23/05/2017

Education Minister slams dishonest teachers

Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid inaugurated the program of online banking for the teachers' payment procedures yesterday at BANBEIS at Palassy area in the capital

Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid inaugurated the program of online banking for the teachers’ payment procedures yesterday at BANBEIS at Palassy area in the capital

Staff Correspondent: (22 May 2017) Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday slammed the dishonest teachers engaged in private tuition depriving students in their classrooms.
“Some dishonest people have been there in teaching profession. They teach students outside their classrooms in exchange of money,” he said at a programme here marking the distribution of cheques among retired teachers intending to perform hajj this year. The minister inaugurated the online distribution of retirement benefits and welfare allowances at Bangladesh Bureau of Education Information and Statistics (Banbeis) and talked to retired teachers of Tungipara upazila of Gopalganj, Companiganj of Sylhet and Kasba of Brahmanbaria through a videoconference.
In collaboration with Access to Information (a2i) programme, the Non Government Teacher & Employee Welfare Trust and the Non Government Teacher Employee Retirement Benefit Board jointly arranged the programme.
Nahid said there are also some teachers who tell students MCQ answers in examination centres. “What else can be worse than this education? The black sheep (dishonest teachers) were also caught and being brought to justice,” he added.
About quality education, the minister said the standard of education has improved now compared to that in the past. “But, that’s not enough. It has to be improved further.”
He noted some 1,851 retired teachers and employees who have planned to perform hajj this year got a total of Tk 63.87 crore as retirement benefits and welfare allowance.
Nahid said 51,874 non-government teachers and employees got Tk 2,063.50 crore as retirement benefits and welfare allowances since 2009.

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Ekti Bari, Ekti Khamar project can revitalize silk sector

Rajshahi Bureau: (22 May 2017) Time has come to make the best uses of the ‘Ekti Bari, Ekti Khamar (One Homestead, One Farm)’ project towards reviving the lost glory of the sericulture sector for strengthening the agro-based economy of the region.
The ‘Ekti Bari, Ekti Khamar’ project could be effective means of revitalize the silk sector as it is now facing an embarrassing situation due to various reasons.
The government has taken the project to help stimulate rural economy for improving living standard of the people. All officials concerned to work for successful implementation of both the projects to make a dent in the labyrinth of poverty by infusing dynamism into the rural economy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unhealthy NBL faces Tk 250cr provision shortfall till April ‘17

2– Tk 10,500 cr identified as risky loan
– No chain of command in management
– Board looks after    day-to-day affairs

Staff Correspondent: Most of financial indicators of National Bank Limited (NBL) have seriously deteriorated in 2016 and even first four months of 2017. Central bank has not been able to upgrade the bank’s condition even after appointing an observer. ‘Chain of command’ of the bank has broken down. As a result, the officers and employees are passing ‘discomfort’ time fearing loose of job even life.
Bangladesh Bank (BB) sources told that the frequent loan disbursement, ignoring ethics and rule is the main cause of the ‘nosedive’ of National Bank. It may be in the ‘problem bank’ by June 2017, if the board and management of the bank fail to upgrade the condition, he pointed out. Read the rest of this entry »

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IBBL new owners want to grab huge shariah fund

VC protests unethical activities of owners
Chairman said VC not authorized to speak

3Staff Correspondent: The new owners of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) has failed to utilize the bank’s shariah and CSR funds for their personal interest and start conspiracy against the government nominated directors, this was stated by a top level officer of the bank yesterday. The new owners have nominated 8 directors against 12.5 percent shares including the chair. The new chairman of the bank is also a paid agent the new owners, told a director to Daily Industry.
On the other hand, Islami Bank’s Vice Chairman Syed Ahsanul Alam Parvez has claimed most of the bank’s directors support him in his battle against Chairman Arastoo Khan and said he will resign if he is forced to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

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Highlight govt’s dev activities: PM

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Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina greeted waving hands at the party’s extended meeting at the Ganabhaban on yesterday -PID

Staff Correspondent: (21 May 2017) Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has urged the grassroots level leaders of the party to highlight the development activities of the government so that they trust the party and give votes. The Awami League chief said this while addressing a special extended party meeting of the party at her Ganabhaban residence in the city yesterday morning.
Sheikh Hasina said, “As long as the fate of the common people does not change, our struggle will continue. Our purpose is to give a better life to the common people.”
Sheikh Hasina said that grassroots level leaders and activists always boost the party by taking the right decisions.
Terming the grassroots level AL leaders and activists the “main component” of the party, she said they always hold the party wheel. Awami League survived fighting all adverse situations with the help of the grassroots level leaders and activists, the premier said.
The two-day long meeting aims at reducing internal disputes across the country. Hasina might also formally instruct the party men to prepare for the 2019 general election.

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MoFA withdraws circular on journo monitoring abroad

6Staff Correspondent: (21 May 2017) Amid the growing demand from the journalist community, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has withdrawn a circular that directed Bangladesh Missions abroad to keep watch on journalists travelling abroad. Director General, External Publicity wing at the MoFA Md Lutfor Rahman conveyed the revised decision to all heads of missions abroad. “It has been decided to withdraw the letter under reference with immediate effect as it was not appropriately coordinated,” a diplomat told on Friday night quoting the official communication.
“If anybody’s involvement is found against the interest and the image of the country, s/he must be identified and their negative activities must be reported back to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately,” MoFA conveyed it to heads of Bangladesh missions abroad on Wednesday.
The Foreign Ministry requested the heads of missions abroad to take up the matter ‘seriously’ so that Bangladeshi journalists, whenever travelling to the respective host countries, should be monitored to unearth their activities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Interest rate on credit cards not to exceed 16pc

Staff Correspondent: (21 May 2017) Bangladesh Bank has directed commercial banks not to charge more than 5 per cent on top of the highest interest rate of a consumer loan for credit card use. Currently, the average interest rate on consumer credit is 11 per cent. As a result of the central bank directive, the new   credit card interest rate will be no more than 16 per cent. Bangladesh Bank issued a guideline on 11 May for credit card operations that eases worries regarding credit card interest rates among the clients. Bangladesh has a total of almost 900,000 credit card users. However, the banks protested the newly announced guidelines and are yet to act accordingly.
According to the statistics, transaction of Tk 7.35 billion took place through credit card in January this year only. It was Tk 7.05 billion in December last year. A total of almost 8,77,000 credit cards were active in January. Among them, City Bank owned 2,08,000, Eastern Bank 1,50,000, Standard Chartard Bank 1,50,000, and Brac Bank owned 1,03,000 cards. Read the rest of this entry »

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Khaleda’s office raided, nothing found

Country-wide protest demo today

Staff Correspondent: BNP will stage demonstrations across the country today in protest against the raid on its Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programme at a discussion meeting at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU).
Police concluded a raid on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office yesterday morning. But they did not find any anti-state document there.
Terming the raid as conspiracy against BNP Senior Joint Secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said police conducted the drive to make Khaleda Zia upset mentally centring an anonymous General Diary (GD). Rizvi also said that police informed the chairperson’s chief security official Col (rtd) Touhid that their achievement in the raid is zero.
Police, following a search warrant issued by the court, carried out the raid on the BNP chief’s Gulshan office to find out whether there is any anti-state document in it, said Abu Bakar Siddique, officer-in-charge of Gulshan Police Station.
They cordoned off the office blocking the two entry points of Road No 86 around 6am, took position in front of the office and started the drive around 8am, said the OC.

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Hassan Rouhani reelected as Iran president

7International Desk: (21 May 2017) Iran’s reformist President Hassan Rouhani has decisively won the country’s presidential election, according to official results, fending off a challenge by principlist rival Ebrahim Raisi, reports Al Jazeera yesterday. With all of votes in Friday’s poll counted, Rouhani was re-elected with 57 percent, said Iran Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmanifazli said. “Of some 41.2 million total votes cast, Rouhani got 23.5 … and won the election,” Rahmanifazli said in remarks carried live by state TV of Iran.
Raisi, Rouhani’s closest rival, got 15.8 million votes, he added.
A big turnout on Friday led to the vote being extended by several hours to deal with long queues.
Ebrahim Raisi, a conservative cleric, accused supporters of Rouhani of hundreds of acts of propaganda at voting booths, which are banned under electoral law, reports BBC. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rajshahi sets target to export 100 tonnes mango

4Rajshahi Bureau: (21 May 2017) Around 100 tonnes of mango are likely to be exported from Rajshahi to the markets in China and Europe this year creating high hope among farmers, traders and others concerned.
Deb Dulal Dhali, Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), said the mangoes were produced through adopting fruit bagging technology.
Last year, 30 tonnes of mangoes produced through fruit bagging technology were exported to different European markets. The success has been achieved by dint of promoting hygiene practice and other modern technologies in some mango orchards commercially in the district last year for the first time yielding more than 50 tonnes of exportable safe and disease-free mango.
Agriculturist Dhali said mango farming in fruit-bagging method has gradually been rising here for the last couple of years. If the mango was cultivated through this method there is no need of pesticide use. As a result, mango remained in poison-free condition. Read the rest of this entry »

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