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DMP Bolster Road Safety Efforts thru Speed Risk Training Workshop

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The Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) organized a comprehensive two-day training workshop for Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) with the theme “Speed as a Risk Factor.” Held at the InterContinental Dhaka, the workshop aimed to strengthen traffic law enforcement and promote road safety. A total of 60 police officers from the DMP, including the Assistant Superintendent of Police, Traffic Inspectors, and Sergeants, participated in two batches. The workshop was part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety, a global network dedicated to reducing road traffic crashes, deaths, and injuries.

The workshop commenced with an inaugural session on Tuesday, July 11, 2023. The event was inaugurated by Khandker Golam Faruq BPM (Bar), PPM, the Honorable Police Commissioner of the DMP, who served as the Chief Guest. Md Munibur Rahman, Additional Police Commissioner (Traffic), and SM Mehedi Hasan, Joint Police Commissioner (Traffic South), attended the workshop as special guests. Distinguished attendees included Russell Nyman, Senior Road Policing Advisor of the Global Road Safety Partnership, Suganthi Saravanan of Vital Strategies, and Md Abdul Wadud, Initiative Coordinator, along with other key personnel involved in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety.

Addressing the participants, Chief Guest Khandker Golam Faruq BPM (Bar), PPM, emphasized the paramount importance of road safety in society. He acknowledged the devastating consequences of traffic accidents and expressed the commitment of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to ensuring the safety and well-being of citizens. The Chief Guest emphasized the crucial role of effective traffic law enforcement in creating a secure and livable city. He highlighted the shared vision of safer roads, reduced fatalities, and minimized injuries, stating that the training workshop provided an opportunity to exchange knowledge and learn from successful international and national road policing strategies. Furthermore, he recognized the expertise and global contributions of GRSP and BIGRS in enhancing the capabilities of law enforcement officials.

Russell Nyman, Senior Road Policing Advisor of the Global Road Safety Partnership, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, explained that the primary objective of the workshop was to facilitate the exchange of existing enforcement practices within a ‘Safe System’ model. The workshop aimed to stimulate discussions on the challenges and opportunities of enforcing traffic laws more effectively, drawing on international and national road policing strategies that have led to significant reductions in road deaths and associated trauma. Key topics covered during the workshop included current road safety trends, the role of enforcement in a ‘Safe System,’ the importance of speed reduction, speed enforcement technology, and tactics. By equipping police officials with these insights, the training aimed to contribute to the reduction of road traffic deaths and injuries.

This training workshop marked a significant step in strengthening traffic law enforcement and improving road safety in Dhaka. Through knowledge sharing and collaboration among police officials, the workshop aimed to create a safer road environment for all residents. The GRSP expressed gratitude to all participants, guests, and speakers for their unwavering commitment to this crucial cause.

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Met Predicts Widespread Rain Across Bangladesh

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The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has forecast widespread rain and thundershowers across all divisions, including Dhaka, within the next 24 hours starting from 9 am today.

The latest BMD update indicates, “Light to moderate rain or thundershowers, accompanied by temporary gusty winds, are likely at many locations in Rangpur, Mymensingh, and Sylhet divisions. Similar weather conditions are expected at a few places in the Chattogram division and some areas in Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna, and Barishal divisions. Moderately heavy to heavy rainfall is anticipated in parts of Rangpur, Mymensingh, and Sylhet divisions.”

Tangail has recorded the highest rainfall in the country, with 108 mm in the 24 hours leading up to 6 am today. This substantial rainfall reflects the active monsoon season currently impacting the region.

The BMD reports that the monsoon is fairly active over Bangladesh and moderate over the north Bay. This active monsoon system is contributing to increased rainfall and storm activity across the country.

Slight rises in both day and night temperatures are expected across Bangladesh. Over the past 24 hours up to 6 am today, Khagrachhari experienced the highest temperature at 35.8°C, while the lowest temperature was recorded in Netrakona at 24°C.

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PM Sheikh Hasina Honors Bangabandhu on Awami League’s 75th Anniversary

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid glowing tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today (23 June) on the occasion of the 75th founding anniversary of the ruling Awami League (AL).

At 7 AM, Hasina honored Bangabandhu by placing a wreath at his portrait at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on Dhanmondi-32. Following the wreath-laying, the Prime Minister stood in solemn silence, paying profound respect to Bangabandhu’s memory.

Later, accompanied by senior party leaders, Hasina, who also serves as the president of the Awami League, placed another wreath at Bangabandhu’s portrait on behalf of the party. She and AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader then inaugurated the day’s program by hoisting the national and party flags and releasing pigeons and balloons.

The Bangladesh Awami League was founded on this day in 1949. Over the years, it has grown into the country’s largest political party, leading significant movements including the struggle for freedom, the War of Liberation, and various democratic movements.

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Dhaka, New Delhi Forge Vision for Digital and Green Partnership: PM Sheikh Hasina

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced today (June 22) that Bangladesh and India have agreed on a shared vision for a digital and green partnership aimed at ensuring a sustainable future for both nations.

In a joint statement before the media following her meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Hasina said, “Both countries endorsed the ‘Vision Statement’ to guide us toward a peaceful and prosperous future. We agreed to have a shared vision for ‘Digital Partnership’ and ‘Green Partnership for a Sustainable Future.'”

The bilateral discussions covered a broad range of topics, including water sharing from common rivers, security, and trade. Hasina emphasized the importance of India as Bangladesh’s major neighbor, trusted friend, and regional partner, highlighting the deep historical ties since Bangladesh’s War of Liberation in 1971.

“Our relations with India are ever-growing at a fast pace,” Hasina noted. “Today, our two sides had very productive meetings where we discussed politics and security, trade and connectivity, the sharing of water from common rivers, power and energy, and regional and multilateral cooperation, among other issues of mutual interest.”

The Prime Minister added, “We agreed to collaborate with each other for the betterment of our people and countries.” She outlined a future course of action aimed at ensuring a smart Bangladesh by 2041 and a Viksit Bharat (Developed India) by 2047.

Hasina mentioned that several Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were concluded and renewed, with announcements made for future collaboration. She noted that recent years have seen sustained high-level engagements between the two countries, including visits by the Indian president and prime minister to Bangladesh in 2021 to celebrate significant milestones in Bangladesh’s history.

Reflecting on her own diplomatic engagements, Hasina recalled her last bilateral visit to India in September 2022 and her attendance at the G20 Summit in New Delhi in September 2023 as the leader of ‘Guest Country’ Bangladesh. “I am now visiting New Delhi for an unprecedented second time in the same month, June 2024,” she remarked.

Earlier this month, on June 9, Hasina attended the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his new cabinet alongside other world leaders, further underscoring the close engagement between the two nations.

During her current visit, Hasina will also meet with the Vice President and the President of India. She expressed optimism that these meetings will provide deeper insights into enhancing bilateral cooperation.

“This is my first bilateral visit to any country after Bangladesh’s 12th Parliamentary Elections and the formation of the new government in January 2024,” Hasina noted, thanking the Indian government for their warm hospitality.

In her concluding remarks, Hasina paid homage to the Indian heroes who sacrificed their lives during Bangladesh’s War of Liberation in 1971, expressing gratitude for India’s contribution to Bangladesh’s independence. She also extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to visit Bangladesh at his earliest convenience.

 

 

 

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