250 US made portable ICU ventilators reach Dhaka

Five Bangladeshi American doctors have sent 250 portable intensive care unit (ICU) ventilators at the call of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carried the ventilators from India with the support of the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi, Prime Minister’s Deputy Press Secretary Hasan Jahid Tusher wrote on his Facebook page.

Prime Minister’s personal physician Professor ABM Abdullah, senior secretaries of the foreign ministry and health ministry received the ventilators at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8:30pm Saturday, he added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Greatest Animated Films Ever: The Animation movies that will never lose charm

Unlike live-action films, the consummation of best-animated films depends on how vividly the animator can handle the hand-drawn object to turn fantasies into reality. What was once puppetry and bioscope was replaced later by 2D animation. Now the spellbinding computer-generated imagery (CGI) continues to fascinate us. If you want to enrich your movie archive with some of the greatest animated movies, this list is worth watching.

Top 10 Best Animated Movies for All Times

‘Grave of the Fireflies’ | Japanese Cartoon | 1988

This is a heartbreaking story about two teenage brothers who rely entirely on one other and fight against all odds to stay together during World War II. Isao Takahata directed this animated film as well as wrote it. The original story was a semi-autobiography of Akiyuki Nosaka.

This war-tragedy film stars Yoshiko Shinohara, Tsutomu Tatsumi, Akemi Yamaguchi, and Ayano Shiraishi. The film won an award in Blue Ribbon (1989) and two in Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (1994). With a rating of 8.5/10 on IMDb and 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, it still grabs the attention of movie lovers.

‘Toy Story’ film series | American Computer Animation | 1995-2019

Walt Disney Pictures has released four seasons of this Pixer production franchise in 1995, 1999, 2010, and 2019. Each of them carries an interesting screenplay on what will happen when the toys will come to life and take the lead to make things right.

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen gave the voice for the major roles of the film. John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Joe Ranft, and Andrew Stanton made the original story. The film series was directed by Lasseter himself, along with Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon, and Josh Cooley. All of the versions won Oscar except the second release. These blockbuster films have a rating of at least 7.7 on IMDb and 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘Persepolis’ | French-Iranian Cartoon | 2007

This war drama’s story is taken from a graphic novel titled Persepolis. The novel was written by Marjane Satrapi based on her own life during the Iranian revolution. Satrapi herself and Vincent Paronnaud jointly directed this autobiographical animated film. The lead voice-over artists were Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve. It got the Oscar nomination for the ‘best animated’ feature. This animated film has a rating of 8/10 on IMDb and 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘Son of the White Mare’ | Hungarian Cartoon | 1981

This Roman Kunz production was directed by Marcell Jankovics. This fantasy film starring Gyorgy Cserhalmi, Vera Pap, and Gyula Szabo featured Laszlo Arany’s poetry of the same name based on the Hungarian myth. The story is centered on a superhuman character, who is on a quest to the underworld to free the princesses. This psychedelic animated film was selected for the Fantasia International Film Festival 2019. This film carries a rating of 7.9/10 on IMDb and 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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‘Rocks in My Pockets’ | Latvian Cartoon | 2014

Signe Baumane, the Latvian animation artist, made this film centered on the incidents of her own life. It explores how she as well as her family struggled to overcome their insanity. She did the voice-over in the whole movie. Baumane won the FEPRESCI prize, Latvian Film Prize, and Sky Arte Award for this comedy-drama. This documentary film stays at the rating of 7.5/10 on IMDb and 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘The Wolf House’ | Chilean Stop-Motion Animation | 2018

It was the first feature film of Cristobal Leon & Joaquin Cocina, two talented animation artists worked together since 2007. Along with them, Alejandra Moffat wrote the screenplay of the film. This is a tale of a young woman who flees from a German colony and seeks a harbor in Chile. Amalia Kassai and Rainer Krause worked behind the major characters’ voices. This stop-motion film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival 2018. This horror animation is rated at 7.6/10 on IMDb and 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’ | British Stop-Motion Animated Film | 2015

This film features Shaun the Sheep, the popular TV series in 2007 by Nick Park. The interesting story is all about a sheep planning with friends to rescue their master. With the voice-over of Justin Fletcher, Omid Djalili, and John Sparkes, this comedy film was written and directed by Richard Starzak, and Mark Burton. It received the nomination for Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA in 2016. This Aardman Animations production is rated at 7.3/10 on IMDb and 99% on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘The Boy and the World’ | Brazillian Cartoon | 2013

A little boy sets out on an adventure to find his father, only to find himself in a world governed by machines, animals, and aliens. With this story in the background, ‘The Boy and the World’ film was made with a unique combination of digital animation, sketch, and painting.

This adventure animation, directed and written by Ale Abreu, got the 88th Oscar nomination. Besides the filmmaker himself, the voice-over artists of the film were Vinicius Garcia, Felipe Zilse, Lu Horta, Cassius Romero, and Marco Aurelio Campos. The rating of this film on IMDb is 7.6/10 and on Rotten Tomatoes is 93%.

‘The Secret of Kells’ | Irish-French Cartoon | 2009

The Secret of Kells, produced under the Cartoon Saloon, follows an adventure of a boy and an ancient book named Kells filled with mysterious powers. Evan McGuire, Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally, Michael McGrath, Liam Hourican, Paul Tylak gave voices over the major roles. This fantasy film, directed by Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey, got the 82nd Academy Award nomination. The ratings of this animated film are 7.6/10 and 90% on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes respectively.

‘Wrinkles’ | Spanish Cartoon | 2011

The main idea of this film comes from the graphic novel titled Wrinkles by Paco Roca. The story shows how an old man becomes a con artist to save his friend from getting relocated to the ‘lost causes’ unit of an elder-care facility due to Alzheimer’s disease.

Alvaro Guevara and Tacho Gonzalez gave the voice behind the main characters of this animated drama directed by Ignacio Ferreras. Angel de la Cruz and Rosanna Cecchini cooperated with the screenplay along with Roca and the director of the film. All of them won the Goya Awards 2012 for this film. ‘Wrinkles’ stays at the rating of 7.6/10 on IMDb and 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Wrap up

Beyond the age limit, these best-ever animated films have been feeding the fascination of all types of cinephiles. Thanks to the comedy-centric trend, every filmmaker now tends to mix humorous ingredients in their creations. Moreover, comedy movies are more enjoyable to the movie-enthusiasts who want to go back to their childhood. Not to mention, these animated films had been a great relief for cineastes around the world.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Over 90 lakh cattle sacrificed this year on Eid-ul-Azha: Livestock Ministry

Around 90,93,242 cattle have been sacrificed across the country this year on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha, the second most important religious festival of Muslims, said the Ministry of Fisheries and livestock Saturday.

Of the sacrificed animals 40,53,679 were cows and buffalos, 50,38,848 were goats and sheep and 715 were other cattle, said the ministry in a press release today.

This year the government has taken up the selling of cattle ahead of Eid on online platforms to reduce the risk of Covid spread amid the alarming spike of the infections.

Digital Haat or digital cattle market was set up jointly by the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, ICT division, E-commerce Association of Bangladesh, district and upazila administration and other non-government organizations before the Eid.

A total of 3,87,579 cattle were sold online worth more than Tk 2,735 crore. The number was five times more than the previous year’s.

Last year 86,874 cattle were sold online worth more than Tk 595 crore, according to the ministry.

The huge response inspires the ministry to expand the online platforms next year.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Banks to open from Sunday for limited hours

After a four-day break on account of the holy Eid-ul-Azha festival and weekly holidays, banks and financial institutions in Bangladesh will open from Sunday.

However, all banks will remain open for customers for only three-and-a-half hours daily due to the country-wide 14-day strict lockdown that was reimposed on Friday to contain the spread of rising Covid cases.

As per a circular issued by Bangladesh Bank, all banks will operate on a limited scale between July 25 and August 5 — from 10am to 1.30pm only, instead of the normal 10am-4pm timings, maintaining all Covid-safety protocols and with limited staff.

However, banks can remain open till 3pm to conduct their own activities, post-customer hours. Their other regular activities can also continue in compliance with government guidelines.

During this period, the head offices and authorised dealers-designated branches of banks will remain open while state-owned banks will keep open one branch at the district level and one at the upazila level.

Private banks, on the other hand, will keep open one branch at the district level and a maximum of two branches outside districts with limited manpower, according to the central bank.

However, internet banking service will continue for 24 hours. All banks will have to ensure the operations of ATM kiosks to facilitate transactions through cards and by supplying adequate cash in the machines, as per the BB circular.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Silence descends on Dhaka

Roads in the capital fell almost silent on Saturday, as law enforcers dissuaded inessential travel on the second day of the reinforced nationwide lockdown.

Grappling with rising Covid-19 cases, Bangladesh reimposed strict lockdown restrictions from Friday after an eight-day break for Eid-ul-Azha. The stricter lockdown will continue till August 5 midnight.

A reality check by UNB revealed that there were fewer private cars and commercial vehicles on the main roads as compared to Friday.

Silence descends on Dhaka

RAB and Army personnel patrolling the streets of Dhaka alongside local police, were seen monitoring the movement of vehicles and people after setting up check-posts in different areas.

From Gabtoli-Mirpur Road-New Market to Uattara-Airport-Mohakhali, a good number of strategic checkposts have been set by the law enforcement agencies to prevent unwanted movement of people.

“Though some of the long-distance buses and vehicles were allowed to enter Dhaka through Uttara and Abdullahpur on Friday, we strictly followed a ‘no tolerance’ policy on Saturday,” said traffic police officer Akhtar Hossain.

As a result, many people returning to the metropolis after the Eid holidays were seen trying to enter the city on foot via various points, including Abdullahpur, Uttara, Tongi, Amin Bazar bridge and Babu Bazar bridge.

However, as per the government instructions, only ambulances and those in emergency services were allowed to enter the capital.

The few private cars, microbuses and other commercial vehicles that were caught plying on the roads without any valid reason in defiance of lockdown norms were fined or compounded by police.

A police officer in the Amin Bazar area said, “Some people have been trying to enter the city showing medical documents but most of those were found to be old and invalid.”

On Thursday, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain told UNB that this lockdown would be stricter than the one imposed last time. “Police, the paramilitary Bangladesh Border Guard and the Army will keep a strict vigil on the roads.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BAN vs. ZIM 2021: T20I Series Finale Review

The third match of the T20I series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will be held on 25th July. This match will take place at the Harare Sports Club. The first two matches were also held at the same location, and we observed that the batters were benefited the most from the pitches. We may expect the series finale match to be played on the same pitch. The series is now level at 1-1. Bangladesh will have to perform well against Zimbabwe to win the series. The third T20I match preview of the BAN vs. ZIM 2021 series is discussed in this article.

Team News – Bangladesh

Bangladeshi batsmen failed to keep up the pressure on Zimbabwe’s bowling unit while chasing 166 runs in the second T20I, losing wickets at a regular interval. In the end, the visiting side came 24runs short of winning the match.

Bangladesh must come out with a proper setup in the third match in order to win the series. They could make a few adjustments in the series-deciding battle. Bangladesh’s big challenge in this important match will be to score rapidly while keeping wickets in hand.

Two senior players in the team, Shakib Al Hasan and skipper Mahmudullah Riyad will have to do a little more in the last match of the tour if Bangladesh is to win a Twenty20 series in Zimbabwe for the first time.

Newcomer Shamim Hossain showcased his power-hitting skills in the second match, which is a promising sign for Bangladesh. Nurul Hasan and the bowlers have been outstanding throughout the series. They must maintain their excellent performance in the final match. Bangladesh can win if the players give it theirs best during the contest.

Three key players for Bangladesh

Shakib Al Hasan: T20Is: 78 | Runs: 1,579 | HS: 84 | SR: 123.74 | Wkts: 94 | BBI: 5/20 | Econ: 6.83

Mahmudullah Riyad: T20Is: 91 | Runs: 1,526 | HS: 64* | SR: 123.06 | Wkts: 31 | BBI: 3/18 | Econ: 7.34

Mustafizur Rahman: T20Is: 43 | Wkts: 61 | BBI: 5/22 | Econ: 8.02

Bangladesh’s Predicted XI

Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad (C), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahedi Hasan, Shamim Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam

Team News – Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s campaign has gained a lot of confidence after winning the second match by 23 runs against a highly competitive Bangladesh team. Though, Bangladesh can still come back strong in the third match. And, the host will have to put on their finest display if they want to win their first-ever T20 series against Bangladesh.

Left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza had an outstanding outing in the second match. His quick breakthroughs aided Zimbabwe in reclaiming control of the game. Masakadza received the player of the match award after finishing his spell with three wickets.

Wellington Masakadza, Luke Jongwe, and other senior members of the squad will be essential for Zimbabwe In the last match. However, everyone in the playing XI will have to do their part properly to win the series.

Three key players for Zimbabwe

Sikandar Raza: T20Is: 41 | Runs: 524 | HS: 59 | SR: 107.37 | Wkts: 13 | BBI: 2/7 | Econ: 8.20

Wellington Masakadza: T20Is: 19 |Wkts: 17 | BBI: 4/28 | Econ: 7.35

Luke Jongwe: T20Is: 13 | Wkts: 19 | BBI: 4/18 | Econ: 8.94

Zimbabwe’s predicted XI

TadiwanasheMarumani, Wesley Madhevere, Regis Chakabva (wk), Dion Myers, Sikandar Raza (C), Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Milton Shumba, Wellington Masakadza, TendaiChatara, Blessing Muzarabani

Pitch and Weather Report

The curator is likely to create a batting-friendly surface, and we might see a run-fest between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the third Twenty20 match. The weather in Harare will most likely be partly cloudy on Sunday, although it will remain bright throughout the day. Overall, we may anticipate pleasant weather for a cricket match.

Verdict

The third T20I match of the BAN vs. ZIM 2021 series will be far more challenging, with both teams hoping to win the series. Therefore, the host Zimbabwe will go all out to overcome Bangladesh. On the other side, Bangladesh have never won a T20 series in Zimbabwe but this time they have a great opportunity to win a Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe in their own backyard for the first time.

However, the responsibilities that Bangladeshi players will play against Zimbabwe would be crucial. Bangladesh would be the favorite to win the series against the host if they can maintain their intensity throughout the game. Cricket fans are looking forward to a thrilling finish of the twenty20 series.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Oxygen imported by pvt sector ‘ready for unloading’ in Benapole

As part of the emergency services, 11 portable tankers carrying 173 MT of imported oxygen from India reached Bangladesh through Benapole land port Saturday afternoon.

Director of Benapole landport A Jalil disclosed the imported oxygen tankers have been kept in the port’s transshipment yard for emergency unloading.

The importers are two private sector organisations – Linde Bangladesh Ltd, a leading multinational in the industrial gases sector globally, and Pure BD Ltd, a subsidiary of Unilever.

The 173 MT comes on top of an earlier consignment of 180 MT that reached Bangladesh last Wednesday, on Eid-ul-Azha.

Commissioner of Benapole Customs House Azizur Rahman told reporters that two teams have been kept on standby to unload such essential shipments to meet any emergency that may arise.

Wednesday’s consignment of 180MT has already been unloaded by the team, and received by the importers.

The need to maintain adequate supplies of oxygen has become imperative during the pandemic, as the virus causing it all is primed to attack our respiratory system.

Depending on the severity, our ability to take in as much as possible of life-enabling gas oxygen with each breath may be impaired.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Day 2 of reinforced lockdown: 383 arrested in capital

Police arrested 383 people and penalised 441 vehicles in capital Dhaka for violating restrictions on Saturday, the second day of the strict post-Eid nationwide lockdown reinforced to rein in the soaring Covid-19 infections.

The arrestees were out on the streets violating restrictions, said DMP Additional Deputy Commissioner (media) Iftekharul Islam.

Meanwhile, mobile courts collected Tk 95,230 in fines from 137 people for having no valid reason to roam around and not maintain health guidelines.

The Traffic Division collected Tk 10.83 lakh in penalties, from vehicles failing to comply with the curbs in place.

Roads in the capital fell almost silent on Saturday, as law enforcers dissuaded inessential travel on the second day.

There were fewer private cars and commercial vehicles on the main roads as compared to first day Friday.

RAB and Army personnel patrolling the streets of Dhaka alongside police were seen monitoring the movement of vehicles and people at check-posts in different areas.

“Though some of the long-distance buses and vehicles were allowed to enter Dhaka through Uttara and Abdullahpur on Friday, we strictly followed a ‘no tolerance’ policy on Saturday,” said traffic police officer Akhtar Hossain.

The few private cars, microbuses and other commercial vehicles that were caught plying on the roads without any valid reason were fined or compounded by police.

A police officer in the Amin Bazar area said, “Some people have been trying to enter the city showing medical documents but most of those were found to be old and invalid.

The lockdown restrictions came into force at 8am Friday and will continue till August 5 midnight, unless extended again as announced by the government on Thursday, upping its guard against the devastating Delta variant of Covid-19.

On Thursday, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain told UNB that this lockdown will be stricter than the one imposed last time. Police, paramilitary Bangladesh Border Guard and the Army will keep a strict vigil on the roads, he said.

Earlier, the government eased the lockdown restrictions in the country for eight days due to Eid-ul-Azha that was celebrated on Wednesday.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Fakir Alamgir : When the song ends

So Fakir Alamgir bhai is gone and with him goes a cultural world which can never be resurrected as the world that produced it is gone. He came from a world where arts and politics lived together and both were supposed to belong to the people. They were songs of the pre-digital era and sounded best when sung to a crowd of cheering lads who wanted social change.

He was into Left politics too, when some of the best were there. Today’s FB radicals wouldn’t be able to recognize that era when social change was just thought to be a few songs away. It didn’t happen of course, and for many reasons including history – but the legacy of the music stayed on. The past of a “people’s” cultural movement is now part of our memory but a strong one too. And much of that belonged to Fakir Alamgir bhai, now gone at 71.

The 70s were the great years where culture flourished. There was no money, no dhandabazi – so those drawn to it were citizens genuinely interested in the arts. There was the mainstream so to speak but the sub-stream was no less strong. Often they would draw huge crowds. Part of that was because so many were part of the ‘Great Dream’: although none were fully sure what it was, it was a shared dream.

Also read: Folk music legend Fakir Alamgir leaves the stage for the last time

In the mass media era

Fakir Alamgir sang all over Bangladesh but his favourite haunt was Dhaka University Arts building chattor. That’s where the young came to hear him and he sang for them. But by the end of the 70s the world had started to change in most ways and Left politics or whatever it was went into a steep decline from which it never recovered. Slowly as the economics grew mass media began to be strong. And the songs which most people will remember him by – his Sokhina songs – gained popularity on BTV reaching millions. Many of those who had heard him sing at DU were now tuning in their TV sets. We had been together in our 70s era but times were changing. I don’t know how much he knew that but there was a new crowd , new demands and a new society where many more products were competing. His original loyalists were now spread all over the world with remittance generation lovingly remembering him and spreading it on Youtube but he was never far away from the live crowd. Even as his voice aged and the lungs no longer reverberated with the pain and rage of the migrant forced to the city for survival longing for an imagined rural paradise they may never have had, the songs remained.

Also read: Folk music legend Fakir Alamgir in ICU with Covid-19

The era closes

In the end, he belonged and symbolized an era, one where songs contributed to social change, an active ingredient. Today’s songs are more reactive, produced by change and lifestyle. Almost everyone is a stranger here and now who belonged to his era. But he has still prevailed. That he is remembered for his songs decades after they were sung shows that the digital era actually served him, his songs and those who love him. So farewell Fakir Alamgir bhai, move on singing to another call from the crowd to sing one of their favourites again.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Water-related hazards top list of 10 most destructive disasters: WMO

Water-related hazards now top the list of natural disasters with the highest human losses in the past 50 years, according to the UN weather agency.

The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes (1970-2019) report of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) finds that of the 10 disasters causing the most human fatalities in the past five decades, droughts top the list with some 650,000 deaths across the globe.

Storms caused upwards of 577,000 fatalities, floods led to more than 58,000 deaths, and extreme temperatures caused over 55,000 to die.

Excerpts from the report – which will be published in September – were released as temperatures in parts of North America soar, and unprecedented flooding in north-central Europe continues.

Up to two months’ worth of rainfall fell in two days, on 14 and 15 July, affecting parts of Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Austria, the German national meteorological service said.

More than 120 people died in Germany alone, and hundreds remain missing.

Meanwhile, parts of the central Chinese province of Henan received more accumulated rainfall between 17 and 21 July than the typical average for a full calendar year.

The report estimates that, of the top 10 events examined between 1970 and 2019, storms accounted for approximately $521 billion in economic losses, while floods accounted for about $115 billion.

Excerpts from the report show that floods and storms resulted in the largest losses in Europe in the past 50 years, at $377.5 billion.

A 2002 flood in Germany caused $16.48 billion in losses, representing the single costliest event in Europe during the period studied.

Across the continent, 1,672 recorded disasters resulted in nearly 160,000 deaths and $476.5 billion in economic damages.

“Weather, climate and water-related hazards are increasing in frequency and intensity as a result of climate change,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

“The human and economic toll was highlighted with tragic effect by the torrential rainfall and devastating flooding and loss of life in central Europe and China in the past week,” he added.

Also noting that the recent record-breaking heatwaves in North America are “clearly linked” to global warming, Taalas cited a recent rapid attribution analysis that climate change, caused by greenhouse gas emissions, made the heatwave at least 150 times more likely to happen.

Emphasising that no country is immune from such changes, he said it is imperative to invest more in climate change adaptation, including by strengthening multi-hazard early warning systems.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

First-ever UN resolution on vision impairment adopted unanimously

The United Nations General Assembly has unanimously adopted the first-ever UN resolution on vision impairment, committing access to eye healthcare for the 1.1 billion people living with preventable sight loss by 2030.

Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN in New York, Ambassador Rabab Fatima introduced the resolution on behalf of the Friends of Vision, an informal like-minded group at the UN that advocates for greater access to eye healthcare for over two billion people currently living with various levels of visual impairment.

The resolution titled ‘Vision for Everyone: Accelerating Action to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals’ is unique as it is the first agreement among the member states of this highest global body that is designed to tackle preventable sight loss, the Bangladesh Mission at the UN said on Saturday.

The other two co-chairs of the group are Antigua & Barbuda and Ireland, who joined Bangladesh in proposing the resolution. A total of 115 member states co-sponsored the resolution adopted on Friday.

Ambassador Fatima dedicated the resolution to all people around the world who are visually impaired or handicapped.

She urged all countries in the world to set a target for vision for everyone by 2030 by ensuring full access to eye care services for their populations.

This resolution has a strong mandate and is expected to send a strong message of hope to the millions of visually impaired.

Ambassador Fatima said the adoption of the resolution on vision is a watershed moment in global efforts for vision care.

“1.1 billion people live with preventable sight loss. Preventable sight loss is a global challenge that needs a global solution – and that is what we have agreed today. What we agreed today will make a world of a difference to the lives of billions and their families and communities”.

Referring to a global survey data, the Bangladesh Ambassador said that vision impairment and blindness pose an enormous global financial burden with the annual global costs of productivity losses estimated to be US$ 411 billion.

However, access to eye care can not only reduce children’s odds of failing in the class by 44%, but it can also increase the odds of obtaining paid employment by 10%.

This is also an equity issue as 55% of the blind people are women and girls; and they are 8% more likely to be blind than men, she added.

Ambassador Fatima said millions of people globally lose their visions, needlessly. “And this phenomenon largely impedes their ability to contribute to their full potentials to the socio-economic development of their societies. The resolution before us has the potential to reverse this situation”.

The resolution called upon the member states to make eye health integral to their nation’s commitment to achieving the sustainable development goals.

The resolution also asked for international financial institutions and donors to provide targeted finances, especially to support developing countries in tackling preventable sight loss.

It called on relevant UN institutions to support global efforts to achieve vision for everyone to achieve the sustainable development goals. The resolution also called for new targets on eye care to be included in the UN’s sustainable development goals at its next review.

About 90% of the people who do not have access to proper eye healthcare live in low- and middle-income countries.

In Bangladesh, according to a 2018 estimate, the number of blind people aged 30 and above is 750,000 and more than six million people in Bangladesh need vision correction.

The government of Bangladesh is one of the signatories to the global initiative launched in 1999 known as Vision 2020.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BPL Football defers by six days

Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football 2020-21, which was scheduled to resume on Saturday (July 24) after the Eid break, has been deferred by six days.

The 20th round of the prestigious league will now begin on July 30.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the BFF Professional League Management Committee held Friday night.

Chittagong Abahani Ltd scheduled to play Uttar Baridhara Club at 4:pm at the Kamalapur Stadium while Rahmatganj MFS due to play Brothers Union Club at the same time at the Banglabandhu National Stadium here on Saturday.

Source: United News of Bangladesh