Dhaka, Mar 6 (UNB) - Speakers on Wednesday expressed that the use of insulting words against women is hindering them from the path of progress and challenging the improvement of women’s psychological, social and economic development.
Additionally, they sought more gender-sensitivity while using language to establish women’s empowerment properly.
The insights came up at an event titled ‘Shobde Jobdo Nari’ (“Women shackled by words”) arranged by ActionAid Bangladesh ahead of International Women’s Day-2019 with a view to abolishing the use of abusive words against women at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).
The event, an exhibition displaying the obscene and vulgar words that are used in social media, textbooks, films and daily life, saw the gathering of media personnel, social workers, academicians and journalists.
Following the exhibition, Kashfia Firoz, ActionAid Bangladesh Manager presented a research paper done by the organisation as part of ‘Safe cities for women’ campaign. According to its results, 88 percent women get harassed through the use of abusive words in streets.
ActionAid Bangladesh Country Director Farah Kabir termed the scenario as ‘alarming’ and said language is the first tool used to abuse women at home and outside.
“We abuse women through words even without our realisation. To bring a change about it, women need to think of themselves as human,” she added.
Later, in an Interactive dialogue session, Daily Ittefaq Editor Tasmima Hossain said that our social structure has confined most of the women in a maze of abusive words.
“Gender insensitive words are frequently used in media. This could have been restricted through a proper policy,” she added.
Professor Salma Akter, Department of Sociology at Dhaka University patriarchal family structure is a reason behind most of the abusive words being female-centric and mass media promotes them.
Publisher Mahrukh Mahiuddin said it is necessary to include men in internal change of the society as men and women complete with each other.
ActionAid Bangladesh Executive Committee member Dr Khalilur Rahman, Nijera Kori coordinator Khushi Kabir, News24 Chief News Editor Shahnaz Munni also spoke at the dialogue.
To ensure that women are not shackled by words, the speakers put forward a set of proposals which include raising awareness in representing women in textbooks, bring change in socialization, and create and implement policies about proper use of language in corporate sector and beyond.
Dhaka, Mar 6 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday said the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) must shoulder the responsibility for not taking any step to secure bail for innocent Jaha Alam after the matter of wrongly implicating him in many cases came to the fore.
“The Commission should have at least managed bail for Jaha Alam when it came to know that he’s innocent. But your lawyers didn’t do it. Why did your prosecution not manage bail for him although he repeatedly said he’s not Abu Salek but Jaha Alam? You (ACC) must take the responsibility for it,” it said.
The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the observations when the ACC lawyer submitted documents of the cases in the form of affidavits.
The court also sought more detailed documents of 33 cases filed against Jaha Alam along with bank statements as affidavits within April 10.
Jaha Alam served three years in jail in place of the real accused in the corruption cases. He was freed from jail on February 4 last after the High Court acquitted him in 26 of the cases where charge-sheets were filed.
On Tuesday, the ACC told the court that it is not responsible for the sufferings of Jaha Alam as the cases against him were filed based on an investigation report and supporting documents provided by the Bangladesh Bank and Sonali Bank.
Jaha Alam, a jute mill worker, had languished in jail since February 2016 in 33 corruption cases in place of the real accused. He was arrested in cases filed by the ACC for misappropriating huge Sonali Bank money while the real accused, Abu Salek, is roaming around free.
Jaha Alam was released from Kashimpur Central Jail-2 in Gazipur on February 4 following a suo moto order of High Court.
The HC had passed the suo moto order following a newspaper report headlined 'Wrong accused in jail in 33 cases: Sir I'm Jaha Alam, not Salek' while the HC also asked the ACC to submit the case documents in the form of affidavits.
The report said Jaha Alam had been serving in jail in place of real accused Abu Salek in 33 cases of embezzling Tk 18 crore from Sonali Bank.
Dhaka, Mar 6 (UNB) – Prof Dr Jamilur Reza Choudhury on Wednesday received the "Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon", one of the highest civilian awards in Japan, in recognition of his great contributions to economic development of Bangladesh through Japanese ODA projects.
Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Hiroyasu Izumi handed over the award in Japan at a function held at his residence in the city.
The ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ was established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji of Japan. National Professor and Vice Chancellor of University of Asia Pacific Prof Jamilur Reza is the 9th Bangladeshi who received the Japanese order.
Former Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Professor Emeritus of Asia Pacific University Dr Shamimuzzan Basunia were present at the ceremony.
Muhith said Prof Jamilur Reza has been his guide and teacher when it comes to issues related to structural engineering. "Jamil is a very organised person."
He said Prof Jamilur is the man who has held the national flag very high in international engineering gatherings and this is an honour not simply for him but it is a national pride.
Appreciating his role, the Japanese Ambassador said, “This is a very moving moment. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Prof Choudhury who made the impossible possible in our history.”
Ambassador Izumi expressed his sincere appreciation for Prof Jamilur Reza for his longstanding contributions towards enhancing bilateral relations between Japan and Bangladesh through his devotion to the infrastructure projects in Bangladesh.
“Impressed by the great work of Prof Chordhury, I would like to reiterate that our commitment to work with Bangladesh toward future is firm,” said the Ambassador.
On November 3, 2018, the government of Japan announced the foreign recipients of the 2018 Autumn Imperial Decorations.
Among 135 foreign recipients, Prof Jamilur Reza received the “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon”.
He has supported many Japanese development projects from civil engineering point of view such as “Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge Project”, “Chittagong Airport Development Project”, and “Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project”.
He has introduced Japanese technology and made the difficult engineering works possible in these projects. In 2013, he received “JICA Recognition Award”.
Besides, he has promoted academic exchange between Japan and Bangladesh and provided the opportunity to study in Japan for Bangladeshi students.
Dhaka, Mar 6 (UNB) – US-based oil and gas company Chevron has launched a multi-year road safety programme in Bangladesh’s Sylhet region.
Chevron Bangladesh President Neil Menzies officially inaugurated the community road safety awareness program recently at the premises of Bibiyana Gas Plant, said a press release of the organisation.
Chevron operates three gas fields in Sylhet region which are Bibiyana, Jalalabad and Moulavi Bazar.
The programme, to be implemented by Skills-Craft Associates, will emphasize vehicles and drivers operating on two major thoroughfares near Chevron’s Bibiyana and Moulavi Bazar facilities in Nabiganj and Srimangal Upazilas respectively.
According to the 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety released by the World Health Organization (WHO) last December, the number of WHO-estimated road traffic fatalities in Bangladesh stood at nearly 25,000 in 2016.
Chevron officials said the programme is intended to build awareness on safe road behaviours and build drivers’ defensive driving skills, with a goal of reducing traffic accidents.
Two-day training and knowledge sharing sessions in both catchment areas will be available to 300 drivers of three-wheeler auto-rickshaws and light delivery vehicles.
In addition, half-day sessions will be organized to summarize the training content for 200 people, including respected members of the local community, transport associations and educational institutions, the Chevron said.
Some of the programs will cover a range of topics including traffic laws and signage, on-road demonstrations and driving coaching, causes of collision and collision prevention techniques, and consequences of speeding and over-loading.
Chevron’s Director for Policy, Government and Public Affairs Ismail Chowdhury, Director for Health, Environment & Safety Ashiq Rahman, Bibiyana Gas Plant Superintendent Don Lewis, CEO and Lead Trainer Skills-Craft Associates Mahabub Alam and other representatives from Bibiyana Gas Plant’s Leadership Team were also present at the programme.
Menzies distributed certificates to the first group of 30 Nabiganj-based drivers who successfully completed the two-day training session. Speaking on the occasion, he lauded the initiative, as it taps into the need for the community to increase awareness of safe driving and pedestrian behaviours.
Dhaka, Mar 6 (UNB) - Members of security forces arrested two suspected members of an armed tribal group along with three firearms and 10 round bullets from Khagrachari town on Wednesday afternoon.
The arrestees are Ronjoy Chakma, 35, and Dononjoy Chakma, 35.
There was a specific intelligence report that a tribal armed group has been engaged in illegal firearms trading secretly at ‘Four Star Hotel’ in Shaplachattar area, said an intelligence official in Dhaka preferring anonymity.
Based on the information, a joint team comprising members of Bangladesh Army and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) conducted a combined drive there around 2:30 pm and arrested the duo along with two foreign-made pistols, a LG and 10 bullets, he said.
It is apprehended that regional tribal armed groups have been involved in collecting illegal firearms as part of their plan to conduct widespread sabotage activities centering the upcoming Upazila Parshad elections, he added.