Bangladesh postal money: Open accounts for Tk 2

Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy launched the service at the Posts and Telecommunications Division on Monday.

“We want to make life easier for people, so that they can comfortably use mobile and online services for everything. For that, we need to digitise the financial services,” Joy said.

“There are no banks in some unions. So we decided to expand the banking services through post offices. People can transfer money from home and also digitally spend government allowances,” Joy said.

With ‘Dak Taka’, Bangladesh aims to make banking services available to 30 million people by 2018, State Minister for Posts and Telecom Tarana Halim said.

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Saudi Arabia says cinemas will be allowed from early 2018


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Tk 20,000cr lost a year for air pollution

The country, especially its urban areas, is facing severe air and water pollution due to rapid and unplanned urbanisation, show the preliminary findings of a World Bank study.

It is losing one percent (around Tk 20,000 crore) of the gross domestic product every year due to air pollution, according to the study.

The country’s GDP stands at nearly Tk 20.88 trillion as per the latest data of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

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Hasina opens software park

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday opened Sheikh Hasina Software Technology Park in Jessore and expressed hope that ICT would be the biggest export earning sector for Bangladesh in the near future.

“I think that the goods to be produced from ICT sector will make the biggest contributions to the country’s export and in this way we want to impart training to the youths of the country,” she said.

The premier opened the software park through a video conferencing from her official residence Gono Bhaban in Dhaka.

She also reiterated that the government would establish a hi-tech park in each district to help flourish the ICT sector and generate employment.

ICT will soon be added to the list of the country’s exportable products, Hasina said.

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Actress Zaira Wasim: I was molested on flight

An actress who starred in Bollywood’s biggest film says she was molested on a flight between Delhi and Mumbai.

Zaira Wasim, 17, said a “middle-aged man” repeatedly moved his foot up and down her neck and back while she was “half-asleep”.

She documented the incident on Instagram, and tried to film the man’s behaviour but said it was too dark.

The airline, Air Vistara, said it was carrying out a detailed investigation into the incident.

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Solar power added to national grid

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the 3MW solar power plant in Jamalpur, a 400KW photovoltaic power plant in Sunamganj, and two power plants in Chapainawabganj with a combined capacity of 325MW via video conference on Sunday.

She also announced full electricity coverage for 10 Upazilas from the event.

Speaking at the Ganabhaban, Hasina said her government believes in equal development and is pursuing development projects in parts of the country.

The solar plant at Sharishabari’s Shimla Bazar in Jamalpur was constructed through a public-private partnership.

The land for ‘Engreen Sharishabari Solar Plant Limited’ was allocated by the Power Development Board. Germany’s IFI Eriksen AG, Bangladesh’s Concord Pragatee Consortium and Jupiter Energy invested in the project.

The power plant uses 11,500 solar panels spread out over eight acres of land.

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