Bangladesh has been elected a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the next three years. According to media reports, the country has bagged a historic win in the election for the membership of the UNHRC for the term 2023-25, by securing 160 votes among 189 casted votes in the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This prestigious win is indeed significant as this was the most competitive international election of all candidatures Bangladesh floated since 2018, under the leadership of Honourable Prime Minister(HPM) Sheikh Hasina. The result of this extremely competitive election is a clear manifestation of the recognition by the international community of Bangladesh's continued endeavour and commitment for the promotion and protection of human rights in national as well as international arena.
A specially formulated Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years will be administered in 427 upazilas of the country at the same time. Children will be given the specially formulated Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. They should take the second dose 8 weeks after the first dose. All preparations have been made in this regard. The trial run was conducted in 186 centres of 12 city corporations, including the capital. On August 11, 17 students of Abul Bashar Government Primary School in Sherbangla Nagar were experimentally vaccinated against coronavirus at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka. The trial run was conducted in 186 centres of 12 city corporations, including the capital.
HPM Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate Bangladesh’s first ever six-lane Madhumati Bridge in Narail and the third Shitalakhya Bridge in Narayanganj through videoconferencing from her office in Dhaka. The 690-metre-long Madhumati Bridge, which is locally called Kalna bridge, has been built over the Madhumati River at a cost of Tk960 crore with the funding of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica). It connects Narail, Gopalganj, Khulna, Magura, Satkhira, Chuadanga, Jessore and Jhenaidah districts. People of at least 10 southwestern districts will be able to travel to different areas in less time. It will also reduce travel time from the country’s largest land port Benapole and Jessore to Dhaka, as the distance will only be 130km.
The United Nations’ Military Advisor General Birame Diop in a meeting with a Bangladeshi delegation has highly appreciated the skills and dutifulness of Bangladeshi peacekeepers. The Military Advisor has expressed deep grief and condemnation over the death of three Bangladeshi peacekeepers while on duty in the UN peacekeeping mission- in the Central African Republic. A team of 29 members of the National Defence College (NDC) of Bangladesh visited the UN Headquarters and the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations. The delegation includes senior officers from the Bangladesh Armed Forces and the Bangladesh Civil Service, along with senior defence services officers from Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and the United Kingdom.
Owing to real and measurable gains in Awami League led government’s electoral pledge to transform the country’s digital landscape into a technologically advanced one as land management system has gone completely digital. Works are also underway to ensure the government collect taxes through the digitalization system within few months. Once the entire system is implemented, citizens will get land services staying at their residences through this system and they would not need to go to the land office physically.
To promote improved sewerage services, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) facilitated a high-level dialogue between Bangladesh and Japan, and launched a new partnership between Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA) and Bureau of Sewerage, Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The high-level dialogue, led by Md Tazul Islam, Bangladesh’s Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (LGRDC), took place from 3 to 6 October in Tokyo, Japan. It included meetings with the Governor of the Tokyo; and the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan to discuss broader cooperation in sewerage sector.
The Durga Puja this year was held in a festive atmosphere in Bangladesh, and the Hindu community expressed gratitude to HPM Sheikh Hasina for ensuring that. Security was beefed up in Bangladesh in the wake of last year's violence, especially in Comilla, which had marred the biggest festival of the Hindu community, reports India Today. Bangladesh HPM Sheikh Hasina is the country's longest-serving premier and president of the ruling party Awami League. She assured community leaders of her unequivocal support for preventing violence during the festival, reads the report.The Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad thanked the Prime Minister for the peaceful completion of Durga Puja this year.

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