Dhaka, Apr 22 (UNB) - Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim's grandson Zayan Chowdhury was killed in Sunday's explosions in Sri Lanka that left at least 290 people dead.
Sharif Mahmud Apu, Public Relations Officer of the Home Ministry, told UNB that Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan went to Sheikh Selim's Banani residence around 11:30 am to console him.
Zayan Chowdhury, 8, son of Sheikh Selim's daughter Sheikh Amena Sultana Sonia, was killed in an explosion that ripped through a hotel in Colombo where he was staying along with his family.
Besides, Zayan's father Mashiul Haque Chowdhury, injured in the blast, was admitted to a hospital there.
Awami League presidium member Sheikh Selim is a cousin of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Zayan's body will be brought back home on Wednesday on completion of the formality. The body will arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 11:30am, said Awami League acting General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif.
From there, the body will be brought directly to their Banani house and later he will be buried at Banani graveyard after a namaz-e-janaza, he added.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a reception in Brunei said the son-in-law of Sheikh Selim was injured in Sunday's explosions in Sri Lanka and his grandson remained missing.
A series of blasts at churches and hotels in and just outside Sri Lanka's capital killed at least 290 people and injured hundreds more on Easter on Sunday. It was the nation's worst violence since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago.
Bandar Seri Begawan, Apr 22 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday proposed formation of a regional economic forum with five Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states of South and Southeast Asian region, including Bangladesh and Brunei.
She made the proposal during her talks with Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah at the Istana Nurul Iman, the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei, here.
Briefing reporters after the talks, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque said the members of the forum of the proposed regional economic forum will be Bangladesh and the Maldives from the South Asia and Indonesia, while Malaysia and Brunei from the Southeast Asia.
In response to the proposal, the Brunei Sultan assured that he will "favourably consider" the matter, the foreign secretary said.
Shahidul Haque said issues related to bilateral interests and international concerns, including Rohingya crisis, came up for discussions at the meeting.
He said the Prime Minister made some more proposals for further strengthening the bilateral ties and cooperation between Bangladesh and Brunei.
The Prime Minister proposed increasing interactions between the business communities of the two countries and conducting a feasibility study for a preferential trade arrangement to this end.
She also proposed holding discussions on constituting a joint commission between the two countries, he said.
Sheikh Hasina put emphasis on increasing cooperation in the fields of jute and jute goods, software, agro products, ceramic and tableware, shipbuilding industry and tourism.
She said the government is setting up industrial parks where the entrepreneurs of Brunei can invest.
Hasina laid emphasis on avoiding double taxation, as well as mutual promotion and protection of investment.
The Prime Minister gave priority to health and agriculture sectors in the context of Brunei and said a bigger collaboration between the two countries could be made in recruiting health professionals and pharmaceuticals.
The Foreign Secretary said both the Prime Minister and the Sultan said direct air-link between Bangladesh and Brunei should be established.
Hasina proposed boosting military cooperation in non-weapon-related area like humanitarian operation and knowledge sharing.
In this connection, the Sultan highly praised Bangladeshi peacekeepers for maintaining peace in the trouble-torn areas in the world.
Hassanal Bolkiah extended his heartfelt greetings to Sheikh Hasina on her party's landslide victory in the last general election and assuming of office for the fourth time.
"It's the verdict of people, and the victory is the recognition of socioeconomic development that Bangladesh has achieved under the Prime Minister's leadership," Haque quoted the Sultan as saying.
The visit of the Prime Minister is a milestone for elevation and expansion of bilateral relationship between Brunei and Bangladesh, said the Sultan adding that there is huge potentials of boosting trade and commerce between the two countries.
He said cooperation between Brunei and Bangladesh could be made in different sectors like energy, food, people-to-people contact and connectivity.
On Rohingya issue, Bolkiah put emphasis on "just and permanent solution" to the crisis.
In this connection, the Prime Minister sought Asean's bigger involvement, and sought the Sultan's cooperation in this regard, Haque said.
About Asean, the Sultan assured that Brunei will continue to help strengthen cooperation between Bangladesh and the regional forum.
Sheikh Hasina invited the Sultan to visit Bangladesh along with his wife.
On her arrival, the Sultan greeted Sheikh Hasina by proceeding to the stair of the Palace breaking traditional Royal protocol of Brunei.
Dhaka, Apr 22 (UNB) - State-owned Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) will start selling three essentials at a subsidised rate across the country on Tuesday for the convenience of people during Ramadan.
The three essentials are soyabean oil, pulse and sugar.
TCB information officer Humayun Kabir told UNB that they have completed all the preparations to start the sale.
“We’ll start selling essentials across the country, including the capital, on Tuesday at lower prices compared to those at the retail markets,” he said.
The TCB spokesperson said they will sell around 1500 metric tonnes of chickpea and 100 metric tonnes of dates this year in Ramadan.
“We sell oil and sugar round the year. So, we’ve enough stock of these items. However, we’ll come up with details about the essentials, including their prices, later.”
Humayun Kabir further said, “We’ve the stock of oil and lentils two or three times more than that of the dealers’ demand. Hope, customers will get products as per their requirement. The sale will continue till the last day of Ramadan.”
Under the Open Market Sale (OMS) initiative, the TCB usually distributes five essentials -- soybean oil, sugar, red lentils, grams and dates -- during Ramadan.
Dhaka, April 22 (UNB) - Some 30 Rohingyas have graduated from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Storytellers programme in a ceremony held in Cox'sBazar recently.
The 30 young Rohingya men and women learned storytelling technics, how to take photos, and the basics of shooting video.
The storytellers can now use these skills to act as communicators with and on behalf of their community and make their voices heard to the global audience, said a press release on Monday.
WFP provides food assistance to almost 900,000 Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar.
For the first time, WFP, with support from BRAC, has trained some of these men and women in digital storytelling so that they can share their stories with the world.
In 2017, 745,000 Rohingya fled violence in Myanmar, joining almost 200,000 Rohingya who had fled previously.
During the two-week training the WFP Storytellers have shared their stories of loss, tragedy, hope, and everyday life living in the world’s largest refugee camp.
“There has been a huge media focus on the Rohingya crisis and the lives of those affected living in Cox’s Bazar, who WFP supports,” said Richard Ragan, WFP Country Director for Bangladesh.
“However, it’s very rare that these stories are told by the people who have lived them, in their own way. Through WFP Storytellers, young Rohingya men and women can capture the real stories they want to and share their stories with the world. We are delighted to unearth and celebrate some of the storytelling talent that lies here in right here in the Rohingya community.”
WFP and its partner agencies on the ground will continue to support the storytellers by providing the tools, opportunities and platform to gather and share stories, said the press release.
"The WFP Storytellers project has been instrumental in giving the Rohingya refugees their own voice, and I can think of no better way to empower them," said Khaled Morshed, Head of Operations, BRAC Humanitarian Crisis Management Programme.
Hafsa Akter, aged 22, is one of the participants who graduated.
“We have seen so much and been through so much. Our situation as Rohingya people is so unique and I want this to be understood from my own words and photos. Through WFP Storytellers I can see photography is very important for us to capture who we are and express our feelings. I have so many things to share about me and my people.”
Raba Khan from The Jhakanaka Project was at the ceremony to present the graduates with their certificates.
Since its launch, WFP Storytellers has trained Syrian refugees and vulnerable men and women from host communities in Jordan, Sudanese refugees in Chad, youths from remote areas affected by climate change in Guatemala and South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.
Munshiganj, Apr 22 (UNB) - The 11th span of the much-hyped Padma Bridge will be installed on Tuesday which will make 1,500 metres of the bridge visible.
The 3,600-ton ‘6-C’ span will be installed on the 33 and 34 no pillars at the Jajira point.
All the preparations have been completed and span has been brought by floating crane Tian-E from the Mawa Kumarbhog Construction Yard on Monday morning, said deputy assistant engineer of Padma Bridge project Humayun Kabir adding that the 12th span is likely to be installed this month.
Earlier, the 10th span was installed on April 10.
The works of Padma Multipurpose Bridge became visible with the installation of 150-metre first span on the pillars no 37 and 38 on October 30, 2017. Later, the second, third, fourth and fifth spans were installed on the pillars 38-39, 39-40, and 40-41 respectively in 2018.
The construction work on the country's largest bridge started in December 2015.
The 6.15-kilometre bridge will have a total of 41 spans, each 150 metres long.
According to the engineers concerned, a total of 41 spans will be installed on 42 concrete pillars.