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MSG: 61/2015
Date: Wednesday, 1 April 2015
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News brief
The government is set to import another 600MW of power from India as the Executive Committee
of National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved two projects on power imports at a cost of Tk 1,600
crore to meet the growing local demand. The latest move was made at an ECNEC meeting in the capital
yesterday, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also termed it unfortunate and odd that International Cricket Council
(ICC) President AHM Mustafa Kamal was not allowed onto the stage for handing over the World Cup
trophy to champions Australia after the final match. She made the comments during the meeting of the
Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) held at the NEC conference room in
the city's Sher-e-Banglanagar.
Boarder killing must stop, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said while visiting the Tin Bigha
Corridor in Lalmonirhat yesterday.
A joint venture of two companies from France and Japan will construct the second submarine cable
station in Kuakata of Patuakhali, which will serve as an alternative to the existing submarine cable and
ensure uninterrupted and secure ICT services. Apart from increasing the country's internet bandwidth,
the second submarine cable, known as SEA-ME-WE-5, will help the country earn additional revenue by
providing restorable circuits to the clients.
The Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services, the national trade body for ICT
in Bangladesh, has earned the membership of Asia Pacific ICT Alliance, or APICTA.‘BASIS has been
given the membership in the 48th executive meeting of APICTA held in Singapore on March 23-24,’
BASIS President Shameem Ahsan announced this at a news conference in Dhaka yesterday.
Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali yesterday said the highest policy makers of the Indian
government assured Bangladesh of ratifying the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) through passing it in
its parliament. He hoped while replying to a written question from treasury bench member M Abdul
Latif in the House.
India has agreed to a Bangladesh proposal for inclusion of a provision in the current bilateral trade
agreement to allow Dhaka transit facility for ferrying goods to Nepal and Bhutan using Indian territory.
The Indian high commission in Dhaka apprised the commerce ministry of their approval of Dhaka's
proposal yesterday, a senior trade official in the commerce ministry confirmed.
Two Bangladeshi cattle traders were injured in firing by members of Indian Border Security Forces
(BSF) at no-man's-land along Challishpara border in Daulatpur upazila yesterday morning.
Bangladesh's apparel sector is set to face yet another challenge as its close competitor Sri Lanka is
lobbying for duty benefits from the European Union. The two parties held a meeting in Colombo last
week, where they discussed the possibility of revival of the 'Generalised System of Preferences Plus'
status for Sri Lanka.
A Bangladeshi expatriate, responsible for abducting over a hundred fellow countrymen in Iran for
ransom in the last six years, has finally landed in Bangladesh jail. Deported by the Iranian authorities,
Nannu Mia, ringleader of an Iran-based kidnappers' gang, was arrested by the Criminal Investigation
Department on Monday night immediately after he disembarked at Hazrat Shahjalal International
Instead of wasting time and money on the adulteration of food with formalin, Bangladesh needs to
focus on the use of pesticides on food so that it can avoid health hazards, says a World Food
Organization (WFO) specialist.
The World Organization against Torture and rights organization Odhikar yesterday called on the
government to reject police's proposal to amend the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention)
Act 2013'.
The country's foreign exchange reserve has set a new record, crossing $23.03 billion, which was
$19.23 billion on March 31, 2014, said yesterday a statement of Bangladesh Bank.
The key index of bourse, DSEX, increased at 4,530.48 points, adding 0.47 per cent or 21.20 points
Tasir Ahmed
Principal Information Officer
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