Thursday, 09 February, 2023
Thursday, 09 February, 2023
Belgian Queen Mathilde concludes Bangladesh visit
UN Secretary General's SDG Advocate Queen of the Belgians Mathilde today concluded her three-day visit to Bangladesh, highlighting attention to the importance of building resilient communities and leaving no one

Death toll rises above 11,200 in Turkey, Syria quake

Govt making all-out efforts to implement SDGs: PM

Sarah Cooke next UK High Commissioner to Bangladesh

Japan Bank keen to sign MoU with Bangladesh to boost energy cooperation

Dhaka-Sylhet Highway  / RHD hires 2 Sino-Bangla JVs to expand 35km portion
The Roads and Highways Department (RHD) today hired two China-Bangladesh joint venture firms to expand a 35-kilometre portion of the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway at a cost of Tk 2,318 crore. Representatives of RHD and the firms signed separate contracts on behalf of their organisations at a city hotel today, in presence of Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader. A joint venture of Henan Highway Engineering Group Company Ltd of China and Mir Akhter Hossain Ltd of Bangladesh was awarded a Tk 1,232 crore contract. Under the deal, the joint venture will expand a 15.7km stretch from Sarail intersection to Budhonti bus stand in Brahmanbaria and build 11 bridges and 11 culverts and carry out other tasks. A joint venture of China Shandong International Economic and Technical Cooperation Group Ltd and Shandong Luqiao Ground Co Ltd of China and Property Development Ltd of Bangladesh was awarded a Tk 1,085 crore contract. The joint venture will expand a 19.1km road from Budhonti bus stand to SM Spinning Mill in Habiganj's Madhabpur upazila and will build seven bridges, 25 culverts and carry out other related tasks. The contractors will get four years to complete the work. There will be a one-year defect liability period and then they will provide performance-based maintenance services for six more years. The RHD is implementing a Tk 16,918-crore project to turn the 210km Dhaka-Sylhet highway into four lanes by adding a service lane on each side. The Asian Development Bank will provide Tk 13,244 crore, its biggest portfolio in the transport sector in Asia. The deadline for the project is December 2026. The authorities decided to implement it under six packages hiring 13 contractors for quick execution. The RHD has already hired contractors—both local and foreign-- for two packages. Physical work started on February 1. Md Mahbub Ali, State minister for civil aviation and tourism, Rowshan Ara Mannan, chairman of parliamentary standing committee on road transport and bridges ministry, ABM Amin Ullah Nuri, secretary to Road Transport and Highways Division, Edimon Ginting, ADB country director, among others, spoke at the programme. The programme was chaired by RHD Chief Engineer Md Ishaque.
Belgian Queen Mathilde concludes Bangladesh visit
UN Secretary General's SDG Advocate Queen of the Belgians Mathilde today concluded her three-day visit to Bangladesh, highlighting attention to the importance of building resilient communities and leaving no one

Death toll rises above 11,200 in Turkey, Syria quake

Govt making all-out efforts to implement SDGs: PM

Sarah Cooke next UK High Commissioner to Bangladesh

Japan Bank keen to sign MoU with Bangladesh to boost energy cooperation

‘Bay terminal likely to start operation in 2026’
Accommodating bigger vessels at Ctg Port: Trial run on Sunday
Williamson, Latham punish fumbling Pakistan
Japan coach Moriyasu staying on after WC
Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Bangladesh Charles Whiteley on Sunday said energy storage is a key instrument to reach Bangladesh’s ambitious “decarbonisation” goals to
Bangladesh has received the first installment of $476 million from the International Monetary Fund out of the $4.7 billion loan package. ‘Bangladesh Bank received IMF’s first installment on Thursday,’ BB executive
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) President Barrister Md Sameer Sattar today observed that the approval of loan on the part of IMF is a sign of Bangladesh's credit
Foreign Affairs Ministry today organized a "Pitha Utshob" at the State Guest House Jamuna giving the foreign diplomats an opportunity to taste traditional homemade Pithas.   Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali today said the government introduced several policies and made regulatory reforms for civil aviation growth targeting to double the number
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged World Bank (WB) and other international organizations to strengthen support to help developing countries like Bangladesh overcome crisis steaming from Covid-19 pandemic and Russia-Ukraine
Bangladesh should probe recent allegations of forced disappearances: HRW
Human Rights Watch has said Bangladesh authorities should investigate recent allegations of enforced disappearances and torture including by police members of the Detective Branch (DB) of police. "Bangladesh's Detective Branch has previously been implicated in allegations of grave human rights abuses by local human rights groups, including enforced disappearances and torture, "Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said on Friday. The New York-based rights watchdog said allegations of torture in Bangladesh are rarely investigated or prosecuted. Following a review in July 2019, the UN Committee against Torture described the Bangladesh police as a "state within a state," asserting that "in general, one got the impression that the police, as well as other law enforcement agencies, were able to operate with impunity and zero accountability." Only one case of torture has ever been convicted under Bangladesh's Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act since it was passed a decade ago, it said citing Bangladesh media reports. Bangladesh has ignored repeated requests from the UN Committee Against Torture to follow up its recommendations, as required, it said adding that he Committee's recommendations included independent monitoring of all detention sites and investigation of all allegations of torture or ill-treatment by law enforcement officials. Bangladesh security forces are under increased scrutiny following the designation of human rights sanctions by the US government and in the lead-up to general elections slated for early 2024. Bangladesh authorities should implement the recommendations by the Committee Against Torture, investigate allegations, and hold perpetrators to account, it added.
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USAID Providing an Additional $75 Million  to Rohingya Refugees and local Bangladeshi

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing an additional $75 million in humanitarian assistance to help vulnerable Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar and members of the Bangladeshi host community meet ongoing needs that have been exacerbated by the increasing costs of food and fuel. With this new funding, USAID will work with the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) to provide critically needed food and nutrition assistance, infrastructure maintenance, disaster risk reduction, and logistics support. This new funding will provide critical and life-saving assistance to nearly 600,000 people. The food and nutrition assistance includes electronic vouchers for staple and fresh foods at designated distribution sites as well as support to feeding programs for malnourished children six months to five years of age, and pregnant and lactating women. These programs will target populations residing in 33 refugee camps and 130 sites in the local Bangladeshi community. In addition, through disaster risk reduction programming, WFP will work with the community to maintain and improve public infrastructure within the camps. Bangladesh hosts nearly one million refugees, of whom a majority are ethnic Rohingya. More than 774,000 refugees were forced to flee their home in Burma’s Rakhine State six years ago after members of Burma’s military mounted a campaign of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and other horrific atrocities and abuses against Rohingya. The majority of these refugees are living in one of the world’s largest refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar District. The United States is committed to helping Rohingya, and USAID will continue to support them in their time of need, as well as the generous communities in Bangladesh who host them.                                                            

Transfer of immunity against Nipah virus from mother to child confirmed for the first time

Recently, a novel finding by icddr,b scientists, and partners published in the journal of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease has confirmed the transfer of humoral immunity against Nipah Virus (NiV) from mother to newborn baby for the first time. This paper described novel information on the vertical transfer of immune properties. According to the World Health Organisation, the mortality rate for NiV is estimated at 40% to 75%, and in Bangladesh, it is about 71%. The survivors of NiV infection suffer from severe neurological complications. Moreover, there is a high chance that these symptoms worsen progressively when a survivor becomes pregnant and approaches the term. In January 2020, a baby girl aged below five years and her mother from the Faridpur district of Bangladesh were infected with NiV. Both had a history of raw date palm sap consumption and were diagnosed as confirmed NiV cases. Unfortunately, the daughter passed away, and the mother survived with significant residual neurological impairment. She was conceived in November 2021 and was under thorough antenatal follow-up by the National Nipah surveillance authority. A healthy male baby was born in August 2022. As part of the follow-up, specimens were collected and tested for NiV infection at the reference laboratory to exclude vertical transmission. Although tested negative for anti-Nipah IgM and PCR for NiV, a high titer of anti-Nipah IgG was observed. The transfer of humoral immunity against NiV from the mother to the neonate was confirmed for the first time. The study's lead researcher, Dr Syed Moinuddin Satter, Assistant Scientist & Deputy Project Coordinator, Emerging Infections, Infectious Diseases Division at icddr,b said, "To best of our knowledge, this finding is the first to report the vertical transfer of NiV-specific immune properties. It warrants further exploration of its effectiveness in virus neutralisation and its potential to protect newborns. This will also be a reference for vaccine recommendations for pregnant and young women against the Nipa Virus." To warn people from consuming raw date palm sap, Professor Dr Tahmina Shirin, Director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said, "Recently, we are observing a profound interest among people to consume raw date palm sap and also involve in promoting this culture through social media.  People indulge in it without knowing the havoc it can create. Even if someone says they have taken precautions while collecting raw date palm sap, we would urge everyone not to drink raw date palm sap because it is still unsafe." Dr Tahmeed Ahmed, Executive Director at icddr,b, appreciated the collaborative efforts and said, "icddr,b in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh, has been running the world's longest Nipah virus surveillance to detect Nipah Virus outbreaks, understanding the disease transmission, and finding new knowledge and insights that can help develop therapeutics and vaccines against this deadly infection. The effort has been rewarding, and I hope we will soon have effective preventive measures and treatments, and be able to save lives." NiV is a zoonotic virus (it is transmitted from animals to humans) and can also be transmitted through foods contaminated by animals or directly between people. Fruit bats from the genus Pteropus are its natural reservoir, and NiV is one of the present time's fatal emerging pathogens. In Bangladesh, the virus was first reported in 2001, and since then, the NiV has become endemic to this densely populated country, with confirmed cases reported almost every year. Until January 2023, a total of 331 cases of NiV infection have been reported, and 236 patients died.      
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Williamson, Latham punish fumbling Pakistan
Japan coach Moriyasu staying on after WC
Hunger-striking Senegal journalist shifted to hospital
UN leprosy expert arrives on Feb 7
Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhith elected as the vice-chair of UN Peacebuilding Commission
UN Resident Coordinator visits Sylhet to discuss lessons learnt in the response to the flood-affected areas
Williamson, Latham punish fumbling Pakistan
Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu will stay in his job after leading the Samurai Blue to the last 16 at the
Pape Ale Niang, a prominent Senegalese journalist and government critic who has been on a hunger strike to protest charges
Bangladesh is set to enter a modern metro rail system as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to open the
Williamson, Latham punish fumbling Pakistan
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Japan coach Moriyasu staying on after WC
Blizzard leaves 49 dead across US
World Bank Managing Director Reiterates Strong Support to Bangladesh
‘Dhaka studying US Indo-Pacific Strategy’
Williamson, Latham punish fumbling Pakistan
Japan coach Moriyasu staying on after WC
Williamson, Latham punish fumbling Pakistan

Japan coach Moriyasu staying on after WC

Hunger-striking Senegal journalist shifted to hospital

PM opens 1st phase of metro rail today

10 killed, 30 injured in hotel-casino fire on Cambodian border

Williamson, Latham punish fumbling Pakistan

Japan coach Moriyasu staying on after WC

Hunger-striking Senegal journalist shifted to hospital

PM opens 1st phase of metro rail today

10 killed, 30 injured in hotel-casino fire on Cambodian border

Williamson, Latham punish fumbling Pakistan

Japan coach Moriyasu staying on after WC

Hunger-striking Senegal journalist shifted to hospital

PM opens 1st phase of metro rail today

10 killed, 30 injured in hotel-casino fire on Cambodian border