50 notable women.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

KOICA celebrates 25 years of its presence in Bangladesh

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has celebrated 25 years of its operations in Bangladesh recalling how KOICA’s projects helped the country grow and establish the pillars of Digital Bangladesh.

State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, South Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Lee Jang-keun, Country Director, KOICA Bangladesh Office Young-Ah Doh, Additional Secretary, Economic Relations Division Md. Shahriar Kader Siddiky and Representative of the World Food Programme Richard Ragan spoke at the function held on Tuesday night in a city hotel.

The occasion showcased KOICA’s successful projects and milestones in its 25 years of journey in priority sectors of ICT governance, health and education aligned with KOICA’s three programs, namely, Enhance Efficiency of Public Service by establishing Digital Public System, Enhance Public health by providing Quality of Health and Medical Service and Develop Skillful Human Resource for Sustainable Development.

Speaking on the occasion, State Minister Palak recalled KOICA’s projects in the ICT sector since its operation which helped Bangladesh to establish the pillars of Digital Bangladesh.

Ambassador Lee emphasized on how the Korean government recognizes Bangladesh as an important partner and endeavors to increase exchanges between the two countries.

Shahriar Kader congratulated KOICA for its achievements over the 25 years and hoped that it would exceed the previous history of mutual development assistance.

Richard Ragan thanked KOICA for contributing to build resilience and achieve zero hunger in Bangladesh since 2013.

KOICA’s Country Director said as Bangladesh’s development has entered a new era and opening up new measures, it means even deeper bilateral collaborations between Korea and Bangladesh.

She emphasized the organization’s achievements have been possible because of Korea and Bangladesh’s joint endeavors adding how KOICA completed 44 development bilateral and multilateral projects, 566 World Friends Korea (WFK) volunteers dispatched and about 3,000 government officials sent to Korea.

The celebration came to an end by cultural performances by Sharkari Shishu Paribar Tejgaon (Girls) and Institute of Paediatric Neurodisorder, BSMMU, KOICA’s long-standing partners focusing on girl students to be better positioned in the society and enhancement of NDDs for Children in Bangladesh.

KOICA said it commits to contribute towards SDGs achievement aligned with the national development plan of the Government of Bangladesh.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

FAO launches training for nutrition master trainers

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, has launched a training programme for master trainers of Agriculture Ministry for building sector-wide pool of expert nutrition trainers.

The programme that emphasises capacity development of government officials through training of trainers (ToT) fits the broader agenda of the National Food and Nutrition Security Framework and the related United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 for Bangladesh.

FAO experts stressed that the main output is to have trained Bangladesh Institute of Research and Training on Applied Nutrition (BIRTAN), Ministry of Agriculture officials across the country through this ToT workshop to support the government to spur nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific actions and further their successful implementation.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Deal signed to set up Bangladesh’s first-ever waste-to-energy project

An agreement was signed on Wednesday between the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Chinese firm China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) to develop the country’s first ever waste-based power plant in Dhaka.

The power plant will generate 42.5 MW of electricity from the garbage in the capital city.

Welcoming the deal, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister M Tajul Islam has said a new era will begin in Dhaka city’s garbage management with the implementation of the project.

Under the agreement, Dhaka city will supply 3,000 mts of solid waste to the project daily while CMEC will set up an incineration plant to generate 42.5 MW power and BPDB will purchase the electricity from the plant at US21.78 Cents, equivalent to Tk 18.295, per kilowatt hour (each unit) over the period of 25 year.

A number of associated agreements were signed between the parties to implement the projects under which the DNCC will also provide 30 acres of land to set up the incineration and power plant at Aminbazar in the city while the CMEC will complete the construction of the project and start commercial operation within 24 months from the financial closing.

The Chinese firm will complete the financial closing of the project within nine months of the contract’s effective date.

Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) will build required power transmission lines to evacuate electricity from the project.

The agreement was signed at a function at Sonargaon Hotel in the city while State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam, and Chinese Ambassador in Bangladesh Li Jiming also spoke.

Tajul Islam said the project was undertaken in line with Bangladesh’s commitment to the COP26 conference to reduce the carbon emission.

Nasrul Hamid said similar projects will also be taken in all other City Corporation areas across the country.

Mayor Atiqul Islam said the DNCC and the DSCC have been working together to introduce electric vehicles in the city as part of the government’s commitment to green energy.

“No fuel-fired vehicles will be allowed in Dhaka city to run in near future,”he added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh