Dhaka, Apr 30 (UNB) - The historic May Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe on Wednesday with a pledge to establish the rights of workers.
May Day, also known as the International Workers' Solidarity Day, commemorates the historic uprising of working people in Chicago, USA at the height of a prolonged fight for an eight-hour workday.
The day is a public holiday.
On May 1, 1886, 10 workers were killed when police opened fire on a demonstration in the US city of Chicago near Hay Market demanding an eight-hour working day instead of a 12-hour shift. On the height of agitation, the authorities had to accept the workers' demand and the eight-hour day has been introduced universally.
On July 14, 1889, an international workers' rally in Paris declared May 1 as the International Workers’ Solidarity Day in recognition of the Chicago workers' sacrifice and achievement and since 1890, the day has been observed globally as the International Workers’ Solidarity Day.
The government, different trade unions and workers’ organisations will organise elaborate programmes, including discussions, rallies and processions, to observe the day and press for improving the working conditions with better wages and security for the workers.
Newspapers will publish supplements while radio and television channels air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages greeting the working-class people of the country and wishing their overall welfare.
In his message, the President urged all the working-class people to work unitedly to materialise the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
In her massage, the Prime Minister hoped that both workers and owners will dedicate them to boosting the production maintaining a good relation among them.
Dhaka, Apr 30 (UNB) – Summit Group’s LNG terminal started operation on Monday night, said its officials on Tuesday.
The Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) which is known as LNG terminal arrived in the country on April 21 and it was moored at 6 kms off the island of Maheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar.
“Summit LNG Terminal Co Ltd (SLNG) has successfully completed the commissioning of its Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) on April 29, Monday and it is supplying 500 mmcfd of regasified liquefied natural gas to the national grid,” said a press release of the Summit Group.
“This significant milestone was achieved approximately one month ahead of the schedule saving resources for the government and will be source of supply to many of the homes and industries waiting for much needed gas supply,” it added.
Summit has brought the FSRU under a 15-year contract with USA’s Excerelate Energy and it has carried LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) from Qatar, said the officials.
About the arrival of the FSRU, Summit Group Chairman Muhammed Aziz Khan said that investors in Bangladesh need to believe that energy, gas and power will be available to their industries.
“Our Summit LNG’s 500 mmcfd will help strengthen that trust. Price is a matter of demand and supply in a free-market economy,” he said.
However, Bangladesh Energy and Regulatory Commission (BERC) has to set fair price as only a fair price can ensure uninterrupted gas and power supply, Aziz Khan added.
“We are grateful for the opportunity given to us by the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MPEMR), Petrobangla and Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Co Ltd (RPGCL),” he said.
This will be the second FSRU operation in the country after the inception of LNG import. The first FSRU was set up by US-based Excerelate Energy which came into operation in August last and now it is re-gasifying about 350 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd).
State-owned Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL), a subsidiary of the Petrobangla, has been importing the LNG from Qatar and re-gasifying it through the FSRU of Excerelate Energy at a specific charge.
Similarly, Summit’s LNG terminal will re-gasify the RPGCL-imported LNG at a specific charge and supply it to the national gas grid, said the Petrobangla officials.
The Summit’s FSRU will be operated by Summit LNG Terminal Co Ltd (SLNG), a subsidiary of Summit Power International (SPI) and a company of Summit – Mitsubishi consortium.
Mitsubishi, the Japanese trading giant, acquired 25 percent of SLNG in August 2018 and is represented in the Board of Directors of the company.
Summit Group said the floating LNG terminal facility comprising of storage and re-gasification unit is part of SPI’s USD 1 billion investment programme by 2020 to deliver power and gas to Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Apr 30 (UNB) – A case has been filed against actress Shomi Kaiser for reportedly tarnishing the image of journalists branding them ‘thieves’ during a programme at the Jatiya Press Club on April 24.
Editor of online news portal studentjournalbd.com Mia Md Nuzhatul Hasan filed the case on Tuesday.
Judge of the Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court Asaduzzaman Nur took cognisance of the complaint and ordered the officer-in-charge of Ramna Police Station to submit a report on June 16 after investigation.
As per the case statement, Shomi termed journalists ‘thieves’ and her security guards also used abusive words against them during a programme at Jahur Hossian Chowdhury auditorium of the press club on April 24 after she claimed that her two cell phones went missing.
They also kept all the journalists captive for around 30 minutes for searching them after locking the main entrance of the auditorium.
The plaintiff said the video footage of the event went viral on social media which humiliated and defamed the journalist community.
Later, it was proved from the video footage taken by journalists that the phones were taken away by a worker of the cake-supplying company.
Dhaka, Apr 30 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves here for London on Wednesday on an official visit to the United Kingdom (UK).
"A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage will depart Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for the British capital of London tomorrow morning," PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said.
The flight is scheduled to reach Heathrow International Airport in London at 3:55 pm (local time).
Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Sayeeda Muna Tasneem will receive the prime minister at the airport.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, PM's Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, among others, will accompany the prime minister during her visit to the UK.
Dhaka, Apr 30 (UNB) - Outgoing Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh Abdullah Bin HM Al-Mutairi paid his farewell call on President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Tuesday.
Deputy Press Secretary to the President Abul Kalam Azad briefed reporters after the meeting.
The President congratulated the Saudi ambassador for successfully completing his tenure in Bangladesh.
Terming the Bangladesh-Saudi Arabia relations very excellent and historic, he said the relationship will strengthen in the future.
Mentioning Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia and that of a Saudi high-level delegation to Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid said the potential of trade and investment between the two countries has been increased through the visits.
He conveyed his compliments to Saudi King and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.
The Saudi envoy thanked the President for extending cooperation to him during his tenure in Bangladesh.
Expressing satisfaction over the existing bilateral relations between the two countries, he said expatriate Bangladeshis are contributing to the development of the Saudi Arabia.
Secretaries concerned to the President were present during the meeting.