A schoolgirl has allegedly been violated by a youth at Hengadoba village in Tetulia upazila.
Abu Syed Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of Tetulia Model Police Station, said victim’s family filed a case on Sunday night in this connection against Rubel Hossain, 22, son of Rafiqul Islam of the village.
According to the case statement, Rubel used to tease the girl, a student of class X, on her way to school from home. Later, the victim's family complained about the matter to Rubel’s father.
Angered by the incident, Rubel took the girl to a bamboo cluster near her house on Saturday night and violated the girl as she came out of her home in response to nature.
Hearing screams of the girl, local people rushed there but Rubel managed to flee.
The girl was rescued and sent to Panchagarh Modern Hospital.
Gas supply in different areas of Dhaka city will remain suspended from 12 pm to 6 pm on Tuesday for pipeline relocation work under Dhaka Elevated Expressway (DEE) project.
The gas supply to all residential, commercial, industrial consumers and CNG stations in Dhaka Cantonment residential areas, Mohakhali DOHS, Banani's both sides of Shahid Tajuddin Ahmed Sarani, East Nakhalpara and Banani will remain suspended during the period, said a press release.
The media releas, issued by Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd on Monday, said the gas pipeline from Banani Railway Station to Mohakhali Bus Terminal will be relocated and tied up with consumers connections under the DEE project.
No new dengue case was reported in the country on Monday, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Currently, two dengue patients are being treated at a hospital in Dhaka, according to a daily update from DGHS.
The health authorities reported 326 dengue cases since the beginning of this year. Of them, 324 have recovered.
Bangladesh had a massive dengue outbreak last year when 101,354 people were hospitalised. Of them, 101,037 made full recovery.
According to official figures, the mosquito-borne disease killed 179 people last year.
In order to protect the city dwellers from dengue, a special clean-up operation to control Aedes mosquito was launched in all 54 wards of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) from June 6.
On the other hand, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh on June 7 launched a year-long mosquito extermination campaign in 73 wards.
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The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Monday approved nine projects with an outlay of Tk 2,744 crore, including the additional cost of the revised projects.
The approval came at the first Ecnec meeting of the new fiscal year (2020-21) held at the NEC Conference Room with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
But the Prime Minister and Planning Minister MA Mannan joined the meeting from Ganobhaban through a,videoconference.
“Today’s Ecnec meeting approved nine projects under four ministries and the total estimated cost of the projects is Tk 2,744.44 crore. Of the cost, 1,353.70 will be borne from the national exchequer, while Tk 440.79 crore from the own funds of the agencies concerned and Tk 949.96 crore as foreign debt,” said the Planning Minister at a virtual press briefing after the meeting.
Four of the projects are under LGRD and Cooperative Ministry, two each under the Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and the Water Resources Ministry, and one under Shipping Ministry.
The projects under LGRD and Cooperative Ministry are Construction of 1490-metre Long PC Girder Bridge on Panchpir Bazar-Chilmari Upazila Head Quarter Road over the Teesta River in Sundarganj Upazila under Gaibandha district (2nd revised) Project; Rupganj Jalshiri Abashon Connecting Road Development (1st revised) Project; Development of Rural Infrastructures in Jamalpur and Sherpur Project; and Bridge Construction over Dakatia River at Faridganj, Chandpur.
The projects under the Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry are Installation of Single Point Mooring (SPM) with double pipelines (2nd revised) Project; Ghorashal Unit Third Repowering (1st revised) Project.
The two projects under the Water Resources Ministry are rehabilitation of three projects in Dhamurhat, Patnitola and Mohadebpur upazila under Noagaon district and Atrai River Bank Protection including dredging works project; and rehabilitation of Dinajpur town projection project and system dredging or digging of Depa and Goveshwari rivers adjacent to Dinajpur town project.
The lone project under the Shipping Ministry is Establishment of global marine distress and safety and integrated marine navigation system (EGIMNS) Project.
Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Information Minister Dr Mohammad Hasan Mahmud, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Md Tazul Islam, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Zahid Maleque, Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md Sahab Uddin, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, among others, joined the meeting from the NEC conference room.
A UN human rights expert has urged states, the civil society, psychiatric organisations, and the World Health Organisation to change the way they understand and respond to mental health challenges.
“I welcome the international recognition of mental health, but much more is still needed,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health, Dainius Pūras, said during the presentation of a new report to the Human Rights Council on Monday.
The global mental health status quo should move away from the outdated ‘mad or bad’ approach which seeks to prevent behaviours deemed as ‘dangerous’ or provide treatment considered ‘medically necessary’ without consent, he said.
Pūras said that the dominance of the biomedical model has resulted in an overuse of medicalisation and institutionalisation, according to a message received here from Geneva.
He warned against the exaggerated benefits of psychotropic medications and highlighted that their effectiveness is not comparable to other medicines that are essential for certain physical conditions, such as for example, antibiotics for bacterial infections.
“I appreciate the progress made to understand the role of psychotropic medications, but also recognise that there are no biological markers for mental health conditions,” he said. Hence the specific mechanisms by which psychotropic drugs might be effective, are simply unknown,” the Special Rapporteur said.
Pūras said that the status quo in mental health care has ignored the social, political or existential context that contributes to the high prevalence of feelings of sadness, anxiety, fear and other manifestations of mental distress.
“There is no simplified mechanistic solution to mental distress,” he said. “For the majority of mental health conditions, psychosocial and other social interventions are the essential option for treatment.”
He highlighted that systemic obstacles, such as power asymmetries in mental health care, the dominance of the biomedical model and the biased use of knowledge, need to be addressed by changes in laws, policies and practices
The UN expert reiterated his call for mental health care action and investment to be redirected to rights-based supports, to non-coercive alternatives that address the psychosocial determinants of health, and to the development and strengthening of practices that are non-violent, peer-led, trauma-informed, community-led, healing and culturally sensitive.
“I’m calling once again for the ultimate elimination of segregated psychiatric institutions that reflect the historic legacy of social exclusion, disempowerment, stigma and discrimination.”
To achieve this, realisation of the principles and values of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities should guide mental health policies and services, and discriminatory laws and practices should be abandoned.
“COVID-19 has exacerbated the failures of the status quo in mental health care. The pandemic provides the global community with a unique opportunity to demonstrate political will to move away from medicalisation and institutionalisation in mental health-care,” the Special Rapporteur said.