Six to die for 1971 war crimes in KhulnaA tribunal has sentenced six people to death for murder, genocide and other crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War in Khulna. A three-member bench of the International Crimes Tribunal led by Justice Md Shahinur Islam delivered the verdict on Thursday. The convicts are Amjad Hossain Howlader, Shahar Ali Sardar, Atiar Rahman Sheikh, Motasin Billah, Kamal Uddin Goldar, and Nazrul Islam. They stand accused of war crimes in Botiaghata Upazila, reports bdnews24.com. However, one of their number – Mozahar Ali Sheikh – died of natural causes before the indictment.
July 28, 2022 13:04 UTC
Mongla port flags off its first garment shipment, paving way for new exportsFor the first time, a shipment of garments produced in Bangladesh has been shipped abroad from Mongla port, opening a new avenue for the export sector in the country, bdnews24.com reports. “It is a memorable day for Mongla port,” said Mongla Port Authority Chairman Rear Admiral Mohammad Musa. “A month after the inauguration of the Padma Bridge, garment shipments have used the bridge to reach Mongla and paved a new way for garments exports. For a number of reasons, businesses in Dhaka did not make use of the Mongla port. However, now that the Padma Bridge has opened, they are more eager to do so and the port authority is taking the necessary steps.
July 28, 2022 12:08 UTC
The central bank on Wednesday also asked them to reduce spending on travel, felicitation, computers, accessories, electrical equipment and furniture. The money saved “cannot be spent to pay for bills in other categories”, said a notice, adding the orders will be effective until June 2023. The Bangladesh Bank instructed all banks to come up with a year-long plan, from July 2022 to June 2023, to “cut operating and development costs in several categories”. Banks must preserve all documents showing expenses and present them during Bangladesh Bank inspections. The government is exercising austerity to save up dollars and cut back on the use of power amid a global energy crisis and surging inflation.
July 28, 2022 06:45 UTC
Bangladesh Bank has banned the purchase of all types of vehicles by banks amid the current economical condition. The macro economy is currently somewhat unstable due to the dwindling foreign exchange reserves of the country. Import expenditure increased by 39% to $75.40 billion from July to May of the 2021-22 fiscal compared to the previous fiscal year. Remittance flows during this period fell by 15% to $21.3 billion compared to the previous year. Last week, the country's foreign exchange reserves stood at $39.67 billion.
July 28, 2022 06:37 UTC
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July 28, 2022 04:26 UTC
The taskforce, formed to oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the National Roads Safety Council to restore discipline on roads and highways, wants an end to plying of inter-district motorcycles to reduce road accidents. Former Shipping minister Shahjahan Khan and a member of the taskforce said this after the meeting at the Home Ministry on Wednesday. We have decided to control it.”Shahjahan, also the president of the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, added: “Many people are saying that motorcycles are being controlled due to the conspiracy of the bus owners. The government will decide on the matter.”Mentioning that the country has limited dope test centers for drivers, Shahjahan mentioned that they requested the authorities concerned to increase the number of dope test centers and reduce dope test fees from the existing Tk900. Regarding the appointment letter of the transport workers by the owners, he said that Road Transport or Home minister will soon inaugurate the mass appointment letter handover ceremony all over the county through a virtual platform.
July 28, 2022 04:04 UTC
Bangladesh recorded five more Covid-19-linked deaths with 626 new cases in 24 hours till Wednesday morning. The daily case positivity rate rose to 6.83% from Tuesday's 6.14% as 9,225 samples were tested. The recovery rate rose to 96.79% from Tuesday's 96.78%. In June, the country reported 18 Covid-linked deaths and 20,201 new cases, according to the DGHS. The country registered its highest daily caseload of 16,230 on July 28 last year and daily fatalities of 264 on August 10 in the same year.
July 28, 2022 00:10 UTC
Bangladesh has recorded 626 cases of Covid-19 in a day, taking the overall tally of infections to 2,003,570. As many as 9,162 samples were tested across the country, for a positivity rate of 6.83 per cent, reports bdnews24.com. Among the eight divisions, Dhaka logged the highest number of cases, with 350 infections. The latest figures put the recovery rate at 96.79 per cent and the mortality rate at 1.46 per cent. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
July 27, 2022 23:41 UTC
The population of Muslims have increased in the country compared to devotees of other religions, according to the preliminary report of Population and Housing Census-2022. The report said that the Hindu population decreased from 8.54% to 7.95%, the Buddhist population from 0.62% to 0.61%, the Christian population from 0.31% to 0.30% and the population of other religions decreased to 0.14% from 0.12%. However, the Muslim population has increased from 90.39% to 91.04%. On May 15, the data collection of the latest census started digitally across the country. The census was supposed to end on June 21, but due to flood situation across the country, the census continued till June 28 in the North-Eastern districts.
July 27, 2022 20:56 UTC
Development partners and donor countries have released more than $10 billion in loans and aid to Bangladesh in 2021-22, a record for a financial year in the country’s history. Bangladesh brought in the funds for development projects, which is 26 percent more than the preceding fiscal year. In terms of financing, the Asian Development Bank topped the list, followed by Japan and the World Bank, according to a report published by the Economic Relations Division or ERD on Wednesday. In the 2020-21 financial year, development agencies and partner countries supplied nearly $8 billion to Bangladesh. Economic Relations Secretary Sharifa Khan said, “Progress in the ongoing projects, those financed by foreign sources in particular, drastically gained pace in the last financial year with the COVID crisis abating.”
July 27, 2022 20:42 UTC
A Bangladesh Army helicopter crashed in Nababganj upazila of Dhaka on Wednesday after technical issues forced it to make an emergency landing, according to the Inter-Service Public Relations Directorate. The helicopter was on a routine training flight when technical issues were detected and it was forced to initiate ‘emergency landing procedures’ and crashed in the area around 1:00 pm, the ISPR said at a media conference. They were transferred to the Dhaka CMH by helicopter." They were taken to the Dhaka Combined Military Hospital and admitted there. Local police are providing security to the area and the helicopter, while rescue teams have also been dispatched to the scene, according to the ISPR.
July 27, 2022 18:27 UTC
Emmanuel Roman, left, Cpl. Alea Harrison, Lt. Nathaniel Hime, Cpl. Chett Duncan, Explorer Rhiannon Phelps and Explorer Que Wilson all competed for the first time against other agencies’ Explorer Program posts during the 2022 Florida Sheriff’s Explorer Association Summer Conference.
July 27, 2022 16:06 UTC
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal says fraudulent imports are exacerbating higher dollar prices along with inconsistency in demand and supply of the currency. He also expressed his hope that remittances and exports would offset dollar shortage in the country. On the government's steps to control the dollar market, Kamal said: “I don’t know who is hiking the dollar prices and why. We’ll use all tools in our repertoire to prevent this from happening.”“It’s true that the dollar supply has to meet the market demand. Remittances and exports will offset our dollar shortage.”
July 27, 2022 14:24 UTC
The country’s population grew by 21 million between 2011 and 2022, according to the new censusBangladesh’s population grew to 165 million in 2022 from 144 million in 2011, according to preliminary findings from the recent census, reports bdnews24.com. According to a summary released by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, women outnumber men in the country. The latest figures show about 83.35 million women live in the country, compared to 81.71 million men.
July 27, 2022 13:50 UTC