Nov 23

MSMEs contribute 30% of GDP

Staff Correspondent: Bangladesh Bank governor Dr Atiur Rahman yesterday said that successful Micro small (MSMEs), and small and medium (SMEs) entrepreneurs will help Bangladesh emerge as a successful economy in the world. Describing SMEs and MSMEs as ‘key driving forces’ for Bangladesh’s economic development, the central bank governor said, “Bangladesh will set an example by emerging as a successful economy with the initiatives of our successful SMEs and MSMEs.” “MSMEs contribute up to 30% of GDP and it is creating employment for 25% of the total labour force,” he said, while addressing a seminar on “SME Development: Role of an effective SME association” at Diploma Engineers Institute in the city.

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Nov 23

Price gap rises 50% in India

Transportation cost from state-state main reason
Liberation movement strengthening in different parts

Enayet Karim from Delhi: The difference between the wholesale (WSP) and retail prices of essential commodities, especially vegetables for 2013-14 has gone up about 50 per cent in India from state to state. The price gap mainly created for transportation cost. This was stated in a paper titled ‘Vegetables Wholesale and Retail Price Discrepancy’, by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). It underscored the widening gap between the prices at which procurement is done from farmers and the price level for consumers from different states of India.

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Nov 23

PM gets South-South Visionary Award

hasinaStaff Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has got “South-South Cooperation Visionary Award” of the United Nations for her extraordinary role in advancing Bangladesh towards digital system and the expansion of education through revolutionary concepts.
The award was given on the concluding day of the five-day “Global South South Development Expo-2014″ held in the US capital of Washington on Friday, according to a message received here yesterday. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Information and Communication Technology Sajeeb Wazed Joy received the award on behalf of Prime Minister and his mother Sheikh Hasina.

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Nov 23

Saarc panel decides to dissolve four regional bodies

saarcStaff Correspondent: A meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Programming Committee that started in Kathmandu, Nepal yesterday ahead of the 18th Saarc Summit decided to scrap three Saarc Centres and merge four others. The Programming Committee recommended the cancellation of Saarc Information Centre, Saarc Human Resource Development Centre and Saarc Documentation Centre, reports The Himalayan.
Likewise, the Committee has recommended merging of Saarc Forestry Centre, Saarc Disaster Management Centre, Saarc Coastal Zone Management Centre and Saarc Meteorological Research Centre.

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Nov 23

Mobile court to stop traffic violation

Staff Correspondent: The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) have decided to operate mobile courts from Tuesday to prevent people from violating rules while crossing streets in the capital.
DMP Commissioner Benazir Ahmed said they would run a mass awareness campaign from Saturday before the mobile court starts functioning. He said the penalty for crossing streets without using the foot-over bridges or underpasses will be six-month imprisonment or Tk 200 in fine. At yesterday’s media meet, Ahmed said a mobile court would start functioning on the stretch of street from Farmgate police box to Ruposhi Bangla hotel. He said numerous pedestrians crossed busy streets, merely signalling vehicles to slow down by raising their hands. “It is risky and troubles traffic management,” Ahmed said. He hoped the move would raise awareness among the city dwellers. “I hope everyone will use foot-over bridges and underpasses while crossing streets and reduce risks to their lives,” the DMP chief added.

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Nov 23

Dhaka-Delhi need to work together for mutual benefits

dhaka-delhiStaff Correspondent: State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam yesterday said that Bangladesh and India would have to work together under partnership for alleviating poverty and expediting economic development in the region and ensuring mutual benefits. “One country will have to come forward in another country’s danger…in real sense, Bangladesh and India will have to work together,” he told a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club in the city. Bangladesh India Citizen Society (BICS) arranged the discussion on ‘Bangladesh-India Friendship’ with BICS executive president Jafar Iqbal Siddiqui in the chair.

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Nov 23

LDCs urged to narrow down differences among them

logoStaff Correspondent: Speakers at a dialogue yesterday suggested the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to take initiatives to narrow down the differences among them within the shortest possible time through appropriate homework. They opined if the outcome of the Doha-round is possible to solve as soon as possible, the LDCs could be able to concentrate on the new issues that have emerged recently, otherwise they have to face difficulties. However, all the participants at the dialogue expressed their dissatisfaction over the less implementation of the outcome of the ministerial-level meeting in Bali. Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Bangladesh office organized the dialogue titled “Recapturing the Momentum in the Post-Bali Process of the WTO” in a city hotel.

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Nov 23

Govt to set up medical universities in Chittagong and Rajshahi

Staff Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government has decided to set up two more medical universities to provide better health services. The medical universities would come up in Rajshahi and Chittagong, she said while inaugurating the newly constructed outdoor complex of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University yesterday. “Universities are very important if we want to provide better services to the people. We’ve already decided that besides the university here, we will set up two more in Chittagong and Rajshahi. The orders have already been issued.” The military-run hospitals that have 500 beds will be upgraded to medical colleges. “I told the army that those with 500 beds can be converted into medical colleges.”

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Nov 23

Padma bridge to be open for vehicles in 2018: Quader

Gopalganj Correspondent: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said the much awaited Padma Bridge to be opened for public transports in 2018, as the construction work has already started home and abroad. “The river training agreement of the Padma Bridge has already signed, “he said while visiting Sheikh Lutfor Rahman Bridge over Modhumoti River at Tungipara upazila here. The minister said the Padma Bridge would be two storied where train and motor vehicles would ply together on its own line. Regarding the construction of Sheikh Lutfor Rahman Bridge, Quader said the bridge would be opened for public on January 10, 2015, the homecoming day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the bridge, as the chief guest and the bridge has been named after Bangabandhu’s father Sheikh Lutfor Rahman, he said.

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Nov 23

Multimedia classroom prospect bleak in Pirojpur

multimediaPirojpur Correspondent: Uncertainty looms over successful implementation of the government’s multimedia classroom project in Pirojpur for various reasons, including shortage of skilled teachers and frequent load shedding. A strong initiative towards digitalisation of the education sector in the secondary and higher secondary levels, the scheme was taken up with an aim to make teaching-learning more effectual in the classrooms. Sources said students in the district face acute problems while attending digital classes due to lack of educational equipment, including laptop and tripod and inoperative projectors, apart from frequent power outage and shortage of skilled teachers.

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