Feb 24
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Upgrade jute mills PDF Print E-mail

Jute Protection Committee (JPC) yesterday urged the government to modernise state mills' decade-old machinery, saying their production capacity has fallen almost 40 percent causing losses every year.

The policy and advocacy platform also demanded providing arrears of workers and retirement benefits as well as purchasing jute directly from growers during the harvest season.

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Imported fish to be tested for heavy metals PDF Print E-mail

Bangladesh Food Safety Authority has instructed testing of all imported fish for heavy metal from now after finding hazardous levels of lead, chromium and mercury in almost all the fishes brought in from abroad.

“This is a serious threat to public health,” said the BFSA in a letter last week to the commerce ministry, the National Board of Revenue and the Department of Fisheries (DoF).

The food safety watchdog, which began its journey in February 2015, said it is urgent to take quick measures to ensure safe food to attain the United Nations-set Sustainable Development Goals.

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Over Tk 1,200cr lying unused PDF Print E-mail

The government has failed to use a single penny of Tk 1,257.32 crore or over $150 million furnished by the mobile phone operators to the telecom regulator's social obligation fund in the last six years.

The telecom regulator introduced the fund in November 2011 when four mobile operators renewed their licences, and a committee was formed to use the fund in 2014.

But the committee could not make time and organise any meeting to decide on how to use the fund in the next three years. The first meeting of the committee was held in early 2017 in absence of the telecom minister. But it brought no result.

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Inflation eases in Dec PDF Print E-mail

Inflation came down to 5.83 percent in December, from 5.91 percent a month ago, riding on a decline in non-food prices, according to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal yesterday released the data for November and December.

In December food inflation increased slightly but as non-food inflation decreased, the overall inflation fell.

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Bangladesh again denied GSP PDF Print E-mail

Bangladesh's trade privilege in US markets has been again denied as President Donald Trump's administration goes on to enforce the trade preference programme's eligibility this week.

The Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) facility for Bangladesh was suspended in June 2013 after the Rana Plaza building collapse in April, the reasons cited being poor labour rights and unsafe working conditions in factories.

The then Obama administration also gave 16 conditions to be fulfilled for regaining the trade privilege. Bangladesh fulfilled the conditions and twice submitted reports to United States Trade Representative (USTR).

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