Heat wave may continue in three districts

Mild heat wave sweeping over the districts of Rajshahi, Pabna and Chuadanga and it may continue, said a Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) bulletin issued this morning.

"Rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at one or two places over Rajshahi, Rangpur, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions," said the bulletin valid for the next 24 hours commencing 9am today.

However, day and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country, it added.

The highest temperature on Sunday was recorded 36.0 degree Celsius jointly in Rajshahi and Chuadanga, while today's minimum temperature was 18.5 degree Celsius in Tetulia.

Highest rainfall for the last 24 hours till 6am today was recorded 40 millimeters (mm) at Khulna.

The sun sets at 6:12 pm today and rises at 5:55 am tomorrow in the capital.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Mauritania welcomes Bangladesh’s proposal for ‘contract farming’

Mauritania, one of the largest west African countries, has welcomed the 'contract farming' proposal of Bangladesh to open the arable land of that country for Bangladeshi entrepreneurs and businessmen.

Mauritania's Agriculture Minister Yahya Ahmed El Waghef hailed the proposal given by Bangladesh's non-resident Ambassador Muhammad Zulqar Nain at a bilateral meeting during his recent visit to the African country, said a press release received here today.

Yahya expressed optimism that Bangladesh and Mauritania will work intensively in the future to achieve food security in both countries.

He appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's right leadership and contributions to the overall development of Bangladesh and termed the Bangladeshis as industrious people.

Mauritania has taken an initiative to leave the large arable land in the southern region to the private sector by April this year, Yahya said, adding that it will create potential opportunities for Bangladeshi businessmen and entrepreneurs.

Putting special emphasize on the application of the latest technology in farming, he said, it will facilitate the implementation of commercial agricultural activities instead of extracting existing natural agricultural resources in Mauritania.

At the invitation of the Mauritanian Investment Board, Bangladesh Ambassador Zulqar Nain visited the large plain land of Rosso and Boga in the southern part of Mauritania through the Senegal River.

There are possibilities and opportunities for farming various types of livestock and cultivating wheat, corn, paddy and watermelon cultivation in this region.

Meanwhile, a Saudi Arabian company is producing onion, garlic and watermelon there and exporting those to the European markets.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Doctors allowed to practice at hospitals taking fees: Maleque

Health Minister Zahid Maleque today said doctors would be allowed to practice at public hospitals taking fees from March 30, after their scheduled office time.

"Doctors of public hospitals can see patients taking fees from 3pm to 6pm," he told reporters after a meeting on finalizing institutional practice policy-2023 in the conference room of the health ministry, an official release said.

Secretary of Medical Education and Family Welfare Division Md Azizur Rahman, Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam and director general of the Directorate General of Medical Education Prof Dr Md Tito Mia, among others, were present at the meeting.

The minister said under pilot project, the government will introduce the institutional practice at 10 districts and 20 upazilas from March 30.

"In order to provide better healthcare services at district and upazila level hospitals at reasonable cost, we decided to allow institutional practices," he said, adding relevant organizations and platforms of medical professionals including Bangladesh Medical Association joined the meeting.

The government has taken decision for introducing the institutional practices of doctors in a limited scale and it will be expanded in large scale after reviewing outcome of the pilot project, Maleque added.

Under the institutional practice programme, Taka 400 has been fixed for professors, Taka 300 for associate professors and Taka 200 for junior consultants.

The health minister said the government has also fixed the fees of different medical testing services at those hospitals under the pilot programme.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Foreigners’ interest in investing in Bangladesh increases for political stability: Hasan

Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said that foreigners are becoming more interested in trade and investment in Bangladesh due to political stability and an increase of people's purchasing capacity in the country with a fast-growing economy.

"Political stability is a prerequisite for any investment and economic development. As the size of our country's economy is expanding, there is political stability and people's purchasing capacity is in increasing trend, it is the right time to invest in Bangladesh now," he told journalists after attending a seminar titled 'Innovative Business Opportunities from Belgium' held at a city hotel this afternoon.

Belgium's export development organizations - Wallonia Export-Investment Agency and Flanders Investment and Trade jointly organized the seminar.

Noting that Belgium's initiative to invest in Bangladesh marked the specialty of this seminar, Hasan, also joint general secretary of the ruling Awami League (AL), said, "Usually we go abroad to hold seminars and meetings to encourage foreigners to invest in Bangladesh. But today the Belgian authorities are holding seminars gathering foreign investors here".

But if political stability is destroyed, foreign investment will not come and no country will come here to hold seminars like this, he warned.

Pointing that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has planned to build 100 economic zones in the country, the minister said several economic zones have already gone into production.

"These economic zones are being built keeping in mind domestic and foreign investment and the fourth industrial revolution. That's why investment from different countries is good for us," he added.

Mentioning that Belgium is a developed country and the headquarters of the European Union and the Parliament of the European Union holds its sitting there, Dr Hasan, who obtained his PhD degree in Environmental Chemistry from Limburg University Centre in Belgium, said, "If investment from that country comes to our country, especially in high-tech industries, in which sectors we have not yet made much progress, it will make us proficient in those fields".

Such topics are being discussed in this innovative business seminar from where Bangladesh will undoubtedly benefit, he added.

Earlier, the minister highlighted the country's overall progress in his speech as the chief guest at the seminar and said in the last 14 years, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has transformed into the 35th economy from the 60th in the world.

When the whole world became parallelized due to the Corona epidemic, Dr Hasan said, "Our country has ranked third highest GDP growth country among the only 20 countries on the globe. In Japan's Nikkei Research Survey, Bangladesh ranked fifth in the world and top in Asia in fighting against Corona. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) survey, we have left behind India in terms of per capita income in 2021".

Belgium Ambassador to Bangladesh Didier Vanderhasselt, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) President Md Sameer Sattar and Belgium's consul to Bangladesh Dr Arif Dowla spoke at the seminar.

Flanders Trade and Investment Commissioner Babette Desfossez and representatives of different Belgium agencies related to agriculture, health services, commodities, vehicular and construction technology expressed their opinions about investment in Bangladesh.

The business delegation of Belgium, who organized the seminar today, is in a visit to Bangladesh from March 27 to 31.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Bangladesh face Seychelles in 2nd match tomorrow

Bangladesh national football team faces visiting Seychelles in the second and last match of FIFA Tier-1 Int'l Football Series scheduled to be held tomorrow (Tuesday) at Sylhet District Stadium in Sylhet.

State-owned Bangladesh television telecasts the match live that kicks off at 3.45 pm.

Bangladesh is already leading the series by 1-0 after a solitary goal victory in the first game and looking forward to wrap up the series winning the second game as well.

Addressing a pre-match press conference today (Monday) held at District Sports Bhaban in Sylhet, Bangladesh national football team's head coach Javier Cabrera said his boys are very happy after winning the first match and went through a good recovery session.

Cabrera sniffed the second match would be even tougher compared to the first one and they (Seychelles) would come up with their everything to win the second game.

Bangladesh needs one point to win the series, but coach Cabrera wants full three points to win the series.

Replying to a question, the Spanish coach however informed that they are not looking for short cut in the second game because the team is very serious for the upcoming SAFF Championship.

Going to find goalless result in the second match would not help much on way to achieve progress for the team.

The Bangladesh's head coach said they are taking SAFF Championship as the big role and the team is preparing for that.

Replying to a query, Cabrera said their opponents must come out strongly in the second match but his team is also prepared to deal with them.

Skipper Jamal Bhuyan, who was present in the pre match press conference, said it has been long time, the team did not win two matches in a row, so it's a good opportunity for the team to win the match. The second match is very important for them and everyone has the capability to do better compared to the first one and they want to show it in the field. At the end only result would be considered because spectators will only remember which team has won the match.

On the other hand, Seychelles football team's head coach Neville Both was also found optimistic to fight back in the series against Bangladesh.

He said his boys could play the first game up to their mark because the team could not get enough time to make them prepare for the match. Although he hoped that his team would come up strongly in the second game.

He informed that they have analyzed the first game and found out some strong points of Bangladesh team and they would also apply their tactics in the second game.

Skipper Stenio Marie said they still have the chance and will try to win the second match against Bangladesh.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Coordinated efforts needed for sustainable energy management

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid today said coordinated efforts are needed to ensure a sustainable energy management.

"It is important to coordinate among researchers, academics and professionals. Success will come if planning and activities are carried out by estimating future demand of energy," he said.

Narsul Hamid addressed as the chief guest at a MoU signing ceremony on Fuel Research and Capacity Building between Hydrocarbon Unit of BUET and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology at Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) at BUET here in city.

"Cost and pricing is one of our challenges in the global context. The use of technology must be increased to make future decisions. We have to find a solution considering our situation," he said.

Hydrocarbon unit, as a technical agency of the Department of Energy and Mineral Resources, will determine and update reserves and potential sources of oil and gas.

The unit will also update and increase energy database; advise on Production Sharing Agreements and Joint Venture Agreements; Monitoring and analysis of domestic and regional energy markets; Planning and review of oil and gas exploration, development and production; Recommends reforms in energy sector.

The state minister also said that this agreement of BUET with Hydrocarbon Unit will further expand research field.

With BUET Vice-Chancellor Professor Satya Prasad Majumdar in the chair, it was addressed, among others, Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Dr Md Khairuzzaman Majumder, BUET Pro-VC Professor Abdul Jabbar Khan, Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Director Professor Farsim Mannan Mohammadi and Director General of Hydrocarbon Unit Miss Tahmina Yasmin spoke.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

GUK providing Ifter, dinner to 300 fasting people everyday

Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK), a local reputed non-government organization, started providing Ifter and dinner to 300 fasting people every day since the beginning of the holy Ramadan.

The activity would be conducted under the crore programme of the organization as part of the social corporate responsibility (CSR), said Sayem Rishat, Director of GUK said here today.

Chairman of Gaibandha Zila Parishad and President of Bangladesh Awami League, district unit, Abu Bakr Siddique inaugurated the activity on Thursday as chief guest and Mayor of Gaibandha Municipality Matlubour Rahman was present at the event as special guest while chief executive of the GUK Abdus Salam moderated it.

Speaking on the occasion, the guests thanked the GUK for starting such activity for the poor and distressed people of the district.

Political leaders of different party including Bangladesh Awami League joined the inaugural session.

The ifter and dinner would be provided to 300 fasting persons including orphan children, distressed people from Masterpara office of the town, the Director said.

A special arrangement has also been kept for the persons with disabilities and the aged old people, he added.

Chief executive of the GUK Abdus Salam sought wholehearted cooperation of all to make the activity a grand success during the month of holy Ramadan.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

BGMEA opens library at its headquarters

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has opened up a library at its headquarters in the capital's Uttara to meet the needs of information, research, and education.

The library will be instrumental in facilitating the RMG industry's move towards sustainable development.

BGMEA President Faruque Hassan inaugurated the BGMEA Library at BGMEA Complex at Uttara in the capital today.

The BGMEA library is named after Professor Dr. Mazharul Islam, former vice chancellor of Rajshahi University, first director general of Bangla Academy, freedom fighter and one of the pioneers of the garment industry.

Professor Dr. Mazharul Islam has recently been awarded the Ekushey Padak (posthumously) in recognition of his significant contribution to education, said a press release.

In 1985, Dr. Mazharul founded Sparrow Apparels Limited, a garment industry, and served as its managing director. He served as the vice president of BGMEA during 1985-1987 period and contributed to the development of the garment industry.

The inaugural ceremony was also attended by Khandoker Rafiqul Islam, vice president (Finance), BGMEA; Md. Nasir Uddin, vice president; Neela Hosna Ara, director; Shovon Islam, chair of BGMEA Standing Committee on Press, Publication and Publicity, and also son of Dr. Mazharul Islam; and chairmen of different standing committees of BGMEA.

The BGMEA Library is a state-of-the-art facility having a vast collection of books, journals and other resources related to the apparel industry. The library will serve as a hub of knowledge and research which is vital for enhancing capacity of the RMG industry in line with latest trends and technologies.

The library will have printed materials, manuscripts, documents, and information related to the apparel industry and contemporary issues. It will also contain collection of paintings, audio-visual works, and literary pieces from both within the country and abroad.

Speaking at the event, Faruque said, "The ready-made garment industry is pursuing a vision of sustainable growth. For that we will need knowledge about the latest happenings and developments in the industry including business practices, most-advanced technology and latest trends of the global fashion industry."

"The BGMEA Library will play a vital role in securing a sustainable and better future for Bangladesh's RMG industry. It will provide a wealth of knowledge and resources to industry professionals, researchers, designers and manufactures and help them to stay updated with the latest industry trends and practices," he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Tea auction for 2023-24 to start at Chattogram on April 17

The first tea auction for 2023-24 auction year

in the country is going to begin at Chattogram Tea Auction Center on April

17.

The second auction will be held on April 26 at Srimangal, the second tea

auction center in the country.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Tea Sales Co-ordination Committee

today held with Bangladesh Tea Board Chairman Major General Ashraful Islam in

the chair, said a press release here.

It was informed in the meeting that a total of 46 tea auctions will be held

in Chattogram and 23 in Srimangal in the 2023-24 fiscal year.

Speaking on the occasion, Asharaful Islam said that tea production and

auction activities were normal in the country in the last auction year due to

various initiatives taken by the Tea Board and implementation of various

plans and sincere efforts of the tea industry stakeholders.

The Tea Board Chairman urged all concerned stakeholders to work in unison to

keep normal the auction operations and the market of tea in the 2023-24

auction year.

BTB Member for Finance and Commerce Mohammad Nurullah Nuri, Deputy Director

Muhammad Madhul Kabir Chowdhury, Marketing Officer Ahsan Habib, Assistant

Director Mohammad Abdullah Al Borhan, Tea Traders Association of Bangladesh

Chairman Shah Moinuddin Hasan were present, among others, at the meeting.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

BNP destroys democratic culture & institutions: Quader

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said BNP has destroyed the country's democratic culture, structures and institutions.

"Due to their (BNP's) anti-democratic politics, the democratic advancement of the country has repeatedly been halted," he said in a statement.

Condemning and protesting the falsehood and propaganda of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Quader said Fakhrul and other BNP leaders talk about democracy but they criticise democratic institutions without going to elections.

"How will BNP establish democracy by continuing undemocratic practices within the party?" he questioned.

Following the footsteps of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman, the BNP gifted the nation elections of farce - the February 15 polls, voter-less Magura and Mirpur by-polls, the AL general secretary said.

He said the country's people know better that who formed the Aziz-mark Election Commission (EC) and created around 1.23 crore fake voters.

Fakhrul, the spokesperson of a party formed by grabbing power in unconstitutional way putting people at gunpoint, talks about democracy and voting rights, which is nothing but the devil listening to the scriptures, Quader said.

He said military dictator Ziaur Rahman formed BNP in an unconstitutional way and captured the power of the state, so the party has no capacity to present democracy to the country's people.

The talking of democracy and movement on the mouths of BNP leaders is a mockery to the nation, he said.

Quader said Mirza Fakhrul is the secretary general of such a party that he seems to have forgotten when the party's last conference was held.

"How will they establish democracy in the country as BNP does not have democracy within it?" he asked.

The AL general secretary said dictator Ziaur Rahman destroyed the country's democratic values and electoral system in the name of "Yes-No Vote" in 1977 aiming to sustain his power by illegally occupying the posts of army chief, chief martial law officer and the President simultaneously.

Dictator Zia systematically strangled democracy and destroyed the democratic values and culture, he said, adding that the BNP, founded by Zia, continues to carry the ideological political legacy of halting Bangladesh's democratic advancement, he said.

Quader said BNP is the main obstacle to the implementation of the underlying ideals of democracy in the country.

He said the ruling Awami League is committed to upholding the people's empowerment and democratic values.

The government, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is working relentlessly to institutionalise democracy, he said.

The road transport and bridges minister said the voting rights of the country's people have been established through a long struggle and sacrifice under the AL's leadership.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Man gets death sentence for killing wife in Satkhira

A court here today sentenced a man to death for killing his wife in Tala upazila of the district in 2009.

Satkhira Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge MG Azam pronounced the verdict in the afternoon

The convicted person is Mostafa Biswas, son of Amjed Biswas, a resident of Chandkati village of the upazila.

According to the details of the case, on the night August 17, 2009, the convict Mustafa beat and strangled his wife Shiuli Khatun to death for dowry.

On August 18, 2009, father of the victim Abdus Sabur filed a murder case at Tala Police Station accusing Mustafa and his father Amjed Biswas in this connection.

On September 4, 2009, sub-inspector (SI) Lutfar Rahman of Tala Police Station filed the charge-sheet in the court.

After examining the record and witnesses, the court found Mustafa guilty.

The court acquitted Amjed Hossain, father of Mustafa Biswas, as the charges against him were not proved.

Public Prosecutor (PP) Advocate Zahurul Haider Babu confirmed the matter.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Sajib earns 5.5 points after 7th round in Delhi GM Chess

CM Sakline Mostafa Sajid earned 5.5 points after the 7th round games of 20th Delhi International Open Grandmasters Chess tournament which is now being held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi, the capital of India.

CM Ekramul Haque Siam earned 5 points, Aayan Rahman earned 4.5 points and Ashiya Sultana bagged 3.5 points after the second round matches.

A total of 1,072 players from 17 countries, including 19 grandmasters and 10 International Masters, are participating in this tournament.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha