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সর্ব-শেষ হাল-নাগাদ: ৫ August ২০১৯

News brief 5 August '19

News Brief

President Md. Abdul Hamid has asked university authorities to take necessary steps to ensure a congenial atmosphere for academic, extra-curricular and research activity in the universities of the country. The President made the call as Vice-Chancellor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed and acting VC of Chattogram University Prof. Dr. Shirin Akhter separately called on him at Bangabhaban yesterday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will return home from London on Thursday morning after concluding her official visit to the United Kingdom after undergoing a successful surgery in her left eye at a London hospital. The PMO sources said, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has cleared 75 urgent files digitally from London. The Prime Minister is also keeping round-the-clock contact with her office in Dhaka and giving necessary directives to the officials concerned on different matters.

Foreign Minister Dr. A K Momen talking to media in Dhaka yesterday said, the Prime Minister is likely to visit India in October as her maiden visit to New Delhi after assuming office for the third consecutive term. The Minister said, his Indian Counterpart is set to arrive in Dhaka on August 20 on a two-day visit. Meanwhile, the Minister hoped that the repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State will begin this month on a small scale.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader while inaugurating a dengue prevention programme at Shantinagar in Dhaka yesterday said, as per the instruction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, cleanliness drive will continue until the deadly Aedes mosquito is controlled. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan joined a cleanliness drive to prevent dengue at city’s Karwan Bazar yesterday. Health Directorate has urged people of the country not to diagnosis blood for dengue virus just because of being nervous or suspicious. The Directorate said, people should diagnosis their blood only following the doctor’s prescription. Eid-ul-Azha holidays of all doctors and concerned Health Ministry officials have been cancelled until further notice in order to tackle the ongoing dengue outbreak across the country. The government yesterday formed a seven-member committee to verify the effectiveness of insecticides used in different city corporations and municipalities to kill mosquitoes. According to Public Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room’s report, a total of 17,338 people returned home from hospitals after recovering from dengue fever this year. A total 7,398 patients are currently undergoing treatment in different hospitals and clinics across the country and 2,429 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals in the last 24 hours across the country, said the report. However, 18 people have died from dengue till now.

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.

Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury while addressing a policy dialogue on 'Demographic Dividend and Enhancing Skills of the Youth: Challenges to Achieve SDG’S' at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban yesterday urged the Parliament Members to implement the 'Youth Dividend' within 2040. Finance Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal after attending meeting with Chairmen and Managing Directors of the different scheduled banks in the city yesterday said, Bangladesh Bank will issue a circular soon as the scheduled banks can charge single digit lending rate. Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun addressing a workshop on 4th Industrial Revolution in the city yesterday laid emphasis on proper coordination between public and private initiatives to prepare a skilled workforce through quality training.

The government has taken elaborate programmes to observe the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Mourning Day on August 15 with due respect and solemnity. To observe the day, an inter-ministerial meeting was held yesterday at the cabinet division with Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam in the chair.

Vehicle owners and drivers from now on can pay the money of traffic prosecution fine through their debit or credit cards on the spot. DMP Commissioner Md. Asaduzzaman Mia inaugurated the traffic e-prosecution fine activities through cash card on Rajmoni Crossing at Kakrail in Dhaka yesterday.

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