The Ganasanghati Andolan on Tuesday demanded release of two workers' leaders of state-owned Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC).
The party brought out a procession and held a protest rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club at noon, Ganasanghati said in a press release.
Addressing the rally, Chief Coordinator of Ganasanghati Zonayed Saki said jute mills leaders, Nurul Islam of Platinum Jubilli Jute Mill and Waliar Rahman of Eastern Jute Mill were picked up on July 5 by some plain clothes men from their homes.
They were picked up to create panic among protesters who are marching ahead with the movement to save the jute mills, he said.
“They are playing a cruel game; pushing 25,000 permanent and 25,000 contractual workers towards unemployment by shutting down the state-owned jute mills amid the Covid-19,” Saki said.
Each year the jute mills counts loss of Tk 200 crore, he said adding that the burden of loss has been brutally imposed on the workers which was caused by wrong policy and corruption of BJMC and the ministry.
Earlier on June 28, Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi said 25 mills under BJMC will be shuttered in the face of staggering losses. All workers will be released with ‘golden handshakes’.
Ganasanghati Andolan central leaders Abul Hasan Rubel, Taslima Aktar, Bachchu Bhuiyan, Julhasnain Babu and Moniruddin Pappu also spoke at the demonstration among others.
German Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Fahrenholtz has described Bangladesh as a robust economy having dynamism and resilience stressing that its economy will surely bounce back soon.
He said German investment and trading companies are looking for new places for their investments and business, and Bangladesh will be one such important destination.
The Ambassador made the remarks at a Zoom meeting held on Monday.
Bangladesh German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BGCCI) organised the meeting to exchange views with Ambassador Peter Fahrenholtz on matter of business interest to activate business in Bangladesh during pandemic.
Ambassador Fahrenholtz informed BGCCI Board that the German government has provided 50 million dollars for Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar; 20 million dollars for readymade garments, affected workers wages and food packages through NGOs for poor vulnerable families.
He said BGCCI should impress upon relevant authorities to make bureaucracy more business friendly; and abide by the rule of law and adhere to zero tolerance on corruption as proposed by the Prime Minister.
It will definitely have a good impact on overall business development, said the German envoy.
The Ambassador also informed that since last three years he has not seen any Bangladesh business delegation visiting Germany which is very unfortunate to explore new markets and investment.
He suggested that BGCCI could pursue in simplifying the rules and regulations for the investors and reducing the bureaucratic bottlenecks.
The German Ambassador also suggested that BIDA should be more proactive and realistic for attracting FDI.
He said he has not seen any new brochures to promote business in Germany and suggested that BGCCI could come forward to publish such information booklets and brochures to attract new investors.
He gave references of neighboring countries.
Meanwhile, BGCCI has received communication from German Chamber of Commerce, Berlin (AHK) informing that they would like to hold dialogue and looking forward to welcome Bangladesh Business delegation in Germany to further accelerate and develop business relations.
The head of the German Chamber also appreciated that German companies intended to do business in Bangladesh can count on BGCCI’s support and acknowledged BGCCI as key contact and knowledge point for German companies.
BGCCI President Omar Sadat assured that the BGCCI Board has noted the information provided by the Ambassador and would implement those for the betterment of business activities, especially during pandemic.
He said as soon as the situation improves, BGCCI along with BIDA and other business houses will visit Germany.
He also informed that BGCCI is in contact with Bangladesh Ambassador Imtiaz Ahmed in Berlin to assist in working out a business visit programme .
The Board members, including Thomas Hoffmann, Sr. Vice President, Mohsin Uddin Ahmed, Vice President, Tarun Patwary, Treasurer, other Directors Anwar Shahid, Ibnul Wara, Kutub Uddin Durlove and the Executive Advisor, Ambassador Shahed Akhtar described the BGCCI activities.
The Local Government Ministry on Tuesday suspended two union parishad chairmen and a member for irregularities in cash disbursement and relief distribution among the destitute people amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The LGRD Ministry issued separate notifications in this regard.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, 107 public representatives have been suspended on irregularities charges.
Among them, there are 35 UP chairmen, 66 UP members, one zila parishad member, four municipal councillors and an upazila vice-chairman.
The suspended UP chairmen are—SM Rupom, chairman of Moydanhatta union in Shibganj upazila of Bogura and Imdadur Rahman Mukul, chairman of Gaznain union in Habiganj district.
Besides, Uttam Biswas, a member of No 5 ward of Nabagram union in Kalkini upazila of Madaripur was also suspended for his alleged involvement in irregularities in rice distribution under a food-friendly programme.
Grameen Yemen has started microcredit and social business in Yemen disbursing its first micro loans recently.
Finance Minister of Yemen participated via Zoom.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus participated in the ceremony virtually and gave the Keynote speech.
Twelve women received micro loans for Sheep rearing, clothing, vegetables, transport and perfume businesses. Thirty six women already joined the borrowing groups.
Grameen Yemen will be an all-women programme, said a media release on Tuesday.
The first loan disbursement ceremony of GYF (Grameen Yemen Foundation) was held at Az Zuhrah branch, the first Microcredit Branch of Grameen Yemen in the Al Hudaydah Governorate of Yemen.
Three fourth of the population of Yemen are under the poverty line. Majority of the Yemeni people are dependent on individual or institutional charity.
To make the ultra poor self reliant as well as to develop their socioeconomic condition, Mohamed Swaid, a great philanthropist and prominent business person of Yemen founded Grameen Yemen Foundation in collaboration with Grameen Trust.
Grameen Trust (GT) deputed two of its senior staff to work with Grameen Yemen to build Grameen microcredit and social business programmes in Yemen.
Despite the civil war in the country and now Corona pandemic spreading everywhere, Grameen Yemen succeeded in attracting women to start their own micro businesses with Grameen loans.
Local staff and borrowers have been trained by GT staff to get them prepared for this unfamiliar undertaking.
Villagers of Az Zuhrah watched the loan disbursement ceremony with great curiosity.
Mohamed Swaid, Chairman of GYF, Ahmed Al Mahfadi, Deputy CEO, Syed Mohammad Alamgir, Project Director and Harun-Or-Rahsid, Branch Manager, along with other local dignitaries were physically present at the event.
Many local and international dignitaries attended the ceremony via Zoom including Dr Rashid Abo Lohom, Finance Minister of Yemen, Deputy Governor of Yemen Central Bank, Abdulmohsen Tawoos, Secretary General, Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and International Cooperation of Yemen, Abdul Hai Khan, Managing Director of Grameen Trust & Vice Chairman of GYF, Lamiya Morshed, Executive Director of Yunus Centre, Osamah Abo Talib, Head of Social Fund for Development, Yemen, Ali Abo Talib, Managing Director of Yemen Microfinance Network, all MDs of Grameen Companies as well as teams of Grameen Trust and Yunus Centre.
Prime Minister’s Energy Advisor Dr Tawfiq Elahi Chowdhury has advised Power Division officials to compile their data in coordination with Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) as it would help the government prepare a proper planning.
“It'll be helpful to design proper planning and evolve appropriate policy if the Power Division takes necessary information from “Big Data” of BBS through a coordination,” he said while addressing as chief guest at a webinar titled: “Big Data and Power Management” on Tuesday.
Organised by Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council (BEPRC) with its Chairman Subir Koshore Chowdhury in the chair, the virtual seminar was also addressed by State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, Power Secretary Dr Sultan Ahmed, and Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain.
Dr Moinul Zaber of Computer Science and Engineering Department of Dhaka University made keynote presentation on the issue.
Nasrul Hamid said the Big Data can help determine the pattern of power consumption to facilitate proper management and smart prepaid card in power billing. He said currently 97 percent people have access to electricity.
“So, proper decision would be easy to take about the consumers on the basis of the Big Data analysis,” he said.