Election takeaways: No sweep for the Republicans after all

For weeks, Republicans predicted a “red wave” would carry them to power in Congress, as voters repudiated majority Democrats for failing to tame skyrocketing inflation and address worries about rising crime.

 

The reality appeared far different early Wednesday.

 

Rather than a wholesale rejection of President Joe Biden and his party, the results were far more mixed as returns from Tuesday’s midterms trickled in .

 

Many Democratic incumbents proved surprisingly resilient, outperforming their party’s own expectations. Meanwhile, Democrat John Fetterman won an open Senate seat currently held by the GOP, while other key races that will determine control of the chamber remain too early to call.

 

“When you wake up tomorrow, we will be in the majority and Nancy Pelosi will be in the minority,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy predicted early Wednesday.

 

He may be right. But it appeared that likely Republican gains would come on far less favorable terms than anticipated.

 

Here are some takeaways from this year’s election:

 

Republicans hoped for a wipeout. They didn’t get it. After Democrats racked up several hard-fought wins in swing districts, like Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s Virginia seat, the sweeping wins many Republicans predicted had yet to materialize early Wednesday.

 

Meanwhile, the fate of Democrats narrow hold on the Senate was unclear.

 

Fetterman defeated Dr. Mehmet Oz for a crucial Pennsylvania Senate seat vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey. Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and former NFL star Herschel Walker, a Republican, were locked in a close contest in Georgia. The Wisconsin race between Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and Democrat Mandela Barnes was too close to call.

 

And the outcome of the two remaining two seats that will determine which party will hold a Senate majority — Arizona and Nevada — may not be known for days because both states conduct elections in part by mail ballots, which take a long time to count.

 

HISTORY LESSON

 

It’s called history for a reason. The party that celebrates winning the White House is usually mourning a loss in the midterms two years later.

 

Add to that historical pattern an economy battered by inflation and teetering on recession, throw in fears about crime, and the outcome is close to certain.

 

For Biden and House Democrats, the likelihood of keeping power in the lower chamber of Congress was always slight. Republicans have expected to gain enough seats to retake the majority. If successful, which was not immediately clear Wednesday morning, they also have plans to neuter Biden’s agenda for the next two years.

 

Since 1906, there have been only three midterms in which the party of the president in power gained House seats: 1934, when the country was struggling with a Depression, 1998 when the U.S. was buoyed by a soaring economy, and 2002, when President George W. Bush had a sky-high approval rating amid the national feeling of unity after the Sept. 11 attacks.

 

IS FLORIDA STILL A SWING STATE?

 

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio, both Republicans, offer the latest evidence that Florida is becoming increasingly red. The two soared to early reelection victories Tuesday, both winning Miami-Dade County, which Democrat Hillary Clinton carried by 29 percentage points in 2016.

 

Florida has been a classic battleground. It twice helped propel Barack Obama to the White House. But the state, where the number of registered Democrats exceeded Republicans in 2020, has shifted increasingly to the right. That’s thanks to GOP inroads with Hispanic voters, as well as an influx of new residents, including many retirees, drawn to its lack of an income tax as well as its sunny weather.

 

“Democrats really have to think about how they are going to rebuild there. The Obama coalition no longer exists,” said Carlos Curbelo, a Republican former member of Congress, who called Florida ”off the map for the foreseeable future” to Democrats.

 

DeSantis won the governor’s office in 2018 by only about 30,000 votes. On Tuesday, he flipped at least six counties that he lost that year. Those same counties were carried by Biden just two years ago.

 

Some Democrats blame some of Tuesday’s blowout losses to a lack of investment by their party.

 

“This is what happens when national Democrats decide to not spend money in the state,” said Greg Goddard, a Democratic fundraising consultant from Florida who raised money for Rep. Val Demings’ losing challenge of Rubio. “The pathway to Democrats winning future presidential elections is very thin if you do not plan to spend in Florida

 

WAS IT A ‘RED WAVE’ OR A RIPPLE?

 

Whether a red ripple will carry Republicans won’t likely be known for days or weeks as states that conduct their elections largely by mail, such a California, continue counting votes.

 

One thing is certain: It’s unlikely to match 2010′s tea party wave, which netted 63 seats, or the Newt Gingrich-led House takeover of 1994, which ousted 54 Democrats and flipped the chamber to GOP control for the first time since the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower.

 

One reason that won’t happen? There just aren’t that many competitive seats.

 

The end result? Far less interest in compromise and more gridlock in the halls of Congress.

 

Gingrich’s “Contract with America” was celebrated as a cornerstone of the Republicans’ 1994 House takeover for offering a concrete list of policies the GOP would pursue if put in power.

 

Now Republicans are far more circumspect about their aims.

 

“That’s a very good question. And I’ll let you know when we take it back,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell he told reporters in January.

 

McCarthy has offered up a “Commitment to America,” a list of priorities that fits on a pocket-sized card he carries with him that is heavy on slogans and light on detail.

 

Both may be attempting to avoid the plight of Gingrich whose “Contract with America” became a liability when Republicans failed to enact it.

 

House Republicans have said they intend to investigate Biden and his administration. They have also called for a renewed focus on fiscal restraint, a crackdown on illegal immigration at the southern border and increased domestic energy production.

 

Much of it may not matter. Biden, after all, has a veto pen

 

MOST EXPENSIVE MIDTERMS

 

The 2022 elections are on track to cost $16.7 billion at the state and federal level, making them the most expensive midterms ever, according to the nonpartisan OpenSecrets.

 

For perspective: The contests will nearly double the cost of the 2010 midterm elections, more than double the 2014 midterms and are on pace to roughly equal the 2022 gross domestic product of Mongolia.

 

At least $1.1 billion given at the federal level so far this election season has come from a small coterie of donors, many of whom have favored conservative causes.

 

“When you look at the top 25 individual donors, conservativedonors heavily outweigh liberal donors by $200 million,” said Brendan Glavin, a senior data analyst for OpenSecrets. “There’s a big skew.”

 

Tech billionaire Peter Thiel ($32.6 million), shipping goods magnate Richard Uihlein ($80.7 million), hedge fund manager Ken Griffin (68.5 million) and Timothy Mellon, an heir to to a Gilded Age Fortune who gave $40 million, are among the top conservative donors.

 

On the liberal side, hedge fund founder George Soros gave the most ($128 million), though much of it has yet to be spent. Sam Bankman Fried, a liberal 30-year-old cryptocurrency billionaire, gave $39.8 million.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Amidst weakened revenue, Facebook owner Meta laying off 11,000 people

Facebook parent Meta is laying off 11,000 people, about 13% of its workforce, as it contends with faltering revenue and broader tech industry woes, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a letter to employees Wednesday.

 

The job cuts come just a week after widespread layoffs at Twitter under its new owner, billionaire Elon Musk. There have been numerous job cuts at other tech companies that hired rapidly during the pandemic.

 

Zuckerberg as well said that he had made the decision to hire aggressively, anticipating rapid growth even after the pandemic ended.

 

“Unfortunately, this did not play out the way I expected,” Zuckerberg said in a prepared statement. “Not only has online commerce returned to prior trends, but the macroeconomic downturn, increased competition, and ads signal loss have caused our revenue to be much lower than I’d expected. I got this wrong, and I take responsibility for that.”

 

Competition with TikTok: Facebook parent Meta reports revenue down

 

Meta, like other social media companies, enjoyed a financial boost during the pandemic lockdown era because more people stayed home and scrolled on their phones and computers. But as the lockdowns ended and people started going outside again, revenue growth began to falter.

 

An economic slowdown and a grim outlook for online advertising — by far Meta’s biggest revenue source — have contributed to Meta’s woes. This summer, Meta posted its first quarterly revenue decline in history, followed by another, bigger decline in the fall.

 

Some of the pain is company-specific, while some is tied to broader economic and technological forces.

 

Last week, Twitter laid off about half of its 7,500 employees, part of a chaotic overhaul as Musk took the helm. He tweeted that there was no choice but to cut the jobs “when the company is losing over $4M/day,” though did not provide details about the losses.

 

Meta has worried investors by pouring over $10 billion a year into the “metaverse” as it shifts its focus away from social media. Zuckerberg predicts the metaverse, an immersive digital universe, will eventually replace smartphones as the primary way people use technology.

 

Meta and its advertisers are bracing for a potential recession. There’s also the challenge of Apple’s privacy tools, which make it more difficult for social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snap to track people without their consent and target ads to them.

 

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Competition from TikTok is also an a growing threat as younger people flock to the video sharing app over Instagram, which Meta also owns.

 

“We’ve cut costs across our business, including scaling back budgets, reducing perks, and shrinking our real estate footprint,” Zuckerberg said. ”We’re restructuring teams to increase our efficiency. But these measures alone won’t bring our expenses in line with our revenue growth, so I’ve also made the hard decision to let people go.”

 

Zuckerberg told employees Wednesday that they will receive an email letting them know if they are among those being let go. Access to most company systems will be cut off for people losing their jobs, he said, due to the sensitive nature of that information.

 

“We’re keeping email addresses active throughout the day so everyone can say farewell,” Zuckerberg said.

 

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Former employees will receive 16 weeks of base pay, plus two additional weeks for every year with the company, Zuckerberg said. Health insurance for those employees and their families will continue for six months.

 

Shares of Meta Platforms Inc. jumped 4% before the opening bell Wednesday.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Strengthening law a must to ensure tobacco-free Bangladesh: Minister

Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque on Wednesday said it is necessary to strengthen the tobacco control law to achieve the goal of a tobacco-free Bangladesh.

 

He also said the initiative to fortify the tobacco control law to curb tobacco use is a timely one.

 

The minister came up with the comments during a meeting with a delegation from research and advocacy organization PROGGA and ATMA (Anti-Tobacco Media Alliance) at the Secretariat, said a press release.

 

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The meeting was organised to inform the minister about the progress made by the Health Ministry in amending the tobacco control law and the potential role that the Agriculture Ministry can play in the process.

 

Dr Abdur Razzaque said his ministry has full support for the Health Ministry’s proposals for tobacco control law amendment.

 

The delegation of PROGGA and ATMA informed the minister that currently the prevalence of tobacco use stands at 35.3 percent (37.8 million) of the adult population (15 y/o and above).

 

They said the tobacco-induced deaths and diseases cost the economy dearly since the financial toll is much higher than the revenue generated from tobacco sector.

 

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Realizing the extent of tobacco’s devastation, the Prime Minister voiced her commitment to build a tobacco-free country by 2040 and accordingly provided the directive to bring time-fitting changes to the tobacco control law, they observed.

 

Following clear directive from the PM, the Health Ministry took the initiative to amend the law.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

 

T20 World Cup: Knocking out New Zealand, Pakistan moves to final

Pakistan knocked New Zealand out of the T20 World Cup and marched to the final on Wednesday.

 

In the first semifinal of the event, Pakistan beat New Zealand by seven wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

 

It’s the third time Pakistan booked a place in the T20 World Cup final. They appeared in a final for the first time in 2007 when they lost the final to India. But in 2009, they won the final beating Sri Lanka at Lord’s.

 

While chasing a fighting total of 152, both Pakistani openers — Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan — hit a fifty each and laid down an opening stand of more than 100 runs that eventually set the foundation for Pakistan to seal the match.

 

While Rizwan posted 57, Babar scored 53. After their departure, it was Mohammad Haris who kept the scorecard of Pakistan going. He scored 30 off 26 balls before falling prey to Mitchell Santner in the last ball of the 19th over.

 

Eventually, Pakistan reached the target of 153 for three in the 19.1 over and marched to the final that will be played on November 13 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.

 

Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first. They ended up on 152 for four in 20 overs.

 

New Zealand’s top-order struggled a lot in this match. Despite that, they managed to pass the 150-run mark.

 

Glenn Phillips failed to do well in the semi. He just posted 6 of 8 balls. Phillips batted at a strike rate of more than 150 in this World Cup ahead of the semi.

 

Daryl Mitchell was the best batter for the Kiwis posting 53 for 35 balls, and the captain Kane Williamson posted 46 runs.

 

For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi bagged two wickets conceding 24 runs while Mohammad Nawaz took one. New Zealand lost one wicket to run-out.

 

The second semifinal will be played on Thursday where India will take on England. If India win the second semifinal, they will take on Pakistan in the final for the second time after 2007.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

 

Bangladesh to finish amending labour law by mid-2023, Law Minister tells ILO

The process of amending the Bangladesh Labour Law will be completed by mid-2023 and the amended law will be also applied to all industrial zones in the country, Law Minister Anisul Huq has said.

 

There are some confusions as to which of the two – the Bangladesh Labour Act and the Bangladesh EPZ Labour Act – will apply to the newly established industrial zones. But the amended Bangladesh Labour Act will be applied to Bangladesh industrial zones, the minister declared.

 

The law minister was speaking at the 346th session of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Switzerland’s Geneva.

 

Bangladesh continues its efforts to resolve the complaints raised under Article 26 of the ILO Constitution, said Anisul.

 

After submitting the report to the meeting of the Governing Body of the ILO last March, the Bangladesh government has made significant progress in the implementation of the roadmap in about seven months, he added.

 

“The government has tried to secure progress in the four clusters of the roadmap to improve the overall labour situation in the country.”

 

The minister also said the government has already amended the Bangladesh Labour Code and enacted the Bangladesh EPZ Labour Code. In this process, the observations of the ILO Committee of experts have been considered.

 

Assuring ILO, he said the process of revising the Labour Law has been started as the next phase of legal reformation. “So far, 17 stakeholders have received proposals for amendments. The Tripartite Working Group is seriously working on compiling these amendment proposals.”

 

The review committee will further discuss the recommendations or proposals compiled and seek the approval of the National Tripartite Consultative Council, he added.

 

Regarding trade union registration, the law minister said this process has been fully digitised to ensure greater accountability and transparency.

 

The Department of Labour with the help of its four industry related institutes and 32 labour welfare centers is providing training to workers and employers on the trade union registration process, he added.

 

In this regard, regular training is being given to the concerned officers. A pre-application service has been introduced by the Department of Labour to assist, he said.

 

“Trade union registration process will be simplified further, if necessary.”

 

Referring to the significant measures taken by the Bangladesh government to strengthen labour inspection and enforcement in line with the roadmap, the minister said, “We are committed to continue engagement with domestic and foreign social partners and other stakeholders for bringing qualitative changes in the labour sector.”

 

He also mentioned handing over of the document of ratification of ILO Convention 138 to its Director General the 344th session of the Governing Body.

 

“In January this year, the Bangladesh government also ratified Protocol 29 of the ILO Convention on Forced Labour, 1930. Clearly, these are a demonstration of our strong commitment to ILO labour standards.”

 

The law minister is leading the Bangladesh delegation in the ILO session that started from October 31.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

 

COVID-19: US vaccine donations to Bangladesh exceed 100 million

The United States has donated another six million pediatric doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to Bangladesh, bringing the total number of American vaccine donations to more than 100 million.

 

The US is the largest COVID-19 vaccine donor to Bangladesh. American COVID-19 vaccine donations now account for more than 70 percent of all international COVID-19 vaccine donations to Bangladesh.

 

“This milestone underscores the strong partnership between our two countries and is just one part of the incredible progress Bangladesh has made in fully vaccinating nearly 75 percent of the entire country,” said US Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas.

 

He said this is a remarkable achievement. “I congratulate everyone involved in protecting Bangladeshi children and adults against the pandemic,” said Ambassador Haas.

 

Ambassador Haas and Mayor of Narayanganj City Corporation Dr Selina Hayat Ivy joined a programme at school vaccination site in Narayanganj to mark this milestone in the Bangladesh-US partnership to fight the pandemic.

 

The United States has contributed more than $140 million in COVID-19 related development and humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

$4.5bn IMF loan: 1st instalment expected next Feb, says Mustafa Kamal

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday confirmed Bangladesh will get $4.5 billion from the International Monetary Fund amid hope that the lending agency will release the first installment of the much-needed loan by next February.

 

He said this in a briefing after meeting with the IMF delegation held at the ministry’s conference room at the Secretariat on Wednesday.

 

Separately, the IMF said it has reached staff-level agreement with Bangladesh government on the loan. The agreement came following two weeks of negotiations with a visiting IMF team and Bangladesh officials ending on Wednesday.

 

“The amount of loan is $4.5 billion,” confirmed Kamal. “The loan will be available in seven installments until 2026.”

 

“I hope that the IMF will be able to release the first installment of SDR352.35 million by next February. The remaining loan will be available in six equal installments of SDR 519 million every six months until December 2026 under Special Drawing Rights (SDRs),” he added.

 

SDRs are allocated based on the quota amounts of each IMF member country. The higher the quota amount, the larger the SDR allocation a country will receive. In general, stronger economies have higher quotas.

 

The finance minister said that the IMF mission has informed this according to their action plan. All the formalities and final board approval of the loan proposal will be completed within the next three months.

 

Under the extended credit facility (ECF) Bangladesh will get interest-free SDR822.82 million. Under the extended fund facility (EFF) the country will get SDR1645.64 million at a floating SDRi+1 percent interest rate while under the resilience and sustainability facility SDR1 billion will come at a floating SDRi+ 0.75 interest rate, according to the official documents of the finance ministry.

 

Kamal said that the economy of the whole world is going through a transitional period. Abnormal inflation has occurred in all developed and developing countries. Almost all countries’ currencies depreciated against the dollar.

 

In reply to a question, he said the foreign exchange reserves have decreased as the global economic crisis has affected Bangladesh’s economy to some extent.

 

“We requested the IMF for the loan as a pre-emptive measure to ensure that this instability does not escalate into a crisis. They have met several times before. We have successfully completed the ongoing loan negotiation,” the minister added.

 

The visiting IMF team held discussions with all stakeholders of the Bangladesh government, especially those involved with the financial sector.

 

“They (IMF) told us that our macroeconomic management is better than many other countries. The IMF team agrees to our ongoing economic reforms. Accordingly, we are going to take a four-year loan programme,” Kamal said.

 

The Washington-based global lender’s delegation arrived in Bangladesh on October 26 to discuss the loan request and make a first-hand assessment of the economic situation after Dhaka sought the loan in July this year.

 

This is Bangladesh’s highest amount of loan sought from the IMF as the economy has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war leading to a fall in the foreign exchange reserves.

 

During the visit the IMF team held a series of meetings with the finance ministry, Bangladesh Bank, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Power Division, Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), ERD, NBR, BIDA, and other financial organizations.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangladesh reports zero Covid death, 62 cases

Bangladesh reported 62 more Covid cases in 24 hours till Wednesday morning.

 

The total fatalities remained unchanged at 29,426 as no death was reported during the period.

 

With the new infections, the caseload rose to 2,035,992, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

 

The daily case test positivity rate dropped to 1.66 per cent from Tuesday’s 1.72 per cent from as 3,740 samples were tested during the period.

 

The mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.45 percent and the recovery rate at 97.40 per cent.

 

In October, the country reported 60 Covid-linked deaths and 10,043 cases.

 

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

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

 

Dengue death toll in Bangladesh reaches 187

With five more deaths reported in 24 hours till Wednesday morning, this year’s fatalities from Dengue climbed to 187.

 

This year’s fatalities from the mosquito-borne disease reached 182 on Tuesday, exceeding all previous records in Bangladesh.

 

During the 24-hr period, 796 patients were hospitalised with the viral fever, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

 

Of the latest deaths, three were reported from Dhaka and one each from Chattogram and Khulna divisions.

 

The new figures raised the death toll in Dhaka division to 117, in Chattogram division to 45 and in Khulna to 10.

 

Of the new patients, 459 were admitted to different hospitals in Dhaka and 337 outside it, according to the DGHS.

 

A total of 3,144 dengue patients, including 1,915 in the capital, are now receiving treatment at hospitals across the country.

 

The directorate has recorded 45,598 dengue cases and 42,267 recoveries so far this year.

 

Earlier the country recorded the highest 179 deaths from Dengue in a year in 2019.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Shaheed Noor Hossain Day Thursday

Shaheed Noor Hossain Day will be observed on Thursday, commemorating the martyrdom of a young pro-democracy activist during the anti-Ershad movement in the late 80s.

 

On November 10, 1987, Noor Hossain, a leader of Awami Jubo League, was killed in police firing when he had staged protests against the then autocratic rule of Gen HM Ershad at the capital’s zero point near Gulistan.

 

The 26-year-old took to the streets with the slogan ‘Swairachar Nipat Jak, Gonotantra Mukti Pak’ (down with autocracy, let democracy be freed) inscribed in white on his chest and back. His death sparked a mass uprising that finally overthrew the Ershad regime.

 

Different socio-political, cultural and professional organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day with due reverence.

 

Leaders and activists of different political parties, including Awami League and BNP, and their associate bodies will pay tributes to the martyr by placing wreaths at Noor Hossain Square in the city’s Gulistan area in the morning.

 

‘Zero Point’ in the capital’s Gulistan area was renamed as ‘Noor Hossain Chattar’ (square) after the young man was gunned down in the area.

 

On the eve of the day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages.

 

President Hamid, in his message, said November 10 is an important day in the history of the movement for the restoration of democracy in Bangladesh.

 

He recalled with respect all the martyrs, including Noor Hossain, who sacrificed their lives for democracy.

 

In her message, PM Hasina said the country’s democracy was restored through the sacrifice of the lives of many for the ouster of the dictator.

 

She prayed for eternal peace for the departed souls of all martyrs, including Noor Hossain, and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved members of his family.

 

BNP Acting Chairman Tarique Rahman and Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also issued separate messages on the occasion recalling the supreme sacrifice of Noor Hossain for the restoration of democracy.

 

In a statement, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader urged all and the leaders and activists of Awami League and its associate bodies to mark the day with due respect.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Attack on ex-justice Manik: 3 leaders of BNP, associate bodies remanded

A Dhaka court on Wednesday placed three leaders of BNP and its front organisations on one-day remand each in a case over the attack on former Supreme Court Judge JAHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik.

 

Those remanded are- BNP’s Dhaka Metropolitan South unit joint convener Harunur Rashid Harun, Swechchhasebak Dal’s Central Committee vice-president Rafiq Howlader, and Jubo Dal’s central committee former vice-president Ali Akbar Chunni.

 

Dhaka’s Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Tofazzal Hossain passed the order when the investigation officer of the case and sub-inspector of Detective Branch of police Md Forman Ali produced them before the court with a five-day remand prayer.

 

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The counsel of the accused Masud Ahmed Talukdar submitted a petition seeking their bail after canceling the remand order.

 

On Tuesday, DB police arrested the trio from the city.

 

On November 3, 11 leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal(JCD) were placed on a two-day remand in the case.

 

According to the case statement, the attack was made from a procession of the BNP in Nayapaltan area on November 2.

 

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The retired Supreme Court judge came under attack on this way to attend a TV talk show.

 

A case was filed against 50 unidentified BNP men in connection with the attack.

 

The former judge’s gunman Md Rafiqul Islam filed the case against the BNP men at Paltan police station.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Speaker Shirin Sharmin for more participation of women in peacebuilding

Speaker of the Parliament Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Wednesday stressed the need for increasing the participation of women in establishing peace and security.

 

She was speaking at the programme “Orientation on Localization of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security” at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.

 

In collaboration with the UN Women, Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangstha (BNPS), an organisation working for women’s rights, arranged the function participated by members of parliament (MPs).

 

The speaker said the MPs can play an important role in making laws to implement the national action plan related to women, peace and security.

 

“The role of women in peacebuilding is inherent. That is why they are able to play an effective role through local dialogue and negotiations,” she said.

 

Women are always more vulnerable to war, natural disasters and climate changes, she said, putting emphasis on increasing the skills of women through training.

 

BNPS Executive Director Rokeya Kabir delivered the welcome speech while gender expert Sheepa Hafiza presented a report.

 

Director General (UN Wing) of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Toufiq Islam Shatil spoke about the progress of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, which was adopted in 2019.

 

Country Representative of UN Women Gitanjali Singh, Australian High Commissioner in Bangladesh Jeremy Brewer and Counselor (Political) of Canadian High Commission in Bangladesh Bradley Coates also spoke at the event.

 

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Among the MPs, Mir Mushtaque Ahmed Robi, Shabnam Jahan, Sayeda Rubina Akter, Kazi Kaniz Sultana, Monira Sultana, Selima Ahmad, Aroma Dutta and Adiba Anjum Mita also talked about the localisation of the national action plan, said a media statement.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh