Dhaka, Oct 30 (UNB) – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said the Prime Minister has sent the letter to Dr Kamal Hossain inviting his Oikyafront leaders to join dialogue with an interest to continue the democratic trend in the country.
“The dialogue will be held with Awami League, not with the government,” said Obaidul, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister.
“Awami League will finalise the list of those who will join the dialogue after receiving the list from Jatiya Oikyafront,” said Qauder while talking to reporters at the Secretariat.
Earlier in the morning, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited Jatiya Oikyafront to join the dialogue with her party at 7 pm on Thursday at Ganobhaban.
Responding to a question, Qauder said the dialogue is not being arranged under any pressure.
“We welcome them as they want to discuss their seven-point demand and 11 goals with us,” said Quader.
The Election Commission will take decisions on their demands while the court will decide some other issues, he added.
“There’s no chance for any non-registered party to participate in the dialogue. We’re not sitting with the BNP, but with Oikyafront and expect all the problems to be solved on the dialogue table,” the minister said.
As they mentioned their seven-point demand and 11 goals in the letter, there is no chance of denying their demands, said Quader adding, “The discussion will be held on the table.”
“This newly formed cabinet will be the election-time government and the election will be arranged by the Election Commission, not the government,” he said.
There is a possibility that the size of newly formed government will be the same as the present one, he said adding, “New faces may be added or not.”
Khulna, Oct 30 (UNB) – An education officer of Dacope upazila was killed as a truck hit him at Suchibunia of Bhatiaghata upazila on Tuesday morning.
The deceased was identified as Masum Billah, 43.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Abdul Wadud said the accident took place when a truck hit him while he was crossing the road in the area around 9 am, leaving him dead on the spot.
On information, police recovered the body, said Mahbubur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Batiaghata Police Station.
Dhaka, Oct 30 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is also the President of Awami League, on Tuesday invited Jatiya Oikyafront to join dialogue with her party at 7pm on Thursday at Ganobhaban.
Sheikh Hasina sent a letter to Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain and invited its leaders to join the dialogue.
AL office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap, carried the letter to Dr Kamal Hossain’s Bailey Road residence around 7:45am.
In the letter, the Prime Minister said, “Take Salam and greetings. Thank you for your letter dated October 28, 2018. My door is always open for discussion on all constitutional issues for the continuation of the democratic trend earned through immense struggles and sacrifices. So, I invite you (Oikyafront leaders) to Ganobhaban at 7pm on November 1 next as you sought time for talks.”
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday night phoned Jatiya Oikyafront leader and Gano Forum president Mostafa Mohsin Montu seeking the list of the alliance leaders who will join the dialogue with the ruling party over the next election.
Earlier in the day, Quader said their party President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina agreed to sit in dialogue with Jatiya Oikyafront leaders over the next general election very soon.
On Sunday, the Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, sent a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking dialogue over the national election.
Dhaka, Oct 29 (UNB) - Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury made a courtesy call on President Abdul Hamid at his Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban office on Monday night.
President's Press Secretary Zainal Abedin said the Speaker apprised the President of the overall activities of the 10th Parliament.
The President lauded the role of the 10th Parliament for democratic development of Bangladesh.
Abdul Hamid also congratulated the Speaker for successfully running Parliament.
Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Mia, Whip Atiur Rahman Atik and Whip Iqbalur Rahim were also present.
Later, the President visited the Speaker’s office, his former workplace, in Parliament.
The President went to Parliament in the evening.
Dhaka, Oct 29 (UNB) - The rising seas are likely to be inundating the coastal lands in Bangladesh by 2140 and much of it is a vast estuarine silt bed fed by one of the world’s great river systems as the country is among those most vulnerable to sea-level rise, says a new study.
But, it says, many of the nation’s 165 million inhabitants may not be forced to become climate refugees.
As salty water seeps into the fertile muds and sands of the estuary of the Ganges-Brahmaputra river system, farmers could lose up to a fifth of their crop revenue each year, according to Climate News Network.
An estimated 200,000 farmers may have to move inland. But, the lucky ones with money to make the change may compensate by switching from rice cultivation to aquaculture, according to a new socioeconomic study in the journal Nature Climate Change.
“The most vulnerable people will be the least resilient in the face of climate change, because they have limited resources to adapt. Unfortunately, this is likely to be most challenging for those farming families who have the fewest resources to begin with,” said Joyce Chen of the University of Ohio.
“My concern is that the most vulnerable people will be the least resilient in the face of climate change because they have limited resources to adapt their farming practices or move longer distances in search of other employment.”
Bangladesh’s low-lying terrain has always been vulnerable to the sea: in 1970, a storm surge propelled by a cyclone drove 10 metres of water over its lowlands, claiming an estimated 500,000 lives.
In 1991, a six-metre high storm surge killed 138,000 and destroyed 10 million homes.
Melting ice caps and expanding oceans threaten coasts everywhere: an estimated 13 million US citizens could be driven from their homes to count as climate refugees.
But the spectre of sea-level rise driven by profligate human combustion of fossil fuels puts Bangladesh in the front line of the challenge of climate change.
Dr Chen and a research colleague assembled as much data as they could about populations, incomes, soil geography and changing climate to try to guess what rising sea levels and ever-higher soil salinity will do to the nation over the next 120 years.
Their calculations found 40 percent of the country’s croplands at risk, with coastal residents already experiencing frequent flooding.
But many of these had found ways to adapt: rice might not flourish in saline soil, but those who had made the big switch from crops to shrimp and fish farms had actually created more employment.
Accordingly, Dr Chen and her fellow researcher report that internal migration is likely to increase by at least 25 percent, as many are displaced by rising tides.
But migration to other countries could actually fall by 66 percent because the supply of new work in labour-intensive fish farms could keep the locals at home.
The coastal landscape will remain vulnerable to potentially devastating cyclones and storm surges, and this will be made worse by soil subsidence of from 10 to 18 mm a year.
Dr Chen sees her research as a test case for adaptation to climate change: other nations should take note. “The Bangladesh study offers interesting insights for governments of countries facing similar imminent threats of sea level rise,” she said.
“As internal migration patterns are expected to shift in countries vulnerable to sea-level rise, ministries of planning may benefit from developing economic strategies that integrate and even leverage the expected additional number of workers coming from vulnerable areas.”
But, she warns, climate change will continue to create climate migrants. “Additional financial support from the international community may be necessary to foster resettlement programmes.”