Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – A man was stabbed to death by a youth at Kamrangirchar in the city on Wednesday morning over the alleged illicit relationship with his mother.
The deceased was identified as Md Helal, 40, hailing from Pabna Sadar upazila.
Inspector Md Bachchu Miah, in-charge of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police camp, said Helal had developed an extramarital affair with Sabina, 35, also hailing from Pabna.
Sabina eloped with Helal and they came to Dhaka from Pabna on Tuesday, he said.
On information, Sabina’s son Sunny, 20, came to Kamrangirchar today and found Helal near Mahtab Gas Pump of the area around 9am.
Later, the youth stabbed him indiscriminately with a knife, leaving him critically injured.
The injured was taken to the DMCH where he succumbed to his injuries around 1pm.
Keraniganj, Feb 20 (UNB) – Police arrested Abu Zafar, the Keraniganj correspondent of Bangla daily Jugantor’, on Tuesday night in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.
He is one of the five journalists accused in the case filed by Swechchhasebak League’s Nababganj unit organising secretary Md Polash with Dohar Police Station.
Zafar was sent to jail after he was produced before the local court on Wednesday, said officer-in-charge Dohar Police Station Md Sazzad Hossain. He, however, declined to disclose identities of the other journalists.
Journalists from Keraniganj, Dohar and Nawabganj condemned the arrest and demanded his immediate release.
Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – Austrian Foreign Minister Dr Karin Kneissl paid a courtesy call on President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Wednesday evening.
Welcoming the Austrian minister, the President recalled the moral support extended by the government and people of Austria to Bangladesh during the Liberation War in 1971.
He also mentioned that the then Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky was honoured by Bangladesh with the ‘Friends of Liberation War Honour Award’ in 2012.
Austria was one of the first countries in Europe as well as in the world which recognised Bangladesh on February 4, 1972.
Hamid stated that there is a huge scope for expansion of the trade and investment volume between Bangladesh and Austria.
He also put importance to strengthening the relations between the two countries for the best use of this opportunity.
Expressing sincere thanks to the Austrian government for its support to Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue, the President stressed the importance of keeping Myanmar under pressure to ensure safe, orderly and sustainable return of the Rohingyas to their homeland.
He also sought Austria’s moral support to raise the voice in the international forums for the safe Rohingyas repartition.
The Austrian minister lauded the socio-economic development of Bangladesh, especially describing the development in the agriculture sector as exemplary.
During the visit of Bangladesh’s Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister to Austria in May 2017, the negotiation on air service agreement between the two countries was concluded.
Underscoring the importance of bilateral relations, the President hoped that formal signing of the Air Services Agreement will help gain further momentum in bolstering trade, investment, tourism and people-to-people contact through air connectivity between the countries.
Secretaries to the President were present during the meeting.
Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – Planning Minister MA Mannan on Wednesday said Bangladesh has always given top priority to equal rights of its citizens.
He also stressed government approach to preserve the needs and rights of labourers in different industries.
Mannan was speaking at a national dialogue session titled ‘UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights’ organised by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), supported by UNDP, at a city hotel.
The dialogue brought together thinkers, NGO and human rights activists from home and abroad to discuss the current situation of human rights preservation in different industries across the globe.
“As Bangladesh is rapidly advancing towards industrialisation, the number of workers is also growing. We are all in for preserving their rights regarding workplace alongside the fundamental rights of all citizens,” the minister said in his address as chief guest.
“We will take steps acknowledging the reality of our country and we are still on track in preserving rights of the labourers,” he added.
NHRC Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque complemented government actions to maintain rights of the working class.
He also emphasised following the UNGP in cases that are still hazardous for workers in several industries, especially the readymade garments sector.
“We want the state to take the lead (in securing labour rights). We will continue to support the government in all situations,” he added.
Livio Sarandrea, Team Leader of Business and Human Rights in Asia, Asia Pacific Regional HUB of UNDP, gave insights about UNGP.
“Violating people’s rights for profit leaves a negative impact,” he said.
He also lauded government’s efforts, saying Bangladesh is an example of good publicity of industries despite the aftermath of Rana Plaza tragedy.
Livio also mentioned that in order to implement the UNGP in workplaces across the country, a cohesive plan is necessary in collaboration with all stakeholders.
Additional Secretary of Ministry of Commerce Tapon Kanti Ghosh said rapid industrialisation has taken off recently in the country.
“After the Rana Plaza collapse, the issues and violation of labour rights have become more visible,” he added.
He also proposed legislations according UNGP codes securing the rights of the workers.
Sayeed Ahmed, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Labour, concurred. He said the government has taken necessary steps, including legal and administrative reform, after Rana Plaza incident.
The day-long dialogue saw panel discussions, keynote presentations and open discussion sessions – all of them highlighting the importance of UNGP and its proper implementation.
‘United Nations Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights’ is a set of 31 principles to implement UN framework ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ which connect the issue of human rights with transnational corporations and other business enterprises.
Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday stressed the importance of protection and practice of own languages and cultures for making a healthy environment for the future generation.
“It’s our duty to protect, exercise and take forward our independence, language rights and culture as well as create a decent environment for the next generation,” she said while addressing a function marking the distribution of Ekushey Padak-2019 in the city.
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs arranged the function at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
Urging all to come forward to build the motherland she said, “We want the next generation to have a decent life and enjoy the fruits of what we’ve achieved through our struggles.”
Noting that Bangladesh is marching forward and will continue to do so, she said the people of the country will move at the global stage keeping their head high as the Ekushey (Language Movement) has taught them not to bow down.
“Ekushey has taught us how to protect our own existence, mother tongue, culture and tradition as well as show respect to all this,” Hasina said.
She said her government’s goal is to take Bangladesh to a dignified position. “We’ve been working to accomplish that goal,” she added.
Talking about the contributions of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to the Language Movement, she said it is unfortunate that once his contributions had been removed from history.
She said if people read the ‘Unfinished Memoirs’, the autobiography of the Father of the Nation, they could know how the Language Movement had started.
Sheikh Hasina, Bangabandhu’s eldest daughter, said they are publishing a book in 14 volumes over the 23 years’ secret documents of Pakistani Intelligence Branch (IB). The first two volumes of the book have already been published over the secret documents of 1948-’50 and 1951-’52 respectively, she said.
The Prime Minister said people will know the contributions of Bangabandhu to the Language Movement reading the secret documents.
Bangabandhu Memorial Trust is funding the publication of the book. Hakkani Publishers will publish the book in 14 volumes.
Hasina said Bangabandhu had delivered his speech at the United Nations in Bengali after the Independence of the country. Following him, Hasina said, she is also delivering her speech as the head of the government in the United Nations in Bengali every year.
The Prime Minister said her government during its 1996-2001 regime started construction of the International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka, but the BNP-Jamaat government stopped the work coming to power in 2001.
Returning to power in 2009, the AL government completed the construction works on the Institute, she said.
Alongside taking measures for protecting the mother tongue, the institute is now continuing the process to study and collect the samples of languages of various small ethnic groups from home and abroad.
The Prime Minister distributed coveted Ekushey Padak-2019 among 21 eminent citizens for their contributions to their respective fields.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid presided over the function.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam read out the citations of the award recipients, while Acting Cultural Affairs Secretary Dr Md Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal delivered the welcome speech.