Dhaka, Apr 24 (UNB) - Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Wednesday nominated a five-member panel of chairmen for the 2nd session of the 11th parliament.
The panel members are Mustafizur Rahman, ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury, HN Ashiqur Rahman, Fakhrul Imam and Aroma Dutta.
The Speaker announced their names at the beginning of the day’s business.
They will conduct the House proceedings in chronological order in the absence of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.
Earlier, the 2nd session of the current parliament began at 6:40pm.
Chattogram, Apr 24 (UNB) –Transport workers in the district started a 24-hour strike from 6 pm on Wednesday, demanding justice for their fellow who was beaten dead allegedly by Detective Branch (DB) police.
A regional committee of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation earlier
announced to observe 24-hour strike in two phases- one from 6 pm Wednesday to 6pm on Thursday on 68 district routes connecting Chattogram and 19 local routes and the second phase on April 28.
General Secretary of the workers’ body Mohammad Musa said that the second phase of the strike will be enforced on all routes of five districts in the division for another 24 hours on April 28.
The protesters demanded immediate arrest of the killers and bringing them under trial.
The deceased was identified as Jalal Uddin, 50, a driver of the Shyamoli Paribahan, hailing from Dinajpur.
A group of men who identified themselves as DB police members stopped a bus for searching Yaba, had the driver get down from his vehicle and beat him brutally at 8 pm on Monday (April 22) leaving him severely injured, after the bus reached Shantirhat area of Patiya upazila, said Bablu Ahmed manager of Shyamoli Paribahan regional unit quoting the bus supervisor Azim Uddin.
Later, doctors declared the driver dead when he was taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital.
Dhaka, Apr 24 (UNB)- A day-long international conference titled “Sustainable Blue Economy for the Development of Bangladesh” was held on Wednesday at Dhaka University (DU) Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban auditorium.
DU Oceanography Department, Blue Economy Cell of the Govt., Bangladesh Institute of Maritime Research and Development (BIMRAD) and GreenTech jointly organized this conference.
Presided over by DU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman, Planning Minister M. A. Mannan, MP as chief guest addressed the function as the chief guest.
Prof. Dr. Md. Kawser Ahmed of DU Oceanography Department delivered the keynote speech, while deputy Head of Mission of German Embassy Mr. Michael Schultheiss, Executive Director of GreenTech Foundation Bangladesh Lutfor Rahman and Chairman of DU Oceanography Department Md. Jobaer Alam also addressed the function.
Planning Minister M. A. Mannan said, "Bay of Bengal has enormous resources but we have no adequate ideas and information about these resources."
"We need extensive survey and research to ensure sustainable development through proper utilization of the potentials of the sea and marine resources" he added.
The minister hoped and said, "Teachers and students of DU Oceanography Department would come forward with specific plans and projects to explore marine resources".
DU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman emphasized on undertaking collaborative survey and research activities to explore seabed resources for achieving sustainable blue economy in Bangladesh.
Several academicians, researchers and professionals from home and abroad participated in the conference.
Dhaka, Apr 24 (UNB) - New Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das paid a courtesy call on President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Wednesday.
Principal Information Officer Joynal Abedin briefed reporters after the meeting.
During the meeting, President Hamid recalled with gratitude the crucial role of the people and the government of India in achieving independence of Bangladesh in 1971.
He said, "As the volumes of trade and investment have increased significantly, the relationship between the people of the two countries is also being strengthened day by day."
Terming Bangladesh a country with huge potentials, Hamid called for using the opportunity to enhance mutual cooperation.
Indian High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das said the relationship between the two countries is very excellent and the people from both sides are enjoying the benefit of it.
Secretaries concerned to the President were also present during the meeting.
Dhaka, Apr 24 (UNB) - The United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday reiterated that they want to have a good relationship with Bangladesh no matter what happens regarding Brexit.
“Our intention, no matter what happens, is to have a good relationship with Bangladesh,” said Permanent Under Secretary (PUS) of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sir Simon McDonald.
He came up with the remarks when a questioner wanted to know how three things -- a possible Brexit deal, no deal or a bad deal will affect UK’s relationship and business with Bangladesh.
Earlier, he delivered a lecture on “Bangladesh and United Kingdom’s Relations in the context of UK’s exit from the European Union” organised by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in its auditorium.
Sir Simon also co-chaired the third Strategic Dialogue with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque at state guesthouse Padma.
He said a possible Brexit deal, no deal or a bad deal -- these three things are very different things and the relationship will be affected in different ways.
“In my view, it’ll be easiest if we leave the European Union with a deal because a deal gives us a framework…,” he said adding that the worst will be leaving the EU with no deal.
On Tuesday, Sir Simon said Brexit is happening though it has been delayed. “Once the UK is outside the EU, we can look afresh at our relationship further afield….we think there’re new possibilities.”
He said once they are outside the EU, they expect to be able to trade even more freely with partner countries like Bangladesh. “But this will have to be negotiated.”
At the BIISS event, the British top official faced a number questions on issues related to extradition, sheltering convicted criminals in the UK and irregular migrants.
In most cases, he did not give any direct answer but at one stage, without mentioning any name, he said, “This is an issue. It’s a sensitive issue.”
Sir Simon also said there are many cases and over 90 percent of those cases are happily resolved. “This is because of the good and smooth work between the agencies and high commissions of Bangladesh and the UK.”
Asked whether they discussed the extradition issue in the Strategic Dialogue, he said, “I’m an official, not a politician but I’ve learned a few things from politicians and my answer is example of that. In our talks today, we discussed all the issues which were expected to be discussed.”
Sir Simon said they have touched upon 17 different policy areas during the discussion and climate change is one of those 17 topics.
“Bangladesh is clearly one of the countries which is most affected….Bangladesh and the UK can work closely and will work….,” he added.
Sir Simon, while briefing reporters after the dialogue at Padma, said they take personal pride and interest in the dialogue as he along with the Bangladesh Foreign Secretary initiated it.
“We’re able to look at recent successes of Bangladesh, especially economic successes and very strong growth in the economy,” he said.
Sir Simon led a 21-member delegation from London, which he thinks, a mark of importance his government and country have for this relationship.
On Tuesday, he said the UK wants to have even stronger relationship with Bangladesh once they come out from the European Union (EU), noting that Bangladesh’s economy has been “growing strongly” in recent years.
“Bangladesh is an important market for the UK and it’s becoming even more important,” he said.
Besides, the UK PUS had a bilateral tête-à-tête with his Bangladesh counterpart. Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem also attended the dialogue.
Sir Simon is scheduled to leave here tonight (Wednesday night).