The WB will revive Dhaka’s rivers

$20b project plan

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The World Bank will lead a $20 billion project to restore Dhaka’s five rivers.

“We see the World Bank’s imprint in countries where it has large-scale operations. Bangladesh lacks World Bank signage. It’s hard to spot the World Bank here,” Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal recalled his conversation with Hartwig Schafer, the WB’s former vice-president for South Asia. He asked Schafer to lead a landmark project in Bangladesh.

Kamal told a press briefing Sunday after meeting Schafer’s successor Martin Raiser, “Do something here so people remember the World Bank for ages.”

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Bangladesh lifts ban on visiting tourists

World Tourism Day today

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The government is set to withdraw embargo on the visit of foreign tourists to Bangladesh as the National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19 on Monday recommended doing so if the tourists can show their ‘full vaccine certificates’ on arrival.

Civil aviation and tourism state minister Md Mahbub Ali said this at a press conference organised by the ministry at Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation in Agargaon of the capital ahead of the World Tourism Day today.

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UNICEF Bangladesh Ambassador Mim visits children affected by the floods

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UNICEF National Ambassador for Bangladesh Bidya Sinha Mim is visiting Sylhet this week to meet children whose lives have been upended by floods that ravaged northeastern Bangladesh in May and June this year, according to a press release Thursday.

The widespread flooding affected the lives of 7.2 million people, including 3.5 million children, and caused a food, water and sanitation crisis. Families have been forced to abandon their belongings and seek shelter as hundreds of schools and medical facilities have been destroyed.

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Bangladesh plans to hire 6,000 social workers to improve child protection services

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Bangladesh plans to hire 6,000 additional social workers to improve the effectiveness of the provision of child protection services at the local level.

This hiring will increase the workforce from the current 3,000 social workers to 9,000, representing a 200% increase in the number of social workers.

The statement was made during the first ever ‘National Symposium on Child Protection in Bangladesh,’ which was co-hosted by Unicef and the European Union at the InterContinental Hotel in Dhaka on Monday.

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SSC, HSC equivalent exams for 2023 will be held on all subjects

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The Secondary School Certificate, Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent examinations will be held on all subjects and with full marks from 2023, said a circular issued on Sunday.

Inter-Education Board Coordination Committee released a circular in this regard that was signed by its chief, professor Tapan Kumar Sarkar on Sunday.

The circular said SSC, HSC and equivalent examinations of 2023 will be held according to the revised curriculum of 2023 prepared by the Bangladesh National Curriculum and Textbook Board.

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SSC, equivalent exams begin today

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The Secondary School Certificate and its equivalent examinations for 2022 are going to start from today.

Some 2,021,868 students are expected to take part in the examinations this year. Of them, 1,599,711 would participate in SSC, 2,68,495 in Dakhil, and 153,662 in vocational examinations. Some 3,790 centres were made available for the candidates across the country.

Generally, the examinations take place in February, but it was delayed this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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International Literacy Day: Government now aims 100% literacy by 2030

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About 24.40 percent of adults aged 15 and over remain illiterate, although the ruling Awami League pledged in its 2008 election manifesto to end illiteracy by 2014. The goal of achieving universal literacy by 2014 was also set out in the National Education Policy 2010 created in 2009 by the AL-led government.

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Uber made BDT 45 billion in economic contributions to Bangladesh Last year: report

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Public First, a UK-based policy research firm, conducted the research and produced the Ubers 2021 Bangladesh Economic Impact Report, which was released today at a ceremony in the capital. The study shows how Uber is helping to transform the on-demand economy for users, driver partners and the general public by producing 45 billion BDT for Bangladesh’s economy in 2021.

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Tea workers return to work after 15 days

Many of them say Tk-50 hike inconsistent with current prices of essentials

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After a 15-day work abstention, tea workers resumed work for a daily wage of Tk 170 yesterday morning.

Majority of them expressed their dissatisfaction over the Tk 50 pay hike and said they resumed work as they had no alternative.

“My family and I ate rice once a day for the last 15 days. I even could not purchase medicine for my father. I have no option but to resume work,” said Sukhia Ghatual, a worker in Moulvibazar’s Sreemangal.

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Impact of climate change: 14.8 million people at danger of starvation by 2030

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According to the Global Food Policy Report-2022, 14.8 million people would be at danger of becoming hungry by 2030 as a result of climate change. The analysis, created by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) says, 11.3 million people would go hungry in 2030 if climate change had no effect.

Over 750 million people in South Asia are reportedly affected by floods, droughts, and other climatic hazards brought on by climate change, according to a report that was released on Wednesday for Bangladesh at a hotel in Dhaka.

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National Mourning Day today

The nation is set to observe National Mourning Day today.

The government and numerous political, socio-economic and cultural organisations have chalked out programmes to mark the 47th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members.

On this day in 1975, Bangabandhu was brutally assassinated by a group of conspiring army officers.

Bangabandhu’s wife, sons, daughters-in-law and other relatives were also killed in the massacre, one of the most heinous in world history.

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Tea garden workers begin strike for wage hike

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Bangladesh Cha Shramik Union, an organisation of tea garden workers, went on a countrywide strike from Saturday for an indefinite period demanding a hike in their daily wages.

Leaders and activists of the organisation’s Sylhet and Chattogram divisional units expressed their solidarity on Friday night with the organisation’s Moulvibazar unit that the daily wage of a tea garden worker should be raised to Tk 300 from Tk 120 following the recent unusual hike in the prices of essential commodities.

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Over 14,000 children die of drowning in Bangladesh annually: WHO, UNICEF

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In Bangladesh, more than 14,000 children drown each year, according to a joint media release from the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

Over 14,000 children in Bangladesh die from drowning each year, making it the second largest cause of mortality for children under the age of five in the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) urged the government, development partners, communities, and individuals to do their part to raise awareness and work to prevent the untimely deaths of thousands of children across Bangladesh in a joint press release on World Drowning Prevention Day, which falls on Monday.

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HC bans rooftop train journey

Action against rail officials if passengers travel on train roof

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The Bangladesh Railway authorities were criticized by the High Court on Thursday (July 21, 2022) for poor administration of the railway services, including ticket scalping, and it was noted that no passenger is allowed to ride on the train roof.

“If any train carries passengers on the roof, appropriate action will be taken against the responsible officials who will fail to stop it, and even, they cannot imagine what consequence they will face,” the HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Khizir Hayat said during a suo muto (voluntary) proceeding on this issue.

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Nation celebrating Eid-ul-Azha

Eid-ul-Azha, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, is being celebrated across Bangladesh on Sunday with due solemnity, a sense of sacrifice and religious fervour amid the Covid outbreak for the second consecutive year.
The celebrations began with Eid congregations all over the country followed by the sacrifice of cattle head in the name of Allah.

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No motorcycle registration without driver’s license

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On Tuesday, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority said that starting on September 15, no registration number will be assigned to any motorcycle if the driver lacked a valid driving license.
The order, issued by the authority, was given to inform people about it, said the BRTA director (engineering) Sitangshu Shekhar Biwas.
Currently, the BRTA registers motorcycles when they are purchased.

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PM Hasina inaugurates Padma Bridge

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Padma Multipurpose Bridge on Saturday.
The prime minister unveiled the inauguration plaque of the much-anticipated 6.15 kilometre Padma Bridge for vehicular movement at 11:58am at Mawa end.
Speaking at the auspicious moment of inaugurating the bridge, an emotion-choked prime minister remembered Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the family members killed heinously on 15 August 1975 and freedom fighters who laid their lives to liberate the country in

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Physical work of Bangladesh’s First underground metro rail to begin in Sept

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Physical work on Bangladesh’s first underground metro rail, formerly known as Mass Rapid Transit Line-1, or MRT-1, will start within September this year.
MAN Siddique, managing director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd, revealed the information at a press conference at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre in Dhaka, on Wednesday.
He said tendering process for several packages for the rail line has had significant progress.
Formally known as Mass Rapid Transit Line 1 or MRT Line 1 will start from Airport and

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SSC, equivalent exams postponed due to worsening flood situation

The government on Friday postponed this year’s Secondary School Certificate and equivalent examinations, scheduled to begin on June 19, due to the worsening flood situation.
A press release, issued by the education ministry on the day, said that due to worsening flood situation SSC general, SSC vocational and Dakhil examinations under all boards are being suspended.
The changed schedule of the examinations will be given later, the release added.
The government decision came

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Army deployed to manage heavy flooding in Sylhet: ISPR

Members of Bangladesh Army have been deployed to manage the heavy flooding and its aftermath in Sylhet district.
The deployment comes following a request from the civil administration, according to the ISPR.
Talking to our Sylhet correspondent, Mujibur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Sylhet, said members of Bangladesh Army will rescue marooned people using boats.
The DC also said the flooding is getting worse and considering the situation, the

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