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সর্ব-শেষ হাল-নাগাদ: ৪ August ২০১৯

News brief 4 August '19

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President Md. Abdul Hamid has called upon the Islamic Scholars to explain to the youth the true meaning of Islam and help them realise a better life and society. The President made the call while addressing the members of 'Hajj Ulema Mashaekh Team-2019' at Bangabhaban yesterday. Calling the Hajj pilgrims as the 'Ambassadors of Bangladesh', the President urged all Hajj aspirants to uphold the image of the country while in abroad.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reaffirmed her determination to build a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The Premier expressed the vow while addressing a community gathering marking the 44th martyrdom anniversary of the Father of the Nation organised by UK Awami League in London yesterday. The PM in her address urged the expatriate Bangladeshis to invest in a bigger way to help establish a developed and prosperous nation.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader while inaugurating the AL’s awareness campaign to control dengue outbreak at Farmgate area in Dhaka yesterday said, the cleanliness programme of AL will be continued as long as the country’s people are not safe from dengue and free from Aedes mosquito. The government will create a monitoring cell comprising doctors as per the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Minister added. Health Minister Zahid Maleque while visiting dengue patients at BSMMU yesterday said, a total of 200,000 kits have been bought for dengue testing in private and public hospitals. The Minister informed, about 100 and 200 beds have already been added to the Mitford Hospital and the BSMMU respectively to tackle the dengue situation. Additional 1000 beds at each of Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery and the Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital and some more beds at the Shishu Hospital in the city could be arranged in the coming days, the Minister added. The government yesterday cancelled the Eid vacation and weekly holidays of officials and employees of the Local Government Division, Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation until further notice amid growing concerns over the outbreak of dengue. DMP Commissioner Md. Asaduzzaman Mia while talking to the newsmen at Rajarbagh Police Lines yesterday said, a total of 50,000 law enforcers are working for raising awareness for dengue prevention in different parts of the city. DGHS said, in 24 hours till yesterday morning, 1,649 new dengue patients were hospitalised. Currently, 6,858 patients are undergoing treatment at hospitals. 18 dengue patients have so far died.

The overall flood situation of the country has continued to improve as all the rivers are in falling trend that will continue for the next 48 hours as reported by National Disaster Response Co-ordination Centre. Till yesterday, the government allocated Taka 4.91 crore, 28,350 metric tonnes of rice, Taka 16.35 crore as house repair grants to the flood victims. Deputy Minister for Water Resources Enamul Haque Shamim yesterday at a relief distribution function in Feni said, projects of Taka 814 crore have been taken to reconstruct and repair flood protection embankments on Kuhuya River and reconstruct dam on Muhuri River in Feni.

A bust of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was reinstalled yesterday at Baker Government Hostel of Islamia College (now Mawlana Azad College). Local Government Minister Md. Tazul Islam unveiled the sculpture while State Minister for Rural Development and Cooperatives Swapan Bhattacharjee and Disaster Management Minister of West Bengal Javed Khan were present on the occasion.    

Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud while addressing a meeting marking the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Boalkhali upazila of Chattogram yesterday laid special emphasis on formation of a commission for trial of the masterminds who colluded with the grisly murder to make future generations aware of the true history and ensure the rule of law. The Minister also an environmentalist, will conduct a course titled 'Evolution and Earth's Biosphere' of Dhaka University's Department of Oceanography from today.

The government has planned to put on retirement a good number of liquid fuel-fired power plants, mostly the rental and quick rental ones installed in private sector with the total capacity of 4,390 MW, over the next five years (2019-2023). About the plan, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said, the government’s main focus is now on increasing the use of gas in power generation by reducing the use of liquid fuel. State Minister for water resources Zahid Faruque while visiting Teesta barrage in Nilphamari yesterday said, a Secretary level meeting between Bangladesh and India will be held later this month to take decision on Teesta.

India has urged the world to help Bangladesh cope with the 'humanitarian burden' that was placed upon the country with the influx of a huge number of Rohingyas who have settled in Cox's Bazar according to the Annual Security Outlook 2019 released by ASEAN during the 26th ASEAN Regional Forum in Bangkok on August 2.  In the same report, Malaysia described Rohingya problem as a growing regional security issue saying it is merely not a domestic problem.      

Export Promotion Bureau says, Bangladesh's services exports have jumped to US$6.35 billion in 2018-19 riding on 46 per cent growth over the previous year. Religious Affairs Ministry says, a total of 29 Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims have died of various reasons in Saudi Arabia as of Friday.

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