Rwanda defence chief meets Bangladesh army chief

Visiting Chief of Defence Staff of the Rwanda Defence Force MK Mubarakh today paid a courtesy call on Bangladesh Army Chief General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed at the Dhaka Cantonment.

“During the meeting, they discussed various issues of cooperation between Bangladesh and Rwanda, focusing on future progress, mutual exchange of favours, and the development of mutual ties in the days to come, according to a press release.

General Shafiuddin thanked his Rwanda counterpart Mubarrakh for visiting Dhaka and also paying the courtesy call on him.

Earlier, the Rwanda defence force chief placed a wreath at Shikha Anirban (the Eternal Flame) at Dhaka Cantonment.

Later, a smart contingent of the armed forces gave Rwanda army chief a ‘guard of honour’ at Senakunja, where he planted a sapling.

General MK Mubarakh arrived here on Tuesday on a five-day official visit.

During the visit, he will visit the National Defence College in Mirpur Cantonment, the Bangabandhu Military Museum, the Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory in Raj
endrapur Cantonment, the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operations Training, and Cox’s Bazar, the release added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Former CJ Shrestha informed about RSS services

Kathmandu: Former Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha today visited the RSS central office, Bhadrakali, and acquired information about the RSS services and news dissemination system.

The former chief judge received information about the RSS news production: from reporting to translation, editing and dissemination. The officials, including Executive Chairman Dharmendra Jha and desk editors made aware the visitors about different services.

Meanwhile, he viewed the photos put on display under the theme of “Accomplishments of Democracy: Base of Prosperity” organised on the occasion of the Republic Day.

Commenting on the photo exhibition, he said the exhibition was a testament to highlight the republic that led to the exploration of multiple avenues in infrastructure developments.

The exhibition features 90 photos.

Source: National News Agency RSS

Govt plans ‘one person, one khatian, one map’ system: land minister

Land Minister Narayon Chandra Chanda today said the government has planned to introduce ‘one person, one khatian (record of rights), one map’ system in land management.

He said the issue of making registered allotment deeds mandatory for inheritance lands is being reviewed and these initiatives have been taken to reduce land-related cases and disputes.

The land minister made the remarks while speaking at a discussion titled ‘Smart Bangladesh: Smart Land Service and Land Management Perspective’ organised on the occasion of Land Service Week 2024 at Gymnasium Hall in Chattogram this morning.

Chattogram Divisional Commissioner’s Office and Chattogram District Administration jointly organised the event, a land ministry press release said.

Speaking as the chief guest, Narayon Chandra said development activities will not be sustainable if land management is not fair.

‘Land is intertwined with human existence and land is associated with every development work. Smart land service is an important part of the Sma
rt Bangladesh plan,’ he said.

Addressing the land officials, the minister said services have to be provided by treating the land service recipients well.

He further said the class of agricultural land cannot be changed as there are clear instructions from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in this regard.

At the same time, he said, the issue of river protection must be considered with importance.

Replying to a question, Narayon Chandra said the draft rules of the Land Crime Prevention and Redress Act are in the Law Ministry.

After completing the necessary vetting process, the rules of the Land Crime Prevention and Redress Act will be issued right away it is sent from the Ministry of Law to the Ministry of Land, he said.

Replying to another question, the minister said the land development tax system will be updated by next September, and necessary steps are being taken in this regard.

Chaired by Chattogram District Administrator Abul Bashar Mohammad Fakhru Zzaman, the meeting was attended, among others, by Ch
attogram Divisional Commissioner Md Tofayel Islam, Additional Secretary of the Land Ministry Md Emdadul Haque Chowdhury, Additional Divisional Commissioner of Chattogram Yasmin Parveen Tibriji, Additional Police Commissioner of Chattogram ASM Mahtab Uddin and Additional DIG of Chattogram Range Probir Kumar Roy.

After his speech, the land minister distributed prizes among the school students who won the quiz competition organised on the occasion of Land Service Week.

He then handed over compensation cheques to those affected by land acquisition and copies of Record of Rights (Khatiyan) to the applicants.

On the occasion of Land Service Week, a total of 10 land service stalls have been set up on the Gymnasium premises. These include stalls of the Upazila/Circle Land Offices, as well as stalls related to land acquisition by the district administration, the record room, survey and settlement department of the Survey Department, and land registration department of the Registration Department. After the end of t
he programme, the minister visited the land service stalls.

Earlier, he awarded the best team among the land service stalls.

Among others, heroic freedom fighters, land service recipients, land officials of different levels of Chattogram, civil society representatives, politicians, media representatives and people of different professions were present on the occasion.

The Land Service Week 2024, which began on June 8, 2024, will end on June 14, 2024.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Tarique, 14 others are fugitive convicts in Aug 21 grenade attack case: PM tells JS

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) that BNP leader Tarique Zia and 14 other convicts of the August 21, 2004 grenade attack case are fugitives.

‘Thirty four convicts were arrested while 15 others, including Tarique Rahman alias Tarique Zia are fugitives out of 49,” she told the parliament while replying to a tabled question from treasury bench lawmaker Farida Yasmin (Women Seat-35) during the question-answer session.

The question-answer session slated for the Prime Minister was held at the beginning of the day’s proceedings with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.

“Efforts are on to arrest the fugitive accused,” she added.

Sheikh Hasina, also the Leader of the House, said a total of 49 accused got various sentences that include capital publishment and life-term in the trial of the grenade attack case in Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal No-1 on October 10, 2018.

‘Of the convicts, 19 were sentenced to death, 19 others to life imprisonment while the rest 11 to vari
ous jail terms,’ she added.

Sheikh Hasina said that interpol served red notices on convicted accused Maulana Tajuddin, Harris Chowdhury and Ratul Ahmed Babu alias Ratul Babu who are absconding abroad.

Two cases – one under penal code and another under explosives substances law – were filed over the deadly grenade attacks on an anti-terrorism rally of then opposition Awami League in the capital city’s Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004.

It is mentionable that former political Adviser to then Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Harris Chowdhury passed away being fugitive in the August 21 grenade attack case, in 2021 and his family later confirmed his death.

Responding to another question from Awami League lawmaker Anwar Hossain Khan (Laxmipur-1), the Prime Minister said her government has prepared a project for 15 lightning-prone districts with a target to stop losses of lives due to lightning.

She also said that the proposed project suggesting installation of some 6,793 lightning rods/ lightning protection can
opies has already been sent to the Planning Commission

In reply to another question from AL lawmaker Md Mainul Hossain Khan (Dhaka-14), Sheikh Hasina said an initiative has been taken to establish a state-of-the-art national emergency operation centre on one acre of land in the capital’s Tejgaon area with the cooperation of China to deal with earthquakes and other mega disasters.

The implementation work will begin by formulating a project for this building that can withstand an 8-magnitude earthquake on Richter scale, she said.

Answering a question from independent lawmaker Abdullah Nahid Niger (Gaibandha-1), she said the tribunals set up after 2009 to try crimes against humanity and war criminals have so far disposed of 56 cases and 153 accused were sentenced to death or with different jail terms.

The Prime Minister said the present government has relentlessly been working to establish the rule of law by guaranteeing fair trials to reduce the suffering of the justice seekers.

The government is committed
to ensuring justice on the basis of equality for all, irrespective of the rich and poor, and establishing justice in society by making visible development in the judiciary, she said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Govt’s directions to ensure safety of homebound people, sale of sacrificial animals

The government has given directions to ensure safety of homebound people and the sale of sacrificial animals and maintain law and order situation during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.

The directions were given at a high-level meeting held at the Prime Minister (PMO)’s office on Tuesday with Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office Tofazzel Hossain Miah in the chair, a press release said here today.

The activities taken by the concerned departments were discussed in the meeting.

In the meeting, necessary instructions were given to maintain law and order situation and make ensure availability of sacrificial animals, transportation, market management, online market monitoring, Eid journey, waste management of sacrificial animals, preservation and management of raw hide and Eid return journey.

The concerned departments were also asked to take measures to ensure supply and stock of essential commodities and keep their prices under control during Eid.

Senior Secretary of the Power Division Md Habibur Rah
man, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Md Nayeemul Islam Khan, Road Transport and Highways Division Secretary A B M Amin Ullah Nuri, Senior Secretary of Public Security Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs Md Jahangir Alam, Secretary of the Security Services Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs Md Abdullah Al Masud Chowdhury, Secretary of the Ministry of Railways Dr Md Humayun Kabir and Commissioner of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Habibur Rahman attended the meeting, among others.

Instructions were also given to take necessary measures in coordination with all those involved in the sale of sacrificial animals to stop creation of artificial crisis.

Careful monitoring, according to the instructions, should be continued to ensure availability of sacrificial animals and its fair prices and strengthening online market.

Law enforcement agencies were asked to take possible measures to prevent fraud over sacrificial animal markets and ani
mal transportation and ensure security of buyers and sellers.

Instructions were also given to take maximum precautionary measures to prevent any kind of harassment and fraud in availing railway tickets and ensure fitness of ships.

Strict instructions were given not carry extra passenger in ships.

While the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism will take necessary steps to keep the air fare at a reasonable level.

Animals to be sacrificed and garbage should be removed at designated places.

Dhaka North and Dhaka South City Corporations must remove cent percent of qurbani related waste within the shortest possible time under direct and on-site supervision and take all necessary measures including ensuring adequate cleaning staff and waste transport vehicles.

Garment owners will have to take measures to pay their workers due wages with advance bonus.

The local administration will hold a meeting with traders and stakeholders and take necessary decisions over leather preservation and management including det
ermining the price of leather.

Close monitoring and effective action will be taken by the concerned ministries and its departments to keep the stock and supply and prices of daily necessities stable during Eid-ul-Azha.

Local administration will take necessary measures for the security of all Eid congregations in the country and the law enforcers will keep a watchful eye on this matter.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

FNCCI President calls for foreign investment to realize social justice

Kathmandu: President of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) Chandra Prasad Dhakal has said that Nepali businesses enjoy a strong employer-employee relationship and no significant labor issues have been faced in recent years.

In his address to the 112th International Labour Conference underway in Geneva, Switzerland, he said the private sector of Nepal diligently follows all ILO Regulations and Conventions that the government has signed. Moreover, we have independently undertaken numerous initiatives to uphold employee dignity.

“Dignity, in our view, goes beyond proper conduct. It involves enhancing our employees’ capacities for personal and professional development, providing them with better opportunities”.

Emphasizing on the need for investments to help fulfill the agenda of social justice by creating decent employment opportunities, Dhakal said Nepal holds immense potential in hydropower production, with huge markets in India and Bangladesh. We have an agreement with Ind
ia to buy 10,000 Mega Watts of electricity and are in the process of signing an agreement with Bangladesh.

Tourism is another vital sector. Our beautiful hill stations and Himalayas are popular destinations, and the multiplier effect in tourism is substantial, providing livelihood opportunities for the rural population.

The FNCCI Chair shared that the youth population of the country is a valuable asset for investors, especially in the booming ICT sector, which offers decent work opportunities for youth on a large scale.

“Nepal, situated between India and China, offers duty-free market access to India, which will continue even after graduation from the Least Developed Country category”, he said, “This facility will be available in the EU market until 2029, and we are negotiating similar access with China and other markets. This positioning allows for production in Nepal with export potential worldwide”.

The Cabinet has approved the Bilateral Investment Agreement Framework, and we are ready to sign agreemen
ts with interested countries. The Budget also promises to sign Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAA) with potential countries.

The FNCCI is the largest private sector umbrella organisation in Nepal, representing around 600,000 businesses.

Source: National News Agency RSS

Dr Yunus’s statement regarding trial humiliating for country’s people: Anisul

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq today said that if a citizen breaks any law, the way he would have been brought to justice, Dr Muhammad Yunus’s trial is being held in the same way.

‘But he (Yunus) is giving false statements, and these are humiliating for the people of Bangladesh,’ the law minister told newsmen after coming out of a meeting with a delegation of the European Union (EU) at the ministry this noon.

Anisul, at the meeting, informed the EU delegation that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against Dr Muhammad Yunus which is currently under trial.

‘I don’t want to talk about any under-trial case. There are a couple of tax evasion cases against him as well. Of these, he has to pay taxes after losing his legal battle at the Appellate Division. A case was filed under labour law for violating labourers’ rights, and he has been convicted and sentenced in the case already. Many cases remain pending against him,’ the law minister told the meeting.

While rep
lying to a question on the matters discussed at the meeting, Anisul said topics like Bangladesh’s labour act, artificial intelligence act, data protection act, cyber security act, the government’s opinion on a report filed by a team of the EU election commission, the Rohingya issue, and the anti-discrimination act were discussed in detail.

‘They also wanted to know when the amended Labour Act will be passed. We said we want the end of the complaint filed against Bangladesh in the International Labor Court. We have done enough regarding the act amendment. So, I think the complaint issue should be ended,’ he added.

Led by EU Delegation to Bangladesh Ambassador Charles Whiteley, the other members of EU delegation were- Human Capital Development team leader Jurate Smalskyte, Swedish Ambassador Alexandra Berg Von Linde, French Ambassador Marie Masdupuy, Italian Ambassador Antonio Alessandro, Kingdom of the Netherlands Ambassador Irma Van Dueren, Spanish Ambassador Gabriel Sistiaga and Denmark Embassy charge de a
ffairs Anders B Karlsen.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

215250 tonnes Maize produced in Jamalpur

Farmers in the district got 21,5,250 tonnes

of maize this year which is 29,788 tonnes more than last year production.

According to Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office sources farmers

cultivated maize on 20,268 hectares of land which is 2,268 hectares more than

the cultivation target.

The office said last year farmers cultivate maize on 17, 463 hectares of

land. As farmers got boost yield of maize and its fair price last year, they

are gradually being interested to bring more land under maize cultivation.

Dewanganj Upazila Agriculture Officer, Alamgir Azad said farmers in the

upazila brought more land under maize cultivation due to profitable ground.

He said farmers can cultivate maize with low production cost and get more

return. He said a farmer can produce 35 to 45 mound maize (40 kilogram per

mound) from a bigha of land expending Taka 15,000 to 16,000. In this away

they can earn net profit Taka 20,000 to Taka 29,000 from a bigha of land, he


According to DAE office, farme
rs got 74,288 tonnes maize on 7,075 hectares of

land in Dewanganj upazila while 36,013 tonnes from 3,350 hectares of land in

Bakshiganj 31,689 tonnes from 2,918 hectares of land in Sarishabari, 26,876

tonnes from 2,850 hectares in Madarganj, 24,498 tonnes from 2,050 hectares of

land in Islampur,13,936 tonnes from 1,230 hectares of land in Jamalpur sadar

and 7,950 tonnes from 795 hectares of land in Melandah upazila.

Deputy Director, DAE, Zakia Sultana said view to increase maize production

each of 6,300 small and marginal farmers got maize seed and fertilizer free

of cost in the district.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha