Dhaka, May 22 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday expressed its disappointment over the attitude of Green Line Paribahan to pay compensation to Russel Sarkar, who lost his leg in an accident in the city’s Dholaipar on April 28 last year involving a bus of the company.
“We’ve talked in a very flexible manner. The Green Line authorities neither told us that they have problems and they can’t pay the fine nor they contacted Russel’s family to settle the matter. The attitude of Green Line didn’t seem good to us,” it said.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the observations while hearing the progress of paying compensation to Russel.
The court also said those who run business should have human values.
At the beginning of the hearing, Green Line’s lawyer Advocate Md Waziulla told the court that the bus company did not contact him and prayed to the court to withdraw his power to conduct the hearing.
Later, the court set June 25 for the next hearing.
Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Basar and Assistant Attorney General M Saiful Alam stood for the state.
On May 15, the HC asked Green Line Paribahan to pay within May 22 either the rest of Tk 45 lakh or at least a partial amount as compensation to Russel but Green Line failed to pay the money and also escaped the hearing today.
On April 10, Green Line paid Tk 5 lakh to Russel and the court gave them one month to pay the rest Tk 45 lakh but Green Line had been delaying the process so far.
A luxury coach of Green Line Paribahan hit Russel’s car from behind as it stood stationary on the slope of Hanif Flyover in Dholaipar in the city on April 28 last year.
As Russel stepped out of the car to assess the damage to the car, bus driver Kabir Hossain, in an act that has drawn outrage for its sheer idiocy and callous disregard for a fellow human being, drove the bus over him and fled the scene.
Later, police detained the bus along with the driver from near the Jatiya Press Club.
Russel’s left leg was amputated from the thigh down in the process of being run over.
Dhaka, May 22 (UNB) – The United Nations (UN) in Bangladesh, in celebration of the International Women’s Day 2019, organised a mobile photography contest that ended here on Wednesday with a panel discussion followed by the awards ceremony.
Deputy Minister for Education Barrister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhury (Nowfel), as the chief guest, and UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo, as a special guest, shared their views on innovation for equality and change.
Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Dhaka Prof Dr Sadeka Halim focused on gender and research issues.
Daily Prothom Alo staff photographer Sabina Yesmin and General Secretary, Diplomatic Correspondents Association of Bangladesh (DCAB) Nurul Islam Hasib focused on the challenges and opportunities of women in media sectors, said a press release.
National Programme Analyst, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Bangladesh Md Aktar Uddin moderated the event organised by UN in Bangladesh with the partnership of UN Women, UNFPA, UNV and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Dhaka.
The photo contest winners were awarded with prizes and certificates.
Dhaka, May 22 (UNB) – Noting that development is impossible without good governance, Prime Minister's International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi on Wednesday said it is important that everyone benefits from the development of a nation.
“A good government ensures that the benefit of development is distributed among all the citizens,” he said while addressing a seminar on ‘Good Governance and National Development’ jointly arranged by the 9th BCS Forum and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at the Officers’ Club Dhaka.
Dr Rizvi said it means no development if the lifestyle of the country’s citizens does not improve.
He said development gets sustainable if the government plays its part and delivers social justice.
The PM’s adviser also underscored the need for concerted efforts of the government and people for stamping out corruption from society.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said there is no alternative to good governance to continue the current development trend.
Describing good governance as another side of development, Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir underlined the importance to turn Bangladesh’s economy into an export-oriented one. “Our economy is currently import-oriented one and we should become an export-driven economy by 2034,” he said.
He expressed satisfaction over the remittance inflow, saying Bangladesh will fetch Tk 16 billion as remittance by the year end.
Dhaka, May 22 (UNB) – Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development Kamal Khera on Wednesday said Canada will continue to engage with the government of Myanmar and the international community to ensure accountability in Myanmar, noting that it remains top priority for her country.
“I think we’ve made tremendous progress,” she told reporters after her meeting with State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam at his office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Khera said Canada is also committed to help Bangladesh find sustainable ways to cope with the Rohingya issue.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar district.
Khera said the people of Bangladesh and Rohingyas deserve a comprehensive and sustained response and Canada stands in solidarity with Bangladesh.
Shahriar said they discussed the Rohingya issue in detail apart from touching upon bilateral issues.
He said they laid emphasis on trade facilitation as Bangladesh is moving towards trade from aid.
The Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development said she witnessed the generosity and compassion of the people of Bangladesh and expressed heartfelt thanks to the people and government of Bangladesh for responding to the devastating humanitarian crisis with courage and grace.
She said Bangladesh has a very big heart which has already been proven and Bangladesh continues to prove that to be true.
Earlier, Khera announced around $100 million in humanitarian and development initiatives to help those seriously affected by the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh.
This includes $32.15 million in humanitarian assistance to mitigate the impact of the monsoon and cyclone seasons, improve the living conditions in Rohingya camps, support sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response initiatives, and increase access to health facilities and sexual and reproductive health services.
It also includes $67.7 million in development assistance to expand health and basic education services, address gender-based violence, and provide skills training and resources to increase women’s opportunities for income generation.
Dhaka, May 22 (UNB) – The Food Ministry will purchase 10 million jute hessian bags from the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) as a Cabinet body approved a proposal on Wednesday to this end.
At a meeting, the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair also approved a number of procurement proposals of different ministries.
As per the Food Ministry’s proposal, the Food Department will have to pay Tk 54 crore for procuring 10 million jute hessian bags.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, the finance minister said although some workers and employees of state-owned jute mills are on a movement for arrears, it will be possible to supply the bags as per the requirement as still 44,000 workers are working at different mills getting regular salaries.
The committee approved a proposal of the Power Division to set up a 3.77 MW solar power plant in Bera upazila of Pabna district in the private sector.
Mostafa Motor Limited and Solarland Electric Science and Technology will jointly establish the plant from which state-owned Power Development Board (PDB) will purchase electricity for the next 20 years at a levelised tariff of Tk 8.59 per kilowatt hour.
The committee gave its go-ahead to a proposal of the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry to construct a bridge over the Dudhkumar River at Bhurungamari-Sonaihat-Vitarband-Nageswari highway.
MM Builders won the contract to construct the bridge at a cost of Tk 135 crore.