Satkhira, Sept 26 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday sentenced four people to death for killing a college student in 2016.
The condemned convicts are Ali Ahmed Shaon, son of Abdul Alim, Shahadat Hossain, son of Abdul Karim, Saju Sheikh, son of Rezaul Sheikh and Nazmul Hossain of Debhata upazila. Of them, Saju and Shaon tried in absentia.
According to the prosecution, Goutam Sarker, a second-year student of Shimanto Degree College and son of Ganesh Sarker, a UP member of Mahadebnagar village in Sadar upazila, was killed after being abducted by the accused following the previous enmity on December 13, 2016.
The victim’s father filed a case accusing six people on December 16, 2016.
Later, on April 18, 2017, police submitted charge-sheet against ten people.
After examining records and witnesses, Satkhira District and Session Judge Sadiqul Islam Talukder handed down the verdict and acquitted six others as allegations brought against them could not be proved.
Cox’s Bazar, Sept 26 (UNB) – Police arrested two people and recovered 10,000 pieces of Yaba tablets from inside a truck on Teknaf-Cox’s Bazar road early Wednesday.
The arrestees were identified as Al Amin, 40, a truck driver, son of Mohammad Ismail in Barguna district and Manir Hossain, 28, son of Kalachan Bepari of Shariatpur district.
Tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area at the dead of night and intercepted a truck on Teknaf-Cox’s Bazar road, said Ranjit Barua, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station.
Later, police recovered the Yaba tablet, hidden in the truck tactfully and arrested its driver and helper.
Dhaka, Sep 26 (UNB) - Nearly half of South Asia’s population, including more than three-quarters of Bangladesh’s population, is at risk of declining living standards due to rising temperature and erratic rainfall from climate change, says a new World Bank Report.
The report ‘South Asia’s Hotspots: The Impact of Temperature and Precipitation Changes on Living Standards,’ was released here on Wednesday.
The report finds that in the last 60 years the region’s average temperatures have increased and will continue rising, which is affecting agriculture, health and productivity.
This could cost Bangladesh 6.7 percent of Gross Domestic Product and depress the living standards of more than three-quarters of the country’s population by 2050, it said.
Bangladesh’s average annual temperatures are expected to rise by 1.0°C to 1.5°C by 2050 even if preventive measures are taken along the lines of those recommended by the Paris climate change agreement of 2015, it said.
If no measures are taken, then the country’s average temperatures are predicted to increase by 1.0°C to 2.5°C, the report reads..
“Around the world, and especially for Bangladesh, climate change is an acute threat to development and efforts to end poverty,” said Hartwig Schafer, Vice-president for South Asia Region.
“In addition to the coastal zones, the warming weather will severely affect the country’s inland area in the next decades. To deal with climate change, the country needs to focus on creating jobs outside the agriculture sector and improve the capacity of its government institutions. The World Bank is committed to helping Bangladesh become more resilient to climate change,” he added.
By 2050, Chittagong Division will be most vulnerable to changing climate. Seven out of the top 10 most-affected hotspot districts--where changes in average temperature and precipitation will have a negative effect on living standards--will be in the Chittagong Division, according to the report
The top two climate hotspots will likely be Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban, which may suffer from a more than 18 percent decline in their living standards, followed by Chittagong, Rangamati, and Noakhali.
“These weather changes will result in lower per capita consumption levels that could further increase poverty and inequality in one of the poorest regions of the world, South Asia,” says Muthukumara Mani, Report author and World Bank Lead Economist in the South Asia Region.
“Identifying hotspots will help policymakers in finding specific locations and household types where the resources are needed the most to address the rising risk to living standards.”
Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) - Bangladesh has said Myanmar must take concrete steps in areas of core concerns of Rohingyas in order to motivate the potential returnees to opt for voluntary return.
Bangladesh has also sought steps from Myanmar to ensure ‘conducive environment’ for Rohingyas' return to the Rakhine State and Myanmar should share detailed information on this with the concerned people.
“Pressure must be mounted and maintained on Myanmar to take back their nationals, guaranteeing their rights,” said State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam.
He was addressing at the OIC Contact Group Meeting on Rohingyas at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
The State Minister said visible steps should be taken by Myanmar and confidence must be built so that the displaced Rohingyas feel safe and encouraged to return.
“We are committed to their voluntary repatriation and already signed an agreement with UNHCR to get the voluntariness done in an impartial manner,” he said.
Shahriar also said this is not a problem between Bangladesh and Myanmar but between Myanmar authorities and its own nationals, which is unduly affecting Bangladesh.
“The problem originated in Myanmar, and its solution must be found in Myanmar. Bangladesh seeks a peaceful solution,” he said.
With the help of international community, the state minister said Bangladesh has been efficiently handling the complex humanitarian emergency with all sorts of humanitarian assistance including shelter, food, health, water and sanitation.
"However, so far only about 34 percent of the assessed humanitarian assistance needed for the current year could be ensured,” he said.
It is critical that International community does not lose focus of the issue especially, its human rights aspect including the Rohingyas’ inalienable right to exist in their homeland as a community with their distinct history and culture of the land under state protection of Myanmar, the State Minister said.
There is also question of justice and accountability to address and heal Rohingya’s wounds for sustainable reintegration, national reconciliation and end of unbridled impunity, Shahriar said.
This includes, inter alia, ensuring safety and security for the returnees, rebuilding destroyed villages/houses, creating livelihood opportunities, ensuring access to basic services and assistance, granting freedom of movement, addressing citizenship issue.
“It appears that Myanmar’s readiness to start the repatriation is limited to creating transit facilities and showcasing it to the international community of Myanmar,” said the state minister.
New York, Sept 26 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the international community has the responsibility to ensure easy transfer of technology at low cost among all countries of the world to face the possible challenges and risks during the era of this ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’.
She made the remarks while delivering her speech at the World Economic Forum's plenary session titled ‘Sustainable Development in the Fourth Industrial Revolution' at the Plenary Hall of the UN headquarters here on Tuesday.
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque briefed reporters after the event held with President of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Borge Brende in the chair.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Johnson & Johnson CEO and Mozilla Firefox CEO were invited to attend the WEF’s plenary session.
The speakers focused on the activities of different countries to deal with the possible impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in terms of education, job and health.
The invitees were asked to inform what they think about the possible challenges and risks due to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
In her response, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is a small country having huge population. “So, the biggest challenges are to ensure their food security, provide them with proper education and equipped them technologically so that they can secure jobs in the changed situation,” she said.
Talking about ‘Digital Bangladesh’, Hasina mentioned her government’s vision over how Bangladesh can get connected with the world so that its people can be benefited.
“The international community has the responsibility so that we can get the technology easily at low cost as we’re not major technology-producing countries.”
Hasina said Bangladesh needs to make its people equipped with technological skills by introducing different vocational training programmes so that they can remove the risks of losing jobs in this era.
She mentioned about Bangladesh’s different programmes in the educational sector, including distribution of free textbooks and providing stipends to promote women education. “Now more than four crore students are getting stipends in Bangladesh,” she added.
Addressing the event, Dutch Prime Minister appreciated the Bangladesh Prime Minister for providing shelter to forcibly displaced Rohingyas cordially.
All the participants warmly welcomed this appreciation clapping hands.
Later, WEF President Borge Brende sat in a separate meeting with the Bangladesh Prime Minister at the Call on Room of Place of Residence.
The WEF President invited the Prime Minister to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum to be held at Davos in Switzerland in January 2019.
Some 100 heads of government and State as well as big investors usually join the annual meeting. “So, Bangladesh can raise its investment and development scenarios at the meeting,” said the WEF President praising Sheikh Hasina for the development of Bangladesh.
Hasina also had a meeting with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands at the UN headquarters.
Queen Maxima, who is a special representative of the UN Secretary General on Social Inclusion, congratulated the Prime Minister on Bangladesh’s outstanding improvement in the financial social inclusion according to the Little Data Book on Financial Inclusion 2018, a publication of the World Bank group.
The Dutch queen said Bangladesh has done better than many other countries in the financial inclusion index and assured of working with Bangladesh continuously in this regard.