Reiterating that it was his government’s aim to ensure that every family was provided with an LPG connection, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the Centre had fulfilled its promise of providing eight crore free gas connections to women from economically weaker sections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) well ahead of the projected deadline. He was addressing a State-level Empowered Women’s Meet of Self Help Groups (SHG) organised by the Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Mission (UMED) in Aurangabad.The occasion witnessed the handing over of free LPG gas connections to five women beneficiaries, thus completing the Central government’s target of eight crore free gas connections under the scheme, almost seven months before their deadline of March 2020.“The resolution that our government had taken to provide eight crore free gas connections under Ujjwala Yojna was fulfilled today, seven months ahead of the planned date,” said Mr. Modi, adding that the programme had gone a long way in empowering women from the BPL category by preserving their health and making their kitchens ‘smoke-free’.Ayesha Sheikh Rafique of Aurangabad became the eighth crore person to benefit from the scheme and was felicitated by the Prime Minister with four other women.“The first target under the Ujjwala scheme [when launched in May 2016] was to provide five crore connections. The target was later increased to eight crore connections and I am happy to say that within 100 days of the forming of our government, this has been achieved… The work was not only limited to giving gas connections. A massive infrastructure was put in place as new LPG bottling plants were installed to meet the demand,” Mr. Modi said.Commenting on the agrarian crisis and water scarcity in the State’s parched Marathwada region, the Prime Minister said that the proposed Marathwada Water Grid was a laudable project which would bring much relief to the farmers and households in the area besides help solve irrigation problems.“Women in the rural hinterland of Maharashtra and elsewhere have to face much trouble in collecting water. The great Socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia in the 1960s had said that there were two main problems facing the Indian woman: sanitation and drinking water… But despite so many governments and leaders after that, it is only our [BJP-led NDA] government that had the resolve to solve these pressing problems,” said Mr. Modi.He also said that the Centre was planning to spend ₹3.5 lakh crore in the next five years on the ambitious ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ which aims to resolve potable water problems across the country.Stating that SHGs were not only a means of enhancing economic security, but also a tool for social transformation, Mr. Modi said that his government was determined to ensure that every woman in the country availed of SHG subsidy benefits.“Should the need arise, then under the SHG subsidy benefit, women can withdraw ₹5,000 from their Jan Dhan bank accounts on zero overdraft charges. They will also receive loans upto ₹1 lakh under the Mudra Scheme,” the Prime Minister said.Addressing the audience, Mr. Modi said his government was committed to the safety and growth of women and said that society needed to change its attitude towards women.“Keeping this in mind, we passed a strict law for triple talaq for the benefit of women from the Muslim community. Now, awareness needs to be spread about this,” he said.He further said that he had full confidence that all resolutions taken by the Central government in the last five years, be they financial reforms or social schemes, would be carried out by 2022, the 75th year of Independence.
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 6, 2017 – Nassau – Sarkis Izmirilian still wants to buy Baha Mar and said the offer government currently entertains is not better than his; Izmirilian in a statement issued Sunday criticized the staggered approach to opening the resort spread beginning from April and well into next year. Izmirilian says Bahamians deserve better and as the original developer, BMD Holdings Ltd is that better.Pointing to the tangle which led to delays and lawsuits and court battles and the re-sale of the billion dollar Baha Mar project, Izmirilian said it was the interference of The Bahamas Government which forced the liquidation. He put the cost of that liquidation, loss of revenue and hit to jobs as over $4 billion.BMD Holdings he said made a substantial offer to buy Baha Mar at a price in excess of the current undisclosed bid, and the offer was made with the understanding that BMD would drop all legal proceedings against The Bahamas government if their proposal to buy was accepted.The Bahamas Government through the Attorney General reportedly responded to this account with, first the Chinese EXIM Bank would firstly have to accept it. The current buyer’s offer happened in December, but the details remain undisclosed.#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo read more
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-A local Awami League leader, who was severely injured in an attack by his rival group on 2 November, died at Pangu Hospital in the capital on Thursday afternoon, reports UNB.As the death news of Mehidi Mollah, 40, a union level AL leader, spread, his supporters swooped on the house of his rival Abdur Razzak Mollah, former chairman of Dhaneshwargati union and also an AL leader, and ransacked it.They also looted and ransacked 29 other houses.On information, police rushed in and brought the situation under control, said Rabiul Islam, officer-in-charge of Shalikha police station, adding that a case was filed in this connection.Earlier, on 2 November, some supporters of Abdur Razzak Mollah allegedly hacked Mehedi, leaving him injured critically following previous enmity over establishing supremacy at Gajdurba village in the upazila.He was taken to Magura Sadar Hospital and later shifted to Pangu Hospital in Dhaka where he succumbed to his injuries.Abdur Razzak Mollah along with family members went on hiding after his death. read more
.Gas supply through pipeline connections was an electoral pledge of both Awami League and BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) in the last city corporation polls at Rajshahi. In face of public demand, the city corporation at that time began laying pipelines in a hurry, incurring Tk 1 billion in costs. Then within two years the task came to a halt, within only 40 thousand among a population of 850,000, receiving the facilities.One week prior to the RCC polls on 15 June 2013, the task of laying gas pipelines began. To hurry the work up, floating a new tender was skipped and the old contractor was appointed for further work on the project.AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, Awami League candidate and mayor at the time, lost the RCC polls, while BNP candidate Mosaddeq Hossain Bulbul won. Just after two years of the election, the gas connection work was stopped in June 2015. City dwellers say the connections had been given at that time due to political interests and it had been halted now because it serves no political interests.About 9,155 residential houses got gas connections within two years along with eight factories and one CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) station. Around 300 corporate institutions did not get connections while 30 more factories have applied.About 21,000 applications were submitted seeking gas connections and 1,300 demand notes were issued. Nearly 550 domestic consumers had installed the wiring necessary for the pipeline, costing them Tk 40-60 thousand, but they did not eventually receive the connections.A resident at Raninagar in the city, Habibur Rahman, said wiring had cost him Tk 40 thousand, but the gas company was now dillydallying over the connection.Another resident Jalal Uddin from the same area said he spent Tk 35 thousand for the purpose but gas company employees left without setting the connection. Jalal Uddin visited the company several times, but he has simply been asked to wait.The Rajshahi city dwellers have long demanded gas connections. Rajshahi Rokkha Sangram Parishad and Rajshahi Gas Andolan Parishad have led public demonstrations in this regard. Over a hundred thousand people signed a memorandum addressed to the prime minister. People joined in strikes and human chains, demanding gas connections.Both Awami League and BNP pledged to provide pipeline gas during the RCC elections. The present mayor Mosaddeq Hossain Bulbul has claimed that this work has been stalled due to BNP’s victory. If Awami League would have won, it would have continued giving the gas connections, he said.Former mayor Khairuzzaman denied the allegations, saying there was no political reason other than the gas crisis. If it had been so, then connections would not have been provided for two more years after the polls, he added.Jamat Khan, general secretary of Rajshahi Rokkha Sangram Parishad said, gas connection crisis once again proved that the northern region was always neglected. Gas pipelines were laid in Bogra district first, despite Rajshahi being a division city. There are 20 CNG filling stations at Bogra, but Rajshahi faces a crisis.The president of the Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Md Moniruzzaman, said economic development would not be possible in the northern region if industries at Rajshahi did not have gas supply. Only a very few had gas connections.General Manager (Marketing) of Pashchimanchal Gas Company Ltd Kamruzzaman said, everything depended on government decision.According to RCC, about 850,000 people dwell in Rajshahi, while only 40,000 among them have domestic gas connections. read more
Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman speaking at a programme to celebrate 20th anniversary of the daily at CA Bhaban auditorium on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloProthom Alo will continue along its journey with good journalism and will strive to change society for the better. Employees of the daily reiterated this commitment on its 20th founding anniversary on Sunday. The daily celebrated its anniversary at the CA Bhaban auditorium in Karwan Bazar. The programme was attended by Prothom Alo employees of the Dhaka office. The event started with Somnur Monir Konal signing a patriotic song, followed by the screening of a documentary made by Redoan Rony on the teachers and students of ‘Alor Pathshala’, a school built by Prothom Alo Trust in a ‘char’ of the river Padma in Rajshahi. In his speech, Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman highlighted various social endeavours carried out by the daily since 1998. “Prothom Alo has been working relentlessly to bring about positive change in society and individuals. We dream of seeing a new Bangladesh led by youth. We want Bangladesh’s victory in every sector, and good journalism can do it,” he said. The daily has contributed to bring about many positive changes in society by publishing success stories of the people, he added. Managing editor Sajjad Sharif stressed the need to adhere to values of good journalism, people-oriented activities, change making and the creativity on which Prothom Alo was established. Media Star’s members of the board of directors Rokia Afzal Rahman, Arshad Waliur Rahman and Atikur Rahman along with Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman. Photo: Prothom AloAssociate editors Anisul Haque and Abdul Quayum, general manager (advertisement) Rashidur Rahman, and sports editor Utpal Shuvro reminisced about their journey with Prothom Alo. General manager of circulation department ABM Zakaria, deputy editor Lazzat Enab Mohsi, senior reporter Sheikh Sabiha Alam, senior sub-editor Tapati Barman and staff reporter Ahmed Deepto shared their experience with Prothom Alo. Ahmed Deepto, who was brutally attacked by some youth while covering recent road safety movement, thanked Prothom Alo for standing by him and said “a journalist shouldn’t be intimidated to speak the truth no matter how much difficulties he faces.” Conducted by feature editor Sumana Sharmin, members of Media Star’s board of directors Rokia Afzal Rahman, Arshad Waliur Rahman and Atikur Rahman were also present at the programme.Rokia Afzal Rahman, also a former caretaker government advisor, said the journalists of Prothom Alo should continue to work with utmost integrity and honesty no matter how much pressure they face. Prothom Alo also awarded its employees recognizing their works throughout the year. Staff reporter Ahmed Zayeef got best emerging reporter award, Nusrat Nowrin of Prothom Alo English and Md Saifullah of feature department received best newcomer award, senior reporter Anowar Hossain received best reporter award. Consultant Qurratul Ain Tahmina and team (Md Asaduzzaman, Pranab Bhoumik, Golam Mortuza and Nasrin Akhter) received award for special report on women and children harassment, senior reporter Morshed Noman was awarded for best report. Awardees pose for photographs. Photo: Prothom Alo.Chattogram office’s staff photographer Sourav Das got best photographer award, joint editor of editorial department Md Mizanur Rahman Khan received award for taking most discussed photograph, and Md Rana Abbas received ‘Somoyer Sangbadik’ award. ‘Bodoler Shohojogi’ award went to arts and graphics department’s chief art director Ashok Karmakar and senior sub-editor Md Abul Hasnat.Md Raziul Hasan and Md Fazlul Kabir received best sub-editor awards. Jhenidah correspondent Azad Rahman received best correspondent award and Shamimul Hasan Chowdhury of advertisement and circulation department got business award. Senior reporter Mostak Ahmed, event and activation department’s Shah Poran Tushar, senior editorial assistant Gouranga Chandra Das received ‘Ononya Sohojogi’ awards. Sports department and development and maintenance department got best team awards.Kishor Alo received a special award. Best Bondhusova award was received by Khulna and Bhairab Bondusava. Overseas edition’s editor and also head of Prothom Alo online, Selim Khan, received ‘Bebosthaponay Ononnya’ award. Different organisations such as Banglavision, IPDC, Group M Webmaker, FCB Bitopi, Grow and Excel, Rang Bangladesh, Bikroy.com, Concito PR, ABC radio, Deepto TV, Pran RFL, Oppo, Nogod, Forethought PR, Sonargaon University, Mercantile Bank Limited, Symphony Mobile, The Westin Dhaka, Premier Bank Limited, Bondhusava, Walton, Extra PR, NCC Bank, Bangladesh Janasangjog Samity, National Bank Limited, Prochito, Bkash, Huawei, Banglalink, Hotel Zakaria International, Farmers Bank Limited, Nagorik TV, NRBC Bank, Bonik Barta, Annex Communications, and Islami Andolon Bangladesh congratulated the newspaper on its anniversary. read more