Bangladesh will observe the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Saturday aiming to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and wellbeing of the people with special needs. This year the day's theme is ‘Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world.' President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday issued separate messages on the occasion of the 31st international day and 24th national day of persons with disabilities. The president in his message said the people with disabilities are an integral part of society. It is not possible to achieve the overall success of sustainable development goals by excluding them, he said. “In order to exploit the talent and skills of the people with disabilities for the country’s development, it is absolutely necessary to provide them with proper care and training,” said Hamid, adding that the government is very serious about their welfare and their inclusion in the mainstream of development. Read more: Work together for inclusive, sustainable world for all: UN He appreciated the government’s initiatives to provide them with allowances, education stipends, integrated disability education programmes, therapy services and construction of sports complexes under the social safety net. “I hope that all concerned will be more sincere in facilitating the welfare of the people with disabilities and their participation in development activities,” he said. He extended his greetings and congratulations to all the people with special needs in the country, their families, organisations and agencies working for their welfare. The president urged the concerned private institutions, charity, local and foreign organizations and civil society alongside the government to come forward for ensuring their participation in various family and social events for the mental development of the differently-abled people and to improve their lives. In her message the prime minister extended her sincere greetings and congratulations to all the people with special needs staying in Bangladesh and the entire world. She urged the people from all stages of the society and the charity, local and international organisations to work together alongside the government for the overall development of the persons with disabilities. “The Awami League government is determined to engage the people with disabilities in development activities,” she said. Hasina said her daughter Saima Wazed Putul has been working tirelessly to improve the life of the people with special needs in the world including Bangladesh. “We’ll make the future world a welfare one for people with disabilities or special needs, where they would get an easier life thanks to the development of new technologies,” she said. She said the promise of improving the life of the people with disabilities was made in the election manifesto of Bangladesh Awami League. “People with disabilities are an integral part of our society. The overall development of the state is not possible without them,” said the PM focusing on her government’s programmes for the welfare of the differently-abled people. In order to transform them into skilled manpower, the government has been implementing many development programmes on different issues including providing healthcare, education and training and creating employment through the National Disabled Development Foundation under the Social Welfare Ministry, she said. The PM said they launched a total of 103 disability service and assistance centres in 64 districts and 39 upazilas of the country to provide one-stop service to people with disabilities and autism. She said the government is conducting activities through 45 mobile rehabilitation therapy vans with the aim of reaching the doorsteps of the people with disabilities in remote areas. The PM said the government is running 74 intellectually disabled and 12 special schools for children with autism across the country to open the way for the education of the disabled children. Read more: Int’l Youth Day: TIB for suitable environment to utilise youths for development As a symbol of empowerment of disabled people, her government constructed a 15-storied Multipurpose Disabled Complex (Suvarna Bhaban) at a cost of some Tk 100 crores in Mirpur, Dhaka, she said. The prime minister said an international standard sports complex is under construction in Savar on the outskirts of the capital at a cost of some Tk 447 crore to motivate the disabled people in sports and cultural activities. The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on 3 December was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly resolution.
Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti (PCJSS) Vice President and former lawmaker Ushatan Talukder said on Friday that there is no security of life of the people living in the hill tracts when he also demanded the full execution of the treaty. He came up with the remarks while addressing as chief guest at a rally organised to mark the 25 years of ‘Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord’ at Rangamati Gymnasium Ground. PCJSS organised the rally. Urging all the ethnic minority groups to be united to realise their rights, he said the hill tracts accord is not an economic issue, rather it is a political issue, which will have to be faced politically in a peaceful manner. “The government is heading towards a wrong path with the hilly regions, the government created KNF to stand against the PCJSS”, he said. Addressing the emergence of the militants in the hilly disrtricts, he alleged that the KNF is giving training to the militants who ultimately will hatch conspiracy against the country. Read: 25th anniversary of CHT Peace Accord : Militant activities new challenge after emergence of Kuki-Chin National Front The full implementation of the peace accord has been impeded due to bureaucratic complexities and other tactics despite passing of 25 years of the deal, he alleged. The government lacks sincerity in implementing the deal inked with PCJSS, and for that the land commission is yet to start their works thoroughly, he said. He urged the government to be more sincere to implement the longstanding accord for the betterment of the people in the region. With PCJSS Rangamati President Gongha Manik Chakma in the chair, Jubo Union Central President Khan Masuduzzaman, Chattogram Regional President of Bangladesh Adibasi Forum Prokriti Ranjan Chakma also spoke. Marking 25 years of the treaty, a colourful procession was brought out from Rangamati College premises. Brigadier General Imtiaz Uddin inaugurated the rally by releasing balloons and freeing pigeons at the college. Alongside the Rangamati, the anniversary was also observed in Khargrachhari. Read: 25th anniversary of CHT Peace Treaty on Friday Different programmes were arranged in the three hilly districts on Friday marking the anniversary. A colourful rally, arranged by Khagrachhari Hill District Parishad, was brought out from the Zila Parishad premises following a discussion meeting on CHT treaty, peace and development. On December 2, 1997, the PCJSS signed the peace deal with the then Awami League government led by Sheikh Hasina. Then Jatiya Sangsad Chief Whip Abul Hasnat Abdullah signed the agreement on behalf of the government while Jyotirindriyo Bodhipriyo Larma alias Shantu Larma signed on behalf of PCJSS.
Bangladesh reported one more Covid-linked death and 15 cases in the 24 hours to Friday morning. With the new numbers, the country's total fatalities rose to 29,434 and caseload to 2,036,612, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). The daily case test positivity rate rose to 0.79 percent from Thursday's 0.45 percent as 1,894 samples were tested. The mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.45 percent and the recovery rate at 97.51 percent.In November, the country reported 10 Covid-linked deaths and 1,345 cases. Read: Bangladesh logs 12 Covid cases in 24 hrs Bangladesh registered its highest daily caseload of 16,230 on July 28 last year and its highest number of fatalities of 264 on August 10 the same year.
A 55-year-old man was killed in the capital's Motijheel on Thursday night as a truck hit his two-wheeler. The deceased was identified as Pratap Rema from Netrakona, Yakub Ali, sub-inspector of Motijheel Police Station, said. Read more: Driver, helper dead in Dinajpur road accident The accident occurred around 11:30pm at the Walton intersection area at Motijheel as Pratap, an employee of a non-governmental organisation, was returning to his rented house in Sutrapur from his Tejgaon office. At this time, the speeding truck hit Pratap's motorcycle, killing him at the scene, Yakub said. Read more: 3 of a family dead in Thakurgon road accident "Although the truck driver managed to flee, the vehicle was seized. The body was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for autopsy," he added.
Two people suffered serious burn injuries after a gas cylinder fitted in a car caught fire in the capital's Asad Gate area on Thursday night, police said. The injured are Rubel Dutta, 45, a merchandiser and owner of the car, and Uzzal Kumar,35, driver of the vehicle, Nayan Biswash, brother-in-law of Rubel, said. Read more: Worker dies in N’ganj gas cylinder blast The incident occurred around 10:30pm as Rubel, a resident of the Green Road area, was returning home from his office in Uttara, Bacchu Mia, in-charge of the DMCH Police Outpost, said. Rubel and Uzzal are now undergoing treatment at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery, Nayan said. Read more: 5 youths burnt in Cumilla gas cylinder fire The doctors said Rubel suffered 60 percent burns and Uzzal 40 percent and that they are still not out of the woods, he added.
Experts have said taking preventive measures is crucial during the pregnancy period to reduce the risks of disability. "Parenting education can go a long way to ensure early childhood development," they added. The experts were speaking at the policy dialogue "Reducing disability risk through parenting education" organised by Plan International Bangladesh Thursday at a Dhaka hotel ahead of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities to be held on December 3. Read: Experts for inclusive insurance, risk financing for all Syed Mamunul Alam, director general of the Directorate of Primary Education, said: "Bangladesh is moving towards becoming a developing country. The government alone cannot meet all the criteria. Reducing the risk of disability and promoting parenting education to ensure early childhood development is not anyone's alone job. It's all of our duty." Dr Md Manjur Hossain, programme manager (A&RH) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said: "We have to develop a maternal-friendly environment to ensure safe childbirth." Emphasising the need of prioritising family planning for parents, he said, the government is working to ensure safe maternal health. "Education and the educational sector are crucial to raising awareness among the community people." Read: Experts urge government to turn DSE into public university The speakers at the programme called for policy interventions and widespread awareness-raising initiatives to reach the household levels, engaging parents, and potential parents to learn about parenting education and identifying the risks and signs of disability.
Commuters who need to go towards Mohakhali using Airport road from Airport Station have been asked to avoid the road from 8:00 pm on Thursday to 12:00 am on Saturday night for ongoing road development work of the BRT project. BRT has issued the special traffic guidelines in this regard due to its ongoing road development works of the BRT project aimed at permanently smoothing the traffic flow. A notification signed by A.S.M. Elias Shah, project director of the BRT, said that the road development work will continue in two lanes out of four lanes towards Mohakhali from in front of the Airport railway station. Read more: Traffic alert: Outbound passengers urged to start early for Dhaka airport It said there is possibility of creating severe traffic jam on the road during the work. People have been requested not to use the road section except for essential travel during the time mentioned in the notification. Everyone's sympathy and cooperation has also been sought in this regard. Bus rapid transit is an improved modern bus transit system providing rapid, affordable and comfortable commuting, which operates in dedicated lanes to provide better passenger services. Read more: UN expert urges Bangladesh to step up efforts to prevent trafficking
Prime Minister’s Economic Affairs Adviser Dr Mashiur Rahman on Thursday said the present government has always been a business-friendly government and will continue to do so. He said semiconductors and high-tech already are and will remain highly demanded items in the foreseeable future. The Adviser was speaking as the chief guest at a seminar on "Hi Tech Opportunities in Bangladesh" jointly organized by Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (MCCI) and the veterans of the Semiconductor Industry from Silicon Valley, California, USA. Read more: Govt committed to full implementation of CHT Peace Accord soon: PM’s adviser PM's Adviser thanked MCCI for organizing the seminar and assured that the government will always support any such initiative to come to fruition. MCCI has been seriously working to develop an ecosystem for setting up the semiconductor industry in Bangladesh. The country being one of the fastest growing economies in the world with rapid business expansion and development, it is now essential to critically consider diversifying the manufacturing base with high-tech, high-value-added production capturing future potentials of global businesses. The primary objectives of the seminar were to know and further explore existing and potential knowledge sources on semiconductor industry, learn how to overcome the challenges for developing an ecosystem, gain knowledge of the best practices of other countries and how effectively those practices can be adopted in Bangladesh, and how best the Bangladeshi diaspora can be effectively involved in the journey. NM Zeaul Alam PAA, Senior Secretary, Information and Communication Technology Division was present as special guest. Habibullah N. Karim, Vice-President, MCCI moderated the seminar and Farooq Ahmed, Secretary General & CEO, MCCI was facilitator. Panel discussants from MCCI were: Md. Saiful Islam, President, MCCI, Dr. Arif Dowla, Convener, Committee on Semiconductor, MCCI, Mohammed E. Rahman, CEO & President, ULKASEMI, M. A. Jabbar, Managing Director, DBL Group, Dr. M. Rokonuzzaman, Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, North South University. Read more: Prolonged Rohingya crisis to pose hybrid security threat: PM’s adviser Panel discussants from Silicon Valley were: Dr. Yusuf Haque, Chief Technology Officer and Co Founder, Exo Imaging, CEO, SliceX Inc., Managing Director, Maxim Integrated Products; Dr. Khandker Nazrul Quader, Chief Technical Officer and EVP, Sunrise Memory, President & CEO , SK Hynix Memory Solutions, Senior Vice president, Memory R&D; Global Memory Organization, SanDisk Corp; Mustafiz Choudhury, Chief Technical Officer, MIPS & Wave Computing, Partner at multiple Venture Capital Funds, Founder & VP Engineering, Silicon Spice, Founder & COO InSilica Inc., Co-led Development of 2 generations of Intel’s flagship processors; Dr. Syed Hossainy, Director Applied Bioengg at University of California, Berkeley Corporate Science Officer/Distinguished Science & Technology Fellow at Start Up & Public Co., Director and Sr. Research Fellow Abbott; Dr. Khalid Azim, Vice President, ASIC Engineering, Sigma Sense, Director of Design Engineering, Unipixel, Senior Director Touch Controller, Elo Touch Solutions; Dr. Sayeef Salahuddin, TSMC Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engr & Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley Co Director of Berkeley Device Modeling Center, Chair of IEEE Electron Device Society, 2014-2016. MCCI President Md. Saiful Islam thanked the distinguished guests who attended the event either physically or virtually. He emphasized the importance of hi-tech front where Bangladesh is still in infancy. With LDC-graduation and loss of preferential tariffs in its export markets imminent, Bangladesh would do well to move away from its overdependence on readymade garments (RMG) in the export basket. Exploring the semiconductor industry could be the start of the diversification of products that Bangladesh needs. He hoped that this seminar can be the start of the knowledge and guidance sharing that is required for success. The discussants said it was a thought-provoking and believed that it will open new windows of opportunity for Bangladesh. Anis A. Khan, Director, MCCI delivered the vote of thanks. He also thanked all the discussants and participants for making the interactions fruitful.
The 25th anniversary of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord will be observed on Friday. Different programmes have been arranged in the three hilly districts, marking the anniversary of the peace treaty. Read more: 25 Years of CHT Peace Accord: Eminent citizens say expectation remains unfulfilled President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday issued separate messages marking the completion of 25 years of the significant treaty. President Abdul Hamid in his massage said Chittagong Hill Tracts is rich with natural resources and a place of potentials. The Peace Accord is speeding up the socio-economic and cultural development of Chittagong Hill Tracts, he said. He urged all to work unitedly for the development of the hill region. In her message, the Prime Minister said the Awami League government has been working tirelessly for the overall development of the hilly region in the light of the peace treaty. Various schemes are being implemented for the development of all sectors including education, health, electricity, communication, infrastructure and mobile network in the region, she added. “We are committed to maintain peace all over the country including Chittagong Hill Tracts,” said the PM. “I hope we will be able to build a peaceful, happy Sonar Bangladesh as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through the socio-economic development of the Hill Tracts people with united efforts of all.” Read more: PM is very sincere to CHT people: Ushwe Sing She sought cooperation from all to fully implement the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord. On December 2, 1997, Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) signed the peace deal with the then Awami League government, led by Sheikh Hasina. Then Jatiya Sangsad Chief Whip Abul Hasnat Abdullah signed the agreement on behalf of the government while Joritindra Bodhipriyo Larma (Santu Larma) on behalf of PCJSS.
Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh on Thursday said the local-level development is affected by poor institutional effectiveness as the efficacy of public institutions has gradually eroded in the country. “Capacity of public institutions to service the disadvantaged groups, profile and prestige of local leadership have diminished overtime. Citizens’ voice has weakened too.” said Citizen's Platform Convenor Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya. Read more: Economic mismanagement creating instability in market: Debapriya He was addressing a media briefing in the city’s BRAC Centre Inn to share local opinions received from a series of sub-regional consultation meetings. The Citizen’s Platform arranged the seven consultation meetings between June and October this year to understand how much the local realities reflect the national development narrative. More than 500 engaged citizens from 25 districts of Bangladesh participated in the meetings and expressed their views and opinions. Dr Debapriya said that citizen’s voices, role of CSOs and NGOs and civic activism of students suppressed by a “culture of fear” that has intensified in the recent past. Middle class on the retreat He said that local situations reveal that the leadership role of the middle class is retreating in setting social norms and inclusive cultural approach in society. “Their socio-cultural role has been squeezed. The middle class is also under pressure due to lack of employment, high inflation and decline of income,” he added. He said that the disjunction has widened between national development narrative and local experience as there is uneven distribution of the development gains due to discriminatory design, weak delivery and limited access to resources and public services. Dr Debapriya said that, according to the consultation participants, the impact of ongoing inflationary pressure has fallen disproportionately on the marginalised groups and people with low income. “Traditionally ‘left behind’ groups are not being able to reach national averages,” he said. Read more: Economy needs transitional policy to overcome the crisis: Debapriya The gap between national development narrative and local realities, and asymmetries were aggravated further by lack of democratic accountability, he added. Focusing further on local realities, he said the rich tradition of cultural activities gradually receding; social fabric weakened as values of tolerance, trust and compassion withering away; and political space for pluralistic views, conversation and engagement narrowing. “There is rising concern among the district-level citizens that the smooth developmental progression of Bangladesh may get jeopardised due to adverse national and global economic outlook, as well as because of the apprehended political violence during the upcoming democratic transition,” said Dr Debapriya.