Dhaka, May 21 (UNB) – The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education Ministry on Tuesday suggested the government to nominate honest, competent and education promoters in the election to all the school managing or governing committees across the country.
The parliamentary watchdog came up with the recommendation at its third meeting held with its senior member Fazle Hossain Badsha in the chair, said an official release.
It also suggested taking measures to ensure risk-free and safe environment in all the educational institutions throughout the country.
The parliamentary body recommended strengthening the scouting activities with a view to enhancing awareness among the students of every educational institution to prevent road accidents.
Committee members Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, Md Abdul Quddus, AKM Shajahan Kamal, MA Matin and Golam Kibria Tipu attended the meeting.
Dhaka, May 21 (UNB)- Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammad Javed Patwary on Tuesday ordered police officials to ensure hassle-free Eid journey of holidaymakers.
He also ordered to ensure security at big shopping malls across the country.
Patwary gave the directives at a meeting on law and order and traffic management at the Police Headquarters.
He said that security would be ensured at the country's main Eid congregation ground.
The police chief instructed district and highway police to take necessary measures to stop extortion on highways. He said police will take necessary measures in coordination with different labor organisations and community police.
The IGP ordered to stop plying of human haulers on the highways.
He also ordered increasing police patrol during the Eid holidays and strengthening security system at important establishments and key point installations.
Senior officials of the Police headquarters and heads of police units and intelligence agencies attended the meeting.
Dhaka, May 21 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged all to work together to maintain the current pace of development in the country keeping the peace and discipline unscathed.
"Our aim is to build Bangladesh as a prosperous, developed and peaceful country in South Asia. So, we’re carrying out our efforts to maintain peace and discipline in the country to keep up its development trend," she said.
The Prime Minister said this at an Iftar Mahfil hosted in honour of the leaders of various professional organisations at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Sheikh Hasina said it is not possible for a country to march forward without ensuring peace. “The government has been able to contain terrorism and militancy in the country, and the drive against these menaces will continue.”
The Prime Minister thanked law enforcement agencies for their relentless efforts in this connection saying that terrorism and militancy are a global problem, but in Bangladesh the government has been able to check it.
Mentioning that Bangladesh has been able to attain the recognition as a developing country, she urged all to work with united efforts for establishing the country as a developed and prosperous one.
She urged all to seek blessings of the Almighty so that peace and discipline prevail in the country.
"If we can maintain the trend of development we’ve started in Bangladesh, then all, including those living in rural areas, will get a beautiful, healthy and prosperous life. We’re praying for that and we’re working for that," she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the chief of the ruling Awami League, said it is her all-time effort to make the people of the country fee from hunger and poverty, and reach the fruits of independence to every door of the country. "We want to build the country imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War."
The Prime Minister thanked the people of the country for having their trust and confidence in her to serve them again.
"I’m urging all to work from their respective positions to revive our glory that we had achieved through our independence but lost it after the brutal assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Now we can place our country in a dignified position on the global stage," she told her audience.
Those who attended the iftar party included vice-chancellors and teachers of different public and private universities, editors and journalists of different newspapers, news agencies and electronic media, physicians, engineers, lawyers, businesspeople, intellectuals, litterateurs, poets, writers, singers and sports personalities.
Before the iftar, a special munajat (prayer) was offered seeking continued peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.
Prayers were also offered seeking the eternal peace of the departed souls of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and other martyrs of the August-15 carnage and the martyrs of the Liberation War as well as the long life and good health of the Prime Minister.
Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Hafez Maulana Ehsanul Huq Jilani conducted the munajat.
Leaders of different professional bodies, including Peshajibi Samannaya Parishad, Bangladesh Medical Association, Krishibid Institution-Bangladesh, Institution of Engineers Bangladesh, Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad, Jatiya Press Club, Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU), Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ), Awami Bangabanadhu Ainjibi Parishad, FBCCI, BGMEA and Sectors Commanders’ Forum were also present at the iftar event.
Dhaka, May 21 (UNB) – The government is planning to amend the existing law to ensure the equal rights of men and women to ancestral property, said State Minister for Social Welfare Sharif Ahmed on Tuesday.
“The government is considering bringing a change in the law to ensure the equal rights of men and women to ancestral property. Women won’t suffer from a sense of economic insecurity if they get the equal rights to property,” he said.
Sharif came up with the remarks while speaking at an award-giving ceremony at the Jatiya Press Club. Nari Unnayan Shakti (NUS) arranged the programme with support from Women’s Fund Asia.
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The NUS awarded seven journalists in two categories -- print and electronic media -- for their special reports on ‘Empowering slum women and girls through reducing gender-based sexual and domestic violence in family’.
The awardees in print media are Rita Bhowmik of Dainik Jugantor (1st); Nasima Khatun of Daily Ittefaq (2nd) and Md Ehsanul Haque Khan of Dainik Orthoniteer Kagoj with Wazed Hira of Dainik Janakantha (jointly 3rd).
Those who got the award from electronic media are Sharmin Ibrahim Luna of Bangla Vision (1st), Sheikh Humayun Kabir Surjo of News24 (2nd) and Naznin Akter of Mohona TV (3rd).
Speaking as the chief guest, Sharif said women empowerment is a must for the country’s economic development. “Women must be engaged with the mainstream economy to build a prosperous Bangladesh.”
He also laid emphasis on united efforts to stop violence against women. “All of us must work together to prevent violence against women… media can play a pivotal role in this regard.”
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The state mistier said the government is working sincerely to make women economically independent and ensure safer workplace and environment for them.
He said ensuring economic independence of women is very important for protecting their rights and empowering them.
He urged journalists to focus on violence against women and women empowerment to bring a positive change in society.
Editor of United News of Bangladesh (UNB) Mahfuzur Rahman said it is essential to improve the standard of journalism in Bangladesh so that journalists can contribute to society in a better way. “Proper training is necessary for journalists to enhance their professional excellence.”
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About the growing violence against women and children, he said, “I personally think media can play a vital role in combatting this menace.”
Director of American International Hospital (Operation and marketing) Dr Sultan Muhammad Razzak also spoke at the programme held with NUS Executive Director Dr Afroja Parvin in the chair.
Dhaka, May 21 (UNB) – The National Economic Council (NEC) on Thursday approved the highest ever Tk 2,02,721 crore Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the next fiscal year (2019-2020) giving priority to the transport and power sectors.
The approval came at the NEC meeting held at the NEC conference room here with its Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Of the amount, Tk 1,30,921 crore will come from internal resources while the rest of Tk 71,800 crore from foreign sources, said Planning Minister MA Mannan while briefing reporters after the meeting.
“We’ve crossed the ADP landmark of Tk 200,000 crore for the first time,” he said.
Besides, a Tk 12,393 crore ADP was approved for different autonomous bodies and corporations. Of the amount, Tk 7,082 crore will come from local sources, while the remaining Tk 5,310 crore from foreign sources, he said.
The proposed ADP size for the next fiscal year is 17.18 percent higher than the original ADP size of Tk 1,73,000 crore for the outgoing fiscal year (2018-19). But the revised ADP for the current fiscal year has already come down to Tk 1,67,000 crore.
With the inclusion of Tk 12,393 crore, the overall ADP size has reached Tk 215,114 crore.
In the proposed ADP for the next fiscal year, the transport sector has received the highest allocation of Tk 52,806 crore (26pc of ADP size), while the Local Government Division got the highest allocation as a single ministry or division with Tk 29,776 crore.
A total of 1,564 projects will be financed in the 2019-20 fiscal year. Of these, 1,475 projects will be financed under the main ADP, while the remaining 89 will be financed under the ADP of autonomous bodies and corporations.
The power sector has received the second highest allocation of Tk 26,017 crore (12.83pc) and the physical planning, water supply and housing sector enjoyed Tk 24,324 crore (12pc).
Besides, Tk 21,379 crore has been allocated for the education and religion sector, Tk 17,541 crore for the science and ICT sector, Tk 15,157 crore for the rural economy or rural development and rural institutions, Tk 13,055 crore to the health, population and family welfare, Tk 7,616 crore to the agriculture sector, Tk 5,653 crore to the water resources and Tk 5,024 crore to the public administration sector.
Among government agencies, the power division enjoyed the second highest of Tk 26,014 crore, while the Road Transport and Highways Division got 25,163 crore.
Besides, Tk 15,908 crore was allocated to the Science and Technology Ministry, Tk 12,599 crore to the Railways Ministry, Tk 9,936 crore to the Health Services Division, Tk 9,270 crore to the Primary and Mass Education Ministry, Tk 8,927 crore to the Secondary and Higher Education Division, Tk 8,561 crore to the Bridges Division and Tk 6,257 crore to the Water Resources Ministry.
ADP implementation rate
The Planning Minister said the ADP implementation rate over the first 10 months from July 2018 to April 2019 was 54.94 percent. And Tk 97,030 crore was spent from the original ADP during the period.
The ADP implementation rate was 52.42 percent during the corresponding period of the previous fiscal year.