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12:00 AM, May 20, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 20, 2008

Help rehabilitate Sidr victims permanently

CA urges Rotary International

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday urged Rotary International to help rehabilitate permanently the Sidr victims of the country.
The request came when Rotary International President Wilfried J Wilkinson called on the chief adviser at his office in the city and apprised him of the activities undertaken by the Rotary Clubs, said a press statement.
Rotary dispatched 1024 tents and portable water purification plants for people affected by Sidr last year.
It also contributed over $22 million for polio eradication programme in Bangladesh.
The Rotary International chief also called on President Iajuddin Ahmed, said the press statement provided by the Rotary at a press conference at Hotel Sheraton in the capital.
The president appreciated Rotary's humanitarian activities, relief programmes and development programmes in health and education sectors.
“We have talked about Bangladesh's development, economic and other issues including energy crisis,” Wilkinson told journalists.
Asked if Rotary has any programme to intervene global policies that affect the poor people, Wilkinson said, “We do not do anything that may make us controversial.”
There are Rotarians who are parliamentarians and representing at the United Nations and contributing to formulate its policies as individuals, but as an organisation it does not have any political stance, he added.
Wilkinson, who came to Bangladesh on May 17, visited different projects of Rotary Clubs in Bangladesh and left for Mauritius last night.
Rotary International is a voluntary organisation of business and professional leaders.
There are around 1.2 million Rotarians belonging to 33000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries.
There are around 4000 Rotarians of 155 Rotary clubs in the country.
Rafiq Ahmed Siddique, district governor Bangladesh, and other Rotarians AKM Shamsul Huda, Hamidullah, Shamsuddin and Selim Reza were present at the press conference.

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