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News Briefs(16-3-2019)

March 16, 2019 00:00:00

Banks, FIs in poll areas closed on March 18

All the branches of scheduled banks and Financial Institutions (FIs) will remain closed on March 18 in the election areas across the country, according to a circular of Bangladesh Bank (BB). The branches of the commercial banks and FIs at 117 upazilas under 15 districts in five divisions across the country will remain closed to enable bank officials and employees to cast their votes in the second phase of upazila election. — BSS

Jatka protection week starts today

The 'National Jatka Protection Week-2019' will start today (Saturday) to create awareness about preservation of immature Hilsha or 'Jatka' to boost production of the national fish. State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Ashraf Ali will inaugurate the week at 11:00 am at Charfashion in Bhola and lead a boat rally, said an official press release. The state minister at a press briefing on Friday highlighted the programme of the week. He said 36 Jatka-enriched districts will be the main focused areas of the week. The week will continue till March 22. The theme of this year's week is 'We will not use net, we will not catch jatka hilsha'. President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday called for making united efforts to conserve 'jatka' (premature hilsha) to increase precious hilsha production. They made the call in separate messages issued on the eve of the week. — BSS

BD-Australia trade confce in Sydney from April 30

The 'Australia Bangladesh Trade Conference, 2019' will be held from April 30 to May 2 at Novotel Darling Harbour in Sydney for expanding bilateral trade and business between the two friendly countries. Bangladesh High Commission to Australia in association with the Australia Bangladesh Business Council (ABBC) is organising the conference for collectively discussing on potentials and challenges for greater bilateral economic interaction. ABBC Chairperson Asif Kawnine said the event is set to be one of the largest and most impactful trade conferences bringing together business entities in Bangladesh and Australia with current and future business interest. — BSS

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