Dhaka, Sep 11 (UNB) - Top 10 Bangladeshi students of Huawei’s flagship CSR programme “Seeds for the Future 2018” are now visiting China.
The students were welcomed in Beijing at the programme’s opening ceremony on Tuesday at the Huawei courtyard in Beijing, China, said a press release.
Kazi M Aminul Islam, Executive Chairman of Board of Investment and Development Authority (BIDA) was the chief guest.
‘Seeds for the Future’ is a part of Southeast Asia Development Enablement Plan. Starting in 2008, Seeds for the Future has been implemented in 108 countries and international organization worldwide, benefiting over 30,000 students from 350 universities up until now.
Among them, more than 3,600 students have taken a study trip to the Huawei headquarters.
This year’s Seeds for the Future, Bangladesh round started on July 16 at Huawei’s Customer Solution Innovation and Integration Experience Centre (CSIC) in Dhaka with a press conference. Later on, selection rounds were held in five universities- DU, IUT, RUET, KUET and CUET. A total of 10 students were selected taking 2 from each university.
BIDA Executive Chairman Kazi M Aminul Islam said at the Beijing opening ceremony, “I want to remind that the relationship between China and Bangladesh has always been very friendly, in fact superbly investment friendly. Huawei is working in close collaboration with the government of Bangladesh for a long time since 1998. This long-lasting friendship has been very fruitful both for Huawei and Bangladesh.”
“I want to thank Huawei wholeheartedly for believing in the talent of Bangladeshi people. Bangladesh is a rapidly growing country which can definitely be called as a gold mine. Because, the “Vision 2021” taken by Bangladesh Government is being implemented in all possible ways which is facilitating huge number of projects and new opportunities for the young generation. I hope this friendship will continue forever.”
Md. Mahfuzul Alam Khan, Commercial Counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy in Beijing said, “I want to congratulate the students from the core of my heart for their success. You have made us proud.”
“Huawei has brought you to China for a very big reason- to pave the way of your career forward. Always remember that we need excellent scientists for excellent science, and excellent scientists rely on excellent infrastructure for their work. Science and Innovation are at the heart of the modern world,” he said.
Zhao Xiaobin, Director, Beijing office, Huawei Public Affairs & Communication Department said in his welcome speech, “The Seeds for the Future programme helps students improve their technical expertise and practical skill for work.”
“Huawei has become a role model for helping students develop their skills in the telecom, IT, and business fields. We hope that more companies will follow our steps for a greater good of the technological ecosystem.”
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) - Oxfam, an international agency, on Tuesday called for 15 percent of new funding to be set aside for humanitarian programmes designed to better support Rohingya women and girls, including $72 million of the nearly half a billion dollars recently committed by the World Bank.
The Rohingya women living in Bangladesh are developing health problems, missing out on aid and are at the greater risk of abuse due to unsafe and unsuitable facilities in many parts of the refugee camps, Oxfam warned.
Currently, there is no standalone budget for meeting women’s specific needs in the overall emergency response.
Speakers said this at a report launch event titled ‘One year On: Time to Put Women and Girls at the Heart of the Rohingya Response’ held at RAOWA Complex in the city.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam attended the event as the chief guest.
Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Julia Niblett, Country Director, Oxfam in Bangladesh Dr Dipankar Datta, Director General, NGO Affairs Bureau, Prime Minister’s Office KM Abdus Salam, Dhaka University Prof Mesbah Kamal and Country Representative, UN Women Shoko Ishikawa, among others, spoke at the programme.
Bangladesh government and agencies have provided emergency aid to more than 700,000 Rohingya people who have arrived over the past year, but the speed at which the world’s biggest refugee camp sprang up has made it difficult for the support to keep pace.
More than a third of women surveyed by Oxfam and partner agencies said they did not feel safe or comfortable going to collect water or using toilets and shower cubicles -- many of which lack a roof and a lockable door.
Half the women and three quarters of adolescent girls said they did not have what they needed to manage their periods, including a female-only place to wash sanitary cloths without embarrassment, Oxfam said.
As a result, women are going hungry and thirsty to avoid needing the toilet as frequently, suffering abdominal pain and infections by not relieving themselves or using unhygienic sanitary cloths, and resorting to defecation by their tents, which increases the risk of a major outbreak of disease -- especially in the monsoon, according to the report.
Oxfam’s Advocacy Manager in Cox’s Bazar, Dorothy Sang said the breakneck speed at which the Rohingya refugee crisis unfolded meant that many emergency facilities were installed in a rush and women’s specific needs weren’t considered.
Women and girls are now paying the price in terms of their wellbeing and safety.
“This needs to be rectified urgently with substantial sums set aside to support and protect Rohingya women, such as lighting to improve safety, toilets and wash rooms that provide privacy, and extra assistance for the most vulnerable.”
Single mothers whose husbands are missing or dead head-up one in six families in the Rohingya camps.
They face specific problems in having to take on public roles that challenge cultural and religious assumptions about women’s place in society.
Oxfam called for more to be done to support these vulnerable women, such as help collecting aid packages and more community dialogue about men and women’s traditional roles.
“The Bangladesh government should be commended for allowing Rohingya people to seek refuge in Cox’s Bazar. We join them and others in calling on Myanmar to address the discriminatory policies that are the root cause of this crisis," Sang said.
Close to a million Rohingya people have sought refuge in Bangladesh following a military campaign against them in Myanmar that has been described by UN officials as ‘ethnic cleansing’.
Dhaka, Sep 10 (UNB) – Deputy Prime Minister of Italy, Luigi di Maio on Sunday met Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the former’s office in Rome and discussed about the youth unemployment in his country.
Luigi di Maio, who holds the portfolio of Minister of Economic Development, Labor and Social Policies, is the leader of the Five Star Movement party which defeated all the traditional parties in the general election held in January this year.
During the discussion, the 32-year old political leader mentioned that his generation received inspiration from Professor Yunus' work and philosophy.
They focused on the social business solution to youth unemployment by turning youth into entrepreneurs and creating a national Social Business Venture Capital fund to provide equity to the youth.
Di Maio, pointed out that he is from Naples where 60 percent of the youth are unemployed. It is sad that a rich country like Italy cannot provide jobs for its own youth, he said.
Professor Yunus talked about importance of creating a separate law to create banks for the poor. The Italian leader requested Yunus' help in designing such a law. Professor Yunus mentioned that he is already involved with the provincial government of Basilicata, in the south of Italy, to set up a social business venture capital fund in Matera, 5000 year old city in Basilicata.
University of Basilicata's Matera campus has set up a Yunus Social Business Centre to teach courses in social business and undertake researches in social business. They discussed how to promote the concept of social business among the young people and business leaders. They also discussed how CSR money can be used in creating social businesses.
Di Maio said his party is committed to introduce guaranteed Basic Income for all unemployed people. He sought Professor Yunus' opinion on this issue.
Yunus said that he is always against state charity for solving the problem of the poor. This hides the problem rather than solving the problem. It leads to dependence, whereas “our policies should be aimed at unleashing individual's creative capacity. “
After his meeting with Luigi Di Maio, Professor Yunus left for Scala, a town 300 kilometers south of Rome on the Amalfi Coast to attend a ceremony to commemorate the loss of lives of the events of 11 September 2001, in the framework of the collaboration between Scala and New York.
Professor Yunus was the Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker for the ceremony led by the Mayor of the city, and attended by many celebrities of Italy.
Since the January elections in Italy, Professor Yunus has met with the President of Italy, the Speaker of the newly elected Parliament, the Mayor of Rome and the Mayor of Torino.
Dhaka, Sept 10 (UNB) – Bangladesh Embassy in Seoul has participated in the ‘Seoul Friendship Festival’ held at the City Hall, Seoul recently.
Some 70 countries including Bangladesh participated in this festival with handicrafts in one stall and food in another, said the Embassy on Monday.
Seoul City Mayor Park Won-soon inaugurated the Festival with the presence of the ambassadors, diplomats from the participating countries.
Seoul Metropolitan government arranged the event on September 1-2, a regular event since 1996.
After the inauguration, the mayor along with the dignitaries visited different stalls including the Bangladesh stall.
At the craft stall, various kinds of Bangladeshi products made of jute, leather, brass, clay, traditional jewelries etc.were displayed. Mehedi painting also pulled a huge crowd in the stall.
At the food stall, the foreigners and Koreans praised the traditional food items including panta (fermented rice), piaju, samosa, pakora etc.
Bangladesh also performed in the ‘Music Café’. The cultural performance with traditional music and dance was lauded by the audience.
Eight cultural troupes from different countries and cities performed on the stage.
Participation of this sort of festival is important to promote the rich cultural heritage of Bangladesh among the Koreans and foreigners living in Korea, the Embassy said.
Additionally, the Embassy added, it will further strengthen the bondage between Bangladesh and the Republic of Korea.
Dhaka, Sept 10 (UNB) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s development goals of transforming Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041.
“Closer relations and people-to-people links between the two countries would take our development and prosperity to new heights,” he said while addressing a function to dedicate three projects in Bangladesh.
Modi reiterated his view that leaders of neighbouring countries should have a relationship like neighbours, talking and visiting frequently, without getting bogged down by protocol.
He said this closeness is evident in the frequent interactions between him and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He recalled Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina’s vision of restoring connectivity to the way it was before 1965 and said he is happy that there has been steady progress towards this goal in the last few years.
“Today, we’ve increased our power connectivity, and started two projects to increase our railway connectivity,” he said.
During his visit to Bangladesh in 2015, Modi recalled, it had been decided to supply an additional 500 MW of power to Bangladesh, according to a copy of his speech that UNB obtained from New Delhi.
He said this is being done using the transmission link between West Bengal and Bangladesh and thanked the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee for her facilitation in completion of this work.
With the completion of this project, Modi said, 1.16 Gigawatts of power is now being supplied from India to Bangladesh.
He said this journey from megawatts to Gigawatts is symbolic of a golden era in the relations between India and Bangladesh.
The Prime Minister said the Akhaura-Agartala rail connectivity will provide another link in the cross-border connectivity between the two countries. He thanked the Chief Minister of Tripura, Shri Biplab Kumar Deb, for his facilitation in completion of this work.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her Indian counterpart Modi, Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee and the Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb jointly inaugurated three projects in Bangladesh, via video conference.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and External Affairs Minister of India SushmaSwaraj also joined the videoconference from Dhaka and Delhi respectively.
These include 500 MW additional power supply from India to Bangladesh, through the existing Bheramara (Bangladesh) - Baharampur (India) interconnection, Akhaura–Agartala Rail Link and Rehabilitation of the Kulaura-Shahbazpur section of Bangladesh Railways.
Speaking on the occasion, the Indian Prime Minister recalled that he had met Sheikh Hasina several times in the recent past, including at the Bimstec meeting in Kathmandu, in Santiniketan, and during the Commonwealth Summit in London.