Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) – At least 12 people managed getting registration of Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) as MBBS degree holders without having that degree in the first place.
In a drive Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday unearthed gross irregularities in the way BMDC is giving registration to fake MBBS degree holders.
ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB that the Commission conducted the drive after receiving the complaint in its hotline (106) against 12 so called doctors who took BMDC registration without the degree.
ACC director general (administration) Mohammad Munir Chowdhury ordered the immediate investigation and operation against the accused who took the BMDC registration on the basis of the fake degree in the name of Taishan Medical University of China.
A team led by deputy director Mohammad Mahmud Hasan immediately conducted a drive in the city’s office of BMDC to find out the truth.
ACC primarily found that the accused did not get the degree from the Taishan Medical University in China.
The BMDC officials present during the ACC drive failed to explain the irregularities.
Regarding the operation, the DG of the Enforcement Operations (ACC) Mohammad Munir Chowdhury said, "BMDC can’t provide registration without proper verification. The ACC will immediately investigate the incident and identify the responsible people and take strict legal process."
Pabna, Sep 20 (UNB)– Three people, including a child, went missing after a small boat capsized in the Padma River in Dighi Gohailbari area of Sadar upazila.
The missing people are Hashem, Bipul and Naim.
Officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station Obaidul Haque said a small boat with 11 people on board sank while crossing the Padma River around 2:30 pm .
Eight people managed to swim ashore while three others remained missing.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Joynal Abedin said a diver team from Rajshahi started for the accident spot to launch a salvage operation .
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) - Holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), will be observed in the country on Friday with due religious fervour and solemnity.
On this day in the Hijri year of 61, Hazrat Imam, the grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), along with his family members and 72 followers embraced the martyrdom in the hands of Yazid’s soldiers at the desert of Karbala to uphold the teachings of the Prophet (SM).
The day is a public holiday.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion.
Shia community members will bring out Tazia processions in the city marking the day.
A Tajia procession will start from Imambara Husaini Dalan in Old Dhaka which will be escorted by law enforcers.
Adequate security measures have been taken around Imambara Husaini Dalan to ensure smooth observance of Ashura.
Like previous years, nobody carrying bags, sharp weapons or flammable objects will be allowed to enter the venues of Holy Ashura programmes.
City dwellers have also been asked to refrain from lighting firecrackers on the day.
Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and private TV channels will air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.
Gazipur, Sept 20 (UNB) - Four construction workers sustained burn injuries in an explosion in the compressor room of a spinning and knitting mill in Kaliakoir upazila on Thursday.
The injured were identified as Ripon Hossain, Gulzar Miah, Shahed Miah and Jahirul Islam.
Local Fire Service sources said a group of workers was working by the compressor room of Apex Spinning and Knitting Mills Ltd at Purba Chandara around 10 am when the explosion took place.
The injured were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) - USAID Mission Director in Bangladesh Derrick Brown has been inspired by people’s life-changing stories and knowing how they have overcome barriers and improved living conditions with determination and hard work.
“It’s been truly inspiring to hear people’s life-changing stories. It’s been especially great to also know that the American people, through support provided by USAID, played a small role in their big achievements,” Brown said.
He made the remark in a statement after visiting USAID development programs in the Jashore-Khulna region from September 18-20, including visits to key agriculture, labor and food assistance programs.
The site visits were undertaken in collaboration with WordFish, WFP, Winrock International and World Vision Bangladesh among other implementing partners.
During his visit, Brown and his delegation met with government officials, community leaders and program participants. Program highlights in Khulna included a visit to NoboJatra, an integrated Food for Peace development program targeting victims of poverty, hunger and natural disasters; and a meeting with the management and labor leaders at a shrimp and fish processing plant to learn about the industry’s labor conditions.
Brown also toured a Digital Center supported by the USAID-UNDP-funded Access to Information (A2i) program, which makes information on government services available to local garment workers.
In addition, he spoke with beneficiaries at a shelter for survivors of cross-border trafficking.
In Jashore, Brown visited Janata Engineering, a small, but rapidly growing agricultural machinery manufacturer and dealer that produces and assembles farming equipment.
He also observed a USAID-funded aquaculture and nutrition activity that has provided technical support to 400,000 smallholder farmers; and he met with local vegetable farmers who have been taught new farming techniques and trained in health, personal safety and hygiene practices by the USAID Agricultural Value Chain project in partnership with Shwapno, a private retailer.
The US government, through USAID, has provided more than $7 billion in development assistance to Bangladesh since 1971, according to USAID.
In 2017, USAID provided over $212 million to improve the lives of people in Bangladesh through programs that expand food security and economic opportunity, improve health and education, promote democratic institutions and practices, protect the environment, and increase resiliency to climate change.