PM urges parents to encourage their children to play outside

Staff Correspondent,, Dhaka  
PM urges parents to encourage their children to play outside

PM urges parents to encourage their children to play outside

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked all concerned particularly the parents to encourage their  children to play outside, which would help boost children's physical and mental health alongside stoping their any kind of derailment.

"Most of our children are passing most of their times in flats engaging with mobile phones, laptops and ipads, which is an ominous  sign of their physical and mental health," she said.

The Premier called upon the patents to take initiatives for taking their children outside home to play or run which is a must for their mental and physical wellbeing.

 "I request all the guardians to be attentive regarding their children's engagement in sports. Sports, running and jumping help boost all sorts of flourishment in terms of physical and mental health. And for that they will not be derailed, she said.

She said these while virtually distributing the "National Sports Award" to 85 sports persons and organisers from 2013-2021  in recognition to their gloriousdians  contribution to the country's sports  arena as the  chief guest from her official  Ganabhaban residence here.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports organised the programme at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium.

The premier asked the authorities concerned to provide the award every year for encouraging players as well as organisers and for the overall progress of the sports.

On behalf of the Prime Minister, State Minister for for Youth and Sports Md Zahid Ahsan Russel,MP, handed over the awards among the reciepants .

Chairman of the ministry's parliamentary standing committee Abdulla Al Islam Jacob was present while its Secretary Mesbah Uddin gave the address of welcome.

Earlier, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has nominated 85 sports persons and organisers for this  prestigious National Sports Award in recognitaion of thier contribution to the country's sports during 2013 to 2020.

Each awardee will receive an 18-carat of gold medal weighing 25 grams, a cheque of Taka one lakh and a certificate.

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's second son Shaheed Lt. Sheikh Jamal was given the award (posthumous) as player and organiser for the year 2020.

Sheikh Hasina said that all should realise that sports, physical and cultural practices are essential for building a nation.

"So, we have to encourage all especially the children to play outside home," she said.


Sports, physical excercise and cultural activities help the children becoming worthy citizen of the country.

In this context, the Prime Minister said that her government is constructing Sheikh Russel Mini Stadium at each upazila across the country.

She expressed her dismay over having inadequate playgrounds in Dhaka, saying, "We have already taken measures to this end. It is necessary to have playgrounds in every area."

The Premier said they are constructing a complex having stadium and training centre beside the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban for the specially needed children as they have achieved many success for Bangladesh.

She said Bangladesh had recently won the title of the Bangabandhu Four Nation Physically Challenged Cricket Tournament defeating India, organized on the occasion of the birth centanary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium, Cox's Bazar.

"I have witnessed the match," she said with a proud voice.

The Premier asked all concerned to give special attention to the specially needed children.

She also asked all to pay special attention to women as they have been doing well in every sector of sports including cricket and football.

The PM, in her speech, also referred to Bangladesh's U19 Women's Team's victory in  the 2021 Saff U19 Women's Championship after defeating India 1-0.

Sheikh Hasina has recalled the successes of  Bangladesh in sports including the recent first ever test cricket match win against  South Africa at their own field and the win against Pakistan taking part for the first time in the World Cup Cricket in 1999 and the ICC Trophy win and becoming test playing member country in 2000.

"Bangladesh's success in sports arena from 2009 to 2021 (till the date) has been increasing  due to the Awami League government's timely and visionary measures," she said.

Since assuming power after the 21 years in 1996, she said her government has been taking everything possible measure for the overall development of the sports.

The Prime Minister said they are set to construct stadium at each district  to facilitate sports persons with every facility including training as they can cope with the international competitions and achieve more success for Bangladesh.

She said her government has been constructing Sheikh Kamal Sports Complex having a stadium in Cox's Bazar and a stadium in Sylhet which will add natural beauty of sea and hills respectively.

She also stressed the need for revival of the local or rural sports sports such as "sat chara" "dangguti" and "hadudu" alongside football, cricket, hockey and volleyball which require less money.

The Premier asked all concerned to arrange the local game competition in inter-school, inter-college and inter-university levels.

Sheikh Hasina described herself a member of sports family as her grandfather, father, brothers and sisters-in-law were players of various games.

"All of our families were involved in sports.--- there had alway been a relations between sports and our family," she said.

The Premier recalled her family's involvement in formation of the Abahoni Krira Chakra describing Sheikh Kamal as the pioneer of the modern football.

Sheikh Hasina recalled that when she along with her younger sister Sheikh Rehana was leaving Dhaka for Germany, prior to the August 15, 1975 bloody massacre  in which the Father  of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members were killed, Sheikh Kamal wanted from her (Sheikh Hasina) to bring Adidus company boots for the Abahoni players.

But, the boots were not brought  in as the 1975 carnage was happened and they had to spend six years in forced exile, she said with emotion charged voice.

The Prime Minister said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had taken measures for the development of sports when he was rebuilding the war ravaged nation and its every institutions as Bangabandhu knew sports is necessary in building a nation.

Bangbandhu had established the National Sports, Bnagladesh Footblall Federation and many other institutions for the development of sports, she added.

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Fair group stands for developing technical skills of Bhutanese youth

News Desk,, Dhaka
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Fair Group has stood beside the youth of Bhutan for developing the technical skills.

In response to a request from the Bhutan Embassy in Dhaka on behalf of the Bhutan government, Fair Group organised a monthlong special internship program for them in smartphone, consumer electronics products and automobile maintenance and servicing.

Sunday (June 26) at an informal ceremony held at the Banani Autograph Office of the Fair Group, the internship certificates were handed over to eight young people from Bhutan by Ambassador Rinchen Kuentsyl and the Chairman of Fair Group , Ruhul Alam AL Mahbub. Do Young-A, Country Director of Korea Overseas Co-operation Agency in Bangladesh, KOICA, Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Rezaul Karim Lotus, President of Bangladesh DCAB, AKM Mainuddin, General Secretary, and General Hamid R. Chowdhury RCDS, PSC (Ret.) Hasnain Khurshid, Head of Communication and Corporate Philanthropy, Khandaker Hafiz Al Asad, Director, Fair Services Limited and Bijay Mukherjee, Head of Services, Fair Technology were present on the occasion.

Bhutan was the first country to recognise Bangladesh as an independent country. During the war of liberation, on 6 December 1971, Bhutan officially recognised Bangladesh.

Referring to the deep ties between the two countries, Ambassador of Bhutan Rinchen Kuentsyl said that Bangladesh's role in the socio-economic development of Bhutan is immense.

Expressing deep gratitude to the Fair Group on behalf of the Government and people of Bhutan, he said that Fair Group has provided hands-on education to the youth of Bhutan through internship programs.

He expressed confidence that they would return to Bhutan to be partners in socio-economic development.

Ruhul Alam Al Mahbub, Chairman, Fair Group, assured to continue the cooperation in the development of human resources in Bhutan.

He said Bangladesh-Bhutan friendship is eternal. He also said that skilled trainers will be sent from Fair Group if necessary to enhance the skills of the trainers in Bhutan. Fair Group's partner Fair Solutions, Mirpur Samsung Center, trained six young people of Bhutan on smartphones and consumer electronics products, and at Fair Technology Hyundai 3S Center in Tejgaon, two young people in Bhutan were trained in automobiles.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's pledge - 'Made in Bangladesh' Fair Group is continuously working to implement. They are producing South Korean famous Samsung smartphones and consumer electronics products at the Fair Electronics Factory in Shibpur, Narsingdi and marketing them all over Bangladesh.

The work of setting up a fair technology factory at Bangabandhu Hi-Tech Park in Kaliakair, Gazipur is now nearing completion, where they will soon be assembling South Korea's famous Hyundai SUVs and sedans.


Padma Bridge, the Wonder of Bangladesh

News Desk,
Padma Bridge, the Wonder of Bangladesh

Padma Bridge, the Wonder of Bangladesh

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The wait period is over. The dream came true. Today (June 25), the door of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge, which stands on the two banks of the river Padma, is opening.

This dream bridge of about 60 million people in 21 districts of the south-west is a proud history of the whole country. The wonder of the whole world. The bridge connecting Mawa in Munshiganj to Banglabazar in Shariatpur is a harbinger of a new day in the country's economy, investment, trade and overall development.

The celebration of Padma victory will touch the whole country today. Various programs have been taken all over the country on the occasion of inauguration of Padma Bridge. The people of the south are happy with the new day.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will open the much-anticipated 6.15-kilometer Padma Bridge for vehicular movement on Saturday which will bring massive progress in road connectivity of 21 south and southwestern districts with the capital of Dhaka and other major cities.

Marking the grand opening of the bridge, a festive mood is prevailing in the country, particularly in the southern and southwestern region which will be directly facilitated through the major road connectivity.

The premier will join the Padma Bridge inaugural ceremony at Mawa point in Munshiganj at 10 am.

As per the premier’s programme schedule, she will also unveil commemorative postage stamps, souvenir sheets, opening day cover and seals at 11am at Mawa point to mark the grand opening of the country’s biggest self-financed mega project which is likely to boost GDP by 1.2 to 2 percent.


Bangladesh Floods: Six Million People Marooned

News Desk,
Bangladesh Floods: Six Million People Marooned

Bangladesh Floods: Six Million People Marooned

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Incessant rains and gushing waters have marooned at least six million people in Bangladesh, prompting authorities to call in the Army to assist in the rescue and relief operations.

Officials estimate that six million people were marooned at their nearly inundated homes or were forced to take makeshift refuge elsewhere as water level in rivers in northeastern and northern regions continued to rise.

“Water now continued to surpass much above the danger lines in two of the country’s four major river basin. The situation appears to be nearly as bad as that of the 2004 flooding, a Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) spokesman said. The FFWC attributed the flooding to excessive rainfalls simultaneously in upstream Meghlaya and Bangladesh.

Many people were forced to initially take refuge on their rooftops amid gushing rising waters until rescue boats came in Sunamganj, said local officials. Meanwhile, due to huge rainfall, many districts of norther Bangladeh are facing threat of fresh flood.


CHT, Bay of Bengal and Security Perspective

Dr. Mahfuz Parvez
CHT, Bay of Bengal and Security Perspective

CHT, Bay of Bengal and Security Perspective

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The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is a group of districts within the Chittagong Division in southeastern Bangladesh, bordering India and Myanmar (Burma) and covering 13,295 square kilometers. Historically settled by tribal groups, now the CHT is also inhabited by huge Bengali settlers.

The CHT region witnessed bloodshed beginning in the early 1970s, when ethnic groups protested the government’s policy of recognizing only the Bengali culture and language and designating all Bangladeshi citizens as Bengalis.

The CHT Peace Accord, signed in 1997 with the promise to end ethnic insurgency and grant a host of benefits to the people, was hailed by all.

With two decades passed since the signing of the CHT Accord, its lack of implementation has reached alarming levels. Ethnic groups and Bengali community are also demanding different types of political, citizenship and land rights.

As per ground realities, there could be fresh tension, political confrontation and security problem in the CHT if the emerging issues are not addressed.

The fact that the CHT people are overwhelmingly in favor of peace as a necessary precondition to all round development of the region is good augury. But the biggest challenge is to continue the peace that has emerged from the conflict with the wisdom, determination and political skill of the leadership.

However, the proximity of the Chittagong Hill Tracts to the Bay of Bengal (BoB) poses a security risk. In a research report, Angshuman Choudhury, Siddharth Anil Nair, Ashutosh Nagda & Garima Maheshwari mentioned the BoB region is one of the most climate-vulnerable in the world. Its strategic, political, social and economic faultlines are also extensive. Together they create fertile ground for volatile security dynamics, social friction and violent conflict. It is a textbook example of the complex relationship between climate change and security, and how an aggregate of both could create emerging challenges for policy-planners (CLIMATE SECURITY IN THE BAY OF BENGAL, 18 Jan, 2022, 212, IPCS Special Report).

Growing strategic significance of the Bay of Bengal within the emerging and increasingly contested geography of the Indo-Pacific, is sharply visible in various ways. BoB's strategic location at the heart of the Indo-Pacific, and ponders the unfolding challenges to regionalism in the Bay of Bengal. It is important for Bangladesh to intensify its efforts to construct a more secure and cooperative Bay of Bengal littoral (C. Raja Mohan, "The Bay of Bengal in the Emerging Indo-Pacific").

Dr. Mahfuz Parvez, Professor, Political Science, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh; Associate Editor,