Former senior secretary Md Nurul Amin has been appointed as the chairman of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC). Prior to the new position, the former bureaucrat, who hailed from Chandpur district, served as chairman of state-owned Karmasangshan Bank. Nurul Amin last served the Planning Ministry as its senior secretary and retired from the job in April 2022. A gazette notification, issued by the Energy and Mineral Resources division today(Tuesday), said Nurul Amin will serve the BERC for next three years from the date of his joining under a contractual agreement. Earlier, the government had appointed three new members to the BERC. They are - Dr Md Helal Uddin, Abul Khayer Md Aminur Rahman and Dr Muhammad Yamin Chowdhury. All of three appointees are retired bureaucrats. The Chairman post of the regulatory authority as the post remained vacant since January 30 this year after completion of the tenure of BERC Chairman Md. Abdul Jalil. BERC member Md. Kamruzzaman was serving as acting chairman of the regulatory body following retirement of Abdul Jalil.
Maj Gen (Retd) ANM Muniruzzaman has been elected Chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC). He was elected for a three-year term in its general meeting held recently. Muniruzzaman is a founding member of GMACCC and has worked on climate security issues for many years. He has represented GMACCC in major climate negotiations and conferences around the world. GMACCC was created in 2009 In response to growing threats to global security and peace posed by climate change. He is also the President of Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS).
Ahsan Khan Chowdhury, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Pran-RFL Group, has been honoured with the " Entrepreneur of the Year" award for his contribution to the corporate sector. Bangladesh Brand Forum (BBF) initiated the first Bangladesh C-Suite Awards 2022 to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Bangladeshi business leaders.Read: Nagad CBO scoops up Bangladesh C-Suite award The Bangladesh C-Suite Awards were given in 16 categories to 16 top executives of Bangladesh at a hotel in Dhaka recently."We are honoured to receive the Bangladesh C-Suite award. I hope more entrepreneurs will be honoured in the future like us," Ahsan said in a media statement.
A Chattogram court Thursday issued an arrest warrant against Fazlur Rahman, chair of City Group, in a case filed in 2019 by the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI). Fourth Chattogram Metropolitan Magistrate Shariful Islam gave the order after framing charges in the case, Advocate Ashraf Khandaker, public prosecutor for the BSTI, told UNB. BSTI filed the case on October 20, 2019, claiming the Vitamin A content in City Group's edible oil brand "Teer" fell short of what the company advertised. The BSTI examines the quality of edible oils refined and marketed in Bangladesh in line with the Vitamin A Enrichment in Edible Oil Act 2013. According to the Vitamin A Enrichment Act 2013, no edible oil can be sold, stored, supplied, marketed, or commercialised without vitamin A enrichment. Read: SCB, Kumudini, City Group delivering food to 25,000 families Ashraf said after the case was filed, Fazlur was summoned by the court but he failed to appear. "The City Group chair was later granted bail by the High Court. He used to extend the time from the lower court without appearing before the court physically. As he did not appear before the court, the magistrate issued the arrest warrant in the case," he added.
Jatiya Party Chairman GM Qudaer on Monday alleged that though common people are going through serious hardships due to the soaring prices of all essentials, there is no one to look into their sufferings. “The people of the country are not having a good time. Ordinary people have become worried due to the growing commodity prices. They’re struggling to make ends meet due to the price hike,” he said. GM Quader, also the deputy opposition leader in parliament, made the remarks, while exchanging views with the union leaders of the private employees working in government colleges and madrasas at the Jatiya Party chairman's Banani office. READ: UP polls creating panic instead of festivity: GM Quader He said there has been anarchy in every sector as the government has irrationally raised the fuel prices. “Transportation costs have risen due to hikes in diesel and kerosene prices. This is casting an adverse effect on every sector,” the Jatiya Party chief observed. He said the prices of all essential items and raw materials are skyrocketing gradually because of lack of monitoring by the government. “It seems there’s no one to see the sufferings of ordinary people.” GM Quader urged the government to take effective steps to check the price hike of essentials and ease the public sufferings. READ: Raising fuel price, transport fare an anti-people move: GM Quader The Jatiya Party Chairman also called upon the government to accept the justified demands of private employees working in government colleges and madrasas. Jatiya Party Secretary General Mujibul Haque Chunnu, Presidium Member Mir Abdus Sabur Asud, Joint Secretary General Jasim Uddin Bhuiyan, Organising Secretary Joynal Abedin and Office Secretary MA Razzak Khan were, among others, present at the programme.
India's all-powerful cricket board chief Sourav Ganguly has been appointed as the chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee. Sourav, affectionately known as 'Dada', replaces his former playmate Anil Kumble, who served three separate three-year terms since 2012. Both are former skippers of the national cricket team. Read: BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly to join BJP next week? "I am delighted to welcome Sourav to the position of Chair of the ICC Men's Cricket Committee. His experience as one of the world's best players and latterly as an administrator will help us shape our cricketing decisions moving forward," ICC Chair Greg Barclay said in a statement. "I would also like to thank Anil for his outstanding leadership over the last nine years which has included improving the international game through more regular and consistent application of DRS and a robust process for addressing suspect bowling actions," he added. Read: BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly undergoes angioplasty again Considered one of the best captains in international cricket, 49-year-old Saurav quit international cricket in 2008 but continued playing in the multi-billion-dollar cricketing tournament Indian Premier League for a few more years. He scored more than 18,500 runs in Tests and one-day internationals. In 2019, Dada was elected as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the world's richest cricketing body.
Major General Abul Kalam Mohammad Ziaur Rahman took over as the Chairman of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) on Sunday. He replaced Major General Md Nazrul Islam. Before joining BEPZA, Ziaur Rahman was General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 7 Infantry Division. Prior to that, he served as the Defence Adviser to the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi, India. His military career spanned over command, staff and instructional appointments. He served as Logistics Staff Officer and also as Operations, Planning & Intelligence Staff Officer at Brigade, Army Training & Doctrine Command and Army Headquarters. READ: Agreement signed to speed up development of BEPZA EZ Ziaur Rahman also served in the prestigious appointment of ‘Directing Staff’ at the Defence Services Command and Staff College of Bangladesh and Instructor at Bangladesh Military Academy. In his decorated service life, Major General Ziaur Rahman also served at various capacities at Battalion level. READ: BEPZA gives highest priority to workers’ safety, welfare: Law Minister Besides, he has served at the UN mission in Haiti and Sudan.
Chairman of Ehsan Group Ragib Hasan and an associate were arrested on Friday by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on charges of misappropriating Tk 17,000 crore. He was arrested from the capital’s Topkhana Road on Thursday with Abul Bashar Khan, said a press release from Rab headquarters on Friday. According to official sources, Ragib, once the Imam of a mosque, joined a Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) company and set up Ehsan Group of Companies in 2010 based in Pirojpur. Read: Rifat murder: Absconding accused Musa Bond arrested Starting with a real estate company first, he later formed 17 firms under the group’s name. Many cases were filed against the group on charges of embezzlement of money from thousands of people promising to run the company according to Islamic Shariah law and offering them a high profit. Read: Arrested in 24 hrs: 4 accused of murder case in the city During the interrogation Ragib confessed collecting Tk 1.1 crore from over one lakh members and clients of the 17 organisations under Ehsan Group. The group had almost 300 employees who also fell victim to its trap as they did not get any salary, the release also said.
Md. Mahbub ur Rahman, CEO of HSBC Bangladesh, has been elected Chairman of the British Business Group (BBG). The appointment follows the election of a new BBG Board who will guide the Group for the next three years. Rahman said he is honoured to have been elected Chairman of the BBG. Read: Bangladesh elected FAO Council member "I believe it is important that British businesses operating in Bangladesh are well represented in relevant strategic forums in the country. The BBG Board will continue its constructive engagement with stakeholders in Government and the wider business community in the private sector to promote members’ interests and be a partner in the progress and development of Bangladesh”. Rahman was appointed as the CEO of HSBC Bangladesh in April 2020. He joined HSBC in 2002 and was previously Deputy CEO as well as Head of Wholesale Banking in Bangladesh. Prior to this, he led HSBC’s Commercial Banking business in Malaysia. An MBA from the Kellogg-HKUST joint programme, he takes a keen interest in the transformation of international trade and supply chains. Read: Bangladesh reelected ILO Deputy member He also serves as a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Bangladesh Standing Committee on Banking Techniques and Practices. HSBC are one of the many UK firms operating in Bangladesh. The new Board members of the BBG represent companies in the financial, retail, garment and consultancy sectors who are conducting business successfully in the Bangladesh market. The British Business Group (BBG) was formed in 2005, originally it operated under the umbrella of the British High Commission (BHC).
Narayanganj police arrested eight people, including the chairman of Sajeeb Group, his four sons and the CEO of the group, on Saturday (July 10, 2021) in connection with the fire in a juice factory belonging to the Group in Rupganj that left 52 people dead. The arrestees are Md Abul Hashem chairman of the group, his four sons -- Hashem Bin Hashem, Tareq Ibrahim, Tawsib Ibrahim and Tanjim Ibrahim, and its CEO Shahan Sha Azad, DGM Mamunur Rashid and head of admin Salauddin. Read Rupganj fire: Sajeeb Group chairman, sons among 8 put on remand Superintendent of Police in the district Md Zaidul Alam told UNB that the arrested eight people will be produced before the district court later in the day. Earlier, police filed a case with Rupganj police station against the eight people and many unknown others following the massive fire in the factory, he said. READ: Rupganj factory: Legal action against owner if negligence found, warns State Minister Group CEO Shahan Sha Azad was arrested from the company’s head office in the capital’s Farmgate area, while Chairman Hashem from his Gulshan residence, SP Zaidul Alam said. The devastating fire that swept through the seven-storey building housing the juice factory of Hashem Foods Ltd at Bhulta Karnagop in Rupganj, Narayanganj broke out around 5 pm on Thursday. Read Narayanganj fire: India, Canada deeply saddened by loss of lives According to the fire service, huge amount of plastic and packaging materials in the building fueled the fire in just a few minutes after it broke out. They said the blocked door at the factory’s staircase has caused so many deaths that could have been avoided. READ: Rupganj factory fire: Fire Service forms 5-member probe body It took around 27 hours for 18 firefighting units to douse the fire completely as at some floors huge amounts of inflammable substances were stockpiled. On Friday noon, after breaking the locked door of the fourth floor, firefighters discovered rows of bodies burnt to ashes. Read Rupganj factory fire: Claimants found for 40 bodies out of 48, after 56 families submit DNA samples Firefighters recovered 49 bodies from the floor and sent them to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital’s morgue, which took the death toll to 52 from the tragic incident. None of the 49 bodies could be identified yet as they have completely burnt to black. Earlier, three deaths from the accident were confirmed by the authorities of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital and US Bangla Medical College and Hospital, Rupganj on Thursday. Read Death toll from Rupganj factory fire jumps to 52 So far, three probe bodies have been formed to investigate the incident.