Sea-food Safety will be enhanced rapidly in Bangladesh

The Bangladeshi parliament passed a bill prohibiting the use of antibiotics, growth hormone, steroids and other harmful pesticides in animal and fish feeds on 19th January.

The new bill, if turned into law, will guarantee safer standards for fish and animal feeds that will ultimately improve food safety.

In recent decades, the huge growth of aquaculture in Bangladesh has transformed the fishing industry into one driven by hatcheries.

The growth in hatcheries, which now account for about 40 percent of Bangladesh’s fish supply, also spurred a huge growth in the demand for fish feed. The feed companies, scrambling and lacking experts, produced poor quality feed often containing chemicals harmful to human health.? ?

When prawn and shrimp exports were denied by the European Union, farmers realized the undesirable quality of the food and enforced a self-imposed ban on exports.

Seafood, one of the country’s major export industries, makes up a large percentage of the Bangladeshi economy.? Importing European countries include England, Germany, Belgium and France.

In response to the rejection of aquaculture export items, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdul Latif Biswas proposed the bill, which parliament passed by voice vote amid the absence of the main opposition party, BNP, and its allies.

“On Monday, a team of EU inspectors came to inquire what measures we took to check chemical presence in shrimp,” Mr. Biswas said as he proposed to draft the legislation.?

According to Mr. Biswas, the bill will require the government to set quality standards for animal feed which producers and traders must follow.

The bill says all businessmen involved in production, import, marketing and sale of fish or animal feed will have to obtain licenses from the government before they may legally profit from feed.

Anyone violating the rules or law contained within the bill would stand trial.

“We cannot maintain the safety standard of fish and animal feed due to the absence of this law,” Mr. Biswas said upon the bill’s introduction. “This obstacle has stood in the way of exporting shrimp and aggravated the standard of food prepared from fish and meat.”

The European Union issued a rapid alert notification on Bangladeshi shrimp last year because of unauthorized antibiotics found in the product, he said.

“We think fish and animal feeds were the sources of any injurious ingredients in our exported fish and seafood,” Mr. Biswas concluded.

Palm oil a new boost to its imports-Bangladesh

The country’s palm oil import in 2009 crossed the million tonnes mark to a total of 1,023,128 tonnes including crude and refined palm oil, reports BSS.

Malaysian Palm oil marketing sources said in Dhaka the country saw a record growth in import of edible oil last year, mainly palm oil joining the million tonnes’ importers club.

Import grew by a record 25.39 per cent from January to December last year compared to that in previous 2008, sources said further.

Meanwhile, the offer of a new credit line announced during a conference of Malaysian Palm Oil Council held recently in Dhaka to support further market expansion of palm oil in Bangladesh is likely to bring a new boost to its imports.

The commerce minister of Bangladesh is expected to visit Malaysia soon, the source said adding detailed might be worked out on this credit line issue centring the forthcoming visit.

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Bonus for producer of palm oil
Palm oil is the most widely used edible oil in the world. Last year, about 40 million tons of it was consumed and 500,000 tons in Britain alone.

In developing countries it is used mainly as a cooking ingredient, but in the West it is used by the major food manufacturers to make all those things people love to eat, even if they know they shouldn’t – cakes, biscuits, crisps, ice-cream and so on. It is also used to produce toiletries, but 90 per cent goes into foodstuffs.

It is even used in bread and margarine. In fact, if a food product lists vegetable oil as an ingredient, the chances are that it is palm oil.

The oil is in such high demand because it is cheaper to produce than any other. Palms grow fast and the yield on the crop is ten times that of its nearest rival, soy. Palm oil has also grown in popularity recently because it does not contain trans-fats, which have been linked to heart disease.
Asian Plantations (Traded on: AIM, Ticker: PALM) does none of these things. The company joined Aim in November last year and operates from Sarawak in Malaysia. Malaysia banned the conversion of forest into agricultural land 15 years ago, so the sites that Asian Plantations owns have been officially designated for farming.

In most of Malaysia, the land suitable for palm oil production has already been snapped up, but Sarawak is remote and opportunities still exist, particularly for well-connected entrepreneurs.

Asian Plantations is run by two chief executives – Dennis Melka, a financier who has spent the past decade in south-east Asia, and Graeme Brown, a plantations and agriculture expert who is married to the daughter of one of the leading families in Sarawak.

This means the company combines financial know-how, farming expertise and local connections. The group owns more than 10,000 hectares, some of which were acquired last month and are already producing oil.

The rest of the land is at an earlier stage. Asian Plantations has planted out 2,000 hectares and these should start to deliver oil late next year.

Palms spend the first nine months of their life in a nursery and the first harvest comes 18 months later. Supply rises steadily for about seven years and the palms will deliver at that rate for another 18 years or so.

Asian Plantations expects to have planted a further 2,000 hectares by 2011 and the profits should start flowing in 2012. Brown is also something of a pioneer, having invented a way of sterilising palm fruit in a way that is more efficient, less labour intensive and more environmentally friendly than other methods as it converts the methane produced into electricity to power the process.

Midas verdict: Asian Plantations is a young company and, as such, there are risks attached. The business may well try to raise more money from shareholders and there may be moments when the market takes against the stock because the price of palm oil dips, for example.

On the plus side, the firm is well run and is involved in the production of a crop for which demand continues to increase as global populations grow.

China and India are two of the biggest consumers of palm oil and, as they become richer, their desire for processed foods that use the oil will only increase.

UK stops Bangladeshi student visa

Britain has temporarily stops student visa applications from Bangladesh. The UK Border Agency has temporarily suspended student visa applications from northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh after a jump in numbers.
According to reports, student visa applications from Bangladesh, Nepal and northern India, have been put on hold for at least a month for now.
In the last three months of last year, there were 13,500 applications from northern India alone, compared with 1,800 in the same period of 2008.

British officials say the system has been overwhelmed and there are concerns that many cases are not genuine.

Unscrupulous offers of visas as a way of settling in the UK are not uncommon.

The British high commissioner in Delhi, Sir Richard Stagg, said abuse of the system would not be allowed to happen.

British officials were quoted saying that the system had been overwhelmed with the number of applications. There also concerns that many cases were not genuine.

The British high commissioner in Dhaka, Stephen Evans confirmed that there was indeed a surge of applications. The rate of visa applications has increase by 1000 per cent .

But he assured that students who had applied on the last day of January would be exempted of this suspension.

Robert Morini, an official of the press section, told bdnews24.com that there was sharp increase in applications. He said that the number of applications during the last three months of 2009 was 9,500.

“But it was only 1,200 over the corresponding period of 2008.”

Director of a student counselling agency, also an approved partner of the British high commission in Dhaka, providing counselling services for prospective UK students, said he was not surprised with the suspension at all.

The student counsellor said, “The UK Border Agency had relaxed its previously stringent rules for student visas last year around April or May.”

According to the new rules prospective applicants only had to provide a proof of funds, sufficient to cover the first year’s tuition and fees, and an acceptance letter from any one of the licenses educational institutions in the UK.

The problem is that many of these licensed parties are actually what they call ‘visa colleges’, which readily issue acceptance letters for nominal fees.

The counsellor said apparently it would be applicants to these colleges that would suffer.

“The reputed universities have their intakes only twice a year, not every month unlike these visa colleges.”

He said, genuine applicants should not have problems for a temporary suspension.

The cousellor, refusing to be named in what he said was a UK government decision, also said the UKBA has cancelled licenses of about 50 such visa colleges, which would surely bring down the number of applications from Bangladesh.

However, he could not be certain if the suspension of student visas would be applicable for the high commission’s approved partners, that are expected to ensure due diligence and whose applications are fast-tracked.

“I still have two students who were going to apply and have not yet done so. There may be such isolated genuine cases.”

The suspension will be reviewed in February and in the meantime there would presumably be extra monitoring of visa applications.


While extra checks take place, visa applications have been temporarily suspended – a decision which will be reviewed at the end of February.

Jeremy Oppenheim, of the UK Border Agency, said: “The points-based system gives us the flexibility to act to maintain the integrity of the visa system, whilst processing legitimate applications fairly, thoroughly and as quickly as possible.

“We continually check and monitor all student applications and education providers to ensure that they meet the required standards.

We will take tough action against those who attempt to abuse the system.”

The director of the legal advice firm, London Immigration Advice and Appeal Services, Harjap Singh Bhangal, says a temporary suspension will prevent illegal immigration, but it will also adversely affect genuine students.

He told the BBC: “It’s going to create a panic and we don’t know when this suspension is going to be lifted. I believe it’s for one month initially but it could run into several months.

“The problem that we’re going to have is that the genuine students who want to come over for the universities they’re going to suffer as a result and they won’t be able to get here in time for their courses.”

India is currently the UK’s biggest visa operation in the world.

More than 500,000 Indians visit the UK every year, among them tens of thousands of students.

Bangladesh Navy joins Milan-2010


Milan 2010 is scheduled at Port Blair from February 3-8 this year, wherein ships and delegations from 13 countries, including Bangladesh, will take part.
Bangladesh Navy ship Kapatakkha left Mongla port Saturday for Andaman, India to join Milan-2010, says a press release.

Navy ships from India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Australia will attend the six-day programme. Commodore KS Hossain leading the Bangladesh Naval team. There are 37 officers and 67 sailors in the team commanded by commander KM Masud. Earlier, Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral ZU Ahmed inspected overall preparation of ENS Kapatakkha and he expressed the hope that the image of Bangladesh Navy would be enhanced further by taking part in this exhibition.

He instructed all officers and sailors of the ship to uphold Bangladesh in international arena by showing highest professional skill and discipline. Mutual friendly and diplomatic relation on naval security affairs would enhance between Bangladesh and South-East Asian states including India and Australia though this participation, added the release.
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”Milan-10 has got even more importance after the 26/11 attacks, especially considering the security scenario. An event like this will help Navies of different countries to work together and call up Navies of other countries in case of emergency,” Commander Abhinav Barve, Public Relations Officer of Andaman and Nicobar Command, told UNI.

As per updated report, navies of Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam will be taking part in Milan-2010 out of which nine ships of eight countries will reach Port Blair. Singapore will be sending two Navy Ships while Cambodia will be taking part in Milan for the first time.

”Besides having crucial meetings and international level seminar on security and relief operation, Milan-2010 will have a table top conference in which navies of different countries will be given different situations to react using models of ships and joint strategy,” Commander Barve said.

Milan 2010 will culminate with a grand city parade off marina on February 7, consisting of colourful march past by the contingents of Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, local school children, NCC and police contingents, colourful cultural extravaganza by Army, spectacular aerobatics show by the IAF front like supersonic fighters, tree tall display and water para jumps by the Indian Navy’s Marine Commandos, the Command PRO added.

13 nations intention to double the number of tigers in the world by 2022

The first Asia Ministerial Conference (AMC) on Tiger Conservation has decided to make efforts for doubling the number of tigers in the world by the year 2022.

A joint declaration of the conference held at Hua Hin, Thailand said Friday.

Ministers from 13 Tiger Range Countries (TRC) as well as 16 international donor agencies attended the conference.

The countries are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Russia and a dozen other nations vowed yesterday to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 by cracking down on poaching that has devastated the big cats and by prohibiting the building of roads and bridges that harm their habitats.

However, the historic declaration adopted by the 13 countries that have wild tigers – including China, India, Myanmar, and Thailand – provides for no new money for the conservation efforts.

The agreement mentions plans to approach international institutions such as the World Bank for money and projects to tap money from ecotourism.

“This is a historic meeting. Before this, not many people paid attention to tigers,” Thailand’s minister of natural resources and environment, Suwit Khunkitti, said after the three-day meeting.

Tiger numbers in the wild have plummeted because of human encroachment and poaching.

From 100,000 at the beginning of the 20th century, the number of tigers today is less than 3,500.

Bangladesh court overturns gas lease injunction-opens way fresh bidding process

A Bangladesh court has overturned an injunction that barred leasing out the country’s onshore gas blocks to international oil companies (IOCs), a senior energy official said on Friday.

“The decision paved the way for much needed exploration by the IOCs to meet the ever growing demand for natural gas,” said Mohammad Mohsin, government secretary for the energy division.

The court also discharged a petition that challenged the government’s move to sign production-sharing contracts (PSC) with IOCs for onshore oil and gas exploration.

“It will also help us (government) to initiate a fresh bidding process to explore natural gas in any onshore blocks,” Mohsin told Reuters.

A High Court ordered a halt in 2001 to PSCs with IOCs and awarding any hydrocarbon blocks, both onshore and offshore, after a senior official sought an injunction after a massive gas field explosion in 1997.

In 2006, a court lifted the injunction on signing production-sharing agreements with international oil companies for offshore gas blocks, but the onshore order remained in place.

Bangladesh has a daily gas shortage of up to 250 million cubic feet (mmcft).

Around 98 percent of the country’s gas production of about to 1,940 mmcft per day comes from onshore gas fields, and the rest, 2 percent or 35 mmcft, comes from the lone offshore Sangu gas field at the Bay of Bengal in Chittagong.

Gas output by the IOCs accounted for 1,069 mmcft per day or over 53.50 percent of the total generation of around 1,980 mmcft and the state-run Bangladeshi firms produced 920 mmcft per day.

The IOCs have been awarded 12 hydrocarbon blocks – both onshore and offshore – since gas exploration began in the late 1960s.

Foreign firms involved in gas exploration and production in Bangladesh include Chevron (CVX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) of the United States, the U.K.’s Cairn Energy (CNE.L: Quote, Profile, Research), Tullow (TLW.L: Quote, Profile, Research), French oil firm Total SA (TOTF.PA: Quote, Profile, Research), Australia’s Santos International (STO.AX: Quote, Profile, Research), the U.S-based Haliburton (HAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Canada’s Niko Resources (NKO.TO: Quote, Profile, Research).

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the High Court last Thursday vacated a nine-year old injunction on government’s bid to involve the international oil companies (IOCs) in onshore hydrocarbon exploration. The same bench also discharged a writ petition challenging the official move to sign production-sharing contracts (PSCs) with the IOCs for both onshore and offshore exploration for oil and gas. Another HC bench back in 2006 partially vacated the injunction allowing the government to sign PSCs with the IOCs in the case of offshore gas blocks.

The vacation of the court injunction has come at a time when the country is reeling under the worst-ever gas crisis. The operations of mills and factories and CNG filling stations have been seriously affected by the short supply of gas. Residents in many parts of the city and its adjoining areas are not getting gas supply to their kitchen from morning to evening everyday. On the top of everything, many power plants have been running well below their capacity because of inadequate gas supplies. In such a situation, the government, following its discussion with trade bodies and associations, has recently enforced the first-ever holiday staggering programme for industries in and around Dhaka to manage the crisis somehow. But reports have it that the objective of the programme is being met, only partially, as many industrial units are not complying with government instruction.

Such flouting is not acceptable. However, one cannot, at the same time, overlook the sufferings of the gas-based industries. Many entrepreneurs had decided to go for gas-based industries because of its low cost and assured supply. They had got the impression from the successive governments, experts and donors agencies that the country was floating on gas. But the reality is now proving otherwise. The proven reserve of the existing gas fields across the country, according to experts, would be able to meet the demand for another three to four years. The reserve, actually, would not have lasted that long, had the government provided enough gas to all the existing and standby consumers. The discovery of gas and its use have helped the nation save a substantial amount of foreign exchange every year that would have been otherwise used for import of petroleum products. More importantly, it has helped the domestic manufacturers to lower the cost of their products.

However, all is not lost, it seems. Experts are hopeful about striking new gas reserves both onshore and offshore. But the situation on the ground calls for immediate actions to help translate hope into reality. The actions relate to exploration activities. Since the state-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration Company (Bapex) does not have the resources to go for cost-intensive and big exploration works, the country is left with no option other than engaging the IOCs. But the progress to that effect appears to be very slow. For instance, the HC vacated the injunction partially in 2006 to allow the government to sign any deal with IOCs on offshore exploration. Four years have gone by since then, two successful international bidders are still waiting to sign PSCs with the government to get exploration rights for a few offshore blocks. However, the maritime boundary dispute with Myanmar and India could be another reason for the delay. But in the case of onshore exploration, the government is not facing any such problem. With the High Court clearing the way for onshore exploration by IOCs, the government should take immediate measures to invite international bids for exploration in the remaining prospective onshore blocks.

Shot-in-the-Gas signed an exclusive MOU in Bangladesh to conduct a large field-test of the Shot in the Gas fuel additive

To ensure the volume of reserve .(Jan. 29 )- SkyBridge Technology Group, Inc. (SKGO) (http://www.skybridgetechgroup.com) announced today that its Shot-in-the-Gas www.shotinthegas.com division sent a shipment of their Shot in the Gas fuel additive to Bangladesh for a field testing.

Shot-in-the-Gas signed an exclusive MOU in Bangladesh to conduct a large field-test of the Shot in the Gas fuel additive. The company supplied a local transit system in Bangladesh to use the additive in transit buses for a period of one month, and transit’s operators will monitor the overall transit’s diesel consumption during this period, comparing it with the previous months. Shot-in-the-Gas expects the test results by the end of February 2010.

Mr. Barbee said, “This is a large scale test for us and we gladly share our product to see it in use on such a scale. Some of Asia’s transit systems use outdated automobile technology and greatly contribute to the poor air quality and pollution in the cities. Our product can lower the emissions by 60% and increase gas mileage by over 15%, especially in diesel engines. We expect positive test results from this cooperation, and we also hope that this test will also open new business and cooperation opportunities for Shot in the Gas in South Asia.

We also intend to present these test results as a part of our marketing campaign that we launched to market our Shot in the Gas products. Our campaign starts on the East Coast and we plan to expand it over the US soon after.”

In other company news and events, in accordance with Chinese customary business etiquette, ahead of any major or significant business event (merger Sanhe Tech); last night the company agents and representatives attended a ceremonial celebration with the provincial government of Jianxi in China. In attendance were Vice Mayor of Nanchang City, Vice minister of Foreign Affairs Jianxi Province Deputy Secretary Nanchang City. The event featured two Jianxi companies Sanhe Tech destined for SKGO and Jiang Xi Rongyu Pharmaceutical Group, Inc subsidiary of HIRU. Other business leaders found the event a great networking venue for the businesses of the Jianxi region.

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11th South Asian Games starts at Dhaka

Hurray !!!!Bangladesh?s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared open the 11th South Asian Games at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Friday.

The 12-day event will have 23 disciplines at 19 venues spread all over Dhaka and four district towns. The Games began amidst pomp and a well-coordinated cultural programme ought to make the entire Nation proud.

The opening ceremony was precise and eye-catching.

With a full house in attendance, the ceremony began with one entire gallery displaying cards ?Welcome to Dhaka?. The National anthem was played as soon as the Prime Minister arrived at the stadium.

Eight participating teams, in the Bengali alphabetical order, entered the arena with Afghanistan leading the marchpast. It was followed by Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The Indian contingent was led by National badminton champion Chetan Anand. In fact, the Indian squad was the smallest with less than 80. The biggest, of course, was that of host Bangladesh.

With the eight contingents taking their places in the middle, the most important part of the ceremony began with the torch being brought into the stadium. Attiqur Rehman (shooting), Zeenat Ahmed (women?s sport federation), Musaraf Hossain (boxing), Bazalur Rehman (swimming), Jewel Rana (football), Rakhibul Hasan (cricket), Nisha Haque (women?s sport federation), Golam Mustafa (freedom fighter), Akram Khan (cricket), Sahana Parveen (shooting) and Mahboob Alam (athletics) carried the torch to the cauldron and Kazi Salauddin (football) had the honour of lighting the flame.

Eight flag-bearers converged near the dais for oath taking. Bangladesh?s sprint queen Nazmun Nahar Beauty and National football team captain, Aminul Haque, took oath on behalf of all the participants.

Pictures of a fawn (1985 mascot), a tiger cub (1993) and Doel, the mascot of these Games, rolled in to the lusty cheers of the spectators. The three-and-a-half hour opening ceremony featured the rich tradition, heritage and culture of Bangladesh as well as the latest innovation of exhibit art ? the aquatic show.

The show was based on the concert for Bangladesh?s Independence hosted by Pt. Ravi Shankar and Beatles star George Harrison and March 7 address of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on a water screen. A spectacular display of fireworks brought the evening programme to a close.

Meanwhile, seven players and an official from Nepal were injured, one of them seriously, when the lift in which they were coming down crashed at the Imperial Hotel International here on Friday.

Col. Walli Ullah, Director and CEO, Bangladesh Olympic Association, said over-crowding of the lift was the cause of the accident.

Participating nations

Participating countries.

A total of 8 countries will participate in the 2010 South Asian Games.

This is the second time that Afghanistan participates in the South Asian Games, after 2006.

?Sports

There are 23 official sports for the 11th SAF Games. They are[1]?:-

For the first time, Twenty20 cricket will be included in the Games. All of the eight participating nations will send under-21 teams for the cricket tournament.[4]

In 2008, it was rumoured that hockey, volleyball, rowing and wrestling had been excluded from the Games. However, later sources confirmed that only rowing had been exclude

REHAB Housing Fair at Chittagong 2010

 

To introduce housing product The fourth version of REHAB Fair Chittagong 2010 is being organised by the Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh at Chittagong Club.

ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury, chairman of the parliamentary committee on housing and public works ministry, Nasrul Hamid, member of the committee, was present as the chief and special guests respectively,
A total of 94 real estate companies and building material suppliers and three financial institutions will take part in the fair. Jamshed Hasan, convener of the fair and chairman of REHAB’s Chittagong chapter, read out a written statement at the conference.

A total of 637 REHAB members are now working to solve the housing problems in the country by building planned urban areas, considering the increasing population, he said.

Abdur Rahim Khan, REHAB vice president, Murad Iqbal Chowdhury, fair standing committee chairman, Jahid Hossain, press and media committee chairman, and Md Shamsul Alam, REHAB joint convener, were also present.

A total of 14 firms are cosponsoring the fair: Amin Mohammad Foundation, Asain Land Development, Bio Properties, Building Technologist and Ideas, Chowdhury Modern City, Concord Real Estate and Building Products, Equity Property Management, Jumaira Holdings, Mishmak Development, Navana Real Estate, Sagufta NM Housing, Sanmar Properties, Subasati Properties and Trust Alliance Technologies.

Organisers said the fair would be open to all from 10am to 8pm on the last two days, while people will be able to visit on the first day from 3pm, after the inaugural ceremony.

The entry fee for a single visit has been fixed at Tk 50 and Tk 100.
At the 2nd day of the fair visitors comment that the asking price of Apartments are really high,they also comment about they entry fee should maximum 20 tk.Same time they appriciated the initiative saying ‘ this type of fair really to learn about housing,,,choosing option to get best.

Rehab Fair 2010 Comparison

NAME OF THE COMPANY: PROJECTS:?
  Valentine Home .
Amin Mohammad Group Ltd?Ph: 2851355,2851356 Ever green ratio-RHouse -11, road 5, nasirabad housing?Size :1423-1439sftAsking price :5000tk/sftGreen Spectra-C/R

Nasirabad Housing

348, CDA Avenue

515, 5464, 1235, 1640sft .

Asking price :5000tk/sft

Ocean Green (Cox?s bazaar)- resort. size 423-442,488-523,543-557,1543-1603sft

Asking Price- Tk 6000/sft

Afford Development LtdPh :2525598 Afford-Sultan-Elysium(R)91/108,east nasirabadSize- 1135-1200 sftAsking price- 4000Afford S.O.F Tower-R

69, S.S Khaled Road

Askerdighi

Size-1200,1100,1200sft

Asking price-42lac,38.50lac

Afford Harmony-R

21, karnafuli R/A Halishahar

size-1250,1250sft

asking price-37.50 lac

Afford Idris Tower-R

9738, Gulbag R/A Agrabad\

size-1330,1140sft

asking price- 42.56lac, 36.48 lac

Afford Rahman Wood-R

893, East Nasirabad

?Size- 1150, 950, 680, 715sft

Asking Price- 35.65 lac, 29.45lac, 22.16lac

Afford Sharmin Park- R

Shanibag, ctg

Size- 1405, 1405sft

Asking price- 44.96lac

Ambia Holdings Ltd.PH :716447, 713084 Ambia Seren- RSize- 1120, 1656sftAsking price- tk 3900
Bashati Construction Ltd?PH :031-2851893, 2854185 Grand Pacific-Studio?( Cox?s Bazar)Size- 493, 570, 775sftAsking price- tk6000, 5000
bddlPH :02-8152503, 8156295 bddl jahanara garden- RSize- 1155, 1480sftAsking price-tk 3950
Baytech Properties 2550379, 01733020181-185Ltd Baytech priyangon- R74/84 sadarghat roadSize- 1195, 1545sftAsking price- tk 3200Bay Classic-R

6 K.B Abdus sattar road

Size- 1415, 1214, 1200, 1385, 935, 2047sft

Asking price- tk3800

Bengal Holdings Ltd2552635 Bengal Park-RNasirabad Housing SocietySize- 2636, 2775, 1386, 1786sftAsking price- tk 4000
? Bengle Jaks Residency-R4 RahmatganjSize- 1543, 1545, 1630, 1470, 1205 SftAsking price- Tk 3500
? Bengal Pearl beach-Rkalatali, cox?s bazaarSize-580, 505,485 sftAsking price- tk 5000
Dalan-Kotha LtdPH:2516634, 01553983652 Chandrima Housing Society-Rat ctg cantonmentSize-1510, 1510, 1402, 1402sftAsking price- tk 4500
Green Leaf property PH :658908, 6589092859751 Green leaf nessa-RC.D.A Avenue east nasirabadSize- 1900, 1900sftAsking price- tk 4200Green leaf hilltop-R

617, foy?s lake

Size-1710, 1420sft

Asking price- tk 3800

Green Delta housing & development Shirajul Islam tower-RSize-1140, 950, 1080, 1080, 1010, 1070, 950, 1300sftAsking price tk 4000
Hyperion Builders Ltd2513070, 01817-211027 Shafi Shams-R114, Chanmari road, Lalkhan bazaarSize-1090, 1140, 1046sft?Asking price- 4500tkFuyzur Nessa-R

11, road, 1 green view

R/A, port connecting road

Size-1250, 1250sft

Asking price- 3500tk

Ideal Home builders ltd.616586, 01819-092208, 01917-14518 Aim rose valley residential-R area khulshiSize-1225, 1210,1165,1195sftAsking price 5000Niloy-REnayat Bazar, batali road

Size-1515, 1180, 105, 1360, 1440 sft

Asking price- tk3600

Impulseproperties2554981, 2551421 Krisno chura-(R)Chariapara agrabadSize-877, 1227, 1155, 763, 986sftAsking Price :?4000tkAtlanta Trade centre,(R)

Golpahar, Ctg

Size-2190, 1602, 1053sft

?Asking? Price -4800tk

Platinum touch(R)

O.R. Nizam Road

Size-1768, 1766sft

?Asking Price :5000tk

Green view(R)

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Index Development Ltd031-2554039 Mushmah Index RUttara Model town DhakaSize-1245, 1255, 2500sft?Asking price -4500tkIndex accolade R

Uttara model town

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Nasim Real Estate ltd Baitul Hamin( R)Cant. Public school & collegeSize-1400sft/420,1100,1380,1130,1100sftAsking price :?tk 3500Alam tower(R)

Oxyzen

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Northern Foundation limited620514 Qamar garden-R314-345, chanmari roadSize- 1265, 1635sftAsking price- tk 3800
Prashad nirman Prashad baishaki- R north khulshiSize-1700, 1880, 1750, 1700sftAsking price-tk 6000Prashad sraboni-R

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Rahat properties Rahat garnet-R4 no mehedibagSize-1061, 1625sftAsking price- tk 4000
Wadi property development Wadi nazib-R ChandpuraSize-1304, 1306, 1132sftAsking price-tk 3600

Wadi amin-R

Rahmatganj

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Chandgaon tower-R

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Standard construction ltd Rose Valley-Rm.m. ali roadSize- A-1811, B-1355 sftAsking price- tl 4750
Mega builders ltdPh:812880, 01713397397-99 Mega edifice- R28, agrabadc.d.a R/A, chittagongSize- A-1501, B-1501 sftAsking price- tk 3800
Transparent Holidays ltdPh:9882508-09 Transparent moonlit-RUttara DhakaSize- 1480sftAsking price-tk 4400
Shah amanat propertiesPh:031-650798, 2550371 Amanat Heights-Rm.m.ali RoadSize- 1457, 1466, 1459,1361,1006sftAsking price-tk 4500?

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Bio properties ltdMob:01713129572 Crystal harmony-bpl-R11, o.r.nizam roadSize-1423, 1386, 1325sftAsking price-tk 6000Anabella ?bpl

15, badshah miah road mehedibag

Size-1550, 2294, 2294,2294sft

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Knight Frank Development ltd. Knights shenar palace-RChittagong medical college east gateSize-1755, 1755sftAsking price-tk 5000Knight?s noor-R

College road

Beside chittagong college

Size-1235, 1150, 850sft

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De- Royal falcon-Studio

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Kolatali road, coxes bazaar

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Navana Real EstatePh:031-2552313-6 Navana motalab grandeur-R10, road-1, o.r.nizam roadSize-1555sftAsking price- tk 5600Navana Jalal palace-R

808/A, mehedibag

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Silicon propertiesPh 031-2855970 Silicon noor grandeur-R28 amirabag R/A mehedibagSize-1550, 1595, 1515, 1530sftAsking price-tk 5000Silicon shakira bay-Resort

cox?s bazaar

plot # 74 kolatali

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kolatali, cox?s bazaar

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Seven properties ltd Seven nir nirala tower-RKapashgolaSize-1322.50, 975.50sftAsking price-tk 2800Seven B.R tower-R

Dewan Bazar, chittagong

Size-620.66, 776.54, 1057.75

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Seven islam tower-R

Eidgah, rampur, chittagong

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Rangs properties044-34483814 Rangs Chayaneer-RPlot:1, road 5, nasirabad h/sSize-1353, 1686sftAsking price-tk 4700Rangs hill view-R

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Metro Homes ltd.?031-2552763 Metro eram -RSouth khulshiSize-1800, 2200sftAsking price-tk4800Metro alis castle-R

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Size-941, 850, 943, 1000sft

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Moulana development companyPh:031-2511520, 2511521 Mdc port view-RAgrabad boropul, hakishaharSize-780, 830, 865, 1085, 1100, 1120, 1185, 1210sftAsking price-tk 3000Mdc rajnagar-R

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1092, 1800sft

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Keari ltd Keari SA tower-RWasa circleSize-1300sftAsking price-tk 4500
Share & care developers ltd. Lake nibash-RWest khulshi, chittagongSize-1261, 1323Asking price-tk3475Noor-R

Foy?s lake

Size-740, 885, 887sft

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Eternal design & development Eternal safari sunset-RChawkbazar, urdu galiSize-1058, 1071, 1203sftAsking price-tk 3500
Mahanagar property development Mahanagar tower-RDampara, wasa ctgSize-1750, 1737, 1335, 1310, 841sftAsking price-tk 3900 Fair rate tk 3600Mahanagar shally-R

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Ruhama properties Lokman valley-RSize-830, 930sftAsking price-tk 3500
Subashati properties ltd Rose valley-RM.M.Ali road, damparaSize-1811, 1355 sftAsking price-tk 4750
Vision Housing ltd Vision garden-RHazipara, agrabadSize-1100,980,920,1050,900,890,940,945,1110sftAsking price-tk 3000 fair rate tk 2900
Shah Amanat properties ltd Amanat heights-Rm.m. ali roadsize-1457, 1466, 1459, 1361, 1006sftasking price-tk 4500Amanat noor-R

Badshah miah road

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533 enayat bazaar road, chittagong

size-1435, 1227, 1503, 1350, 1272, 1273

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Icon Group Icon majumdar centre-R&CLalchand road, Chawkbazar moreSize-100-150 for shop.950, 1100, 1250sftAsking price- tk 4000
Saf holdings ltd. Saf marwah-R05 nasirabad H/Ssize-1380, 1390, 1465, 1478sftasking price-tk 4500Amatul-R

Road 04, Nasirabad H/S

Size-1425 & 1456sft

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Exclusive tourism zone Zone to be developed in Bangladesh .-TRAVEX int Tourism event

The Bangladeshi government has commenced work, by preparing a proposal for approval, to create an exclusive tourism zone in Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban districts.
The government is working sincerely for the development of the country’s tourism sector and to attract both domestic and foreign tourists, work is already underway to formulate new laws and guidelines on tourism and to identify the tourism spots.

Highlighting the importance of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest, he said the government would make necessary arrangements so that the tourists could enjoy the scenic beauty of the Sundarbans.
In this regard, GM Quader stressed the need for the formation of “Tourist Police”.

A comprehensive development of the Chittagong Hill Tracts region has been envisaged and a long-term plan costing between US$2.1 billion to US$2.8 billion has been budgeted.

Similarly, approval has been given for the development of cable car facilities in five areas in Rangamati and Bandarban.
……
RECENT newspaper reports indicated that the traditional performance of the country in relation to tourism had stared to change for the better. Foreign tourist arrivals in the present winter season seem to be particularly good. This was borne out by figures given by the Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) which pointed to significant business expansion. This positive turn in tourism is not the outcome of planned promotional moves on the part of the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC). The private tour operators, too, have not so much improved their sales pitch to make this happen.

There has been a dramatic change in mentality of tourists who prefer little known destinations. Many tourists on coming to Bangladesh are realising that this country has so much to offer to them. The experiences they will carry back can be the best publicity for tourism here. The tasks on the part of the tourist bodies should be to sustain the interest of foreign tourists who are still coming as the winter season is not over. The unexpected increase in the number of tourists may have already created pressure on limited capacities.

Therefore, better preparations must be taken to cope with increased tourist arrivals in the next season. Meanwhile, all involved in the industry should be motivated by better policies and planning to render the most impressive and dedicated services to tourists. At the same time long term plans will have to be taken up and pursued with a sense of urgency. The government should take the initiative and expand essential infrastructures like airports, roads and leave the works of building accommodation and recreation centres to private businesses. But things should be done in accordance with a master plan to be prepared in consultation with stake holders and experts in the field.

TRAVEX Set To Open For World Tourism Buyers
The world is all eyes on Brunei and Asean as over 370 buyers from 52 countries enjoy a field day at the six-day Asean Travel Exchange (TRAVEX), the market component of the Asean Tourism Forum 2010 hosted by Brunei.

The 5,000-square-metre exhibition area at the Brunei International Defence Exhibition (BRIDEX) Centre in Jerudong – a few kilometres from the main ATF 2010 event at The Empire Hotel & Country Club – is being filled up by some 315 participating companies and 383 exhibiting booths representing 10 countries.

To get an overview of the event that opens today and runs till January 28, the Bulletin spoke to Ms Hanli Tan, Assistant Marcoms Manager of TTGAsia Media Pte Ltd, a leading organiser and event manager of travel tradeshows in Asia. Brunei has delegated TTGAsia as the event organiser for ATF 2010.

TRAVEX is a platform for the selling and buying of regional and individual tourism products from Asean member countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myammar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Thailand occupies the biggest exhibition area with 108 booths, followed by Malaysia with 63 booths, Indonesia with 52 booths, Singapore with 23 booths and the Philippines with 20 booths.

The event enables exhibitors of all types to sell their travel or tourism products. Among the areas of focus are adventure/incentive travel supplies, airlines/airports, convention/meetings, cruise lines/ferry services, dive operators, golf courses, hotels and resorts, national/ state tourism organisations, special interest operators, sightseeing/guide services, spas/health tourism businesses, theme parks/tourist attractions, tour operators as well as destination management companies.

The six-day event is expected to attract buyers from all over the world including Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, the Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam.

Europe makes up the largest delegation of buyers outside the Asia-Pacific Region, followed by Americas and the Middle East. Buyers include airlines, convention/exhibition organisers, auto rental/coach operators, hotels and resorts, incentive organisers, meeting/conference planners, retail operators, travel agents and wholesalers.

The centrally located and well-equipped exhibition venue is well poised to impress both exhibitors and delegates at ATF 2010, as much as Brunei will charm with its pristine rainforests, majestic landmarks and warm culture.

The Lao National Tourism Administration is one of the exhibitors taking part in the event. In an interview with the Bulletin yesterday, Mr Saly Phimphinnith, the Lao Director-General of Tourism and Promotion praised the exhibition area and venue, and said he was amazed with the beauty and tranquility of Brunei Darussalam.

He believed that Brunei can promote itself to be one of the best tourism destinations in Southeast Asia. He said that throughout the exhibition, Laos will be highlighting some of its best sites, such as the Luang Prabang and Wat Phou, a ruined Khmer temple complex in southern Laos.

Exhibition contractors were yesterday seen busy putting up the booths and making sure everything was in order, including the audio-visual complex of exhibition booths

Bangladesh Executes Mujib Killers -“Justice at Last.”

Five former army officers convicted of killing Bangladesh’s founder, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, have been hanged. They were executed nearly 35 years after he was assassinated, in an army coup.

The five men were executed in the early hours of Thursday in Dhaka Central jail, as hundreds of police and security forces stood guard outside.

Roads outside the prison were closed to traffic. The executions took place the night after the Supreme Court dismissed their appeals for a review of the death sentence.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was gunned down, along with several members of his family, in an army coup in 1975 – four years after Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan. Mr. Rahman, who led the country’s freedom struggle, was its first president.

The five men executed did not deny their role in his death, but were given immunity for two decades by subsequent governments which benefited from the coup.

Their trial only began in 1996, after their immunity was revoked by a government led by the assassinated leader’s daughter, Sheikh Hasina.

The chief state attorney, Mahbubey Alam, says the executions have finally pulled the curtains down on one of history’s most gruesome killings.

Dozens of supporters of the ruling Awami League party – which Sheikh Mujibur Rahman helped found – held placards in Dhaka saying “Justice at Last.”

A top leader of the Awami league party, Abdul Jalil, says the executions show that nobody can escape the law.

“Maybe it is delayed, but any person committing crime in the society of Bangladesh will be found out and will be brought to justice,” he said.

The five men were sentenced to death in 1998. But various appeals delayed the death sentence. However, Sheikh Hasina vowed to complete the trial when she returned as the country’s prime minister, last year.
Six other convicted killers, also former army officers, are still on the run and another has died abroad

Bangladesh’s short history has been marred with political violence, deep political rivalry between its main parties and spells of rule by army generals during which democracy has been suspended. The present government, led by Sheikh Hasina, came to power after the country was under an emergency administration for almost two years.
Trial
The military decided not to court-martial the military officials who masterminded and participated in the coup. No case was registered with the police, by relatives of Mujib or his party men, either. In fact, the conspirators could not be tried in court of law on the charge of assassination because of the Indemnity Act passed by the government under President Khondaker Mustaq Ahmed. However, when Awami League, led by Mujib’s daughter, Sheikh Hasina, won the election in 1996, it repealed the Act. The Bangabandhu murder trial commenced, and Faruque and some of other coup leaders were arrested. Rashid, however, escaped arrest as he was reportedly in Libya.

The trial ended on November 8, 1998, in death sentences for 15 out of 20 accused of the assassination.[3] However, the sentences were yet to be carried out as five of the convicts sought permission to file appeals. The decision remained pending due to a shortage of judges in the appellate division of the supreme court since August 2001. On June 18, 2007, one of the conspirators who had been sentenced to death, Mohiuddin Ahmed, was extradited to Bangladesh from the United States. On August 7, 2007, the murder case hearings resumed after six years.

The appellate division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh gave its verdict on November 19, 2009, after a five-member special bench spent 29 days hearing the petition filed by the death-row convicts. The appeal of the convicts was rejected and the death sentence was upheld. Before the verdict, approximately 12,000 extra policemen were deployed to guard strategic buildings, including the Supreme Court, to prevent any attempt to disrupt the proceedings by the convicted men’s supporters.[6] The men’s supporters have been blamed by the government for a grenade attack on one of the prosecution lawyers in October 2009, although no one has been charged yet.

Conspirators Bazlul Huda, Mohiuddin Ahmed, Syed Faruk Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan and A.K.M. Mohiuddin were executed on 28 January 2010.

Fight against corruption of Bangladesh – evaluation

Evaluation of the public demand fight against corruption and to recall international prestige ,Bangladesh aware lot.
BANGLADESH, like other countries, observed the World Anti-corruption Day last month with all the enthusiasm and fanfare. The emergency caretaker government’s anti-corruption drive lost credibility due to its excesses. The reckless actions of the caretaker administration, using draconian emergency powers, disillusioned the people. The lesson underlines the need to avoid such careless action for any anti-corruption drive to yield the desired result.
Moral Education is needed for real result.

But this does not mean that the people oppose anti-corruption drive that can free the society or governance from corruption. Only an efficient and institutionalised drive without arbitrariness can give the results. The two-year emergency caretaker administration lost credibility due its arbitrary action although it assumed power in the backdrop of the country getting the dubious distinction of being ‘the most corrupt’ for five times in succession.

Corruption rating of Bangladesh has improved somewhat this year. In its latest evaluation, the Transparency International ranked Bangladesh the 13th most corrupt country.

But the rating could be unsustainable unless the drive against corruption is institutionalised. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), the key instrument for fighting the malaise, needs to be strengthened. The government has to bear in mind that the people did not like the excesses committed by the caretaker administration in the name of fighting corruption. They very much want the crusade against corruption but without any arbitrary or extra-legal action. The initial public support for the caretaker’s drive evaporated because of its selective discrimination targeting some individuals and letting others off the hook. The caretakers lost credibility by creating an impression that it was using the drive to break up political parties for a hidden political agenda of its own.

The people very much expect the AL-led government to learn from the mistakes of the caretakers to make the drive effective and credible. There should be no inefficiency and discriminatory treatment. The reported move to clip the powers of the ACC cannot be desirable. The ACC would be a lame duck if it has to seek prior approval of the government for starting cases against its bigwigs. The government needs to rethink the matter of disempowering the ACC.

Rather, the government should be supportive of ACC’s capacity building. As it turned out, the hidden political agenda, the caretakers took, proved more than it could chew. No denying, insufficiency and inefficiency of investigators also took out the teeth of the drive. The ACC needs to be revitalised to be effective.

Whether or not the government wants a credible drive against corruption would be put to test in the coming months. The government needs to redeem its pre-election pledge to bolster the drive against corruption. But politically motivated drive, which allows selective discrimination, would have no credibility.