Wordbridge School to arrange art competition on Bangabandhu’s birthday

DHAKA, March 15, 2023 (BSS) - Wordbridge School will organise an inter school art competition title "Wordbridge School Art Bonanza" and a cultural program on the occasion of the birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, National Children's Day and Independence Day.

The competition will continue from 2.30 PM to 6.00PM on the school premises in the capital on Friday.

Around 250 students from different reputed schools have registered for the event.

Professor Shahjahan Ahmed Bikash, Chairman, Department of Fine Arts, University of Development Alternative, Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Nasimul Khabir, Assistant Professor, Department of Sculpture, University of Dhaka and Shamima Haque Shimu, Assistant Modeler, Department of Archaeology, and Faculty, Department of Art, Shurer Dhara will be present as judges at the function.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

JS body emphasizes achieving technical education

DHAKA, March 15, 2023 (BSS) - Parliamentary standing committee on the shipping ministry today recommended motivating students to receive technical education after their SSC and HSC examinations.

The committee came up with the recommendation at its 54th meeting held at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban with committee chairman major (retd) Rafiqul Islam, Bir Uttam, in the chair, an official release said.

Committee members State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Mahfuzur Rahaman, Md Aslam Hossain Saudagar, Dr Samil Uddin Ahmed and SM Shahjada joined the meeting.

The parliamentary standing committee suggested taking necessary initiatives for imparting training on technical education.

It also recommended amendment of the existing laws for strengthening Bangladesh National River Protection Commission.

At the meeting, members of the committee discussed activities and other different aspects of department of shipping and Bangladesh Shipping Corporation.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Engage in nursing education, service largely: PM to youths

GAZIPUR, March 15, 2023 (BSS) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called upon youths to engage in nursing education and service on a large scale.

"I will call on the youth folk to come forward to take nursing education and engage them in nursing service. It will not only create employment at home but also abroad," she said.

The premier said this while addressing as the chief guest the second graduation ceremony of the Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial KPJ Nursing College at its campus here.

She said she believed that today's graduate nurses will apply their acquired knowledge in the workplace.

"Bangladesh is moving ahead in every field and we will also move ahead in this (nursing) field, and I want this," she said.

Sheikh Hasina, also the chair of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust, said they will establish a medical college from the trust alongside this hospital and nursing college.

Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial KPJ Specialized Hospital and Nursing College (SFMMKPJSH&NC) is named after Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib and was established by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust.

At the function, Chief Executive Officer of SFMMKPJSH&NC Mohd Taufik Bin Ismail delivered the welcome address, while graduate student of the second batch Anamul Huq also spoke.

KPJ Healthcare Berhad President Norhaizam Binti Mohammad spoke as graduation speaker.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque and Chairman of the Governing Body of SFMMKPJSH&NC Major General (Retd) Abdul Hafiz Mallick were present.

At the ceremony, the prime minister distributed certificates among 210 graduates of the college.

She also handed over the Prime Minister's Award to six graduate students for their outstanding academic records.

A documentary on Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial KPJ Nursing College was screened at the ceremony.

The premier also inaugurated website, hospital management software and medical journal of the hospital.

Professor Deen Md. Noorul Haque, former Director General of Health Services, handed over an issue of KPJ Dhaka Journal of Medical Science to the prime minister.

Besides, Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) Commissioner Sheikh Shamsuddin Ahmed handed over the dummy of a Slit Lamp and Operative microscope to Sheikh Hasina.

The prime minister said her government is always dignifying the nursing profession and giving priority on it along with working for its development.

She said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman established nursing related institutes and took various steps to increase the dignity of nursing profession, development of nursing services and technology.

Following the footsteps of the Father of the Nation, Sheikh Hasina said that they have upgraded the nursing profession into second class.

During the Awami League (AL) government from 1996-2001 and from 2009 to till now, she said they have appointed around 38,000 nurses.

At the same time, development and recruitment of midwives in the health sector to prevent maternal and child mortality is a significant achievement of the AL government, she added.

The premier said at present, importance and reputation of nursing profession is increasing all over the world.

According to Gallup, an analytical organization in the United States, nursing has been named the most trustworthy profession in 2022 as in 2021.

"The role of nurses in people's services along with doctors during the Covid-19 pandemic will be remembered forever," she said.

She mentioned that there is huge demand for nurses in different countries across the world, while it has also demand largely in the country as each district and upazila has hospital, clinic and community clinic as well as maternity service center.

The prime minister said many of this nursing profession could explore jobs abroad learning the targeted country's language.

She, however, said that at first the necessity of the country has to be met before going overseas.

Sheikh Hasina briefly highlighted different initiatives of her government for the development of the health and nursing sectors.

As part of the initiatives of Awami League government, the old 23 nursing institutes have been upgraded to Nursing Colleges where 4-year B.Sc in Nursing courses and Post Basic courses are being conducted.

Besides, another 16 nursing institutes are in the process of being upgraded to nursing colleges.

Currently 69 nursing and midwifery institutes are running Diploma, BSc Basic and Post Basic as well as Masters courses at the government level.

The National Institute of Advanced Nursing Education and Research (NIENER) for higher education and research in the field of nursing has been established.

Besides, the Awami League government has established 23 new medical colleges in the last 14 years. It has plans to establish medical universities in each division and has already set up medical universities in four divisions.

The prime minister said that her government always serves the people and takes required measures to this end.

"We can take the credit that we have been able to change Bangladesh during 2009 to 2023 period," she said.

She also said her government has increased education rate, reduced maternal and child mortality rate, provided electricity in each house, brought health service at people's door step and is providing medicine through community clinic free of cost.

She said her government has taken decision to give insulin free of cost to the diabetes patients of the country through community clinics.

"We have decided that we will include insulin in the free medicines of the community clinics across the country for the diabetes patients," she said.

Currently, the government is providing 30 types of medicines through the community clinics.

"We will give away insulin free of cost so that the diabetes patients can get relief," she added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Three VCs meet President

DHAKA, March 15, 2023 (BSS) - Three Vice-Chancellors (VCs) of three universities paid a courtesy call on President M Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban here this evening.

The VCs were Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University (BSMRMU) Vice-Chancellor Real Admiral Mohammad Musa, Feni University VC Professor Dr. Md Jamaluddin Ahmed and Rangamati Science and Technology University (RMSTU) VC Professor Dr. Selina Akhter.

The President, also the Chancellor of the universities, welcomed them at Bangabhaban, President's Press Secretary Md. Joynal Abedin told BSS later.

During the meeting, the VCs highlighted the educational programs and infrastructure of their respective universities.

The Head of the State gave them a patient hearing and assured of providing all necessary supports in running the varsities.

President Hamid also called for ensuring quality education and ensuring a congenial atmosphere on the campuses.

He asked the VCs to adopt fair recruitment method, avoid favoritism and ensure proper accommodation of genuine students.

President's Secretary Sampad Barua, Military Secretary Major General SM Salahuddin Islam, Press Secretary Md Joynal Abedin and Secretary (Attachment) Md Wahidul Islam Khan were present there.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Rain likely at one or two places over country

DHAKA, March 15, 2023 (BSS) - Rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at one or two places over Mymensingh, Dhaka, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions, a met release said today.

Weather may remain mainly dry with temporary partly cloudy sky elsewhere over the Country, said the met forecast for the next 24 hours from 9 this morning.

Day and night temperature may fall slightly over the country.

Trough of westerly low lies over West Bengal and adjoining area. Seasonal low lies over South Bay. The rate of humidity on the air of the capital was 72 per cent.

Country's maximum temperature on Tuesday was recorded 35.3 degrees Celsius at Rangamati and minimum temperature today was 16.0 degrees Celsius at Tetulia.

Highest rainfall for the last 24 hours till 6am today was recorded 22 millimeters (mm) at Sylhet.

The sun sets at 6:07 PM today and rises at 6:07 AM tomorrow at Dhaka.

Country: Pakistan

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Application for RU entry test begins

RAJSHAHI, March 15, 2023 (BSS) - Application for the entry test in first year graduation (honours) courses at Rajshahi University (RU) for the 2022-23 academic session began from today (Wednesday).

Prodip Kumar Pandey, Administrator of Public Relation Office, told BSS that the primary application began at 12 noon today and it will continue until 12 midnight of March 27.

He said there is scope of appearing in the entry test for the second time like the previous year.

The varsity authority has fixed fees worth Taka 55 for each of the primary applications, while Taka 1100 for final application for 'B' (Commerce) unit and Taka 1320 for 'A' (Humanity) and 'C' (Science) units respectively.

Prof Prodip Pandey said admission tests for 'C' (Science) units will be held on May 29, while May 30 and May 31 have been fixed for 'A' (Humanity) and 'B' (Commerce) units. Every day, four tests, from 9 am to 10 am, from 11 am to 12 noon, from 1pm to 2pm and 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

Each of the tests will be 100 marks and there will be 80 multiple choice questions.

He also said detailed information about the admission application and tests remained available on http://admission.ru.ac.bd/ website.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Pro-BNP lawyers vandalise polling booths during SCBA polls

DHAKA, March 15, 2013 (BSS) - Chanting 'Joy Bangla' slogan, pro-BNP lawyers attacked and vandalised polling booths during the elections to the Supreme Court Bar Association today.

During the sudden attacks that took place at around 3:30pm, the BNP-backed lawyers smashed fans, chairs, tables and other furniture at the Shaheed Shafiur Rahman auditorium, where polling booths were set up, making police compelled to go into action to control the situation, eyewitnesses said.

Immediately after the incident, lawyers backed by pro-liberation forces, including Awami League, brought out processions on the court premises protesting and condemning the attacks.

Earlier, some lawyers and media persons were injured as police were trying to disperse a group of BNP-backed lawyers from the court auditorium in order to bring the situation under control.

At one stage, two groups of lawyers started fighting while police tried to prevent them.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Govt’s purchase committee approves 5 proposals

DHAKA, Mar 15, 2023 (BSS) - The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) today approved five proposals, including four proposals for the development and restoration of navigability of the old Brahmaputra river.

The approval came from this year's 10th meeting of the CCGP held virtually with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.

Briefing reporters virtually after the meeting, Cabinet Division Additional Secretary Syed Mahbub Khan said the cabinet committee approved four proposals of the Shipping Ministry to procure dredging works by cutter suction dredger for old Brahmaputra River with a cost of Taka 336.23 crore under the 'Development and Restoration of Navigability of Old Brahmaputra, Dharla, Tulai and Punarbhava Rivers' project.

The government will procure the "Dredging works by cutter suction dredger for old Brahmaputra River (Package-03), (Lot-01).CH: 191.00 Km to 195.00 Km. (e-GP ID NO: 726497)" from SS Engineering and Construction Limited with a cost of Taka 61.92 crore while "Dredging works by cutter suction dredger for old Brahmaputra River (Package-04), (Lot-02).CH: 160.00 Km to 170.00 Km. (e-GP ID NO: 725286)" from joint venture Spectra Engineers Limited and Castle Construction Company Limited with a cost of Taka 98.63 crore.

The government will also procure "Dredging works by cutter suction dredger for old Brahmaputra River (Package-04), (Lot-03).CH: 170.00 Km to 178.00 Km. (e-GP ID NO: 726473)" from Orient Trading and Builders Limited with a cost of Taka 87.83 crore while "Dredging works by cutter suction dredger for old Brahmaputra River (Package-04), (Lot-04).CH: 178.00 Km to 186.00 Km. (e-GP ID NO: 726495)" from joint venture Sonali and NDE with a cost of Taka 87.83 crore.

Syed Mahbub Khan informed that the committee also approved a variation proposal of the Chattogram Development Authority to procure the 'Construction of Road and Bridge work under the project Construction of Link Road from Dhaka Trunk Road to Baizid Boastami Road including Loop Road at the outer Periphery of AUW'.

Through variation, the new cost of the package is Taka 110.73 crore which was reduced by Taka 19,083.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

No question of dialogue with BNP on caretaker govt: Hasan

DHAKA, March 15, 2023 (BSS) - Information and Broadcasting Minister and Awami League Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud today said there is no question of holding dialogue with BNP over the caretaker government issue.

"Have we called them (BNP) to hold dialogue? There is no need to hold a dialogue over the caretaker government issue. And we didn't call them for dialogue. If we called them they would have had the opportunity to say whether they would come to the dialogue or not," he said.

The minister told reporters replying to a query at the meeting room of his ministry at the Secretariat in the capital.

Hasan said elections are neither held under the Awami League government nor under the Prime Minister. There is no scope for going to the polls under the AL as the election will be held under the Election Commission (EC).

He said, "The polls will be held under the EC as per the constitution."

The present government will perform its responsibility as the election-period government similar to all other parliamentary democratic governments, including India, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, and countries of Continental Europe like Germany and France, he added.

So, there is no question of holding dialogue over the caretaker-government issue, said the ruling party leader.

Replying to another query over BNP's nomination trade in the last elections, the minister said BNP had nominated 900 candidates for 300 seats in the last general elections, which never happened in the history of Bangladesh.

"In my constituency, we first saw one person get the nomination, then we saw it was reversed as another got the nomination. Then we saw that the 'Sheaf of Paddy', the electoral symbol of BNP, was sold and given to LDP . . . And BNP women workers protested it," he said.

Hasan said BNP did the nomination trade in the last polls as they had nominated 900 candidates for 300 seats, which had a tremendous impact on their election results.

He said, "Awami League is an ideological party and we do not give nominations to recently retired bureaucrats or big businessmen, except for long-time tested leaders or workers. The tested leaders and workers, who have popularity, will be nominated by Awami League."

He said many went to BNP as they didn't get nominations from Awami League. "And they got nomination from BNP in exchange of a huge amount of money. Even later, they became ministers. BNP practices this kind of trade as the party was born through distributing the leftovers of power," said Hasan.

He said many BNP leaders, including Mirza Fakhrul, Rizvi, and Khandaker Mossharraf, were involved with another party. Consequently, they have no ideology and they do such nomination trade, said Hasan.

Earlier, the minister unwrapped the covers of two books named 'Bangabandhur Rajnoitik Darshon o Swadhin Bangladesher Swapno' written by Ekushey Award winner Professor Dr Bikiran Prashad Barua and 'Tumi Bangabandhu, Tumi Jatir Pita' written by Md Rafiqul Islam.

Dr Bikiran, Amar Prakashoni owner Amar Hawlader, journalist Avi Chowdhury, Kishor Kumar Barua and Golam Kader, among others, were present at the ceremony.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

5 genius people accorded receptions in C’nawabganj

CHAPAINAWABGANJ, March 15, 2023 (BSS)- Chapainawabganj Shilpakala Academy

accorded receptions to five genius people of the district for the period 2022

for their contribution in different sectors.

These genius people are Azizur Rahman Shishir in Drama, Lutfar Rahman Sarkar

in Folk Culture (Alkap), Hafizur Rahman Kajal in Songs, Hiralal Kole Karmakar

in Musical Instrument (Madal) and Golam Faruk Mithun as Creative Cultural

Organiser.

Each of them got a cheque of Taka 18,000 and certificate.

Shilpakala Academy organised a function on the occasion yesterday at its

auditorium with the Deputy Commissioner of Chapainawabganj AKM Galiv Khan in

the chair.

Ferdousi Islam Jesi, MP, attended the function as the chief guest while

Principal of Nawabganj Government College Professor Shankar Kumar Kundu,

Principal of Adina Fazlul Haque Government College Professor Mazharul Islam

Toru and valiant freedom fighter Advocate Abdus Samad attended it as special

guests.

Among others, social worker Monimuddowla Chowdhury and District Cultural

Officer Farukur Rahman Foisol spoke in the function.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

President, PM wish success of Bangladesh Scouts’ AGM

DHAKA, March 15, 2023 (BSS) - President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today issued separate messages wishing the 51st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Bangladesh Scouts a success as it will be held tomorrow.

On the eve of the 51st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Bangladesh Scouts, the President and the Prime Minister greeted all Rovers, Scouts, Cubs, and Scout Leaders.

President Md Abdul Hamid, in his message, extended his congratulations to the recipients of the Silver Tiger and Silver Hilsa Awards and other awards in 2021 in recognition of their unique contribution to the development and expansion of Bangladesh Scouts.

Noting that 'Scouting' is an international, voluntary, non-political, and educational movement, the head of the state said it is a supplementary practical education system in addition to regular education.

He said that the main goal of scouting is to develop the youth of the country as self-reliant, well-mannered and ideal citizens through regular training.

He hoped that the scout authority will be sincere to speed up the scouting activities in Bangladesh in the days to come.

In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, "Bangladesh Boy Scout Association was formed on April 9, 1972, after the country's independence."

The greatest Bangalee of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gave official recognition to Bangladesh Scouts on September 11, 1972, by issuing Presidential Ordinance 111, she said.

As a result of his inspiration and initiative, Bangladesh Scouts became the 105th independent member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement on June 1, 1974, the Premier added.

She said the Father of the Nation played a very important role in the expansion of Bangladesh Scouts at the national level and its reputation at the international level.

As the President, he (Bangabandhu) earned the honor of being the first Chief Scout in an independent country, she added.

The Awami League-led government is taking and implementing various initiatives to strengthen the scout movement, said Sheikh Hasina.

"We want to develop our children, adolescents, and youth as technology-savvy skilled human resources. Bangladesh Scouts are playing a commendable role in this regard. Along with education, Scouts are developing themselves as up-to-date citizens participating in training and various service activities," she continued.

She hoped that every member of Bangladesh Scouts will work together to build a hunger-poverty-free, happy, and prosperous 'Golden Bangladesh', as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, by fulfilling their duties with utmost patriotism and devotion.

"I wish the overall success of the 51st Annual General Meeting of Bangladesh Scouts," the Premier continued.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

First day of voting in SCBA polls ends

DHAKA, March 15, 2023 (BSS) - First day of two-day voting of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) polls of 2023-2024 tenure ended at 5pm today.

The voting started at around 12 noon and went on uninterrupted till 5pm.

"Tomorrow the voting will start at 10am and will continue till 5pm, with one-hour recess in the middle," convener of SCBA election sub-committee Md Moniruzzaman told BSS.

The first day of voting witnessed chaotic situations, including clashes between the supporters of two panels and vandalising of polling booths by the pro-BNP lawyers.

At one stage, police entered the Shaheed Shafiur Rahman Auditorium to move out the protesting lawyers of pro-BNP panel that led to a clash leave some journalists injured.

Pro-liberation White Panel is contesting with incumbent president and secretary Md Momtazuddin Fakir and Md Abdun Nur Dulal respectively as its candidates for the same posts.

On the other hand, Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Barrister Md Ruhul Quddus Kazal are vying for the posts of president and secretary from pro-BNP Blue Panel.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)