New fins are being added regularly to Bangabandhu Hi- Tec City



Serajul Islam Siraj, Special Correspondent, Barta24.com, From Kaliakoir
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New fins are being added to Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City regualrly. Located in Kaliakair, near Dhaka, there is no way to guess from the main gate of this digital city.

Only the main gate is visible from the Dhaka-Tangail highway, and it looks a bit dirty as it was built a long time ago. But the more you go inside, the more logistics you will see. When the main gate opened and enters, the administrative building will fall on the left hand side first. Row upon row of dialysis machines are being decorated on one floor of this building which had to be imported from abroad at a cost of millions of dollars. Each machine saves about Tk. 4 to Tk. 5 lakh. Entrepreneurs hope that this will greatly reduce the cost of dialysis for kidney patients.

Block 4 is a quarter of a kilometer away from this building. This is another proud institution of the country. Data Center is an essential part of Digital Bangladesh. Named Bangladesh National Data Center, it has become the seventh largest data center in the world. In the meantime, it has been able to earn fame from various organizations. Giants like Google and Amazon have also shown interest in storing their data. Those who used to like Singapore or any other country for geographical reasons have also started the deal. Just as the launch of Bangabandhu Satellite is not just an institution, it is a matter of dignity and security, so the data center cannot be considered just an institution. On the one hand, it is saving Tk. 353 crore a year, on the other hand, it is ensuring the protection of state data.

The activities of 11 companies are going on in the beautiful nine-storey building of Sector 3. Engineers are engaged in the work of a factory, while the construction work of a building is going on with great effort.

In 1999, a meeting of the Bangladesh Board of Investment decided to set up a high-tech park on 231 acres of land in Kaliakoir. Later the area was increased to 355 acres. Although the work started in 1999, with the change of government, the potential high-tech park was plunged into darkness. After a long hiatus, when Sheikh Hasina's government came to power again, the path started with a new initiative.

The park has high speed internet, round-the-clock power supply, shuttle train for communication. Free land or space is available at low prices. It is expected to directly create 1 lakh jobs here. The project is being implemented in PPP (Public Private Partnership) model with the overall cooperation of the government. The products produced in the city have various benefits including 10 years tax break. Producers will get 10 percent incentive for export of manufactured software and hardware products.

In Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City, 70 companies have already been allotted 127 acres 24 decimals land and 2 lakh 96 thousand 498 square feet space. Of these, 12 companies are working. 90 percent of the establishments set up in the park will be digital product producers. The path of building a digital Bangladesh is also expected to create 1 lakh jobs in Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City. Meanwhile, 480 jobs have been created, said Director (Finance and Administration) ANM Shafiqul Islam.

Mobile giants like Nokia have confidence here. Robi has been allotted 1.5 acres of land in the software company category in Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City. The mobile operator will invest 2.6 million dollar there. Three acres of land has been allotted to Fair Electronics. The company will invest 10 million dollar in electronics, hardware and software production. Besides, 20.50 acres of land has been given to 9 allotted companies. The companies will invest 140.81 million dollars.

Orix Bio-Tech Limited will produce plasma. At present Bangladesh has to import plasma worth Tk. 2,000 crore. Initially, the company wants to meet 25 per cent of the country's demand, and production will increase by 25 per cent in the coming years.

A world class dialysis machine is being made in the park. An organization called Sonarbangla Foundation has assembled 80 percent at present but is moving ahead with its own production in the future. The company wants to export abroad by meeting the demand of the country in the future. An American company has proposed to build the factory as a supply hub in the Asian region, said Engineer Al Imran Sarkar, Assistant Director (Operations) of the Sonar Bangla Foundation.

Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City Director (Finance and Administration) ANM Shafiqul Islam told Barta24.com that the high-tech park in particular is being industrialized keeping the environment of the area intact as announced by the Prime Minister. The region is not changing much as it was in the past. There is 20 percent greening, the water bodies are being further improved. Although it was delayed due to corona, activities are now in full swing.

The site of the PPP-operated park has been given the responsibility of developing Summit Techno polis and Fiber at Home. The two companies have already allotted space to several companies, sources said. The project will make a huge contribution to the implementation of Digital Bangladesh announced by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. This tech city named after the Father of the Nation is being built in the style of Silicon Valley. In addition to easy rail connectivity, Dhaka has multiple alternative roads. There is also improved communication with Chattogram port through Gazipur City. If the Padma Bridge is opened, the river port will establish a road link with Mongla. The government wants to set up 103 such high-tech parks and software technology parks across the country. Through which Bangladesh, a country of emerging economy, wants to touch Vision 2041.

   

Molestation in Bangladesh Agricultural University, Proctorial Body resigns



BAU Correspondent, Barta24.com, Mymenshing
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First year students of Animal Husbandry Faculty protested demanding justice in the case of molestation of a female student in Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU). They started the procession from the main gate of the Faculty of Animal Husbandry around 10:30 am on Sunday (February 11).

The procession circumambulated the student hall of the university, the central library and the Veterinary Faculty-adjacent road and ended at the office of the Dean of the faculty of Animal Husbandry.

At the end of the procession, the agitating students locked the administrative building of the University demanding justice. Later students opened the lock around 1 o'clock and held a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor.

Meanwhile, during the procession, the agitating students abused the members of the proctorial body, alleging that all of the proctorial body resigned, the proctor said.

But the VC said that there has been a little misunderstanding between the proctor and the students. It will be resolved. They will join again.

Last Saturday (February 10) at noon, a female Animal Husbandry student was molested by an unidentified CNG-driven auto-rickshaw driver on the road adjacent to the residential area of Bangladesh Atomic Agriculture Research Institute (BINA) of the university.

The students protested for a total of four points including the trial of the incident. Other demands are banning of auto-rickshaws from all over the campus except on designated traffic roads, prescribed code of rickshaws and dress code for drivers, speedy strengthening of security on farm roads inside the university.

Proctor Prof. Azharul Islam alleged that the agitating students shouted slogans abusing the members of the Proctoral body during the protest march.

He said, "During the agitation, the students attacked the teachers personally and abused them. Where teachers are not respected, we cannot work. We, the members of the proctorial body (proctor and assistant proctors) have submitted their resignations to the proctorial office.

The agitating students said that their slogans were, 'Why is my sister assaulted, the administration wants answers', 'When will the stupid administration move?', 'There is CCTV, no footage, 'Why are there outsiders in the campus?' They raised their voice through slogans. They did not abuse or disrespect the teachers.

When asked about this, Vice-Chancellor Professor Emdadul Haque Chowdhury said, 'The demands of the students are logical. Common numbering will be provided at university entrances to strengthen connectivity with security personnel. Security will be strengthened on farm roads from today. He talked to the Superintendent of Police for proper prosecution of the incident of molestation.

Regarding the resignation of the proctorial body, the Vice-Chancellor said, "There has been a misunderstanding between the proctor and the students." The issue is being resolved. Everything will be fine in a day or two. The proctors will rejoin.' 

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Torch procession for 5-point demand in JU



JU Correspondent, Barta24.com, Savar(Dhaka)
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The teachers-students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) held a 5-point torch procession demanding that the accused be given speedy trial in the case of gang-rape of the housewife while the husband was detained recently, the trial of oppressor teacher Mahmudur Rahman Jony be settled and non-students be evicted from the common room and accommodation of regular students should be ensured.

On Sunday (February 11) evening, under the banner of 'Anti-oppression stage', the torch procession started from the foot of Shaheed Minar of the University, went around Bangabandhu Hall, Battala, New Administrative Building, Transport Square and various important roads of the University and ended with a short rally in front of the Vice-Chancellor's residence. .

At this time, the students took a position in front of the Vice Chancellor's residence demanding to accept their 5 point demands. At one point, on the fifth day of the ongoing movement, the university vice-chancellor and other important officials of the administration confronted the agitators.

The other demands of the protesting students were that the trial of the oppressor teacher Mahmudur Rahman Jony should be settled, the crimes of the proctor and Mir Mosharraf Hossain Hall provost who assisted the oppressors should be investigated and for the sake of fair investigation, they should be exempted from administrative posts during the investigation and those involved in the drug syndicate should be identified and declared uninvited from the campus. Take legal action against them.

Sohagi Samia, a student of Drama and Theater department, organizer of Samajtantrik Chhatrafront, said, "University teacher Mahmudur Rahman Jony is accused of sexual harassment. But, he has not been tried till date by the University administration and State administration are walking hand in hand. Like the state, the democratic environment in universities is also being destroyed JUCSU election has not yet been held in the University, many incidents like oppression and misdeeds have not been tried.

ARK Russell said, "We gave a five-day ultimatum for the abolition of public rooms. The administration has harassed common students in the name of abolition of common room. Hall administration did not go to the rooms of these illegal students who are under political umbrella.

Professor Jamal Uddin of Environmental Science department of the University, said in the gathering that the University has reached this stage due to the injustice of the events organized in the past, "The VC said that he will take a specific step against the accused in the rape case and to evict the students staying in the residential hall. The students were supposed to be expelled from the hall within five working days, but that deadline has passed today. We have come to know that no effective action has been taken in this regard. According to Intelligence Agencies and RAB, this university has become a drug arena.

This trade has been going on for a long time. Even after such a heinous incident of University rape, the university and hall administration is inactive and the proctor and provost of the university remain on alert. If this is the case, we are worried whether the parents will send their children to this university in the upcoming admission test. I believe every teacher in the university wants to change this situation. But where is the problem of the administration?

Meanwhile, on the fifth day of the ongoing movement, the agitators were confronted by the university's vice-chancellor Professor Nurul Alam and important officials of the administration. When the protesting teachers-students were assured of meeting their demands, the protesting students got involved in an argument with the Vice-Chancellor as they were unable to evacuate the non-students from the residential hall within the five-day period set by the syndicate, as well as abolishing the public room and keeping the mini-public room open.

Apart from this, when the agitators asked about the list of non-students staying in the residential hall, the administrative teachers present along with the VC expressed their inability to provide it and asked for two to three more days.

At one point, Parveen Jolly announced a symbolic blockade program for the next two days on behalf of the organizers of the anti-oppression stage, highlighting the incompetence of the administration. Apart from this, if the administration does not accept the demand, she called for a one-point movement to protest the failure of the administration from February 15.

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Education Minister hints at affiliation of government colleges with universities



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Education Minister Mahibul Hasan Chowdhury Naufel said why are the new universities that are being established, starting undergraduate courses at the beginning? The university should monitor the undergraduate courses of the government colleges in the respective areas. Undergraduate courses of the college will be monitored and postgraduate courses will be launched separately by the university. Start-up times are challenging for new universities. From there we will develop resources with a full setup.

He said these things during an exchange of views with the Bangladesh University Council at the International Mother Language Institute at Segunbagicha in the capital on Monday (January 15).

The Education Minister said that in 2014, the Prime Minister ordered all the colleges or centenary colleges under the respective universities to ensure academic monitoring. She advised the Vice-Chancellors of all public universities to take action in this regard.

Naufel said Open University is doing academic monitoring of non-formal education across the country. So why Chattogram University cannot do academic monitoring work of Chattogram College? He used to do it once. If the capacity was there before, now the system is supposed to increase. Prime Minister herself has included seven colleges with Dhaka University. We are overcoming the challenges there. Students blocked the road but we did not budge. Now the standards of seven colleges have improved.

The minister said, if Dhaka University can monitor academic standards, why can't other universities do it? He indicated that if the law needs to be amended in these cases, the ministry will do so.

Highlighting the directives of the Prime Minister, the Education Minister said that the universities that have been established at the district level, the government colleges in those districts; their academic monitoring will be done by the concerned university.

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5G will come after elections



Ishtiaq Hussaien, Special Correspondent, Barta24.com
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The high-speed 5G service was supposed to be launched in the country next month. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) had also auctioned airwaves with plans to launch this service in December this year. But everything is uncertain now. Those concerned say that the commercial activities of 5G services will be launched after the elections.

In December 2021, 5G was launched experimentally through Teletalk at 6 places including Jatiyo Sangsad, Secretariat came under this facility. Earlier, in the auction held in March last year, mobile operators bought 190 MHz waves by spending Tk 10 thousand crore.

Currently 3G and 4G services are available in the country. 3G was launched in 2013 and 4G services were launched in 2018. South Korea launched the first 5G service in the world in 2019.

It has been found that even a month before the launch of 5G, the operators have not yet received any related license. It was said that BTRC will issue a unified license for this. And the operators have not yet received this license. So it was not possible to prepare from their side.

Shahed Alam, Chief Corporate and Regulatory Officer of Robi Aziata Limited, told Barta24.com that they are fully prepared to provide fast 5G connectivity. There are no barriers to rolling out 5G, but it requires a lot of investment. A huge amount of software and other equipment has to be imported in foreign currency.

"At the start of 5G, we need to change our ecosystem, the towers will need a lot of power, the transmission network to reach remote areas and active sharing will be important. Where the networks are needed, how much the customers will benefit from the 5G service or how the demand will be, preparations are being taken seriously,' he added.

Those concerned said that while the minimum speed in 4G is 7 Mbps, the speed of 5G is 20 Mbps. It will be used in the industry, not at the individual level. In this case, the government could not finalize the specific sector. And it is not possible for the operators to start working with this service until this sector is finalized.

Experts in the telecommunication sector said that an investment of Tk 20 to 25 thousand crores will be required to launch 5G. No operator took the risk of investment as the business field was not finalized. The operators will finalize the investment plan after getting the unified license.

Although by now all the operators have completed 5G trials in the divisional cities including Dhaka. But Telecom Minister Mustafa Jabbar himself has no concrete explanation for the non-launch of 5G in December. He told the media that they are waiting. Commercial activities of 5G will be launched after the elections.

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