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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

PM Hasina invites Khaleda Zia to help figure out caretaker issue

UNB, Sangsad Bhaban, Dhaka, 8 June : In a significant political overture, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday in Parliament invited opposition leader Khaleda Zia to sit together and help figure out what is to be done to resolve the dispute over the system of caretaker government.
In a soul-searching retrospection, Hasina wanted to know from her arch political opponent as to why she is trying to heat up the political situation and at whose instance.
The Leader of the House was giving reply to the supplementary question of independent lawmaker Mohammad Fazlul Azim (Noakhali-6).
Making a flashback on the ordeal the opposition leader and she herself had to face including going to jail during the previous army-backed caretaker government, the Prime Minister asked Khaleda as to why she would give them a second chance taking advantage of the rule by the caretaker government.
“They (force behind the last caretaker government), came to the power on the pretext of the caretaker government. They will come to the power and label us as corrupt and thief, it cannot be acceptable. Let us sit together and do everything on our own,” she said.... READ MORE

West Bengal government to recruit 46,000 primary teachers
Kolkata, 8 June : The West Bengal government today decided to recruit 46,000 primary teachers to improve the school education system, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.
"We have decided to appoint 46,000 teachers in primary schools. This has been done with the approval of the finance department," Mamata told after a cabinet meeting. She said that 10% of the recruitment will be made from the state Primary Teachers Training Institutes and para-teachers.

Economist Kumar appointed advisor for Human Dev Report
PTI, Gangtok, 8 June : Development economist A K Shiva Kumar has been appointed as an advisor by the Sikkim Government for formulating the second State Human Development Report.
Kumar, who is a development economist and adviser to the UNICEF- India, teaches economics and public policy at Harvard University''s Kennedy School of Government. He works on issues of poverty, health, nutrition, education along with women and children rights. He is also a founding member of the International Development Evaluation Association, officials said.

"Int’l initiative could bring permanent solution to Rohingya"
UNB, Dhaka, 8 June : Food and Disaster Management Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque Wednesday sought US support to permanent solution to the Rohinga issue, which has put burden on Bangladesh’s resources.
“It’s (Rohingya issue) now turned into an international problem. It has a political perspective too. An international-level proactive role could help bring permanent solution to the issue,” Razzaque told reporters at his ministry after meeting with US Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration Eric Schwartz.
US Deputy Under-Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration Kelly Clements and US Ambassador in Bangladesh James F Moriarty were present at the meeting.
Razzque said the western countriers should play more proactive role in resolving the Rohingya problems by sending them back to their homeland or through proper rehabilitation.
“Due to the presence of Rohingya, burden is gradually increasing on resources of Cox’s Bazar and it has been creating many social problems,” he said.
The Minister said though Bangladesh is a poor country with vast population, the government has been helping the refugees over the years.
There are some 24,000 registered Rohingyas while the number of unregistered Rohingyas is over 2 lakh living in different parts of the country.