Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB) – ‘Sharika Fantasy Imaging World Park’ has received an honorary award for the fourth time for offering entertainment facilities to children with autism at the month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF).
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi and former Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed handed over a crest to the park owner, Mahbubur Rahman Polash, at the concluding session of the fair on Saturday, said a press release on Sunday.
Polash, also vice-president of Dhaka South City unit of Jubo League, had set up the park at the DITF to provide entertainment opportunities to children with autism.
Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB) - Chairman of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Prof Rehman Sobhan has observed that inclusive democracy is needed to achieve inclusive growth.
“If you want inclusive growth, you’ve to have inclusive democracy in your process,” he said while addressing a seminar titled “Pursuing Inclusive Growth: Priorities for the New Government” at a city hotel on Sunday.
Rehman Sobhan also said the issue of quality education is not discussed in parliament as children of about 90 percent MPs are studying in English medium schools, calling for conducting a study on the education situation. “There’re chances that 90 percent of MPs’ children study in English medium schools.”
The seminar was addressed, among others, by Planning Minister Abdul Mannan, Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, former Finance Minister M Syeduzzaman, Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, eminent physician Dr Rashid–E-Mahbub, eminent environmentalist Dr A Atiq Rahman and educationist Dr Rasheda K Chowdhury.
CPD Executive Director Fahmida Khatun made the keynote presentation on the topic while its distinguished fellow Prof Mustafizur Rahman moderated the seminar.
Mentioning that the country’s education system has a serious structural problem, Rehman Sobhan, who presided over the seminar, said, “But I never witnessed any debate in parliament in the last 10 years on the issue of quality education.”
He said although the Prime Minister has announced a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy against corruption, the costs of different projects are overrunning. “But those are not being investigated.”
Terming poverty as the country’s main problem, Planning Minister Abdul Mannan said the government is fighting hard to eradicate it.
He questioned what the government can do if people want their children to study in English medium schools with money that comes from their family members working in the Middle East or the UK.
Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury admitted that there are some bad communal contents in school textbooks and blamed it on the influence of a reactionary group that had been in the administration.
He said Awami League has prepared its election manifesto in light of the country’s present reality.
Former Finance Minister Dr M Syeduzzaman said Bangladesh badly needs private investment for enhancing growth. “But unfortunately, Bangladesh’s position is even lower than Myanmar in this regard,” he observed.
Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury alleged that the attorney general office is creating obstacles to obtaining bail by those accused in ‘fictitious’ cases. “This is a big barrier to good governance.”
He also underscored the need for delegating power to the local level administration.
Dr Rashid-e-Mahbub said he feels bad to see that the country’s medical care system is in its ‘worst’ situation. “The poor are getting poorer and it has been biggest challenge to ensure rationality in providing medical care services.”
Dr Rasheda K Chowdhury said the young community is skeptical about whether they will get job on completion of their education.
She said communal contents are still in school textbooks although those have already been identified.
Appreciating the High Court verdict banning coaching business by teachers, the educationist said children will now get time to go to playgrounds.
She also said if repression on women stops and corruption is uprooted, this will increase 2 percent GDP.
Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB) – Education Minister Dipu Moni on Sunday said that the government will take all necessary measures to improve the standard of education in the country.
“I will do whatever necessary to improve the education system. Another issue is standard of education which I’m giving the utmost priority and have taken it as a challenge to enhance its quality”, she said.
The minister came up with the remarks while speaking as the chief guest at a programme organised by Bangladesh Education Reporters Forum at National Academy for Educational Management (Naem) auditorium in New Market area.
“No corruption will be tolerated in the education sector. All departments concerned were given warning in this regard. Besides, measures will be taken to remove all kinds of mismanagement,” she said.
Former vice-chancellor of the University of Dhaka AAMS Arefin Siddique presided over the programme where Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, Secondary and Higher Education Division Secretary Md Sohrab Hossain, Technical and Madrasah Education Division secretary Md Alamgir were, among others, present.
Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB) - A court here on Sunday asked the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) again to submit its report by March 13 on a case filed over the incident of cyber heist of $101 million from Bangladesh Bank’s account in 2016.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shadbir Yasir Ahsan Chowdhury passed the order after Md Raihan Uddin Khan, additional superintendent of CID and also the investigation officer of the case, failed to submit the probe report on Sunday.
International robbers stole $101 million from the Bangladesh Bank account with the Federal Reserve Bank through fraudulent instructions against their target of about $1 billion in February 2016.
Although, some $20 million was recovered from a Sri Lankan bank, $81 million, which landed in Manila-based RCBC, could not be recovered.
Most of the money transferred to the Philippines went to four personal accounts, held by individuals.
Bangladesh has so far recovered around $18 million of the $81 million transferred to the Philippines. It was later suspected that Dridex malware was used for the attack.
Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB) - A fire broke out in a motorcycle showroom in the city’s Bangsal area on Sunday afternoon.
The fire broke out in a showroom at Makimpur in the area around 2:35pm said, Dana Mia, an operator of Fire Service Control Room.
On information, five firefighting units rushed to the spot and managed to douse the flame around 3:42 pm, he said.
The extent of loss caused by the fire could not be estimated immediately.