Dhaka, Mar 21 (UNB)— Swadhinata Parishad, a panel contesting the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), promised to strengthen the organisation if voted to power.
“We’ll create a positive image of the garments sector at home and abroad,” the Parishad’s manifesto for the 2019-21 election released Thursday said.
Md Zahangir Alam, who heads the panel, announced their 12-point electoral pledges that include working both for the welfare of the owners and workers.
“The apparel industry will further flourish,” he told a views exchange meeting at Dhaka Club. “If we are elected, we will request the government for a 10 percent incentive for the industry.”
The last election to BGMEA was held on September 22, 2015. The next one is scheduled for April 6.
Apart from the Swadhinata Parishad, the Sammilita Parishad and Forum is contesting the election. Rubana Huq, wife of former Dhaka mayor Annisul Huq, is heading the Forum.
Swadhinata Parishad’s leaders said they expect the polls to be fair although they were attacked during submission of nomination papers.
Twenty-six directors will be elected through the election. Nine others have already been elected. These directors will choose a president for the next two years.
Eighteen people submitted nominations from the Swadhinata Parishad while 26 candidates are contesting from the Sammilita Parishad and Forum.
Cox’s Bazar, March 21 (UNB) - icddr,b here on Thursday organised a dissemination seminar to share its emergency healthcare response and pre-emptive oral cholera vaccination measures among the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals.
icddr,b and UNICEF jointly conducted a field assessment in Cox’s Bazar in September 2017, and identified the potential risks of a diarrhoeal disease outbreak and related mitigation initiatives required, said a press release.
Accordingly, icddr,b partnered with UNICEF to strengthen healthcare services for diarrhoeal disease and malnutrition in the Rohingya community.
As described in the seminar, ‘they came with nothing, they had nothing and needed infrastructure, sanitation, shelter, food, non-food items and health care.
UNICEF supported the study to evaluate the effectiveness of oral cholera vaccine administered among Rohingyas.
The resulting work, which prevented a cholera outbreak has been described as ‘the most successful pre-emptive campaign.’
Dr Tahmeed Ahmed, Senior Director, Nutrition and Clinical Services (NCSD) at icddr,b briefed about the icddr,b-UNICEF partnership to strengthen acute watery diarrhoea treatment and preparedness initiatives.
In the seminar, Dr Azharul Islam Khan, Head of Hospitals at icddr,b highlighted the implementation process and experiences in community engagement and the vital role connecting with all elements of the community plays in successful dissemination and implementation.
Dr ASG Faruque, Senior Scientist, NCSD at icddr,b presented on the DTC based diarrhoeal disease surveillance activities, which included the recognition that Cox Bazar was a cholera hotspot and sanitation facilities in the camp created an environment ripe for cholera outbreaks.
He reported that a total of 820 health care professionals were trained by icddr,b on management of diarrhoeal disease, and the diarrhoeal treatment centres have provided care to 6,156 patients comprised Rohingya and host communities. Some 781 stool specimens were also tested for cholera and found to be negative.
This icddr,b-UNICEF collaboration will continue through 2019 with limited scope, however one DTC will remain operational while others will be closed temporarily, only to be opened if there is a surge of patients.
During October 2017 to December 2018, there were 4 rounds vaccination campaign took places administering 2.2 million doses of oral cholera vaccine among Rohingyas and host community.
Dr Ashraful Islam Khan told the audience that the pre-emptive vaccination campaign has prevented an epidemic of cholera in Cox’s Bazar, which was highly anticipated by the global public health community. Historically, cholera outbreaks are common phenomena in humanitarian crisis and have caused thousands of deaths.
Dr Mohammed Abdul Matin, Civil Surgeon, Cox’s Bazar; Brig. General (Retd.)DrBalwinder Sing, Health Sector Coordinator; Prof. Dr Be-Nazir Ahmed, National Consultant at UNICEF also spoke on the occasion. Representatives from the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and other stakeholders attended the seminar.
Dhaka, Mar 21 (UNB) – A joint team of Airport Armed police and Narcotics Control Department on Thursday morning arrested two passengers at HazratS hahjalal International Airport for carrying 3,000 Yaba tablets in their abdomen.
The arrestees are Mamun Mallik, 31, son of Salam Mallik and Md Jabul Sheikh, 30, son of Md Rob Sheikh, hailing from Nazirpur in Pirojpur district.
Alamgir Hossain, additional superintendent of AAP (Operation and Media), said Mamun and Jabul came to Dhaka from Cox’s Bazar by a domestic flight of Novoair around 11:50am.
On secret information, the team detained them from internal terminal.
Later, the Yaba was detected in their abdomen after conducting X-ray.
Dhaka, Mar 21 (UNB) –Speakers at a workshop here on Thursday laid emphasis on updating the document - climate fiscal framework (CFF) -to make it more citizen centric, leaving no one behind and reduce impact of climate change.
The climate fiscal framework, instituted in 2014, has been the key document to ensure that external and internal finances are used most effectively in addressing climate change, they said.
The speakers made the observation at a validation workshop on Climate Fiscal Framework (CFF), organised by the Inclusive Budgeting and Financing for Climate Resilience (IBFCR) project of the Finance Division and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at CIRDAP auditorium.
Since the adaptation of CFF, it has been providing necessary guidelines for tracking climate related expenditures, estimating potential costs of long terms financing needs to combat effects of climate change and elaborate the role of government of Bangladesh towards managing climate finances in order to attain sustainability.
But as the landscape of Global and Bangladesh development has been changed, updating the CFF is also required.
Mohammad Muslim Chowdhury, Comptroller and Auditor General of Bangladesh, while speaking as a chief guest at the inaugural session said, “Whole of society approach is necessary for financing and ensuring transparency and accountability in using the funds.”
He thanked UNDP for its support since the beginning of CFF.
Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh, addressing as a special guest, said, “CFF has a very clear focus on marginalized people who might be left behind. Updating CFF will ensure the whole of society approach, including private sector, NGOs as well as the government bodies for building resilience to climate change.”
He also ensured the support of UNDP to any initiative of the government on climate change in future.
Abdur Rouf Talukder, Secretary, Finance Division said, CFF is a living document and it needs updating periodically.
Earlier, Ramendra Nath Biswas, Additional Secretary, Finance Division and the National Project Director, IBFCR in his welcoming remarks said, “Bangladesh is on a development highway, but the growth rate is being slowed down due to the adverse effects of climate change.
In this context, the Finance Division (FD) is trying to manage fiscal inputs and other issues related to this project to enhance climate finance governance.”
Ranjit Kumar Chakraborty, Project Manager, IBFCR, in his key note presentation explained the process of integrating climate change policies and public finance and highlighted the rationale for updating the CFF.
He said,” SDGs are considered in updating the CFF and the emerging gaps such as limited attention to fiscal policy, private sector issues, transition from whole of government to whole of society approach.”
The daylong workshop had two sessions, while the first session focused on Climate Fiscal Framework the second session focused on Climate Inclusive Macro-Economic Framework, where DrShamsulAlam Member (Senior Secretary) General Economic Division was present as the chief guest along with Shirajun Noor Chowdhury, Joint Secretary, Finance Division, Dr Altaf-ul-Alam, Joint Secretary, Finance Division, Dr. Ahsan H. Mansur, Executive Director, Policy Research Institute and Abdur Rouf Talukder, Secretary Finance Division.
Dhaka, Mar 21 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the authorities concerned to take such development projects that will not affect people.
"We'll definitely undertake development projects, but the development will have to be for people. There should be no development (project) harming people,” she said.
The Prime Minister made the remarks during a presentation of Moheshkhali-Matarbari Integrated Infrastructure Development Initiative (MIDI) Project at her office in the city.
PM's Speech Writer Md Nazrul Islam briefed reporters after the event.
The Prime Minister directed the authorities concerned to provide proper compensation in time to the people whose lands acquired for development project.
She said the aim of her government is to improve the living standard of people and all of them can lead a beautiful life.
Talking about the development of Cox's Bazar, Sheikh Hasina said the coastal district was once very neglected and its people used to lead an inhuman life.
"Once there was nothing in Cox's Bazar and the people of the entire region used to depend on only salt and betel leaf cultivation," she was quoted as saying.
Hasina said now her government is developing Cox's Bazar as a tourist hub. Besides, the government is setting up industries in char areas, including Matarbari of the district, after discussion with the community people there, she said.
The Prime Minister said the largest coal-fired power plant of the country, a coal jetty and an LNG terminal are being built at Matarbari.
Besides, a multipurpose seaport, special economic zone, road, rail and other relevant projects are being taken there, she added.
Various countries like Japan, China, India and Korea have already expressed their interest to make investment in Matarbari, said the Prime Minister.
Once the projects are implemented, she said, Matarbari will play a big role not only in the development of the region, also in the country's economy.
Mentioning that the world's largest unbroken sea beach is in Cox's Bazar, the Prime Minister said the government is setting up an economic zone alongside developing it as a tourist centre.
The construction work on Dhaka-Chittagong four-lane highway has already been completed, while the work on setting up rail lines up to Cox's Bazar is progressing fast, she said adding that high-speed train will be introduced on the route.
Hasina said work is underway to develop Cox's Bazar Airport as an international one.
At the outset of the function, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority, Paban Chowdhury handed over a master plan on the MIDI Project to the Prime Minister.
Ministers and secretaries concerned as well as high officials of the different ministries and departments were present at the event moderated by Principal Coordinator on the SDG Affairs at the Prime Minister's Office Md Abul Kalam Azad.
The officials concerned said the Costal Economic Corridor from Mirsarai to Teknaf is very important for Bangladesh's economic progress.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Industrial Estate ( Feni Economic Zone, Mirsarai Economic Zone, Sitakundu Economic Zone), Moheshkhali-Matarbari Integrated Infrastructure Development Initiative (MIDI) Project and Sabrang Eco Tourism Park have been included in the Corridor, they said.
Noting that the MIDI project is a Fast Track one, they said the work on formulating draft on the Land Use Survey the project site is underway by JICA.
The Japan government has proposed implementing 15 projects out of 37 identified ones in the project site with their investment. The amount of the proposed investment of JICA is about 20 billion US dollars, the officials said.