Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is constantly giving directives to prevent dengue, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said while addressing a press conference at the AL President’s Dhanmondi political office in Dhaka yesterday. The government took dengue and flood control as a challenge, the Minister added. Awami League will organise a three-day anti-dengue awareness campaign across the country from July 31, he informed. DNCC Mayor Md. Atiqul Islam while speaking at a views-exchange meeting with the editors of print, electronic and online media on controlling dengue at Gulshan Club yesterday said, 5 magistrates are conducting drives at different public and private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres to check excessive charges for dengue test. If there is any incident of taking extra money for dengue test, Health Minister Zahid Maleque has advised to inform at Minister Monitoring cell with the hotlines: 01314766069, 01314766070,02-47120556, 02-47120557 and e-mail: email@example.com. Local Government Minister Md. Tajul Islam while launching an anti-mosquito crash programme at Azimpur in the city on Sunday along with DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon announced awards for the Commissioners of Aedes mosquito-free wards aiming to restrict the increase of Dengue infection. The Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room of DGHS has informed that a total of 1,096 dengue patients were admitted to country's different private and government hospitals in last 24 hours till 8.00am last morning, no death was reported. The total number of dengue patients now stands at 3,847 across the country. Eight persons died so far since January 1 while 9,782 people returned home after getting treatment.
Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen while talking to newsmen at his ministry yesterday said, the visiting Myanmar delegation led by its Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Myint Thu expressed its readiness to take back their Rohingya nationals. Meanwhile, Bangladesh has handed over a fresh list of 25000 Rohingyas to Myanmar for verification before their repatriation to Rakhine State. Acting Foreign Secretary Kamrul Ahsan placed the list at a meeting with the Myanmar delegation led by its Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary who earlier visited Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar. Meanwhile, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono arrived in Dhaka yesterday at a three-day official visit to hold bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart mainly to discuss the Rohingya crisis. The Japanese Foreign Minister will visit Cox’s Bazar this morning to talk with the Rohingyas there to get an overview of the situation. Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is likely to visit Bangladesh next month.
The improvement of existing flood situation in different parts of the country may continue in next 24 hours, a bulletin of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre yesterday said adding all the major rivers are in falling trend except the Ganges. Meanwhile, the government during the last 29 days allocated Taka 4.71 crore, 27,450 metric tonnes of rice, Taka 1.23 crore as house repair grants and other relief materials for the flood victims.
Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud while exchanging views with newly elected leaders of Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters Forum (BSRF) at his ministry yesterday called upon the media personnel to work together with the government to stop propaganda in social media. Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Dr. Mohammad Javed Patwari after paying homage to the mausoleum of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara said, a vested quarter is spreading rumours over child lifters as tools to gain interest. Prompt measures were taken over the recent incidents and criminals were arrested within a short time, the IGP said.
Finance Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal while talking to reporters at his ministry yesterday said, five per cent tax at source would be applicable to all types of savings certificates, including family savings certificates, up to Taka 5 lac investment to facilitate the small savers and pensioners. The existing scheme for the pensioners would remain intact, the Minister said adding that the tax rate would be 10 per cent in case of the savings certificates over Taka 5 lac. Like India, the Finance Minister said, the government is planning to launch here the bond market as an alternate source of investment for the small savers. The NBR has opened 3.20 lac new income tax files in the first six months of the year through tax survey.
Representative of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Bangladesh Dr. Humnath Bhandari has reiterated the organisation's continued support for capacity building of the researchers working in Bangladesh's agricultural sector as he was presenting his credentials to Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen at his ministry on Sunday. Dr. Momen informed him that Bangladesh had become the 4th largest producer of rice in the world attaining food self-sufficiency. A Saudi Arabian Company would invest US$ 30 million in Bangladesh’s forest sector, specifically for setting up a furniture factory in Kalur Ghat of Chattogram. To this end, the company signed an MoU with Bangladesh Forest Industries Development Corporation at the Environment, Forest and Climate Change ministry yesterday. The concerned Minister Md. Shahab Uddin witnessed the signing of the MoU. Exports of plastic products witnessed a growth rate of 21.65 per cent, with net export earnings of US$ 119.8 million achieved in 2018–19 compared to US$ 98.48 million in 2017–18. State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak at a views exchange meeting of Info govt. Project at Sherpur yesterday said, the government has taken a project to construct a software technology park named after Sheikh Kamal at a cost of Taka 40 crore in Sherpur. The State Minister also announced to make Sherpur district as an ICT industrial zone.
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