Chattogram, Oct 27 (UNB) – Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi on Sunday said there is no possibility for onion price to come down within a month but it will be available at Tk 70-80 per kg after its import from Egypt within a few weeks.
“Onion price hike is a lesson for us. We’ve to take measures so that it doesn’t happen in the future. We’ll focus on increased local production,” he said.
The minister came up with the remarks while inaugurating the month-long International Trade Fair-2019 in Kazir Dewri Outer Stadium.
“We want to become self –sufficient. Producing necessary items by ourselves will be our main effort,” he said.
About Chattogram port he said, “Five crore people of India’s eastern region want to use Chattogram port. It’ll create jobs for local people. Now they’ve to cross 1,200 kilometres to reach Kolkata port. This travel time will come down by half if they get the facility.”
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin, Chittogram Metropolitan Police Commissioner (CMP)Md Mahabubur Rahman, Chattogram Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce President Khalilur Rahman were, among others, present in the programme.
A number of 240 shops in four pavilions with kids zone, food shops have been set up in the trade fair. The entry fee was fixed Tk 10.
Dhaka, Oct 27 (UNB) - The preliminary report of the sixth agricultural census 2019 on Sunday revealed that 11.33 percent of the households do not possess any land.
Jafor Ahmed Khan, project director of Agriculture (crops, fisheries and livestock) Census 2018, BBS, said out of total 3,55,33,180 households, 40,24,189 are ‘absolutely landless’, which means they do not own land. In the urban areas, 28.79 percent households are landless. The percentage is 7.86 in rural areas.
“Dhaka Division has the highest percentage (18.64%) of landless households followed by Sylhet and Khulna with 13.61 percent and 9.8 percent respectively,” he said at the unveiling ceremony of the report at Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics auditorium in the capital.
The census was carried out throughout the country from June 9 to 20, 2019.
Jafor said they will publish the detailed report within the next one year.
According to the preliminary report, 46.61 percent of the total is agriculture farm households. Among the rural and urban households, the share of agriculture household is 53.82 percent and 10.46 percent respectively. Besides, 4.52 percent households have land under fisheries.
The preliminary report found 18,92,62,901 poultry in the country. Of them, 1,81,18,825 were in rural areas and 80,74,076 in urban areas. The number of cattle was put at 2,84,87,415 and goats at 1,92,87,413.
There are 7,18,411 buffaloes, 8,92,628 sheep, 18,92,62,901 chicken and 6,75,29,210 ducks in the country, according to the report.
Planning Minister MA Mannan said the BBS is a very important institution.
“We want accurate data from BBS. So it has to be more technical and science-based institution,” he said, adding that BBS will work with all ministries concerned to obtain accurate information.
“There is no alternative to accurate data,” he said.
Agriculture contributes 13.31 percent to the country’s GDP. Around 40 percent people are directly and indirectly involved in this sector.
The census was conducted as per the guideline of World Programme for the Census of Agriculture-2020 (WCA 2020) of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
BBS Director General Mohammad Tajul Islam and its secretary of the statistics and information management department Sourendra Nath Chakraborty; Secretary of Agriculture Ministry Md Nasiruzzaman; Secretary of the Fisheries and Livestock ministry Raisul Alam Mandal also spoke there.
Dhaka, Oct 27 (UNB) - The Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) on Sunday raided two houses of film producer and businessman Aziz Mohammad Bhai in the city’s Gulshan area and found huge foreign liquor and casino equipment there.
A DNC team started the drive at Aziz’s Gulshan-2 house around 4:30pm, Khurshid Alam, DNC Assistant Director (Dhaka-Metro north), told UNB.
He said they first raided a flat located on the third-floor of a six-storey building and then the rooftop of another six-storey building owned by the noted businessman, and seized huge foreign liquor, shisha and casino equipment.
Kurshid said they also arrested two caretakers – Nabin and Pervez – during the drive.
He, however, said Aziz Mohammad was not there at the houses.
Fazlur Rahman, Additional Director of DNC, said they seized 382 bottles of foreign liquor, 24 cans of beers from a mini bar on the third floor.
The reason for the huge liquor stock will be known after interrogating the two detainees, he said.
Dhaka, Oct 27 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday asked the authorities concerned to pay Tk 3 lakh to Zaima Newaz, who lost her feet after being hit by a launch at Fatullah Launch ghat here in Narayanganj in 2017, within 15 days.
The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman came up with the directives.
The HC also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why directives should not be given to provide Tk 50 lakh as compensation to the family members of Zaima.
Barrister Anisul Hasan and Advocate Shahinuzzaman Shaheen stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general Tushar Kanti Roy represented the state.
Secretary to the Shipping Ministry, Chairman of Bangladesh Inland and Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), Director of the Department of Shipping, Narayanganj City Corporation Mayor, deputy commissioner of Narayanganj district, owner of MV ‘Yaad’ Mamunur Rashid were made respondent to the rule which is returnable in four weeks.
Barrister Anisul Hasan drew the attention of the court after attaching a report published in a national daily over the current condition of the girl.
According to the report published on March 22, 2018, launch owner Mamunur Rashid and his associates are threatening Zaima Newaz’s family to withdraw the case filed against the launch owner.
Nazmun Nahar, mother of victim Zaima, filed a case with Amtoli Police Station in Barguna upazila in this connection.
As per the case statement, six-year-old girl Zaima Newaz Jisa, (now 8-years-old), daughter of Jamal Gazi of Barguna district, along with her family went to the Fatullah Launch Ghat for going to her district on December 29, 2017..
At one stage, the girl’s right feet got stuck in between a launch in the ghat after being hit by a launch named ‘MV Yaad’, leaving her feet severed in the accident.
Later, she was taken to a local hospital and received treatment there.
On February 13, 2018, victim’s father Jamal Gazi filed a case with Keraniganj Police Station against six people including the owner of the launch.
Ain O Salish Kendra filed a petition seeking compensation for her on October 24 this year.
Dhaka, Oct 27 (UNB) – A court here on Sunday placed ‘Jubo League leader’ Golam Kibria Shamim alias GK Shamim and expelled organising secretary of Jubo League’s Dhaka south city unit Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan on a 7-day remand each on charge of accumulating illegal wealth.
Acting Judge Al Mamun of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judges Court passed the order.
On October 23, investigation officers of the cases sought a 10-day remand to interrogate the duo while the court fixed October 27 to hear the appeal.
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Deputy Director Md Salauddin has been investigating case against GK Shamim while another ACC Deputy Director Jahangir Alam is investigating case against Khalid Mahmud.
On October 21, the ACC filed two separate cases against the duo on charge of accumulating illegal wealth.
GK Shamim is now facing three more cases filed by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) -– one under the Narcotics Control Act, another under the Money-laundering Prevention Act and the other under the Arms Act
Shamim who was known as an influential contractor of Sabujbagh, Basabo and Motijheel areas was arrested during a drive at his Niketan office on September 20 with illegal firearms and a huge amount of money.
Meanwhile, Khalid is facing two more cases –one under the Arms Act and another under the Narcotics Control Act.
Khalid, also president of Fakirerpool Youngmen’s Club, was arrested from Gulshan on Sep 18 by Rab for running illegal casino in the club.
Three firearms – one of them illegal – along with bullets, and Yaba pills were seized from him.