Dhaka, Oct 11 (UNB) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Myanmar authorities to immediately release without charge three journalists from Eleven Media Group arrested on Wednesday.
Eleven Media's executive editors Kyaw Zaw Lin and Nayi Min, and chief reporter Phyo Wai Win handed themselves over to police after the Yangon Regional Government accused them of causing "fear or alarm to the public" for a story that published "incorrect information" according to news reports.
A court ordered the journalists to remain in custody and they were taken to Insein prison, according to CPJ.
Separately, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of the civilian government, stated in an interview that "there is a lot of press freedom in Myanmar."
Despite high hopes for a more open press freedom environment as Myanmar began its transition to democracy under Suu Kyi, CPJ has documented how it has instead backtracked.
Last month, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were convicted under the Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years each in prison.
Dhaka, Oct 11 (UNB) - The Australian High Commission in Dhaka on Thursday acknowledged the leadership of Bangladeshi girls’ and women in different sports in celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child 2018.
The Australian High Commission’s Chargé de ’Affairs Penny Morton hosted the event and presented female sports champions with a certificate to honour their leadership in sports.
Morton said, ‘On the International Day of the Girl Child, we are here to acknowledge the achievements and special efforts girls have made through sport internationally and in Bangladesh.
She said, “Let’s pave the way for our daughters as we do for our sons. There should not be any disparity in sports, nor in the workplace, nor in life between men and women. Women and men should be seen as, and treated as, equals in all respects.”
The sports champions attended the event were Zobera Rahman Linu, Table tennis player, Shathira Jakir Jesy, cricket player from the Bangladesh national women's cricket team, Atiqua Binte Baqui, Bike rider, Sherin Sultana, wrestler, Fariha Afsana Kanta, sports journalist, Mabia Akhtar, weight lifter and Mahfuza Akter Sheela, swimmer.
Around 50 girls from BRAC adolescent clubs also participated in the celebration and took part in the “Motivational Clinic” where the sports girls shared stories of their achievements and how they have overcome their challenges.
Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a priority for Australia at home and oversees, said the High Commission.
Australia is committed to working with the international community, and civil society, to advance the rights of women and girls across the world.
Dhaka, Oct 1 (UNB) - Belarusian Literary and Artistic Publications has released a book titled “Young” devoted to Bangladeshi poetry.
Translated by talented Belarusian poetess Maria Kobets, a poem by legendary Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam “The Rebel”, was printed on it, said a press release issued by Belarusian Ministry of Information on Wednesday.
The interlinear translation of the work was prepared by Bangladesh Muzahidul Islam (Tussar) who lives and works in the Belarusian capital Minsk.
In August, the Belarusian literary and artistic newspaper “Literature and Art” published the same poem of Kazi Nazrul Islam translated into Belarusian by Mykola Metlitsky, it added.
“These publications are only the beginning of the development of literary relations between Belarus and Bangladesh,” said Belarusian Information Minister Ales Karlyukevich.
The minister also hoped that Belarusian literature will be the subject of attention of translators, poets and prose writers of Bangladesh in the near future.
“We believe that in the coming years the books of Belarusian writers - Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, our classics Vasil Bykov, Vladimir Korotkevich, Yanka Kupala, Yakub Kolas, Maxim Bogdanovich will see the light in Bangladesh,” he added.
Also in the eighth issues of the magazine “Young”, the well-known poem of Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore “My golden Bengal”, which became the national anthem of Bangladesh, was also published.
Three translations of the work into Belarusian by the State Prize winners of the Republic of Belarus Mikola Metlitsky, poetess and translators Maria Kobets and Naum Galperovich were also published in the issue.
On the pages of the almanack, there is also an article about the work of Kazi Nazrul Islam, titled “Songs - crippled birds: Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bangladesh”.
Dhaka, Oct 10 (UNB) - The World Mental Health Day 2018 was observed on Dhaka University (DU) campus through different programmes including discussions on Wednesday.
This year's theme of the day is ‘Young people and mental health in a changing world’.
Marking the day, DU Educational and Counseling Psychology (ECP) department and Students Counseling and Guidance Service Office jointly set up a stall in front of Teacher-Student Center (TSC) to provide free mental services to the people.
DU Vice-chancellor Professor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the stall while Students Counseling and Guidance Service Office director Mahjabeen Haque and Educational and Counseling Psychology department teachers, students and officials of the university, among others, were present at the programme.
“Around 25 percent people and 10 percent children of our country are suffering from mental disease. But we don’t give emphasis on it like other diseases,” said the VC.
Urging the youth, the VC also said, “We must increase awareness against mental disease among the people to ensure proper development of our country; otherwise the development would be hampered. The youth can play a vital role to raise awareness against it through social media.”
Dhaka, Oct 10 (UNB) - ILO and Unicef have called on the government, development partners, civil society organisations and the private sector to accelerate efforts to empower girls.
They came up with the call in a joint statement to mark International Day of the Girl 2018 on Wednesday.
International Day of the Girl Child 2018 will be observed on October 11 with a theme ‘With Her: A Skilled Girl Force’.
They also called for improving accessibility and preparing them with the 21st century skills and provide them the space to pursue their careers needed for lifelong success.
“To support a skilled girl force, we must go beyond providing access and completion of school. We must make efforts to advocate for, draw attention to and invest in the most pressing needs and opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability,” said the statement.
In Bangladesh, almost 40 percent of secondary-school age children are out-of-school, and vulnerable to child marriage and child labour.
The last Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics survey on Child Labour estimated that 745,690 girls from 5 to 17 years old are engaged in child labour and 1.2 million working girls are engaged in non-formal sectors in the country.
The dropout rate in secondary education for girls is 41.52 percent, which for boys is 33.43 percent.
The government of Bangladesh has developed a National Skills Development Policy (NSDP), with the provision of increasing girls’ enrolment in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), however the take up is low, said Unicef.
In 2016, girls made up less than 25 percent of total enrolled students, despite the increase in number of TVET institutes from 1,137 in 2000 to 5,897 in 2016.
ILO and Unicef in Bangladesh are working with the government and partners to expand the existing learning opportunities to prepare the girls for a successful transition into the world of work.
Unicef is supporting an Alternative Learning Program (ALP) through informal apprenticeship which is helping out-of-school adolescent girls in acquiring technical and transferable skills and linking them with employment and further education.
Besides, ILO is working on placing girls in non-traditional occupations, such as carpentry, tour guiding, electric appliances and mobile phone repair, which is helping challenge workplace gender stereotyping.
These alternative learning pathways are providing a second chance to girls for future employability.