Dhaka, Nov 8 (UNB)- The admission test for first year BBA courses of 27 batch under 2018-19 academic session at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University will be held on Friday.
The two-hour admission test will be held from 10am at seven centres, including IBA Building on the university campus, said a DU press release on Thursday.
A total of 6293 admission seekers applied for 120 seats at the IBA.
Dhaka, Nov 8 (UNB) – Thirty-four rights groups on Thursday demanded that the political parties announce manifestos with measures to contain illicit flow or capital flight, bank money embezzlement and black money.
They also called for stopping the culture of political patronage to create ‘Robber Baron’ in the country and making the loan information of candidates in the forthcoming election public.
The demand was made from a human chain formed by the rights bodies in front of the Jatiya Press Club.
Moderated by Mostafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD, the programme was also addressed by Md Shariful Islam of Bangladesh Foundation, Mahbub Khokan of Jatiya Unnayan Parishad, Feroza Begum of Bachte Sheko Nari, Qader Hazari of Aorpon, Sayed Aminul Haque, Ahsanul Karim and Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD.
The rights groups demanded that loan defaulters, those who rescheduled the loan again and again and Bangladeshi nationals whose names surfaced in the Panama and Paradise papers should not be given nomination in the election.
There should be a white paper on Bangladesh Bank reserve heist and share market scam, and those responsible for the incidents should be given punishment, they said.
Wolfsburg (Germany), Nov 8 (UNB) - Bangladesh's impressive success stories in various areas, including women empowerment, came in the limelight repeatedly here as the ninth edition of two-day Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) began on Thursday promising to build a new civilization and better future.
Each Bangladesh national attending the annual event and the leading conference on social business or entrepreneurship got a proud moment when speakers repeatedly referred to Bangladesh for its success stories.
Around 800 participants from 55 countries, including youngsters, experts from the private sector, civil society, governments and academia are participating in the event with the theme – ‘Building a new civilization’.
Board Member of Grameen Creative Lab Monica Yunus sang a Bangla song - Ami Banglar Gaan Gai- keeping key members of Bangladesh delegation on stage that impressed huge international audience in the conference hall and people who watched from other global destinations live.
The smart kid - her son - added colour when he started waving a traditional hand fan in one hand holding his mother with another hand.
Later, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus recalled when he first came here alone, then with his daughter Monica and this time with his grandchild symbolising that he wants a beautiful world for all representing these three generations.
"Just take it as a challenge and we’ll do that --creating a new civilization," he said.
The founder of Grameen Bank said he created his picture of new civilization. "You create your own picture of new civilization. Let's work together hand in hand. And it’ll happen (creation of new civilization)."
He said, "If I want to create the world that way it’ll be created. Nothing is impossible for human being."
On an inspirational note, Prof Yunus said the moment he sees something impossible he gets excited. "We can't leave anything saying it is impossible."
He shared the dream of creating a world together which is not greed-driven society but driven by human values having sharing and caring attitude in all.
Prof Yunus said three things -- wealth concentration, environmental threats and artificial intelligence-- make him worried and urged all to act to overcome the challenges.
He said around half a billion people will become jobless in the next 15 years due to artificial intelligence which is believed to replace human being. "We’ve to do something before it is getting too late."
Prof Yunus, however, highlighted the creative capacity of human being and said all human beings are born to be entrepreneurs.
Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr Maria Flachsbarth said the Social Business Summit reflects the spirit of Social Development Goals (SDGs) and it tells them enter into partnership.
"We’ve common goals - ending global poverty and making global future sustainable," she said adding that they can only do it by working together and by thinking out of box and in an innovative way.
Appreciating Grameen Bank's role and women empowerment in Bangladesh, Dr Maria said, "This is an impressive success story."
She said if they jointly continue to work on spreading Social Business ideas, they can make huge contributions towards implementing the SDGs.
Prof Yunus and his creative adviser Hans Reitz organised the two-day annual event that will end on Friday.
The main topics of the GSBS 2018 are plastic and circular economy, mobility, solidarity, sports and social business and food and its value.
The worldwide leading forum serves to spread awareness about social business, foster discussions and collaboration between practitioners and stakeholders, as well as present and conceive best practices.
Executive Director of Yunus Centre Lamiya Morshed, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG; Human Resources and Organization Gunnar Kilian, former NASA Austronaut Ron Garan, CEO Autostadt Roland Clement, CEO The Grameen Creative Lab and Head of GSBS Hans Reitz also spoke.
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Sing for Hope Monica Yunus, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Sing for Hope Camille Zamora, President and Founder of Jean Bernou Consulting Jean Bernou, Peter Schwarzenbauer, Impact Investor and Social Entrepreneur Ruben Vardanyan and adviser to Prof Yunus Nurjahan Begum and Board of Management Volkswagen AG, Integrity and Legal Affairs Hiltrud Werner are also among the speakers of the GSBS 2018.
The participants will experience outstanding Social Business entrepreneurs, great keynotes, master classes, workshops and networking sessions during the two-day Summit
Hans Reitz said plastic does not belong to nature and they need a fundamental system change to address the problem. “What we need is a circular economy.”
The 9th edition, organisers said, represents an important step for the social business community they have fostered over the past years, as they are working concretely on action steps that will aim to build a new civilization.
In this spirit, the organisers will spread out in different hubs where they concentrate on the topics of plastic, sports, food, solidarity and mobility.
Prior to the main Summit, the Social Business Academia Conference (SBAC) was held on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Autostadt, the headquarters of Volkswagen.
While opening the Social Business Academia Conference on Tuesday, Prof Yunus said the academics are the navigators.
"They’re the pilots that are navigating everyone in the direction we should go as a global society. If we continue on current path we’ll head towards disaster with wealth concentration and environmental degradation," he said.
Prof Yunus said academics have to find a way to get to a new destination which is sustainable for all of them and social business is one way to do that.
Dhaka, Nov 8 (UNB) - The Election Commission (EC) has sent the election materials, including nomination papers, to all districts.
The election materials reached the district election offices across the country on Thursday morning, said Election Commission Assistant Secretary Syed Golam Rashed.
Earlier, representatives of district election officers received the election materials from the BG Press, he said.
The electoral instruments include nomination papers, security books, code of conduct, symbolic posters and various forms.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda announced the schedule for the 11th parliamentary elections on Thursday evening, fixing December 23 as the voting day.
As per the rules, any candidate can get his nomination papers after the announcement of the schedule.
A total of 39 registered political parties will get the opportunity to participate in the upcoming national election.
Dhaka, Nov 8 (UNB)–The 11th parliamentary elections will be held on December 23 (Sunday) next,Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda announced in a televised address to the nation on Thursday evening.
He announced that the last date for submitting nomination papers is November 19 while the date for scrutinising nomination papers is November 22 and the last date for the withdrawal of nomination papers is November 29.
While addressing the nation at 7pm, the CEC urged all the political parties to participate in the general election to keep the trend of democracy and pace of development uninterrupted.
“If there remains any disagreement and dispute among them, then I urge them to resolve those politically. I request everybody to demonstrate patience and respectful political behaviour to each other,” Nurul Huda said.
He also expected a competitive election with the participation of all political parties. “In a competitive election, I believe, irregularities can be checked with the active participation of the supporters of candidates,” he added.
Nurul Huda urged the political parties to remain alert so that competition never turns into revenge or violence.
Law enforcement agencies will strictly be instructed to make sure that no voters, political leaders, activists, supporters or agentsface harassment or false cases, said Huda.
He also assured the people of the country of creating a level- playing field by providing equal facilities for all during the election.“All candidates and political parties will get the equal facilities. Necessary circulars will be issued soon in this regard.”
Listing a number measures taken by the EC for holding the national election, the CEC said they have prepared the voter list and amended the relevant laws ahead of the election while a list has been published re-demarcating parliamentary constituencies.
Besides, the voter list has been finalised, selection of 40,000 voting centerscompleted and the registration applications of 75 political parties have been disposed of, he said.
Training programmes have been arranged for the first time for polling agents,the CEC said adding that the procurement of election materials and printing workshave been completed.
Besides, the preliminary process of appointing 7 lakh officials for conducting the elections has been concluded, while 6 lakh members of law enforcement agencies including police, BGB, Rab, Coast Guard, VDF andAnsar will be deployed, Huda said adding that executive and judicial magistrates will be appointed in each constituency.
Actions will be taken if they fail to perform their duty properly, he said.
Armed forces will be deployed for assisting the civil administration to maintain the law and order.
Nurul Huda said a spontaneous interest is visible among the people of all strata centering the polls and political parties have started taking preparations for the election while civil society members keep on expressing their opinions, he said adding that opinions, analyses and criticisms by election experts, political analysts are being published in mass media, while television channels are airing talks-shows on the election.
Besides, he said, various local and foreign organisations have expressed their interest to monitor the elections.
“A favorable atmosphere has been created across the country for holding the parliamentary elections. I hope all voters and candidates will abide by election rules and the code of conduct,” the CEC added.
He said election officials will perform their duties neutrally, while executive magistrates will ensure enforcement the law, newspapers and media would publish news maintaining the objectivity. Election observers will perform their duties following the Election Commission’s rules, Huda said.
“Importance has been given to the use of digital technology in the upcoming national election. The polling system-related software and programmes have been updated and modernised. There’s also a system of submission of nomination papers online,” he said.
An initiative has been taken to use Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) along with traditional system of vote casting, the CEC said adding that the Election Commission has been successful in using EVM at several local-level elections.
The qualitative standard of election will be ensured if the EVM could be used, which will also save time, money and laobour, he said.