Sapkota new President of Nawalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Deepak Sapkota has been elected as the president of District Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nawalparasi (Bardghat-Susta Purba). The chamber's assembly held on Saturday elected a new 29-member working committee under the leadership of Sapkota. Likewise, Chhabi Kandel has been elected as the senior vice president, Yekdev Rimal as first vice president (commerce), Surendra Tiwari as the second vice president (industry), Tejnarayan Pandey as the general secretary, Madhav Prasad Sapkota as the treasurer, Bishnu Prasad Pangeni as the secretary and Shalikram Sapkota as the senior member. Similarly, other members of the executive committee include Gopal Prasad Sapkota, Prakash Kumar Shrestha, Shaligram Sapkota, Parmesh Acharya, Kishore Kumar Lamsal, Srijan Paudel, Kabiraj Acharya, Kamal Sharma Gautam, Gokul Sapkota, Binod Kumar Shrestha, Ghanashyam Parajuli, Amit Agarwal, Deepak Prasad Bhattarai, Rakesh Kumar Harlalka, Meena Dahal, Sheshkant Koirala, Prakash Sapkota, Sameer Shrestha, Meghraj Kandel and Krishna N eupane. Source: National News Agency RSS

Tea Workers’ Day tomorrow

Tomorrow is the Tea Workers' Day. On this day in 1921, around 30000 tea workers in Sylhet left their gardens and started a journey back to the lands of their origin -- Bihar, Odisha and Assam. But many were shot dead by the British Raj at Meghna Ghat in Chandpur district. It was a protest march they called "Mulluke Cholo" (Let's go back home). The protest was against the inhumane working conditions and torture at the hands of British owners. To mark the day, tea workers' in the district will organize a rally tomorrow morning at Lashkorpur Tea Garden in Chunarughat upazila, said acting secretary of Tea Workers' Union Nipen Pal. Sources said tea gardening was started in Sylhet region in 1854 by the East India Company. Workers' had been brought to Sylhet from Assam, Orissa, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Low pressure likely to develop over Bay of Bengal on May 22: BMD

Low pressure is likely to develop over the Bay of Bengal on May 22, a meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) told BSS today. 'The low pressure area will help monsoon advance over the Bay of Bengal. It is too early to confirm whether or not it will transform into cyclone,' BMD Meteorologist Hafizur Rahman said. 'There are five stages of formation of cyclone . . . initially low pressure forms in the Bay of Bangal. After formation of low pressure, it will turn into well marked low pressure,' BMD meteorologist Dr Abul Kalam Mallik said explaining four previous stages of cyclone. He said, 'Depression is primary stage of cyclone . . . we analyzing our mathematical model to forecast for developing cyclonic storm. Rainfall will depend on formation of cyclone.' Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

National phase of AI Olympiad held

National phase of the first Bangladesh AI Olympiad ended today at Dhaka University selecting ten students primarily for the International Olympiad in Artificial Intelligence-IOAI to be held in Bulgaria on August 9-15. 'From 45 participants, selected earlier across the country, ten students have been qualified for the national camp. Among them, four will get a final ticket for Bulgaria based on performance in the national camp', said a press release. The selected 10 students are- Abrar Shahid, Misbah Uddin Inan, Adib Bin Qadir, Ashabul Yameen Arjan, Md. Manjum Rahman, Mohammad Saad, Rafid Ahmed, M Sabib Abdullah, Tauseef Wahid Suprav and Arefin Anwar. In the national phase competition, each student had to solve four problems of artificial intelligence with a timeframe of four hours. From the ten students, four will be finally selected through the national camp for the competition for the International Olympiad in Artificial Intelligence. The result was announced at the closing ceremony which was attende d by DU Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) Professor Dr. Sitesh Chandra Bachar as chief guest and Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Technology Professor Dr. Hafiz Md. Hasan Babu as special guest. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Swadhinota Chikitsak Parishad conference held in Rajshahi

A daylong conference of Swadhinota Chikitsak Parishad (swachip) of Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Natore and Naogaon districts was held here today with the call for reaching healthcare facilities to the public in general. Rajshahi district and Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) units of the SWACHIP jointly organized the conference at the RMC auditorium. In the morning, President of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Dr Mostofa Jalal Mohiuddin and Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation AHM Khairuzzaman Liton formally inaugurated the conference by hoisting national and organizational flags and releasing balloons and festoons. SWACHIP President Dr Jamal Uddin Chowdhury addressed the conference as focal person with local unit president Dr Chinmoy Kanti Das in the chair. SWACHIP Secretary General Dr Kamrul Hassan Milon, Dr Mostofa Alam, MP, Dr Abdul Aziz, MP, Dr Siddiqur Rahman Patwary, MP, Dr Samil Uddin Ahmed Shimul, MP and Dr Abu Saleh Muhammad Nazmul Haque, MP, also spoke. Addressing the conference, Dr Mostofa Jal al Mohiuddin said that the development progress of the country has been continuing vibrantly with prudent and farsighted leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He said the adverse impact of Covid-19 pandemic has been tackled competently with dynamic leadership of the premier. "Our country will not lose its way until it remains in the hands of Sheikh Hasina," he added. In his remarks, Mayor Liton, also a presidium member of Awami League, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been running the country successfully and all the patriotic people should support the development activities whole-heatedly to take the country forward. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Obstruction continues till formation of probe committee: General Secretary Thapa

Kathmandu: General Secretary of Nepali Congress, Gagan Kumar Thapa, has informed that his party would continue the House obstruction till the formation of a parliamentary probe committee on misappropriation of cooperatives' funds. Talking to media persons following the House of Representatives meeting on Sunday evening, General Secretary Thapa reiterated the need of parliamentary committee before the HoR on Monday. "We are for proper running of parliament. I believe the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister will be ready to form the parliamentary committee in a way as to meet the objective before the next meeting of the parliament scheduled for 11:00 am Monday," he said, warning that if the probe committee eludes, NC continues obstruction. He made it clear that the investigation committee was demanded after there was doubt over the government. Thapa suspected the Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister's influence in the probe committee. "DPM Rabi Lamichhane has 'obstructed' and exerted undue influence to the efforts on forming probe committee. His presentation in the parliament also showed that he was deviating from this demand. It clearly proves that he is afraid and dodging parliamentary probe committee," General Secretary Thapa underlined. Thapa further viewed his party was not targeting any party. He showed concern why new party was not entertaining questions. "If these all issues were raised with any other person, investigation could begin," he asserted. Speaker Devraj Ghimire had removed the schedules of special and emergency hours from the business of today's HoR meeting after DPM Lamichhane put forth his views. In response, General Secretary Thapa organized a press meet and shared party's views. PM Dahal is scheduled to take vote of confidence on Monday. Source: National News Agency RSS

Dhaka believes India, China can resolve Rohingya crisis: Mahmud

Repatriation with civil rights and dignity is the eventual solution to Rohingya crisis while India's intensified engagement alongside Chinese mediation as regional powers is crucial to accomplish the complicated task, Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said here today. 'Repatriation (of the Rohingyas) is the only solution,' he told a seminar on Rohingya crisis staged by Overseas Correspondents Association of Bangladesh (OCAB) coinciding with its 45th founding anniversary at the Jatiya Press Club. The minister added: 'The regional powers like India and China are vital . . . if we can ensure their enhanced engagement, we believe, the crisis could be resolved.' Mahmud said creating facilities for Rohingyas livelihood inside their makeshift camps or their meager third country relocation could do little to address the crisis while these might appear 'counterproductive' and stressed focused international and regional pressures for their repatriation. Foreign ministry officials said only few hundred Rohingyas wer e relocated to third countries including western nations while Mahmud said such symbolic relocation could send a wrong message to Rohingyas who might lose their hope to return to their homeland in Myanmar's Rakhine province. Mahmud said US assistant secretary of state Donald Lu during his recent visit gave some suggestions to handle the crisis 'but I don't want to disclose it right now'. Foreign relation experts and senior journalists who cover the crisis also spoke on the occasion which also marked the revival of the forum of Dhaka-based journalists working for foreign media outlets. Speaking as the chief guest, Mahmud said the Myanmar authorities are willing to start the Rohingya repatriation process to minimise the global pressure being mounted on the country. Depicting the long-standing Rogingya crisis, the foreign minister said the crisis started after the World War-II and it deepened after the partition of India in 1947. After the 2017 military crackdown in Rakhine State, Hasan Mahmud said, Prime M inister Sheikh Hasina opened the Bangladesh border for forcibly displaced Rohingyas and she allowed around 7,00,000 Rohingyas in Bangladesh. '(Currently) I believe around 1.3 million Rohingyas are staying at Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar,' he said. The foreign minister said Bangladesh has taken the path of diplomacy to put pressure on Myanmar in repatriating its nationals, while the Gambia filed a case with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Myanmar. The Gambia has informed Bangladesh that the case is going in right direction and a positive result will come soon to this end, he said. 'We hope that the verdict of the case will be delivered in favour of Bangladesh. Once the verdict is declared, more global pressure will be mounted on Myanmar,' he said, adding that when Rohingya repatriation process was about to start, conflict situation got worsened in Myanmar. Nearly 700 members of the Burmese Border Guard Police and soldiers have so far fled to Bangladesh amid intensifying fighting between ju nta troops and Arakan Army rebels in neighbouring Rakhine state, he said. About global funding for Rohingyas, Hasan Mahmud said the funding declined last year. 'But, we hope that the funding for Rohingyas will increase this year due our efforts. And this fund is spent in a transparent way,' he added. Former state minister for foreign affairs and incumbent member of parliamentary standing committee on foreign affairs ministry Shahriar Alam spoke on the occasion as a special speaker. OCAB president Nazrul Islam Mithu moderated the seminar and its former president Farid Hossain presented the keynote paper while Professor Dr Delwar Hossain and Dr Md Touhidul Islam of Dhaka University joined the event as panel discussants. The Daily Observer editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, former OCAB president Nadeem Qadir, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) managing editor Anisur Rahman, senior journalists Shafiqul Karim Sabu, Shawkat Mahmud and Abdul Jalil Bhuiyan and OCAB general secretary Julhas Alam also spoke. Speaking o n the occasion, Alam said, in 2017, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave shelters to the persecuted Rohingyas on humanitarian ground but she knew its consequences too. So, he said, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed a four-point proposal before the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2019 aiming to resolve the protracted Rohingya crisis. 'Our eyes are open…we are taking inputs from all concerned to this end,' Shahriar added. Prof Delwar Hossain said the Myanmar, which originated the Rohingya crisis, is now in a crisis as ethnic conflicts have been escalated across its territory. About the security threat being posed by Rohingyas in camps located in Cox's Bazar, he said, Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) is a major concern there, while drug smuggling and human trafficking are prevailing in the camps. Stressing the need for mounting pressure on Myanmar, Prof Delwar said only global pressure on Myanmar is not enough in repatriating Rohingyas, while active role of China is crucial too in this re gard. 'We have to avoid armed provocation (from Myanmar). We must continue negotiations … Rohingya issue should not get untouched (in multilateral forums). It should get more global attention,' he said. Dr Touhidul Islam said the host community members in the locality, where the Rohingya camps are located, are minority now as displaced people outnumbered the local people. 'Until the Rogingyas are repatriated, the problems of the host community must be addressed. The issue should remain alive at national, regional and international forums,' he said. After attending the seminar Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud held a meeting with Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka U Aung Kyaw Moe at the foreign ministry. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

DPM Lamichhane urges to move ahead with consensus

Kathmandu: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Rabi Lamichhane has urged the political parties to advance by ending the ongoing series of blame game. Putting his views in today's House of Representatives (HoR) meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister said that all political parties should be responsible for running the House business in a dignified manner and added that development of a situation creating clashes in parliament was not expected. "Let's all get responsible to create hope and confidence in the country. Hooliganism cannot run parliament," he added. He was of the view that the parliamentary probe committee over the misappropriation of cooperative organizations' money should be formed aimed at addressing the overall issues instead of focusing on an individual. In his speech, the Deputy Prime Minister challenged the allegations made by the opposition Nepali Congress (NC) on Lamichhane's involvement in funds misappropriation from different cooperative organizations. "No case has been lodged agai nst me over the issue of cooperatives. No one has charged me while recording the statements. Several news have come about me regarding the issues of cooperatives," he said. On the occasion, Lamichhane said that the main opposition party was rigid on the ToR of the probe committee and consensus could not be forged after the opposition party took a stance on initiating a probe over an individual. Lamichhane also challenged the main opposition party to form the probe committee by discarding his party in the parliamentary probe committee. Lamichhane, who is also the Chairman of the newly-formed Rastriya Swatantra Party, said that the rise of the RSP was unacceptable to the Nepali Congress having a long parliamentary history. He said that efforts were made to strangulate the newly-formed RSP. In his speech, Lamichhane said that the government was always ready to troubleshoot the challenges in the cooperative sector rather than being focused on an individual. Likewise, Lamichhane urged the opposition party to facilitate the law-making process stating that laws could be drafted from the ongoing House session to resolve the problems in the cooperative sector. The next meeting of the HoR is scheduled for Monday. Source: National News Agency RSS

34 dengue patients hospitalized

As many as 34 dengue patients were hospitalised in the last 24 hours till this morning, according to the daily statement of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). During the period, eight dengue patients were hospitalised in Dhaka city while 26 were admitted to different hospitals outside the capital, the statement added. This year, the total number of cases rose to 2,628 while 33 deaths from dengue disease were reported during the same period. In the past 24 hours, 38 dengue patients were discharged from different hospitals. Among the total cases, 2,464 patients have already been released, the DGHS statement added. Last year, the country recorded 1,705 dengue-related deaths and a total of 3,21,179 dengue cases. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

NC parliamentary party meeting next morning

Kathmandu: The major opposition Nepali Congress has decided to hold its parliamentary party meeting next morning. Chief Whip of the party, Ramesh Lekhak, informed that both the parliamentary party and its work committee meetings would be held on Monday morning. The parliamentary party's work committee will be held at 8:30am while of parliamentary party at 9:00am, according to the NC. The meetings would be held at Lhotse Hall of federal parliament building, New Baneshwor. Source: National News Agency RSS

City AL conference to be held in October: Hanif

Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, MP, today said the conferences of Chattogram city, thana and ward units of the party will be held and new committees formed by October next. 'As per the instruction of the party president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the conference of the city AL will be held grandly on the scheduled date and time in the month of October,' he added. Hanif said this as chief guest at a city AL executive committee meeting held at a convention center at city's Kazir Deweri. City AL President Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury presided over the function while AL Central Committee Relief and Social Welfare Affairs Secretary Aminul Islam Amin, City AL General Secretary AJM Nasir Uddin, its Vice Presidents Noyem Uddin Chowdhury, Advocate Sunil Kumar Sarkar, Advocate Md. Ibrahim Hossain Chowdhury Babul, Khorshed Alam Sujan, M. Zahirul Alam Dubhash, Altaf Hossain Chowdhury Bachu, joint general secretary Badiul Alam, members of the advisory board AKM Belayet Hossain, Shafar Al i, Sheikh Mahmud Ishaq, treasurer Abdus Salam MP, former MP Noman Al Mahmud, Shafiq Adnan and Md. Mohiuddin Bachu MP among others attended the function. Hanif said preparations for strengthening and expanding the foundation of the organizational structure of city AL should be started from now through the conference. 'Organizational experience, qualifications and skills of individuals should be given priority in the selection of leadership,' he added. Aminul Islam Amin said AL has been in power for four consecutive terms due to the strong position of grassroots level activists. Former Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin informed that a total of 27 units and 29 wards under the City Awami League committee were not held in due time. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Chair Nepal directs party cadres to devote to general convention

Kathmandu: Chairman of the CPN (Unified Socialist) and former prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has directed the party rank and file to devote to party's 10th national general convention. Addressing a programme here Sunday, Chairman Nepal reminded that party was concentrated on expansion of organization. The party will address people's despair and frustration, he said, adding that the party is in the government. Therefore, ministers from the party need to deliver well to the people, Nepal stressed. On a different note, Chairman Nepal shared that he met with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal today. His party would stand by the PM in the trust vote. On the occasion, Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration, Bhanu Bhakta Joshi, viewed government had prioritized sociopolitical transformation in the policies and programmes. He vowed that he was committed to ensuring good governance in the country. Source: National News Agency RSS