Jashore, Feb 6 (UNB) – A three-year old girl, abducted from Gazipur’s Barobari on Tuesday, was rescued from Jashore’s Barinagar early Wednesday.
Police raided Barinagar acting on a tip-off and rescued Maliha, said Apurbo Hasan, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Model Police.
Mahila, daughter of expatriate Mohidul Islam, was abducted by one Arman and taken to Jashore.
Locals contacted police after Arman behaved suspiciously. Police arrested him shortly after he had arrived in Jashore, the OC added.
Victim’s mother Nasima Akhter said Arman, son of Ajgor Ali of Bagerhat’s Mollahat Upazila, kidnapped her girl on Tuesday morning and demanded Tk 6 lakh as ransom.
Later she filed a general diary with Gazipur Sadar Police Station.
Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) - Twenty-one eminent personalities will get the country’s second-highest civilian award, Ekushey Padak, this year in recognition of their contributions to various fields.
The Cultural Affairs Ministry announced the names of the recipients on Wednesday.
Prof Halima Khatun (posthumous), Advocate Golam Arif Tipu and Prof Monowara Islam have been selected for their roles in the Language Movement.
Subir Nandi, Azam Khan (posthumous) and Khairul Anam Shakil are being recognised for their contributions to music while Lucky Enam, Suborna Mustafa and Liaquat Ali Lucky for performing arts.
Sayeda Khanam and Jamal Uddin Ahmed have been chosen for their contributions to photography and fine arts respectively while Khitindra Chandra Baishya is getting the Ekushey Padak for his role in the Liberation War.
Dr Biswajit Ghosh and Dr Mahbubul Haque have been picked for the award for their research while Dr Pranab Kumar Barua is being awarded for his contribution to education.
Rizia Rahman, Imdadul Haq Milon, Ashim Saha, Anwara Syed Haq, Mainul Ahsan Saber and Harishankar Jaladas are getting the award for contributing to language and literature.
Each recipient will get a gold medal, a certificate and a cheque for Tk 2 lakh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hand over the Ekushey Padak to the awardees at a ceremony at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on February 20.
Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – Rumana Rahman has become the first Bangladeshi to be appointed as the Asia Pacific and Middle-East Head of Human Resources of British American Tobacco Group (BAT).
The appointment will be effective from February 15, according to a press release.
She served as the HR Head at BAT Bangladesh for the last seven years.
Rumana started her career in BAT Bangladesh as a management trainee after completing her BBA from IBA, Dhaka University in 2001.
In her career, she has covered HR areas like reward, talent and other generalist streams of business partnering including the Supply Chain HR.
She was also the Regional HR Planning and Reporting Manager of the Asia Pacific Region based in Hong Kong. Rumana is the first woman to be the Top Team Member of BAT Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday urged the police to serve people with honesty and sincerity being imbued with the Liberation War spirit and thus gain their trust.
“Anyone who comes to you to take service shouldn’t be harassed. You need to make sure they can avail of necessary services and suggestions. You must keep up efforts to become a service-oriented and people-friendly force by gaining the trust of people – that’s the expectation of people.”
The President said this at a function marking the ‘Police Week -2019’ held at Bangabhaban at noon.
“One of the key elements of good governance for the development and progress of the country is the proper enforcement of law. You must continue to play a responsible role to maintain the country's internal security and establish a safe society,” he said.
The President further said, “Your main responsibilities are maintaining internal security, protecting people's lives, establishing the rule of law and preventing terrorism and crimes upholding human rights and democratic values.”
Hamid said it has to be kept in mind that a new trend of policing activities has started in combination of police, people and technology to face present-day crimes across the globe. “So, in addition to community policing, innovative policing activities should be continued in light of the best practices of modern policing system.”
President Hamid said crimes and criminals are no longer limited to the geographical boundary of any particular country. Utilising various facilities of modern technology, organised gangs are being involved in domestic, regional and international crime networks, he said.
“It’s very challenging to control and deal with such crimes. Despite this, the professionalism, skill and courage the police members have shown to prevent organised crimes, terrorism, militancy and spread of drug addiction is really commendable. It has brought peace and relief in public life,” he said.
“Your success has not only been appreciated in the country but also in the international arena. I firmly believe that you will become more trained and skilled to face new challenges in the future,” the President added.
Hamid said the professionalism and success of Bangladesh police in the UN peacekeeping missions is recognised worldwide today. Female police members are also performing their duties successfully in the mission, he added.
He urged the police force to keep up their efforts to uphold the honour achieved in the international arena.
The President mentioned that specialised police units have been formed to make easier the providing of police services and people-friendly ones. Apart from this, various steps, including accommodation, ration, risk allowance and medical facilities, have been taken for their welfare, he said.
Steps have already been taken to establish a scheduled bank named 'Community Bank Bangladesh Limited' for the police. These initiatives of the government will help people get police services in a much easier way, the President said.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Javed Patwari, and senior government officials were also present during the event.
Cabinet members, MPs, senior government officials, leaders of various professional bodies, and members of civil society also attended the function.
Secretaries to the President were also present at the programme.
Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – Mentioning that electricity is the most essential element for the country’s overall development, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said her government will light up every house by boosting the power generation.
“It’s our goal to light up every house through increased generation of electricity,” she said while inaugurating six power plants with the total generation capacity of 1,062 megawatts and nine new grid sub-stations through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganobhaban.
The Prime Minister also opened power supply to Sandwip upazila in Chattogram through submarine cable, and cent percent electrification of 12 upazilas.
Addressing the programme, the Prime Minister said the electricity demand goes up with the improvement of socio-economic status and lifestyle of people. “So, we’re also increasing the power generation capacity keeping consistency with the growing demand,” she added.
Sheikh Hasina said now 93 percent people are enjoying electricity facilities in the country.
She said now people do not need to run to and fro for having power connections as the government is taking electricity to their houses. “Our goal is to light up every corner of the country.”
Expressing her gratitude to the people of Bangladesh for electing her government by casting their votes in favour of ‘Boat’ in the 2018 general election, she said, “We’ll march forward upholding the confidence and trust the people put on us.”
She said Awami League government took the country towards the path of development in the last 10 years from 2008 to 2018 coming to power for two consecutive terms.
“Today, we’ve graduated to a developing country and we’ll keep working to maintain the trend,” she added.
Noting that the AL government is taking measures for the overall development of all upazilas, she said, “We’ll be able to build the country as hunger- and poverty-free, developed and prosperous one as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”
Coming to power in 1996, the AL government made Bangladesh a food-sufficient country, boosted power generation and increased the literacy rate, and developed infrastructures, including schools and bridges which created the ray of hope among people, Hasina said, adding, “But the ray of hope had gone out after BNP-Jamaat came to power in 2001.”
Talking about the power supply to Sandwip from the national grid, the Prime Minister said it will attract investment, accelerate industrialisation, help increase crop productions, help set up agro-processing industries and unlock the potentials of blue economy.
Mentioning that Sandwip is a very beautiful island, she said tourism can be flourished there.
The six power plants inaugurated at the function are Sirajganj 282 MW Simple Cycle Power Plant, Bhola 225 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant, Chandpur 200 MW Power Plant, Ashuganj 150 MW Power Plant, Rupsha 105 MW Power Plant in Khulna, Julda 100 MW Power Plant (3rd unit) in Chattogram.
The nine grid sub-stations are Ramganj, Barishal (North), Baraiyarhat, Shikalbaha, Jaldhaka, Sunamganj, Bianibazar, Rangamati and Matarbari.
The 12 upazilas which came under cent percent electricity coverage are Harinakundu, Thakurgaon Sadar, Baliadangi, Goalanda, Kalukhali, Bamna, Lakhai, Shaistaganj, Ajmiriganj, Bahubal, Melandah and Islampur.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid and PM’s Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury spoke on the occasion.
Nasrul Hamid said 186 upazilas have come under cent percent electricity coverage. There is also 80pc-90pc electricity coverage in the rest upazilas of the country.
“We hope we’ll be able to bring 100 percent of all the upazilas under electricity network at the end of this year,” he said.
PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman moderated the function, while Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus made a presentation on the development of the power sector in the last 10 years.
In his presentation, Dr Kaikaus said the country’s daily power generation capacity is now 20,854 megawatts.
The Secretary said Bangladesh has now been turned into a power-surplus country from a deficit one thanks to the inauguration of 100 new power plants in the country over the last 10 years.
Awami League senior leaders Tofail Ahmed and Engineer Mosharraf Hossain were present.