Dhaka, Feb 02 (UNB) - The United States' Federal Reserve Bank of New York (New York Fed) will be assisting Bangladesh's central bank to recover the $81-million stolen funds in the 2016 cyberheist.
In a joint statement on Friday, February 1, the central banks said it will be working together with Bangladesh's central bank to “bring the wrongdoers responsible to justice”, reports online news site Rappler from Manila.
"This agreement demonstrates that the New York Fed and Bangladesh Bank are aligned in the pursuit of recovering the funds and directing litigation against those who were complicit in or benefitted from the fraud," they said.
The statement came after Bangladesh sued Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) in a US court, for its involvement in the cyberheist. RCBC called dismissed the suit as a "political stunt."
Both central banks said they will be meeting jointly with the agencies or parties in the Philippines "to strongly encourage them to assist in the recovery of stolen funds."
"To further the recovery effort, the New York Fed and Bangladesh Bank have entered into a Resolution and Assistance Agreement where the New York Fed will provide technical assistance to Bangladesh Bank in its litigation against those who were complicit in the fraud to recover the stolen funds," the central banks said.
Both New York Fed and Bangladesh's central bank pointed out that the multimillion dollar cyberheist "represents a threat to the international funds transfer system."
In February 2016, unidentified hackers stole $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank's account with the New York Fed. Only $15 million has been recovered.
The money was then transferred to a Manila branch of the RCBC, swiftly withdrawn and laundered through local casinos.
A Philippine court found RCBC former manager Maia Deguito guilty of money laundering over the heist, sentencing her to 4 to 7 years in prison for each of the 8 counts.
Dhaka, Feb 2 (UNB) - A seven-day-long Iranian Food Festival began in the city on Saturday.
Iran Cultural Centre, Dhaka and Hotel Sarina jointly organized the festival at the hotel.
The inaugural program was held in the afternoon with the presence of Iranian Ambassador to Bangladesh Reza Nafar and some other diplomats and dignitaries.
The prominent Iranian chef Hossain Nazmi was the special attraction of the food fest.
Under his supervision, different types of delicious Iranian dishes will be served through the festival time.
Every day from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm different types of food will be available for those who love to eat Iranian food.
The curtain will fall on the festival on February 8, 2019.
Chattogram, Feb 2 (UNB) - Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Saturday characterised the BNP’s demand for reelection as a ‘childish desire’.
“If anyone loses a football match and demands holding the match again, it’s nothing but the tears of children,” he said.
The minister made his remark addressing a programme at Chattogram Zila Parishad auditorium as chief guest. He rather suggested BNP leave behind the ‘negative politics’ and take preparations for the next national election in five years.
Referring the Prime Minister’s invitation to the political parties to Ganabhaban for tea, Hasan Mahmud said, “It is very shameful that BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront did not respond to the invitation. But it is quite natural as they do negative politics.”
“The Prime Minister has shown her kindness by inviting those who killed people in the name of politics and she had shown enough kindness,” he added.
Dhaka, Feb 2 (UNB)- A large number of people of all ages thronged the month-long Ekushey Book Fair on Saturday.
The fair celebrated its first Shishu Prohor (special time schedule for the children) from 11am to 1pm. The children’s corner was decorated colourfully with toys.
The presence of children was remarkable in the morning while the number of visitors of all ages increased from the afternoon.
Eighty-one new books hit the fair on Saturday.
Two main entry gates have been set up at Teacher-Students’ Centre and Doyel Chattar, while three gates will be installed at the Bangla Academy and eight gates at Suhrawardy Udyan as entry and exit points.
Fourth grader Afia Zaman Mitu came to the fair with her parents. “I have been coming here with my parents for the last two year. It’s really amazing. I like to buy science fiction books,” she told UNB.
“Sisimpur’s Halum and Tuktuki are my favorite characters, I also met and took photo with them,” she added.
Dhaka, Feb 2 (UNB) - The government will continue its all-out effort to ensure safe food for the consumers, Food Minister Sadhan Chanda Majumder said on Saturday.
“More manpower will be recruited soon to strengthen the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) to make it an effective body,” he said while addressing a discussion at Jatiya Press Club on the occasion of National Food Safety Day.
BFSA organised the function with its Chairman Mohammad Mahfuzul Haque in the chair. Food Secretary Shahabuddin Ahmed also addressed the discussion.
Minister Majumder said BFSA was now working with different departments and agencies to ensure safe food for consumers.
“The recruitment [of manpower] will help BFSA work more effectively,” he said.
BFSA was formed in 2015 following the passage of Food Safety Act, 2013, to ensure a modern technology-based food safety system across the country. BFSA Chairman Mahfuzul said his organisation would soon launch mobile applications to help consumers choose safe food.
He said there would be safe food fair on Sunday and Monday which is expected to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Bangladesh Krishibid Institution.
Different government organisations, food processing companies, traders, importers and other stakeholders will be participating in the fair to showcase safe food to the consumers.
Meanwhile, B-Safe Foundation (Bangladesh Safe Agro Food Efforts), an organisation campaigning for food safety, organised a seminar titled ‘Expectation for Nutrient and Safe Food’ at the Jatiya Press Club.
With Dr Syed Anwar Hossain in the chair, the function was also addressed by B-Safe Secretary Ataur Rahman, Vice President TIM Zahid Hossain, and former agriculture secretary Anwar Faruque.
The speakers said food adulteration and pollution had been the biggest hurdles towards ensuring secured and safe food for the people of the country.
They said there is no alternative to safe and nutrient food to ensure a healthy nation.