UAE Cargo Owners Association, Chitagong demanded exemptions of demurrage over imported cargos brought under baggage rules at Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport .
The association leaders urged upon the Prime Minister to intervene the matter of demurrage exemptions over their consignment brought under baggage rules at a press conference held at Chittagong Press Club auditorium yesterday morning .
President of the Association Anowarul Ashraf Chowdhury readout the written statement before the media men in the press meet.
The press meet was told that following detention of consignments under baggage rule at Chittagong Airport , several cases have been lodged against the Bangladeshi expatriates in 7 states of Middle East and some of the expatriates now under jail custody in ME countries and a number of concerned expatriates are now fugitive there.
President of Expatriate Welfare Council Syed Musleh Uddin in the press meet urges intervention over the matter by the Prime Minister .
He also said PM always enquires the welfare of the expatriates and earmarked the expatriates as golden men. He also mentioned that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina like as our mother and she always kind to the welfare of the expatriates. The president of the UAE Cargo Owners Association demanded the solutions of the matter by exempting demurrage at airport and formulation of new expatriate friendly baggage rules immediately.
The press meet was also told that 50 lakh Bangladeshi are engaged in different professions in middle east countries and most of the expatriate could not turn home regularly due to low paid employee there . So to feed back the demands of their family members in Bangladesh, these expatriate sometimes send different household materials etc to their family members by air cargo.
Mentionable that for the last four months, these expatriates are being deprived of their facilities .
The leaders of the COA and EWC in the press meet demanded to release the baggage cargos from Chittagong Airport after paying regular routine charges exempting the demurrage charges of airport warehouse.
Sources said about 400 tons of cargos now stock filed in the Chittagong airport warehouses due to procrastination of the administration. Among others, UAE COA General Secretary Md. Azam Talukder, Publicity Secretary Md. Khorshed, General Secretary of EWC SM Moinul Hossain Moin, publicity secretary Md. Abu Taher were present in the meet.
City dwellers seen waiting with jars at a city water hydrant for taking supply water as the water crisis has taken a serious turn in the port city for the last few days from very beginning of summer season. The picture was taken yesterday from Jawtala area in city . NN photo
Water crisis in port city causes sufferings to slum dwellers
Water crisis in the port city has worsened from very beginning of the summer season .
The crisis of water is being experienced in different areas of the city specifically in slum areas .
Different sources said less supply of WASA water and interrupted power supply causes this crisis. CWASA could not meet the full demands of water for the last few years and the lifting of water through deep well could not be affected due to frequent load shedding in the city.
The scenario of water procurement from city hydrants is a regular phenomenon and the dwellers of Pahartali Jawtala Colony, Halishahar , Bakalia ,Chandgaon severely suffering water crisis. While talking with a dwellers of Jawtala Halima Begum told that water supplied by WASA in a limited quantities once in a day and we manage two days with one day’s water. She from the beginning of summer, the situation created . While talking to CWASA Managing Director Engr AKM Fazlullah told that the total demand of the city dwellers is 50 crore liters per day but we are able to supply only 21 crores liters and which decrease to 19-20 crores liter in dry season. He said the water crisis in the port city will not be solved before 2021, he added.
A water vendor Md.Rafique told this reporter that they procure water from CCC deep well at a Tk.40 per drum and sold out these water to the dwellers at Tk.150 -300 ranging the distance of supply spot. He said the demands of water goes double during summer season.
Call to resist adulteration of food: CAB
A seminar on World Consumers Rights Day was held at Chittagong Circuit house auditorium on Tuesday with Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Mesbahuddin in the chair.
Divisional Commissioner Md.RuhulAmin graced the occasion as chief guest.
Additional police commissioner of Chittagong AKM Shahidur Rahman was present in it as special guest. The chief guest in his brief deliberations urged upon all conscious persons to come forward to resist the adulterated foods and urges to create social awareness among people to resist and avoid the spurious foods. Deputy commissioner as chair of the seminar said there is no alternative of social awareness for adulterated food. He also mentioned that the use of formalin decreases in some extents in Chittgong market but applying the chemicals in fruit products not yet to be eliminated.
He also disclosed that district administration regularly conducting mobile courts against adulterated foods and food houses in the city . He also urged the city dwellers to get united against the marketing of such spurious foods.
Consumers Association of Bangladesh, Chittagong chapter arranged the seminar .The theme of the World Consumers Rights Day was ‘ No to Antibiotic mixed Food’ Among others, President of CAB, Chittagong SM Nazer Hossain , General secretary Iqbal Bahar Sabery, Deputy Director of National Consumer Rights Prevention Directorate Jubair Ahmed, District Ansar Adjutant SM Azimuddin, CCC councilor Abida Azad, councilor Jesmin Parveen, and Director of Chittagong Women Chamber Rekha Alam Chowdhury spoke on the occasion, a CAB release said.