Net foreign direct investment to Bangladesh rose 37% year-on-year to $3.43 billion in the last fiscal year, a positive development for the economy, thanks to a raft of measures devised and put in place by Honourable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina braving global headwinds. According to the latest data of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA), the overall investment proposals with BIDA rose by a staggering 54.46% during the July-September quarter compared to the same period of the preceding year 2021. During this July-September period, BIDA received some 223 investment proposals, much higher than around 190 such proposals received by the board. Importantly, these proposals from local and foreign entrepreneurs are expected to create 74,032 job opportunities in the country.
Different political parties including the Awami League (AL) observed the Jail Killing Day as it is the second disgraceful incident in the country after the brutal assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on August 15 in 1975. On November 3 in 1975, four national leaders and heroes of the country's Liberation War -- Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, Captain Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman-- were assassinated inside the Dhaka Central Jail. In observance of that tragic occasion, HPM Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four national leaders.
Referring to Various programs undertaken by Bangladesh are followed by other countries of the world, Edimon Ginting, country representative of ADB, said Bangladesh is a role model in the world in dealing with climate change. The United Nations and Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide all necessary assistance to Bangladesh to combat climate change, including the implementation of Bangladesh's National Adaptation Plan (NAP). United Nations Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Gwyn Lewis and Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Representative Edimon Ginting came up with these comments in two separate meetings with Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahab Uddin.
The Kennedy family, which has historic bonding with Bangladesh established in 1971 during the War of Liberation, has proved to be a real friend of Bangladesh. The family’s love for Bangladesh people and the contribution to its liberation struggle have come to the fore again with Edward M Kennedy Jr’s visit in Bangladesh with his entire family for a week. In his speech, Edward (Ted) M Kennedy Jr, reasserted that the Kennedy family would always support the democracy and prosperity of Bangladesh to build further stronger ties between Washington and Dhaka. They visited the Lalbagh Kella and walked the streets of Old Dhaka, and visited Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and Liberation War Museum and go outside Dhaka to see the countryside.
Tobgi-1 exploratory well in Bhola has probable gas reserves of about 239 billion cubic feet as its drilling has been successful, revealed State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid. An average of 20 million cubic feet gas extraction would be possible every day for 30-31 years, once become operational. To this end, Petrobangla plans to drill a total of 46 exploration, development, and workover wells during the period between 2022 and 2025. According to media reports, two more wells -- Elisha-1 and Bhola North-2 -- will be dug in phases by June 2023. After the completion of the projects, some 46 to 55 million cubic feet of gas can be extracted from the three wells.
Test run of a train was conducted from Faridpur Bhanga station to near Padma Bridge under the Padma Bridge Rail Link Project this morning (November 1, 2022).The experimental train departed the Bhanga station at 10:30am and traveled 32 km in one hour to reach the Padma Bridge area. The 'Gang Car' underwent a test run on 31km distance between Bhanga Railway Station and Janjira Viaduct on the south of Padma Bridge before inaugurating the new railway line. Of the 31km of distance, stones have already been put on 27km of the rail tracks while stones have not yet been put on the rest 4km of rail tracks. The rail tracks have been linked with Bhanga's old railway lines. Inaugurated months back, Padma bridge, country’s largest infrastructure undertaking, has connected the entire southern part with the capital, already fetching over millions while this bridge also opens up possibilities for regional trade.
HPM Sheikh Hasina asked youths to engage in producing and processing food to tackle impending global famine and food crisis forecast by international organisations due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war. "I call upon the youth folks to concentrate on producing more food by cultivating every inch of our land and processing those so that we can save Bangladesh from the looming global famine and food crisis," she said while distributing the National Youth Award. She also urged them to ensure maximum use of the fertile land and manpower they have to ward off the global crisis.
During the last days of the BNP-Jamaat coalition government, Public Works Affairs Minister Mirza Abbas illegally leased two acres of railway land, worth Tk 51 crores then, to an unnamed and fake association without tendering. This BNP leader, who is close to Tarique Rahman, completed the entire process in just 14 days on instructions from Hawa Bhaban. But the railway land is not under the Ministry of Public Works, it has no legal right to do so. In its list, the cooperative office could not find the name of the association that got the lease for 99 years, according to a report published by the daily Janakantha on July 28, 2007. The issue drew the attention of the Anti-Corruption Commission when the Railway authorities demanded to get the rightful possession of the land after the caretaker government came to power.

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