Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) – An agreement was signed with a Chinese company to implement a digital connectivity project aiming to deliver high speed broadband internet across the country including remote areas.
The agreement was signed between Director General of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department AKM Khairul Alam and China Railway International’s (CRIG) representative to Bangladesh Wei Xiaojun at ICT department.
The Tk 8000 crore project will begin in 2019 and conclude in 2021.
After implementing the project a total of 35,500 Sheikh Russel Digital Laboratories will be established in educational institutes across the country.
Besides, high tech laboratories will be established at 54 public universities of the country.
Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology (ICT) Minister Mustafa Jabbar, ICT department secretary Juena Aziz, CRIG president Chen Xiping and vice president Wang Lijie were present during the programme.
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) - Acting Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Md Jamal Mostafa on Sunday said the DNCC would complete its own work plan by this December as every city needs it to reduce the risk of disaster.
Jamal Mostafa, who has been performing his responsibilities as the acting DNCC Mayor, came up with the remark after completion of a 4-day workshop on “Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Action Plan”. The workshop ended in the capital city on Sunday.
Briefing reporters at DNCC Nagar Bhaban in Gulshan, the panel mayor said, “Disasters have emerged differently in different times in our city. So we need to prepare too for facing disaster.”
He hoped that this workshop would play an important role in reducing the risk of disaster.
Earlier, Dr Tariq Bin Yusuf, Project Director of DNCC's Urban Resilience project, highlighted the progress of the DNCC on the action plan to reduce disaster risk in light of the Sendai Framework of United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
In fact, under the 10 "Essentials" of the Sendai Framework, the action plan for reducing risk is being prepared. Among them, five detailed work plans have already been completed in the workshop held on 25-28 October. The remaining work plans will be completed in December 2018.
Some notable aspects of this action plan are: 'Mock drill' exercises by DNCC; preparation of all action plans with importance in reducing the risk of disaster risk in new 18 wards; to provide emergency services to the service providers during emergencies and to increase infrastructural capacity for disaster prevention; preparation of disaster risk database for disaster forecasting.
Jahangirnagar University (Savar), Oct 28 (UNB) – Mentioning that Bangladesh is known as a perfect example of a developing country in the world, Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy on Sunday urged people to vote for Boat again to turn the country into a developed one by 2041.
He made the call while addressing a ceremony marking the distribution of ‘Joy Bangla Youth Award’ at the Sheikh Hasina National Youth Complex in Savar.
Criticising the last BNP tenure, Joy said it was the most corrupt regime when terrorism raised its ugly head.
Joy Bangla Youth Award is the flagship event of Young Bangla, one of the biggest national platforms for Bangladeshi youths launched by non-profit Centre for Research and Information (CRI).
After handing over prizes among the winners on the last day of the two-day ceremony, Joy said, “When we started our journey, we didn’t know what would be the fate of this proramme? But now we’re a community of 2 lakh young people.”
The young people are now taking initiatives utilising their own capacity by using information and communication technology to change the country, he said.
“Now we’re known in the world as a digital country. Many countries like the Maldives, Bhutan, Somalia, Peru and the Philippines are taking assistance from us to digitise their own countries. It’s possible only for the Awami League government,” said Joy, also Prime Minister’s son.
A total of 30 organisations were given the Joy Bangla Youth Award, 2018 for their outstanding contributions to promoting social work, education, sports and cultural activities.
Among others, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for Information Tarana Halim and Young Bangla Convener Nahim Razzak were present.
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) - A bill titled 'The Fisheries Quarantine Bill, 2018' was passed in Parliament on Sunday, aiming to regulate the import of fish to prevent the intrusion of any harmful bacteria into the country.
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Narayan Chandra Chanda moved the Bill and it was passed by voice vote.
Currently, there is no law to check the intrusion of any disease or harmful bacteria through fish import.
As per the proposed law, the Fisheries Department will act as the Fish Quarantine Authority to monitor the import of any fish or aquaculture species by water, road, air and other routes.
If any individual or company imports fish or fish products without permission, they will face minimum one-year and maximum seven-year jail or fine of maximum Tk 5 lakh or both.
The offence under the law will be considered as non-cognisable and bail-able one. Metropolitan, judicial and executive magistrates will have the authority to deal with the offence.
However, no court will accept any case without any written complaint of the quarantine officer.
Police, RAB, Coast Guard, BGB, port authority and civil aviation authority, Bangladesh Railway, shipping agencies and other organisations concerned will have the authority to prevent any activity detrimental to the law and help the fisheries officials to execute the law.
Sangsad Bhaban, Oct 28 (UNB) – Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain on Sunday told Parliament that steps are being taken to demolish 255 vulnerable buildings in the capital.
“Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has identified 321 risky buildings in the city since 2010. Of the buildings, 255 are still there,” he said while replying to a starred question from treasury bench MP M Abdul Latif (Chattogram-11).
Of the remaining buildings, the minister said, the owners reconstructed 28 buildings, while demolished 38 buildings.
“Steps are being taken to demolish or remove the existing 255 risky buildings through discussions with the owners,” he told the House.
In reply to another starred question from Awami League MP Didarul Alam (Chattogram-4), the minister said the government has a plan to construct a flyover from the city’s Shantinagar point to Mawa Road (Jhilmil) under the Public Private Partnership (PPP).
In 2013, the relevant ministerial committee approved in principle the implementation of the project under PPP system. The project is supposed to be completed by June 2022.