Covid kills 2 more in Bangladesh, infects 260

Bangladesh reported two more Covid-linked deaths with the health authorities logging 260 fresh cases in 24 hours till Monday morning.

The detection of the new cases after testing 19,955 samples took the daily-case positivity rate to 1.30 per cent during the period, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

With the fresh numbers, the total fatalities rose to 28,050 while the caseload mounted to 15,81,343.

Of the 20 deaths recorded from December 13 to December, 19, 20 per cent received Covid vaccines while 80 per cent did not, the DGHS mentioned.

Comorbidities among the deceased patients declined to 16.7 per cent this week compared to the previous one. Comorbidity means the simultaneous presence of two or more diseases or medical conditions in a patient.

Both the latest deceased were men, aged between 61 and 70, one from Dhaka division and another from Rangpur.

Meanwhile, the mortality rate remained static at 1.77 per cent during the period.

Besides, the recovery rate remained steady at 97.75 per cent with the recovery of 236 more patients during the 24-hour period.

On December 9, Bangladesh again logged zero Covid-related death after nearly three weeks as the pandemic was apparently showing signs of easing.

The country reported this year’s first zero Covid-related death in a single day on November 20 along with 178 infections since the pandemic broke out in Bangladesh in March 2020.

Bangladesh reported the highest number of daily fatalities of 264 on August 5 this year, while the highest daily caseload was 16,230 on July 28 this year.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Court rejects plea to file case against Murad in Gaibandha

A Gaibandha court on Monday rejected a petition seeking its permission to file a case against former State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murad Hassan under the Digital Security Act (DSA) for his derogatory remarks against Zia family.

Gaibandha Chief Judicial Magistrate Ashiqul Khabir passed the order after hearing the petition.

Advocate Manjur Morshed, General Secretary of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum and organizing secretary of Gaibandha District unit BNP, on Sunday filed a petition against Murad and Mohammad Mohiuddin Helal alias Nahid, a Facebook live show host, under the Digital Security Act accusing him of making derogatory remarks against family of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.

According to the complaint, it was filed for making indecent comments about Zaima Rahman, granddaughter of Zia, and his family.

On December 7, Murad quit the cabinet following the instruction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Murad had been under increasing criticism by various quarters for his disrespectful remarks on women in an interview on social media. Several audios and videos containing indecent remarks by Murad also went viral on social media during the last few days.

Meanwhile, a two-year-old phone conversation of the junior minister with actor Mamnun Hasan Emon and actress Mahiya Mahi recently went viral on social media. In that audio clip, Murad made “derogatory comments” on the actress, threatened her and gave her an alleged indecent proposal.

On December 8, a writ was filed with the High Court challenging the legality of Murad Hassan’s MP post on the same ground.

On December 12, advocate Omar Faruk, secretary of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum filed a case against Murad under DSA for his anti-women remarks with Dhaka Cyber Tribunal.

Murad was also stripped of the post of health and population affairs secretary of Jamalpur district unit Awami League for damaging the party’s image and breaching discipline.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangabandhu Volleyball: Nepal, Kyrgyzstan arrive in capital

Two foreign teams — Nepal and Kyrgyzstan –arrived here on Monday to join the six-nation Bangabandhu Asian Central Zone Challenge Cup Volleyball Championship, beginning on Thursday.

Six participating countries — Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and host Bangladesh — will compete in the six-day meet in men’s and women’s sections at Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium in Mirpur.

All the six teams will compete in the women’s section while five teams, except Kyrgyzstan, will participate in the men’s section of the meet.

Bangladesh Men’s team finished runners-up in the championship held in Dhaka in 2018 while Bangladesh Women’s team was placed 4th in the next year’s meet.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

What actually drives Bangladeshi patients overseas for treatment?

Even though there are top-notch doctors in Bangladesh, many people fly abroad for treatment as they cannot rely on the local medical systems, according to both healthcare experts and patients.

In some cases, they said, the patients find the medical treatment relatively more cost-effective in some countries than hospitals in Bangladesh.

“The behaviour of health workers, including physicians also matters…it’s very important to me as others,” said Mujibur Rahman, a retired engineer.

According to healthcare observers, mismanagement, shortage of manpower and poor waste management system, widespread corruption, and irregularities, staff’s insincerity and casual monitoring by the authorities concerned are the major obstacles to ensuring quality treatment and patient-friendly environment in the country’s almost all public and private hospitals.

They said the country’s healthcare system needs a complete overhaul to ensure quality treatment and diagnoses at local hospitals and diagnostic centres to discourage people from going abroad for treatment and check huge foreign currency from going down the drain every year.

Talking to UNB, former World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Advisor Muzaherul Huq, former director (disease control) of DGHS Be-Nazir Ahmed, and public health expert MH Chowdhury (Lenin) made the observations.

Growing outbound-medical tourists

According to a report carried by the Times of India on Jul 24 this year, a huge majority of medical tourists — 54.3% — who visited India last year were from Bangladesh, followed by 9% from Iraq, 8% from Afghanistan, 6% from the Maldives and 4.5% from a group of African nations.

Citing the data released by the Indian Union Tourism Ministry, the report also said Bangladesh accounted for 23.6% of medical tourists in 2009, while the Maldives had the highest share at 57.5%. While Bangladesh’s share increased, that of the Maldives went down in the last 10 years.

A recent survey report of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) said a large portion of people travel to different countries from Bangladesh mainly for treatment.

Among the outbound tourists from Bangladesh in the 2018-19 financial year, it said, 60.41 percent went to India alone.

The BBS report said 29 percent of the total Bangladeshi tourists abroad spent money on receiving treatment in different countries.

In the 2018-19 FY, Bangladeshis spent Tk 9,933 crore on treatment abroad while the total expenditure by the outbound tourists was Tk. 33,680 crore.

According to Bangladesh Outbound Tour Operators Forum, on average eight lakh people go abroad for treatment every year from Bangladesh while India is the most favourite destination for them. The other major destinations of Bangladeshi medical tourists are Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Many rich people also go to the USA, The UK and Dubai for treatment.

Experts, however, said the actual figures of Bangladeshis outbound-medical tourists and their expenditure are much higher.

Possible reasons

Dr Be-Nazir Ahmed said there are many good hospitals and qualified doctors in Bangladesh, but all hospitals cannot ensure quality treatment.

“There’re many skilled doctors and quality hospitals, mainly in Dhaka. But the country’s many districts lack quality hospitals and doctors. More worrying is that, many doctors compromise with medicine companies and the hospitals as they prescribe unnecessary tests and medicines, causing public trust deficiency,” he said.

The expert said many people have a negative impression that they may get deceived or subjected to wrong treatment and excessive medical bills for many critical diseases if they go to private hospitals in Bangladesh. “That’s why many people prefer to go abroad, including India, for treatment.”

Besides, he said, there is a serious problem that many doctors in Bangladesh are not ready to properly communicate with their patients as they find it unnecessary.

“Actually, many patients get the similar treatment going all the way to India. Still, they’re happy as doctors there are polite and give due attention to them,” Dr Be-Nazir observed.

He said the treatment cost is relatively cheaper in the neighbouroing country. “The quality of their diagnostic centres is better than ours. We’ve many labs where proper tests are not possible.”

Besides, the expert said, some people, mainly the rich ones, consider receiving treatment overseas as a matter of prestige. “Our many politicians and government officials go abroad for the treatment of simple diseases, giving people a wrong message about the country’s healthcare system.”

Prof Muzaherul Huq said there is a shortage of doctors, nurses, cleaners, medical technologists and other health workers in many government and private hospitals. “So, patients are denied their rights to receive proper treatment. More importantly, they aren’t happy with the services at the local hospitals.”

“We’ve world-class doctors, but we’re losing huge money as many people go abroad for treatment as they cannot rely on the country’s healthcare system,” he observed.

Dr Lenin, chairman of the medicine department at the Health and Hope Hospital, said many people go abroad for treatment mainly to avoid mismanagement, hassles and sufferings in both private and public hospitals in the country.

He said the medical expenses in many Indian hospitals are less than in Bangladesh. “The cost of quality treatment is much higher in private hospitals in Bangladesh. “There’re irregularities and mismanagement when it comes to medical bills in private hospitals.”

Overhauling health sector

Dr Be-Nazir said the government should now focus on overhauling the health sector rigorously with a master plan to improve the healthcare system and services of both private and public hospitals. “Proper training is necessary for our doctors to improve their communication skills and professional attitude.”

Besides, he said, the government should prepare a policy for the private healthcare sector to keep their services affordable and force them to maintain quality.

“Our politicians, high government officials go abroad for checkups or treatment. They can avail of such services here. It’ll help boost people’s confidence in local hospitals,” the expert said.

He said most private hospitals in Bangladesh lack professionalism as they give focus only on making money instead of improving services. “The manpower at the DGHS must be increased to enhance their capacity to monitor both the private and public hospitals properly.”

Dr Lenin said a full-fledged authority is now imperative to monitor and help flourish the private health sector and ensure people-friendly, quality and cost-effective services.

He said the government should bring the private health sector under a legal framework to enhance its quality, professionalism and restore people’s confidence in it.

A senior journalist who was hospitalized twice in one year said ensuring hospital hygiene is also very important to attract patients by local medical facilities as hospitals in India are doing. “Whatever we do we need to do with sincerity. No one can deny the fact that patients always look for more compassion than commodified services.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

My final conversation with Abed bhai

Having rejoined BRAC in 2012, I left again at the end of 2016. I didn’t inform him that I was leaving as he would make noise. So when he met a few months later, he was almost angry. “Have you left BRAC to join a newspaper? “ I said, “No.” Are you going to remain with BRAC University?. I said, “Yes”. He relaxed. By then we were chatting and without him irritated. In a way that was our last proper conversation.

He was very keen about the University and felt that the future would see BRAC University as his greatest legacy and BRAC NGO would die out as its need would end. He had made me read a lot of stuff on universities and his relationship with BRAC U was affectionate and not professional. He asked me why I didn’t join full time. . I replied, “Because they won’t have me. “ He kept quiet for a while and then said, “Anyway, Never stop teaching the Diversity course.”

I no longer teach at the BRAC University and the Diversity course is also no longer taught there but Abed bhai didn’t know that and I am glad.

Diversity

To him Diversity was not a shushil issue as it is mostly in Bangladesh but a very practical one. If any society lacked that, it would fail. He had learnt the hard way that racism and discrimination was unproductive. BRAC International had faced many problems in Africa and he had reports that the relationship between the local African staff and Bangladeshi seniors was poor. He had asked me to do a survey on the problem and suggest changes.

Racism is natural in human society but it needs management to overcome it in today’s world. Otherwise it can scald and damage like it’s doing in the West. Politics only produces new privilege groups.

Abed bhai wanted everyone in BRAC to be trained in Diversity but he also knew that there was a lot of turf war in BRAC . He wanted it located in the BRAC U because Abed bhai wanted Diversity studies to be part of the education system.

That day, we discussed Africa, a place I knew first hand. He thought the way the African child was held by the mother freeing her hand to work was very efficient. It was essentially all about being functional. Abed bhai had little use for ideas that produced more ideas only. “ BRAC has grown because of need. Schools needed books and they couldn’t supply books so we set up our publishing and printing unit. Farmers produced vegetables and milk which they couldn’t sell immediately so we set up cold storages. New ventures should come out of new demands. “

I had drifted out of BRAC and perhaps we both knew our worlds were to be different from then on. With him there was always a time to talk and time to work. As I walked out of the room of the man who saw work as a form of religion and people a matter of belief, it was back to working for the people again.

Stay on Abed bhai.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Urban plastic consumption triples in 15 years: World Bank

Sustainable management of plastic waste and controlling the increasing trend of pollution is very crucial to ensure green growth for Bangladesh, said the World Bank.

A new report of the World Bank said the country’s annual per capita plastic consumption in urban areas tripled to 9.0 kg in 2020 from 3.0 kg in 2005.

With rapid growth and urbanization, Bangladesh faced a sharp increase in both plastic use and pollution. The COVID-19 pandemic has escalated the problem of mismanaged plastic waste,” said Dandan Chen, World Bank Acting Country Director for Bangladesh.

“Going forward, sustainable plastic management—from designing a product, to minimizing plastic use, to recycling—will be critical to ensure green growth for the country. We commend the government’s commitment to implement a National Action Plan to beat plastic pollution,” she said.

The ‘Towards a Multisectoral Action Plan for Sustainable Plastic Management in Bangladesh’ report provides a blueprint for managing plastic pollution over the short term (2022–2023), medium-term (2024–2026), and long-term (2027–2030), which will require an integrated cross-sectoral approach.

Bangladesh’s National Action Plan for Sustainable Plastic Management sets a target of recycling 50 percent of plastics by 2025, phasing out targeted single-use plastic by 90 percent by 2026, and reducing plastic waste generation by 30 percent by 2030 from 2020/21 baseline.

The plan, which is aligned with the 8th Five-year plan, was based on needs collectively identified by the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, Department of Environment, private sector, and other stakeholders.

The Action Plan focuses on circular use of plastic based on a 3R strategy: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. A circular economy will help create new value chains, green skills, employment, and innovative products while addressing social and environmental challenges.

The country’s annual per capita plastic consumption in urban areas tripled to 9.0 kg in 2020 from 3.0 kg in 2005. Dhaka’s annual per capita consumption of plastic is 22.5 kg, significantly higher than the national average.

COVID 19 pandemic has worsened plastic pollution, especially from single-use plastic used in masks, gloves, and Personal Protective Equipment. A large part of the plastic waste is dumped in water bodies and rivers, the report said.

Bangladesh progressively took steps in curbing plastic pollution, with varied outcomes: in 2002, Bangladesh was the world’s first country to ban plastic shopping bags. However, after some time, plastic pollution increased again. The Jute Packaging Act 2010 for six essential items (paddy, rice, wheat, maize, fertilizer, sugar) promoted an alternative to plastic packaging.

In 2020, the High Court directed concerned authorities to ban Single-Use Plastic in coastal areas and all hotels and motels across the country.

“To implement the National Action Plan focusing on 3R strategy, commitment from all stakeholders, including citizens, the government, private sector, development partners, and citizens will be important,” said Eun Joo Allison Yi, World Bank Senior Environment Specialist, and co-author of the report.

To implement the action plan, the report identifies policy reforms, technologies, infrastructures, investment, and institutional capacity-building needs. The report was prepared in collaboration with the Department of Environment and PROBLUE, a multi-donor trust fund.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Baby girl drowns in Chuadanga

A baby girl drowned in a pond at Nabinagar village in Chuadanga Sadar Upazila on Monday morning.

The deceased was identified as Ayesha Khatun, 14-month-old daughter of Sobuj Hossain of the village.

Quoting family members, local UP member Ohidul Islam said Ayesha fell into a pond adjacent to their house in the morning while playing at the courtyard.

Later, family members rescued her and took her to Chuadanga Sadar Hospital where doctors declared her dead, he added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Dewanganj mayor expelled from AL in Jamalpur

Dewanganj Municipality mayor Shahnewaz Shahan Shah was expelled from local unit of Awami League on Monday for assaulting the secondary education officer of Dewanganj upazila in Jamalpur district on the Victory Day.

President of Jamalpur district unit Awami League Advocate Baki Billah and General Secretary Faruk Amed Chowdhury announced it on Monday.

The ruling party took the decision on the ground of breaching party’s discipline, they said

On December 16, Mayor Shahnewaz physically assaulted education officer Md Meher Ullah at a Victory Day programme in the upazila.

Md Meher was conducting the programme at Dewanganj Government High School premises. He was calling the names of the officials inviting them to place wreaths in serial.

As the mayor was the eighth in serial he got angry and started abusing Meher verbally. When the officer protested the mayor allegedly slapped him.

A case was filed against Shahnewaz in this connection on that day.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Dialogue on EC nothing but a drama: BNP

BNP senior leaders on Monday called the President’s dialogue with political parties on reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC) as nothing but a ‘drama’ to hold another ‘farcical’ national election.

Speaking at a discussion, they also said no EC will be able to hold a credible and fair election as long as Sheikh Hasina remains in power as the Prime Minister.

“The Awami League government has revoked the caretaker government system by force. A drama has now started for the next election. It’s first staged today (Monday) at Bangabhaban,” said BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain.

He said the President started the talks to form a search committee for the reconstitution of the Election Commission. “This’s nothing but a mockery. We saw the Election Commission play the role of a rubber stamp in the last three elections.”

The BNP leader said the current government is the main barrier to holding a fair and credible election in the country. “So, a non-party government has to be formed ousting the current regime for creating an atmosphere for a credible election.”

BNP arranged the discussion at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the capital, marking the Victory Day. Mosharraf addressed the programme as the chief guest with party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in the chair.

BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy said it is a ‘proven fact’ that no fair election can be held under any Election Commission if Sheikh Hasina stays in power.

“The President’s dialogue is a joke. There’s no question of taking part in such a dialogue,” he observed.

BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said the President’s dialogue is a deceptive move to form the Election Commission as per the ruling party’s choice through a search committee.

“Those who will remain with this deception are the enemy of Bangladesh, democracy and people,” he added.

President Abdul Hamid kicked off the dialogue with registered political parties today to discuss issues relating to the reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC). The dialogue formally began with Jatiya Party at Bangabhaban.

AL anti-liberation force

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Awami League has now turned into an anti-liberation force.

He also said the nation has been celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the country’s independence with shame for the failure to establish a democratic country as per the hopes and aspirations of the freedom fighters.

The BNP leader described their party chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia as the first female freedom fighter of the country as she along with her two children had been there in cantonment jail till December 16, 1971 after being arrested by the Pakistani army.

“You’ve now unlawfully kept her (Khaleda) confined by implicating her in false cases. She’s now fighting for life,” he said.

Fakhrul said Awami League used to carry out a campaign of massive development of the country, but the number of poor people is growing while the poor are becoming poorer. “Only a small group of people are becoming rich with the backing of the Awami League.”

He also said the government has destroyed democracy and all political institutions in the country. “All must get united and create a mass upsurge to get rid of the current situation of the country defeating the monstrous regime.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

PM mourns Mushtari Shafi’s death

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday expressed deep shock at the death of Begum Mushtari Shafi, a member of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra.

In a condolence message, she recalled the role of Mushtari Shafi, a valiant freedom fighter, in progressive cultural and citizen movements with gratitude.

She prayed for the eternal salvation of the departed soul and expressed sympathy for her bereaved family members.

Begum Mushtari Shafi, a noted writer and Shaheed Jaya (wife of a martyr), breathed her last at 4pm at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Dhaka.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BRI to create partnership linkages: Roundtable

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), reminiscent of the Silk Road, is a long-term infrastructural project that would stretch from the heart of China, all the way to Europe which will help Asia cope with infrastructure financing gaps.

This was echoed by President of Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) Major General ANM Muniruzzaman and Editor of Dhaka Tribune Zafar Sobhan in their remarks at the BIPSS-Dhaka Tribune Roundtable titled, ‘Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Connecting the World’, which was held at the Westin.

The BRI project of China will create partnership linkages among the sub-regions of South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. BRI presents an array of opportunities for Bangladesh, they said.

The roundtable was attended by diplomats, scholars, security experts, and youth representatives from various disciplines.

BIPSS President Muniruzzaman highlighted the key facets and variables concerning BRI, the underlying opportunities and challenges, and what it means for Bangladesh to maintain a strategic balance being a member of the grand infrastructural initiative.

He said BRI is happening at a time when significant changes are taking place in the international system, according to a media release issued on Monday.

Zafar Sobhan, editor of The Dhaka Tribune, in his welcome remarks said it is important to take a deeper look at BRI projects, including how they may affect Bangladesh.

Muniruzzaman further discussed how Bangladesh has a significant geostrategic role in BRI. “We expect that BRI projects shouldn’t cause any harm to the environment,” he added.

While discussing the project of the century, Muniruzzaman focused on how BRI encompasses several continents in a network of roads and sea-routes.

The first keynote speaker, Dr. Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), began her remarks with an emphasis on the economic and trade benefits of BRI, and its implications for Bangladesh.

During her speech, she also highlighted the infrastructural gap currently existing in Bangladesh and BRI will be a key supplement to fulfilling this gap.

Fahmida Khatun said it is imperative for Bangladesh to follow a cautious approach regarding Chinese investments.

Highlighting the role of BRI member countries, second keynote speaker Parvez Karim Abbasi, Assistant Professor of the Department of Economics at East West University, began his deliberations by talking about the geo-economic implications of BRI for the region.

He also highlighted the fact how the whole project of BRI is actually an integral part of the Chinese socioeconomic identity.

Abbasi added, “BRI is a concrete manifestation of China’s emergence as an economic powerhouse and it will help expand connectivity transcending the borders between nations.”

He said the fate of China is intrinsically linked to BRI. “Due to the pandemic, there’ve been major economic implications for the world. The small states need to take each step with precision and clarity. The role of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has to be studied with in-depth details.”

Summarizing the discussion, Muniruzzaman said although there will be major implications for the signatory countries, they need to utilise the funds channeled through BRI for the prosperity of our nation.

An interactive session with the audience was followed who further enriched the discussion.

The participants included foreign diplomats, security sector personnel, scholars and journalists.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Top 10 Buffet Restaurants in Dhaka City

The concept of buffet in restaurants was first introduced in Bangladesh in early 2010. Back then Steak House used to serve oriental cuisines in the buffet, a first in the country. While the nostalgic revisitation of Steak House is not possible anymore, several similar buffet restaurants have cropped up since then. Whether it’s the unlimited choice or infinite refills, a buffet is certainly akin to heaven for a foodie. Here is a list of the top 10 buffet restaurants in Dhaka city that are sure to be worth the bucks.

Best Buffet Restaurants in Dhaka city

The Buffet Stories

The name makes it obvious for this restaurant. Situated at the heart of Dhanmondi, this restaurant specializes in over 90 buffet items. That’s a stunning number considering their price range. What makes The Buffet Stories unique is their service and food quality. They serve every type of cuisine from Chinese, Thai, Indian and local delicacies.

In addition to that, the restaurant also serves some of the best desserts. And all of this can be had at just 699 BDT. Be sure to visit their Facebook Page to get an idea about the menu.

Garlic ‘N Ginger

When it comes to the buffet in the upper mid-range price bracket, Garlic ‘N Ginger easily tops the list. The restaurant serves up some of the best oriental, continental and pan Asian dishes available in Dhaka, that too in a buffet.

With over 100 plus items across their lunch and dinner menu, diners are going to have some sweet trouble choosing between items. However, their seafood BBQ and Mughlai items are a must-try for first-timers. Lunch at Garlic ‘N Ginger will cost 1150 BDT whereas dinner costs 1299 BDT.

The Great Kabab Factory

The Great kabab Factory provides one of a kind buffet experience to the diners. While most restaurants serve up all types of multinational cuisines, this restaurant heavily focuses on pan Indian and Mughlai items. Their buffet system is also unique considering the table dining system. The diners get a table and their maître d’ will assist through the quizzical buffet items.

Each item gets served straight from the kitchen, sizzling and gushing with aroma. Get ready to be lost in the flavors of Bombay Halwa, Lucknowi Paya Beef Nehari, Gatta Curry, Mahi Gilafi Seekh Kabab, and over 75 other items. A buffet at The Great Kabab Factory will cost the diner 1200+ BDT.

Le Méridien Dhaka

The list wouldn’t be complete without a 5-star buffet. And that is exactly what Le Méridien Dhaka brings to the table, an all-around 5-star buffet dining experience. The restaurant offers some of the best high-end dining experiences available in Dhaka.

Interestingly, there isn’t any set menu for their buffet. Rather it comprises of a theme like a pan Asian, Continental, Fusion, and others. Each theme brings unique dishes that are exclusive to the diners at Le Méridien Dhaka. The cost is on the upper side as the restaurant charges up to 5590 BDT

Each item gets served straight from the kitchen, sizzling and gushing with aroma. Get ready to be lost in the flavors of Bombay Halwa, Lucknowi Paya Beef Nehari, Gatta Curry, Mahi Gilafi Seekh Kabab, and over 75 other items. A buffet at The Great Kabab Factory will cost the diner 1200+ BDT.

Le Méridien Dhaka

The list wouldn’t be complete without a 5-star buffet. And that is exactly what Le Méridien Dhaka brings to the table, an all-around 5-star buffet dining experience. The restaurant offers some of the best high-end dining experiences available in Dhaka.

Interestingly, there isn’t any set menu for their buffet. Rather it comprises of a theme like a pan Asian, Continental, Fusion, and others. Each theme brings unique dishes that are exclusive to the diners at Le Méridien Dhaka. The cost is on the upper side as the restaurant charges up to 5590 BDT per person. But there are buy one get one offers on selected cards year-round.

The Café Rio

Looking for the buffet on a budget? The Café Rio can be a perfect choice. The restaurant offers a comprehensive choice of over 60 items in their Jigatola branch and over 100 in their Uttara branch.

The menu mainly comprises local and Chinese cuisines. They even have unlimited Kacchi Biriyani in their buffet menu. The service and the food quality are impeccable here. Considering budget options, this restaurant easily ranks among the top. Lunch at their Jigatola and Uttara branches will cost 550 BDT and 650 BDT all-inclusive respectively.

The Buffet King

The Buffet King is situated in Bashundhara R/A. Like others, this restaurant also specializes in local and Indian dishes to cater to the greater Bengali tastebud. The appetizer includes classic Chinese items like a spring roll, wonton, different types of soups, etc. The main course is a combination of Indian and Chinese cuisines like fried rice, dum biriyani, different types of Chinese curries among others. The restaurant even has a good assortment of dessert items to top off a heavy meal nicely. Overall, this is also a very good budget option considering the 600 BDT price.

Platinum Club

Situated in Dhanmondi, Platinum Club is another great budget buffet place. Their 60 plus items are complemented well with beautiful interior décor. The items mainly comprise Bengali, Chinese, and pan-Indian cuisines.

The staff is very well behaved and the items get refilled almost instantly. Diners can feast on their mutton rezala and shrimp curry which are among the top-rated items. The Chinese starters and assortment of desserts are also a must-try item on their buffet. The lunch buffet at the Platinum Club will cost the diner 550 BDT.

Taj e Nawab

Here’s another pan-Indian Mughlai buffet place for the foodies out there. Taj e Nawab, as the name already gives hints, specializes in everything that is part of the traditional festive foods of Bangladesh.

Whether it is the Karahi gosht, or Hyderabadi biriyani, or delectable shahi tukra, diners will be left choosing one over the other among their 40 plus item list. The interior of the restaurant will also bring a Mughal era feels for that royal experience. The buffet at Taj e nawab costs 750 BDT each which is reasonable considering the array of cuisines.

The Great Eatery

The Great Eatery is a new buffet restaurant situated in Uttara. The restaurant brought a mix of everything in their buffet menu. from Bengali to Chinese to Thai, Indian, and Continental, they have it all.

What is more fascinating is that they stayed true to each type of cuisine making it one of the best places to try out all the different regional delicacies. The restaurant serves over 75 plus items at a reasonable price of 750 BDT.

The Aristocrat Lounge

The Aristocrat Lounge combines the best of everything when it comes to food and aesthetics. The interior is so well decorated that it will give any 5-star hotel a run for its money. Like most other places, this restaurant also combines Bengali cuisines with Indian and Chinese flavors.

There are over 100 items to choose from, each unique from the other. The Aristocrat Lounge can be a perfect choice for a family outing or office lunch meeting considering their setup and pricing. The 100 plus buffet items can be availed at just 700 BDT.

Final Thoughts

Though buffet is a relatively new concept in Bangladesh, its adaptation in the Bengali food culture has been fairly fast. Considering the inner foodie of every Bengali, these buffet places are undoubtedly the perfect place to get some quality food fix.

Source: United News of Bangladesh