Bus-train-launch Eid service from today

Staff Correspondent: (22 June 2017) Bangladesh Railway (BR), Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) and Bangladesh Inland-Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) will start running
special eid services from today to June 25 to carry homebound passengers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
‘The special train service will start from today which will play on different routes and expected to carry 80 thousand more passengers than regular service,” said Railway Minister Mujibul Haque. He was speaking at a meeting regarding the train service on the occasion of Eid.
He said, “To serve more passengers, 171 more coaches have been increased with regular 1,161 coaches…Total 1,332 coaches would be run with 229 engines in different routes.”
Railway Director General Amzad Hossain said for the advantage train service of Rajshahi and Parbatipur would starts from June 22 instead of June 23.
According to BR, the Dewanganj special will ply on Dhaka-Dewanganj-Dhaka, Chandpur special-one and two will ply on Chittagong-Chandpur-Chittagong, Rajshahi special will ply on Rajshahi-Dhaka-Rajshahi, Khulna special on Khulna-Dhaka-Khulna and Parbatipur special on Parbatipur-Dhaka-Parbatipur routes from June 22-25 and June 28-July 3. Besides, two pairs of Solakia special train will ply on Bhoirab-Kishoreganj-Bhoirab and Mymensingh-Kishoreganj-Mymensingh routes on the Eid day.
Like the previous years, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will run its Eid special bus service from today to 29 June for smooth and hassle-free journey of homebound people during Eid-ul-Fitr.
Sales of advance tickets from BRTC at Motijheel, Jores Shahara, Kalyanpur, Gabtali, Mohammadpur, Mirpur Dital Bus Depot, Gazipur and Narayanganj Bus Depots (Phulbariya CBS-2) have already started from yesterday to this end, an official release said yesterday.
Likewise, Bangladesh Inland-Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) will run special passenger services in Dhaka-Barisal rout. Tickets will be available in the Babubazar ghat of the corporation.
The private launce operators will also arranged number of special services on the occasion of eid-ul-fitr from Dhaka to different southern districts.

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USA-BD relation thrives under Trump admin

Staff Correspondent: (22 June 2017) During a meeting with the Bangladesh foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon said bilateral partnership between Bangladesh and United States would continue to grow under the new US administration.
Ambassador Thomas Shannon and Md Shahidul Haque had a meeting at the US Department of State on Tuesday and Dhaka-Washington bilateral relations were discussed, according to a press release of the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC.
Since President Donald Trump’s administration took office on 20th January 2017, this is the first visit of the Bangladesh foreign secretary to the US capital.
They emphasized on development cooperation, trade and investment, countering terrorism and violent extremism and global issues of mutual interest and concern during the meeting, according to the press release.
Haque, currently on a two-day official visit to US, voiced the issue of inappropriate treatment of Bangladeshi diplomats in the US and expressed his concern in this regard.
He also hoped that the issue would be addressed by all concerned US authorities in a manner reflective of mutual trust and respect between the two friendly countries.
Shannon restated commitment of the US to the importance of the multidimensional relationship between Bangladesh and the USA, according to the press release.

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BD takes Mega plan to tackle landslides

Staff Correspondent: (18 June 2017)The disaster management and relief ministry has called a meeting next week and informed other ministries about it on Thursday, Disaster Management and Relief Secretary Md Shah Kamal.
He said a high-level committee of 21 members was formed to assess the damage in the disaster and set the next course of action. The committee has been given 30 days to make a report.
156 killed in rain-triggered landslides as rescuers wrap up in Rangamati Top officials and experts say possible natural and manmade reasons behind landslides should be identified in the mega-plan.
They say it should also prioritise issues like ensuring protection in hills, removing people from the hillsides, and technological intervention. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese loans may put BD in debt trap

Staff Correspondent: (18 June 2017) Lanka`s estimated national debt is $64.9 billion, of which $8 billion is owed to China. China is arm-twisting Bangladesh to convert soft loans it offered -during President Xi Jinping`s visit to Dhaka last year -to commercial credit (incurring higher interest rates) with apparently no headway into projects for which the amount was earmarked.
Bangladesh, however, has resisted the move to change pattern of loans for the projects which are part of grandiose OBOR project connecting China with rest of Asia, Africa and Europe. Higher interest on Chinese loans could push Bangladesh into a debt trap like Sri Lanka. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hard to implement budget as stakeholders’ voice is missing

Staff Correspondent: (18 June 2017) The implementation of budget in Bangladesh hits snags due to lack of participation of stakeholders in its making, says former bureaucrat Akbar Ali Khan.
Khan, who served as a finance adviser to caretaker government, says that even finance ministry officials are not consulted on formulating the budget proposals, let alone ministers or lawmakers.
His remarks came yesterday while speaking at a discussion on the new budget, organised by research organisation Centre for Policy Dialogue or CPD at Dhaka’s Lakeshore Hotel.
The discussion styled ‘CPD Budget Dialogue 2017’ was also joined by Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, State Minister for Finance MA Mannan and former commerce minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury. On June 1, Finance Minister AMA Muhith unveiled a Tk 4 trillion budget for fiscal 2017-18 in parliament, which he claimed to be the ‘best’ among the 11 he had proposed.
“The MP and ministers have no roles in formulating the budget, not even the parliamentary standing committees,” said Khan, who retired as the cabinet secretary.
A new tax proposal is not even discussed at the finance ministry, said the former finance secretary.
“The finance minister prepares the budget according to the prime minister’s instruction. Since there’s no participation of lawmakers it’s tough to implement it.”

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$300m loan deal for Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar railway June 21

Staff Correspondent: (18 June 2017) The government is set to sign two separate loan agreements on June 21 for construction of Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Railway Line.
“A total of two contracts would be signed between Bangladesh government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) worth of US$ 300 million at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar for Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Railway Project, Phase-1-Tranche-1under South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC),” an official of Economic Relations Division (ERD) told yesterday. He said acting secretary of Economic Relations Division (ERD) Kazi Shafiqul Azam and country director of ADB Kazuhiko Higuchi would sign the deal on behalf of their respective sides. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nasim for preventive measures to check chikungunya

Staff Correspondent:(18 June 2017) Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday urged all to create mass awareness by taking different preventive measures to stop outbreak of chikungunya.
“Chikungunya can be prevented, if people keep their houses clean and destroy all potential mosquito breeding sources,” he said, inaugurating an awareness campaign at Dhanmondi in the city. The awareness campaign started at 9:00 am and ended at 2:00 pm in the city. Nearly 10,000 students from both public and private medical colleges, dental colleges and nursing institutes participated in the awareness campaign.
Director General of Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad and Director (disease control unit) of DGHS Prof Dr Sania Tahmina, among others, were present at the campaign. Nasim said, “Chikungunya is a viral disease which is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. Read the rest of this entry »

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China to set up SEZ on 783 acres in Anwara

Staff Correspondent: (16 June 2017) The Chinese government will set up a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on 783 acres of land in Chittagong’s Anwara upazila under a government to government (G to G) deal.
Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) executive chairman Paban Chowdhury and China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC) CFO Shengquan Xiong signed a shareholder agreement for setting up the SEZ-Chinese Economic and Industrial Zone- which is expected to attract US42.0 billion in investment.
Abul Kalam Azad, Chief Coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office, and Prime Minister’s principal secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury were present at the agreement signing ceremony held at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday.
“It is for the first time that a foreign company is going to set up a SEZ in Bangladesh on G to G basis. The main work on project will begin in December this year,” Paban Chowdhury told.
“We hope that this zone will create jobs for two lakh people,” he added.
The BEZA executive chairman said China will set up medicine, apparel, agro procession, chemical, medical equipment, plastic and  IT industries in the zone. Two connecting roads have already been constructed for the proposed SEZ, he added.
Earlier, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the BEZA and CHEC for setting up the SEZ in Anwara during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s China visit on June 11, 2014.

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Govt creates 75,306 posts for police, non-police

649 policemen killed in 9 years

Staff Correspondent: (16 June 2017) The government in its previous and present tenure has created 75,306 posts for police and non-police aimed at further modernizing and strengthening of the force.
“We have undertaken various initiatives and programmes for police department as part of its further modernization and strengthening,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said this, while replying to a stared tabled question from opposition bench member Begum Salma Islam of Dhaka-1 in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterd.
He said the government has created 33,102 posts in police department during its previous regime, while 42,204 posts during the present tenure along with improving infrastructure of its different units. The government has formed Tourist Police, Naval Police, Special Security and Protection Battalion (SPBn), Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), two RAB Battalion, Rangpur and Mymensingh Ranges along with RRF Rangpur formation, Khan added.
He informed the House that the government also established 33 new police stations, 89 new investigation centers and one police camp across the country for smooth activities of the police department.
Besides, the government procured 371 motor vehicles including 49 jeeps, 87 pickups, 204 motorbikes, five microbuses, five prison vans, one dog van, three petrol boats, three portable folding boats, five speed boats and one water bike during the 2015-16 financial year, the minister said.

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BD to import 250,000 tonnes of rice from Vietnam

The government plans to buy 1.5m tonnes of grains during the Boro crop season this year

Staff Correspondent: (15 June 2017) The food ministry has received the green light from a cabinet committee to import a quarter million tonnes of rice from Vietnam under a government-to-government deal. The cabinet committee on public purchase, headed by the finance minister, cleared the import of 250,000 tonnes of rice at Tk 9.08 billion yesterday. Bangladesh will buy 50 tonnes of parboiled rice at $470 per tonne and another 200,000 tonnes of white rice at $430 per tonne, Cabinet Division’s Additional Secretary Mostafizur Rahman said at a media briefing after the meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

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