wedneSday Dhaka : March 21, 2018; Chaitra 7, 1424 BS; Rajab 3, 1439 hijri www.thebangladeshtoday.com; www. tbtbangla.com Regd.No.Da~2065, Vol.16; No.89; 12 Pages~Tk.8.00 inTeRnaTiOnal Moscow awaits Russian diplomats ordered to leave Britain >Page 7 aRT & culTuRe Ready Player One stars 'didn't discuss salaries' >Page 8 SPORT West Indies beat Zimbabwe in Harare >Page 9 13 lakh employments created in last fiscal year : Survey DHAKA : Some 13 lakh new employment opportunities were created in the country in the last fiscal year (FY17) while some 14 lakh people entered into paid employments from unpaid employments during the same period, reports BSS. "As a result, the number of employment opportunities created in the country over the last fiscal year stood at 27 lakh," according to the findings of the Labour Force Survey 2016-17 which was disseminated yesterday at the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) auditorium. The survey findings also revealed that during the time, around 10 lakh employment opportunities for Bangladeshis were created in abroad making overall employment opportunities 37 lakh. Planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal graced the seminar as the chief guest while state minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan spoke as the special guest. Secretary in-charge of the statistics and informatics division Saurendra Nath Chakrabhartty presided over the seminar. BBS director general Md Amir Hossain delivered the welcome address while Project director of LMIS Project and BBS director Kabir Uddin Ahmed made a power-point presentation on the findings of the Labour Force Survey 2016-17. Speaking on the occasion, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said Bangladesh is no longer a poor country, rather it has got the recognition of a developing country from the LDC status. "Bangladesh is now like other developing countries of the world like China, India and Malaysia," Kamal said. He also hoped that Bangladesh would AMTOB strongly supports effective launch of MNP service DHAKA : A working committee of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), mobile operators and Mobile number portability (MNP) licensee is working together to finalise a consumer friendly MNP process, reports UNB. As soon as the workable MNP process is finalised, the MNP licensee in collaboration with all the related stakeholders will launch the service within a significant reasonable timeframe for making the service up and running, said a press release issued by Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) on Tuesday. In the release it said, "It has come to our notice in recent times that some media reports have accused the mobile operators of slowing down the process of launching MNP service in Bangladesh." "We categorically state that such accusations are utterly baseless and misleading to a great extent. As a customer-centric industry, mobile network operators (MNO) are indeed very keen to facilitate their customers in choosing the operator of their choice through availing the MNP service; just like many other countries of Zohr 04:51 AM 12:15 PM 04:27 PM 06:13 PM 07:26 PM 6:04 6:10 attain a robust GDP growth in the current fiscal year. He also noted that everyone in the country would have to work hard in the coming days to keep up the momentum of the LDC graduation. State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan said the female labour force is gradually increasing in the country compared to the male which shows the sign of women empowerment in the country. The survey findings showed that the labour force increased by 2.3 percent (male 1.0 percent and female 4.6 percent) over the last year with the creation of 13 lakh new employments. Besides, 14 lakh people were transferred to paid employments from unpaid employments. Apart from this, the unemployment rate remains as same with 4.2 percent while the unemployed men versus women ratio was almost 50:50. The employment generation in the industry sector witnessed a rise of 1.8 percent while the overall labour force is transforming into high productivity from low productivity sector. In real sense, the country is witnessing job-rich growth instead of job-less growth. During the 2016-17 period, the number of contributing unpaid family workers decreased sharply by 18.6 percent while the highest proportion (48 percent) in the formal employment were highly educated, labour under utilisation has decreased by 7.5 percent, majority of the manufacturing workers were found working in the RMG sector while half of the workers are selfemployed and 40 percent of the employed persons. the world, we strongly believe that our customers deserve to enjoy this freedom." MNP is a very complex process in which customers' transactions are involved, it said adding, "Just to elaborate on the level of complexity involved, we (AMTOB) would like to highlight that Bangladesh is probably the only country in the world to have nearly 60 gateways (Interconnection exchange, International Gateway, International Internet Gateway) and many other Access Network Service operators (Mobile Operators, IPTSPs, BWA operators, PSTN operators, etc.). In this regard, considering the complexity of existing telecommunications network involving a plethora of stakeholders in the whole value chain, we must ensure that all these entities are properly integrated." The timeline is necessary for planning, designing and development the internal core, IT and other equipment, platform for MNP and testing. It must be noted that all operators need to get confirmation on the porting mechanism of this service for them to start the activities. Unfortunately, the mobile operators are yet to be intimated of such prerequisite arrangement. DB inspector killed in city 'gunfight' with criminals 4 held for interrogation DHAKA : An inspector of Detective Branch of police was killed in a reported gunfight with criminals at Middle Pirerbagh in the capital's Mirpur area on early Tuesday, reports UNB. The deceased was identified as Md Jalaluddin, inspector of Detective Branch of police. A source of DB police said tipped-off that a gang of criminals is gathering firearms, a team of DB's Pallabi Zone conducted a drive in a three-storey building in the area around 10:30pm on Monday. At one stage of drive, criminals opened fire targeting the detectives, prompted them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight, leaving Md Jalaluddin injured with bullet on his head, said Proloy Kumar Joarder, deputy commissioner of special action group of Counter Terrorism Unit. The injured was taken to Square Hospitals where he succumbed to his injuries around 2am. Criminals fled away through the backside of the building. However, law enforcers detained four people from the house for interrogation. Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah visited the spot around 1am While talking to reporters, he said it is not clear whether the house is a 'militant hideout' or people lived in here are criminals. Later, he went to Square Hospitals to see the police officer. Maj Gen Shafeenul made new BGB DG DHAKA : Major General Md Shafeenul Islam has been made new Director General (DG) of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), reports BSS. The Public Administration Ministry issued a notification in this regard on Tuesday. Major General Md Shafeenul Islam, who was serving as the Chairman of Bangladesh Tea Board, replaced Major General Abul Hossain as the chief of the paramilitary force. Abul Hossain was withdrawn and attached to the Armed Forces Division on March 7. Meanwhile, Major General Jahangir Al Mustahidur Rahman has been made new Chairman of Bangladesh Tea Board, according to the notification. Major General Md Shafeenul Islam had been serving as the Chairman of Bangladesh Tea Board since February 14, 2016. He joined Bangladesh Military Academy on June 25, 1984 and was commissioned on June 27, 1986 in the Corps of Infantry. He has attended several professional courses both at home and abroad. Shahfeenul is a graduate of Defence Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur and obtained his Masters in Defence Studies from National University, Bangladesh. BNP appoints British legal expert to help Khaleda's lawyers DHAKA : BNP has appointed Lord Carlile, one of Uk's top legal experts, to help BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's lawyers to face her cases properly, reports UNB. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the announcement at a press conference at BNP's Nayapaltan central office. "Our expatriate friends living in London and who support our politics have appointed a renowned British lawyer, Lord Carlile, to help our leader Khaleda Zia's lawyers' panel here to carry out legal battle in her cases," he said. The BNP leader said Lord Carlile has sent a letter to them accepting the appointment, and he will give necessary all legal help and suggestions from now on. "I'm pleased to join the team of this important case. One cannot say too often that criminal trials have no integrity unless the evidence is presented fairly and before a totally impartial tribunal. I'm still reading my way into the case, but I'm already concerned about the process and its fairness," Fakhrul quoted as Lord Carlile saying in the letter." He said the British lawyer will work with Khaleda's legal team from the UK and, come here if it is necessary. Asked whether the British lawyer's appointment is made as local ones are not capable to deal with Khaleda's case, Fakhrul replied in the negative, saying they did it to enrich their legal strength and bring the issue to the international arena. A bulldozer crushing a house in Gulshan area of the capital owned by the former president of FBCCI due to its incompatibility of RAJUK approved building design code. Photo: TBT Roads to be built along borders; project approved DHAKA : Bangladesh is going to construct'border roads' in hilly areas along the India-Myanmar border aiming to ensure better security through improved road communications, reports UNB. The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec)on Tuesdayapproved a project titled 'Construction of Border Roads' involving Tk 1,699.85 crore. Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting held at the NEC conference room here. While briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said the Roads and Highways Department and the Special Works Organisation of Bangladesh Army have been given the responsibility to implement the project. The project will be completed in six upazilas of Khagrachhari, Bandarban, Rangamati and Cox's Bazar districts by June 2021. The project will be implemented at Naikkhaongchhariupazila in Bandarban, Juraichhari, Borkol and Rajstaliupazilas of Rangamati, Ukhiaupazila of Cox's Bazar and Baghaichhariupazila of Khagrachhari. Out of the proposed 317 kilometres roads, some 40 kilometres will be constructed on the Ukhia-Ashartoli-Fooltuli route, 52 kilometres on the Sajek-Shildah- Betling, 95 kilometres on Sajek- Dokanghat-Thegamukh, and 130 kilometres on Thegamukh-Loitongpara- Thachhi-Dumdumia-Rajsthali route. Bangladesh has around 540 kilometres borders -- 330 kilometres with India and 210 kilometres with Myanmar. On implementation of the project, border guards are expected to be able to ensure strict measures in hilly border areas, curb illegal drugs and arms smuggling through improved road communications. This project will also help expand trade and commerce, develop tourism facilities in hilly areas, facilitate marketing of agricultural products to boost economic activities and generate employment opportunities. The Planning Minister said 16 projects were approved yesterday with an overall estimated cost of Tk 9,680.05 crore. Of the approved projects, 12 are new while four are revised ones. Ecnec also approved a project titled 'District highways upgradationat an estimated cost of Tk 558.44 crore to repair and conduct maintenance works on 15 important district highways under Dhaka zone. The Roads and Highways Department under the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry will implement the project. The other projects approved at the meeting are 'Developing necessary infrastructures or facilities for conducting the operations of the Payra Deep Seaport (1st revised) with Tk 3,350.51 crore, Bhaberchar-Gazaria-Munshiganj district highway widening involving Tk 80.06 crore, Infrastructural Development of Sylhet City Corporation with Tk 547.28 crore, Construction of Headquarters of National Security Intelligence (NSI) (1st revised) with Tk249.59 crore, Construction of residential building for government officials and employees at Noakhali Sadar with Tk 219.05 crore. The other approved projects include Construction of Headquarters for the Bangladesh Post Office (revised) with Tk 91.90 crore, Protection and dredging works from Bakshi Lunchghat to Baburhat Lunchghat from the erosion of Tentulia River under Charfasson upazila in Bhola and flood control in Kukri-Mukri island with Tk 523.36 crore, Protecting Lord Hardinge and Dholigouranagar Bazar under Lalmohon upazila of Bhola from the erosion of Meghna River with Tk 432.55 crore. Riverbank Protection of Swarnadip (Jahaijjar Char) from the erosion of Meghna under Hatia and Subarnachar upazilas in Noakhali with Tk 88.62 crore, National crops supply and nutrition security development through enhancing the capacity of Udyan Unnoyan Bibhagh of BADC with Tk 110.50 crore, Expansion of National Institute of Neurosciences and Hospital with Tk 420.38 crore, Bangladesh land survey education development project with Tk 278.85 crore, Ensuring safe email and establishment of Digital Literacy Centre for Bangladesh government with Tk 116.31 crore and Establishment of Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute, Dhaka (1st revised) with Tk 912.80 crore also got go-ahead at the meeting. Biman flight 'makes' emergency landing at Dhaka airport DHAKA : Barely one week into the US- Bangla Airlines plane crash in Nepal, a domestic flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines made an 'emergency landing' at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Tuesday following a technical glitch, reports UNB. "A Saidpur-bound flight of the national flag carrier with 67 passengers took off from the airport at 12:10pm. It came back and landed at the airportaround 12:50pm for the sake of passengers' security after it received technical signal20 minutes into the takeoff," Biman General Manger (public relations) Shakil Meraj told UNB. "It's not a major emergency problem. There might be technical glitch in a flight. The plane came back without going to Saidpur for recheck," he further said. Another flight carrying the passengers was scheduled to fly for Saidpur in the evening, Shakil said. 2 years of Tonu murder: Protesters demand justice COMILLA : The students of Victoria College on Tuesday formed a human-chain and brought out a rally in the campus demanding justice for their fellow Sohagi Jahan Tonu who was brutally raped and murdered at Comilla Mainamati Cantonment on March 20, 2016, reports UNB. Though two years have passed since the murder of Tonu, there has been no significant headway in the investigation into the gruesome killing. Family members and locals expressed their anger and frustration as the killers are yet to be identified, let alone arresting anyone. In the human-chain, speakers said they would continue the movement until Tonu gets justice. The Victoria College authorities arranged milad mehfil and prayers for the peace of the departed soul where all teachers and students participated. Tonu, a second-year history student of Comilla Victoria College and a member of Victoria College Theatre, was found dead at Comilla Mainamati Cantonment on March 20, 2016.