Megaprojects cause BNP ‘mega-pain’: Obaidul Quader

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said BNP couldn’t implement any megaprojects during their tenure due to inept economic management, and now feel pained at the success reaped by AL.


‘Megaprojects’ in the Bangladeshi context are understood to be the large scale, ambitious, often eye-catching and usually involving infrastructure, projects that a government undertakes. Such projects may carry a degree of risk, but the political payoff for the administration associated with them are potentially huge.


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“BNP suffers mega-pain when they look at the megaprojects of Bangladesh. Because, the economy of Bangladesh was in such a fragile condition during their regime that they didn’t have the mentality, courage, skills and financial capacity, and even couldn’t think of any mega project in the country,” he said in a statement.


Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said that BNP solely indulged in corruption and looting.


He said now Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina has made Bangladesh a role model for development with her able leadership, wisdom, integrity and talent.


The AL leader said Bangladesh is now moving forward in the new development trajectory by overcoming hunger, famine, drought and poverty under her leadership.


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Quader said their government would able to continue the development trend and build a prosperous peaceful and welfare country for the next generations overcoming all anti-state conspiracies taking the people of Bangladesh with them under the leadership of Bangabandhu’s daughter, no matter how many evil attempts are made by the follower of Pakistan and the conspirators.


He also harshly criticised BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for his remark that ‘they had been better in the Pakistani period.’


Quader strongly condemned and protested the remark terming it anti-state conspiracy and seditious speech.


Through this comment, BNP’s traditional anti-Bangladesh stance and secret agenda of anti-liberation and ill-politics have been revealed once again, he claimed.


The AL leader said BNP is now raising voices about good governance, public safety and poverty in the country. But though BNP leaders have forgotten, the countrymen have not forgotten how they turned Bangladesh into a failed state during the BNP-Jamaat coalition government, he added.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Covid-19 claims two more lives in Bangladesh

Bangladesh reported two more Covid-linked death and 363 new cases in 24 hours till Friday morning.


With the new numbers, the country’s total fatalities rose to 29,339 and caseload to 2,016,946, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).


The daily case test positivity rate rose to 10.87 from Thursday’s 8.91 percent as 3,340 samples were tested.


The latest deceased were a man and a woman from the Dhaka division.


The mortality rate and the recovery rate remained unchanged at 1.45 percent and 97.18 percent, respectively.


In August, the country reported 32 Covid-linked deaths and 6,689 cases.


Bangladesh registered its highest daily caseload of 16,230 on July 28 last year and daily fatalities of 264 on August 10 the same year.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Commerce Minister finds RMG workers’ demand for wage hike ‘logical’

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi on Friday said the garment workers’ demand for a wage hike is logical, against the background of rising inflation triggered by the Russia-Ukraine war.


“So it is necessary to form a wage commission and conduct a study on the overall aspects of workers’ living costs, product prices, production costs,” Munshi said.


He was speaking at the 16th biannual conference of the National Garment Workers Federation, held at the Jatiya Press Club in the city.


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The garment sector has reached its present position today due to the sincere efforts of the workers and owners. The interests of both workers and owners need to be ensured, he added.


“For this, it is necessary to ensure the fair wages of the workers as well as the appropriate price of the products. These two things are very important to sustain the industry.”


A workers’ organisation should be formed according to the labor law, he said. “Both workers’ organisations and leaders should be educated and responsible.”


Tipu urged everyone to work in the interest of the organisation. “If the company does not survive, neither the workers nor the owners will survive,” he added.


The government will continue to provide all necessary assistance to workers and employers, he added.


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The minister said the contribution of workers for the solid foundation of the economy of Bangladesh is a lot.


Besides, under the guidance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, one crore enlisted families are buying some daily essential products including oil, lentils, sugar at affordable prices through Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB).


Rice is also in the process of being added to the TCB sale, he added, noting about five crore people of the country are being benefited from this.


“Efforts are being made to include a segment of apparel workers in the list,” he added.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Standard Chartered teams up with Genex to reach more clients

Standard Chartered Bangladesh has partnered with Genex Infosys to engage with more clients.


An agreement was recently signed in Dhaka.


Genex – a publicly listed business process management and IT services company – will help Standard Chartered Bangladesh scale up its distribution network, reach new client segments more efficiently, and deliver banking products and services to a broader customer group.


Sabbir Ahmed, head of consumer, private and business banking at Standard Chartered Bangladesh, said: “As we build a more collaborative ecosystem and foster more strategic partnerships, we aim to continue to deliver our world-class suite of banking solutions at an unprecedented scale in the coming years.”


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Prince Mojumder, chief executive officer of Genex, said: “We are excited to partner up with a reputed brand as Standard Chartered. We believe we can share our expertise in achieving the goal of our partner, and at the same time strengthen our foothold in the BFSI Sector.”


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Agent banking director killed by lightning strike in Bhola

A-40-year-old man was killed and two others were injured in a lightning strike at Golakpur village of Shambhupur union in Bhola’s Tazumuddin on Friday afternoon.


The deceased was identified as Abdur Razzak. He was the director of Al-Arafah Islami Agent Banking in Kunjerhat and Shibpur Khasherhat markets.


The injured, Hanif and Monjur, were undergoing treatment at Bhola Sadar Hospital.


Md. Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge (Investigation) of Tazumuddin police station, said all three were struck by lightning while collecting betel nuts during the rains.


While they were being rushed to the Sadar Hospital, said the OC, critically injured Razzak died on the way.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Two more dengue patients die in 24hrs

Another Dengue patient died in 24 hours till Friday morning, raising this year’s death toll from the mosquito-borne disease in Bangladesh to 42.


During this period, 164 more patients were hospitalised with the viral fever as cases have continued to increase, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).


The latest deaths were reported from the Dhaka division.


With the new numbers, the dengue death toll in Dhaka division rose to 19, on Chattogram it remained unchanged at 19, and in Barishal division at four.


Of the new patients, 138 were admitted to different hospitals in Dhaka and 26 outside it.


A total of 1,336 dengue patients, including 983 in the capital, are now receiving treatment at hospitals across the country.


On June 21, the DGHS reported the first death of the season from the viral disease.


This year, the directorate has recorded 10,396 dengue cases and 9,018 recoveries so far.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


BNP’s movement cannot be suppressed by attacks, arrests: Fakhrul

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir warned on Friday that the movement his party’s activists have thrown themselves into can no longer be suppressed by attacks and arrests.


“We want to make it very clear that the movement can never be suppressed by such terrorist attacks, by killing, arresting and suing with false cases. BNP cannot be removed from the streets,” said Fakhrul.


He was speaking in a press conference at the chairperson’s office in Gulshan this morning.


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Fakhrul said, “Yesterday, when the stage was being prepared for the rally in Pallabi zone with the permission of the police, just then the Awami League (AL) terrorists armed with weapons and sticks attacked on our leaders and activists chanting ‘Joy Bangla’ slogans. This was all covered in the media.”


Around 75 of the BNP activists were injured in the attack while eight were arrested, he claimed.


The rally was scheduled to be held in the Pallabi Zone at the Eidgah ground in D Block. After the police objected, BNP leaders changed it to two other places, either in front of Old Pallabi Old Police Station or in Mukul Fauj field in front of Pallabi Kitchen Market, said Fakhrul


The police finally gave permission to hold this rally at Mukul Fauz field at 1 pm. Yet the attack was carried out just when the activists were preparing the stage for the rally, he added.


“The saddest, horrifying incident is when our leaders and activists stood up to resist the attackers yesterday, the police charged batons, tear gas and opened fire on our leaders to disperse them.”


He said, “We have been saying again and again that the role of the police should be to protect, to remain neutral. But the police are fully working to suppress the pro-democracy movement on behalf of these attackers, the Awami League and the terrorists.”


Fakhrul asserted that the ruling party and police’s actions reflect they want to provoke a violent situation.


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“We think that they are doing these things to create a violent situation, to destroy the democratic atmosphere in the country, to keep the opposition away from politics and away from the electoral field,” said Fakhrul.


Meanwhile, BNP has announced nationwide demonstrations for Sunday protesting the attack on their programme in Mirpur.


On Thursday, at least 100 BNP activists were injured during a series of clashes with ruling Awami League rivals at the capital’s Mirpur area over holding a scheduled rally.


Earlier on September 10, BNP announced to hold public rallies in 16 spots under its Dhaka south and north city units until September 27 in protest against the increase in prices of essentials, fuel and transport fares.


The rallies are also meant for registering the party’s protest against the killings of Bhola Chhatra Dal leader Noor-e-Alam, Swechchasebak Dal leader Abdur Rahim and Narayanganj Jubo Dal leader Shaon Prodhan.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Kushtia youth arrested ‘for hurting religious sentiments’ on Facebook

Police in Kushtia arrested a 24-year-old male on Friday for ‘hurting the religious sentiments’ of the Hindu community on social media.


Nayebur Rahman, 24, of Bahalbaria village under Mirpur upazila of Kushtia, allegedly posted the offending status on his Facebook profile last Wednesday, with a view to stoking communal instability and hostility.


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Md Khairul Alam, superintendent of police (SP) for Kushtia, disclosed all this at a press conference held at the district Police Lines on Friday afternoon.


The SP further said that Nayebur is a private jobholder in Dhaka, but was arrested from his father-in-law’s house in Mohishakhola village in the same Mirpur upazila after a case related to the incident was filed earlier, SP Khairul added.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Ghumdhum resident injured as Myanmarese landmine explodes along border

An indigenous youth was injured in a landmine explosion along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Naikhongchhari upazila of Bandarban on Friday noon.


It again raises the question of whether the Myanmar army is carrying out its operations against the Arakan Army insurgents of Rakhine State too close to, or even in some cases across the international border.


The injured is Anganthowai Tanchangya, 22, a resident of Ghumdhum union of the upazila.


Locals said it is the Myanmarese army that has mined the area. This particular one exploded near Tombru border when the youth went there to bring back his cow.


Ghumdhum Union Parishad Chairman AKM Jahangir Aziz said Anganthowai has lost his left foot in the explosion.


He was rushed to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital and then to Chattogram Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) where he is currently undergoing treatment in a critical condition, Chairman Aziz added.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

SSC exams: Bangla II’s MCQ component postponed under Jashore board

The Jashore Education Board has postponed the Bangla Paper II exam’s MCQ component that was scheduled to be held Saturday, as the question paper got leaked due to the wrong question papers being sent to three centres during the Bangla I exam on Thursday.


However, the written part of the Bangla second paper exam will be held as scheduled.


A notice signed by Jashore Education Board Chairman Prof Dr Md Ahsan Habib was published on Friday afternoon in this regard, which says that the date of the MCQ exam will be fixed later.


According to sources, the issue came to be noticed after exam officials distributed the question paper of Bangla second paper MCQ exam instead of Bangla first paper among 100 students at Narail’s Kalia Pari Shangkar Pilot Secondary Girls School center, and among 15 students at Baishona Kamshia Secondary School center on Thursday – the day of the paper I exam.


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Exam officials have claimed that it wasn’t their mistake, rather it’s the officials of the BG Press in Dhaka who had committed the mistake by wrongly labeling the packages containing the questions.


Ariful Islam, Narail’s Kalia Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), confirmed the matter.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Habiganj housewife’s throat slit over property dispute

A 30-year-old housewife has ended up murdered as a dispute over the boundary line of a house took a deadly turn Friday in Chunarughat upazila of Habiganj, Sylhet.


The victim, Ayesha Akter Poly, was married to expatriate Akter Mia of Jarulia Gozaripara under the upazila.


Locals said there had been a longstanding dispute between Poly and her husband’s step-brother Gabru Mia over the boundary separating their two houses. The victim had filed a case under Women and Children Repression and Prevention Act against her adversaries recently.


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Gabru’s sons Masuk, Mamun, daughter Shefa and her husband Shamim went to Poly’s house around 9.30am and quizzed her about the case.


At one stage, all four allegedly stabbed Poly with meat cleavers and slit her throat to make sure she was dead after dragging her out of the house, said the locals in the neighbourhood.


They further said the victim’s eight-year-old son took shelter under bedstead and mother-in-law fled the house fearing the attackers.


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Md Ali Ashraf, officer-in-charge of Chunarughat Police Station, said they rushed to the spot and recovered Poly’s body.


It was sent to Habiganj Sadar Hospital for an autopsy, he said, adding that efforts are on to nab the alleged killers.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Bangladesh eager to take part in vaccine research & development: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, here on an official visit, on Friday invited the UK businesses to avail of the investment opportunities in Bangladesh.




She made the call while Lord Karan Bilimoria of Chelsea, also President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), called on her at her place of residence.




Lord Bilimoria briefed the prime minister about his work in support of the UK’s curry industry.


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According to a press release, the premier flagged her government’s efforts to promote vaccine development research and Bangladesh’s readiness to partner with international institutes or businesses with interest in the matter.




Lord Bilimoria commended the PM for her leadership in upholding Bangladesh’s founding principles and sustained economic development.




He is the first South Asian of Parsi background to sit in the UK’s House of Lords.




Prime Minister Hasina paid tribute to the contributions of Lord Bilimoria’s late father General Faridoon Bilimoria of the Indian army during Bangladesh’s War of Independence in 1971.




She recalled the sacrifices made by many from the Indian armed services for the cause of Bangladesh’s independence.




She also mentioned her efforts to honour the memory of the Indian martyrs by introducing a scholarship for their descendants during her visit to India earlier this month.




Lord Bilimoria expressed interest in forging higher education partnership with Bangladesh in his capacity as the Chancellor of Birmingham University.


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He invited the Hasina to the University to speak on a topic of her choosing.




The Bangladesh PM briefed the Lord about the growing start-up scene in Bangladesh, and the work done under the auspices of ‘Digital Bangladesh’.




Bilimoria expressed interest in exploring the opportunities for future possible partnerships.




They both mourned the demise of Queen Elizabeth II and paid tribute to the late monarch’s extraordinary life of service and dedication.




Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, Senior Secretary at Prime Minister’s Office Mohammed Tofazzel Hossain Miah, and Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem were present at the meeting.


Source: United News of Bangladesh