Dhaka, Jan 12 (UNB) – Women Entrepreneurs Association of Bangladesh (WEAB) is holding a ‘Pitha Festival’ in the city’s Kalabagan.
A variety of traditional pithas, including Bhapa, Chitoi, Patishapta, Mug Pakon, Pua, Puli, are being showcased in the event. Sides of Mashed spices and meat have also been put on display.
Dr Gowher Rizvi, international affairs advisor to the prime minister, attended the event as the chief guest. He lauded WEAB’s efforts to give women a platform to contribute to the country.
“Possibilities are endless for such an enterprise,” he said, stressing significance of organisations like WEAB for individual designers.
WEAB President Nasreen Fatema Awal thanked all members of the organisation who attended and worked for the event.
She also spoke about procedures WEAB follows to support the entrepreneurs from Dhaka and other regions.
“WEAB never marks up prices of products sent by the entrepreneurs and designers,” she said.
WEAB first Vice-president Salma Masud agreed with her and wished the event success.
Former FBCCI president Abdul Awal Mintoo was also present at the event.
The festival is open for everyone. It will continue until 8pm Saturday and is being co-hosted by Pragati Insurance Limited and Lal Teer Seed Limited.
United News of Bangladesh (UNB) is the event’s media partner.
Dhaka, Jan 12 (UNB) –Readymade garment (RMG) workers demonstrated for a sixth consecutive day on Saturday in the capital, Ashulia and Gazipur demanding higher wages.
The protesters’ demands include implementation of the government-announced wage board and disperse the ‘discriminations’ in it.
Continuous protests forced at least 50 factories to suspend operations for the day while pitched battles with police left dozens of workers injured.
RMG workers took to the streets in the morning and put up barricades at Mirpur-1 and Ansar Camp areas, halting vehicular movement. They also demonstrated at Shewrapar, Kazipara, and Begum Rokeya Sarani.
Police said the barricades were withdrawn around noon.
In Gazipur, hundreds of workers from different garment factories staged demonstrations. Police charged batons when workers of 'Target Fashion Factory' tried to block the Dhaka-Gazipur Highway in Chandona Chowrasta.
Workers alleged that thugs hired the factory owners had attacked them in BCL area as they had refused to join work.
RMG workers also fought a pitched battle with police when they tried to block Dhaka-Tangail Highway in BSCIC area in Konabari.
At least 30 factories were closed for the day following the unrest.
Clashes in Savar, Ashulia
At least 20 workers were injured in clashes with police at Jamgora in the morning. The skirmishes prompted at least 20 RMG factories to call off operations for the day.
Border Guard Bangladesh troopers are patrolling the areas to prevent further escalation of unrest.
In Ashulia, at least 10 workers were injured after a clash with police at Kathgora, forcing several factories to close.
Industrial police’s Director Shaminur Rahman said they dispersed workers who tried to block the roads.
Additional police have been deployed in front of the garment factories to prevent escalation of the situation.
Dhaka, Jan 11 (UNB) - The youth, who allegedly torched a police vehicle during violence in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan Central office on November 14 last year, gave confessional statement in a case filed for vandalizing Awami League election campaign office in Pallabi.
Wasim, 28, gave confessional statement before Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Jasim Uddin after being produced before it by Sub-inspector Munshi Shahidul Islam of Pallabi Police Station, also the investigation officer of the case.
Earlier on Thursday, Police arrested Wasim from Pallabi Bihari camp in a lawsuit filed over torching an Awami League election camp in Mirpur.
The magistrate sent Wasim to jail after recording his statements.
Wasim was also wanted in the case filed over torching a police vehicle during violence near BNP’s Nayapaltan office back in November last year.
Wasim went into hiding after the video footage, depicting that he was torching police van with fire box stick during the violence, went viral.
Dhaka, Jan 11 (UNB) – Urging the admins of fake Facebook pages opened in the names of Bangabandhu’s family members to immediately announce those as unofficial, ruling Awami League has warned that legal action will be taken in case of failure.
There is no official Facebook page of any of the Bangabandhu’s family members, including his daughters Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana and Hasina’s daughter Saima Wazed, it said in a press release on Friday.
However, fake Facebook pages in the names of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sheikh Rehana, Saima and Bangabandhu’s grandson Radwan Mujib Siddiq are being run and various false information are being circulated from the pages from Bangladesh and outside the country, the party said.
The release, however, said Prime Minister’s son and her ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy maintains the verified Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sajeeb.a.wazed) while Radwan maintains Facebook account (www.facebook.com/radwan.siddiq).
Earlier in another release on August 18, 2018, the ruling party said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her daughter Saima Hossain Wazed and sister Sheikh Rehana have no personal or official account or page in social media sites, especially Facebook and Twitter.
If any member of the Bangabandhu family opens any ID or page in social media platforms in future, people would be informed about it through the media, it had added.
Dhaka, Jan 11 (UNB) – Bangladesh has improved four notches to the 25th place among 163 countries with a score of 5.697 in the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2018 of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).Last year, the country scored 6.181 and ranked 21st, according to IEP, a global think-tank headquartered in Sydney, Australia.
Bangladesh is among the four nations in South Asia that have experienced decline in terror attacks and showed improvement in security alongside Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
The GTI is a report published annually by the Institute for the IEP, and was developed by IT entrepreneur and IEP's founder Steve Killelea.
In Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Myanmar recorded the highest number of deaths from terrorism in 2017 since 2002, it observed.
Myanmar positioned 24th declining 13 notches than last year with a score of 5.916 out of 10.
The three deadliest terror organisations in the Asia-Pacific in 2017 were the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), New People’s Army and Abu Sayyaf Group. ARSA is active in Myanmar and formed following the Myanmar government’s crackdown on the Rohingya population.
Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are amongst the 10 countries most impacted by terrorism, and these were causing deterioration to South Asia’s GTI score.
In Bangladesh, the largest recent terrorist attack took place in 2016, when an armed assault in Dhaka left a number of people dead, the report said, adding that IS later claimed the responsibility for the attack.
The report by the Australian think-tank emphasised the need for global investment to ensure national security, citing as example measures to prevent violent extremism in Bangladesh.
“In Bangladesh, for example, the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund is supporting training in digital literacy among madrasah students, helping promote critical thinking, and limit the traction and dissemination of online fake news and messages,” the report observed.
It highlights that threats to cyber security is the new form of terror adopted by extremist organisations, no one of which can exist without funds.
“Terrorism has emerged in cyberspace as a natural response to kinetic security responses and traditional military measures,” the report says.
“Financial institutions have long been targets of terrorism, and this is true online as well. In the case of the 2016 Bangladesh Bank heist, malicious programme, likely malware sent through an email, was installed on the bank’s computer system.
“The malware then collected passwords and usernames, and deleted evidence of its own presence, rendering it virtually invisible. These stolen credentials were then used to access SWIFT, the most secure global money transfer system. 81 million USD were lost in four transactions,” the think-tank said in the report.