Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now on a visit to the UK, has given necessary directives to the authorities concerned to save people from the dengue outbreak. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said this while addressing a press conference at AL President's political office at Dhanmondi in the capital yesterday adding that the Prime Minister's Office remains active in this regard. A monitoring cell has been formed. Meanwhile, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon while speaking at an interactive meet with teachers and scout leaders of the city’s schools and colleges in the capital yesterday said, the DSCC will distribute aerosol sprays among the city’s schools free of cost aiming to protect the students from mosquito bites and check dengue fever. Citizens under Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) would get free dengue test at 52 health complexes from Monday, said DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam while speaking at a similar gathering yesterday. Education Ministry in a notification on Thursday asked the authorities of educational institutions to keep clean their respective playgrounds and buildings to stop the spread of dengue.
All the major rivers are in falling trend except the Jamuna, a bulletin of Flood Forecasting Warning Centre said adding there is a chance of heavy rainfall in the South-Eastern and South-middle parts of Bangladesh in next 24 hours. All the major rivers may fall except the Kushiyara and the rivers of southern parts of the country in next 24 hours, the FFWC said. Flood situation in Northern, North-middle and North-eastern parts of the country may improve, while the flood situation in middle part may remain unchanged in next 24 hours, it added. The government during the last 26 days allocated Taka 4.53 crore, 27,350 metric tonnes of rice and other relief materials for the flood victims. Agriculture Minister Dr. Md. Abdur Razzaque accompanied by Disaster Management and Relief State Minister Dr. Enamur Rahman and State Minister for Information Dr. Md. Murad Hasan distributed relief materials among the flood victims in Jamalpur yesterday. Under the supervision of Information Ministry, the Press Information Department is running a media cell to monitor flood situation, relief distribution, dengue situation and also to check rumour.
Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen has sought UK support for early and sustained repatriation of the Rohingya refugees currently living in Bangladesh. The Foreign Minister sought the cooperation in a congratulatory message to Dominic Raab on his appointment as the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. A 10-member delegation of the Myanmar government led by Myanmar’s Foreign Secretary Mint Thaw arrives in Dhaka today to talk to the Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar. The delegation would also talk to government officials on the Rohingya issue. Besides, a total of 400 community advocates, a group initiated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and its local partner PULSE Bangladesh, started to work with Rohingyas and host community to bring positive changes in the Rohingya camps on July 24, through a programme launched at camp 9. IOM Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangladesh Manuel Pereira was present on the occasion.
Liberation War Affairs Minister A K M Mozammel Huq while inaugurating the Freedom Fighters' Complex at Magura on Thursday said, the government will provide the freedom fighters with Taka 15,000 as monthly allowance from July 2020.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal while addressing a discussion at National Museum in Dhaka on Friday said, during the tenure of the current government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the number of Hindu people in the country has increased and now it is about 12 per cent of the total population.
Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud while addressing the inaugural session of a week-long painting exhibition titled ‘Bangabandhu Shabda Ti Amader’ organized at the auditorium of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the capital’s Dhanmondi yesterday said, a commission should be formed to find out the masterminds of the assassination of Bangabandhu to let the future generations know the real history.
US Science Envoy for Air Quality Dr. James J Schauer yesterday wrapped up his weeklong visit to Bangladesh met Prime Minister’s Principle Coordinator for SDGs Abul Kalam Azad , Director General of the Department of Environment, Director General for Health Services and the Dhaka North Mayor to discuss air quality and the government’s actions to address the situation in Bangladesh.
The ICT sector in Bangladesh has grown by 40 per cent annually since 2010 due to public and private sector initiatives says an UNCTAD assessment. UNCTAD's Director of Technology and Logistics, Shamika N Sirimanne while launching the assessment report in Dhaka on Thursday said, Bangladesh has laid down an exemplary digital foundation and is striving to prepare its citizens for the digital future.
Seven agricultural universities are going to hold a uniform admission test partially this year. The authorities concerned said, the dissimilarities among the agricultural universities would be removed next year to achieve a single system. However, the students who want to take admission in other subjects in these universities will have to sit for separate tests.
Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) has already allocated over 6,000 acres of land among the 53 business houses in the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Shilpa Nagar in Chattogram for setting up their factories. Sources said, BEZA has already got a total of US$12.373 billion investment proposals from 53 industrial units.
A total of 16 Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims have died of various reasons in Saudi Arabia as of yesterday. Of them, 14 were males and two females, according to a bulletin of the Bangladesh Hajj Management Portal under the Religious Affairs Ministry.
Private bus operators started selling advance bus tickets yesterday for homebound people ahead of Eid-ul-Adha. Bangladesh Railway will start selling advance train tickets on July 29.
Surath Kumar Sarker
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