CIP cards go to 56 entrepreneurs

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu on Sunday distributed the CIP 2015 cards at a function in Dhaka, said an official statement. Of the recipients of CIP cards, 25 belong to large-scale category, 15 to medium-scale category, five to small-scale category, two to micro industry category and two to cottage industry category. The recipients of CIP cards will enjoy different government-offered facilities for next one years starting from on Sunday. The CIP cards would be regarded as entry cards to visit Bangladesh Secretariat. Speaking at the function, Amir Hossain Amu hoped the entrepreneurs selected as CIPs would involve themselves in the efforts to build an industrial Bangladesh.

February 19, 2017 19:10 UTC

Textile millers fear losing global competitiveness

Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) President Tapan Chowdhury made the remark while addressing a press conference on the upcoming Dhaka International Textile and Garment Machinery Exhibition (DTG)-2017 in the city on Sunday. A four-day mega expo on textile machinery is set to kick off at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in the city on Thursday. Besides, the sector people claimed that scarcity of lands and insufficient gas and electricity connection are the key barriers to the private sector investment growth. He explained that scarcity of land and insufficient gas and electricity connections are now being considered as the barriers to the private sector investment in the country. Currently, country’s textile industry has an investment of US$6 billion while RMG and textile sector contribute about 86% of total export and textile industry’s contribution to GDP is 13%.

February 19, 2017 18:56 UTC

Inu: BNP’s supporting govt idea a conspiracy

On February 13, BNP spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir revealed the party’s proposal for an “election-time supporting government” at the party’s central office. He announced that the party would soon send a proposal to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for this government. “BNP’s supporting government idea is a new conspiracy and it is part of their plan to foil elections and create the field to form an abnormal government,” Inu said. The information minister said the draft of the National Broadcast Act 2016 would be placed in the next session of the parliament. A draft of the Broadcast Act 2016 has been prepared with a provision of jail term and fine for violating the rules or regulations of the act.

February 19, 2017 18:45 UTC

Govt and World Bank launch programme to improve child nutrition

The government and the World Bank jointly launched the Jawtno Program on Sunday, a cash benefits programme which aims to improve children’s nutrition and cognitive development, according to a World Bank press release. The programme aims to provide financial support to 600,000 of the country’s poorest mothers and pregnant women in exchange for their participation. “The World Bank places a high priority on supporting Bangladesh to improve the nutrition and cognitive development of children in their early years. The Jawtno Program focuses on prenatal care, and young children’s nutrition and cognitive development, and these efforts help poor children to do better in adult life,” said Qimiao Fan, World Bank country director for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. The beneficiaries of the Jawtno Program will be selected using the National Household Database being developed by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

February 19, 2017 18:33 UTC

Apparel Summit begins on Feb 25

The event will be attended by representatives from buyers, brands, university scholars and workers’ representatives who would also find out the priority areas to the achievement of $50 billion export target. The day-long summit would have nine interactive sessions where over 85 speakers from home and abroad would participate. In addition, top representatives of over 25 brands and over 15 globally renowned academics would also attend in the DAS. There would be three main sessions in the summit. The first session titled “Business Policy and Environment: Towards a Better Bangladesh” while the second session titled “Collaborative and Responsible Souring for Sustainable Growth” and third session is concentrated on “Bangladesh Apparel Industry: Transformation and the road Ahead”.

February 19, 2017 18:33 UTC

Police: Former Detroit Lions player arrested in Oregon

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February 19, 2017 18:20 UTC

Police fire several dozen rubber bullets as SUST students clash with locals in Sylhet

University Proctor Munshi Naser Ibne Afzal said the clash continued for around two hours from 6 pm on Sunday. "Hearing about the matter from her, other students went to speak to the youths. The Proctor said the locals pelted brickbats and threw six crude bombs on students who took the position on the Sylhet-Sunamganj Road. The students vandalised several shops at that time, he said. Jalalabad Police Station OC Aktar Hossain said police fired 52 rounds of rubber bullets and brought the situation under control.

February 19, 2017 18:16 UTC

Celebrating our past: Living Museum highlights Black History program

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February 19, 2017 18:09 UTC

Bangladesh information minister says impact of Indian TV channels on family life will be researched

“I think the Indian channels are not affecting family life or contributing to family conflicts in Bangladesh. But we don't yet have any reliable information that watching Indian TV channels is fueling discord in family or divorce," Inu replied. Recently a writ petition was filed with the High Court seeking a ban on the Indian TV channels, claiming that those are impacting Bangladesh's social life negatively. He said the Bangladesh authorities gave permission to broadcast only those Indian TV channels which 'do not contradict Bangladesh's Constitution'. The minister then said the impact of the channels on family conflicts and divorce would be researched.

February 19, 2017 17:39 UTC

CPD appoints Fahmida Khatun as new executive director

The decision was made at the 48th meeting of the Board of Trustees (BoT) held at the CPD office on Sunday. Professor Mustafizur Rahman, the current ED, will continue to work at CPD as a Distinguished Fellow. Both these appointments will be effective from March 2017, said a CPD press release. Presided over by Professor Rehman Sobhan, Chairman, CPD, the Board meeting was attended by CPD Trustees former finance minister M Syeduzzaman, Apex Group chairman and former Advisor to the Caretaker Government Syed Manzur Elahi, Nijera Kori coordinator Khushi Kabir. CPD distinguished fellow Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, and executive director, and member secretary of the CPD-BoT Professor Mustafizur Rahman also attended the meeting.

February 19, 2017 17:19 UTC

Third part of graphic novel ‘Mujib’ released

The non-profit Centre for Research and Information (CRI) who published the book organised the launching of the graphic novel ‘Mujib-3’ on the Bangla Academy premises on Sunday. Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid, and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam were present at the launching event, among others. Sheikh Mujib was born on Mar 17, 1920, at Tungiparha in Gopalganj, Bangladesh that emerged as an independent country in 1971 following a long struggle led by him. Radwan Mujib Siddiq, a grandson of Bangabandhu, and also a trustee of CRI, is the publisher of the book. This graphic novel is a part of that initiative,” he said.

February 19, 2017 16:51 UTC

Private hajj registration begins

According to an official handout, the Minister for Religious Affairs Principal M Motiur Rahman formally inaugurated the hajj registration activities at the Ministry of Religious Affairs in Dhaka and said registration would continue till February 21. This year, a total of 1, 17,758 people will register their names under private management. Some 1,118 hajj agencies are working to reach the target. The government has already been registering hajj pilgrims since January 20. A total of 10,000 people will register their names for hajj under the government management this year, the release said.

February 19, 2017 16:41 UTC

China wants ‘solid effort’ to address difficulties in doing business in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) Executive Chairman Kazi M Aminul Islam, however, assures the Chinese delegation of a congenial business environment removing the hurdles. At least 400 Chinese companies are currently doing business in Bangladesh. “But we found that companies face various degrees of challenges and difficulties in doing business here,” he said. Bangladesh has also formally joined China’s “One Belt One Road" Initiative under which China will invest in Bangladesh for infrastructure development. “FBCCI would be happy to provide any support to any Chinese businessmen or investor doing business in Bangladesh,” he said.

February 19, 2017 16:28 UTC

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February 19, 2017 16:22 UTC

Hunters charged in Texas shooting had blamed immigrants

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February 19, 2017 16:21 UTC

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