Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) – Three-day long first scientific congress on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will begin in the capital on October 19.
The Clinical Research Platform of Bangladesh, a tripartite initiative of International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ), will organise the congress, said press conference held at BSMMU on Thursday.
The aim of the first ever scientific congress on NCDs is to develop a strong institutional platform and strengthen research collaborations between clinicians and public health researchers in Bangladesh. It also offers an opportunity to present and share their seminal works on NCDs with national and international experts. Eventually, it will help develop pragmatic strategies for tackling NCDs in Bangladesh, and achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.4, focused on ‘reduction of pre-mature mortality by one-third from non-communicable diseases within 2030 through prevention and treatment, and to promote mental health and wellbeing’.
Nine key thematic issues have been selected for the Congress comprising of i) hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, ii) prevention of diabetes in Bangladesh iii) stroke and other neurological disorders, iv) mental health and neuro development disorders, v) chronic kidney diseases, vi) rheumatology and musculoskeletal disorders, vii) chronic respiratory diseases, viii) oncology, and ix) evidence of NCDs in Bangladesh: prevention and control. The event is well received by both clinicians and public health researchers of the country, with more than 400 participants and about 200 abstracts submitted. An independent jury board under each theme will select the awards for the best oral and the poster presentations.
In Bangladesh, there has been an 8.7% rise (from 58.3% to 66.9%) between 2010 and 2016 in deaths related to non-communicable diseases . One in four Bangladeshi adult age 25 years or over are hypertensive, while one in ten had diabetes, according to a 2015 estimate. The prevalence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is 13.5% by GOLD criteria among Bangladeshis. Prevalence of cancer is also very high – an estimated 1.3-1.5 million patients are suffering from cancer with 200,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. Kidney Foundation of Bangladesh estimates 18 million people suffer from kidney disease of which annually 35,000-40,000 patients develop chronic kidney diseases, eventually leading to kidney failure.
The 1st Scientific Congress on NCD will kick off with a pre-conference workshop titled ‘How to get your research published?” to be held on 19 October at icddr,b’s Sasakawa Auditoriam in Mohakhali, Dhaka.
The official inauguration will be held on 20 October, at Shaheed Dr Milon Hall, BSMMU where Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque will be the Chief Guest.
More detail will be available at: http://www.crplatform.icddrb.org/conference-copy
Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) - FBCCI President Sheikh Fazle Fahim has urged the investors from the Commonwealth countries to invest more in Bangladesh taking the advantage of a number of incentives offered by the government.
Fahim, who is visiting London to attend a global trade meeting, also said the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) is keen to stand by the investors and develop a stronger trade and investment relation with Commonwealth countries.
He made the remarks at a meeting of the Global Advisory Council of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) held on Wednesday evening (London time), said a press release.
The council was established in 2014 with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the FBCCI has been included as a Strategic Partner of it.
The FBCCI chief said the investors of the Commonwealth countries should explore their business options in Bangladesh, which is one of the top emerging markets in the world.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government is developing 100 special economic zones while offering a bunch of incentives for the foreign investors who could tap the potentials of Bangladesh as a manufacturing hub.
Fahim said the investors from countries like India, Japan and China could benefit hugely by investing in the special economic zones.
Narrating the overall development agenda of the government, he said the FBCCI is actively engaged in the trade-related policy formation of the government and it also advocates for the public-private joint initiative in the development process.
The FBCCI president said Standard Chartered, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Bloomberg, HSBC, IMF, Moody’s, Standard & Poor, Fitch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, JP Morgan and Boston Consulting’s group have acknowledged the country’s proven trajectory towards Vision 2021 and 2041.
After the meeting, Fahim attended the Commonwealth High Commissioner’s banquet and he was also introduced to Her Royal Highness Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Lord Janathen Marland Chairman of Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) was also present.
Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) – The Posts and Telecommunications Division on Thursday approved a proposal of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) for appointing administrators for mobile operators Grameenphone (GP) and Robi.
Posts, Telecommunications Division Minister Mustafa Jabbar told UNB over cell phone that BTRC had sent a proposal for appointing administrators or receivers which has been approved.
The further details will be available at BTRC, he said.
Earlier on September 18, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said that the disputes of GP and Robi with BTRC over outstanding dues will be resolved within two or three weeks through discussions.
GP has Tk 12,579.95 crore in dues to the government, including Tk 4,085.95 crore to the National Board of Revenue (NBR), while Robi has Tk 867.23 crore to the government, including Tk 197.21 crore to the NBR alone, as per a BTRC audit.
GP and Robi filed two cases against BTRC with the Dhaka Civil Court on August 26 and August 25 respectively for its alleged faulty audit reports exaggerating the dues of the operators.
On September 5, BTRC issued show-causes notices to GP and Robi seeking explanation as to why their 2G and 3G licences should not be revoked for failure to pay dues.
Earlier, BTRC stopped issuing fresh NOCs (no objection certificates) to GP and Robi over the row about dues to the government.
However, it backtracked from the decision later.
Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) – The High Court has directed the authorities concerned to move the mobile phone companies’ towers, or Base Transceiver Stations used for cellular transmission, from densely populated areas across the country within 4 months, according to a recently published complete copy of an HC verdict.
A bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir passed the order on April 25 considering the health risks posed to people by radiation in the vicinity of the towers, after hearing a writ petition filed by Human Right and Peace for Bangladesh.
The complete copy of the order which was published on Tuesday also presented a 12-point direction which should be implemented within four months, said the petitioner Manzil Murshid.
Khondokar Reza-i-Rakin stood for Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) while Deputy Attorney General Kazi Zinat Haque represented the state.
Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday unveiled the cover of an 11-volume compilation of book titled “Ninth Jatiya Sangsad: Prime Minister’s Question-Answer” at her office here.
In the book, the readers will be able to know about the characteristics of Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina’s deep wisdom, determination and willingness to build the country apart from a comprehensive concept about the massive development that took place in various sectors in the country.
Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim acted as the chief editor of the compilation while PM’s Speech Writer Md Nazrul Islam compiled and edited it.
Director General of the Department of Films and Publications Mohammad Ishtaque Hossain made the overall management of the compilation in association with PM’s Assistant Press Secretary MM Emrul Kayas.
The 9th parliamentary elections were held on December 29, 2008. The Awami League-led Grand Alliance secured absolute majority in the polls.
Sheikh Hasina took the charge of prime minister for the second time on January 6, 2009.
She introduced the prime minister’s question-answer session for the first time in Parliament to give the parliamentary democracy an institutional shape.
Because of her sincere efforts, the trend of filling the chairman posts of parliamentary standing committees of ministries from general members instead of ministers concerned was introduced to ensure transparency and accountability of different ministries.
These epoch-making initiatives helped make the government activities more transparent and accountable.