Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid left here on Sunday on an eight-day official visit to Japan and Singapore.
During his tour to Japan, the President will attend the enthronement ceremony of the new Japanese emperor, his Press Secretary Md Joynal Abedin told UNB.
A regular flight of Singapore Airlines carrying the President and his entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Singapore at 1:35pm.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq, Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, the dean of the diplomatic corps, Japanese envoy to Bangladesh Naoki ITO, cabinet secretary, chiefs of the three services, home secretary and Inspector General of Police saw him off at the airport.
President’s spouse Rashida Khanom and officials concerned of the Bangabhaban are accompanying him during the trip.
The flight will land at Singapore Changi International Airport at 7:30pm local time.
After over a three-hour stopover in Singapore, the President will leave for Japan by another Singapore Airlines flight at 10:50pm local time.
The flight is scheduled to reach Haneda International Airport in Tokyo at 6:45am (local time) on Monday.
Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima will receive the President at the airport.
During his stay in Tokyo, Abdul Hamid will attend the enthronement ceremony of new Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at the State Hall of Imperial Place at 1:30pm (local time) on Tuesday (October 22).
According to media reports, the Japanese emperor is set to proclaim his enthronement in a centuries-old ceremony to be attended by some 2,000 people, including heads of state and other dignitaries, from more than 170 countries.
Emperor Naruhito, 59, acceded to the throne in May last after his father Akihito became the first monarch in two centuries to abdicate. He is the 126th monarch according to Japan’s traditional order of succession.
On October 23, the President will visit Yokohama, Japan’s second largest city.
Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi will meet Abdul Hamid at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo on the same day.
Abdul Hamid will also attend the banquet to be hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe at Hotel New Otani.
On the second leg of his two-nation tour, the President will visit Singapore on October 25-27 on his way back home.
He is expected to return home on October 27.
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) – Nine additional judges have been appointed to the High Court.
The Law Ministry issued a notification on Sunday in this regard following the approval of the President, said Rezaul Karim, public relations officer of the ministry.
The judges are Md Mahbubul Islam, Dr Jakir Hossain, Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, Sahed Nur Uddin, Kazi Ebadat Hossain, AM Jahid Sarwar Kajal, Kazi Zeenat Haque, Md Mahmud Hasan Talukdar and AKM Jahirul Haque.
Md Saifur Rahman, special officer of the Supreme Court, said the newly appointed judges will take oath on Monday.
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) – About Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon’s claim that people could not cast their votes in the last parliamentary elections, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday questioned whether he would have made the claim had he been a minister.
“He (Menon) is a senior leader. I humbly want to know whether he would have made the claim had he been a minister. Why did he make the claim at this time after so many days?” Quader said.
He was replying to queries from reporters at the Secretariat.
Addressing the council of his party’s Barishal district unit on Saturday, Menon claimed that people could not cast their votes in the December 30 national election and he was a witness to it.
Menon was elected MP in the 11th parliamentary election from the Awami League-led Grand Alliance.
He served as Social Welfare and Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister during the two previous tenures of the Awami League government unlike this time.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said there was no discussion with Menon either on behalf of the government or the party to this end.
Asked whether the party will seek explanation from the Workers Party chief, he said they will want to know from coordinator of Awami League-led 14-party alliance Mohammad Nasim and discuss it at the party forum.
In reply to a query as to why Menon, also chairman of Fakirerpool Youngmen’s Club where a casino was running, made the comments when an anti-casino drive is on, Quader suggested that reporters asked him the question.
He said no one involved in any crime, including casino business, will be spared.
Asked whether Jubo League Chairman Omar Faroque Chowdhury was invited to today’s meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganobhaban, the ruling party leader said no one was called against her will. “However, I don’t know the matter. Jubo League can tell you that.”
About the age-limit for Jubo League, he said a decision will be taken as per its constitution whether there will be any amendment to this end.
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) - German Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Fahrenholtz has assured his support to promote academic exchange and scientific cooperation between the two countries and appreciated the great interest from Bangladeshi youths in higher education opportunities in Germany.
He made the assurance at the German Alumni Night, jointly organised by the Germany Embassy, Dhaka and DAAD Bangladesh for the second time for former Bangladeshi students and researchers who pursued higher education in Germany.
The first of this kind of event took place in 2018.
German Ambassador Peter Fahrenholtz hosted the event at the German Embassy here on Saturday night.
DAAD Bangladesh representative Rumana Kabir mentioned that the event is a very important one since it is an opportunity to meet with so many of German Alumni from Bangladesh who often hold key positions in society.
The purpose of the event was to celebrate the achievements of the successful alumni, to establish a network-platform for future ventures and to create a bond between the alumni and German institutions present in Bangladesh that goes beyond research.
This initiative was highly appreciated by all participants, said the German Embassy in Dhaka.
Regular meet ups and future projects are scheduled in the coming months and years to further leverage the fruitful academic exchange between the two countries and explore new opportunities.
Bagerhat, Oct 20 (UNB) - A ‘drug-addicted’ son reportedly stabbed his mother to death in the district town on Sunday morning.
The deceased was identified as Rabeya Mallick, 60, wife of Shahjahan Mollah of Basabati area in the town.
Mahfuz Afzal, additional superintendent of police, said Russel demanded a mobile phone to his mother around 8am.
He stabbed his mother as he did not get the phone, leaving her dead on the spot.
On information, police arrested Russel and recovered a knife from the spot while the body was sent to Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy, he added.