Bangladesh to boom: fish in paddy fields in full boom

The small and marginal farmers are selling the GIFT Tilapia fingerlings in full swing as its business reaches at the peak following its huge demand amid favourable climatic conditions with adequate water all around now.

Under the programme, Rangpur-Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS) has taken a massive plan of farming 3.5 crore GIFT Tilapia fingerlings in paddy fields to produce 700 tonnes additional fish worth Taka 12 crore this season in the country’s 10 northern districts.

The reputed NGO has been implementing the programme after the poor and marginal farmers achieved tremendous successes by producing 293 tonnes additional fish and 1.2 crore fingerlings in paddy fields to improve their livelihoods last year.

The NGO with 11 partner organisations distributed the broods for producing quality fingerlings in Boro paddy fields this year to help the poor earning profits, tackling poverty and meeting their nutrition demand by GIFT Tilapia farming and selling fingerlings.

The 3-year project of ‘Enhancing Impacts of Decentralized (fish) Seed Production (EIDSP)’ funded by Department of International Development (DFID) of the UK is being implemented and will be completed by June 2011 in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

This season, a total of 3.5 crore Tilapia fingerlings are being produced involving 8,827 paddy field farmers, who have successfully breaded Tilapia broods in their fields since the last Boro season this year.

To make the programme successful, 2.3 lakh GIFT Tilapia broods fish have been reared in cages at the community levels and those were distributed to the enrolled farmers for breeding in 790 hectares of paddy fields.

The selected farmers had developed small ditches in boro paddy fields and released the Tilapia broods from late March to mid-April, and breeding continued till April- May last when the farmers started selling their fingerlings and the business rose now to its peak.


Besides, the project has been supporting 709 seasonal pond farmers for rearing the major carp’s dhani (half-inch sized fries) and 709 kg of dhani are being distributed among them to produce more 3.5 million fingerlings approximately.

Because of availability of the quality fingerlings at community level, the farmers are becoming more interested in culturing fish and requesting for more Tilapia broods this time, Project Coordinator Sattyanarayan Roy of EIDSP told BSS today.

He said that more than 3.5 lakh GIFT Tilapia fingerlings worth Taka 4 crore were produced during the last Boro season in paddy fields and 700 metric tonnes additional Tilapia fish worth Taka 8 crore will be produced before the T-Aman harvest this year.

After completion of the project by the year 2011, a total of 21,000 targeted farmers of these 10 districts will produce six crore GIFT Tilapia fingerlings and 6,000 tonnes additional Tilapia fish worth Taka seventy crore annually, he said.

Like last year, the project is being implemented since last Boro season in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh, Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj and Naogaon districts this year in the region.

Director of RDRS and Team Leader of EIDSP Dr Syed Samsuzzaman told that the proven environment friendly technologies for making available quality fingerlings to the door end of farmers has been helping them to alleviate poverty and getting nutrition.

Renowned fisheries expert Dr Benoy Kumar Barman of the Worldfish Centre told that each of the involved farmer household will be able to produce 2,500 Tilapia fingerlings from their fields of only 20 decimal areas on an average.

Vansi Reddi, Research Associate of National Resource International Ltd recently visited the project in Kurigram and Nilphamari, talked to the farmers and expressed satisfaction over the lowest cost project to facilitate fish farming to combat poverty.

Sattyanarayan today said that the project has been proved very effective when the things have been changed over the decades reducing fish production and two selling centres of fingerlings have been opened in Kurigram and Nilphamari this season.

PM reiterates call upon opposition BNP to join JS, instead of resorting hartal

Hartal : Strike !!!Virus of politics: Many discussions held by the political parties of Bangladesh. On white meeting they never support Strike, they even not get the new way rather than such a destructive and harmful event like Hartal (strike). To establish political demand if that is really the demand of maximum public, must can roar against Government. I am sorry to say that i never support such a political event which directly makes harm to public, what gain? I never clear. Hope many like me are not clear.

Time changed. we were under different political culture ,so at the beginning of independence -?we also needed Hartal as political demand.Nowfrom my core observation. AFTER39 years THE NATION LOOKING FOR THE ALTERNATIVE AND EFFECTIVE WAY TO DIFFER WITH GOVERMENT. NO MORE HARTAL IS EXPECTED.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today reiterated her call upon the main opposition BNP to join the parliament and speak for the people instead of resorting to hartal that is highly detrimental to both democracy and development leading to raising people’s sufferings. There was no any issue to enforce hartal in the country, rather the issue for which you have resorted to hartal was created by you during your tenure, she said while taking part in a general discussion on the proposed national budget for 2010-2011 fiscal.

Blaming BNP for calling hartal (general strike) in a bid to increase miseries for the people, she said the present government showed utmost restraint after wining the last general election as it did not take any revenge for the BNP-backed atrocities on the leaders and workers of Awami League after 2001 election.

“Even, we, the alliance (Mohajote) government, did not bring out victory procession soon after our landslide victory in the last general election as we remained involved in the development activities for bringing welfare to the people,” she said.

Describing the heinous attacks on general people, especially an engineer, at Shahbagh crossing and setting fire on two youths by the pickets during hartal as unfortunate and barbaric, Sheikh Hasina urged the main opposition to refrain from such anti-human activities.

The Awami League Chief accused the BNP leaders of threatening the government officials not to put their signatures in any file of the government. “If the officials can not sign files, then how the problems of gas, power and water, for which you have enforced hartal, would be solved,” she posed a question to the arch political rival BNP.

The Prime Minister said that the main opposition BNP has been carrying out such heinous activities after being deprived of the scope of looting public money after losing the last general

Sheikh Hasina said her government is working relentlessly aiming at fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people for which they voted Awami League to power. “Our only objective is to build a hunger and poverty free Bangladesh after fulfilling basic rights of the people,” she added.

Expressing her confidence over ensuring welfare of the people through implementation of the national budget proposed in the house on June 10, she urged BNP not to infuse frustration into the minds of the people centering the proposed budget, which was designed to bring maximum welfare to the general masses.

In this context, she called upon all concerned including main opposition BNP to take concerted efforts in implementing the government’s new fiscal documents for building a happy and prosperous “Sonar Bangla” as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by 2021.

The Prime Minister while making her statements on the proposed budget requested the finance minister to waive income tax imposed on the sources of the saving certificates.

Apart from this, she also requested the finance minister to reduce tax on export- oriented industries, stock exchange, locally produced vaccine and small-scale trade. She also requested him to waive tax on hearing aid for the disabled people.

Thanking the officers of employees of revenue department for realizing tax more than target, the Prime Minister requested the
authorities concerned to distribute a portion of the tax among
the officials and employees.

Thanking finance minister for announcing the budget in line with the election pledges and Vision-2021 of Awami League led alliance government, the Prime Minister said special emphasis has been given on the budget to strengthen rural economy and raising living standard of 80 percent of the country’s total population living in rural areas.

Brushing aside the criticism against the budget terming it as an ambitious one, Sheikh Hasina said we have to work with high ambition for bringing welfare for the general masses. “This ambition is to raise living standard of the people of the country,” she added.

The Prime Minister said her government has been able to keep the economic wheel of the country moving despite worldwide economic recession. “Even, we have been able to keep prices of essentials under purchasing capacity of the people,” she added.

The Prime Minister in her nearly one-hour speech highlighted her government’s programmes in agriculture and food, social safety net, rural infrastructure development, health, education, power, energy, tourism, communications and trade and investment sectors.

Besides, she said her government had also taken massive progammes including construction of elevated express-way and circular way to make the capital city peacefully habitable by reducing traffic congestion in the city.

Mentioning various steps taken by her government in agriculture sector, she said agricultural cards have been distributed among 1.82 crore farmer families in the current fiscal while steps have been taken so that each farmer could open a bank account with Taka only 10.

The Prime Minister said a total of Taka 750 crore has been distributed among 92 lakh farmers while uninterrupted power supply was ensured during the Boro season. As a result, we have witnessed bumper rice, potato, jute and seasonal fruits like mango and jackfruits production this season, she added.

Regarding government’s programmes in achieving food security, the Prime Minister said special facilities have been provided to 2.2 crore people through distributing 16.04 lakh tonnes food grains under its food safety net programmes.

Besides, she said, the government has maintained a stock of 16 lakh MT of food grains to face any emergency like natural disastrous. Expressing her dismay over the past BNP government’s decision to handover the land of food godown to Chittagong EPZ at Taka only 1.00, she said it is unfortunate to take such a decision when we are facing tremendous problem in storing adequate food grains to ensure food security for our people.

In this context, she said steps have been taken to build food godown by recovering the land. Besides, she informed the house that two projects are in pipeline to get approval of ECNEC to construct 333 food godowns with 19,000 tones each across the country.

The Prime Minister referred her government’s social safety net programes and said it has increased different allowances for old, disabled to increase living standard of people.

Elaborating her government’s programmes for development of rural economy, the Prime Minister said rural economy must be strengthened aiming at ensuring overall economic uplift as the country’s economy is based on rural areas.

Referring to country’s existing power situation, the Prime Minister said her government is working relentlessly to increase the country’s power generation considering the growing demand of people.

She said the country’s power generation raised at 5, 520 MW in May this year from 3,525 MW. The Prime Minister expressed the hope that more 1120 MW power would be added in the national grid by December this year following various steps taken by the government to this end.

Giving details of her government’s programme to raise the country power generation, the Prime Minister expressed the hope that more 2,600 MW power would be generated in the country by 2015.

Calling upon the countrymen to maintain austerity in use of power, she said her government has already taken steps to distribute energy saving bulbs to save power. With the use of energy savings bulb, she said a total of 200 MW electricity would be saved per day by June next.

Sheikh Hasina said her government has undertaken short, mid and long-term programmes for increasing gas extraction in the country. In this context, she said signing of two agreements are under process for exploring two blocks in the country’s offshore areas. She said decision has made to install 356 kilometre gas transmission pipe line to provide gas in the country’s south-western region.

She said her government has already formulated a draft coal policy and upgraded energy policy. She said decision would be taken in extracting coal considering environment and interest of people, she added.

Mentioning various programmes undertaken by her government for industrial expansion and business, she said the government has finalized the draft of industrial policy and strengthened BSTI for improving quality of products.

The Prime Minister said her government has provided loan of Taka 61, 166 crore in the country’s industrial sector in the current 2009-2010 fiscal for massive industrialization.

The Prime Minister said the present government has also taken massive programes to reach the health services to the doorsteps
of people. She said her previous government had undertaken projects to set up 18,000 community clinics across the country in this regard.

But, the BNP-Jamaat alliance government after coming to power suspended the pro-people projects, she said and adding that her
present government has revived the projects to provide health service to the door steps of people.

Besides, she said steps have been taken to increase bed in thana health complex from 30 to 50 and district hospitals from 250 to 500. The prime minister also mentioned appointment of doctors and nurses to this end.

Expecting that jute will regain its lost heritage of Golden Fibre with invention of genome of jute she said the government has taken extensive programme for the development of jute and jute industries.

The jute mills have been allocated Taka 1,092 crore through cash and bank guarantee during the current financial year, she said.

Mentioning about various measures undertaken by the government for the development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) she said banks and financial institutions have disbursed total Taka 23,995 crore in this sector during 2010.

Referring to initiatives for employment she said total 1,12,434 were employed during last one and a half years. The government has already undertook works for capital dredging and maintenance of rivers for bringing back their navigability, she said.

The process of construction of Padma bridge has marked much progress, she said adding assurance for US dollar 2.4 billion has already been received for construction of the bridge, which would be completed by 2013. Highlighting various measures of her government for the development of infrastructure including roads and bridges she said the government is firmly committed to economic uplift through infrastructure development.

“We want to make Dhaka as habitable,” she said adding “government has plans to construct flyovers, elevated expressways, underground roads, ring roads for reducing traffic jam and for this BRTC has already introduced 100 busses and more 700 busses would soon be collected.”

She also mentioned about various programmes of the government for resolving water crises in the city.

Mentioning about foreign policy of her government she said the past government damaged the image of the country as militancy and terrorism increased during that period. “Bangladesh is not a country of militancy, corruption, and torture of journalists,” she said adding “Bangladesh is now a country of huge potentials.”

Country’s image has increased abroad, she said adding Bangladesh has been elected at 22 organizations in the globe and Bangladesh representative was elected at CEDAW scoring the highest votes.

She referred to the efforts of her government for turning Bangladesh as a peaceful country in Asia.

Mentioning about the efforts of making the country a Digital Bangladesh she said ICT Act 2009 has already been formulated and ICT Policy 2009 has been approved for this purpose.

Besides, government has taken steps for introducing E-Post Office, mobile money, computer lab, machine readable passports, online job application, online admission, e-voting, district web portal, setting up High-Tech Park at Gazipur and also setting up

Highlighting activities of the government during assuming power on January 6, 2009 to June 21, 2010 she said cabinet through 77 meeting has taken 487 decisions, of which 83 percent of 405 decisions were implemented.

On the other hand, BNP-Jamaat alliance government during October 10, 2001 to April 25, 2003 through 66 meetings took 237 decisions, of which 112 or 51 percent were implemented.

From January 13, 2009 to June 8, 2010, ECNEC approved 287 projects worth Taka 96,994 crore through holding 50 meeting.

Prime Minister urged all for working together for building a Sonar Bangla free from hunger, poverty and illiteracy dreamt by the best Bengali of all ages Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Bangladeshi -Ismat Jahan elected member in CEDAW

Sources :Bangladesh has been elected member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) securing the highest votes in its elections held at the United Nations on Monday

Ismat Jahan, the Bangladesh candidate for the CEDAW elections, bagged 153 votes in the 185-member treaty body, according to a message received here on Tuesday

She was former permanent representative to the UN and currently Bangladesh ambassador in Brussels.

This is the highest number of votes secured by a candidate in the history of CEDAW elections. She will serve as a member of the committee for the four-year term (2011-2014).

After the human rights commission, this is the most important human rights body and becoming its member is the significant diplomatic achievement of Bangladesh.

The credentials of the candidate, Bangladesh ‘s commitment for women’s empowerment, an effective and sustained election campaign and standing as an active, responsible and contributing member of the international community are among the factors for this impressive showing.

Bangladesh is currently elected member of 32 UN committees, commissions, bodies and caucuses and this is the highest in recorded history.

Ismat Jahan is the highest ranking woman diplomat of the country.

Educated at Dhaka University and Fletchers School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, she was also a visiting fellow in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

A total of 21candidates contested for 12 seats in the elections. Yoko Hayashi of Japan secured the second highest place with 143 votes. The other 10 newly elected members of this committee are Turkey (132), Slovenia (130), Egypt (130), Switzerland (129) Paraguay (119), Croatia (118), Mauritius (114), Timor-Leste (113), Israel (103) and Algeria (96).

Bangladesh police arrest top Jamaat-e-Islami leaders

Politics with the back of Islamic emotions was alleged by various platfrom against Jamaat-e-Islami.Bangladeshi police Tuesday arrested three of the top leaders of Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party on the rarely-used charge of “offending religious sentiment” in the Muslim-majority nation.

Motiur Rahman Nizami, the head of Jamaat-e-Islami party, his deputy Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and top preacher Delwar Hossain Saydee were arrested in the capital Dhaka, city police chief A.K.M. Shahidul Haque said.

“They were detained after the court issued arrest warrants against them for hurting the religious sentiment of the people,” Haque told Media.

The Jamaat leaders have been charged after they claimed Nizami’s alleged persecution at the hands of the ruling Awami League was akin to the suffering of the Prophet Mohammed, Bangladesh, an Islamic Republic, has an overwhelming Muslim majority population.

Syed Rejaul Haque Chandpuri, secretary general of the Bangladesh Tarikat Federation, filed the case on March 21 with a metropolitan magistrate’s court in Dhaka against five Jamaat leaders.

The case stated that Dhaka City Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Rafiqul Islam Khan at a discussion in Dhaka on March 17 compared Nizami to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), which hurt the Muslims

The three leaders had been summoned to appear at a Dhaka court on Tuesday but ignored the order, which lead to an arrest warrant being issued, he said.

Jamaat-e-Islami has been the country’s largest Islamic party since it was allowed to operate and contest in elections in late 1970s. It was a part of the Islamist-allied government led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in 2001-6.

Since winning a landslide in December 2008, the government has cracked down on Islamist groups, with the head of banned Islamic outfit Hizb-ut Tahrir being arrested April on charges of instigating militancy and running a banned group.

Police say Hizb-ut Tahrir is still actively trying to destabilise the government and plot attacks.

Jamaat’s top leaders have also been accused of war crimes by private groups investigating Bangladesh’s liberation war of 1971, including the killing of dozens of intellectuals during the nine-month war against Pakistan.

Jamaat leaders deny the allegations.

Bangladesh ship-to-shore oil pipe- In Reality

Bangladesh is going to bring reality ship-to-shore oil pipe.The Islamic Development Bank has signed an agreement with Bangladesh to provide $129 million for building a “single point mooring” in the Bay of Bengal to carry petroleum from vessels moored at an outer anchorage to on-shore depots, a top government official said.
The Bangladesh government would provide the remaining cost of the $140 million project, said a senior official at the state-run Bangladesh Petroleum Corp. He added that the project was expected to save around $10 million annually over the cost of bringing ships into port. It would also reduce fuel unloading time by about 20% or to two to three days, from 12 to 15 days currently, and thus raise fuel handling capacity he said.

Bangladesh’s Finance Minister, A.M.A. Muhith, signed the deal with the Jeddah-based development lender in the capital of Azerbaijan last week. The facility would help unload both crude and refined petroleum from mother vessels in the deep sea without landing in the port, said the finance minister on his return from Azerbaijan Saturday, adding that the unloaded oil would be brought ashore via pipeline.

BPC currently pays $5.50/mt to small vessels owned by the state Bangladesh Shipping Corp. to ferry petroleum ashore from larger vessels moored at the outer anchorage in the Bay of Bengal. The platform would save BPC around $8/mt incurred by the vessel transfer.

The floating platform would be built southwest of Kutubdia Island in the Bay of Bengal, 70 kilometers from the port of Chittagong. A 77-km, 36-inch diameter pipeline would link Bangladesh’s lone state-owned Eastern Refinery with the single point mooring.

The facility would help meet growing demand for fuel as Bangladesh’s annual oil imports are expected to grow 33% from 3.65 million mt/year to 4.85 million mt/year as Bangladesh’s new gasoil- and furnace oil-run power plants are expected to start operation shortly.
Bangladesh has approved installation of over a dozen oil-fired power plants to help ease the country’s electricity crisis within the shortest possible time.
We will float an international tender shortly for building the off-shore platform,” said the BPC official. Construction of the platform is targeted for 2011, he said. Forecast

Business Forecast : Bangladesh Shrimp demand growing up to the International Market

It is not mirracle !! business and economy of Bangladesh is in good opportunity position when global economical stucture is shaping restuctured!! For the new shape of economy the silent war of economy (Recession) has seen . The diffrence between world economy and Bangladesh come closer than ever.
Now in new opportunity :US raps on Asian shrimpers’ doors after oil spill

According to Infofish, an Asia-Pacific trade group, wholesale shrimp prices have risen by about 15 percent to 20 percent since the Gulf spill. largely unaffected by a virus that has crippled stocks in Bangladesh and Indonesia.US raps on Bangladesh shrimpers’ doors after oil spill.
As the Gulf Coast oil spill continues to gush, U.S. seafood suppliers are turning to Asia to ensure Americans have enough shrimp for their gumbos, Creoles and cocktails this summer, but some of those overseas cupboards are low themselves.

Several countries in the world’s top shrimp-producing region are struggling to satisfy their own appetites for shrimp because of disease, drought and the economic crisis. The oil spill is one more factor driving prices skyward, sending a worldwide ripple through an already tight shrimp market.

The price of plump black tiger shrimp is at a 10-year high in Vietnam, selling for around $13.50 per kilogram ($6.14 per pound), said Bui Dung, a manager at Minh Phu, Vietnam’s biggest shrimp exporter in the southern Mekong delta province of Ca Mau. He said heat waves along with disease outbreaks have led to smaller yields on farms. Domestic consumption has remained high, nibbling away at cold stocks normally available for export prior to August harvests.

“The demand, particularly from the U.S., is huge,” Dung said. “We receive order requests from U.S. importers almost everyday, but we cannot meet all their demands.”

Americans have an insatiable craving for shrimp, eating about 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms) a year. And while wild Gulf shrimp provides only about 7 to 9 per cent of that supply, the oil spill will likely send some U.S. restaurants and super markets into a short-term frenzy, said Fatima Ferdouse, chief of trade promotion at Infofish, an intergovernmental organization for the Asia-Pacific fishery industry based in Malaysia.

“It backfired because in the American market, they planned to sell … this much domestic shrimp from the Gulf for summer, which they’re not getting now,” she said by phone. “So they have to fill in the gap. They panic and then the easy way to get it is to go through import ? they don’t have any other choice.”

According to Infofish, wholesale shrimp prices have risen by about 15 to 20 per cent since a BP-operated oil rig exploded 10 weeks ago, causing an undersea blowout that has spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf.

Gavin Gibbons, a spokesman for the U.S.-based National Fisheries Institute, a trade group, said Americans might see a price increase on their plates in the short term, but he’s hopeful Asian production will pick back up to keep consumers from feeling a prolonged pinch.

“It’s the No. 1 most consumed seafood in America,” he said. “People eat more shrimp than they do canned tuna.”

Ecuador is the only country among the top five U.S. importers located outside of Asia. More than a third of the nearly 550,000 tons of shrimp imported by the U.S. last year came from Thailand, the top shipper, according to Infofish.

Thailand has remained a stable supplier, largely unaffected by a virus that has crippled stocks in Bangladesh and Indonesia, the second top supplier to the U.S. last year. For the January-April period before the Gulf oil spill, U.S. imports of Indonesia shrimp were down 30 per cent from a year earlier. Imports from Thailand were up about 17 per cent over the same period, Infofish data reported.

Last year was the first time the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimated a drop in worldwide shrimp aquaculture production, following the global economic crisis which forced many farmers out of business. But now, prior to the peak summer shrimp-eating season, it’s a sellers’ market.

Larger shrimp are in short supply, pushing prices to the highest level in two years, according to Infofish. Demand for the black tiger shrimp, which is very popular in Japan, has been particularly high, with prices increasing $1 a pound ($ 0.50 a kilogram) since early June.

“The demand worldwide is quite strong. The economic crisis seems to be over, especially the U.S. and Japanese markets are really demanding a lot of shrimp,” said Helga Josupeit, a fishery industry officer at GLOBEFISH, an FAO program in Rome that tracks international fish trade and publishes price reports. “If anyone wants to invest in a shrimp farm, they probably will make some money.”

Some farmers say it’s ironic that the U.S. is now forced to lean more on overseas suppliers to help meet demand. In 2004, the same Gulf Coast shrimpers affected by the oil spill successfully lobbied Washington to slap antidumping tariffs on Vietnam, Thailand, India, Ecuador, Brazil and China, accusing them of flooding the U.S. market with artificially low priced shrimp.

“It’s good to see U.S. shrimp importers are coming back to Vietnam,” said farmer Nguyen Tat Thang. “But I care more about how much profit I earn from the farm, which I am not seeing increase because of rising production costs.”


Protesting the government’s misdeeds and protest at the misdeeds and misrule of the government, including acute shortage of power, water and gas, oppression on opposition leaders and activists, violence centring on tender manipulation, land and property grab by ruling party men, harassment of girls in educational institutions, politicisation of administration and deals signed with other countries against national interest.
Today a daylong general strike called by the main opposition party in Bangladesh. This is first such event in 3 1/2 years. The opposition party BNP had laid out the strike plan last month in protest of certain issues they have pointed out as government failure.
The general strike ( Hartal) is not a very popular mode of protest in Bangladesh. Yet opposition parties resort to this tactic more often than other means as they don’t find the alternatives to hartal as biting. One reason the opposition resort to this sort of day long general strike is because this makes the government feel insecure and vulnerable. For this same reason current ruling party Awami League resorted to 303 ( nearly a year) days of general strike since 1991.

Hartals are now more a test of the mindset of the government than anything else. Accordingly today??s hartal was an opportunity for the government to show how tolerant and democratic they are and a tool of the opposition to trap the government into exposing the government’s intolerant fascistic mindset ( if there is any).

Clearly the following photo assay shows heavy handed repressive acts of the government in a day which otherwise would have been a day of peaceful non-violent exercise of democratic right
Comments :
Hartal : Strike !!!Virus of politics: Many discussions held?by the political parties of Bangladesh. On white meeting they never support Strike, they even not get the new way rather than such a destructive and harmful event like Hartal (strike)?. To establish political demand if that is really the demand of maximum public, must can roar against Government. I am sorry to say that i never support such a political event which directly makes harm to public, what gain? I never clear. Hope many like me are not clear.

Time changed. we were under different political culture ,so at the beginning of independence -?we also needed Hartal as political demand.?Now?from my core observation. AFTER39 years THE NATION LOOKING FOR THE ALTERNATIVE AND EFFECTIVE WAY TO DIFFER WITH GOVERMENT. NO MORE HARTAL IS EXPECTED.


Bangladesh telecom industry vs Telecommunication (amendment) Bill 2010

A parliamentary body yesterday assured cellphone operators and telecommunications and ICT-based entrepreneurs of taking necessary steps to remove growing anxiety over proposed amendments to the telecom laws.

On their concern and objections to the proposed amendments, the parliamentary standing committee on post and telecommunications ministry said it would carefully examine those and bring amendments to the bill, if necessary.

Representatives of the telecom operators also opposed the proposed amendments that provide the government with sweeping authority by curtailing jurisdiction of Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

The telecom industry is among the largest contributors to growth, accounting for approximately 6 percent of GDP. Under Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission regulations, the industry shares 5.5 percent of revenue collected in the form of rent and call charges as well as pays for the lease of Bangladesh Railways’ fibre optic network. Not to talk about the large money the government realises in the form of SIM tax. During the caretaker government’s time, owners were forced to pay additional fees for transfer of ownership too. Altogether it is around 10 percent of the government’s revenue collection.

As mentioned earlier, on June 13, 2010, the Bangladesh Telecommunication (amendment) Bill 2010 was placed before parliament for review by the parliamentary standing committee on posts and telecommunication ministry. The Mobile Operators Association (AMTOB) highlighted a few key provisions in the new regulatory framework that are detrimental to the future growth of the industry and against the spirit of free markets.
The new law proposes raising the maximum fine for offenses from Tk 10 lakh to an astounding Tk 300 crore, higher than any comparable fines in the region; Pakistan currently has the highest with a maximum fine of PKR 35 crore (approximately BDT 28 crore). Given the industry’s high rate of taxation, mandatory revenue sharing and strict regulatory framework, this incentive adds an incremental contingent cost on industry players, discouraging further domestic and foreign investment. While our government is trying hard to market overseas investment, this will obviously send a wrong message to the rank and file. Especially when nobody less than our prime minister is continuously focusing on policy continuity, despite political changeover.
Against the spirit of due process, the new law provides no scope for appeal against expanded powers given to regulators. Telecom-related offenses are now made cognizable under the law, allowing the arrest of industry professionals without warrants, against all tenets of the Criminal Procedure Code. I thought we live in a respectable democratic country, known for its hospitality to the foreign guests. The other day, a minister was speaking high about the country’s potential as a ‘business process outsourcing’ (BPO) hub, with growing and reasonably priced IT savvy and English literate young men and women.
The new law also gives the regulator unilateral power to amend licence conditions at any time. The current cost of renewing a licence represents a significant investment in a capital intensive and highly competitive industry. The potential for abrupt and/or unfavorable changes in licence conditions in light of the high cost of renewal is a significant barrier towards future growth and casts a pall over the business and investment climates in Bangladesh.
The telecom industry is among the largest contributors to growth, accounting for approximately 6 percent of GDP. Under Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission regulations, the industry shares 5.5 percent of revenue collected in the form of rent and call charges as well as pays for the lease of Bangladesh Railways’ fibre optic network. Not to talk about the large money the government realises in the form of SIM tax. During the caretaker government’s time, owners were forced to pay additional fees for transfer of ownership too. Altogether it is around 10 percent of the government’s revenue collection.
Mobile phone operators have been very serious in implementing measures and technologies in the spirit of Digital Bangladesh. Among other things, the industry has brought mobile connectivity to over 90 percent of Bangladesh, introduced data and Internet services to mobile users, provided valuable services such as the facilitation of inward remittance from Bangladeshis living abroad, and generally introduced among the lowest cost mobile phone services in the world.
The industry has promoted significant foreign investment in Bangladesh, sparked growth in Bangladesh capital markets and brought the gift of communication to far-flung corners of rural Bangladesh. The industry is the epitome of a healthy, competitive market and fostering growth for the sector and will continue to provide benefits for the people of Bangladesh.
The people of this country voted this regime, because we wanted change, change for better, biased towards a forward-looking Bangladesh, more technology-driven solutions. No going back, look forward with confidence. If one looks at the telecom bill put up in the parliament, s/he will obviously doubt the sincerity of purpose of the change. I know many ministers, many parliament members who truly believe Bangladesh has a future, based on better education, access to information and shared vision. And that can only happen with better connectivity, using technology for poverty alleviation, investing more in agricultural and tropical health research. Professor Jeffrey Sachs (the author of ‘End of Poverty’) mentioned in 1999 ‘the future of Bangladesh depends on – how fast it can reach technology to rural masses, how better they can use technology for poverty alleviation’. Let’s not kill the golden goose, let’s not send a wrong message to the rest of the world. I am convinced senses will prevail among our people’s representatives, they are the listening people, they represent the toiling masses, and they in togetherness can give us a better Bangladesh. They are the change ambassadors.? can they kill change!

BNP – First general strike for more than three years against Govt

Bangladeshi police and protesters clash during strike,Police and opposition protesters have clashed in the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, amid the country’s first general strike for more than three years.

Police stopped marches and arrested about 200 people, officials say.

The strike was called by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies to highlight the government’s “failures and excesses”.

It is seen as the first significant challenge to PM Sheikh Hasina since she took office in January 2009.

The BBC’s Mark Dummett in Dhaka says most Bangladeshis have heeded the strike call.

Public transport and most businesses remained shut across the country.

The BNP and it ally, Jamaat-e-Islami, accuse the government of failing tackle corruption and improve services.

They are also demanding early elections.

Bangladesh is due to hold parliamentary polls in 2013.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who leads the secular Bangladesh Awami League, said on Saturday: “The BNP and its stooges are out to frustrate democracy and create anarchy

Bangladesh Gas Problem Will Decrease in 2013

US oil company Chevron has given a high hope to solve recent gas crisis of Bangladesh. Chevron has been operating three gas fields (Moulvibazarfield, Jalalabad field, Bibiyana field) of Sylhet.
Yesterday Chevron Bangladesh’s chief Steve Wilson met with Govt.?authority. They gave new hope about gas crisis. Wilson said that they?would increase gas production upto 940 million cubic feet per day by?2013.
They described some of their major problems. If the Govt. should solve this problem they are ready to solve recent gas crisis.
  • The gas pipeline network will be increased from Sylhet to middle partof Bangladesh. It will help to build link between Bibiyana to Dhanua & Muchai to Monohordi. This pipeline will cost $100-150 million to?build.
The high level meeting was presided by Energy Adviser to the prime?minister Towfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury. Other officials were Petrobangla,?Gas Transmission Company Ltd (GTCL),Titas & Chevron.
Chevron authority said that Moulvibazar field can be increased by 300 million cubic feet per day, Jalalabad field can produce 90 million cubic feet per day, Bibiyana field can produce upto 360 million cubic feet per day within 2013.

Chevron Bangladesh is now?exploring a new Block 7 in Patuakhali. They hope it will be successful in the upcoming year. If they successful the gas production will increase 100 million cubic feet per day.

Give fair wage to Bangladesh workers: Parliamentary body

A Bangladesh parliament committee has told the government to declare ‘a time befitting minimum wage structure’ by July 29 for the country’s readymade garments industry that is facing recurring industrial violence.

The parliamentary standing committee on labour and employment also recommended taking measures to resolve all the other problems in the garments sector.

The labour minister Mosharraf Hossain informed the committee Thursday that a tripartite meeting involving the ministry, garments unit-owners and workers’ representatives is likely to be held Sunday or Monday.

The meet will discuss the ongoing unrest in the sector, Israfil Alam, chief of the parliamentary body, told The Daily Star newspaper.

As many as 50,000 to 60,000 garment industry workers have been booked for violence over the last weekend in Ashulia, a suburban industrial township on the outskirts of the national capital.

Four cases were lodged at the Ashulia police station by Wednesday evening — one was against 50,000 to 60,000 unnamed people while two were against 180 people on the charge of attacking factories and one against 200 unnamed people.

About the case filed against such a large number of people, New Age quoted the Ashulia police officer-in-charge, Sirajul Islam, as saying: ‘We have taken the decision to avert further unrest in the area.’

The area’s 250 garments units resumed work Wednesday following assurance of protection from the government.

The private garments sector is Bangladesh’s top foreign exchange earner. It netted $12 billion in 2009.

The latest round of violent protests was triggered over wage dispute. The workers want Taka 5,000 ($86) as minimum wage, while the employers are not willing to pay beyond Taka 1,600.

The garments sector has witnessed recurring violence in Bangladesh where wages are low and working conditions are poor for an estimated three million workers, mostly women.

A global survey by the Vienna-based International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), released here last week, has said that the Bangladeshi workers in this sector are ‘world’s most poorly paid’ and that their exploitation was ‘on the rise’

125,000 Bangladesh freedom fighters to get higher allowance

The Bangladesh government has announced higher allowance for 125,000 people who participated in the country’s freedom movement against Pakistan in 1971.

The amount is being raised from Taka 1,500 ($21.50) to Taka 2,000 from July 1, beginning of the next fiscal, State Minister for Liberation War Affairs Captain (retd) A.B. Tajul Islam told parliament Thursday.

The state minister said the number of freedom fighters across the country is 125,000, including 5,338 who were injured, The Daily Star reported.

Families of martyred freedom fighters are 2,500 and women freedom fighters number 162.

The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her previous term 1996-2001 had undertaken rehabilitation activities by providing allowances to 40,000 freedom fighters.