54 lakh more Sinopharm doses to arrive Saturday

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Fifty-seven lakh more doses of the Sinophamrm vaccine are scheduled to reach Dhaka from China early Saturday.

The consignment of vaccine doses is part of the commercial purchase from China, said Deputy Chief of Mission at the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka Hualong Yan.

This is so far the second-largest batch of vaccine doses commercially purchased by Bangladesh from China.

As a strategic partner of Bangladesh, China will always remain the most reliable supplier whatever and whenever the country needs, Hualong said.

With the new doses, China will have supplied over 2 crore doses of Sinophamrm to Bangladesh commercially.

Another 2.4 million doses have also been received from China as bilateral assistance.

54 lakh more Sinopharm doses to arrive Saturday

Bangladesh has so far received Sinopharm vaccine doses from China as a gift, under COVAX facility, and commercial purchase.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently told the parliament that the government had made arrangements to get more than 1 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines every month.

According to the schedule received from Sinopharm, 2 crore shots will be available every month from October onwards and 6 crore by December, she added.

54 lakh more Sinopharm doses to arrive Saturday

On August 16, Bangladesh, China and Incepta Vaccine Limited signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the coproduction of Sinopharm vaccine in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is now administering vaccines developed by four companies – AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Sinopharm.

The government has administered at least 33,699,773 doses of Covid vaccines – enough to have vaccinated around 10% of the country’s population, assuming every person needs two doses.

Bangladesh has administered 10,990,721 shots of Sinopharm as the first dose and 5,784,265 as the second dose so far.

Since the start of the Covid pandemic, the country has recorded 1,527,215 infections and 26,832 deaths, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.

The Covid vaccines cannot offer 100% protection but when more people are jabbed there is less opportunity for the virus to infect and spread.

Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalisations, and death; and with the Delta variant; this is more urgent than ever, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Faridpur flood: Over 2000ha cropland submerged for nearly four weeks

More than 2,000 hectares of cropland have been submerged underwater in the past 25 days due to flood in Faridpur, according to the district’s Agriculture Extension Department.

Of them 1,007 hectares are of Aus paddy, 76 hectares of different vegetables, 50 hectares of chilli, 26 hectares of Banana orchard and many more.

Partha Pratim Saha, Executive Engineer, Faridpur Water Development Board told UNB that although water levels in the Padma have been decreasing for the last 4-5 days, it is still well above the danger level meaning that the situation still has to improve further.

Lands of the three unions of Faridpur Sadar, three UPs of Charbhadrasan upazila,

two UPs of Sadarpur upazila, two UPs of Madhukhali upazila, two UPs of Bhanga Upazila and three UPs of Alfadanga upazila have been the hardest hit in the food.

Chairman of North Channel Union of Faridpur Sadar Upazila Mostakuzzaman said most of the aus paddy and vegetable fields of his area have been ruined due to flood.

The Agriculture Extension Department is still in the process of calculating the exact loss incurred, he added.

Similar statements were given by all the local representatives and farmers of the affected areas.

They demanded incentives from the government to make up for their loss.

Looking on the bright side, Deputy Director of the Agriculture Extension Department in Faridpur Hazrat Ali said that although it is true that many cultivable lands have gone underwater, another perspective of the event is planting will be very good once the water receded.

He too confirmed that above 2000 hectares of land have been submerged so far.

He also added that free seeds will be provided as compensation to the farmers.

Faridpur Deputy Commissioner Atul Sarkar told UNB that the government is already providing incentives to the farmers at a minimum interest rate.

In addition, a list of affected farmers will be made and they will be taken care of accordingly.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Covid-19 in Bangladesh: Experts urge caution as third wave looms

Although the Covid infection rate continues to fall signalling the control of the second wave in Bangladesh, experts think there is no room for complacency as they fear the third wave of the virus may hit the country anytime.

They said the ongoing cluster transmission in different areas, lowering of guard by the government, public apathy to wear masks and health safety rules, low pace in vaccination and the reopening of educational institutions can be the main reasons behind the possible third wave of the coronavirus.

As India may also witness the third wave of the pandemic in October, the analysts say it may have an impact on Bangladesh as a close neighbourning country.

They, however, said Bangladesh can avoid the Covid third wave by intensifying virus control measures, especially in the areas where the infection rate is still high, encouraging people to maintain health safety rules, and wear masks and strengthening the vaccination drive.

Covid-19 in Bangladesh: Experts urge caution as third wave looms

According to data provided by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the Covid infection rate came down to 9.82 percent on September 8 from 29.97 percent on August 1, but it is still over 15-20 percent in many districts, including Faridpur, Gazipur, Munshiganj, Jhenidah, Kushtia and Khagrachari.

When may the third wave hit?

Though most health experts feel the third wave is inevitable, they are divided over the exact timing of its arrival. While some experts think that the third wave will arrive by October, other experts say it may take more time if a Delta-like variant does not emerge soon.

Dr Abu Jamil Faisel, a member of the Bangladesh Como Modelling group, said the current wave of the virus may come almost under control by September, but it is likely to increase again next month.

“Our projection is that the third wave of the virus may hit the country by October,” he said.

Public health expert MH Chowdhury (Lenin), chairman of the medicine department at the Health and Hope Hospital, said if the virus does not weaken and the government fails to keep the protective measures functional, Bangladesh may see the third wave at the end of October.

Mushtuq Husain, adviser to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), however, said, “The virus infection may surge again, but we’re not still clear about when exactly it will happen.”

He also said it is certain that the coronavirus will not be eliminated until it comes under control all over the world. “So, we’ve to always remain ready to face the surge in infection of the virus. There’s no room for complacency over the current falling trend of the virus infection.”

DGHS spokesman Dr Robed Amin said it is very difficult to make any prediction about the coronavirus because it behaves in different ways in different situations. “So, no one can say definitively when the virus may surge again unless a new deadly variant emerges. But we have to strictly follow the hygiene rules. Otherwise, the danger can come at any time.”

He said the DGHS is closely monitoring the situation in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world, including India. “If the virus cases spike again, we’ll take proper action accordingly.”

Both Faisel and Lenin said the third wave will not be a strong one if no new variant comes by the time.

Covid-19 in Bangladesh: Experts urge caution as third wave looms

Cluster transmission

Prof Mushtuq said though the overall infection rate has declined, there are many areas where it is still over 15 percent of what is called cluster transmission.

“If we can control this cluster transmission, the third wave is unlikely to come anytime soon. But if we fail to do so, we may experience the third wave in the near future.”

Echoing Mushtuq, Dr Faisel said the virus can spread to other areas from where the cluster transmission is going on in absence of proper preventive measures as around 95 percent of people in the country still remain unvaccinated.

As the virus infection is dipping, he also said people are becoming reckless about health safety rules and masking while there is a slack attitude among the authorities concerned regarding the control measures.

The expert said the civil surgeons in the districts where the infection rate is high should work out effective measures to contain it. “They’ve to focus on quick identification of patients and isolation of people who come close to the positive cases.”

Children may be at risk

Dr Lenin said millions of children will return to classrooms from September 12 at a time when Delta variant is taking its toll on kids in different countries, including the USA.

“We can also face a similar problem after reopening of the schools if we fail to ensure rigid health protocols in place. We have to remain alert about it,” he said.

Dr Faisel said most young and elderly people gained immunity by getting affected by the virus or by receiving vaccines. But the infection was very low among the children as they have long been staying at home. “So, now the students are likely to be at the risk of virus infection with reopening of the schools.”

He said no one, including the students and teachers, should be allowed to enter educational institutions without masks.

How to avoid third wave

Prof Muzaherul Huq, a former adviser to WHO South-East Asia region, said the government should focus on contract tracing and increasing rapid antigen tests to quickly identify the infected persons in the areas where cluster transmission is taking place and isolate them from others.

“We’ve to intensify the control measures to address the cluster transmission locally so that the virus can’t spread to other areas from different pockets. Lockdowns can be enforced in those pockets,” he said.

The expert said the government should strictly continue screening the incoming passengers through the airports and the land ports to check the arrival of any new variant from abroad.

Besides, the expert said, the government will have to increase the vaccination drive and ensure cent percent masking and health safety rules. “If we can do this properly, we won’t face the third wave any time soon.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

2 dead, 7 missing in Sirajganj boat accident

Two women died and seven went missing Thursday as an overloaded boat tilted a few yards away from the embankment on the River Jamuna in Sirajganj’s Chauhali.

The deceased were identified as Jhilimin Begum,60, from Jamalpur and Ful Begum,50, from Dewanganj, said Anisur Rahman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Enayetpur Police Station of the area.

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The accident occurred when the engine-driven boat, carrying around 80 passengers, was heading towards Enayetpur’s Darbar Sharif from Jamalpur.

As the boat tilted near Enayetpur after getting caught in strong currents and high tides, around 15 passengers fell into the river, and only some of them managed to swim ashore.

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“Two bodies were recovered from the river and kept at Darbar Sharif. Mohammad Lalan, who got injured in the accident, is now undergoing treatment at Khwaja Yunus Ali Medical College and Hospital,” Anisur said.

Belkuchi Fire Service Station has continued the rescue operation, and divers from Rajshahi will join them, the OC added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Covid-19: 38 more die in Bangladesh with positivity rate falling to 8.65 %

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Bangladesh logged 38 more Covid-19 deaths and 2,325 cases in 24 hours till Friday morning, showing a further decline in single-day fatalities and cases.

The country reported 58 Covid-related deaths and 2,588 cases on Thursday, indicating a slight increase in both cases and fatalities.

But the daily case positivity rate dropped a bit to 8.65 per cent from Thursday’s 8.76 per cent suggesting that the pandemic may be easing in Bangladesh.

The fresh numbers pushed the country’s total fatalities to 26,832 while the cases reached 15,27,215 according to a DGHS handout.

Covid-19: 38 more die in Bangladesh with positivity rate falling to 8.65 %

The new cases were detected after testing 26,878 samples during the 24-hour period.

Around 29,541 samples were tested on the previous day.

Besides, the recovery rate rose to 96.39 per cent while the case fatality remained unchanged at 1.76 per cent compared to the corresponding period.

The country last saw 54 Coronavirus-related deaths on June 18 and the upswing in the fatalities reached its peak on August 5 and 10 when 264 deaths were recorded.

Covid-19: 38 more die in Bangladesh with positivity rate falling to 8.65 %

However, the situation was much more catastrophic than June in the latter part of August as the country experienced a surge of Covid-related caseloads and deaths during that time.

Between May and June this year, there was a 273 per cent rise in monthly caseloads and 162 per cent in fatalities. In July, there was a 150 per cent increase in caseloads and a 170 percent rise in deaths compared to the previous month, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Dengue: 248 more hospitalized in 24 hrs with no new death

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Although no death from dengue was reported in the past 24 hours till early Friday, 248 more people were hospitalised with the mosquito-borne disease, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Among the new patients, 214 were admitted to government and private hospitals in Dhaka while the remaining 34 cases were reported from outside the division, according to DGHS.

Some 1,221 patients diagnosed with dengue fever are receiving treatment in the country as of Friday morning, according to DGHS.

Of them, 1,041 patients are receiving treatment at different hospitals in the capital while the remaining 180 were listed outside Dhaka.

This year’s total death toll from dengue remained static at 54.

Among the dead, 50 were in Dhaka city alone, two in Chattogram division, one in Khulna and one in Rajshahi.

Some 13,255 patients have been admitted to different hospitals with dengue since January.

So far, 11,980 dengue patients have been released from hospitals after recovery, said the DGHS.

The number of dengue patients hospitalized in a single day was the highest with 343 patients on September 7.

In the month of August the country recorded the highest number of 7,698 dengue cases of the current year.

In July, 2,286 people were diagnosed with dengue and 12 died while in June 272 cases were recorded with no deaths.

Health authorities have been recording over 200 dengue cases per day since August 1.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Mob beats man to death suspecting him of being a thief

Local people beat a man to death suspecting him of being a thief at Sabujbagh in Dhaka on Thursday night.

Police said they rescued Hridoy, 27, in a critical condition as local people thrashed him as they suspected him to be a thief.

He was taken to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where doctors announced him dead around 3:30 am on Friday.

Anwar Hossain, a sub-inspector of Sabujbagh Police Station, said the locals claimed that they beat the man as he was caught while stealing in the area.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Witness says R. Kelly kept her locked up before sex assault

She was an unsuspecting radio station intern in 2003 when she pursued what she thought would be a career-making interview with a R&B superstar — R. Kelly.

Instead, she had a horrific experience while locked in a darkened room for days, she’s now testified years later in lurid detail. She said she still lives with a strong belief she was drugged and violated by Kelly while she was unconscious.

“I was sexually assaulted,” the woman told jurors on Thursday at Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial. “It wasn’t something I invited.”

The witness, who testified without using her real name, became the latest in a string of accusers to take the witness stand against Kelly since the trial began in New York City on Aug. 18.

Kelly, 54, has repeatedly denied accusations that he led a criminal enterprise that sexually exploited women, girls and even boys during a 30-year career highlighted by his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly.” His lawyers have portrayed his accusers as groupies who are lying about their relationships with him.

Publicly recounting her experience with Kelly for the first time, the former radio intern said she was a 21-year-old single mother from Salt Lake City when she got up the nerve to approach Kelly’s entourage about an interview.

“It would have been my very first huge celebrity interview,” said the witness, now 39. “I thought it would kickstart my career.”

She was invited to fly to Chicago and meet Kelly at his “Chocolate Factory” music studio, all paid for by the Grammy-winning recording artist. There, she was greeted by someone who made her sign a non-disclosure agreement, demanded personal information about her family and surprised her by asking if she “needed protection” — specifically, a condom, she testified.

“No, I’m not here for that,” she responded.

She was told to wait alone for Kelly in a windowless room. When she tried to step out, she discovered that the door was locked from the outside and that, after banging on the door with no response, she needed permission from Kelly to go to the bathroom or anywhere else, she said.

“I was scared. I was ashamed. I was embarrassed,” she said.

The witness claimed two days passed before she was finally given something to eat — Chinese takeout and a soda. After only a few bites and sips from her meal, she passed out on a couch, she said.

She awoke to find that someone had taken off all her clothes and felt “wet stuff” between her legs and on her thighs, she said. She also spotted Kelly in the corner pulling up his pants, she said, making clear to her he had assaulted her.

Kelly left the room, saying he would be back soon, she said, the last time she saw him. What felt like another few days had passed before she was given a flight home, she said.

She said on the way out of the studio, an employee warned her to keep her mouth shut about what had happened. The way it was put: “Don’t f— with Mr. Kelly.” She took it as a potential threat against her child and family.

As he has with other accusers, defense attorney Deveraux Cannick pressed the witness on why it took several years for her to come forward with her accusations. He noted too her admission that she had a cell phone when she alleges she was locked in the room.

“Did you call 911? After you were raped, according to you, you didn’t call 911?” Deveraux asked on cross-examination.

“That’s correct,” she responded.

The woman’s allegations resulted in a kidnapping charge listed in a sweeping racketeering indictment against Kelly that’s kept him in jail since 2019. It alleges he “together with others, did knowingly and intentionally secretly confine an individual” that the document identified only as a “Jane Doe.”

Another woman who testified on Thursday was someone who appeared on a sequel to a widely watched documentary series — “Surviving R. Kelly” — that portrayed him as a sexual predator. She has described having a tumultuous relationship with him but hasn’t directly accused him of any crimes.

The government instead was seeking to use her to corroborate testimony from other accusers that Kelly used spankings and other discipline to make women he was allegedly exploiting stay in line over months or years.

“It was fun in the beginning,” she said of her time with him. However, she said, it later became “controlling.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangladesh can sign FTA with South Korea after LDC graduation: Envoy

South Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Lee Jang-Keun Thursday suggested Bangladesh explore a free trade agreement (FTA) with his country after the South Asian country graduates from the club of least developed countries (LDCs).

South Korea already has FTAs with around 70 countries, including China, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and Europe, he said. “Also, Bangladesh and Korea have close trade ties.”

The East Asian nation is the fifth-largest source of FDI for Bangladesh, and most of the investments come from the manufacturing sector. Some 93% of Bangladeshi products get duty and quota-free market access in South Korea.

However, there is a huge potential for South Korean nationals to invest in the pharmaceutical and ICT sectors in Bangladesh, the ambassador said.

Also, for more export competitiveness, he suggested improving product diversification.

The ambassador identified business to business contacts, exchange of delegations, and chamber to chamber interactions crucial for increasing bilateral trade and narrowing the trade gap.

The South Korean ambassador met with Rizwan Rahman, president of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), today and discussed trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.

There is a steady increase in bilateral trade between the two countries, which currently stands at approximately $1.6 billion, Rizwan said. “Of the total bilateral trade, Bangladesh’s export to the Republic of Korea stood at $398.66 million in the fiscal year 2020-21. The cumulative stock of FDI from South Korea to Bangladesh reached $1030.67 million.”

So, the DCCI president invited Korean investors to invest in leather and footwear, shipbuilding, pharmaceuticals, backward linkage of apparel, automotive and infrastructure, agro-processing, power sector, and electronics sectors.

He also requested the envoy to relocate Korean sunset industries to Bangladesh.

The DCCI and the South Korean Embassy can work together for improving the business climate by signing a bilateral FTA, Rizwan said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Ex-Kabi Nazrul University VC Prof Giasuddin no more

Professor Syed Giasuddin Ahmed, the vice-chancellor of the Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University during 2009-2013, breathed his last on Friday at a hospital in Dhaka.

Syed Giasuddin, also a former senior faculty member of Dhaka University’s public administration department, passed away at 7:11pm following a lengthy illness.

He was acclaimed for his contribution to the field of public administration in Bangladesh and beyond.

Professor Giasuddin’s namaz-e-janaza will be held at Dhaka University mosque after Asr prayers on Saturday. Later, he will be laid to rest at the Rayerbazar graveyard.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

More human remains found 2 months after Hashem factory fire

The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of police Thursday recovered more human remains from Narayanganj’s Hashem Food and Beverage Factory premises.

The investigators found the remains of at least one individual – a skull and some bones – from the fourth floor of the factory building, only two days after discovering charred skull and bones from the same spot.

The remains would be sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for DNA profiling, said CID’s Assistant Superintendent of Police Harun-Ur-Rashid.

Also read: Locked inside a factory without fire exit, 52 lives go up in flames

More human remains found 2 months after Hashem factory fire

Tuesday, as the Fire Service and CID investigated the ruins at the request of the family members of Laboni, Sazzad and Mohiuddin – who have been missing since the fire – they recovered skull and bones from the same floor of the building. Those were later sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for DNA testing, he added. “The human remains could not be identified yet.”

On July 8, at least 52 workers were killed in the fire that broke out at the six-storey building of Hashem Food in Karnagop of Narayanganj’s Rupganj.

Also read: Rupganj factory fire: Claimants found for 40 bodies out of 48, after 56 families submit DNA samples

More human remains found 2 months after Hashem factory fire

Of the victims, at least 49 workers were burned to death. The CID identified 47 of them after DNA tests.

On July 10, Nazim Uddin, officer-in-charge of Bhulta outpost in Rupganj, filed a case against eight persons, including factory chairman MA Hashem, and accusing several other unnamed people. Later the CID was tasked with the investigation of the case.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Indo-Pacific: UK sees Bangladesh as “critical stability provider”

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The United Kingdom (UK) has recognized Bangladesh’s role as a “critical stability provider” in the region, and its particular relevance in the context of the UK’s integrated foreign, trade, development and security policy review with focus on the Indo-Pacific.

Bangladesh and the UK agreed to remain engaged on a durable solution to the Rohingya crisis, together with relevant regional and international actors.

The two countries discussed the bilateral, regional and global issues at the 4th Strategic Dialogue held in London on Thursday.

Both delegations exchanged views on the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen led the Bangladesh delegation at the talks while his British counterpart Sir Philip Barton, Permanent Under-Secretary of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) led the UK side.

The Bangladesh Foreign Secretary urged the UK to review the current travel restrictions on Bangladesh as a matter of priority, considering the steady improvement in the Covid-19 infection and vaccination rates.

The two sides agreed to further scale up cooperation in genome sequencing of the testing samples through relevant Bangladesh agencies.

Bangladesh and the United Kingdom reaffirmed their historic and multidimensional ties at the 4th Strategic Dialogue.

“Bangladesh at 50 and the UK post-Brexit have the opportunity to further energize our bilateral relations in line with our efforts at resetting our foreign policy pursuit towards deeper strategic engagement with key international partners”, said Masud Momen.

Barton underlined the importance of the two democracies engaging with each other on a range of bilateral, regional and global issues.

The two sides recalled the founding of the bilateral relations during Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s visit to London on January 8, 1972 on his way to the newly independent Bangladesh, when he was received by the British Prime Minister Edward Heath.

Indo-Pacific: UK sees Bangladesh as “critical stability provider”

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Both Bangladesh and the UK renewed their commitment to climate action, including by combining forces of the UK’s COP26 Presidency and Bangladesh’s leadership of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF).

They decided to build on the bilateral climate partnership agreed earlier in the year to help mobilize finances and technologies to support Bangladesh’s efforts at pursuing a low-carbon development pathway.

The two delegations exchanged views on cooperation on education, with particular focus on girls’ education in the aftermath of the pandemic.

The UK further explained its new immigration policy whereby overseas students would have the opportunity to work for two to three years following the completion of their studies.

The two countries agreed to explore ways to deepen cross-border collaboration in research and innovation.

Indo-Pacific: UK sees Bangladesh as “critical stability provider”

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Trade Preferential Measures

The Bangladesh delegation urged the UK to consider continued trade preferential measures following its LDC graduation.

They agreed to facilitate further business-to-business connectivity, including through the leading Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Both sides welcomed the launch of the bilateral Trade and Investment Dialogue in February 2021.

The two delegations renewed their commitment to combat terrorism, promote and protect human rights, and cooperate on aviation, maritime and cyber security.

Both sides agreed in principle to initiate a comprehensive dialogue towards building a sound migration and mobility partnership.

They shared interest in commemorating 50 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations, including through exchange of high-level visits.

The two delegations appreciated the multi-faceted contributions of the Bangladesh diaspora in the UK and agreed to work on issues that are of particular interest to the community.

The Bangladesh side commended the British Council for its cooperation activities in the country spanning seven decades.

Indo-Pacific: UK sees Bangladesh as “critical stability provider”

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Both Bangladesh and the UK discussed upcoming issues at the UN and the Commonwealth.

The Strategic Dialogue was held in a warm, friendly atmosphere and also featured cultural presentations by local Bangladesh artistes and photographs from 1971 showcasing public engagements by the Bangladesh community in Britain to mobilize support for the country’s independence.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Ambassador Saida Muna Tasneem and the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Ambassador Robert Chatterton Dickson were also present.

Prior to the dialogue, the Bangladesh Foreign Secretary called on Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, FCDO Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth at his office.

Masud Momen also had a meeting later with Rushnara Ali, MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Bangladesh and the UK Trade Envoy for Bangladesh.

The meetings touched upon issues concerning pandemic response, climate change, trade cooperation and diaspora linkages.

The 4th Bangladesh-UK Strategic Dialogue was held in the same week as the earlier meeting between Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and his British counterpart Dominic Raab in connection with the former’s official visit to the UK.

Source: United News of Bangladesh