Dhaka, Sept 6 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged all to exercise austerity in electricity consumption as they may not get it at such a lower rate in the future.
“With the improvement in socioeconomic condition of people, I think, they’ll have to pay more what is spent on power production. So, my request is that all will have to exercise austerity in using electricity. I request you all to check the wastage of electricity,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating ‘the Power and Energy Week 2018’ at Bashundhara International Convention City in the city.
“The electricity production cost is Tk 6.25 per kilowatt, but the sale price is Tk 4.82 per kilowatt,” Sheikh Hasina said adding that the government now provides subsidy to the power sector.
She said her government has increased the country’s power generation capacity to 20,000 megawatt in the last 10 years from 3,000 megawatt in 2009. Now some 90 percent of the country’s people enjoy the electricity facility, but it was only 47 percent in 2009, she added.
Hasina said the total number of electricity clients rose to over three crore from only 1.08 crore in 2009 across the country.
In the last nine and a half years, agreements were signed for setting up 135 power plants with total generation capacity of 24,351 megawatt and a total of 12,250 megawatts of electricity were added to the national grid during the period, she said.
The present government has taken a mega plan to increase power generation to 24,000 megawatts by 2021, 40,000 megawatts by 2030 and 60,000 megawatts by 2041, the Prime Minister said.
Hasina said the government has set up some 53 lakh solar home systems across the country from where about 220 megawatts of solar power are generated. Besides, grid-based two solar power plants having the capacity of some 30 megawatts have been set up in the country, she said.
“We’ve already taken a decision to carry out irrigation through solar power as much as possible,” Hasina said.
Noting that now Bangladesh imports some 660 megawatts of power from India, the Prime Minister said negotiations are on to import 500 megawatts more electricity from India.
Besides, the government will take measures to procure 1000 megawatts of electricity from West Bengal.
Noting that the electricity is produced at low cost in Nepal and Bhutan, she said the government is also taking measures to procure power from them. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed with Nepal last month in this regard.
Besides, a move is underway to set up power plants and import power with bilateral, tripartite or regional ventures among Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
About the gas sector, the Prime Minister said the government discovered four new gas fields since 2009 and the daily average gas production went up to 2,750 million cubic feet from 1,744 million cubic feet in the time.
Considering the country’s gas reserves, the government has given permission to 56 private organisations to set up LPG plants alongside enhancement of LPG production for the household uses, she said.
The government has also taken initiatives to import LNG for meeting the growing energy demand in the country. The Floating Storage and Re-gasification Unit LNG Terminal in Maheshkhali has already started gas supply through build-own-operate-transfer system.
Another initiative has been taken to set up LNG terminal in Payra, Maheshkhali and Kutubdia and feasibility studies have been completed over Masheshkhali and Kutubida LNG terminals. However, it will not be possible to set up LNG terminal in Kutubdia channel as it is very rough, she said.
The government has taken yet another initiative to construct 237-km fuel pipeline from Chattagram to Dhaka.
Nepalese Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Barsaman Pun (Ananta) spoke as the special guest at the inaugural function presided over by State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid.
Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser DrTawfiq-e-ElahiChowdhury, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Tajul Islam, Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus and Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Abu HenaMdRahmatul Muneem also spoke on the occasion.
Officials of different public entities and private companies were awarded for their best performance in the power and energy sector while journalists were also given awards for their best reporting in this regard.
The Power and Energy Ministry organised the three-day exhibition from September 6 to 8 for marking the Power and Energy Week. This year’s event was named as ‘AnirbanAgami’ (inextinguishable future).
A number of foreign guests are participating in the fair at the same venue of the Bhashundhara International Convention city where more than 100 public and private entities showcase their products and services.
Four seminars are scheduled to be held on different topics during the three days to facilitate interactions among the stakeholders in the sector.
Tangail, Sept 5 (UNB) - A court here Wednesday denied bail to lawmaker Amanur Rahman Khan Rana who was sent to jail in connection with the murder of freedom fighter Faruk Ahmed.
Judge Maksuda Khanom of additional district and session judge's court rejected the bail plea of Rana after taking hearing from both sides.
The judge fixed September 27 for recording deposition of the witnesses in the case.
Rana was taken to the court by a microbus from Kasimpur Central Jail in Gazipur at 10:30am.
Rana, now in jail, failed to get bail from the HC four times in the same case.
Awami League MP Amanur first appeared before the Tangail additional district and sessions judge on September 18 ending his 22-month fugitive run.
The AL leader went into ‘hiding’ after he was accused of killing freedom fighter and member of district unit AL Faruk Ahmed.
On January 18, 2013, the Awami League leader was shot dead in front of his residence in the district town. Later, Faruk’s wife Nahar Ahmed filed a case in this connection.
Fourteen people, including four brothers of Tangail’s influential Khan family, were accused in the murder case.
Dhaka, Sept 6 (UNB) – Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity Secretary General Mozammel Haque Chowdhury was arrested from his Sanarpar residence in Siddhirganj early Thursday.
He was arrested in a case filed with Mirpur Model Police Station on extortion charges from his residence around 3 am, said Dadon Fakir, officer-in-charge of Mirpur Police Station.
However, the details of the case could not be known immediately.
Dhaka, Sept 6 (UNB) – A suspected robber and an alleged criminal were killed in separate ‘gunfights’ with police in Bagura and Narayanganj districts.
In Bogura, suspected criminal Akand, 32, of Manikchawak area, was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and police at Matidhali Pollimangal in Sadar upazila early Thursday.
Being tipped-off that a gang of criminals were taking position in the area, a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 2 am, said Sanatan Chakrawarty, additional superintendent of Bogura (sadar circle) police.
Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, criminals opened fire on police, forcing them to fire back.
At one stage, Akand caught in the line of fire and died on the spot.
In Narayanganj, a suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and police at Asharier Char in Sonargaon upazila early Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Mobarak, 50, of the upazila.
Being tipped-off that a gang of robbers were taking preparation to commit robbery in the night coaches passing through the area, a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 4 am, said Sharafat Ullah, officer-in-charge of Sonargaon Police Station.
Sensing the presence of the law enforcer, the robbers opened fire to the law enforcers, prompting them to take action.
At one stage, police recovered the bullet-hit body of Mobarak while the others managed to flee the scene.
One shutter gun and two bullets were recovered from the spot.
Bagerhat, Sept 6 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday awarded death sentence to four people and two-year imprisonment to another person in a case filed over the murder of a human-hauler driver at Bhattabaliaghat village in Sadar upazila in 2013.
Judge of the Bagerhat Additional District and Session’s Court Md Hafizur Rahman delivered the verdict and fined the condemned convicts Tk 20,000 each.
The condemned convicts were identified as Sohagh Fakir, 28, Ibrahim Mollah, 27, Mizan Miah, 28, and Ismail Mollah, 33.
Joynal Gazi, 35, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment in the murder case.
Of the convicts, Sohagh and Ibrahim were present in the dock while the rest were tried in absentia.
According to the prosecution, the convicts strangulated Mamun Mollah, 20, a Nosimon driver, to death before taking away his three-wheeler on September 1 in 2013.
After failing to find the victim, his family filed a general diary with Sadar Bagerhat Police Station on September 9.
After 10 months on July 10, 2014, victim’s father filed a murder case against the convicts.
Later, police arrested Ibrahim and Sohagh from Narayanganj district and they confessed to killing Mamun.