Dhaka, Jan 1 (UNB) - An estimated 8,428 babies will be born in Bangladesh on the New Year’s Day, UNICEF said on Tuesday.
Bangladeshi babies will account for 2.13 percent of the estimated 395,072 babies to be born across the world on the New Year’s Day, says the report.
In cities around the world, revelers will welcome not only the New Year with great festivities but also their newest and tiniest residents.
As the clock stroke midnight, Sydney greeted an estimated 168 babies, followed by 310 in Tokyo, 605 in Beijing, 166 in Madrid and finally, 317 in New York.
Fiji in the Pacific region is most likely to deliver 2019’s first baby and in the United States, the last.
A quarter of all babies will be born in South Asia alone, according to the report.
Globally, over half of these births are estimated to take place in eight countries: India — 69,944, China — 44,940, Nigeria — 25,685, Pakistan — 15,112, Indonesia — 13,256, the United States — 11086, the Democratic Republic of Congo — 10,053 and Bangladesh — 8,428.
“This New Year Day, let’s all make a resolution to fulfill every right of every child, starting with the right to survive,” said Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director.
“We can save millions of babies if we invest in training and equipping local health workers so that every newborn is born into a safe pair of hands.”
Around the world on January 1, families will welcome countless Alexander and Ayesha, Zheng and Zainab.
But in several countries, many babies will not even be named as they won’t make it past their first day.
In 2017, about 1 million babies died on the day they were born, and 2.5 million in just their first month of life.
Among those children, most died from preventable causes such as premature birth, complications during delivery and infections like sepsis and pneumonia, a violation of their basic right to survival.
2019 also marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which UNICEF will be commemorating with worldwide events throughout the year.
Under the convention, governments committed to, among other things, taking measures to save every child by providing good quality health care.
Over the past three decades, the world has seen remarkable progress in child survival, cutting the number of children worldwide who die before their fifth birthday by more than half.
But there has been slower progress for newborns. Babies dying in the first month account for 47 per cent of all deaths among children under five.
UNICEF’s Every Child Alive campaign calls for immediate investment to deliver affordable, quality health care solutions for every mother and newborn.
These include a steady supply of clean water and electricity at health facilities, the presence of a skilled health attendant during birth, ample supplies and medicines to prevent and treat complications during pregnancy, delivery and birth, and empowered adolescent girls and women who can demand better quality of health services.
Dhaka, Jan 1 (UNB) – Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Tuesday said the newly-elected members of parliament will be sworn in on January 3.
He came up with the disclosure while talking to reporters during a dialogue with Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters Forum at the media centre of his secretariat office.
The minister also said the gazette notification in this regard will be published within 2-1 days. “The government will formally announce the date,” he added.
Responding to a journalist’s query, Inu said BNP rejected the election results as part of its conspiracy.
The minister also said Jatiya Party will be the main opposition in parliament. “They can also be part of the government if the Prime Minister offers and they accept that.”
Inu said the Grand Alliance is the alliance of people which have tried to work for them and that is why the Grand Alliance has won the election by a huge margin.
BSRF president Shyamal Sarker and Secretary Mohsin Ashraf were also present at the briefing.
Dhaka, Jan 1 (UNB)- Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of her party’s absolute victory in 11th national election.
The Prime Minister paid the homage by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city.
After laying the wreaths, Sheikh Hasina stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of independence.
Flanked by senior Awami League leaders, Hasina placed another wreath at Bangabandhu’s portrait as the party chief.
Bangabandhu’s younger daughter Sheikh Rehana and Sheikh Hasina’s daughter Saima Hossain Putul were also present on the occasion.
Faridpur, Jan 1 (UNB) – The 116th birth anniversary of famous poet and litterateur Jasimuddin, popularly known as ‘Palli Kabi’, is being observed in Faridpur on Tuesday.
The poet was born on this day of 1903 in his maternal uncle’s house in Tambulkhana village in Faridpur district.
As part of the celebration, Deputy Commissioner Begum Umme Salma Tanjia, also the president of Jasim Foundation, along with superintendent of district police Md Jakir Hossain Khan paid floral tributes to the poet’s graveyard at Ambikapur.
Later, people from all walks of life and members of different cultural and social organisations paid their respect to the poet.
Following it, a discussion meeting and a doa mahfil were held at the yard of the poet’s house.
Jasimuddin’s ageless creation ‘Naksi Kanthar Math’ translated in foreign languages.
Besides he is also the father of many remarkable writings like Sojan Badiyar Ghat, Rangila Nayer Majhi, Matir Kanna, Suchayani ,Beder Meye, Pallibadhu , Thakur Badir Abinay , Dalim Kumar etc.
When he was still a university student, his poem ‘Kabar’ (Grave) was included in school textbooks.
He is the key figure for the revivals of pastoral literature in Bengal during the 20th century.
A versatile writer, Jasimuddin wrote poems, ballads, songs, dramas, novel, stories, memoirs, travelogues, etc.
Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB) – A young man who sustained bullet injury in firing on the eve of the voting in the national election in Barura upazila of Cumilla on Sunday died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital on Monday.
The deceased was identified as Sakhawat Hossain, 21, of the upazila.
With this, the death toll from the election violence has reached 18.
DMCH police outpost in-charge Md Bachchu Mia said three people who received bullet wounds in the incident early Sunday were admitted to the hospital.
Of them, Sakhawat succumbed to his injuries in the morning, he said.
Victim’s brother Iman Hossain said their house is situated by the Adda Degree College polling station.
Some villagers, including his brother, rushed to the polling centre in the early hours of Sunday after hearing an announcement of a fire incident at the polling station.
Three people suffered bullet injuries as some miscreants fired gunshots on them, he said.