Dhaka, Oct 23 (UNB) – A seminar titled ‘Parliamentary Democracy in Bangladesh: Challenging Radicalism and the way forward’ will be held at the House of Lords in London on Thursday.
The European Bangladesh Forum (EBF), a network of the European Bengali diaspora, is going to organise the conference to foster and promote secular rule in Bangladesh ahead of the next general electioin.
The seminar will demand that Bangladesh remains a secular democratic entity, said an EBF press release on Tuesday.
The London conference will bring together secular politicians, policymakers, journalists and activists to create strong public opinions in favour of secular forces and against Islamist extremist groups.
The organisers of the conference hope that it will also encourage European and global stakeholders in addressing a serious issue in the interest of democracy everywhere.
The programme will be held at the Committee Room-1 of the House of Lords at 3pm-4:30pm where Lord Paul Bew will Chair.
Syed Badrul Ahsan, Editor-in-Charge of The Asian Age; Dr Siegfried Wolf, German political scientist and researcher with South Asia Institute of Universität Heidelberg, Germany; Dr David Lewis of London School of Economics; and Roberta Bonazzi, founder President of the European Foundation for Democracy who works with Counter Extremism Project (CEP), will attend the programme as keynote speakers.
Dhaka, Oct 23 (UNB) - BNP senior leader Shamsuzzaman Dudu on Tuesday said their party will surely come out successful in their movement for ‘restoration’ of democracy, no matter how many cases the government files against their leaders and activists.
”We would like to remind the Prime Minister that no one could stop any democratic movement in Bangladesh, not even during the British and Pakistan rules by filing cases or resorting to repressive acts. A democratic movement is going on against fascism as it was in the past, and our victory is certain,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Desh Bachao Manush Bachao Andolon at the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of all political prisoners.
Dudu, a BNP vice-chairman, said the way Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina spoke at her press conference on Monday, it only exposed that time has come for her to quit power.
“We expect a good and decent language from the Prime Minister. She should learn how a Prime Minister should speak. She attacked BNP in an indecent and disgusting way yesterday (Monday),” he observed.
The BNP leader said their party will participate in the upcoming national election, but it has to be held under a non-party polls-time government as people do not believe a fair and credible election can be held under the Awami League-led government.
He said the government must release BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail for creating a proper polls atmosphere and a level-playing field. "People won’t accept any polls keeping our leader (Khaleda) in jail.”
About a leaked audio clip of Barrister Mainul Hosein’s telephonic conversation where he was heard to say Dr Kamal Hossain was brought to destroy Tarique Rahman’s leadership, Dudu said they think it is an outcome of the government’s a plot. “We don't believe the audio clip. The government is trying to stop our movement by spreading the false audio clip, but they won’t succeed.”
Dhaka, Oct 23 (UNB) – Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima on Tuesday said Bangladesh has a tremendous prospect of sending skilled workers to Japan as both the population and workforce in Japan are gradually shrinking.
“We’ve the tremendous prospect of migrating skilled workforce to Japan. We can capitalise on this prospect through effective policy, strategy, apt planning and management,” she said.
The Ambassador made the remark in a meeting at the Embassy in Tokyo with the entrepreneurs of Japan based recruiting agencies to discuss the prospect of Japan’s job market for Bangladesh and the way forward.
She said knowledge on Japanese language and technical areas are essential for employment in Japan’s job market, according to the Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo.
The envoy emphasised employing more workers from Bangladesh to Japan at the minimum expense as per the government’s rules and regulations, and highlighted the steps taken by Bangladesh government in this regard.
The participating agency owners expressed their views and ideas at the meeting.
They said IT, caregiver, construction, agriculture, shipbuilding, food processing are the prospective sectors for having jobs in Japan.
They also highlighted the problems and requested the Ambassador to look into the matter.
Chattogram, Oct 23 (UNB) - A court here on Tuesday placed BNP organising secretary for Chattogram division Mahbubur Rahman Shamim and city unit general secretary Abul Hashem Bakkar on a one-day remand in a case filed for attacking police.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mohiuddin Murad passed the order when police produced them before the court with a seven-day remand prayer, said Advocate Abdus Sattar, a counsel of the two BNP leaders.
The court also rejected the bail petitions of the BNP leaders when their lawyers filed those.
Earlier on Monday, plainclothes police arrested Shamim and Bakkar from the city’s GEC intersection in the case filed on charge of attacking police on the court premises on Sunday.
On Sunday, a group of BNP leaders and activists swooped on police on the court premises after a court cancelled the bail of party leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury.
Later, a case was filed with Kotwali Police Station against some 150 leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies in this connection.