Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) – Speakers at a seminar on Thursday stressed the need for providing government support and low-interest bank loan to the organic crops farmers to expand their production.
They also said that the organic food producers face many challenges including lack of marketing facilities.
“We don’t have any authentic marketing channel to sell our products at good price”, said Kohinoor Yasmin Vice President of Bangladesh Organic Products Manufactures Association (BOPMA) while addressing a seminar at Diploma Engineers Institute in the city.
The seminar titled “Role of Organic Food in Protecting Human Health” was also addressed by State Minister for Health and Family Planning Dr Md Murad Hasan, former Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman, organic agriculture expert Dr Shahidul Islam and chairman of Bangladesh Krishi Bank Mibarak Ismail.
BOPMA President Kamruzzaman Mridha presided over the function.
They organic food producers alleged that many non-organic food are being sold in the market in the name of organic products due to lack of any standardisation in the country.
The government has been giving special emphasis on ensuring food safety, said Dr Murad Hasan adding that organic food can play a major role to reach safe food to people.
He also offered his ministry’s laboratory support to the organic food producers.
“Health and Family Planning Ministry’s different institutions have a number of laboratories to examine foods. You can take such services”, D rMurad told the organic food producers.
DrAtiur Rahman said globally organic foods are being promoted as part of environmental protection move.
He said there are some challenges in moving for organic agriculture.
“If the agriculture goes for organic production, the overall food production may fall. So, it is a big risk for food security as well,” he observed.
Dr Shahidul Islam said there should be massive training for the organic food producers. Otherwise, it may bring some negative impacts on food production, he said.
Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called upon all to support women and girls who are breaking down barriers to create a better world for everyone.
“Let’s make sure women and girls can shape the policies, services and infrastructure that impact all our lives,” he said in a message marking the International Women’s Day that falls on March 8.
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, addresses infrastructure, systems and frameworks that have been constructed largely in line with a male-defined culture.
The UN chief laid emphasis on redoubling efforts to protect and promote women’s rights, dignity and leadership. “We must not give ground that has been won over decades and we must push for wholesale, rapid and radical change.”
He said gender equality and women’s rights are fundamental to global progress on peace and security, human rights and sustainable development.
“We can only re-establish trust in institutions, rebuild global solidarity and reap the benefits of diverse perspectives by challenging historic injustices and promoting the rights and dignity of all,” said Guterres.
In recent decades, the UN chief said, they have seen remarkable progress on women’s rights and leadership in some areas. “But these gains are far from complete or consistent – and they have already sparked a troubling backlash from an entrenched patriarchy.”
He said gender equality is fundamentally a question of power. “We live in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture. Only when we see women’s rights as our common objective, a route to change that benefits everyone we will begin to shift the balance.”
The UN chief said increasing the number of women decision-makers is fundamental and at the United Nations, he has made this a personal and urgent priority. “We now have gender parity among those who lead our teams around the world, and the highest-ever numbers of women in senior management. We will continue to build on this progress.”
Guterres said women still face major obstacles in accessing and exercising power. As the World Bank found, just six economies give women and men equal legal rights in areas that affect their work. And if current trends continue, it will take 170 years to close the economic gender gap.
“We know women’s participation makes peace agreements more durable, but even governments that are vocal advocates fail to back their words with action. The use of sexual violence as a tactic in conflict continues to traumatize individuals and entire societies,” he said.
He said innovation and technology reflect the people who make them. “The underrepresentation and lack of retention of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design should be a cause of concern to all.”
Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) – Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud has expressed keenness to strengthen economic relations of his country with Bangladesh for mutual benefits.
Visiting Saudi Trade and Investment Minister Dr Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasaibi and Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Bin Mazyed Al-Twaijri said this at a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her office on Thursday.
Prime Minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
Referring to his meeting with the Saudi King before flying for Bangladesh, Saudi Minister for Trade and Investment Dr Majid said that King Salman wants to develop strong economic relations with Bangladesh.
The minister said they identified seven sectors for boosting cooperation between the two countries, including power, railway, aeronautics as well as post and telecommunications.
He said Saudi entrepreneurs are keen to invest in Bangladesh.
The Saudi Trade and Investment Minister appreciated the economic development of Bangladesh saying that the country is an Asian tiger.
Dr Majid said Bangladesh has gained remarkable achievement, particularly in export sector, as the country’s export volume has increased to US$ 37 billion from only US$ 10 billion.
The two ministers highly praised the progress of Bangladesh under dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. “You should be proud of yourself and your team (for development of Bangladesh),” said Dr Majid.
Dr Majid said what is good for Bangladesh is also good for Saudi Arabia, too.
Praising the reduction pace of both poor and extreme poor in Bangladesh, the two ministers said what they have seen is beyond their expectation.
Expressing satisfaction over the existing bilateral ties between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, the two Saudi ministers said, they want to take this relation to a new height.
The visiting Saudi Arabia ministers conveyed the regards of the Saudi King and the Crown Prince to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the outset of the meeting.
Welcoming the two Saudi ministers, the Prime Minister conveyed her regards to the Saudi king and the Crown Prince.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has set up special economic zones where the government is giving lands to various companies so that they can establish their industries according to their choice.
In this regard, the Prime Minister asked the Saudi entrepreneurs to invest in the special economic zones for the mutual benefits.
Talking about aeronautic sector which was identified for Saudi investment, she said the government has enacted a law to set up an Aviation and Aerospace University in Lalmonirhat.
The Prime Minister highlighted development of different sectors, including education and healthcare.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, Planning Minister MA Mannan, PM’s Energy Adviser DrTawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, executive chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) Kazi M Aminul Islam, PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan and Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Golam Moshi were, among others, present.
The two Saudi ministers arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday night, leading a large delegation.
Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB)— Bangladesh will celebrate the International Women's Day on Friday with the rest of the world, highlighting women's rights and empowerment.
This year’s theme is 'Think equal, build smart, innovate for change'.
Different organisations will organise various programmes on the occasion.
Marking the day, the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs has arranged a discussion meeting at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre at 9am on March 9. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to attend it as the chief guest.
Five women will be honoured with ‘Joyeeta Award’.
Products produced and manufactured by women entrepreneurs will be displayed in the district towns from March 8-9.
On the eve of the day, President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages, greeting all women across the world.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and all other private television channels will air special programme while newspapers will publish supplements highlighting the significance of the day.
Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) – The High Court on Thursday directed the authorities concerned to submit a list of Intensive Care Unit(ICU) and Coronary Care Unit(CCU) of country’s government and private hospitals.
The HC also asked them to mention in the report the amount of money, the number of manpower and specialists required to establish an ICU and a CCU unit.
Secretary to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Director General of Directorate General of Health Service have been asked to submit the report within April 24.
The bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam passed the order after hearing on a progress report submitted by the Health Ministry following a writ in this regard.
Lawyer Dr. Bashir Ahmed stood for the petitioner and Deputy Attorney General Motahar Hossain Saju for the state.
Earlier on February 19, The High Court directed for submitting a progress report on fixing fees of health tests at private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres and hanging the price lists publicly and establishing CCUs and ICUs at the district level within March 5.
On July 24 last year, the court directed the authorities concerned for fixing fees of medical tests at private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres and hanging the charge list in public and establishing CCUs and ICUs at the district level.
The court asked for taking the help of mobile court in this regard if necessary and forming a policy as per the Medical Practice and Private Clinics and Laboratories (Regulation) Ordinance, 1982 and form a body with specialists within 60 days for its implementation.