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.
Dhaka, Sept 25 (UNB) - National Council for Literature and Culture on Tuesday accorded reception to the newly appointed three national professors – Emeritus Professor Dr. Rafiqul Islam, Emeritus Professor Dr. Anisuzzaman and Professor Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury at Bangla Academy.
Addressing the programme as the chief guest Finance Minister AMA Muhith said, it is the honour of the nation to have the three national professors and it is the honour of the three of them as well to achieve such respect from the nation.
"When I proposed their names at the selection committee, they were selected without any question by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina", he added.
Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury said, he has worked in many development projects of Bangladesh and it is his biggest achievement to contribute in country's development.
"The country has given me much more than I have given to the country", said Dr. Anisuzzaman.
Rafiqul Islam said, "I have been teaching for more than 60 years and still take classes five days a week. Teaching has kept me alive."
Urging the young generation to enlighten their life with the ideology of these three professor, Director General of Bangla Academy Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan said, if the youths of the country follow the path of these professors and build up their lives accordingly, that will be the biggest achievement of them becoming national professors.
The programme was presided over by novelist Selina Hossain.
Among others, former information commissioner Azizur Rahman Aziz, Bangladesh Sammilita Sangskritik Jote President Golam Kuddus, Jatiyo Kobita Parishad President Muhammad Samad and Vice Chancellor of Rabindra University Bishwajit Ghosh also spoke on the occasion.
Dhaka, Sept 25 (UNB)- Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon on Tuesday termed the recognition of the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest clean-up campaign of the DSCC as the achievement of the city dwellers and the people of the country.
Briefing reporters at the Dhaka Dakkhin Nagar Bhaban today, the DSCC Mayor said this achievement will be meaningful when the city will turn into a clean one.
He also said that the Dhaka city dwellers have made a world record achieving the recognition of Guinness Book of World Records.
“We wanted to create awareness among the city dwellers about cleanliness alongside achieving the recognition of the Guinness Book of World Records through ‘Clean-up Dhaka’ campaign,” said the DSCC Mayor.
Sayeed Khokon dedicated the recognition of the Guinness Book of World Records to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman saying, “We want to dedicate it to the name of the leader (Bangabandhu) as we wouldn’t have gotten this country and its independence without him.”
The DSCC Mayor urged the city dwellers to work unitedly keeping confidence on him to build the Dhaka city as a clean city.
DSCC’s Dhaka Clean-up Campaign was organized in the capital on April 13 this year and it has hit the Guinness Book of World Records on Monday.
The DSCC in collaboration with Reckitt Benckiser Bangladesh arranged the programme to raise awareness among people to make the city a clean and a healthy one.
Though over 15,000 people, including members of Rover Scouts, Bangladesh National Cadet Core (BNCC), Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) and Fire Service, celebrities, actors, students from educational institutions and social activists, took to the streets with brooms spontaneously to set the record, 7021 people were attended the clean-up programme fulfilling all of the policies of the Guinness Book of World Records.
The previous record was set by India’s Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) last year as more than 5,000 people took part in a clean-up drive in the Indian city.