Cox’s Bazar, Mar 14 (UNB) – Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard early Thursday seized around 400,000 pieces of Yaba pills from the coast of St. Martin's Island in Teknaf.
Teknaf Coast Guard Station in-charge lieutenant commander Rayhan Tarik said they challenged a trawler that came from Myanmar’s side in the early hours noticing its suspicious movements.
After being challenged the trawler along with the smugglers fled after throwing a sack on the sea.
Later, after recovering and opening the sack they found 4,55,000 Yaba pills, he said.
Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) – Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Berc) has assured that it will consider proposals to hike the gas tariff judiciously as the four-day public hearing on those ended here on Thursday.
“Gas entities might have proposed raising gas tariff by more than 100 percent in some cases. But I can assure you that the commission will consider the matter judiciously without any biasness,” said Berc Chairman Monwar Islam while making his concluding remarks at the hearing.
He also reminded that the commission never agrees with the proposals placed by the gas companies and delivers its order applying its own judicious consciousness.
“For example, the companies proposed a 95 percent hike, but the Berc ordered an 11 percent hike,” Monwar told the audience who were mainly from different consumer rights groups, political parties, business bodies, civil societies and journalists.
He also urged people not to get panicked with the gas tariff hike proposals and instead keep their trust in the neutrality of the energy watchdog.
The Berc chairman directed the gas entities not to bring any unrealistic or exaggerated price hike proposal in the future, saying it creates panic among people.
He also called upon the participants to convey their additional arguments to the Berc by March 20 if they have any.
On the concluding day, the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company and Pashchimanchal Gas Distribution Company placed their respective proposals which were identical with other gas distribution entities like Titas, Bakhraba and Jalalabad.
As per the proposals, the consumer having a single burner oven will have to pay Tk 1,350 per month instead of exiting Tk 750 while the two-burner users will pay Tk 1,440 per month instead of Tk 800 and the metred household consumer has to pay Tk 16.41 per cubic metre (each unit) instead of Tk 9.10 per cubic metre for gas consumption.
Power plants will pay Tk 9.74 per unit of gas instead of the existing rate of Tk 3.16 with a rise of 208 percent while fertiliser factories will pay Tk 8.44 per unit instead of Tk 2.71 per unit with the rise of 211 percent.
They proposed increasing the gas tariffs by 96 percent to Tk 18.88 per unit from Tk 9.62 for captive power while it proposed hiking 132 percent gas tariff for industries to Tk 18.04 per unit against the existing rate of Tk 7.76 per unit.
They proposed raising the tariff by 50 percent for CNG to Tk 48 per unit from Tk 32 while 41 percent for commercial use of gas to Tk 24.05 from Tk 17.04 per unit.
Meanwhile, Islami Andolon Bangladesh staged demonstrations in front of the TCB Auditorium while the public hearing was taking process during the hearing in the morning session.
Terming the public hearing ‘illegal and farcical’, the party leaders urged the government to backtrack from the hearing process.
“Or else, there’ll be a greater movement against the government to force it to back out of the move,” said one of the leaders of the organization.
During the demonstration, huge police were deployed in the area to avert any untoward incident.
As per the Berc Act, the energy regulator will announce its decision within 90 days of the hearing.
Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) - Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokon on Thursday said a total of 6,600 LED lights will be set up along the 190 kilometers of roads in the newly added wards of DSCC from April 1.
Within two months all the wards would be illuminated with the lights, he said while attending a programme to welcome the newly elected Ward Councilors at Konapara as chief guest.
“Around 75 percent reformation works of the roads in the newly added wards have been completed. The whole work will be completed by June,” he said.
Besides, a master plan has been taken with the wards of DSCC and a 400 feet road will be constructed from Jatrabari to Dakshinkhan, the mayor said.
Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB)- Newly elected Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md Atiqul Islam on Thursday proposed a new tagline for the capital styled “Love Dhaka” for creating mass awareness to make the country’s largest city a resilient one.
The DNCC Mayor gave the proposal while addressing an international workshop at a city hotel in the city titled ‘Towards Resilient Dhaka City’ jointly organized by DNCC, SEEDS Asia and the World Bank.
“We don’t need to take example from other cities, let us make Dhaka an example to others,” he added.
He also emphasized the importance of conducting more community awareness programme as well as providing training to city dwellers on disaster preparedness so that all inhabitants of the capital can contribute to make the capital a resilient city.
The workshop was organized to share the experiences and learning from two important projects – “Urban Resilience Project (URP)-DNCC Part” supported by World Bank and “Capacity building for Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction in Urban Area of Bangladesh” implemented by DNCC and SEEDS Asia supported by JICA as well as to discuss the way forward to make Dhaka a resilient city.
During the workshop, the mayor also unveiled a newly published booklet, “Nagar Pratyasha,” that is a compilation of extensive research based DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) knowledge by experts and community members in North Dhaka city.
DNCC Chief Executive Office Abdul Hai, Chief Engineer Brig Gen Md Jubayer Salehin, JICA country programme coordinator Naoki Matsumura, Senior Representative Yasuhiro Kawazoe, Executive Director of SEEDS Asia Yuko Nakagawa spoke community preparedness at the workshop.
Project director of URP-DNCC Dr Tariq bin Yousuf, SEEDS Asia media consultant Suvendrini Kakuchi and project coordinator Miharu Sato gave separate presentations in the workshop.
Moulvibazar, Mar 14 (UNB) – Mentioning that a ‘warlike’ atmosphere is created in the country during any election, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Thursday hoped that the situation will change one day and there will be polls environment like that in the developed countries.
“…there’re must be people to guard polling centres. This type of atmosphere is created in the country. But, there’s no such environment in the developed countries. The atmosphere prevailing in the rich country will develop here one day,” he said.
The CEC was addressing a views-exchange meeting with election officials and law enforcement agencies at the Deputy Commissioner’s office in the afternoon ahead of the 2nd phase upazila parishad elections.
He said law enforcers must ensure the security of voters and candidates. “It’ll have to be ensured so that voters can return home safely after casting their votes and so that no candidate is driven out of polling centre.”
Responding to a query about low turnout in the first phase upazila parishad polls held on March 10, Nurul Huda attributed it to the election boycott by the main opposition party.
Replying to another question, he said, “We arrange elections. And it’s the internal matter of a political party whether it’ll join polls or not.”
Superintendent of Police of the district Md Shahjalal, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Ashrafur Rahman, all Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNOs), representatives of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Ansar were present at the meeting.