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) – 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.
Dhaka, Mar 20 (UNB) – The government is chalking out the country’s biggest-ever nationwide programme to celebrate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesdaysaid the birth centenary will be celebrated even at the grassroots level from March 17, 2020 to March 26, 2021 to spread the authentic history of Bangabandhu and the Liberation War.
“We’ll also take measures for the celebrations of the birth centenary even at the grassroots level so that people can know the authentic history and the Liberation War spirit can be infused into them,” she said.
The Prime Minister was addressing a joint meeting of the National Committee for Celebration of the Birth Centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Implementation Committee for Celebration of the Birth Centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The maiden meeting of the two committees was held at Prime Minister’s Office in the city with Sheikh Hasina, who also is the head of the National Committee for Celebration of Bangabandhu's Birth Centenary, in the chair.
At the meeting, the committee received proposals from members of the two committees to work out elaborate programmes to celebrate 'MujibBarsho' (Mujib Year) from March 17, 2020 to March 26, 2021 marking the birth centenary.
The Prime Minister in her introductory speech said it is national duty to celebrate the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation properly as he had huge dedication for the well-being of the country’s people. “He passed the valuable time of his life in the jail,” said Hasina, also the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu.
She said the Father of the Nation took a nation to the armed war from the non-cooperation movement motivating the people gradually, which is a rare example in the world history.
Bangabandhu had given the country’s people the political independence and also took measures for their economic emancipation, but got only three and a half years to implement the measures.
He did huge work in every sector in such a short time, she added.
Hasina said had the dark night of August 15 not come in the life of Bengali nation, Bangladesh would have turned into a developed country many years ago.
She said there were efforts to erase the contribution of Bangabandhu to the Language Movement completely alongside wiping out his contribution to the Liberation War. But none can rub out the truth as it gets revealed finally, she added.
In her concluding speech, the Prime Minister said the measures will be taken to celebrate the birth centenary throughout the country.
Alongside the government programmes, different institutes can take separate programmes to celebrate the MujibBorsha, she said.
Hasina hinted that some other important persons will be incorporated in the two committees.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Chairman of the Law Commission Justice ABM KhairulHaque, former finance minister AMA Muhith, National Professor Anisuzzaman, National Professor Mohammad Rafiqul Islam were on the dias.
Former principal secretary Dr Kamal Abdul NaserChowdhury, who is the member secretary of the National Committee for Celebration of the Birth Centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman moderated the meeting.
Earlier on February 14, the government formed the 102-member National Committee for the Celebration of the Birth Centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The government also constituted the 61-member National Implementation Committee for Celebration of the Birth Centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. National Professor Mohammad Rafiqul Islam and PM’s former principal secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury were made the chairman and chief coordinator of the committee respectively.
Dhaka, Mar 20 (UNB) - Bangladesh’s capital was ranked worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Wednesday.
Dhaka had a score of 179 at 10:50am, indicating that the air quality was unhealthy.
A numerical value between 151 and 200 indicates that everyone may begin to experience health effects. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.
India’s Delhi, Vietnam’s Hanoi, and Poland’s Krakow occupied the next three slots with scores of 174, 173 and 169 respectively.
Air quality between 201 and 300 is classified as ‘very unhealthy’. If the score is between 301 and 500, then it is classified as ‘hazardous’.
The AQI, an index for reporting daily air quality, tells people how clean or polluted the air of a certain city is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for them.
Dhaka, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, has been grappling with air pollution for a long time. The air quality generally worsens during summer and shows signs of improvement in monsoon when the dust settles.