Dhaka, Mar 13 (UNB)— Deputy Minister of Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury on Wednesday presented Bangladesh’s unprecedented achievements in women’s equality and empowerment at a high-level side event at the UN headquarters.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has put the advancement of women at the heart of our development endeavours,” he said at ‘Tracking the Walk: Measuring progress in Women’s Economic Empowerment’ as a panelist.
“She is one of the few world leaders who were present at the adoption of both the MDGs and the SDGs, a unique example of successful and sustained woman leadership,” Mohibul told the programme co-organised by Bangladesh and International Trade Centre (ITC) as a part of the ongoing 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
The Session of the CSW will continue till Mar 22.
Deputy Minister Mohibul mentioned that 35% percent women in Bangladesh have bank accounts, which is above the regional average for South Asia. He also mentioned about the SDG Tracker, an innovative tool that will help measuring the achievement in attaining SDGs.
Before this event, he attended a ministerial roundtable. In the day-long engagements, he also met a parliamentary delegation of Iran where they exchanged views and ideas about women empowerment in their respective countries.
Mohibul led the Bangladesh delegation at the inaugural session of the 63rd CSW.
Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs of Bangladesh Kamrun Nahar, Secretary of Coordination and Reforms of Cabinet Division Dr Md Shamsul Arefin, Secretary in Charge of Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Rownaq Jahan, Director General of Women Affairs Badrun Nessa are attending various events as members of the delegation.
Sylhet, Mar 13 (UNB) – The first phase of the upazila election was free, fair and peaceful, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda said on Wednesday.
“The first phase was held in a peaceful manner with the help of the local administration and the law enforcers,” he told a views exchange meeting with law enforcers at the deputy commissioner’s office. “The Election Commission officials also played a vital role.”
He said the law enforcers have been asked to prevent violence during the next phases. He also urged them to ensure that voters can freely vote for their preferred candidates.
“The agent of each candidate will be present during the vote count,” he said.
Huda also urged EC official and law enforcement agencies to work together to prevent fake votes and ballot stuffing.
Dhaka, Mar 13 (UNB)– Voters of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) are casting ballots to elect the new executive committee for 2019-20 period.
Voting in the two-day polls began at 10am on Wednesday and will continue until 5pm with one-hour break. Balloting will resume from 10am Thursday and continue until 5pm, said Kazi Jaynal Abedin, member of SCBA election conducting committee.
SCBA superintendent (supervisor) Nimesh Chandra Das said 7,825 registered voters are expected to exercise their franchise.
Former SCBA president Abu Mohammad Aminuddin and former general secretary Md Abdun Nur Dulal are vying for president and secretary posts respectively from Awami League-backed panel.
On the other hand, former president Abdul Jamil and secretary AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon are contesting from BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami-backed blue panel.
Apart from them, two independent candidates are contesting for the president’s post and another one is vying for a member post.
Dhaka, Mar 13 (UNB) – The hunger strike of five Dhaka University students rolled into the second day on Wednesday demanding reelection to the Central Students’ Union (Ducsu).
They started the strike at the foot of Raju Sculpture on Tuesday evening and vowed to continue until their demands are met.
Four of the protesters contested Monday’s Ducsu election as independent candidates.
Among them, third-year philosophy student Anindya Mondol was a member candidate of Jagannath Hall union.
Tawhid Tanjin, a final-year computer science student, was a transport affairs secretary candidate, while Soyeb Mahmud, a second-year physics student, was a candidate for literature affairs secretary of Shahidulla Hall union.
Md Mainiddin, a second-year population sciences student contested for cultural affairs secretary of Mohsin Hall Union.
Roni Hossain, a final-year geography student, is a resident of Bijoy Ekattor Hall. He did not contest the election.
Ducsu polls, the first in 28 years, were marred by allegations of irregularities. All panels, except that of Bangladesh Chhatra League, boycotted the election alleging vote fraud.
The BCL panel dominated the polls but its vice-president candidate Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon was defeated by quota reform movement leader Nurul Haq Nur.
VP-elect Nur also demanded reelection to all posts, citing irregularities, and holding them under the supervision of new officials.