LP gas is being sold at a higher price



Serajul Islam Siraj, Special Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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LP gas is not available in many places at the rate fixed by Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC). In Barguna, Barishal, Bogura and Rajshahi have been reported to be selling at higher prices.

The BERC has reduced the price of this import-dependent fuel as the international market price has come down. In November, if it was Tk. 1,313 per cylinder (12 kg), it was reduced to Tk. 1,228 on December 2. In November, Saudi CP was 870 dollar for propane and 830 dollar for butane which has dropped to 795 and 750 per tonne this month.

The price announced by BERC does not seem to be very effective. Representatives of Barta24.com reported that the sellers are still charging exorbitant prices.

The district correspondent of the coastal district of Barguna visited the district headquarters and Taltoli upazila and reported selling at higher prices. Bashundhara LP gas is being sold at Tk. 1,270 at Janani Telecom in the district headquarters. However, Nasir Uddin, owner of Janani Telecom, said that other companies were selling cylinders at Tk. 1,180 to Tk. 1,200. Aparupa Telecom has also been seen buying and selling at the same price. Abdul Manna Mallick, owner of Mallick Traders, a dealer in Taltoli Upazila Sadar, told Barta24.com that Bashundhara cylinders were being sold at a wholesale price of Tk. 1,250 and other companies at Tk. 1,120.

In response to a question, he said, we are selling at the price we got. If you get a new price, you will definitely sell less.

According to Ganesh Das, Staff Correspondent (Bogura) of Barta24.com, 12 kg cylinders were sold at Tk. 1,320 in Bogura till Saturday (December 4). The sellers said that the price has come down but they are selling cylinders at Tk. 1,250 instead of Tk. 1,228 as they had bought at the previous price. A grocer, who did not want to be named, said he delivered the cylinders within 10 minutes of calling the customer's house. Therefore, Tk. 50 more is taken than the price fixed by the government.

Abu Obaid, owner of Shubh Sanitary in Bogura suburban area, said his shop sells Jamuna at Tk. 1,230, Bashundhara at Tk. 1,250, Omera at Tk. 1,250, Bengal at Tk. 1,230, JMI at Tk. 1,230 and Fresh at Tk. 1,230. Masudur Rahman, owner of Mahbub Chaul & LP Gas House in Khandar area of the city, said that although they used to sell gas cylinders at Tk. 1,320, they have been selling them at fixed price since Saturday.

In the divisional city of Rajshahi, LP gas is not available at the price fixed by the government. The wholesalers are selling at the retail price fixed by the government. And retailers are charging more. The price of 12 kg of Bashundhara and Omera LP gas is being sold at Tk. 1,260, BM at Tk. 1,230, Jamuna, Lafs and Beximco at Tk. 1,250 in the city.

Bengal hardware owner Mamun said, "We are buying at Tk. 1,228, there are other expenses starting from transportation cost." So it is not possible to give to the consumer at that price. Akash Saha, distributor of Omera Gas, said, "We are selling gas to retailers at a wholesale price of Tk. 1,228. We don't know how much the retailers are selling; we don't even need to know. Patuakhali and Barisal have also been reported to be selling at higher prices.

However, a different picture was found in Rangpur district. In the Khalashpir market of the district LP gas is being sold at a slightly lower price than the price fixed by BERC. It has been reported that it has been sold at Tk. 1,180 to Tk. 1,200.

On April 12, BERC announced the price of LP gas for the first time. It was then stated that the import price-dependent product would be based on a monthly price based on the price announced by the Saudi state company Aramco. If the CP goes up and down, the price of LPG will go up and down. Importer's other commissions and expenses will remain unchanged.

The commission was increased to Tk. 441 in October in the face of importers' objections to the commission announced by the BERC. Dealers and retailers' commissions were increased to Tk. 34 and Tk. 38 respectively. And the dealers are selling this Tk. 38 in their pockets in many places.

BERC chairman Abdul Jalil told Barta24.com that various government agencies have been asked to monitor the rates. BERC alone cannot do the monitoring. Action will be taken if specific complaints are received about selling at higher prices.

He further said that in case of any news, DC and consumer department will be directed to take action. Besides, any BERC official will be given the responsibility to take action. Under no circumstances will you be allowed to charge more.

More 12 people die, 9500 get covid & 473 recovered



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Twelve more people died from deadly virus corona while 9500 people got infected by the virus in the last 24 hours across the country.

This information was sent to the media on Wednesday ( January 19) by DGHS through a press release.

According to the press release, the latest deaths and cases of infection have brought the toll to 28176 and 1642294 respectively.

The release said that 473 people have recovered bringing the recovery figure to 1554268 so far.

During the period 37830 samples were tested in 852 authorized labs making a total 11966289 samples so far.

It may be mentioned here that the first case of corona infection was detected in Bangladesh on last March 8 (2020) while the first death occurred on March 18.

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Bangladesh condemns attack by Huthi Militia in UAE



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Bangladesh has strongly condemned the drone strikes by Huthi militias in the United Arab Emirates. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in Musaffah, causing extensive damage to civilian property.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that the latest attack was "an intense form of aggression by Huthi militias that has escalated tensions in the region."

This is a repeat of the terrorist attack after the hijacking of the UAE-flagged cargo ship Rawabi off the coast of Al Hudayah Governorate on January 2.

The statement said that Bangladesh considers the recent drone strikes targeting civilian installations and killing of innocent civilians an illegal, cowardly act of terrorism and a clear violation of international law and civil code.

Noting that such irresponsible actions could escalate tensions in the region, Bangladesh has called on Huthi militias to refrain from repeating such illegal activities and deliberately escalating tensions.

Dhaka expresses its strong solidarity against any threat to the security and safety of the people of the United Arab Emirates and its brotherly people.

The statement further said that Bangladesh is firmly committed to all efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region.

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DU Professor Tazmeri Islam gets bail



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's adviser and former professor of chemistry department of Dhaka University Dr. Tazmeri Islam arrested in the sabotage case filed at Uttara West police station has been granted bail by the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Mahbub Ahmed.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mahbub Ahmed on Tuesday (January 18) granted her bail on a bond of Tk. 10,000 after a court hearing.

Relevant police court General Registration Officer (GRO) Liaquat Ali confirmed the news to Jago News.

Earlier, Advocate Masud Ahmed Talukder applied for bail of Tazmeri Islam. Bail was opposed by the state. After hearing both sides, the court granted bail. General Registration Branch Officer of the cour Liaquat Ali confirmed the information.

The case was filed at Uttara West Police Station on September 23, 2018 on the charge of sabotage. Professor Tazmeri and 133 leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat were accused in the case. On November 26 of the same year, the High Court granted bail to Professor Tazmeri until the investigation report in the case was submitted.

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‘Our family lives on people’s money’: President to the DCs



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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President Abdul Hamid addressing the Deputy Commissioners said that we  have to remember that our family lives on people's money. So people have the right to receive services. He said that serving the people is not a matter of kindness or generosity.

The president made the remarks while addressing a video conference from Bangabhaban at the Deputy Commissioners' Conference at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Tuesday (January 18).

"You are acting as the coordinator and supervisor of various government activities at the field level, which is playing an important role in the development of the country as a whole," he said.

The President, as a servant of the people, advised to put the interests of the country and the people above all, and said, "We and you are the servants of the people." So do your duty as a servant of the people. Deliver government services to the doorsteps of the people.

He said social security programs are an effective means of alleviating poverty and establishing social justice. Through these programs, DCs need to provide effective leadership in meeting the basic needs of the country's poor, ensuring social security and empowerment of the people, especially women.

The President directed the Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners to build a culture of transparency and accountability at every level of field administration.

President Hamid said corruption is the biggest obstacle to development. Sustainable development is being hampered by corruption. Therefore, a culture of transparency and accountability must be built at every level of field administration.

Noting that responsibilities and powers are vested in every level of bureaucracy and political leadership, the President said that exercise of power is essential for proper and efficient discharge of responsibilities, but it is more important to ensure that power is not misused.

He said the DCs need to provide effective leadership in ensuring that the basic needs of the poor, social security and empowerment of the people, especially women, are met through these programs.

The President said that the Deputy Commissioners should make efforts so that the real poor could enjoy the benefits of this program.

He said the government has given special importance to eco-friendly rural development, which is different from previous years. In villages like cities, all kinds of facilities have to be ensured. In order to ensure civic amenities in Mofussil areas, President DCs should take special initiative to develop Upazila Sadar and growing industrial centers as modern cities and suburbs through housing, education, expansion of agro-based industries, medical services, electricity, gas, drinking water and sewerage system.

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