Dhaka, Sept 10 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said the government has planned to import 9000 MW of electricity from neighbouring countries by 2041 to maintain the country’s high economic growth.
"We’ve a plan to import 9000 MW electricity from neighbouring countries by 2041," she said.
The Prime Minister was addressing a ceremony marking the inauguration of 500 MW Additional Power Supply from India to Bangladesh through Behrampore-Bheramara inter-connection jointly with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee through videoconferencing.
Sheikh Hasina joined the ceremony from Ganobhaban while Narendra Modi from New Delhi and Mamata Banerjee from Kolkata.
At that time, Hasina and Modi along with Tripura CM Biplob Kumar Dey also launched groundbreaking of Agartala-Akhaura rail-link as well as groundbreaking for rehabilitation of Kulaura-Shahbazpur section of Bangladesh Railway through videoconferencing.
Hasina said Bangladesh needs more energy to keep up its high economic growth and the government is planning to import electricity from neighbours under the regional cooperation framework.
Expressing the hope that neighbouring India will remain by Bangladesh in its endeavour, she said Narendra Modi would take necessary steps regarding Mamata’s offer to supply additional 1,000 MW of electricity to Bangladesh.
She said the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India have now turned into a role model for the rest of the world as mutual trust, respect and good will between the two countries have made it mature over the years.
The Prime Minister extended her thanks to her Indian counterpart for supporting Bangladesh in its development pursuit.
In recent years, she said, the two nations witnessed a remarkable progress on cooperation in a host of areas, including trade and commerce, power and energy, connectivity, infrastructure development and people-to-people contact.
Hasina said both sides have also ventured into new areas such as blue economy and maritime cooperation, nuclear energy, cyber security, space research and so on.
Terming the power sector a ‘crucial element’ of bilateral cooperation, she said currently, Bangladesh is importing 660 MW of electricity from India while steps have also been taken to import 3,000 MW more from it.
Referring to her government’s success in increasing the power generation capacity, the Prime Minister said the capacity has now stood at more than 20,000 MW from 3,200 MW over the past nine and a half years.
She said the government is building additional 55 power plants having the generation capacities of 13,690 MW.
About cooperation in the railway sector, Hasina said Bangladesh and India are experiencing enhanced cooperation and working to reopen the pre-1965 rail links for cargo transport between the two countries.
She hoped that both sides will soon jointly inaugurate the groundbreaking for the construction of the 3rd and 4th dual gauge rail tracks between Dhaka and Tongi, and doubling the dual gauge tracks between Tongi and Joydevpur funded by India under its Line of Credit.
The Prime Minister expressed optimism that both the countries will have many more similar happy occasions in the days to come to jointly celebrate success stories of the collective endeavours.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, and the chief ministers of West Bengal and Tripura also spoke on the occasion.
Railways Minister M Mazibul Hoque, Prime Minister’s Advisers HT Imam, Dr Gowher Rizvi and Dr Towfique-e-Elahi Chowdhury, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla were present at Ganobhaban.
Earlier, a documentary was screened highlighting the Bangladesh-India cooperation on various sectors.
Benghazi, Sep 10 (AP/UNB) — Security forces of Libya's U.N.-backed government on Monday stormed the headquarters of the country's national oil company in the capital Tripoli shortly after gunmen had gone into the building, shooting randomly, setting off explosions and taking hostages, officials said.
The Health Ministry said two people were killed and 10 others were injured in the attack, according to initial information. Health official Malek Merset had earlier said that there were dozens of injuries caused by the gunfire, smoke inhalation or explosions.
At least one explosion rocked the building soon after the gunmen went in, starting a fire that swiftly spread through the lower floors, according to the officials.
Mustafa Sanallah, head of the Libyan National Oil Company, told a Libyan television channel that explosions and an exchange of gunfire between the attackers and the building's security guards have caused an unspecified number of deaths and injuries.
"The building was heavily damaged due to the fire. Smoke is everywhere," Sanallah said. "The gunmen attacked the lower floors with random shooting and explosions. It's a very violent attack."
There was no word on the fate of the gunmen, described by Libyan officials as "terrorists," or whether they were still holding hostages. It was not immediately clear either whether the security forces were in control of the building.
Earlier, the Interior Minister of the U.N.-backed government, Brig. Gen. Abdul-Salam Ashour, said the attack was carried out by six gunmen and that employees were inside the building when it took place.
The U.N. mission in Libya condemned the attack, describing it as "cowardly" and called on Libya to cease their "futile side conflicts" and unite to rid their nation of terrorism.
Monday's attack followed recent fighting in Tripoli between rival armed groups, which left at least 61 people dead. A cease-fire has been in place since last week.
Libya slid into chaos after the 2011 uprising that overthrew dictator Moammar Gadhafi and led to his death. It is now governed by rival authorities in Tripoli and the country's east.
Dhaka, Sept 10 (UNB) - The inaugural military field training exercise for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technological and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) nations named MILEX-18 started with a grand opening ceremony at Aundh Military Station, India on Monday.
Contingents of the member nations came together for the opening ceremony of the MILEX-18 that will continue till September 18, according to Press Information Bureau (PIB), India.
The parade was commanded by Captain Gaurav Sharma, who is part of the participating Indian contingent.
The contingents marched together smartly at the Drill Ground of Aundh Military Station. Major General Sanjeev Sharma, General Officer Commanding, Golden Katar Division, chief guest for the opening ceremony, reviewed the parade, in presence of number of officers and officials of participating nations.
During the parade there was also a fly past of army aviation helicopters who carried the national flags of the member nations.
The General Officer Commanding interacted with the contingents after the completion of the parade.
The members of all participating nations also interacted and familiarised with each other after the opening ceremony.
The aim of the forthcoming exercise is to practice the Bimstec Nations in planning and conduct of counter terrorist operations.
The exercise schedule is focused upon learning of best practices, team building and special tactical level operations in a counter-terrorist environment in semi urban setting. The inaugural edition of the Bimstec MILEX-18 was carried out in all military grandeur, razor edge precision and with complete sanctity that a military parade should display.
Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal are among the countries dependent on the Bay of Bengal.
Dhaka, Sept 10 (UNB) - The government has formed a 10-member committee with DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon as it convener as part of its plan to operate bus service under a company and bus route rationalisation.
The plan is aimed at bringing discipline in Dhaka’s public transport sector and reducing traffic jam.
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperative Ministry issued a gazette in this regard on Monday.
The other members of the committee are panel mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), Chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation, Chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), Police Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, transport expert Dr SM Saleh Uddin, General Secretary of Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association, President of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation and Executive Director of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority.
Dhaka, Sept 10 (UNB) - Human haulers (Laguna) continued to rule the road in spite of a DMP (Dhaka Metropolitan Police) announcement prohibiting the plying of Lagunas in main city thoroughfares.
Visiting different areas in the city, UNB correspondent found that human haulers are still operating in the city roads.
UNB photographer took some photos on Monday of the scene of plying Leguna in front of the Police Head Quarters situated in Phoenix Road at Fulbaria.
Photo: UNB/Bayazid Akter
DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia declared last week that Lagunas will not be allowed on the streets of the capital.
“Lagunas are not supposed to be in the city. These vehicles will ply outside the city, on the feeder roads, where they have been given route permits,” he said at a press conference, held to announce DMP's month-long special traffic management campaign.
“Serious traffic problems are created on the city streets due to the plying of such vehicles which are also the main causes of road accidents,” the DMP commissioner said then.