National Chess Championship begins


The preliminary round of 48th National Chess Championship began from today (Saturday) at Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) hall-room.

A total of 123 selected players from Dhaka Metropolises, Divisions, Districts, Universities, forces and other affiliated organisation are participating in the event.

Forty-nine players won their first round game and earned full points.

The five-day meet, organised by BCF, is being held in nine round Swiss-League system and top fifteen players will qualify in the 48th National B Chess Championship which will be held at later stage.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Malaysia’s median monthly wages up 4.9 pct in December 2023


The median monthly wages for the formal sector in Malaysia increased by 4.9 percent year-on-year to 2,900 ringgits (616 U.S. dollars) in December 2023, according to official data.

The median monthly wages for male formal employees, which accounted for 55.5 percent of the total formal employees, stood at 2,945 ringgits, the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) said in a statement on Friday.

Meanwhile, female formal employees, which comprised 44.5 percent of the total formal employees, received 2,845 ringgits.

The age group of 45 to 49 years received the highest median monthly wages at an average of 3,927 ringgits in December 2023.

Overall, the number of Malaysian formal employees was 6.67 million persons in December 2023, an increase of 1.8 percent as compared to the same month in the previous year. (1 ringgit equals 0.21 U.S. dollar).

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

BGMEA seeks policy support, pushes for making tax at source at 0.50pc


The country’s apparel manufacturers and exporters today sought policy support from the government in the ensuing budget for the next fiscal year (FY25), including making effective the tax at source at the previous 0.50 percent instead of 1 percent against exports and thus keeping it intact for next five years.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) also proposed for keeping intact the government incentives till 2029 as well as reducing the tax on cash incentives at 5 percent from the existing 10 percent.

BGMEA president S.M. Mannan (Kochi) made this proposal while addressing a view-exchange meeting with the journalists at a city hotel.

The entire newly-elected BGMEA board, after assumption of its office on April 4 this year, was present on the occasion.

Besides, former BGMEA president and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam, former BGMEA president Abdus Salam Murshedy, MP, and former BGMEA president and Awami League Industries and Commerce Secretary Sidd
iqur Rahman spoke, among others, on the occasion.

Highlighting the future plans of the BGMEA board to further move forward this sector, SM Mannan also urged the government to keep various products and services related to RMG industry free from VAT, providing tax rebate on import of fire safety equipments, providing special allocation as food rationing for the workers, extending support in export and investment of non-cotton items.

“We hope that these recommendations will be reflected in the ensuing budget,” he added.

Mentioning that the country’s apparel export target has been set at $100 billion by 2030, Mannan said it would not be possible to attain this export target unless the government policy support is available.

The BGMEA president said the number of direct export-oriented RMG factories in the country has now declined to 2,200 from the previous 5,000. Had had the direct export-oriented RMG factories remained in operation, then the export volume could have been much higher and thus could create mor
e newer employments, he added.

Mannan said there is immense potential for raising further the global share of Bangladesh’s RMG industry as it now represents only 7.87 percent of the international chunk.

“If, all kinds of government support remains intact, then our RMG sector will be able to play a pioneering role in building Smart Bangladesh as envisioned by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and a poverty-free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” he said.

The BGMEA president said the new board is putting priority on a number of issues which include resolving RSC related complexities, simplification of business, continuing cash incentives till 2029 and providing alternative support, taking bank and financial sector service related initiatives, introducing exit policy and export credit guaranty facilities, bringing in the SMEs under special policy support and financing schemes, increasing competitive edge through automation and digitalization, taking initiatives on pr
oduct and market diversification, food rationing and welfare of the workers, fixing fair price of products and floor price, formulating unified code of conduct, increasing capacity of the industry for building environment-friendly factories, and providing special policy support for motivating investment in man-made fiber -based industry.

Mannan also vowed to reintroduce the BGMEA’s journalism fellowship, sought government interventions in resolving customs, VAT and bond related complexities at the NBR, listed various steps in diversification of product and market, sought government’s attention in addressing the power and energy crisis as well as addressing the complexities on HS code and on the weight of woven fabric, not giving gas and power connections to industries outside the industrial areas.

The BGMEA president said they have already urged the government to bring those people under the purview of the law who deter the export operations, harass the exporters, and cause harm to the country’s economy.

F
ormer BGMEA president and DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam said since the country’s independence, no other sector in the country could become parallel to the RMG sector.

He urged the industry leaders to move forward in comparison with standards of the RMG industry of the neighboring countries.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Boosting milk production, consumption important to prevent malnutrition


Livestock experts at a discussion unequivocally

called for boosting milk production and its consumption to eradicate the

malnutrition problems for building a healthy society and the nation as a

whole.

Highlighting the enormous aspects of milk to the nation-building process,

they unanimously viewed that milk consumption is very important for both

physical and mental development of the children. So, utmost emphasis should

be given on ensuring fair price of milk and its safe supply.

District Administration and the Department of Livestock Services (DLS),

Rajshahi jointly organised the discussion at the conference hall of Deputy

Commissioner (DC) to mark the “World Milk Day-2024” supported by the

Livestock and Dairy Development Project today.

This year, World Milk Day was celebrated with the theme of focusing on

celebrating the vital role dairy plays in delivering quality nutrition to

nourish the world.

The theme aims to encourage people to learn about the important contributions

of the dairy sect
or to good food, health, and nutrition.

World Milk Day is observed annually on June 1 to promote the importance of

milk and dairy products in our diets.

It has also been celebrated every year since 2000, to raise awareness about

the benefits of milk for overall health. Milk has great nourishing value and

contains valuable nutrients, including calcium, protein and fat.

Additional District Magistrate Mirja Imam Uddin and Additional Superintendent

of Police Abu Saleh Muhammad Ashraful Alam addressed the discussion as the

chief and special guests respectively with District Livestock Officer Dr

Zulfiker Muhammad Akhter Hossain in the chair.

Two dairy farmers– Muhammad Asaduzzaman and Foisal Bin Mamud– also spoke on

the occasion.

Deputy Director of Dairy Development Farm Dr Ismail Haque welcomed the

participants.

Additional District Livestock Officer Dr Fazley Rabbi highlighted the aspects

of milk consumption in terms of building a healthy and knowledgeable nation

during his keynote presentation.

H
e defined that protein is the vital nutrition for normal growth and

development of the brain and other essential nutrients of the human body

while livestock is the pivotal source of nutrition.

Illustrating the importance and significance of the day besides giving an

overview of milk production in the region Dr Zulfiker Muhammad Akhter Hossain

mentioned that large-scale promotion of the livestock sector is very

important to remove the existing protein deficiency alongside ensuring food

security.

Many of the people suffer from malnutrition, especially lack of animal

protein like milk, meat and egg. He revealed that production of huge amounts

of meat through the indigenous beef-cattle improvement would supply low cost

meat for people and it will ultimately protect them from malnutrition.

Dr Zulfiker Hossain attributed that the present government under the prudent

and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been

implementing the gigantic LDDP at present to mitigate the country’s pro
tein

deficiency through boosting the livestock sector.

He urged the field level officials and staff concerned to supplement the

government endeavor through discharging their respective duties with utmost

sincerity and honesty.

Earlier, the administrative, police and DLS officials and others concerned

brought out a colourful rally at the collectorate building premises marking

the day.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Govt works to revive jute sector: Nanak


Textiles and Jute Minister Jahangir Kabir Nanak today said the government is working to revive the jute sector as per the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The government has a plan to organize a conference of jute farmers at the end of the year at the presence of the premier, he said while addressing a view exchange meeting with the stakeholders of jute sector organized by Department of Jute at the Shishu Academy auditorium here.

Jute farmers, mills owners, businessmen and other stakeholders related to jute sector joined the meeting.

Nanak said the Prime Minister has put special emphasize on jute and jute-made products. It was included in Awami League’s election manifesto also with utmost sincerity and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is giving different directives to take all out steps for multipurpose uses of jute, he added.

He said the government wants to be self-depended on producing jute seeds.

Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Mohammad Nazrul Islam Hiru, MP, Dr Anowarul Ashraf Khan Dilip, MP, Farid
a Yesmin, MP, secretary of jute ministry Md Abdur Rouf, DG of Department of Jute Zinat Ara, police super Mohammad Mostafizur Rahman and Awami League Narsingdi district unit president GM Taleb Hossain, among others, addressed the meeting with deputy commissioner Dr Badiul Alam in the chair.

Later, the minister inaugurated three-day long jute fair and Narsingdi Municipality Park.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Light rainfall in Koshi


The weather today is partly cloudy in the hilly areas and mostly clear in the rest of the country. This is due to partial influence of local winds, westerly winds and a low pressure area extending from Uttar Pradesh to West Bengal in India, says the Hydrology and Weather Forecasting Division.

At present, some places of Koshi are experiencing light rain with thunder and lightning.

Later this afternoon, there is a possibility of light to moderate rain with thunder and lightning in a few places of Koshi and Bagmati provinces and one or two places in the rest of the hilly areas, according to the bulletin issued by the division this morning. There is also a possibility of light snowfall at one or two places in the high hills and mountain regions of Koshi and Bagmati provinces.

Tonight, the weather will remain partly cloudy to mostly cloudy in Koshi, Madhesh, Bagmati, Gandaki and Sudurpaschim provinces, the department said.

Source: National News Agency RSS

Dismal batting show leads Bangladesh’s defeat to India

Bangladesh ended its T20 World Cup preparation with another defeat when they suffered a 60-run defeat to India in their second and final warm-up game at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York today.

Rishab Pant hit a half-century to help India compile 182-5. Bangladesh, however, failed to challenge this total as they put up yet another reckless batting display to be restricted to 122-9.

Veteran Mahmudullah Riyad top-scored for the side with 28 ball-40 with four fours and one six while Shakib Al Hasan made 28 off 34 with two fours.

Opener Tanzid Hasan Tamim contributed 17 and Towhid Hridoy was the other one to reach double digits when he made 13.

The rot began with the dismissal of Soumya Sarkar who got a second-ball duck in the first over. Fast bowler Arshdeep Singh who removed Soumya also extended the lean patch of Liton Das by rattling his stump for 6.

Skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto, too, couldn’t get out from the perpetual failure as he was out for duck when Mohammad Siraj had him cau
ght by Hardik Pandya.

The situation was further worsened when Tanzid and Hridoy were dismissed in the consecutive overs, leaving Bangladesh at a precarious 41-5 in the ninth over.

Mahmudullah and Shakib then shared 70 runs for the sixth wicket stand but none of them could pace the innings as it was needed in the chase of such a big total.

Mahmudullah took retirement after making 40 and Jasprit Bumrah got the better of Shakib. The likes of Jaker Ali Anik, Mahedi Hasan failed to go after the Indian bowlers, which eventually caused Bangladesh’s big defeat ahead of the tournament proper.

Earlier, Pant, who met a fatal accident 18 months ago, hammered 32 ball-53 before retiring hurt to pave the platform of a big total. Hardik Pandya gave the finishing touch astutely with 23 ball-40 not out with two fours and four sixes.

On his first competitive game apart from the IPL since his accident Pant drove the side after India won the toss and chose to bat first.

Fast bowler Shoriful Islam gave Bangladesh a good star
t, having claimed the wicket of Sanju Samson for 1 in the second over before Pant and captain Rohit Sharman ensured the joy of the Tigers would be short lived.

They combined for a 48-run for the second wicket after which Mahmudullah Riyad broke through with the wicket of Rohit who made 23 off 19 with two fours and one six.

Surykumar Yadav also got a start but failed to convert it as left-arm spinner Tanvir Islam had him caught by Towhid Hridoy after he contributed 31 off 18 with four fours.

Pant who looked in supreme touch then retired to give the other batters an opportunity to bat. The wicket-keeper batter hammered four fours and as many sixes in his knock.

Shivam Duve however couldn’t carry on for long as he was dismissed for 14 by the bowling of Mahedi Hasan.

However Pandya ensured that India would get a good total to give Bangladesh a headache.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

‘National development possible by connecting politics with economics’


Kathmandu: Vice chair of CPN (UML) Surendra Pandey has said that the country will develop only if politics is connected with economics.

While inaugurating the 12th convention of UML Parbat-Kathmandu Liaison Forum here today, the former Finance Minister said that with the promulgation of the Constitution, political issue is over and now is the time to connect politics with economic development.

“For the economic development of the country, a new level of research, study, information generation and campaign is a must”, he noted.

UML Parbat committee chair Govinda Giri said the forum has played an important role in connecting people from the district in Kathmandu.

Source: National News Agency RSS