Dhaka, 16 July (UNB)- Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) President Sheikh F Fahim said exports of Bangladeshi goods to India will be increased.
He said this while inaugurating the two-day long Eastern India Trade Summit-2019 in Kolkata of India on Monday organized by Confederation of West Bengal Trade Associations (CWBTA).
Government officials and business leaders from Thailand, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and India participated at the summit.
FBCCI President in his presentation said that bilateral trade between Bangladesh and India was USD 9.5 billion in 2017-18.
As CWBTA’s member pool of Trade Associations of West Bengal is a strong network of more than 1 million traders, the network has a potential value chain for buy back from Bangladesh as well as exports to SAARC, BBIN, BIMSTEC and additional market, FBCCI President hoped.
Sheikh F Fahim further said “Our competitive strengths in leather goods, pharmaceuticals, ship building, frozen sea food, ceramics, jute products, ICT, home appliance, fisheries and others are leading the way for business diversification.”
“India has been financing many of our development projects in power, railways, road & transport, textiles, banking and telecommunications as a strategic partner and major source of FDI.”
Fahim ended his speech with a significant update on the index this year and a more substantial one in 2020 and urged Indian investors to invest in the SEZ’s and other potentials sectors taking the lucrative offers provided by Bangladesh Government.
Dhaka, July 16 (UNB) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday filed a case against suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police Mizanur Rahman and ACC director Khandaker Enamul Basir over Tk 40 lakh bribery scandal.
Sheikh Mohammad Fanafillah, ACC director and also the leader of the investigation team, filed the case with Dhaka-1 coordinated district office under the Anti-Corruption Commission, said ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.
Earlier, the ACC gave its approval to file case against former DIG Mizan and its director Enamul Basir over the bribe scam.
A private TV channel reported recently that Mizan gave Tk 40 lakh to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director Khandaker Enamul Basir to get clean chit in a corruption case.
DIG Mizan was an additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). He was withdrawn on January 9 last year following the allegation of threatening a female news presenter of a private television channel.
He had also reportedly married a woman forcibly and tortured her. Mizan allegedly picked the 25-year-old woman up in July, 2017 and then forcibly married her.
He had also implicated her in a false case whereby she was arrested and remained in jail for three weeks.
Dhaka, July 16 (UNB) – The names of seven personalities who will receive 'Shilpakala Padak 2018' for their contributions to their respective fields were announced Tuesday.
They are - Gouro Gopal Haldar (vocal), Sunil Chandra Das (instrumental), M Hamid (dramatics), Mina Barua (folklore), Alokesh Ghosh (fine arts), Shukla Sarkar (dance) and Jayanta Chattopadhyay (recitation).
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) Director Liaquat Ali Lucky announced their names at a press conference.
President Abdul Hamid will hand over the award at a function on July 18 at BSA’s National Drama Theatre Auditorium. Additional Secretary of Cultural Affairs Ministry Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal will chair the event, while the State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid will be present as special guest. BSA director Liaquat Ali Lucky will deliver welcoming speech at the event.
Each awardee will get a gold medal, a cheque for Tk 1 lakh and a certificate.
BSA has been awarding this prestigious prize to seven prominent literary personalities every year since 2013. A 16-member committee selects the recipients.
Rangpur July 16 (UNB) – Jatiya Party Chairman and ex-president Hussain Muhammad Ershad was finally laid to eternal rest on Tuesday at Polli Nibash in his hometown Rangpur where he was the most admirable political figure for over three decades.
The former military strongman who ruled the country for nine years was buried at the grave dug by his party followers at the Litchi Orchard of his Polli Nibash around 5:53 pm as Jatiya Party was forced to revise its decision of burying him at Military Graveyard in the capital due to rigid stance of party followers in Rangpur.
Huge army personnel took position around the prepared grave before the burial to maintain discipline as thousands of people gathered there to bid farewell to their beloved leader.
Military men carried ex-army chief Ershad’s coffin, draped in an Army flag, to near the grave around 5:35pm. Later, a life sketch of the Jatiya Party Chairman was read out before observing a one-minute silence showing tributes to him.
Army personnel supervised the burial process in presence of Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq, Jatiya Party acting chairman and Ershad’s brother GM Quader his relatives and party senior leaders.
After his fourth and final final namaz-e-janaza in Rangpur, Jatiya Party issued a statement that Ershad would be buried in Rangpur.
Showing respect for the love of people of Rangpur for her husband and Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad, the party statement said Raushon Ershad gave permission to bury him at Polli Nibash.
She also made a request to keep aside a place beside Ershad’s grave so that she can be buried there after her demise, it said.
“It’s not possible to ignore the love and affection of the mass people of Rangpur for former president HM Ershad. So, the decision to bury him in Rangpur was taken considering the love and sentiment of the people of Rangpur,” the statement reads.
Earlier, the fourth and final namaz-e-janaza of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad was held at Central Collectorate Eidgah here around 2:28pm with the participation of thousands of people.
Huge law enforcers were deployed in and around the Eidgah to fend off any untoward incident as local leaders announced to thwart party senior leader’s plan to bury Ershad at Military Graveyard in the capital instead of Rangpur.
On Sunday, Jatiya Party secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga announced that their chairperson will be buried at the military graveyard in the capital.
Protesting the decision, Jatiya party’s Rangpur and Rajshahi units held a joint meeting at the party’s Rangpur city unit office on Monday decided to bury Ershad in Rangpur at any cost. They later prepared a grave at Polli Nibash.
Earlier in the morning, the body of Ershad, who passed away in the capital on Sunday morning, was brought here for the janaza.
A helicopter of Bangladesh Air Force carrying the coffin of the Jatiya Party chief landed at Rangpur Cantonment around 11:30am.
Jatiya Party acting chairman GM Guader, secretary General Moshiur Rahman Ranga, former secretary general Ruhul Amin Hawlader and Ershad’s son Rahgir Al Mahi Shad Ershad, among others, accompanied the body.
Ershad, the leader of the opposition in parliament and five-time MP, breathed his last at 7:45am on Sunday while undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka.
His first janaza was held at the Army Central Mosque in Dhaka on Sunday while two other janazas were held in the capital on Monday.
Ershad’s qulkhwani will be held on Wednesday at Gulshan’s Azad mosque in Dhaka.
The deposed military dictator had been shuttling between his home and hospital for the last few months as his health condition deteriorated.
He was admitted to the CMH on June 26 as he had been suffering from various old-age complications, including low haemoglobin, kidney and liver problem, high bilirubin and serious keen pain.
Dhaka, July 16 (UNB) - Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi on Tuesday said the price of onion will come down by the end of July.
“Price of a number of essential commodities including onion, ginger and garlic are high due to the damage of crops during the monsoon. Besides, the import of onion, ginger and garlic was suspended from India and China,” he said after a meeting with deputy commissioners (DCs) at the Secretariat.
“Onion prices will stabilise in 15 days,” he said.
Replying to a question, the Minister said a directive was given to the DCs to take necessary steps to prevent businesses from making extra profits or destabilise the market by creating artificial crisis.
The DCs have been asked to keep vigil to prevent food adulteration, he said.
The prices of onion doubled in Dhaka’s markets within a week. Although traders claimed it was due to short supply and inclement weather, people accused unscrupulous traders of creating an artificial crisis ahead of Eid-ul-Azha for extra profits.
The local variety of onion was being sold at Tk 50-60 while the imported ones cost Tk 40-45 per kg in the capital. A week ago, the local variety of onion cost Tk 30-35 and the imported ones Tk 20-25, traders said.