Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) - The World Autism Awareness Day will be observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the globe on Tuesday with a pledge to bring the people suffering from autism and other physical disabilities into the mainstream of development.
The theme of this year's day is: ‘Assistive Technologies, Active Participation’.
The Ministry of Social Welfare will organise a programme at the capital’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre around 10:30 am on this occasion, according to a press release of the Press Institute Department (PID).
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the program of the day.
Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed will preside over the meeting while Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque will address it as a special guest.
State Minister for Social Welfare Sharif Ahmed, member of the Standing Committee on Ministry of Social Welfare Rashed Khan Menon, the secretary of the ministry Juena Aziz, among others, will also join the function.
Meanwhile, different programs will also be organized to observe the day. Blue lights will be lit outside important government establishments across the country on Tuesday, which will remain lit till on Thursday.
The United Nations General Assembly declared April 2 as the World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the needs for enhanced initiatives of all to improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder.
Manikganj, Mar 31 (UNB) – The ferry services on the Paturia-Daulatdia route in the Padma River resumed on Sunday evening after one-and-a-half hours halt due to sudden nor'wester.
Zillur Rahman, assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC), said only the ferry services were restored around 7 pm and the launch service will resume on Monday morning.
Earlier, the authorities suspended the water transport services on the route from 5:40 pm due to stormy weather.
Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) – The Appellate Division on Sunday stayed the High Court order that had granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed over the deaths of eight people in an arson attack in Cumilla in 2015.
Chamber Judge Md Nuruzzaman passed the order and sent the petition to the full bench of the Appellate Division for hearing on April 7.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Deputy Attorney General Dr Md Bashir Ullah stood for the state while advocate AJ Mohammad Ali for Khaleda.
Earlier on March 6, the HC granted Khaleda Zia a six-month interim bail in the case.
Later, the state filed an appeal with the Appellate Division challenging the HC order on March 19.
Eight people were killed and 20 others were injured when a petrol bomb was hurled at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram during the BNP-led alliance’s movement on February 3, 2015.
Two cases were filed against Khaleda in this connection.
On February 8, Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years' rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) - The fourth edition of bilateral political consultations between Bangladesh and Switzerland will be held here on April 2.
The Swiss delegation arrived here on Sunday on a four-day visit.
Ambassador Raphael Nageli, Assistant State Secretary for Asia-Pacific of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, and Ambassador Kamrul Ahsan, Secretary (Bilateral and Consular), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, will lead the respective delegations during the consultations.
The two sides will review the progress made so far and discuss ways to further strengthening relations in the areas of economy, development cooperation and humanitarian aid.
Both the countries will also discuss a wide range of multilateral, regional and global topics of mutual interest during the consultations, according to Swiss Embassy in Dhaka.
The Swiss delegation, which also includes Ambassador Thomas Gass, the Assistant Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, will visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar to get a first-hand impression about the ongoing humanitarian crisis.
Ambassador Nageli and the Swiss delegation will meet with the representatives of the civil society and business, diplomatic community, international organizations and INGOs during their visit.