Dhaka, Aug 25 (UNB) – Power consumers under Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC) on Sunday demanded the authorities concerned to suspend the installation of prepaid metres saying the system is ‘unfair’.
Addressing a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club, leaders of Pre-paid Metre Connection Resisting Committee (PMCRC) alleged the operation of prepaid metres is unfair and non-transparent as the DPDC has been realising huge money without showing any proper reasons.
“We’re fed up with the prepaid metres as there’s no transparency in its operation by the DPDC,” Baharane Sultan Baharan, Joint Secretary General of the PMCRC, told reporters.
PMCRC President Haji Md Shahjahan, Secretary General Mohammad Yeasmin and other leaders also spoke on the occasion.
They said the DPDC has been deducting Tk 40 per month as prepaid metre rent but it is not clear how long they will continue to deduct money.
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Secondly, they said, it is not clear how much of electricity a consumer will be able to consume once he or she recharges Tk 1,000, they said.
They also alleged in the case of getting an emergency balance of Tk 200, the DPDC has been charging Tk 50 as interest.
The leaders claimed that the DPDC has also been charging Tk 200 against master metre per month which is also unfair as the consumers bought such metre at their own cost.
The PMCRC leaders said they will move court to file a writ against the operation of prepaid metres if the DPDC does not stop its installation. They said the DPDC top officials were apprised of the issues during their public hearing.
“But they’ve failed to resolve the problems,” said Haji Md Shahjahan.
He mentioned that the power consumers in different districts, including Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Gazipur, Sunamganj and Khulna, have already held rallies to protest the ‘unfair and non-transparent’ system of prepaid metres.
Dhaka, Aug 25 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked the authorities concerned to be mindful so that the people who have gone abroad to attract good luck do not end up being cheated by middlemen.
“We’ve to give a special attention so that no one is cheated by middlemen. We’ve the responsibility to look after their security and welfare because they’re our citizens,” she said.
The Prime Minister was delivering her introductory speech at the first meeting of the National Steering Committee on Migration held at her office.
She also emphasised creating skilled manpower before sending them abroad.
"In Bangladesh, we still have the youth, which is a big power for us. We’ve to make them skilled through provide them training. We’ll not send labourers only, we'll send skilled workforce,” she said.
Regarding the sending of female workforce abroad, Sheikh Hasina said female workers are going to many countries.
“But are these female workers capable of handling these kinds of works? We’ve to take care of this as well," she said.
Hasina also said if anyone goes abroad without receiving training that person would not able to perform the work.
“So, they'll ultimately face oppression. We’ve taken various initiatives to stop this, but people fall prey to middlemen,” she said.
The Prime Minister emphasised raising public awareness so that people are never cheated by middlemen. Middlemen often lure the innocent rural people, she pointed out.
“They take a hefty amount of money from people and send them abroad. After that they put pressure on their relatives for more money. This sort of irregularity is a common phenomenon in the country,” she said.
The Prime Minister said a stronger monitoring system is needed to stop the deception of workers who are going abroad. The workers are sending a large amount of remittance which is contributing to reducing poverty and increasing the foreign currency reserve.
“Prepare a database of people going abroad for jobs with details such as where they are going and for which work,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the government is trying to convince people to not approach brokers and go abroad by registering through the digital centres.
The government has established Probashi Kallayan Bank (Expatriate Welfare Bank) so that the people can get loans from the bank to go abroad, she said.
The prime minister called upon the media to play an effective role to this end.
She also said in future, Bangladesh might not send manpower abroad as the country will need skilled manpower since it is setting up 100 special economic zones and developing information communication technology sector.
Ministers, secretaries and other officials concerned were present at the meeting.
Madaripur, Aug 25 (UNB) – A woman died of dengue on early Sunday while being shifted to a hospital in Dhaka.
Police said Sumi Akter, 30, wife of Anwar Hossain of Kathalbari village of Shibpur upazila, died around 1:30am at the Mawa ferry terminal in Munshiganj.
Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Shibpur Police Station, said Sumi was diagnosed with dengue on August 20.
She was initially taken to the Upazila Sadar Hospital where doctors recommended shifting her to Dhaka for better treatment.
Bangladesh has been fighting an uphill battle against dengue this year. More than 62,000 cases were recorded since January while the government confirmed 47 deaths. Most of them were reported from Dhaka, the overpopulated megacity at the centre of the outbreak.
Currently, 6,289 patients are being treated at different hospitals and clinics.
But the situation appears to be improving as 1,179 new cases were reported in 24 hours till Saturday morning. A minor boy died of the disease at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital on Friday evening.
Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, causes flu-like illness, and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. About half of the world's population is now at risk, the WHO says.
Southeast Asian countries are seeing huge increases in fatal dengue cases this year.
There is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue, but early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below one percent.
Cumilla, Aug 25 (UNB) - National Awami Party (NAP) chief Prof Muzaffar Ahmed will be laid to rest at his village home in Debidwar upazila’s Elahabad on Sunday.
His body was taken to Cumilla on Saturday night, a day after he died at a Dhaka hospital. The 98-year-old was suffering from old age complications.
Prof Muzaffar was part of the wartime Bangladesh government in exile and a close friend of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
His body was taken to Cumilla Town Hall Ground in the morning. After his third namaz-e-janaza there, his mortal remains will be taken to his village. He will be buried at his family graveyard after his fourth namaz-e-janaza.
Dhaka, Aug 24 (UNB) – The World’s first and so far the only floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) Akademik Lomonosov set sail from the Arctic city of Murmansk on Friday for its final destination of Pevek, Chukotka, in Russia's far east region.
According to a statement of the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, the floating nuclear power unit, upon completion of 4,700 km of journey to Pevek, will supply clean heat and electricity in the area.
The ontribu to creating an Arctic future that is both sustainable and prosperous,” he added.
Akademik Lomonosov hosts two KLT-40C type nuclear reactors, each with an electricity generation capacity of 35 MW.
During the sailing ceremony, Rosenergoatom (a division of Rosatom), the operating company of the FNPP was awarded a Russian Book of Records certificate confirming Akademik Lomonosov’s status as the world's northernmost nuclear installation.
There, it will operate as part of a floating nuclear power plant, replacing the outgoing Bilibino NPP and the Chaunskaya CHPP, said the Rosatom.
The FNPP project is one of the most promising branches of small nuclear power reactors in the market today.
“It is especially suited for very remote areas and island states that require stable, green sources of energy. So far, significant interest in Rosatom’s FNPP technology has come from the Middle East, North Africa, and South-East Asia,” said the Rosatom.
Rosatom is currently working on second-generation FPUs, i.e. Optimized Floating Power Units (OFPUs), which will be built in a series and be available for export.