The prices of different verities of rice went up by Tk 3 to Tk 6 in the last two days in the district while that of onion came down slightly.
Visiting Hazi Shariatullah Bazar in the town, the UNB correspondent found Miniket rice (grade 1) was selling at Tk 48 per kg on Tuesday morning against Tk 42 on Sunday.
Likewise, ‘Kajal Lata’ price rose from Tk 38 to 46 while that of Najirshail from Tk 50 to Tk 54, Basmati from Tk 46 to Tk 52 and the price of coarse rice shot up from Tk 35 to Tk 38 in the market.
Asked about the cause of rice price spiral, Ribon Gain, a rice trader of Shariatullah Bazar, told UNB that the price was increased at the warehouse.
Hanif Sheikh, a retail rice buyer, said he had pay Tk 6 to Tk 8 extra per kg.
“Why should the rice price go up in this season?” he questioned.
In the wake of newspaper reports, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumdar on Sunday said there should not be any problem with rice price as happened in the case of onion.
“I’ve learned from newspapers that rice prices have gone up slightly in the last few days. However, our reserves are still high. Like onion prices, there shouldn’t be any problem with rice prices." he said.
Addressing a meeting with rice-mill owners at Khadiya Bhaban, the minister said, "There has been an unnecessary scam over onion price… it shouldn’t happen to rice."
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chair Emeritus of BRAC, was honoured with the ‘Outstanding Member of the South Asian Diaspora Award (OMSAD)’ at the Fourth South Asian Diaspora Convention held at the National University of Singapore on November 15-17.
As Fazle Hasan was unwell and unable to travel, the award was received on his behalf by Dr Manzoor Hasan, Executive Director of the BRAC Centre for Peace and Justice, from Senior Minister of Singapore Tharman Shanmugaratnam at a very well-attended gala function on Friday.
Earlier, all the distinguished guests were welcomed by Ambassador Gopinath Pillai, the Chairman of the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), a very prestigious and globally renowned think-tank located in Singapore.
Principal Research Fellow of ISAS, Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, read out the citation on behalf of the organisers.
The citation for the award recognised Sir Fazle Hasan Abed as “a social worker with a humane heart”. It recognised contemporary Bangladesh as “a country on the rise with its phenomenal progress being viewed as a remarkable achievement in all quarters”.
Enayetullah Khan, Chairman of Cosmos Foundation, addressed a very large gathering of a cross-section of the Singaporean community at a plenary session of the Convention titled “Business in South Asia: Opportunities and Challenges”.
Khan laid out the manner in which the economy of Bangladesh had grown steadily and in a sustained fashion to become one of the fastest ones in the region and even in the world through the mix of intense private initiatives and appropriate public policies.
He recognised that the issues of governance and climate change are often identified as “challenges, and stated measures are constantly being taken to address and surmount such problems.
In another session on ‘Women Empowerment in South Asia’, which followed a keynote address by Minister Indranee Rajah from the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office, Rasheda K Choudhury, Executive Director of the Campaign for Popular Education in Bangladesh, spoke of constraints such as the Rohingya refugee influx from Myanmar into Bangladesh, and a regional rise of “obscurantism”, saying those notwithstanding, women’s participation in all spheres of life in Bangladesh had not only become visible but also has gained wide recognition.
Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque participated in the final interactive session with Professor C Raja Mohan, the Director of ISAS.
Haque, who was earlier a ranking official of the International Organization of Migration (IOM), traced the evolution of the global migratory process and analysed how the Bangladeshi experience fitted into the process.
A prominent feature of this year’s event was a recognition of the across the board role of Bangladesh and the Bangladeshis.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) on Tuesday launched the Community Ambassador Programme to monitor its waste management, street lights, mosquito control, road renovation and other service activities.
Some 1,800 citizens across 75 wards under the DSCC will be working as the community ambassadors to help accomplish the work of the city corporation properly.
DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon inaugurated the programme at the Nagar Bhaban in city.
Speaking on the occasion, he said, "The situation won’t change if I alone work as the mayor. Each and every citizen of DSCC must work taking up the role of mayor."
He also mentioned that the authorities are keen to overcome the limitations of the city administration involving people in the activities. "We want to remove the weaknesses of the city authorities and involve every citizen in administering the city," he said.
Each DSCC ward has been divided into 4-5 units where seven volunteers will be inspecting and reporting to groups on the road condition, drainage system and other facilities in their respective areas.
After receiving complaints, suggestions and reports of the volunteers, the problems will be resolved from the regional offices concerned. Any delay in resolving the problems will invite punishment.
As volunteers or community ambassadors, the responsible leaders of the ward, retired government employees, imams of mosques and priests of temples will be working alongside private employees.
BNP will stage rallies across the country, including the capital, on November 23, demanding the release of its ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
Party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
He alleged that the government is still obstructing the bail process of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia who has long been undergoing treatment at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
“We would like to tell the Prime Minister that the chain of your misrule will fall apart and crush into dust if anything bad happens to our leader Khaleda Zia due to your reluctance,” the BNP leader said.
Rizvi urged the Prime Minister to free Khaleda immediately instead of carrying out ‘false propaganda’ against her. “Don’t interrupt her bail. Give her the scope to get healthcare at a hospital of her choice.”
He said their party has decided to hold rallies all over the country on November 23 to push for its demand for having Khaleda freed from jail.
In the capital, the BNP leader said they will stage the rally in front of their central office at Nayapaltan at 2pm the same day.
Besides, he said, doa mahfils will be arranged at their party offices across the country tomorrow (Wednesday), marking the 54th birth anniversary of their party acting chairman Tarique Rahman.
Rizvi said they will centrally arrange a doa mahfil at their Nayapaltan party office on Thursday on the occasion.
Khaleda has been in jail since she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018. She was found guilty in another corruption case later the same year, though her party claims both cases are politically motivated.
The BNP chief has been receiving treatment at the BSMMU since April 1 this year.
Expired medicines, worth over Tk 34 crore, were destroyed in the last two months while over Tk 1 crore was realised in fine by mobile courts for storing expired and adulterated medicines.
A report titled ‘Action taken against sale of expired, fake and adulterated medicine from August 1 to October 31’ prepared by the Department of Drug Administration was placed before the court on Tuesday.
According to the report, mobile courts filed 572 cases after visiting 13,593 pharmacies and collected Tk 1,74,93,900 in fine from August to September last. Two medicine shops were also sealed off for storing expired, fake and adulterated medicines during the period.
The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader fixed December 12 for the next directive.
Barrister ABM Altaf Hossain argued for the writ petitioner while Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah AL Mahmud Bashar represented the state.
Lawyer Kamruzzaman Kochi stood for the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection (Bangladesh) and Lawyer Shah Monjurul Hoque represented Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries.
On June 18, the High Court asked the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to remove expired medicines from pharmacy shelves across the country and destroy those within 30 days.
The court also asked the relevant authorities to take action against those involved in preserving and selling expired medicines and submit a progress report in this regard.
On June 10, Manjur Mohammad Shahrier, director general of Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection's (DNCRP), said 93 percent pharmacies in the capital kept date-expired drugs. The report was published in different newspapers the following day.
Supreme Court lawyer Mahfuzur Rahman Milon, on behalf of the Justice Watch Foundation, filed a writ petition with the High Court after attaching the reports published in national dailies on June 17.