Syed Shukur Ali (Shuvo)'s Blog – February 2012 Archive (25)

Dhaka 9th populous mega city

DHAKA, Feb 29: Dhaka is placed in the 9th position with 14.3 million people while Tokyo 36.5m, New Delhi 21.7m and Sao Paolo 20.0m are in the top three slots among the top 21 mega cities in the world.



The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said this today

at a function at the National Press Club here while releasing its

annual flagship report 'state of the world's children 2012'

focusing on children living in an urban world.



According to the…

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Journalists observe work stoppage demanding arrest of killers of Sagor-Runi



  DHAKA, Feb 27: The journalists of different media today observed one- hour symbolic work stoppage from 12 noon to 1 pm throughout the country demanding immediate arrest of the killers of journalist couple Sagor Sarwar and Mehrun Runi.



  They also demanded fair investigation into all the killings of journalists and exemplary punishment to the killers, curbing repression on journalists and freedom of press. They also wore black badges protesting the killings.



  Four…

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Added by Syed Shukur Ali (Shuvo) on February 27, 2012 at 18:14 — No Comments

Climate change to hurt food security in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Feb 26: Bangladesh must improve its financial management to obtain a significant share of funds available globally to combat climate change impacts and ensure food security, experts said on Saturday

“The developed countries are ready to release billions of dollars to the affected countries including Bangladesh. It is not impossible for Bangladesh to collect USD 2 to 3 billion, as the country is in the forefront of the fight against the climate change impacts,” Prof Ainun…

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Social consciousness may end risky child labour

DHAKA, Feb 26: It is a mid summer day. The sun is blazing with all its fury. Shafiq, 11, cannot bear the mid-day heat.



He was compelled to come to Dhaka with his mother as destitute after their home was devoured by the river.



It was one year ago. Shafiq got admitted to school while his family lived in village. His parent thought Shafiq would be

educated and be a worthy citizen. But river erosion snatched all their dreams.



Now, Shafiq is doing hard…

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Poverty reduces at 10 percent in Bangladesh during three years

DHAKA, Feb 26: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government's initiatives for development of rural economy helped reduce poverty about 10 percent over the last three years.



"We are working for strengthening the rural economy instead of merely developing the urban areas and illuminating the cities and towns," she said.



The Prime Minister was addressing the grassroots leaders and workers of Awami League Comilla (south) district at Gonobhaban here as part of her…

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Added by Syed Shukur Ali (Shuvo) on February 26, 2012 at 13:20 — No Comments

Yunus should be able to stand for WB chief: EU delegation

DHAKA, Feb 23: Supporting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s proposal to appoint Prof Yunus as the World Bank president, a delegation of European parliament said Thursday a personality like him should be able to stand for the post.

“The proposal is a very positive, interesting and an expression of confidence about a person of international repute for this prestigious post,” said delegation leader Jean Lambert, who…

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina requests to the EU delegation to nominate Yunus as next WB chief

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina requested the European Union on Wednesday to nominate Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus as the president of the World Bank.…

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Added by Syed Shukur Ali (Shuvo) on February 22, 2012 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Bangladesh Journalists to observe one hour abstention of work on February 27

  

DHAKA, Feb 22: Journalists will keep themselves off from work for one hour at all the media houses-newspapers, news

agencies and television channels- across the country on February 27 to press home the demand for arresting the killers of Sagor Sarwar and Meherun Runi.



From a huge rally held in front of Jatiya Press Club here today, journalist leaders announced the programme saying that they would also hold a symbolic day-long hunger strike on March 1, if the killers are…

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Prime Minister urges for Bangla practice at all spheres

DHAKA, Feb 19: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Monday those who ignore the spirit of the Language Movement and four principles of Liberation War are enemies of the country’s independence.

To face those enemies, the prime minister said the spirit of Ekushey should be infused in the new generation and Bangla language and literature should be practiced at all national spheres as well as all levels of the society.

She said…

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First breast milk protects infants from diseases: Experts said

DHAKA, Feb 17: Infant should be given first breast milk as it contains colostrums, which is highly nutritious and has antibodies that protect the newborn from diseases.



While talking to this correspondent, Professor Dr Khursheed Jahan of Institute of Nutrition and Food Science of Dhaka University said infants must be given first breast milk as it make strong their body's immune and resistance systems which help to protect them from different diseases.



She said most of…

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Added by Syed Shukur Ali (Shuvo) on February 17, 2012 at 17:17 — No Comments

Ashrayan project in Bangladesh to rehabilitate 50,000 more homeless and landless families

DHAKA, Feb 17: Ashrayan programme of the Bangladesh government is expected to rehabilitate another 50,000 homeless families in southern coastlines as a part of a poverty alleviation campaign raising their homes and providing them with other civic facilities including interest-free loans.



"Works are underway in full swing to rehabilitate some 50,000 ultra poor homeless families in the southern coastlines under the Ashrayan Phase by 2014 . . . the entire amount of the Taka 1,169…

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Dhaka to host Int convention on cultural diversification May 9-11

DHAKA, Feb 16: Bangladesh Information and Cultural affairs minister Abul Kalam Azad today hoped at least cultural affairs ministers of 30 Asia pacific countries will participate in the upcoming high level international convention on cultural diversification in the capital.



The minister said it while presiding over a meeting of the national organizing committee of the convention at the Shilpakala Academy here.



Dhaka will host the three-day convention styled "Cultural…

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Added by Syed Shukur Ali (Shuvo) on February 16, 2012 at 14:19 — No Comments

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina offers deepest sympathy to mothers of slain journalist couple

DHAKA, Feb 13: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today offered her deepest sympathy to the mothers of slain journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Mehrun Runi and assured them of taking all possible measures from the government to bring the killers to book as soon as possible.



The Prime Minister offered the sympathy when Sagar's mother Saleha Monir and Runi's mother Nurun Nahar Mirza along with couple's lone five-year old…

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A Bangladeshi TV journalist couple murdered in Dhaka

DHAKA, Feb 11:A television journalist couple Sagar

Sarwar and Meherun Runi was chopped to death at their West

Rajabazar residence in the city last night.

Police said the unidentified killers chopped to death

Sarwar, news editor of private TV channel Maasranga Television

and his wife Meherun Runi in front of their five and half years

old son Mahir Sarwar Megh after 2 am.

Police and relatives said the only child of the couple

phoned his…

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Added by Syed Shukur Ali (Shuvo) on February 12, 2012 at 14:33 — No Comments

Govt considering setting up healthcare assistance trust fund, says Bangladesh Prime Minister

DHAKA, Feb 10: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government is considering setting up a healthcare assistance trust fund to ensure healthcare for the poor and helpless people on February 8.

"We are considering establishing a healthcare assistance trust fund like the Education Assistance Trust Fund as the present government is committed to ensuring medicare facilities for all," she said.

 

She added that the donation in health assistance trust fund would…

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Bangladesh depicted most vulnerable to climate change

DHAKA, Feb 9: Bangladesh was depicted as the most vulnerable country to climate change before the world through the just concluded nine-day Antarctica visit, Minister of Environment and Forest Dr Hasan Mahmud said here on Thursday.



Narrating his experience of the Antarctica visit to newsmen at his ministry, Dr Hasan said Bangladesh was recognised as the most vulnerable country to the impact of climate change due to severe floods, erratic rainfall, extreme temperature, cyclone, sea…

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Promotion is an ongoing process: Prime Minister's Public Administration Affairs Advisor H T Imam

 
DHAKA, Feb 9: Prime Minister's Public Administration Affairs Advisor H T Imam said promotion in the civil service is an ongoing process and the government has given promotions in three tiers of the administration to make it efficient and dynamic.



"The promotion of 680 officers in the rank and status of additional secretary,…
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8071 people killed in road mishaps in three years in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Feb 8: Bangladesh Communications Minister Obaidul Quader informed the Parliament that 8071 people were killed in 8875 road mishaps in the country from 2009 to 2011.



"A total of 8875 cases were filed in connections with these road accidents," the minister in reply to scripted question from a Parliament Member.



Replying to another question of the lawmaker, he said Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) issued 61,606 driving licenses in 2011. Of the licenses,…

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Inflation hits 15 year high in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Feb 7: Fuel import, energy price hike, and taka's devaluation against the US dollar have jacked up the country's non-food inflation to 13.16 percent in January -- which is the highest in the last fifteen years.

Prices of food items such as rice, lentil, fish, meat, fruits, egg, edible oil, and packaged milk also went up in January compared to the month before, according to a top official of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

At a media conference yesterday, BBS shared…

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Traffic jam chokes Dhaka city

DHAKA, Feb 7: As the city returned to its usual business after a three-day holiday, city dwellers yesterday experienced unusual traffic congestion in most parts of the city due to ongoing works of installing utility pipelines in some major streets.

The tailbacks were also the result of additional…

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Added by Syed Shukur Ali (Shuvo) on February 7, 2012 at 15:53 — No Comments

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