Photo: BIGSTOCKThe government’s push to promote the ICT sector through incentivization has clearly been a step in the right directionThe path towards Digital Bangladesh has never been clearer. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index, Bangladesh has outperformed most of its South Asian neighbours in adopting ICT, ranking above India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. To that end, the government’s push to promote the ICT sector through incentivization and the establishment of ICT parks has clearly been a step in the right direction. However, while Bangladesh’s success in this regard remains commendable, its overall ranking in the world remains relatively poor when compared to more developed nations. It is only through continued self-improvement in this regard that we can ensure sustained development for the Bangladeshi people.
October 22, 2018 20:26 UTC
The ambassador made the comment while addressing journalists after a meeting with Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed after a meeting with him at his secretariat office on Monday. “Elections that are free, fair, participatory and transparent are key to any democracy’s wellbeing,” said Bernicat. “Credible election must have a credible opposition in order to be further credible. if any party does not want to participate in the election, it is their decision,” said Tofail Ahmed. “I hope all the parties will participate in the next election,” he added.
October 22, 2018 20:03 UTC
Awami League frontrunnersTwo-time MP Sohrab Uddin will again be bidding for selection in Kishoreganj 2 after winning the seat for the Awami League at the 2008 and 2014 elections. However, if the Awami League nominates a clean-image candidate, analysts believe they will run away with the vote. The sentiment was shared by the party’s Pakundia upazila unit leader, Motahar Hossain Swapan. These aspirants have already started campaigning and since BNP has fewer aspiring nominees, there is no apparent rivalry in the party. However, no visible campaigning has yet been seen in Kishoreganj 2 by the principal opposition in parliament, Jatiya Party.
October 22, 2018 19:52 UTC
The Saudi king put emphasis on maintaining the ongoing trend of the bilateral communication and cooperation between the two countries to further expand the relation. Referring to her meeting with a Saudi delegation led by the crown prince and deputy prime minister, Sheikh Hasina said she requested for more Saudi investment in Bangladesh’s various sectors. In response, the Saudi deputy prime minister wanted to be a party to Bangladesh’s development and expressed his keenness to invest more in Bangladesh. During her talks with the Saudi king and crown prince, Hasina said she separately invited them to visit Bangladesh and both of them accepted her invitation. During her visit to Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Hasina performed Umrah in Makkah and offered ziarat at Rowza of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) at Masjid Al-Nabawi in Madinah.
October 22, 2018 19:18 UTC
Sheikh Hasina, however, said if the opposition party demands a smaller cabinet then it could be done. “I don’t know whether it is needed,” she said while addressing a press conference at her official residence Ganabhaban on Monday. The Prime Minister said the existing cabinet is comprised of representatives from all parties having representation in parliament unlike the previous one which was formed only with members of the ruling Awami League. If they want we will downsize the cabinet, and if not, it will remain the same,” she said. Hasina, also the Awami League president, said the ongoing development projects will get stalled if the cabinet is downsized during the election.
October 22, 2018 19:07 UTC
Bkash limited’s bkash customer app receives the best financial innovation at the Bangladesh Innovation Award 2018 CourtesyThe app includes innovative features such as QR code for merchant payment, Bangla text, and voice command for users with low literacy and numeracy skillsBkash limited’s bkash customer app has been recognized as the best financial innovation at the Bangladesh Innovation Award 2018 for its simple, user-friendly, and useful features. Sponsored by MasterCard, Bangladesh Brand Forum organized the award ceremony at Dhaka’s Le Meridien hotel,on Saturday. BKash launched the customer app in April 2018, making financial transactions easier and simpler with the use of smart phones, said a press release. "The bKash app brings lots of innovation to simplify the financial transaction experience of Bangladeshi mobile financial service users,” said Chief Marketing Officer of bKash Mir Nawbut Ali, explaining that bKash is working to empower more people and unlock newer possibilities enriching their lives through simplified financial services. “This award is recognition of our efforts and will encourage us to bring more innovations in our services,” he added.
October 22, 2018 18:45 UTC
Collected from FacebookOrganizers of the expo said that the fair will be inaugurated at 10.00 am on Thursday by commerce minister Tofail AhmedBangladesh Agro-Processors’ Association (BAPA) and Extreme Exhibition and Event Solution Ltd are going to organize a three-day international food expo, from October 25 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in Dhaka. The BAPA FoodPro International Expo 2018 is going to start with two concurrent expos named ‘8th Agro Bangladesh Expo 2018’ and ‘5th Rice and Graintech Expo Bangladesh 2018’, respectively. A total of 149 local and international exhibitors from 15 countries will participate and display food products, food processing and packaging products, and machineries in the expo. He added that the expo will help create scopes for local companies to build new business relations with foreign ones and learn more about the modern food processing technologies. Visitors have to pre-register online through Food Pro’s website or register on the spot to enter the expo.
October 22, 2018 18:33 UTC
"We also continue to call for accountability for those responsible for the violence in the Burmese security forces," she said. "With a dynamic and fast-growing economy, Bangladesh's future success will be fuelled by strengthening its democratic institutions and governing structures. After the creation of a conducive environment it would facilitate the return of the refugees, she opined. According to Wells, during her meeting with Bangladesh officials, she insisted on an election that can be transparent, free and contested. Alice Wells visited Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar yesterday before briefing journalists at the press conference where she met Rohingyas in camps which are sheltering nearly one million of them.
October 22, 2018 18:22 UTC
During this period,a total of 1,213 drives were conducted, 656 mobile courts formed and 561 cases lodged to prevent violations against the imposed banA total of 637 fishermen has been jailed and fined for violating the ban against netting ilish in six districts of the Barisal division in the last 15 days,confirmed Assistant Director of the Divisional Fisheries Office Azizur Rahman to the Dhaka Tribune. He said:"A total of Tk8.3 lakh realized as fines, two million metres fishing nets seized and a little over five thousand kilogram of ilish was recovered from the fishermen during the drives against illegal ilish netting in the division in the last 15 days." During this period,a total of 1,213 drives were conducted, 656 mobile courts formed and 561 cases lodged to prevent violations against the imposed ban, added the fishery official. The 22-day ban imposed for preservation and increase of ilish wealth on its main breeding season started on October 7 and will continue till October 29.
October 22, 2018 18:11 UTC
BIGSTOCKGermany last month approved 416 million euros ($480 million) worth of arms exports to Saudi Arabia for 2018European nations should take a joint stance on whether to halt arms exports to Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said Monday. He reiterated Chancellor Angela Merkel's statement from Sunday, saying Berlin "at this stage will not approve further arms exports because we want to know what happened," adding that "all explanations so far have been unsatisfactory". Germany last month approved 416 million euros ($480 million) worth of arms exports to Saudi Arabia for 2018. Germany and Saudi Arabia only returned their ambassadors in September after 10 months of frosty relations following criticism from Berlin of what it said was Saudi interference in Lebanese affairs. The Khashoggi case has opened a serious new rift, with Britain, France and Germany demanding that Saudi Arabia clarify how the journalist died inside its Istanbul consulate.
October 22, 2018 18:11 UTC
Rajshahi unit BNP filed an application on MondayThe newly formed Jatiya Oikya Front Rajshahi division unit wants permission to hold a rally in the city. Rajshahi unit BNP filed an application on Monday with the Rajshahi Metro Police Commissioner AKM Hafizur Rahman to hold the rally on Friday in the Madrasa ground of the city, Former Mayor for Rajshahi and BNP leader Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul confirmed. On October13, the BNP together with the Dr Kamal-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD, and Nagarik Oikya launched the Jatiya Oikya Front.
October 22, 2018 17:26 UTC
Sharon Dimanche made the comment at a “Sensitization Workshop on Migration for Media” jointly organized by IOM and the Brac Migration at an Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka . “Media can be a key influencer, affecting public perceptions about migration and governance, safe and regular migration, and migrant workers,” Dimanche said. “By helping to shape the debate around regular migration and its benefits, as well as by reporting on abusive and deceptive recruitment in the labor migration process, the media can serve as an instrument for change on migration issues,” Dimanche said. The IOM deputy chief of mission said also called on Bangladeshi journalists and media to cover migration issues with more importance. The call was reinforced by Brac Migration Program Head Shariful Hasan, who delivered the closing remarks at Monday’s workshop.
October 22, 2018 17:26 UTC
FIle photo of Road Transport and Bridges Minister Odaidul Qauder Dhaka TribuneThis year’s slogan is: ‘Ain mene cholbo, nirapod shorok gorbo’ (We will make streets safe by following rules)Bangladesh Road Transport and Bridges minister Obaidul Quader has blamed politicians for not following the traffic rules, saying: “Those who make law they have to obey it first. ‘If politicians do not follow the traffic rules, why then should the common people do so?’ he questioned. This year’s slogan is: ‘Ain mene cholbo, nirapod shorok gorbo’ (We will make streets safe by following rules). “Proper counselling has to be given to the members of parliament and ministers in order to make them obey traffic rules,” said the minister. “Awareness building is the only way to reduce road accidents.
October 22, 2018 17:15 UTC
Representational photoThe division bench comprising Justices JBM Hassan and Md Khairul Alam passed the orderThe High Court yesterday ordered a five-member committee to fix the fees of medical tests in all public, private hospitals, laboratories and diagnostic centres within the next two months. The division bench comprising Justices JBM Hassan and Md Khairul Alam passed the order, asking the committee formed by the health ministry to execute it, reports BSS. “The court has asked the committee to formulate policy as per ‘The Medical Practice Private Clinics and Laboratories (regulation) Ordinance,1982’ within the next two months. Earlier, Shah Alam, a treasurer of Human Rights Lawyers and Securing Environment Society of Bangladesh, filed the writ petition on July 11 seeking a chart of charges of medical tests. Following the writ, the High Court on July 24 asked authorities concerned to take necessary steps to display price charts of various medical tests in public places of private clinics, hospitals and diagnostic centres within fifteen days.
October 22, 2018 17:03 UTC
File photo of US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Marcia Bernicat CollectedThere is a lot of talks about developing one stop serviceUS ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat called for simplification of business processes and improving the ease of doing business, to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) from American businesses. “Every economy of the world requires FDI since countries cannot drive economic growth by only their domestic resources,” said Bernicat. A company has to balance at doing business somewhere else as more expenses are involved to set a business, said the envoy adding that a company wants to do thing effervescently and inexpensively as possible. Talking about the business environment, Bernicat said: “Ease of doing business is really important. Every dollar you spend, whether it is public or private, should be useful toward economic growth and products improvement rather than siphoning off, she added.
October 22, 2018 16:52 UTC