Awami League leaders will never flee from country: Quader

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the party’s leaders will never run away from the country in any hostile situation.


“BNP now asks the government to run away. They (BNP leaders) said the government will not find any escape route,” he said. “This is ridiculous.”


He was addressing at a huge public meeting organized by the Rajshahi district and metropolitan Awami League at historic Rajshahi Madrasa ground with Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the chief guest.


“I will not run away, If necessary, I will go to Mr. Fakhrul’s house. Will you not give us shelter? If not, he has a house Thakurgaon and we will go to that house,” he said amid laughter and cheers from the audience.


Quader said the BNP leaders have a history of fleeing from the country to save their skin from public wrath.


“Before fleeing to London Tariq Rahman signed a bond that he will not do politics again,” the AL leader said adding that the convicted fugitive is now the leader of the opposition BNP.


Obaidul Quader said that he was born in this country and will die in this country.


BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday called upon the government to quit power immediately to avert a shocking ouster.


The BNP leader also said they want to send out a message to the government through the fresh programme and that is to step down immediately and hand over power to a caretaker government and allow the people to exercise their right to vote under a new Election Commission.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

PM set to address Rajshahi rally, huge turnout at venue

Leaders and activists of Awami League and its associate bodies have gathered at Rajshahi’s Madrasa Ground, as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to address a public rally there.


Leaders and activists of Awami League have started to gather at the rally venue (Haji Muhammad Muhsin Government High School ground) since this morning and the ground was packed to the brim around 11 am.


The rally began at 11:50 am through recitation from the Holy Quran.


AL leaders and activists were seen joining the venue in separate processions and shouting different slogans.


Law enforcement agencies have undertaken several tiers of security measurers centering the rally.


PM Hasina started the Rajshahi tour by attending a parade of the Probationer Assistant Superintendents of Police (38th BCS Police Cadre) at Sarda Police Training Academy in the morning.


She also handed over awards to five assistant superintendents of police (ASPs) for their outstanding performance – achieving excellence in different fields in the one-year ASP Probationer training course.


The PM is scheduled to inaugurate 25 projects, involving Tk 1,317 crore. She will also lay foundation stones of six new development projects in Rajshahi city and district – to be constructed at a cost of Tk 376 crore – including the new Tathya Bhaban Complex.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Nipah virus kills 5 this year: Health Minister

A total of five people died of Nipah virus across the country this year, said Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Sunday.


“Eight people were infected with Nipah virus and of them five people died,” he said at a press briefing over the Nipah virus outbreak at the Secretariat.


Usually more than 70 percent of infected people die and people who drink raw date juice and fruits partially eaten by birds, especially bats, have possibility of being infected with the virus, he said.


“Besides, healthy people who come in contact with the infected ones also have possibility of being infected with the virus and it spreads from person to person quickly which is a matter of concern,” he added.


The government has taken steps to prevent the spread of Nipah virus, said the minister.


“First of all we have to make people aware about the virus through media,” said Maleque.


Besides, the government has taken step to create dedicated ward and separate Intensive Care unit at hospitals for providing treatment to the infected people, he said.


There is vaccine or medicine for treatment of Nipah virus infected patients, he added.


He also urge people to remain alert about the spread of the virus, refrain from drinking raw date juice and fruits eaten by birds or animals.


Replying to a question about the current situation of the virus, the minister said “We are trying our best to contain the spread of the virus.”


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Bangladesh makes huge progress in last 20 years: UK

British High Commission Dhaka’s Development Director Matt Cannell has said the government of Bangladesh has made huge development over the last twenty years.


“The UK has a strong and vibrant partnership with the government of Bangladesh in a range of areas, including diplomacy, trade and development,” Cannell said.


He said they are increasing their work to help end preventable deaths of mothers and newborn children in 11 countries around the world, including here in Bangladesh.


“I would like to particularly applaud the work of newly trained midwives in improving maternal and newborn health care,” Cannell said.


Head of Human Development Department of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in the UK Chris Carter said Bangladesh is rightly applauded for its family planning and immunization programmes, and the government’s commitment to driving down maternal and child deaths, such as the Bangladesh Every Newborn Action Plan.


“We hope to do more to help build on these efforts. It has been incredible to see the beginning of another Bangladesh success story to develop a new icddr.b alternative formula for Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF),” Carter said.


The British High Commission Dhaka recently co-hosted a roundtable with the government of Bangladesh and other development partners to discuss how to step up efforts to end preventable deaths of mothers, babies and children in Bangladesh.


Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof. Dr. Abul Bashar Mohammed Khurshid Alam attended the roundtable as the chief guest.


Chris Carter set out how the UK plans to work closely with the government and partners to sustain and build on Bangladesh’s progress on ending preventable deaths.


This includes working on quality, affordable health services and also addressing underlying issues, such as poor nutrition.


The roundtable included an initial consultation about how to tackle the remaining issues that cause preventable deaths of mothers, babies and children in Bangladesh.


This will help to inform the UK’s approach and identify areas where the UK, the government of Bangladesh and other partners can intensify their collaboration, said the British High Commission in Dhaka on Sunday.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Garment worker’s throat-slit body found in Gazipur house

The throat-slit body of a garment worker was recovered from her house at Bymile of Konabari area in Gazipur city on Sunday morning.


The body of Aliach Liza, wife of Masud Rana and hailed from Gopalganj thana of Tangail, was sent to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital morgue.


Masud used to fight with Liza over family issues and he attacked her with a sharp knife at one stage of altercation on Saturday night, said Officer-in-Charge of Konabari police station M Ashrafuddin.


Locals found her lying in a pool of blood and informed police.


Masud went into hiding after incident, he said.


PIB and CID members recovered a knife from the spot.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

2 sentenced to death for violating 2 girls in Dhaka

A Dhaka court on Sunday sentenced two people to death for violating two minor girls in the capital’s Mirpur area in 2021.


The condemned convicts are Md Fazlu, 32 and Md Zahirul Islam, 54.


The court also fined them Tk one lakh each.


Judge of the Dhaka Woman and Child Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Court-8 Begum Mafroza Parveen handed down the punishment.


According to the prosecution, the convicts took the six-year-old girl and seven-year-old girl to a garage in Maddhya Pirerbagh area of Mirpur alluring them of giving chocolates on May 21, 2021.


Later, they violated the two girls.


Father of one of the girls lodged a complaint with Mirpur Model Police Station.


On November 29, 2021, Ismat Ara Emi, sub-inspector of Mirpur Model Police Station, submitted chargesheet against them.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Engage children in creative activities, President urges parents

President Abdul Hamid on Sunday called upon the parents to engage their children in different creative activities alongside their regular education.


“The influence of literature and culture is immense to create a creative generation. Apart from education, it is very urgent to facilitate the path of children’s mental growth by involving them in various extra-curricular activities, including arts, literature and sports,” he said.


The President was addressing the award distribution ceremony of “National Children Award Competition 2020 and 2021″ at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital.


“Every child has a personality… Let us create opportunity for them to express it in a proper manner,” he said.


The President said Shishu Academy has a great role in creating creative mind and mental development of children.


Noting that Bangabandhu loved children very much, President Hamid said he used to mingle with children whenever he got time and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also very sincere regarding the overall development of children.


Describing children as the future leaders of the nation, he said children must be groomed to be good citizens as they would bear the country’s responsibility in future.


President Hamid urged all to work together for overall development of the children and help their inner potentialities flourish, irrespective of religion, caste and financial condition.


“It is everyone’s responsibility to develop children as enlightened citizens . . . Children need the suitable atmosphere, care and inspiration to develop their talents,” the President added.


Abdul Hamid said talented children scattered all over the country should be found out and given proper training to become quality artistes, painters or athletes so that they can compete in the global competitions.


Referring to the various activities of the government, he said Sheikh Hasina’s government is conducting multi-dimensional activities to ensure the overall rights of children.


“In the national action plan, children’s health-nutrition, education-science technology etc. are being prioritized . . . There are also various programmes and plans for the development of children with physical and mental disabilities,” the President said.


The President advised the guardians to provide proper education to children, including learning on justice, difference between truth and falsehood, honesty, kindness, patriotism and love for life.


Hamid also put emphasis on providing ethical education to children in the era of globalization and information technology (IT).


He said, “Nowadays, children in every house have mobile phones, laptops and other sophisticated devices many are addicted to mobile phones. They don’t go to playground much, they don’t practice art and literature and they even don’t know nature and environment.”


Around 6.50 lakh children from all districts took part in the ‘National Children’s Award Competition-2020 and 2021’ in 30 categories. The aim of this event is to flourish the inner potentials of children and adolescents.


Among the participants, some 474 children received the awards at this event. Of the awardees, the President handed over six for 2020 and six others for 2021.


A video documentary on “The children’s development, their flourishing and safety” was screened at the function. A memorial book entitled “Alor Ful (flower of light)” was launched on the occasion.


State Minister of Women and Children Affairs Fazilatunnesa Nesa Indira presided over the function. Chairman of Bangladesh Shishu Academy Lucky Enam and Secretary to Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Md Hasanuzzaman Kallol, among others, spoke on the occasion.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

BNP assistant office secretary Munir freed from jail

BNP assistant office secretary Munir Hossain was freed from jail on bail on Sunday nearly two months after his arrest.


He walked out of Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj around 3:30 pm after the bail order reached the jail authorities, said BNP’s media cell member Sayrul Kabir Khan.


Some leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies received Munir at the jail gate.


Sayrul said Munir was granted bail by a Dhaka court on Wednesday in a case filed over the clash between police and the party activists in the capital’s Nayapaltan on December 7.


On December 7 last year, 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.


Police arrested 470 BNP leaders and activists, including Munir, in connection with the clash.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Myanmar mired ever deeper in crisis as human rights spiral backwards: Türk

Nearly two years on from Myanmar’s military coup against the democratically-elected government, the country has sunk deeper than ever into crisis, undergoing a wholesale regression in human rights, UN human rights chief Volker Türk said recently.


“By nearly every feasible measurement, and in every area of human rights – economic, social and cultural, as much as civil and political – Myanmar has profoundly regressed,” he said Friday.


“Despite clear legal obligations for the military to protect civilians in the conduct of hostilities, there has been a consistent disregard for the related rules of international law.”


“Far from being spared, civilians have been the actual targets of attacks – victims of targeted and indiscriminate artillery barrages and air strikes, extrajudicial executions, the use of torture, and the burning of whole villages,” the head of OHCHR added.


The OHCHR said at least 2,890 people died at the hands of the military and others working with them, of whom at least 767 were initially taken into custody.


This is almost certainly an underestimate of the number of people killed by the military.


A staggering 1.2 million people of Myanmar were internally displaced, and over 70,000 left the country – joining more than a million others who fled, including the bulk of the country’s Rohingya Muslim population, who suffered decades of sustained persecution and attacks, the OHCHR said.


Over 34,000 civilian structures, including homes, clinics, schools and places of worship, were burned over the past two years, the rights office said.


Since February 1, 2021, the military has imprisoned the entire democratically elected leadership of the country and, in subsequent months, detained over 16,000 others – most of whom face specious charges in military-controlled courts, in flagrant breach of due process and fair trial rights, linked to their refusal to accept the military’s actions, the OHCHR said.


“There must be a way out of this catastrophic situation, which sees only deepening human suffering and rights violations on a daily basis,” Türk said. “Regional leaders, who engaged the military leadership through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed a Five-Point Consensus that Myanmar’s generals have treated with disdain.”


“Two of the critical conditions that were agreed – to cease all violence and to allow humanitarian access – have not been met. In fact, we have seen the opposite. Violence has spiralled out of control and humanitarian access has been severely restricted.”


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Family court awards custody of daughters to Japanese mother

The two children of Bangladesh-born US citizen Imran Sharif and Japanese mother Nakano Eriko will stay with their mother, a family court said in its judgment on Sunday.


Durdana Rahman, judge of Dhaka’s Second Additional Assistant Judge and Family Court passed the order.


Shishir Monir, lawyer of the Japanese mother Nakano Eriko, said the court dismissed the case filed by Imran Sharif to keep his two children in his custody. So, the two children are going to stay with their mother, and she can also take her daughters to Japan.


The court said it gave this order, focusing on the wellbeing of the two children.


The judge said that the place of residence of the two minor children is Japan and their mother is a Japanese doctor.


Therefore, they will have physical and mental safety if they stay with their mother.


Meanwhile, Japanese mother Nakano Eriko and her elder daughter Nakano Jasmine Malika expressed their satisfaction after hearing the verdict.


However, Imran Sharif’s lawyer Nasima Akhter Lovely said they will appeal against the order.


The two children are not allowed to go abroad until the case is settled, she added.


After 12 years of marriage, on January 18, 2020, Eriko, a physician, appealed for divorce from Engineer Imran Sharif over marital dispute.


On January 28, 2021 she also filed a case with a Tokyo family court for custody of their three children.


But on February 21, Imran returned to Bangladesh with the first two girls from Japan. Meanwhile a Japanese court passed a verdict putting the children under their mother’s custody.


On August 19, 2021 – days after coming to Bangladesh – Eriko filed a writ petition before the High Court here seeking custody of the two girls.


On November 21, 2021 the HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman ruled that the Japan-born daughters of Imran and Eriko would stay with their father.


However, the mother could exclusively meet the daughters, aged 11 and 10, three times a year for 10 days at a time and Imran, the father, will bear her travel and accommodation expenses, said the court.


On February 13 last year, the Appellate Division ordered that the custody of the two girls will be decided by the family court and until then the two children will remain with their mother.


Eriko tried to leave Dhaka with her two daughters on December 23.


She was turned away by the police from the airport after she tried to take the children in defiance of court orders.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


SAFF U-20 Women’s Championship: Bangladesh start campaign with Nepal match February 3

Hosts Bangladesh will play Nepal in one of the two opening matches of the SAFF U-20 Women’s Championship 2023 Friday at 7pm at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Dhaka’s Kamalapur.


India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh will compete in the regional competition organised by the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) under the supervision of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).


The tournament will be held during February 3-9 on a league basis.


Midfielder Shamsunnahar has been made the captain of the Bangladesh team and goalkeeper Rupna Chakma her deputy.


In the tournament opener, India will also play Bhutan on Friday at 3pm at the same venue.


BFF EC member and chairperson of the Women’s Football Committee Mahfuza Akhter Kiron disclosed the details of the competition at a press conference at the BFF House Sunday.


DMD of the tournament sponsor Dhaka Bank M Mostaque Ahmed, BFF Vice-President and Bangladesh team leader Ataur Rahman Bhuiyan Manik, manager Amirul Islam Babu, head coach Golam Rabbani Choton, technical director Paul Thomas Smalley and captain Shamsunnahar also spoke.


In the remaining league basis matches, Bangladesh will face their arch-rivals India on February 5 at 7pm while Nepal will encounter Bhutan on the same day at 3pm.


Bangladesh will play Bhutan on February 7 at 7pm in their last league match while India will encounter Nepal at 4pm on the same day.


After the league basis matches, the two top teams will play the final on February 9 at 6pm at the same venue.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

US Embassy hosts first university fair in Chattogram

The US Embassy in Dhaka hosted the first US university fair in Chattogram Sunday.


The embassy arranged the US University Spring Fair at a Chattogram hotel through its EducationUSA platform in partnership with EdPrograms. EducationUSA is the official source on US higher education.


Around 600 students from Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Bandarban joined the fair.


US Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer Sharlina Hussain-Morgan said: “Many in Bangladesh are interested in pursuing higher education at US universities. At present, about 10,000 Bangladeshi students are studying at US universities.”


“The fair aimed at creating opportunities for US institutions of higher education to meet prospective undergraduate and graduate students in Bangladesh,” she added.


The programme provided prospective students, teachers, and college counsellors with a unique opportunity to learn about the US higher education application process from admissions officers from 12 accredited higher education institutions.


The fair included interactive discussions and one-on-one fireside chat opportunities for students to engage with US university admissions recruiters, EducationUSA advisors, and US Embassy officials. Students also receive tips on best practices for a strong application


Besides, the programme featured information sessions on the F-1 student visa process. The fair also provided students with an opportunity to learn firsthand from testing services on SAT and banking representatives on financial options.


The US Embassy will host another education fair at InterContinental Dhaka on January 31.


Students at the fair in Dhaka will have the unique opportunity to speak with US university admission officials face-to-face about admission requirements and scholarship opportunities.


They will also receive tips on best practices for a strong application.


Also, there will be information sessions led by US Embassy officials and EducationUSA advisors about the F-1 student visa process and other topics related to the US higher education system.


The F-1 visa is the most common type of student visa. If someone wishes to engage in academic studies in the US at an approved school, such as an accredited US college or university, private secondary school or approved English language programme, he will need an F-1 visa. He will also need an F-1 visa if his course of study is more than 18 hours a week.


EducationUSA is the US state department’s network of over 425 international student advising centres in 178 countries.


The network promotes US higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited institutions in the US.


EducationUSA also provides services to the US higher education community to help institutional leaders meet their recruitment and campus internationalisation goals.


In Bangladesh, EducationUSA advising services and reference materials are available across the country at the American Center at the US Embassy in Dhaka, the Edward M Kennedy Center for Public Service and the Arts in Dhanmondi, and virtually in Chattogram.


EducationUSA reference libraries and remote advising services are also accessible in collaboration with the American Corners in Khulna, Sylhet, and Rajshahi.


Source: United News of Bangladesh