Dhaka, Sep 30 (UNB) – The major portion of carbon emission in Bangladesh is caused by the power generation, industries and transportation services where mainly fossil fuels- gasoline, kerosene and diesel- are being used.
If 10 percent carbon tax is imposed on the fuels, it can add at least Tk. 430 crores of revenue in country’s annual income as well as reduce 11 lakh tons of carbon emission annually.
Along with decreasing carbon emission, imposition of carbon tax can encourage renewable energy production and green economy in the country.
Policy Research Institute (PRI) organised a dialogue on ‘Towards a Carbon Tax for Bangladesh’ at their conference room in the city, on Sunday, where experts came up with the observations.
Vice-Chairman of PRI, Dr. Sadiq Ahmed and Director of the organisation, Dr. Bazlul Haque Khondker presented a study finding in the programme.
Dr. Sadiq, while presenting the study, said Bangladesh is experiencing rapid growth in GDP but it may put serious adverse environmental consequences if the fuel using practice is not changed from fossil fuel to renewable one.
He said Bangladesh having 2.7 percent of the world’s population share, is responsible for only 0.2 percent of global carbon emission.
However, in 2016, it produced at least 22 crore tons of carbon where power generation, industry and transport, altogether, contributed 76 percent, Dr. Sadiq said.
At least 44 percent of the total amount of carbon emission in the country is coming from power generation sector while 14 percent from transportation and rest of the emission is coming from industrialisation and urbanisation, he added.
The PRI researcher claimed carbon emission could be reduced in two consecutive steps- eliminating subsidy from fuel oil and imposing carbon tax on them which would help to decrease carbon emission and increase revenue as well.
He also said the imposition of additional tax on the fuel can cause employment falls and increase in the price of goods and services and may affect the highest and lowest 10 percent of economic clusters.
In the discussion, the other experts said Bangladesh is way behind the rest of the world in clean energy and clean technology manufacturing. Elimination of fossil fuel subsidy and introduction of carbon tax will help encourage clean energy production.
They also stressed to develop the rail and water way transportation system which would help to decrease the carbon emission from road transportation.
Bogura, Sept 30 (UNB) – Police on Sunday arrested the headmaster of a high school over the distribution of beef biriyani among students belonging Hindu religion in Sadar upazila.
The arrestee was identified as Abdul Hannan, head teacher of Pirgachha AF Girls’ High School.
Some 800 packets of beef biriyani were distributed among the students, including 42 Hindu ones, and guardians on the occasion of a mothers’ rally and reception on the school premises on Saturday, creating resentment among the Hindu community.
On Sunday, the guardians of the Hindu students took position in front of the school protesting the incident, said SM Badiuzzaman, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.
On information, a team of police went to the spot and arrested the headmaster and brought the situation under control, he said.
Cumilla, Sept 30 (UNB) - A court here on Sunday deferred till October 3 the hearing on a bail petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a murder case filed over the deaths of eight people in an arson attack in Cumilla in 2015.
Acting judge of Senior Judicial Magistrate Court-5, Mohammad Jalal Uddin, fixed the date, said Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Advocate Kaimul Haque Rinku.
Earlier on September 20, acting judge Golam Mahbub Khan, Senior Judicial Magistrate court-5 fixed September 30 for the hearing on a bail petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a murder case following a time petition filed by the prosecution.
Eight people were killed and at least 20 others injured in a petrol bomb attack on a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram of Cumilla district during the BNP-led alliance’s movement on February 3, 2015.
Two cases were filed against Khaleda Zia in this connection.
Dhaka, Sep 30 (UNB) – A three-day long ‘Non-fiction Book Fair’ began on Sunday at the premises of Business Studies Faculty of Dhaka University (DU).
DU Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor M Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the fair by releasing colorful balloons around 10.30am.
Addressing the ceremony DU VC said, "This type of book fair always promotes knowledge among the youth. The old books which are preserved in world famous libraries and museums, maximum of them are non-fictions. Modern cultures developed through the study of those books. So, it is necessary to read these books alongside the text books.”
DU VC also said, “We will open a desk to consult with the banks and industries so that we can provide them the human resources from among our graduates once they let us know their requirements.”
The fair was jointly organized by Daily Bonik Barta and faculty of Business Studies for the fourth time.
A total of 21 stalls of publishers and research organizations are participating in the fair.
Dean of DU Business Faculty Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam, Editor of Bonik Barta Dewan Hanif Mahmud, and Managing Director & CEO of Agrani bank Mohammad Shams-Ul Islam were present among others.
The fair remains open for all from 10 am to 8 pm every day till October 2.
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB) - The International Day of Older Persons will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe on Monday.
The theme of this year’s day is “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions”.
On December 14, 1990, the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons as recorded in Resolution 45/106.
The day was observed for the first time on October 1, 1991.
The day is observed by raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly such as senescence and elder abuse. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.
According to the UN, almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60. By 2050, 2 billion people, over 20 percent of the world’s population, will be 60 or older.
The increase in the number of older people will be the greatest and the most rapid in the developing world, with Asia as the region with the largest number of older persons, and Africa facing the largest proportionate growth, it says.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion.
Describing older persons as the storehouse of knowledge, skills and experience, the President in his message urge Bangladesh Association for the Aged and Institute of Geriatric Medicine (BAAIGM) and other non-governmental organisations to play a constructive role in ensuring healthy life and welfare of older persons.
The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged all to work unitedly to ensure welfare of older persons.