Monthly Archives: February 2012

Fruits adulterators to face death penalty

The High Court has directed police to sue traders using chemicals to ripen and preserve fruits under the Special Powers Act, 1974.


The criminal offence under the act carries maximum death penalty.


A division bench comprising Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik and Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim on Wednesday ruled that the use of chemicals to ripen and preserve fruits is illegal.


The judges ordered Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) and law enforcers to continuously monitor fruit depots across the country so that contaminated fruits cannot be stored or sold.


They directed National Board of Revenue (NBR) and Customs authorities to monitor border points like Benapole and Chittagong ports to prevent the import of contaminated fruits.


NBR and Customs authorities will conduct tests of fruits at border points to examine whether chemicals are mixed with imported fruits, the bench said.


The HC judges came up with the directives after holding hearing on a petition by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh woos Omani investors

Muscat: 15-member Bangladesh Trade Delegation led by officials of Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Commerce, is currently visiting Oman offering investment opportunities in two-way trade in furniture and interior decor products. The main aim of the delegation is to … read more

Bangladesh to resume new gas connections to industrial users by April

Bangladesh will resume new gas connections to industrial users by April 2012, as supplies to the national grid are set to increase, Prime Minister’s adviser on energy issues Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury said Tuesday. The country had suspended new connections to industrial … read more

Neurotransmitter key to financial loss response

Financial market traders and keen gamblers take note. Scientists have found that a chemical in the region of the brain involved in sensory and reward systems is crucial to whether people simply brush off the pain of financial losses. Scientists … read more

1000 unions to get internet facilities

In its move to digitalise Bangladesh, the government on Tuesday decided to reach internet facilities to people of 1,006 union councils through optical fibre cable. The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) cleared a project in this regard … read more

PM to launch work for 3 bridges in Patuakhali

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is in Patuakhali to lay the foundation stones of three bridges named after her three late brothers – Sheikh Jamal, Sheikh Kamal and Sheikh Rasel- on Saturday. Hasina reached Patuakhali around 10:30am where she is set … read more

Bangladesh-Russia $850 million aircraft purchase deal

Sources :A delegation of Russian defence exports giant Rosoboronexport is visiting the capital to give final shape to the proposed arms purchase deal of $850 million between Dhaka and Moscow, . The six-member Russian side is led by Anatoly P … read more