Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) - Speakers at a discussion on Tuesday underscored the need for a strong bond between youths and elderly people to make the country economically prosperous.
They also urged the government to take measures against elder abuse and ensure that everybody regardless of age gets the opportunity to work on the basis of their ability.
Forum for the Rights of the Elderly Bangladesh arranged the discussion titled ‘The Journey to Age Equality-2019’ at the Jatiya Press Club.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Nasima Begum said the unrest in the society and families prevails for lack of social values. “Youths don’t respect the elderly and the elders don’t love the youths in many cases...to take this country forward, we must have good ties between them,” she said.
She mentioned that no one is burden for the country and everyone must get the chance to work. “If the elders are provided with work according to their ability, they won’t be burden to others,” she added.
“Many elderly people are sick and if they get affected by one disease, many others can attack them...we have to look into this,” she said.
Former NHRC Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque said the government is trying to build a safer society of children and women especially by taking measures against the oppression of women.
“However, no one ever thinks about elder abuse. There’re parents to look after children, husbands to look after women but the elderly people have none,” he said.
He mentioned that the government must come forward for the elderly people.
President of the Jatiya Press Club Saiful Alam said different countries provide many facilities to their senior citizens. “Our country has also some benefits, including elderly allowances, senior citizen announcement, and reservation of seats in buses,” he said.
Saiful, however, questioned the implementation of these facilities, saying the country will go further if employment is provided to the elderly people based on their merit.
Researcher Dr Sharifa Begum presented the keynote paper while Forum for the Rights of the Elderly Bangladesh President Major General (retd) Jeevan Kanai Das chaired the event.
Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) - ASM Nazmus Sadat, one of the accused in the Abrar Fahad murder case, reportedly confessed before a court here on Tuesday to his involvement in the murder.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Sorafuzzaman Ansari recorded the confessional statement of Sadat, a student of Mechanical Engineering department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet).
He made the confession when he was produced before the court on completion of his five-day remand.
Sadat was placed on the remand on October 16, a day after he was arrested from Katlabazar in Birampur upazila of Dinajpur district while trying to flee the country.
Abrar Fahad, 21, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering of Buet, was beaten to death reportedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders at Sher-e-Bangla Hall of the university.
He was found dead on the staircase of the hall in the early hours of October 7 after he was taken to the room No-2011 around 8pm on October 6 and beaten mercilessly.
Satkhira, Oct 22 (UNB) – Many couples in this overpopulated country long for years to have babies, but remain childless and curse themselves. But, a couple in Sadar upzila has been blessed with four babies at one birth!
Though poor, the couple -- Shariful Islam and Runa Parvin -- is celebrating the birth of the four babies – three sons and one daughter.
Shariful Islam said his wife Runa Parvin was taken to Sadar Hospital on Monday after she went into labour where doctors referred her to Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH).
As they took her to the KMCH, doctors described her condition as critical and asked them to send her to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, he said.
However, Runa’s family took her to a private hospital in the district town of Satkhira where she gave birth to three boys and one girl through caesarean section around 2am, Shariful said.
However, doctors said the mother and her four children are not fully well.
Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) – As part of its countrywide programme, Hefajat-e-Islam staged a demonstration in front of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on Tuesday protesting the killing of four people in Sunday’s violence in Bhola’s Borhanuddin upazila following a blasphemous Facebook post from a hacked account.
Several thousand supporters of Hefajat gathered at the south gate of the national mosque after Zohr prayers and held a rally there for over an hour, disrupting vehicular movement from Paltan to Dainik Bangla crossings.
Addressing the rally, the Islamist organisation’s Dhaka City unit president Nur Hossain Kasemi criticised the government for the killing of four people by police firing in Bhola.
He demanded the government enact a law keeping the provision of death sentence for any derogatory remark about Islam and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Kasemi also demanded a judicial investigation into the Bhola incident alongside ensuring proper compensation for the family members of those killed and free medical treatment of those injured in the incident.
He also said the government must withdraw Bhola Police Super and the officer-in-charge of Borhanuddin Police Station.
The Hefajat leader also demanded that the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) be banned.
On Monday, Hefajat secretary general Allama Junayed Babunagari announced the programme at a press conference at its headquarters at Hathazari Madrasah.
Four people were killed and about 200 others injured on Sunday in a clash between police and demonstrating locals in Borhanuddin upazila, demanding the punishment of a youth for allegedly hurting religious sentiments on Facebook.
Police and locals said messages containing derogatory remarks about Allah and Prophet Muhammad were sent to several people from a hacked Facebook ID of Biplob Chandra Shuvo, triggering a widespread protest.
Bagerhat, Oct 22 (UNB) – Members of Bangladesh Navy on Tuesday detained 14 Indian fishermen along with a trawler from the Fairway Buoy area of the Bay of Bengal for intruding into the Bangladesh maritime territory.
A patrol team of Navy detained them while fishing in the Bangladesh territory in the morning, said officer-in-charge of Mongla Police Station Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury.
The detainees were handed over to police in the evening, he said.
With this, a total of 63 Indian fishermen were detained from the Fairway Buoy area in the last 23 days.