Liberation War films at all theatres in the country today

With the entire nation celebrating Victory Day, the Ministry of Information has instructed all film theatres of the country to screen Liberation War-based films. As a result, each of the 157 cinemas across the country today will screen one of the four films — Humayun Ahmed-helmed “Aguner Poroshmoni”, “Ora 11 Jon” by Chashi Nazrul Islam, Nasiruddin Yousuff’s “Guerilla” and Tauquir Ahmed’s “Joyjatra.”

This undertaking has been observed for a few years now, and the audience will have free access to the theatre halls. Tauquir Ahmed, who highly favours this initiative, stated, “Everyone should watch Liberation War films, to understand the history and events around it.”

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Joyjatra can be watched online.


India, China and Russia Recognising East Jerusalem as Capital of Palestine

Foreign ministers from India, Russia and China notably refrained from recognising East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine at their annual meeting in New Delhi this week – seven days after the US recognised the holy city as the capital of Israel.

The decision not to restate the position on Jerusalem long-held by all three countries was in marked contrast to their joint call at last year’s meeting in Moscow for a “sovereign, independent, viable and united State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital.” At this year’s 15th annual meeting, their statement on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict stressed support for “an independent, viable, territorially contiguous Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders,” without mentioning the issue of Jerusalem.

The absence of Jerusalem from Tuesday’s statement is particularly striking given the strident opposition to the US move in the Arab and Muslim worlds. Turkey and Iran, both of whom retain close diplomatic and security ties with all three countries, have led the denunciation of the US announcement on Jerusalem.

India in particular stands out for not having even taken a position on the US decision. Asked for clarification of India’s position on December 7, a spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry said simply, “India’s position on Palestine is independent and consistent. It is shaped by our views and interests, and not determined by any third country.” Bilateral relations between Israel and India were handed an unprecedented boost by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s high-profile visit to the Jewish state in July of this year.

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Finally, for emergency, dial 999

Bangladesh today launched a toll-free national emergency helpline 999 for immediate needs in the case of any accident, crime, fire or ambulance.

For now, it will provide three types of emergency services:

— Crime/abduction/accident/disaster-related

— Fire service

— Ambulance service

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son and her ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy officially inaugurated the service at Abdul Gani Road in Dhaka this morning.

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Bangladesh postal money: Open accounts for Tk 2

Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy launched the service at the Posts and Telecommunications Division on Monday.

“We want to make life easier for people, so that they can comfortably use mobile and online services for everything. For that, we need to digitise the financial services,” Joy said.

“There are no banks in some unions. So we decided to expand the banking services through post offices. People can transfer money from home and also digitally spend government allowances,” Joy said.

With ‘Dak Taka’, Bangladesh aims to make banking services available to 30 million people by 2018, State Minister for Posts and Telecom Tarana Halim said.

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Saudi Arabia says cinemas will be allowed from early 2018


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Tk 20,000cr lost a year for air pollution

The country, especially its urban areas, is facing severe air and water pollution due to rapid and unplanned urbanisation, show the preliminary findings of a World Bank study.

It is losing one percent (around Tk 20,000 crore) of the gross domestic product every year due to air pollution, according to the study.

The country’s GDP stands at nearly Tk 20.88 trillion as per the latest data of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

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Hasina opens software park

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday opened Sheikh Hasina Software Technology Park in Jessore and expressed hope that ICT would be the biggest export earning sector for Bangladesh in the near future.

“I think that the goods to be produced from ICT sector will make the biggest contributions to the country’s export and in this way we want to impart training to the youths of the country,” she said.

The premier opened the software park through a video conferencing from her official residence Gono Bhaban in Dhaka.

She also reiterated that the government would establish a hi-tech park in each district to help flourish the ICT sector and generate employment.

ICT will soon be added to the list of the country’s exportable products, Hasina said.

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