Outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki has said the just-launched Bangladesh Special Economic Zone (BSEZ) at Araihazar in Narayanganj will undoubtedly attract investment not only from Japanese companies but also from other international companies. He said the BSEZ fully meets the international standard in terms of facilities and infrastructure SEZ has to offer. Read more: PM opens Japanese Economic Zone: Expected to draw $1.5bn investment, create over 1 lakh jobs “I expect more than 100 companies will operate here in the future, with US$ 1.5 billion investment in total. BSEZ can provide prospective investors with the best possible environment in the region,” he said on Tuesday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina officially opened Bangladesh Special Economic Zone, also known as the “Japanese Economic Zone” at Araihazar in Narayanganj. She joined the event virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka. There have already been inquiries from approximately 30 Japanese companies and 10 foreign companies looking at the possibility of investing in the BSEZ. In 2026, Ambassador Naoki said, Bangladesh will graduate from the LDC status and it is a wonderful feat for Bangladesh under this government. “Then, the country aims to become a developed country in 2041 by achieving Vision 2041. I want to reiterate that Japan will continue to stand by Bangladesh in its development journey and work to build a win-win partnership for our prosperous future,” he said, adding that the success of BSEZ will surely guide them to get there. The Ambassador said he will return to Japan next week completing his tenure in Dhaka and he put in his best efforts over the last three years for the development of Bangladesh. Read more: Japan will continue to work toward resolution of Rohingya issue: Ambassador “I sincerely hope that the dream of Bangabandhu to build Sonar Bangla and a happy and prosperous country will be realized,” he said. Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) Executive Chairman Shaikh Yusuf Harun and President and CEO, Sumitomo Corporation Masayuki Hyodo also spoke. BSEZ is the first Special Economic Zone in Bangladesh designed and developed by Japanese companies. Eight years have passed since former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina shared their intention to cooperate for economic zone development. “I am delighted that our leaders' intention was finally materialized, overcoming all the challenges we faced, including the Covid-19,” said the Ambassador. “This is the Japanese Economic Zone. But, BEZA gave the name 'Bangladesh Special Economic Zone (BSEZ).’ I believe BEZA and the government did so with the expectation that it would become the flagship SEZ in Bangladesh,” he said. Naoki said it will play a pivotal role in boosting FDIs and become a symbol of the growing business partnership between Japan and Bangladesh. This month, following the opening of BSEZ, Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line 6 will start commercial operation. MRT Line 1 and Line 5 North will start construction next year in 2023. Then, the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Expansion of terminal 3 will do a soft-opening next October, said the Japanese Ambassador. Read more: Momen ‘not worried’ about Japanese Ambassador’s remarks, calls him a ‘simple, good person’ Matarbari Deep Sea Port is also under construction, with the prospect of completion of the Power-plant in 2024, and Bangabandhu Railway Bridge will open in the same year, he said. These quality infrastructure projects by JICA will transform the nation and significantly enhance Bangladesh's economic opportunities, he said. The ambassador said Bangladesh needs to continuously address some challenges to improve the business climate and Japan and Bangladesh should join hands to that end. “It is noteworthy that BSEZ has declared to be a corruption-free SEZ, showing its determination to eliminate corruption for a fair and favorable investment and business environment,” he said. BEZA Executive Chairman Shaikh Yusuf Harun said the economic zone will help attract US$ 1.5 billion investment and create employment opportunities for over 100,000 people. Sumitomo Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Masayuki Hyodo said this economic zone is so special and is strongly supported by the two governments and private sectors. “We have more than 30 years of experience in this business and we have been actively engaged in various infrastructure projects in Bangladesh,” said the President and CEO of the Corporation. Hyodo said they have been contributing to Bangladesh for sustainable economic development and prosperity.
A Narayanganj court on Tuesday sentenced a couple to life imprisonment in a case filed for killing a young girl in 2013 - although both of them were tried in absentia. Narayanganj Woman and Child Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Nazmul Haque Shyamol handed down the sentence. Read more: 4 get life term for killing 8-year old over land dispute in Joypurhat Swapan Gazi, 36, son of Abdul Majid alias Mannan and his wife Ankhi Akter, 30, of Fatullah area in Narayanganj district were also fined them Tk 50,000 each - in default, to suffer three month more in rigorous imprisonment. According to the prosecution, Marjina Akter, 16 used to live with the couple at theit rented house in Fatullah. On November 10, 2013, Swapan strangulated Marjina to death after failing to rape her. Ankhi helped Swapan in the crime. Read more: Schoolgirl rape-murder in N’ganj: 4 to die, another gets life term Police recovered the body and arrested two other young girls from the house. During interrogation, police came to know that the couple used to traffic the girls for sex. Russel, the owner of the house filed a case with Fatullah Police Station. Police submitted chargesheet against them later.
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested three more members of new militant outfit Jamatul Ansar Fil Hindal Sharqiya from the signboard area of Narayanganj. The arrestees are Abdul Hadi Sumon, 40, son of Abdur Rakib of Sunamganj's Jagannathpur, Abu Sayed Sher Mohammad,32, son of Abdus Sattar of Bogura Sadar and Md Roni Mia,29, son of late Khorshed Mia of Narayanganj. Read more: 26 members of new militant group ‘Jamatul Ansar Fil Hindal Sharqiya' held so far: Rab Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director of Rab’s legal and media wing, revealed the information while briefing the media on Wednesday in Dhaka’s Karwan Bazar. With these, 29 members of the new militant outfit have been arrested so far, said Rapid Action Battalion (Rab). Tipped off, they were arrested in a drive conducted by Rab-11 and Detective Branch in the area on Tuesday night. The elite force also seized some leaflets and books on radical views from the arrestees, Commander Moin said. Read more: Five suspected members of new militant outfit Jama'atul Ansar held In 2019, ‘Jamatul Ansar fil Hindal Sharqiya’ (Jamatul Ansar of Eastern Hind) was formed. Some leaders and activists of different levels of banned militant groups of Bangladesh including Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Ansar Al Islam and Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B), joined together to start the activities of this radical militant group, said the Rab official.
Two youths suffered burn injuries and three fell sick inhaling toxic gas due to an explosion in the air conditioner (AC) of a recording studio in Narayanganj's Fatullah Monday. The injured are Baban, son of SM Shamim and Baban's friend Mahin. The explosion occurred from an unknown source at Mark Video Recording at Monday noon, leaving the duo injured, said Shahadat Hossain, an emergency doctor at Narayanhanj's Khanpur hospital. Witnesses said the recording of songs and music videos was going on at the studio on the ground floor of a building since morning. Also read: 4 including three of a family suffer burns in Manikganj gas explosion The air conditioner (AC) of Mark Video Recording suddenly exploded at noon, affecting many people around the building. Three of them fell ill as they inhaled the toxic gas. The injured were rushed to Khanpur hospital. Of them, Baban and Mahin were later shifted to Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) as their condition deteriorated. One of them suffered 30 percent and the other suffered 45 percent burn injuries, said Dr Shahadat Hossain.
Consumers in the southern part of Dhaka city and adjoining areas, and Narayanganj and Munshiganj may experience disruption or low pressure in gas supply for a week – from tomorrow (November 6, 2022) to November 12 – due to technical work in the gas transmission line. According to a statement from Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited, the areas where consumers may face gas supply disruption include some areas in the southern part of Dhaka city, Zinjira, Keraniganj, Meghnaghat, Sonargaon, Haripur, Narayanganj and Munshiganj. Read: New gas found in Bhola field amid crisis Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL) will conduct “intelligent pigging” activities in its 60km long Bakhrabad-Shiddhirganj 30-inch-diameter transmission line during the period, said Titas Gas.
Like every year, the joy of Durga Puja had spread throughout Narayanganj with the participation of people of all religions from the sixth to the eighth day of the festival this year too. But whereas every year it is Bijaya Dashami (the 10th day, on Wednesday this year) that is associated with a solemn air for the departure of Goddess Durga, this year it was Nabami (the 9th day, that fell on Tuesday) that got covered in a pall of gloom due to the countrywide blackout. On Tuesday afternoon, the entire district lost electricity, alongside most of the nation. After 8 pm, electricity returned in some areas of Narayanganj city but most areas still remained without power till 10 pm. For the three previous days of the puja, the district town was full of light, but today the mood of the puja was ruined due to the blackout. Many mandaps around the city could be seen ready for the celebrations on the surface. Every year, Nabami is the day when there is a lot of noise around the mandaps, but this year Nabami seems to be completely silent. Even though there are elaborate lighting systems set up, there is no light on the roads due to lack of electricity. Nabami is usually the most joyous day of the festival. In Amlapara, we ran into Amit Das, who felt robbed of the climatic atmosphere one associates with Nabami. “Usually there are so many people in the temples, there is no space to walk,” said Amit. “People are just happier. But compared to that, there are no people in the mandaps this year. No happy faces. No electricity, darkness all around, nobody likes it. Everyone went home.” In Tanbazar area, one Mitu Chakraborty said, "Everyone likes to roam around on the night of Nabami during the puja. But this year all joy has faded in darkness. I went to two temples. There was no music playing. I don't feel good, I'll leave after a while. The electricity went and ruined the joy of worship."
A case was filed against 5,000 unnamed people over the death of Jubo Dal activist Shaon in a clash between the law enforcers and BNP activists in Narayanganj Sadar upazila Thursday, police said. "Shaon's elder brother Milon Pradhan filed a complaint at Narayanganj Sadar Police Station Thursday night. After that, a first information report (FIR) was registered," Anisur Rahman Molla, officer-in-charge (OC) of the police station, said Friday. Read: Jubo Dal activist killed in N’ganj; BNP activists-police clash in parts of country "We will take legal action against those involved in the killing following an investigation," the OC added. Thursday, Shaon was killed and 50 people were injured in a clash between police and the BNP activists in Narayanganj as the law enforcers tried to prevent local BNP leaders and activists from holding a rally during their founding anniversary.
An agreement was signed today (September 1, 2022) by Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) and Chinese firm U&D to develop the country’s second waste-based power plant. The power plant will generate 6 MW of electricity from garbage of Narayanganj city and adjoining areas. Welcoming the deal, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister M Tajul Islam said more such projects will be set up in other city corporation areas. Earlier, a similar agreement was signed in December last year by BPDB, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and the Chinese firm CMEC to develop the country’s first waste-based power plant in Dhaka with electricity generation capacity of 42.5 MW from garbage. As per the agreement, Narayanganj City Corporation will supply 600 metric tons of garbage to the U&D plant to generate 6 MW electricity, which the BPDB will purchase at a rate of US 20.91 cents (about Tk 20 per unit) for a period of over 25 years. A number of associated agreements were signed between the parties to implement the projects under which the NCC will also provide 10 acres of land to set up the incineration and power plant at Jalkuri area in Narayanganj city while U&D will complete the construction of the project and start commercial operation within 15 months from the financial closing. Read: First-ever waste-based power plant to be implemented under IPP mode The agreement was signed at a function at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka where State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, NCC Mayor Salina Hayat Ivy, and Power Secretary Habibur Rahman spoke on the occasion. Tajul Islam said the government has a plan to set up similar projects even in rural areas as part of the move to save rivers from pollution. “If we cannot protect our rivers from pollution, they would die in the course of time,” he said at the event. Nasrul Hamid said similar projects will also be taken up in all other city corporation areas across the country.
Rab said on Friday they arrested six members of an alleged inter-district robbery gang including its kingpin, while preparing for robbery from Purbobhabnathpur area under Sonargaon upazila. The elite force also recovered a foreign pistol, one round of bullet, one Chinese axe and locally made other sharp weapons from the possession of the arrestees during the drive, said a press release signed by Lieutenant Colonel Tanvir Mahmud Pasha, commandant of the Rab-11. The arrested robbers have been identified as leader Shakawat Hossain Rony, 25 and his accomplices Md Sohail, 32, Md Shahidul Islam, 26, Al Amin, 23, Md Ismail, 38, and Sujoy Dey, 30. Acting on a tip-off, a team of the Rab-11 conducted a drive and arrested the men, said the press release In the preliminary interrogation, the men confessed to committing robberies at two places of Araihazar upazila in the district on April 6 and 24 this year. Ringleader Rony admitted that he used to introduce himself as grandmaster of Kachpur’s “Bandhu Dance Academy” and staged dance on several functions including weddings and birthdays, and develop a close relationship with rich people taking advantage as a performer, the press release said. Read: Robbery & rape in Tangail moving bus: Mastermind among 10 held Later, the kingpin and his cohorts committed robbery at their targeted houses holding people hostage at gun point. Moreover, the men have been involved in robberies in Dhaka, Narayanganj, Gopalganj and adjoining districts for long, targeting houses of expatriates and rich people, it claimed. A case related to the incident was filed against the men at the local police station, the release added.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) claimed to have detained six members of a robbery gang with locally made weapons and a bus from Narayanganj's Bandar and Rupganj upazilas Friday night. They also rescued two robbery victims and seized a pickup truck from the gang. The detainees were identified as Musa Ali, 40, from Narayanganj's Sonargaon; Naim Mia, 24, Abu Sufiyan, 20, and Md Mamun, 24, from the district's Rupganj, Md Shamim, 35, from Narsingdi's Shibpur, and Md Rony, 26, from Narsingdi Sadar. Read: Six human traffickers arrested in Narayanganj: Rab Friday night, the robbers took control of an egg-laden pickup truck on the Bhulta highway and drove it towards Madanpur on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway, with their bus following behind. Also, the robbers blindfolded the pickup truck driver and his assistant before throwing them on their bus. On information, Rab caught the gang members. The arrestees, during primary interrogation, said they had long been involved in such. After a "successful robbery," they used to sell the products at discounted prices. "The robber gang consists of 10-12 members. They had been planning and executing highway robberies in Narayanganj highways," Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director of the Legal and Media Wing of Rab Headquarters, said Saturday. During the daytime, the arrestees would work as drivers, helpers, mason, and apparel workers. But as the night fell, they would team up and take control of goods-laden vehicles on the highway. Legal action will be taken against the arrestees, Al Moin said.