In the wake of the deadliest fire incident in the port city, Honourable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina on Sunday expressed profound shock and sorrow at the loss of lives and injured ones conveying deep sympathy to the bereaved family members. The Fire Service deployed fire-fighting robots for the first time to extinguish the fire, a first-time deployment of such high-tech machinery to control fire in Bangladesh while the government has pledged to extend financial assistances to the families impacted on the fire breakout and a probe body started working to unearth the incident. Moreover, at party chief HPM Sheikh Hasina's her instruction, hundreds of Awami League activists and leaders rushed to the scene,joining hands with others in a blood donation campaign and also pledged to stand by the affected families.
Calling Bangladesh a growth star in the region with HPM Sheikh Hasina at the helm, Reehana Rifat Raza, the regional director of the Asia and Pacific Division at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has urged Bangladesh to keep the focus on rural development. According to media reports she said, “I think Bangladesh is doing very well. We see that across the board in the region. I'm also from this region. We see Bangladesh as the start compared to the other countries at the moment.” Explaining why Bangladesh seems less vulnerable, she added, “You have an inclusive growth and people are seeing the real change.”
The historic Six-Point Day, placed by the father of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1966 with the demand for autonomy for the then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, was observed on Tuesday across Bangladesh in a befitting manner. Marking the day, HPM Sheikh Hasina said the Six-Point Demand raised by her father Sheikh Mujib was the "Magna Carta" of Bangalees as it had prepared the people for independence of the country. "The Six-Point Demand prepared the people fully for Independence and propelled them to the War of Liberation. Actually, it (Six-Point) was the "Magna Carta", through which people of the country had prepared themselves for Independence," she added.
As part of HPM Sheikh Hasina’s effort to make the economic growth more inclusive, efforts are underway to issue cards for garment workers through which they could purchase essential commodities at lower prices. Once rolled out, these cards will allow the workers the opportunity to buy daily necessities at lower prices, in a bid to prevent their difficulties in case of any price hike. On the other hand, the government has announced to form a wage board aiming to increase the existing wages for the country’s readymade garment workers.
The country’s merchandise exports saw 23.24% year-on-year rise in May, propelled by better apparel shipments, according to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data. The export earnings stood at US$3.83 billion last month, up from $3.11 billion Bangladesh bagged in the same period a year earlier. Besides this, first 11 months export earnings also witnessed 34.09% growth to $47.17 billion compared to $35.18 billion exports posted in the July-May period on FY2. Of the apparel exports, $20.98 billion came from knitwear shipment, up by 36.61 % year-on-year, while woven garment fetched $17.54 billion with a rise of 32.85%.
During a meeting with Malaysian human resources minister M Saravanan, HPM Sheikh Hasina reaffirmed her commitment on sending workers to Malaysia maintaining all necessary protocols, including vaccination and other formalities. She also expressed her deep satisfaction over organising the first meeting of the Joint Working Group between the two countries. On his part, the Honourable foreign minister appraised the premier about reorganization of their Human Resource Ministry from the Ministry of Home Affairs and their domestic employment process following the ILO guidelines.
Bangladesh and Hungary have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of training and education of the atomic industry on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. During the meeting, they agreed to deepen bilateral relations in the fields of economic cooperation, health, climate change, water and waste-water management, trade and investment including post-graduation facilities, nuclear energy, and post-COVID recovery. The Hungarian foreign minister has announced that the Consular Office of Hungary in Dhaka will act as a full-fledged consular facility from this week.


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