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International Conference on Research and Extension for Sustainable Rural Development held in Rural Development Academy, Bogra,Bangladesh:Syeda Tasnim Jannat

Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society and Rural Development Academy (RDA) jointly organized an International Conference on Research and Extension for Sustainable Rural Development during 15-16 February, 2018 with the participation of a large number of extensionists, researchers and other stakeholders. The event was organized at the green and clean premises of Rural Development Academy (RDA) located at Sherpur, Bogra.
The inaugural ceremony of the conference was graced by Professor Dr. Manash Mohan Adhikary, former Vice-chancellor, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Bishwabiddyaloy, West Bengal, India as the chief guest. Mr. M. A. Matin, Director General of Rural Development Academy was the Chief Patron while Professor Dr. M. Zulfikar Rahman, President of Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society presided over the session.
Dr. A. K. M. Zakaria, Director, Training Division, RDA presented the welcome address. Then Mr. M. A. Matin, Director General of Rural Development Academy presented the keynote speech highlighting the collaboration of RDA with Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society. He informed the audience that Mr. Md. Mashiur Rahman Ranga, MP, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of LGRD and Co-operatives, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh could not attend as the Chief Guest due to important meeting in Dhaka. Crests and certificates were awarded to some progressive farmers for their achievements in their respective fields. Professor Dr. Manash Mohan Adhikary, former Vice-chancellor, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Bishwabiddyaloy, West Bengal, India expressed satisfaction for the dynamic activities of Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society and assured continued cooperation to this organization. Professor Dr. M. Jiaul Hoque, General Secretary, Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society offered the vote of thanks to the participants, organizers, patrons and all concerned for their support, cooperation and contribution. The inaugural session was concluded by the closing remarks by Dr. M. Zulfikar Rahman, President of Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society who highly appreciated Mr. M. A. Matin and his team of RDA for their support and cooperation in organizing the two days international conference.
Technical sessions were organized at four venues where eight sessions took place on 15 and 16 February, 2018. Following technical sessions were held covering relevant aspects of research and extension for sustainable rural development:
1. Models for Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
2. Research on Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
3. Climate Change, Disaster, Environment and Food Security
4. Applied and On-farm Research in Agriculture (Part-1)
5. Socio-economic Issues of Rural Development
6. Sustainable and Innovative Technologies towards Rural Development
7. Cross-cutting Areas of Agriculture and Rural Development
8. Applied and On-farm Research in Agriculture (Part-2)
Felicitation and Cultural Evening was held on 15 February at night at RDA Auditorium. The cultural function was very attractive. Many young artists and participants rendered their contributions in the cultural function which included songs, recitations, jokes and dancing events. A visit to RDA facilities and farm was organized by RDA management on 16 February morning. The participants were amazed by the innovative activities and action research of RDA. They acquired knowledge of the special activities of RDA during this visit. The concluding session was held on 16 February at RDA Auditorium. The outstanding presenters were awarded in the concluding session. Dr. Akram H. Chowdhury, Chairman, Barendra Multipurpose Development Authority was present in the concluding session as chief guest. Professor Dr. Lutful Hasan, Coordinator, Committee for Advanced Studies and Research (CASR), Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh addressed the audience as guest of honour. Mr. M. A. Matin, Director General of Rural Development Academy and Dr. M. Zulfikar Rahman, President of Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society also spoke in the session.
Business session for BAES members was held on 16 February. An executive committee for 2018-19 term was formed in the business session. A visit to Mahasthangar, a famous historical place of Bogra was arranged after the business session. This visit was a lifetime experience for the most of the participants.
Professor Dr. Mohammad Jiaul Hoque, General Secretary, BAES informed this correspondent that 200 participants from home and abroad registered for the international conference. A good number of participants joined from China,India,Indonesia,Malaysia,Nigeria, Philippines and Somalia. Presentations of Technical sessions and Poster display focused on research and extension activities for sustainable rural development in Bangladesh and in the countries of the foreign participants. A comprehensive Abstract Proceedings was published and distributed among all participants. The proceedings incorporated all information related to the conference. The proceedings was enriched by the valuable messages from Sheikh Hasina, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Md. Mashiur Rahman Ranga, MP, Hon’ble State Minister, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Besides, precious messages from Ms Mafruha Sultana, Secretary, Rural Development and Cooperative Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Professor Dr.Md. Ali Akbar, Vice-Chancellor, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Professor, Dr. M. Abul Kashem, Vice-Chancellor, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Professor Dr. Md. Jasimuddin Khan, Pro- Vice-Chancellor, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mohammad Mohsin, Director General, Department of Agricultural Extension, Dr. Md. Kabir Ikramul Haque, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council, Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, Director General, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Dr. Md. Shahjahan Kabir, Director General, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute, Syed Arif Azad, Director General, Department of Fisheries, Dr. Md. Ainul Haque, Director General,Department of Livestock Services,
Engineer M. A. Matin, Director General of Rural Development Academy, Professor Dr. M. Zulfikar Rahman, President of Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society and Professor Dr. M. Jiaul Hoque, General Secretary, Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society highlighted the importance of this international conference for sustainable rural development.
The International Conference on Research and Extension for Sustainable Rural Development was an important milestone of the Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society. The findings and recommendations of this conference will greatly help in the sustainable development of agriculture and rural areas of Bangladesh and participating countries.

Seminar on Urban Mosquito Problem:Current Status and Management Options

A seminar has been organized by Zoological Society of Bangladesh on 1 February 2014 at the Conference Room of National Press Club,Dhaka,Bangladesh.The seminar is very important in the context of growing problems caused by mosquitoes in the recent years.
The seminar entitled,”Urban Mosquito Problem:Current Status and Management Options” will be attended by Mr. Sunil Kanti Bose, Chairman, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission as the Chief Guest.Dr. Manjur A. Chowdhury, President, Zoological Society of Bangladesh will chair the seminar.
The detailed program of the seminar has been given below:

Seminar Program

Venue Conference Room, National Press Club, Topkhana Road, Dhaka

Date February 1, 2014 (Saturday)

10.30 AM Registration of participants. (Tea / Coffee)

11.00 AM Opening remarks, introduction of guests and speakers by Prof. Khan Habibur

Rahman, Vice President, Zoological Society of Bangladesh

11.10 AM Urban Mosquito Problem: An Overview.

Mr. Tauhid Uddin Ahmed, Former Head, Department of Entomology, IEDCR

11.15 AM Current Mosquito Population Density and Distribution in Dhaka City Area

Dr. Kabirul Bashar, Associate Professor, Department of Zoology,

Jahangirnagar University, Savar

11.30 AM Integrated Mosquito Management for Dhaka City: An Environment

Friendly Option.

Dr. Manjur A. Chowdhury, President, Zoological Society of Bangladesh

11:50 AM Role of Media in Integrated Mosquito Management Program

Mr. Masood Kamal, Senior News Editor, Banglavision

12.00 Noon Address by the Chief Guest, Mr. Sunil Kanti Bose,

Chairman, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission

12:15 PM Open Discussion

12:45 PM Address by Dr. Manjur A. Chowdhury, President, Zoological Society

of Bangladesh.

12:55 PM Concluding remarks and vote of thanks

Prof. Khan Habibur Rahman, Vice President, Zoological Society of Bangladesh

01:00 PM Lunch

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Forum on the prospect of Jute fibre titled “Golden Fibre in the Green Development” organized jointly by IJSG and Bangladesh Embassy, Brussels on 16 November 2012, Brussels

The news item has been taken from the website of International Jute Study Group (IJSG) which may be viewed at the following link:  http://jute.org/news.htm#58

This has been done to promote the activities of International Jute Study Group (IJSG) among the visitors of my website:

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Dr.Syed Md.Zainul Abedin

 


A Forum on the prospect of Jute fibre titled “Golden Fibre in the Green Development” was organised jointly by the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) and the Embassy of Bangladesh in Belgium and on 16 November 2012 in Brussels Chambers of Commerce (BECI), Brussels. The forum was followed by a buyer-sellers meet.

The event was participated among others by MEP, European Commission officials, members of Federation of the Belgian Textile, Wood and Furniture Industry (Fedustria), jute & jute goods traders both from Europe and Bangladesh, environment groups, think tanks located in Brussels and Embassy officials. A four member delegation from Dhaka led by Major General Humayun Khaled,Chairman, BJMC also attended the forum.

The meeting was moderated by H.E. the Ambassador of Bangladesh Ms. Ismat Jahan. In her opening address, Ambassador Jahan highlighted the growing importance of jute, an environment friendly natural fibre, particularly in the context of its increasing significance in “green development”. She underscored that the jute sector has to reposition itself to explore the possibilities. Unless it is strongly supported internationally, the world will be deprived of a valuable eco-friendly fibre.

She recalled that IJSG was established as sole International Community Body (ICB) for jute and kenaf in 2002 and it was at the EU’s initiative that IJSG got its unique mandate of being the only ICB with specific objective of ‘poverty alleviation’, ‘women empowerment’ and ‘sustainable development’. Considering the important mandate of IJSG and the growing significance of the jute sector globally, she urged EU’s support for extension of IJSG’s present TOR beyond 2014.

Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General, IJSG presented a power point on the prospect of jute fibre describing the various aspects of innovative use of jute goods and the comparative advantage of using jute fibre as a viable and sustainable product for human being. He reiterated the pioneering role of IJSG in promoting the cause of jute in both producing and consuming countries and put importance on the private-public partnership in this sector.

Mr. Seamus Gillespie, Director, EEAS, EC stated that jute can play an enhanced role in regional integration between Bangladesh and the EU. He assured the extended support from EC and reiterated that it is critical to raise these issues from the Government of Bangladesh to the EU. In her message, MEP Ms. Jean Lambert, member of the Green Group of the European Parliament hoped for greater support for the jute sector of Bangladesh.

Other speakers mentioned about enhancing the standards of the whole supply chain of jute production which is a preference for the European buyers. They urged upon the producers to produce fashionable and innovative products so that these products could go with the transformation of the society at large. They put importance on the cooperation between producing countries, international organizations and the policy makers to re-invigorate the jute sector. A carpet factory visit to BALTA for the participants was organized on 15 November 2012.

The 13th meeting of the Private Sector Consultative Board (PSCB) was held on 17 November 2012 at the conference room of the Embassy Bangladesh. Several associate members of IJSG participated in the meeting and discussed various issues of jute sectors. Major General Humayun Khaled has been elected as the Chairman of the Board in the meeting, the detailed report and record of decisions of the meeting will be available on IJSG website soon.

Forum on Golden Fibre in Green Development

Buyer-Seller meeting

 Carpet Factory Visit at BALTA Group

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Sahara India Pariwar Launches Venture in Real Estate Sector of Bangladesh-By Syed Zainul Abedin

The housing or real estate sector of Bangladesh is embracing a new member with the advent of the famous Sahara India Pariwar.The news has been circulated in the Bangladeshi media amidst surprise,hopes and resentment among different groups of peoples and business communities.The common people who are frustrated by the monopoly and deceptive roles of the local housing and development companies seem to welcome foreign companies who will provide services with transparency.It was felt from the reactions ventilated in the local media that people want a fair competition and standard in the housing sector.It is not yet clear how the Sahara Pariwar will operate their business in Bangladesh and what regulatory measures they have to encounter here.However,in the absence of transparent housing policy in Bangladesh and extreme profiteering culture the general public look for a modest solution in the housing and real eatate sector.Only time may say what blessing Sahara Pariwar has to offer for the people of Bangladesh.

Following news item has been taken from the website: http://english.samaylive.com

Though the company is very famous in India,it is not yet known widely in Bangladesh.Hence I like to provide the link of the website of Sahara Pariwar which may be a great resource for the intersted people to discover its programmes and services.I invite you to visit the following link :http://www.sahara.in/index.html

Sahara India Pariwar, a major business conglomerate in India has on Friday announced its entry into the housing & infrastructure sector of Bangladesh.

The group’s, newly formed Bangladesh based company ‘Sahara Matribhumi Unnayan Corporation Limited’ has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Housing and Public Works of Bangladesh Government, to invest in the development of housing industry in Bangladesh.

‘Sahara Matribhumi Unnayan Corporation Limited’ will conceptualize, design and plan a new city near Dhaka, i.e. Notun Dhaka (New Dhaka) and will build affordable housing for low income groups with integHousing Finance support for majority applicants. The newly formed company will also conceptualize, design and plan various integrated satellite townships under the Ministry of Housing & Public Works (MOPW) of the Government of Bangladesh.

The MoU was signed by Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara, Managing Worker & Chairman, Sahara India Pariwar and Mr. Nurul Huda, Chairman, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK). The event was witnessed by Mr. Abdul Mannan Khan, State Minister for Housing & Public Works and other top bureaucrats, politicians and senior officials of the Bangladesh Government.

The eventful 4 day visit of Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara was concluded with positive notes after having meetings with Dr. S. A. Samad, Executive Chairman of Board of Investments (BOI), Dr. Atiur Rahman, Governor of Central Bank and the Shri Hasan Mahmood Khondokar, Inspector General (IG) of Bangladesh Police.

Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina had also met Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara to discuss about the intended projects and further opportunities in Bangladesh.
Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara has urged the Government of Bangladesh to ease conditions about availability of housing finance and to remove the difference in tax rates between listed and unlisted companies in Bangladesh. The newly formed company ‘Sahara Matribhumi Unnayan Corporation Limited’s plans are to build integrated and satellite townships which will be heavily intensive on infrastructure unlike regional real estate projects. He requested both Dr. S. A. Samad and Dr. Atiur Rahman that a classification of a section be created midway between housing and infrastructure so that the taxation policy is relooked at Bangladesh.

Speaking at the press conference, Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara, Managing Worker & Chairman, Sahara India Pariwar, said, “I am extremely proud to extend our business interests in Bangladesh. The Government of Bangladesh and its people have provided us a wonderful support and this in effect will help us to contribute towards the development of Bangladesh.”

UPDATE ON 3 JUNE 2012

A press conference of the REHAB and BLDA has taken place yesterday in response to the MOU between Ministry of Housing and Public Works of Bangladesh Government and Sahara Matribhumi Unnayan Corporation Limited.
The report of the press confrence has been published in media today.The report published in online
newspaper,BANGLANEWS24.COM has been presented here for the knowledge of interested readers.You can also read the news item at the following link:
http://www.banglanews24.com/English/detailsnews.php?nssl=c7c78f106a8458a6c7794002e878a9d8&nttl=0206201243611&toppos=2

REHAB-BLDA demand equal opportunity

Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB) and Bangladesh Land Developers’ Association (BLDA) came up with the plea in a joint press conference this morning at a city hotel.

BLDA President and Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said, “As a businessman, I welcome foreign investment but first of all, we have to protect the interests of local companies when we have failed to handover thousands of flats due to lack of gas and electricity.”

He said, “The government should provide similar opportunities for the local companies like the foreign one. Thus a fair and same level competition will be created.”

The local companies are capable in investing more than the foreign investors, he added.

The BLDA president said, “For the foreign investors, several lakh acres of land are available in different areas in the country, including Nijhum Deep and Mirsarai rather than Dhaka.”

The top businessman of the country said, “If the government signs MoU with the foreign investors over one lakh acres land requisition, they should sign another MoU of two lakh land requisition for REHAB and BLDA.”

The BLDA president stated that the government acquires land at Tk 100,000 or Tk 200,000 per bigha while BLDA has to acquire the same land at Tk 50 lakh to Tk 2 crore. “The farmers become deprived if government acquires land which could trigger unrest,” the newsmen were told.

The difference between the price of governmental requisition and private will create an uneven competition. “That’s why Public Private Partnership (PPP) is important to secure the interest of the farmers by generating balanced competition,” he said.

“I believe that the government would not do anything to infringe the interest of the country. The incumbent democratic government repeatedly said that they would provide us land and we would develop that,” he said.

Regarding the Sahara boss Subrata Roy’s allegation of building Dhaka as the jungle of cement, he said, land is the main hindrance of urbanizing Dhaka. It happened due to the scarcity of land or lack of urban plan.

“If the government gives us land, we can build up better city than the foreign investors,” he claimed.

Regarding Rajuk, he said this organization doesn’t follow its own urbanization strategy rather filling the ditches. “Journalists should be careful in this regard,” he said.

At the press conference, REHAB President Nasrul Hamid Bipu read out a written speech.

He said, “We want to talk about foreign investment rather than a particular company. Like previous, I am urging the government to provide us land.”

Nasrul also told journalists that it is a crucial moment of the housing industry as 70 percent investment has been already stopped. “Without government assistance it will be difficult to survive in this sector,” he said.

BLDA general secretary Mostafa Kamal Mohiuddin, REHAB joint secretary Major (retd) Jamshed Hasan PSC, Arshi Hayder, chairman of REHAB Land Standing Committee M Aktar Biswas, M Anisuzzaman Bhuiyan Rana and managing director of Building Technology and Ideas FR Khan were among others present at the press meet.