Dhaka, Oct 16 (UNB) – Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will be leading Bangladesh delegation at the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit that will take place on October 18-19 in Brussels, Belgium.
Minister Ali, who is accompanying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), will go to Brussels from Saudi Arabia.
On the sidelines, he will be meeting Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen and Swiss President Alain Berset, an official told UNB.
Maltese Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela and Portuguese State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Teresa Ribeiro will also call on Bangladesh Foreign Minister, he said.
Inclusive growth and connectivity is on the agenda of the ASEM summit while European Council President Donald Tusk will chair the summit.
The ASEM summit will bring together heads of state or governments of 51 European and Asian countries representatives of the European Union the Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will also represent the EU at the summit.
Discussions will focus on the theme "Europe and Asia: global partners for global challenges".
Leaders will seek to strengthen dialogue and cooperation between the two continents on a wide range of areas, including trade and investment, connectivity, sustainable development and climate, security challenges such as terrorism, non-proliferation, cyber-security and irregular migration.
The ASEM summit will be followed by the EU-Korea summit and the EU-ASEAN leaders' meeting on October19.
Keraniganj, Oct 16 (UNB) – Mentioning that there is no scope to go beyond the Constitution over the next general election, Health Minister Mohammad Nasim on Tuesday said no conspiracy to thwart the polls will work.
“The election will be held as per the Constitution. A quarter is hatching conspiracies in the name of an alliance to thwart the election. However, no conspiracy will be of use,” he said while talking to reporters after visiting 20-bed Jinjira Hospital.
Claiming that the country sees development when Sheikh Hasina is in office, Nasim said the Awami League government will have to be voted to power again for the sake of development.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Abu Saleh M Ferdous Khan and Keraniganj upazila parishad chairman Shahin Ahmed were present on the occasion.
Dhaka, Oct 16 (UNB) – A team of Bangladeshi scientists led by Dhaka University Microbiology Department Professor Dr Md Anwar Hossain has developed a new trivalent vaccine for cattle infectious disease, Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).
Announcing this at a press conference in the city on Tuesday, the leader of the 17-member team, Anwar Hossain said the new vaccine will give protection to the cattle against three types of FMD viruses most common in Bangladesh.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and country’s renowned science writer, physicist and academic Muhammed Zafar Iqbal were present at the event to share the good news with all.
Nahid said, “Livestock sector has great potentials for contributing our economy but infectious diseases like FMD are the main obstacle in the development of this sector to its optimum capacity.”
The total number of FMD susceptible domestic animals in the country is 55.13 million and annual loss has been estimated as about USD 125m per year due to FMD, he added.
Mentioning that vaccine innovation through transitional virus is a milestone for livestock research, Nahid said, “To meet the cost related to this research including laboratory establishment, Microbiology Science Department has been allocated Tk 10 crore 45 lakh under two sub-project through HEQEP (Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project)”.
“Most of the imported vaccines of FMD in our country were not working well. Moreover, this disease is spreading more day by day. Through the project, we collected various FMD samples from all over the country and found out that there are three types of FMD virus”, said the leader of team Professor Anwar Hossain.
“We hope government will take proper management for marketing and bringing the vaccine to farms,” he said adding that a patent application has already been submitted.
The programme organized by Bangladesh University Grant Commission (UGC), Education Ministry and Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) jointly at International Mother Language Institute in the city.
UGC chairman Abdul Mannan, Secondary and Higher Secondary Education secretary of Education Ministry Sohrab Hossain, UGC member Dr Eusuf Ali also spoke, among others, at the programme.
Rajshahi, Oct 16 (UNB) – A tribunal here on Tuesday sentenced five BNP and JCD leaders to 10 years’ imprisonment in a case filed over an attack on the residences of the Awami League candidate in Chapainawabganj-1 constituency in the 2014 national election and his brother, in December, 2013.
The convicts are Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders Mrinal Hossain and Setaur Rahman, and Shariful Islam, Rabiul Islam and Yasir Arafat, local BNP leaders of Kansat in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj.
Rajshahi Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Anup Kumar Roy passed the verdict.
The tribunal also fined each of the convicts Tk 10,000 and in case of failure to pay the penalty, they will have to suffer one more year in jail.
According to the prosecution, the convicts attacked and torched the residences of Md Golam Rabbani, AL candidate from Chapainawabganj-1 constituency, and his elder brother at Kansat Pukuria of Shibganj upazila on December 2 in 2013 before the January-5, 2014 general election.
Dhaka, Oct 16 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday stayed the Election Commission’s letter cancelling the registration of Oikyaboddha Nagorik Andolon, a political party led by Dr Kazi Faruk Ahmed.
The HC also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why the decision of cancelling registration Oikyaboddha Nagorik Andolon should not be declared illegal.
A bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Oikyaboddha Nagorik Andolon president Dr Kazi Faruk and general secretary Abdus Samad.
Advocate Manzill Murshid stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney general Mokhlesur Rahman stood for the state.
Oikyaboddha Nagorik Andolon secured registration from the EC on November 16, 2008.
On October 4 this year, the EC cancelled the registration of the party.
The party’s registration cancellation was stayed until the rule issued by the HC is disposed of, said Manzill Murshid.