Dhaka, June 9 (UNB) – A schoolboy drowned in a pond in the city’s Demra area on Sunday morning.
The deceased was identified as Asif Hasan Pranta, 17, son of Md Shahjahan Gazi of Sadar upazila in Patuakhali district. He was a Class-X student of Mannan High School in the locality.
Victim’s uncle Monir Hossain said Pranta along with some of his friends went to take a bath in the pond of Kenapara around 11am. He drowned while taking the bath.
Locals rescued him and took him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors pronounced Pranta dead, said Inspector Bachchu Mia of the hospital police camp.
Manikganj, June 9 (UNB) - A 70-year-old man went missing in the Padma River after he fell off a ferry on the Paturia-Daulatdia route here on Sunday.
The victim is Md Amzad Hossain Gazi of Haruakandi village under Kashiani upazila in Gopalganj.
Witnesses said Amzad was going to Dhaka with his son Rafiqul Islam and daughter-in-law. They involved in a quarrel while crossing the Padma.
At one stage, the elderly man slipped into the river around 11am, said Mizanur Rahman, Manikganj Fire Service deputy director.
Dhaka, June 9 (UNB) - Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq on Sunday said members of Bangladesh Police and civilians, who took part in the 1971 War of Liberation, should be given gallantry awards in recognition of their exceptional heroism and sacrifices.
He came up with the remark while addressing a reception accorded to freedom fighters from retired police officers at Rajarbagh Police Lines Auditorium in the evening.
The minister said very few freedom fighters from civilian and police got the gallantry awards. “So, the contribution of freedom fighters from them should be reevaluated for giving them more gallantry awards,” he said, adding that the process to make a list of associate freedom fighters will start soon.
Besides, the design of graves of the all freedom fighters will be the same so that the future generation can easily distinguish them. “The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) has already approved a proposal to this end.”
Bangladesh Retired Police Officers’ Welfare Association organised the reception where 158 freedom fighters from retired police officers were honoured for their contribution to the War of Liberation in.
Former IGP and president of the organisation Md Abdur Rouf presided over the function.
In his speech, Abdur Rouf demanded the provision of using ‘freedom fighter’ before the freedom fighters’ names in their national ID cards.
Dhaka, June 9 (UNB) - TVS Motor Company on Sunday announced their sponsorship partnership with Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) for a period of two years.
As the first step, the official FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier jersey for the Bangladesh team featuring TVS branding was handed over to Captain Jamal Bhuiyan and the rest of the team, said a press release.
TVS Auto Bangladesh, distribution partner for two wheelers of TVS Motor, started sponsoring the national team for the next two years through World Cup Qualifier, Asian Cup Qualifiers, International Friendlies and the BFF Intercontinental Cup.
TVS Auto Bangladesh will also sponsor the Bangladesh Premier League where 13 top football clubs participate.
Md R Dilip, senior vice-president of TVS Motor Company, said, “TVS has always been committed to driving initiatives which resonate strongly with the youth of Bangladesh who form a substantial chunk of our customer base. We’re happy to associate with the Bangladesh Football Team and encourage their endeavour towards making a mark on the international platform.”
Ikram Hussain, Managing Director of TVS Auto Bangladesh, said, “It gives us immense pleasure to become the official sponsor partners of the Bangladesh National Football Team. Football is the second biggest sport in Bangladesh in terms of fan which draws interest across the country from diverse age bands and has unparalleled reach.”
“TVS Motor has always focused on strategies that vary based on the target audience and we believe that this association will resonate with our target group of two-wheeler customers,” he added.
Dhaka, June 9 (UNB) - Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun on Sunday called for producing items maintaining quality so that there is no question or suspicion among local and international customers about those.
He made the call while speaking at a seminar jointly organised by Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB) and Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) on the occasion of World Accreditation Day.
The minister said an accreditation certificate ensures a product’s quality. “Accredited laboratory testing certificate is compulsory for any export product. “So, the accreditation certificate is an important tool to remove technical barrier to the export trade,” he said.
He also said accreditation is an important tool for conformity assessment in this supply chain process worldwide.
Humayun said they want all of Bangladeshi products to be of international standards. “So, you all should work honestly to create a good image in the world.”
About Awami League’s election pledge to create jobs and remove unemployment from the country, he underscored the need for expanding industrialisation.
The minister said for sustainable private sector development in the country, his ministry will give policy support to entrepreneurs.
BAB Director General Md Monwarul Islam said they certified a total of 71 local and international laboratories, certification agencies and inspection bodies, including Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission.
DCCI President Osama Taseer said accreditation certificates will play in a role in enhancing the quality of Bangladeshi products in world markets.
He called for diversification of export items for a sustainable economic development.
Conformity assessment of a product by an accredited laboratory reduces concerns of international importers, Osama said. “As Bangladesh progresses to be a developing country by 2024, the country intends to sign bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements with various countries.”