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Fire at Minister Refrigerator Factory in Gazipur

Dhaka, Sept 13 – A fire broke out at Minister Refrigerator factory, a sister concern of My One Group at Dheerashrom area in Gazipur city at around 7 am on Friday. The fire originated from a warehouse at 5th floor of 6 storied building of Minister Hi-tech Park limited. 18 fire fighting units from Joydevpur, Tongi and Uttara rushed to ... Read More »

SMEs to get access to finance, market; policy okayed

Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of SME Policy 2019, aiming to ensure access to finance, technology and market for some 78 lakh SMEs in the country. The approval came at the Cabinet meeting held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at her office. “The SME Policy will be implemented from 2019 ... Read More »

Accord Alliance new conditions harm apparel industry: BGMEA

Dhaka, Aug 3 (UNB)— BGMEA President Rubana Huq on Saturday said new fire safety related conditions being imposed by Accord is harming the apparel industry. “Accord takes many decisions without discussing with us. The new conditions are slowing down our pace,” the BGMEA chief said at ‘Workshop on Fire Safety Issues and Technical Guideline’ at a hotel in the capital. ... Read More »

BD shop owners to oppose cigarette sale from broken pack

Dhaka, 20th July (UNB) – Bangladesh Dokan Malik Shamity (BDMS), a platform of shop owners, gave assurances that it will take necessary steps going forward to prohibit the sale of ‘loose’ cigarettes, that is to say cigarettes from broken packs. A discussion meeting was organized Saturday by the Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) in collaboration with BDMS, to seek measures on ... Read More »

BD Tannery workers demand environment-friendly industry

Dhaka, July 9 (UNB) — Leather industry workers on Tuesday urged the government to build an environment-friendly industry and ensure their rights. “Savar Tannery Estate should be built as modern and environment-friendly. Tanneries are polluting surrounding areas and the environment isn’t safe for the workers,” Tannery Workers Union President Abul Kalam Azad told a press conference at Jatiya Press Club. ... Read More »

Dhaka, Beijing sign nine instruments – five on power development

Beijing, Jul 4 – Bangladesh and China on Thursday signed nine instruments for further strengthening cooperation on power, water resources, culture and tourism sectors as well as providing 2,500 metric tonnes of rice for the displaced Rohingyas. The instruments, including two loan deals, were signed in presence of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang after ... Read More »

German-BD bid to develop Small and Medium Enterprise sector

Monowara Begum Moni Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Germany has organized with its Dhaka, Bangladesh, Branch an education program for Small and Medium Enterprise SME, on 1. July 2019 in Stuttgart. Mr Habiullah Mahmud Additional Secretary of Ministry of Industries who was invited to the programme stressed that Bangladesh is now a Role Model for many other countries in case of Development. ... Read More »

4 killed in BD spinning mill fire at Gazipur

Gazipur, July 3 – Three more bodies were pulled out of the wreckage of a spinning mill in Sreepur Upazila’s Faridpur on Wednesday, taking the death toll to four. Two of the deceased were identified as Shahjalal Mia and Anwar. Mohammad Aktaruzzaman, deputy director of Gazipur Fire Service Control room, said firefighters recovered the charred bodies of three more people ... Read More »

5 BD cement factories near Sundarbans get EIA nod: Minister

Dhaka, Jun 29 (UNB) –Five air-polluting cement factories located within the ecologically critical area of the Sundarbans Reserve Forest have been given environmental clearance, Forest Minister Md Shahab Uddin told Parliament on Saturday. The factories are Meghna Cement Mills Ltd, Bashundhara Cement Mills Ltd, Mongla Cement Mills Ltd, Dubai-Bangla Cement Mills Ltd, and Holcim (Bangladesh) Ltd. “These air-polluting cement factories ... Read More »

‘Exempt poultry industry from 5 percent Vat’

Dhaka, June 19 – The leaders of the Feed Industries Association Bangladesh (FIAB) and Breeders Association of Bangladesh (BAB) have urged the government to exempt the poultry industry a 5 per cent Advance Tax (AT) and 5 per cent Advance Income Tax (AIT) on all import of essential raw material of poultry feed, so that it can maintain a competitive ... Read More »

ICT-enabled flexible working—all plain sailing?

by Irene Mandl and Oscar Vargas Llave Tech-based flexible working conjures up the independent consultant tapping on her tablet with a latte to hand. But the picture may not be so positive. Flexible working time and flexible places of work are nothing new. But advances in information and communications technology have added a new dimension to flexibility, allowing workers to ... Read More »

How European telcos are monitoring people’s online activity

by Katherine Barnett The security and privacy of personal data are being jeopardised as Deep Packet Inspection is deployed by internet service providers. Europe has not escaped the global move towards ‘surveillance capitalism’. Numerous pieces of legislation are under consideration which put online freedoms and privacy at risk—the UK’s Online Harms white paper is just one example. Now European telecommunication ... Read More »

Industrial policy: Is there a paradigm shift in Germany?

by Peter Bofinger A paper from the German economy minister on a national industrial policy has gone down like a lead balloon. Peter Bofinger argues it needs to be reflated—and coloured green—at a European level. Industrial policy has a notoriously bad reputation in Germany. The prevailing opinion among its economists is nicely reflected in the most recent report of the ... Read More »