Rajshahi, Sept 7 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Thursday night arrested a man along with huge counterfeit Indian currency notes which were illegally produced at his house in Beldapara area in the city.
The elite force members also seized several currency-making machines and other equipment, said Aman Ullah, officer-in-charge of Bualia Police Station.
A special team of Rab-2 from Dhaka conducted the drive and arrested the house owner Daroduzzaman Biswas alias Zaman, 57, son of Rahidul Islam, hailing from Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj district.
Later on Friday morning, a local court sent him to jail, said the OC.
Zaman, well known as the mastermind for fake Indian currency producer and trader, was accused in three cases.
The accused was enlisted as the ‘most wanted’ by the security forces for trading counterfeit Indian currencies through India-Bangladesh border.
Dhaka, Sept 7 (UNB) - State-owned North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL) on Friday signed a joint development agreement (JDA) with Siemens of Germany to set up a 3600 MW LNG-based power plant in Payra.
The plant will be located adjacent to the existing 1320 MW coal-fired power plant.
Dipak Kumar Dhali of NWPGCL and Richard Reisig of Siemens signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides at a function at The Westin hotel in the city.
As per the deal, the first phase of 1200 MW plant will be installed by 2021 while the second one of 2400 MW will be set up by 2024.
Power Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, NWPGCL’s GEO AM Khurshid Alam and Siemens Gas to Power President Richard Reisig spoke at the function.
Dhaka, Sept 7 (UNB) – The inaugural ceremony of young artiste Mahmuda Tuli’s solo photography exhibition titled ‘State Of Mind’ was held on Friday.
The exhibition was jointly hosted by Kala Kendra, an art gallery run by artists and Artitude, at its gallery in the city’s Mohammadpur area.
Eminent photographer Nasir Ali Mamun inaugurated the exhibition which was curated by Wakilur Rahman.
Mahmuda Tuli is a freelance photographer, who graduated from Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in 2017.
This photographic body of work entitled ‘State of Mind’ has begun in the middle of 2014 as a self-portrait series.
Mahmuda Tuli said, “Self-discovery is an intriguing journey, one that I constantly struggle to get a grip on. With this series, I had tried to capture different shades of myself, using colour, object and movement to explore the malleable nature of the human mind.”
The series will help to define her mood swings and the evident energy within oneself and the surroundings, she added.
Three solo photography exhibitions were held in different times alongside showcasing photographs in the home and abroad. Tuli also published a photo-book titled ‘FOOD, By the Grace of Allah’ from renowned publishing house Oitijjhya.
The solo photography exhibition will remain open from 07 September to 03 October 2018 every day from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the gallery at 1/11, Iqbal Road (3rd Floor), Mohammadpur.
Dhaka, Sept 7 (UNB) - Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury has said the government has initiated a move to import solar power from India taking the advantage of time zoning.
“Some areas in India have the advantage of solar power generation with their different time zoning with which Bangladesh local timing has a big difference,” he said while moderating a seminar on “New Technologies: Innovations in Power and Energy” at the International Convention City Bashundhara in the city on Friday.
The seminar was also addressed by CTO of Tata Power Dr Arul Shanmugasundram, MD and CEO of Mytrah Energy Vikram Shah, CEO of Hero Future Energies Sunil Jain, MD of Rahimafrooz Munawar Moin and Sreda Chairman Helal Uddin.
Mentioning that there is a huge time difference between the places of India which produce solar power with Bangladesh, the PM’s energy adviser said, “When they have peak noon, we have afternoon. We can easily take the advantage of that time zoning in solar power generation.”
He also said Bangladesh is going to import that solar power from India taking this advantage.
Tawfi-e-Elahi urged the researchers and university students to come up with their new innovations to develop technology to make the power and energy sector more efficient.
Munawar Moin said Bangladesh must move for generating cent percent power from renewable energy by 2050 as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recognised Maracas Declaration which set this target globally.
He said the government should make development plan focusing on rural areas instead of urban-focused one to improve people’s livelihood.
Dhaka, Sept 7 (UNB) – Bangladesh and India have agreed to continue their joint efforts to bring down border killing to zero level.
The decision was taken during the border talks between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and India’s Border Security Force (BSF), which formally ended in New Delhi on Friday, through signing a Joint Record of Discussion (JRD).
Both the sides also pledged to carry on their joint efforts to prevent crimes especially smuggling drugs, narcotics, gold, and weapons alongside human trafficking at the border, according to a message received here on Friday evening.
The director general-level border talks between the BGB and BSF formally began at BSF Camp Chhawala in New Delhi on Monday.
BGB Director General Major General Md Shafeenul Islam led the 14-member Bangladesh delegation while his counterpart BSF DG KK Sharma headed a 20-member Indian delegation.
Although BGB DG Major General Md Shafeenul Islam thanked BSF for its initiatives to prevent causalities of Bangladeshi people in the frontier, he also expressed his concern as incidents of deaths and injuries are yet to bring down at zero level.
BSF DG KK Sharma informed that the BSF is using non-lethal weapons to avoid casualties in the border even after being attacked by dangerous border criminals.
The BSF has followed the principle of utmost tolerance and minimum enforcement policies, he added.
It is possible to bring down the casualties at zero level by taking action against border criminals under the existing law of the country as well as preventing them to cross the border illegally, the BSF DG further said.
The BSF DG appreciated the cooperation of BGB and other Bangladeshi agencies to search Indian separatist groups and also requested to continue further cooperation in this regard.
Noting that no such group exists in Bangladesh, BGB Director General Major General Md Shafeenul Islam clearly said that Bangladesh never gave an opportunity to any criminal/terrorist group to use its land against any other country.
During the meeting, both the sides agreed to take action against the deliberate border violators and to hand over the border crossing people to the border guards of their respective countries.
It also agreed to continue the preventive efforts against human trafficking alongside to take initiative to rescue trafficked victims quickly as well as for their rehabilitation according to laws in their respective countries.
Both the sides also agreed to organize the 48th biannual BGB-BSF DG-level conference In Dhaka in March or April next year.