The Week That Was
Cooperatives Day observed
Primary and Mass Education Minister Afsarul Ameen at a rally on Saturday said cooperatives system is the best way to reduce poverty from society.
Cooperative is the method where low-income groups of the people can deposit their money and can ensure the highest profit from the investment, he said.
He was addressing as the chief guest at the rally marking the Cooperatives Day organised by Chittagong Divisional Cooperatives office at Muslim Institute Hall.
Chittagong Deputy Commissioner (DC) Fayez Ahmed presided over the meeting. Chittagong Divisional Commissioner Md Sirajul Haque Khan and Additional Commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Mokbul Hossain Bhuiyan were present as the special guests at the meeting.
Joint Registrar of Divisional Cooperative Office Abdul Latif presented the keynote paper.
Afsarul said, “Evaluating all the aspects of society we can say women are very much conscious about earning of money and it's use. But we can't engage them in cooperatives in large number. Eighteen percent of our women are engaged in co-operative system which is a very small figure in comparison to our population .To make this programme success we have to ensure equal participation of men and women in cooperatives.”
Divisional Cooperatives Office and District Cooperatives Office organised different programmes like processions and blood donation on the occasion.
Tk 1,000cr project for dev of port city
Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain on Friday said the government has approved a project worth Tk 1,000 crore for development of the communications system in the port city while about Tk 2,000 crore projects are waiting for approval.
He was addressing as the chief guest the inaugural ceremony of widening of Oxygen-Hathazari section of Chittagong-Rangamati Highway on Friday.
Communication Ministry Secretary Md Mozammel Haque Khan presided over the meeting. Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Md Abdul Karim, Awami League lawmaker Fazle Karim, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Fayez Ahmed and Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Abdus Salam were present as the special guests at the function.
The minister said total development of the country is difficult without proper development of the port city since Chittagong is the centre of business.
CCC firm to remove billboards
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor M Manjurul Alam said CCC is committed to removing all illegal establishments as well as the billboards to bring back discipline in port city.
These illegal establishments are making problem in the sanitation system as well as creating waterlogging in the port city.
The mayor was addressing as the chief guest at a workshop on “National sanitation month-2010” on Monday at KB Abdus Sattar Hall.
CCC councillors Sayed Golam Haider Mintu, Chowdhury Hasan Mohammed Hasni and Advocate Rehana Kabir Ranu and CCC chief sanitation officer Safikul Islam were present as special guests at the function with Chief Executive Officer Mohammed-E-Elahi in the chair.
CCC Urban Planner AKM Rezual Karim presented the keynote paper.
Manjurul said CCC is working to ensure better sanitation in the city within 2013.
To achieve the goal co-operation between government and non government organisations is a must, he added.
Members of different NGOs and government organisations participated in the workshop.
Reception to five teachers
Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain on Friday said teaching is a profession with a difference.
Teachers are getting highest honour worldwide as it is a respectable profession, he said.
He was speaking as the chief guest at a reception in honour of five teachers organised by We Shall Overcome (WSOC), cultural organisation, at Shishu Academy in the port city.
Chief WSOC Executive Officer Shawkat Bangali presided over the meeting.
Deputy Commissioner Chittagong Fayej Ahmed, Chittagong Divisional Commissioner Md Sirajul Haque Khan, Vice-Chancellor of Premier University Dr Anupam Sen, Chittagong Divisional Public Prosecutor (PP) Abul Hashem, Additional Commissioner of Chittagong (ALA) Anisur Rahman Miyan and Chittagong Divisional Child Affair Officer GM Abdus Salam were present as special guests in the meeting.
Call to invest in Ctg
Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Jute and Textile Akhter-uj-Zaman Chowdhury Babu said government is ready to support the investors with a blank check for investment here.
Babu said the government has ensured all facilities for the investors from the first day of it's assumption of power.
He was addressing a seminar on “Public private partnership (PPP) as the chief guest at The Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) Chittagong Centre on Saturday.
IEB vice-chairman Mohammed Harun presided over the meeting. Prof Dr Munaz Ahmed Noor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) presented the keynote paper.
Blaming the country's political culture, he said investors are not responding positively though the government is ready to welcome them. Investors have no faith in political parties, he said, adding that to attract them government's first duty is to ensure business- friendly atmosphere in the country.
“Prime minister has approved all the power plant projects at her own risk that proves our interest in the investments”, he said.
The teachers who were awarded are Osman Akli master (posthumously), Ashit Kumar Lala, M Nasimul Kamal, Hasina Jakaria Bela Islam and Nazir Ahmed.
Billboard owners deny allegation
Chattagram Outdoor Advertising Owners' Association leaders at a press conference on Friday denied the allegation of confinement of the mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) on Tuesday at Chittagong Press club.
Association President Farid Ahmed read out the written statement at the press conference.
They said they had gone to the Nagar Bhaban (Chittagong City Corporation office) just to inform the mayor about the “illegal drive” when a vested quarter played a dirty role mobilising some people for demonstration and called journalists. That was a pre-planned programme, they added.
The opposition BNP is using the issue as a political one which is unexpected, they said.
They said they has been paying tax for the billboards established on the private land for the last four years. CCC has no right to remove the billboards which are erected on the private property.