Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader while inaugurating the three-day cleanliness drive of Bangladesh Awami League at Dhanmondi in Dhaka yesterday urged the physicians to provide treatment to dengue patients at a token money on humanitarian ground. The government will procure 1 lac NS-1 kits from WHO to detect dengue. On other hand, DGHS is going to start training programme of child and youth of different schools on preventing dengue from today. To prevent the spread of the breeding grounds of Aedes mosquitoes, the Ministry of Information has already issued directives to keep all the agencies under its purview clean and monitor the cleanliness operation within the time span of three days, said a PID handout. The Bangladesh Bank yesterday in a circular instructed other banks and financial institutions to help the genuine poor and helpless dengue patients. The Director of Dhaka Medical College has said, separate dengue ward will be opened if the number of patients increases. The Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room of DGHS has informed that a total of 1,477 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 density of Aedes Larvae is higher at 24 among the 40 DSCC wards and 38 among 58 DNCC wards, DGHS said yesterday after conducting a survey in 100 areas under the 98 wards of DSCC and DNCC from July 17 to 27.
Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud while talking to newsman at his ministry yesterday said, social media have a responsibility in preventing rumours. The Minister informed that after his talk to the authorities concerned of the UK and EU, they are preparing laws or policies to take actions against those who spread rumours through social media. A high level committee formed by the government will sit together to find a way to prevent rumous, he added. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal while speaking at a discussion on Cyber Security at Dhaka University yesterday said, Bangladesh Cyber Security Unit is quite capable of off-setting rumours and bringing the culprits to book.
The month of mourning begins today for the nation to recall once again the most brutal killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15 in 1975, the ugliest chapter of the nation's history. A week-long exhibition organized by PID on the life and works of Bangabandhu will begin on the premises of the Clinic Bhaban of the Secretariat today marking the occasion. Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud inaugurated a 20-month 'Bangabandhu Mobile Book Fair' with a slogan 'Know Bangabandhu, Love Country' on the premises of National Museum at Shahbagh in Dhaka yesterday.
All the major rivers of the country are in falling trend except the Ganges, which may continue in next 48 hours, a bulletin of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre yesterday said adding the Ganges river may remain steady in next 24 hours. Meanwhile, the government allocated Taka 4.76 crore, 27,950 metric tonnes of rice, Taka 16.29 crore as house repair grants and other relief materials for the flood victims in the month of July.
Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury at a function in Pirganj upazila of Rangpur yesterday handed over keys of 285 houses among homeless families under Asrayan project. Agriculture Minister Dr. Md. Abdur Razzaque at a press conference at his ministry yesterday stated that tests carried out at SGS laboratory in Chennai, India found no harmful chemical in 16 samples of eight milk companies adding it is completely safe for human consumption. Environment Minister Md. Shahab Uddin at a views-exchange meeting with Bangladesh Climate Change Journalists Forum at his ministry yesterday said, 65.29 per cent brick kilns in the country have been upgraded as part of efforts to make them environment-friendly ones and the others will be upgraded in phases. State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md. Mahbub Ali said at a press conference at his ministry yesterday that Biman Bangladesh Airlines made a breakthrough in last 2018-19 fiscal by making profit of Taka 272 crore.
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq has said, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has never shied away from embracing the international obligations that correspond to the legitimate demands and aspirations of country’s people. The Minister said this at his closing statement at the United Nations Convention against Torture at Geneva, Switzerland yesterday. State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid while speaking at the Gas Indonesia Summit and Exhibition 2019 in Jakarta yesterday sought more investment in Bangladesh’s fast-growing energy sector. The visiting delegation of Bangladesh Election Commission while exchanging views with the leaders of the Bangladeshi-British community at the Bangladesh High Commission in London on Sunday said, the commission will launch a pilot programme in December next to register Bangladeshi-British citizens on the voter list.
The High Court yesterday observed that other than the President and the Prime Minister, no one in the country should consider themselves as VIP. The HC bench of Justices F R M Nazmul Ahasan and K M Kamrul Kader came up with the observation.
Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir yesterday unveiled the Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) for fiscal 2019-20 when domestic credit growth will be 15.9 per cent. The private sector credit growth has been targeted at 14.8 per cent while the credit growth for public sector has been estimated at 24.3 per cent in the MPS.
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