Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – The 22nd session of the 10th parliament started at 5:00pm on Sunday with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair after a 58-day recess.
Earlier at 4:00pm, the Business Advisory Committee of Parliament sat in a meeting with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair to fix the duration and businesses of the coming session.
On August 19, President M Abdul Hamid convened the session exercising his power bestowed upon him by article 72 (1) of the Constitution.
Earlier, the 21st session of the current Parliament, which was also the budget session, was prorogued on July 12 last.
The 10th parliament went into its maiden session on January 29, 2014.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – President of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Dr Bandar MH Hajjar on Sunday assured Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of his bank’s continued support to Bangladesh in its development efforts.
“The IsDB will always remain proactive over Bangladesh. Dhaka will be its first Regional Hub as the bank has decided to set up such hubs in different countries," he said.
The IsDB President met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Hotel Radisson after the inaugural ceremony of IsDB Regional Hub.
PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
Dr Hajjar appreciated the economic development of Bangladesh and said its high successes in all indicators should be replicated in other member countries, particularly Africa.
The IsDB President also appreciated the financial management system of Bangladesh as it is successfully improving the social aspects along with economic development.
He mentioned that IsDB will work for improving the lifestyle of people and committed to continuing its support to Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina extended her thanks to IsDB for its continued support to Bangladesh keeping it on the top of the list. “The IsDB support is very crucial for development,” the PM was quoted as saying.
She said the government has attached importance to development of the country from rural level.
“We’ve already ensured food security and reduced poverty to 22 percent, which would be further declined,” she said.
She sought more IsDB investment in various sectors, particularly in agro and food-processing industries, and hoped that the IsDB regional hub would help strengthen mutual cooperation.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith, State Minister for Finance MA Mannan, Principal Secretary M Nojibur Rahman, Chief Coordinator in PMO on SDG Affairs Abul Kalam Azad, ERD Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam and PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan attended the meeting.
CEO of International Trade and Finance Corporation Engineer Hanisalem Sanbol, Lead Executive Coordinator of IsDB in Asia Dr Jafor Iqbal and Director, CRS Asia Ifran Bukhari accompanied the IsDB President.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – A writ petition was filed with the High Court on Sunday seeking its directive on the authorities concerned for providing better treatment to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
BNP chief's lawyer Barrister Nawshad Jamir filed the writ petition with the concerned branch of the court at noon.
Talking to UNB, Barrister Nawshad Jamir said the hearing on the writ petition is likely to be held this week.
According to the writ petition, Khaleda has been suffering from chronic diseases and so she needs to be taken to a specialized hospital for better treatment.
Six people, including home secretary, Inspector General of Prisons, Dhaka civil surgeon, deputy commissioner, were made respondents.
On February 8 last, a special court here sentenced Khaleda to five years' rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Since then she has been kept in Old Dhaka Central Jail.
Washington, Sep 9 (AP/UNB) — The Trump administration said Saturday that it is cutting $25 million meant for East Jerusalem hospitals and putting the money toward "high-priority projects elsewhere."
The move follows the State Department's late August announcement that the administration is slashing more than $200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians following a review that President Donald Trump ordered to ensure the spending was aligned with U.S. national interests.
The Palestinians had held out hope that the hospital money would be spared because it was not included in the previously announced cut. On Saturday, the Palestinian Authority denounced the administration's move as "an act of political blackmail."
The State Department said the review was intended to make sure the American aid was "being spent in accordance with U.S. national interests and were providing value to the U.S. taxpayer." The administration "will be redirecting approximately $25 million originally planned for the East Jerusalem Hospital Network. Those funds will go to high-priority projects elsewhere," the department added. It did not identify the projects.
In response, Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi accused the administration of threatening to cause "serious instability and grave harm" to thousands of patients and their families across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and jeopardize the livelihood of thousands of workers in the Palestinian health care sector.
"Such an act of political blackmail goes against the norms of human decency and morality," Ashrawi said in a statement. "Politics should not trump humanity or harm a vulnerable people in need of support and protection."
The administration announced the original cut in U.S. aid to Palestinians as Trump and his Middle East advisers prepared to release the U.S. peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians. But Trump angered the Palestinians earlier this year by moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which led the Palestinians to break off contact with the U.S.
Kushtia, Sept 8 (UNB) – Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif on Saturday said BNP founder Ziaur Rahman induced ‘the politics of murder and killing’ in the country and his party has been carrying out the inheritance of it.
“Being an isolated party, BNP is now making topsy-turvy statements,” he said while exchanging views with party leaders and activists at his residence in the town.
“AL never involved in confrontational politics but BNP did,” said Hanif.
BNP men had planned to kill Sheikh Hasina by launching grenade attack on August 21, 2014, and failed, he said.
Talking to the reporters about Khaleda’s jailing, the AL leader said it is Khaleda Zia who brought the court to the jail by refusing to face the prosecution in the name of illness.
“Saying that she won’t come to the court, the BNP leader proved that she had embezzled the orphans’ money,” Hanif claimed.
President of the district Jubo League Rabiul Islam, Kushtia Model Police Station Officer-in-charge Nasir Uddin, among others, were present.