Ambassador of Denmark to Bangladesh, Winnie Estrup Petersen, has visited tulip gardens in Panchagarh district and hoped that the vibrant flowers will create livelihood opportunities for the rural community. “I am very pleased to be here, in this colourful tulip garden, and proud that the Danish government, together with IFAD and the government of Bangladesh, has invested in building capacities of these young women farmers,” she said. A delegation – financing a rural development project boosting microenterprises – visited the tulip fields in Panchagarh district on Monday. The delegation included Ambassador Petersen and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Country Director in Bangladesh Arnoud Hameleers. They spoke with local farmers who are growing tulips with assistance from the Rural Microenterprise Transformation Project, co-funded by IFAD and the Danish International Development Agency. Read more: Tulip farming opens new opportunity for farmers in Tetulia, Jashore Typically grown in cooler climates, there is high demand for tulips in Dhaka. In 2021, eight farmers were trained to cultivate and market tulips as part of a value chain development initiative implemented by the Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation and its partner organization, the Eco-Social Development Organisation, IFAD said on Tuesday.
Qatari World Cup organizers have apologized to a Danish television station whose live broadcast from a street in Doha was interrupted by security staff who threatened to break camera equipment. Journalists from the TV2 channel “were mistakenly interrupted” late on Tuesday evening, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy acknowledged in a statement. “Upon inspection of the crew’s valid tournament accreditation and filming permit, an apology was made to the broadcaster by on-site security before the crew resumed their activity,” organizers said. Read more: FIFA World Cup 2022: All you need to know about Qatar's laws, customs Reporter Rasmus Tantholdt was speaking live to a news anchor in Denmark when three men drove up behind him on an electric cart and tried to block the camera lens. “You invited the whole world to come here, why can’t we film? It’s a public place,” Tantholdt was heard saying in English. “You can break the camera, you want to break it? You are threatening us by smashing the camera?” The incident five days before the World Cup starts revisited a subject that has been sensitive for tournament organizers who have denied claims there are strict limits on where media can film in Qatar. Qatari organizers said they later spoke to Tantholdt and also “issued an advisory to all entities to respect the filming permits in place for the tournament.” Read more: Qatar Squad analysis for 2022 FIFA Football World Cup Denmark’s soccer federation has also been one of the biggest critics of Qatar among the 32 World Cup teams over the emirate’s record on human rights and treatment of low-paid migrant workers. They were needed to build massive construction projects since FIFA picked Qatar as host in 2010. Danish players will wear game jerseys that have a toned down badge and manufacturers’ logo as a protest in support of labor rights when they play France, Australia and Tunisia in Group D. A third-choice black jersey option has been included as “the color of mourning,” for construction workers who have died in Qatar.
Danish Crown Princess Mary Elizabeth will visit Rohingya camps Tuesday. The princess will travel to Rohingya camps by car from Cox's Bazar town and observe soil erosion control and environmental restoration activities of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) through tree plantation at Camp 5. She will interact with 8-10 Rohingya beneficiaries in an open shed. Mary will also interact with the host community. The princess arrived in the beach town Monday afternoon. The Danish princess was welcomed by Deputy Commissioner Md Mamunur Rashid and Superintendent of Police Mohammad Hasanuzzaman after she arrived at Cox's Bazar Airport. She will travel to the Sundarbans Wednesday to meet the forest officials and people affected by climate change. READ: Sundarban ready to welcome Danish princess Shortly after she arrived in Dhaka on Monday morning, the princess met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Gonobhaban. From Cox's Bazar, she will go to Satkhira on a helicopter Wednesday morning and visit village Kultoli to meet climate-vulnerable people. The princess will visit the multipurpose cyclone shelter in the nearby community, meet its management committee and learn about its functionality during a cyclone. She will avail of a boat ride to the Sundarbans and interact with the forest officials during a 15-minute walk through the natural resource, discussing biodiversity and saltwater intrusion in the mangrove area. Mary is scheduled to leave Dhaka for Istanbul Wednesday night.