Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) - The ninth death anniversary of M Saifur Rahman, the country’s ex-finance minister, was observed on Wednesday with various programmes.
Leaders and activists of local BNP and different socio-political organisations paid homage to Saifur by placing wreaths at his grave on the occasion.
Various programmes, including milad mahfil, Qurankhwani and distribution of cooked food, arranged by local BNP and Durre Samad Rahman and Saifur Rahman Foundation were held marking the death anniversary of the late BNP leader.
Meanwhile, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir issued a message paying tributes to the departed soul of Saifur.
On September 5, 2009, Saifur, also a former BNP standing committee member, died in a road accident on Dhaka-Sylhet highway at the age of 77.
Saifur had an outstanding record of presenting 12 national budgets in parliament as the finance minister
He was elected to parliament four times. He had held different important posts in the World Bank, ADB and IFAD.
Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) - Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon on Wednesday urged all to put a strong resistance against corruption and communalism to move the country forward.
“Only checking corruption, we can increase our GDP growth by almost 2 percent. We must root out corruption and communalism if we want to move the country forward,” he said.
Menon, also Workers’ Party President, was addressing a commemorative meeting on renowned journalist Kazi Siraj marking his 1st death anniversary.
Bhasani Followers Council organised the programme at the Jatiya Press Club.
The minister also urged people to demand that the next government must take steps to root out graft from the country, no matter which party comes to power. “We can do it as we’ve uprooted drugs menace and militancy.”
“Bangladesh has made progress in all the sectors, including national production, income and technology, but we are stumbling in one place repeatedly and that is corruption,” he said.
Talking about Kazi Siraj, Menon said he always maintained honesty in journalism and never used it as a tool of opportunity. “Materialisation of his dream –- corruption-free and non-communal Bangladesh -- will be the best honour to his departed soul.”
“Kazi Siraj had lots of dream, including building corruption-free and non-communal Bangladesh,” Shahriar Akter Bulu, wife of the late journalist, said urging all to come forward to fulfill his dream.
Former minister and Secretary General of Jatiya Party (Zafar) Mostafa Jamal Haider, former Foreign Secretary Shamser Mobin Chowdhury and Bhorer Kagoj Editor Shyamal Dutta were, among others, present at the memorial meeting Secretary General of Bhasani Followers Council Sheikh Rafiqul Islam Bablu in the chair.
Dhaka, Sep 5 (UNB) – Experts on Wednesday stressed on the need for climate change tolerant adaptations in agriculture, housing and social activities to minimise adverse consequences of climate change.
They said climate change adversities have already their bearings on economy and internal migration.
They also said accurate intervention with proper policy along with appropriate investment also would be helpful to protect the vulnerable community from the hazards caused by climate changes.
Experts came up with the observations while discussing about the climate change issues today in a seminar on ‘Climate changes adaptation at the river basins: upstream and downstream linkages’ at a city hotel.
Bangladesh Center for Advance Studies (BCAS) organised the national level event under ‘Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) Research on Glacier and Snowpack Dependent River Basins for Improving Livelihoods’ project.
The research project was supported by UK’s Department for International Development and Canada’s International Development Research Centre.
HI-AWARE was one of the four consortia of the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) for capacity building and policy engagement on climate resilience and adaptation in the mountains and floodplains of the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra River basins.
In the programme, at least three technical sessions took place along with three research presentations.
In a session on ‘Flood, Erosion and Agriculture’ a BUET Professor Mushfiqus Salehin said internal migration is one of a consequence of climate changes which is triggered by the economic helplessness. He said if the resilience adaptation can be taken in agriculture, housing and earning sources, the migration can be decreased.
He also said maize and flood and drought tolerant rice cultivation in the shoals, crop diversification, promotion of livelihood diversification and national plan to ensure the adaptations can be supportive for lessening the concerns of climate changes over the country.
Prof Salehin also said flood resilience houses which are usually built above the plain land using higher platform can be helpful to protect peoples’ assets from flood.
In the programme, they also addressed the issue of gender vulnerability and gender responsive adaptations in the floodplain.
Dr Dwijen Mallick of the BCAS said climate change consequences are gender neutral however it causes much vulnerability for females, elders and minor ones in natural hazards.
He said NGOs and government should work to make these portions empowered as this group can handle the changing circumstances.
Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud, said “Bangladesh has approved Delta Plan 2100 for sustainable water management which has specific indications to address climate changes issues.”
He also said Bangladesh is a very small country having lots of land diversities such as hill tracks, haors and shoals which need different treatments and to drag everyone forward investment and adaptation are must.
Dr. Atiq Rahman, executive director of BCAS was in the chair while Dr KS Murali, senior programme officer of IDRC, Dr Philippus Wester, principal investigator of HI-AWARE, Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed, professor of Department of International Relations of Dhaka University addressed the programme.
Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, will distribute family kits among 500 Bangladeshi households on Thursday as part of its assistance to help some of the poorest local Bangladeshi families impacted by the Rohingya refugee influx.
Some 500 families living in Khurushkul Union, SadarUpazila, Cox’s Bazar District, will receive the family kits, said UNHCR officials.
District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer M Raisuddin Mukul, and Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Habibul Hassan will be present at the handover ceremony at Khurushkul Union Parishod office at 10am.
The distributions are part of UNHCR’s ongoing support to the host community. A total of 30,000 households will receive the family kits – which include two floor mats, a bucket, tarpaulin, rope and wire.
Other UNHCR support to Bangladeshi host communities includes programmes to assist with livelihoods for some of the poorest families; the distribution of energy-efficient LPG cooking stoves; rehabilitation of schools, and improvements to roads and drainage, as well as installation of solar lighting.
Gazipur, Sept 5 (UNB) – A madrasah student was killed as he was stabbed reportedly by his one of his classmates following a conflict over sitting on the bench in their classroom at Chandana in the city on Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as Mahfuzur Rahman Miraz, 14, a Class-VIII student of MA Razzak Master Dakhil Madrasah and son of Amzad Hossain of Jogitala in the city.
Sub-inspector of Joydebpur Police Station Lutfar Rahman said Miraz locked into an altercation with Monwar Hossain Manu around 8:45am over sitting on the bench.
At one stage, Manu took a knife out of his school bag and stabbed Miraz with it indiscriminately, leaving him severely injured.
Later, Miraz was taken to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital where the duty doctor declared him dead.
Police arrested Manu and another student and seized the knife.