Islamic University, Jan 28 (UNB) – A two-day second international conference on ’Global peace and Harmony: The Risale-i Nur Perspective’ began at the Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia on Monday.
IU and Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture (IFSC) jointly organised the conference at Birshrestha Hamidur Rahman Auditorium.
University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Professor Abdul Mannan addressed the inaugural session as the chief guest while IU Pro-VC Professor M Shahinoor Rahman and Islamic Foundation Director General Shamim Mohammad Afzal spoke as special guests with IU Vice-Chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari in the chair.
The speakers shed lights on global peace and harmony in accordance with the teaching of Bodiuzzaman Sayeed Nursi. They said no religion preached terrorism, militancy, and violence.
The speakers urged everyone to be united to shun violence.
IU English department Assistant Professor M Sazzad Hossain Zahid and Al-fiqh and legal studies department Associate Professor Nasir Uddin Al-Azhari jointly conducted the conference attended by 1,000 students and teachers of different faculties of the university.
Researchers and scholars from different countries presented a total of 71 articles in the seminar.
Later, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between IU and IFSC to undertake joint academic and research activities.
The conference will end on Tuesday.
Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) – The largest human waste treatment plant will be opened at a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday.
Oxfam and UNHCR have jointly installed the industrial-scale plant, funded by the UN Refugee Agency, which can process the waste of 150,000 people– equivalent to the population of Nawabganj.
State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr M Enamur Rahman will inaugurate the site officially on Tuesday, said an Oxfam press release on Monday.
Being able to treat large volumes of faecal waste on site, rather than having to transport it elsewhere, is a big step forward in how to safely and sustainably dispose of such waste in emergencies, the release said.
Last year, over 2 lakh cases of acute diarrhoea were reported in the Rohingya camps as well as respiratory infections and skin diseases like scabies –all related to poor sanitation and hygiene.
Over the last seven months, Oxfam and UNHCR engineers alongside Rohingya have built the massive system which has been specially designed for the steep, hilly terrain and to have the cheapest possible operation and maintenance costs.
A suitable site was provided by the Bangladesh government and the project was delivered in collaboration with the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner's Office in Cox’s Bazar.
Oxfam water and sanitation engineer Salahuddin Ahmmed said: “Safe sanitation is vital to prevent outbreaks of disease but disposing safely of human waste in the world’s biggest refugee camp is a major challenge. This ecological plant will help keep refugees healthy by treating 40 cubic meters of waste a day – a huge amount. The initial investment is well worth it because the plant is cheap and easy to run and could last for 20 years – benefitting local communities when this emergency is over. We expect to replicate this model in future crises.”
The new, ecological plant, made up of treatment ponds and wetlands, is safe for people and the environment. It has multiple treatment stages to prevent contamination of local water sources and a high-density polyethylene liner and covered anaerobic unit to stop unpleasant odours escaping.
UNHCR’s Representative in Bangladesh, Steve Corliss, said, “The broad objective of dealing with waste management in the camps and in the host communities is to sustain and protect public health by minimizing faecal disease transmission”
Close to a million Rohingya living in Bangladesh still need food, water, shelter and other essential aid to survive. Oxfam and UNHCR are calling for more aid and resources to improve conditions beyond the basics and keep people safe.
Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) – The maiden session of the 11th parliament will begin on Wednesday (January 30), within 31 days of the national election held on December 30 with participation of all the registered political parties.
President Abdul Hamid convened the session on January 9 exercising his power bestowed upon him by article 72 (1) of the Constitution.
It will also be the first session of the New Year, which will start at 3pm on the day.
The five-year tenure of the 10th parliament expired on Monday (January 28) as its first sitting was held on January 29, 2014 after the 10th general election held on January 5, 2014.
Awami League won an absolute majority bagging 258 seats in the recent election.
Jatiya Party secured 22 seats and will act as the main opposition in parliament. The party has already announced that its chairman HM Ershad will be the opposition leader in parliament while his brother and party cochairman GM Quader deputy opposition leader.
Though BNP and its alliance partners joined the election, the party bagged only six seats while its alliance partner Gano Forum two seats.
However, the Jatiya Oikyafront MPs still did not take the oath of office.
On January 7, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina along with her 46 cabinet members took oath following her party’s massive victory in the 11th national election.
Apart from the Prime Minister, there are 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers in the new cabinet.
Of the 47-member cabinet, 27 are new faces who are picked in a bid to infuse dynamism into the cabinet activities to implement the election manifesto the ruling party placed before the nation.
Unlike the previous government, no one out of Awami League was inducted in the cabinet.
At the beginning of the session, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House are supposed to be elected and they will be sworn in by the President.
During her election campaign in Rangpur, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hinted at reelecting current Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.
However, it is still not clear who is going to be elected as the Deputy Speaker of the House.
As per the convention, the President will first address the session and the MPs will address on his speech all over the session.
Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday urged BNP to reconsider its decision to sit out the Upazila Parishad election.
“I don’t know whether it is their (BNP’s) final decision,” he said at his office in Dhaka, when journalists sought his reaction about BNP’s decision to boycott polls.
The Upazila Parishad election is scheduled to be held in March.
“Their participation would have made the polls competitive,” Quader said. “The government will provide all assistance to organise an acceptable election. But it (polls participation) is up to them (BNP).”
Responding to a question about holding Parliament session without BNP, he said the party was keeping itself away. “Do we have to force them if they don’t come?” he asked.
The ruling Awami League formed the government for a third consecutive time after winning the December 30 election with an overwhelming majority.
Queader appreciated the decision of two Gono Forum MPs to take oath, saying that it was an affirmative step.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had invited all political parties on February 2 to a garden party where discussions can take place. He criticised Oikyafront for declining to attend the event.
“We had dialogues with them twice before the polls. There could have been talks had they decided to come but their reaction was an outburst of negative political practice,” Quader added.
Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) – A court here on Monday sent a former deputy inspector general (DIG) and an ex-police super (SP), two fugitive convicts in the much-talked-about August 21 grenade attack cases, to jail upon their surrender.
Judge of the Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 Shahed Nur Uddin passed the order when ex-DIG Khan Sayeed Hasan and ex-SP Obaidur Rahman Khan turned up before his court seeking bail in the case filed under the Explosive Substances Act.
Nazrul Islam stood for the convicts while Public Prosecutor Rezaur Rahman represented the state.
The Speedy Trial Tribunal sentenced 19 people, including former State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar and former Deputy Minister for Education Abdus Salam Pintu, to death while 19 others, including BNP acting Chairman Tarique Rahman, to life imprisonment in two cases filed over the grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital on August 21, 2004.
Besides, 11 people were awarded different jail terms in the sensational cases, after a long wait for over 14 years.
Of them, Khan Sayeed Hasan and Obaidur Rahman Khan, then deputy commissioners of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, were sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and fined Tk 50,000.