Kushtia, Dec 19 (UNB) – A court here sent BNP’s Kushtia-1 candidate Reza Ahmed Bachchu to jail in a case filed over the possession of illegal firearms and explosives on Wednesday.
Bachchu surrendered before the court earlier in the day and sought bail. But District and Sessions Judge Arup Kumar Goswami rejected his petition, said Public Prosecutor Anup Kumar Nandi.
The BNP candidate was on an eight-week interim bail, he added.
Bangladesh’s next parliamentary election is scheduled for December 30.
BNP’s Kushtia unit General Secretary Prof Sohrab Uddin accused the law enforcement of arresting their activists and implicating them in “false” cases.
“Awami League plans to stage a rigged election and stay in power,” he said.
Dhaka, Dec 19 (UNB) – Bangladesh Ambassador to South Korea Abida Islam has said Bangladesh’s achievement in the safe migration sector is “immense”.
“Bangladesh is playing a significant role in formulating international migration policy,” said Ambassador Abida while speaking at a function marking the International Migrants Day at the Embassy of Bangladesh in Seoul on Tuesday.
The event began with the national anthem of Bangladesh and Korea, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Seoul on Wednesday.
The second part of the programme will be held on December 23.
In December 2016, a five-day long 9th Conference of Global Forum on Migration and Development was held in Dhaka. A decision was taken to form the Global Compact at the conference.
Bangladesh also participated actively in Morocco Conference 2018. In that conference, the United Nations approved “Global Pact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration.”
Ambassador Abida said about 12 million Bangladeshi migrant workers are working in 168 countries of the world and they are contributing significantly in the economy of Bangladesh by sending remittance.
She congratulated all the Bangladeshi EPS (Employment Permit System) workers working in Korea and praised their spontaneous participation in different welfare works.
A drama ‘Hundi’ was screened at the last part of the event. The drama was directed by Sheikh Al Mamun, a Bangladeshi national residing in Korea with the supervision of Embassy of Bangladesh.
The aim of this drama was to create awareness among Bangladeshi EPS workers for sending remittance through legal way.
First Secretary (Labour)Mokima Begum who conducted the event stressed on the significance of the day.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo also celebrated the International Migrants Day on Wednesday at Bangabandhu Auditorium of the mission.
Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima thanked the Bangladeshi community for attending the programme.
She made a detailed presentation stating the importance and significance of the day.
The Ambassador elaborated the different initiatives of Bangladesh government for the welfare of Bangladeshi migrants all over the world and to transform our population as human resources.
She also focused on the different aspects of the new immigration law recently passed by Japan, and the prospects for Bangladeshis.
Dhaka, Dec 19 (UNB) – Drizzle to light rain is likely at one or two places over Dhaka, Sylhet and Chattogram divisions on Wednesday while weather may remain dry with temporary partly cloudy sky elsewhere over the country.
Night temperature may fall by 1 to 3 degree Celsius and day temperature may rise by 1 to 2 degree Celsius all over the country in the next 24 hours, said a Met office bulletin.
Light to moderate fog may occur at places over the country during late night as the well-marked low over Northwest Bay and adjoining area moved northeastwards and finally became unimportant after being weekend into a low pressure.
Islamic University, Dec 19 (UNB) – Professor Paresh Chandra Barman of Information and Communication Engineering department has been appointed as the new Student Advisor of Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia.
IU Vice-chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari appointed him to the post for the next one year, sources at IU registrar office said on Wednesday.
He was appointed to the post as the tenor of Student Advisor Professor M Rezuanul Islam of Biotechnology and Genetics Engineering department has been completed, IU acting registrar SM Abdul Latif said.
Dhaka, Dec 19 (UNB) - The government of Bangladesh on Wednesday signed a $500 million financing agreement with the World Bank to improve livestock and dairy production as well as provide better market access to two million household farmers and small and medium-scale agro-entrepreneurs.
Acting World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal Dandan Chen and Secretary, Economic Relations Division (ERD) Monowar Ahmed, on behalf of the World Bank and the government of Bangladesh respectively, signed the agreement at the ERD Bhaban in the city.
The credit is from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), has a 30-year term, including a five-year grace period, and carries a service charge of 0.75 percent and an interest of 1.25 percent.
By 2021, according to the WB, the country is likely to face annual shortages of 1.5 billion eggs and nearly 6 million tonnes of milk.
The Livestock and Dairy Development Project will help stimulate private sector investment and sustainable, development of livestock value chains in Bangladesh, said the Washington-based lending agency.
It will help address the country’s current shortages in eggs, dairy, and meat production.
By enhancing the availability of dairy, egg and meat products, the project will help improve nutrition for citizens, especially children, pregnant women, and new mothers.
“Through improving market linkages and ensuring good practices, Bangladesh can increase livestock production significantly,” said Chen.
“Growth in livestock productivity potentially leads to growth in jobs for women, youth, and other vulnerable groups,” said the acting WB Country Director.
The project, according to the WB, will help small-scale livestock farmers—half of whom are women—adopt improved agricultural technologies.
It will support basic livestock infrastructure, including processing and marketing as well as value change development, said the WB.
It will help the government strengthen the coverage of livestock insurance aimed at protecting the assets and livelihoods of the small and medium producers.
In Bangladesh, climate change affects livestock production and the project will promote climate resilent and emission-saving practices in the sector and will address issues related to food safety, environmental pollution, anti-micribial resistance and animal welfare.
The project will directly contribute to the national climate change policies and commitments.
“The government recognises the importance of livestock in its National Livestock Development Policy and in the 7th Five-Year Plan,” said Monowar Ahmed.
He said the project will contribute to achieving the government’s plan to substantially increase livestock production to feed the growing population.