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NEWS THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 2 Bangabandhu Sena Parishad organized a press conference at DRU yesterday. Photo : Star Mail Countries in Asia, Pacific must invest to achieve SDGs by 2030: report DHAKA : Countries in Asia and the Pacific must build resilience to natural hazards and invest in social protection systems if the region is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, according to a joint report of ESCAP and UNDP. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched the report yesterday at a forum in Bangkok, said a media release. The report, titled 'Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies in Asia and the Pacific,' has highlighted that to build resilience against recurrent shocks such as flooding, pollution, and commodity price volatility, societies need to focus on four types of resilience capacities-anticipatory, absorptive, adaptive, and transformative. The report said that many countries are already beginning to build resilience capacities against various shocks through, for example, setting up early warning systems to anticipate natural disasters, mainstreaming climate change in national planning, and investing in social protection systems to promote income and health security. However, much more needs to be done to identify and implement policy responses that will help strengthen countries' resilience and transform vulnerable human systems into more sustainable ones. "Building effective resilience frameworks for the future must be backed by anticipatory, absorptive, adaptive, and transformative capacities to deal with the multiple risks we face," said UN Under- Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar. "Effectively implemented, this strategic approach will strengthen prevention mechanisms, increase mitigation solutions, and offer opportunities for human systems to bounce back," Shamshad Akhtar added. Asia and the Pacific has gone through a rapid transformation over the last few decades, with issues like aging, urbanization, increasing demand for natural resources, globalization, and technological progress continuing to reshape the region, it said. However, the impacts of these trends often fall disproportionately on the most marginalized groups and communities, according to the report, exacerbated by the fact that Asia and the Pacific is considered one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to various environmental and financial shocks. For example, over 40 million people in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal were affected by intense monsoon rains in August 2017. Effects of air pollution, meanwhile, have cost the sub regions of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific an estimated 7.5 percent of regional gross domestic product, while oil price slumps in 2014 brought about severe economic and financial consequences in Central Asia, with Azerbaijan alone experiencing a 3 percent drop in economic growth. "There is a challenge everywhere we look, but there are also opportunities that can help us make progress on the SDGs," said ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development Bambang Susantono. "We are committed to supporting countries to mobilize the diverse sources of financing they will need to achieve the SDGs. We have pledged to scale up our financing for climate action to $6 billion a year by 2020, and double climate finance to Pacific developing member countries to $500 million between 2017 and 2020," said Bambang Susantono. "At UNDP, we believe that innovation will power dramatic change that can break through the toughest development challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, and transform societies," said Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP's Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. "Such innovations will engage communities in building resilience against risks and promoting sustainability, so that we can end poverty and hunger, and achieve our goal of leaving no one behind," Haoliang Xu added. ESCAP, ADB, and UNDP launched the report at the 5th Asia- Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) held in Bangkok from March 28-30 as part of their joint efforts to track SDG progress and support countries in the region to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The conclusions and recommendations from the forum will inform global-level discussions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to be held in New York in July 2018. PM to visit Thakurgaon Thursday THAKURGAON : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit Thakurgaon district on Thursday to inaugurate and lay the foundation stones of some 68 development projects, reports UNB. The Prime Minister will arrive here at noon. A helicopter carrying her will land at Thakurgaon Border Guard Bangladesh helipad at 12 pm, said Deputy Commissioner of the district M Akhtaruzzaman. The Prime Minister will address a public rally to be organised by local Awami League at Govt Boys' School ground at 3pm from where she will inaugurate 35 projects and lay the foundation stones of 33 others. There is a lot of enthusiasm among the local people over the Prime Minister's visit as she is coming here after 16 years and six months. Sheikh Hasina last visited Thakurgaon on September 18, 2001. District Awami League general secretary and Zila Parishad chairman Muhammad Sadek Quraishi said they have already put forward a 58- point demand to the Prime Minister. The demands include establishing a public university, a medical college and an export processing zone, opening the closed airport and introducing intercity train service in the district. Struggling life of a Jamalpur eunuch JAMALPUR : Although they reside within the boundaries of society, they seem to be social outcasts given their identities as the third gender, Hijra, according to the president of Shiri Shomaj Kolyan Shangstha, Arifa Yeasmin Moyuri, reports UNB. Shunned and ignored, most of them are living under a blanket of their own kind, as the common people do not pay attention to their needs or rights. Born in June 1989 in the district's Dapunia village, Moyuri was born to late Abdur Razzak and Fatema Khatun. They had no idea about how things would turn out for Moyuri, who was born as a boy, Alif. Alif first started to show signs of a budding eunuch when he was six-year old, when his parents had taken him out for Eid shopping and he forcibly chose a girl's frock over boy's clothing. Bowing down to his stubborn decision, they brought him that frock, which would prove to be a turning point in young Alif's life. Ever since then, he started experiencing fascination for acting like a girl, as his friends and neighbours had mercilessly teased him for dressing up like a girl. Undaunted, he started to yearn towards eunuch groups in the city, drifting off to them whenever he used to get an opportunity. He was grounded for a long period of time so that he could not come under their influence, but he ran away from home when he was 12, finally cutting his ties with his family, and off to the hijra community. Once he transformed into Moyuri, what she did not anticipate was the daily routine of mockery, ignorance, ostracizing and not to mention sexual discrimination at the hands of unruly members of society. Relentless in her pursuit of acceptance from society, she strived to complete her primary and secondary education, eventually earning a diploma in electric trade from Mymensingh Polytechnic Institute. Despite passing with good marks, she was deemed ineligible for attending a viva interview for a position at Power Development Board just because she was a eunuch. Similar outcome awaited her for a recruitment test at Mymensingh Judge Court. Moyuri believed that a person can be enriched not only professionally, but also culturally, which is why she enrolled at the local Bohubrihi organisation for dance lessons and became a skilled dancer. She was recruited at a local NGO organisation, Bondhu, as a dance teacher, but undue advances of supervisor towards her ultimately forced her to leave the institution. This societal ignorance taught her to become self-sufficient in order to succeed in life, and so she formed Shiri Shomaj Kolyan Shangstha at Jamalpur's Mukundabari, where over 50 eunuchs are now members, with 20 of them actively involved in the handicraft trade. Organizations, working against repression of women organized a press conference at National Press Club yesterday. Photo : Star Mail Pallabi water-tank blast victim dies at DMCH DHAKA : A minor girl, who along with four other people sustained burn injuries after an underground reservoir of a house exploded and caught fire in the city's Pallabi area on Tuesday, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) early Wednesday, reports UNB. Ruhi, 3, succumbed to her injuries at the DMCH burn unit around 1am, said subinspector Bachchu Miah of the DMCH police camp. Five people, including Ruhi and her mother Yeasmin, 27, suffered burn injuries as a fire broke out following the explosion of the water tank of the sixstorey building around 11:30am on Tuesday. The blast occurred when worker Hasan lit a candle inside the water tank while cleaning it. All the victims were taken to the DMCH burn unit. The other victims are building owner Yeakub Ali, 70, his wife Hasinara Khanam, 60, and Hasan, 32. Of them, Hasinara suffered 95 percent burns while Hasan 85 percent, Yeasmin 41 percent and Yeakub 25 percent, said the police officer. 3 to die for murder in Chandpur CHANDPUR : A court here on Wednesday sentenced three people to death for killing a young man. The condemned convicts are-Sufian Ahmed alias Shibir, son of Shajahan Shikder of Shahbazkandi village, Saiful Islam alias Sujon, son of Shafiqul Islam and Sharif Hossain, son of Mosharraf Sarder of Dakkhin Fatehpur village in Matlab North upazila. The court also fined the convicts Tk one lakh each, reports UNB. According to the prosecution, Masud Rana, son of Moon Bepari of Dakkhin Fatehpur village, was killed following enmity with the convicts over selling a gold chain at his shop on February 27, 2009. A case was filed in this connection. Police submitted chargesheet against them on May 30, 2009. After examining the records and witnesses, Chandpur Additional District and Session Judge Mamunur Rashid handed down the verdict. Abdul Malek donates Tk 10 lac to AMCGH Former Additional Engr of Housing and Public Works Department, Adbul Malek donated TK 10 lac to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital Construction (AMCGH) Fund. Adbul Malek handed over the cheque to the President of DAM Kazi Rafiqul Alam recently at Dhanmondi Head office of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM). At that time Deputy Director of DAM Mohammad Abdul Hye was present. Through this donation, he became a life time member of DAM. DAM President Kazi Rafiqul Alam informed to Adbul Malek about development of Cancer hospital. Abdul Malek welcomed the Dhaka Ahsania Mission for such kind initiative for constructing international standard hospital. Class-X student stabbed dead in Manikganj MANIKGANJ : A Class-X student was stabbed to death allegedly by a young man at Pouli village in Manikganj municipality area on Tuesday night, reports UNB. The deceased was identified as Rakib, 17, a student of Manikganj Technical School and College. Locals said Mithu, son of Monnaf of Kandapouli village, called Rakib out of his house around 9pm and took him to a maize field where he stabbed the boy indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured. GD-467/18 (5 x 4) GD-472/18 (6 x 3)

METRO THUrSDAY, MArCH 29, 2018 3 'Construction workers' safety to be brought under legal frame' DHAKA : State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Hoque Chunnu yesterday said the safety issue of construction workers will be brought under legal framework, reports BSS. He came up with the remark while addressing a conference at Institution of Diploma Engineers of Bangladesh (IDEB) here. Building Construction Workers Association arranged the national conference with its president Engineer M Osman Gani in the chair. Speaking as the chief guest, Chunnu said Bangladesh recently got membership of the World Skill Development Council and that is why the government will arrange training programmes on different sectors for six months or one year under the National Skill Development Council (NSDC). "The trained workers would receive international standard certificates from the NSDC and the workers along with certificates would get salaries equivalent to other countries' workers," he added. Urging all workers to pay premium to their cluster insurance regularly, Chunnu said the government is also considering for building a future fund for the workers. A 300-bed specialised hospital is being constructed in Narayanganj under Public-Private Partnership method for providing healthcare to the workers while 100 beds will be reserved for their treatment, he said. "Workers will get treatment and other healthcare facilities from the hospital at a nominal cost," the state minister added.Advisors of the association Salauddin Khoka and Abdus Sattar Hawlader and its general secretary AKM Shahidul Haque Faruk, among others, spoke at the meeting. Professor Dr. Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, Vice Chancellor of DIU along with distinguished guests at a seminar on 'Academia-Software Industry : Bridging the Gaps'. Photo : Courtesy New BGB chief Shafeenul Islam takes charge DHAKA : Major General Md Shafeenul Islam yesterday took over as the Director General (DG) of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), said a BGB statement, reports BSS. He took charge from Acting BGB DG Brigadier General Md Anisur Rahman at the BGB headquarters at Philkhana yesterday morning. He was Chairman of Bangladesh Tea Board prior to joining the post. Major General Md Shafeenul Islam was born in Joypurhat district on March 2 in 1966. He joined Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) in 1984 and was commissioned in Infantry corps in 1986. He is also a graduate of Defense Services Command and Staff College and National Defense College, Mirpur. He obtained his Masters in Defense Studies (MDS) from the National University. Shafeenul was an observer of the UN peace keeping mission in Iraq. He also visited USA, Iraq, United Kingdom, Nepal, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Germany. DMP allows BNP to stage rally at IEB on Friday DHAKA : Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday granted BNP the permission to stage its planned rally at the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB) on March 30. "We allowed BNP to hold its rally at IEB on March 30," DMP commissioner M Asaduzzaman Miah told BSS. He added that in every case police granted permission for political or civic ralliesafter "threat assessments" on the basis of intelligence reports taking into account the issue of public security. Earlier, the BNP sought permission for holding its rally at Suhrawardi Uddyan on March 29, but threat assessment report did not "allow us to grant them the permission to stage their rally at that venue". On March 27, a-three member delegation comprising BNP's standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan , vice chairmen Major (retd) Hafiz Uddin Ahmed and Air Vice Marshal (retd) Altaf Hossain Chowdhury met Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan and sought permission for holding their rally. The minister at that time said that BNP's rally depends on intelligence report because and the law enforcement agencies were responsible to ensure security. "We have no objection for BNP's rally or meeting, because BNP as a political party has the right to hold rallies and meeting and the party has held meetings and rallies earlier as well," he said. The 48th Independence and National Day 2018 was observed at Banophool Adibashi Greenheart College on 26 March Monday with great enthusiasm and festivity. To mark the day Banophool Adibashi Greenheart College chalked respectful and colorful programme. The programmes were Lection from Holy Scripture, Sing national anthem, Special discussion about fierce 26 March 1971, Patriot poetry recitation, Pleasant cultural program and prize distribution ceremony. Photo : Courtesy Lions Clubs president presents medal to PM DHAKA : Lions Clubs Internationalon Wednesday decorated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with the 'Medal of Distinction' in recognition to her services for the needy and distressed, especially forcibly displaced Rohingya people, reports UNB. Visiting Lions Clubs International president Dr Naresh Agarwal decorated the Prime Minister with the medal when he paid a courtesy call on her at the PM's official residence Ganobhaban, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told reporters. The Loins Clubs International president highly praised the Prime Minister for her humanitarian quality particularly for giving shelter to over 10 lakh Rohingya people in Bangladesh. Dr Naresh Agarwal said the international community has already recognised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as 'Mother of Humanity'. In response, the Prime Minister said it was her responsibility to serve the distressed humanity. "You (Lions) have been working to serve the common people. Like that we the politicians are also working for ensuring basic needs of people," she said. Dr Agarwal said his organisation will continue to extend support for the distressed humanity in Bangladesh. Highly appreciating Teachers must spread spirit of Liberation War among youths : Mozammel DHAKA : Minister for Liberation War Affairs AKM Mozammel Haque yesterday said teachers should be devoted to the society for creating a new generation with the spirit of the Liberation War. The minister said the freedom fighters under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman have brought independence of the country, so the new generation should uphold the spirit of the Liberation War for the overall progress of the nation, reports BSS. He said this while addressing the 151th basic orientation course of BCS Education Cadre trainees organised by National Education Bangladesh's stunning development under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Lions Clubs International president said Bangladesh is now highly appreciated internationally for the development. Past International Director of the Lions Clubs International Sheikh Kabir Hossain, Past International Director and Goodwill Ambassador of the Clubs Moslem Ali Khan, Incoming International Director KaziAkram Uddin Ahmed and Council Chairperson for Bangladesh Lion MK Bashar were present on the occasion. GD-471/18 (6 x 3) Management (Naeem) at Naeem Bhaban here marking the Independence and National Day. The present government is working on a comprehensive action plan for the overall success of the nation, Haque said, adding that to make the comprehensive plan a success the new generation should work with the spirit of Independence War. The young generation with time befitting education is a must to make the country as prosperous, the minister opined. Haque said the well-educated new generation will be able to reach the country to the peak of development and the dedicated teachers should build a well-educated new generation. Dbœq‡bi MYZš¿ †kL nvwmbvi g~jgš¿ GD-468/18 (7 x 4) GD-466/18 (7 x 4)

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