Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) – AKM Mominul Haque Sayeed, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) councillor from ward-9, has been removed from his for post his alleged involvement in casino business.
The Local Government Division issued an order on Thursday in this regard.
It said the action was taken against Sayeed on charges of being absent in meetings of city corporation and going abroad without permission from the ministry.
The councillor was found guilty under Section 13 (1) of the Local Government (City Corporation) Act 2009 and suspended under the Section 13 (2), the order says.
According to the order, Sayeed was absent in 13 meetings out of 18 of the DSCC and currently, he is staying abroad without the permission of the Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Ministry.
It was alleged that Sayeed used to run an illegal casino at Wanderer’s Club in the capital. He fled the country following a crackdown on the illegal casino business.
Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) – The participation of educated women in business is growing due to implementation of some programmes and time-befitting policies, says a study report.
The report also revealed that a very few families now discourage women from involving in business due to the current business-friendly policies and atmosphere.
Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Foundation conducted the study through the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) titled ‘Women Entrepreneurs in SMEs: Bangladesh Perspective 2017’.
The findings of the study were unveiled at a programme at Cirdap auditorium on Thursday.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun was present at the event as the chief guest.
According to the study, 20 percent women having graduation was involved in business in 2009 which increased to 26 percent in 2017.
Besides, around 42 percent women were discouraged from involving in business in 2009 and it came down to only four percent in 2017.
The reports also said only 10 percent women entrepreneurs used to provide tax in 2009 which increased to 56 percent in 2017.
According to the study, 28 percent women had to face social obstacles towards running business in 2009, and it decreased to 14 percent in 2017.
It also said the trend of involvement of socially-backward women in business is also growing as they are getting assistance in many ways from the government.
Speaking at the programme, the Industries Minister said it is not possible to ensure sustainable development excluding women who are half of the country’s total population.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is giving focus on effective research for enhancing the participation of women in economic activities.
The minister also said the government is resolving the problems the female entrepreneurs are facing on a priority basis to attain the goal for empowering women.
Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) – Newly-appointed Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito on Thursday reaffirmed his country’s support for the early repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar in a safe, voluntary and dignified manner under UN cooperation.
“I express our determination to continue extending necessary support to the government of Bangladesh with a view to realising the early repatriation of the displaced persons to Myanmar,” said Ambassador Ito in a message taking over his responsibility officially.
The Japanese Ambassador expressed his “utmost respect” to the government of Bangladesh for generously accepting and protecting the displaced persons in Cox’s Bazar.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered Cox’s Bazar since August 25, 2017 amid military crackdown on them.
Bangladesh has so far handed over names of over 1 lakh Rohingyas to the Myanmar authorities for verification and subsequently expediting their repatriation efforts but Myanmar is yet to take back its nationals from Bangladesh.
The Japanese Ambassador said he, on behalf of the government of Japan, is dedicated to serving as a bridge between Bangladesh and Japan for further enhancing bilateral relations.
The envoy mentioned about the important years ahead -- the 100th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 2020 along with the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Independence in 2021 and the 50th anniversary of Japan-Bangladesh diplomatic relations in 2022.
Ambassador Ito said he will continue to work for strengthening cultural and people-to-people relations with Bangladesh in the “rapidly-changing” society here. “My sincere hope is our works will lead to deeper mutual understanding and closer relationship between our two nations.”
The envoy expressed his sincere “sympathy and respect” to Japanese nationals who fell victim in terror attacks in 2015 and 2016.
“I’ll devote myself to ensuring a safe and secure environment for Japanese citizens in close cooperation with the government of Bangladesh,” he said adding that he feels “honoured and humbled” to take the task of representing Japan in Bangladesh.
Ito said Bangladesh is now on a historical stage of opportunity for development and its GDP growth rate in the past 10 years marked as one of the highest in the world.
“With a young and diligent population, Bangladesh has prominent potential of growth. This year, the amount of Official Development Assistance to Bangladesh from Japan counts around two hundred seventy-five billion yen, which is equivalent to 2.5 billion US dollars,” said the Ambassador.
Bangladesh is now the second largest recipient of Japan’s ODA in the world in FY 2017, and Japan, the Ambassador said, will continue to be the biggest bilateral development partner for Bangladesh.
With the expectation of increase in trade and investment, the Sonar Bangla attracts around 300 Japanese companies operating in Bangladesh, said the Japanese envoy.
“I hope that we, Embassy of Japan, will be of help at any time they are in need with the aim of improving Bangladeshi business environment,” he said.
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) – Three-day long first scientific congress on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will begin in the capital on October 19.
The Clinical Research Platform of Bangladesh, a tripartite initiative of International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ), will organise the congress, said press conference held at BSMMU on Thursday.
The aim of the first ever scientific congress on NCDs is to develop a strong institutional platform and strengthen research collaborations between clinicians and public health researchers in Bangladesh. It also offers an opportunity to present and share their seminal works on NCDs with national and international experts. Eventually, it will help develop pragmatic strategies for tackling NCDs in Bangladesh, and achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.4, focused on ‘reduction of pre-mature mortality by one-third from non-communicable diseases within 2030 through prevention and treatment, and to promote mental health and wellbeing’.
Nine key thematic issues have been selected for the Congress comprising of i) hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, ii) prevention of diabetes in Bangladesh iii) stroke and other neurological disorders, iv) mental health and neuro development disorders, v) chronic kidney diseases, vi) rheumatology and musculoskeletal disorders, vii) chronic respiratory diseases, viii) oncology, and ix) evidence of NCDs in Bangladesh: prevention and control. The event is well received by both clinicians and public health researchers of the country, with more than 400 participants and about 200 abstracts submitted. An independent jury board under each theme will select the awards for the best oral and the poster presentations.
In Bangladesh, there has been an 8.7% rise (from 58.3% to 66.9%) between 2010 and 2016 in deaths related to non-communicable diseases . One in four Bangladeshi adult age 25 years or over are hypertensive, while one in ten had diabetes, according to a 2015 estimate. The prevalence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is 13.5% by GOLD criteria among Bangladeshis. Prevalence of cancer is also very high – an estimated 1.3-1.5 million patients are suffering from cancer with 200,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. Kidney Foundation of Bangladesh estimates 18 million people suffer from kidney disease of which annually 35,000-40,000 patients develop chronic kidney diseases, eventually leading to kidney failure.
The 1st Scientific Congress on NCD will kick off with a pre-conference workshop titled ‘How to get your research published?” to be held on 19 October at icddr,b’s Sasakawa Auditoriam in Mohakhali, Dhaka.
The official inauguration will be held on 20 October, at Shaheed Dr Milon Hall, BSMMU where Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque will be the Chief Guest.
More detail will be available at: http://www.crplatform.icddrb.org/conference-copy
Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) - FBCCI President Sheikh Fazle Fahim has urged the investors from the Commonwealth countries to invest more in Bangladesh taking the advantage of a number of incentives offered by the government.
Fahim, who is visiting London to attend a global trade meeting, also said the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) is keen to stand by the investors and develop a stronger trade and investment relation with Commonwealth countries.
He made the remarks at a meeting of the Global Advisory Council of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) held on Wednesday evening (London time), said a press release.
The council was established in 2014 with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the FBCCI has been included as a Strategic Partner of it.
The FBCCI chief said the investors of the Commonwealth countries should explore their business options in Bangladesh, which is one of the top emerging markets in the world.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government is developing 100 special economic zones while offering a bunch of incentives for the foreign investors who could tap the potentials of Bangladesh as a manufacturing hub.
Fahim said the investors from countries like India, Japan and China could benefit hugely by investing in the special economic zones.
Narrating the overall development agenda of the government, he said the FBCCI is actively engaged in the trade-related policy formation of the government and it also advocates for the public-private joint initiative in the development process.
The FBCCI president said Standard Chartered, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Bloomberg, HSBC, IMF, Moody’s, Standard & Poor, Fitch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, JP Morgan and Boston Consulting’s group have acknowledged the country’s proven trajectory towards Vision 2021 and 2041.
After the meeting, Fahim attended the Commonwealth High Commissioner’s banquet and he was also introduced to Her Royal Highness Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Lord Janathen Marland Chairman of Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) was also present.