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26 Umrah performers express gratitude to Bashundhara Group MD

Publish: 03:35 PM, 19 Dec, 2022


Twenty six persons have returned home after performing Umrah in Saudi Arabia with financial support of Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir.

Umrah returnees have expressed deep gratitude to Sayem Sobhan Anvir, also Chief Adviser to the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Musalli Committee, for extending financial supports and materialising their longstanding dreams.

Staying at Mecca and Medina for 14 days, they reached Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka by G-9510 flight of Air Arabia at 10:40pm on Sunday.

Talking to press, Khandakar Abdul Gaffar, a Umrah performer, said “I sell tupi and atar at Baitul Mukarram market and earn a little. I could not afford Umrah for insolvency. Finally, my dream has come true due to Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir. My gratitude to him knows no bounds.”

Echoing view of his predecessor, Shafikul Hasan, a resident of Chawkbazar and Umrah performer, said he works at a showroom and could not go to Saudi Arabia for the purpose in the past.

“Allah has materialised my dream with the financial assistance of Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir. I prayed for him offering prayers at Kaba Sharif.”

Similar view was expressed by Zainal Abedin from Bakerganj of Barishal and other Umrah performers who have just returned home.


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No age limit for hajj pilgrims this year

Publish: 10:14 AM, 21 Mar, 2023


The government has issued a notice saying that there will be no age limit for intending hajj pilgrims this year.

The notice signed by Deputy Secretary of Religious Affairs Ministry Abul Kashem Muhammad Shahin was issued Monday.

It said persons below 12 years old will be able to perform hajj this year.

The Hajj will be held on June 27 this year subject to a moon sighting.


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Bangladesh needs US$ 373 b in climate actions

Publish: 10:12 AM, 21 Mar, 2023


Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin today said Bangladesh requires US$ 373 billion to implement its National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in the next 27 years, with US$ 8.5 billion per year as new and additional finance. 

"For the full implementation of the (Nationally determined contributions) NDC targets of Bangladesh, it needs US$ 143 billion from international support...we need to ensure easy and quick access to climate finance as well," he told the first Copenhagen Climate Ministerial Meeting held at Eigtveds Pakhus in Copenhagen, Denmark, according to a message received here. 

Shahab Uddin said the developed countries must keep their commitments of mobilising US$ 100 billion annually from this year to support actions to tackle climate change in the most vulnerable countries with an equal balance between adaptation and mitigation. 

The most vulnerable developing countries urgently require new, predictable, and adequate grant-based public financing for adaptation beyond voluntary donor assistance, he said.

The minister said the financial mechanism must be settled for the effective implementation of the NAP.

He urged the developed countries to double adaptation finance to support developing countries in their efforts to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change. 

In line with the position of the LDC group, he said, Bangladesh expects a more proactive role from the developed countries to ensure the ambitious contribution of climate finance towards grant-based adaptation support to the most climate-vulnerable countries.

Shahab Uddin said Parties must reach consensus on several critical issues regarding the 'Mitigation Work Programme' to reduce global green house gas (GHG) emissions by 43 percent by 2030 aiming to keep 1.5 degree Celsius within reach. 

The Mitigation Work Programme should facilitate creating enabling conditions for the effective implementation of mitigation actions in the most vulnerable developing countries through the mobilisation of adequate financial resources, technology transfer and capacity building, he said. 

Earlier, the minister joined a view-exchange meeting with the Bangladeshi community held in Bangladesh Embassy in Denmark with AKM Shahidul Karim, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Denmark, in the chair.


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Armed forces being made capable to defend country's sovereignty: PM

Publish: 10:07 AM, 21 Mar, 2023


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government is building the armed forces in such a way as it can defend the country's independence and sovereignty if Bangladesh is attacked.

"We don't want war with anyone. But, we have to attain enough efficiency to protect our independence and sovereignty if Bangladesh falls into such situation and we're preparing our forces keeping that in mind," she said.

The premier said this while commissioning the newly constructed naval submarine base "BNS Sheikh Hasina" by unveiling its nameplate, joining virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence here.

The inaugural function was held at Pekua in Cox's Bazar.

The prime minister said her government is maintaining the foreign policy adopted by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, "Friendship to all, malice to none."

She asked the armed forces personnel to continue efforts to materialise Father of the Nation's dream of building developed, prosperous and Smart Bangladesh by 2041 free from hunger and poverty alongside discharging professional duties.

"We have established the Bangladesh Navy as a smart force. We will build every organisation as modern with up-to-date and technological knowledge," she said.

The premier said they have adopted a "Blue Economy" policy and are working to use the vast marine resources in flourishing country's national economy and thus to contribute to ensuring overall development of Bangladesh.

She said the newly commissioned submarine base would help navy increase its operational capacity to secure the vast marine resources while the ships passing through the Bay of Bengal also can take help from the base.

"A proud chapter is added to the history of Bangladesh Navy with commissioning the complete and ultra-modern submarine base," she said.

The premier also witnessed the first flag hoisting ceremony in the submarine base of the navy.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal gave the address of welcome at the venue in Pekua.

A brief audio-visual documentary of the submarine base was screened at the function.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu had enacted the Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act, 1974 to establish Bangladesh’s rights on its maritime boundaries.

But, the United Nations adopted the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 1982 as an international maritime law, she said.

After 21 years , when AL government assumed   power in 1996, Sheikh Hasina  said her government had taken some measures and signed the UN unclose to this end, adding that the Zia, Ershad and Khaleda’s governments did not take any measures.

After coming to power for the second time in 2009, the prime minister said they have been able to establish Bangladesh’s rights on the vast marine areas and its resources from neighbouring India and Myanmar with maintaining the friendly relations.

Sheikh Hasina said her government formulated "Forces Goal 2030" in line with Bangabandhu’s Defence Policy-1974 after assuming power in 2009 and is now implementing the goal aimed at transforming all the military forces as modern and time-worthy organizations.

In  last 14 years, a total of 31 warships, including four  frigates, six  corvettes, four large patrol crafts, five  patrol crafts and two  training ships were added to the fleet of Bangladesh Navy, she said.

"We added two submarines on March 12 in 2017. As a result, today our Navy was established as a three-dimensional naval force," she added.

The premier said Bangladesh is currently building ships in local shipyards for its own uses and for others.

Bangladesh Navy has completed the construction of five patrol craft including large ones in Khulna shipyard, she said. 


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UK Cross Party Parliamentary delegation meets Bashundhara Group MD

Publish: 05:07 PM, 20 Mar, 2023


UK Cross Party Parliamentary delegation has called a meeting on Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir.

Led by five lawmakers, the delegation met Bashundhara Group MD at his residence at Bashundhara Residential Area in the capital on Sunday.

They hailed Bashundhara Group for contributing to the overall development of Bangladesh. The delegates took a high of Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir for skipping the Group with unprecedented aptness and corporate acumen.    

Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan was acknowledged by them for creating huge employment and defining socioeconomic development of the country.

The delegation includes Paul Bristow MP, Paulette Hamilton MP, Antony Higginbotham MP, Jane Marion Hunt MP, Thomas Patrick Hunt MP, Councilor Alexander Turner Brentwood, Clear Insurance and Management director Rodney Flowers, Live Testing Solutions CEO Jo Lee, ZI Foundation chairman Zillur Hussain MBE, SMR vice-chairman Ivelina Banalieva, Posh Spice Ltd chair Golap Mia and British Bangladeshi Young Talent founder Zobaer Alam.

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Inauguration of 'Indian Higher Education Meet 2023' in Dhaka

Publish: 06:14 PM, 18 Mar, 2023


Indian High Commissioner Pranay Verma and Hon’ble Minister of Education of Bangladesh H.E. Dr. Dipu Moni jointly inaugurated the Indian Higher Education Meet 2023 conducted under the aegis of the Study in India programme in Dhaka. Higher educational institutes from different parts of India participated in the event.

In his address, High Commissioner remarked that higher education has emerged as a centrepiece of our deep rooted partnership with Bangladesh. He also expressed his satisfaction that a large number of Indian students have been pursuing higher education in each other’s country. He invited more students from Bangladesh to take advantage of India’s globally reputed higher education system and build new bridges of friendship and understanding among the youth of the two countries.  

Hon’ble Minister of Education H.E. Dr. Dipu Moni recognized the important role of education in promoting greater understanding between India and Bangladesh and thanked Study in India for its initiative to organize the event in Dhaka.

The Study In India programme is a flagship project launched by the Ministry of Education, Government of India in 2018. The programme is designed to encourage and invite the global student community to pursue their higher education in India. Since its inception, the Study in India programme has drawn students from over 150 countries, including Bangladesh.