Any person in the country would be able to plan their travelling routes and track
their vehicles’ location in real time from computers or mobile phones using
Global Positioning System (GPS) by the end of 2016.
Officials of Survey of Bangladesh (SOB), the national mapping organisation under
the defence ministry, explained this new technology at the four-day Digital
Innovation Fair 2011 at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Novo Theatre in the city
SOB is giving final touches to the digital three-dimension maps that would make
the modern technology possible in Bangladesh, they said.
Combined with GPS, a satellite based navigation system already available in
Bangladesh, the digital maps would also enable real time navigation, monitoring
of land resources and assist in all kinds of development activities, they added.
The digital 3D map from SOB was the centre of much attention throughout the fair
and received the award for the most popular government initiative among
Fourteen out of 200 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) enabled
initiatives from 89 government and private organisations being exhibited at the
fair received awards for their innovation and functionality yesterday.
State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman was present as the chief guest
at the award giving ceremony with IT expert Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed and ICT
Department Secretary Rafiqul Islam as special guests.
“The range of innovative services being shown in the fair proves that creative
impulse of the nation has grown significantly over the years. This impulse would
grow further and drive the country forward,” said Yeafesh Osman.
Sajib said the government achieved a lot over the last two years to fulfil its
dream of a digital Bangladesh and the innovative initiatives in the fair is a
part of that success.
Judges at the fair awarded health and family planning ministry’s Supply Chain
Management System as the best e-governance initiative. The system keeps track of
the stocks of family planning medicines and tools across the country through a
Other initiatives which were awarded are an online insurance system from Jiban
Bima Corporation, Zilla One-stop Service from Dhaka District Commissioner’s
office and teachers’ digital content sharing blog from the education ministry.
In 1971, a friend asked former Beatle George Harrison, if he could do something to help the dire situation for the people of Bangladesh. So Harrison, along with a few friends organized an event to raise relief funds and to alert the world to the plight of the Bangladeshi people, victims of simultaneous floods, famine and civil war.
The fundraiser was held in the form of 2 concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City, one held at noon and one held at 7 PM on August 1, 1971. The all-star lineup included George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Billy Preston, Ravi Shankar and other top musicians. They played to a total crowd of about 40,000 and in the process raised about a quarter of a million dollars in the process.
The Concert for Bangladesh was also released as a live 3-album box set, which won a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1973. It was also released as a concert film in 1972, incorporating a number of performances taken from both 2 concerts, with additional proceeds going to benefit the Bangladesh relief fund.
Over the years, millions of dollars has been raised as a result of this historic event, which later inspired others like Bob Geldofâ€™s LIVEAID & LIVE8.
Available on iTunes
40 years later, the Concert for Bangladesh album is making its digital debut exclusively on iTunes to celebrate Harrisonâ€™s accomplishments and to also make this incredible performance available through a new medium to new audiences. The iTunes LP ($19.99) has 22 tracks including Harrisonâ€™s studio single of Bangla Desh, not found on the original release. It also offers images of the concert as well as liner notes and essays.
There are also some streaming freebies available as on iTunes; a 5-minute video album trailer and a 49-minute radio program about the concert.
Fundraising Event & 72-hour Free Streaming
But thereâ€™s more; This event also signals the start of the U.S. Fund For Unicefâ€™s special â€œMonth Of Givingâ€ Campaign for the George Harrison Fund For Unicef, providing emergency relief for children affected by drought and famine in Horn Of Africa.
All after-tax proceeds from sales of The Concert for Bangladesh album on iTunes will directly benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF
And to kick it all off is a live 72-hour streaming event of the original concert film. It starts tomorrow,Â Saturday, July 30, throughÂ Monday Aug 1st on iTunes, georgeharrison.com, and theconcertforbangladesh.com.
ABOUT THE GEORGE HARRISON FUND FOR UNICEF
The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF is a joint undertaking between the Harrison family and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to support UNICEF programs that provide lifesaving assistance to children, including health, education, nutrition and emergency relief. In the tradition established by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF continues to support UNICEF programs in Bangladesh while expanding its influence to include other countries where children are in need.
Iâ€™m sure George would have been proud. George Harrison passed away almost 10 years ago from lung cancer in November 2011.
India and Bangladesh on Saturday signed a comprehensive border management agreement as Home Minister P. Chidambaram held crucial talks with his counterpart Ms. Sahara Khatun ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit here in September.
“We have just signed the agreement – Border Management Coordination Plan for a comprehensive and joint management of all frontier issues,” Ms. Sahara told a joint news briefing with Chidambaram after their nearly two-and-half-hour talks at Bangladesh secretariat here.
The two Ministers witnessed the signing of the agreement between Border Guard Bangladesh’s Director General Major General Anwar Hossain and his Indian counterpart of Border Security Force (BSF) Raman Srivastava.
Mr. Chidambaram said the deal was expected to resolve all outstanding frontier issues including combating cross-border crimes. “The agreement will enhance quality of border management as well as ensure (cross-border) security.”
India and Bangladesh share 4,096 Km border of which 6.1 kilometres is still un-demarcated.
Officials here familiar with the process said the deal intended to enforce joint frontier vigils from certain border points against other cross-border crimes like human trafficking and weapons and drug smuggling.
The two countries had last week concluded a joint headcount in 162 enclaves on both sides of their borders. Of this, 111 are Indian territories inside Bangladesh.
The enclaves, or areas locked by territories belonging to the other side, have been an un-resolved border issue between the two countries since the partition of the subcontinent, causing untold difficulties to the people there in matters of connectivity, power and education.
Polaris Software with its headquarters in India — to set up a joint venture IT company in Bangladesh.
The Tk 7 crore company would initially provide software solutions to these three banks before selling customised services to other banks, non-bank financial institutions and insurance companies.
The Chennai-based IT firm will hold a 51 percent stake in the proposed company. Three Bangladeshi banks — Sonali Bank, Bangladesh Commerce Bank and Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) — will own the rest 49 percent shares in the company.
These banks and Polaris Software have announced the move with signing a memorandum of understanding on Saturday in Dhaka. The name of the new company would be Sonali Polaris FT Ltd.
None of the parties has yet disclosed formally the financial involvement required to form the firm.
“It (investment) would be quite large,” AQ Siddique, chairman of Bangladesh Commerce Bank, told The Daily Star yesterday. “Investments will depend on the size of operations,” he added.
Officials of the local banks, however, said the total investment would be Tk 7 crore (around $1 million).
Of the 49 percent local stakes, Sonali Bank will hold 34 percent, Bangladesh Commerce Bank 10 percent and RAKUB 5 percent.
The joint venture company will provide end-to-end core banking solutions that would allow the banks to run a single application for its different functions, thereby facilitating easy operations to its customers.
“This is a great initiative as it will create employment, ensure transfer of technology and save much-needed foreign currency spent for imports of software,” said SM Jahangir Akhter, executive vice president and head of IT of Bangladesh Commerce Bank.
Akhter hopes the joint venture company will start operation in three months.
He said, this would be the local banks’ second instance of joint venture IT firm after Bank Asia to provide software solutions.
Sonali Bank is the largest state-owned commercial bank in Bangladesh with nearly 1,200 branches including operations in the UK, the US, Middle East and India. RAKUB is also a fully state-owned specialised bank, while Bangladesh Commerce Bank is a commercial bank with public-private partnership.
Founded in 1993, Polaris Software is a leading financial technology company. Polaris offers state-of-the-art solutions for core banking, corporate banking, wealth and asset management and insurance. The company is the outsourcing partner for nine of the top 10 global banks and seven of the 10 top global insurance companies
Sources :The government of Bangladesh is likely to finilise a policy in a week for setting up import-based Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) bottling plant in private sector amid its rising demand in the country.
After finilising the policy, their would be no barrier for the private sector to bottle LPG as many private companies are keen to invest in the sector, an Energy and Mineral Resources Division official told.
Now a number of companies including Basundhara Group, Clean Heat and TotalGaz bottle LPG along with the government to meet its rising domestic demand.
Under the policy, a private firm will have 18 months in total to set up the plant after receiving government permission, said the official. He said the companies will also have to submit progress reports on plant installation within first three months after getting government permission in this regard.
If the companies fail to fulfill the criteria then the authorities would cancel their license, he said.
“We want to widen the scope of LPG bottling in private sector as its demand is rising gradually following the government decision of not giving new gas connections for domestic uses,” he said.
The companies which are sound both technically and financially, will be given permission, he said.
For installing the plants, aspirant companies must get licenses from the directorates of explosive and environment on safety and security, he added.
The permission for setting up plants will be given as per the LPG plant policy 2004, he said. The plants will be run primarily on imported gas but there will be provision for using local gas in the future, subject to its availability, according to the official.
The government decision of not permitting new gas connections for domestic consumers due to its supply shortage has apparently pushed up the LPG demand in the country, he said.
“LPG plants in the private sector will help meet the domestic energy demand,” he said, adding that the government had already announced a zero duty facility for the next fiscal year to import LPG accessories to encourage the private sector. A primary survey has suggested that the demand for LPG was around one million tonnes last year. At present, total supply of LPG stands at around 80,000 tonnes, less than one-tenth of the current demand.
Of the total supply, from 50,000 to 60,000 tonnes of LPG or a total of 6.4 million LPG cylinders are imported and distributed by Basundhara Group, Clean Heat, Summit and TotalGaz.
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) produces only 20,000 tonnes of LPG –13,500 tonnes at Eastern Refinery Limited (ERL) and the rest at Rupantarita Prakratik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL).
The government has taken a decision to increase the supply of LPG to 300,000 tonnes both in public and private sectors to meet its rising demand
Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day official visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart Shahara Khatun.
During his visit, the Indian Home Minister is scheduled to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He will have comprehensive talks with his Bangladesh counterpart.India and Bangladesh will finetune their agreement to exchange each other’s ‘enclaves’ during home minister P Chidambaram’s visit to Dhaka beginning on Friday. A final agreement, however, is expected to be signed during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit in September.
Government sources said that though Chidambaram would discuss other issues including border fencing and matters concerning deportation of ULFA leader Anup Chetia during his meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sahara Khatun, the matter relating to “exchange of enclaves” would dominate the agenda.
He is also scheduled to meet Dr. Dipu Moni, Hon’ble Foreign Minister of Bangladesh. Foreign Minister Dipu Moni on Thursday said fear of national security has kept Bangladesh away from many benefits of regional cooperation and connectivity.
Officials said in Dhaka yesterday, the two sides are expected to review the co-operation in the fields of security, border ther related issues.
They said, Bangladesh and India are going to sign an agreement on ‘co-ordinated border management plan’ to check crimes such as killings, trafficking in persons and drug smuggling in the borders of the two neighbouring countries during Chidambaram’s visit.
He will also discuss the planned move for enclave exchange now in adverse possession between the two countries, said a senior official at the home affairs ministry.
The chiefs of India’s Border Security Force and the Border Guard Bangladesh are expected to sign the deal on July 30.
“This is for the first time that India and Bangladesh are planning a co-ordinated border management, especially to reduce the number of casualties of civilians,” joint secretary of the home ministry Kamal Uddin Ahmed said.
He said that both the countries would strengthen patrol in ‘designated areas’ along the borders to check cross-border crimes and illegal movement of persons.
The Joint Boundary Working Group headed by joint secretaries of the two countries has prepared the draft of the document. The group sat at the headquarters of the Bangladesh Border Guards in Dhaka today and gave a final touch to the draft.
Kamal Uddin, also leading the Joint Boundary Working Group from the Bangladesh side, said that India usually attributed the cause of casualties to illegal movement of civilians along the border. “So we have decided to strengthen patrol in designated areas along the borders.”
Both the countries have agreed to sign the deal to jointly manage 700 ‘vulnerable stretches’ to contain crimes along the borders between the two countries, officials concerned said.
“The two governments have been working for about two years on a joint border management plan to reach an agreement on managing 700 vulnerable stretches along the borders. The stretches have been created by rivers or infrastructures. Most of the cross-border crimes are committed at these points,” an official said.
The agreement on the coordinated border management plan would be inked in line with the Land Boundary Agreement signed in 1974 between the two countries.
The two countries formed the working group headed by the joint secretaries of their home ministries in 2002 to settle issues involving territories in adverse possession, enclaves and demarcation of 6.5km of un-demarcated border areas. Bangladesh and India share a 4,098-km porous border.
Apple is offering iTunes customers the chance to watch The Concert for Bangladesh, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar’s charity fund raising concert from 1971, for free for three days only starting on July 30th. The event included performances from Messrs. Harrison and Shankar, as well as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, and Billy Preston
It may be hard for Baby Boomers to fathom, but Aug. 1 marks the 40th anniversary of a pair of historic benefit concerts that the late George Harrison staged with a little help from some very famous friends.
George Harrison performs during the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. Among artists joining him: Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan
Now, thanks to new technology, fans of all ages can relive the event. Tuesday marks the digital debut of The Concert for Bangladesh, the Grammy Award-winning album documenting the two 1971 shows that paved the way for star-studded projects such as No Nukes and Live Aid. Performers include Harrison, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, Leon Russell and Harrison’s co-organizer Ravi Shankar.
The digital release is available exclusively at iTunes, with Harrison’s studio single Bangla Desh as a bonus track. In addition, the 1972 documentary film of the same name will stream for 72 hours, Saturday through Monday, on iTunes and at georgeharrison.com and theconcertforbangladesh.com.
The free concert film stream is to promote the addition of both the album from the event and the concert film to iTunes. Apple said that the album will include an iTunes LP version with special features and other material from the concert.
The Concert for Bangladesh was a one of the first major charity fund raising events organized by rock stars. It was held in 1971 to help with relief in Bangladesh after a cyclone named Bhola laid waste to the impoverished country in 1970.
According to Wikipedia, 40,000 people attended the two showings of the concert, both held the same day, and raised a then-staggering amount of US$243,418.51, which wasn’t bad for a bunch of long-haired, no-good hippy freeloadin’ SOBs.
Proceeds from the album and the movie still go to The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.
For Shankar — who sparked the concert by telling Harrison of the plight of refugees escaping famine, flood and civil war in East Pakistan, which became Bangladesh — the release and stream are reminders of a “magic” assemblage of talent and altruism.
“It was the first of its kind, in raising money for people under such conditions,” Shankar says. “Now people do this sort of thing quite often, which is wonderful.”
Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis confirms that the concerts, staged at New York’s Madison Square Garden, were pop music’s “first instance of someone trying to bring celebrity power to bear on a humanitarian crisis. There was no infrastructure then for how to pull together something like this.”
The shows “were musically significant, too,” he says. “Harrison hadn’t really performed outside The Beatles, and the support he got was palpable. Dylan hadn’t performed in years, and he was terrific; Clapton was ravaged by drugs at the time, but he was great.”
To drive home the concerts’ charitable aim, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is declaring August a “Month for Giving,” during which donations to the George Harrison Fund will benefit children in the famine- and drought-ravaged Horn of Africa. Artists spanning several generations, including alumni of the Bangladesh concerts, have pledged support. Starr, Clapton, Russell, Brian Wilson, Selena Gomez, Enrique Iglesias, Arcade Fire and Nas will be among those tweeting, posting Facebook content and otherwise engaging fans.
Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund, notes that Harrison’s widow, Olivia, “was truly committed to doing something in George’s name this summer that makes a difference in the lives of children today.”
Shankar says it’s “a joy to see the younger generation concerned about things like this.” Just don’t expect the legendary sitarist, now 91, to join them in using social media or other modern technology to support the cause.
“I’ve tried it, but I just cannot do it,” Shankar says with a laugh. “My wife is more savvy.”
Bangladesh International Travel and Tourism Fair BITF 11 is going to be held from Oct. 20 to 22, 2011 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, Dhaka.
Indeed this event is not only for Bangladesh as a country but equally for all of its neighbours. The essence today lies in regional tourism, which is the best means to foster development in the tourism sector of this region.
Bangladesh with its congenial atmosphere, friendly and warmth hospitable population, splendid natural beauty, great ecological resources, rich archaeological and cultural heritage, the longest beach and the largest mangrove forest in the world has huge potential to be the most attractive tourist destination in South Asia.
With this view to set the ball rolling for future substantial growth in tourism industry, the Government has declared 2011 as tourism year. Many promotional activities and campaign programme have been under taken in Bangladesh and abroad to make this event successful.
I welcome you all to join this gala event in ‘Bangladesh Tourism Year 2011′
-Said Ghulam Muhammed Quader
Ministry of Civil Aviation & Tourism
Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Five days before the deadline, White House officials said Thursday they are confident that a compromise can be reached to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and prevent a government default. But Obama administration officials say Republican lawmakers are holding the economy hostage.
At his daily media briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said President Barack Obama’s administration is optimistic that a debt agreement can be reached.
“If there is political will, there is a real opportunity here to do something significant – politically hard, but significant. And politically hard for Democrats and Republicans. And I know that is what the American people want and expect,” Carney said.
As Carney spoke to reporters, the House of Representatives debated Speaker John Boehner’s proposal for raising the government’s borrowing limit and cutting the federal deficit.
The president’s spokesman said that regardless of how the bill fares in the Republican-led House, it would not pass the Democratic-controlled Senate.
“What I know about the speaker’s proposal in the House right now is that there are already, I believe, 55, 56, 57, 58 Senators — Democrats and Republicans – who oppose it. It ain’t going anywhere in the United States Senate. So we need to start doing things that actually can pass both houses [of Congress] and be signed into law,” Carney said.
Boehner’s bill would cut government spending by $917 billion over 10 years. It would require two separate votes to raise the debt ceiling before next year’s general elections.
Administration officials have said that President Obama will only consider a short-term debt increase if preparations are being made to implement a longer-term fix.
Mr. Obama prefers a proposal by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that would also cut spending, but would extend the debt limit increase until 2013. The Reid plan is not likely to pass the House.
As the August 2 deadline nears, the verbal sparring between Democrats and Republicans has grown more rancorous. On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney accused House Republicans of holding the U.S. economy hostage. He also alleged that some opposition lawmakers were planning to allow a default and blame the president. Carney called those lawmakers “incredibly juvenile.”
Throughout the debt crisis, Speaker Boehner and other Republican lawmakers have accused President Obama of failing to lead. And No. 2 House Republican, Eric Cantor, said Thursday that if Boehner’s bill does not pass the Senate, Senator Reid will be responsible if the government defaults.
While the debt debate has shifted to Capitol Hill, the president has not spoken publicly about the crisis in several days. Carney said Mr. Obama has been talking with many of the key figures in the debate, but he would not specify who the president has called or what was discussed
House Republicans and Senate Democrats are pressing competing but broadly similar plans to pair an increase in the nation’s $14.3 trillion borrowing limit with spending cuts and to create a special committee to recommend bigger savings for a vote later this year.
The chief difference is the size of the immediate increase in the debt limit. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid’s $2.7 trillion debt increase plan would keep the government afloat into 2013, while Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s $900 billion increase would require action next year.
Highlights of the competing plans:
House GOP: Immediate $900 billion increase in the debt limit; $1.6 trillion more would be made available after enactment of up to $1.8 trillion in future spending cuts.
House GOP: Cuts $756 billion over 10 years from the day-to-day operating budgets of Cabinet agencies. Caps new spending at $1.043 trillion in 2012, $7 billion below 2011 levels. Total cuts of $917 billion, including interest savings.
Senate Democrats: Nearly identical caps on agency budgets. Saves $1 trillion more by assuming steep cuts in war funding. Total cuts of $2.2 trillion, including interest savings.
House GOP: Creates a 12-person, House-Senate bipartisan committee evenly divided between the political parties; charged with producing up to $1.8 trillion more in deficit cuts over 10 years. If a majority of the committee agrees on a plan, it would receive a vote in both the House and the Senate.
Senate Democrats: Nearly identical provisions. The panel would be instructed to seek deficit cuts sufficient to bring annual deficits deficit down to about 3 percent of the size of the economy, a level considered sustainable. That would still leave deficits of about $550 billion in 2015 and about $700 billion in 2021, compared to a $1.3 trillion deficit last year.
House GOP: Requires a vote on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution but not House and Senate passage of it, as a bill passed by the House last week did; establishes “program integrity” initiatives aimed at stemming abuses in benefits programs like Social Security; increases funding for Pell Grants for low-income college students by $17 billion over 2012-2013, financed by curbs in student loan subsidies.
Senate Democrats: Similar Pell Grant provisions and more extensive program integrity initiatives; reduces “direct payments” to farmers by about $1 billion a year; increases government revenues by $13 billion in revenues through auctions of airwaves spectrum to cell phone service providers.
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