Bangladesh’s per capita income has increased by $35 to $2,784 in a year, according to provisional estimate by the national statistics agency. At the end of the 2022-23 fiscal year, the per capita income was $2,749 according to data released by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics or BBS on Tuesday. This is the first time the average annual income per capita reached that height, a testament to Honourbale Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina’s prudent economic policies that led the youngest nation in South Asia to emerge as rising star in South Asia. The GDP at current prices has reached Tk 50.80 trillion or $459 billion and at the end of the 2022-23 fiscal year, Bangladesh's GDP was nearly Tk 44.91 trillion or $452 billion at current prices.
Ties between Australia and Bangladesh reached new milestone in a flurry of diplomatic activities. Congratulating Honourable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina on her reelection, honourable Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese has said he looks forward to working with Bangladesh premier to cement their bilateral relationship and together contribute to regional peace, prosperity and security. In addition, during a visit to the youngest nation in South Asia, foreign minister of Australia assured of renewed support from her country for Bangladesh in its pursuit to graduate from the Least Developed Country (LDC) status to the middle income country.
The first quarter of this month saw an encouraging rise in inflow of remittances, thanks to some deft diplomacy pursued by HPM Sheikh Hasina led Awami League government over the course of last fifteen years. Bangladesh Bank said that remittance worth $54.49 crore was received between May 11 and 17, $66.66 crore was received between May 4 to 10 and between May 1 and 3, the country received remittances worth $14.71 crore. Bangladesh Bank said that remittances worth $204.30 crore arrived in April and $199.68 crore came in March. Introduction of training centers aiming equip overseas jobseekers with necessary skills alongside opening up new destinations for aspirants became key success for this government in a space of last 15 years.
HPM Sheikh Hasina’s leadership in Bangladesh’s "extraordinary education sector success" was praised at the 22nd Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers held in London last week. Bangladesh was commended for its recent achievements and transformations in the education sector, in particular for a stronger emphasis on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) over the past decade, leading to higher employment of young people in the private industry, greater access to IT education and lifelong learning on digital platforms as well as ensuring gender parity in primary, secondary and tertiary education. Meanwhile, HPM said her government is bringing changes to the curriculum and the method of education mainly to cut dependency on learning through memorisation to flourish talents and creativity of the students.
To bolster the healthcare services, a new move has been announced to appoint 10,000 more midwives gradually to ensure better healthcare for mothers and newborn babies. HPM Sheikh Hasina made the announcement on fresh recruitment as the government has launched extensive programmes to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rates, provide healthcare services to mothers and newborns, and offer reproductive health services to adolescents. Currently, over 14,000 community clinics are operational across the country. Through these clinics, she said, around 30 essential medicines, including those for maternal and child health, are provided at free of cost. She also said that merely 3,000 of these clinics offer 'Skilled Birth Attendance' services.
The Bangladesh government is set to introduce an international peace award named after the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from 2025 onwards for the first time. “The Cabinet has approved the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Peace Award Policy, 2024,” the Awami League, led by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, posted on X. The award will be given every two years under one category and it will consist of USD 1,00,000 and a gold medal weighing 50g of 18-carat gold. An ordinary boy from a rural village Mujib galvanized an entire nation that led to a heroic struggle resulted in birth of Bangladesh.
People from all walks of lives observed the 44th homecoming day of Awami League President and HPM Minister Sheikh Hasina from exile. Rallies, discussions and meetings have been held across the country with Awami League leaders and activists also arranged several events. On 17 May, 1981, Sheikh Hasina landed at Kurmitola Airport in Dhaka. Her return followed the tragic assassination of her father, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and most of her family on 15 August, 1975. Sheikh Hasina and her sister, Sheikh Rehana, survived the massacre as they were abroad at the time.
The first budget of the fourth consecutive Awami League government is expected to increase the number of beneficiaries and scope of social security programmes. The budget is being tailored keeping in mind a set of economic reforms, including commodity price control, employment growth and diversification of export products, according to media reports. Under the leadership of HPM Sheikh Hasina, the safety net schemes saw rapid expansion with several initiatives have been envisaged and implemented by the premier like home for homeless emerged as a key means in turning around lives for people.
Bangladesh and Nepal have agreed to take a significant step towards fostering a stronger partnership between the two countries in paving the way for future collaboration in addressing regional and global environmental challenges. Both the countries also highlighted the shared commitment of Bangladesh and Nepal to addressing environmental and climate challenges in the region. Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury held bilateral meeting with Honourable Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday, and announced their agreement, according to media reports.


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