Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) - The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Wednesday approved a total of 28 projects involving an estimated cost of Tk 30,235 crore.
The approval came from the 14th Ecnec meeting of the current fiscal year held at the NEC Conference Room with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal briefed reporters after the meeting.
"Today, the Ecnec approved a total of 28 projects involving an overall estimated cost of Tk 30,234.60 crore," he said.
Of the total project cost, Tk 24,854.68 crore will come from the national exchequer while Tk 539.17 crore from the own funds of the organisations concerned and the rest of Tk 4,840.75 crore as project assistance, the minister said.
Of the 28 projects, 19 are new while the rest are revised ones.
One of the projects is to set up Sheikh Hasina University in Netrakona with Tk 2,637.41 crore for creating well-educated and skilled human resources through providing general, science and technology-based education.
About the project, Mustafa Kamal said Bangladesh University Grants Commission and Sheikh Hasina University, Netrakona will jointly implement the project by June 2021 with 100 percent finance from the government fund.
On January 30, 2017, the Cabinet decided to establish Sheikh Hasina University as a research-based general university.
Besides, academic activities on humanities, science, social science and commerce will also be carried out at the university where MPhil and PhD degrees will be conferred on successful candidates.
The university will be established on some 500 acres of land under Shingher Bangla union which is 5 kms away from the district town.
The admission of students for academic year 2018-19 will be held initially from the Technical Training Centre at Rajur Bazar. In the first academic year, departments like Bangla, English, Computer Science, Engineering and Development Economics will be opened.
The minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the meeting asked the authorities concerned to keep sufficient space for sports and games at university alongside keeping system for preserving rainwater.
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) - Non-resident envoys of six countries presented their credentials to President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Wednesday.
Ambassadors of four countries and high commissioners of two others to Bangladesh separately presented their credentials to the President in the afternoon.
The envoys are: Austrian non-resident Ambassador to Bangladesh (based in New Delhi) Britgitte Oppinger-Walchshofer, Ivan Lancaric of Slovak Republic, Dinah Grace Alkello of Uganda, ambassador of Poland to Bangladesh with residence in New Delhi Adam Burakowshi, and high commissioners - Michael Aaron NiiNortey Oquaye Jnr of Ghana and Barlybay Sadkov of Kazakhstan.
Welcoming the envoys, Abdul Hamid said the foreign policy attaches importance to bilateral and friendly relations with all, President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin told UNB.
The President said Bangladesh always gives importance to increasing bilateral cooperation alongside multilateral relationship, hoping that the envoys will continue outmost efforts to increase it.
Mentioning the development in health, education and women empowerment, he also said Bangladesh is being considered as the role model to different countries.
The envoys told Abdul Hamid that they would do everything necessary to increase bilateral cooperation with Bangladesh in the days to come.
Secretaries concerned to the President and high officials of the Foreign Ministry were present.
Earlier on their arrival at Bangabhaban, a smartly turned-out contingent of the horse-mounted President Guard Regiment (PGR) gave the envoys guards of honour as part of the ceremony.
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) – The Traffic Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) in its drive against traffic rules violation filed some 3,772 cases against different modes of vehicles in the city on Tuesday.
Of the cases, 334 were filed for driving vehicles on wrong sides, 65 for using hydraulic horns, seven for using hooter and beckon light and 16 others for using tinted glass in microbuses.
Some 1,223 cases were filed against motorcycles and 68 bikes were seized for violation of the traffic rules during the period.
Traffic policemen also dumped 35 vehicles and impounded 894 others using tow trucks during the daylong drive that started at 6am.
They realised over Tk 30.79 lakh in fine for traffic rules violation, said DMP Deputy Commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman on Wednesday.
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Wednesday said tight security measures will be in place for smooth celebrations of the Victory Day on December 16 next.
He came up with the information while presiding over a meeting on the Victory Day celebrations at his office. The chiefs and senior officials of all the law enforcement agencies attended the meeting.
The home minister said members of law enforcement agencies will remain vigilant to thwart any unwanted situation. “There’ll be no parade this year as the national election activities will be underway during that time,” he said.
The National Mausoleum premises at Savar will remain under surveillance cameras to ensure fool-proof security, Asaduzzaman said.
Besides, stringent security arrangements have been taken to celebrate the Victory Day in district towns across the country. “Adequate law enforcers will be deployed to fend off any unwanted incident,” he said.
Jahangirnagar University, Nov 6 (UNB) - Some activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Jahangirnagar University (JU) unit allegedly beat up a student of the university over a trifling matter.
The victim was identified as Rupak Chandra Das, a third year student of Public Administration department and also a residential student of Bishwakabi Rabindranath Tagore Hall.
Source said, a group of BCL activists led by Amit Roy beat up Rupak Chandra Das on Sunday afternoon at Enam Medical College in Savar area alleging that he made a bad comment on his girlfriend’s Facebook post.
Then, they forcibly brought the victim back to the campus by the university’s ambulance and threatened him not to disclose the matter of beating him up.
However, on Tuesday, Rupak (Victim) submitted a written complaint letter to JU Proctor Sikder Md Zulkernine seeking justice.
In the complaint letter, he brought allegations against a total of 8 BCL men including Amit Roy, Nahidul Haq, Swapno Zaman, Partho Pico, Ajay Arka Biswas, Bikash Roy and Rifat Chawdhuri Piyas.
They are all activists under the Mowlana Bhasani Hall unit of Chhatra League and loyal to General Secretary of JU BCL unit Abu Sufian Chanchal.
However, main accused BCL activists Amit Roy denied the allegation against them claiming it baseless.
When contacted JU BCL Vice President and the Leader of Mowlana Bhasani Hall Mahabubur Rahman Nill said, ‘I do not know about the mater. We will take action against the alleged BCL activists of my dormitory after interrogation’.
JU Proctor Shikder Md Zulkernine said over the allegation that the university will take stern action after investigation the matter.