Dhaka, Mar 20 (UNB) - Visiting Australia’s Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism Paul Foley has said his country will continue to support Bangladesh and its people to address the threats of terrorism and violent extremism.
He emphasised that terrorism and violent extremism are challenges shared by all countries and Australia will continue to support Bangladesh and its people to address these threats as a longstanding development and security partner.
As Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism, Foley leads Australia's international engagement on counter-terrorism and counter-violent extremism, according to Australian High Commission in Dhaka.
Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Julia Niblett welcomed the visit by Foley that began on March 19.
He will leave Dhaka on Thursday after visiting Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar.
The visit underlines the importance Australia places on its security engagement with Bangladesh, including tackling together the global scourge of terrorism and violent extremism, said the High Commission in a statement on Wednesday.
In echoing the High Commissioner’s earlier public statement, Foley extended his heartfelt condolences to the Bangladeshi victims of the shocking terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, and their families.
Foley highlighted the statements of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemning this atrocity in the strongest possible terms.
As the Prime Minister said, Australia shares the grief of Muslim communities the world over, and will not tolerate the right-wing extremist ideology that fueled this terrorist attack.
During his visit, Foley will accompany the High Commissioner, the Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), Dr Khalid Koser MBE, and the Chair of the GCERF Governing Board, Ms Carol Bellamy, to visit GCERF-supported activities and engage with participants, including women and youths.
Dhaka, Mar 20 (UNB)- Speakers on Wednesday advocated for prioritising Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector with adequate allocation in the upcoming National Budget of 2019-2020 fiscal year for attaining Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.
They came up with the opinion at a pre-budget press conference on National WASH budget allocation 2019-2020 jointly arranged by WaterAid, UNICEF, PPRC, FANSA, WSSCC,B, FSM Network, Sanitation and Water for All and WASH alliance held at the Jatiya Press Club.
They discussed why financing for SDG 6, clean water and sanitation, one of 17 SDGs in the upcoming National Budget 2019-2020 is necessary in order to achieve SDGs.
Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) Chairman Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman said its clear from WASH expenditure trend that proper utilisation of the allocation is still a challenge.
“Improved capacity and monitoring of the expenditure is a necessary task now,” he added.
Dr Hossain also said that the allocations for rural areas and secondary towns are not enough to support proper sanitation and clean water supply. He also expressed concerns about un-funded city corporations’ incapability in achieving SDG 6.
An analysis of PPRC reveals that government has made commendable progress on WASH financing as the allocation has risen to Taka 68.49 billion in 2018-19 from Taka 43.81 billion in 2010-11.
However, the relative growth in WASH allocation within the same period has increased only 56.31 percent comparing to the substantial growth in GDP at 108.16 per cent and National Budget growth being 118.57 per cent and considerable growth in ADP and LGD allocation also.
The WaterAid and Unicef supported analysis also show geographical inequality in WASH allocation, with cities and town receiving most of the funding despite rural, char, hilly and coastal areas having acute needs.
All the organisations jointly put forward a set of recommendations including WASH allocation for hard-to-reach areas and un-funded city corporations; enhanced rural and secondary town’s allocations through Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE); establishing WASH budget utilisation monitoring unit; building policy awareness on the complexity of the SDG 6 challenges; reducing financing gap for WASH to realise SDG 6 targets and more.
Dhaka, Mar 20 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday sentenced 15 people to death and two others to life term imprisonment for killing a cloth trader in Dohar upazila over land related dispute.
The condemned convicts are—Siraj, Minhaj, Khalil Karigar, Shajahan Karigar, Didar, Ershad, Kalu, Azhar Karigar, Niaz Uddin, Mozammel Suja, Jalil Karigar, Jalal, Billal, Ibrahim and Abdul Latif while the lifers are— Majeda and Chaina Begum.
Among them, Didar, Ershad, Jalil, Ibrahim, Majeda and Chaina were tried in absentia.
The court also fined them Tk 20,000 each, in default, to suffer one year more jail.
According to the prosecution, there had been long standing dispute over a piece of land between the convicts and the victim’s family.
On April 3, 2008, the convicts attacked Nazrul Islam and beat him up mercilessly, leaving him critically injured. They also beat up Nazrul’s wife Surjobhan as she tried to rescue her husband.
Injured Nazrul was taken to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Victim’s uncle Nazimuddin Ahmed filed a murder case.
On July 26, 2008, Sub-inspector Anwar Hossain of Detective Branch of Police submitted chargesheet against 17 people.
After examining all the records and 14 witnesses, Dhaka additional district and session judge court-1 Pradip Kumar Roy handed down the verdict.
Dhaka, Mar 20 (UNB) - Three members of a family sustained burn injuries after a fire broke out at their house in city’s Mirpur-13 area early Wednesday.
The victims are Md Hannan, 35, his wife Achia, 28, both garment workers, and her brother Uzzal, 30, an auto-rickshaw driver.
Neighbour Samsul said they suspected the fire broke out from an electric short-circuit around 3am.
Later, they were taken to the burn unit of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
Hannan suffered 27 percent burns while his brother-in-law sustained 35 percent burn injuries. Achia sustained four percent burns, Inspector Bacchu Mia of DMCH police camp said, quoting doctors.
Dhaka, Mar 20 (UNB) – Road, Transport and Bridges Minister and also general secretary of Bangladesh Awami League (AL) Obaidul Quader underwent a successful bypass surgery at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, said Prof Dr Abu Nasar Rizvi of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
He said that Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Sivathasan Cumaraswamy, a member of the medical board treating Quader, conducted the surgery.
After surgery, the minister has been kept at post-operative care, said the BSMMU physician after briefing of DrSivathasan Cumaraswamy on Obaidu lQuader’s health condition.
The minister’s family members sought blessings from the country’s people for Quader’s early recovery.
Quader was admitted to BSMMU on March 3 following breathing complications and tests revealed three blockages in his coronary artery.
He was flown to Singapore the next day for treatment at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital.