Bangladesh made remarkable progress in school education with an increasing number of students enrolling for lessons, especially female students in the rural areas where education was once highly discouraging. Religious barriers and family pressure for early marriage coupled with the traditional belief that girls thought to be a burden for most poor families led to many rural girls discontinuing their education. Such time-honoured beliefs and social and religious barriers today are history as parents and students demand the right to education. Massive awareness of the benefits of education over the past decades has immensely contributed to such social changes where parents convincingly send their children to free schooling now.
A horrific spell of street violence—arson, vandalism, killing of police officer--- returned as Bangladesh’s opposition alliance Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jamaat e Islami unleashed cadres in the form of enforcing blockade for as many as four days. Around 100 vehicles were torched leaving one helper burnt to death, at least two law enforcement officials are beaten to death alongside at least 100 police officers are injured while attack on Awami League supporters left one leader hacked to death.
HPM Sheikh Hasina said the joint inauguration of three India-assisted development schemes demonstrated the rare friendship and mutual cooperation between Dhaka and New Delhi, hoping that the existing relationship will be enhanced further in future. "We (Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and me) jointly inaugurated three projects. It is a demonstration of having rare friendly relations and mutual cooperation," she said. She also said Bangladesh and India will attain many successes in the days to come through mutual cooperation which will strengthen the relationship between the two countries. The prime minister made the remarks after inaugurating three Indian assisted development schemes with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi through video conferencing connecting from Dhaka and New Delhi.
During HPM Sheikh Hasina's historic visit to the EU Global Gateway Forum on 25th and 26th October, Bangladesh has secured investment in renewable energy as part of the Global Gateway, thought of as the EU's alternative to China for funding development efforts of the LDCs and developing countries. As Bangladesh and the European Union celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations which were built on strong democratic principles and respect for the rule of law, HPM Hasina has joined the first-ever Global Gateway Forum in Brussels on EU President Ursula Von Der Leyen’s invitation. This is the first edition of the forum where 20 nations have been invited to join. The Global Gateway Forum is seen as a counter to China’s Belt and Road Initiative(BRI) as analysts have termed the initiative as the “European version of BRI”.
Migrant workers sent home $1.98 billion in October, the highest in four months, central bank figures reveals. It was also up nearly 30 percent from the receipts in the same month last year when remittance brought $1.53 billion. More than 1 million Bangladeshis left the country for jobs abroad last year, nearly double the 6.17 lakh migrant workers who flew to other countries the previous year. Migrant workers sent $21.61 billion in 2022-23, which was $21.03 billion a year ago, Bangladesh Bank data showed.
In a remarkable feat of engineering and vision, Bangladesh is set to unveil the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel proudly. Spanning under the Karnaphuli River, it stands as the very first tunnel in Bangladesh's landscape and the first-ever under-river tunnel for road communication in South Asia. The journey of the tunnel commenced in 2016 and is being inaugurated today, on October 28, 2023, by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Starting the next day, the tunnel will open for vehicular traffic.


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