''Contributions from the members of business community to stabilise the prices of essentials will benefit the customers in these remote islands at large,'' Department of Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (CS & CA) Secretary G G Sazena, heading the crucial meeting of Price Monitoring Committee (PMC) here, said.
World leaders worked through the early hours to try and beat a Friday deadline for a deal on cutting emissions and helping poor countries cope with the costly impact of global warming.
The report "Climate Change and the Urban Poor: Risk and resilience in 15 of the world's most vulnerable cities" published recently by International Institute for Development and Environment termed 12 cities from Africa and three from South Asia most vulnerable to climate change. However, the report did not rank the cities, as their problems differ. Rather it divided the cities into three categories - coastal, highland and dry land. Khulna is included in the report as one the most vulnerable coastal cities. The city is home to around 1.3 million people. The report says the major concerns for Khulna are frequent and increased level of floods, storm surges, intensity of cyclones, water logging, saline intrusion, sedimentation and river erosion.
According to the report, the most vulnerable coastal cities are Khulna of Bangladesh, Maputo of Mozambique, Dar Es Salam of Tanzania, Mombassa of Kenya, and Cotonou of Benin.
The dry land cities are Nouakchott of Mauritania, Diourbel of Senegal, Bamako of Mali, Khartoum of Sudan while the highland cities are Thimphu of Bhutan, Kathmandu of Nepal, Harare of Zimbabwe, Kampala of Uganda, Lusaka of Zambia and Blantyre of Malawi.
Meanwhile, Bangladeshi expatriates in Europe and members of parliament yesterday formed a human chain at Bella Centre urging to save Bangladesh.
In a statement, Chidambaram said as the tripartite talks between the Centre, West Bengal government and the GJM were scheduled to be held on 21 December, there was no need to adopt an agitational approach on the eve of such dialogue. "It is necessary that a cordial and conducive atmosphere is created on the eve of the talks," he said.
The Home Minister said the GJM's fast-unto-death was still continuing and he was saddened to learn that several people observing the strike were suffering from dehydration and some were hospitalised.
Six razor blades can be made from a single Rs five coin. Each blade sells for Rs 2, police sources said. "This has been going on for quite some time now. We are looking into it," RBI Executive Director H R Khan said, when asked to comment. According to police reports, the coins were initially smuggled into Bangladesh for being made into coins, but now the same thing is being done on this side of the border as well. Khan said the metallic content of the 5 rupee coins are now being changed.
"We are now changing the metallic content of the Rs 5 coin so that the new ones will not be lucrative for melting. The new metallic content of the cupronickel coin will reduce its the attractiveness for smugglers," the ED said.
He said many overseas jobseekers are often harassed either before or after leaving the country and have to lead miserable life after losing all assets. "I hope the concerned organisations and individuals will play more responsible role along with the government in this regard," he said at a function marking the International Migrants Day-2009 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in city. Labour, Employment and Expatriate Welfare Minister Engineer Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain chaired the event which was also attended by Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Telecommunications Minister Raziuddin Ahmed Razu.
The president said more initiatives needed to be taken for increasing the skill of the workers, seeking jobs abroad in view of expanding the country's opportunities in the international labour market.
The contract, commencing from 1 December, is worth Tk 100 million, with BCB receiving Tk 90 million in royalty fees and the rest will be spent for other expenses of the teams, Aziz Al Kaiser, head of BCB marketing, said at a press briefing. GP will also start selling tickets for international matches played in Bangladesh, which were earlier sold by banks, BCB's media chief Jalal Younus told reporters.
For ticketing rights, GP will pay Tk 10 million to BCB for the next two years. The agreement in this regard will be signed soon, Younus said. Grameenphone has been the national team sponsor since 2003.
Ghatak's films are now celebrated in India and beyond. His stature among Bengali film directors is comparable to that of Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen. Nevertheless, he is rarely remembered ceremonially in Bangladesh.
Starting from yesterday, Rajshahi Film Society has begun a three-day Ritwik Ghatak Film Festival at Rajshahi Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital at Ghoramara. Ghatak used to stay in the house that was later turned into the medical college.
Midnapore, 18 December : Three CPI(M) members were shot dead by suspected Maoists in Lalgarh area of West Midnapore district, police said today.
Around 500 people, including suspected Maoists, barged into Bandhgara and Chandra villages late last night and shot dead Anil Chalak, ex-panchayat pradhan of Chandra, Daya Chalak of Bandhgara and Amol Patra of Bainda. Ganesh Hansda, a gram panchayat member of Chandra, was shot at and admitted to Midnapore Medical College Hospital, they said.
The Maoists also burnt the house of Manik Jana, a CPI(M) zonal committee member, after not finding him last night, police added.
Two years back, more than 14 flights of nearly six airlines companies were operating daily in Port Blair-Mainland sector but now due to mergers and changed marketing strategies only three to four flights are operating in this sector resulting in greater demands and soaring airfare.