A total of 410 congregations of holy Eid-ul-Fitr would be held in the capital this year.Of those, 230 congregations will be held in Dhaka South City Corporation (BSCC) and 180 in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) areas.Around 228 Eid congregations will be held in 57 wards under DSCC while 180 in 36 wards under DNCC.The main Eid congregation will be held at Jatiya Eidgah Maidan, adjacent to the High Court, this year like every year.Senior pesh Imam Hafez Maulana Muhammad Mizanur Rahman of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque will conduct the Eid Jamaat at National Eidgah.Separate arrangements would be made for women at the National Eidgah as around five thousand female devotees may join the congregation. Besides, mobile toilets, medical teams and places of ablution will be arranged.The venue of the main congregation will be shifted to Baitul Mukarram national mosque at 9:00am in case of inclement weather.A total of five Eid congregations will be held at Baitul Mukarram national mosque this year.The 1st congregation will be held at 7:00am, 2nd at 8:00am, 3rd at 9:00am, 4th at 10:00am and the 5th, the last, at 10:45am, said a press release of Islamic Foundation.Eid Jamaat would be organised at North Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban at 8am. Whips of the National Parliament, cabinet members, parliamentarians, officials and staff would take part in the jamaat.DNCC public relations officer Uttam Kumar Roy earlier said that the congregations will take place at the corporation’s own grounds, open fields, school or madrasha playgrounds or other familiar places.Stringent security measures will be taken around the National Eidgah as president Abdul Hamid, cabinet members, judges and diplomats will join the prayers there.Several congregations would be held on Dhaka University (DU) campus, including two at DU Central Mosque Masjidul Jamia at 8am and 9am.A congregation would be organised at 8am at Salimullah Muslim Hall ground adjacent to the main gate while another would be held at Shahidullah Hall lawn at the same time.Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) would organize a congregation at 8 am at its central mosque.Two congregations would be held at Gulshan Central Mosque and Eidgah ground at 8.00am and 9.30am respectively.Two congregations would be organised at Dhalpur Narikel Bagan mosque at 8am and 9am.City Corporation’s councilors have started preparations at their own initiatives in this regard. Places of congregations have been selected in such a manner so that devotees can join prayers at their nearest distances.
Children traveling with a caravan of migrants from Central America stand on the beach and near the border fence between Mexico and the US, prior to preparations for an asylum request in the US, in Tijuana, Mexico on 29 April 2018. Photo: ReutersThe Trump administration will soon begin fingerprinting parents claiming custody of children who entered the United States illegally without an adult relative, officials said on Tuesday, prompting criticism that children may be abandoned by those who fear being identified and deported.Currently, most parents are not required to be fingerprinted to get custody of their children.US laws and legal precedent limit the time juveniles can be detained, so those caught crossing the border alone are often released to adult sponsors in the United States. The children are then expected to show up to immigration court to fight their deportation cases.“We’re going to more thoroughly vet sponsors,” said Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families, in a telephone briefing with reporters.“With DHS’ cooperation we will conduct a fingerprint-based background check on every sponsor.”HHS is ultimately responsible for finding housing for migrant children, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) enforces immigration policy.Under a new memorandum, DHS would help HHS fingerprint every individual claiming custody of a child, senior officials said.A DHS official who declined to be named said they expect implementation in a few weeks.Immigrant advocates said the new policy would discourage parents from claiming their children.“This policy will undoubtedly make it more likely that qualified sponsors will hide in the shadows, leaving vulnerable young children to languish in immigration jail,” said Rich Leimsider, executive director of the Safe Passage Project, which represents immigrant children in New York, in an email to Reuters.Wagner, during the briefing, dismissed such concerns.“If somebody is unwilling to claim their child from custody because they’re concerned about their own immigration status, I think that de facto calls into question whether they’re an adequate sponsor and whether we should be releasing the child to that person,” Wagner said.In March and April, more than 50,000 people were detained per month trying to cross the southwest border illegally, levels similar to those during the administration of Barack Obama, according to US government figures. During those two months a total of about 8,400 unaccompanied minors were caught on the southwest border.Soon after president Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, border crossings briefly dropped to record lows before creeping back up again at the end of last year. The increase has frustrated Trump, who has repeatedly called for more action.A controversy erupted after Wagner testified in April before a Senate committee that the agency in 2016 conducted a limited “safety and well-being” call to around 7,600 children that had been in its care but was unable to locate around 1,500 children and their sponsors.On Tuesday, Wagner said many children are with people who are in the country illegally and that “there’s no reason to believe that anything has happened to those kids.”Currently, all sponsors of unaccompanied children undergo an interview and a background check, and non-parental sponsors undergo fingerprint checks of a Federal Bureau of Investigation database. In special cases, such as when there is a “documented risk” to the safety of the child, parents will undergo fingerprint checks as well, according to the HHS website.Background checks and interviews may turn up immigration information, which is entered into an HHS web portal, but immigration status is not used to disqualify sponsors. HHS cannot “deny placement” based on immigration status, Wagner said.From January 2014 to April 2015, 60 per cent of unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were released to a parent, about a third were released to other relatives, 8 per cent to family friends and less than 1 per cent was released to unrelated sponsors, according to a 2018 Government Accountability Office report.During the Obama administration, officials at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement proposed that anyone claiming custody of unaccompanied alien children be fingerprinted. HHS officials at the time pushed back, arguing that it would delay family reunions and infringe upon the parent-child relationship.
Darjeeling: A Nature Interpretation Centre (NIC) was inaugurated on Tuesday at Bengal Safari Park near Siliguri. Along with the NIC, a host of new projects were announced for the Park as well.Apart from Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman and Tourism minister Goutam Deb, North Bengal Development minister Rabindranath Ghosh was also present at the inauguration event. The Bengal Safari Park is a dream project of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, located 10 km away from Siliguri. The park was inaugurated in 2017 by Banerjee. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”We have plans of upgrading the amenities of the park. We are already in the process of preparing a Detailed Project Report for a toy train inside the safari park. The cost of the project will be around Rs 1 crore,” said state Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman. The train will be battery-operated without rails and will have vista dome bogies. The projects at the safari park are being done jointly by the Tourism, Forest and North Bengal Development departments. A Breakpoint Watchtower is also coming up at a cost of Rs 23 lakh. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Visitors who take the safari rides will have a 15 minute break at the watchtower. There will be a cafeteria inside the watchtower as well. Visitors can enjoy coffee, snacks and the scenery from the watchtower,” said state Tourism minister Goutam Deb. There are plans to release more rhinoceros inside the park. “The park can accommodate 5 rhinoceros and at present there is only one. We are talking to the PCCF (Wildlife) for the release of more rhinos here,” added Barman. There are 2 elephants in the elephant safari. The Forest minister stated that two more would be brought in. Talks are on for getting bisons as well. “First we will recruit forest guards. We have sanction for 10 guards,” added Barman. Spread across 208 acres, the park offers leopard, Asiatic black bear, tiger, herbivore and elephant safaris. The NIC will showcase the diverse flora and fauna of the region, along with 7 tribal communities residing in North Bengal through a light and sound show. “Entry to the NIC will be absolutely free. We want tourists along with students to see the rich biodiversity of this region,” added Barman.