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The Bangladesh Today (15-02-2018)

NEWS tHuRSDAY, FEBRuARY

NEWS tHuRSDAY, FEBRuARY 15, 2018 2 Maize holds key to boost Kurigram’s char economy KURIGRAM : Kurigram is witnessing a year-on- year rise in maize cultivation with prospect of more areas to be brought under this cereal, world's most consumed staple, reports UNB. Statistics provided by the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) show that maize production (8,392 hectares) exceeded the targeted acreage (7,735 hectares) in 2017. In the previous year too, as against a targeted acreage of 6,517 hectares, maize was grown in 7,733 hectares in the district. An estimated 8 lakh MT of maize was produced in Kurigram last year fetching the growers a good profit. Farmers and agriculturists believe appropriate government motivation and awareness would help further expansion of maize in the river basin areas. The district is blessed with flows of as many as 16 rivers including the Brahmaputra, Teesta and Dudhkumar with fertile land spanning over one lakh hectares in 400 Kaliganj upazila administration organized a competition over singing national song properly. Photo : SI Mollick we`ÿ r/Rb-915(2)/13/2/18 GD-248/18­(6­x­3) chars. Currently only mustard, nuts and Kalai lentils are grown in this region. Lack of irrigation hinders the farming of rice on the sandy ground. Cultivating more maize would be possible if the flood water decreases soon, but the farmers lag behind due to lack of capital and other supports. Experts think, if supports are provided by the government, maize cultivation can change the farmers' fortune boosting up the char region's economy. Abdur Rashid, acting deputy director at the DAE's district office, said that quality maize is produced in this district, which can be exported if the concerned agencies coordinate with each other. Abu Saleh Muhammad Ferdous Khan, district commissioner of Kurigram, said that growing maize is costlier than other crops. If quality seeds and other input supplies are ensured farmers can reap better in the region, he said. 5 youths return from India after serving jail RAJSHAHI : Five Bangladeshi youths returned home through Shahebnagar border on Tuesday after serving several jail terms in an Indian prison, reports UNB. Border Security Force (BSF) handed them over to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) through a flag meeting at noon, said Altaf Hossain, officer-in-charge of Godagari Model Police Station. The returnees are Anarul, 35, son of Tabul Ali of Raninagar village in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj district, Sultan, 33, son of Taibur Ali of Shahpara, Jahirul, 37, son of Yusuf Ali of Munnamara village of the upazila, Mursalin, 21, son of Aminul Islam of Kosaipara of Sadar upazila and Basona Mandal, wife of Jaydeb Mandal of Keraniganj upazila in Dhaka district. Later, the BGB men handed them over to Godagari Model Police Station. The returnees said they entered the Indian Territory for construction work and they were held by Indian Police. Later, Murshidabad district court sentenced them for several jail terms for illegally entering into Indian Territory and sent them to Bahrampur prison. After serving the jail terms, they were sent back to home, the OC added. BSF tortures two BD fishermen in Rajshahi RAJSHAHI : Members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) picked up two Bangladeshi fishermen from Padma River along Khorchaka border in Godagari upazila and beat them up mercilessly early Tuesday. The victims are identified as Mizanur Rahman alias Mizan, 26, son of late Shahajan Ali and Nishan Ali, 23, son of Rasul Ali, residents of Biyanabona village under Dewpara union of the upazila. Mizan and Nishan went to fishing in the Padma River along Khorchaka border in the upazila on Monday midnight, reports UNB. BSF members picked them up from their boat around 2am on Tuesday and beat them up with sticks and rifles, said BGB The BSF, later, released them on Tuesday morning and locals rescued them. They were taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, said Moyeen Ali, the younger brother of victim Mizan. A team of BGB was sent to the hospital after hearing the incident, said Lieutenant Colonel Iftekhar Shamim Al Masud, commanding-officer of Border Guard Bangladesh Battalion -1. Eighty three course members of National Defense College (NDC) who participate in the National Defense Course, visited the Ministry of Defence at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar of the capital city on Wednesday. Defence Secretary Akhtar Hossain Bhuiyan welcomed the delegation. Photo : Courtesy Schoolboy beaten to death in Satkhira SATKHIRA : A schoolboy was allegedly beaten to death by rivals at Bokchara intersection in Sadar upazila following dispute over a trifling matter on Tuesday night, reports UNB. The deceased was identified as Shakib Hossain, 16, a class-X student of Satkhira Police Lines School and son of Nazrul Islam, a constable of police at Kalaroa Police Station and resident of Palashpol Boubazar area of the district town. Abdul Quader and Shanto hailing from Kamalnagar Colony locked into a brawl with Shakib and his two friends - Rashed and Ami - at a mahfil held at Bokchara Madrasa ground at night. Later, the duo along with others swooped on Shakib and his friends with sticks at Bokchara intersection around 10.30pm while they were returning home, leaving them critically injured, said Maruf Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station. Locals rushed them to Satkhira Sadar Hospital where doctors declared Shakib dead. Soon after the incident, police detained six people in this connection for interrogation, said Hasan, assistant sub-inspector of the police station. GD-257­/18­(8­x­3) GD-252/18­(5­x­4) GD-251/18­(8­x­4)

METRO THuRSDAY, FEBRuARY 15, 2018 3 Nahid for building new generation with quality education DHAKA : Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday urged the students to acquire knowledge on modern education as well as developing moral values aiming to build an economically developed country, reports BSS. "It is urgent to build an ideal nation through providing global standard education to make the students efficient workforces," he told the 1st convocation of Bangladesh Islami University(BIU) at the Basundhara Convention City, an official release said. Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) Dr Sadat Hossain was the convocation speaker. Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof Abdul Mannan, BIU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Anwarullah and Chairman of BIU Trustee Board Kamal Uddin Abdullah Jafori, among others, addressed the convocation. Nahid said the government will take legal action against the private universities which have failed to fulfill their conditions to run the university under the rules of the Private University Act-2010. Some of the private universities are yet to fulfill their conditions as per the Act and they have to face legal action after the scheduled timeframe, he added. Speaking on the occasion, Nahid said, "You (students) are the future of the country. So, you have to be good citizens through acquiring knowledge to boost the development process for building a prosperous Bangladesh." Nahid urged the authorities concerned to ensure congenial and good academic atmosphere at all educational institutions to make those free from all sorts of terror activities. "Both public and private universities should be centre of excellence for practicing new knowledge...Without ensuring good academic atmosphere, it is not possible for improving quality of tertiary education," he added. The minister said a remarkable progress has been made in the education sector as the government is working sincerely to expand and improve quality of education in the country. The government has expanded the opportunity of higher education across the country for all students, he said adding, "Students are easily receiving higher education as we have expanded facilities for higher education up to the upazila level." 2 killed in Cox's Bazar gas cylinder blast COX'S BAZAR : Two people, including woman, were killed in a gas cylinder blast at Adinath Temple in Moheshkhali upazila on Wednesday morning, reports UNB. Identities of the deceased could not be known immediately. The duo was selling gas balloons in front of the temple where a 7-day fair was being held on the occasion of Shiva Puja of the Hindu community, said Prodwip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Moheshkhali Police Station. we`ÿ r/Rb-924(2)/14/2/2018 GD-253/18 (6 x 3) Local Government, Rural Development (LGRD) and Cooperatives Minister Engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain addressing a view exchange meeting with members of the cooperatives of the division yesterday. Photo : Courtesy. BNP's movement only to save Khaleda, Tarique: Shajahan DHAKA : Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan yesterday said BNP is staging demonstration only for saving its Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman, not for the wellbeing of country's people, reports BSS. He also said, "Khaleda Zia will be tried not only for corruption, but also for killing innocent people of the country." The minister made the remarks while addressing a protest rally at Bangabandhu Avenue in the city, said a press release. Bangladesh Mohila Awami League organised the rally protesting the attack on Bangladesh High Commission and humiliation of the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in London, added the release. "BNP shielded war criminals while Sheikh Hasina is developing the country by trying the killers of 1971 and 1975," he said. Bangladesh Mohila Awami League President Safia Khatun and General Secretary Mahmuda Begum, among others, were present at the rally. SM Nazer reelected vice-president of CAB FEB : S M Nazer Hossain has been reelected the vicepresident of central executive committee of Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) for next two years, reports UNB. The annual general meeting and election to executive committee of CAB was held on February 9 at Segunbagicha in the capital. Moreover, Golam Rahman, former secretary and chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission, was elected as president, SM Najer Hossain as vice-president, Advocate Humayun Kabir Bhuyan as general secretary, Harun-or-Rashid as accountant while Dr. Shahnewz Chowdhury, Professor Dr. Shaiful Islam, Miss Munira Alam, Abdus Chattar and Engineer Izajur Rahman were elected as its members. With Golam Rahman, the president of CAB, former secretary and chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission, in the chair, Advocate Humayun Kabir, the general secretary of CAB, presented the work details of last year and Abdus Sattar. BIDA chief for more FDI for achieving development goals DHAKA : Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) Executive Chairman Kazi M Aminul Islam yesterday stressed on more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country to implement the 'Vision-2021' and the 'Vision- 2041'. "Bangladesh is moving forward by adopting two development goals - Vision-2021 and Vision-2041. There is also another goal - the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - to be achieved by 2030," he said while speaking as the chief guest at the "Bangladesh Investment Guide 2018" unveiling function at the BIDA headquarters in the city, reports BSS. LankaBangla Securities Limited published the guide to disseminate updated knowledge about the investment outlook of Bangladesh among interested foreign investors - both retail and institutional. Among others, BIDA Executive Director-2 Nabhash Chandra Mandal, Managing Director of the LankaBangla Capital Market Operations Mohammed Nasir Uddin Chowdhury and Chief Executive Officer of LankaBangla Securities Limited Khandoker Saffat Reza were present at the function. NPO publishes national productivity magazine DHAKA : National Productivity Organisation (NPO) yesterday unveiled its first publication, titled 'National Productivity Massage' aiming to disseminate the productivity concept across the country. Industries Secretary Mohammad Abdullah unveiled the publication as the chief guest at a function at Industries Ministry, said a press release of the ministry, reports BSS. Additional Secretary of the ministry M Dabirul Islam also spoke at the unveiling ceremony held with NPO Director SM Asrafuzzaman in the chair. NPO also published its annual report for 2016-17 financial year at the function. Mohammed Abdullah said Bangladesh will have to increase its productivity in various sectors, including industry, services and agriculture, for attaining the Vision-2021 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He stressed the need for ensuring the highest services to the service receivers from Industries Ministry. NPO will publish its magazine in every six month. In the magazine, NPO will uphold the several activities of public and private sector for increasing productivity. GD-250/18 (7 x 3) Cooperatives to help attain development goals: Mosharraf MYMENSINGH : Local Government, Rural Development (LGRD) and Cooperatives Minister Engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said cooperatives will play a vital role in attaining the targets of the development activities being carried out by the present government, reports BSS. "The nation's progress is impossible without cooperatives," the minister said at a view exchange meeting with members of the cooperatives of the division here. Mymensingh Divisional Cooperatives Office organized the meeting at the district council auditorium with Rural Development and Co-operatives Division Secretary Mafruha Sultana in the chair. Department of Cooperatives Director General Md Abdul Majid, Mymensingh Divisional Commissioner GM Saleh Uddin and Mymensingh Deputy Commissioner (DC) Md Khalilur Rahman were present in the meeting, among others. Due to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's intense efforts and commitment, the country has become self-reliant in food, the LGRD minister said, adding that the contribution of cooperatives is 90 per cent in this regard. Mosharraf stressed on amending the laws relating to cooperatives, if needed, to bring back the glory of cooperatives. He directed the Department of Cooperatives to formulate a complete outline of training programmes within three to four weeks and asked to start organizing trainings across the country extensively by the next one month. The minister informed that he would exchange views with members of cooperatives through the divisional offices. Later the LGRD minister distributed mementos and cash money as the prizes among the cooperatives' members for contributing in different sectors of the cooperatives. He also join an 'Ekti Bari, Ekti Khamar' Beneficiaries Conference in the afternoon here. GD-255/18 (5 x 4) GD-256/18 (4 x 4)

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