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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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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 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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Carew & Co produce affordable hand sanitiser

carew_shikkhaSarup Das:
Demands for hand sanitiser and liquid soap has spiked following the global coronavirus outbreak. Against this backdrop, Carew & Co in Darsana is all set to mass-produce hand sanitisers to meet the growing demand.

The country’s only state-owned distillery has already produced hand sanitisers on a test basis and will start marketing it soon at affordable prices.

The company is now waiting for a nod from Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation (BSFIC) to start their production. It will be marketed under the name ‘Carew’s Hand Sanitizer’.

“Our hand sanitisers consist of 60 to 70 percent rectified spirit, glycerine, colour and fragrance. Expert chemists have been involved with the production and this sanitiser can kill any virus instantly,” said Jahid Ali Ansary, managing director of Carew & Co.

“We are capable of producing as much as needed and we plan to sell it through our distribution points — 13 warehouses and three sales centers. We plan on setting up selling points in front of the corporation’s head office and in front of the industries ministry. It can also be sold through pharmacies across the country,” he said.

The company plans on charging Tk 60 for a 100ml bottle of hand sanitiser, which according to Ansary is much cheaper than the ones available in the market.

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Narendra Modi confirms Dhaka visit

Desk,5 March:
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has postponed his visit to Belgium in view of worldwide Coronavirus outbreak, but he will attend the inauguration of centenary celebration of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, according to New Delhi correspondent.
Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar confirmed that PM Modi will visit Dhaka to attend the inauguration of centenary birth celebration of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman .

He reminded that when PM Sheikh Hasina came to Delhi has invited PM Modi to attend the centenary birth celebration of Bangabandhu Sheik Mujib. PM Modi has accepted the invitation and he will definitely attend .Details of his programme will be informed later.


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Mashrafe Bin Mortaza steps down as Bangladesh ODI captain

Desk,5 march:
Bangladesh’s ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has announced to step down from the position of skipper. The 36-year-old indicated he wishes to continue playing the format if picked but wants to pass on the mantle of leadership.

The captain made the announcement before the media on Thursday, a day before the third ODI.
He said that the third and final ODI of the series against Zimbabwe, scheduled to be played on Friday, will be his last as captain for the Bangladesh ODI side.

Mortaza, who made his senior team debut in 2001, was first named ODI captain in 2010. After a few short stints, he reclaimed the leadership role in November 2014, leading the side to their first-ever knockouts appearance at World Cup, 2015.

Mashrafe Mortaza has led the side 87 in games, winning 49 and losing 36 – a record unparalleled in Bangladesh cricket.


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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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No fines to renew vehicle papers, driving licences until Jun 30

Desk,20 January:
The government has formally waived until Jun 30 the fines stipulated by the new Road Transport Act for renewing expired vehicle papers and driving licenses.
The Road Transport and Highways Division issued a circular on Monday as agreed with the transporters after a crippling strike in November last year when the new Act came into force.

The papers include fitness certificate, tax token and route permit, according to the circular.

The transport owners and workers launched the strike on Nov 20 last year over nine demands, including amendments to the new law that has introduced harsher punishment for drivers for violations of traffic rules and road crashes.

After a meeting with the transporters later that night, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said the law ministry would look into their demands on the new Act while the certain conditions, such as renewal of licences, will be met by June this year.


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Sushmita Sen, Nushrat Jehan, Charu Asopa celebrate Durga Puja

Online Desk,5th October, 2019:
As the country gears up for Durga Puja, Bollywood celebs also joined the festivities and shared pictures from their celebrations on social media.



MP and actor Nushrat Jehan has been sharing fresh looks for each day of Navaratri, reports Hindustan Times.
In accordance with the rituals, each day is dedicated to a form of the goddess and each form has a favourite colour. Devotees use the colour in decorations, flowers and even wear clothes of the same colour to appease the goddess.

Earlier, Sushmita Sen had shared a picture of herself decked up in a Bengali traditional avatar on the day that marked the beginning of Navaratri, also known as Mahalaya in Bengal. Sharing the image, she wrote, “Shubho Mahalaya to you & all your loved ones!!!Maa Durga’s homecoming for me, has always symbolised a time of #triumph of good over evil…of courage over fear…of love over hatred!!! I pray that She always reside in our hearts, embodying the ‘Shakti’ she so richly represents!! To new beginnings, prosperity, divine happiness & the ultimate #mother #duggadugga.”

TV actor Charu Asopa also shared a picture of herself in a Bengali sari.

While Navararti is a nine-day festival and began last Sunday, Durga Puja celebrations begin on the sixth day – Friday when people visit pandals and offer respect to the deity.



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Panchagarh-Dhaka non-stop train service begins

PANCHAGARH: Direct train service on the country’s longest rail route Panchagarh-Dhaka was opened Saturday (May 25).

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched ‘Panchgarh Express’ train through a videoconference from her state residence Ganabhaban, amid formal arrangement, around 1pm.


In the maiden trip, the intercity train left Panchagarh for Dhaka at 1:30pm.

Besides, Panchagarh Rail Station was renamed as Bir Muktijoddha Sirajul Islam Railway Station-Panchagarh.

Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan inaugurated the nameplate at a video conference at the rail station organized by Bangladesh Railway (BR).

Panchgarh Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sabina Yasmin, Superintendent of Police (SP) Gias Uddin Ahmed and Railway West Zone General Manager (GM) Khandaker Shahidul Islam, among others, were present.

The minister left Panchagarh for Dhaka by the same train.

Railways sources said the non-stop train is capable of crossing 93 km in 10 hours. It will leave Panchagarh at 12:15pm and will reach Dhaka at 10:35pm. From Dhaka, it will leave at 12:10am and will reach Panchagarh at 10:45am.

The train will make stopover at Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Parbatipur and Dhaka Airport Railway Station.

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Bangladesh’s poverty rate now 21.8 percent

DHAKA: The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) said poverty rate in the country stands at 21.8 percent while extreme poverty rate at 11.3 percent.

BBS Director General Dr. Krishna Gayen came up with information at a press conference organized on publication of the final data of the Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) project on Monday (May 13).



BBS director general, at the press conference, said the country’s poverty rate has come down for the development of the government. The poverty rate fell as economic growth accelerated.
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Singer Subir Nandi passes away

desk.5 may:
Noted singer Subir Nandi passed away at a hospital in Singapore at 4:30 am on Tuesday, his daughter Falguni Nandi confirmed it to journalist.


He had been undergoing treatment at Singapore General Hospital for some days.
The health condition of singer Subir Nandi deteriorated as he suffered heart attack repeatedly.His health condition worsened once again on Saturday (yesterday) as he had suffered from multiple organ failure at the hospital.

His health condition slightly improved two days after he was taken to Singapore. Later, his condition worsened. During his treatment in Singapore, he suffered heart attack for three times. He also suffered heart attack during his treatment in Dhaka. Overall, his condition was deteriorating.

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