Former Home Minister and Awami League presidium member Advocate Sahara Khatun will be laid to rest at Banani graveyard in the capital on Saturday morning.
She passed away at a hospital in Bangkok on Thursday night at the age of 77.
According to a party source, the body is being brought back home tonight. Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Awami League’s Presidium Member and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, its joint general secretary, will receive it at Dhaka airport.
A special flight of US-Bangla Airlines, carrying her mortal remains is scheduled to reach Dhaka at 1:30am, the airline’s PR said.
Her Namaz-e-Janaza will be held at Banani mosque premises at 11am abiding by health guidelines. Later, she will be laid to rest at her mother’s grave, it added.
Sahara Khatun was flown to Bangkok by an air ambulance on Monday. Since then, she had been undergoing treatment at Bumrungrad International Hospital.
Earlier, she was taken to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of United Hospital as her condition deteriorated.
Sahara Khatun was admitted to the hospital on June 2 with fever and some old age complications.
The AL leader was elected MP thrice from Dhaka-18 constituency.
Global aid is likely to decline by up to US$2 billion from 2018 to 2022 as a result of recession caused by COVID-19, entailing a 12-percent fall in international support for education, said UNESCO on Friday.
A new policy paper by UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report shows that the total aid to education reached its highest-ever levels in 2018, the latest available year.
This means that without new measures, aid to education would only reach 2018 levels in 2024, which poses a serious threat to the recovery of education from the unprecedented disruption caused by the pandemic.
“Just as aid to education seemed to have recovered its lost momentum, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to take us back several years,” cautions UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.
“Faced with the havoc wreaked by the pandemic, aid to education will arguably be more important than ever before. Countries will need additional funding to respond to the pandemic and education must be prioritized both in terms of aid and domestic allocations to avoid a setback to our global education goal, SDG 4.”
Aid to education in 2018 reached a record US$15.6 billion, an increase of 9 percent from the previous year, according to a media release issued from Paris.
From one year to the next, aid rose by 6 percent for basic education, 7 percent for secondary education and 12 percent for post-secondary education, providing each with the highest amount of aid ever recorded.
Despite these increases, more effective aid to the sector was required: Only US$7.4 billion, or 47 percent of aid to education, went to basic and secondary education in low- and lower-middle-income countries, the two sub-sectors and two country groups perceived as most in need.
In assessing the impact of COVID-19, the Global Report estimates that the pandemic is likely to have a more damaging impact than the financial crisis of 2007-8 as the recession affecting the top ten bilateral donors for education is expected to be more than twice as severe.
If the current national spending levels on education as a percentage of GDP were maintained, national funding for education would decrease by USD 296 billion in 2020, further aggravating the situation, according to UNESCO estimates.
Manos Antoninis, Director of the GEM Report says, “An estimated US$8 trillion has been committed to pandemic responses by governments so far, helping secure their health systems and economies. But prospects for aid are linked to the impact of the crisis on donor budgets.
Previous financial crises have impacted the allocation of aid for several years after the crises were over. We should therefore not underestimate the ricochet effect this pandemic could have on social services for years to come.”
The paper assesses the impact of the Global Partnership for Education, the fundraising platform for the sector, showing that there is currently a lag of about three years between grant approval and disbursement.
The amount it disbursed in 2019 fell back to 2010 levels. In 2018, Global Partnership for Education aid made up 6.7 percent of total aid to basic education in low- and lower-middle-income countries, down from a high of 11.4 percent in 2014.
Three donor policy responses will be key over the next 12 months.
First, the COVID-19 pandemic is also an education crisis.
The share of education in total aid must be protected. Second, as countries need additional funding for COVID-19 responses that were previously not programmed, it is necessary to ensure flexibility in support so that existing programmes can be restructured and realigned to help countries ensure that COVID-19 is only a temporary setback.
Third, obstacles in the implementation of traditional bilateral aid programmes may provide a chance for bilateral donors to consolidate fragmented aid efforts, shifting a larger portion through multilateral channels.
Information Minister Hasan Mahmud on Friday said no one else but the government has uncovered the irregularities committed by Regent Hospital.
The minister came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at Awami League President’s political office in Dhanmondi in the evening.
“Government agencies filed two cases and operated drives at two branches of the hospital. They did it on their own, not based on any media report,” he said.
“It’s not true that Regent Hospital owner Shahed had sometimes identified himself as a major, colonel, Awami League leader or official of PM’s office for fraud. We’ve inspected it …Shahed was not in any committee of Awami League either,” the minister said.
According to different media reports, he said, Shahed had connections with Hawa Bhaban during the BNP regime and also was in jail for two years.
Sixteen Indian sailors, who had got stuck in Bangladesh due to coronavirus pandemic, returned home by a special flight of NOVOAIR on Friday.
“The special flight, carrying 16 Indian sailors, reached Guwahati at 1:18pm (local time),” said a press release.
It also said NOVOAIR operated its first direct flight between Dhaka and Guwahati, the capital of Assam.
On June 23, 19 stranded Indian sailors went back home from Bangladesh by a special flight of the same airline flight.
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Earlier on June 10, another special flight of US-Bangla took 45 Indian sailors back home from Dhaka.
NOVOAIR currently operates three flights from Dhaka to Chattogram, three to Jashore, four to Saidpur and one to Sylhet every day maintaining health guidelines.
A total of 157 Bangladeshi nationals, who had been stranded in the Maldives due to the shutdown over coronavirus pandemic, returned home by a special flight on Friday.
The special flight of US-Bangla Airlines, carrying 157 Bangladeshis, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 6pm, said its general manager (PR) Md Kamrul Islam.
The US-Bangla operated the special flight in collaboration with the governments of Bangladesh and the Maldives, he added.
Earlier, the airline brought a good number of Bangladeshi nationals back home from India, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, and some European countries.
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