Photo exhibition ‘Prottasha: Hope for Migrants’ to be held in Dhaka Tuesday

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will organize a photo exhibition titled “Prottasha: Hope for Migrants” on Tuesday to raise awareness and to persuade the masses about sustainable reintegration, safe migration and migration governance.

 

Storytelling is an effective tool to inform and make people aware of the issues of safe migration, sustainable reintegration, and migration governance.

 

The exhibition will bring together a range of migration-related stories to help us understand the complex experience and contextualize some of the opportunities and challenges of migration in Bangladesh.

 

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It will also help understand migration and its complexities, said the IOM on Monday.

 

Besides, the stories will present the impact and results of the work on safe migration and sustainable reintegration of returning migrants under the Prottasha project.

 

The photo exhibition will remain open to all at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm

 

In addition, an infotainment show featuring pot songs, song performances, short films, and quizzes will be organized during the event.

 

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The photo exhibition is being organized under the European Union funded ‘Bangladesh: Sustainable Reintegration and Improved Migration Governance (Prottasha) project.

 

Since 2017, IOM has implemented the project, under the guidance of the Government of Bangladesh and in partnership with BRAC.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Foreigners need not worry: Bali governor says on Indonesia’s law on sex outside marriage

The governor of Bali has dismissed worries that amended rules, which include provisions criminalising sex outside marriage, may frighten tourists away from its coasts – saying that foreign visitors to Bali are not in danger.

 

Last week, the contentious measure that forbids cohabitation of unmarried couples was approved by Indonesia’s parliament.

 

In an effort to reassure tourists, Bali Governor Wayan Koster underlined in a statement on Sunday (December 11) that the new regulations, which take effect in three years, may only be prosecuted if a parent, spouse, or child files a complaint, AsiaOne reports.

 

He stated that anyone who “visits or resides” in Bali would not need to fear over the implementation of the Indonesian criminal code.

 

The Bali governor said that laws regarding this matter in the penal code had been changed from a previous, more stringent version so as to “give a greater assurance of everyone’s privacy and comfort,” the report added.

 

Read: 2002 Bali terrorist attack: Australia wants Indonesia to monitor released bombmaker

 

According to Wayan, the Bali government would make sure that “there will be no checking on marital status upon check-in at any tourism accommodation, such as hotels, villas, apartments, guest houses, lodges and spas.”

 

In addition, Wayan refuted what he called “hoax” predictions of flight and hotel cancellations, noting that information from airlines, travel agencies, and tour operators showed an increase in the number of people planning to come to Bali between December 2022 and March 2023.

 

The tourist organisation wants international visitors to the mostly Hindu island of Bali to achieve pre-pandemic levels of six million per year by 2025. Bali is the epicentre of Indonesian tourism.

 

The governor of Bali has dismissed worries that amended rules, which include provisions criminalising sex outside marriage, may frighten tourists away from its coasts – saying that foreign visitors to Bali are not in danger.

 

Last week, the contentious measure that forbids cohabitation of unmarried couples was approved by Indonesia’s parliament.

 

In an effort to reassure tourists, Bali Governor Wayan Koster underlined in a statement on Sunday (December 11) that the new regulations, which take effect in three years, may only be prosecuted if a parent, spouse, or child files a complaint, AsiaOne reports.

 

Read: Indonesia’s Parliament votes to ban sex outside of marriage

 

He stated that anyone who “visits or resides” in Bali would not need to fear over the implementation of the Indonesian criminal code.

 

The Bali governor said that laws regarding this matter in the penal code had been changed from a previous, more stringent version so as to “give a greater assurance of everyone’s privacy and comfort,” the report added.

 

According to Wayan, the Bali government would make sure that “there will be no checking on marital status upon check-in at any tourism accommodation, such as hotels, villas, apartments, guest houses, lodges and spas.”

 

In addition, Wayan refuted what he called “hoax” predictions of flight and hotel cancellations, noting that information from airlines, travel agencies, and tour operators showed an increase in the number of people planning to come to Bali between December 2022 and March 2023.

 

The tourist organisation wants international visitors to the mostly Hindu island of Bali to achieve pre-pandemic levels of six million per year by 2025. Bali is the epicentre of Indonesian tourism.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Autonomous, legislative and local govt bodies must have prior clearance for expenditures, Cabinet decides

The autonomous, legislative and local government bodies will need clearance from the Finance Division over financial expenditures as the Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of Public Service (Amendment) Act, 2022, incorporating such provisions.

The approval came from the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office.

“In the existing Public Service Act, 2018, now the Finance Division has authority over the financial matters of the government entities, officials and employees, but it was not clear what would be involvement of the Finance Division regarding the autonomous, legislative and local government bodies,” said Cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam while briefing reporters at the Bangladesh secretariat.

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Explaining the provision, he said that the public universities, the Election Commission, or local bodies like city corporations and union parishads will have to take opinions of the Finance Division over their financial expenditures. “So, the Finance Division will have a say” he added.

The Cabinet Secretary, however, said it had been mandatory too for the autonomous, legislative and local government bodies to take clearance from the Finance Division before, but the enactment of the existing law in 2018 made it unclear.

The meeting also approved the proposal to sign an agreement between Bangladesh and Iran to avoid the double taxation and prevent dodges of revenue.

The meeting approved the proposal to ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury, an international treaty adopted in 2013 in Japan to protect humans and the environment from harmful effects of mercury pollution.

The treaty came into full force in 2017 with 137 countries participating in the convention. The treaty banned the opening of new mercury mines. It also required existing mines to be phased out and the use of mercury in products to be restricted.

The total mercury release in Bangladesh is approximately 32,660kg per year, which polluted the environment, said Anwarul Islam.

Read: Cabinet approves amendment to let govt decide energy price without BERC

The Cabinet also cleared another proposal to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The protocol, which is also known as the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS), was adopted in 2010 as a supplementary agreement to the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Source: United News of Bangladesh

None will be spared if found breeding ground for mosquitoes: DNCC Mayor

No person or organisations will be exempted if a breeding ground for mosquitoes is found under them and legal action will be taken, said Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md Atiqul Islam on Monday.

“Legal action will be taken against those who are found responsible for breeding ground of mosquitoes, no person or organisations will be spared. Cases will be filed on a regular basis no matter whether it is government or private organisations,” he said.

DNCC mayor came up with the warning while speaking at a view-exchange meeting over the preventing outbreak of culex mosquitoes, held at the Nagar Bhaban auditorium in city’s Gulshan area.

“The owners have been given seven days and all owners of the organisations should clean their places and water bodies. We’ll visit different places after seven days and the magistrates of DNCC will conduct the drive,” he said.

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“I have visited the Airport area in person where I have seen that mosquitoes are being cultivated in the adjacent canal and water bodies, which is under the ownership of Civil Aviation, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) and Housing and Public Works Ministry. There are huge amount of hyacinth in the water bodies there,” said Atiqul.

He also urged all to clean the canals and water bodies and stop dropping waste in the empty place between two adjacent buildings.

Referring to the pollution of canals and water bodies of the city, Atiqul said the canals and water bodies of the city are polluting through the sewage connection of many houses and buildings through surface drain.

Read more: DNCC to launch 30-day drive amid uptick in dengue cases

“We have said it several times that sewage management should be done in every building. Survey work has already been completed by our waste division in Gulshan, Banani, Niketan and Baridhara areas. The operation will be conducted in these areas on January 4. Strict action will be taken if sewage is connected to the surface drain,” he said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BNP MPs’ vacant seats: EC likely to announce schedule of by-polls on Dec 15

The Election Commission (EC) might announce the schedule of by-elections to the parliamentary seats that fell vacant after resignation of BNP MPs on Thursday, Election Commissioner Md Alamgir has said.

 

He said this while talking to journalists at the Election Commission office at Agargaon on Monday.

 

READ: BNP to stage demonstration at Nayapaltan tomorrow

 

“We’ve received the gazette announcing the seats left by BNP MPs to be empty. We’ll soon hold a meeting where we’ll decide when to hold the by-polls,” said Alamgir.

 

On December 11, five out of seven BNP members of the parliament (MPs) submitted their resignation to Speaker of the Parliament Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, as part of their anti-government movement with a 10-point demand that includes dissolution of parliament.

 

The MPs who resigned are: Md. Zahidur Rahman, Thakurgaon-3; Md. Mosharof Hosen, Bogura-4; Gulam Mohammad Siraj, Bogura-6; Md. Aminul Islam, Chapainawabganj-2 and Rumeen Farhana, from women’s reserved seats.

 

READ: BNP MPs to submit their resignation to Speaker of Parliament today

 

Md. Harunur Rashid of Chapainawabganj-3, who is now in Australia and ailing MP of Brahmanbaria-2 Abdus Sattar Bhuiyan could not submit resignation to the Speaker in person.

 

Earlier, Rumeen Farhana announced the decision from the party’s Golapbagh rally on Saturday.

 

The MPs sent their resignation through an email on Saturday.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Covid-19: Bangladesh reports another death, 19 cases

Bangladesh reported another Covid-linked death with 19 more cases in 24 hours till Monday morning.

 

With the new numbers, the fatalities rose to 29,437 and the caseload to 2,036,825, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

 

The daily case test positivity dropped to 0.64 per cent from Sunday’s 1.82 percent as 2,981 samples were tested during the period.

 

Read: 4th dose of Covid vaccine to be administered from Dec 20

 

The mortality and recovery rates remained unchanged at 1.45 percent and 97.53 per cent, respectively.

 

In November, the country reported 10 Covid-linked deaths and 1345 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

224 more Dengue patients hospitalised in 24 hrs

Another 224 people were hospitalised with dengue in 24 hours till Monday morning.

 

The total fatalities remained unchanged at 266 as no death was reported during this period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

 

READ: Lack of awareness fuels dengue menace: Army Chief

 

Of the new patients, 119 were admitted to the hospitals of Dhaka and 105 outside it, said DGHS.

 

A total of 980 dengue patients, including 523 in the capital, are now receiving treatment at hospitals across the country.

 

The DGHS has recorded 60,522 dengue cases and 59,276 recoveries so far this year.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Quiz competition on 50 years of Bangladesh-Japan friendship held

The Embassy of Japan and Youth Opportunities on Monday jointly organized the prize giving ceremony of “50 years of Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Quiz Competition” in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Bangladesh.

 

The competition aimed at building better awareness among the Bangladeshi youth regarding the beneficial friendship between these two friendly nations with a fun learning activity.

 

The week-long online quiz competition was held between November 27 and December 3, 2022, and seven winners among more than seven thousand participants were selected.

 

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Outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki and other guests handed prizes to the winners.

 

Ambassador Naoki congratulated the winners and emphasized the significance of this initiative by reiterating the strong multifaceted bilateral ties between Japan and Bangladesh.

 

Co-founder of Youth Opportunities Osama Bin Noor mentioned that this competition has engaged thousands of Bangladeshi youth and enhanced their knowledge of Japan-Bangladesh relations, and he was glad that it was a great success.

 

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In the future, he hoped that the youth of Bangladesh and Japan will work together to take our friendship to a different height.

 

Representatives of Grameen Euglena, Grameen Uniqlo, Japanese Commerce and Industry Association in Dhaka (JCIAD) attended the ceremony.

 

The Daily Star and Dainik Bangla were the media partners of this competition. Their representatives also joined the event.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Cop injured in blade attack at Munshiganj court

A police constable was injured as a man attacked him with a blade at Munshiganj Chief Judicial Magistrate court on Monday.

 

Police arrested attacker Jalal,55, from the spot but the reason behind the attack could not be known yet .

 

The injured police officer was identified as Mohammad Ali, 57.

 

READ: HSC examinee killed in ‘merciless’ knife attack in Dhaka’s Merul Badda

 

Mahfuzur Rahman Al Mamun, superintendent of Munshiganj police, said Jalal, an outsider, entered the court of Judge Rokeya Rahman during hearing of a case and started to scratch Ali with the blade on his neck, belly and back, leaving him injured in the afternoon.

 

At one stage, an assistant lawyer who was present at the court managed to take the blade from Jalal and caught him.

 

Police officer Ali was taken to Munshiganj General Hospital and given first aid.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

 

Ganatantra Mancha unveils 14-point for simultaneous anti-govt movement

Ganatantra Mancha, a political platform of seven opposition parties, on Monday announced a 14-point demand for waging a simultaneous movement with BNP to oust the current Awami League government and bring a qualitative change in the governance system.

 

Mahmudur Rahman Manna, a top leader of the platform and the president of Nagorik Oikya, unveiled the 14-point demands at a press conference at the Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan Parishad office in the city’s Topkhana Road area.

 

He said the Ganatantra Mancha leaders will go to BNP’s Nayapaltan central office on Tuesday to witness the devastation caused by the police operation on December 7.

 

Read more: Ganatantra Mancha rally in city adds to opposition’s momentum

 

Besides, a liaison committee will be formed very soon to initiate the simultaneous movement with the party.

 

Earlier on Saturday, BNP standing committee leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain placed a 10-point demand from the party’s rally in the capital to start the simultaneous movement on December 24 through a mass processions programme.

 

“We want a qualitative change in the (governance system of the) state. That is why we are placing the 14 points. We’ve also given BNP our points and we’ll discuss those points,” Manna said.

 

As per the current constitution, the Nagorik Oikya leader said the Prime Minister is more powerful than a Mughal Emperor as she can do whatever she wants. It can’t continue and the constitution must be amended.”

 

“In order to establish the basic democratic rights of the people as a whole and to ensure their economic prosperity, we think that there should be substantial reforms in the administration, laws, and constitution of the country,” he observed.

 

Read more: Hasan Mahmud dismisses Ganatantra Mancha as out-of-touch, insignificant

 

The 14-point demand includes the dissolution of parliament, resignation of the government, formation of a neutral polls-time interim government for a free, fair, and credible national election, reconstitution of the election commission, stopping the use of excessive money in the election and nomination trade, amending the RPO, bringing change in administration, using ballot papers instead of EVMs and annulling the use of party symbol in the local government polls.

 

Besides, steps should be taken for establishing a balance of power between parliament, appointing the ombudsman, establishing a constitutional court, reforming article 70 of the constitution, introducing a proportional electoral system and bicameral parliament system along with direct elections, and establishing a rational balance of powers between the Prime Minister and the President.

 

The other demands of the Ganatantra Mancha are release of all political prisoners, including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, ensuring no barrier to political activities and meetings and rallies, scrapping all black laws including the Digital Security Act-2018 and the Special Power Act 1974 and ending harassment of the workers in the name of Industrial Police.

 

The 14 points have many similarities with the BNP’s 10 points as the Ganatantra Mancha added some points to the BNP’s demands.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

 

224 BNP leaders including Fakhrul, Mirza Abbas denied bail

A Dhaka court on Monday rejected the bail petition of 224 leaders and activists of BNP, including Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Standing Committee member Mirza Abbas, in a case over the clash between police and the party activists in the capital’s Nayapaltan.

 

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shafiuddin passed the order when their counsel sought bail for them.

 

Earlier, on Sunday a court set Monday for hearing of the bail petitions of the BNP leaders and activists in the case.

 

Read more: Fakhrul, Abbas, 5 other BNP leaders seek bail, hearing tomorrow

 

The other BNP leaders include Dhaka south city unit convener Abdus Salam, Publication Secretary Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie, joint secretary Khairul Kabir Khokon, former organizing secretary Fazlul Haque Milon and Selim Reza Habib.

 

On Friday, a Dhaka court sent Mirza Fakhrul and Abbas to jail rejecting their bail petitions in the case.

 

In the early hours of Friday, a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police picked up Mirza Fakhrul and Mirza Abbas from their homes in separate raids in the capital city.

 

Later they were shown arrested in a case filed under the Explosive Substances Act with Paltan police station over Wednesday’s clash.

 

Read more: Fakhrul, Abbas sent to jail ahead of BNP’s Dhaka rally

 

They were accused of instigating, planning and directing an attack on police, crude bomb explosion, destroying public property and lives, he added.

 

On Wednesday, a Swechchasebak Dal leader was killed and around 50 others were injured in a clash between police and the BNP activists in front of the party’s Nayapaltan central office, ahead of its December 10 rally.

 

On Thursday, a Dhaka court sent 445 BNP leaders and activists including Annie and Salam to jail in two cases filed over Wednesday’s violence.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2022: Participating foreign artists visit Gallery Cosmos

Gallery Cosmos, an exclusive art space dedicated to enriching the perception and appreciation of contemporary Bangladeshi art and one of the most prominent art galleries in Dhaka, hosted an exclusive meet-up and dinner for the participating artists of the ongoing 19th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2022 on Sunday night.

 

Over 150 prominent artists from the participating 114 countries, including Bangladesh, and officials from Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy visited Gallery Cosmos and Cosmos Atelier-71 printmaking studio at the Cosmos Centre in Dhaka’s Malibagh as part of the event.

 

Read more: ‘BRAVEHEART’: Gallery Cosmos pays rich artistic tribute to Bangabandhu

 

Enayetullah Khan, prominent Bangladeshi entrepreneur, journalist, author and patron of arts and Founder-Managing Director of the Cosmos Group and Chairman of Cosmos Foundation, joined the event alongside Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, former Foreign Advisor of Bangladesh and President of Cosmos Foundation; Daniela Mariana Sezonov Tane, Ambassador of Romania to India; Romanian artist-sculptor Alexandru Poteca; Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Director of Fine Arts Syeda Mahbuba Karim Mini and other distinguished personalities.

 

Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2022: Participating foreign artists visit Gallery Cosmos

 

Photo: Abu Sufiyan Jewel/ UNB

 

Several prominent Bangladeshi artists and art educators including Dhaka University Department of Fine Arts Assistant Professor Bishwajit Goswami; eminent artists Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Anukul Mojumder; young artists Abdullah Al Bashir, Iqbal Bahar Chy, Kamruzzoha; and art journalist Zahangir Alom also joined the event.

 

Read more: “The Passion of Drawing-2” by Gallery Cosmos: A daylong tribute to drawing

 

The visiting foreign artists experienced diverse Bangladeshi art of eminent local artists and master painters at the Cosmos Gallery and Cosmos Atelier-71 while sharing their artistic knowledge and experience of visiting Bangladesh and the ongoing Asian Art Biennale, according to artist Sourav Chowdhury, Executive Artistic Manager of Gallery Cosmos.

 

“Gallery Cosmos and Cosmos Atelier-71 have been organising this cultural exchange event since our inception, for visiting foreign artists taking part in the Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh. As per our tradition, we hosted more than 150 foreign artists tonight; and we are thankful to the artists for their time and enthusiasm as well as Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) officials for visiting Gallery Cosmos and Cosmos Atelier-71,” he told UNB.

 

Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2022: Participating foreign artists visit Gallery Cosmos

 

Earlier, the visiting foreign artists travelled to Tungipara via Padma Bridge to pay homage to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and participated in a day-long cruise and art camp on the Padma river, hosted by BSA.

 

The 19th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2022 was inaugurated on December 8 and will welcome visitors at BSA’s National Art Gallery, Segunbagicha in the capital till January 7, every day from 11 am to 8 pm.

 

Source: United News of Bangladesh