Dhaka, Jan 20 (UNB) – From now on, the restaurants and hotels in the capital will be marked with coloured stickers of four categories to specify their food quality, environment, decoration and standards in order to ensure safe food for people.
Under the system, the restaurants will be divided under four categories- A+, A, B and C.
A green colour sticker will demonstrate that the standard of the restaurant is ‘A+’ while orange colour one will indicate that its food is not safe yet. If restaurants with orange stickers fail to improve the standards within a month, their licences will be revoked.
Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder inaugurated the grading system of restaurants and hotels at a city hotel on Sunday.
Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) took the initiative to introduce the grading system.
If any restaurant gets 90 marks based on different criteria, it will get a green colour sticker with ‘A+’ while 80 scorer will get blue colour sticker with grade ‘A’ and 55-79 scorer will get yellow sticker with ‘B’ while 45-55 scorer will get orange sticker with grade ‘C’.
The minister also urged all to come forward to ensure safe food for all and create awareness among people.
BFSA Chairman Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque said the grading system is an international one. “Owners of different restaurants had sought permanent solution from us to avoid fine by the mobile courts and following their demand, we introduced the system on April 2, 2018 by using a sticker for Kasturi Hotel on experimental basis,” he said.
Noakhali, Jan 20 (UNB) – The prime accused in a case filed over the ‘gang-rape’ of a woman at Nabogram village in Kabirhat upazila reportedly confessed before a court here on Sunday to his involvement in the incident.
Judge of the Noakhali-4 Cognisance Court Uzma Shukrana recorded the confessional statement of Zakir Hossain, said office-in-charge of Kabirhat Police Station Mohammad Hasan.
Meanwhile, police arrested three more people, including victim’s stepbrother-in-law Abdur Rob Hossain Manna, 28, over the incident. The two other arrestees are Md Selim, 30, and Harun-or-Rashid, 22.
Quoting Zakir, the OC said Manna was the mastermind of the gang-rape. He led the offenders in the incident.
Zakir said Manna, Selim and Harun raped the woman and he stood in guard during the incident.
Meanwhile, locals formed a human chain at Nabogram Bazar in the afternoon demanding exemplary punishment of the offenders.
Zakir along with his three accomplices broke into the victim’s house in the early hours of Saturday taking advantage of her husband's absence. They held the victim and her three children hostage and raped her in turns.
They also looted Tk 60,000 and some gold ornaments from her house, the victim said.
Soon after the incident, the victim, 36, filed a case with Kabirhat Police Station. Later, police arrested Zakir, 40, son of Enamul Haque of the village.
Locals said the victim has been living at her residence along with her two daughters and a son as her husband is now in jail in a political case.
Dhaka, Jan 20 (UNB) – Reacting to UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ observations that Bangladesh’s December-30 parliamentary elections were not perfect, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday asked whether any flawless election is actually held in any country of the world.
“Can you show me any country where a flawless election is held? Some flaws remain there,” he said while replying to queries from reporters at the Setu Bhaban in the city’s Banani area after a meeting with Bridges Division officials.
About the UN chief’s call for meaningful dialogues in Bangladesh, Quader claimed that the UN did not call for talks.
He, however, said dialogue can be held in a democratic country. “The issue will be considered later, if necessary.”
Speaking at a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday, the UN chief said, “It is obvious that the elections were not perfect, and we encourage the different areas of the Bangladeshi political sphere to engage in meaningful forms of dialogue in order for the political life in Bangladesh to be as positive as possible.”
About BNP’s allegations of various irregularities in the national election, Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, posed a counter question, saying, “How did Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir (BNP secretary general) come out successful in the election if it was not neutral?”
He also suggested that BNP should handle its own home and bring changes to the leadership. “Party men are now calling Mirza Fakhrul an agent. There might come more. Ask him to handle the party and the own house. He is not safe in his own house.”
About Fakhrul’s recent anti-government remarks, sometimes involving him, the ruling party leader said it is natural that he would deliver more anti-government speeches to get rid of the ‘agent blame’.
He also described Fakhrul’s absence in the recent meeting of Jatiya Oikyafront on the excuse of illness as ‘political sickness’.
The minister also said there was an overall 63 percent progress on the work on the Padma Bridge project and one more span will be installed at the Zanjira point at the end of the current month.
The work on the 3.4-km long four-lane Karnaphuli Tunnel will begin in February at a cost of 9,880.40 crore and will be completed by 2022, he said.
Besides, a proposal to construct another tunnel under the Jamuna River is now lying with the Planning Commission, he added.
Dhaka, Jan 20 (UNB) - Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) Director General Rear Admiral AMMM Aurangzeb Chowdhury has been appointed as the new Chief of Naval Staff.
The Defence Ministry issued a gazette notification in this regard on Sunday.
According to the notification, the appointment will come into effect in the afternoon of January 26 when Rear Admiral AMMM Aurangzeb Chowdhury will be promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral.
He has been appointed as the Navy chief for one and half years until July 25, 2020.
Aurangzeb Chowdhury will replace incumbent Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed who is scheduled to go on retirement on January 26.
Dhaka, Jan 20 (UNB) – Alongside its ongoing process to procure six new ships from China, the Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) will procure 26 more ships.
The information was disclosed at the 300th meeting of BSC Board of Directors held at the Shipping Ministry.
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, who is also the BSC chairman, presided over the meeting, said a PID handout.
Among the six China ships, three bulk carriers, having 39,000 metric tons of capacity, have already been added to the BSC fleet and the remaining three oil tankers will arrive in February next.
The BSC now has a plan to procure 26 more ships and it has already got the government nod to procure six of these ships.
Of the six approved ships, two will be mother tankers, two product oil tankers and two bulk carriers.
Each mother tanker will have 1-1.25 lakh metric tons of capacity, while each product oil tanker and bulk carrier will have 80,000 metric tons of capacity, the handout added.