Month: May 2018

Leather exports fall again as new tannery site not fully functional yet

Exports of leather and leather products declined significantly in the first 10 months (July–April) of the current financial year 2017–18 as most of the tanneries that have shifted to the Savar Tannery Complex from Hazaribagh are not fully functional yet. According to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), the sector registered a slightly negative growth rate…

River pollution problem relocated, not resolved

THE Bangladesh government could finally relocate the tanneries industry from the heart of Dhaka to its outskirts. The objective of the relocation of tanneries to the Leather Industry Estate at Savar was to stop further pollution of the River Buriganga, the ecological life line of the capital city. The River Dhaleswari at Savar, a distributary…

Tanneries now polluting Dhaleswari in Savar

The Dhaleswari River has been polluted by untreated effluents released from the Tannery Industrial Park at Savar, on the outsirt of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, over the last one year. It’s a new problem facing nery factories were shifted from Hazaribagh to Savar. Locals told New Age that the modern tannery park was also polluting nearby…

Bangladesh finance minister rejects tanners’ tax holiday demand

Bangladesh finance minister AMA Muhith on Sunday rejected an appeal for 7-10 years tax holiday by the tanners to encourage investment in the leather industry. There is no scope for considering the demand for tax holiday, he said at a pre-budget discussion with the Bangladesh Tanners Association at the Secretariat. Led by BTA president Shahin…

$110m WB aid for sustainable enterprises

The World Bank will provide $110 million assistance for Bangladesh to implement the Sustainable Enterprise Project (SEP) which will help some 20,000 microenterprises adopt environmentally-friendly practices. The project covers manufacturing and agribusiness sectors, including leather, mini textiles, light engineering, plastic, food processing, metal products, livestock, horticulture, aquaculture and poultry, said a World Bank official. The…

Exports climb on apparel boost

Exports grew 7.11 percent year-on-year to $2.95 billion in April riding on the higher shipment of garment items. Although the receipt is 0.51 percent higher than the monthly target of $2.94 billion, it was the lowest in six months. Overall, exports rose 6.41 percent year-on-year to $30.40 billion in the July-April period. The earnings narrowly missed…

Hydrogen sulphide kills two workers in Savar

Two tannery workers are reported to have been killed, and a third was taken ill to hospital, after inhaling the poisonous gas at a raw hide processing plant in the Savar Tannery Zone.…

Two tanners die, another falls sick while pickling hides in Savar factory

Bangladesh Tannery Association General Secretary Abdul Malek told bdnews24.com workers ‘Mahbub’, 50, and ‘Hasan’, 24, fell sick after they got on a tank full of chemicals for pickling at Prince Tannery on Wednesday evening. Another worker, Moazzem, 18, got on the tank to rescue the two but he fell sick too, Malek said, quoting other…

‘No benefit from lodging complaints with foreigners’

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has strongly criticised a section of labour leaders for their ill efforts to defame own country by lodging complaints with foreigners. Sheikh Hasina also asserted that there will be no benefit from lodging complaints as long as she remains in power, reports BSS. “As as long as I remain in (state)…