Shops, house gutted in Rangamati fire

Four shops and a house were gutted in a major fire at the stadium area in Rangamati district town in the early hours of Sunday.

No casualties were reported.

Witnesses said the fire broke out around 3:30 am on Sunday and soon engulfed other adjacent house and shops.

On information, a fire tender from Rangamati Fire Station reached the spot and brought the blaze under control around 4:30 am.

However, it is not clear yet what actually caused the fire.

Meanwhile, Rangamati District Commissioner Mohammad Mizanur Rahman visited the fire-affected areas in the morning and assured to help the victims.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Vested group spreads propaganda over electricity-energy: Obaidul Quader

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Monday said an identified group is carrying out propaganda and spreading confusion purposefully saying that the electricity and energy crisis will prolong in the country.

He urged the people not to be misled by the motivated propaganda which are being carried out by those who want to see failures of the country, not its development and who are patrons of communal ill-forces.

The minister made the call while briefing reporters at his ministry’s office, said a PID handout.

He said the world’s energy supply chain has become unstable due to the Russia-Ukraine war during the global economic recovery from coronavirus pandemic, which led to an abnormal rise in fuel prices in the international market.

Quader, also the general secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, said more than 90 per cent of the countries across the world depend on imports for primary energy. As an energy importer, this situation has had a negative impact on Bangladesh as well, he said.

Now almost all countries of the world including Europe and America are facing the energy crisis and they have drastically reduced the consumption of electricity and fuel in a bid to tackle the situation, he said.

The minister said the government of Bangladesh has taken various preemptive measures to face the negative impacts caused by the Russia-Ukraine war, resultant economic sanctions, as well as price hike of fuel, gas and fertilizers in the international market.

He said the high inflation rate in the developed world indicates the severity of the global economic crisis.

June last year, the inflation rate was 9.1pc in the United States, while 9.4pc in the United Kingdom, 8.9pc in Germany, 15.9pc in Russia, 78.6pc in Turkey, 9.4pc in the Netherlands, 39.9pc in Sri Lanka and 21.3pc in Pakistan, he noted.

But the inflation rate was 7.56pc in Bangladesh in June, said the minister, adding that many quarters are trying to mislead people by talking about only Bangladesh inflation.

“In Bangladesh, the situation remains relatively tolerable due to the precautionary measures taken by the Sheikh Hasina’s government,” he added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh