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Training on Heavy Metal and Pesticide Residue Detection in Foods by the FAO Food Safety Project in Bangladesh :Dr.Syed Md.Zainul Abedin

The FAO Food Safety Project of Bangladesh has  completed refurbishment of 7000 sq. ft. of laboratory space on the premises of the Institute of Public Health (IPH), Mohakhali situated in Dhaka,the capital of Bangladesh.The facilities has been earmarked  as the National Food Safety Laboratory (NFSL). To develop the necessary technical capacity for this laboratory, analysts assigned by the IPH have been trained both in Bangladesh and abroad through an intensive capacity building programme. As part of this skill and capability enhancement activity, two expert trainers spent 5 concentrated weeks in training the analysts on the detection of heavy metals and pesticide residues in food.The event was held from May 26 to June 30, 2012.
Dr. Amina Sekaly from Toronto, Canada, international expert in testing for heavy metals in food and by Dr. Anoop Krishnan from the Export Inspection Agency Laboratory, Mumbai, India in the detection of pesticide residues in food imparted the training.  The analysts were taught the fundamental principles of spectroscopy and given detailed presentations on sophisticated laboratory equipment used in food analysis such as  Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS),  Gas Chromatograph (GC),  GC coupled with Mass Spectrophotometer (GC-MS) and the High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). They were also provided training on the use and operation of the High Performance Thin Layer Chromatograph (HPTLC) by engineers from the company (CAMAG). The analysts also performed calibration tests for basic laboratory instruments and were trained in the measurement of uncertainty.

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The two international experts also trained on laboratory safety and good laboratory practices to encourage and emphasize the development of a strong and safe analytical mindset among the analysts who participated in the training. This contribution was particularly significant as this group is expected to be the core start up team of the NFSL. The training activities were overseen by Dr. Sridhar Dharmapuri, International Food Analysis Expert and Dr. Ashis Ratan Sen, National Food Analysis Advisor, FAO Food safety Project. Dr. Md. Abdur Razzak Miah, Deputy Director of the IPH attended many of the training sessions on behalf of the IPH management.
The feedbacks from the participants were extremely positive. They expressed their appreciation for the two experts for assisting them  in enhancing analytical skills and providing insights into the operation of an efficient food safety laboratory. Importantly, the analysts imbibed a lot of confidence from the training program. They anticipated that this will translate into the generation of reliable food safety data as the National Food Safety Laboratory in Dhaka becomes operational.
The FAO Food Safety Project warmly thanked Dr. Sekaly and Dr. Krishnan for conducting a wide-ranging and valuable training programme which may be considered as an important milestone towards the food safety undertaking of Bangladesh.

The news item has been prepared on the basis of report published at the link:http://www.bdfoodsafety.org/inner.php?SubMenuId=6&DetailsId=69 of the Project entitled, ‘Improving Food Safety in Bangladesh’.

The  project is jointly supported by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAO-UN) and Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

You may visit the website of the project: http://bdfoodsafety.org/ to learn its activities.

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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.

Bangladesh- Blessed Land for Cricket

The 11th Asia Cup Cricket,2012 is being held in Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka,Bangladesh.We are happy to state that the people of Bangladesh have welcome the series.
The matches of 11th Asia Cup Cricket, 2012 are being played in Shere Bangla National Stadium located in Mirpur,Dhaka of Bangladesh. Four Asian countries Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are taking part in the matches from March 12-22,2012.The schedule and fixtures of the matches are presented below.

Mar-2012
Sun 11
08:00 GMT, 14:00 local 1st Match – Bangladesh v Pakistan
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Pakistan won by 21 runs | Scoreboard

Tue 13
08:00 GMT, 14:00 local 2nd Match – India v Sri Lanka
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
India won by 50 runs | Scoreboard

Thu 15
08:00 GMT, 14:00 local 3rd Match – Pakistan v Sri Lanka
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 10.1 overs remaining) | Scoreboard

Fri 16
08:00 GMT, 14:00 local 4th Match – Bangladesh v India
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining) | Scoreboard

Sun 18
08:00 GMT, 14:00 local 5th Match – India v Pakistan
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
India won by 6 wickets (with 2.1 overs remaining) | Scoreboard

Tue 20
08:00 GMT, 14:00 local 6th Match – Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Thu 22
08:00 GMT, 14:00 local Final – Pakistan v TBC
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

The match played on 16 February,2012 was a historical one.Sachin Tendulker of Indian Cricket Team achieved his 100th International Century
in that match played between Bangladesh and India.The other interesting feature of this match was fabulous for Bangladesh.Bangladesh won by five wickets in that match.It was a great event for most peoples of Bangladesh.The peoples across the country celebrated the victory of Bangladesh Cricket Team over the Indian Team.However,people also greeted Sachin for his great achievement from the soil of Bangladesh.The world record in cricket has turned Bangladesh as the Blessed Land for Cricket.It is a joy for Bangladesh as the history of cricket will always mention
this country.Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh,Sheikh Hasina has felicitated both Sachin Tendulkar and Bangladesh Cricket Team for their respective achievements.She sent flowers and sweets to them to congratulate them.

Sachin Tendulkar was invited to Ganabhaban,the official residence of Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister,Bangladesh on the 19th March,2012.Accordingly Shachin visited her residence at 0630 pm where the Prime Minister called Shachin as the Pride of the Sub-continent.She congratulated him for striking the world record of Hundred International Century.Shachin expressed his feeling to the press that the invitation of the Prime Minister was a great honour for him.
20 MARCH 2012
The match of Sri Lanka v Bangladesh was a very tense one.SriLanka played very seriously.They scored 232 runs in 49.5 overs.
Bangladesh chased revised target of 212 runs in 40 overs.Finally they reached 212-5 in 37.1 overs.Thus Bangladesh
is going to play against Pakistan on the 22 March2012 in the Final Match.
The morale and zeal of Bangladesh Team were wonderful.Heavy rain could not stop the Tigers from showing their mettle against the Lions.

22 MARCH 2012 FINAL GAME OF 11TH ASIA CUP CRICKET : BANGLADESH VS PAKISTAN


The Final game of 11th Asia Cup Cricket,2012 began with a number of surprises.Bangladesh won the toss and chose fielding.Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed were the first pair to strike from Pakistan side. Nasir Jamshed was out
with his personal score of 9 .The score of Pakistan Team was 16 at the time of his departure.Their team was under intense pressure from Bangladesh side.Younis Khan replaced Nasir Jamshed who soon went out of the pitch with only one run.Third surprise was the run out of Misbah-ul-Huq with 13 score and Team score of 55 for 3 wicket.
Pakistan Team played very hard and scored 236 for 9.On the other hand Bangladesh chased the score of Pakistan very cautiously and showed great perserverence to win.But they had to stop at 234 for 8.The gap of 2 was too close to touch Pakistani score yet it was very far from victory.Things could have been different if Bangladesh could gain another 3 runs.
Though 11th Asia Cup Cricket,2012 has gone to Paskistan,the final game was a great show of magical and dramatic
performance of both sides.The spectators of Bangladesh had high expectations.But in the long run they will understand that the players of Bangladesh Team really struggled hard to present the Bangladeshi people with an amazing gift.