July 18, 2020


Virus-free certificate must for travelling: Government

No Bangladeshi citizen will be allowed to leave the country without Covid-19 negative certificate from the coronavirus testing centres authorised by the government. According to a directive, issued by the government, uploading all Covid-19 negative certificates on the website of respective authorised coronavirus testing authorities has been made mandatory so that immigration officers can check their authenticity before allowing anyone to leave the country. A number of steps has also been introduced including installation of coronavirus testing facilities dedicated for Bangladeshi expatriate workers who intend to go abroad for job purpose under the Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry.

Covid-19: Recovery rate jumps in Bangladesh in two months

As over 1762 patients reovered yesterday, the number of Covid-19 recoveries in the country crossed the 100,000 mark. Owing to a number of measures, put in place by the government, the country is making strides in recovering from the deadly viral disease. The recovery rate increased by 46% in the country within two months as it was 2.11% on May 1. The rate now stood at 48.60% with 108,725 patients making full recovery as of July 11.

Farm mechanisation gets a big push from govt.

A mega project t -- the biggest ever scheme for farm sector -- has been undertaken to provide price support to farmers in purchasing agricultural machinery. The aim is to enable them to timely plant and harvest crops by getting rid of worries over the availability of farm workers. Farmers throughout the country will get subsidies to buy agricultural machinery, namely combine harvester, rice transplanter, power thresher, drier, power weeder, power sprayer, potato digger and maize sheller, to reduce production cost and post-harvest losses. Food producers in haors in the northeastern and southern coastal regions will be able to buy the farm machinery by paying only 30% of the prices of the items. The government will pay the rest 70% from the state coffer.

New window opens for RMG sector

The corona -hit readymade garment (RMG) sector in the country is on its way to revival as the export of personal protective gears --- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), masks and other safety equipment ---has showing an upward trend in the last few months. At the moment 33 factories in and around Savar and Gazipur have such work orders while garment owners are expecting more factories to join the queue as more orders for these protective gears will pour in this year opening a new window of opportunities for the RMG sector. According to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), Bangladesh exported a total of US$ 11.57 million worth of masks, gloves and PPEs from July last year to May this year. These products were also exported in huge quantity last month.

Bangladesh role model in combating terrorism

Following the militant attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in the capital in 2016, a series of steps, as envisaged and put in place by Honourable Prime Minister (HPM), Sheikh Hasina, turned Bangladesh into a role model for different countries in combating terrorism and militancy. On impact, a large number of foreigners are working in the country and are travelling to different parts of the country with great confidence. Bangladesh law enforcement agencies are now sharing the experiences and tactics of combating terrorism and militancy with various countries. A good number of countries have sent their anti-militant officers to gain practical knowledge and training that Bangladesh law enforcers displayed during their various anti-militant operations across the country.

Bangladesh initiates projects on digital land survey

To reduce public sufferings and ensure transparency, the government is going to get the land-related services of the whole country digitised. Under the project titled "Increase Capacity of Department of Land Records and Surveys to Conduct Digital Land Survey", the land of Barguna and Patuakhali will be surveyed digitally, while a database of a digital map for 470 upazilas will be prepared. The map will be prepared according to Revisional Survey. The second project titled "Land Management Automation" aims to bring dynamism and increase transparency in services, create interoperable land database, and provide land-related services online.

Digital cattle market for all Eid needs

A number of government agencies and e-commerce businesses have joined hands to introduce a digital platform, where customers can purchase sacrificial animals as well as slaughtering and delivery services, in a bid to maintain public health guidelines on Eid-ul-Azha amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to media reports, this is the single largest online cattle market of its kind with all similar private initiatives also being linked to the website. The response has been huge as a fair number of cattle traders have already registered themselves on the platform.

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