Microbus torched after schoolboy hurt in N’ganj road accident

Local people set a microbus on fire as a schoolboy was injured when the microbus hit an auto-rickshaw on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Araihazar upazila of Narayanganj district on Monday.

Quoting local people, Azizul Haque, officer-in-charge of Araihazar Police Station, said the microbus carrying some policemen hit the auto-rickshaw carrying some school students at Purinda area of the upazila, leaving a schoolboy injured.

One policeman was also injured during the accident.

When the policeman tried to blame the auto-rickshaw driver, the students of Purinda KM High School students turned furious and set the microbus on fire.

On information, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.

The injured schoolboy was given first aid.

Vehicular movement on the busy road remained suspended for some time after the accident.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Step up efforts, invest in breastfeeding support policies, progs: UNICEF, WHO

UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have called on governments, donors, civil society, and the private sector to step up efforts to prioritize investing in breastfeeding support policies and programmes, especially in fragile and food insecure contexts.

“As global crises continue to threaten the health and nutrition of millions of babies and children, the vital importance of breastfeeding as the best possible start in life is more critical than ever,” said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a joint statement on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week.

World Breastfeeding Week is an annual celebration which is held every year from August 1 to 7 across the world.

This World Breastfeeding Week, under its theme “Step up for breastfeeding: Educate and Support”, UNICEF and WHO are calling on governments to allocate increased resources to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding policies and programmes, especially for the most vulnerable families living in emergency settings.

During emergencies, including those in Afghanistan, Yemen, Ukraine, the Horn of Africa, and the Sahel, breastfeeding guarantees a safe, nutritious and accessible food source for babies and young children.

It offers a powerful line of defense against disease and all forms of child malnutrition, including wasting, according to the UN agencies.

“Breastfeeding also acts as a baby’s first vaccine, protecting them from common childhood illnesses,” reads the joint statement.

Yet the emotional distress, physical exhaustion, lack of space and privacy, and poor sanitation experienced by mothers in emergency settings mean that many babies are missing out on the benefits of breastfeeding to help them survive.

“Fewer than half of all newborn babies are breastfed in the first hour of life, leaving them more vulnerable to disease and death. And only 44 per cent of infants are exclusively breastfed in the first six months of life, short of the World Health Assembly target of 50 per cent by 2025,” according to the joint statement.

Protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding is more important than ever, not just for protecting our planet as the ultimate natural, sustainable, first food system, but also for the survival, growth, and development of millions of infants.

“That is why UNICEF and WHO are calling on governments, donors, civil society, and the private sector to step up efforts to equip health and nutrition workers in facilities and communities with the skills they need to provide quality counselling and practical support to mothers to successfully breastfeed.”

UNICEF and WHO called for protecting caregivers and health care workers from the unethical marketing influence of the formula industry by fully adopting and implementing the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes, including in humanitarian settings.

They called for implement family-friendly policies that provide mothers with the time, space, and support they need to breastfeed.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangladesh reports 1 more Covid death, 349 cases

One more person died from Covid, and 349 tested positive for the virus in Bangladesh in the 24 hours to Monday.

While the country’s total fatalities reached 29,292, the new number took its caseload to 2,005,606, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The daily case positivity rate dropped to 5.86 percent from Sunday’s 6.38 percent as 5,953 samples were tested.

The mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.46 percent. The recovery rate rose to 96.90 percent from Sunday’s 96.87 percent.

Bangladesh reported its first zero Covid death on November 20 last year since the pandemic broke out here in March 2020.

The country registered its highest daily caseload of 16,230 on July 28 last year and daily fatalities of 264 on August 10 in the same year.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Dengue: 87 new patients hospitalised in 24 hrs

Another 87 dengue patients were hospitalised across the country in 24 hours till Monday morning, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Among them, 66 patients were hospitalised in Dhaka while the 21 in other places, it said.

As many as 344 dengue patients including 267 in the capital are now receiving treatment at hospitals across the country.

On Sunday, this year’s death toll from the mosquito-borne viral disease rose to10 with another death reported from Dhaka metropolitan area. Among the deaths, six were reported from Cox’s Bazar while four from Dhaka.

On June 21, the DGHS reported the first death of the season from the viral disease.

This year, the DGHS has recorded 2,747 dengue cases and 2,393 recoveries so far.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Lightning kills two, injures 7 in Natore

Two people were killed and seven others injured by lightning strikes at Bagatiprara, and Boraigram upazilas in Natore on Monday.

The deceased were Ashik,20, of Bagatipara upazila and Salim Uddin,42, a farmer of Notabaria area in Boraigram upazila, said Sirajul Islam, officer-in-charge of Natore model police station.

A steak of lightning struck a tea stall at Karamdosi Bazar in Bagatipara killing Ashik on the spot and injuring seven people including his father Sihab Uddin and shop owner Rupali Begum.

Five of them including Rupali were admitted to Puthia Hospital in Rajshahi, said the OC.

Meanwhile, Salim Uddin was struck by lightning at noon while working in the field beside his home , he said.

Both the bodies were handed over to respective families, said OC Sirajul Islam.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

2 killed in B’baria road crash

Two people were killed when a truck rammed a covered van on Dhaka-sylhet highway in Bijoynagar upazila of Brahmanbaria district on Monday.

The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.

The accident occurred in the afternoon when the Dhaka-bound truck hit a Sylhet-bound covered van near Islampur Police outpost, leaving two killed on the spot and two others injured, said Sukhendu Basu, officer-in-charge of Khatihata Highway Police.

The injured were taken to a local hospital.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Journalist attacked in Faridpur; one held

A journalist was seriously injured in an attack carried out by the younger brother of Alfadanga municipal mayor and his followers on Monday.

Mujahidul Islam is the Alfadanga district correspondent of Dhaka Times and organizing secretary of Alfadanga Press Club.

He was taken to Lalmonirhat Upazila Health Complex but was later transferred to Faridpur Medical College Hospital as he was in critical condition.

Mujahid came under attack at a local bus stand on Monday noon.

According to the victims, Japan, the younger brother of Alfadanga municipal mayor along with some of his followers attacked him with a sharp weapon, leaving him critically injured.

Police have arrested a man involved in this incident, said Suman Kar, assistant superintendent of police (Madukhali Circle).

Those involved in the attack will be brought to justice, added the officer.

Witnesses said a young man named Ramiz went to the counter of Rajdhani Paribahan in Alfadanga to buy tickets. He paid the price of a ticket to Dhaka and boarded the bus. Before leaving the bus, it was said from the ‘cash counter’ that Ramiz did not pay for the ticket. So he will not be allowed to go to Dhaka. Ramiz wants help from another person named Naeem.

At this moment, the manager of counter Japan and his associates attacked the journalist Mujahid as soon as he came to the spot to settle the matter.

Faridpur District Magistrate (DC) Atul Sarkar said, he has already instructed the upazila nirbahi officer of Alfadanga to take necessary action in this regard.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

2 including child drown in Barishal

Two including a child drowned in separate places of Agailjhara upazila in Barishal on Monday.

The deceased were identified as Yasin Foria, 20, from Sullashi village and Ibrahim Shikder, 1, from Chadtrishira village.

Yasin went missing after he went for a bath in the pond at noon, said his father Shahjalal Foria.

He was later rescued from the upazila health complex where doctors announced him dead on arrival.

Meanwhile, Ibrahim drowned in a pond while playing and was declared dead after being taken to upazila health complex,said his father Mozam Shikder.

Dr Farhana Islam from upazila health complex said, “Both of them died vbefore arrival.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

4 youths held for vandalising idol at Pirojpur temple

Four youths were held Monday for vandalising an idol of a Hindu goddess at a temple in Pirojpur Sadar upazila, police said.

Shubho Sheikh, 40, Abu Bakkar Siddiki, 17, Hasan Sheikh, 17, and Ramzan Mollah, 12, all from Sadar upazila, smashed the idol at Sri Sri Shitala Mandir in Durgapur union, Md Masuduzzaman, officer-in-charge of Pirojpur Sadar police station, said.

Kala Chand Mandal, the priest of the temple, said: “Around 11am Sunday, I left the temple after performing worship services and the next morning found the idol’s legs, hands, and head smashed.”

The locals saw three or four youths wandering around the temple, he added. “They held Subho, Abu Bakkar, and Hasan, and the trio admitted that they had smashed and destroyed the idol along with Ramzan.”

OC Masuduzzaman said: “We detained four people after being informed by the locals. Police forces have been deployed to secure the temple and a case will be filed in connection with the incident.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

People living in fear as Teesta flowing above danger level in Lalmonirhat

The residents along the Teesta River are passing their days in fear of possible flood as the Teesta River was flowing above its danger level on Monday.

The Teesta River was flowing 25 cm above its danger level around 6 pm on Monday due to onrush of water from the upstream, creating panic among the local residents.

Executive Engineer of Water Development Board, Nilphamari Dalia Division, Md Asafuddoulla said the char areas along the Teesta river have been inundated due to the rise in water level.

However, all the gates of the Teesa Barrage were kept open due tackle the situation.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

HC directs JaPa leader Ruhul Amin to surrender within two weeks

The High Court on Monday ordered former Jatiya Party General Secretary ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader to surrender within two weeks in a graft case.

Bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Khizir hayat Khan passed the order with issuing a rule.

On January 21, 2021 Ruhul Amin was exempted from a 30-year-old graft case by Dhaka divisional special judge court. The Anti-Corruption Council later moved to the High Court seeking review of the order.

“The court issued a rule today questioning why the exemption order will not be repealed and asked Ruhul Amin to surrender within two weeks of getting the order,” said advocate AKm Fazlul Haque, representing ACC at the court.

On November 19, 1991, Md Delwar Hossain, Deputy Director of then Corruption Bureau filed a case against Ruhul Amin at Tejgaon police station for taking financial benefit during his tenure as Textile and Jute Minister. He was accused of illegally giving a work order to an organization worth Tk 31.54 lakh.

In 1989, another case was filed against him at Ramna police station for embezzling Tk 40, 643 in his tenure as the health minister. In that case, the trial court exonerated Ruhul Amin on December6, last year.

On March 7, this year, the High Court ordered him to surrender within four weeks upon receiving an appeal from ACC.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

SC stays bail of Regent Chairman Shahed in graft case

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday stayed the bail of Regent Hospital Chairman Mohammad Shahed in a corruption case filed on charge of embezzling Tk2.75 crore from Padma Bank (formerly Farmers Bank).

Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice M Enayetur Rahim passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

On July 28, the High Court granted permanent bail to Shahed in a corruption case.

Later, ACC filed a petition challenging the bail order of the High Court.

In 2020, ACC Deputy Director Md Shahjahan Miraj lodged a complaint against four people, including Shahed. Police filed an FIR in this connection.

On July 6, 2020, Rab raided the Uttara and Mirpur branches of Regent Hospital. During the operation, fake Covid test reports, and various irregularities including collection of money from patients in the name of Covid treatment were unveiled.

On July 15, from the border area of Satkhira, Shahed was arrested by RAB. Shahed has been in jail since then.

More than 36 cases have been filed against Shahed on allegations of different irregularities.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Applications invited for Chevening scholarships

British High Commission in Dhaka has invited applications from Bangladeshis for Chevening scholarships to study in the UK.

Applications will be accepted from August 2 to November 1, 2022 and applications will have to be submitted via chevening.org/apply

“Chevening can be transformational, not just for you as a scholar, but for Bangladesh as you return and use your UK experience to make a positive impact in your chosen field,” said British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson.

He said their 50,000 strong global alumni network is full of dynamic influencers who have shared the UK university experience.

“‘If you are someone who is passionate about driving change on a local or global scale, if you want to be the best at what you do and have the imagination to inspire others, then a Chevening scholarship offering a year’s study at a UK university could be the perfect opportunity for you,” said the High Commissioner.

Chevening scholarships are awarded to individuals from all backgrounds who can demonstrate that they have the commitment and skills required to create positive change, and can show how a UK master’s degree will help them do that.

The scholarship offers full financial support for scholars to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university whilst also gaining access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural experiences.

Since the programme was created in 1983, over 50,000 professionals have had the opportunity to develop in the UK through Chevening.

There are more than 1,500 scholarships on offer globally for the 2023/2024 academic year, demonstrating the UK’s ongoing commitment towards developing the leaders of tomorrow.

Head of Scholarships at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Naomi Rayner, said, “Chevening seeks to build an international community of people who are committed to working together to drive positive change. We do this by bringing together incredible people from around the world and supporting them, through education, to achieve their goals.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

KUET partners with Huawei to set up ICT academy

The Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) has teamed up with global ICT infrastructure provider Huawei to set up an ICT academy.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between KUET and Huawei in Khulna Monday.

Under this agreement, a special training centre will be set up at KUET. Huawei will provide online training materials and courses through its learning platform to the KUET students.

This academy will also train KUET teachers as Huawei-certified trainers. After finishing the training, KUET teachers will train students in this ICT academy. Students will be able to get training on the latest ICT technology through this ICT academy.

Professor Quazi Sazzad Hossain, vice-chancellor of KUET, said: “Developing a sustainable ICT talent ecosystem is essential for continuing our growth and overall progress. Huawei has contributed greatly to the ICT ecosystem of Bangladesh.”

“Huawei has been working with both the government and individual entities to create an ecosystem that will nurture ICT talents in Bangladesh. This ICT academy partnership is also part of our continued commitment to preparing the youth for the future world,” George Lin, president of Enterprise Business Group at Huawei Bangladesh, said.

Huawei initiated ICT Academy, a school-enterprise cooperation project, in 2013.

At the moment, there are 1,500 such ICT academies run by Huawei in more than 90 countries around the world, including Pakistan, Zambia, and China, according to a media statement.

Earlier, Huawei partnered with BUET to set up the Huawei BUET ICT Academy, which is already operational.

Source: United News of Bangladesh