Weather may remain mainly dry with partly cloudy sky over the country for next 24 hours commencing 6 pm on Tuesday.
There are chances of light rain or drizzle at one or two places over Khulna, Barishal and Chattogram divisions.
Light fog may occur at places over the country during late night to morning, according to Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).
About the synoptic situation, BMD said the depression over Southwest Bay and adjoining area intensified into a deep depression, it said.
It turned into a cyclonic storm “NIVER” over the same area and was centred at 12 noon on Tuesday near lat 10.0° N and long 82.7° E. (R) lat 10.0° N and long 82.7° E. It is likely to intensify further and move in a west-northwesterly direction, BMD added.
The ridge of Sub-continental high extends up to Bihar and adjoining area.
Night temperature may rise by (1-2)°C over the southern part of the country and it may rise slightly elsewhere over the country.
Day temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country.
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Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday issued a notice seeking the asset statements of MP Selina Islam, the wife of MP Shahidul Islam Papul, now in custody of Kuwaiti police on allegations of corruption, and their daughter Wafa Islam.
Separate notices were sent to their address from the ACC head office asking for the statements.
ACC Public Relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya confirmed the matter.
ACC Director Akhtar Hossain Azad directed to submit the details of all movable / immovable property, liabilities, source of income and its acquisition in their names or their dependents within 21 working days.
It also said that action would be taken against them under the ACC Act if they failed to submit the statement of assets within the stipulated time or if they submitted a false statement.
Earlier on November 11, investigating officer Salahuddin Ahmed filed a case against Papul, his wife MP Selina Islam, sister-in-law Jasmine Pradhan and daughter Wafa Islam.
Participants in a webinar on Tuesday called upon people from all walks of life to come forward with the government to stop violence against women.
They made the call in a webinar on “Towards Creating a Future without Violence” organized by ActionAid Bangladesh.
They said it is not the sole responsibility of the government to stop the violence against women in the society. So, sincere cooperation and participation of all is needed. Through this webinar, 16 days of Activism Campaign 2020 to End Violence Against Women has been inaugurated.
A survey conducted by ActionAid in 2017 showed that women in Bangladesh feel unsafe and are concerned about the implications of reporting any crime. At least 65% of women surveyed felt the police would blame them rather than the perpetrator and 57% felt that the crime would not be taken seriously.
Another survey conducted in 2018 found that domestic violence is the most prevalent and commonly faced category of Violence against women. Two out of every 3 women to report a case of violence against women has suffered from domestic violence.
M Naseemul Hye, board member of ActionAid International Bangladesh Society (AAIBS), said, “The recent spate of violence against women has shaken our conscience. We hope that such incidents will not happen again in the future”.
While addressing as chief guest, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md Atiqul Islam said, “We have formed a new committee specialized on women and children in the city corporation. To increase women's empowerment, we have set aside 20 percent of the total allocation for urban development for women counselors. Besides, we are emphasizing on what else can be done for women and children welfare”.
“By next month an app, 'Sobai Mile Sobar Dhaka' will be launched where city dwellers can easily lodge any complaint about the service”, he added.
Ministry of Women and Children Affairs’ (MoWCA) Multi-Sectoral programme on Violence Against Women Project Director Dr Abul Hossain said, "We all need to launch an awareness and advocacy campaign to prevent violence against women. As well as disseminating information to bring our services to the people."
Khushi Kabir, coordinator of the non-governmental organization Nijera Kori, said, “Everywhere, women have to have their own courage. Women need to understand that it is not the woman's fault becoming a victim, but the perpetrator is to blame. We need to be united to prevent violence against women by bringing about a change in our thoughts”.
Sifat E-Rabban, ADC (VSC), Women Support and Investigation Division, DMP, Dhaka, said, “The current police administration is very sensitive to stop violence against women. There is a women victim support center run by the women police. Our hotline number has been launched for filing complaints. There is also an app called BD Police Helpline. To prevent harassment of girls in cyberspace, a Facebook page, Police Cyber Support for Women has recently been launched which is also run by women police.”
In her closing remarks, Farah Kabir, Country Director of ActionAid Bangladesh, said, "We want no more women to be abused." She called upon all as well as the corporate sector to come forward to prevent violence against women.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.
Since 1991, more than 6,000 organizations from approximately 187 countries have participated in the campaign.
Md Faridul Haque Khan, an Awami League MP from Jamalpur-2 constituency, took oath on Tuesday as State Minister for Religious Affairs.
President Abdul Hamid administered the oath in the evening.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque and Information Minister Hasan Mahmud were, among others, present at the swearing-in ceremony that started at 7:05 pm.
Faridul Haque was given the religious affairs portfolio as it remained vacant since the death of Sheikh Md Abdullah in June this year.
Secretary to the President's Office Sampad Barua, Military Secretary Major General SM Shamim Uz Zaman, Press Secretary to the President Md Joynal Abedin and Secretary (Joint) Md Wahidul Islam Khan were also present on the occasion.
The 47-member Cabinet of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led government was formed on January 6 after Awami League was reelected in the last general election with 31 new faces and three technocrat ministers.
On July 11, State Minister for Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmed and Awami League Women Affairs Secretary Fazilutunnesa Indira joined the Cabinet as minister and state minister respectively.
Centre for Peace and Justice, Brac University on Tuesday celebrated the official start of the Refugee Studies Unit (RSU) virtually.
The establishment of RSU is a major step in furthering CPJ’s vision to support Bangladesh’s humanitarian and development sectors in building expertise and skills for peace building, justice and social cohesion, said a press release.
In order to support the Rohingya humanitarian response as a knowledge partner, CPJ began developing RSU in 2018 to generate knowledge, understanding and capacities for the intersecting crises of statelessness, displacement and forced migration affecting Bangladesh.
As a central element of CPJ’s strategic plan for 2021-2023, RSU will build a research agenda and focus on four thematic areas in order to ensure appropriate and empirically informed responses by policymakers, donors and the humanitarian community that meet the needs of refugees and others living in fragile settings.
These four thematic areas are: Participatory Action Research, Situation and Context Analysis, Research & Knowledge Repository, and Higher Learning.
Gracing the launch ceremony were CPJ’s three distinguished guests, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson, the Vice Chancellor of Brac University Professor Vincent Chang and Laetitia van den Assum, former member of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State chaired by Kofi Annan.
Robert Dickson officially launched the RSU and stressed the importance of the Unit’s work in keeping the spotlight on the Rohingya refugee crisis by bringing critical expertise and knowledge to the ongoing humanitarian emergency in Bangladesh.
“It’s important that the humanitarian operation in Cox’s Bazar continues because the longer-term solution that will enable the Rohingyas to return to Rakhine will not happen quickly… it would take a while for a million people to return to a state that has been very badly damaged.”
Thus, “the setting up of the Refugees Studies Unit is really useful.“
Dickson continued: “I’m really glad that within part of a longer-term partnership with the Centre for Peace and Justice, we, in the High Commission and the British Government, have been able to support this.”
van den Assum highlighted that “the demands on the Unit are many and complex” and as a former member of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, she is willing to assist in any capacity.
She believes that the RSU’s active research and outreach to policy makers can make a difference in the lives of Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh.
Professor Chang said he fully supports the Centre for Peace and Justice’s engagement with the Rohingya people through education, research, training and advocacy. “One of the RSU’s objective is to conduct research and ultimately generate new knowledge,” he said. In doing so, the RSU will be able to contribute toward possible solutions to the Rohingya refugee issue and other crises.