Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left here on Friday for New York to attend the 74th UN General Assembly where she may place new proposals to find a solution to the long-drawn Rohingya crisis as it is affecting Bangladesh badly.
A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines departed Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 3:35pm.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Jatiya Sangsad Chief Whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury and State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali were present at the airport to see the Prime Minister off.
Besides, the cabinet secretary, the chiefs of the three services, the PM's Principal Secretary, the US Ambassador to Bangladesh, the UAE Ambassador to Bangladesh, the Vatican's Ambassador and high civil and military officials were present at the airport.
The flight will land at Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE at 6:30pm (local time).
Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE Mohammad Imran will welcome her at the airport.
On September 22, the Prime Minister will depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport for John F Kennedy International Airport at 10:30am (local time) by Etihad Airways. Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE Mohammad Imran will see her off at the airport.
She will arrive at John F Kennedy International Airport at 4:25pm (local time).
Mohammad Ziauddin, the Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA, and Masud Bin Momen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN, will welcome her there.
On September 23 (Monday), Hasina will co-chair the multistakeholder panel to be held in parallel to the High-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage at ECOSOC Chamber. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will also attend it as the co-chair.
The theme of the panel is UHC as driver of equity, inclusive development and prosperity for all.
She might deliver a national statement at the plenary session of the high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage at the Trusteeship Council, deliver a statement at the Climate Action Summit on the theme ‘Climate Action Summit 2019: A Race We Can Win: A Race We Must Win' at General Assembly Hall and attend Recognising Political Leadership for Immunisation in Bangladesh organised by GAVI at Conference Room 1 in the UNHQ.
On September 24, the Prime Minister will hold a bilateral meeting with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the Kennedy Room, Lotte New York Palace Hotel.
She will have a meeting with Queen Maxima, UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, at UNHQ Booth, attend a side-event to be hosted by Global Commission on Adaptation at Conference Room 7, UNHQ, State Luncheon hosted by the UN Secretary General at North Delegate’s Lounge.
She will also attend the high-level side-event on the situation of Rohingya minority in Myanmar, organised by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh and the OIC Secretariat at Conference Room 11 at UN HQ, Leadership Matters- Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World at ECOSOC Chamber, UNHQ and the Reception by the President of the United States, Donald Trump at Lotte New York Palace Hotel.
On Wednesday, Sheikh Hasina will co-moderate leader’s dialogue 4 on “Localising the SDGs” at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (SDGs summit) at the Trusteeship Council and 'A conversation with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Interactive Dialogue at Council on Foreign Relations.
On the same day, she will likely hold a meeting with former Australian prime minister and Chair, Sanitation and Water for All Kevin Rudd at Bilateral Meeting Room, Lotte New York Palace Hotel. She will also attend dinner at the Bangladesh House.
On September 26, the Prime Minister will have meetings with Alex V Volkov, Chairman, ExxonMobil LNG Market Development Inc at the Bilateral Meeting Room, Lotte New York Palace Hotel, Irina Bokova at the Bilateral Meeting Room, Lotte New York Palace Hotel, Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, at the Bilateral Meeting Room, Lotte New York Palace Hotel, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at the Bilateral Meeting Room, Lotte New York Palace Hotel and attend Luncheon Roundtable Meeting, organised by the US Chamber of Commerce at the Holmes, Lotte New York Palace.
She will also be present in the event 'An evening with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina' organised by Unicef at the Labouisse Hall, Unicef House.
On Friday, Sheikh Hasina will attend the high-level side-event on “Sustainable Universal Health Coverage: Comprehensive Primary care inclusive of mental health and disabilities” organised by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh at the Conference Room 1, UNHQ and address the 74th Session of the General Assembly, General Debate.
She is scheduled to attend a press briefing at the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in New York on the morning of September 28.
The Prime Minister will attend a reception accorded to her by the Bangladesh community in New York at Hotel Marriott Marquis in the afternoon.
She will have a bilateral meeting with UN Secretary General António Guterres at the UN Secretariat in the evening.
On September 29, the Prime Minister will leave New York for Dhaka via Abu Dhabi by Etihad Airways at 9pm.
Bangladesh Ambassador to USA Ziauddin and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to UN Masud Bin Momen will see her off at the JFK International Airport.
She will arrive at Abu Dhbai International Airport at 8pm (local time) on September 30. From there, she will leave for Dhaka at 10:45pm by Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ Special Flight.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to reach home at 5:35am on October 1.
Briefing reporters on Wednesday Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh will seek expeditious global efforts to repatriate Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State as the Rohingya issue will come up for discussions during the 74th session of the UNGA.
The Foreign Minister also hinted holding a meeting with China and Myanmar on the repatriation of Rohingyas on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB) – Jubo League’s central committee leader Golam Kibriya Shamim was arrested from the capital on Friday with illegal firearms and a huge amount of money.
Seven of his bodyguards were also arrested during a raid by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at the city’s Niketan.
“We seized Tk 165 crore Fixed Deposit Receipt (FDR) and Tk 1.8 crore in cash and foreign currencies during the drive starting around 12:30pm,” Rab Executive Magistrate Mohammad Sarwar Alam told reporters at the spot.
He said the seized money was obtained illegally by the Jubo League leader who has allegations of extortion and tender manipulation against him.
“A foreign-made pistol, seven shotguns and a huge cache of bullets were also seized from the office of GKB & Company Pvt Limited, owned by Shamim,” Alam said
“The firearms were allegedly used in extortion and tender manipulation,” the executive magistrate said.
The Jubo League leader had kept Tk 25 crore of the FDR money under his name. “Tk 140 crore was kept under his mother’s name,” he said.
“We’ll investigate the source of the money,” the Rab executive magistrate said, adding that Shamim will be accused under the Money Laundering Act.
On Wednesday, Rab arrested Jubo League leader Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan from Gulshan for reportedly running an illegal casino.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obidul Quader on Friday said the drive against corruption and irregularities will be conducted across the country.
“Everywhere in the country where there’re irregularities and grafts, drives will be conducted there. It’s not only about Jubo League and Chhatra League, those who will be found involved in corruption in Awami League, will face the same fate,” he said.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, came up with the remarks at a press conference at its Dhanmondi office.
Replying to a question about BNP leaders’ statement that Awami League has turned the city [Dhaka] of mosques into a city of casinos, the Awami League leader said, “It’s BNP who made Dhaka a city of casinos.”
Action will be taken if it is found that the casino business was being operated with support from any political leader or anyone from administration as no godfather will be spared, said Quader.
Asked whether AL is embarrassed over the allegations raised against its associate bodies, he said, “We’re happy as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has become more popular with the action she has taken as it has brightened the image of the party and the government.”
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB)– A total of 508 new dengue patients were hospitalised across the country in 24 hours till Friday morning.
Of the new patients, 165 were hospitalised in Dhaka while 343 in other parts of the country, according to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
About 2,158 patients, including 902 in the capital, are currently being treated at hospitals across the country, it said.
Since the beginning of this year, 83,989 people were hospitalised with dengue, most of them in Dhaka. Of them, 81,628 made full recovery.
Since January, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) received information about 203 dengue-related deaths. It has so far reviewed 116 cases and confirmed 68 dengue deaths.
Noakhali, Sept 20 (UNB) – Two siblings were killed and three people injured in a road crash in Mozambique on Thursday.
The deceased were identified as Mohamamd Al Amin, 23 and Mohammad Arafat, 21 of Mirwarishpur village in Begumganj upazila.
Victim’s father Mohamamd Hossain said the accident took place at night while Amin and Arafat were heading towards Johannesburg in South Africa.
Three other Bangladeshi people were also injured in the incident.