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ARSA introduces its own currency in the Rohingya camps

Publish: 11:35 AM, 22 Dec, 2021


The militant group Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) has introduced its own currency in a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar. They have also started campaigning for the currency in their group through social media. Initially, the currency was introduced in a few camps. ARSA plans to introduce the currency in every refugee camp soon.

Military analyst Major (retd) Emdadul Islam considers the introduction of new currency in the Rohingya refugee camp a threat to Bangladesh. He said that usually, a country launches its own currency after it is established. Why did a militant organization introduce currency? The matter is questionable. The issue should be taken seriously by the Government of Bangladesh.

Chittagong Range DIG Anwar Hossain said, "We are not aware of the introduction of ARSA currency in the refugee camps." Necessary steps will be taken after investigating the matter.

Multiple sources in the Rohingya refugee camp said ARSA members had started campaigning for the new currency on social media a few months ago. In some camps, the exchange of new currencies has already begun. In the next few months, the exchange of new currency will start in full swing in the camps under the control of ARSA. Initially, ARSA released new notes of TK1,000, TK 500, and TK 100.

The investigation revealed that several militant groups were active in the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar. But ARSA is roaming around the most. Of the 32 Rohingya refugee camps, 27 are dominated by ARSA. Abu Ammar Jununi is also known as Ataullah, is a Pakistani national who grew up in Saudi Arabia is currently leading a section of ARSA.

ARSA, led by Ataullah, is operating in the refugee camps divided into five classes. These categories are ‘Ulama Council’, ‘Ulama Board’, ‘Majlis e Am’ and ‘Arkan Armot’. To increase their power in the refugee camps, they have been involved in various misdeeds including drug and human trafficking, arms trade, extortion. Now they have introduced their own currency to further consolidate their position in the camps.


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International market responsible for rising commodity prices: Commerce Minister

Publish: 03:09 PM, 18 May, 2022


Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said, "I can't do anything unless prices fall in the international market." Because the international market is responsible for the increase in the prices of daily commodities in the country.

He made the remarks at a meeting of the Task Force Committee on Review of Commodity Prices and Market Situation in the conference room of the Commerce Ministry at the Secretariat on Wednesday (May 18).

Asked when the prices of daily necessities would reach the people, the Commerce Minister said, "I don't know the answer to this question." I have to go to Argentina-Brazil to know the answer. There is nothing we can do until prices fall in the international market. You can take a look at price of oil in Kolkata for example. People need to be informed about the global situation.

"We had two years of low imports," he said, referring to the problems created by the rising dollar price. The capital has been affected for opening and with two years of pressure coming together. Our foreign reserves are under pressure. In the last two years, the reserves have increased due to the reduction in imports. But now due to high imports there is pressure on foreign reserve.

"The danger in Sri Lanka does not mean we are in danger," he added. We have no reason to panic.

Commerce Minister   Tipu Munshi  


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Bangladesh-India passenger train to resume from June 1

Publish: 02:18 PM, 18 May, 2022


Bangladesh-India passenger train will resume its service again from June 1. Three passenger trains of this route will operate again. The train service was suspended for almost two years due to the epidemic coronavirus.

The news agency Times of India reported the information on Tuesday (May 18).

According to the Times of India, Indian Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav will visit Bangladesh in June. During his visit, Maitri Express, Bondhan Express and New Jalpaiguri-Dhaka Mitali Express will resume operations between the two countries.

Prior to the epidemic, the Maitri Express used to run five days a week on the Dhaka-Kolkata route and the Bondhan Express on the Khulna-Kolkata route once a two week.

When the two trains were launched, Bangladesh and India provided one rack each. India has given a rack to the latest Mitali Express. In March 2021, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the Dhaka-New Jalpaiguri route train.

Bangladesh-India   Passenger train  


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BERC has recommended to increase the electricity price by 56 percent

Publish: 01:26 PM, 18 May, 2022


The technical team of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has recommended to increase the price of electricity by 57.83 percent. The technical team recommended an increase of 57.83 per cent as against the proposed 65.57 per cent increase proposed by the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB).

The technical team made the recommendation at a public hearing at the Biam Foundation auditorium in the capital on Wednesday (May 18).

BPDB proposes to increase the wholesale rate by Tk 3.39 per unit. On the other hand, the technical team recommended an increase of Tk 2.99 against the proposal.

At present, the power development board is selling at a wholesale rate of 5.17 Tk per unit. The government is giving a subsidy of 3.39 Tk. But BPDB proposed to increase the price to Tk 8.56 paise per unit. On the other hand, BERC has recommended to increase the rate to 8.16 Tk.

The hearing was attended by the Director General of Bangladesh Power Development Board, Director and officials at various levels, Chairman and members of BERC.

BERC   BPDB   Electricity price   Bangladesh  


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PM instructs to focus on nature, environment in development of Cox's Bazar

Publish: 01:01 PM, 18 May, 2022


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the concerned authorities to integrate the development of Cox’s Bazar beach with the nature, trees and environment.

She said, “We will take development programmes for the beach not only with bricks and wood, but also integrating it with the nature. We have to keep trees and shadows there”.

The prime minister said this while inaugurating the newly constructed multi-storied building of Cox’s Bazar Development Authority in the seafront resort town.

The programme was held at Bir Muktijoddha Field in Cox’s Bazar while she joined virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban.

She also asked the people of the Cox’s Bazar to create densely planted tamarisk tree forest along with the beach to protect it from cyclones and tidal waves.

“If this can be done in a planned way, it won't be tough to create the forest throughout the124 kilometre-long beach," she said. "We have to protect our environment."

She also put emphasis on protecting people from the natural calamities through preserving nature.

“We have to do that keeping in mind the bitter memory of 1991 cyclone,” said the premier.

State Minister for Housing and Public Works Ministry Sharif Ahmed and Cox’s Bazar Development Authority chairman Forkan Ahmed also spoke at the programme.

A documentary on the development of Cox’s Bazar was also screened at the programme.

PM   Cox's Bazar   Nature   Environment  


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National Committee demands to reduce toll on Padma Bridge

Publish: 11:46 AM, 18 May, 2022


The National Committee for the Protection of Shipping, Roads and Railways has called for a reduction in the amount of toll announced by the government for using Padma Bridge.

In a statement on Tuesday (May 17th), the organization's president Haji Mohammad Shahid Mia and general secretary Ashish Kumar Dey made the call to the government.

The statement said that while the whole of Bangladesh was counting down the days to the inauguration of the Padma Bridge, a dream built by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with prudent, courage and strong steps, the rate of unusual toll set across the bridge had disappointed the nation.

The statement drew the attention of the Prime Minister to reconsider the issue of setting toll rates considering the financial viability of the general public.

The statement said the toll rates set by the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges were "unbearable" and that excessive tolls on all types of passenger and freight vehicles, including motorcycles and private vehicles, would greatly increase the cost of transporting and transporting goods. Due to this decision of the bridge department, the life of the people will become miserable.

The organization, which works on rivers, shipping, public transport, the environment and civil rights, claims that the high toll will have a direct negative impact on passengers using the Padma Bridge. On the other hand, commodity prices will rise due to rising transport costs; Whose compensation will have to be paid to all classes of people across the country.

The Padma bridge will be inaugurated next June. Earlier, it was hoped that the government would issue a revised gazette setting the amount of toll at a tolerable level.

Padma Bridge   Toll rate