Members of the Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) on Wednesday paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The DCAB members, led by its president Angur Nahar Monty and general secretary Touhidur Rahman, laid a wreath at the portrait of the Father of the Nation in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 in the city.
DCAB vice-president Rabiul Haque, joint secretary Mizanur Rahman, treasurer Atiqur Rahman, office secretary Jesmin Akter (Papri), former DCAB presidents Masud Karim, Mainul Alam and Raheed Ejaz; former vice-president AKM Moinuddin, former general secretaries - Mahfuzur Rahman Mishu and Nurul Islam Hasib were, among others, present.
Sonia Bashir Kabir, currently the founder, chairman and CEO of SBK Tech Ventures, has been made Governing Council Member of the United Nations Technology Bank for another three-year term.
Her tenure will begin in January 2020.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres invited Sonia to serve as Governing Council Member for another term as the previous term ended on December 31, 2019.
“Your guidance and oversight of the successful operationalization and work of the Technology Bank over the last three years is highly appreciated and I look forward to working with you over the next three years to support science, technology and innovation in the world’s poorest countries,” reads the letter sent by the UN chief to Sonia.
The UN Technology Bank is governed by a 13-member Council comprised of independent experts in science, technology and innovation and development cooperation, appointed by the Secretary-General.
“Humbled and honored to receive a letter from United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres inviting me to serve as Governing Council Member for another 3-year term in the UN Technology Bank from January 2020 to December 2022,” said Sonia Bashir on Wednesday.
Council Members serve in their individual professional capacities for three-year terms.
They meet annually to evaluate work carried out by the organization and approve the budget for the next year.
The UN Technology Bank reports annually to the General Assembly.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has expressed profound sorrow and deep condolences over the death of scores of people in a Ukrainian aircraft crash in Tehran.
A Ukrainian passenger jet carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday, just minutes after taking off from the Iranian capital’s main airport, turning farmland on the outskirts of Tehran into fields of flaming debris and killing all on board.
In a message written to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Dr Momen said, “I’ve learnt with great shock the sad news about the crash of the Ukraine Airliner after taking off from Imam Khomeni Airport in Tehran causing death of more than 170 passengers and crew.”
Dr Momen prayed for salvation of the departed souls, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He also wished that the bereaved family members and near ones of the deceased will have enough fortitude to bear the loss.
The Foreign Minister shared his grief for other nationalities who met with this sad incident.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said there were 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians on board - the Ukrainian nationals included two passengers and nine crewmembers, reports AP.
There were also 10 Swedish, four Afghan, three German and three British nationals, he said.
Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujon has laid emphasis on enhanced road and railway connectivity in the region saying a stronger network will be instrumental to boost relations between Bangladesh and Nepal.
Expressing satisfaction over the current excellent bilateral relations with Nepal, the Railways Minister highlighted the need for working together to tap the potential areas of bilateral cooperation in the areas of tourism, trade and connectivity.
He was addressing a function titled ‘Unveiling Visit Nepal Year 2020 Campaign’ marking the start of ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’ at the Embassy of Nepal on Tuesday night as the chief guest.
Three renowned personalities of Bangladesh - two time-Mt. Everest Summiteer MA Mohit, popular singer Mehreen Bhuiyan Mahmud and popular actor Zahid Hassan – were appointed Goodwill Ambassadors for the ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’.
Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal Kedar Bahadur Adhikari attended the function as special guest.
Ambassador of Nepal to Bangladesh Dr Banshidhar Mishra, Deputy Chief of Mission Dhan Bahadur Oli and Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (Toab) President Md Rafeuzzaman were, among others, present.
Secretary Kedar Bahadur highlighted various aspects of Nepali tourism sector and invited all Bangladeshi friends to visit Nepal and have a lifetime experience of its beauty and hospitality.
Ambassador Dr Banshidhar described Nepal as an all-season tourism destination offering various attractions to the visitors, including adventure, cultural and spiritual experiences and MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) tourism.
People from different walks of life, including senior government officials, tourism sector officials, business houses, journalists, social workers, renowned celebrities and members of diplomatic communities in Dhaka were present.
The embassy also organised a photo show providing glimpses of beauty of Nepal and offered an opportunity to experience Nepal through Nepali food and cultural programmes.
The embassy launched a tourism blog as a platform for the travellers to Nepal to share their stories and experiences.
At the beginning, Nepali students in Bangladesh welcomed the guests in various traditional attires. They also showcased cultural dances.
Singer Mehreen also sang a number of songs – Bangla, English and Nepali songs.
The embassy has designed similar programmes in various cities of Bangladesh, including Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and Rajshahi, Cox's Bazar, Rangpur where the Goodwill Ambassadors will share their experiences of Nepal and its beauty and authenticity as a regional tourism destination.
On January 1, President of Nepal inaugurated ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’ amidst a grand ceremony held at the Dashrath Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal.
After the promulgation of the new constitution, Nepal has entered into a new era of peace and prosperity with sustainable development, said the embassy.
As Nepal is laced with diverse culture, geography and scenic beauty, it is rightly known as the ‘Garden of the World’ where tourism remains as one of the major attractions for visitors around the globe, it said.
The embassy said Nepal has launched a national campaign designed to welcome 2 million tourists in the year 2020.
Nepal is also making huge investment in infrastructure development, including hospitality sector, transport and airport facilities, which will be instrumental to enhancing the tourism sector further.
Bangladesh has handed over a list of 36 products to Thailand seeking duty-free quota-free (DFQF) market access to Thailand which Bangladesh thinks can help reduce the existing trade gap with Thailand.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, who led an 11-member Bangladesh delegation at the two-day 5th meeting of the Bangladesh-Thailand Joint Trade Committee (JTC) that concluded in Bangkok on Wednesday, handed over the list to his Thai counterpart Jurin Laksananawsit on Wednesday.
The Thailand minister assured Dhaka of taking up its request with the relevant Thai authorities, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The two-day meeting comprehensively discussed bilateral trade and investment issues and Bangladesh sought investment from Thailand in healthcare and nursing education.
Additional Secretary of the Commerce Ministry Md Obaidul Azam led the Senior Officials meeting before the ministerial session.
Bangladesh side noted that top quality hospitals could be built in Bangladesh under joint venture initiatives.
The meeting decided that a mission of Thai Medical Association would soon visit Bangladesh to hold consultations with Bangladeshi investors and examine the scope of investment in the medicare sector.
The two sides agreed to work closely on agro processing, fisheries, pharmaceuticals and industry sectors.
Bangladesh sought Thailand’s technical cooperation in the area of agriculture and health services. Bangladesh also requested Thailand to ease visa in business category.
To promote bilateral trade, the two sides decided to participate regularly in each country’s trade fairs, investment seminars.
The Thai side agreed to send a delegation to Bangladesh to visit Special Economic Zones in Bangladesh and explore the scope of investing in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Md Nazmul Quaunine also attended the meeting among other officials from the ministries concerned.
The next meeting of JTC will be held in Dhaka at a mutually convenient time.