Month: September 2018

Digital Security Bill: PM says there’s nothing to worry about

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said there was nothing to be worried about in the Digital Security Bill 2018, as it would not gag the journalist community. “I have seen that several noted editors, journalists and intellectuals have spoken out against the bill. They are only concerned about whether they will have a voice,…

HSBC to honour top exporters tomorrow

HSBC Bangladesh will recognise a number of exporters tomorrow for their outstanding contribution towards sustainable growth of the economy. The eighth edition of the HSBC Export Excellence Awards will take place at a hotel in Dhaka.…

Concerns voiced about Digital Security Bill

Rights organizations, both international and domestic, have voiced serious concerns about parliament’s passage of new Digital Security Bill, 2018 into law and unanimously said the new act will impose very strict restrictions on freedom of speech.…

Digital Security Bill passed

The much-debated Digital Security Bill 2018 was passed in parliament last night with a harsh provision allowing police officials to search or arrest anyone without any warrant. The bill got through by voice vote amid opposition from a number of Jatiya Party lawmakers, ignoring concern of journalists, owners of media houses and rights activists over…

Leather eyes huge growth in the future

The leather industry has established itself on a firm footing. It is now the second largest industrial sector from which the country earns around USD 1.3 billion in foreign exchange every year. In fact, the country can expect export earnings of USD 5 billion  from this sector within a couple of years. No, this is…

Export falls in August

Export earnings fell 11.74 percent year-on-year to $3.21 billion in August because of slowdown in shipment of major items such as garments, leather and leather goods and jute and jute goods. The receipts in July were $3.58 billion.…

Govt to set up 2 more leather industrial estates

The government is going to establish two more leather industrial estates in Chittagong and Rajshahi to utilise the untapped potential of leather and leather goods both at domestic and export market. Industries minister Amir Hossain Amu on Sunday said that Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation was now working on selecting the possible sites for…