Archive for June, 2013

30 per cent students to get technical edn: Nahid

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Saturday said that the government has a plan to ensure 30 per cent student enrolment for the technical education by 2015 as country’s future growth depends on technology. ‘The government has raised the student enrolment up to 6 per cent for the technical education and it has to be enhanced further to expedite the […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

GSP revival: BNP to write to US govt: Fakhrul

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party would write to the Obama administration requesting revival of the trade privileges for Bangladesh under the Generalised System of Preferences which it had suspended on Thursday. BNP’s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a news briefing at the party central office on Saturday said BNP would write to the US government seeking withdrawal of […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Khaleda enemy of the nation, says Hanif

Awami League joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif on Saturday said opposition leader Khaleda Zia will ever be remembered as an ‘enemy of the nation’ for pleading with the USA for the withdrawal of GSP (Generalised System of Preferences) facility to Bangladesh. Claiming that Khaleda Zia had appointed lobbyists to persuade the US government for non-cooperation with the current government, […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

WP protests against TICFA

The Workers Party of Bangladesh, an ally of the ruling Awami League-led alliance, on Saturday called on the government to refrain from signing proposed Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement with the United States. At rally in front of the National Press Club, the party general secretary Anisur Rahman Mollick said that Bangladesh would not be benefited from the deal, […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

No formalin import since Nov 2012: Quader

The commerce minister, Ghulam Mohammad Quader, on Saturday informed the parliament that formalin had not been imported since November 2012 till date due to regulatory measures. The government had restricted import of formalin to check its indiscriminate use in food including fruits, he said replying to a tabled question of independent lawmaker Mohammad Fazlul Azim. He said the regular monitoring […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Greens demand Tk 2409cr as compensation from tanners

Green activists on Saturday urged the government to realise Tk 2,409 crore as compensation from tannery owners of Hazaribagh area for polluting river and surrounding areas. At a press conference, they said the cost of per cubic metre wastes treatment was Tk 50 and the tanneries were polluting the river from the year 1950, so the tanners should pay Tk 2,409 crore as […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Metro

Workshop on HIV stigma held

Physicians, development partners and NGO workers at a workshop on Saturday in Rajshahi urged the country’s print and electronic media to work towards removing social stigma on HIV/ AIDS through objectively news presented in a positive light. They also emphasised the need for creating awareness among people about the deadly disease, its causes and prevention with a view to containing […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Metro

Officers start abstaining from work at RU

THE officers of Rajshahi University on Saturday started a two-day work abstention programme demanding rise in their retirement age to 62 from the present 60 years. More than 700 officers, under the banner of RU Officers’ Association, refrained from joining their work from 8:00am to 10:00am on the first day. After the work abstention programme, at a gathering in front […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Metro

Obama sticks it to Bangladesh

I am heartbroken that the US has taken the decision to revoke GSP facility. As a Bangladeshi American I cannot but blame Obama, my President, for being callous and jaundiced. But, I cannot also help but blame the factory owners and the Bangladesh government who do not understand that they live in a globalised and competitive world, writes Kayes Ahmed […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

More on new math book

Education is the most neglected among all the sectors in Bangladesh. Only 2.2 percent of GDP is being allocated for the sector, which is the lowest even among the SAARC countries, although it should be at least 5 percent of GDP. For the last few years, budget allocation for education has been decreasing. From the current session, contents of all […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

A public health compromise

The government’s decision to amend the Import Policy Order 2012-15 allowing the imported poultry feeds to enter country without undergoing any tests for antibiotics and melamine indeed reinforces the incumbents’ unabated apathy to public health. According to a New Age report on Saturday, the decision has been taken at a meeting of the cabinet committee on economic affairs last month […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Check ravaging of lakes, water-bodies for better urban ecology

In what can be termed a long standing dwindling of water bodies, we now have Gulshan Lake, supposed to be one of the premier environmental spots in this urban cacophony. A New Age report says published on Sunday that the lake, running across the affluent part of town, is being used as a rubbish dump by nearby residents and is […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Mandela and his comrades of Indian origin

NELSON Mandela striding out of the Victor Vorester prison, outside Cape Town, on a sultry February 11, 1990 will remain etched on my mind as the everlasting image of ‘freedom’ in the 20th century. ‘Your piece to camera, Saeed Bhai; your piece to camera please,’ implored Akhtar Ali Khan, my cameraman. I came back with a start, so absorbed was […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Carbon isn’t just America’s problem

CANADA has 35 million people. Africa has just over 1 billion. But rather remarkably, Canada consumes about as much energy as all of Africa, according to Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of Power Hungry, a provocative look at the global energy industry. As African economies grow, however, it is a safe bet that African […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Reimagining the Silk Route

THE spirit of give-and-take that this ancient route inspired among civilisations can transform today’s geopolitics The Samosa and Seviyan were my first introduction to India being a part of something bigger. Stuffed ravioli and slippery spaghetti from Italy to the ubiquitous dumpling and noodles of a staple ‘Chinese’ take away, opened up a wider but familiar world. In my school […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Suspension of GSP facilities: Ceramic, plastic, jute goods makers to take direct hit

Some export oriented industries like ceramic, plastic and jute goods would directly be affected by the US decision suspending Generalised System of Preferences facilities for Bangladesh as the sectors had been enjoying the facility when their products entered the US market. People related to these sectors have expressed grave concern over the decision, saying that the government had to take […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Business

Canada unlikely to follow US trading slap on Bangladesh

Ottawa does not seem to have any plans to follow the US lead to suspend Bangladesh’s special trading privileges, calling the move largely ‘symbolic’ as it did not apply to the garment industry, reports Toronto Star. A finance ministry official told the newspaper that Canada was ‘concerned about working conditions in the global ready-made garment sector’ and supports efforts to […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Business

Bring economy at centre stage of politics

Nepal’s first billionaire Binod K Chaudhary on Friday called upon the businessmen of South Asia, particularly of smaller countries, to bring the economy at the centre stage of politics. ‘We all have to work together not only in businesses, but also, perhaps, through participation in politics in our own way as everything revolves around politics with economies at the centre […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Business

LCG plenary session today

The government is going to apprise today the development partners and international lenders of its initiatives in improving labour standards including amendment to labour law, officials of the Economic Relations Division said. The government will also inform the development partners about the progress of formulating new audit act and foreign donations act to bring transparency and accountability in government expenditure […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Business

FBCCI urges withdrawal of GSP suspension

Expressing deep concern over the suspension of the Generalised System of Preferences facility for Bangladeshi products on the US market, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry on Saturday requested the world’s biggest economy for withdrawal of the suspension on humanitarian ground. In a statement, the FBCCI, the apex trade body of the country, said that the US […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Business

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