Sirajganj, Oct 12 (UNB) – The local administration foiled three separate attempts to marry off underage girls in the Sadar upazila on Friday.
Acting on a tip-off, a team conducted a drive at Boudhodhaldob Kismatpara in the upazila and stopped the marriage of seventh-grader student Sumaya Khatun, 13, in the afternoon, said UNO and Assistant Commissioner (land) Md Anisur Rahman.
They conducted two other drives at Jamua village around 6:30pm and stopped the marriage of eighth-grader student Monira Khatun, 15.
Ayesha Khatun, 14, another eighth-grader, was saved from child marriage at night.
Later, a mobile court led by the UNO fined the groom’s uncle, bride’s father and mother Tk 75,000 for arranging the marriages and released them after they gave separate undertakings.
Dhaka, Oct 12 (UNB) - Bangladesh will be hosting the Commonwealth Business-to-Business (B2B) Connectivity conference during the ‘Mujib Barsha’ in November 2020, said Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi.
Bangladesh has been nominated as the lead country for Commonwealth Business-to-Business connectivity cluster by consensus.
The date coincides with Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s attendance at the first Commonwealth Summit on August 2-10 in 1973 and will be a symbol of Bangabandhu’s Sonar Bangla, prosperity and aspirations, said the minister.
The Commerce Minister is currently in London and attended the Commonwealth Trade Ministers’ meeting held from October 7-10.
Chaired by UK Secretary of State for International Trade Elizabeth Truss, the meeting was attended by 53 commonwealth countries and over 30 commerce ministers, said the Bangladesh High Commission in London on Saturday.
Bangladesh High Commissioner in London Saida Muna Tasneem was also present at the meeting.
Tipu Munshi proposed Bangladesh’s leadership role in creating a Commonwealth Digital Business-to-Business connectivity hub and digital trade platform with the participation of apex chambers and business associations of 53 commonwealth countries which would also include women entrepreneurs’ network and youth innovation hubs and market place to promote intra-commonwealth trade.
Chandpur, Oct 12 (UNB) – Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Saturday said university authorities will decide whether they will permit organisational student politics on their campuses or not.
“It’s up to them,” she while replying to a question at Chandpur Circuit House.
She said universities operating under the 1973 Ordinance will decide according to that ordinance while rest of the universities that run under their own set of laws will decide accordingly.
Dipu Moni said the abuse of power and bad politics played roles in the recent incident at Buet.
Abrar Fahad, a second-year EEE student of Buet, was beaten to death, reportedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists at the Sher-e-Bangla hall last week.
“The culture of ragging and bullying at residential halls of educational institutions has been prevalent for years in many countries. If the students, guardians and teachers at Buet had taken an initiative against this culture before, then the incident (Abrar killing) might not have happened,” she said.
She called for raising more awareness among people to ensure politics is practiced in a healthy manner.
Chandpur Deputy Commissioner Mazedur Rahman Khan, Additional Superintendent of Police Md Mizanur Rahman, Awami League’s Chandpur unit Nasiruddin Ahmed and General Secretary Abu Nayeem Patwari Dulal were present at the occasion.
Dhaka, Oct 12 (UNB)- An international conclave will be held in The Hague, Netherlands, on October 18 to bring focus the issue of ‘justice and accountability’ for Rohingyas.
Experts from home and abroad, researchers, policymakers, human rights activists and others are expected to participate.
“The goal is to bring justice and accountability to the centre of the Rohingya crisis. The international community should force Myanmar to take back Rohingyas from Bangladesh within a short time," Manzoor Hasan, Executive Director of CPJ, told the media in Dhaka on Saturday.
The Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) of Brac University, Asia Justice Coalition, and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam will organise the event in Hague.
Manzoor said there will be three main themes of the conclave - atrocity, accountability and justice.
Bangladesh has been hosting over a million Rohingyas, most of whom fled their homeland in Myanmar’s Rakhine State after a brutal military offensive in late August 2017.
Bangladesh is currently accommodating 4.7 percent of total global refugee population, CPJ said in a statement.
Manzoor said the crimes committed in Myanmar against Rohingyas have triggered a number of accountability initiatives, including a case before the International Criminal Court on forced deportation as a crime against humanity.
Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar Bob Rae, Gambia’s Minister of Justice Abubacarr Marie Tambadou, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque, Rector, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam Inger Hutter, former Ambassador Laetitia van den Assum, Vice-Chancellor, Brac University Vincent Chang, Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Director, Centre for Global Policy, USA Azeem Ibrahim, Senior Legal Adviser, International Court of Justice Kingsley Abbott, Chairperson, Asia Pacific Refugee Right Network, Malaysia Lilianne Fan, South Asia Director, Amnesty International Biraj Patnaik, Rohingya leader and President, Burmese Rohingya Organization, UK Tun Khin, Director, Centre for Genocide Studies and Prof Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka Imtiaz Ahmed, Prof of International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands Syed Mansoob Murshed and Executive Director, Centre for Peace and Justice, Brac University, Bangladesh Manzoor Hasan will address the conclave in various sessions.
Monzoor said international consensus is growing that accountability will be an important component of the path forward.
“Panelists will offer an overview of the current efforts underway to hold perpetrators accountable for atrocities against the Rohingya as well as other ethnic minority groups in Myanmar," he said.
Manzoor said Bangladesh cannot solve the Rohingya problem alone.
Shireen Huq of Naripokkho said Myanmar must be brought to justice. "We need India, China and Russia beside us to solve the problem.”
She said, “At the conclave, we’ll discuss the issue at three panels: Rohingya crisis and Myanmar's social and political landscapes; justice and accountability; and towards sustainable solutions: multi-faceted engagements for concrete action.”
Bagerhat, Oct 12 (UNB) – Idols of Hindu goddesses were vandalised by miscreants at a Durga Puja Mandap at Charborobaria Purbopara village in Chitalmari upazila on Friday night.
Villagers said demanded immediate arrest of the miscreants.
The Mandap was set up around eight years ago. Puja Mandap Committee President Nripen Chandra said miscreants broke into the Mandap at night and vandalised the idols.
On Monday night, a group of Muslim youths entered the Mandap yard and harassed women, he said. They went away after the Mandap committee members protested.
He said he suspected the youths were involved in vandalism.
Mir Shariful Haque, officer-in-charge of Chitalmari Police Station, said Nripen had filed a case in this connection.
Bagerhat police chief Pankaj Chandra Roy visited the Puja Mandap on Saturday morning.
Police have launched drives to arrest the miscreants.