Dhaka, Nov 6 (UNB) - Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) laid emphasis on signing free trade agreement (FTA) with Malaysia to boost bilateral trade and investment.
The High Commissioner of Malaysia in Bangladesh Nur Ashikin Binti Mohd Taib on Tuesday made a courtesy call Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) President Abul Kasem Khan, according to a press release.
She said that Bangladesh has a promising future in terms of trade, commerce and economic development. Regarding infrastructure development, Bangladesh has done well in the recent past, she said.
She said the existing trade balance between Bangladesh and Malaysia is in favour of Malaysia. Recently in the World Bank ease of doing business report Malaysia jumped to 15th position from 20, she informed.
Stability in the last decade helped Bangladesh keep its GDP growth ahead, she added. She also said ASEAN market is one of the largest potential markets in the world and Bangladesh can take its advantages by investing in this region.
DCCI President Abul Kasem Khan said Bangladesh is the gateway to South and Southeast Asian region. He said that DCCI always advocates for Bangladesh's inclusion in the ASEAN as a member country.
He said that with the help of Malaysia's expertise and knowledge sharing, DCCI would like to work as a halal certification agency especially in this field. As Bangladesh is a market of 160 million people and most of them are Muslims so halal certification could be a promising sector to be explored.
He invited Malaysian investors to invest in Bangladesh in infrastructure, power & energy, tourism, leather sector.
DCCI Vice President Riyadh Hossain, Directors Waqar Ahmad Choudhury, Hossain A Sikder, Andaleeb Hasan, Engr. Md. Al Amin, S M Zillur Rahman and Humayun Rashid were present during the meeting.
Dhaka, Nov 6 (UNB) – Three members of a Rohingya family, including a woman, sustained bullet injuries in an attack by robbers at Nayapara Rohingya camp in Teknaf upazila on Monday night.
The injured were identified as Azizul Haque, 50, his wife Tayeba Begum, 40, and their son Hossain Johar, 16, who were residing at the camp.
Quoting locals, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station Prodip Kumar Das said a gang of robbers, led by Nurul Alam and Md Sadek, also Rohingyas, swooped on Azizul’s house around 9:30pm.
At one stage, the bandits fired gunshots on the family members as they were shouting for help.
Later, locals rescued the trio and took them to a health facility at the camp. They were later shifted to Cox’s Bazar General Hospital.
Dhaka, Nov 6 (UNB) – The International Crimes Tribunal has finalised the probe report against seven suspected war crime criminals of Pirojpur.
They were charged for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971, said Abdul Hannan Khan, chief coordinator of ICT while talking at a press conference held at its office on Tuesday.
Senior coordinator Sanaul Haq and investigation officer Badrul Alam were present at the press conference.
Of the criminals, five were arrested while two remained absconding. Among the five arrestees, one died during investigation.
The accused were-- Abdul Mannan Hawlader, 74, Azhar Ali Hawlader alias Aju Munsi, 88, Ashraf ALi Hawlader, 67 and Moharaj Hawlader alias Hat Kata Moharaj, 68, of Hetalia in Bhandaria upazila of the district.
Fazlul Haque Hawlader, 75 died after arrest.
Bijoy Krishna Bala filed a case against the five war crimes suspects with Senior Judicial Magistrate Court of Pirojpur on October 6 in 2015. Later, the case was sent to International Crimes Tribunal.
Four allegations have been brought against the war crimes accused including killing of 24 people, one rape, and injuring four others by firing bullets, two of whom later died during the Liberation War.
Police started investigation against them on April 12, 2016. A total of 42 people have been made witnesses of the case while records of 33 witnesses were completed.
Dhaka, Nov 6 (UNB) – Mentioning that the 1/11 government had offered her not to join the election in exchange for an ‘honour’, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said she rejected the proposal stating that those who would get people’s mandate would form the government.
She came up with the remarks while delivering her introductory speech at a dialogue between the Awami League-led 14-party alliance and Left Democratic Alliance (LDA), a platform of left-leaning political parties, over the national election.
A 16-member LDA delegation, led by its convener Saiful Huq, General Secretary of Biplobi Worker’s Party, joined the talks that started at 7:15pm at the Prime Minister’s official residence Ganobhaban.
The Prime Minister said the then Khaleda Zia-led government had filed 12 cases against her while the army-backed caretaker government 5-6 more.
She said Awami League leaders and activists were tortured after the 2001 election the way people had been tortured by the Pakistani occupation forces during the Liberation War.
Sheikh Hasina said the country’s development will continue if there is a democratic trend.
She said the government has accomplished two difficult tasks -- reviving the Liberation War spirit and holding the trial of war criminals -– with the support of the country’s people. “Bangladesh has achieved the GDP rate of 7.8 percent and the status of a developing country,” she said.
The other LDA delegation members include Mujahidul Islam Selim, president of Communist Party of Bangladesh; Mushrefa Mishu, president of Ganatantrik Biplobi Party; Zonayed Saki, convener of Ganosamhati Andolon; Mosharraf Hossain Nannu, general secretary of United Communist League of Bangladesh; Hamidul Haque, convener of Bangladesher Samajtantrik Anodolon; Khalekuzzaman, general secretary of Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal; and Shuvrangshu Chakrabarty, central member of Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (Marxist).
Dhaka, Nov 6 (UNB) – The four-day Iranian Film Show ended at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the city on Tuesday.
Iran Cultural Centre, Dhaka and BSA jointly organised the film show on the BSA premises.
Film titled ‘So far, so close’ was screened on the inaugural day on November 3 while two more films were screened from 11 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 5 pm every day.
‘Maritme Silkroad’ and ‘Trac Hundred Forty Three’ were screened at 11am and 3pm respectively on Sunday (November 4).
Audience enjoyed the ‘Zero to Podium’ and ‘Once upon a time love and betrayal’ on November 5 while ‘Today’ and ‘Rana’s Silence’ were screened on the final day of the festival on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, five-day Iranian film show is going to be arranged in three cities of the country from November 9.
The exhibition will be organised at Shilpakala Academy auditoriums in Chattogram, Rajshahi and Khulna.
The exhibition will continue until November 13.