A three-month expecting mother allegedly took her own life in the capital’s Mugda area on Friday morning.
The deceased was identified as Shirin Akhter, 22, wife of Sohel Rana, hailing from Bauphal in Patuakhali district.
According to the victim’s mother, Shirin had been suffering from mental problem since last month.
She said her daughter hanged herself from a ceiling fan around 9am.
She was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors pronounced her death, said Md Bacchu Miah, inspector of DMCH police outpost.
A class-seven female student has reportedly been harassed sexually by the headmaster of her school in Akhaura upazila.
The accused teacher is- Md Ashraful Ala, (Hiron Sir), of Mogda High School.
The school managing committee suspended the teacher after the victim’s mother filed a case against the teacher, according to committee source.
According to the victim family, the girl along with her classmates went to the teacher’s house for coaching class on Thursday.
After the class, when the girl was coming out from coaching, the teacher forcibly harassed her, as the girl was alone that time.
After returning home, the girl informed her family members.
Md Rosul Ahmed Nizami, officer-in-charge of Akhaura Police Station, said that the teacher went into hiding after the victim’s mother filed the case.
Police are trying to arrest him, he added.
Kanni Wignaraja, UN Assistant Secretary-General has said that four key issues frame the agenda for future of work -- digital transformation, green jobs, reliance of adaptive techniques, and closing the gender gap in jobs.
“If countries, communities and households are going to have a chance to recover and get back to having a decent and sustainable means of livelihood, then the future of work must be addressed and it must be done quickly,” said Wignaraja, also Assistant Administrator & Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific of UNDP.
With a view to facilitating South-South cooperation and accelerating Bangladesh towards a more robust economy with consideration of the many challenges it is facing, the UNDP in collaboration with its Bangkok Regional Hub launched the Future of Work Lab over a virtual programme, said UNDP on Friday.
Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP, Van Nguyen delivered the welcome remarks at the session, followed by official inauguration by Wignaraja.
Located in Bangladesh, the Lab will support the Asia Pacific region.
“Its success will very much depend on the partnerships it forms… it requires a network of public and private sector, UN partners such as ILO and the Office of SS, academia and NGOs,” said Wignaraja.
A report titled “Post COVID-19 Jobs and Skills in Bangladesh” was also launched at the session, which identifies 11 high impact sectors where jobs have been lost, and five emerging sectors where new jobs are being created.
Over the next 20 years, huge changes are expected in the Future of Work (FoW) for Bangladesh as automation, artificial intelligence, fourth industrial revolution and other trends, such as the shift to a circular economy, threaten existing jobs in key industries such as garments and textiles.
SDG Integration Lead of UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, Christine Wellington-Moore and Lead of Future of Work and South- South Cooperation Team at a2i, Asad-Uz-Zaman delivered a presentation on Future of Work Lab in Bangladesh.
A recent study commissioned by a2i suggested that due to COVID, 20.45 million people already lost their jobs in Informal and SME, Transportation, Construction, Furniture, Readymade Garments & Textile, Leather Goods & Footwear, Tourism & Hospitality, Light Engineering, Migration, Ceramic and Real Estate & Housing Sector. It also shows that by the end of 2021, 3.92 million new jobs will be created in emerging sectors, like Agro-Food, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, ICT & e-Commerce and Creative Media Sector.
a2i has worked with the Bangkok Regional Hub to develop Future of Work lab, which will move beyond merely matching demand and skill to take into account social protection, safe migration of workers, entrepreneurship support, digital transformation to ensure continuity of public and private sector services, and resilience of key supply chains etc.
During a panel discussion, Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative of UNDP said in Bangladesh, there is a mixed trend in terms of business. Some big corporates will use this to invest in generating social goodwill.
He said investments will be made to make the supply chain more resilient towards climate change and other issues.
"Another group will repurpose, for example, RMG producers might opt to produce PPEs. But there will be another category, although reducing in numbers that will continue to be irresponsible and exploitive. This last group has to be monitored by the government. We have to help ease the process of transition. This is a time for solidarity and all of us need to come and work together.”
Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said, “Whenever ambitious plans such as Future of Work Lab are developed, we do it in the face of challenges. This time, the challenge is the pandemic. But there are advantages as well -- this fiscal year’s budget has a 14 percent allocation for the social safety net. We have recently approved a three billion dollar programme for youth’s skill-building. So there is reason for optimism for the future.”
Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator (Asia – Pacific) at United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, Denis Nkala; UNDP Bhutan Resident Representative Azusa Kubota; UNDP Maldives RR Akiko Fujii and Policy Adviser of a2i, Anir Chowdhury also spoke in the panel.
A total of 11,302 members of Bangladesh Police were infected with Covid-19 across the country until Friday morning.
Among the total cases, 7,327 policemen have made full recovery so far, said sources at the Police Headquarters.
Most of the recovered policemen joined their respective duty stations, the sources added.
The sources also informed that 44 cops have so far died of Covid-19.
Among the total infections, 2,318 policemen are attached to Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) alone till the date, said the sources.
The sources also informed that 12,026 policemen were sent in quarantine while 4,673 cops have been undergoing treatment in isolations.
Bangladesh on Friday reported 3,114 new coronavirus cases and 42 deaths in 24 hours until Friday morning.
The country’s health authorities have so far reported 156,391 coronavirus cases and 1,968 deaths.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Bangladesh on Friday ranked 8th globally, with 26,598 new Covid-19 cases in the last seven days.
Two cousins died and father of one of the victims was injured from electrocution at Machimpur village in Pakundia upazila of Kishoreganj on Friday morning.
The deceased were identified as Mohon, 22, son of Ismail Hossain and Jibon Miah, 25, son of Shiblu Miah.
Md Mofizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Pakundia Police Station, said that Mohon and his father came in contact with a live wire, while they were cutting a tree around 10:45am.
When Jibon came to rescue them, he was also electrocuted.
Being rescued by locals, they were rushed to the upazila health complex where doctors pronounced the duo dead.
The injured Ismail was admitted to Kishoreganj-250 bed hospital.