Relocate Bishwa Ijtema site

26 02 2010

During the days of Biswa Ijtema, the traffic jams become unbearable. The entire Airport Road and Uttara area remain blocked, causing immense sufferings to commuters and also air passengers returning to or leaving Dhaka.

Full story: The Daily Star

ADB awards best performing projects in Bangladesh

3 02 2010

In recognition of efficient project implementation, ADB has issued awards yesterday to its five best performing project teams for 2009 in Bangladesh. The best project recognition program, initiated in 2001, is part of an ongoing effort by ADB to continuously improve the development effectiveness of the projects that ADB finances in Bangladesh. In reflection of these efforts, ADB in 2009 achieved contract awards of over $1.2 billion, and disbursed around $1.1 billion in development assistance to Bangladesh, which was an all time high for ADB in the country.

The winning project teams are Urban Governance and Infrastructure Improvement Project being executed by Local Government Engineering Department (LGED); North-West Crop Diversification Project executed by the Department of Agricultural Extension; Teaching Quality Improvement in Secondary Education Project, executed by the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education; Emergency Disaster Damage Rehabilitation (Sector) Project, jointly executed by the LGED, Roads and Highways Department, and Water Development Board; and Gas Transmission and Development Project jointly executed by Gas Transmission Company Ltd, Sylhet Gas Fields Ltd., Bangladesh Gas Fields Company Ltd., Pashchimanchal Gas Company Ltd., Petrobangla, Bangladesh Gas Exploration Company Ltd., Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd., and Hydrocarbon Unit of the Energy and Mineral Resources Division.

Full story: The New Nation

UK suspends student visa

3 02 2010

The United Kingdom has temporarily stopped accepting student visa applications from Bangladesh, Nepal and North India due to unexpectedly high numbers of applications from these areas.

The suspension takes effect from today and will be reviewed in a month’s time.

Full story: The Daily Star