BDNEWS: President Abdul Hamid is in London for a medical check-up, but the 70-year-old who is known for his sense of humour and no-nonsense approach to work wouldn’t mind having a bit of fun too. And who would say ‘no’ to a meal at London’s iconic South Asian restaurant THE RED FORT.
A spokesperson for the restaurant, where frequent diners include former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the likes, told that the booking was for 30 people for the party on Thursday night. So apparently almost everyone on Hamid’s 34-strong entourage had a huge meal at someone’s expense.
The total amount was 2,227.50 pounds, but it was not sure who picked up the bill.
The RED FORT chefs came up with a 13-course special menu for the Bangladeshi President.
Eventually a total of 44 turned up, one executive said, “and the meal cost 45 pounds per person.” “The President left happy,” said one of those who served the guests.
International Desk: A senior official of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that a total of 469 children were killed in the Gaza Strip, where the situation is ‘dire’ because of its debilitating effect on the one million Gaza Strip inhabitants under the age of 18.
“This situation is very dire in terms of the impact and the toll (it) has on children,” Pernille Ironside, chief of Gaza occupied Palestinian territory field office for the UNICEF, was quoted as saying at a press conference, days after renewed fighting broke out between Hamas and Israel.
“In the last 48 hours, nine more children have been killed,” she said. ‘Unfortunately, this brings our (death toll) to 469 children as of this morning.”
The latest round of fighting came shortly after a 24-hour ceasefire extension between Israel and the Palestinian militants announced by the Egyptian government earlier this week.
Munshiganj Correspondent: Communications Minister Obaidul Quader categorically said that the main part of much-talked-about Padma Bridge is being constructed as per blueprints of World Bank. “We have not initiated a bit of change to it,” he added.
The minister disclosed the matter to the journalists at Mawa Rest House in the district. Obaidul Quader also said, “The construction of the bridge will be self financed and it will follow the plan of World Bank. A 30-delegation including the chief engineer of China Major Bridge Engineering Company (MBEC) Ltd has arrived here at Mawa and started their work.” “The contractor company has been constructing some infrastructural works in China. Those parts of the bridge will be brought in Bangladesh as finished product and will be established here directly,” AL leader added. Minister further said, “Final order for river management tasks will be given within August. River management tasks and construction of bridge will go hand in hand.”
Later, he visited the Padma Bridge construction site.
Shahjahan Chanchal from Riyadh: All Bangladeshis who living in KSA must make their MRP (Machine Readable Passport) before the time allotted by Saudi government. Which is November 30, 2015. Issuing MRP for all expat Bangladeshis in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) a Malaysian company-Irish-has engaged on the basis of outsourcing.
This organization will work in collaboration with Saudi company, Quad and Computer Sources. Bangladesh State Minister of Home Affair’s Asduzzaman Khan, MP Inaugurated the program at Riyadh and Jeddah In KSA recently. Ambassador of Bangladesh in KSA Mohd. Sahidul Islam, Mohd. Safiqul Islam, additional secretary, department of Security and Immigration, Passport Department Director General Mohd Abdul Mabud, project director of MRP and MRV Brig. General Masud Rezwan & High officials of Irish & Quad’s were present on the occasion. Consul General A.K.M. Shahidul Karim presided over the meeting at Bangladesh Consulate in Jeddah.
Staff Correspondent: Terming midwives ‘unsung heroes’ of maternal and newborn health, a global report has suggested further investment in midwifery education in Bangladesh to meet future need in reproductive, maternal and newborn health.
The report, titled ‘State of the World’s Midwifery-2014′, said investments in midwifery education and training at agreed international standards can yield – as a study from Bangladesh shows – a 1600 percent return on investment.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in association with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) disseminated the findings of the report relevant to Bangladesh at a function at city’s Ruposhi Bangla Hotel.
It mentioned that Bangladesh is an example of political commitment to midwifery, joint agency support to government and public-private enterprise.
Investing in midwives frees doctors, nurses and other health cadres to focus on other health needs and contributes to achieving a grand convergence – reducing infections, ending preventable maternal mortality and ending preventable newborn deaths.
Staff Correspondent, Khulna: Farmers in 10 districts under Khulna division are now facing difficulties in processing harvested jute plants for lack of water in absence of adequate rainfall in the current monsoon.
A number of cultivators said they are now facing problems in rotting jute plants in the rivers and other water bodies through traditional way for want of water.
Sources at Jessore regional office of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said a target was set to bring 1,93,170 hectares of land under jute cultivation in the Khulna division this year to produce 21,4,979 bales of jute.
However, farmers cultivated jute on 1,83,536 hectares of land in the south-western districts this year. They grew the crop on more 7,354 hectares of land last year.
Staff Correspondent: Bangladesh has signed three Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with China on Tuesday for modernizing jute mills with technical assistance from China, said an official release in Dhaka yesterday.
Under the MoU, China TextMatek Company (CTMC) will undertake balancing, Modernization, Rehabilitation and Expansion (BMRE) work for twenty-six old jute mills under the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC).
Besides, the Chinese government will provide technology support to Bangladesh for producing modern and diversified jute goods at the BJMC jute mills.
Communication with 17 districts disconnected
The main ferry terminal along with some shops have been dissolved away by the erosion of river Padma at Mawa late last night -The Industry
49 rivers register rises, 29 falls
Industry Desk: The flood situation has been worsened further following inundation of fresh areas as major rivers were flowing above danger marks (DM) at six pints due to further rise in water levels in the Brahmaputra basin during the past 24 hours till this morning. Water levels in 49 river stations monitored by Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) have marked rises and 29 stations recorded falls. Among the 83 monitored water level stations, water levels at 11 monitored river stations are flowing above their respective danger marks, a bulletin issued by FFWC said yesterday. The Ghagot at Gaibandha, the Brahmaputra at Chilmari, the Jamuna at Bahadurabad, Sariakandi and Sirajganj are flowing above their danger marks 26cm, 13cm, 24cm, 67cm and 10cm while the Atrai at Baghabari, the Dhaleswari at Elasin, the Lakhya at Lakhpur, the Surma at Kanaighat and the Kangsha at Jariajanjail are flowing above their respective danger levels by 57cm, 11cm, 13cm, 45cm, 36cm and 43cm.
Water sharing again dream for Bangladesh
Diplomatic Correspondent: The India-Bangladesh Joint Fivers Commission (JRC) meeting becomes uncertain due to lack of Indian interest. As a result, Bangladesh water sharing form the common rivers remains a dream again. After uncertainty covers the fate of upcoming meeting of Joint Rivers Commission (JRC), this time neighboring India did not fix any date to hold the next meeting of Joint Consultative Commission (JCC), sources of foreign ministry said.
In the meantime, Bangladesh has been keeping itself update with the necessary preparation for the next meeting whenever it holds. Bangladesh has also taken decision in principle to emphasis the ratification of land boundary agreement in the next meeting. An inter-ministerial meeting at the Foreign Ministry was held on Tuesday to discuss the issue of next JCC meeting. Earlier Indian media reported that Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, has taken an initiative to push for Parliamentary approval of the Land Boundary Agreement between India and Bangladesh before December 16, the victory day of the neighbouring country.
Staff Correspondent: The nation will recall today with a heavy heart the 10th anniversary of the savage August 21 grenade attack with a renewed call for expediting the trials of the perpetrators of the carnage. On this day in 2004, the gruesome grenade attack was launched on an anti-terrorism public rally of Awami League (AL) at Banbabandhu Avenue in the capital during the rule of BNP- Jamaat alliance government aiming to eliminate AL leadership. With the grace of the almighty, the then opposition leader and incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other front ranking leaders of AL escaped the carnage. AL leaders including the then mayor of Dhaka City late Mohammad Hanif and the leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina’s personal security squad saved their party chief forming a human shield around her.
Staff Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday thanked the Malaysian government for its decision to recruit more manpower from Bangladesh. She also thanked the Malaysian government to give legalisation to the Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia.
The Prime Minister extended her thanks when visiting Malaysian Human Resources Minister Richard Riot Anak Jaem called on her at her office here this afternoon.
Staff Correspondent: Flood hits at different parts of the country, leaving 500,000 families marooned and thousands of houses and acres of crops washed away. Four people including a seven-month-old baby boy drowned in Bogra, said a spot account of the incident. Our Correspondents report from the flood-affected areas. In Sirajganj, several thousands of people of some 50 villages marooned in riverside areas and char-lands of the river Jamuna at Kazipur, Chawhali, Enayetpur, Shajadpur and Sadar upazila as the water is continuously increasing in the river. Heavy current of Jamuna also caused river erosion at different points of Kazipur, Enayetpur and Sadar upazila. Water was flowing some four centimeters up from the danger level in the river Jamuna. In Bogra, heavy downpour and upstream water from hills broke parts of a flood control dam in Ghughumari Shekhpara area under Sariakandi upazila on Monday late night. Water is flowing over 39 centimeters up from the danger level in the river. However, a seven-month-old baby boy drowned. Mother of the boy was working there, keeping him on the dam. All of a sudden, the boy slipped down and drowned.
His family took shelter there after flood affected their house.
Industry Report: National Credit and Commerce (NCC) Bank Limited is now one of the leading banks of the country has transferred its corporate office in a multi-story high rise modern building in the down town Motijheel. The services of the bank has upgraded at an international standard led by its present management. The previous management of the bank had not been able to manage the big volume of deposits and loans efficiently, as a result, a laudable amount of classified loans (CL) were created. But the present management led by eminent banker Golam Hafiz Ahmed, the Managing Director & CEO, has been able to bring discipline in financial transactions and been able to make significant headway in operation and business.National Credit and Commerce Bank Ltd. bears a unique history of its own. The organization started its journey in the financial sector of the country as an investment company back in 1985. The aim of the company was to mobilize resources from within and invest them in such way so as to develop country’s Industrial and Trade Sector and playing a catalyst role in the formation of capital market as well. Its membership with the browse helped the company to a great extent in these regard. The company operated upto 1992 with 16 branches and thereafter with the permission of the Central Bank converted into a full-fledged private commercial Bank in 1993 with paid up capital of Tk 39 crore to serve the nation from a broader platform. Now the paid capital of the bank has increased at Tk 400 million.
Speaking from prepared notes, Marin Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd said that Williams’s wife, Susan Schneider, went to bed at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. Williams later retired in a different bedroom of their home in Tiburon, California, a small town in the San Francisco Bay area.
In the morning, Schneider left the home, thinking Williams was still sleeping. His assistant later came to the house and, concerned about the actor, went into the bedroom and discovered his lifeless body at about 11:45 a.m.