Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) – With the last day of Bangla month Poush being over officially on Sunday, the residents of Old Dhaka are all set to engage in flying kites and lanterns, and firework display to celebrate Poush Shankranti, also known as Shakrain, on Monday.
Poush Shankranti which marks the end of Bengali month Poush is celebrated through the Shakrain festival. Dates of the event vary according to different localities. This year, the occasion will be celebrated in Dhaka on January 14 and 15.
The much anticipated kite-flying competition is scheduled to take place on Monday afternoon as the congested rooftops of Old Dhaka will be decorated tastefully.
Apart from the kites, the residents will fly lanterns after sunset while some even planned to display fireworks.
The festivities will mark another Bangla tradition which is rooted deep within joyous and fun-loving culture.
Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) – Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim on Sunday said Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) will be turned into a public-friendly organisation through improving the quality of services.
“People’s conception about Rajuk is not good at all because of sluggishness in work, corruption and irregularities in it. We must eliminate the unexpected delay the service seekers face in availing of its services,” he said at a discussion meeting with Rajuk officials at its conference room.
He also called upon Rajuk officials to raise their sense of responsibility and play a more dynamic role in performing their duties.
Mentioning that corruption by a handful of people spoil the image of the whole organisation, the minister said, “We’ve to remain alert while providing services. We’ve to work with transparency following the rules and regulations of the organisation.”
If there is any allegation over irregularities or negligence, strict measures will be taken against those responsible for these, he warned.
Housing and Public Works Secretary Shahid Ullah Khandakar, Additional Secretary Md Akhtar Hossain, Rajuk Chairman Md Abdul Rahman were, among others, spoke at the programme.
Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) – In the wake of widespread protests by RMG workers for the last few days over the disparity in their new wage structure, the government on Sunday revised their wages.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi announced this after a meeting of the committee, formed by the government to review the wage structure of the RMG workers, at the Secretariat.
The wages of garment workers under grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 out of total seven grades have been adjusted freshly.
The minimum wage under the 6th grade has been increased to Tk 8,420 from Tk 8,405 which was Tk 5,678 in 2013 while that under the 5th grade to Tk 8,875 from Tk 8,855 which was Tk 6,042 in 2013.
A 4th grade worker will now get Tk 9,347 instead of Tk 9,245 as minimum wage against Tk 6,420 in 2013 while 3rd grade one will get Tk 9,845 instead of Tk 9,590 which was Tk 6,805 in 2013.
The minimum wage under the 2nd grade has been increased to Tk 15,416 from Tk 14,630 which was Tk 10,900 in 2013 while that under 1st grade to Tk 18,257 from Tk 17,510 which was Tk 13,000 in 2013.
On November 26 last, the government published a gazette notification fixing Tk 8,000 as the minimum wage of garment workers.
State Minister for Labour and Employment Munnujan Sufian, Commerce, and Labour and Employment Secretaries, presidents of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, and workers’ leaders were present at the meeting.
Munnujan Sufian said a gazette notification on the revised wage structure will be published within two or three days and it will come into retrospective effect from December 1, 2018.
Tipu Munshi said he would personally provide Tk 1 lakh to the family of the garment worker who died during the agitation at Hemayetpur on January 8.
Amirul Haque Amir, president of the National Garment Workers’ Federation, welcomed the government’s decision and urged workers to return to work.
Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold fresh dialogues with the political parties that joined talks at Ganobhaban before the December-30 election.
“The Prime Minister had talks with 75 political parties, including those in Jatiya Oikyafront and the Juktafront, before the 11th parliamentary elections… at a joint meeting of our advisory council and the central working committee yesterday (Saturday), she said she’ll again invite those who joined the talks earlier,” he said.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, came up with the announcement after a meeting of their party at its Bangabandhu Avenue central office on Sunday.
He, however, did not say specifically when the Prime Minister will start inviting the political parties for the fresh round of talks.
The ruling party general secretary said the Prime Minister will exchange views with the political parties over various issues and entertain the leaders.
He said the Prime Minister will send letters to Oikyafront, Juktafront, 14-party, Jatiya Party and other political parties inviting them to engage in talks at Ganobhaban.
At a discussion on Thursday last, Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain called upon the government for holding a national dialogue to find ways for arranging a fresh national election as per the constitution.
However, Obaidul Quader on Friday turned down the call for talks and terming it an absurd demand of Oikyafront.
Reacting to Quader’s comment, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Saturday said the ruling party is unwilling to sit in talks with the opposition parties as it has no answer to defend ‘huge fake votes cast during the December-30 election’.
As his attention was drawn to Dr Kamal’s comment that joining election with Jamaat in Oikyafront was a mistake of his party, Quader said, “He (Kamal) swallowed poison knowingly as Jamaat means BNP and BNP means Jamaat. He forged the alliance with BNP knowing this fact that BNP has no existence without Jamaat.”v
Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid on Sunday called upon the physicians of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) to perform their duty with sincerity and much care so that people could avail of treatment at lower costs.
The President said this when a delegation of BSMMU made a courtesy call on him at Bangabhaban here in the afternoon.
BSMMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Kanak Kanti Barua led the 10-member delegation.
The President urged the authorities concerned to ensure the treatment of different complicated diseases at the hospital so that the tendency of people to go abroad for treatment could come down.
President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin briefed reporters after the meeting.
The BSMMU VC apprised the President of its overall activities, especially its curricula and medical services.
The secretaries concerned to the President were present.