In a remarkable turn of events, Bangladesh is on the verge of a monumental transformation as the work of six mega projects nears completion, a manifestation of Honorubale Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina’s effort to change the course of national progress. In September, two big projects—Padma Rail link and the country’s first elevated expressway will be opened in September. On the other hand, Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) has already commenced a trial run till Motijheel from Agargaon. Moreover, construction work of the third terminal at HazratShahjalal International Airport is progressing well and is set to become operational from October. In addition, the first ever under river tunnel in SouthEast Asia is Bangabandhu Tunnel constructed under the Karnaphuli River in Chattogram will open to public by September.
HPM Sheikh Hasina underwent an eye check-up at a public hospital like any other ordinary patient as she went to the National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital in the capital’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. She then purchased a Tk 10 ticket from the counter before getting her eyes checked. “The prime minister went to the National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital for follow-up treatment," he said. "After consulting her eye doctor, the prime minister also exchanged greetings with nurses, patients and their relatives at the hospital."
Last week marked a historic moment for Bangladesh and India as they entered into a new era of regional economy with the launch of bilateral trade in Indian Rupee. The initiative aims to strengthen the economic ties between the two countries and ease pressure on Bangladesh's foreign currency reserves. Addressing the function, the BB Governor said this financial milestone is anticipated to alleviate the stress on Bangladesh’s foreign currency reserve, with an expected savings of approximately $2 billion. The initiative is likely to save around $2 billion per year, which Bangladesh may use for other purposes.
Honourable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the South Asia's largest single sewage treatment plant (STP) in the capital's Khilgaon area. At the same function, HPM Sheikh Hasina also laid foundation stone of the reconstruction and expansion of the Pagla Sewage Treatment Plant in support with the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), having capacity of treating 200 million tonnes of sewage. “I formally announced inauguration of the Dasherkandi Sewage Treatment Plant and reconstruction and expansion of the Pagla Sewage Treatment Plant,” she said. The Dasherkandi plant has a capacity of treating five million tonnes of sewage per day, which is 20% to 25% of the total sewage.
RMG exports from Bangladesh to the European Union (EU) saw 9.93 percent growth during the fiscal year 2022-23 — from $21.40 billion in FY 2021-22 to $23.52 billion in FY 2022-23, according to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB). At the same time, exports to the UK and Canada increased by 11.78% percent and 16.55% respectively. In the fiscal year 2022-23, Bangladesh’s garment exports to non-traditional markets witnessed a rapid growth of 31.38%. Exports to major non-traditional markets such as Japan, Australia and India crossed the $1 billion milestone.
A group of suspended Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leaders brought out a protest rally in Narsingdi town this week demanding immediate arrest of the district's BNP convener Khairul Kabir Khokon and others accused in the recent murders of two JCD activists. At least three cars were vandalised by BNP men, according to media reports, while at least five people were also injured during the commotion. Earlier, on May 25, factional clashes reportedly injured two leaders of JCD --former district unit JCD Senior convener Sadekur Rahman and activist Ashraful Islam.
Families and victims of arson attacks carried out by BNP-Jamaat people between 2013 and 2015 have called for justice against the loss of lives. Under the banner of "Mayer Kanna" (Mother's Cry), a platform comprising victims and their family members participated in the protest rally, reiterating their pleas for justice. They called upon global human rights organizations to take action and end the culture of impunity enjoyed by the "killers" associated with the BNP-Jamaat. The rally drew attention to the silence of these rights bodies in response to their demands for justice, labelling them as "biased and one-sided defenders of the killers".
As the election is approaching, BNP's indecision and conspiracy regarding the polls have become conspicuous, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ICT Advisor Sajeeb Wazed. In a post from his verified Facebook page on Wednesday, he remarked that it is paramount for a political party to take a judicious decision at the right time because a sole blunder may bring a devastating impact to a nation. BNP's failure in that has always been evident. Whenever the election is around, Begum Khaleda Zia's party gets diabolically destructive. Political analysts are now observing the same symptoms among them, he wrote on his page.
Construction works of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hi-tech Park along the bank of the mighty river Padma in Rajshahi is on the final stage. Aimed at establishing knowledge-based industries through ensuring area wise development the park has been established on 31 acres of land at Nabinagar area adjacent to the city. As a whole, it is intended to generate employment opportunities for 14,000 males and females ultimately. Around 88% implementation works of the "Establishment of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hi-Tech Park" project has so far been completed on an average.


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