Dhaka, July 8 (UNB) – The 6th Youth Leadership Summit will bring together around 400 university students and young professionals, competitively selected from Bangladesh and around the world, at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital on July 11.
Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) will organise the summit along with a constellation of reputed speakers to facilitate an intergenerational dialogue on pressing issues that affect young people, said a press release on Monday.
The theme of this year’s summit is: “Strength in Unity: Shaping the Future’. Theme has been chosen out of the belief that the values that unite all are stronger than the forces that divide all.
British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Chatterton Dickson will deliver the keynote speech at the programme, the release said.
United News of Bangladesh (UNB) is the media partner of the event.
Dhaka, July 8 (UNB) – The lone accused in the case filed over the killing of Wari minor girl Samia Afrin Saima after rape reportedly confessed before a court here on Monday to his crime.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Sarafuzzaman Ansari recorded the confessional statement of Harun-or-Rashid, 25, when police produced him before his court, said Mohammad Arjun, an inspector of Detective Branch (DB) of police.
Detectives on Sunday arrested Harun from Dabordanga area in Cumilla district.
Saima, younger daughter of Abdus Salam, was found dead at a flat on the 8th floor of a building in Wari on July 5.
According to the family, Saima came out of their 6th-floor flat around 6:30pm on Friday for going to their neighbour’s flat to play with her friend.
However, they did not find her at the neighbour’s flat around 7:30pm which prompted a hectic search for the minor girl.
Later, she was found dead at the kitchen of a flat on the 8th floor which basically remained locked all the time.
Victim’s father filed a case with Wari Police Station.
After conducting a postmortem, Dr Sohel Mahmud, head of Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s Forensic Medicine Department, said the girl was murdered after rape as they found the evidence of rape on the victim’s body.
Dhaka, July 8 (UNB) - RMG workers here on Monday urged the government not to increase the gas price as it will create an extra burden on them in many ways.
“House owners will increase room rents further if the gas or electricity bill is raised. It’ll be an extra burden for low-income people, especially the RMG workers,” said general secretary of Bangladesh Progressive Garments Workers Federation Kamrun Nahar.
She said this at a human chain formed by RMG workers in front of the Jatiya Press Club.
Kamrun Nahar said the prices of various daily essentials have gone up with the hike in their wages. “If the gas or electricity price is hiked it’ll be a huge burden for workers. So, we urge the government not to increase the gas price hike.”
Dhaka, July 8 (UNB) - Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Monday emphasised on enhancing the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to fulfill the government’s commitment to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
“Digital tools today are both an operational necessity and a powerful means for stronger democracy,” she said welcoming Members of Parliament and participants of an orientation programme at the Oath Room of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
“Parliaments are no exception and new ICTs have not simply acted as tools to improve the efficiency and accuracy of parliamentary process but have been radically transformative tools changing the way legislatures function,” the Speaker said.
The orientation programme titled ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Bangladesh Parliament: Accelerate Achievement of SDGs Through Innovating Use of ICTs and the Role of Parliamentarians’ was held in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under a newly signed Memorandum of Understanding at Parliament.
Pointing out the government’s commitment to attain the SDGs, Dr Shirin Sharmin said, “With the support of UNDP Bangladesh, Parliament is working to strategise MPs’ engagement with SDGs for the last couple of years.”
“UNDP and Bangladesh Parliament have a long history of collaboration to achieve a common goal -- sustainable development -- where no one is left behind,” Parliament’s Senior Secretary Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan said.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between UNDP and Bangladesh Parliament to highlight the renewed collaboration to enhance the effectiveness of continued development efforts in the country, he said.
Under the MoU, UNDP will work with the Bangladesh Parliament on capacity-building initiatives to respond to the MPs’ and Parliament’s needs towards monitoring and implementing SDGs; support MPs to have better access to evidence-based data; and organisational development, said a media release.
“Parliament members in Bangladesh have a special role and responsibility to help implement Agenda 2030, localise SDGs, and legislate for acceleration and to ensure-No One is Left Behind,” UNDP Resident Representative Sudipto Mukerjee said.
Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor, a2i Programme, UNDP, provided an overview of the SDG Tracker they developed in coordination with the Cabinet Division and ICT Division.
In the orientation programme conducted as part of the new cooperation, Charles Chauvel, Team Leader, Inclusive Political Process, Bureau of Programme and Policy Support (BPSS), UNDP Headquarters, and Ashok Kumar, Center Director, e-Government Leadership Center, Institute of Systems Science, National University of Singapore, gave presentations on best practices in parliaments around the world to this end and use of ICT in Development Progress Monitoring respectively.
Deputy Speaker Dr Fazle Rabbi Miah moderated the question-answer session.
Among others, Fakrul Ahsan, Chief Technical Advisor, UNDP, Mahmuda Afroz, Head of Democratic Governance, UNDP, AYM Golam Kibria, Additional Secretary of Bangladesh, also spoke at the event.
Dhaka, July 8 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday came down heavily on US Congressman and Chairman of the Asia and Pacific Subcommittee Brad Sherman for his proposal to incorporate Rakhine State of Myanmar into Bangladesh, terming it ‘fulsome and unjust’.
“Uttering such words is very much fulsome and unjust,” she said while responding to a question at a press briefing at her official residence Ganobhaban about the outcomes of her recent China visit.
The Prime Minister said Bangladesh is happy with its areas of 54,000 square miles or 147,000 square kilometres.
“We fully reject the proposal to include other country’s border in our territory or attach a province of another country. Every country has to remain happy with its own sovereignty and Myanmar will be the same,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina questioned about the intention of the US Congressman’s proposal. “They might be a very big country and he is the congressman of that country, but do they forget their past history where there were civil wars in their country? They should not forget their past. How do they say that the past will not be repeated in the future?” she said.
The Prime Minister also said many incidents are taking place every day in Rakhine State. “Why should Bangladesh attach that kind of problematic area to it after knowing all these?”
“We’ll never do that. Myanmar is our neighbour and we’re sheltering Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds. But sheltering them doesn’t mean that we’ll include one part of their country,” she said.
Hasina mentioned that Bangladesh does not have that kind of mentality. “Every country will stay with its own sovereignty… I want that,” she said.
She also said the US congressman should propose that the Myanmar has to take back their nationals from Bangladesh. “That’s the thing the congressman should do. That will be a humanitarian matter. This is not right to create anarchy inside any country,” she said.
The Prime Minister also mentioned that wherever the US puts their hands, fire engulfs every place of it. “There’s no peace anywhere (where they got involved); rather this gave rise to militancy and anarchy in those areas,” she added.
She said countries of the region are trying to stay in a peaceful atmosphere. “Their efforts to ignite fire in this region aren’t accepted,” she said.
During a budget hearing, US Congressman Brad Sherman on June 13 said if the Myanmar government is reluctant about establish good governance to save its Rohingya community and if they do not want to provide security to the Rohingya people living at the northern parts of Rakhine state or unable to do so, then the Rohingya majority area of the state should be incorporated with Bangladesh.
He also said the US should support the proposal to annex Rakhine to Bangladesh that is also a demand for the people of the area.