Don’t stop cultivating cash crops but increase production in unutilized lands: PM

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Don’t stop cultivating cash crops but increase production in unutilized lands: PM

Don’t stop cultivating cash crops but increase production in unutilized lands: PM

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called for increasing overall crop cultivation in the country. During the question and answer round of the National Parliament session on Wednesday January 11 2023, she emphasized her say, “People generally tend to focus on cultivating cash crops while farming. We are well aware about that. Our target should never be hampering the growth of any such crop, instead it’s our duty to ensure that unutilized lands are being used for cultivation of crops.”

The PM conveyed this message while replying to a question asked by Gaibandha-1 MP Shamim Haider Patwary about banning tobacco cultivation. “It’s wiser to utilize all the cultivable lands for inclusive agricultural boost rather than halting the cultivation of any crop,” she opined.

The Prime Minister also added, “My own area (Gopalganj) can be mentioned here as an example. Our family owns quite a bit of land in the area that was not looked after or the farmers entrusted with the responsibility, failed to look after the lands. We have taken the initiative to ensure cultivation in these lands. Not only on our land, we are also ensuring that the non-arable land around ours are being prepared for cultivation. We can ensure cultivation on over 10,000 hectares of lands that was previously non-arable.”

“Even though some of the lands are waterlogged for over eight months in a year, we are planning fish-farming where applicable. Apart from this, we will cultivate whichever crop that is possible to cultivate. There is a trend of preparing floating beds using water hyacinths to cultivate different crops called dhaap. We have started using this method and have deployed the same method in other parts of the country,” she said.

“My message to the Honourable member of the parliament is that, instead of stopping what is currently being cultivated, start thinking about utilizing the lands that are not being used for cultivation,” the prime minister added.


Dr. Yunus gets bail in money embezzlement case

Special Correspondent,, Dhaka
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Nobel laureate Professor Dr. Muhammad Yunus and seven other accused got bail in money embezzlement case.

On Sunday (March 3) at noon, they surrendered and applied for bail in the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge Court Mohammad As-Sams Jaglul Hossain. After the hearing, the court granted them bail.

Advocate Abdullah Al Mamun appeared for Dr. Yunus.

The other defendants are Parveen Mahmud, director of Grameen Telecom, managing director Md. Nazmul Islam, director and former managing director Ashraful Hasan, Nazneen Sultana, Md. Shahjahan, Nurjahan Begum and director S. M Hajjatul Islam Latifi.

On February 1, Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge Court, the investigation officer of the case, ACC Deputy Director Gulshan Anwar Pradhan filed the charge sheet against 14 people including Muhammad Yunus. The charge sheet in this case was scheduled for consideration today.

On May 30 last year, ACC Deputy Director Md. Gulshan Anwar filed the case at the Integrated District Office Dhaka-1 as the main plaintiff. The accused were charged in the case under Sections 409/420/467/468/471/109 and Section 4(2)(3) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2012.

Apart from Dr. Yunus, the other defendants in the case are the Managing Director of Grameen Telecom Nazmul Islam, Director Ashraful Hasan, Parveen Mahmud, Nazneen Sultana, Md. Shahjahan, Nurjahan Begum, S. M. Hazzatul Islam Latifi, Advocate Md. Yusuf Ali, Advocate Zafrul Hasan Sharif and President of Grameen Telecom Sramik-Karmachari Union Kamruzzaman, the general secretary of the organization Feroz Mahmud Hasan and representative Md. Mainul Islam

It is said in the statement of the case, Dr. Yunus and Md. Nazmul Islam It was decided to open a bank account at the Gulshan branch of Dhaka Bank Limited at the 108th board meeting of Grameen Telecom on May 9, 2022 in the presence of members of the Grameen Telecom board including Nazmul Islam. But a day before this decision, the bank account was opened on May 8. This calculation is shown in the settlement agreement - which is practically impossible. According to the terms of such fake settlement agreement and according to the board's decision, Grameen Telecom transferred Tk. 26 crore 22 lakh 6 thousand 780 to this bank account at different times. But the accused embezzled the amount due to the employees before disbursing them.

A settlement agreement was signed with Grameen Telecom Sramik-Karmachari Union and Grameen Telecom on April 27, 2022 for distribution of dividend due to employees.

The affidavit further states that analysis of the records shows that only Tk. 1 crore was actually transferred as advocate fee. The remaining Tk. 25 crore 22 lakh six thousand 780 was embezzled through fraud by the CBA leaders and advocates of Grameen Telecom with the help of Grameen Telecom's chairman, managing director and board members.


People of the country are doing well: Finance Minister

Staff Correspondent,, Dhaka
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Finance Minister Abul Hasan Mahmud Ali claimed that the economy of the country is in a good direction and said that the people of the country are doing well. He asked the people of the country. I think it's good.

He said this in response to reporters' questions at the secretariat on Sunday (March 3) afternoon. Wasika Ayesha Khan who got a new charge as the Minister of State for Finance was also present at that time.

In response to the question of whether the economy is in a good state, the people are well, the finance minister said, he asks the people of the country. I think it's good.

He said, it is good to have a new State Minister. The work speed of the Ministry of Finance will increase further.

He said that the price of goods is decreasing in the market, it will decrease further. 50 thousand metric tons of onions are coming from India, they will actually reduce the price even more.

Meanwhile, the new Minister of State for Finance Wasika Ayesha said, I do not see myself as a woman. I will prove my competence by working in a big place like the Ministry of Finance.


Buriganga has changed but Ahsan Manzil did not change!

Russel Mahmud Bhuiyan, News Room Editor,
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Buriganga has changed. How much water have flowed through this river over time. The life of the riverside people has changed. The droughty form of Buriganga is lost. There is no beauty of that filled river, no wandering of the Mughal Nawabs!

However, the Bakarkhani of the Mughal period remains as a witness of the times. There is the traditional Shahi Biryani of old Dhaka. At the same time, historical Ahsan Manzil is still standing proudly on the banks of ugly Buriganga.

People who love tourism have great interest and curiosity about this sign of history and tradition.

The capital Dhaka is called the magic city. The busy and wanderlust residents of the capital Dhaka rush to Ahsan Manzil on the banks of the Buriganga whenever they get some free time.

Two story building with aesthetic workmanship on the walls of the building.

 Ahsan Manzil

Two story building with aesthetic workmanship on the walls of the building. A large staircase descends from the second floor and merges with the green field. There is a beautiful flower garden in front. Buriganga flows by the side. Each room of this two-storied palace is octagonal. Inside the building there is a dining hall, a durbar hall, a billiard room and an aquarium. The balconies and floors of the palace are made of marble stones. If you go to the second floor of this palace, you will see guest rooms, living room, library, dance hall and some other living rooms.

Ahsan Manzil is mainly divided into two parts. The domed part on the eastern side is called the Palace Bhawan or Rang Mahal and the building on the western side is called the Inner Mahal.

Currently Ahsan Manzil is being used as a 'Museum' of Dhaka's history

 There is a myth that Ahsan Manzil is the first brick building in Dhaka city. Its construction started in 1859 AD and ended in 1872 AD. With 23 galleries, this building has about 4500 exhibits.

Currently Ahsan Manzil is being used as a 'Museum' of Dhaka's history. It has on display – Nawab period dining room, cupboards, chests, various types of Nawab period ornate silver and crystal chairs-tables, large mirrors, glass and porcelain tableware, skeletons of elephant heads, various oil paintings, vases modeled by Ahsan Manzil with pandan.

In the middle of the 19th century, the representative of the Mughal Nawabs of Dhaka, the Naib Nazim clan, became extinct. Then there was a vacuum in the social and political leadership of the Muslims. Kumartuli's Khawaja family came forward to fill this void. This family ruled for almost a century.

The British government granted the right to use the title of 'Nawab' to the Khawaja family in recognition of various financial and charitable works. As a result, they later came to be known as the Nawab family of Dhaka.

Mughal Subedar Islam Khan first set foot on the banks of the Buriganga

According to historians, during the pre-Mughal Sultanate period, localities were usually named after the occupation of the local residents. Tantibazar, Shankari Bazar etc. of the capital still bear the identity of the occupation of those residents.

Mughal Subedar Islam Khan first set foot on the banks of the Buriganga when he came to Dhaka. Later this area was named Islampur after him.

In the mid-eighteenth century, a zamindar of Jamalpur pargana, Sheikh Inayetullah Ahsan, built a palace called Rangmahal at the present site of Manzil. Later his son Sheikh Matiullah sold it to French merchants. Since then the Rangmahal has been known as a trade hub for a long time.

Later, in 1830, Khwaja Alimullah, father of Nawab Abdul Gani, who lived in Begumbazar, bought the Rangmahal. Abdul Gani started building the palace in 1859 and completed the work in 1872. After construction, he named the palace Ahsan Manzil after his beloved son Khwaja Ahsanullah.


If you want to enter Ahsan Manzil, you have to buy a ticket for Tk. 40 per person. Tk. 20 per person for minors. Each ticket is priced at Tk. 300 for SAARC citizens. Tk. 500 for citizens of other countries. Tickets are available up to half an hour before Ahsan Manzil closes.

Ahsan Manzil is closed every Thursday including other public holidays.


Ahsan Manzil is closed every Thursday including other public holidays. During winter (October to March) open Saturday to Wednesday 10.30am to 4.30pm, Friday 2.30pm to 7.30pm.

Open Saturday to Wednesday 10.30am to 5.30pm during summer (April to September). Open on Fridays from 3pm to 7:30pm.

How to go:

From any part of the country, you have to come to Dhaka first by any vehicle including bus, train and launch. After reaching Syedabad/Jatrabari by bus, you can take rickshaw or taxi cab from there. You can also take Bahadur Shah Paribahan Mini Bus to Bahadur Shah Park / Jagannath University. Later you can reach Ahsan Manzil in 10-15 minutes by rickshaw or on foot.

Ahsan Manzil is a 10-minute walk from the Sadarghat Terminal.

Jagannath University can be reached by Skyline and Ajmeri Paribahan buses from Mahakhali in the capital.

Coming from Gabtali, one can reach Jagannath University by Savar Paribahan bus. Then you can come by rickshaw or walk.

If you come by train, you can take Uber or rickshaw from Kamalapur. Ahsan Manzil is a 10-minute walk from the Sadarghat Terminal.


Writ in High Court seeking closure of restaurants in residential areas including Bailey Road

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A writ petition has been filed in the High Court seeking closure of restaurants in all residential establishments including Bailey Road in the capital.

Advocate Yunus Ali Akand filed the writ in the relevant branch of the High Court on Sunday (March 3) morning.

Also, the writ sought directions to arrest the real culprits in the fire at Bailey Road. At the same time, directions are sought to compensate the families of the victims.

A double bench of the High Court is scheduled to hear the matter on Sunday.

A case has been filed over the Bailey Road fire. Katcchi Bhai manager Jisan, Tea Chumuk owners Anwarul Haque and Shakeel Ahmed Rimon and Green Cozy Cottage Bhavan manager Hamimul Haque Bipul were arrested. Later, the court remanded them for two days.

It should be noted that a fire broke out in the building named Green Cozy Cottage on Bailey Road on Thursday (February 29) night. 46 people died in this incident. Eleven people were injured and are undergoing treatment in the hospital, their condition is critical.