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 FM unaware of any subsidy to transport Indian goods

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Foreign Minister Dipu Moni is unaware of any subsidy is being provided to India for carrying goods under transshipment arrangement. 
“I will ask other agencies to let me know if any subsidy is being given or not and if any subsidy is given, have they taken the exemption into consideration,” foreign ministry Dipu Moni said at a press briefing at the ministry last Tuesday. 
The passage of Indian goods from Kolkata to Tripura through Ashuganj river port has started from Sep 28. 
The foreign minister said so far, four vessels have been permitted to carry transshipment goods through Ashuganj river port and owners of the three of them are Bangladeshis. 
Bangladesh during the visit of prime minister Sheikh Hasina to India in 2010 had agreed that Ashuganj would be declared a port of call, but Dhaka not only declared the river port as port of call but also the second transshipment point. 
Asked why Bangladesh did not sign letter of exchange on transit, she said a country does not sign any particular agreement for strategic or any other reason. 
 
Teesta Agreement
The foreign minister said Teesta agreement would be signed during the tenure of the incumbent Awami League government but she did not give any date.  “Both the governments were ready to sign the Teesta interim agreement but we all know why it was not signed,” she said. 
Asked, why before the visit of Indian premier Manmohan Singh to Dhaka she had said Teesta agreement would be signed, Moni said, “You all have record of my interview. I said I hope that the agreement would be signed.” “Both of us were ready to sign it and I did not have any official confirmation otherwise,” she said. 
The minister said Bangladesh has requested China to have an agreement on joint management of river basin. “We share some rivers including Brahmaputra with China, and I requested my Chinese counterpart on several occasions to consider the issue,” she said. 
China is positive about it and both the countries are likely to sign an agreement in future, she added.

 

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Foreign Minister Dipu Moni is unaware of any subsidy is being provided to India for carrying goods under transshipment arrangement. 
“I will ask other agencies to let me know if any subsidy is being given or not and if any subsidy is given, have they taken the exemption into consideration,” foreign ministry Dipu Moni said at a press briefing at the ministry last Tuesday. 
The passage of Indian goods from Kolkata to Tripura through Ashuganj river port has started from Sep 28. 
The foreign minister said so far, four vessels have been permitted to carry transshipment goods through Ashuganj river port and owners of the three of them are Bangladeshis. 
Bangladesh during the visit of prime minister Sheikh Hasina to India in 2010 had agreed that Ashuganj would be declared a port of call, but Dhaka not only declared the river port as port of call but also the second transshipment point. 
Asked why Bangladesh did not sign letter of exchange on transit, she said a country does not sign any particular agreement for strategic or any other reason. 
 
Teesta Agreement
The foreign minister said Teesta agreement would be signed during the tenure of the incumbent Awami League government but she did not give any date.  “Both the governments were ready to sign the Teesta interim agreement but we all know why it was not signed,” she said. 
Asked, why before the visit of Indian premier Manmohan Singh to Dhaka she had said Teesta agreement would be signed, Moni said, “You all have record of my interview. I said I hope that the agreement would be signed.” “Both of us were ready to sign it and I did not have any official confirmation otherwise,” she said. 
The minister said Bangladesh has requested China to have an agreement on joint management of river basin. “We share some rivers including Brahmaputra with China, and I requested my Chinese counterpart on several occasions to consider the issue,” she said. 
China is positive about it and both the countries are likely to sign an agreement in future, she added.

 


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New UK HC for free, fair  polls in Bangladesh 

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When the latest government-opposition standoff pushed Bangladesh on the verge of another political crisis, the newly appointed British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Gibson advised all political parties to put their heads together to find a ‘mechanism’ for holding a free and fair election in Bangladesh.
“This would also be a mechanism to hold a free-fair election under an independent election commission,” said Robert Gibson, indicating an alternative to the now-defunct caretaker government. 
The new British envoy offered his suggestions at a press conference after taking office last Monday. The British High Commissioner is looking forward to hearing, understanding and working closely with the government, political parties, business groups, civil society, including media, and ‘ordinary’ Bangladeshis to find solutions to the common issues and challenges. Gibson, who had worked as deputy high commissioner and commercial counsellor in Dhaka from 2002 to 2005, presented his credentials to President Zillur Rahman on Monday afternoon to begin his new assignment in Bangladesh.  In a written statement, Gibson recalled his past assignment in Dhaka and said, “I look forward to rekindling those past relationships. But also to making new ones.” Explaining his vision during his tenure in Bangladesh and the areas in which Britain and Bangladesh are to work together, Robert Gibson said: “First of all, I propose to work to continue to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the UK and Bangladesh in many areas.” He appreciated huge strides that Bangladesh has made in its economic and social development like growth in economy, reducing income poverty and reducing child and maternal mortality.
The UK is one of the largest investors in Bangladesh, with approximately £2 billion investment projects to date, he said adding that over 50 UK companies are operating in the cities of Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and Khulna. “We are also the third single-largest destination for exports from Bangladesh,” he said.    
   Assuring help in continuous development of trade and investment relationship, he said, “internationally the UK and Bangladesh continue to work together on a range of bilateral and global issues, including UN peacekeeping operations and importantly climate-change negotiations, where Bangladesh has a great and credible opportunity to make its voice heard and to make others listen.”
Gibson also mentioned cultural and educational links between the two countries. “Britain remains firmly the destination of choice for thousands of students every year. Britain is also home to nearly half a million British nationals of Bangladeshi heritage – a community renowned for its fusion of cultures and its impact on the British culinary tastes.”

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When the latest government-opposition standoff pushed Bangladesh on the verge of another political crisis, the newly appointed British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Gibson advised all political parties to put their heads together to find a ‘mechanism’ for holding a free and fair election in Bangladesh.
“This would also be a mechanism to hold a free-fair election under an independent election commission,” said Robert Gibson, indicating an alternative to the now-defunct caretaker government. 
The new British envoy offered his suggestions at a press conference after taking office last Monday. The British High Commissioner is looking forward to hearing, understanding and working closely with the government, political parties, business groups, civil society, including media, and ‘ordinary’ Bangladeshis to find solutions to the common issues and challenges. Gibson, who had worked as deputy high commissioner and commercial counsellor in Dhaka from 2002 to 2005, presented his credentials to President Zillur Rahman on Monday afternoon to begin his new assignment in Bangladesh.  In a written statement, Gibson recalled his past assignment in Dhaka and said, “I look forward to rekindling those past relationships. But also to making new ones.” Explaining his vision during his tenure in Bangladesh and the areas in which Britain and Bangladesh are to work together, Robert Gibson said: “First of all, I propose to work to continue to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the UK and Bangladesh in many areas.” He appreciated huge strides that Bangladesh has made in its economic and social development like growth in economy, reducing income poverty and reducing child and maternal mortality.
The UK is one of the largest investors in Bangladesh, with approximately £2 billion investment projects to date, he said adding that over 50 UK companies are operating in the cities of Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and Khulna. “We are also the third single-largest destination for exports from Bangladesh,” he said.    
   Assuring help in continuous development of trade and investment relationship, he said, “internationally the UK and Bangladesh continue to work together on a range of bilateral and global issues, including UN peacekeeping operations and importantly climate-change negotiations, where Bangladesh has a great and credible opportunity to make its voice heard and to make others listen.”
Gibson also mentioned cultural and educational links between the two countries. “Britain remains firmly the destination of choice for thousands of students every year. Britain is also home to nearly half a million British nationals of Bangladeshi heritage – a community renowned for its fusion of cultures and its impact on the British culinary tastes.”

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Police asks blogger Asif to stop writing

Police have allegedly threatened blogger Asif Mohiuddin, arrested during the Jagannath University protests, to stop writing.

Detective Branch of police released the 28-year-old after 18 hours of detainment last Sunday. 
Asif alleged to bdnews24.com that he had been blindfolded, starved and thirsted, kept awake. 
ASP Rafiqul Islam had reportedly told him: “Don’t write. You have a job, get married. No one’s ever achieved anything by writing.” 
The policeman alleged that Asif’s writing had inspired Jagannath University protesters and asked him to stop writing in blogs and Facebook. 
“Freedom of speech, ethics — these things make no sense in life,” Asif quoted the ASP as telling him.
The students have been protesting since their semester fees grew five times, in accordance with a law that the university will have to self-finance its operations. The Jagannath College, founded in 1884, was upgraded to a university in 2005. 
Two days of violent street demonstrations and vandalism on the campus ensued before public university was shut down indefinitely on Wednesday. 
The ASP at first denied any comments to bdnews24.com. When asked why he had issued such advice to the blogger, he replied, “Well, it was good advice. I told him to stop offensive writing.” 
Asif said he was asked to sign a bond saying, ‘I will not write anything in blog, Facebook or other social networking sites.’ 
After much debate, he escaped with a bond saying ‘I will not call rallies online on the Jagannath University movement issue in blogs or Facebook.’ 
Asif said the detective had told him that the state he lived in had no ethics. “The state will see whether you are on its side or against it. If you’re against it, you’ll be struck down,” he had said, according to Asif. 
Another official, who did not identify himself, interrogated Asif from 12am to 3am while he was blindfolded. Among other things he was asked whether he eats pork, says prayers, celebrates Eid or goes to Puja. 
He was also asked whether leftist political parties had paid him to create public opinion in support of Jagannath University movement. 
He was shown a document and told it was a DGFI (military intelligence) report that said his writings could create anti-state sentiment among the youth. 
Asif wrote for organising a rally on Sep 30 at Shahbagh to support Jagannath University protesters’ demands. 
One of his posts was published in the popular Bangla blogging site somewhereinblog.net and later in Unmochon and amarblog. The post was shared numerous times on Facebook. 
Police told Asif they had traced him from Facebook groups of the protesters. 
On Sep 29, police visited Asif’s home but did not find him. They went again next morning and left a number. 
Asif went to the Detective Branch head office at Minto Road on Oct 1 evening. He was asked to show all his blog IDs and Facebook ID. Printouts were taken out of all the posts, including recent Facebook posts. His cell phone was also seized. 
Asif told bdnews24.com he had sympathised with the JnU movements from his own life experience. Coming from a middle-income family, Asif had had a hard time bearing the expenses of a private university, not having secured an admission into a public university. 
Asif, a popular blogger, studied at Dhaka College and then American International University of Bangladesh. He now works at an IT firm. 
Source: bdnews24.com

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Police have allegedly threatened blogger Asif Mohiuddin, arrested during the Jagannath University protests, to stop writing.

Detective Branch of police released the 28-year-old after 18 hours of detainment last Sunday. 
Asif alleged to bdnews24.com that he had been blindfolded, starved and thirsted, kept awake. 
ASP Rafiqul Islam had reportedly told him: “Don’t write. You have a job, get married. No one’s ever achieved anything by writing.” 
The policeman alleged that Asif’s writing had inspired Jagannath University protesters and asked him to stop writing in blogs and Facebook. 
“Freedom of speech, ethics — these things make no sense in life,” Asif quoted the ASP as telling him.
The students have been protesting since their semester fees grew five times, in accordance with a law that the university will have to self-finance its operations. The Jagannath College, founded in 1884, was upgraded to a university in 2005. 
Two days of violent street demonstrations and vandalism on the campus ensued before public university was shut down indefinitely on Wednesday. 
The ASP at first denied any comments to bdnews24.com. When asked why he had issued such advice to the blogger, he replied, “Well, it was good advice. I told him to stop offensive writing.” 
Asif said he was asked to sign a bond saying, ‘I will not write anything in blog, Facebook or other social networking sites.’ 
After much debate, he escaped with a bond saying ‘I will not call rallies online on the Jagannath University movement issue in blogs or Facebook.’ 
Asif said the detective had told him that the state he lived in had no ethics. “The state will see whether you are on its side or against it. If you’re against it, you’ll be struck down,” he had said, according to Asif. 
Another official, who did not identify himself, interrogated Asif from 12am to 3am while he was blindfolded. Among other things he was asked whether he eats pork, says prayers, celebrates Eid or goes to Puja. 
He was also asked whether leftist political parties had paid him to create public opinion in support of Jagannath University movement. 
He was shown a document and told it was a DGFI (military intelligence) report that said his writings could create anti-state sentiment among the youth. 
Asif wrote for organising a rally on Sep 30 at Shahbagh to support Jagannath University protesters’ demands. 
One of his posts was published in the popular Bangla blogging site somewhereinblog.net and later in Unmochon and amarblog. The post was shared numerous times on Facebook. 
Police told Asif they had traced him from Facebook groups of the protesters. 
On Sep 29, police visited Asif’s home but did not find him. They went again next morning and left a number. 
Asif went to the Detective Branch head office at Minto Road on Oct 1 evening. He was asked to show all his blog IDs and Facebook ID. Printouts were taken out of all the posts, including recent Facebook posts. His cell phone was also seized. 
Asif told bdnews24.com he had sympathised with the JnU movements from his own life experience. Coming from a middle-income family, Asif had had a hard time bearing the expenses of a private university, not having secured an admission into a public university. 
Asif, a popular blogger, studied at Dhaka College and then American International University of Bangladesh. He now works at an IT firm. 
Source: bdnews24.com

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It is a mockery of peace

Special Correspondent

 
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s address in the just concluded general assembly of the United Nations was nothing but a mockery and hypocrisy in the name democracy and justice which she tried to emphasis in her so called peace proposal.
This has be stated by Dr Faeizul Hakim Lala, Secretary Jatiya Mukti Council, a left political group, while ridiculing Hasina’s peace proposal presented before the world leaders last month.
“In fact, my life-time experiences have inspired me to come up with a new peace model. I call it the ‘People’s empowerment and a peace-centric development model’ that reaffirms all people should be treated equally and emphasises the scope of human capabilities which can be realised through peace,” Hasina said in her address at the 66th UN General Assembly.
Reposing her trust in peace as the basis for development, she said, “I believe peace prevails when justice prevails. Therefore, justice at home and abroad is important for ensuring a peaceful mediation and settlement of disputes.”
It was presumed that she tried to project her as a new promoter of peace which her admirers hope would bring a Nobel peace prize in the long run.  
Talking to The Holiday, Dr Faeizul Hakim pointed out that when Bangladesh Prime Minister was in the UN headquarters last month, her people at home found an office-goer being tortured under the boot of an on-duty police officer in Motijheel commercial area in the capital city. 
The political opponents were being prevented from publicizing public meetings, restricted from going to their political office, arrested for distributing leaflets, convicted by deploying mobile courts during opposition programme and tortured in custody. 
“Should such actions fall under the definition of peace, democracy or justice?” Dr Lala posed the question.
Quoting newspaper reports, Dr Lala mentioned that Sheikh Hasina’s government had killed at least nine workers in the industrial belt of Dhaka, Tongi, Naryanganj, Ashulia and Chittagong although the trade union leaders claim the figure to be over 40. The only offence of the workers was that they demanded pay for their work, payment of their salary and dues. The garments workers who were roasted alive in factory fires on several occasion were not paid proper compensation and no serious action was taken against the factory owners for not paying dues to the workers in time. 
In stead of looking into the rights of the workers, the government rather created industrial police to suppress any movement of the working class, Dr Lala said adding that these actions did not reflect peace and justice as claimed by the Prime Minister in the UN general assembly.
Dr Lala further explained that while making 15th amendment to the constitution, Sheikh Hasina has completely ignored the secularism by retaining Islam as state religion and also ignored the rights of indigenous people by calling them ethnic minority.
The government was suppressing the freedom expression by arresting journalists, restricting talk-shows, arresting bloggers for writing on line and making stinger law to control private electronic media, Dr Lalal pointed out adding that such actions must not fall under democracy. He further mentioned that Sheikh Hasina’s government was being internally condemned for violating human rights through indiscriminate arrest of the political opponents on flimsy and fictitious ground, abduction of the citizens by plain clothed people from the law enforcing agencies and the subsequent disappearance, torturing in custody and the extra judicial killings. 
Such a government should not expect any sympathy from the international community to its “peace proposal” that do not match with the ground reality at home and the rhetoric on the podium of the international forum. 
When she claims success in resolving dispute with the neighbouring country of India, Sheikh Hasina forgot to express any sympathy to those Bangladeshi’s killed by BSF along the borders, Dr Faezul hakim said adding that she kept silent on the issue of depriving her nation of the just share of waters in the common international rivers and the security threat by allowing corridor to the insurgent- prone Northeast India. 
Although Bangladesh did not sign any extradition treaty with India, Sheikh Hasina’s government handed over a number of insurgent leaders to India, he added saying it may appease her foreign friends but not the freedom-loving people of the world. 
In the international arena, Sheikh Hasina did neither make any mention about the imposed war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya nor has she expressed any sympathy for the hundreds of people including women and children killed in those countries by the foreign forces. 
In this backdrop, the Prime Minister’s proposal for peace should be considered as a mockery before the international community, Dr F H Lala concluded. 

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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s address in the just concluded general assembly of the United Nations was nothing but a mockery and hypocrisy in the name democracy and justice which she tried to emphasis in her so called peace proposal.
This has be stated by Dr Faeizul Hakim Lala, Secretary Jatiya Mukti Council, a left political group, while ridiculing Hasina’s peace proposal presented before the world leaders last month.
“In fact, my life-time experiences have inspired me to come up with a new peace model. I call it the ‘People’s empowerment and a peace-centric development model’ that reaffirms all people should be treated equally and emphasises the scope of human capabilities which can be realised through peace,” Hasina said in her address at the 66th UN General Assembly.
Reposing her trust in peace as the basis for development, she said, “I believe peace prevails when justice prevails. Therefore, justice at home and abroad is important for ensuring a peaceful mediation and settlement of disputes.”
It was presumed that she tried to project her as a new promoter of peace which her admirers hope would bring a Nobel peace prize in the long run.  
Talking to The Holiday, Dr Faeizul Hakim pointed out that when Bangladesh Prime Minister was in the UN headquarters last month, her people at home found an office-goer being tortured under the boot of an on-duty police officer in Motijheel commercial area in the capital city. 
The political opponents were being prevented from publicizing public meetings, restricted from going to their political office, arrested for distributing leaflets, convicted by deploying mobile courts during opposition programme and tortured in custody. 
“Should such actions fall under the definition of peace, democracy or justice?” Dr Lala posed the question.
Quoting newspaper reports, Dr Lala mentioned that Sheikh Hasina’s government had killed at least nine workers in the industrial belt of Dhaka, Tongi, Naryanganj, Ashulia and Chittagong although the trade union leaders claim the figure to be over 40. The only offence of the workers was that they demanded pay for their work, payment of their salary and dues. The garments workers who were roasted alive in factory fires on several occasion were not paid proper compensation and no serious action was taken against the factory owners for not paying dues to the workers in time. 
In stead of looking into the rights of the workers, the government rather created industrial police to suppress any movement of the working class, Dr Lala said adding that these actions did not reflect peace and justice as claimed by the Prime Minister in the UN general assembly.
Dr Lala further explained that while making 15th amendment to the constitution, Sheikh Hasina has completely ignored the secularism by retaining Islam as state religion and also ignored the rights of indigenous people by calling them ethnic minority.
The government was suppressing the freedom expression by arresting journalists, restricting talk-shows, arresting bloggers for writing on line and making stinger law to control private electronic media, Dr Lalal pointed out adding that such actions must not fall under democracy. He further mentioned that Sheikh Hasina’s government was being internally condemned for violating human rights through indiscriminate arrest of the political opponents on flimsy and fictitious ground, abduction of the citizens by plain clothed people from the law enforcing agencies and the subsequent disappearance, torturing in custody and the extra judicial killings. 
Such a government should not expect any sympathy from the international community to its “peace proposal” that do not match with the ground reality at home and the rhetoric on the podium of the international forum. 
When she claims success in resolving dispute with the neighbouring country of India, Sheikh Hasina forgot to express any sympathy to those Bangladeshi’s killed by BSF along the borders, Dr Faezul hakim said adding that she kept silent on the issue of depriving her nation of the just share of waters in the common international rivers and the security threat by allowing corridor to the insurgent- prone Northeast India. 
Although Bangladesh did not sign any extradition treaty with India, Sheikh Hasina’s government handed over a number of insurgent leaders to India, he added saying it may appease her foreign friends but not the freedom-loving people of the world. 
In the international arena, Sheikh Hasina did neither make any mention about the imposed war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya nor has she expressed any sympathy for the hundreds of people including women and children killed in those countries by the foreign forces. 
In this backdrop, the Prime Minister’s proposal for peace should be considered as a mockery before the international community, Dr F H Lala concluded. 

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Facilities for issuing MRPs being expanded

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With the increase in demand for passport, the government has taken initiative to enhance the capabilities of the department of immigration and passport and the regional passport offices in the country.
The government has found that the demand for passport was on the increase due to progress in social and economic activities and also due to movement of people outside the country for business, employment, pilgrimage, medical treatment, educational and tourism purposes.
To facilitate a trouble-free travel abroad and also to provide a secured travel document, the government started issuing machine readable passports (MRP) and machine readable visa (MRV) from April last year. It required creation of additional facilities through mobilizing technical support, developing infrastructure facilities and employing more manpower with special training. 
New posts have also been sanctioned for running the nine new immigration check points that has been established under the Department of Immigration and Passports.
Besides, for issuing new MRPs and MRVs, 19 new Regional Passport Offices have also been established in Dhaka and other districts. They include two in Dhaka –Jatrabari and Uttara, and one each in Chittagong, Rangamati, Cox’s Bazar, Feni. Chandpur, Patuakhali, Kushtia, Pabna, Bogra, Dinajpur, Tangail, Manikganj, Munshigonj, Narshingdi, Moulvibazar, Kishoregonj and Brahmanbaria. 
In addition, to facilitate international travellers, six new visa cells have been set up at Shah Amanat International airport, Chittagong; MAG Osmani International airport, Sylhet; Benapole and Akhaura land ports; Chittagong and Teknaf sea ports.
To develop infrastructure facilities, the government has already completed the construction of passport offices in Jessore, Comilla, Noakhali and Chittagong. Construction of eleven more passport office buildings are in progress in Dhaka, Sylhet, Hobiganj, Rajshahi, Barisal, Khu1na, Faridpur, Gopalganj, Mymenshingh, Rangpur and Sirajganj. A project for construction of nineteen newly established passport offices has been initiated which is likely to be completed by 2013 financial year.
 
33 new passport offices
The Government has also decided to establish new passport offices in 33 districts including Gazipur, Naravanganj, Sunamganj, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Netrokana, Shariatpur, Madaripur, Rajbari, Kkhagrachari, Bandarban, Iaxmipur, Natore, Naogaon, Chapainawabganj, Joypurhat, Panchgarh, Thakurgaon, Kurigram, Gaihandha, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Jhenaidah, Narail, Magura, Chuadanga, Mherpur, Pirojpur, Jhalokathi, Bhola and Barguna. 
Meanwhile, all the existing passport offices are being computerized as part of MRP and MRV programme. Applicants can now apply online and get information about his or her passports status from the website.
The authorities now feel confident that the expansion of passport at district level and visa services at all the international airports, sea and land ports would help the citizens to process their travel documents at ease and without being cheated by the unscrupulous middlemen.
It would also help the authorities to have verified records of all the passport holders. It would also reduce the risk of forged passports and visas, said a senior official of the DIP adding that Bangladesh has already acquired international standard in matters of issuing MRPs and MRVs.

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With the increase in demand for passport, the government has taken initiative to enhance the capabilities of the department of immigration and passport and the regional passport offices in the country.
The government has found that the demand for passport was on the increase due to progress in social and economic activities and also due to movement of people outside the country for business, employment, pilgrimage, medical treatment, educational and tourism purposes.
To facilitate a trouble-free travel abroad and also to provide a secured travel document, the government started issuing machine readable passports (MRP) and machine readable visa (MRV) from April last year. It required creation of additional facilities through mobilizing technical support, developing infrastructure facilities and employing more manpower with special training. 
New posts have also been sanctioned for running the nine new immigration check points that has been established under the Department of Immigration and Passports.
Besides, for issuing new MRPs and MRVs, 19 new Regional Passport Offices have also been established in Dhaka and other districts. They include two in Dhaka –Jatrabari and Uttara, and one each in Chittagong, Rangamati, Cox’s Bazar, Feni. Chandpur, Patuakhali, Kushtia, Pabna, Bogra, Dinajpur, Tangail, Manikganj, Munshigonj, Narshingdi, Moulvibazar, Kishoregonj and Brahmanbaria. 
In addition, to facilitate international travellers, six new visa cells have been set up at Shah Amanat International airport, Chittagong; MAG Osmani International airport, Sylhet; Benapole and Akhaura land ports; Chittagong and Teknaf sea ports.
To develop infrastructure facilities, the government has already completed the construction of passport offices in Jessore, Comilla, Noakhali and Chittagong. Construction of eleven more passport office buildings are in progress in Dhaka, Sylhet, Hobiganj, Rajshahi, Barisal, Khu1na, Faridpur, Gopalganj, Mymenshingh, Rangpur and Sirajganj. A project for construction of nineteen newly established passport offices has been initiated which is likely to be completed by 2013 financial year.
 
33 new passport offices
The Government has also decided to establish new passport offices in 33 districts including Gazipur, Naravanganj, Sunamganj, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Netrokana, Shariatpur, Madaripur, Rajbari, Kkhagrachari, Bandarban, Iaxmipur, Natore, Naogaon, Chapainawabganj, Joypurhat, Panchgarh, Thakurgaon, Kurigram, Gaihandha, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Jhenaidah, Narail, Magura, Chuadanga, Mherpur, Pirojpur, Jhalokathi, Bhola and Barguna. 
Meanwhile, all the existing passport offices are being computerized as part of MRP and MRV programme. Applicants can now apply online and get information about his or her passports status from the website.
The authorities now feel confident that the expansion of passport at district level and visa services at all the international airports, sea and land ports would help the citizens to process their travel documents at ease and without being cheated by the unscrupulous middlemen.
It would also help the authorities to have verified records of all the passport holders. It would also reduce the risk of forged passports and visas, said a senior official of the DIP adding that Bangladesh has already acquired international standard in matters of issuing MRPs and MRVs.

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