Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) – Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) has initiated a move to set up a chemical warehouse at Tongi, aiming to ensure the relocation of chemical warehouses from Old Dhaka within the shortest possible time.
This project apparently sidelines the Munshiganj chemical estate project, which was approved by the government to implement in between July 2018 and June 2022, spending Tk 1615.73 crore, said a top official at the BSEC.
He said, “Despite the process of setting up a chemical estate in Munshiganj, the Tongi chemical warehouse project has been undertaken recently following the devastating fire in chemical gowdowns in Old Dhaka.”
Seventy-one people were killed and around 41 others injured in the devastating fire that raged through several buildings at Nandakumar Duta Road and Churihaata Shahi Mosque Road of Chawkbazar on February 20 last.
He mentioned that the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) also approved the project with an allocation of Tk 91.74 crore on June 28 this year to implement it between July 2019 and December 2020.
Officials at the Ministry of Industries, however, said the BSEC wants to implement the Tongi warehouse project under direct procurement method (DPM) to avoid a tender process as it believes that any tender process may delay the project.
“We’ve received the BSEC proposal and put forward it to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for approval,” said a senior official at the Industries Ministry.
The BSEC is a subordinate body of the Industries Ministry, and it needs the ministry’s initial consent prior to seeking CCEA approval.
The CCEA is the highest body authorised to give the final approval of the government, said the official.
While arguing for the DPM method to award contract for the Tongi warehouse project, the BSEC said the chemical estate at Sirajdikhan in Munshiganj under Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) has been taken to relocate the existing chemical business from the old part of Dhaka city.
“But the implementation of such a chemical estate, where both chemical industries and warehouses to be located, will require a long time as it involves a land acquisition process,” said the BSEC in its proposal sent to the CCEA.
It also said the Tongi warehouse project will be implemented on six acres of land owned by BSEC in Tongi industrial area.
The BSEC said the main objective of the Tongi chemical warehouse project is to remove the chemical warehouses from Old Dhaka at the fastest possible time.
“Once the Tongi warehouse project is implemented, it’ll be possible to store different kinds of chemicals -- liquid, solid, flammable, inflammable, explosive and liquefied gas -- there,” the BSEC mentions in its proposal.
Rangpur, Sept 17 (UNB) – Candidates of Rangpur-3 by-poll received symbols from the election office on Tuesday.
GM Shahatab Uddin, returning officer and regional election officer of Rangpur, allocated the symbols to six candidates at his office in the morning.
Electronic Voting Machines will be used at 175 polling centres, he said.
The by-poll is scheduled for October 5.
The seat fell vacant following the death of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad who won all the elections he had taken part from this seat since in 1991.
Leading contestants of this by-election are former Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad’s son Shad Ershad, BNP alliance backed Rita Rahman, and Gonoforum’s Kazi Md Shohidullah. The other candidates are Shofiqul Alam of National People’s Party, Towhidur Rahman of Khelafat Majlish and independent candidate Hossain Mokbul Shariar Asif, the nephew of Ershad.
Nine candidates submitted nominations. Of them, Awami League’s Advocate Rezaul Karim Razu withdrew his nomination as per the party decision while two other nominations were cancelled after scrutiny.
The returning officer urged candidates to strictly follow the electoral code of conduct.
A total of 4,42,072 voters – 2,21,310 male and 2,20,762 female – are expected to exercise their franchise.
Chattogram, Sept 17 (UNB) – A mobile court on Tuesday fined two bakeries Tk 19 lakh for food adulteration in Madarbari area of the city.
The bakeries are – Progoti Bakery and Tamanna Bakery.
A Rab-7 mobile court fined Progoti Bakery Tk 13 lakh and sentenced its manager to three days in jail for selling adulterated food.
Tamanna Bakery was fined Tk 6 lakh for a similar offence.
A huge quantity of unhygienic and expired food was destroyed during the drive.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday assured of extending all possible support for the development of archery in Bangladesh.
She gave the assurance when Bangladeshi ace archer Mohammad Ruman Shana met the Prime Minister at her official residence Ganobhaban.
She congratulated him for his outstanding success in the Asia Cup World Ranking Archery.
Ruman Shana won gold in men’s recurve singles in the Asia Cup World Ranking Archery Tournament Stage 3 in Clerk City, Philippines.
The Prime Minister greeted Ruman Shana by entertaining him with sweetmeats.
At the time, State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russel said it is possible for Bangladesh to achieve good results in the next Olympic Games if the Prime Minister continues to patronise and encourage archers in this way.
Youth and Sports Secretary Md Akhtar Hossain, Bangladesh Archery Federation President Lt Gen (retd) Moinul Islam and General Secretary Kazi Razib Uddin Ahmed Chapal were present on the occasion.
Shahjalal University, Sep 17 (UNB) – Two cases have been filed against five people, including the Vice-Chancellor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), for deducting Tk 271 from the salary of teachers for health insurance.
The university’s treasurer, registrar, account manager and Pragati Life Insurance’s managing director were accused in the cases filed on September 12 by Prof Dr Md Abdul Hai of Mathematics department and Assistant Prof Dr Md Rafikul Islam of petroleum and mining engineering.
Ershadul Haque, the lawyer of the plaintiffs, said his clients moved the court challenging the university’s health insurance and deduction of insurance money from their salaries despite their unwillingness.
The health insurance agreement was signed between the university and Pragati Life Insurance in February.
A number of the university’s teachers did not sign up but Tk 271 from their salaries was deducted nonetheless, he added.
Vice-Chancellor Farid Uddin defended the decision, saying many other universities also have agreements with Pragati Life Insurance. New agreement can be signed with other insurance companies or the existing contract can be extended after two years, he pointed out.