Dhaka, Oct 12 (UNB) – Bangladesh will soon open a new Deputy High Commission in Chennai, India in addition to the existing two Deputy High Commissions in Kolkata and Mumbai.
Apart from its High Commission in Delhi, Bangladesh has Assistant High Commissions in Agartala and Guwahati.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina thanked her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for concurring to Bangladesh’s request for opening a Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh in Chennai.
The Indian High Commission in Dhaka said this will “greatly benefit” the large number of people who visit Chennai for medical tourism.
Meanwhile, Bangladeshi nationals who visit India on valid visas and fall ill during their stay in India are not required to convert their primary visas into medical ones for getting admitted to Indian hospitals, said the High Commission.
All indoor medical treatment for the treatment of diseases (except organ transplant) , if any, the foreigner may have been suffering from, even before his/her entry into India, shall be permitted on the primary visa, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
Dhaka, Oct 12 (UNB) - Bangladesh has tabled a draft resolution titled “Use of Natural Fibres such as Jute and Sisal” at the United Nations for its consideration during the 74th General Assembly.
On behalf of Bangladesh, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen tabled the resolution at the plenary of the second committee under Agenda item 24, ‘Agriculture development, food security and nutrition’ on Friday.
The negotiation process of this resolution will start very soon at the UN headquarters, said the Bangladesh Mission in New York on Saturday.
Ambassador Masud encouraged the member states to promote the use of environment friendly natural fibres such as jute, cotton, and sisal.
He said enough has not been done to make people aware about the benefits of the use of natural fibres as substitutes of artificial fibres.
He argued that a resolution of the General Assembly is required to signal our commitment to protect our environment through the use of natural fibres.
Ambassador Masud opined that this resolution could be an effective tool to raise global awareness of the importance of natural fibres not only to producers and industry, but also to consumers for a better choice in saving the environment.
He hoped that member states will find this resolution helpful for promoting a cause critically important to protect environment and accelerate sustainable development.
Alluding to the remarkable successes achieved under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina the PR said that her government’s bold and pragmatic policies transformed the agriculture sector, promoted rural development, empowered the marginalized people and protected small holder farmers and small-scale producers within local food systems.
He also said Bangladesh is the third largest producer of vegetables, 4th largest producer of rice and 5th largest producer of inland fisheries.
The PR informed the plenary meeting that from a net food-importer, Bangladesh has become a net food-exporter and we have been making efforts to produce and popularize the environment-friendly agricultural products.
The PR invited all member states to extend support to the new resolution of Bangladesh and hoped that it would enjoy wide consensus among the UN membership.
Dhaka, Oct 11 (UNB) - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has congratulated Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize noting that winds of hope are blowing ever stronger across Africa.
“I have said often that winds of hope are blowing ever stronger across Africa. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is one of the main reasons why,” he said in a statement on Friday.
Ahmed’s vision helped Ethiopia and Eritrea achieve a historic rapprochement, said the UN chief adding that he was honored to witness the signing of the peace agreement last year.
“This milestone has opened up new opportunities for the region to enjoy security and stability, and Prime Minister Ahmed’s leadership has set a wonderful example for others in and beyond Africa looking to overcome resistance from the past and put people first,” said the UN chief.
The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his efforts to "achieve peace and international cooperation".
A peace deal, signed last year, ended a nearly 20-year military stalemate with Eritrea following the 1998-2000 border war.
He was named as the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, according to BBC.
A total of 301 candidates had been nominated for the prestigious award, including 223 individuals and 78 organisations.
There had been great speculation over who would win the prize. Under the Nobel Foundation's rules, nomination shortlists are not allowed to be published for 50 years.
Dhaka, Oct 11 (UNB) – The United Nations has appreciated Bangladesh’s role in promoting peace and development both globally and nationally terming the country a committed actor.
At present more than 6,500 Bangladeshis serve in peace operations across the world with their diverse roles, according to the UN.
Some of them provide protection while others ensure basic service delivery and facilitate aid access for the millions of people affected by violence and conflict.
“Bangladesh has proven itself to be a committed actor in promoting peace and development both globally and nationally,” said UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Mia Seppo recently.
She said peacekeeping is changing and Bangladesh needs to be able to change its offer to peacekeeping to remain relevant.
For example, Seppo said, the number of women peacekeepers, whom Bangladesh has so ably deployed, should continue to increase.
Bangladesh may also wish to avail itself of support from the UN, as needed, in screening those to be deployed, especially to senior positions, in accordance with UN policies and also as follow-up to recent human rights recommendations, said the UNRC.
She said Bangladesh’s contribution to peacekeeping is among the highest in the world, with Bangladesh being in the top four troop contributing countries for the last ten years running.
The UN Resident Coordinator, in her interaction with the diplomatic correspondents, said Bangladesh is an important supporter of the Secretary General’s reform agenda of peacekeeping including on zero tolerance of sexual exploitation and abuse.
Bangladesh has supported the UN Secretary-General’s “Sustaining Peace” agenda as articulated in the “Culture of Peace” and other relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions.
The country’s support to the Secretary General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism and associated agreement is reflected in the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2017-2020, said the UNRC.
Dhaka, Oct 10 (UNB) - Bangladesh and India on Thursday agreed to hold a tripartite meeting with Myanmar to discuss ways to deal with illegal drugs, which enter Bangladesh through India from Myanmar.
The decision was taken at the 6th director general-level meeting between the two nodal agencies on narcotics control between Bangladesh and India held at a city hotel on Thursday.
DG of the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) Md Jamal Uddin Ahmed led a 21-member Bangladesh delegation while DG of Indian Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Rakesh Asthana led an 11-member Indian team in the talks.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Jamal said the Indian side proposed that Bangladesh hold the trilateral meeting with Myanmar.
In response, Bangladesh urged the Indian side to talk to Myanmar to arrange such a trilateral meeting to discuss the issues, he said, adding that if necessary, Bangladesh will host the meeting.
“We have Saarc and Myanmar has Asean. As there’s a need for a bridge between the two regional organisations, there should be a bridge between Myanmar and its close neighbours Bangladesh and India,” the DNC director general said.
Drugs are entering Bangladesh through India from Myanmar which also affects India, he said. “Better decisions could be taken if we, the three neigbouring countries, sit in a meeting to discuss the elimination of drug smuggling.”
Replying to a query about exchanging list of drug traffickers from both the countries at the meeting, NCB director general Rakesh Asthana said they exchanged not only specific details of controlling drug traffickers but also controlling the routes as well as modus operandi.
About the smuggling of Phensidyl syrup to Bangladesh from India, he said the codeine-based cough syrup is being produced in India under the licence of Indian Drug Control Bureau. “If it’s diverted to Bangladesh, action is taken not only against the company, which produces it but also those who divert it (cough syrup) to Bangladesh for misuse,” he added.
The meeting discussed the sharing of real-time intelligence/information and its status, exchange of drug trafficking routes, updates on control measures on drugs like synthetic opioids, other synthetic drugs, exploring feasibility of controlled delivery operations, exchanges of information about Indians arrested in Bangladesh and Bangladeshis arrested in India in drug crimes since the last DG-level talks, exchange of information on financial investigation linked to narcotics and stopping illicit cultivation of poppy and cannabis along the border, DNC chief Jamal said.
Meanwhile, a joint declaration was signed by both the heads of delegations after elaborately discussing the agenda and the both sides reached a consensus to work together in controlling illegal drugs.