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  • Two IOCs set to get 3 shallow sea blocks for hydrocarbon exploration

    Two IOCs set to get 3 shallow sea blocks for hydrocarbon exploration

    Four foreign companies – Chevron, Santos, ConocoPhillips and Tullow – are currently operational in Bangladesh
    State-owned Petrobangla is ready to sign agreements with two international oil companies (IOCs) to award them exploration rights at three shallow-sea blocks in the Bay of Bengal.

    “We sent a letter to the energy division for its approval to sign the initial deal with ConocoPhillips and ONGC,” Petrobangla Chairman Hossain Monsur told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday afternoon.

    The US-based ConocoPhillips has been awarded two deep-sea blocks in 2011 while India’s state-owned ONGC Videsh Ltd is going to operate in Bangladesh for the first time.

  • Cropland fish farming boosted in Jhalakathi

    Cropland fish farming boosted in Jhalakathi

    The present annual demand for fish in Jhalakathi is around 10,766 tonnes

    Cultivation of fish on cropland enclosures in the district has risen this year due to the drastic fall in fish production in local rivers and canals.

    In Jhalakathi, the present annual demand for fish is around 10,766 tonnes, but last years production was only 4,446 tonnes.

    This year, the Department of Fisheries in the district is not only to make up the deficit, but also even achieve a surplus of fish production by utilising the rising numbers of cropland enclosures (ghers) that are cultivating fish now.

  • Three new fertiliser factories in the offing

    Three new fertiliser factories in the offing

    The factories will be set up under Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation

    Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said the government has taken an initiative to set up three new fertiliser factories to meet rising demand for the agricultural input.

    The factories will be set up under Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC), he told parliament in response to a starred question of Golam Dastagir Gazi (Narayanganj-1).

  • Govt appoints Padma design consultant

    Govt appoints Padma design consultant

    Muhith said that the construction of Padma Bridge will be government funded and the design will be moderately altered

    The government has appointed a consultant firm of New Zealand, Maunsell AECOM Ltd, for construction of the Padma Bridge project.

    The decision came from a meeting of the cabinet committee on public purchase today.

    Earlier, finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said: “Maunsell AECOM Ltd would look after seven issues like the main bridge design, river training, Jajira point approach road, service areas, construction supervision and management support consultants.”

  • Polio clearance- Bangladesh must wait for India

    Polio clearance- Bangladesh must wait for India

    Despite being a polio-free country since 2006, Bangladesh will have to wait till next year to get accreditation from World Health Organisation (WHO) because India’s status bars the endorsement.

    According to Who rules, if a country remains polio-free for three consecutive years, it is eligible for the status. However, since Bangladesh is a member of the South East Asia Regional Organisation (Searo) Who will not issue the polio-free certificate to it if any other country in the organisation has polio patients.

  • ADB, Japan to support crop insurance scheme

    ADB, Japan to support crop insurance scheme

    No crop insurance has been available in Bangladesh

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government of Japan will fund the trial of new crop insurance products that would give small-holder farmers in Bangladesh income protection from increasingly severe storms and natural disasters.

  • Clean technologies to help Bangladesh cut emissions

    Clean technologies to help Bangladesh cut emissions

    Bangladesh could avoid approximately 10.5m tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2020

    Bangladesh could slash greenhouse gas emissions by around 22 percent by 2020 by introducing a variety of clean technologies that would cost less than $10 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent, according to a study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

  • Bus rapid transit to link Dhaka to Gazipur

    Bus rapid transit to link Dhaka to Gazipur

    Deal signed with Australian firm SMEC

    Good news for Gazipur people! They will have a 20 kilometre dedicated road to drive straight to Shahjalal International Airport. However, they will have to wait until 2016 for the pleasant ride to the airport if the project starts and ends on schedule.

  • Govt eyes state companies to finance Padma Bridge project

    Govt eyes state companies to finance Padma Bridge project

    Petrobangla has been asked to pay Tk8bn to the government exchequer by mid-May

    The country’s state-owned companies have been asked to provide the national exchequer with extra funds to assist the government finance the Padma Bridge project.

    The instruction emerged from a meeting of the Finance Division last week, officials said.Additional Finance Secretary Ranjit Kumar Chakraborty chaired the meeting.

  • B’desh-Bhutan-India trilateral meeting held

    B’desh-Bhutan-India trilateral meeting held

    It was agreed that road, rail and waterways were building blocks to an interdependent and mutually beneficial relationship
     

    The first Bangladesh-Bhutan-India trilateral meeting on connectivity and transit was held in Dhaka on Friday.

    Foreign Ministry Director General (South Asia) Mashfee Binte Shams led the Bangladesh side at the meeting while the Bhutanese delegation was led by Dasho Bap Kesang, Ambassador of Bhutan in Bangladesh, and the Indian side by Shri Virendra Kumar, Director (Works), Ministry of Railways.

  • Dhaka, Delhi to sign deals Saturday to set up power plant

    Dhaka, Delhi to sign deals Saturday to set up power plant

    Both the state-owned companies will set up the power plants on 50:50 equity basis, which will cost approximately US$ 1.5 billion. The project’s lion portion of the fund will be arranged from lending agencies
     

    Dhaka and New Delhi will sign three agreements here on Saturday to implement the proposed 1320-MW coal-fired power plant project in joint venture at Rampal, a location close to the Sundarbans.

    The deals are Implementation Agreement (IA), Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Supplementary Joint Venture Agreement (SJVA).

    A five-member Indian delegation, led by Power Secretary P Uma Shanker, is due to arrive in Dhaka to sign the deals, reports UNB.

  • Dhaka-Delhi-Thimphu meet Thursday, Friday

    Dhaka-Delhi-Thimphu meet Thursday, Friday

    The first meeting of the working group on transit and connectivity will focus on the implementation of measures for the upgrading of roads and railway networks
     

    The first meetings of the India-Bangladesh-Bhutan working group on water and power and the working group on transit and connectivity will be held here on Thursday and Friday respectively.

  • Rickmers-Linie carries first ferry made in Bangladesh

    Rickmers-Linie carries first ferry made in Bangladesh

    The ferry, built by Western Marine Shipyard Ltd in Chittagong, Bangladesh. After delivery to her owners in February, she was taken on board the multipurpose heavy lift vessel Baltic Winter using its two 400 tonnes cranes in early March.
     

    Floating craft like motor yachts, sailing yachts or catamarans are quite a regular sight on Rickmers-Linie vessels. However, the ferry which Rickmers-Linie carried from Bangladesh to Denmark on board the long-term charter vessel Baltic Winter is remarkable.

    It is the very first ferry built by a Bangladesh shipyard for European owners and will be put in service by Hundested-Rorvig Færgefart AS across the fjord after which the ferry is named: Isefjord.

  • WB likely to finance 4 more projects

    WB likely to finance 4 more projects

    World Bank’s current portfolio in Bangladesh consists of 36 projects

     

    The World Bank assistance to Bangladesh during the July-February period of the current fiscal year (2012-13) witnessed an upward trend compared to the corresponding period last fiscal, and the lending agency is likely to finance four more projects in the current fiscal.

  • New TB checkup machine in Pabna assures full cure

    New TB checkup machine in Pabna assures full cure

    TB patients may get cent percent recovery from the disease through checkup with the machine

     

  • Power import from India starts Jul 6

    Power import from India starts Jul 6

    A 27km, 400KV transmission line being set for 250W power
    Import of 250MW electricity from India is expected to start on July 6.

    “We hope to complete all necessary work, including setting up transmission lines and constructing sub-stations by July 6,” said Md Jamal Ullah, managing director of Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB), over the phone on Saturday.

    The PGCB operational chief is now visiting Baharampur in West Bengal, India, on a three-day trip (April 5-7) to inspect the progress of the work.

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