Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) - Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has requested non-resident High Commissioner of New Zealand to Bangladesh Joanna Mary Kempkers for its support to put pressure on Myanmar so that Myanmar takes back their nationals who are currently staying in Bangladesh.
The High Commissioner expressed high respect for the government of Bangladesh for generously accepting and protecting the displaced people and said New Zealand has provided 18 million dollar for humanitarian assistance to the displaced people and solution to their crisis lies in their early repatriation.
New Zealand is ranked top among 190 economies in the ease of doing business, and therefore Wellington likes to share its experience with Dhaka to improve business climate in Bangladesh to attract more foreign investment, said Joanna.
The issues came up for discussion when she paid farewell courtesy call on Foreign Minister Momen at his office on Tuesday.
High Commissioner Joanna highly praised the socio economic development of Bangladesh in recent years with significant reduction of maternal and child mortality rates, poverty alleviation, and sustained high economic growth.
She expressed keen interest of New Zealand to engage more with Bangladesh economically, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen requested the High Commissioner to help reduce the trade gap between Bangladesh and New Zealand, which remains in favour of New Zealand.
High Commissioner Joanna said New Zealand is expecting business delegation from Bangladesh to New Zealand in November this year where trade and investment opportunities between the two countries will be further explored.
Chattogram, Sept 17 (UNB) – The Election Commission on Tuesday filed a case against five people, including an official of Chattogram regional Election Office, for their alleged involvement in providing NID and smart cards to Rohingyas.
Pallabi Chakma, election officer of Double Mooring thana, filed the case with Kotwali Police Station in the morning, said Mohammad Mahsin, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station.
The case was filed under the Digital Security Act and the Election Commission Act, said the OC.
Earlier, on Monday, police arrested three people, including the election official from the election office.
The arrestees were Joynal Abedin, 35, office assistant of Double Moorning election office, Bijoy Das, 26, a driver by profession and Sheema Das alias Sumaiya Akter, 24, an employee of Chattogram Government General Hospital.
According to sources at the EC, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has found that false NID and smart cards were prepared for Rohingyas using an EC laptop which went missing from its Chattogram office.
But the ACC could not confirm whether the laptop was stolen or handed over to someone by election officials.
A total of 46 Rohingyas have so far been identified who were included in the voter list.
The voter ID cards were prepared in 14 thana election offices in six districts with 74 registration forms.
Meanwhile, the EC has blocked the NID server for further investigation into the matter.
By the time, three members of an NID forgery gang were arrested in Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar.
On September 1, an alleged Rohingya robber leader who was killed in a reported gunfight with law enforcers in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar had an NID card.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas. More than 730,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh after the Myanmar military launched a brutal offensive targeting the mainly-Muslim ethnic minority on August 25, 2017.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB)-A new mobile phone application called 'GoMedKit' has been launched, aiming to deliver medicines to the customers within 59 minutes.
State for Information and Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak inaugurated the new app at a ceremony held at the Waterfall Convention Center in the city on Monday night.
Addressing the event, Zunaid Ahmed Palak said,” Health care has now reached the doorsteps of rural people through community clinics. And now it's time for tele medicine.”
Combining the internet with education does something great and the real example of which is 'GoMedKit', he said adding, “This year, the Prime Minister has set a budget of Tk 100 crore for startups. We will have all the support we need to help such local startups get acquainted with the global platform. There will be software and financial support.”
Professor Shibli Rubaiyatul Islam said that this initiative of Dhaka University students Sohanur Rahman and Sourav Azam will benefit many in busy city Dhaka.
“It is necessary to launch such service everywhere to meet the urgent need. In this age of information technology, the country will continue to innovate one after another,” he said.
Sohanur Rahman said currently the service will be available for 24 hours in Dhaka city and gradually it will be launched across the country.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday cleared the way for newly appointed principal of Viqarunnisa Noon and College Fouzia Rezwan to join her post.
Without imposing any restriction on her joining, the court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why her appointment should not be declared illegal.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Khairul Alam came up with the rule.
With the order, there is no bar for Fouzia Rezwan to join her post, said Attorney General Mahbubey Alam.
Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond stood for himself as the writ petitioner while the attorney general and Deputy Attorney General Amit Dash Gupta represented the state.
On Sunday, the government appointed Fouzia, an official of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) and principal of Sabujbagh Government College in Dhaka, as the principal of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College.
Later on Monday, Eunus, former member of the Governing Body of the institution, filed a writ petition challenging the appointment. On the day, the court asked Fouzia to refrain from joining the post till further order.
In 2018, acting principal Nazneen Ferdous and two other teachers of the institution were removed over the suicide of Aritree Adhikari, a student of the school.
On December 7, 2018, the authorities concerned appointed its assistant professor Hasina Begum as new acting principal.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) - A total of 615 new patients with mosquito-borne disease dengue were admitted to hospitals across the country in the last 24 hours till 8am on Tuesday.
Of them, 198 were hospitalised in Dhaka and 417 in other parts of the country, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
About 2,485 patients are currently being treated at hospitals across the country, it said.
Since the beginning of this year, 82,454 people were hospitalised with dengue, most of them in Dhaka and of them, 79,766 or 97 percent made full recovery.
Since January, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) received information about 203 dengue-related deaths. It has so far reviewed 116 cases and confirmed 68 dengue deaths.
DGHS data show 11,357 patients were infected with dengue in the 17 days of September while the number of infections was 52,636 in August.