Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Panel Mayor Md Osman Gani has died while undergoing treatment in Singapore. He was 69. He breathed his last around 8:30am (Bangladesh Time) on Saturday at a hospital in Singapore. DNCC Public Relations Officer ASM Mamun confirmed the matter to media. Osmani Gani was nominated as the panel mayor of the city corporation in September last year when the mayor of North City Corporation Anisul Haque stayed abroad due to his illness.
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has said that Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) will not be used putting additional pressure in the election. The CEC made the opinion while addressing an inaugural programme at the training institute in capital's Agargaon on Saturday. KM Nurul Huda said there would be question in people's mind over EVM. Voters have to know about EVM. It will be used in the next parliamentary election after legal basis. He also said there is no much time for the next national election. The preparations have already begun. EC Additional secretary Mokhlesur Rahman, Election training institute director general Mostafa Faruq and others attended the function.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has told the party leaders not to compete unhealthy ahead of upcoming general election. He said this while addressing a meeting of Cumilla North District Awami League at Eliotganj on Saturday. Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Organizing Secretary Enamul Haque Shamim, Cumilla North District Awami League General Secretary Jahangir Alam Sarker, among others, spoke at the seminar. President of Cumilla district of Awami League Abdul Awal presided over the program.
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved a proposal to award a contract to Bangladesh Navy-run Khulna Shipyard to protect the Zajira and Naria upazilas from river erosion at a cost of Tk 1077.58 crore. The committee approved the proposal placed by Water Resources Ministry at a meeting in the Secretariat, with Finance Minister AMA Muhith in the chair. Briefing newsmen the Cabinet Division additional secretary Nasima Begum said under the proposal, the Khulna Shipyard will implement project of the Water Development Board to protect 8.90 km of riverbank of Padma at Zajira and Naria upazilas of Shariatpur district. The contract work includes 9.75 km dredging, 0.089 km end-termination and construction of 8 RCC concrete ferry terminals. The cabinet body’s approval came at a time when thousands have been rendered homeless in scourge of Padma erosion in Shariatpur’s two upazilas over the past three months.
Maritime ports of Chattogram, ***’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal number three as steep pressure gradient persists under the influence of a well marked low over the North Bay and adjoining areas. According to a bulletin of the Met office issued on Thursday, it has intensified further and moved in East-central direction. Squally weather is likely to affect the maritime ports, the North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of the country. All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay have been advised to come close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.
Foreign Minister Abul Hasan Mahmud Ali has said that a delegation of joint working group from Myanmar will come in Dhaka in October. The minister said this at a press conference held in the Foreign Ministry on Thursday. The minister said that the Myanmar delegation will visit Rohingya camps for the first time. We hope that it can play an important role in resolving the crisis. After 25 August last year, more than 700,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh from Rakhine due to ethnic cleansing of the Myanmar army and took shelter in Bangladesh. The number of Rohingyas in Bangladesh is more than 1.1 million. Meanwhile, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has started a preliminary investigation into allegations of crimes against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
The committee formed to evaluate the quota system has recommended for abolishing the existing quota from ninth grade to 13th grade (first and second class) government jobs. More to follow…
US ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat has said that as a middle-income country Bangladesh needs a free, fair and inclusive election. The US ambassador said this at the launching ceremony of a campaign “Bangladesh will win if peace wins” at the Celebrity Hall of Bangabandhu International Convention Centre (BICC) on Monday. Democracy International brought together 400 Awami League and BNP leaders to inaugurate the campaign, a national campaign ahead of the next national election. The US ambassador said political parties must accept their rivals as legitimate participations in the political process and as potential leaders of the next government, even when they disagree on issues or policies. "It's essential that Bangladeshis urge nonviolence by all actors at every stage of the democratic process, before, during, and after the elections," Bernicat said. She said violence serves only those who wish to undermine the democratic processes and the interest of Bangladesh and its citizens.
The Chamber Court has upheld a High Court order that directed the government to give first-class division facilities in jail to photographer Shahidul Alam. The court also ordered the government to file live-to-appeal petition. Chamber Judge Mohammad Iman Ali passed the order on Monday. Earlier, the High Court directed the government to give first-class division facilities in jail to photographer Shahidul Alam. The HC bench of Justice Borhanuddin and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order following a writ petition filed by Shahidul Alam's wife Prof Rahnuma Ahmed. The division facilities will include a bed, a table, a chair, a mosquito-net, a newspaper and better food, a jail official said. The 63-year-old internationally acclaimed photographer is now in Dhaka central jail in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act for “spreading propaganda and false information against the government”. Shahidul was picked up by law enforcers from his home in the capital's Dhanmondi area on the night of August 5. The following day, police filed the case against him.
The Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, is now visiting Rohingya camps in ***’s Bazar. A 10-member delegation led by the Indian high commissioner arrived at ***’s Bazar Airport around 9.15am on Monday. During the visit, the Indian envoy talked to Rohingya people in the camps and heard their pain and sufferings for himself. They will also distribute relief materials among the Rohingya people.
Bangladesh has moved three notches up and ranked 136th place among 189 countries in the Global Human Development Index (HDI) 2017, according to the Human Development Report (HDR) of the United Nations Development Programme. Looking at 2018 results, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland and Germany lead the HDI ranking of 189 countries and territories, while Niger, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Chad and Burundi have the lowest scores in the HDI’s measurement of national achievements in health, education and income, said the report titled ‘Human Development Indices and Indicators’ released on Friday. The overall trend globally is toward continued human development improvements, with many countries moving up through the human development categories: out of the 189 countries for which the HDI is calculated, 59 countries are today in the very high human development group and only 38 countries fall in the low HDI group. Just eight years ago in 2010, the figures were 46 and 49 countries respectively. UNDP’s Human Development Index has captured human progress, combining information on people’s health, education and income in just one number. Within South Asia, India’s HDI value is above the average of 0.638 for the region, with Bangladesh and Pakistan, countries with similar population size, being ranked 136 and 150 respectively. Human Development Indices and Indicators: 2018 Statistical update was released to ensure consistency in reporting on key human development indices and statistics. It includes an analysis of the state of human development-snapshots of current conditions as well as long-term trends in human development indicators. [i]Source: BSS[/i]
A microbus plunged into Hatirjheel Lake in the city breaking the railing of a bridge on Saturday morning. Driver of the microbus was injured in the incident. Officer-in-Charge of Hatirjheel Thana Abu Mohammad Fazlul Karim said a microbus plunged into Hatirjheel Lake breaking the railing of a bridge as the driver lost control over it. Only driver was in the car. He managed to come out of the vehicle and swim ashore. He was admitted to a hospital. Ershad Hossain, duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence headquarters, on information, two fire-fighting units rushed to the spot and pulled out the sunken vehicle around 10.00am.