Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) – The government on Sunday announced a Tk 79.99 crore incentive for 6,90,970 farmers across the country, aiming to increase the production of 11 varieties of crops.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury came up with the announcement at a press briefing at the secretariat.
The farmers will get MOP and DAP fertilizers and seeds to cultivate 11 kinds of Robi crops in a bid to increase the cultivation of these crops and to recoup the damages caused by natural disasters, said the Minister.
The crops are wheat, maize, mustard, peanut, felon (puse), pulse (Khesari), BT Brinjal, boro paddy, sesame and both winter and summer pulse (moog).
The government will provide 20 kgs seeds, 20 kgs of DAP fertilizer and 10 kgs of MOP fertilizer at a cost of Tk 1,965 to the farmers for cultivating wheat on one bigha of land while two kgs of seeds, 20 kgs DAP fertilizer and 10 kgs of MOP fertilizer at a cost of Tk 1,302 for cultivating maize on one bigha land, said Matia.
One kg of seeds, 20 kgs of DAP fertilizer and 10 kgs of MOP fertilizer involving Tk 786 to the farmers for cultivating mustard on one bigha land while 10 kgs of seeds, 10 kgs of DAP fertilizer and 5kgs of MOP fertilizer involving Tk 1,563 to the farmers for cultivating peanut on one bigha of land, she said.
The farmers will get one kg of sesame seeds, 20 kgs of DAP fertilizer and 10 kgs of MOP fertilizer at a cost of Tk 792 while five kg seeds of pulse (moong), 10 kgs of DAP and 5 kgs of MOP fertilizers at a cost of Tk 935 for per bigha of land.
The farmers will get five kg seeds of boro paddy, 20 kgs of DAP fertilizer and 10 kgs of MOP fertilizer, involving Tk 1,002 for per bigha of land.
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) – A five-member medical board of Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) checked BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s previous medical papers at the hospital on Sunday and decided that her treatment will continue as before.
At a press briefing, BSMMU director Brigadier General Abdullah Al Harun said the medical board members went to Khaleda’s cabin on the 5th floor of Cabin Block at 11:30am and examined her all the medical papers for 15 minutes.
He said the medical board, headed by Dr Abdul Jalil Chowdhury, examined Khaleda’s health on Saturday. “The five board members today reviewed her all medical reports and papers. They decided that her treatment will now continue as before based on her previous medical documents until the medical board meets further.”
The director said the board may conduct some medical tests of Khaleda at a convenient time after assessing her complete medical history.
Harun said the medical board is likely to examine Khaleda’s health condition further on Monday.
Asked whether the medical board met Khaleda today, he said they waited to see her but could not do that. “The board members only examined her reports and documents.”
The director said BSMMU Prof Tanzina Parvin has been included in the board for temporary period as its member Prof Sajal Krishna Banerjee of Cardiology department is now staying in Barishal.
Replying to a question, Harun said they formed the board as per the High Court order as no one from the executive committees of either pro-BNP Doctors' Association of Bangladesh (DAB) and or Pro-Al Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad (Swachip) was included in it.
Earlier in the day, Khaleda’s four lawyers, led by Moudud Ahmed, met the BSMMU director and requested him to ensure the BNP chief’s treatment as per the High Court’s direction.
Talking to reporters, Moudud said, “We urged the director to ensure the treatment and medical board of Khaleda Zia as per the apex court’s directions.”
He said they will again move the court if its directions are not followed in ensuring Khaleda’s treatment.
Khaleda Zia was admitted to the BSMMU on Saturday afternoon after prison authorities shifted her there from old Dhaka Central jail for better treatment in response to a court order.
The High Court on Thursday directed the government to immediately admit Khaleda Zia to the BSMMU and form a 5-member medical board afresh for her treatment.
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) –The second conference of South Asia Maritime and Logistics Forum (SAMLF) 2018 will be held at a city hotel here on October 9 and 10.
Bangladesh is going to host the SAMLF , aiming to invite investment in shipping sector.
Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan briefed reporters about the upcoming conference at the secretariat here on Sunday.
The SAMLF will be held under the joint aegis of the Ministry of Shipping of Bangladesh in association with the Gateway Media (Pvt) Ltd of India and Colombo International Maritime Conference Event (CIMC) of Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the programme on October 9 as the chief guest while the Shipping Minister will preside over the programme.
Ministers, secretaries and high officials of shipping sector related trade and industries of 20 countries, including India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal, will attend the programme.
Development and possible investment in shipping sector, solution to barriers in regional trade, ship building, dredging and other issues related to the sector will be discussed in the two-day forum.
The first conference of SAMLF was held in Mumbai in India last year.
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) – Asif Chowdhury, honorary Consul of Chile in Bangladesh, has been re-elected a member of World Federation of Consuls (FICAC)-Board of Directors for the next three years securing the second highest votes among the Saarc candidates.
The voting took place at the 12th World Congress of Consuls organised in Brussels, Belgium during October 4-7 by FICAC, said a press release.
Asif Chowdhury, former President of Consular Corps in Bangladesh, had held the post of Chairman of FICAC, South Asia region since 2014.
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) - Accelerance, a US-based global software outsourcing authority, will help merchandise and increase the sales of Bangladeshi software services in the American, European, Australian and other English-speaking markets.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in this regard between Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) and Accelerance Inc on October 4 last at the office of the Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister, said an official on Sunday.
Deputy Project Director of Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICT) Project of BCC Tarique M Barkatullah and President of Accelerance Inc Andy Hilliard signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organisations.
Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar, BCC Executive Director Parthapratim Deb, LICT Component Team Leader Sami Ahmed, Accelerance Vice President Hugh Morgan and Chief Delivery Officer Jim Marascio witnessed the MoU signing.
As per the MoU, Accelerance will provide support to Bangladesh’s Software Development Companies (BSDCs) in their sales and marketing efforts into the targeted markets, including American, European, Australian and other English-speaking markets.
They will also provide training to BSDCs to enable them to identify and successfully execute engagements in Target Markets and technical and readiness assessments of BSDCs by Accelerance, the MoU said.
Based on the technical and readiness assessments of BSDCs, Accelerance will give direction and assistance for developing and implementing plans.