Dhaka, Sept 11 (UNB) - Bangladesh on Tuesday requested the international partners to intensify their campaign for a permanent solution to the Rohingya problem and ensure the safe and sustainable return of Rohingyas.
"The Myanmar authorities must demonstrate a strong political will as well as visible actions to address the discrimination against the Rohingyas," said State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam.
He said international humanitarian actors need to continue their persuasion with Myanmar for access to the Rakhine State so that these needs of Rohingya women and girls could be adequately addressed once they return to their homes.
Shahriar was addressing as the chief guest at OXFAM launch of new report, ‘One Year on: Time to put Women and Girls at the Heart of the Rohingya Response’ in the city.
Australian High Commission in Dhaka Julia Niblett and Oxfam Bangladesh Country Director Dr Dipankar Datta were, among others, present.
Shahriar said security is an important component of Bangladesh government’s response to the Rohingya crisis.
More than 1200 law enforcement officials have been additionally deployed in 11 check posts.
To ensure security at night, the government has established a 13-km power line alongside installing 50 streetlights, 10 floodlights and 1040 solar lights to lit up the streets.
Besides, the World Bank and ADB have been requested to provide additional support to the ensure electricity inside the camps, Shahriar said.
"Bangladesh believes the problems of the Rohingya women and girls need to be resolved permanently and sustainably. For that, we’ve been engaged diplomatically both with Myanmar and with the international community," he said.
Bangladesh signed an “Arrangement of Return” with Myanmar in Nay PwiDaw.
A Joint Working Group has been formed and a set of other arrangements have also been signed to implement the arrangement.
"Our past experiences suggest that Myanmar doesn’t fulfil its obligations unless pressurised by the international community," Shahriar said.
"We believe the strong public opinion around the world that seeks accountability of the perpetrators would help Myanmar address the root causes of the Rohingya problem and take effective measures for ensuring the basic needs of the Rohingyas when they return to their homes," he added.
The forced displacement of more than 700,000 Rohingya population within less than a year from neighbouring country Myanmar is considered to be one of the worst humanitarian crises of the world.
The unprecedented magnitude of inflow of Rohingyas since 25 August in 2017 created an accumulated figure of forcibly displaced Rohingyas sheltered in Bangladesh to about 1.1 million.
The United Nations described the dreadful operations in Rakhine, which resulted in this mass exodus of Rohingyas a ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’.
In its recent report, the Independent International Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar has termed the horrendous acts of Myanmar authorities as ‘genocide’, ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘war crimes’.
In the face of this unprecedented crisis, Shahriar said, Minister Sheikh Hasina has shown exemplary leadership by responding to the call of humanity and opening the border for the people in distress.
The number of forcibly displaced Rohingyas living in Bangladesh has crossed one million, he said.
"Despite constraints, we’ve faced the situation with courage and under the firm leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, mobilised massive humanitarian response to support the Rohingya community," said the State Minister.
With the support of the international community, Bangladesh has been able to tackle the massive humanitarian crises for the last one year.
The largest shelter project for the Rohingyas, known as the Kutupalong - BalukhaliRohingya Camp that hosts more than 600,000 Rohingya is situated in hilly lands belonging to the Forest Department.
An additional amount of BDT 41.2 crore (equivalent to USD 4.96 million) has been allocated for the Rohingyas in the current financial year. Rohingyas are provided with food, shelter, medical and WASH facilities, informal education, and other basic necessities in government and non-government establishments.
The State Minister said the government recognises the special needs of women and children and has provided customized humanitarian support for them. 34,338 pregnant women has been identified who are provided with necessary health services.
"As of now, 3554 children were within those facilities. Some 8170 tube-wells, 50,508 latrines and 11190 bathrooms have been established. Separate bath facilities with sheds have been built for Rohingya women and girls," he said.
Shahriar said the Rohingya women and girls have never had access to health services, education or any other income generating activities.
"Due to intergenerational experience of persecution and discrimination, they remain extremely vulnerable. On top of that, huge women and girls have faced sexual violence in Myanmar causing severe trauma and psychological breakdown," said Shahriar.
The international Fact Finding Mission’s report has stated, the scale, brutality and systematic nature of these violations indicate that rape and sexual violence are part of a deliberate strategy to intimidate, terrorise or punish a civilian population, and are used as a tactic of war.
Khulna, Sept 11 (UNB) – Police recovered the body of a school teacher from a water body in Boira area of city on Tuesday morning 15 days after he went missing.
The deceased was identified as Kazi Taskin Hossain Toyon, 32, son of Kazi Tota of Mojgunni area in the city and the teacher of a local kindergarten school.
Mosharraf Hossain, officer-in-charge of Khalispur Police Station, said that Taskin went missing on August 28.
Locals spotted his decomposed body floating in the water body in the morning and informed police.
Later, police recovered it, the OC said, adding that he might have been killed over land-related dispute.
Dhaka, Sept 11 (UNB) - Goethe-Institut Bangladesh and its five partner schools have celebrated 10 years of “Schools: Partner for the Future” (PASCH initiative) with a concert by German-Swiss reagga and dancehall band RAGGABUND.
As part of the celebration, the four-member band rocked the audience at the National Theater Hall in Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
The partner schools are Oxford International School, European Standard School, South Point School and College, Maple leaf International School and Chittagong Mastermind International School.
Inaugurating the event, Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch, director of the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, said that over the past 10 years, German as a foreign language became increasingly popular in Bangladesh.
Dr Kirsten said the PASCH partner schools, with their commitment to train teachers and hold interactive foreign language classes, are setting a crucial basis for this.
"For the future, we look forward to engaging with the alumni, to intensify our global networking, and to support those who are eager to conduct higher studies in Germany. In the name of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, I would today like to thank all who made the PASCH network in the last years a vibrant space for intercultural exchange!”
The Deputy Head of Mission of the German Embassy Michael Schultheiß, underlined that learning another language opens new perspectives and allows insights into another culture and way of thinking.
"By learning German the students in Bangladesh not only improve their language skills, but also become ambassadors for the close bilateral relations between Germany and Bangladesh."
During the event, four students were announced as winners of a video competition producing music videos for songs of RAGGABUND.
The first price, participation in a PASCH Youth Camp in Sri Lanka, went to Samiul Gani Daihan and Mehedi Khan Mojish (Oxford International School), the second price went to Shohaib Hossain and Sakiyun Noor (South Point School and College)
Dhaka, Sep 11 (UNB) - Top 10 Bangladeshi students of Huawei’s flagship CSR programme “Seeds for the Future 2018” are now visiting China.
The students were welcomed in Beijing at the programme’s opening ceremony on Tuesday at the Huawei courtyard in Beijing, China, said a press release.
Kazi M Aminul Islam, Executive Chairman of Board of Investment and Development Authority (BIDA) was the chief guest.
‘Seeds for the Future’ is a part of Southeast Asia Development Enablement Plan. Starting in 2008, Seeds for the Future has been implemented in 108 countries and international organization worldwide, benefiting over 30,000 students from 350 universities up until now.
Among them, more than 3,600 students have taken a study trip to the Huawei headquarters.
This year’s Seeds for the Future, Bangladesh round started on July 16 at Huawei’s Customer Solution Innovation and Integration Experience Centre (CSIC) in Dhaka with a press conference. Later on, selection rounds were held in five universities- DU, IUT, RUET, KUET and CUET. A total of 10 students were selected taking 2 from each university.
BIDA Executive Chairman Kazi M Aminul Islam said at the Beijing opening ceremony, “I want to remind that the relationship between China and Bangladesh has always been very friendly, in fact superbly investment friendly. Huawei is working in close collaboration with the government of Bangladesh for a long time since 1998. This long-lasting friendship has been very fruitful both for Huawei and Bangladesh.”
“I want to thank Huawei wholeheartedly for believing in the talent of Bangladeshi people. Bangladesh is a rapidly growing country which can definitely be called as a gold mine. Because, the “Vision 2021” taken by Bangladesh Government is being implemented in all possible ways which is facilitating huge number of projects and new opportunities for the young generation. I hope this friendship will continue forever.”
Md. Mahfuzul Alam Khan, Commercial Counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy in Beijing said, “I want to congratulate the students from the core of my heart for their success. You have made us proud.”
“Huawei has brought you to China for a very big reason- to pave the way of your career forward. Always remember that we need excellent scientists for excellent science, and excellent scientists rely on excellent infrastructure for their work. Science and Innovation are at the heart of the modern world,” he said.
Zhao Xiaobin, Director, Beijing office, Huawei Public Affairs & Communication Department said in his welcome speech, “The Seeds for the Future programme helps students improve their technical expertise and practical skill for work.”
“Huawei has become a role model for helping students develop their skills in the telecom, IT, and business fields. We hope that more companies will follow our steps for a greater good of the technological ecosystem.”
Dhaka, Sept 11 (UNB) - Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) has published the 40th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) circular seeking applications for 1903 vacant posts.
The notice was published on the BPSC website around 1 pm Tuesday.
The 40th BCS application process will begin on September 30 at 10 am and will continue till 6 pm on November 15, it said.
The details of the application process can be found on the PSC website.