The weather may remain dry with a partly cloudy sky over the country for the next 24 hour commencing 6 pm on Sunday.
Light to moderate fog may occur at places over the country from mid-night to morning, said Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).
About the synoptic situation, BMD said a low pressure has formed over the South Bay and adjoining area.
It is likely to intensify. Ridge of sub continental high extends up to Bihar and adjoining area, it said.
Night temperature may fall by (1-2)°C and day temperature may rise slightly over the country.
Speakers at a webinar on Sunday said Bangladesh’s pharmaceuticals export volume to Asean market can reach up to $1.2 billion from the present $60 million within the next four years if the technical and the non-tariff barriers are addressed.
At the webinar organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they noted that Bangladesh has high potential to enter the Asean market.
To popularize the Bangladeshi drugs in the Asean markets, single country product fairs need to be organized frequently and Bangladeshi companies need to set up branches there.
Chaired by Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, the webinar was attended by Bangladesh Ambassadors and High Commissioners posted to the South East Asian countries, different Chambers of Commerce having business interests with the Asean countries, representatives from various exporters’ associations and high officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce and Bangladesh Trade and Tariff Commission.
Dr. Selim Raihan, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka presented the keynote paper on “Expanding Bangladesh’s Business Ties with the ASEAN Countries”.
The Foreign Secretary said that historically and traditionally, Bangladesh has had very close commercial and cultural links to the South East Asian countries due to her geographic as well as strategic complementarities.
He said that in order to attain the government set goal of $60 billion export figure by the turn of the year, the performance on the South East Asian front has to be much better.
Dr. Selim Raihan pointed out that Bangladesh stands to gain significantly through integration with the South East Asian countries which will allow Bangladesh to focus on export oriented manufacturing strategy and encourage export diversification.
Observing that presently Bangladesh’s exports to Asean countries are significantly low, he said, product diversification followed by market and need assessments in those countries will Bangladesh accelerate the desired integration process.
The five challenges he identified in export diversification are: a) pro-RMG bias in the policies and programmes, b) inadequate policies and strategies hurting non RMG sectors, c)weak collective action on non-RMG sectors, d) an environment with a high cost of doing business disproportionately affecting the non-RMG sectors; and e) low public spending on health and education leading to low productivity and skill development.
BGMEA President Dr. Rubana Huq said that by 2030 ASEAN as a bloc would be the 4th largest economy in the world and to enter that market Bangladesh should negotiate signing an FTA with a Rules of Origin clause favourable to the Asean.
MCCI President Nihad Kabir delivered the closing remarks.
Supporting the idea of a pro-active trade policy, she stressed on the need to carry out an exercise on how our competing countries differ from us in terms of rule making and execution.
Additional Secretary (East) Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Mashfee Binte Shams suggested that the missions in the South East Asian countries may forge strategic partnership with prominent trade bodies and chambers in the host country to organize a single country/single product fair not only in the capital city but also in the most vibrant commercial cities.
The meeting decided that from now on regular consultations would take place between the Ministry and the chambers on trade and vestment facilitation issues.
A recent study has found that all of the women working in the coastal belt fisheries are earning lower wages than their male counterparts.
They also lack empowerment, with very low participation in decision-making processes even at home.
The finding on the gender pay gap - the average difference between remunerations for men and women who are working, usually found to favour men - jars with a UN report earlier this year, which said that Bangladesh had the lowest such gap in the world.
In fact, it said the gap in Bangladesh extended the other way, as Bangladesh was said to be the only country in the world, where the factor-weighted hourly wage gender pay gap is positive, i.e. in favour of women.
The COAST Trust, a national NGO, conducted the special study by collecting data from 1,200 fisher families in six unions under four Upazilas of 3 coastal districts: Cox's Bazar, Bhola, and Bagerhat.
The study finding was disclosed at a programme organised by the Coast trust at CIRDAP Auditorium in the city on Sunday,
Deputy Executive Director of the Coast Trust Sanat Kumar Bhowmik moderated the event while Mustafa Kamal Akanda, director of the organization delivered a welcome speech and Md. Mujibul Haque Munir, joint director, presented the keynote paper.
Md. Mujibul Haque Munir said that all the women workers involved in fish processing are getting 25% lower wages than male workers. Around 31% of women of fishing families do not have an opinion on the purchase of family property, and 56% of women members do not have a say on the general expenditure of the family.
Only 2% of women members of these fisher families have directly contacted the concerned Union Parishad for any special need and 82% of women have never participated in any arbitration or any other decision-making process of the society.
Moreover, 65% of female members of the fisher families have been victims of some form of violence.
Md. Israil Pandit, President of Bangladesh Small-scale Fishermen Shomity said that if the government's open water bodies can be leased to the women fishers, their participation and empowerment can be ensured. Government usually distributes lands to farmers of the riverine areas, not to the fishermen.
"We should lobby for this, for getting the land reclaimed in the Bay of Bengal for use by fishermen," he said.
The Association for Development Agencies in Bangladesh (ADAB) representative, Ms. Anamika told that microfinance goes to the fisherwomen but they have no right to spend the money. This money should be spent by them,she said.
Trade Union Leader Saleha Shantana Islam said that the fishermen should have the formal appointment letters so that after any death they can be identified by the boat owners they were under.
Mir Mohammad Ali, Lecturer, Fisheries Faculty of Sher-E-Bangla Agricultural University, emphasized the alternative income-generating activities of the fishermen so that they can survive their livelihood during the seasonal ban periods introduced by the government to boost and secure the future of fishing. The Executive Director of UDAYAN Bangladesh Ashaduzzaman Sheik said that women fishers' income goes to their husbands and this is one of the causes behind their disempowerment.
The Executive Director of Dwip Unnyan Sangstha said that we should call them fishermen, not as matshajibi. He also told that the involvement of women fishers should be increased in the fisheries sector for their empowerment.
The representative of Director General of the Department of Fisheries Shilpi Dey, District Fisheries Officer (Reserved) added that if we implement the women's policy that has been developed by the government in 2011 then it is easier to ensure the empowerment of the women especially the fisher women.
She urged for capacity development of the fisher women through training for alternative income-generating activities.
A number of recommendations were made at the seminar, namely: to formulate special policies to identify the contribution of women in the fisheries sector, to involve women members of fishing families in economic activities, to ensure women's participation in various fisheries programs, and to implement labor policies for fishermen and to issue ID card for women fishers.
Aminur Rasul Babul, A. S. M Badrul Alam, Ferdous Ara Rumee, Shahidul Alam Faruk, H.M.Hasan Al Mamun, Tasnuba Jaman, Shamim Ara also spoke in the event.
Separate courts in Dhaka on Sunday placed ‘Golden Monir’ on an 18-day remand in three cases filed over the recovery of foreign currencies, firearms and liquor from his Badda residence.
Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court Judge Abu Bakar put him on a 7-day remand in each two cases filed under the Arms Act and the Special Powers Act.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court Judge Masudur Rahman placed Monir on a 4-day remand in another case filed under the Narcotics Control Act.
Earlier, the Investigation Officers sought a total of 21 days of remand in the three cases for interrogation.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) filed the cases against Monir after foreign currencies, firearms and liquor were recovered from his Badda residence on Saturday .He was arrested on the same day.
Rab handed over Monir known as ‘Golden Monir’ to Badda police.
Foreign currencies of 10 countries worth Tk 9 lakh, around 8kg gold, and cash Tk 1.9 crore were recovered from his possession during the overnight raid.
Monir, who was a salesman of a cloth shop in Gausia Market, has 200 plots in his name in Badda, Nikunja, Uttara and Keraniganj, and used a luxurious car worth Tk 3 crore, Rab said.
He was also a vicious hundi trader and land broker. Rab said they found his involvement in gold smuggling.
Monir’s amassed wealth has a value of approximately Tk 1,050 crore.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has terminated 10 policemen and suspended 18 more for failing dope tests.
So far, 68 policemen – seven sub-inspectors, one sergeant, five assistant sub-inspectors, five nayeks, and 50 constables – have failed the tests.
DMP Deputy Commissioner for Media and Public Relation Walid Hossain confirmed this.
Also, allegations – including taking and selling drugs, falsely implicating people with it, and taking a bribe to show a lesser amount of recovered drugs – were made against 29 other policemen.
Earlier this year, DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam said: "All the suspected drug-addict policemen will have to take drug tests. If anyone is found positive, he will be sacked."
Shafiqul also said police personnel involved in drugs are already under intelligence surveillance.