Sep 26, 2020


Don’t let geo- political rivalries weaken UN: HPM Sheikh Hasina tells global leaders

Honourable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina has called for not allowing geopolitical rivalries to weaken the United Nations as the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that both developed and developing nations need the global body more than ever. "We must not allow our geopolitical rivalries to weaken the UN. We owe it to the founding fathers and future generations to make the UN a truly effective global body for humankind as a whole," she said. The comments were made while she was delivering her speech virtually at the high-level event arranged to mark the 75th anniversary of the UN at its New York headquarters. Meanwhile, while addressing another high-level virtual event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, she stressed the need for a "strong global partnership" on digital cooperation for the future generation to achieve common goals.

Bangladesh devises battle plan on second Covid wave, recovery rate nears 75%

The government will tackle second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, if it occurs in the country, by keeping the economy vibrant. Besides, the government will strengthen measures to implement the required health guidelines and clinical treatment arrangements while plans are laid out for launching a large-scale awareness programme to stem spread of the pandemic. Moreover, the coronavirus recovery rate has reached around 75% in the country with some 2,163 more patients have made recovery in the last 24 hours. According to media reports, 19% of the samples have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 1.43% patients have died while some 11.77% samples have been diagnosed with the disease in a day.

Bangladesh marches towards developed country status, stimulus loans quickened recovery

Under the visionary leadership of Honourable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina, the government has been adopting a raft of farsighted short-term and long-term plans aimed at turning Bangladesh into a developed country by 2041. Among them are the Annual Development Programme (ADP), Perspective Plan, Five-Year Plans and Delta Plan that are playing vital roles in this regard. On impact, the country’s economy has already witnessed a record growth in the last 10 years, expecting it to become the fastest growing nation in the Asia Pacific region. Amid the pandemic induced slowdown, as many as 2,062 large companies have received low-cost loans from the central bank's stimulus package for big borrowers in the industrial and service sectors while banks managed to post 8.95% credit growth in the last fiscal year.

Bangladesh gains significant strides in agriculture sector, attains food security

Bangladesh is currently considered as the top emerging country for agricultural output, clearly reflecting government’s commitment for enhancing output of agro-products. This unprecedented accomplishment in the sector over the space of last ten years has been possible owing to sincere efforts from the government and relentless hard work of the farmers. In order to continue the development of the sector, the government is continuing successful interventions , such as agricultural subsidies, other agricultural input incentives and support cards including those for fertilizers and seeds, support for agricultural rehabilitation, agriculture credit at easy terms. On top of that, the country has attained self-sufficiency in food production, in a sharp contrast to a dismal picture projected by global organisations like FAO . Even in this pandemic induced shutdown the supply of food has been uninterrupted in the market and there is necessary stock in the country.

The government has undertaken a project worth roughly $29 million to boost Hilsa production through steps to save the mother fish and Jatka or fries by creating alternative jobs for the fishermen. In addition to raise awareness among the fishermen about the importance of saving mother Hilsa and fries, the project will create alternative jobs for 30,000 families while as many as 10,000 fishermen will receive legal fishing nets. Tasty Hilsas contribute 11% to the total fish production and 1% of the GDP of Bangladesh. Moreover, a set of strict measures, put in place by the government, during the breeding period, have been attributed to the increase in hilsa production across the country.

Bangladesh stands by Mauritius, provides Covid-19 medical assistance to Nepal

In a move of solidarity, the Bangladesh government has sent a consignment to Mauritius to help them fight the environmental hazard caused by the shipwreck of fuel tanker MV Wakashio that took place in July. The consignment includes 1,000 PPEs, 1000 piece head caps, 1000 piece shoe covers, 1000 piece surgical face masks and food products (Biscuits and Cakes) worth 850 kg. Moreover, under the SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Cooperation, Bangladesh has handed over medical items related to Covid-19 pandemic to Nepal as a gesture of friendship.

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