Be vigilant against food hoarding, black-marketing: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked all to be vigilant against the hoarding of foods and the black-marketing of these commodities during the upcoming fasting month of Ramadan. “We all will have to be alert so that no one would ever be able to hoard foods and do black-marketing of these items,” she said. The PM was addressing a discussion arranged in the city, marking the 103rd birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children’s Day-2023. Bangladesh Awami League organised the discussion at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka. Hasina, also the AL president, said her government has taken all necessary measures so that the people do not suffer during the month of Ramadan. Talking about the food support programmes for the poor, she said the government provides rice at a subsidised rate of Tk 30/kg to one crore people through family cards and gives rice at Tk 15/kg to 50 lakh other people. The PM said the government has decided to provide rice to 50 lakh more people (at Tk 15/kg), if needed, so that the people do not suffer. Alongside rice, she said the government is also providing some other essential commodities including pulse, edible oil, sugar and chickpeas during the Ramadan at subsidised prices for the poor. AL general secretary Obaidul Quader delivered the introductory speech, while its presidium member Matia Chowdhury, joint secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, organising secretaries Ahmed Hossain and Afzal Hossain, Health and population affairs secretary Dr Rokeya Sultana, its central working committee members Nurul Islam Thandu and Prof Merina Jahan Kabita, AL Dhaka city south unit president Abu Ahmed Mannafi and Dhaka city north unit president Sheikh Bazlur Rahman, spoke on the occasion. AL publicity and publication secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap and deputy publicity and publication secretary Syed Abdul Awal Shamim jointly conducted it. On March 17, 1920, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born at a village in Tungipara of Gopalganj. The premier criticised BNP leaders for their blank remarks, undermining her government’s successes and achievements in different sectors. “When Awami League comes to power, the economy of Bangladesh gets developed. Today we heard BNP leaders who are continuously saying that we (AL government) have made the country empty. If anyone pretends to be blind despite having eyes, that person can’t be shown anything,” she said. She also highlighted the government’s achievements in different aspects including economic index, and also in health, food and education sectors. “When the people of the country stay in good condition, the BNP-Jamaat gets hurt,” she said. Hasina, who chaired the discussion, said the people of the country would never allow the BNP-Jamaat alliance to assume power again and play ducks and drakes with their fate. “Those who carried out bomb, grenade and bullet attacks, engaged in the 10-truck arms haul and embezzled the public money and orphans’ funds would never be able to come to power. The people of Bangladesh will never accept them,” she said. The PM said they will build the country as Smart Bangladesh by 2041. There’ll be a smart population in terms of every perspective including education and technology. “This country will move forward. No one will be allowed to play ducks and drakes with the fate of the people anymore despite thousands of plots and conspiracies hatched,” she added. The AL president asked her party men to showcase her government’s development works before the people time and again to counter the falsehood spread by the BNP. “They (BNP leaders) want to establish a false as true by saying it time and again,” she said. Hasina said Bangladesh is a country of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the people of this country will move in the world arena keep its head high as a victorious nation. “On the birthday of the Father of the Nation, it is our vow that the Bangalis will move in the global stage raising their heads, what he had desired,” she said. The PM asked her party leaders to work for the welfare of the people following the ideology of the Father of the Nation.
Crackdown on hoarding: 15,000 liters of Soybean oil seized in Chattogram
A team of the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection in a drive seized 15,000 liters of soybean oil from three warehouses at Pahartoli in Chattogram port city on Monday. During a nationwide drive against hoarding edible oil by some unscrupulous businessmen, a team of the department raided Siraj Store and seized the oil from its three warehouses, said deputy director of Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection, Chattogram Foyez Ullah. Read: ACC sues NSU trustee board chairman, 5 others for stealing money Earlier, on Sunday, the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection in another drive seized 1050 bottles of edible oil kept hidden in a shop at Karnaphuli market and fined its owner Abdul Halim Tk 40,000 for hoarding oil.
2-month ban on hilsa fishing, selling begins Tuesday
A two month government ban on catching, selling, hoarding and transporting of hilsa will come into effect from March 1 with a view to boost its production. The ban will be lifted on May1, said a handout on Monday. The ban covers hilsa sanctuaries in six districts-Barishal, Chandpur, Laxmipur, Bhola, Shariatpur and Patuakhali districts. The sanctuaries are- 100 km in the Meghna River from Chandpur’s Shatnol to Laxmipur’s Char Alaxandar, 90km in Shahbazpur Channel in Bhola, 100 km in Tentulia River in Bhola, 20 km in Naria and Bhederganj upazila in Chandpur district and 82 km in Hizla, Mehendiganj and Barishal Sadar upazila, Gazaria and Meghna river. Also read: 165 fishermen jailed for defying hilsha ban Hilsa has the highest contribution in the country's fish production as the single fish specie. Every year, the government imposes a two-month ban on catching, selling, hoarding and transporting hilsa to boost its production. During this period, catching, selling, hoarding and transporting hilsa will be considered as an offence and those who will violate the ban will get a minimum one year to two years jail or be fined Tk 5,000. Also read: Hilsha selling like hot cake in wholesale market The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock has already allocated 80 kgs of rice for the registered fishermen during this ban period.