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Tier-4 Datacenter inaugurated at Gazipur High Tech city (world's 7th largest and one of the largest in SE Asia). Current capacity 22 Petabytes but will be upgraded to 200 petabytes soon. Thanks to His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China & General Secretary of the CCP, as well as Bangladesh Govt. for this achievement. Ultimately this will house a copy of the Bangladesh Govt. cloud, facilitating e-Governance.

 

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Exposé on the 100 Special Econimic Export Zones in Bangladesh (28 have been activated and are in various stages of export production already).
 

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Beximco Health signs agreement with Japan's K2 Logistics
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  • Published at 09:09 pm November 25th, 2021
Japanese Ambassador-Beximco

Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito along with other delegations pose for a photo following a visit on Wednesday

The two organizations signed a production and quality consultation agreement.

Beximco Health and K2 Logistics Bangladesh Limited, a Japan based quality inspection company, has signed a production and quality consultation agreement.

Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito attended the signing ceremony in-person while Salman F Rahman, private industry and investment adviser to the prime minister, virtually attended the event on Wednesday, said a media statement.

Beximco Group Chairman ASF Rahman, Beximco Group Director and CEO Syed Naved Husain, and Beximco PPE Ltd Executive Director Dr Mohidus Samad Khan attended the event as well.

During their speeches Syed Naved Husain, Naoki Ito, ASF Rahman and other distinguished guests highlighted the importance of Japanese expertise in professional-level inspection and quality control techniques which are of extreme importance in PPE and medical supply chains.

The Japanese ambassador was highly impressed after visiting the Beximco Health PPE Industrial Park where the company is producing all types of PPE fabrics including melt-blown, laminations, isolation and surgical gowns, surgical masks, N95 Cup type and foldable type masks, KN95, FFP1, FFP2 masks, shoe covers, head covers and ETO sterilization facilities. The sewing facilities for the gowns and coveralls are in a fully pharmaceutical “clean-room” environment.

After the signing ceremony at the Beximco PPE Park, the ambassador visited Beximco Industrial Park nearby.

At the Beximco Industrial Park, the ambassador also inaugurated the start-up and launch of the World Class State-of-the-Art Tsudakoma Looms, Sizing Machine and Warping Machine which Beximco sourced from Japan, financed by JICA.

Tetsuro Kano, general manager of Itochu Dhaka Office and president of Japanese Association; Hikaru Kawai, general manager of Marubeni Dhaka Office and president of Japanese Commerce and Industry Association of Dhaka; Yuho Hayakawa, chief representative of JICA Bangladesh Office; Yuji Ando, chief representative of JETRO Dhaka Office; Dr Moazzem Hussain, advisor of K2 Logistics Bangladesh Limited; Ryoma Mitani, executive director of K2 Japan, Toshihide Yuda, COO of K2 Logistics Bangladesh Ltd also attended the program.
 

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Hilton Gulshan has topped out at 37 floors.



Render for Hilton Gulshan


Westin 2 being built to the right of former Westin as well.
 
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A few new upcoming high rises in Dhaka...(4 out of 40 known, above 20 storeys).

Sikder Center


Renaissance Hotel


FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON



Novotel Dhaka, Midrise 4 Star Hotel, 16 storeys

 
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Rail sleeper factory established with China CRRC cooperation.



Istition Convention Hall, Feni


All public offices at the same place will ease pressure on Chattogram and offer all public services at the same place

The public administration ministry has taken an initiative to build an integrated public office complex in port city Chattogram on a 110-acre char, which is equivalent to around 83 football fields, by the river Karnaphuli.
The complex, to be designed similar to Malaysia's administrative capital Putrajaya, is being called "Mini Secretariat for Chattogram" and will have as many as 44 government establishments such as offices of the divisional commissioner, deputy commissioner and rest house.



The authorities say the complex will be constructed within the next three to four years at Bandar mouza in Chattogram's Chandgaon ward.

Chattogram Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Mominur Rahman said a top-level government meeting at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in the last week of November agreed to study the project design and finalise it.



The shift will help save "Parir Pahar"
The deputy commissioner said shifting public offices to the new complex from their current location at "Parir Pahar" – which literally means "Fair Hills" and the heart of Chattogram's administrative and judicial activities built by the British rulers – will help save the age-old hills and ease the daily pressure on the surrounding areas.
"Dotted with too many offices, Parir Pahar has become risky. It is now bearing establishments four times more than the tolerable limit," Mominur Rahman told The Business Standard.



The prime minister has already approved shifting the risky and old offices from the hills and asked that no new ones be built. Subsequently, the public administration ministry started shifting the public establishments, including the offices of the divisional commissioner and deputy commissioner, from the hills.
Around two months ago, Chattogram district administration and Chattogram lawyers engaged in a face-off over the constructions of two establishments at Parir Pahar. Amid the stalemate, the district administration proposed announcing the 130-year-old court building as a heritage site.

The cultural affairs ministry also said it is considering announcing the site as an archaeological site.
All public services at the same place
The mini-secretariat is only seven kilometres away from Chattogram city zero point. Apart from the 44 offices, it will have a hospital for government staff, circuit house, training centre, convention centre, shopping mall, multi-storey car parking, school and college, nursing institute, transport pool, petrol pump, memorial, novo theatre and mosque.
"People will get all public services at the same place," Mamnoon Ahmed Anik, assistant commissioner (AC Land, Chandgaon Circle), told TBS.
"Land acquisition appears as a major challenge for government projects. But this project does not have that issue since khas land is already ready out there," Anik added.



He said a development project proposal is currently being formulated for the integrated office complex.
Visiting the project site last Wednesday, this correspondent noted that the district administration has already identified 73 acres of land at the strip on the Karnaphuli foreshore. The site has the river flowing on one side while the Marine Drive has been taking shape through a flurry of construction activities on the other side.

The project site is blessed with scenic natural beauty.
Locals call the swathe "Char Hamid", which emerged from the river around 100 years ago. There had been paddy and vegetable cultivation on the land even five years ago.
The district administration now has 73 acres of land under its ownership and hopes ownership issues over the remaining land will be resolved soon.

Focus also on future
Md Towhidul Islam, senior assistant commissioner and executive magistrate of Chattogram district, said the project design has room for more than 44 government establishments so that new offices, if required, could be built there in the next 40 years.
"The number of new public departments is constantly increasing. The biggest advantage of this project is that the newly formed departments will not have to spend additionally on office construction," AC Land Anik told TBS.
Deputy Commissioner Mominur Rahman said the project site currently has two roads. But considering the future, five types of alternative communication systems, including a Marine Drive and a Link Road, will be constructed in order to be connected to the integrated office complex.



Disaster prevention measures
A number of geological surveys of the char have been completed. The surveys suggest that the stretch of land is stable. However, the construction process will take up added measures to shield the complex from natural calamities, such as rising sea levels, cyclones and flooding.
At the same time, the natural environment will be kept intact, said Deputy Commissioner Mominur.
He said, "As the project area is on the river bank, there will be embankments so that the land can withstand natural disasters. There will be a planned drainage network to channel out rainwater."

Experts still sceptical
Urban engineer Subhash Chandra Barua expressed concern over the measures. He said, "Chattogram is a coastal area prone to natural disasters every year. The sea level is rising gradually. Against this backdrop, I do not think the government should implement such an important project on the river bank."



Civil engineering expert Delwar Hossain Majumder said shifting public offices from Chattogram city certainly will ease the pressure on traffic. He described the initiative as promising.
"But if all the government offices are moved to a single place, traffic pressure on the hub might appear as a new problem," said the engineer.
He suggested moving interrelated offices only to the new complex to have the traffic pressure spread out on the city.
 
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Walton inaugurates ceramic, nonstick, HTR coating unit at factory

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Published: 16:57, 22 November 2021

Walton inaugurates ceramic, nonstick, HTR coating unit at factory


Walton officials at the ceramic, nonstick and HTR coating unit unveiling ceremony.

Bangladeshi electronics giant Walton has added a new state-of-the art ceramic, nonstick and HTR coating unit to its kitchen appliance production line.

Walton's kitchen appliance products will be more attractive and durable with the new coating system which is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The coating of various home appliance can be done in the factory equipped with European standard advanced machineries. The unit has 24 lakh production capacity annually.

On Sunday (November 21, 2021) ceramic, nonstick and HTR coating unit was inaugurated at Walton Hi-Tech Industries Limited (WHIL) in Gazipur.
WHIL's Director Nishat Tasnim Shuchi, who is now staying at the USA, sent a message wishing new unit's overall success.

WHIL’s Deputy Managing Director Alamgir Alam Sarkar, Senior Executive Directors Yusuf Ali, Tapash Kumer Mojumder and Nizam Uddin Mazumder, Walton Kitchen Appliance's Chief Business Officer (CBO) Mahfuzur Rahman, Head of Sales (Home Appliance Distributor Network) Kamal Hossain, Deputy CBO Hasibul Islam, Senior Additional Director Abdullah Al Asif, Kitchen Appliance's Head of Research and Innovation (R&I) Yusuf Iqbal, Deputy Head of R&I Mustainur Rahman, Head of Production Shahriar Kabir and Brand Manager Fazle Rabbi Khadem were present, among others, on the occasion.

Walton Kitchen Appliance's CBO Mahfuzur Rahman said that Walton has created history as it has added this coating unit of advanced technology for the first time in Bangladesh. It makes us proud. Coating system will ensure 100% quality in the product manufacturing process. The products will be exported after meeting the local demand.

Mustainur Rahman said that the coating is actually a type of liquid polymer applied mechanically to an object or business products making the materials more attractive, non-sticky and sustainable.

He said that Rice Cooker Inner Pot, Cookware (Frypan, Casserole, Oakpan, Milk pan, Pizza pan, Ruti Tawa), Electric Iron Soleplate, Multi Cooker, Cracker, Pressure Cooker, Toaster, Sandwich Maker, Oven Bakeware, Washing Machine, Electric Ranges, Water Heating Elements, Barbeque Grills, Air Fryer and various parts of electrical and home appliances can be coated with this unit. Walton's coating unit is completely hygienic and environmentally-friendly as it is free of Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), toxic lead and cadmium.
 

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BANGLADESH MODERNISES ITS NATIONWIDE AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT INFRASTRUCTURE WITH THALES
28 OCT 2021
AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT ATM

• Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) renews their trust in Thales with a turnkey modernisation of their nationwide Air Traffic Management (ATM) system.
• The new ATM system will improve capacity and safety thanks to a complete nationwide surveillance coverage using the latest ATC and air surveillance technologies compliant with ICAO standards.
• An iconic new Air Traffic Management Centre and Control Tower as well as new radar building will be constructed at the Hazrat Shajalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka.

In 2019, Asia-Pacific was the largest market for passenger travel to Bangladesh, followed closely by the Middle East and Europe. Over the past year, the number of passengers on domestic routes in Bangladesh recovered to pre-pandemic levels. As the aviation sector gradually embarks on recovery, the CAAB is affirming its commitment to increase safety and security of its airspace with the signing of a contract with Thales for a full turnkey modernisation of the country’s Air Traffic Management system.

La CAAB et Thales ont signé ce contrat le 21 octobre 2021 à Dacca, capitale du Bangladesh, en présence de M. Md Mahbub Ali, ministre bangladais de l’Aviation civile et du Tourisme, et de son Excellence M. Jean-Marin SCHUH, ambassadeur de France au Bangladesh.

The contract was signed between CAAB and Thales on 21st October 2021 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, graced by State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md. Mahbub Ali and his Excellency Mr. Jean-Marin SCHUH, Ambassador of France to Bangladesh.

The project will involve the modernisation of the en-route, approach and tower system at Dhaka’s HSIA airport, with equipment to be installed also at other regional airports throughout Bangladesh. Thales will provide complete new automated systems including ATC automation, primary and secondary radars (STAR NG and RSM), ADS-B, Wide Aera Multilateration, Airport Multilateration, Datalink and countrywide VSAT communications and terrestrial network as backup to VSAT. This project will provide Bangladesh with the most modern nationwide air surveillance.

An iconic 45 metre high Control Tower and Air Traffic Management Centre will be built at HSIA, equipped with a state-of-the-art security system providing CCTV coverage and access control on an integrated platform. The CAAB’s controllers will work with the latest automation technologies to support the future growth of air traffic in the country. The project is expected to be completed by 2024.

“Thales is pleased to be a trusted partner, playing a key role in establishing a safe and reliable turnkey air traffic solution, leveraging on decades of experience to support CAAB in the design, implementation and operation of the most suitable turnkey ATM solution.” Christian Rivierre, Vice-President Airspace Mobility Solutions, Thales

“Capitalizing on more than 900 ATC radars installed around the world, Thales is proud to support CAAB in its modernization offering the best in air surveillance”. Marie Gayrel, Director of civil radars, Thales
 

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Saudi, US, Chinese investment proposals worth $2.7 Billion received at BIDA summit. "Unexpected - but I'm happy" says Darbesh ( درویش‎, Darvīsh ).


 

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International Investment Summit 2021 to showcase Bangladesh. This year "Blue Economy" is the focus.

BIDA Chairman says foreigners know little about investment climate in Bangladesh, which needs to be remedied.

So far investments in our $400 Billion economy has mainly been local.

 

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1.5 Billion in Power Generation investment proposal from Saudi Company (450 MW project) - let's see what happens.
 

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