Don’t ruin country, yourself saving few money of waste management: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked all concerned to build waste management system while constructing industries for environment-friendly industrialisation to save the country and its people from the adverse impact of climate change.

“We have to construct industries. But all have to build industrial waste management system. I request you all that don’t ruin the country and yourself to save few money of chemical (to be used in waste management system),” she said.

The prime minister made the appeal while opening the seven-day 11th National Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Fair at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) at Agargaon here this morning.

She said they want industrialisation to be environment friendly and for that, the country’s industrialisation must have to be planned and worthy for health.

“Wherever you build industry, you have to keep in mind that the waste of your industries doesn’t go to the rivers and water. Keep a special eye to ensure that the waste doesn’t pollute
the water and the soil,” she added.

Sheikh Hasina called upon all to pay attention so that the country isn’t incurred losses by adverse impact of the climate change due to any negligence.

Apart from this, she asked the industrialists to ensure proper work environment and safety for workers alongside upgrading their livelihoods aimed at increasing industrial production.

The prime minister said they want mechanization of the industries with world class machines.

But, she asked all to be cautious that mechanization of industries doesn’t decrease the number of labourers.

The premier asked all concerned to build labour intensive industries as they want to employ more workers.

She said Bangladesh is marching ahead so it requires more entrepreneurs.

“I call upon the youth-folk not to run after the jobs (only). —prepare yourselves as entrepreneurs and give jobs to others,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina asked all concerned to make more opportunities for the womenfolk to make them entrepreneurs in large numbers.

he said the men can take initiatives bringing their wives and sisters in the SME business by enjoying opportunities of SME facilities that include taking loan on four percent interest rate.

The premier expressed her satisfaction as 60 percent SME entrepreneurs are women.

She said it has been possible as additional facilities are now being given to the women entrepreneurs.

The prime minister said her government has been constructing 100 economic zones across Bangladesh, adding her government wants both foreign and local investments there.

She said lands have already been allocated for 80 economic zones from where the SME Foundation or entrepreneurs can get lands to build their industries.

The premier stressed the need for mechanization of agriculture to increase food production for ensuring food security.

She also asked all concerned to produce small and medium machines for agriculture as it has local and foreign demand.

The prime minister instructed all to build locality-based agro-processed industries
across the country keeping in mind that where, which food grains are largely produced.

She called for increasing production of exportable products alongside creating local markets for produced products.

She also instructed Bangladesh missions abroad to find out the most demandable products of the respective countries as Bangladesh can export those products there.

The prime minister said she has already asked Bangladesh missions abroad to work for economic diplomacy alongside the politics to increase export, business and trades.

She said her government has established rights on a vast maritime area which have huge resources.

The SME entrepreneurs can also invest in the maritime resources to exploit its maximum benefits, she said.

The prime minister expressed her satisfaction over unveiling work plan for 2024-28 by the Industries Ministry and said if all the ministries can do it; the countries development will be quickened.

After opening the SME fair, Sheikh Hasina said the fair will encourage others to
be entrepreneurs.

She described the SME entrepreneurs as driving forces of the country’s development, saying, “We want to create more SME entrepreneurs to foster country’s development”.

The prime minister recalled the contribution of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for taking measures for the first time for industrialisation in Bangladesh.

At the same function, she handed over National SME Award-2023 to seven small, medium and start-up entrepreneurs that includes crest and accreditation certificate.

Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, its Senior Secretary Zakia Sultana, President of FBCCI Mahbubul Alam and SME Foundation Chairperson Dr Md Masudur Rahman spoke at the function.

The fair will continue till May 25 under the aegis of the SME Foundation as it will be opened for visitors from 10 am to 9 pm daily.

More than 300 entrepreneurs are taking part in the fair as almost 60 percent participants are women entrepreneurs.

The SME fair will showcase 100 per cent local pro
ducts. More than three hundred and fifty companies will participate in this year’s fair.

This year’s fair will see the largest number of 75 participants from the garment sector. Besides, 42 participants will showcase jute products, 38 to display handicrafts, 32 to showcase leather products and 27 to present processed agricultural products.

Moreover, 23 will display light engineering products, 14 to present food products, 13 to display IT-based services as 12 SME cluster entrepreneurs will take part in the fair from different parts of the country, 5 participants will showcase herbal industry products and 5 more will display jewellery products.

Four stalls will display plastic products, 3 to showcase electrical and electronics items, 3 to present furniture items and 19 others will display various government organizations products.

Besides, 30 banks, 15 public-private organizations, business clubs of 5 universities and about 50 other organizations will provide services to participants in the fair.

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Low pressure likely to develop over Bay of Bengal on May 22: BMD

Low pressure is likely to develop over the Bay of Bengal on May 22, a meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) told BSS today.

‘The low pressure area will help monsoon advance over the Bay of Bengal. It is too early to confirm whether or not it will transform into cyclone,’ BMD Meteorologist Hafizur Rahman said.

‘There are five stages of formation of cyclone . . . initially low pressure forms in the Bay of Bangal. After formation of low pressure, it will turn into well marked low pressure,’ BMD meteorologist Dr Abul Kalam Mallik said explaining four previous stages of cyclone.

He said, ‘Depression is primary stage of cyclone . . . we analyzing our mathematical model to forecast for developing cyclonic storm. Rainfall will depend on formation of cyclone.’

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Seven held on charge of involvement in killing of policeman Ghimire

Kathmandu: Police have arrested seven people on the charge of their involvements in the murder policeman Yubaraj Ghimire. They were presented to public today.

The arrested are Sachin Pariyar, 21, aka Aaite, from Chagunarayan municipality-1 in Bhaktapur; Anjali Shrestha, 18, from Dupcheshwor rural municipality-1 in Nuwakot; Basundhara Karki, 21, from Aandhikhola rural municiapality-3, Syanga; Nunmaya Karki, 56 also from Aandhikhola, Buddha Lama Tamang, 21, from Okhare of Tani rural municipality-4 in Nuwakot; Amrit Tamang, 30, aka Dorje, from Indrawati rural municipality-1, Sindhupalchwok and one 13-year-old boy, according to Senior Superintendent of Police Basant Rajaure.

Ghimire who hailed from Majuwagadhi rural municipality-1 in Khotang was posted at the Traffic Police Sector, Durbar Marg. All the accused were temporarily residing in Manmaiju.

His body was retrieved from Manmaiju of Tarkeshwor-9, Kathmandu as it was concealed beneath a mattress on the ground floor of an under-construction house, according
to the police.

Source: National News Agency RSS

Dhaka expresses deep concern over attacks on Bangladeshi students in Kyrgyzstan: FM

Dhaka has expressed deep concern over the attacks on Bangladeshi students amid a mob incident in Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek on Friday night, foreign minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said here today.

‘There were attacks on our students … but so far no Bangladeshi students have been reported of receiving serious injury,’ he said at an event at the Jatiya Press Club here.

He said Bangladesh Ambassador stationed in Tashkent has been asked to visit Bishkek soon to inquire about the wellbeing of the Bangladeshi students.

‘We are closely monitoring the situation through our embassy in Uzbekistan, concurrently accredited to Kyrgyz Republic,’ the foreign ministry said in a press release meanwhile.

It said Bangladesh embassy in Uzbekistan is in constant communication with the Bangladeshi students who are currently studying in Kyrgyz Republic, as well as with the Kyrgyz government officials.

There are no reports of any serious injury or casualties among Bangladeshi students so far, said the release.

The Embassy already shar
ed an emergency contact number in its official Facebook page to get in touch with the Bangladeshi students for any issues regarding this matter.

Through the embassy, the government is coordinating with the relevant authorities of Kyrgyz Republic, including the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Internal Affairs to ensure the safety and security of the students.

‘We are closely and constantly monitoring the developments,’ said the foreign ministry.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Auto-rickshaw drivers clash with police, torch police box at Kalshi

The battery-run rickshaw drivers, who took out to the street protesting the recent ban on plying their vehicles on city street, today set fire to Kalshi police box following a clash with police in Mirpur-10 area, intensifying the commuters’ sufferings.

Police and witnessed told BSS that in protest against the suspension of auto-rickshaw plying on the city streets, the agitating drivers set fire to the police box at the Kalshi intersection around 4:15pm.

‘They (agitators) blocked the Kalshi flyover from the Kalshi end by torching tyres on the road. . . They launched arson attack on the Kalshi police box this evening,’ Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Pallabi police station Apurba Hasan confirmed this.

On information, two fire engines tried to go to the spot to douse the blaze but were blocked by the protesting rickshaw drivers, said a spokesman of the Pallabi Fire Station.

The police, however, said the situation was brought under full control after a few hours.

Security measures were tightened at Mirpur area to
avert any further untoward incident.

Earlier, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader directed the authorities concerned to take steps to stop battery-run rickshaws from operating in the capital to get safer and more efficient.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

One killed two injured in road accident

One person has died and two others were injured after being hit by an ambulance in Butwal sub-metropolis-13 along the East-West Highway.

The deceased has been identified as 56-year-old Kamala Nepali of Butwal-11 Devinagar, according to the area police office Butwal. The incident took place this morning when the ambulance (Lu. 1 Ja.531), which was carrying a patient from Argakhanchi to Butwal, hit them near a suspension bridge.

The injured 55-year-old Harikala Nepali and 35-year-old Jhupa Thatrai of Devinagar are undergoing treatment at the Lumbini Regional Hospital.

Ambulance driver Narayan Bahadur Magar of Panini Rural Municipality-7 of Arghakhanchi has been taken into custody for necessary action, police said.

Source: National News Agency RSS

PM assures of reconsidering imposing VAT on metro rail ticket: Quader

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given the assurance of reconsidering the issue of imposing 15 percent value added tax (VAT) on metro-rail ticket.

He said this while addressing the ‘Branding Seminar of Dhaka Metro-Rail: A Step Towards Transforming Transportation’ arranged by Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) in a city hotel.

Quader, also Awami League general secretary, said National Board of Revenue (NBR) suddenly announced imposing of 15pc VAT on metro-rail ticket.

‘I informed the issue to the prime minister. This is a wrong decision of NBR. It cannot happen. It will spoil the goodwill of metro-rail. The prime minister assured of reconsidering the matter,’ he said.

Noting that there is no VAT on metro-rail ticket in neighboring India, he questioned, ‘Why will we impose VAT on metro-rail fare?’

Expressing disappointment over pasting posters on metro-rail pillars, the minister said the country’s metro-rail service is very nice and it
doesn’t make sound pollution.

He urged the users of metro-rail to protect the country’s valuable asset.

Quader said Dhaka should be made smart first to make Bangladesh a smart country.

He said Bangladesh has become a role model of development to the world under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina.

But the condition of the country’s capital city is not so good, he said, adding costly vehicles ply the streets but the condition of public buses is very bad.

‘We must have to come out of this situation,’ he said.

The minister said he feels ashamed looking at the buses plying the city streets.

He urged the mayors of the two city corporations of the capital to consider the matter with utmost importance.

Quader said construction works of six metro-rail lines including two underground lines will be completed by 2030.

He said the government has a target that around 52.40 lakh commuters will travel by metro-rail quickly, safely and smoothly every day in 2030.

The minister asked all stakeholders to work in unison to
achieve the target.

Road Transport and Highways Division Secretary A B M Amin Ullah Nuri chaired the programme while Dhaka north mayor Atiqul Islam, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Road Transport and Bridges Ministry Rezwan Ahmed Toufiq, DMTCL Managing Director M A N Siddique, Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka IWAMA Kiminori and Chief Representative of JICA Bangladesh Office Ichiguchi Tomohide were present, among others.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Tea Workers’ Day tomorrow

Tomorrow is the Tea Workers’ Day. On this day in 1921, around 30000 tea workers in Sylhet left their gardens and started a journey back to the lands of their origin — Bihar, Odisha and Assam.

But many were shot dead by the British Raj at Meghna Ghat in Chandpur district.

It was a protest march they called “Mulluke Cholo” (Let’s go back home). The protest was against the inhumane working conditions and torture at the hands of British owners.

To mark the day, tea workers’ in the district will organize a rally tomorrow morning at Lashkorpur Tea Garden in Chunarughat upazila, said acting secretary of Tea Workers’ Union Nipen Pal.

Sources said tea gardening was started in Sylhet region in 1854 by the East India Company. Workers’ had been brought to Sylhet from Assam, Orissa, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha