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Grand show on Quran recitation set to begin

Publish: 06:00 PM, 01 Feb, 2023


A national level competition on recitation of holy Quran is going to be held for the first time in collaboration with the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque to recognise the talents.

Any Hafiz, aged below to 15, will be eligible to participate in the competition that will be kicked off soon, organisers told a press briefing at Islamic Foundation conference room of the national mosque in the capital.

The country has been divided into 11 regions for holding the competition in a smooth way, they said.

Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Musalli Committee will organise the mega Islamic reality show styled ‘Quraner Noor’ with technical support of Bashundhara Group.

The leading industrial conglomerate in the country patronised the nationwide programme for recognizing the unsung talents of the holy text from Allah Subhanau Wa Ta’ala.

Musalli Committee chief advisor and Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir was present at the press conference.

The organisers also said that they would soon request the interested participants to register their names online.

The recorded programme will be aired on News24 from the first day of Ramadan, they added.

However, any winner of such international competition would not be able to take part in Quraner Noor programme. 

The competition will be telecasted at News24 television while featured videos on the participants will stream through YouTube.

Noted Islamic scholar Shaykh Qari Ahmad Bin Yusuf Al Azhari, Baitul Mukarram Khatib Mufti Ruhul Amin, Pesh Imam Mufti Maulana Muhammad Muhibullahil Baki, Maulana Mizanur Rahman, Mufti Ehsanul Haque Jilani, Maulana Mohiuddin Kashemi were present at guests of honour on the occasion.

Musalli Committee president Eakub Ali and senior vice president Gulzar Ahmed spoke on the occasion while general secretary Mizanur Rahman Manik moderated press conference.

Musalli Committee president Eakub Ali said the competition will be organised across eleven regions of the country to bring the talents to national level.

“Top 45 contestants will participate in the second round of the competition. A distinguished panel including noted Islamic scholars will short out the top finalists from the round. The champion of the competition will be awarded Tk 1 million,” he said.

Pesh Imam Mufti Maulana Muhammad Muhibullahil Baki appreciated the role of Bashundhara Group for its decision to use the name of the group after the title to show respect to the holy book.

“I would like to mention another specialty of the media outlets under the conglomerate. News24 telecasts Islamic programme without any break. It helps the scholar to share religious knowledge without interruption of commercials. Other channels can follow News24 television while running Islamic programmes,” he said.

 Musalli Committee senior vice president Gulzar Ahmed expressed gratitude to Bashundhara Group managing director for extending supports for devotees at national mosque.

“Some 86 devotees have performed umrah as our chief advisor pledged to support 104 underprivileged to support rituals in holy land. We hope to complete the phase within next week. Sayem Sobhan Anvir pledged support for another 500 devotees to perform umrah and traditional hajj. Let’s pray for his prosperity,” he said.

Ahmed informed the meeting that Musalli Committee will arrange iftar for 60 thousand devotees at national mosque during the Ramadan this year with support from chief advisor Sayem Sobhan Anvir.

Daily Sun, Kaler Kantho, Bangladesh Pratidin, Banglanews24 and Radio Capital are the media partners of the nationwide competition.


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Apex Bangladesh, ABG Bashundhara honour war heroines

Publish: 09:48 PM, 26 Mar, 2023


International community organisation Apex Bangladesh in association with ABG Bashundhara has accorded a reception to three war heroines on Sunday, marking the 53rd Independence and National Day.

On behalf of Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir, Kaler Kantho Editor-in-Chief Imdadul Haq Milan inaugurated the reception at a city hotel.

The three valiant freedom fighters -- Duljan Nesa, Noor Jahan Begum and Laily Begum -- have been accorded reception for their courageous role in the Liberation War.

On the occasion, Apex Bangladesh also felicitated its member, cricketer Raqibul Hasan for achieving the Independence Award, the highest civilian honour in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) Executive President Mohammad Hatem and National Press Club General Secretary Shyamal Dutta were the guests of honour at the event. 

Apex Bangladesh National President Abdul Matin Sikder made a address of welcome with national youth and citizenship director Anwar Hossain Babu in chair. 

The organisation’s national and international programme coordinator M Saim Tipu moderated the session.  

Addressing the function, novelist Imdadul Haq Milan termed the reception programme for war heroine as ‘best one’ on the occasion of the Independence Day.

“Someone tells stories of the Liberation War. It’s not a story, but a matter of pride for the nation. We have to project the history to new generation,” he said.

Milan, also the director of East West Media Group, mentioned some philanthropic activities of Bashundhara Group for wellbeing of people and country.

‘Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan feels empathy with the sufferings of underprivileged ones. We have a platform of readers called Shuvosangho. Under the supervision of the Bashundhara Group chairman and managing director, we provided food support to thousands of families across the country, especially in the northern region,” he said.

Bashundhara Group supports education of 1,750 students up to graduation level, he added.

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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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