- March 16, 2018
Several ICT related organisations demand price should be fixed at Tk0.10/day per Megabyte and Tk10/day per Gigabyte
Several information and communications technology (ICT) related organisations, on Wednesday, announced they would stage protests from June 12 and demonstrate in front of the telecom regulator’s office, threatening continued sit-ins, if demands for reduction of internet prices for end users are not met.
In a press conference they demanded Internet price should be fixed at Tk0.10/day per Megabyte and Tk10/day per Gigabyte, within 15 days.
Shipping ministry wary about approaching World Bank or Asian Development Bank
The government is wary of approaching the World Bank or the Asian Development Bank for funding of the $2.28bn (Tk177.5bn) deep sea port as suggested by its consulting firm, apparently because of the Padma bridge funding scandal.
Transportation gets the highest allocation
The National Economic Council (NEC) yesterday agreed to a Tk739.84bn Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the upcoming fiscal year, a 41% rise from the revised allocation of the outgoing fiscal.
The PMIS is a secure system for authorised users only and is managed and maintained by the Public Administration Computer Centre (PACC) of the public administration ministry
The Ministry of Public Administration will be introducing an online Personal Management Information System (PMIS) with the help of a database software to register all cadre officers of the country.
Detailed information of all Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) cadre officers, who are serving in different ministries, directorates, departments, organisations and offices, will be stored in this system, including information on deputy secretaries and higher officials.
The company has deposited the proposed security money of $3m for the Bibiyana 1 project
The fate of Bibiyana 341MW power plant project 1 will be decided at a joint meeting between the government and Summit Group on June 20.
The decision was taken at a meeting yesterday, an official of power division confirmed the Dhaka Tribune.
The credit for Bangladesh along with three major projects will be approved by the WB board in mid June
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said the World Bank (WB) has promised a yearly credit of 1.2 billion dollar including $500m as budget support in social safety net programmes for the next fiscal year.
The credit for Bangladesh along with three major projects will be approved by the WB board in mid June, Muhith told reporters after a meeting with Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Country Director M Teresa Kho at his secretariat office Monday.
In the meeting, they discussed ADB-funded projects, especially the one for capital market strengthening.
The 90-pound rail can carry a maximum of 22.5-tonne axle load; the load on two connected wheels on two sides is called one axle load
Poor upgrades of two vital rail routes, agreed to by the premiers of Bangladesh and India, might fail to help the free flow of goods between three South Asian countries.
The two routes – Rajshahi-Rohanpur-Singhabad and the Parbatipur-Birol-Radhikapur – could open up huge cross-boundary trade opportunities involving Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
The Bangladesh Railway has decided to use 90-pound rail (one metre of rail weighing 90 pounds) on the two routes, which is not fit to carry heavier Indian wagons with 22.9-tonne axle load, experts say.
The policy order requires the contents of imported poultry feed to be described on the cover packaging
The government has decided to amend the existing Import and Export Policy Order, and relax rules for importing poultry feed following demands made by local poultry owners.
The decision was taken on Sunday at a cabinet committee meeting on economic affairs chaired by Finance Minister AMA Muhith.
The new technology " Bamboo platform" have been usedover 3,000 hectares of land this year for vegetable
In recent years, the use of bamboo platforms in the cultivation of vegetables has gained popularity
among the farmers in Gaibandha. This new method of cultivation had given the farmers desired levels of production, as well as substantial financial returns.
Sources from the Department of Agriculture Extension said hundreds of farmers of all the seven upazilas of the district have built bamboo platforms this year.
Through this method, over 3,000 hectares of land have been
used this year for vegetable
The two-day second partnership dialogue between Dhaka and Washington begins today to discuss four broad areas of cooperation: trade and investment, governance and development, security cooperation and regional integration.
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque will lead the Bangladesh delegation while US State Department under secretary for political affairs Wendy Sherman heads the US side.
EU DFQF benefit withdrawal to be big blow to economy, they say
Bangladesh needs to consider the European Union (EU) threat to withdraw its duty-free, quota-free (DFQT) access to the EU market seriously and act promptly as the EU might take serious decisions dealing a big blow to the RMG sector in particular and the economy in general, experts said.
Now we go to the UP chairman office to get latest information on fertilisers from the internet: Gaibandha farmers.
Use of the internet is gaining popularity among the rural people of Gaibandha, who are increasingly preferring the global computer network to traditional modes of communication for accessing information.
“I didn’t understand the internet earlier and didn’t hear much about it. But now we go to the UP chairman office to get latest information on fertilisers from the internet. It’s easier to use than I thought it would be,” said farmer Jalal Uddin, of Mirpur village under Sahapara Union of Sadar upazila.
This link would also be vital for the Trans – Asian Railway Network (TAR), of which both India and Bangladesh are members. As part of TAR, India has been constructing a 350km rail link from Jiribam (India) to Moreh (Myanmar)—a link Bangladesh can be benefitted from.
Rail officials of Bangladesh and India sit today in Dhaka to work out a plan to implement the Akhaura-Agartala rail link, which will allow Delhi to connect with its seven north-eastern states.
India’s rail officials say that Delhi is moving for rapid implementation of their much-sought rail link which the two neighbours believe will open up a new era of business opportunities and people-to-people contact in the region.
The garment industrial park to be located 37km from Dhaka will have 577 plots for apparel units, which will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) starts collecting funds today for establishing an industrial park at Baushia of Munshiganj for the ready-made garment sector.
The three-year project worth about Tk100bn, which the BGMEA aims to complete on June 30, 2016, will give priority to the non-compliant factories in Ashulia zone, to make them fully compliant ones.
Proper management of water resources necessary to protect basic right
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said only the judicious settlement of disputes and management of water resources could resolve the global conflicts over water.
“Through the ages water has led to human conflicts all over the world. Some are still going on. Only judicious settlement of access to and management of water resources is the solution to these conflicts, and for peace,” she said underlining the need for water management frameworks and knowledge-sharing networks for cooperation.
REB has taken a high interest loan from JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) for the work, according to project document
Rural Electrification Board (REB) will build 50 new substations and upgrade 30 existing ones under 33 Palli Biddyut Samitys (PBSs) in four divisions of the country with an estimated cost of Tk4.16bn, an official said.
“The proposals for the four JICA-funded projects were approved in the meeting of cabinet committee on public purchase,” said joint secretary of the cabinet division Nurul Karim on Sunday after the meeting.
The DEMU train will permanently ply on Chittagong route from May 25 next
The country's first-ever commuter train service started its trial journey on Chittagong-Fouzdarhat route Saturday morning.
Mizanur Rahman, Assistant Director of Public Relations of Bangladesh Railway, east zone, told BSS that the Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) train left Pahartali Railway Station of the city around 10 am.
"It returned to the same station at 12.50pm today after completing trial", he said adding that it was the first time that DEMU is plying here in Bangladesh.
'Mongla has huge potential to serve Nepal, Bhutan and India '
The growing interests of the landlocked states have prompted Bangladesh to initiate modernisation of the country’s second sea port at Mongla, Khulna which, experts say, has the potential to emerge as a South Asian regional port.
Bangladesh Railway has undertaken a project to link the port with the country’s railway network of over 28,000km, aimed at facilitating movement of goods to and from the landlocked states of Nepal, Bhutan and some states of India.
25 acres of land will be acquired further for the development of the country’s 18th land port: Shipping minister
The Bhomra land customs station in the district was declared a full-fledged land port on Saturday in the wake of demand by businessmen, says UNB.
Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan made the announcement at a function here at noon.
“With the completion of Padma Bridge, this port will turn into the country’s main commercial land port increasing trade with Kolkata. The port users will have all the necessary facilities,” he said.
Banglamati can ensure rice production under adverse conditions
Experts at the farmers training and field day programme on Wednesday expressed satisfaction about the expansion of farming Banglamati, a modern rice variety. Cultivation of this variety will increase rice production and ensure food security under adverse climatic conditions, they opined.