Dhaka, Sep 21 (UNB)- Inter-university Literature and Cultural Competition 'AUNKUR 2019' was held for the third time at the premises of Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) on Saturday .
Every year MIST Literature and Cultural Club organizes the competition where approximately 1200 students participate from 40 universities and 20 colleges across the country, said a press release of Inter Service Public Relation (ISPR) Directorate.
Major General Wahid-Uz-Zaman, commandant of the MIST was present as the chief guest at this year's event. Hamiduzzaman Khan, chairman of the Faculty of Fine arts from Dhaka University, Film actor Shahidul AlamSacchu, young writer Sadat Hossain, film director Hasibur Reza Kallol, cartoonist Morshed Mishu, actress Tama Mirza were present as special guests and judges.
The competition has a total of 11 segments. Dance, song, acting based competition named ‘Group Cultural Competition’, ‘Golpopuron’, ‘Kothopokothon’, ‘Bengali and World Literature Olympiad’, ‘Chitrokotha’ based on literature and ‘Canvase Aki’, ‘PhotoTale Competition’, ‘Tuli Kabbo’ based on Art work were held.
Lalmonirhat, Sept 21 (UNB) – Police arrested a marriage registrar for allegedly conducting the marriage of a rape victim with the rapist from Buzir Bazar area in sadar upazila of the district on Friday night.
The arrestee is Shaidul Islam, 48, a resident of Satpatki village in Sadar upazila.
Mahfuz Alam, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said private tutor Shahin Alam allegedly raped the seventh grader girl around two and half month back.
Victim’s father filed a case against four, including the private tutor, with the police station on September 18 and police arrested Shahin at night.
He also lodged a complaint saying that Sadar thana SI Mainul Islam had forced his family to arrange a marriage between their daughter and rapist Shahin Alam.
Sub Inspector Mainul Islam of Sadar Police Station was transferred to Hatibandha Police Circle following the allegation and investigation in going over it, said ASP Shafiqul Islam.
Marriage registrar Shaidul Islam claimed that he was not involved in the marriage and even he knows nothing about it.
Father of the girl said that her daughter underwent abortion at a local clinic on July 25. Later he filed a complaint with the police station on August 11 and the girl was forced to marry the rapist on August 23.
Dhaka, Sept 21 (UNB) – World Car Free Day 2019 will be observed on Sunday in the country as elsewhere in the world.
Car Free Day Observance National Committee comprising Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) and some government and private organisations has taken up various programmes to observe the day, said a press release.
As part of the programmes, a press conference was held at the VIP lounge of the National Press Club today.
The day is a free international event celebrated on September 22, which formally started in the 70's in Europe urging citizens to avoid using private cars and encourage cycling, walking or using public transport instead.
For the first time, it was observed jointly by the government and non-government organizations in the country in 2016.
Benapole, Sept 21 (UNB) - Ten Bangladeshi women returned home through Benapole check post on Friday night after serving two years' jail in Indian prison.
The women hail from Narail, Jashore and Barishal districts.
Benapole Immigration Police officer in-Charge Mohsin Hossain said they went to India without valid documents in search of good jobs with the help of local brokers two years back.
Kolkata police arrested them and a court sentenced them to two years imprisonment each for trespassing into the country .
After the end of jail term, Kolkata police handed them over to Benapole check post immigration police at night.
Mamun Khan, officer-in-charge of Benapole Port Police Station said they handed the women over to a representative of a human rights organisation in Jashore to send them to their respective families.
Dhaka, Sept 21 (UNB) - British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson on Saturday said the United Kingdom (UK) would be spending some 6 billion pounds to help Bangladesh and other vulnerable countries combat climate change with adaptation and mitigation.
“Bangladesh has already made remarkable progress. But there’s much more to be done,” he said describing how Bangladesh has made “exemplary progress” over the last decade in preparing for and mitigating the impacts of natural disasters making a “real difference” at the country’s ability.
In a video message marking the International Day of Peace, the British High Commissioner said there is a close link between the climate and peace. “The UK is working very closely with Bangladesh on the climate adaptation.”
High Commissioner Dickson said the UK will stand beside Bangladesh to deal with the impacts of climate change to ensure peace.
He also said the UK is committed to combating climate change and this year’s theme, Climate Action for Peace, recognises the importance of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.
At next week’s UN Climate Action Summit, the UK will lead the resilience and adaptation track in partnership with Bangladesh.
The High Commissioner said they will work together to seek global commitment on adapting to climate impacts and building resilience for the future.
The UK has been successful in its bid to host the 2020 COP 26 negotiations demonstrating that the UK is a global leader on climate change and illustrates how the UK is committed to using expertise, influence and ambition to support our partners in tackling this global issue.
The UK’s Department for International Development has announced a doubling of its spending on climate and environment, and as part of this they have already committed to replenishing the Green Climate Fund.
The United Nations has called upon all states and citizens to take action to tackle climate change.
This year’s International Day of Peace falls two days before the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23 with the theme: "Climate Action for Peace" which draws attention to the importance of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.