Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB) – State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru on Thursday emphasised accelerated export earnings for the fisheries sector by increasing production of non-traditional fish resources and gearing up research activities for restoration of almost-extinct local variety of fish.
The State Minister laid the emphasis while inaugurating a two-day workshop titled ‘Formulation of Annual Research Plan 2019-20’ organized by Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute –BFRI in the capital.
The State Minister, as quoted in a PID handout, informed that “We are now 1st in hilsha production, 3rd in fish production in open water bodies, 5th in fish farming, and also obtained 4th position in ‘Telapia’ fish production in the world.”
He opined that a new dimension has ushered in regarding bio-diversity conservation of ‘Kuchia’ and crab due to invention of technology for production of crab and ‘Kuchia’ fries.
“BFRI has already successfully invented breeding techniques of coastal region’s ‘Parshe’ and ‘Nona Tangra’ and currently conducting research for breeding and cultivation of Chaka shrimp, Horina shrimp, ‘Kaine-Magur’ ‘Vetki’, ‘Datina’ and ‘Chitra’ fish. Production of these fishes would increase if production of fish fry and farming technique are invented” said fisheries experts.
Some 3.57 percent of the country’s GDP earned from fisheries sector as more than 11 percent people of Bangladesh are dependent on fisheries sector. During eighties the total production of fish was 8.0 lakh metric tons and out of this, about 80 percent fish are of rivers, haors, baors and beels, they added.
“Due to continued efforts of the government the fish production at present stands at 42.77 lakh MT. Of them, 56 percent comes from fish farming, 28 percent from rivers, haors, baors and inland open water bodies while 16 percent comes from sea. By conducting research the BFRI has already preserved gene pool of 21 fishes out of already-extinct 64 fishes.
BFRI Director General Dr Yahiya Mahmud presided over the opening session of the workshop held at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council – BARC auditorium in the capital.
Among others, Fisheries and Livestock Resources Secretary Roisul Alam Mondol and BARC Executive Chairman Dr M Kabir Ekramul Haque spoke on the occasion.
Chattogram, Sept 19 (UNB) – Police here have arrested a couple for reportedly strangulating their 13-month-old nephew to death over family feud at Suipura village of Satkania upazila.
The detainees -- Nurul Absar, 35, and his wife Marufa Akhter, 20, are uncle and aunt of victim Shamim, son of expatriate Md Mamum of the village.
Officer-in-charge of Satkania Police Station Md Shafiul Kabir said victim’s mother Rina Akhter went outside to collect grass on Wednesday afternoon keeping her child with his grandmother.
Taking the chance, the couple took away the baby, strangled him and buried the body beside their tube-well.
Later, police recovered the body around 11pm and arrested the couple.
Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB)- Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday said it was thanks to the careful leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that women are “:advancing in all sectors”.
“Women of the country are progressing in every sector. This is what Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman wanted...because of PM Sheikh Hasina’s precise thinking, women are no more lagging behind,” he said.
He made the remarks at a discussion on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s contribution in women empowerment arranged by Media for Development and Peace (MDP) at Jatiya Press Club.
Asaduzzaman Khan highlighted that in each sector where a female administrative officer has been deployed, they have thrived.
“Bangladesh became a food surplus country for the first time under the current government’s rule and that too because of a woman... then Agricultural Minister Matia Chowdhury made it possible,” he continued.
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury highlighted further positive effects of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s leadership.
“Women empowerment in Bangladesh has reached new heights for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said.
Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique, former Dhaka University Vice-chancellor, said with the increase in female education, women will go further.
Former Supreme Court judge AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik said women are the prime factor behind the country’s thriving RMG sector.
Farida Yasmin, General Secretary of the Jatiya Press Club, herself a bit of a pioneer as the first woman to occupy her current post; Nazma Binte Alamgir, General Manager (public relations) of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) and television journalist Shahnaz Munni also spoke at the programme.
Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB) - Visiting delegation of UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Thursday met Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and highly praised Bangladesh government's measures taken for the development of women and children.
The members of Bangladesh Association of Parliamentarian on Population and development (BAPPD) were also present in the meeting held at the Speaker’s office the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
During the meeting, different issues, including parliamentary activities, enactment process of laws on child marriage, maternal and child mortality, and population development came up for the discussion, said a Parliament secretariat handout.
The Speaker said the maternal and child mortality rates as well as child marriage have remarkably declined due to the measures taken by the government.
She said the BAPPD leaders have been playing an important role in preventing child marriage, declining maternal mortality, and development of youths.
Dr Chaudhary said the success Bangladesh has attained in the health sector is now commended across the world.
Describing the Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad as a unique parliament, the Speaker said the leader of the house and also Prime Minister the leader of opposition and the deputy leader of the house are women.
She said there are now 73 women MPs in the 11th parliament. Of them 50 females are elected from the reserve seats and the rest 23 women MPs were elected with direct votes, she said.
The women are becoming interested to participate in politics, she added.
The visiting APPG delegation on Population, Development and Reproductive Health appreciated the role of parliamentarians in resisting child marriage in Bangladesh.
The delegation considered MPs’ participation in tackling child marriage as exemplary one.
They appreciated Jatiya Sangsad’s role in the areas of youth development, drug control, social safety net activities under the Bangladesh Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development.
Baroness Hodgson and Nicolas Dickens of the APPG and Whip Mahbub Ara Gini were, among others, present.
Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB) - The ‘Ka’ unit (Science Faculty) admission test of first year honours courses at Dhaka University (DU) for 2019-20 academic session will be held on Friday.
The one-and-half-hour test will be held from 10am to 11.30am at 86 centres inside and outside the university campus.
A total of 88,955 students will fight for 1,795 seats, a DU press release said on Thursday.
No electronic device, including calculator, mobile phone and electronic watch, will be allowed into the exam halls, the release added.
Detailed information for admission seekers can be found on this website admission.eis.du.ac bd.