Sylhet, Sept 7 (UNB) – A sub-inspector of Biswanath Police Station has been withdrawn for threatening to ‘get a college girl raped’ at Janaiya Mashula village in Biswanath upazila.
Quamruzzaman has been closed to Sylhet Police Lines on Thursday night following a complaint lodged by the victim against him, said M Shamsuddoha, officer-in-charge of the police station.
The victim submitted a written complaint to Assistant Superintendent of Police (Osmaninagar Circle) Quamrul Islam around 10pm on Thursday.
According to the complaint, a team of plainclothes police, led by SI Quamruzzaman, went to the girl’s house around 4pm on Thursday to investigate a complaint lodged by her stepmother Monwara Begum over a land dispute.
The SI along with his men entered the house without taking permission and started to rebuke the family members.
He also threatened to get the victim raped by his companies.
Contacted, the SI denied the allegation, saying he only scolded them for their welfare.
The ASP said appropriate actions will be taken if the complaint is found to be true after investigation.
Dhaka, Sept 7 (UNB) - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Citi Foundation on Friday awarded three top performing social enterprises, led by young people, for their innovations as startup ecosystem to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The event was held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city.
The event titled “Accelerator Bangladesh: National Dialogue to Foster the Startup Ecosystem in Bangladesh” was the closing of a three-day programme, jointly organised by UNDP and the Citi Foundation in association with the Youth and Sports Ministry.
The initiative is part of Youth Co:Lab, a platform for youth entrepreneurship in 18 countries across Asia-Pacific, including Bangladesh.
Earlier, nine startup teams participated in the two-day boot camp guided by the experts from different sectors and heightened their ideas and solutions on issues from education to renewable energy, aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Among the nine, three were selected as the top on the closing day for their innovative solutions on literacy, waste management and community tourism.
These three will go to the next round of Asia Regional Summit which will be held in Vietnam in next year.
Additional Secretary to the Youth and Sports Ministry ABM Ruhul Azad said the government is always supporting and creating opportunities for the young minds to take their ideas and passions and turn them into businesses.
He said Youth Co:Lab can be a platform for young people for learning and sharing across the border.
Citi Bangladesh Country Officer N Rajashekaran said youths are the future of a nation and are a vital force of change.
“Bangladesh has a huge demographic dividend which can take the country towards the path of progress. To harness the potential of these young people, globally the Citi Foundation has committed to invest $100 mn to make 500,000 youths employable by 2020 and providing expert guidance with support of 10,000 of Citi volunteers,” Rajashekaran said.
“Youth is the source of energy and today’s young people are tomorrow’s duty bearers for SDGs. It’s therefore essential we invest on youth effectively and sustainably so that the hidden talents of youth get the opportunities to showcase their talents. Youth Co:Lab is UNDP’s regional initiative to create that opportunity for young people in Bangladesh,” said Deputy Country Director, UNDP Kyoko Yokosuka.
Around 300 delegates which included government officials, private sector participants, NGOs, academia, social incubators, entrepreneurs, and young business leaders, and youth were present in the closing event, said a press release.
Dhaka, Sept 7 (UNB) - WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh has highly appreciated Bangladesh’s all-out support in the full range of care, including good health care, for Rohingya people living here.
In the annual report of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director, she made special highlights on the sufferings of 1.3 million Rohingya people who took shelter in Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh.
The report was presented at the 71st Regional Committee Meeting of the Health Ministers of the World Health Organization of the South-East Asia Region that ended on Friday at the Tajmahal Hotel of New Delhi.
A four-member delegation, headed by State Minister of Health and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque, represented Bangladesh at the event that began on September 3, according to a message received from New Delhi.
The other members of Bangladesh delegation are Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad, Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh in New Delhi Rakebul Haque, Private Secretary to the State Minister Arifur Rahman Sheikh and Deputy Program Manager of the National Nutrition Program of DGHS Dr Mafizul Islam Bulbul.
Chaired by Health Minister of India Jagat Prakash Nadda, the meeting was also graced by WHO DG Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
It was informed in the meeting that Bangladesh will be nominated as Member of the WHO Executive Board at Geneva Headquarters for a three-year period beginning from 2019.
The five-day meeting took important decisions, among others, on elimination of malaria, and control of dengue and other vector-borne diseases from the region, and reviewed the progress on health workforce, universal health coverage, measles elimination, birth and death registration, and promoting physical activity.
An important outcome of the meeting is adoption of the Delhi Declaration for improving access to essential medicines in the region and beyond.
As part of the meeting, a special award was given to Bangladesh for outstanding performances in the control of rubella and congenital rubella syndrome.
WHO DG Dr Tedros, in his speech, also praised Bangladesh’s exemplary role for the Rohingya people. He mentioned categorically that such a well-organised and well-coordinated camp healthcare for displaced population was not found anywhere in the world.
State Minister Zahid Maleque held several bilateral meetings. He met, amongst others, Health Minister of India Jagat Prakash Nadda, WHO DG Dr Tedros and WHO Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh.
In his meeting with the WHO DG, he extended invitation to Dr Tedros to visit Bangladesh in his convenient time.
Zahid Maleque sought WHO’s assistance to make a sustainable solution to universal health coverage in the country to begin with protecting the population under extreme poverty so that the extreme poor get full healthcare support without need to pay anything.
WHO’s immediate assistance is also needed for making the National Drug ControlLaboratory with international experts, and for making the public hospitals more efficient and welcoming to the ordinary people.
The State Minister also requested for more opportunities for Bangladeshi nationals to be employed in WHO positions.
Dr Tedros, in response, expressed that he will plan to visit Bangladesh sometime in January 2019 and will visit the Rohingya camps during this visit.
Dr Tedros also promised that he would extend necessary support to make the National Drug Control Laboratory functional and the Bangladeshi public hospitals more people-centered and efficient.
He promised to explore opportunities for absorbing more Bangladeshi nationals in WHO positions; however, he advised to encourage Bangladeshi nationals to submit applications whenever such application is invited for WHO vacancies.
Naogaon, Sept 7 (UNB) – A pregnant woman was found dead at an outer toilet of the house of a neighbour at Hothatpara village in Manda upazila on Friday morning.
The deceased was identified as Sajani Khatun, 28, wife of Wazed Ali of the village.
Inspector (Investigation) of Manda Police Station Mahbub Alam said Wazed beat his wife on Thursday morning over a family feud.
However, the couple remained missing from the Friday morning.
However, locals found the body of Sajani at the toilet of a neighbour’s backyard around 9am.
There were bloodstains in the bedroom of the couple, the police officer said, adding that the housewife might have tortured to death.
Wazed was arrested in a theft case on July 26 last and he came out of jail before Eid-ul-Adza on bail, police said.
Dhaka, Sept 7 (UNB) - The United States has said it will continue to press Myanmar to create the conditions necessary to allow safe, voluntary and dignified return of Rohingyas to their homes in Myanmar from Bangladesh.
It also said they will continue to work closely with Bangladesh, UN agencies, and international partners to meet the urgent needs of the Rohingya.
“It’s clear the crisis requires sustained efforts,” said Earl Miller, nominee to be US Ambassador to Bangladesh at a hearing at Senate Committee on Foreign Relations recently.
He, according to his statement, said Bangladesh faces significant challenges that they can work together to address in partnership.
“One is the Rohingya crisis. The numbers are staggering with Bangladesh hosting nearly one million refugees from Rakhine State in Myanmar,” he said.
Miller said they are deeply appreciative of the generosity of the Bangladesh government and people who have opened their borders and hearts to a Rohingya community that has suffered greatly.
“The United States, as always, is doing its part. We’re the largest donor addressing this humanitarian crisis providing $204 million since August of last year. We’re grateful for Congress’ funding and continuing support,” he said.