Dhaka, Oct 31 (UNB) - Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) ward councillor and Awami League leader Moinul Haque Monju was arrested from his office on Thursday on charge of extortion.
Assistant director (media) of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab 3) Mizanur Rahman said members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-3) raided the office of Monju, councillor of ward No 39 and a member of Wari thana Awami League , at noon and arrested him.
He was also a member of the previous committee of city Awami League.
Monju was allegedly involved in extortion in Tikatuli’s Rajdhani Super Market, New Super Market, land-grabbing and drug business.
His name surfaced when a special anti-corruption drive started against leaders and activists of ruling Awami League and its associate bodies.
Bangladesh will host the 10th summit of the Developing-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation (D-8 Summit) in the third week of April 2020.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave the hint when visiting D-8 Secretary General Ambassador Jaafar Ku Shaari met her at her office.
PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
Launched in 1997, the D-8 is basically an economic organisation for economic development and cooperation among its member countries -- Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.
Bangladesh will take over the charge of the next D-8 chairmanship at the Dhaka Summit.
Economic cooperation among the D-8 member countries will be strengthened further, said Ambassador Jaafar hoping that the Dhaka Declaration will come up with new ideas and innovations.
He said the Dhaka Declaration will be a decennial one to be aligned with the 2030 agenda.
Replying to Ambassador Jaafar’s proposal to Bangladesh for allocating a special economic zone for D-8 countries, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh is already setting up 100 economic zones across the country and lands in the economic zones can be dedicated to the investors of the D-8 countries, she said.
She thanked the D-8 Secretary General for his dynamic leadership in introducing new ideas, and tireless efforts towards ensuring more visibility of the D-8, including building innovative partnership among its member countries.
Ambassador Jaafar appreciated the development of Bangladesh saying that Bangladesh will be a model to be followed by other countries.
He praised the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina describing it as ‘able leadership'.
Besides, PM Hasina and Ambassador Jaafar put emphasis on strengthening connectivity among the D-8 members.
PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman was present.
Dhaka, Oct 31 (UNB) - Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Thursday said the government will procure some 6 lakh mts of Aman paddy directly from farmers at Tk 26 per kg from November 20 to February 28 next.
The minister came up with the announcement while talking to reporters after a meeting of Food Planning and Monitoring Committee at the secretariat.
A total of 3.50 lakh mts of boiled rice will be procured through mill owners at TK 36 per kg, Sadhan Chandra said adding that the government will also procure 50,000 mts of non-boiled (Atap) rice through the mill owners from December 1 to February 28.
The minister said local administrations will send lists of farmers by November 10 and the rice will be procured from them directly as per the lists.
Food-Friendly Progrmme of the government has been extended to seven months from five months marking the Mujib Year, he said adding village police will get rice at Tk 10 per kg under the programme.
Fishermen will also be given rice at Tk 10 per kg and a proposal in this regard has been sent to the Finance Ministry, the minister added.
Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque along with the secretaries concerned were present at the meeting.