NEWS MONDAY, JUlY 9, 2018 2 Anti-Repression Teachers organized a strolling at Central Shaheed Minar area of the capital city yesterday demanding trial of attackers. Photo : TBT Firearms, ammo seized in Khulna; 2 held TiTash ChakraborTy, khulna CorrespondenT Khulna district Detective Branch (DB) arrested two alleged arms traders along with one revolver, one shooter gun and 1 round of cartridge from Terokhada upazla on Sunday. District Detective Police In-charge Inspector Tofail Ahmed confirmed the news. The arrestees were identified as Shaukat Bhulu, 50, son of late Jahur Molla from Nebunia village and Bashir Faruk, 42, son of Mohsin Fakir from the same village. District Detective Police Incharge Inspector Tofail Ahmed informed that a team of Detective Branch (DB) police, based on secret information, raided the house of Bhulu Miah and arrested the accused along with the firearms and ammo. Sensing the police others arms traders staying at the house fled the scene. A case was filed in connection with the incident. Business booming for plastic giants as change beckons PARIS : It's the worst enemy of environmental campaigners, but people around the world use mountains of plastic every day and business is booming for manufacturers. Much to the chagrin of activists, an increasingly restrictive regulatory environment appears to have put little dent in the industry's power so far. That is changing, however, and plastic giants are starting to adapt. From 2006 to 2016, global plastic output rose from 245 million to 348 million tonnes, according to the PlasticsEurope trade association. Amjad Khan's death anniv observed in Habiganj Md MaMun Chowdhury, habiganj CorrespondenT The third death anniversary of Major General (retd) Amjad Khan Chowdhury, founder of PRAN-RFL group, was observed in Habiganj Industrial Park on Sunday. Doa mahfil and special feast was arranged the occasion of his death anniversary. The organization's flag and black flag were kept half-way and day long Tilawat-e-Quran was held by P. A system,marking his death anniversary. General Manager of Habiganj Industrial Park hasan Md Manjurul Haque chaired the IMF bailout on the cards for Pakistan's next govt: analysts ISLAMABAD : Pakistan's next government, to be chosen in a July 25 election, faces growing fears of a balance of payments crisis with speculation it will have to seek its second IMF bailout in five years, analysts say. The central bank is running down its foreign reserves and devaluing the currency in a bid to bridge a yawning trade deficit, and the winners of the July 25 election will have "limited time" to act, Fitch ratings agency said on July 2. Together, the economic challenges are "horrendous", said Dr Ashfaq Hassan, an analyst and former financial advisor to Pakistan government. "The most important (challenge) will be how to protect Pakistan's balance of payments, how to build Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves and how to fix its fiscal position," he told AFP. Plagued for years by Islamist militancy, Pakistan - a rapidly growing country of some 207 million doa mahfil. Among others departmental heads of PRAN-RFL group were also present at the occasion. Visionary entrepreneur, industrialist and founder of PRAN-RFL group Amjad Khan Chowdhury breathed his last in the USA on July 8, 2015. He was born in Natore on 10 November in 1939. He retired from Bangladesh Army in 1981 and started the journey of PRAN-RFL Group, through founding Rangpur Foundry Limited. people - has been battling to get its shaky economy back on track and end a years-long chronic energy crisis that has crippled industry. Confidence had grown slightly in recent years, with security improving and the IMF claiming in October last year that the country had emerged from crisis after completing its post-2013 bailout programme. The previous government of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif attempted to ease the power shortages, enact structural reforms and improve the creaky infrastructure which previously hampered growth. China has also made progress on an ambitious multibillion dollar infrastructure project - the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) -linking its western province of Xinjiang to the Arabian Sea via Pakistan. But growth has not been as fast as many hoped. The economy grew by 5.8 percent during 2017-18, its fastest since 2005 but still missing a government target by 0.2 percent. US adds 213,000 jobs in June, unemployment rate jumps to 4% WASHINGTON : Employment in the world's largest economy continued its brisk pace in June but the unemployment rate jumped as more people joined the job hunt, according to a government report Friday. The US added 213,000 new jobs for the month, well above analyst expectations, but the jobless rate rose 0.2 points to four percent, erasing the improvement in May and April. Yet another month of robust job creation showed that, despite complaints from companies nationwide about the worsening labor shortage, there remained untapped pockets of idled workers at last able to reenter the jobs market after nearly a decade of economic recovery. As unemployment rose, the closely watched labor force participation rate also edged higher to 62.9 percent, while the number of people counted as unemployed rose to 6.6 million people, up nearly a half million. The new committee of Bangladesh Photo-Journalist Association took part in a photo session at captial's Purana Paltan own office yesterday after taking responsibility. Photo : TBT Setting up of solar street lights progressing fast KHULNA : Setting up of solar LED and non LED light over 58.8 kilometres roads at Khulna City Corporation (KCC) is progressing fast. A total of 77 solar LED and 2, 729 non LED light and 1947 electricity polls are being set up in the city corporation area, said an official of KCC. He said already 700 electricity polls have been set up in the city in last month. The KCC authority has taken the project involving Taka 22 crore in cooperation with Asian Development Bank (ADB) last year. Executive Engineer of KCC (Electricity) Zahid Hossain Sheikh told BSS that KCC has taken the Solar LED project instead of sodium light as the latter is very expensive. The environment friendly light will save electricity bill, he said, adding the bulbs also help curb crimes including mugging, robbery, stealing and road accident in the city. Major Oxford Conference to see entrepreneurship in Bangladesh discussed The 8th International Conference on the Restructuring of the Global Economy (ROGE) will be taking place at the Said Business School, University of Oxford on the 9th - 10th 2018. This prestigious academic conference is being attended by academics, business practitioners and policy makers from thirty three countries and is set to explore such issues as diverse as Business Corporate Governance and the Economic Impact of Emerging Cyber Attacks. As well as academic paper presentations there will be a number of workshops including one on Meditation and Leadership. A particular highlight will be the session that takes Bangladesh as its focus. Prof. Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Daffodil International University (DIU), Bangladesh will be delivering a keynote address entitled: Accelerating Innovation to spur the growth of global Entrepreneurship with special reference to Bangladesh. Other key note speakers are: Prof. Fabrizio Pezzani, Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management, University of Bocconi, Italy; Dr. Jatin Pancholi-Middlesex University, London, UK; Prof. Alan Parkinson, Deputy Director (Education) and Principal Teaching Fellow, School of Management, University College London, UK; Anindya Dasgupta, FRM, Senior Project Manager, Nordea Investment Management in Copenhagen, Denmark; Dr. Srini Sampalli, Professor and 3M National Teaching Fellow, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada; Prof. David Graves, Dg Anti-Fraud Consultants, UK; Prof. Jo-Ann Rolle, Dean, Business School, Medgar Evers College, City University of New York, USA; Mark T. Jones, Centre for Innovative Leadership Navigation, London, UK; Prof. Dr Imbarine Bujang, Head of Postgraduate Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia, a press release said. Dr P. R. Datta, the Chair of this conference and Executive chair of the Academy of Business and Retail Management (ABRM), UK firmly believe that such international conference will help significantly to all researchers in pursuit of research, scholarship and practice and aid in supporting future career development. 8th International Conference on Restructuring of the Global Economy (ROGE) will be attended by over 120 participants and presentations from around the world, including University professors, academics and business professionals, student's observers, providing knowledge sharing and networking possibilities from which as an observer can augment their current knowledge and understanding with great benefits The ROGE Conference will been an important platform for the exchange of ideas. It is being co-hosted by the Academy of Business & Retail Management (www.abrmr.com) and the Journal of Business and Retail Management Research. The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Demanding election, Jalil-Kazal-Madhu Parishad organized a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity yesterday. Photo : TBT Aush paddy transplantation at final stage in Barind tract RAJSHAHI: Farmers are seen very much busy in their final stage Aush paddy transplantation everywhere in the region including its vast Barind tract, reports BSS. They are now transplanting the late varieties developed by Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) with the hope of getting good yield. Acreage of the paddy is gradually increasing here as diversified steps including promotion of drought tolerant but high yielding varieties and special incentives were adopted to boost its production in the region. Jaidur Rahman, a farmer of Karnahar village under Paba Upazila, said they are facing great trouble in transplanting paddy due to shortage of rainfall. The transplantation season is passing away rapidly. In the previous seasons, they got both better yield and price of the midterm paddy in the region. So, in spite of the rainfall scarcity problem, the enthusiastic farmers are seen very much busy in the transplantation through irrigation. Dr Shakhawat Hossain, Senior Scientific Officer of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute, here said BRRI released seven drought tolerant varieties and some of those have gained popularity among farmers during the last couple of years. He said there has been an enormous prospect of bringing harvesting intensity coupled with increasing food production through a successful promotion of the developed varieties. To maintain sound soil health, it could be advisable to grow rice using a different system in order to improve compatibility between monsoon rice and upland winter crops. The newly innovated paddy varieties have opened up a door of enormous prospects for food security along with mitigating the crises of irrigation water. Meanwhile, some 34,750 farmers got incentives of seed, fertilizer and irrigation support for the cultivation of Aus paddy in the current Kharif-1 season in four districts in Rajshahi region. Of the total, 31,000 farmers received incentives for cultivation of high yielding Aush on 31,000 bigha of lands while 3,750 farmers for Nerica paddy on 3,750 bigha of land. Each of the Aush paddy farmers got five kilograms seed, 20 kilograms urea, 10 kilograms DAP, 10 kilograms MoP fertilizers and cash of Taka 500 for irrigation purpose. On the other hand, each of 3,750 farmers got 10 kilograms seed, 20 kilograms urea, 10 kilograms DAP, 10 kilograms MoP fertilizers and Taka 500 for irrigation and Taka 500 for weeding to cultivate nerica paddy. Mustafizur Rahman, additional director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), said the agricultural incentives help boosting Aush paddy production. Agriculturist Rahman expected that around 4.37 lakh tonnes of Aush paddy will be produced on 1.75 lakh hectares of land this season. Aush transplantation is progressing fast everywhere in the region at present. Electrification boosts rural economy in Rangpur RANGPUR: Rural economy in the district is boosting as the small and medium scale entrepreneurs have set up 5,360 power-run cottage and small-scale industries and enterprises taking the advantage of rural electrification, reports BSS. "The power-run enterprises are thriving fast creating jobs to cut poverty and improve life standard of the rural people," said Superintending Engineer (Current Charge) at Rangpur Zonal Office of Rural Electrification Board (REB) Md Ramjan Ali. Two Palli Bidyut Samity (PBS) authorities have so far given around 5.80-lakh residential, industrial and other connections, including 5,360 connections to cottage and small and medium scale industries and enterprises here. "The PBS-1 and PBS-2 have brought three upazilas under total electricity coverage and are working to bring other five upazilas under full electricity coverage here by September next," Ali added. Talking to BSS, Anwarul Islam, 55, of village Chandanpat Matiyapara under Sadar upazila said he led poor life with his wife Sheuly Begum, 43, and son Shishir, 5, for years together. "But, my life started changing since I set up a welding workshop 'Shishir Traders' at nearby Chandanpat Bazar and started welding works using electricity two years ago," he said. Anwarul now earns Taka 20,000 to 25,000 a month after paying monthly electricity bills ranging between Taka 1,500 and 2,000. Youth Shudha Ranjan, 30, of village Matiyapara said he started running a small welding workshop at Chandanpat Bazar five years back using electricity there. "Now, I earn over Taka 20,000 a month to meet all demands of my family comprising of my mother Bano Bala and elder brother Nirmal Chandra," said a solvent Ranjan adding that he would marry soon.
METRO MoNDAY, JULY 9, 2018 3 Speakers at a seminar titled Khan 'Bahadur Ahsanaulla's philosophy: Institutional Thinking of Human Services' was held at the VIP Lounge of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo : TBT Seminar on Khan Bahadur Ahsanaullah's philosophy held A seminar titled Khan 'Bahadur Ahsanaulla's philosophy: Institutional Thinking of Human Services' was held at the VIP Lounge of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Sunday. The seminar was arranged by Dhaka Ahsania Mission's institute, Ahsania Institute of Sufism. The seminar was chaired by the Director of Ahsania Institute of Sufism and former District Sessions Judge Md. Ismail Miah while Social Welfare Ministry secretary Md Zillar Rahman was present as the chief guest. Among others, Dhaka Ahsania Mission Health Sector Chief Iqbal Masud, PDG of Lions Club International Sheikh Anisur Rahman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of University of Development Alternative (UODA) Professor Ahmadullah Mia, PhD, Executive Director of Dhaka Ahsania Mission Dr M. Ehsanur Rahman and General Secretary of Dhaka Ahsania Mission Dr Khalilur Rahman were also present on the occasion. While presenting key-note paper, Dhaka DHAKA : Awami League will accord a mass reception to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at 3 pm on July 21 at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan for the incumbent government's outstanding contribution and achievements to the country's development. The reception will be arranged for attaining the eligibility of Bangladesh to graduate to a developing nation, launching Bangabandhu Satellite-I, Sheikh Hasina's achievement of Global Women's Leadership Award from USbased NGO Global Summit of Women and her receiving D. Litt from Kazi Nazrul University of India. Party General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said this at a press conference after attending a view-exchange meeting at the AL central office at Bangabandhu Avenue here. He said a stage and decoration sub-committee has been formed under the leadership of State Minister for Textiles and Jute Miraza Azam and State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid. To make the programme a success, AL held the viewexchange meeting with presidents and general secretaries of associate bodies and Dhaka, Manikganj, Gazipur, Narayanganj and Munshiganj districts and city units of AL and AL lawmakers. AL Presidium Members Advocate Sahara Khatun, Dr Abdur Razzak, Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru, joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Organizing Secretaries Ahmed Hossain, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Ahsania Mission Health Sector head Iqbal Masud said that Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah ® wanted to build the path for people of the world with the development of a multifaceted society. He made many institutions during his tenure and institutionalized the development section. Among them, the Ahsania Mission is the greatest organization. The reforms made by the education department during the tenure of Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah ® were at the root of human services. He understood that without any equal participation of people from all classes, caste and religion, no country and nation can stand with its head up. That's why he always urged the Muslims community to come forward without any hesitation, he added. Social Welfare Ministry Secretary Md. Zillar Rahman in his speech said that, Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah, came forward to help others help with his own initiative at that time. AL to accord mass reception to PM July 21 Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Publicity and Publication Affairs Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, Office Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, Information and Research Affairs Secretary Advocate Afjal Hossain and Science and Technology Affairs Secretary Engineer Abdus Sabur were present on the occasion. Awami Sechchhasebak League President Advocate Mollah Md Abu Kawser, Jatiya Sramik League President Shukkur Mahmud, Jubo Mahila League President Najma Akter (Eds: Correction), Mahila Awami League General Secretary Mahmuda Begum Krik and Gazipur City Corporation mayor Jahangir Alam attended the meeting. New UAE envoy calls on FM DHAKA : Newly appointed Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Bangladesh Saed Mohammed Saed Hmaid Almheiri yesterday called on Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali at latter's office yesterday morning, reports BSS. The Foreign Minister welcomed Almheiri to Bangladesh and discussed bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest, a press release said here. During the meeting, they expressed their satisfaction over the enhanced engagement between Bangladesh and the UAE in the recent months and agreed to work for further expansion of the cooperation in the area of human resources, trade and investment, culture, aviation and other potential areas for the benefit of the people of the two countries. The Bangladesh foreign minister assured the new UAE envoy of his full support from the Foreign Ministry in performing his responsibility. Ranga for e-tendering for transparency of 'EBEK ' project DHAKA : State Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Mashiur Rahman Ranga yesterday called for maintaining e- tendering system to ensure transparency in 'Ektee Bari Ektee Khamar' (EBEK) project activities. Urging the authority concern to make the project public oriented, Ranga said, "E-tendering system and recruiting people for vacant posts are essential for maintaining continuous development of the project". He said this while presiding over a meeting on different projects under the Rural Development and Cooperatives Division at his office, said a press release. Secretary of the Division S M Golam Faruk was present at the meeting, among others. A discussion meeting over drug addiction was held at Nabakumar Institution on Sunday. Photo : TBT Unrest situation on campus won't be tolerated: DU VC DHAKA : Dhaka University (DU) Vice- Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman yesterday said that the university authorities will not tolerate any activity that creates unrest in the university campus. "General students want to attend classes and sit for exams regularly. But a vested quarter is trying to create untoward situation and hindering the students to attend classes and exams violating their basic rights," the VC said. Akhtaruzzaman told journalists at his office about university's overall situation centering quota reform movement. "Quota reformation is a noble purpose of the students. But a vested quarter is out to ruin the congenial atmosphere on the campus. The university authorities will not tolerate such activities," he said. About the incident of Tarique Rahman's leaked phone call to DU Professor Dr Mamun Ahmed on April to organise and support students to mount the quota movement, DU VC Akhtaruzzaman said that a vested quarter is trying to gain political interest from the quota reformation movement. Nasim orders action against three doctors of Max Hospital DHAKA : Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim on Sunday asked Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) to take stern actions against three doctors of Max Hospital over the tragic death of Rafia, daughter of a journalist, reports BSS. "Please take a tough action against the three doctors who were responsible for the tragic death of that minor girl Raifa," he gave the directive to the BMDC while presiding over a meeting at his ministry's conference room. The three accused doctors are Dr Debashish Sengupta, Dr Shuvra Deb and Child specialist Bidhan Roy Chowdhury. Nasim gave the directive following two separate investigation reports of Directorate General of Health Services (DGSH) and Chattogram Civil Surgeon respectively that made negligence of physicians of the hospital responsible for the death of the minor girl. He also asked the hospital to correct all irregularities regarding license within 15 days. The minister also urged the health directorate to set a signboard with hotline numbers so that general people can make complaints against the irregularities of all private and public hospitals and other health complexes. Earlier, on July 5, the two physicians Dr Debashish Sengupta and Dr Shuvra Deb of the hospital were sacked over the death of the girl. Raifa Khan, 3, daughter of Rubel Khan, staff reporter of Daily Samakal, died due to 'wrong treatment' at the private hospital in the port city in the early morning of June 29. Secretary to the Medical Education and Family Welfare GM Saleh Uddin, Director General of health services Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad, BMDC President Dr M Shahidullah, Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad (Swachip) President Professor Dr Iqbal Arslan, Pro Vice Chancellor (Admin) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Professor Dr M Sharfuddin Ahmed and Chattagram Civil Surgeon Dr Mohammad Azizur Rahman were present at the meeting. 29,555 pass in primary teachers' recruitment test DHAKA : As many as 29,555 candidates passed in the written examinations of assistant teachers recruitment-2014 for primary schools. The results of the examinations were published yesterday, an official release said. A total of 6,16,064 examinees took part in the examination that began on April 20, 2018. The written tests were held in four phases. Lawyers staged demo demanding trial of Masud Rana who was died in road accident in the capital city. Photo : TBT Anti-liberation forces hatching conspiracy over quota reform movement: Shajahan DHAKA : Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan on Sunday said antiliberation forces are hatching conspiracy in the name of quota reform movement, reports BSS. He said it was Jamaat's students' wing Islami Chatra Shibir that launched so called quota reform movement for the first time in 2004. "We will make lists of people who are hatching conspiracies against the country in spite of being in government job. The anti-liberation elements never wanted progress of the country. After the murder of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, they put their selected persons in government jobs," he said. The minister came up with the observations while addressing a workers' rally on Sonali Bank premises in capital's Motijheel. Shramik Karmachari Peshajibi Muktijoddha Samannaya Parishad organised the rally to realize their sixpoint demand. Shipping minister further said the quota system should exist for the sake of upholding the spirit of Liberation War. "The country is marching forward economically under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. We are heading towards the path of development as we are holding trials of war criminals, eliminating militancy and fighting against drugs. All the forces in support of our great War of Liberation will have to get united in our fight against the conspirators," Shahjahan Khan added. Later, a procession was brought out from the premises that ended at Jatiya Press Club after parading through different streets. JS speaker seeks safe, sustainable repatriation of Rohingyas DHAKA : Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury yesterday said Myanmar will have to ensure safe, peaceful and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas by following a specific framework. "Bangladesh wants speedy and peaceful repatriation of the Rohingyas through international and bilateral discussions…I urge the world community to take more steps to implement the repatriation process as soon as possible," she said when a delegation of right activists called on her at the JS office here, reports BSS. Internationally reputed human rights researcher Dr Maung Zarni led the eight-member delegation. The other members of the team included Michael Charney, Razia Sultana, Khin Mai Aung, Nurul Islam, Michimi Muranushi, Doreen Chan and Professor Frederick Jhon Packer, said an official press release. Shirin said Bangladesh is continuing discussions with the Myanmar on the Rohingya repatriation issue. She hoped that the Myanmar government will complete the repatriation process honouring the agreement signed by the two countries. Zarni said the Myanmar government is not giving sufficient cooperation to implement the agreement though they (Myanmar) signed international and bilateral agreements on the Rohingya repatriation issue. He hoped that the two neighbouring countries - China and India - would play a vital role over this, the release added. ICT Division gets new secretary DHAKA : The government has appointed Planning Commission member Begum Juena Aziz as the new secretary of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division, reports BSS. A Ministry of Public Administration gazette signed by deputy secretary Tomijul Islam Khan yesterday said now former ICT Division secretary Subir Kishore Choudhury will take her place at the Planning Commission. The gazette also said the order of their reshuffle will come into effect immediately. Novoair adds 6th ATR to start Barishal flight DHAKA : NOVOAIR, one of the country's private airlines, yesterday added its 6th 68-seater ATR 72-500 model aircraft to its fleet targeting to start flight operations to Barishal. The aircraft landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 2:15 PM on Sunday, a press release said. Novoair Managing Director Mofizur Rahman, Deputy Managing Director Feroz Alam and other high officials were present at the airport to receive the new aircraft. NOVOAIR has planned to start flight operation in Barisal and increase number of flights in other domestic and international routes with the new aircraft, the release said. Currently, NOVOAIR operates daily six flights from Dhaka to Chittagong, four flights to Cox's Bazar, three flights to Jessore, one flight to Sylhet, four flights to Saidpur, one flight to Rajshahi and one flight to Kolkata.