Supreme Court resumes after Eid vacation

The High Court and Appellate Division of the

Supreme Court opened today to conduct regular judicial operations after the

23-day long court and Eid-ul Fitr vacation.

The proceedings have started simultaneously in 50 benches of the High Court

from 10:30 am today.

Earlier, the Supreme Court (SC) went into vacation on April 9 (Sunday).

However, more five days were added to the vacation as the government extended

the Eid-ul Fitr vacation by one day by executive orders on April 10.

During the vacation, the Chamber Court of the Appellate Division and some

Benches of the High Court Division conducted the proceedings in a limited

scale.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

IoT-based smart delivery locker to be introduced at metro stations

Entirely "Made in Bangladesh" IoT (internet of things) based smart delivery locker will be launched at the metro-rail stations in the capital soon.

Through this automatic delivery box, metro-rail users can collect the delivery of the products ordered on their e-commerce platform without the presence of a deliveryman, just through smart phone through OTP very easily and conveniently from these smart lockers installed at metro-rail stations, said a press release of a2i Programme here today.

An agreement was signed between Aspire to Innovate (a2i) of ICT Division and Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL).

A2i Project Director Dr. Dewan Muhammad Humayun Kabir and DMTCL Secretary (joint secretary) Mohammad Abdur Rouf signed the agreement on behalf of the respective institutions.

DMTCL Managing Director MAN Siddique witnessed the agreement signing as the chief guest.

Under this agreement, a2i will use certain spaces in all metro-rail stations under MRT-6 on a commercial basis following the terms and conditions set out in DMTCL's Rent or Lease Policy 2023.

DMTCL MRT Line-6 Project Director Md Aftabuddin Talukder, a2i Programme Policy Adviser Anir Chowdhury and a2i Program Head of Commercial Strategy Rezwanul Haque Jami also spoke on the occasion, among others.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Four killed in Tangail road accident

Four people, including two school girls, were

killed and 15 others injured as a passenger bus hit an easy bike in Dhanbari

upazila of the district today.

The deceased were identified as Roshni, 13, hailed from Madhupur upazila,

Bithi, 13, easy bike driver Abdul Hakim, 60, an inhabitant in Dhanbari

upazila, and Golam Mostofa, 50, resident in Hadira Bazar area in Dhanbari

upazila.

Officer-in-charge of Dhanbari Thana H M Jasim Uddin said the accident

occurred this noon in Baghil Bazar area on the Tangail-Jamalpur highway. Two

people died on the spot and other two breathed their last at Madhupur Upazila

Health Complex.

Police seized the bus. The bodies were brought at Dhanbari Thana.

A case is being processed to file.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Bangladeshis in Sudan urged to register for evacuation

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam today urged all Bangladeshis in Sudan to get registered as evacuation is set to begin on May 2 or 3.

"We assume there are nearly 1,500 Bangladesh nationals in Sudan, and so far, 700 of them have registered (with the Bangladesh Embassy in Sudan) ... I appeal to the rest of the Bangladeshis to get registered for evacuation," he said.

He made the appeal at a press briefing after presiding over an inter-ministerial meeting at the Ministry, on the evacuation plan of Bangladeshis from Sudan.

Alam said some Bangladeshi, now living in Sudan, may think to stay back in the war-hit African country or to go to second country, but, "it will not be easy for them".

"As the (Bangladesh) government is offering support, all should register themselves to evacuate from Sudan for their own safety and sake of their families," Alam said.

He said Bangladeshi nationals will be taken to Port Sudan from Khartoum by bus on May 2 or 3 and from there they will be taken to Jeddah crossing Red Sea through Saudi Arabia owned vessels by a 12-hour voyage.

The Bangladesh Embassy in Khartoum has already arranged nine buses to take the Bangladeshi nationals to Port Sudan from Khartoum and adjacent cities.

Alam said that he is hopeful to bring all 700 Bangladeshis from Khartoum to Port Sudan at one go.

"We are expecting that the Bangladeshis would reach Jeddah a day after they arrive in Port Sudan," he said.

The state minister said Bangladeshi nationals with passports would be taken onboard immediately and those who do not have passports will be given travel documents promptly to avail the next available Saudi ships to reach Jeddah.

He said arrangement have been made to provide food and some money to each Bangladeshi nationals during their evacuation from Sudan to Bangladesh.

From Jeddah, Alam said the Bangladeshis would be brought to Bangladesh by several flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.

The national flag carrier Biman is ready to operate chartered flights to bring the Bangladeshi nationals back home, if required, he added.

The state minister said the Saudi Arabia government has assured that it would arrange hotels as shelter for Bangladeshi nationals in Jeddah.

So far, Alam said, 35 Bangladeshi nationals have been evacuated from Sudan through help of different Middle Eastern countries.

He said that the staffs of Bangladesh mission in Sudan would not leave that country unless the last registered Bangladeshi is evacuated.

A team from Bangladesh Jeddah mission has already reached Sudan by an Indonesian aircraft to provide support to the evacuation mission.

The state minister expressed his gratitude to Saudi Arabia and Indonesian government for their support in evacuating Bangladeshi nationals.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

BNP has to choose between being musclemen and political party: Hasan

Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said BNP will have to decide whether the party would be used as the musclemen of someone who is living far away or to survive as a political party.

"I think a political party is no longer a mass people's organization if it remains constantly apathetic to the elections and doesn't take part in polls. And it would become a worker-based organization to protect interest of someone," he said.

In fact, BNP's acting chairman wants the party to be their musclemen and for this, he doesn't want to allow BNP to participate in the elections, said Hasan, replying to a question of reporters at the conference room of his ministry at the Secretariat here.

Criticising a declaration of waging movement by BNP, the minister said the party is talking about such movements for the last 14 years and people take it as a jock. Even, BNP's activists don't believe such threats and they have no confidence in their leaders, said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.

Criticising another comment of BNP secretary general, the minister said Awami League has always assumed power through elections and the party (AL) believes in the power of people and in their strength. On the other hand, BNP does not believe in polls, and for this, they have boycotted the elections and tried to resist the polls, he added.

Even, he said, BNP took part in the 2018 polls to make it questionable. BNP is a political party and it is their own decision whether the party would take part in polls or not, he added.

Replying to a query on Begum Khaleda Zia's health issue, Hasan said it is a part of a plan of BNP to show Begum Zia as sick. But she is now in good health, he added.

He said a few days ago BNP leaders claimed that Begum Zia's life would be at risk if she was not taken abroad. After that, the countrymen witnessed that Begum Zia returned to her home getting well, he added.

He said BNP's main intention is to make Khaleda Zia sick in their interest.

Earlier, the minister exchanged views with the leaders of Bangladesh Cine-Journalists Association (BCJA) at the ministry.

They handed over a letter with a three-point demand to the minister.

Hasan congratulated the leaders of the organization marking its 55th anniversary and assured them of considering their demands.

In his speech, the minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has formed a special loan fund of Taka 1000 crore for construction and renovation of cinema halls. Artiste welfare trust has been formed, he added.

He said the construction works of a new FDC building are going on in full-swing.

He said a Bangladesh stall has been set up at Cannes Festival for the first time to take Bangladeshi cinema in the global screen. Bangabandhu's biopic 'Mujib, The Making of a Nation' is likely to be screened there, said Hasan.

BCJA president Raju Alim, general secretary Riman Mahfuz, vice presidents Anjan Rahman and Rashed Rain, joint general secretary Rahat Saiful, treasurer Sahabuddin Majumder, organizing secretary Shafiqul Alam Milan, social welfare secretary Anjuman Ara Shilpi, publication secretary Abu Huraira Murad, members Freedom Fighter Mainul Haque Bhuiyan, Anisul Haque Rashed and Ruhul Shakawat, among others, were present in the meeting.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Historic May Day tomorrow: President, PM greet working people

The historic May Day will be observed tomorrow in the country and elsewhere across the world in a befitting manner.

The day is being observed across the globe since 1886 commemorating the supreme sacrifices of the workers at Hay Market, Chicago, in the USA for eight-hour working day and upholding the rights of the working people.

To press home their demands, working people had to sacrifice their valuable lives in tragic bomb attacks and police atrocities on May 1, 1886 and the following days.

This year's theme of the day is 'Sramik-Malik Oikyo Gori, Smart Bangladesh Gorey Tuli' (Let us forge worker-owner unity and build smart Bangladesh).

President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today issued separate messages on the eve of the historic May Day.

They extended their greetings to all working people of the world, including Bangladesh, wishing success of all programmes on the occasion.

In his message, the President said Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had fought for the rights of hard-working people throughout his life.

Bangabandhu gave state recognition to the 'May Day' after independence, the head of the state said, adding that he declared May Day a public holiday.

Bangabandhu set up a wage commission to ensure fair rights of the workers and he also announced a new salary structure for the workers, Shahabuddin said.

In 1972, under the initiative and strong leadership of Father of Nation, Bangladesh became a member of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and ratified 29 conventions, including 6 core conventions of the ILO, he said.

Through the positive and progressive participation of workers and employers, stability and productivity in the labor sector will be enhanced, he hoped.

The underlying significance of the Great May Day is closely connected with the rights, interests and welfare of the working people, Shahabuddin mentioned.

He hoped that everyone will take responsibility in their respective fields to improve their living standards and protect their rights.

There is no alternative to ensuring the overall rights including improved working environment, good labor-employer relations, professional safety and well-being of workers in building a developed and smart Bangladesh by 2041, Shahabuddin added.

In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman formulated a labor policy in 1972 with the aim of establishing a society free from exploitation.

He strengthened the country's economy and ensured the fair rights of the workers by nationalizing the abandoned mills, the premier said.

The present Awami League-led government is implementing various activities for the development and welfare of the working people of the country, she said.

Bangladesh Labour (Amendment) Act, 2018 has been enacted by updating and modernizing the Bangladesh Labor Act to ensure safe working environment, social security and workers' welfare by maintaining goodwill and good relations between employers and workers, the premier added.

Bangladesh Workers Welfare Foundation has been formed to ensure the welfare of workers working in different sectors of the country, Sheikh Hasina continued.

As part of the efforts to ensure a decent work environment for workers, the 'National Occupational Health and Safety related Research and Training Institute" is being constructed in Rajshahi, she said.

She said two multi-storied working women's hostels have been constructed at Kalurghat in Chattogram and at the port of Narayanganj to ensure safe accommodation for women workers.

To address the pandemic situation, the government has taken all possible measures, including the distribution of relief to the working people, she added.

Financial assistance was provided to unemployed and distressed workers in the export-oriented garment and leather goods and footwear industries due to the outbreak of COVID-19, she said.

She believed that all workers and employers will maintain good relations and devote themselves to increase national production being imbued with the ideals of the great May Day.

"We will build the developed and prosperous golden Bangladesh as dreamt by the father of the nation through the welfare of the working people and the overall development of the country, Insha Allah," she added.

Both the president and the premier wished all programmes undertaken on the occasion of the 'Great May Day-2023' a success.

On the occasion of the Great May Day, various organizations have taken elaborate programmes maintaining proper health guidelines.

The programmes include holding workers' rallies, processions, discussions, seminars and cultural functions.

National newspapers will publish special supplements marking the day.

Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private TV channels will broadcast special programmes and talk shows.

Jatiya Sramik League will organize a workers' rally in front of the central office of Awami League on Bangabandhu Avenue here tomorrow.

Awami League (AL) General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader will address it as the chief guest.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

First Person: ‘Humanity must get out of the cradle’

Chinese writer Cixin Liu is one of the world’s most highly respected science-fiction authors, known for epics such as “The Three Body Problem,” soon to be adapted as a major TV series. He shared his thoughts on the future of the planet, at an event held at UN Headquarters to mark Chinese Language Day.

“There is no doubting the importance of the current foundations for the sustainability, from environmental protection to the fight against climate change, and green lifestyles. In the foreseeable future, upholding all these principles will be fundamental if humanity is to thrive.

To continue to grow, one must get out of the cradle, and it’s the same with the humanity. To achieve a genuinely sustainable future, we must go beyond the Earth, our cradle. Otherwise, what Arthur C. Clarke wrote in 2001: A Space Odyssey may come true: ‘In the midst of plenty, they were slowly starving to death’.

The modernization of all societies will need far more resources than our planet can provide, and this makes development a threat. But we could find whatever we need to survive and develop on the eight planets and asteroid belt of our Solar System, including water, metal, organics, and fuels for nuclear fusion; If the Earth is able to feed 100 billion people in total, then the resources in the Solar System could support the population of 100,000 Earths.

However, whether we hold on to Earth or dive into the universe, sustainable development needs the non-stop progress of science and technology, but the signs are not that promising.

Science fiction authors thought that 2023 would see magnificent space cities are moving on the geosynchronous orbits, with the Moon a suburb of Earth; cities on Mars, with millions of people living there; massive mining operations in the asteroid belt and even over the ice-covered seas of Jupiter and beyond the orbit of Neptune; and human beings exploring new worlds.

The only area where the reality of 2023 matches the imagination of science fiction is in the development of information technology. In the past 30 years, information technology has leapt forward far faster than other technologies and has penetrated all aspects of human society to revolutionize people's life.

Nevertheless, this conceals the slow progress of other scientific and technological fields, creating an illusion of rapid technological progress in an all-round way. If the technological progress brought by scientific development is regarded as a big tree, then the most accessible fruits on the tree have been picked up today.

To get to a truly sustainable future, we need a greater spirit of pioneering and entrepreneurship. The international community needs a longer-term development plan, as well as full attention to, and investment in, basic research and technological innovation. Many undertakings in this area may only be accomplished with large-scale international cooperations, and the United Nations can undoubtedly play an important role in it.

Yet, the international community still suffers from division and confrontations, even when all mankind is facing common challenges. A conventional disaster occurs locally, and other parts of the world can offer help; but a doomsday crisis puts the entire world on the brink of destruction, and no one will come to rescue us.

But once the entire global society faces the doomsday crisis in science fiction, I think human beings will still come together to respond to the crisis). Collectively, we have the ability to self-regulate, in the way that we interact with nature.”

Source: EMM/ United Nations

Govt. has accorded top priority for neighbouring countries, Minister Saud says

Foreign Affairs Minister Narayan Prakash Saud has said that the country's foreign policy would not be conducted by making only the big talks.

Talking to the party cadres in his hometown Kanchanpur on Saturday, Minister Saud said that there are certain determinants in a nation's foreign policy and they are based on history, society's formation and economic interests.

On the occasion, Minister Saud said that our ancestors have handed over a foundation for our foreign policy. "We are moving ahead based on the foundation handed over by our ancestors," he said, adding that the government has accorded top priority for the Nepal's relations with our neighbouring countries and the western countries as well.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

NC general-secretary Thapa stresses for resolving internal problems of party

Nepali Congress (NC) general-secretary and parliamentarian Gagan Kumar Thapa has pitched for exploring internal problems of the party. He stressed the need to identify the internal problems and place planned efforts to resolve them.

In his address to the annual province gathering of Kathmandu constituency 4(1), he clarified they had not asked party cadres to vote somewhere else than their election symbol.

The general-secretary underlined the urgency of serious discussion if anyone had committed any mistake in this regard.

Also speaking on the occasion, NC Kathmandu constituency 4 President Shyam Krishna Sangat said NC leaders were found presenting factional candidates from own party in the constituencies to oppose party official candidates in the last general election.

Likewise, NC Kathmandu constituency 4 (1) President Bimal Hada said youths were increasingly showing frustration to the politics so the party should design alternative plan to attract them in politics. --

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Education Minister Rai pledges to put honest efforts for educations sector reforms

Minister for Education, Science and Technology Ashok Rai has pledged to put his honest efforts for education sector reforms.

In his address to the seventh national general convention of the Higher Secondary Teachers Union Nepal (HISTUN) on Saturday, Minister Rai said he would focus his efforts for bringing reforms in education sector that produces dignified persons and nation builders.

"Secondary education is a spectacular foundation for individuals to attain knowledge. This sector has possessed various personalities who have long been making big investment in education sector. Teaching and learning cannot be imagined without teachers. The problem of teachers is our problem as well. I will engage my sincere efforts for bringing reforms in educational sector", he added.

Minister Rai urged all not to show more frustration and rebellion notion to the state and understand the state apparatuses insanely.

He further noted they were effortful to honestly discharge their responsibilities advocating the state should be governed with wisdom.

Also speaking on the occasion, chief whip of Nepali Congress parliamentary party Ramesh Lekhak also promised to emphatically exert efforts to endorse the Education Bill in the parliament.

"The Federal Education Act is the need of the state. The Federal Civil Service Act, Health Act and Education Act are associated with the agenda of service delivery", he noted.

He urged the education minster to put for the discussion on education bill and bring it for endorsement. "I would be effortful to endorse the bill once it enters the parliament", Lekhak pledged. ---

Source: National News Agency Nepal

NBA urges for early appointment of CJ

The Nepal Bar Association (NBA) has demanded for the early appointment of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Issuing a statement today, NBA general-secretary Anjita Khanal called for appointment of Chief Justice at the apex court and justices in all other courts.

"There is a situation of eroding public trust towards overall judiciary in lack of leadership in the courts due to delay in the appointment of CJ at the apex court", reads the statement.

It further noted, "The service recipients are deprived of accessing their constitutionally guaranteed right to receive justice when there is no fulfilment of justices across the country".

The NBA has also called for ending anomalies propping up in judiciary and initiating the automated case management system.

Khanal informed that pressure creating programme would be launched on April 30 to have their demands addressed at the earliest. ---

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Worrying to have waning economy: Chairman Oli

Chairman of the CPN UML, KP Sharma Oli, has said it is worrying to have declining economy. His party was however active to restore economic activities, he asserted.

Addressing a gathering of active cadres at Phidim on Saturday, Chairman Oli reminded that it was not an ordinary problem to have the government unable to provide salary to its employees. So, time has come to restore robust national economy, he added.

According to him, ineffective implementation of law has caused political instability, anarchy and lawlessness. He also viewed social values were eroding.

He urged the party cadres and organizations to be disciplined. Party organization is needed not only to win election, but to run the country. Idle participation in organization is not good, the Chairman reminded.

Moreover, leader Oli said work must not be disrespected. The cadres must be linked to work and production so that the country would be made self-reliant in agricultural products. He also recalled that the government he led had forwarded the national ambition of 'prosperous Nepal: happy Nepali' to end poverty and ensure development infrastructures.

Indicating the protest against naming of Province-1 as Koshi Province, he said the people's mandate could rename the province as we were in a democratic system. Objecting good works does not help identity politics, he reminded.

On the occasion, Vice Chairman of the party Subash Chandra Nembang viewed adoption of democratic measure could easily address the grievances and dissent.

Source: National News Agency Nepal