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Muslims in Koyra hold Eid Jamaat in knee-deep water

Muslims in Koyra hold Eid Jamaat in knee-deep water

Muslims in Koyra hold Eid Jamaat in knee-deep waterThe people of Khulna’s Koyra sadar upazila have been fighting for the embankment since cyclone Ayla took place, and now the struggle has turned intense due to AmphanAround 5,000 Muslim devotees of Koyra in Khulna performed the Eid-ul-Fitr prayer standing in Knee-deep water on an embankment.On May 20, the devastating cyclone Amphan broke 24 points of the Koyra embankment and submerged it in the saltwater.On the morning of Eid on Monday, a large number of people started repairing the embankment on a voluntary basis.Photo: UNBAt one stage,...

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UK top retailer doesn’t pay Bangladeshi exporters and then feels ‘bitter taste’ when threatened with blacklisting

UK top retailer doesn’t pay Bangladeshi exporters and then feels ‘bitter taste’ when threatened with blacklisting

UK top retailer doesn’t pay Bangladeshi exporters and then feels ‘bitter taste’ when threatened with blacklistingThe high street retailer owning a number of brands including Bonmarche, Peacocks and Jaeger said after it got the letter that it has been engaging with the suppliers with the "best of intentions" although no manufacturer could say what that accounts forA British apparel empire, Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group (EWM), had placed orders with several Bangladeshi factories and then cancelled orders because of Covid-19.When the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association...

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Another record breaking day as 1,873 new Covid-19 cases detected; 20 deaths

Another record breaking day as 1,873 new Covid-19 cases detected; 20 deaths

Another record breaking day as 1,873 new Covid-19 cases detected; 20 deathsBangladesh today confirmed 20 more deaths from the novel coronavirus and 1,873 new cases of infection testing 10,834 samples in the last 24 hours.With this, the death toll from the deadly virus rose to 452 and the number of total infections stood at 32,078 . Among the dead patients, 16 are male and four are female. Four of the are from Dhaka division, eight from Chattogram, two each from Mymensingh, Rangpur and Rajshahi, and one each from Sylhet and Khulna," Additional Director General of Health Directorate Professor...

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Bangladesh threatens to blacklist non-paying British brands

Bangladesh threatens to blacklist non-paying British brands

Bangladesh threatens to blacklist non-paying British brandsThe brands were avoiding all contacts with their suppliers they owe money toBangladeshi apparel makers have threatened to blacklist a number of British brands if they do not pay outstanding debts to suppliers.The brands are Peacock, Jaeger, Austin Reed, Jacque Vert, Country Casuals, Windsmoor, Baumler of Germany, Bonmarche & Ponden Home, and other brands of Edinburgh Woolen Mills Limited owned by the British billionaire businessman Philip Day.On May 21, the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturing and Exporters Association (BGMEA)...

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Coasts ravaged; 20 killed, damage worth Tk1,100cr

Coasts ravaged; 20 killed, damage worth Tk1,100cr

Coasts ravaged; 20 killed, damage worth Tk1,100crThe cyclone hit the Satkhira, Bagerhat and Patuakhali hardest among the 26 affected districtsTotal damage from the cyclone worth Tk1,100 crore.Around one crore people in the south-western and north-western regions have been left without electricity.The cyclonic storm caused around 60% network towers (13,000 in number) of the region to be cut off the power supply.Coastal areas of Satkhira, Bagerhat and Patuakhali were affected most among 26 districts that were hit.1,100 kilometres of roads, 200 bridges and culverts were damaged.150 kilometres...

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Sundarbans shields southwestern Bangladesh, again 

Sundarbans shields southwestern Bangladesh, again 

Sundarbans shields southwestern Bangladesh, again The trail of devastation Cyclone Amphan left would have been much higher had the forest not been thereCyclone Amphan would have washed away the southwestern localities of Bangladesh with 10 to 15 feet high tidal surge on Wednesday.But it was the 10,000 square-kilometer Sundarbans, nearly 32 times bigger than the Dhaka city, absorbed the force of the cyclone lessening its power to damage. Like a fort protecting a kingdom, Sundarbans last year braced the ferocious Bulbul and shielded thousands of people on the coasts. According to the...

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Amphan weakens into extremely severe cyclonic storm

Amphan weakens into extremely severe cyclonic storm

Amphan weakens into extremely severe cyclonic stormLive updates on super cyclone AmphanCyclone Amphan is forecast to be the worst storm over the Bay of Bengal since the 1991.It may cross Bangladesh coast between Khulna-Chattogram during Wednesday afternoon.Maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted danger signal no 7.Maritime ports of Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar have been advised to keep hoisted danger signal 6.Coastal districts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagherhat, Jhalokathi, Pirozpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Laxmipur, Chandpur and their offshore islands...

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Over 10,000 fishermen yet to return from sea as Amphan approaches coast

Over 10,000 fishermen yet to return from sea as Amphan approaches coast

Over 10,000 fishermen yet to return from sea as Amphan approaches coastAll boats out at sea had been asked to anchor by TuesdayAs the super cyclone Amphan approaches the coastal areas of the country, all fishing boats and trawlers out on the Bay of Bengal have started returning to shore.However, over 600 fishing boats from Chattogram and Cox's Bazar have not returned yet, although the authorities had asked all boats out at sea to anchor by Tuesday. About 10,000 to 12,000 fishermen are aboard these boats.The Bangladesh Meteorological Department has also asked all fishing boats and trawlers...

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Govt pays for unnecessary power and LNG import, force majeure not applied

Govt pays for unnecessary power and LNG import, force majeure not applied

Govt pays for unnecessary power and LNG import, force majeure not appliedPower demand in Bangladesh is now less than half the production capacity, while the demand for natural gas has dropped by one sixth of the previous amountAlthough the Covid-19 pandemic has significantly slashed the country's energy consumption, the government is still following contractual obligations to pay for huge and unnecessary imports of power and liquid gas.Furthermore, it is paying penalty fees to private power companies for keeping their plants idle.But the government, according to legal experts, can avert...

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Super cyclone Amphan may hit tomorrow morning, danger signals to rise

Super cyclone Amphan may hit tomorrow morning, danger signals to rise

Super cyclone Amphan may hit tomorrow morning, danger signals to riseThough danger signal number 7 for maritime ports of Mongla and Payra, and danger signal number 6  for Chittagong and Cox's Bazar are still advised, however, the meteorological office said that the new danger signal could come soonThe super cyclone Amphan might hit Bangladesh coast on Wednesday morning with a 5-10 metres high tidal wave, said Monowar Hossain, meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department.The cyclone might make landfall from morning to evening on Khulna before heading for Chattogram, the...

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Bangladeshi doctors claim to have found effective drugs to treat COVID-19

Bangladeshi doctors claim to have found effective drugs to treat COVID-19

Bangladeshi doctors claim to have found effective drugs to treat COVID-19“We have contacted with DGHS (Directorate General of Health Services) and other relevant government organizations for getting official approval for application of the medicines. . . they told us they are conducting their studies about our breakthrough,”A Bangladeshi medical team led by a senior doctor has said they found a combination of two widely used drugs to have yielded "astounding" results in curing patients with acute COVID-19 symptoms amid desperate global efforts to find remedies to the pandemic."We have got...

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Cyclone Amphan to turn extremely severe in 24 hours

Cyclone Amphan to turn extremely severe in 24 hours

Cyclone Amphan to turn extremely severe in 24 hoursCyclone Amphan, will turn extremely severe in the following 24 hours India's weather agency India Meteorological Department said on Sunday. The weather phenomenon will cause heavy rainfall and high-speed wind in a few seaside regions of Odisha, West Bengals, and Andaman and Nicobar."The Severe Cyclonic Storm 'Amphan' (pronounced as UM-PUN) over central parts of South Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood moved slowly northwards with a speed of 05 kmph during past 06 hours. It further intensified into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm," an IMD...

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Bangladesh to double its fossil fuel imports in a decade

Bangladesh to double its fossil fuel imports in a decade

Bangladesh to double its fossil fuel imports in a decadeTarget of generating 10 percent renewable energy in 2020 unlikely to be metBangladesh is projected to double its fossil fuel imports in the coming decade amid a supply crunch of domestic coal and natural gas, as well as growing electricity consumption in the country, says a recent report by energy consultancy group Wood Mackenzie.Meanwhile, the country is set to miss its 2020 target of generating 10 percent power from renewable sources, with clean energy to make up only 2 percent of total power generation this year.Nasrul Hamid, state...

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Asian Paints raises staff salaries to boost morale

Asian Paints raises staff salaries to boost morale

Asian Paints raises staff salaries to boost morale"We have to set an example of true leadership and an organisation that takes care of all its stakeholders"Instead of slashing pay and jobs - standard industry responses to the current situation due to the coronavirus - Asian Paints, India's biggest paints maker is raising salaries to boost staff morale.Its scope of assistance to the sales channel includes hospitalisation and insurance, full sanitisation facilities for partner stores, and direct cash support, reports The Economic Times.Asian Paints also transferred Rs40 crore into the...

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As $297bn apparel market to vanish, Bangladesh also to suffer

As $297bn apparel market to vanish, Bangladesh also to suffer

As $297bn apparel market to vanish, Bangladesh also to sufferThe global apparel market is projected to decline by 15 percent because of many retailers’ filing for bankruptcy particularly in the USARelatively lower numbers of confirmed cases or fatalities from Covid-19 offer no reason for celebration for the least developed countries, especially the ones which rely heavily on apparel exports. Given the magnitude of the crisis, clothing exports from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lesotho and Haiti could fall by at least 20 percent, warns a policy brief prepared by the United Nations Department of...

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Aviation charges waived for both domestic and international flights

Aviation charges waived for both domestic and international flights

Aviation charges waived for both domestic and international flightsCAAB provides various types of aeronautical services, such as landing, parking, route navigation, boarding bridge and embarkation facilities, to airlinesThe Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism has waived all aviation charges for both local and foreign airlines operating in Bangladesh to support the ailing aviation sector.This decision came at a meeting between the aviation ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) held at the secretariat on Tuesday. Aviation, the sector that is the most-affected by...

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Big RMG companies face unrest over April wages

Big RMG companies face unrest over April wages

Big RMG companies face unrest over April wagesWorkers who did not have 100 percent attendance will get full salary of April for the working days and 65 percent for the remaining daysThousands of apparel industry workers on Monday vandalised a ready-made garment (RMG) factory belonging to DBL Group in Kashimpur, under Gazipur district, demanding full wages for April and Eid bonuses.The government has already given a directive on this issue, saying only those who were present at work for the entire month of April will get 100 percent salaries.Workers who did not have 100 percent attendance...

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BB sees fast economic turnaround next year

BB sees fast economic turnaround next year

BB sees fast economic turnaround next year The central bank estimates a faster recovery in the next two years and economic growth will climb to 8% in FY22While the global economy is in a tailspin from the effects of Covid-19 and the world is almost sure of entering a prolonged period of economic pain, Bangladesh's economic statistics paint a fairly rosy picture and expect to see a quick recovery next year.The Bangladesh Bank, for the first time, has prepared an assessment report on the country's economy for the post-pandemic period.The report anticipates that all major indicators including...

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Bangladesh to manufacture KN95 masks

Bangladesh to manufacture KN95 masks

Bangladesh to manufacture KN95 masksThe authorities have enlisted five ISO-17025 accredited private labs to test locally-manufactured PPEBangladesh is ready to manufacture KN95 standard masks, locally, to cater for the spiked demand for high-specification respirators amid Covid-19.JMI Hospital Requisite Manufacturing Ltd, a medical equipment maker, has completed successful test runs of its newly-installed lines that can manufacture 40,000 KN95 standard masks a day.The company is awaiting the local drug administrator's approval.The Directorate General of the Drug Administration (DGDA) would...

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A man was sentenced to death via video conferencing in Nigeria

A man was sentenced to death via video conferencing in Nigeria

A man was sentenced to death via video conferencing in NigeriaA judge at a court in Lagos delivered the ruling to Hameed, who appeared remotely from prison via Zoom, along with his lawyer and prosecutors who also joined the hearing remotelyCondemnation has sparked in Nigeria after a man was sentenced to death via Zoom, the popular video conferencing app on May 4.Human rights groups are calling this ruling as "inhumane", reports CNN.At a virtual court hearing on Monday, Olalekan Hameed was found guilty of murdering his mother's employer in 2018 and was sentenced to death by hanging.A judge...

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Bangladesh likely to start using Remdesivir by May 20, vaccine trial starts in June

Bangladesh likely to start using Remdesivir by May 20, vaccine trial starts in June

Bangladesh likely to start using Remdesivir by May 20, vaccine trial starts in JuneBangladesh is likely to begin using potential coronavirus drug remdesivir on patients by May 20. The clinical trial of potential vaccines will begin in June. DG of the Directorate General of Drug Administration Major General Mahbubur Rahman made the remarks to the media after a meeting with several pharmaceutical companies on Thursday afternoon. "We are talking to the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research (IEDCR) regarding the clinical trial of two vaccines, one developed by Oxford and...

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Scientists create antibody that defeats coronavirus in lab

Scientists create antibody that defeats coronavirus in lab

Scientists create antibody that defeats coronavirus in labThe antibody known as 47D11 targets the spike protein that gives the new coronavirus a crown-like shape and lets it enter human cellsScientists created a monoclonal antibody that can defeat the new coronavirus in the lab, an early but promising step in efforts to find treatments and curb the pandemic's spread.The experimental antibody has neutralized the virus in cell cultures. While that's early in the drug development process -- before animal research and human trials -- the antibody may help prevent or treat Covid-19 and related...

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83% exports wiped out in April

83% exports wiped out in April

83% exports wiped out in AprilBangladesh earned $520 million from exports in April this year, compared to $3 billion during the same month last yearExport earnings saw a steep 83 percent fall year-on-year in April due to halted production and order cancellations in the apparel sector brought on by a countrywide shutdown and the global economic fallout of Covid-19.Bangladesh earned $520 million from exports in April this year, compared to $3 billion during the same month last year, according to central bank data.Even before the coronavirus attack in March, export earnings were in a downward...

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Bangladesh suffers from 76 percent shortage of nurses

Bangladesh suffers from 76 percent shortage of nurses

Bangladesh suffers from 76 percent shortage of nursesThe country needs more than 3 lakh nurses. But the number of registered nurses here was 73,043 till April this yearBangladesh has been suffering from an inadequate number of nurses, one of the important frontline health workforces. The shortage is being felt deeply in the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Altogether 229 nurses have already been infected with the novel coronavirus.  According to the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO), three nurses have to be recruited against one doctor. The health bulletin of the Directorate General...

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Covid-19 impacts may double poverty in Bangladesh, says think tank

Covid-19 impacts may double poverty in Bangladesh, says think tank

Covid-19 impacts may double poverty in Bangladesh, says think tankPhoto: Mumit M/TBSImpacts of the Covid-19 pandemic is threatening to bring back Bangladesh's poverty rate to a level the country had 15 years ago, according to a research report.Bangladesh had a poverty rate of 40 percent in 2005.The report further said the negative income shocks due to the pandemic will push the country's poverty rate to 40.9 percent, which is exactly the double of the present poverty at 20.5 percent.The South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM), led by the think tank's Executive Director Dr Selim...

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