Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) – Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Sunday said the demands put forward by Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury and Dr Kamal Hossain-led ‘greater national unity’ are not acceptable.
The minister came up with the remark while talking to reporters regarding the demands of the ‘greater national unity’, at the secretariat.
Earlier on Saturday, Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Jukta Front and Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya formally announced the journey of a 'greater national unity' to ensure 'functional democracy' in the country through holding a credible national election.
They placed some demands which include dissolving parliament before the announcement of the schedule of the upcoming national election and forming a poll-time impartial government in consultation with all the political parties, reconstituting the Election Commission with acceptable persons to ensure a free, fair and neutral election, ensuring all political parties' freedom of speech and association, withdrawing the 'false' cases filed against leaders and activists of all the political parties and students who waged the 'quota reform' and 'safe road' movements, releasing the political prisoners and not arresting any political leaders and activists until the election is over.
Negating these demands, Tofail Ahmed, however, said, “A party can join in the new alliance. We welcomed the alliance led by Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury and Dr Kamal Hossain for their initiative of forging greater national unity.”
The next election will be held as per the constitution and as per the schedule of the Election Commission under the ruling party as all countries in the world like Australia and USA.
The minister said the demands of the ‘greater national unity’ cannot be met as those go counter to the country’s constitution.
AL leader Tofail Ahmed said “Dr Kamal did not win any election before and I hope he will win in this election. People do not like those who change parties frequently.”
Referring to BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s visit to UN Headquarters at the invitation of its Secretary General, Tofail said “I’m astonished that Mirza Fakhrul has gone to New York at the invitation of UN secretary general. It is not true. Fakhrul has met with the assistant secretary. We do not hold meeting with a low level person and it is not prestigious.”
By making complaint to the world, no one can resist the next election of Bangladesh as it is independent and a sovereign country, he said.
Dhaka, Sep 16 (UNB) – Experts at a city programme on Sunday stressed on increasing awareness about the intellectual property (IP) and asked for government step in adopting the Madrid Protocol for flourishing of country’s business worldwide.
They were addressing a round table discussion at a city hotel on ‘Madrid Protocol Accession’ this morning.
The experts said Bangladesh’s national IP policy needs to be upgraded where the technological intellectual properties such as software and other innovation can get recognition as IP.
They also put emphasis on adopting the Madrid Protocol for international business expansion.
Madrid Protocol is a protocol of registering the trademarks internationally according to the Madrid Agreement- 1989 which allows a trademark owner to seek registration in any of the countries which are the members of the protocol.
Currently Madrid Protocol has 101 members covering 117 countries and if Bangladesh signs it, the country will enjoy the privilege to get protection of its trademarks in international business arena as well as to get low trademark registration cost in exporting goods.
Showing the other countries’ positive changes in international business and export, the Madrid Protocol Legal Division’s Director Debbie Roenning said if Bangladesh can enter in Madrid Protocol, its business would see a significant increase in export and business as well as would get more foreign investment too.
She also said “Bangladesh also has a target to achieve Vision 2021 and the entry in Madrid Protocol will help the country to do more export, a target of the vision.”
Mohammad Sanowar Hossain, Registrar, Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (DPDT) told UNB that they have started to create awareness among the relevant stakeholders including the private sectors and working to sensitise the government about the importance to get enter into the Madrid Protocol.
He also said “After entering in the protocol in 2013, India, witnessed significant increase of foreign investment in their country and we also want to see positive change in our economy too.”
Several delegates from different private organisations participated in the discussion.
Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said the government is building a strong road network across the country to advance Bangladesh economically and reduce poverty fast.
The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the 850-metre long Gangachara Sheikh Hasina Bridge over the Teesta River at Gangachara in Rangpur district and 771-metre long Sheikh Hasina Titas Bridge over the Titas River at Bancharampur in Brahmanbaria district through videoconfencing from her official residence Ganobhaban.
She said the economic condition of the mass people will get better with the improved road networks as they will have better job opportunities.
Hasina said the four-lane Dhaka-Chittagong highway will be turned into a six-lane one in the future while the Dhaka-Sylhet highway is being upgraded into a four-lane one. "We've taken steps in this regard."
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain and LGRD Senior Secretary Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan also spoke at the programme.
Benapole, Sept 16 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight between two groups of drug traders at Samta village in Sharsha upazila early Sunday.
The deceased was identified as Azizur, 40, son of Jeher Ali of the village.
Being informed that there was a gunfight incident between two groups of drug traders in the village, a team of police went there, said Moshiur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sharsha Police Station.
Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the gang members fled the scene.
Later, police recovered the body from the spot and sent it to Jessore Medical College Hospital morgue for an autopsy.
The victim was accused in several drug-related cases, said the OC.
Chattogram, Sept 15 (UNB) – Police in separate drives arrested 30 activists of BNP and Islami Chhatra Shibir from different places of the port city.
The drive was conducted from Friday night till Saturday morning.
14 Shibir activists were arrested from Baklia area while 8 others of the same party from Dublmurring area, three Shibir and four BNP activists from Patenga area and one from Chakbazar area during separate drives, according to the officers-in-charge of respective police stations.
Police also conducted a drive at Shibir’s South Zone office around 11:30 pm but could not detain anyone from there, said Abul Kalam, officer-in-charge of Chakbazar Police Station.