Sirajganj, Feb 05 (UNB) –A local leader of ruling Awami League was killed as a truck hit him on Bogura-Nagarbari road at Chariashikar area of Ullahpara upazila in the district on Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as Abdul Jalil, 54, of Patdhari village in the upazila and general secretary of AL Patdhari ward unit.
Shahin Reza, Sub-inspector of Hatikumrul Highway Police Station said a truck hit Jalil leaving him severely injured in the morning while he was crossing the road.
Later in the noon, the victim succumbed to his injuries after taking to the hospital, he said.
Brahmanbaria, Feb 5 (UNB) - A court here on Tuesday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife following a feud over her alleged extramarital affairs in 2013.
The condemned convict is Jisan Chowdhury Ziku, 28, son of Md Sabnaullah Chowdhury of New Morail area in the district town.
District and Session’s Judge Mohammad Shafiul Azam passed the verdict at noon.
According to the prosecution, the convict strangled his wife, Jesmin Akhter Ankhi, with her scarf on August 27, 2013.
After the incident, Ziku called Sadar Model Police Station and informed police that he killed her wife over her extramarital affairs. Police later arrested Ziku.
Victim’s father Moslem Munshi, hailing from Demra area in Dhaka, filed a case with the police station in this connection.
Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday sought more Danish and Norwegian investments in various sectors for further development of the country.
She made the request when Danish Ambassador Winnie Estrup Petersen and Norwegian Ambassador Sidsel Bleken jointly met her at her office.
Prime Minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
Sheikh Hasina mentioned that her government is setting up 100 special economic zones for more industrialisation and generating jobs in the country. "We also want to expand our export basket further."
She said the government is making rural-based development to change the lot of the grassroots. "The development of the country should be from the grassroots."
About women empowerment, the Prime Minister said her government ensured the participation of women in all spheres, and mentioned that the country's women are now in very high positions in all sectors like administration, judiciary, education, sports as well as in the armed forces and law-enforcement agencies.
During the meeting, the Danish and Norwegian ambassadors offered their countries' support for Bangladesh's energy and ICT sectors.
They highly appreciated Bangladesh's stunning socioeconomic development, particularly women empowerment, under the dynamic leadership of Sheikh Hasina and lauded the drive against corruption.
At the outset of the meeting, the two envoys handed over two letters from the Danish and Norwegian prime ministers congratulating Sheikh Hasina on her assumption of office as the Prime Minister for the fourth time.
PM's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman and PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan were present on the occasion.
Bagerhat, Feb 05 (UNB) – Police here on Monday night arrested 38 people during separate anti-drug drives at different places in the district.
Shahadat Hossain, Additional Police Superintendent of Bagerhat police (sadar circle) said they held 38 people including five drug peddlers during the drives in nine upazilas of the district.
Police also recovered liquor, hemp and Yaba from their possessions, he said.
Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – The European Union (EU) on Tuesday confirmed its continued commitment to Bangladesh for the development of the country's education sector with the launch of the Human Capital Development Programme 2021 (HCDP-21).
This EU-funded programme aims to provide improved quality education and training to Bangladesh's young population.
It will promote the implementation of long-term sustainable education policies towards a lifelong learning approach, bringing together primary education and TVET.
Overall, HCDP-21 supports Bangladesh to progress towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the Goal 4 on quality education.
ERD Secretary Monowar Ahmed said the government of Bangladesh acknowledges the longstanding support of the EU in a sector as crucial as education.
“We’re looking forward to further strengthening our solid partnership with one of our key donors in Bangladesh and together making an important contribution to reaching the SDGs by 2030,” he said.
EU Ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink said continued investment in quality primary education and establishment of a sustainable TVET system is critical to enhance employment opportunities, to use the potential of demographic dividend and contribute significantly to inclusive growth and poverty reduction with a working population anticipated to increase by 21 million people over the next decade.
The EU contribution is meant to support Education policy improvement and system strengthening with a specific focus on primary education and TVET, she said.
Bangladesh has made commendable progress over the past decades in human development, including in the education sector, with near universal access to primary education and gender equity at the primary and secondary education levels, said the EU Embassy in Dhaka.
Basic education and a skilled and capable workforce are a precondition to inclusive growth, key for Bangladesh to become a middle-income country.
The new EU Education programme operates through a budget support modality based on sector performance indicators, with a total amount of EUR 205 million (EUR 150 million for primary education, EUR 50 million for TVET and EUR 5 million for complementary Technical Assistance) to be implemented in the next four years.
Through this programme, the EU supports, together with other Development Partners, the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education implementing Bangladesh's National Primary Education Programme (PEDP4), putting special emphasis on the following key targets: quality education through better trained teachers and revised curricula, including learning materials, increased enrollment of out-of-school children into the formal education system and equal access.
TVET, the EU programme with the Ministry of Education, aimed at contributing to the establishment of a sustainable and comprehensive TVET system and increasing the number of certified teachers, the enrollment rate of TVET students and degrees recognition through a National Qualification Framework.
HCDP21 additionally seeks reinforcing planning and monitoring capabilities of the partners' institutions.