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Bangladesh will announce school reopening decision ‘shortly’

Desk,29 sep:
The government will formally announce the decision about reopening of schools and colleges, and holding exams amid the coronavirus outbreak “very soon”, Dipu Moni has said.

The education minister spoke about the plan with reporters after a programme at International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka on Tuesday.

She said she will take questions from the journalists at a news conference scheduled for Wednesday.

Dipu Moni has called the news conference to brief the public about the “overall situation” amid concerns of students and parents over the coronavirus outbreak.

She is expected to talk about whether to extend the shutdown of institutions beyond Oct 3 and when to hold the postponed HSC exams.

The educational institutions have been shut since Mar 17 when the government confirmed the first cases of COVID-19.

With the end of the year nearing, students and parents are worried how the promotions to the next classes will take place and what will happen to the lost lessons.

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সরকারি কর্মচারীদের পেনশন সংক্রান্ত গেজেট প্রকাশ

নিজস্ব প্রতিবেদক,২০ জুলাই:

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Bangladesh reports 64 new virus deaths, a daily record; caseload crosses 145,000

Desk,30 June:
Bangladesh has registered 64 new deaths from the novel coronavirus infection, the highest in a single day, raising the body count to 1,847.

The caseload surged to 145,483 on the back of 3,682 positive tests for COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8am Tuesday, according to the health directorate.

Another 1,844 infected patients recovered at home and in hospital in the same period, taking the tally to 59,624, DGHS Additional Director General Nasima Sultana said in a media briefing. The recovery rate from the disease currently stands at 40.98 percent, while the mortality rate is 1.27 percent.

The latest fatalities include 52 men and 12 women. In terms of their ages, seven were between 31 and 40, six between 41 and 50, 21 between 51 and 60, 16 between 61 and 70, 11 between 71 and 80, while three were over 81 years.

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Average life expectancy in Bangladesh rises to 72.6 years: survey

The average life expectancy at birth in Bangladesh climbed to 72.6 years in 2019 from 72.3 in 2018, according to the national statistical agency.

The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics published a report on the country’s vital statistics on Tuesday.

The average life span of men rose to 71.1 years, up from 70.6 in 2018. Women’s life expectancy also rose by seven months to 74.2 years, noted AKM Ashraful Haque, project director of the study.

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Govt reprimands GP, Robi for streaming ‘uncensored’ web series

The government has taken Grameenphone and Robi to task, asking the mobile telecom operators to explain why they were hosting “uncensored” and “indecent” video content on their platforms and networks.

A government statement said on Thursday that the information ministry had asked the chief executive officers of the companies to explain their action within seven days.

“It has come to the government’s attention that the recently uploaded and distributed content in a web series contained uncensored nudity, offensive scenes, story and dialogue,” a government letter sent to the CEOs read.

“The government wants to know whether you are officially registered or have any licence to upload and distribute such video content on your platforms and networks, and if so, what they are,” it added.

The government went on to say that the reaction towards the web series from the media and other quarters had been ‘extremely negative’.

The content, according to it, was uploaded and distributed in breach of law and goes against social values.

“Such uncensored and obscene scenes, stories and dialogues completely contradict laws such as Section 69 of Bangladesh Telecommunications (Amendment) Act, 2010, Sections 4 and 8 of Pornography Control Act, 2012, Digital Security Act, 2018, Penal Code, 1860 of Information and Communication Technology Act, 2006,” the government said.

The letter lamented that such activities were not expected of organisations as big as Grameenphone and Robi.

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Bangladesh loses four doctors to COVID-19 in a day

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Train services to resume at half capacity Sunday

Desk,30 may:
The government has decided to restrart inter-city train services at half the passenger capacity from Sunday as the country comes out of a two-month lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak.

Ticket prices, however, will remain unchanged, Railways Minister Nurul Islam Shujon said in a media briefing on Saturday.

All tickets must be purchased online.

“Eight pairs of trains will resume operations on Sunday in keeping with the usual schedule. Another 11 pairs of trains will start operating on June 3. A total of 38 trains will be in operation initially,” the minister said.

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Bangladesh to recruit another 2,000 doctors, 3,000 health workers to fight coronavirus

desk:29 may
The government is hiring another 2,000 doctors and 3,000 medical technologists, technicians and radiographers to tackle an aggressive coronavirus outbreak in Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the recruitment and the process of appointing medical technologists, technicians and radiographers has begun, Habibur Rahman, the director of management information system at the health directorate, told bdnews24.com on Thursday.

The recruitment will take May appointment counts for doctors and other health workers to a record 10,000.

Earlier, in the first week of May, the government recruited 2,000 doctors and 5,000 nurses to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

They have started working at COVID-19 hospitals across the country as the recruiting process ended a week ago, Habibur said.

Dhaka Civil Surgeon’s office is providing them with training about the treatment of COVID-19 patients and hygiene protocols to keep them safe.

“The directorate is recruiting a record number of 10,000 doctors, nurses and health officials in a single month something the Directorate General of Health Services never experienced before,” Habibur said.

As many as 1,200 technologists, 1,650 technicians and 150 radiographers will be recruited to treat COVID-19 patients and they will be deployed in hospitals and medical laboratories once the situation becomes normal, he added.

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Bangladesh public transport services to resume May 31

Senior Correspondent, 28 May 2020 :
Bangladesh will allow public transport services such as buses, trains and launches to restart operations with a fixed number of passengers from May 31, the day after the nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak ends.

The public administration ministry on Wednesday announced that the lockdown, which has been in effect since Mar 26, will not be extended beyond May 30.

In an order on Thursday, the Cabinet Division said the government will outline the steps that will have to be taken to resume public transport services between May 31 and Jun 15.

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Banking hours will return to normal from Sunday

Chief Economics Correspondent, 28 May 2020

Bangladesh Bank has asked banks to shift back to normal transaction hours from 10am to 4pm from Sunday after two months of transactions for limited hours due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The banks in moderate- and high-risk zones will continue conducting transactions for limited hours – from 10am to 2:30pm, the central bank said in an order on Thursday.

Guidance on social distancing and other health safety rules will continue to remain in effect. The banks will have to report efforts to ensure the rules.

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Bangladesh confirms three new cases of coronavirus

Staff Correspondent,19 march:
Bangladesh has confirmed three new cases of coronavirus, all from the same family, taking the total to 17.
The victims, including two men and a woman, came into contact with a Bangladeshi returnee from Italy. Two of them are suffering from fever while another is showing symptoms of mild fever.

The victims have been hospitalised.

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Homoeopathy for Prevention of Corona virus Infections

The outbreak of a mysterious new CoronaVirus is rapidly spreading. The whole world is going through the fear of this Corona Virus, the Research Councils under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India have issued advisory based on the Indian traditional medicine practicesAyurveda, Homeopathy and Unani.

As per the Ayurverdic Practices the following Preventive Management Steps are suggested.

• Maintain personal hygiene.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available.

• Drink Shadang Paniya (Musta, Parpat, Usheer, Chandan,Udeechya & Nagar) processed water (10 gm powder boiled in 1-liter water, until it reduces to half). Store it in a bottle and drink it when thirsty.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your face during cough or sneeze and wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

• Preferably, use an N95 mask while traveling or working in public places to avoid droplet transmission

• If you suspect Corona Viral infection, wear a mask and contact your nearest hospital immediately.

Prophylactic Measures/Immunomodulatory drugs as per the Ayurvedic practices.

• Measures shall be taken to strengthen the immune system through a healthy diet and lifestyle practices.

• Agastya Harityaki 5 gm, twice a day with warm water.

• Samshamani Vati 500 mg twice a day.

• Trikatu(Pippali, Marich & Shunthi) powder 5 gm and Tulasi 3-5 leaves (boiled in 1-litre water, until it reduces to ½ liter and keeps it in a bottle) keep taking it in sips as and when required.

• Pratimarsa Nasya: Instill two drops of Anu taila/Sesame oil in each nostril daily in the morning.

* This advocacy is for information only and shall be adopted in consultation with registered Ayurveda practitioners only.

At the instance of Ministry of AYUSH, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy(CCRH) discussed the ways and means of prevention of Coronavirus infection throughHomoeopathy in 64th meeting of its Scientific Advisory Board on 28th January 2020. The Group of Expertsinter-alia has recommended that homoeopathy medicine Arsenicum album30 could betaken as prophylactic medicine against Coronavirus infections, which has also beenadvised for prevention of ILI.It has recommended one doze of Arsenicum album 30, daily in empty stomach for threedays. The dose should be repeated after one month by following the same schedule incase Coronavirus infections prevail in the community. The Expert Group has furthersuggested that general hygienic measures for prevention of air-borne infectionssuggested by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, for prevention ofthe disease should also be followed by the public.


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Shan, Babar put more pressure on Bangladesh

Bangladesh continued to struggle – now with bowling – in the first Test of the two-match series against Pakistan in Rawalpindi as Shan Masood and Babar Azam hit centuries for the hosts on Saturday, reports UNB.

At the end of the day-2, Pakistan scored 342 for three in 87.5 overs with Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq batting on 143 and 60 respectively. Pakistan took a 109-run lead with seven wickets in hand.

But Abu Jayed hinted something else at the start of the first innings of Pakistan removing Abid Ali for a duck. Abid had hit two centuries in his first two Tests. So it was one of Bangladesh’s initial targets to pick up his wicket early, coming into this innings.

Abu Jayed landed the ball outside off stump going away from the body. Abid went to drive to the point region but only managed a thick edge to wicketkeeper Liton Das.
Brief score:

Bangladesh 1st innings: 233/10 in 82.5 overs, Mithun 63, Najmul 44, Liton 33, Mominul 30, Mahmudullah 25, Taijul 24; Shaheen 4/53, Haris 2/11, Abbas 2/19, Naseem 1/61

Pakistan 1st innings: 342/3 in 87.5 overs, Babar 143*, Shan 100, Asad 60*, Abu Jayed 2/66, Taijul 1/111



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Revised class routine of 2020

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PEC, Ebtedayee, JSC, JDC results to be published on Tuesday

Senior Correspondent,Published: 30 Dec 2019
The results of the school certificate examinations for over 5.5 million fifth and eighth graders are set to be released on Tuesday.
The exams the fifth graders took are Primary Education Completion or PEC and Ebtedayee while the eighth graders sat Junior School Certificate or JSC and Junior Dakhil Certificate or JDC.

Education Minister Dipu Moni and State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Zakir Hossain will present copies of the results to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the morning.

Dipu Moni and Deputy Minister of Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdoury Nowfel will highlight different aspects of the JSC and JDC results at a news conference at the Secretariat at 11:30am.

State Minister Zakir will present different facts about the PEC and Ebtedayee results at 1pm.

The results will be published after the news conferences.

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