Dhaka, May 5 (UNB) –The Anti- Corruption Commission ( ACC) on Sunday filed a case against former managing director of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited Engineer Mohammad Nawshad Jamil Islam for amassing around TK 1.82 crore.
Deputy Director of ACC SMM Akhter Hamid Bhuiyan filed the case with the city's Ramna Model Police Station.
Spokesperson of ACC Pranab Kumar Bhattarcharya told UNB that ACC sued Mohammad Nawshad (currently General Manager, Chairman's Office, Petro Bangla) for acquiring wealth worth TK 1.03 crore beyond known source of income and concealing information of wealth worth TK 79.41 lakh.
Satkhira, May 5 (UNB) – Claiming that there was much less damages caused by cyclone Fani, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman on Sunday said BNP is spreading lies over it.
He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after visiting several upazilas of Satkhira and Koyra of Khulna that were hit by the cyclone.
Fani, which once turned into a very severe cyclonic storm, entered Bangladesh on Saturday morning as a cyclonic storm and gradually weakened into land deep depression, depression and well-marked low before crossing the country.
At least 16 people were killed in mostly lightning strikes, and tree and house collapses on Friday and Saturday while many villages inundated and dykes got damaged in the southeastern part of the country.
The state minister said they started preparations on April 24 to face Fani after hearing about it. “All the volunteers of the Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) in the coastal district were directed to be ready from April 26,” he said.
Enamur said he visited Koyra upazila in Khulna and several upazilas of Satkhira where he did not find any major damage caused by the cyclone.
He, however, said people had to suffer as there were no adequate cyclone centres.
The state minister promised to construct 40 more cyclone centres and durable embankments in Shyamnagar after locals demanded building 100 more centres.
He also said around 400 houses, damaged by the cyclone, will be reconstructed.
Enamur visited an affected dam at Gabura in Shyamnagar upazila and distributed relief among the affected people on the Dhulihar union parishad premises in Sadar upazila in the afternoon.
As the locals demanded construction of embankments instead of giving them relief, Deputy Minister for Water Resources AKM Enamul Hoque Shamim said directives have been given to repair the damaged dams as soon as possible.
Local MP Mir Mostaque Ahmed Robi, Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam, Deputy Commissioner of the district Mostafa Kamal and Superintendent of Police Sajjadur Rahman accompanied the state minister and the deputy minister.
Dhaka, May 5 (UNB) - A case has been filed against BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and four other top leaders of the party for assaulting Bangladesh Jononetri Parishad President AB Siddique in Bangsal area of the capital on April 30.
AB Siddique filed the case with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Sufian Mohammad Noman on Sunday.
The other accused are -- BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, standing committee members Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy.
He alleged that the attackers assaulted him and threatened to withdraw all the cases filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The attackers also tore down his panjabi and Mujib coat.
After hearing, the court ordered Bangshal police station officer-in-charge (OC) to investigate the case and submit a report by June 23.
Dhaka, May 5 (UNB) - Australia and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have strengthened their partnership to improve working conditions, advance women's economic potential and boost the competitiveness of Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry.
The partnership has been strengthened by the re-commitment of funds for Better Work Bangladesh as part of Australia’s ongoing partnership with ILO to empower women and boost garment industry in Bangladesh, said a joint media release on Sunday.
Better Work Bangladesh (BWB) is a joint programme of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Australia’s ongoing support for the Better Work Bangladesh programme drives important changes to workplace safety in the garment industry, according to the media release.
“Alignment of the Bangladesh government, unions and employer organisations with the ILO supported Remediation Coordination Cell, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety and the Alliance-backed Nirapon Initiative will strengthen the garment industry," said Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Julia Niblett.
ILO Country Director for Bangladesh Tuomo Poutiainen said they are proud to be working with the Australian government who share their vision of uniting multiple stakeholders, promoting decent work for all and helping the garment industry in Bangladesh thrive.
“Better Work has made measurable impacts on the lives of millions of workers and their families. Now the challenge is to broaden our impact further. It is only by pooling our efforts and our expertise that we can create lasting, transformative change in the industry,” he said.
IFC Country Manager for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal Wendy Werner said IFC is committed to their partnership with ILO to promote career progression for female sewing operators through GEAR, Better Work’s new training programme.
“With the support of the Australian government, we will continue to bridge the gender gap in leadership positions and create opportunities for women in the readymade garment sector – the backbone of Bangladesh’s economy,” she said.
The Australian government has been supporting BWB since 2016 and today the programme reaches 485,708 workers in 210 factories who work with 22 international brands, according to Australian High Commission in Dhaka.
During her visit to Bangladesh, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls Dr Sharman Stone said, “Our commitment to fund this programme until June 2020 demonstrates Australia’s support for industrial safety, labour law governance and women’s economic empowerment in Bangladesh.”
Dhaka, May 5 (UNB) – The relevant parliamentary body on Sunday recommended the government to quickly construct the third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry came up with the suggestion at its third meeting held with its chairman RAM Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury in the chair.
The parliamentary watchdog also sought a report from the government on cargo-handling at the airport and starting the flight operation of Biman Bangladesh Airlines on the Dhaka-Manchester, England route.
The construction work on the new terminal is expected to be completed by 2022 at a cost of Tk 13,610.47 crore with financial assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has a plan to start the construction work on the third terminal this year as it floated tender last year in this regard.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) in October, 2017 approved ‘Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka Expansion Project’ to expand the international airport located at Kurmitola in the capital.
Of the project cost, JICA will provide Tk 11,214.78 crore as project assistance.
Apart from the new terminal building, a new cargo village, VVIP complex, and rapid exit, connecting taxiways and an oil depot will be built under the project.
The parliamentary committee at the meeting also discussed the flight operation of Biman on new routes, said a Parliament Secretariat handout.
The committee recommended the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry to take necessary preparations to celebrate the Mujib Year (2020-2021).
Committee members Md Aslamul Haque, Kazi Firoz Rashid, Tanveer Imam, Anwar Hossain Khan and Syeda Rubina Akter attended the meeting.