Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) – A Bangladeshi expatriate was killed while another remained missing in a landslide at a construction site in Bukit Kukus in Penang city of Malaysia on Friday.
Penang Fire and Rescue Department recovered the body on Saturday noon after excavating the destroyed site, reports Malaysian national news agency Bernama.
The deceased was identified as Attrul, 35, said Deputy Commander of the Search and Rescue (SAR) Operations Mohd Tarmizi Mat Jaafar.
The body was found by the K-9 sniffer dog unit, he added.
The landslide occurred in the Jalan Bukit Kukus road construction site at 1:56 pm on Friday after nearly 24 hours of heavy rains.
At least four foreign workers were killed while three others injured and another three feared to be still trapped under the earth, he added.
“A friend of one of the victims informed us that there is another Bangladesh national Mithu Hossain, 30, is believed to be trapped,” he added.
He said the search and rescue operation would go on until all victims feared buried in the incident were found.
The injured Bangladeshi is identified as Shamim, 24, he said.
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) - Mortal remains of Bangladesh’s friend and freedom fighter Father Marino Rigon will arrive here on Sunday from Italy, a year after his demise.
Father Rigon, who was given honorary citizenship in 2009 and honored with ‘Friends of Liberation War Honour’, breathed his last while undergoing treatment in Italy's Vicenza on October 20, 2017, said the Foreign Ministry here.
The government of Bangladesh has taken all necessary steps to bury him with due state honor beside the Saint Pauls Church at Shelabunia, Mongla upazila of Bagerhat district showing respect to his last wish.
Father Rigon was born on February 5, 1925 at Villaverla in Italy. He came to then East Pakistan in 1953.
After his extensive visits to Bangladesh villages, he established a church and a school Shelabunia village of Mongla and started living there permanently.
Father Rigon took part in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 by sheltering and taking care of injured freedom fighters.
“Bangladesh has set another shining example by upholding the pride of all freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives during the War of Liberation by fulfilling the last wish of a true friend of Bangladesh,” said the foreign ministry here.
Father Marino had spent 61 years in Bangladesh as a missionary. He was famous for translating the works of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
He was a great expert on the Bangladeshi poet Rabindranath Tagore and translated 40 of his works in Italian.
In 60 years of mission, he played a key role in fighting poverty, expanding education, offering medical services, and helping poor women. Thousands of women still benefit from the assistance programme he helped set up.
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has listened to the success stories of Bangladesh with deep interest and highly appreciated the generosity of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in hosting 1.1 million forcefully displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar.
The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria stressed, in particular, on cooperation in the field of agriculture between the two countries.
The issues came up for discussion when Bangladesh High Commissioner to Nigeria Md Shameem Ahsan presented credentials to President Buhari at the State House, Abuja on Thursday.
A guard of honour by a military contingent preceded the presentation ceremony, said the High Commission on Saturday.
The presentation ceremony was followed by a meeting between the High Commissioner and the President.
The Nigerian President felt encouraged to learn that Bangladesh, despite its small geographic size and with a population of 160 million people, is already self-sufficient in food production.
High Commissioner Ahsan thanked the Nigerian Government for its constructive role on Rohingya issue especially at the UN.
During the meeting, both sides noted that there are huge potentials to expand bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and underlined exchange of high level visits.
The High Commissioner mentioned about the visit of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Nigeria in 2010 at D-8 Summit.
High Commissioner Ahsan drew the attention of the President about opening a resident Nigerian Mission in Dhaka which remains under its consideration.
The High Commissioner invited the Nigerian President on behalf of the President and Prime Minister of Bangladesh, which he gladly accepted.
The President warmly welcomed and congratulated the new High Commissioner of Bangladesh and assured all-out support during his tour of duty.
Ahsan conveyed the greetings and best wishes of the President and Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
During the meeting, High Commissioner Ahsan briefed the Nigerian President about the tremendous successes achieved at home and abroad under the dynamic leadership of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Foreign Minister of Nigeria Jeoffrey Onyeama and Pandora Chowdhury, wife of the High Commissioner were also present during the meeting.
A career diplomat, Ahsan served as the Consul General of Bangladesh in New York before his first ambassadorial assignment in Nigeria.
Dhaka, Oct 19 (UNB) – Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Friday expressed hope that the first batch of eight thousand Rohingya people would be able to return to their original villages in Rakhine State of Myanmar soon.
Citing the issue of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals who took shelter in Bangladesh, Minister Ali expressed his gratitude to the international community for their continued support to Bangladesh for resolving this complex issue with Myanmar.
He made the remark while delivering his statement in the second plenary titled “Reinforcing the multilateral system: advancing the ASEM partnership on global challenges" in Brussels, according to foreign ministry here.
The 12th Asia-Europe Summit (12thASEM) was held in Brussels on October 18-19 with the theme” Global Partners for Global Challenges.
Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Mahmood Ali led the Bangladesh delegation in this 12th ASEM Summit.
In his speech he projected before the forum Bangladesh’s democratic, secular and progressive identity as well as her effort to promote global peace, progress and prosperity as envisioned by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
He also stressed the need forcreating great connectivity between Asia and Europe in order to develop infrastructure, institutions and people to people contact for overall progress.
Leader from fifty-three ASEM partners attended this grand Summit. In the summit it is decided that Cambodia will host the next ASEM Summit in 2020.
There were two plenaries and one retreat sessions altogether during the summit where leaders of Asia and Europe exchanged views on contemporary issues of global importance such as SDGs, Migration, Climate Change, Cyber Security, Fair Trade, Women Rights, Forcibly displaced people etc.
Dhaka, Oct 19 (UNB) - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells begins her four-day visit to Bangladesh on Saturday to discuss bilateral, regional and global pressing issues.
In Dhaka, she will meet with senior officials from the government to discuss strengthening the US-Bangladesh partnership and collaboration on building a prosperous, secure, and interconnected Indo-Pacific region.
On October 21, Wells will travel to Cox’s Bazar to visit refugee camps sheltering nearly one million Rohingya, most of whom fled Myanmar in the wake of ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the Burmese military in Rakhine State.
She will meet officials from UN organizations, NGOs, and local government to discuss their efforts to ensure assistance reaches the affected populations, according to a media note issued by US Department of State on Friday.
Throughout her trip, she will express appreciation for Bangladesh’s continued generosity in responding to the refugee crisis and support for the upcoming elections.