Rabab Fatima elected President of UN Women Executive Board



Khurram Zaman, Special correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Ambassador Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, has been unanimously elected as the President of the UN Women Executive Board for the year 2022.

The election of the 5-member bureau was held on Tuesday (11 January) in New York, which also elected the Permanent Representatives of Argentina, Ukraine, Iceland and Sierra Leone as the vice presidents.

With this election, Bangladesh takes up the Presidency of the UN Women Executive Board for the first time. The Executive Board provides strategic guidance to UN Women, the UN agency dedicated to gender equality and empowerment of women. As the President of the Board, Bangladesh will be able to contribute further to the work of the UN Women.

In her inaugural speech, Ambassador Rabab Fatima thanked the Board members for electing her and for their confidence in Bangladesh’s leadership to address the challenges that continue to affect women and girls across the globe, especially during the time of the pandemic. “There is no time to waste. We must ensure that all COVID recovery plans are gender-responsive, and that all stakeholders – public, private, NGOs - are mobilized to ensure that.

We also need to provide UN Women with the necessary direction and resources so that it can continue to be at the forefront of all such efforts.” Said Ambassador Fatima. Ambassador Fatima assured UN Women that the new Executive Board will work hard to support UN Women in this challenging time.

She applauded UN Women’s remarkable contributions in advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide. She also paid tribute all staff and colleagues of UN Women globally, who have been carrying out their important work, with dedication and courage in the midst of the pandemic challenges.

UN Women Executive Director Ambassador Sima Bahous welcomed the new President and said that UN Women looked forward to benefiting from her experience and wisdom. She expressed optimism that Ambassador Fatima would spearhead the bureau’s guidance to the work of UN Women.

Ambassador Fatima earlier served as the President of the UNICEF Executive Board in 2020 and as Vice President of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board in 2021.

Bangladesh condemns attack by Huthi Militia in UAE



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Bangladesh has strongly condemned the drone strikes by Huthi militias in the United Arab Emirates. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in Musaffah, causing extensive damage to civilian property.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that the latest attack was "an intense form of aggression by Huthi militias that has escalated tensions in the region."

This is a repeat of the terrorist attack after the hijacking of the UAE-flagged cargo ship Rawabi off the coast of Al Hudayah Governorate on January 2.

The statement said that Bangladesh considers the recent drone strikes targeting civilian installations and killing of innocent civilians an illegal, cowardly act of terrorism and a clear violation of international law and civil code.

Noting that such irresponsible actions could escalate tensions in the region, Bangladesh has called on Huthi militias to refrain from repeating such illegal activities and deliberately escalating tensions.

Dhaka expresses its strong solidarity against any threat to the security and safety of the people of the United Arab Emirates and its brotherly people.

The statement further said that Bangladesh is firmly committed to all efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region.

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DU Professor Tazmeri Islam gets bail



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BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's adviser and former professor of chemistry department of Dhaka University Dr. Tazmeri Islam arrested in the sabotage case filed at Uttara West police station has been granted bail by the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Mahbub Ahmed.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mahbub Ahmed on Tuesday (January 18) granted her bail on a bond of Tk. 10,000 after a court hearing.

Relevant police court General Registration Officer (GRO) Liaquat Ali confirmed the news to Jago News.

Earlier, Advocate Masud Ahmed Talukder applied for bail of Tazmeri Islam. Bail was opposed by the state. After hearing both sides, the court granted bail. General Registration Branch Officer of the cour Liaquat Ali confirmed the information.

The case was filed at Uttara West Police Station on September 23, 2018 on the charge of sabotage. Professor Tazmeri and 133 leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat were accused in the case. On November 26 of the same year, the High Court granted bail to Professor Tazmeri until the investigation report in the case was submitted.

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‘Our family lives on people’s money’: President to the DCs



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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President Abdul Hamid addressing the Deputy Commissioners said that we  have to remember that our family lives on people's money. So people have the right to receive services. He said that serving the people is not a matter of kindness or generosity.

The president made the remarks while addressing a video conference from Bangabhaban at the Deputy Commissioners' Conference at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Tuesday (January 18).

"You are acting as the coordinator and supervisor of various government activities at the field level, which is playing an important role in the development of the country as a whole," he said.

The President, as a servant of the people, advised to put the interests of the country and the people above all, and said, "We and you are the servants of the people." So do your duty as a servant of the people. Deliver government services to the doorsteps of the people.

He said social security programs are an effective means of alleviating poverty and establishing social justice. Through these programs, DCs need to provide effective leadership in meeting the basic needs of the country's poor, ensuring social security and empowerment of the people, especially women.

The President directed the Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners to build a culture of transparency and accountability at every level of field administration.

President Hamid said corruption is the biggest obstacle to development. Sustainable development is being hampered by corruption. Therefore, a culture of transparency and accountability must be built at every level of field administration.

Noting that responsibilities and powers are vested in every level of bureaucracy and political leadership, the President said that exercise of power is essential for proper and efficient discharge of responsibilities, but it is more important to ensure that power is not misused.

He said the DCs need to provide effective leadership in ensuring that the basic needs of the poor, social security and empowerment of the people, especially women, are met through these programs.

The President said that the Deputy Commissioners should make efforts so that the real poor could enjoy the benefits of this program.

He said the government has given special importance to eco-friendly rural development, which is different from previous years. In villages like cities, all kinds of facilities have to be ensured. In order to ensure civic amenities in Mofussil areas, President DCs should take special initiative to develop Upazila Sadar and growing industrial centers as modern cities and suburbs through housing, education, expansion of agro-based industries, medical services, electricity, gas, drinking water and sewerage system.

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More 10 people die, 8407 get covid & 475 recovered



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Ten more people died from deadly virus corona while 8407 people got infected by the virus in the last 24 hours across the country.

This information was sent to the media on Tuesday ( January 18) by DGHS through a press release.

According to the press release, the latest deaths and cases of infection have brought the toll to 28164 and 1632788 respectively.

The release said that 475 people have recovered bringing the recovery figure to 1553795 so far.

During the period 35916 samples were tested in 852 authorized labs making a total 11929321 samples so far.

It may be mentioned here that the first case of corona infection was detected in Bangladesh on last March 8 (2020) while the first death occurred on March 18.

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