Dhaka, Sep 26 (UNB) – The recommendations made by a government body over quota will be placed before the next cabinet meeting for approval, said joint secretary of Public Administration Ministry and spokesperson of quota review committee Abul Kasem Md Mohiuddin.
“We’ve already sent the recommendations to the Cabinet Division. Hope, it’ll be placed in the next cabinet meeting for its approval. The Public Administration Ministry will issue a gazette after the cabinet’s approval,” he said.
On September 17, the body, led by Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, recommended abolishing the quota system from the 9th to 13th grades (1st class and 2nd class) of government jobs and submitted their report to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
On July 2, the government formed the seven-member committee to review the existing quota system in public service.
In April, students of public and private universities across the country waged a strong movement demanding reforms in the quota system in public service recruitment process.
In the face of the movement, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced in parliament on April 11 the abolition of all types of quotas in government jobs.
But no gazette notification has so far been issued regarding the abolishment of the quota system as per the Prime Minister’s declaration.
On July 12, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said it is not possible to reform freedom fighters’ quota in government jobs as there is a High Court verdict to continue it.
Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB)- A workshop on “Corporate Governance Code” issued by Bangladesh Securities Exchange Commission was held at the head office of Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited (AIBL) on Wednesday.
Abdus Samad Labu, Chairman of Board of Directors of the Bank was present as chief guest while Chartered Secretary, S. Abdur Rashid spoke there as main speaker.
Among others, the workshop was attended by Vice Chairman of the bank Md Abdus Salam, Members of the Board including Md Enayetullah, Salim Rahman, Md Liakat Ali Chowdhury, Md Amir Uddin, Nazmul Ahsan Khaled, Abdul Malek Mollah, Md Harun-Ar-Rashid Khan, and Managing Director Md Habibur Rahman.
Deputy Managing Directors along with Executive Vice President and Company Secretary Md Mahmudur Rahman were also present in the programme.
Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) - Police arrested two alleged muggers from Shahbagh area of the city early Wednesday.
The arrestees are Kabir Hossain Sarker, 38, and Salman Bhuiyan alias Jasim, 35.
A team of Shahbagh Police Station set up a checkpost on the main road near the Shishu Park around 1:30 am as they had information that two snatchers on a motorbike were heading towards Shahbagh from Matsya Bhaban, said Deputy Commissioner (Media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Masudur Rahman.
Sensing danger, the two hoodlums -- one carrying a toy pistol while other a machete -- swooped on the law enforcers. Police also fired six rounds of bullets in self-defence that left the two muggers injured.
The law enforcers arrested them after the fell onto the ground and sent them to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for treatment under police custody.
Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) – Expressing deep concern over the passage of the Digital Security Bill 2018, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Wednesday demanded that the government bring change to its ‘controversial’ sections.
“We’re very disappointed at the passage of the Digital Security Bill in Parliament. However, we hope that the President won’t assent to the bill and instead send back it to the House to reconsider the controversial sections,” said TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman.
He further said, “We aren’t opposing the act, but we’re just demanding amending some sections. It’ll jeopardise not only the free expression of opinions but also practice of basic human rights of both the media people and mass people. Investigative journalism will also be hampered due to the law.”
The TIB chief came up with comments while addressing a human chain organised in front of the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University to mark the International Right to Know Day that falls on Friday.
He expressed the hope that the government will take steps to reconsider the controversial sections of the act.
TIB Director (Finance and Administration) Abdul Ahad and Director (Outreach and Communication) Sheikh Manjur-E-Alam were, among others, present at the human chain.
Dhaka, Sep 26 (UNB) – Speakers at a discussion in the city on Wednesday called for breaking the cycle of malnutrition by stamping out the menace of girls’ getting married early in Bangladesh.
They also urged for scaling up nutrition programme alongside efforts to ensure food security through higher productivity and more investments in agriculture.
They were speaking at a gathering of food and nutrition stakeholders held at a city hotel under the aegis of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). There were 40 attendees representing leaders in private sector, academia, NGOs and civil society. Their wide-range discussion on food security and nutrition aimed to identify new areas for collaboration to address challenges in nutrition.
Rasheda K Chowdhury, a former adviser to a caretaker government, underscored the need for launching a social movement against the trend of early marriages because girls’ getting married early is one of the root causes of stunted growth in many children in Bangladesh.
Hossain Zillur Rahman, another ex-adviser of a caretaker government, who moderated the discussion, urged all stakeholders to focus on urban poor, adolescents, lowly-paid jobholders and other marginalized communities during policy formulation exercises on food and nutrition issues.
He underscored the need of policy researches on emerging food security, food safety and nutrition issues as other discussants also said this is high time to do so as government would be soon starting preparatory exercise to formulate the 8th five-year plan.
Akhter Ahmed, who heads the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) operations in Bangladesh, emphasised on accelerating growth in farm productions. He noted that after decline in rice production growth in recent years, the rate of growth in agricultural GDP has been slowed down.
WFP Bangladesh’s Head of Social Safety Net Policies and Programmes, Rezaul Karim, drew government attention on carrying forward the school feeding programme that the UN agency had successfully initiated in Bangladesh back in 2002.
Some of the participants also urged government to make best use of the resources under social safety net programmes as there are allegations of substantial leakage in some of the programmes meant for the poor, ultra-poor and select groups of vulnerable communities.
Earlier, Richard Ragan, WFP Representative and Country Director, opened the session. Recently arrived in country, his remarks focused on the importance of local partners in achieving food security and nutrition targets. He said, “The UN relies on its partners to implement our programmes, and our partners are critical to achieve this. We welcome your ideas and feedback as we work together.”
Participants also explored the formation of new partnerships, especially with local governments and the private sector, to ensure improved nutrition outcomes for vulnerable groups in rural and urban areas alike.
Participants were appreciative of the Second National Plan of Action for Nutrition (NPAN2) and noted the strong commitment from government to improve nutrition outcomes. It was noted that nutrition is a multi-sectoral challenge that touches on many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The contributions of WFP in this area especially focus on strengthening the nutrition-sensitivity of social safety nets, advocacy for improved nutrition, post-harvest rice fortification and scaling-up of the government school feeding programme.