Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) - Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javerd Patwary left here for USA on Thursday night to attend the biennial conference of International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
The 4-day long conference will begin on Saturday in Florida and will be ended on Thursday.
Chiefs of police force and senior officials of the law enforcement agencies of various countries as well as representatives of other international organizations will attend the conference, said Md Sohel Rana, AIG (Media) of Police headquarters.
The IGP has been leading a 3-member Bangladesh delegation in the conference.
Other members of the delegation are Shamsunnahar, SP, of Gazipur District, and Md Masud Alam, additional SP of Police headquarters.
Various issues, especially increasing mutual cooperation for preventing crimes among police and law enforcement agencies of various countries, will be discussed in the conference, the AIG (Media) said.
The IGP is scheduled to exchange views with police chiefs of different countries in the sideline of the conference, he added.
Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) – Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima has portrayed Bangladesh’s robust development and potentials and urged Bangladeshis living in Japan to contribute to the ongoing development process to realise the visions of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“Bangladesh’s development is role model for the world,” she said while inaugurating the “Development Fair-2018” on Friday organised by the Embassy of Bangladesh, Tokyo.
The envoy described how Bangladesh is marching on the ‘highway of progress and prosperity’ adopting the development philosophies of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo.
She elaborated the development history and highlighted major factors that contributed to the miraculous development of Bangladesh.
Rabab Fatima said the visions and the development strategies of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu have been the foundation of Bangladesh’s development roadmap.
Referring to the Vision-2021 and Vision-2041 of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, she highlighted key areas where future growth potentials will be centered upon and urged the invitees to contribute to the ongoing development process to realise the visions of the Prime Minister.
The Ambassador pointed out that as recognition of the tremendous achievements over the last decade, the Prime Minister has been honoured with many prestigious awards including the Millennium Development Goals award, Achievements in Fighting Poverty award, Planet 50-50 award and Agent of Change award.
This year, she has been given Global Women’s Leadership and Distinction Award for outstanding Leadership.
Highlighting the history and importance of bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Japan, Rabab Fatima also gave an account of cooperation between the two countries that worked as a significant boost for the economy of Bangladesh.
She said Japan was the largest development partner as well as the biggest export market for Bangladesh in Asia.
Many of the large development projects in Bangladesh were financed and assisted by Japan, the ambassador added. She urged the expatriate Bangladeshis present at the programme to contribute to Bangladesh’s development by creating employment opportunities in Japan, transferring technologies to Bangladesh and channeling investment and businesses in Bangladesh.
Counsellor of the Embassy Dr Ziaul Abedin made the presentation to complement the speech of the Ambassador. A video was also played to showcase the recent development of Bangladesh.
After the presentation, the audience engaged in a vibrant and constructive discussion on the role of expatriate Bangladeshis in the development of Bangladesh.
They expressed their satisfaction for being able to join the programme and thanked Embassy for organising such an event.
The discussion ended with a unanimous commitment to fulfill the dream of Bangabandhu and strengthen the hands of the Prime Minister to realise Bangladesh’s development goals.
Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) - Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Masud Bin Momen has said the Bangladesh government is on high alert and it is showing ‘zero tolerance’ to the menace of drug.
“Those involved in this crime are dealt with severely,” Ambassador Momen said in his statement at the third committee’s discussion on ‘International Drug Control’ under 73rd UNGA at the UN Headquarters on Thursday.
Quoting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said the message is clear as she said, “We've contained militancy, now we've taken an initiative to save the country from this drug menace.”
Momen mentioned about the recent high-level event of 73rd UNGA on ‘Global Call to Action on World Drug Problem’ on September 24 at the UNHQ where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the world leaders underscoring the global unity needed to combat the scourge of illicit drugs.
“We shall not allow drugs to spoil the future of our youths,” he was quoted as saying in a statement received from Bangladesh Mission in New York on Friday.
He highlighted the significant steps taken by the government to combat illicit trade and smuggling of drug. In this regard, the Ambassador mentioned that Bangladesh has bilateral instruments and border cooperation with neighboring countries.
The Ambassador also said with concerted efforts, strong political commitment and effective partnership, international community will be able to effectively fight, control and move towards eliminating the scourge of drugs.
Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) - Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Dr Lassina Zerbo has applauded Bangladesh’s commitment and role in disarmament issues.
He thanked the government of Bangladesh for continuing to advocate for complete and general disarmament.
Dr Zerbo particularly thanked Bangladesh for its efforts towards contributing to regional stability by maintaining friendly relations with the neighboring countries.
The issues came up for discussion when he met Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at latter’s office on Thursday.
Dr Zebro is currently on a four-day official visit to Bangladesh from October 3-6 October.
It is the first ever visit by Dr Zerbo after taking office of the Executive Secretary of CTBTO for the second term on August 1, 2013.
Foreign Minister welcomed the Executive Secretary and thanked him for undertaking the visit.
Minister Ali stated that Bangladesh has an impeccable non-proliferation record and we are committed to full compliance of the NPT and the CTBT.
He also mentioned that the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina strictly adheres to its constitutional obligation of general and complete disarmament in defining its national, regional and international engagements on disarmament and non-proliferation.
Minister Ali also referred to the special initiative of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (during her tenure in Office from 1996-2001) to play a constructive mediating role following the nuclear test by the neighboring countries India and Pakistan (1998).
She also advocated for declaring South Asia as a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone to maintain peace and stability in the region.
In the morning Dr Zerbo visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and paid tribute to the memory of Father of the Nation.
In the afternoon, he gave a lecture at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies.
Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) – Visiting Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Dr Lassina Zerbo on Thursday laid emphasis on building world peace saying they cannot return to the era of nuclear weapon testing.
“The common ground what the international community can and should agree on is that we cannot return to the era of nuclear weapon testing,” he said while delivering a lecture on the importance of nuclear test ban.
Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) arranged the event with its chairman Munshi Faiz Ahmad in the chair. BIISS Director General Maj Gen AKM Abdur Rahman, among others, spoke on the occasion.
Describing various aspects of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), Dr Zerbo stressed signing and ratification of the treaty by the remaining countries, including North Korea.
“We’ve to make the DPRK (North Korea) join this treaty through dialogue,” said the Executive Secretary.
Dr Zerbo said the world would be less safe and less stable if many people have nuclear weapons. “So, the treaty has become an important part of multilateral approach to the international security.”
Talking about the project taken by Bangladesh on nuclear power plant, he said it is a huge project for the country.
But having a nuclear power plant comes with safety and security and the safeguard framework that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gives, said Dr Zerbo.
“By doing this, you’re showing to the international community that Bangladesh can go for the peaceful use of nuclear energy,” he added.
Dr Zerbo urged all to think and consider all nuclear threats in a holistic manner for a safe interconnected world for the generation to come.
The CTBTO Executive Secretary arrived here on Wednesday on a three-day official visit, his first visit to Bangladesh since assuming the post on August 1, 2013.
In November 2016, the Member States of the highest decision-making body of the CTBTO preparatory commission reappointed Executive Secretary Zerbo to a further four-year term of office until July 31, 2021.
He is scheduled hold a bilateral meeting with Science and Technology Secretary Md Anwar Hossain and another meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali during his stay in Dhaka.
The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) bans nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere: on the Earth's surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground.