Aug 16, 2021


Bangladesh inoculates over 20 million people, 1 million more jabs land in Dhaka

The government of Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is engaged in all-out efforts to fight the Corona pandemic, and at her instructions, the foreign ministry has confirmed billions of doses of vaccines from different countries around the world. Since kicked off, back in this January, the free vaccination drive has seen over 20 million got vaccinated across the country. Moreover, the country has started vaccinating the Rohingya refugees living in camps in Cox's Bazar as part of its nationwide mass vaccination drive. As many as 6,901 male and female refugees received Covid shots on the first day of the three-day program at 56 centres of 34 camps in Teknaf and Ukhiya. Moreover, another consignment of China's Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine — one million doses this time — has arrived in Bangladesh. This shipment is another gift from China to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh announces soft skills training for job seekers

The government is going to provide soft skills training to 500,000 job seekers and employees within the next five years aiming to increase their employability skills. As part of the process, the government in partnership with a reputed global organization will provide the quality soft skills training to students, job seekers, employees, self-employed individuals and freelancers to enhance their personal ability to get a job. The registration using the bdskills platform for the trainees will start sometimes in the last week of this month and the training will begin in September this year.

Bangladesh announces 28th gas field found in Sylhet

Sylhet’s Zakiganj upazila has been officially announced as the country’s 28th gas field having a gas reserve of 68 billion cubic feet. So far, 27 gas fields have been discovered in the country. The proven reserves in these gas fields are 21.4 TCF, with six more TCF potential reserves. Of this, about 18 TCF has been taken. There are only three TCFs left as proven stocks, and potential reserves are likely to be seven more TSFs. The new gas field has a possible reserve of 68 billion cubic feet of gas to be extractable in next 12-13 years at 10 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD).

Canadian minister: Bangladesh made impressive progress

Canadian Minister of International Development Karina Gould has said she is impressed by the resilience and the remarkable progress taking place in Bangladesh over the space of last twelve years under the prudent leadership of Honourable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina. "Canada has been a friend and development partner to Bangladesh for nearly 50 years," she said, adding that they are committed to continuing to tackle the challenges together, including to support the needs of refugees and people living in extreme poverty. The minister said it was important for her, as Minister of International Development, to undertake this virtual visit at this particularly difficult moment marked by challenges ranging from public health, to the economy, climate change, and the continued Rohingya crisis ending a successful three-day virtual visit to Bangladesh.

Reactor vessel, steam generators for country’s first nuclear power plant delivered to Bangladesh

The reactor vessel and four steam generators for Unit 2 of the under-construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant have been delivered to Bangladesh by Rosatom. Heavy equipment of the reactor compartment of Unit 2 was manufactured at the Atommash plant in Volgodonsk branch of AEM-Technology in Russia. In October last year, the reactor vessel and the steam generators for Rooppur NPP Unit 1 were delivered to Bangladesh. The nuclear power plant will consist of two VVER-1200 reactor power units, whose life cycle is expected to be 60 years with a possible extension of the service life for another 20 years.

Covid-19: Bangladesh sends medicines to Indonesia

The government has extended supply of medicines to Indonesia in its efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The consignment of the essential Covid-19 medicines has already reached Jakarta where the Coronavirus has taken a serious toll recently. These medicines, sent in the spirit of friendship, have been provided as per the directive of HPM Sheikh Hasina. In the process, Bangladesh remains committed to stand beside Indonesia and other South-East Asian countries. The Embassy of Bangladesh in Jakarta has handed over the medicines to the local authorities.

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