Dhaka, Apr 17 (UNB) - Calling upon each stakeholders including Bangladesh for the fulfillment of the ICPD commitments, overcoming obstacles and embracing a better future, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched its annual flagship report 'State of World Population 2019' on Wednesday.
Themed 'Unfinished business: The pursuit of rights and choices for all', the report has been published marking 50 years of UNFPA operations and 25 years since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo.
The launching ceremony, arranged by UNFPA, was held at Bangabandhu International Convention Center in Dhaka.
State minister for Health and Family Welfare Murad Hasan, the launching ceremony’s chief guest, said that Bangladesh is committed to contributing to the realisation of ICPD agendas.
"We’re optimistic that with our efforts and multi-sectorial collaboration, we’ll soon be able to overcome the remaining challenges and build an equal Bangladesh for everyone regardless of gender identity," he hoped.
Other speakers at the programme called for the full realisation of sexual and reproductive health rights for all.
The State Minister mentioned that Bangladesh has already proved itself as a great champion of women's empowerment.
He acknowledged existing challenges saying, "We are well ahead of most of our neighbouring countries in promoting women empowerment.
“Challenges still remain in achieving gender equality, namely, eradication of violence against women, prevention of child marriage and addressing gender digital divide. "
He assured that government is aware and working in full capacity to tackle these challenges.
UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo noted that violence against women remains a serious issue in parts of the region.
"These are concerning facts and drive home that it’s imperative that we complete the unfinished business of guaranteeing rights and choices for all,” Seppo said.
“The governments who made pledges to the ICPD programme of actions should keep their promises, with special attention to reaching those who are left behind – the young, the poor and people in rural areas,” she added.
Seppo urged the governments to uphold people's sexual and reproductive rights and protect them from child marriage, gender violence and other harmful practices.
Dr Asa Torkelsson, UNFPA Representative in Bangladesh, said the 50th anniversary of UNFPA as well as 25th anniversary of ICPD presents a unique opportunity for the global community to fully commit to realising a visionary agenda for sexual and reproductive health and rights based on ICPD framework.
She emphasised other perspective for applying the agenda saying, "This agenda must pay attention to population dynamics, recognise the diverse challenges faced by different countries at various stages of development, and ground policies and programmes."
Dr Barkat e Khuda, former professor of Dhaka University and Dr Muzaffer Ahmed Chair Professor, Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management elaborated on the prospects and challenges toward the achievement of ICPD for Bangladesh while Soheli Parvin, head teacher of Burichar AMG Secondary High School, Barguna shared her experience and reflection on providing life skills at school.
The launching event was followed by a question and answer session and a press conference.
Dhaka, Apr 17 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina goes to Brunei Darussalam on April 21 (Sunday) on a three-day official visit at the invitation of Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah.
She will leave Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Sunday morning, said Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim.
The Prime Minister will be received by Crown Prince of Brunei Darussalam Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah at Brunei International Airport, he said.
After an official welcoming ceremony, she will be escorted to Empire Hotel & Country Club where she will be staying during her visit, according to the schedule.
On Sunday, she will attend a community event and join a dinner to be hosted by High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Brunei at the Empire Hotel.
On Monday, the Prime Minister will have a general audience with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah and the Royal Family at Istana Nurul Iman, the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei.
She will then hold bilateral talks with the Sultan there before the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Sheikh Hasina will open the meeting of leaders of Bangladesh Business Community and Brunei Business Community and Brunei National Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the place of her residence on Monday afternoon.
The Prime Minister will later visit the Jame Asr Mosque and offer Asr prayers there.
She will go to the Istana Nurul Iman Palace again to attend official Banquet.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister will attend the foundation stone laying ceremony of new chancery building of Bangladesh High Commission at the Diplomatic Enclave in Jalankebangsaan.
Then she will visit the Royal Regalia Museum located in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan, capital of Brunei.
The Prime Minister will leave the Brunei International Airport for Dhaka by a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Tuesday afternoon.
Feni, April 17 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday placed Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s classmate Kamrun Nahar Moni on a five-day remand for her suspected involvement in the murder of Nusrat.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Soraf Uddin Ahmmed passed the order after inspector Md Shah Alam of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), also investigation officer of the case, produced her before the court seeking a 10-day remand.
PBI team arrested Moni on Monday night as accused Nur Uddin and Shahadat Hossain Shamim in their confessional statement revealed Moni’s name. Moni supplied them borka.
Moni, adopted daughter of late Azizul Haque of Iman Ali Haji house in Sonagazi bus stand area, was classmate of Nusrat and also an Alim examinee.
On April 6, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal of her madrasa after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as she had accused him of sexually harassing her in Sonagaziupazila of Feni district.
Nusrat Jahan lost her battle for life on April 10 at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital.
Dhaka, Apr 17 (UNB)- A legal notice has been served on the president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to withdraw within three days their petition seeking one more year to demolish it’s building.
Lawyer Manzil Murshid sent the letter to the BGMEA president on Wednesday.
The notice mentioned that if the BGMEA does not withdraw their petition, a case will be filed on charge of court of contempt.
The notice said that earlier on April 2, 2018, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court granted one year to the BGMEA authorities for demolishing their building following an undertaking that they would not seek any time further.
The date expired on April 12. But the BGMEA filed another petition through advocate on record seeking one year more which is the violation of the order passed by the Appellate Division last year .
In this condition, it is being requested to withdraw their petition within 72 hours. Otherwise, court of contempt charge would be brought against them.
In 2011, the High Court ordered demolition of the 16-storey building as it was constructed in defiance of relevant laws, calling it a ‘cancer’ in the lake.
The BGMEA later filed a leave-to-appeal petition with the Appellate Division against the High Court judgment, but the apex court on 2 June 2016, dismissed the plea as well as asked the RMG producers to demolish its headquarters at once and at its own cost.
On 5 March, 2018 the BGMEA authorities filed a one-year time petition with the Supreme Court as its seven-month time granted in September, 2017 by the SC for reducing the building to ruins expired in March.
Later, on April 2, the Supreme Court granted one more year, till April 12,2019, for demolishing its complex located in the Hatirjheel-Begunbari Lake following their undertaking.
Dhaka, April 17 (UNB) - Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen expressed his heartfelt condolences over the massive damage caused to the Notre-Dame Cathedral from a devastating fire on April 15.
In a message written to Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, Dr. Momen said, “The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, while a symbol of France, it is also a part of world heritage.”
The damage to the Cathedral is a huge loss not only for France but for the entire humanity, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here on Wednesday.
Dr Momen shared the pain and sorrow of the people of France.
He expressed solidarity at the hour of grief and gave assurance to stand in beside them.
He also conveyed heartfelt sympathy to Jean-Yves Le Drian and to the people of France on behalf of the Government and people of Bangladesh.