Shariatpur, July 3 (UNB) - A college girl has reportedly been gang-raped by four youths in Shariatpur municipality area.
Victim’s father filed a case with Palong Model Police Station on Tuesday in this regard.
Police arrested a rape accused, Rakib Mondal, 22, son of Samad Mondal of Uttar Madhyapara village in the municipality, said officer-in-charge of the police station Md Aslam Uddin.
According to the case statement, the victim’s family took shelter in a village of Zanjira upazila last year after they lost everything in their village home in Naria upazila to river erosion. The victim is studying at a college at the Zanjira upazila headquarters.
The victim went to the bus stand in the district town on Sunday afternoon for going to one of her relatives’ house where she met transport worker Islam Fakir.
In the name of dropping her to her relatives’ house, Islam asked the girl to board an auto-rickshaw along with his friends Rakib, Sabuj Rari, 22, and Iqbal, 24.
However, they took the girl to Rakib’s house at the Uttar Madhyapara village where trio raped her in turns gagging her.
Islam went to the house in the evening and raped her too.
Later, they took the girl to the bank of a Forest Department pond and took turns to violate the girl.
As an auto-rickshaw driver noticed the matter, the alleged rapists fled the scene leaving her behind.
Later, he reached the girl to her family and informed the matter to transport worker leaders.
Worker leaders caught Rakib from the bus terminal on Tuesday and handed him over to police and the victim’s father filed the case at night.
Dhaka, July 3 (UNB) - State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ could be a platform for investment in Bangladesh as it needs huge investment to emerge as a developed nation.
“This initiative has already worked to attract many countries, including Japan, India and the USA to Bangladesh,” he said while addressing a panel discussion on ‘The Future of the Belt and Road Initiative’ at the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China on Wednesday, according to a message received here.
The state minister appreciated the Chinese initiative, saying this is a good move for Bangladesh.
He, however, said action plan, technology transfer, cultural unity, transparency and proper campaign could make the move more realistic.
Nasrul Hamid mentioned that Japan has helped Bangladesh prepare a power system master plan before it invested $6.5 billion in a single project in the power sector.
China can move ahead with this visible action plan as well, he said.
The state minister said there is huge opportunity for investment in the power and energy sector in Bangladesh.
The renewable energy could be a potential sector for investment with scope of technology transfer, he observed.
Giving a description on Chinese investment in Bangladesh, he said there are 5 Chinese-ECA (export credit agency) funded projects in the power sector, six joint venture projects while Chinese firms have been working as EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractors in 31 projects under different entities of the Power Division.
In addition, he said there are proposed 7 government-to-government (G-to-G) projects of which two have already received approval of the Bangladesh government and are now being implemented.
The function was also addressed by Bruno Bruno Maçães, senior fellow of China’s Renmin University; Song Zhiping, chairman of China National Building Materials Group; and Olga Algayerova, executive secretary of UN Commission of European Affairs.
Tian Wei of China Global TV Network conducted the panel discussion.
Beijing, Jul 3 (UNB) – Noting that Bangladesh has friendly relations with all, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangladesh is marching forward and getting foreign investment as the country has no hostility to anyone.
“We've friendly relations with all. Now, Bangladesh has no hostile relation with anyone as it follows the foreign policy adopted by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman....this is why Bangladesh is marching forward and receiving investment,” she said referring to Bangladesh’s friendly relations with both China and India.
The Prime Minister made the remarks while addressing a civic reception accorded to her at Legendale Hotel here.
Expatriate Bangladeshis hosted the reception under the supervision of Bangladesh Embassy in Beijing on the occasion of the Prime Minister's bilateral official visit to China.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has moving forward following the policy – ‘Friendship to all and malice to none’, which had been taken by the Father of the Nation.
“If there’s any stable government and democratic environment, it can attract investment,” she said, adding that her government is setting up 100 special economic zones in the country.
Noting that China turned into the world’s 2nd largest economy from a poor one in the last 70 years, the Prime Minister urged expatriate Bangladeshis to learn from the China’s history and development.
She said China still faces obstacles as many will not want to see a country from this region or Asia to be the largest economy in the world.
Mentioning that Bangabandhu had been taking the country forward with 7 percent GDP growth by building a war-ravaged country within only three and a half years, she said the anti-liberation forces hindered the development journey of the country.
Though the killers of the Father of the Nation were tried, those who had been behind the killing and its conspirators are yet to be identified, Sheikh Hasina, also the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, said.
She said time will come when the true facts (behind the killing) come to the fore.
About the country’s development in the last one decade, Sheikh Hasina said the country’s GDP growth is now 8.10 percent and her government passed the Tk 523,190-crore budget for 2019-20 fiscal year recently.
Criticising the anti-liberation forces, she said those who had not wanted the independence of Bangladesh and kept the country crippled never find anything good of the government.
There is still a class of people in the country who are blind and who do not like democratic environment as they are evaluated during the period of martial law or emergency period or illegal regimes, not in a democratic environment, the Prime Minister said. ”They always remain ready to sell themselves.”
Noting that this class of people was in power for 29 years, she said, “We did the development in the 10 years what they didn’t do in the 29 years.”
Sheikh Hasina said the government has taken development projects of some Tk 200,000 crore for the current fiscal year and 90 percent of the country’s development budget is implemented with own finance. “The share of foreign donation is 0.8 percent in the country's budget,” she added.
She urged the expatriate Bangladeshis to work for the country coming up with innovative ideas.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen also spoke at the event conducted by Bangladesh Ambassador to China Md Fazlul Karim. Among expatriate Bangladeshis, Engineer Shamsul Haque spoke on the occasion.
The Prime Minister arrived in Beijing on Wednesday morning after joining the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Annual Meeting of New Champions, 2019 held in Dalian city.
Sheikh Hasina departed from Dhaka for China on July 1 and is scheduled to leave here for Dhaka on July 6.
Feni, July 3 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday took cognisance of charges against SM Sirajuddoula, principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, in a case filed for sexually harassing Nusrat Jahan Rafi before burning her to death.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Zakir Hossain accepted a charge-sheet after Inspector Shah Alam of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), also the investigation officer of the case, submitted it before this court.
The court also fixed Thursday to begin the charge-framing hearing in the case.
The PBI submitted the 271-page charge-sheet 98 days into the sexual harassment of the madrasa girl. A total of 29 people were made witnesses in the case.
On March 27, Sirajuddoula sexually harassed Nusrat in his office. Her mother filed the case against the principal the following day.
On April 6, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal after he was arrested and subsequently suspended following the filing of the case.
She lost her battle for life on April 10 at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital.
Meanwhile, Nurul Amin, an office assistant of the madrasa, testified before the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal here on Wednesday in the murder case filed over the killing of the madrasa girl.
Judge Mamunur Rashid of the tribunal also fixed Thursday for recording the testimony of madrasa guard Mostafa.
All the 16 accused in the case were produced before the court around 11am amid tight security.
Dhaka, July 3 (UNB) - Export diversification could help Asia and the Pacific to better cope with the current global slowdown in trade and make development more inclusive, according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Boosting industrial capacity, international competitiveness, and transport infrastructure are key to that, said the ADB report.
The report, Aid for Trade in Asia and the Pacific: Promoting Economic Diversification and Empowerment, was released on Wednesday at the 7th Aid for Trade Global Review 2019 being held at the World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from July 3 to 5.
The report is part of the Aid for Trade Initiative, which aims to help developing economies build trade-related infrastructure and supply-side capacity, according to a media release received here from Manila.
“Challenges to trade include the risk of sluggish global economic growth, the adoption of more inward-looking trade policies in some parts of the world, and widening social and income inequalities,” ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development Bambang Susantono said.
“There’s now greater need for economic and export diversification, and well-targeted aid for trade to catalyse financing that enables sharing the benefits of open trade more equitably.”
The expansion of services throughout Asia and the Pacific, particularly in information and communications technology, is an opportunity for economic and export diversification.
Integrated and coherent policies, with increased trade liberalization and regulatory reform, are critical for services trade to develop, the report said.
Meanwhile, aid for trade targeted at digital connectivity boosts economic opportunities by linking businesses to markets that otherwise would be well beyond their reach.
It also opens up export avenues for business services, telecommunications, and information services in addition to supporting e-commerce in the manufacturing sector.
Digital technologies and the rise in services have helped boost entrepreneurship among women in recent years, lifting economic growth.
However, more efforts are needed to bring down the barriers that make it difficult for women and other vulnerable groups to reach international markets and integrate into global supply chains.
Aid for trade can support that by tailoring trade policies and regulations to promote women’s businesses and supporting small firms, including those owned by women.
The Aid for Trade Global Review is held every two years to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation of aid for trade. This year’s focus is on how trade can further contribute to economic diversification and empowerment.