Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) - Bangladesh has displayed the traditional handicraft products that attracted the attention of the visitors at the recently held Seoul Friendship Festival 2019.
Products of jute, leather, brass, decorated hand-fan, clay, traditional jewelries, tops (latim) and dolls were put on display and attracted the attention of the visitors.
The Embassy of Bangladesh in Seoul also distributed leaflets and brochures on the exportable items of Bangladesh among the visitors.
The traditional chicken biriany, delicious potato chop and fruit drinks at the Bangladesh food stall won the hearts of the visitors.
The audience also lauded the cultural performance of Bangladesh in “Music Café”, performed by the local Bangladeshi artists with the assistance of the Embassy.
Mayor of Seoul City Park On Sun inaugurated the two-day Festival on August 31 where diplomats of the participating countries were present.
Participating in this sort of festival is important in order to promote the rich cultural heritage of Bangladesh among the foreign nationals living in South Korea, said the Embassy.
Participation in such events will further strengthen the cultural ties between Bangladesh and the Republic of Korea, it said.
Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) - Visiting Commander of Royal Saudi Naval Forces Let Gen Admiral Fahad bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily on Monday met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said Sheikh Hasina and the Saudi Naval Chief put emphasis on strengthening defence cooperation between the two countries.
At the meeting, the Prime Minister pointed out the issue of maritime boundary disputes with India and Myanmar, saying the problems were resolved peacefully.
About the Rohingya issue, she mentioned that the Myanmar nationals who fled to Bangladesh have already outnumbered the local people causing serious sufferings to them.
During the meeting, the Saudi Naval chief said he had a very fruitful discussion with the chief of Naval Staff of Bangladesh over promotion of cooperation between the two naval forces.
Over the Rohingya issue, Fahad Bin Abdullah A-Ghofaily highly appreciated Bangladesh government’s noble gesture of sheltering over one million Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar who were forcefully displaced from Myanmar.
Referring to Bangladeshi citizens working in the Saudi defence forces, he said they are working hard and contributing a lot to both the brotherly countries.
Chief of Naval Staff AMMM Aurangzeb Chowdhury, Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary M Nojibur Rahman and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) of the Armed Forces Division Lt Gen Md Mahfuzur Rahman were, among others, present.
Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – The broadcasting of Bangladesh Television (BTV) programmes started in India on Monday through state-of-the-art television Doordarshan’s DTH platform-DD Free Dish.
This was discussed at the Cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, said Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam while briefing reporters after the meeting.
“The formal transmission of BTV (programmes) started today (Monday) in India through its national television ‘Doordarshan’ in line with the agreement signed between Bangladesh and India during Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Bangladesh on June 6-7, 2015,” he said.
Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) - Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Senator Marise Payne arrives here on Tuesday on a three-day visit to attend a ministerial meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and meet Bangladesh government leaders.
At the IORA Blue Economy Ministerial Conference, Payne will highlight strategies for creating environmentally sustainable marine-based industries, including fishing, aquaculture, tourism, shipping, oil and gas.
Minister Payne’s discussions with Bangladesh government leaders will focus on countering violent extremism, growing trade and investment links, promoting the Australian education sector, and addressing the Rohingya crisis.
As an island continent, Australia recognises the importance of ocean health for economic prosperity in the Indo-Pacific, according to Australian High Commission in Dhaka.
Payne will announce the establishment of the IORA Blue Carbon Hub, an Australian initiative located at the University of Western Australia in Perth and managed by CSIRO.
The hub aims to promote the health of blue carbon ecosystems -- mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses -- to promote coastal protection, food security and sustainable livelihoods.
Payne will travel to Cox’s Bazar where Australia has been a leading donor in providing humanitarian assistance for more than 900,000 displaced Rohingya and host communities in Bangladesh.
This assistance includes counselling and medical services to women and girls who have experienced violence, supplying basic food and nutrition -- particularly for children under five and breastfeeding women, and providing clean water, shelter and primary healthcare.
This will be the first visit to Bangladesh by an Australian Foreign Minister since 1998 while a Cabinet Minister since 2006.
Dhaka, Sept 1 (UNB) - Indian Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday said the exclusion from the final list under the National Register of Citizens (NRC) has no implications for the rights of an individual resident in Assam.
"It doesn’t make the excluded person "stateless". It also doesn’t make him or her a "foreigner" within the legal meaning of the term (ie, Foreigners' Act of 1947)," MEA said in a statement.
They will not be deprived of any rights or entitlements which they enjoyed earlier, it said.
Only a judicial process may declare a person a foreigner within the meaning of the Foreigners' Act of 1947.
The statement said India is a democracy based upon the rule of law, with an independent judiciary and independent institutions, including for the defence of human rights.
"Any decision that is taken at the end of this process--which will clearly take much more time--will be within the four corners of Indian law, consistent with India's democratic traditions," the statement reads.
As of August 31, the State Coordinator, NRC Assam has published a final list under the NRC.
At this stage, this implies that a total of some 33 million cases have been considered, with a total of 1.90 million persons not having been included in the final list.
To ensure the privacy of all 1.9 million persons, who are excluded from the list, the names are not being made available publicly, to protect their privacy.
However, the MEA said, the individuals concerned can see the outcome of their applications online.
Anyone excluded from the list at this stage has a right to file an appeal within 120 days of receiving (individually) a notification of his or her exclusion to the designated tribunal constituted under the Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964.
All appeals and excluded cases will be examined by this tribunal, which is a judicial process.
This judicial process will commence only after the appellate period is over (likely after December 31, 2019).
Thereafter, the MEA said, anyone still aggrieved by any decision of being excluded will have the right to approach the High Court of Assam against his or her exclusion from the NRC. "There will still be recourse to the Supreme Court of India after that."
Any person seeking legal assistance will be given help by the government of Assam.
This is a statutory transparent, legal process mandated and monitored closely by the Supreme Court of India.
It aims to give effect to the Assam Accord signed in 1985 between the Government of India, State government of Assam, the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and All Assam Gan Sangram Parishad(AAGSP).
"This is not an executive-driven process. The process is being monitored by the Supreme Court of India directly. It has set the deadlines for all steps that have been taken so far," said the MEA.
Inclusion in the NRC is unique because it is an application-based process, and not house to house enumeration process, MEA said.
That means that any person in Assam could have sought to be included in the list on the basis of having documentation to prove lineage from an 'entitled' person, ie, a person who was a resident of Assam as on March 24, 1971.
The statement mentioned that this is a non-discriminatory process.
"This can be seen from the application form that was used for "Updation of National Register of Citizens, Assam. There was no column in the application asking for religion of the applicant."
The intent of the Indian government is to make this process as simple and transparent as possible, and to reduce discomfort to the people.
This can be seen from the following facts:
The State Government and the Union Government have repeatedly sought more time from the Supreme Court of India to complete this exercise, purely to eliminate difficulties being faced by people who need to apply for inclusion in the list.
The State of Assam has already publicly announced that it would offer free legal assistance to any person excluded from the list, who is unable to afford such legal assistance. This is to enable people to make the best case for being included in the list.
To expedite the process of receiving applications for inclusion, the State Government is adding a further 200 tribunals to the existing 100 ones; these extra tribunals will come into effect from September 2, 2019.
A further 200 more tribunals will be set up by the State of Assam by December 2019. These tribunals will be set up at Block level for convenience of the appellants, the statement reads.