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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 »

2 AC technicians killed in Gazipur factory gas cylinder blast

Gazipur, May 27 – Two air-conditioner technicians were killed in a gas cylinder explosion at a sweater factory in Memberbari-Baniarchala area of Sadar Upazila on Sunday night. The deceased were identified as Farhad Hossain, hailing from Mirsarai Upazila of Chattogram, and his assistant Sirajul Islam of Satkhira’s Kalaroa Upazila. Officer-in-charge of Joydebpur Police Station Asaduzzaman said the duo was repairing ... Read More »

Russia Launches Advanced Nuclear Icebreaker

Russia’s state atomic energy corporation Rosatom launched a new advanced nuclear-powered icebreaker ‘Ural’ yesterday, May 25 at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg. For Rosatom it is considered as another step towards ensuring all-year round navigability of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in tapping the commercial potential of Arctic region. Ural is the first of the Trio and the others ... Read More »

8000 kilos carp fries netted from Halda River in BD in 2 hrs

Chittagong, May 26 –Fishermen collected around 8,000 kg eggs from the Halda River, the only natural fish spawning waterbody in South Asia, on Saturday night. Mother fishes of different species released eggs in the Halda River. Fishermen initiated netting eggs from Friday dawn. The authorities concerned said that egg collection may exceed previous records this year as they have taken ... Read More »

Public-private partnerships fad fails

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram After the failure and abuses of privatization became apparent, public-private partnerships have since been promoted ostensibly to mobilize private finance for the public purpose. In all too many cases, PPPs have socialized costs and losses while ensuring private financial gains. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May (IPS) – After the failure and abuses of privatization and contracting-out services ... Read More »

Submit report on Rooppur Nuke Plan furniture purchase: HC

Dhaka, May 20 – The High Court on Monday directed the government to submit the inquiry reports of Ministry of Housing and Public Works over the alleged irregularities in purchasing furniture and other household products for officials and employees of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, before it by June 23. It directed the attorney general’s office to collect the investigation reports ... Read More »

RMG sustainability council for better factory safety watch

Dhaka, May 19 (UNB) – Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has planned to establish a ‘RMG Sustainability Council (RSC) to ensure the full and independent national compliance monitoring system in Bangladesh. The RSC will be governed by BGMEA, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), brands, and workers’ representatives, said the apex body of the country’s apparel industry ... Read More »

The monetization of garbage

By Stephen Nwaloziri Berea, Kentucky – As a child growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, in the late 1990s, I remember women roaming through my community and chanting in Yoruba, “onigo de o! Anra bata rubber ati ayo t’on jo.” This translates as “The bottle peddler is here! We buy rubber sandals and leaky (aluminum) pots.” Some families would separate their ... Read More »

Ensure fair paddy price: Farmers urge BD govt

Dhaka, May 18 – Farmers on Saturday urged the government of Bangladesh to save them by ensuring that they get a fair price for paddy. They made the call at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity. It was jointly organised with Bangladesh Auto Rice Mills Owners’ Association (BARMOA). Their demands included ‘identifying real farmers’, disbursing loan at two percent ... Read More »

Rethinking Europe—a challenge for trade unions

In our ‘Europe2025’ series, setting the agenda for the EU in the new term following the coming elections, Peter Scherrer outlines a project for rethinking Europe from a trade-union perspective. Nearly 700 delegates will be debating the future of our continent at the 14th congress of the European Trade Union Confederation, just before the elections to the European Parliament. Needless to say, ... Read More »

Chittagong ship-breaking yard worker burnt to death

Chattogram, May 15 (UNB) – A worker at a ship-breaking yard was burnt to death and five others sustained injuries while dismantling a ship in Sitakunda upazila on Wednesday. The deceased was identified as Mohamamd Rubel, a cutting worker of ‘Premier Trade Corporation and Mahinur Ship Recycling’ yard. Zahirul Islam, in-charge of Chattogram Medical College Hospital police camp, said six ... Read More »

Historic May Day observed

DHAKA, May 1, 2019 (BSS) – The historic May Day was observed today in the country like elsewhere across the world through various programmes with a pledge to establish the rights of workers. The theme of day this year was “Build Workers-Owners Unity, Take Oath for Development”. Different government and socio-cultural organisations, political parties, worker groups and trade unions, and ... Read More »

Output gap nonsense

Adam Tooze explains how a false exactitude in economics has led to a terrible politics in the EU. Economic ideas, when linked to measurement and policy-making, have power. Knowledge informs decisions and helps to justify policy in public. In the current moment this rationalist conception of policy needs defending against ‘post-truth’ politics. But confronting outright irrationality and ignorance is the easy ... Read More »

Dedicated marketplace to be set up for SME sector: Minister

Dhaka, Apr 29 – Industries Minister Nurul Majid Humayun has said that a dedicated permanent marketplace will be set up for small and medium entrepreneurs in the country. He made the announcement while addressing the concluding session of the “5th Buyer-Seller Conference” organised by SME Foundation at the Midas Centre in the city on Monday as chief guest. He said ... Read More »