Khagrachhari, Sep 25 (UNB)- Members of the military posted in Panchhari sub zone on Tuesday held a meeting with local businessmen, civil society and public administration, aiming to ensure communal peace in the district.
Brigadier General Hamidul Haque, Regional Commander, also chief guest of the programme, said without eliminating ‘illegal arms holders’, no sustainable peace can be achieved in the Hill Tracts.
He sought the help of locals to capture the extortionists and criminals.
He also asked those who remained armed to give up the way of the gun and return to normal lives for the sake of welfare and society and nation.
Bhola, Sept 25 (UNB) – Insisting on signing more business deals between two countries for mutual benefit, Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation minister of India Suresh Prabhu said both Bangladesh and India have now become developing countries.
Citing that bilateral pacts between Bangladesh and India are golden ones, he said “Both countries’ futures are totally dependent on international trade.”
The visiting minister belonging to India’s ruling BJP, was addressing a ‘Bangladesh-India Friendship’ meeting held at the Banglabazar Fatema Khanom College Auditorium in the district town.
The minister also endorsed a rail-link between Dhaka and Joydebpur in India, calling it “very much important” to induce economic development in the two countries.
Dhaka, Sept 25 (UNB) – All the licensed recruiting agencies of the country from now on can send workers to Malaysia under the G-to-G Plus system.
The decision was taken at a meeting of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam with Malaysian Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran in Putrajaya on Tuesday.
Nurul Islam led a five-member Bangladesh side to the meeting, said a handout of the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry.
The meeting also took a positive decision about sending workers to Malaysia on calling visas.
As per the decision, the job market of Malaysia will remain open to the workers who are waiting to go there.
The Malaysian government also has a positive mentality about regularising irregular Bangladeshi workers.
Meanwhile, the joint working group of Bangladesh and Malaysia also held a meeting in Putrajaya in the morning.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to Malaysia M Shahidul Islam led an 11-member Bangladesh delegation to the meeting.
New York, Sept 25 (UNB)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged the world community to demonstrate its strong political resolve to create a secureand accessible cyberspace for the future generations as the risks from its misuse can be serious for international peace.
“We must demonstrate our strong political resolve to create a secure, stable, peaceful, inclusive and accessible cyber space for our future generations,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this while addressing at a ‘High-level Side-Event on Cyber Security and International Cooperation’ held at the UN headquarters.
Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the UN and UN Office on Disarmament Affairs jointly organised the event.
Sheikh Hasina said international cooperation in capacity building for cyber security must be given the priority.
“Development partners should consider this to be part of their internationally agreed commitments. In Bangladesh, we’re working on building a complete cyber security eco-system,” she said.
Hasina mentioned that Bangladesh Parliament has recently enacted the Digital Security Act.
A Cyber Security Incident Response Team is in place, which cooperates with other countries, she said adding that adigital forensic laboratory has been set up for training purposes. A process is underway to set up a National Cyber Security Agency.
“We hope to keep learning from the experiences of other friendly countries,” she said.
The Prime Minister said the cyberspace has no physical borders and States’ capacity for securing it is far from even.
She went on saying, “In an inter-connected world, the weaker links can cause disruption for others. Cyber security should thus become a concern for all, and not just a select few.”
The PM also mentioned that identifying the actual source of wrongful activity remains a challenge.
Developing countries should have access to technologies andinformation to detect such sources and the UN can play a critical role in making the digital world safer, she said.
“The work on norm-setting in information security should continue. The mechanisms used so far should be made more inclusive. Developing countries should be given a chance to voice their concerns. The Secretary General’s Agenda for Disarmament recognises that,” Hasina said.
The Prime Minister said states should promote the use of non-offensive means to prevent and counter harmful cyber activity.
The question of rights and freedoms in cyberspace needs to be duly addressed, and the role of the private sector and civil society must be factored in, she added.
Hasina mentioned that the norms and principles for responsible State behaviour in cyber space should receive unconditional support.“The principles of the UN Charter and relevant international law should apply to the cyberspace.”
She mentioned that the States should also prevent their territory from being used for wrongful acts against other nations’ interest.
Hasina said Bangladesh takes these commitments seriously. “We expect others to do the same.”
The Prime Minister said some states are even working on using ICT for military purposes. “Terrorists and violent extremists are using it to spread their toxic narratives. The risks from misuse of ICT can be serious for international peace and security.”
UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Izumi Nakamitsu, Singaporean Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Estonian Deputy Foreign Minister Paul Teesalu and Ambassador-in-charge of Cyber Policy of Japan Masato Otaka also spoke in the High-Level Side Event on Cyber Security and International Cooperation.
Dhaka, Sept 25 (UNB) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has summoned five officials of The Farmers Bank Ltd, including its former Managing Director (MD) KM Shamim, for interrogation over the deposit of Tk 4 crore in former Chief Justice SK Sinha’s account with the bank.
ACC Director Syed Iqbal Hossain sent a notice to them asking them to appear before the ACC head office on Wednesday, said ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.
The other officials are Executive Officer Umme Salma Sultana, Assistant Vice-President Shafiuddin Askari Ahmed, First Vice-president Swapon Kumar Roy, former Operation Manager and Vice-President Md Lutful Haque and former Head of Business and Senior Executive Vice-president Gazi Salauddin.
Earlier on May 6 last, the anti-graft body interrogated two persons -- Niranjan and Shahjahan – in this connection.