Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) - Opposition Leader Raushon Ershad on Thursday urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in parliament to take steps for keeping the Facebook blocked at night from 10pm-11pm in the interest of students.
In her winding-up speech in the 22nd session of the House, she also called upon the Prime Minister to increase the age-limit to 35 for entering government jobs and resolving the quota problem permanently through discussions.
“Smartphone and internet are being used excessively in our country leading our young generation to a wrong path as they use smartphone and the Facebook overnight instead of engaging in studies. They’re getting addicted to such activities in many ways,” Raushon said.
“So, I think, the Facebook use should be regulated for the welfare of students. I also think if the Facebook can be kept shut from 10pm-11pm, our boys and girls will read and write attentively at night,” she added.
The opposition leader urged the Prime Minister to take immediate steps. “I’m making a request to the Prime Minister for considering it (blocking the Facebook at night).
Islamic University, Sept 20 (UNB) - A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia and Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University (UNISSA), Brunei to undertake joint academic and research activities.
The signing ceremony was held on the UNISSA campus, IU acting registrar SM Abdul Latif told UNB on Thursday evening.
IU Vice-chancellor Prof Dr M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari and Dr Norarfan, Rector of UNISSA, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective universities.
IU Law and Legal Studies department Assistant Professor Nasir Azhary was present on the occasion.
The IU VC told UNB that the MoU will play an important role in enhancing the professional skills of the university students.
He called upon the students to make themselves as skilled human resources by utilising the opportunity.
Benapole, Sept 20 (UNB) – Bangladesh Police has imported 20 trained horses from India for using those in its headquarters in Dhaka.
The horses reached Bangladesh through Benapole land port on Thursday morning.
Masud Karim, officer-in-charge of Benapole Port Police Station, said the horses were imported at a cost of US$ 179,200.
Indian Pritam Singh Thandu and Sons Pvt Ltd provided the horses.
Benapole Customs House Commissioner Belal Chowdhury said on completion of all formalities, the horses started for Savar where they will be kept at a dairy farm.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) - Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque on Thursday said the government wants to resolve the Rohingya issue peacefully maintaining good relations with Myanmar.
Despite some provocations -- airspace violations and landmine planting -- the government exercised restraint, Shahidul Haque said adding that the Rohingya issue is a conflict between Myanmar and its people.
The Foreign Secretary made the remark while addressing a seminar organised by Institute of Conflict, Law and Development Studies (ICLDS).
The seminar titled ‘Rohingya Crisis: Response of Bangladesh and the International Community’ was chaired by Chairman of ICLDS and former Ambassador Muhammad Zamir, said a press release.
The Foreign Secretary said Bangladesh was confronted with formidable challenges following the influx of Rohingyas.
Despite all those challenges, he said, the government stabilised the situation now under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Bangladesh gave shelter to 1.1 million Rohingyas and invited international community, including the press, to visit the areas where Rohingyas took shelter.
The Foreign Secretary said the government also provided necessary information to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves here for New York via London on Friday to attend the 73rd UNGA session where she would attend a number of high-level meetings.
The Prime Minister will raise the Rohingya issue at the UNGA.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) – State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque on Thursday called for paying greater attention to ensuring minimal levels of quality in all public and private health facilities.
He came up with the call while speaking at the learning, sharing and launching event, “Strengthening Health Systems for Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Family Planning” at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).
The Health and Family Welfare Ministry with support from USAID’s MaMoni Health System Strengthening (MaMoni HSS) project hosted the event.
The state minister also highlighted the importance of improving facility-based services for mothers and newborns, said a press release.
Dr Koki Aggarwal, Project Director for USAID’s global flagship programme, opined that the experience of Bangladesh in rapidly adopting and scaling up newborn health interventions is an example for many developing countries.
Caroll Vasquez, Director of Office of Population Health Nutrition and Education, USAID Bangladesh, hailed the Bangladesh government for its initiatives through the various programmes and reaffirmed US government’s continued support for development agenda of the Bangladesh government.
The newly launched USAID’s MaMoni Maternal and Newborn Care Strengthening Project will build on the past efforts of MaMoni HSS as well as by the ministry and other development partners to further consolidate the interventions to end preventable maternal and newborn deaths.