Senior ministers see prime minister Sheikh Hasina off at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka as she leaves for London en route to Stockholm. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka on Tuesday for London en route to Stockholm on a three-day bilateral visit to Sweden at the invitation of her Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven.This will be the first bilateral visit by any head of government of Bangladesh to the Scandinavian country.A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG-001) carrying the prime minister and members of her entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 12.10 noon.Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, PM’s advisor HT Imam, chiefs of three services, UK high commissioner in Dhaka, were present, among others, at the airport to see the prime minister off.The flight is scheduled to reach Heathrow International Airport in London at 6:00pm local time today. Bangladesh high commissioner to the UK Nazmul Quaunine will receive the prime minister at the airport.After about 24-hour stopover in London, Sheikh Hasina will depart for Stockholm by a Scandinavian Airlines flight tomorrow afternoon.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, who will lead a high-powered team including a 47-member business delegation, will hold official talks with Swedish Premier Stefan Lofven on 15 June, said PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim.The prime minister will also visit Swedish parliament and hold meeting with acting Speaker Tobias Billstrom.Sheikh Hasina will have an audience with Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at Royal Castle ahead of her scheduled official talks and lunch with prime minister Stefan Lofven.She is scheduled to attend a community reception in the evening on 15 June and Bangladesh-Sweden Business and Investment Forum on 16 June.She is expected to hold meetings with CEO of H&M Karl-Johan Persson and president of Investor Jacob Wallenberg, vice-president of Investor Marcus Wallenberg and CEO of ABB Sweden Johan Soderstrom.Concluding her three-day visit to Sweden, the prime minister will return home on 17 June via London.
Listen X Diplomatic tensions between Russia and the United States could have negative effects on Houston’s business relationship with that country.This week Russia retaliated tit for tat for the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and closing of the consulate in Seattle.It was in response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England. Britain accuses Russia of the crime.Anastasiya Zavyalova, assistant professor at Rice University’s Jones school of business, said the closing of consulates will affect the workforce exchange between Houston and Russia.“I know it’s already creating a backlog of visa applications,” she said. “And I think that will affect international companies here in Houston in terms of trying to get these employees into their companies in Houston.”According to the Greater Houston Partnership, nine Russian firms operate 22 subsidiaries in Houston, many in the oil and gas industry. Russia is Houston 19th largest international trading partner. Last year, trade between the two economies was valued at $3.1 billion.Nearly 7,000 people living in Greater Houston were born in Russia.The closing of the consulate in Seattle makes Houston the western-most city with a Russian diplomatic facility in the United States. 00:00 /00:45 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Kolkata: The West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC) has made elaborate plans to boost ecotourism in North Bengal through a major overhaul of its properties. It is also coming up with a new ecotourism camp adjacent to Jhalong waterfall with lodging facilities for the tourists.”Our purpose behind the renovation of our resorts and construction of the new camp at Jhalong is aimed at making people aware of the ecology and at the same time, educate them about the importance of conserving them. Our ecotourism resorts are ideal for those who love serene and peaceful ambience and look for relief from the hustle and bustle of the concrete city life,” said Ravinder Pall Saini, managing director of WBFDC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWBFDC has decided to distribute booklets to educate the tourists about the dos and don’ts during their period of stay at its resorts, all of which are located in and around the forest area.”We want to inculcate the message to our tourists that an eco resort is not like a conventional hotel and they have to adhere to certain rules while staying in it. Plastic is completely banned, there is restriction on round-the-clock electricity as too much light discourages animals to venture near the resort,” a senior WBFDC official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that there is already an ecotourism resort of WBFDC at Jaldhaka, which enjoys full occupancy throughout the year. “Now, we are adding to our existing accommodation and at least 20 more tourists would be able to put up at Jaldhaka Resort,” Saini added. The work for renovation and adding of occupancy has already been taken up in collaboration with North Bengal Development department.In North Bengal, the WBFDC has nature resorts in places such as Jaldhaka, Murti, Paren, Rasikbil, Suntalekhola, Loleygaon, Lava Kalimpong, Mongpong and Lepchajagat. The locations of these properties and the excellent hospitality provided by the staff ensure steady reservations for these resorts throughout the year.It may be mentioned that WBFDC has roped in some local villagers from Panijhora to work at its Murti Resort in Dooars.”They not only do cooking and other activities for tourist hospitality but also guide them about the best time for animal sighting during jungle safari. We are looking at similar tie-ups with local youths for our other resorts,” a senior WBFDC official added.
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Tech hubs are springing up across the country and not necessarily in areas that might initially come to mind. Cities around the country, including Eugene, Ore., to Charleston, S.C., as well as in places in between, are catching the innovation bug.And with tech hubs blossoming nationwide, both startups and established companies are competing for top talent. So what’s drawing software engineers to Kansas City, Mo.? The short answer is that the tech companies are creating not just job opportunities but lifestyle opportunities to attract the highly skilled work force they seek.The same is true about their desire to retain employees.Tech companies in New Orleans, Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah, are trying to keep employees happy by creating the lifestyles that techies crave in the hopes that such workers will stay put and not decamp to Sillicon Valley. These companies know what their employees want and seemingly will go to any lengths necessary to deliver it. Their strategy is to create office environments too attractive to pass up — or too accommodating to give up.Consider the fact that on average people spend 54 percent of their waking hours at work. Knowledge workers spend even more time in the office. This means that leaders effectively control their team members’ environment for more than half of their waking hours. Do business owners, influencers, designers and architects realize how important it is to make their company, culture and environment shine? Do they realize that it all begins with what’s within the walls of their office spaces? Many do — and they are willing to pay for office upgrades and amenities as retention levels prove that it’s worth the added investment.When companies have a lot of money on the line, solutions are often found very quickly. If companies can attract top talent, increase revenue and productivity, reduce churn and subsequently a myriad of other costs, then does it matter if they pay a little more in rent every month? Absolutely not, and this is the way tech companies do business. They have moved away from dedicated work spaces in favor of more functional and open work environments.Related: Why It’s Time to Redesign the Way We Think About Office SpaceGovernment agencies reducing office square footage. Yet wouldn’t higher utilization rates of work stations allow them to reduce their overall square footage and subsequently their rent? On the surface, less overhead and more productivity sounds like a win-win. That type of approach will work for some organization. The General Service Administration has embarked on a plan to cut its real estate footprint 28 percent. As a result, many real estate experts across the country are citing a potential reduction in office space per employee as an imminent threat to commercial real estate portfolio owners.After all, it would only take a small percentage of decrease in the average space per worker across the board to cause markets nationwide to be drastically overbuilt.The doomsayers are correct in saying that companies have the option to decrease their overall square footage, and some have done so. This may work for the GSA, but rest assured, technology companies are doing the exact opposite of what the GSA has proposed. Indeed, tech firms determined to attract and retain top talent are spending more per employee — and they are happy to do so. Related: What Is the Office of the Future? Tech firms offering workplaces decked out with amenities. You see, as strange as it may sound, increased cost, even when coupled with fewer dedicated work spaces, is not a bad thing. It’s merely fulfilling tech companies’ modus operandi for them to re-energize their facilities with updated common areas that can enhance company culture. In these offices, there may be a pool table, a game room and a gym. There’s probably a fully stocked kitchen. The point is, these extras enable them to recruit the talent they need to thrive.Shrinking the size of the office to save money is frankly tripping over dollars to pick up pennies. Investing in appealing real estate is one of the most effective ways to attract and capture the coveted tech talent, and it’s a trend that’s here to stay.Evidence of this trend can be seen in tech offices all over the country. More often than not they are located in areas experiencing a renaissance of sorts — places with coffee shops and restaurants within walking distance. The offices will be close to transit centers, shopping areas and afterwork hot spots. The reason is simple: Young innovators want to be stimulated socially, physically and mentally at all hours of the day. Their employers are seeing to it that they provide precisely this type of inspiration.Silicon Valley is somewhat of an anomaly because most of the companies there that are committed to recruiting and retaining top tech talent are so big that they have included many of the amenities that their work force needs in their monstrously sized office campuses. This has reduced the need for nearby shopping centers although plenty do still exist.Most of these big Silicon Valley firms do have shuttle buses that run into San Francisco to cater to their urban team members. A lot of companies are choosing the city over the valley for their corporate headquarters, though. Some of the innovative companies that are pioneering this movement are Twitter, Salesforce.com and Dropbox.The future growth of tech companies is virtually limitless, and the real estate development surrounding these emerging tech hubs is already — or will soon be — commensurate with the influx of talent. Watch and see. Related: Quirky Startup Perks: ‘A Mating Call’ for Tech Talent? 5 min read March 21, 2014