Dhaka, Nov 24 (UNB) -The 47th National Cooperatives Day will be observed in the country on Sunday.
This year’s theme is ‘Let’s make cooperative society, ensure sustainable development’.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday issued separate messages on the occasion.
President Hamid in his message hoped that all the co-operators will play useful role in selecting their leaderships and forming cooperatives society.
President Hamid said cooperatives is a mass-people’s organisation and it has been playing an important role in poverty alleviation, creating new jobs, marketing of products and ensuring its fair prices and establishing women empowerment.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her message said cooperatives are contributing to transform the country into a developed one within 2041 and implement Vision-2021, SDG-2030.
Different programmes including rally and discussions will be held marking the day.
The day will also be observed at upazila, district and divisional levels in a befitting manner.
Dhaka, Nov 24 (UNB) - Executive Director of International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) Prof John D Clemens has won this year’s Prince Mahidol Award.
The Prince Mahidol Award Foundation has recently announced US epidemiologist Prof John D Clemens and a Swedish immunologist Prof Jan Holmgren as the winners in public health category.
The prestigious Prince Mahidol Award 2018 in public health recognises icddr,b Executive Director and the former Chair of icddr,b’s Scientific Advisory Group for their role in the development and advancement of the only safe, effective and affordable oral cholera vaccine available.
They have worked for over 30 years to develop, evaluate, and introduce the world’s only safe, effective, and affordable internationally licensed oral cholera vaccines (OCVs), according to icddr,b.
These vaccines, which have revolutionised cholera control efforts in Africa, the Middle East, Haiti, and Asia, have saved and continue to save countless lives among the world’s disadvantaged.
Established in January 1992, The Prince Mahidol Award is the Kingdom of Thailand’s tribute to personalities and institutions who are reputed for the advancement in medicine and public health, in honour of Prince Mahidol of Songkhla, Father of Thailand’s modern medicine and grandfather of King Rama X.
Prof Clemens says, “It’s especially meaningful to have received the award for work done with my long-term friend and colleague, Jan Holmgren, and while I am serving as Executive Director of the icddr,b, where the oral cholera vaccine story began.”
Both scientists have long been associated with icddr,b and their work in Bangladesh, beginning in the 1980’s, was critical to the development, licensure, and global endorsement of oral cholera vaccines.
icddr,b’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees Prof Maxine Whittaker congratulated them and said this is not only an honour for icddr,b but also for the people of Bangladesh in recognizing the crucial role they have played in OCV development, a vaccine which has gone on to save many lives, most recently among the entire population of forcibly displaced Rohingyas living in Cox Bazar district.
In January 2019, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over the official Presentation Ceremony of the Prince Mahidol Award 2018, where laureates will officially be handed over their award and will present their lectures on respected field of work.
Dhaka, Nov 24 (UNB) - Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited on Saturday distributed scholarships to a total of 200 meritorious and underprivileged students, who passed Higher Secondary Certificate or equivalent exams in 2018.
The ceremony was held at Officers Club Dhaka where Governor of Bangladesh Bank Fazle Kabir was present as Chief Guest who handed over the Scholarships to the students, said a press release.
Chairman of the Bank Alhajj Abdus Samad Labu presided over the ceremony and Managing Director and CEO Farman R Chowdhury delivered the welcome speech.
Alhajj Abdus Salam, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Hafez Alhajj Md Enayet Ullah, Chairman, Board Executive Committee, Alhajj Md Liakat Ali Chowdhury, Chairman, Board Risk Management Committee, Md Amir Uddin PPM, Independent Director & Chairman, Board Audit Committee, Alhajj Abdul Malek Mollah, Director, Alhajj Md Harun-ar-Rashid Khan, Director, Alhajj Md Anowar Hossain, Director, Badiur Rahman, Director, Alhajj Engr. Kh. Mesbahuddin Ahmed, Director, Alhajj Ahamedul Haque, Director, Alhajj Niaz Ahmed, Director, Dr Md Shafiul Haider Chowdhury, Director, Alhajj Anwar Hossain, Director, M Kamaluddin Chowdhury, Independent Director were present in the event.
Among others, Deputy Managing Directors, Executives of Head Office, Guardians of Students were also present on the occasion.
Dhaka, Nov 24 (UNB) - Election Commission (EC) Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmad on Saturday said electoral voting machines (EVMs) will be used in all the polling centres of six constituencies in the country’s city corporation areas during the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
“After a general meeting, the Election Commission decided that the voting machines will be used in any six of the seats in city corporation areas. Voting in all the centres of those seats will be held with EVMs. The constituencies will be finalised through a lottery on November 28 in front of you (journalists),” he said.
The secretary made the announcement while speaking at a press conference after the 40th Commission Meeting at Nirbachan Bhaban.
The meeting was presided over by Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda with other commissioners in presence.
Responding to a question on why EVMs are being used despite opposition from 35 political parties and partners, the secretary said, “It’s the decision of the Commission. At this digital age, Bangladesh has moved forward. People are also now better educated. We’ve successes in using EVMs in city corporation elections.”
The EC took the decision considering all the matters and there is no way to move back from it, he said.
Mentioning that Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder had opposed the EVM use, a journalist wanted to know about his role in today’s meeting.
In reply, the EC secretary said he attended the meeting but did not oppose it. “So, it can be assumed that he agreed with us,” he further said.
Responding to another query on why only six constituencies have been picked for the EVM use despite having so much preparations, budget, and training, the EC secretary said, “Six seats are not very few. If there are 150 centres in each constituency on average, there will be almost 900 centres under EVM.”
He also mentioned that there will be no alternative to ballot voting in those EVM centres.
Replying to a query on BNP’s claim that the EC secretary attended secret meetings at Dhaka Officers Club and Chittagong Circuit House, he said, “It’s totally a false propaganda. I strongly condemn it.”
In reply to another question whether the Commission will take actions against this propaganda, he said, “I’ll placed it in tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) Election Commission meeting, and the Commission will take the decision.”
Dhaka, Nov 24 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) detained Enamul Haque Moni, a PhD student, from the city’s Airport Railway Station on Saturday on charges of hosting a number of online news portals illegally.
Moni was held from the railway station around 7:15 am on charges of operating around 20 Bangladeshi online news portals illegally from South Korea, said Superintendent of Police (SP) Moinuddin Faruque of Rab-2.
“We’ve found his involvement in the illegal acts during an investigation carried out based on an allegation filed by Bangla daily Prothom Alo. The daily alleged that a vested quarter is involved duplicating its online contents illegally,” he said.
“Besides”, during the investigation, “We also found evidence that Moni is a central leader of Bangladesh Chhatra Shibir and used to deposit the earnings from running the illegal news portals to the party’s central fund,” SP Faruque added.
Family members, however, earlier had claimed Moni went missing when he was going to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to catch a flight for South Korea, where he is pursuing his PhD degree, on Thursday night.
Contacted, Moni’s wife Nipa told UNB that her husband was scheduled to fly for South Korea at 1:00 am by a flight from the airport on Wednesday night.
“He came out from a friend’s house in Ashkona area, near the airport, around 10:00 pm, but we found his mobile phone switched off around 10:35 pm,” she said.
A general diary (GD) was registered with Dakkhin Khan Police station on Thursday night after they failed to trace her husband, she added.
Tapan Chandra, officer-in-charge of Dakkhion Khan Police Station, told UNB that he was informed that a team of Rab-2 detained Moni on some specific charges.