Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) - The government has appointed Md Nazmul Quaunine, currently serving as Bangladesh High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, as Bangladesh’s new Ambassador to Thailand.
Quaunine is a career foreign service officer belonging to the 1985 batch of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Foreign Affairs cadre.
In his diplomatic career, Quaunine earlier served as Bangladesh Ambassador to Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates and also in various capacities in Bangladesh Missions in London, Islamabad, Washington, Kolkata and Geneva.
He served as Director General in charge of Europe and External Publicity wings, said the Foreign Ministry on Monday.
Quaunine graduated from Dhaka Medical College. After joining the service, he also undertook postgraduate training on diplomatic studies at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland as well as Executive Training Course at the South Asian Center for Strategic Studies, Washington D.C.
Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) - The government has appointed Saida Muna Tasneem, currently serving as Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand, as Bangladesh’s new High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
A career diplomat, Tasneem belongs to BCS (Foreign Affairs) Cadre, said the Foreign Ministry on Monday.
In her diplomatic career, Tasneem served in Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the UN in New York and Bangladesh High Commission in London in various capacities.
She served as Director General for United Nations and External Publicity wings of the Foreign Ministry.
Tasneem obtained her BSc (Engineering) degree from the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (Buet), Dhaka in 1988.
She also did her MSc in Public Policy and Management from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday urged all to abide by traffic rules and thus help reduce road fatalities.
“Pedestrians are not following traffic rules…there’s a necessity to change the habit and stop jaywalking to minimize road accidents,” she said.
She further said, “It’s not wise to blame the driver whenever a road accident takes place...many accidents take place for not following traffic rules by pedestrians.”
The Prime Minister was addressing a press conference at her official residence Ganobhaban about the outcome of her recent official visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
The press conference began at 4pm.
Chattogram, Oct 22 (UNB) – Two workers died after inhaling toxic gas in a septic tank of Chattogram Wasa at Madunaghat in Hathazari upazila on Monday.
The deceased were identified as Nazrul Islam, 30, son of Abdur Rauf of Patuakhali district and Yusuf, 22, son of Al Amin of Kachua upzaila in Bagerhat district.
Zahirul Islam, in-charge of Chittagong Medical College Hospital police camp, said two workers climbed down to the septic tank of Wasa for cleaning in the morning.
Getting no response from the workers after a long time, local people entered the septic tank and rescued them. They took to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where doctors declared the duo dead.
Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said the government has taken a plan to expand the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for providing healthcare services to 4,000-5,000 patients at a time.
“I've already taken a plan for Dhaka Medical College Hospital. This time we've prepared a design so that at least 4,000-5,000 patients can avail of services from the hospital at a time,” she said.
The Prime Minister was distributing ambulances, jeeps and motorcycles to different government hospitals and educational institutions.
“If we can return to power, we’ll do it (expand DMCH),” said the Prime Minister adding that the Awami League government constructed the 2nd unit of DMCH to upgrade it from 1000-bed one to 1,500-bed one in the past.
The Prime Minister handed over 33 ambulances, 10 river ambulances and 10 jeep cars to different hospitals, educational institutions and health officials, while one motorcycle out of 200 being provided to statisticians engaged in healthcare services.
The ambulances and jeeps were distributed under the Health Services Division as part of the government’s decision taken in 2017-18 fiscal year to provide 88 ambulances and 98 jeeps to the field-level health services institutions and officials, while the river ambulances were given to hospitals in the river and haor areas as per the assurance of the Prime Minister.
In 2016-17 fiscal year, 98 ambulances were handed over to different health hospitals and institutions.
The Prime Minister said her government is striving to take healthcare services to the doorsteps of people.
In view of this, Hasina said, a number of beds were increased in the existing hospitals in addition to providing support for constructing private and specialised hospitals in the country.
The Prime Minister said the government will construct multi-storey buildings at upazila level for the residents of the government officials. Public Works department has already been asked to prepare a plan in this regard.
About distributed ambulances and other vehicles, Sheikh Hasina asked the users to take care of the vehicles so that they can use those for a long time as those are public property.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim also spoke at the event conducted by Health Services Division Secretary Md Serajul Islam Khan.
State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque was present.