Munshiganj, Sept 22 (UNB) – The ferry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari route resumed on Sunday after eight hours of suspension due to poor navigability.
BIWTA Assistant General Manager Nasir Uddin Chowdhury said the services were restored around 11am. Eight ferries out of 16 are now plying on the route.
Earlier, the ferry services remained suspended from 3am due to poor navigability.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) suspended the services as it became difficult to operate ferries on the route, said Nasir Uddin.
Mawa Zonal Traffic Inspector Helal Uddin said traffic congestion increased following the abrupt suspension of ferry services.
Dhaka, Sept 22 (UNB) - A total of 430 new dengue patients were admitted to hospitals across the country in 24 hours till Sunday morning, indicating a slight improvement of the situation.
Of them, 132 were hospitalised in Dhaka and 298 in other parts of the country, the Directorate General of Health Services said.
Currently, 2,099 patients, including 875 in the capital, are being treated at hospitals, it said.
Bangladesh has seen a massive outbreak of mosquito-borne disease dengue this year. But the situation has been improving in recent days with relatively low number of new cases.
Since January, 84,827 people were hospitalised with dengue, most of them in Dhaka. Of them, 82,525 have made full recovery.
Since the beginning of this year, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research received information about 203 dengue-related deaths. It has so far reviewed 116 cases and confirmed 68 dengue deaths.
Dhaka, Sep 22 (UNB) - Novo Nordisk Bangladesh employees have planted 1,000 trees at Sir John Wilson School in the capital as part of its new environment strategy ‘Circular for Zero’.
The goal is to make Novo Nordisk a zero environmental impact company. As part of the ‘TakeAction’ activity, more than 50 employees voluntarily joined the initiative of planting 1,000 trees, said a press release issued on Sunday.
“As we are working at Novo Nordisk, taking care of environment is our liability in line with our Triple Bottom Line business philosophy,” it said in a statement.
“The Triple Bottom Line is Novo Nordisk's way of doing business. We believe that a healthy economy, environment, and society are fundamental to long term business success. Therefore, we operate by taking social, financial, and environmental considerations into account when we make decisions,” the company said.
The plantation activity was inaugurated by Sebnem Avsar Tuna, Corporate Vice President, Business Area Oceania South East Asia, Novo Nordisk, and Sabrina Shaheed, Principle of Sir John Wilson School on Thursday.
More than 100 students of the school and Anand Shetty, Vice President and General Manager of Novo Nordisk, were also present on the occasion.
Sebnem has shared her views with students on how to protect the environment and Novo Nordisk’s pledge for the environment by adopting eco-friendly processes for a better tomorrow.
To support the environment, Novo Nordisk said it is well-prepared to achieve its target to use only renewable electricity in its global production facilities by 2020. The company announced a new target of achieving zero carbon emissions from all operations and transport by 2030.
Abu Dhabi, Sept 22 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Abu Dhabi on Sunday for New York to attend the 74th UN General Assembly after making a stopover in the UAE.
She departed from Abu Dhabi International Airport for John F Kennedy International Airport at 10:45am (local time) by Etihad Airways. Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE Mohammad Imran saw her off at the airport.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to reach John F Kennedy International Airport at 4:40pm on Sunday local time (2:40am BdST on Monday).
Mohammad Ziauddin, the Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA, and Masud Bin Momen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN, will welcome her there.
Earlier on Friday afternoon, Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka by a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines and reached Abu Dhabi on the same day.
On September 23 (Monday), Hasina along with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will co-chair the multi-stakeholder panel to be held in parallel to the High-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage at ECOSOC Chamber, UNHQ.
She might address the high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage, the Climate Action Summit 2019, and attend Recognising Political Leadership for Immunisation in Bangladesh to be organised by GAVI in the UNHQ.
On September 24, the Prime Minister will hold a bilateral meeting with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel.
She will have a meeting with Queen Maxima, UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, at the UNHQ, attend a side-event to be hosted by Global Commission on Adaptation at the UNHQ and the Luncheon hosted by the UN Secretary General at North Delegate’s Lounge.
She will also attend the high-level side-event on the situation of Rohingya minority in Myanmar, organised by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh and the OIC Secretariat at the UNHQ, Leadership Matters-Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World at ECOSOC Chamber in the UNHQ, and the Reception by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, at Lotte New York Palace Hotel.
On September 25, Sheikh Hasina will co-moderate leader’s dialogue 4 on ‘Localising the SDGs’ at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (SDGs summit) at the UNHQ, join an interactive dialogue titled 'A conversation with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina' to be arranged by the Council on Foreign Relations and attend dinner at the Bangladesh House.
On the same day, she will likely hold a meeting with former Australian prime minister and Chair, Sanitation and Water for All Kevin Rudd at Lotte New York Palace Hotel.
On September 26, the Prime Minister will have separate meetings with Alex V Volkov, Chairman, ExxonMobil LNG Market Development Inc; Irina Bokova, Honorary President, Global Hop Coalition; Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, attend Luncheon Roundtable Meeting, organised by the US Chamber of Commerce at the same hotel and join 'An evening with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina' organised by Unicef at the Unicef House.
On September 27, Sheikh Hasina will attend the high-level side-event on ‘Sustainable Universal Health Coverage: Comprehensive Primary care inclusive of mental health and disabilities’ to be organised by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh at the UNHQ and address the 74th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
On September 28, she is scheduled to attend a press briefing at the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in New York in the morning, attend a reception accorded to her by the Bangladesh community in New York at Hotel Marriott Marquis in the afternoon, and hold a bilateral meeting with UN Secretary General António Guterres at the UN Secretariat in the evening.
On September 29, the Prime Minister will leave New York for Dhaka via Abu Dhabi by Etihad Airways at 9pm. The Prime Minister is scheduled to reach home at 5:35am on October 1.
Dhaka, Sept 22 (UNB) – Amid global march of the young people demanding urgent climate action, the youth leaders brought their message to the UN for the Youth Climate Summit, the opening salvo of the three-day long United Nations Climate Action Summit, which will culminate on Monday.
The Youth Climate Summit – the first time the UN has convened a summit for young people completely devoted to climate action – aimed at giving voice to the demands of young people to take far swifter action to reduce emissions that, without action, are on track to reverse the development gains of the recent decades that have improved the lives of millions of people.
The Summit opened a dialogue between the youth and decision makers, putting young people in the driving seat with voice and agency to realise their potential and the change they are persisting towards climate action, said the UN Information Centre in Dhaka.
Hosted by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the Youth Climate Action Summit brought youth climate champions together from more than 140 countries and territories to a platform to share their solutions on the global stage, and deliver a clear message to world leaders: We need to act now to address climate change.
The outcomes of the Youth Climate Summit will feed into the Climate Action Summit, which will be attended by heads of state and government as well as business CEOs and civil society leaders.
Guterres, calling this generation of young people “essential” in combating the climate crisis, said the gathering was a critical milestone ahead of Monday’s Climate Action Summit, where he has asked world leaders to come with bold, concrete plans. He credited youth for shaking up leaders’ “laissez-faire” approach to climate change.
“We are not yet there,” Guterres said, adding that we are “still losing the race” against climate change. “But there is a change in momentum. Largely this change in momentum was due to your [Greta Thunberg’s] initiative, and to the courage with which you have started this movement.”
“Millions around the world [are] saying clearly, not only that they want change, not only that decision makers must change, but they want them to be accountable,” he added.
“I have granddaughters. I want them to live in a livable planet. My generation has a huge responsibility. It is your generation that must hold us accountable to make sure we don’t betray the future of humankind.”
The Youth Climate Summit featured a full-day of programmes that brought together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change makers committed to combating climate change at the pace and scale needed to meet the climate challenge.
The programme culminated in unveiling the State of Youth Platform and the ActNow platform that encourages people to take action on climate action.
To close the Summit, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed took part in a Town Hall with the participants and high-level representatives from governments and civil society.
Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, said: “Climate change is the defining issue of our time. Millions of young people all over the world are already being affected by it. If we don’t act now, the impact will be severe.”
Sea ice and ice mass continue to decrease, sea-level rise is accelerating, and sea water is becoming more acid. Food insecurity and health impacts are growing. But the world is continuing to invest in fossil fuels.
Jayathma Wickramanayake emphasised that climate action must be fair and just. “We have to ensure that no one, especially young people, is left behind.”
The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), she said, are a blueprint for the world to achieve sustainable development by 2030. Climate action (SDG 13) is crucial to achieve this.