Speech-impaired teen raped in city

A 13-year-old speech-impaired girl was reportedly raped in Sheora Railgate area in Bhatara of the capital on Saturday night.

The victim has been sent to one-stop crisis centre (OCC) at Dhaka Medical College Hospital for treatment and forensic test.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Md Parvez of Bhatara Police Station said a man was arrested in this connection.

He said that it has not been confirmed yet whether one or more people raped the girl.

However, OCC sources said that it will be confirmed after the forensic test.

Process is underway to file a case in this regard, the ASI added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Covid-19: Bangladesh reports fall in death, rise in case number

Bangladesh logged six more Covid-linked deaths and another 211 cases of infections in 24 hours till Sunday morning.

The country reported eight deaths caused by the deadly virus and 166 cases on Saturday.

However, the daily-case positivity rate declined to 1.22 per cent from Saturday’s 1.25 per cent.

The fresh cases were detected after testing 17,226 samples, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

With the fresh numbers, the Covid-19 fatalities reached 27,868 while the caseload climbed to 1,569,539, according to the DGHS.

Among the deceased, two were men and four were women.

However, the mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.78 per cent.

Also, the recovery rate increased to 97.70 per cent with the recovery of 276 more patients during the period.

Mass vaccination

Bangladesh on Thursday launched the second phase of its special nationwide mass vaccination drive, aiming to vaccinate 80 lakh people with the second shot in a day.

The 9am-3pm vaccination drive was part of the special campaign that was first unveiled on September 27 to mark Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s 75th birthday.

On September 28, the first phase of the special nationwide mass vaccination drive was launched.

However, that target to inoculate 80 lakh people was not met in a single day. Across eight divisions, 66,25,123 people were vaccinated, “which is a record number of jabs inoculated in Bangladesh in a single day”, the DGHS said.

Besides, 80,93,236 people were vaccinated with the first dose under this campaign, which spilled over to September 29.

Bangladesh on August 7 kicked off its mass vaccination drive to inoculate some 35 lakh people in six days.

Vaccinating school students

A new campaign to vaccinate school students, aged 12-17, against Covid-19 will kick off at 12 centers in Dhaka on November 1.

Some 40,000 students will be vaccinated every day under the campaign, said Health Minister Zahid Maleque while talking to reporters after the cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

24 people sued over clashes at Chittagong Medical College

A case has been filed against 24 people in connection with the clashes between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Chittagong Medical College (CMC) campus.

A section of BCL, led by Toufiqur Rahman, a 5th year student, lodged the complaint against 16 identified and eight unidentified people with Panchlaish Police on Saturday night, said officer-in-charge Zahidul Kabir.

Police also arrested Raktim Dey, 21 and Enamul Hossain alias Shimanto, 21, 2nd year students of the medial college, on Saturday night.

They are also number 11 and 15 accused in the case.

CMC was shut down on Saturday for an indefinite period following a series of clashes between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on its campus.

Earlier, at least three CMC students were injured in clashes between two groups of BCL of the medical college unit over establishing their dominance on the campus.

The three injured — Mahfuzul Haque, 23, Naimul Islam, 20 and Md Akib Hossain, 20— were admitted to the CMCH.

Meanwhile, Akib Hossain underwent a surgery and has been kept at the ICU of the hospital, said Ranjan Kumar Nath, head of the ICU department of the hospital.

Campus sources said the two BCL groups– one loyal to a former mayor and another loyal to a junior minister–locked in a clash on Friday night.

In a sequel to it, they engaged in clashes on Saturday morning and chased each other forcing the authorities to close the college for an indefinite period.

Panchlaish Police Station officer-in-charge (OC) Jahedul Kabir said the clash began on Friday night as the supporters of two groups locked into an altercation over their internal affairs.

As a sequel to the internal feud, the OC said they again engaged in clashes in the morning, leaving a few students injured.

A five-member probe committee, led by Dr Motiur Rahman, was formed to look into the incident.

The probe body was asked to submit a report within the next seven working days.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Woman beaten to death in city over land dispute

A 50-year-old woman was beaten to death and a man was injured over a land dispute in Boro Berait area of North Badda on Sunday, her family said.

The deceased was identified as Rubina Begum, wife of Sharif Hossain of the city’s North Badda.

Rubina’s son said Sahibul, his two sons Badshah and Faisal along with few others beat Rubina Begum with a rod when she resisted them from occupying her land in Boro Berait area, leaving her seriously injured.

Later, she was rushed to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in a critical condition where the doctor declared her dead on arrival.

Md. Bachchu Mia, police inspector of DMCH police camp said the body has been kept in the DMCH morgue for an autopsy.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Dengue: 146 more hospitalised in 24 hours

Bangladesh reported hospitalisation of 146 new patients with dengue fever in 24 hours till Sunday morning.

With no fresh death reported, the number of fatalities from the mosquito-borne disease this year remained at 91, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Of them 84 people died in Dhaka division alone, two each in Chattogram and Khulna divisions and one each in Rajshahi, Barishal and Mymensingh divisions.

Among the new patients, 104 were undergoing treatment at hospitals in Dhaka while the remaining 42 cases were reported from outside the division.

Some 762 patients diagnosed with dengue are receiving treatment in the country as of Sunday.

Of them, 611 patients are receiving treatment at different hospitals in the capital while the remaining 151 were listed outside Dhaka.

Since January, some 23,655 patients have been admitted to different hospitals with dengue in the country. So far, 22,802 dengue patients have left hospitals after recovery, said DGHS.

In September, the country recorded the highest number of 7,841 dengue cases of the current year with 22 deaths.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Global Covid cases top 246 million

The overall number of Covid cases has crossed 246 million amid the global race to vaccinate masses against the infectious disease.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 246, 366,054 while the death tally from the virus reached 4,994,688 until Sunday morning.

The US has recorded 45,949,951 cases to date and more than 745,678 people have died so far from the virus in the country, as per the university data.

Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January, registered 21,804,094 cases so far, while its Covid death toll rose to 607,694.

India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 34,260,470 on Saturday, as 14,313 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry’s latest data.

Besides, 549 more deaths were recorded since Friday morning, taking the death toll to 457,740.

Russia on Saturday reported a record number of new coronavirus infections as authorities hope to stem the rising contagion by keeping most people off work for the next week, reports AP.

The government’s coronavirus task force reported 40,251 new infections in 24 hours, exceeding the previous record 40,096 reported on Thursday. It said 1,160 people died of the virus over the past day, three fewer than the record set a day earlier.

That brought Russia’s official COVID-19 death count to 237,380, by far the largest in Europe. More than 8.47 million infections have been recorded in the country of 146 million during the pandemic.

Situation in Bangladesh

Though the coronavirus pandemic has eased in Bangladesh, it killed eight more people and infected 166 others in 24 hours till Saturday morning.

The daily-case positivity rate declined to 1.25 per cent from Friday’s 1.71 per cent.

The fresh cases were detected after testing 13,240 samples, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

With the fresh numbers, the Covid-19 fatalities reached 27,862 while the caseload climbed to 1,569,328, according to DGHS.

Among the deceased, six were men and two were women.

However, the mortality rate rose to 1.78 per cent from Friday’s 1.77 per cent.

Also, the recovery rate stood at 97.69 per cent with the recovery of 181 more patients during the period.

Mass vaccination

Bangladesh on Thursday launched the second phase of its special nationwide mass vaccination drive, aiming to vaccinate 80 lakh people with the second shot in a day.

The 9am to 3pm vaccination drive was part of the special campaign that was first unveiled on September 27 to mark Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s 75th birthday.

On September 28, the first phase of the special nationwide mass vaccination drive was launched.

However, that target to inoculate 80 lakh people was not met in a single day. Across eight divisions, 66,25,123 people were vaccinated, “which is a record number of jabs inoculated in Bangladesh in a single day”, the DGHS said.

Besides, 80,93,236 people were vaccinated with the first dose under this campaign, which spilled over to September 29.

Bangladesh on August 7 kicked off its mass vaccination drive to inoculate some 35 lakh people in six days.

Vaccination of school students

A new campaign to vaccinate school students, aged 12-17, against Covid-19 will kick off at 12 centers in Dhaka on November 1.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque disclosed this while talking to reporters after the cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Some 40,000 students will be vaccinated every day under the campaign, the minister said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

RU may turn to UGC to improve food options for students

As universities have opened their doors again following the long closure caused by the pandemic, and healthy lifestyles foremost in people’s minds, residential and non-residential students of Rajshahi University have raised concerns over the eating options available to them at one of the largest public universities in the country.

Even the chief medical officer at the university’s own medical centre has admitted meals served at the university’s dining centres fall short of providing the daily nutritious intake recommended for a person to lead a healthy life.

Students meanwhile allege they are being served food cooked in unhygienic conditions and even stale meals at the cafeterias and hall dinings.

Most of the residential students take their regular meals from their respective hall dinings. Sometimes they allege insects and other unhealthy items are found in the meals of hall dinings.

Earlier on the day of the admission test at the university, many students allegedly suffered from food poisoning after having food from the cafeteria.

Abdus Sabur Lotus, a 2nd-year student of Mass Communication and Journalism department of the university, told UNB that he suffered from food poisoning after having lunch at the central cafeteria.

Saifur Rahman, a student from the same department and Moin Uddin, a master’s student of Law department, alleged the same.

“A few days ago, I started feeling stomach pain after having a stale meal from the central cafeteria of the university. After having a little, I got a bad smell from the meal. Later, I suffered from food poisoning and I had to take treatment from Rajshahi Medical College Hospital,” Moin said.

Refuting the allegations stemming from the day of the admission test, the administrator of the central cafeteria Md Ariful Islam said they may have fallen sick due to meals taken elsewhere during the day.

“I asked them about medical support. They alleged that stale food was served but the cafeteria was opened on Oct 3 and the admission test started on Oct 4. So this is illogical that stale food was served at the cafeteria,” Ariful Islam responded.

He said around 2000 students ate from the cafeteria on that day, but only 5 of them complained.

“I talked to them after the incident and they said they also took meals from a few other places on that day. I myself take cafeteria meals everyday and I am trying my best to ensure the quality of the central cafeteria,” the administrator added.

University student advisor Md. Tareq Nur said they are monitoring to ensure better food quality without raising the price. He also suggested they may ask UGC for support.

“There is no subsidy given to the hall dinings. We will ask UGC to provide subsidy to the hall dinings and will make sure to solve the problem,” the advisor said.

Shaheed Suhrawardy Hall dining manager Md Lokman Hossain told UNB the prices fixed for lunch and dinner rate respectively at Tk24 and Tk18 are “not enough” to ensure better quality food for the students.

“There is no subsidy provided by the universities’ authority for the dining food. So, we try our best to provide the food according to the fixed meal rate,” Lokman said.

RU pro-vice-chancellor Professor Sultan Ul Islam Tipu said, “We started taking classes and examinations in all the departments (following Corona closure), now we will look at these matters like ensuring quality food. We will discuss this with the dining authorities and general students and solve this problem as early as possible.”

Dr. Tabibur Rahman, Chief Medical Officer of Rajshahi University Medical Centre, suggested residential students in particular should augment the meals from the cafeteria or dining services with eggs, date, homespun fruits, nuts, etc in order to boost their nutrution intake, as the regular meals from the dining halls don’t contain the nutritious content necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Hasina, Patrick seek greater funding for CVF countries for climate prosperity

Greater ambition from the world is needed to fend off the climate crisis and greater funding for CVF countries will enable them to move from climate vulnerability to climate prosperity, read a new article published by global news magazine Newsweek.

“That will be good for the 48 countries in greatest peril right now, but also for all those facing increasing threats. It is quite simply the right thing to do,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, wrote jointly with CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation Patrick Verkooijen.

In their joint opinion piece titled “More Funding is Critical for the Most Vulnerable to Survive Climate Change” they mentioned that though climate emergency is global, yet it does not affect everyone equally.

“For the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF)—a group of 48 countries spanning four continents—climate change is quite simply an existential threat. This is not hyperbole,” according to the article published in Newsweek, a global news magazine.

Small island states such as Vanuatu, the Maldives and the Marshall Islands are being engulfed by rising sea levels.

The vast and low-lying Delta region of Bangladesh, food basket for more than 160 million people, is being poisoned by saltwater infiltration and may soon become infertile wasteland, the article said.

Extreme temperatures and severe droughts threaten to make large swathes of the Middle East, which is warming at twice the global average, uninhabitable.

For the countries that make up the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), action on climate change, already urgent, simply cannot be delayed any longer.

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), between $6 trillion and $10 trillion needs to be invested over the next decade to green our economies, read the article.

Yet most CVF members are least developed, low or at best middle-income developing nations.

They need support through both funding and expertise to help devise adaptation strategies to counter the effects of climate change, which scientists warn are already locked in for centuries.

CVF Call

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, the CVF will ask greater ambition to keep the 1.5 degrees Celsius limit on warming, a matter of survival for many of the most vulnerable nations.

“We are also spotlighting the need to be more ambitious on adaptation because we are already living inside the eye of the storm that is the global climate emergency,” the article read.

And because of that, vulnerable nations are asking major emitting countries to join annual platforms at every U.N. climate conference to constantly raise ambition.

But for the poorer nations, funding is essential to realize ambitious goals.

“That is why developing nations have been so concerned that the climate finance promises at the U.N. of $100 billion in annual funding to developing countries is not being met,” Hasina and her co-writer mentioned.

They are calling for the two pillars of annual ambition raising and a delivery plan on the $100 billion a “Climate Emergency Pact,” which we hope to see in the outcome of COP26.

First, they will ask that rich countries finally make good on their pledge before the landmark 2015 Paris agreement to provide $100 billion a year to fund carbon emissions reduction and climate-adaptation projects in the developing world.

Because climate-vulnerable countries are already living with the devastating effects of our warming planet, at least half of this funding—$50 billion a year—must be earmarked for adaptation.

“We can then work on ways to transform these billions into the trillions needed to allow countries to move from climate vulnerability to climate prosperity,” the article reads.

“We know this is possible because investing in climate adaptation delivers great value for money,” according to the article.

According to figures from the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA), investing $1.8 trillion in five key areas of early-warning systems, climate-resilient infrastructure, improved dry land agriculture, mangrove protection and increasing water resilience by 2030 could reap $7.1 trillion in benefits.

And studies show that the benefits of adaptation almost always return more than double what they cost, and often more than five times as much.

“Second, and with these returns in mind, we will ask that the private sector steps up with discounted and targeted funding.”

Pension funds, with their $35 trillion in assets under management, and other banks and institutions that are custodians of the savings of millions of people, must look to direct their investments toward climate-change resilience.

“As part of this, we will encourage financial institutions to offer innovative instruments such as resilience bonds, lending made for specific resilience projects at below market rates, or debt-for-climate swaps where repayments are redirected from creditors toward domestic climate-change projects. Look to the Seychelles, for example, which has swapped some of its national debt (held by the Nature Conservancy) in return for creating the Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust,” the article reads.

Third, also at COP26, vulnerable nations are asking that the agreed revenues from carbon exchange schemes under the Paris agreement are channeled at the level of at least a 5 per cent levy on transactions to countries suffering the worst consequences of climate change.

They are often the ones who have done least to cause it.

The monies raised from carbon abatement schemes could be substantial—and so make a substantial difference.

Research suggests that the IMF recommended benchmark of a global $75-per-ton carbon tax is equivalent to $0.17 a litre extra at fuel pumps, which would generate $40 billion additional tax revenues annually across Africa alone.

Finally, they will ask that pandemic recovery resources be used with climate adaptation in mind, including some of the $650 billion of newly allocated IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).

These unprecedented resources should be channeled toward resilient infrastructure—roads and bridges that can withstand flooding, for example—and increased food and water security. Options are already being explored to channel SDRs from wealthier to poorer and more vulnerable member countries to climate-proof their economic recovery.

A new Resilience and Sustainability Trust being considered for this purpose would be a very good start.

Bangladesh, for example, is already sharing best practices and adaptation knowledge with other climate-vulnerable countries through the GCA’s regional office in Dhaka, the article read.

This includes its experience of adopting the Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan, which aims to ensure funds are used to promote green growth as well as that the country’s investment focus is on resilient infrastructure and renewable energy as well as the Climate Change Trust Fund which undertakes mitigation and adaptation programs to offset climate-induced impacts.

Bangladesh spends, on average, 2.5 per cent of its GDP or $5 billion each year on climate adaptation and resilience-building.

Nearly 800 adaptation and resilience projects have been implemented across the country, including 12,000 cyclone shelters and 200,000 hectares of coastal green belts at a cost of $450 million.

“To make the most of this co-operation, we also need more adaptation initiatives,” reads the article.

The newly created Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM4C), for example, was founded to help equip farmers on the frontline of climate change with new climate-smart solutions and tools.

With its three objectives of increasing investment in agriculture innovation, enabling co-ordination and collaboration and increasing co-operation, AIM4C is in a position not only to enhance existing efforts but also encourage their expansion.

The response by governments around the world to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown what is possible when we face imminent peril.

“We must harness this same drive in our response to existential climate threats,” read the article.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Cosmetics and Toiletries Brands, and Companies in Bangladesh: An Overview

The annual market for cosmetics and toiletries in Bangladesh is over Tk 10,000 crore. Although it is a potential sector of the country, the products of local companies are facing a lot of challenges due to the abundance of multinational products. Research into the growth and sales of cosmetics and personal care products in the country has shown that most of the growth in this sector is still in favor of multinational corporations. But, still, there are many local brands that are doing great in the local market. Let’s get to know the top cosmetics and toiletries brands in Bangladesh.

Renowned Bangladeshi Cosmetics and Toiletries Brands and Companies

Square

Square Toiletries started its journey in 1988 with Jui coconut oil as the only product. Next, they introduced the Meril brand to expand their toiletries categories. Although the parent company was started in 1958 by four friends, Samson H Chowdhury is the main leader.

Square Toiletries produces toothpaste, soap, lotion, shampoo, detergent, handwash, diaper, etc. under the names of several brands. They have already taken their products abroad beyond the borders of the country. Now Square Group wants to be another step forward to become a Bangladeshi multinational company.

ACI

“Imperial Chemical Industries or ICI” was formed in 1926 through the merger of four British chemical companies. Since its inception, ICI has been operating in several other countries as a multinational company. Following this, the company started doing business in the Indian subcontinent through a subsidiary called “ICI India Limited”.

Subsequently, on May 5, 1992, ICI, the parent company, sold 70% of its shares to local shareholders. And after this change, ICI started business in Bangladesh through self-disclosure under the name “ACI”. Savlon is the main brand of the company which has existed in the market for more than 4 decades.

In the wake of the coronavirus, the ACI Toiletries business has seen an increase in sales of products such as soap, handwash, hand sanitizer, etc.

Keya

Keya Cosmetics started its journey in 1996, but the parent company Keya Group of Industries was established in 1983. They market their product under the brand name Keya. The products include soap, toothpaste, men’s care items, and winter care items. Started as a private limited company, Keya Cosmetics went public in 1999. At the beginning of the establishment, it was one of the most popular brands in Bangladesh. Now they have 9 industrial units on over acres of land.

Kohinoor

Kohinoor Chemical Company Limited (KCCL) started its journey in 1956. This brand has gained popularity for manufacturing standard quality products including cosmetics, soap, toiletries, glycerin, etc. Nevertheless, Kohinoor is widely known for its Xpert, Tibet brand, which is a legendary brand in Bangladesh. Moreover, Kohinoor owns some other brands such as Bactrol, Sandalina, Clean Master, Genstar, Ice Cool, Fair & Care, Heel Guard, etc. All of these brands from Kohinoor are equally famous in the Bangladeshi cosmetic and toiletries market.

Lalbagh Chemical

Established in around 1980, Lalbagh is another top cosmetics and toiletries brand in Bangladesh that moved in the market with several brands such as ‘Nirala’, ‘Gandharaj coconut oil’ and ‘Hash Marka’. Although these brands might not have domination in the urban area, they have a reasonable market share in the rural part of Bangladesh.

Unilever Bangladesh

Unilever is basically one of the largest and multinational companies in the world. At present, Unilever’s 400 brands are available in thousands of products. Among them, we know about most of the products of popular brands. Notable among them are Lux, Rexona, X Body Spray, Sunsilk Shampoo, Surf Excel, etc.

The world uses about 2.5 billion Unilever products, which is about one-third of the world’s population. But they have local manufacturing plants in Bangladesh. Hence, they can be treated as one of the local brands. In Bangladesh alone, 90 percent of the people are using Unilever products daily.

Marico

We all are familiar with Parachute coconut oil, which is one of the top brands for women’s hair oil. It is a product by Marico, which is a multinational company from India but has a local production facility. Nevertheless, they have other brands in different product lines such as Livon, Revive, Set Wet, Studio X, and more.

Kumarika

Although Kumaria is not a local brand, they along with other co-brands from Hemas Consumer Brands Private Limited hold some market share in Bangladesh’s cosmetic and toiletries industries. They also have other brands such as Paris, but Kumarika is the most popular one.

Cute

Who doesn’t know about the brand Cute! It is from Mousumi Chemical Industries which has several product lines under the brand name Cute. For instance, they have health care, oral care, perfume, winter care, skincare, men’s care, baby care, and cosmetics items. Mousumi Chemical started its business with Cute in 1972.

Lily Cosmetics

Starting in 2001, Lily Cosmetics are specialized in manufacturing both Toilet & Laundry soaps. However, the company may not be so popular as the other big players, they hold a reasonable market share.

Bottom Line

Bangladesh is not out of the dominance of multinational companies in the world cosmetics and toiletries market. However, local companies are gradually grabbing their share in the country’s market by reducing the power of strong brands. Bangladeshi brands are achieving steady growth in the cosmetics market by adding variety to their products keeping in mind the consumer taste and comfort.

Research into the growth and sales of cosmetics and personal care products in the country has shown that the most share of growth in the sector is still in favor of multinational Unilever as it is ahead in market share. However, the performance of local companies like Kohinoor Chemicals and Square Toiletries in the fight along is satisfactory too.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

14 fishermen burnt as gas cylinder explodes on fishing trawler in Kutubdia

Fourteen fishermen sustained burn injuries as a gas cylinder exploded on a fishing trawler in the Bay of Bengal near Kutubdia in Cox’s Bazar on Saturday night.

Locals said the blaze started from the spark of the engine and spread quickly fuelled by on-board oil near Dakshin Dhurung Bazar while the trawler ‘FB Mayer Doya’ was returning from the sea around 10 pm. At this time, the gas cylinder exploded leaving the 14 fishermen burnt seriously.

The injured were taken to Kutubdia Upazila Health Complex and six people were released with first aid.

Eight injured were later shifted to Chattogram Medical College Hospital.

Kutubdia Police Station Officer-in-Charge Md Omar Haider said the local chairman has been directed to send the list of affected families in this incident.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Indian rice import through Benapole port suspended

Rice imports from India through the Benapole port have been suspended on Sunday after instruction from the food ministry.

According to the agreement, Saturday (Oct 30) was the last day for rice import and traders will not be able to bring in rice until further notice.

Rush among the importers were seen to complete the import of rice through the Benapole port on Saturday. However, the traders on Sunday claimed that the rice-laden trucks were still waiting to enter through Benapole port.

Rice importer Mosharraf Hossain said that according to the government agreement, it will not be possible to import rice from October 31.

Alauddin, a rice importer, said coarse rice imported from India was being sold at a wholesale price of Tk 40 per kg and thin rice at Tk 52 to the locale market. Traders have bought the rice from the port and taken it to different parts of the country.

Benapole Customs Commissioner Md Azizur Rahman said rice imports from India through this port will remain closed until further notice.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Rahimafrooz receives Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Industrial Award 2020

Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Limited has been awarded the “Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Industrial Award 2020” for its outstanding contribution in the solar power sector.

A total of 23 companies have received ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Industrial Award 2020’ in seven categories for their contributions to the country’s economic growth.

Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun distributed the award among the recipients at a programme at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Thursday.

Munawar Misbah Moin, managing director and Engineer Mohin Habib, chief executive officer of the company, were present on the occasion.

This was the first time that the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Award was introduced in seven categories.

The award will be given every year from now on, Industries Ministry Deputy Secretary Mostaq Ahmed told the function.

Source: United News of Bangladesh