Dhaka, Oct 9 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday directed the Public Administration Ministry to take necessary steps to resolve the problems visually-impaired job-seekers face.
She gave the directive when a six-member delegation of Chakuri Protyasi Drishti Protibandhi Parishad met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Prime Minister’s Deputy Press Secretary Ashraful Alam Khokon briefed reporters after the meeting.
During the meeting, the delegation members put forward a six-point demand, including reintroduction of quota in the public service and arrangement of special BCS test for them.
Besides, they demanded that they be appointed as resource teachers in all 64 districts of the country under the Ministry of Social Welfare.
The delegation thanked the Prime Minister for giving them class 1 and 2 jobs in the public service in 2012 as well as for providing them bank loans and waiving tax to their job employees.
State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain and Public Administration Secretary Faiz Ahmed were present.
Dhaka, Oct 9 (UNB) – The United Kingdom has pledged further support over the Rohingya crisis to help with food, health care, sanitation and counselling for victims of sexual violence.
During a visit to Bangladesh last week, UK government’s International Development Minister Baroness Sugg announced a further £30 million of UK aid support, on top of the UK’s recent pledge of £87 million to address the Rohingya crisis.
Baroness Sugg paid tribute to all those working tirelessly to support the Rohingya living in camps when she visited Cox’s Bazar, said the British High Commission in Dhaka on Wednesday.
International Development Minister Sugg said the scale of the crisis facing the Rohingya people is huge. “The government and people of Bangladesh have shown great generosity and humanity in hosting the Rohingya and I am proud the UK continues to stand with them.”
She visited a Rohingya registration centre to see first-hand how registration helps safeguard the Rohingyas’ right to voluntarily return to Myanmar. “It also improves the accuracy of data so authorities and humanitarian partners can better understand the refugees’ needs.”
Baroness Sugg also visited a women-friendly space where women and girls can support each other and access a range of social, mental health and psycho-social support; as well as sexual and reproductive health services.
The visit took place after the United Kingdom made available an additional £87 million contribution for the crisis, with over £20 million to support economic development and mitigate the environmental impact in the wider Cox’s Bazar district.
This brings the UK’s contribution from the start of the crisis in August 2017 to a total of £256 million.
Baroness Sugg met Planning Minister M Abdul Mannan, MP. Their discussion covered a range of issues of shared interest, including climate change and Bangladesh’s transition to middle-income country status by 2024.
She also took the opportunity to express the UK’s gratitude for Bangladesh’s hosting of the Rohingya refugees and underline the UK’s commitment to the goal of safe, dignified and voluntary returns.
Baroness Sugg also visited Myanmar where she highlighted the message of the UK’s commitment to making sure the right conditions are put in place in Rakhine to allow for voluntary returns.
Dhaka, Oct 9 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangladesh will export only imported and processed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to India, not the country’s natural gas.
She also trashed the allegation that anti-state bilateral documents were signed during her recent India tour, saying it cannot happen that Sheikh Hasina will sacrifice the country’s interests.
“Those who have raised questions and talked (about the deals with India) have forgotten the past. It can never happen that Sheikh Hasina will sell Bangladesh’s interests and everyone should know it,” the Prime Minister said, adding that it is the BNP-Jamaat clique which came to power in 2001 giving undertaking to sell gas.
“After importing gas in bulk, we’ll add value and export it (to India). This how another product will be added to the export basket of Bangladesh,” she said.
She came up with the remarks while addressing a press conference at Ganobhaban about the outcomes of her recent official visits to the USA and India.
“LPG is not natural gas and it’s not produced in our country….we’ll import LPG from abroad for domestic purposes (in Bangladesh) and export it to Tripura (India) after bottling it,” Hasina said.
On October 5, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated three bilateral development partnership projects, including the import of bulk LPG from Bangladesh one during her visit to New Delhi.
During the visit, Bangladesh and India signed seven bilateral documents, aiming to further strengthen the relations between the two countries.
The documents were signed, exchanged, adopted and handed over after a meeting between Hasina and Modi at New Delhi’s Hyderabad House.
About the bilateral agreement on withdrawal of 1.82 cusec water from the Feni River by India for supplying drinking water to Sabroom town of Tripura, the Prime Minister said it is actually a bordering river and the neighbouring country will take very little amount of water from it.
Recalling the contribution of Tripura during the Liberation War in 1971, she said if Tripura wants anything, Bangladesh should give it to them.
Noting that the 116-km Feni River mostly flows along the Bangladesh-India border, Sheikh Hasina said both the countries have rights to its water.
“We’re giving them a very insignificant amount of water. I don’t see any reason behind huge outcry over the matter,” she said hinting that Bangladesh should think of water-sharing of other common rivers, too.
The Prime Minister said there is a water crisis in Sabroom town and people there use groundwater which might affect Bangladesh. “It’s odd to refuse if anyone wants water for drinking.”
She said BNP talks about the Feni River water, but its chairperson Khaleda Zia forgot to talk about the Farakka and share of water from the Ganges during her visit to India as the Prime Minister in 1991. “We’ve been able to protect our own interests in all cases,” she said.
The Joint River Commission has discussed the water-sharing of six rivers --Manu, Muhuri, Khowai, Gumti, Dharla and Dudhkumar, Sheikh Hasina said, adding that steps are being taken in this regard.
She said a decision was also taken to jointly dredge the bordering rivers so that both the countries are benefited from it.
About allowing India to use Chattogram and Mongla ports for shipping goods, the Prime Minister said no country makes port only for its own use. “Nepal, India and Bhutan can use our ports and thus huge revenue will come,” she added.
“How will we enhance economic development without such regional cooperation? No one alone can make progress without regional cooperation,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina mentioned that Bangladesh is now importing 1600 MW of electricity from India.
Dhaka, Oct 9 (UNB) – The European Union (EU) Delegation to Bangladesh on Wednesday organised a symbolic clean-up activity on a stretch of the Gulshan-Banani Lake in the city as part of EU’s global campaign for clean, plastic-free beaches and oceans.
This year, members of the Gulshan Society and Prokriti O Jibon Foundation alongside various representatives and Ambassadors from the EU Member State Embassies joined the activity which was led by European Union Ambassador Rensje Teerink.
Participants collected plastic refuse in large jute sacs and worked to raise awareness of the importance around limiting the usage of single-use plastic products such as plastic bottles, containers, light weight plastic bags, packets etc that ultimately cause environmental pollution and damage.
EU Ambassador Teerink said the amount of plastic litter in oceans and seas is growing rapidly and not only is it causing environmental pollution, plastics and micro-plastics have entered ecosystems and therefore our food and water with an unknown health impacts.
Ambassador Teerink also thanked Gulshan Society for their participation in the programme and for their tireless efforts in keeping the lake clean. "I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Gulshan Society for taking the initiative of maintaining a pleasant environment around the lake and discouraging the use of plastic. I hope they continue to pursue such noble actions."
“Through this symbolic lake cleaning action, I hope we succeed in conveying an important message of the individual role in combatting plastic pollution and marine litter in our daily lives,” she said.The Ambassador also said her sincere appreciation also goes to Prokriti O Jibon Foundation, which has over the years been working as a major player for the protection of environment and marine life in Bangladesh. “We thank the foundation for supporting us today."
In the face of a global concern for plastic pollution, the European Union has taken a strong stance against use of plastic and has initiated various measures to discourage its use not just within the EU but also in its partner countries around the world, according to EU Embassy in Dhaka.
Kushtia, Oct 9 (UNB) – Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) detained a young man along with seven gold bars from Katlamari area under Amla Sadarpur union in Mirpur upazila on Wednesday.
The detainee was identified as Ripon, 30, son of Khorshed Alam hailing from Mirzapur upazila of Tangail district.
On secret information, a BGB team stopped a Meherpur-bound bus of JR Paribahan and detained Ripon, said Md Rafiqul Alam, commanding officer of BGB Kushtia Battalion-47.
Later, the gold bars were recovered after searching his body, he said.