Dhaka, May 18 (UNB) - Detectives arrested 65 alleged ‘Ogyan Party’ members from different areas of the city on Friday.
Several teams of Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police conducted drives against the gangsters, who usually loot valuables from people in crowded places like market, shopping mall, bus station, railway station and launch ghat, after feeding them sedatives, said DMP Joint Commissioner (DB) Mahbub Alam while briefing reporters at the DMP Media Centre on Saturday.
They also recovered sedatives, juice and dates laced with sedatives, and seven stolen motorcycles and one private car.
Of them, members of Serious Crime Investigation Division of the DB arrested 38 from the New Market area while DB (North Division) arrested 11 from Fakirerpool and Kuril Biswa Road areas.
DB (East Division) members arrested four members of Ogyan Party from Wari area while DB (South Division) arrested seven suspected gang members from Gulistan and DB (West Division) arrested five gangsters from Uttara area.
Dhaka, May 19 (UNB) – President of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh Prof Mahfuza Khanam on Saturday said no civilised nation or country can go forward without having museums as those always help protect history.
"If we look at the richest and most civilised countries, we can see how they nourish their art and culture through museums," she said while addressing a seminar at the auditorium of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
International Council of Museum (ICOM) organised the seminar titled ‘Museum as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition' marking the celebrations of the International Museum Day 2019.
Mahfuza Khanam, former vice-president of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu), said it is a matter of great sorrow that museum instruments in the country are being changed with the change in government which is unexpected. “We should keep in mind that no civilised nation can move ahead without knowing its true history, and museum can only preserve the actual history of a country and nation,” she added.
Prof Dr Sabbir Ahmed, general secretary of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Muhammad Manirul Hoque, Deputy Keeper of Bangladesh National Museum, and Sangita Lahiri, internship scholar at the Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata, among others, spoke at the seminar held with Prof Sharif Uddin Ahmed of the History and Philosophy department at North South University in the chair.
Dhaka, May 18 (UNB) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the world’s decision-makers to make “enlightened” choices on climate action because “the whole planet” is at stake.
“Over the past week, I’ve witnessed firsthand the impacts of climate change in the Pacific Island States,” the UN chief said in a statement on Friday concluding a week-long visit to the South Pacific.
He said: “They contribute very little to the global climate emergency and yet, they’re the ones that are being most affected.”
The UN chief, according to UN News, did not mince words in saying that for some of them, “climate change is now an existential threat”.
Pointing out that entire villages are being relocated, livelihoods destroyed and people becoming sick from climate-related diseases, Guterres lamented: “The risks are all too real”.
The UN chief found “remarkable” that the countries facing these enormous challenges, have decided that “they are not giving up” but are instead “determined to find solutions”.
Not only have they developed ways to increase their resilience and adaptation, but according to Guterres, “they are leading the way in reducing emissions and are an example that the rest of the world should follow”.
Reiterating the powerful message that he has continued to underscore throughout his visit to the South Pacific, the UN chief stressed that “climate change cannot be stopped by the small island countries alone, it has to be stopped by the rest of the world” and that this requires the political will for “transformational policies in energy, mobility, industry and agriculture”.
Guterres echoed the “three urgent messages” to world leaders that he had “consistently conveyed” throughout his visit to the Pacific, beginning with shifting taxes from salaries to carbon. “We need to tax pollution, not people,” he reiterated.
Second, he flagged that countries must stop subsidising fossil fuels.
“Taxpayers’ money shouldn’t be used to boost hurricanes, spread drought and heatwaves, melt glaciers and bleach corals,” he asserted.
And third, he argued against building new coal plants by 2020, saying “we need a green economy not a grey economy”.
Guterres said solidarity or generosity is not being sought, “it is enlightened self-interest from all decision-makers around the world” that is needed “because it’s not only of the Pacific that is at stake, it’s the whole planet”.
“To save the Pacific is to save the whole planet,” concluded the Secretary-General.