Dhaka, Apr 25 (UNB) – Parliament on Thursday turned down a proposal placed for raising the age limit to enter the government jobs to 35 years from the existing 30.
Independent lawmaker Md Rezaul Karim Bablu (Bogura-7) placed the private member bill to raise the maximum age to join the government service, but the House rejected it by majority votes as Bablu refused to withdraw his bill.
In the bill, Bablu said the age limit to enter the government services is 35 years to 55 years in 155 countries out of 192 in the world. Even it is 59 years in several countries, he added.
He said some 2.8 million educated youths still remain unemployed, who are burden for their families.
The MP said students had waged a movement demanding the age limit to be raised to 35 years, but there were efforts to label them as collaborators, Shibir men and militants.
Having no job, many youths got involved in drug, mugging and other social offences. “So, my demand is to raise the age limit to 35 years considering their future and their families,” he said.
Responding to the bill, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said the entry and retirement age limits are now at logical level considering all the aspects.
If the maximum age for job entry is raised, it will invite problems regarding pension and other retirement benefits, he claimed.
Farhad said the age limit to enter government jobs was raised to 27 years from 25 after the independence of the country and subsequently it was enhanced to 30 years considering the context.
The state minister said students now can complete their post-graduation at the age of 23 since there is no session jam in the country’s educational institutions. So, the students can get six-seven years in their hand to prepare to have a job.
Dhaka, Apr 25 (UNB) – ‘Modern and profitable agriculture is only possible through mechanisation’ is the theme of the three-day agro-machinery fair that kicked off at the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) on Thursday.
Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque inaugurated the fair. It was organised for the second time as a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Agriculture and Department of Agricultural Extension’s ‘farm mechanisation’ project.
A procession was taken out from the south plaza of Parliament and ended at the KIB premises. A seminar was then held at the KIB auditorium. Razzaque joined the seminar as the chief guest, while Agriculture Secretary Md Nasiruzzaman was the special guest. DAE (second stage) project Director Sheikh Md Nizam Uddin inaugurated the seminar.
The keynote speech was delivered by Professor Dr Md Monjurul Alam of the farm power and machinery department of Bangladesh Agricultural University. A discussion was conducted on the journal by former Planning Commission member and BAU Professor Emeritus Dr MA Sattar Mondol.
Representing the inventors, farmer Anower Hossain explained some of his effective farm-mechanisation tools that he invented and talked about problems, prospects and future projects.
At the fair, the minister said that the government has always considered agriculture as the fundamental and most important sector. “We always took initiatives for the development of agriculture and farmers,” he said.
Razzaque said the government has already achieved many of its agro-related targets announced in its manifesto.
“We have to ensure mechanisation in our agriculture to maximise the results just like the developed countries that practiced and implemented farm-mechanisation,” he said.
Secretary Nasiruzzaman asked the local inventors and companies to invent new and unique machineries instead of depending on import. He said the government will provide incentive to the agricultural sector in the next budget.
The fair will remain open for everyone till from 9am to 9pm until April 27.
Dhaka, Apr 25 (UNB) – Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque on Thursday assured parliament that the prices of daily essentials will remain stable during the upcoming Ramadan.
“The government has taken various steps to keep the prices of essentials under control. The prices of essentials won’t be overheated during the Ramadan,” he said.
On behalf of the Commerce Minister, Dr Razzaque gave the assurance while responding to a supplementary question by Awami League MP Nurunnabi Chowdhury.
Replaying to another supplementary question by ruling party MP Adiba Anjum Mita, the Agriculture Minister said though the government is sincerely trying to control it, extortion from Dhaka-bound vegetable-carrying vehicles is still going on.
In her question, the MP wanted to know whether the Commerce Ministry has taken any step against unbridled extortion from Dhaka-bound vegetable-carrying vehicles at different spots as the vegetable prices go up in the capital’s kitchen market for this reason.
Speaking in favour of Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi in his absence, Abdur Razaque said the Commerce Ministry is dealing with the extortion issue by enhancing monitoring in coordination with law enforcement agencies.
The minister said different transport organisations are also involved in collecting money from the vehicles.
“I can’t deny that the extortion is going on from vegetable-carrying vehicles. It’s true that extortion is taking place at different points,” he said.
The minister said the government is taking all-out efforts to check the extortion.
Responding to another supplementary question by Jatiya Party MP Mujibul Haque Chunnu, Abdur Razaque informed the House that the government is trying to export food, including rice and potatoes, abroad as the country witnessed bountiful production of rice and vegetables.
Paharkanchanpur (Tangail), Apr 25 (UNB)- The inter-base Small Arms Firing Competition of Bangladesh Air Force ended at BAF Base Paharkanchanpur on Thursday.
BAF Base Zahurul Haque team won the competition scoring 740 out of 810 points. Base Bashar team were the runners up with 720 points.
Squadron Leader Md Lainuzzaman Noman of Base Bashar was adjudged the best shooter. He scored 149 points in rifle firing and 114 points in pistol firing.
Seven BAF teams participated in the competition, said an Inter Service Public Relation (ISPR) press release.
Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations) Air-Vice Marshal M Abul Bashar witnessed the final event as the chief guest and distributed prizes.
Earlier, Air Officer Commanding of local Base Air Commodore Md Zahidur Rahman inaugurated the competition on Wednesday.
Senior BAF officers from Air Headquarters and local base, airmen and other members of the base were present in the ceremony.
Dhaka, Apr 25 (UNB) - A female student of BRAC University was killed as a covered van crashed into her ridesharing motorbike in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area on Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Fahmida Haque Labannya 21, a 3rd year student of Computer Science and Engineering department of the university. Daughter of Imdadul Haque of Haripur village in Fulbari upazila of Mymenshing district, she had been residing in Shyamoli of the capital.
Quoting family members, police said Labannya was going to her university by the motorcycle of a ridesharing service in the morning.
When she reached the gate of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), the covered van dashed the bike from behind around 11:45am, sub-inspector Abdur Rashid of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station said, adding that the accident left the university student dead on the spot.
The motorcyclist was also injured in the incident, he said.
No case was filed till filing of this report around 7:45pm.