Shadia Rahman, an expatriate of Prairie Provinces of Canada got Canada’s Volunteer Awards 2019 (CVAs) recently organised by Immigration And Settlement, a non-profit volunteer platform.
The recipients of this award were announced by Ahmed Hussen, the Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development of Canada, said a press release.
Volunteers of Immigration And Settlement (www.immigrationandsettlement.org) across the globe assist people with authentic information for Canada Immigration and Settlement.
It also helps the new immigrants to go and settle in Canada and subsequently avail the Canadian Citizenship.
Every year, large number of people across the globe try to migrate to Canada seeking better life while many of them become victims of immigration fraud.
So the Immigration And Settlement website and its volunteers demonstrate the step by step process of getting Permanent Residency in Canada.
Other details are available on the website.
The marginalised and the vulnerable population of the country are still in "dire need of policy support" in view of COVID-19 although the government announced a number of stimulus incentives in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, experts say.
It is critical to ensure equitable access to these stimulus incentives for the marginalised population in Bangladesh, they said.
These views were shared at the general meeting of the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh where around 80 partner organisations, from all over the country, working with the maginalised groups, including the poor, women, children, senior citizens, youth, indigenous communities, persons with disabilities, residents of hard-to-reach areas gathered.
They shared the challenges facing by the maginalised groups all over the country while working at the field level.
The meeting was held virtually on Thursday with Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, Convenor, Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh and Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), in the chair.
Taking note of the ground realities, the Platform along with its 115 partner organisations will now work under a new research and outreach initiative on strengthening citizens’ engagement in delivering SDGs in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The meetings was attended, among others, by core group members of the Platform Shaheen Anam, Executive Director, Manusher Jonno Foundation; Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury, Former Vice Chairperson, BRAC; Asif Ibrahim, Vice-Chairman; New Age Group and Industries; Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB); Syed Nasim Manzur, Managing Director, Apex Footwear Limited and Prof Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow, CPD.
Sixteen dengue patients are currently undergoing treatment at different hospitals as of Friday, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
However, four new case were reported during the last 24 hours, according to a regular DGHS update.
Currently, 15 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the capital while another outside Dhaka.
The health authorities reported 366 cases since the beginning of this year. Among them, 349 made recovery.
Bangladesh witnessed a massive dengue outbreak last year when 101,354 people were hospitalised and among them 101,037 made full recovery.
According to official figures, the mosquito-borne disease killed 179 people last year.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Friday said the government is working to bring back convicted killers of Bangabandhu, at least one more in this Mujib Barsho, to execute them to implement the court verdict.
"We’re hoping we’ll be successful. We’re working on it," he said adding that one of the killers was executed recently.
Dr Momen made the remarks while talking to reporters after paying tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at his mazar at Tungipara as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the architect of independence who was killed by a cabal of disgruntled army men on August 15, 1975 along with most of his family members.
After placing a wreath, the Foreign Minister offered doa.
The fugitives are: Col (dismissed) Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Lt Col (relieved) Shariful Haque Dalim, Maj (retd) Noor Chowdhury, Maj (retd) Rashed Chowdhury and Risaldar Moslehuddin Khan. Capt Abdul Majed was hanged recently.
Earlier, the Foreign Minister sought support from Bangladeshi expatriates living in different countries alongside the government initiative to bring back the remaining five fugitive convicted killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and execute the verdict.
One of them is in the United States while another in Canada, he said.
On November 19, 2009, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of 12 convicted former army officials for the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family members.
Of the fugitives, the government knew the whereabouts of Noor Chowdhury, Rashed Chowdhury and Moslehuddin while it was not sure about the other three fugitives -- Rashid and Dalim.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen said Bangladesh is sending emergency food like rice, biscuits and dry food. "The aircraft will fully be loaded with dry food."
Responding to a question, he said it will be very expensive to bring back bodies due to the suspension of regular flights operation.
Dr Momen said the bodies are buried there following all religious rules.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen talked to Lebanese Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe on Wednesday and said Bangladesh stands ready to provide any emergency support to Lebanon.
He expressed gratitude to the government of Lebanon for providing necessary support, including treatment to Bangladeshis who got injured.
At least four Bangladeshi citizens were killed and 21 members of Bangladesh Navy injured in a massive explosion in Lebanon's capital Beirut on Tuesday.
At least 86 expatriate Bangladeshis were injured in the incident while two more Bangladesh citizens remain missing.
The deceased were identified as Mehdi Hasan Roni, hailing from Brahmanbaria, Mizan from Madaripur, Rezaul from Cumilla and Rasel Miah from Brahmanbaria.
The Embassy also urged all to inform it through its hotline number if they come to know of any more casualties.
Some 1,50,000 Bangladesh nationals work in a number of sectors in Lebanon.
Investigators began searching the wreckage of Beirut’s port Wednesday for clues to the cause of the massive explosion that ripped across the Lebanese capital as the government ordered port officials put under house arrest, reports AP.
International aid flights began to arrive, as Lebanon’s leaders struggled to deal with the aftermath of Tuesday’s blast, crippled by an economic crisis and facing a public where many already blame chronic mismanagement and corruption among the ruling elite for the disaster.
The explosion at the port killed at over 100 people and wounded thousands. Hospitals were overwhelmed — one that was damaged in the blast had to evacuate all its patients to a nearby field for treatment.
Buildings were damaged for miles around the city, and Beirut’s governor said Wednesday that hundreds of thousands might not be able to return to their homes for two or three months.
Dr Momen also signed the visitors' book there.
Foreign Minister's wife Selina Momen, Gopalganj DC Shaheda Sultana, district Awami League Vice President Munshi M Atiar Rahman, General Secretary Mahbub Ali Khan, Tungipara Upazila AL President Abul Bashar Khair, General Secretary Babul Hossain Sheikh, Tungipara Upazila Chairman M Solaiman Biswas and Municipal Mayor Sheikh Ahmed Hossain were present.
BNP on Friday opposed the government’s decision to fully reopen government offices as it thinks this will only contribute to worsening the coronavirus situation in the country.
“All have been instructed to join work in government offices and courts. It’s proved that this government is not there to save people's lives and protect them from the virus. They only think about their own interests and make their own pockets heavier. The government is deliberately helping increase corona infections,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He said, “I think the order to join government offices and courts in full swing is inhumane. The full reopening of the offices and courts in this way will increase the level of infections, and the lives of many more people will be at stake after getting infected with the deadly virus.”
The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at a virtual press briefing from his Kurigram house.
The government on Thursday asked all public servants to return to offices in full swing from the next week, withdrawing the restrictions on their attendance in person.
Earlier on June 1, the government had asked ministries and departments not to have more than 25 percent of their officials and employees at the offices as part of a move to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Rizvi alleged that the government has so far not taken proper steps to make people aware and prevent corona. “Instead, it's pushing people towards death.”
The BNP leader also accused the government of giving people ‘false and wrong’ information about corona infections only to create the impression that the situation has become normal in the country. “They’re misleading people with false information while the virus is gradually spreading everywhere.”
He said corona infection is now badly spreading the rural areas, including the northern region. “Even on this Eid-ul-Azha, we’ve seen there's no district town in the northern region where 50-100 are not getting infected with the virus every day. This situation has been created due to the failure of the government.”
Amid such a situation, the BNP leader said, the government has asked the public servants to return to their offices going against expert opinions.
Referring to the low price of the rawhides of sacrificial animals, he said the government has not taken any initiative to develop the country’s leather industry. “As a result, people are throwing the hides of the sacrificial animals on the roads and in the rivers as they’re not getting the fair prices.”
"The orphan, the destitute and the poor have been deprived of huge money due to poor prices of rawhides while the tannery industry has collapsed only because of the government's wrong policies.”