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Bangladesh in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage committee for 4 years

Bangladesh has been elected to UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) for four years, according to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. The country was elected to the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO 2003 Convention for Safeguarding of the ICH for the 2022-2026 cycle. This is the first time that Bangladesh has been elected to the Intergovernmental Committee formed under the 2009 Convention, said Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen Thursday. The elections for the committee took place during the 9th General Assembly of the 2003 Convention held at UNESCO headquarters in France's Paris during July 5-7. Against the four seats falling vacant within the Asia-Pacific group, Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and...

Orientation on adolescent, youth friendly healthcare services at Bandarban

A 3-day orientation session on adolescent and youth-friendly healthcare services was completed at the Mother and Child Welfare Center in Bandarban on the initiative of Our Lives, Our Health, Our Futures (OLHF) project. The session started at 10 am on May 17, 2022 and ended on May 19. The Orientation Session was attended by 43 participants including Medical Officers, Sub-Assistant Community Medical Officers of Health and Family Planning Departments of District & Upazila Level, and Family Planning Officers of Bandarban Sadar, Rowangchhari, Thanchi Upazila.

BD most competitive wage market among Asia, Oceania

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Dhaka Country Representative Yuji Ando today said Bangladesh has the most competitive wage and potential domestic market among the Asia and Oceania areas. The JETRO Dhaka chief said this while handing over a certificate to Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Customs House Salahuddin Rizvi Mohammad at Chittagong Customs House in front of Chittagong Customs Commissioner M Fakhrul Alam for successful completion of a four-month training programme for fiscal year 2021-22, said a press releas...

$ 202m WB addl financing to Increase food security

The World Bank’s (WB's) Board of Executive Directors on Saturday approved $202 million in additional financing for the Modern Food Storage Facilities Project to increase the storage capacity of Bangladesh’s national strategic grain reserves by 535,500 tons for 4.5 million households.

The project is helping Bangladesh address food insecurity in challenging times, such as frequent climate-induced disasters or crisis situations like the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is supporting the construction of eight public modern grain storage steel silo complexes for r...

Bangladesh Bank and refugee crises defy relief

After a 2.5% first-quarter decline on the MSCI frontier index as the only losing Asian component, Bangladesh shares continued to be shunned by foreign investors on the headline Rohingya refugee influx now at 800,000, and banking sector balance sheet and management woes with bad loans at 10% of the total. Elections are also due this year with the opposition party leader unable to compete under corruption charges, and sporadic street violence erupting among rival political camps amid Islamist terror threats and military takeover rumors. The fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment center collapse, which injured and killed thousands, also focused attention on unresolved worker safety issues in the mainstay export industry, as remittances from abroad remain uncertain with renewed local e...

Action against Snakebite

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

As global momentum to tackle snakebite envenoming grows, immediate action across the WHO South-East Asia Region is both possible and necessary

Snakebite is a serious cause of disability and death in mostly poor, rural and hard-to-reach communities worldwide.Though just 250 of 3000-odd species of snakes are medically important, their impact can be devastating:Across the globe, snakebite envenoming is reported to cause the death of up to 138 000 people annually, while up to three times that number are estimated to suffer amputation, physical or psychological disability. The need to take action is clear, and core to the principle of leaving no one behind. ...