Tips to Keep Home Cool in Summer Without AC

The hot summer days can create several heat-related health conditions like heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, and heat rash. Among these, the most serious ones are heatstroke and heat exhaustion. So, it is necessary to keep your house cool during summer days. Is it possible to control the temperature of the home without AC? If you want to avoid the high cost of air conditioning, follow our tricks to keep your home cool in summer through some cost-effective eco-friendly ways.

15 Effective and natural ways to keep your house cool without AC

Shut the blinds

Naturally, through windows about 25 percent of summer heat can come. Research has shown that up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows, and utilizing shades, curtains, and the like can save a minimum of 7 percent on bills and can minimize indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees.

So, if you want to cool down your room without AC, make sure to block the heat with shades or blinds during the sunniest hours of the day. Moreover, by closing the blinds you essentially prevent your home from becoming a miniature greenhouse, which is especially the case with south- and west-facing windows.

Adjust your ceiling fans seasonally

You need to set your ceiling fan to rotate counter-clockwise in the summer season. You do it so that the fan blades should rotate counter-clockwise to push the air straight down. This will definitely increase the fan speed on really hot days and will create a wind-chill breeze effect that will make you and your guests feel cooler.

Strip in the cool

Another category of insulation is weatherstripping. Although it’s thought of as a winter measure, it is equally helpful in summer. It is helpful to keep cool air from escaping through doors and windows. You can easily do it as it is very inexpensive and doesn’t take much time to install. You just need half an hour to strip the area around a door.

Bake and wash at night

Generally, large appliances like ovens, ranges, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers give off significant amounts of heat. So, make sure you save their operation for evening hours when cooler temperatures will offset their output.

Hack a fan

Hacking a fan is an amazing idea to create a faux ocean breeze. Just fill a mixing bowl with ice or an ice pack, and put the bowl in front of a fan. Turn the fan on and get a chilly, misty breeze.

Make your air conditioner

What would it be if you could create your own air conditioner? Yes, you can do it by using a fan, 3/8 copper coil, a water pump, ice, a cooler box, and a plastic pipe. You make this air conditioner and you can watch videos available on youtube.

Turn on your bathroom fans

Nowadays about every flat or apartment has bathroom fans and exhaust in the kitchen. If you turn on your bathroom fans along with the exhaust fan in your kitchen, they can easily drag the hot air that rises and push it out of your home. Exhausts pull the hot air that rises after you cook and bathroom fans take a steamy shower out of your house or apartment.

Install a shade

If you can install a shade above your windows, it will work to shield your home from the sun’s rays. Of course, it will ensure the amount of heat your home absorbs is reduced.

Hack your windows

Hacking windows is another great way to minimize heat. You can do it by opening the top section of your windows on the downwind side of your house. Besides, you need to open the bottom section on the upwind side. This system will create a cooling pressure. Moreover, you can make things even cooler by facing a box fan out the window.

Open windows at night

Make sure you open windows and interior doors at night. At night, the sun is not there, and naturally, you can enjoy the cool night breeze. So, you should always open the windows and interior doors in your home at night to create a cross breeze that will fill your room with cool air. During the daytime, your rooms become hot because of your kitchen. However, you need to open the door or window related to the kitchen to get rid of the hot air.

Set fan right way

Fans help keep air moving around. So set your fans in windows or hallways so you can create a cross breeze that will draw in cooler air from the outside.

Sleep Low

Naturally, the air at your feet is less hot than at the ceiling. So, you can disassemble your bed and put the mattress on the floor. Of course, you will experience something different. Besides, on hotter days, you can also sleep on the floor. By lying on the floor of tiles you can beat the heat. Then your sleeping will be more comfortable.

Let the night air in

The night air is more natural and cool. So, if it’s raining, you can open the windows to let the cool air come in but make sure the rain doesn’t come in. Thus, you can make your room colder during the rainy season.

Upgrade All light bulbs to LED

Undoubtedly all electronic equipment emerges in heat light bulbs also. When these lights are on, it is difficult to keep a room cool during the day. But LED lights stay cool. Moreover, they are more energy-saving, so you’ll save on your utility bills.

If you don’t want to change your light bulbs right now, you can keep your lights off and use the natural daylight around your home. But you can turn the lights on at night. This will also help to reduce the amount of energy you need.

Use blackout curtains

Blackout curtains naturally block sunlight. Research has shown that neutral-colored curtains with white plastic backings can reduce heat gain by up to 33 percent.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Tetultala playground now police property: Home Minister

Tetultala playground has been allotted for police and now it is their property, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said .

“Since the allotment has been made, this place belongs to Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) now,” said he while responding to questions from reporters after a meeting with some environmental activists on Wednesday.

The decision regarding construction of a police station at an alternative place instead of Tetultala ground in the city’s Kalabagan area will be taken after discussions with the Prime Minister, he said.

He will also discuss with the DMP Commissioner about stopping the construction of wall at the playground.

The environmental activists came to the secretariat seeking steps to arrange an alternative place for police station construction and stopping wall construction.

After the meeting, Khushi Kabir, rights activist and a coordinator of ‘Nijera Kori’ told reporters, “We wanted to stop what is going on here.”

“He (Home Minister) has said that he will discuss. He will discuss the matter with the Prime Minister,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Home Minister said Tetultala was not a playground and it was a vacant and an abandoned property. “Our new police stations in Dhaka city work mostly in rented houses. Our police force is facing various difficulties for this reason.”

“That’s why we asked the Deputy Commissioner (DC) to see whether any place can be allotted at Kalabagan by acquiring land,” he said.

The DC then allotted Tetultala playground after seeing it and talking to public representatives.

“DMP has also deposited the money and the DC later handed it over to the DMP. This is the main thing,” said the minister.

“We heard children in this area used to play here. But we are clear, we need space, we also need a police station building at Kalabagan.”

He also said, “If the mayor or anyone else can arrange a better place, we will make other arrangement of building a police station.”

But this is the specific place for the police station, this is what the government has arranged, he added.

Replying to a question, the Home Minister said, “Whether the construction work of the police station will continue or not will be decided later.”

So for now, there is no playground, the Home Minister said.

Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) chief executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan said, “The home minister also feels the same for the playground like us. But they have paid Tk 27 crore for the land.”

“Then we said that the money goes to the government treasury. There are more abandoned places in that area,” she added.

The environment activists further said they will all sign and submit a letter to the Prime Minister. They also requested the minister to handover it to the Prime Minister and the minister assured them of handing it over to the PM.

Earlier, Ratna and her son were detained by police when she was live-streaming the construction of a boundary wall at the playground on Facebook around 11am on Sunday.

However, police freed Syeda Ratna and her son, nearly 13 hours after their detention on charges of “spreading hate speech” as she protested the construction of a police station on the playground at Kalabagan.

Different environmental organizations on Monday demanded an impartial inquiry into the detention of local resident Syeda Ratna and her son for protesting against the construction of a police station.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Hajj flight begins on May 31

Flights carrying Bangladeshi pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj will begin on May 31, said the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry.

This year, the government has fixed Tk 1.40 lakh as plane fare.

Biman will carry 31,000 pilgrims through 75 dedicated flights, said State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali while talking to reporters after attending a meeting on hajj management at the secretariat.

This year, a total of 57,856 pilgrims will be able to perform Hajj from Bangladesh.

The government has taken necessary preparations to ensure smooth and safe hajj for the pilgrims, said State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan recently.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia raised the number of Hajj pilgrims from inside and outside the kingdom to one million in 2022, authorities announced in a statement on April 9.

Hajj is open to those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are under the age of 65, added the statement.

Pilgrims travelling from abroad will also need to have a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before their departure for Saudi Arabia, the statement added.

Last year, 58,745 pilgrims performed Hajj in the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before the pandemic, some 2.5 million people used to travel every year to Saudi Arabia for Hajj.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Dhaka calls for more IOM role in helping climate migrants

Foreign Minister AK. Abdul Momen has called upon the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to engage in further advocacy on the climate-migration nexus.

He made this suggestion when the newly appointed IOM Chief of Mission in Bangladesh Abdusattor Esoev met him to present his credentials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.

The foreign minister underscored that the international community should find appropriate ways to address both internal and international movements of people due to climate change, according to MoFA.

Momen welcomed the IOM country chief and assured him of necessary cooperation in discharging his responsibilities.

He acknowledged IOM’s engagement with the Rohingya humanitarian response and stressed the importance of continued international support amid emergency situations in other parts of the world.

Dhaka calls for more IOM role in helping climate migrants

Esoev briefed him about IOM’s upcoming work in Bhashan Char, among other issues. He acknowledged the overriding priority of the Rohingyas’ safe and dignified repatriation to Myanmar.

The foreign minister asked IOM to do proper impact evaluation of its projects supporting reintegration of returnee migrants.

The IOM country chief reaffirmed interest in supporting the government in developing a Reintegration Policy.

Esoev appreciated Bangladesh’s role in international migration issues, including on implementing the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

He requested Bangladesh to uphold its influential voice in support of further strengthening IOM as a UN agency.

Momen recalled with thanks IOM’s support in repatriating Bangladesh nationals fleeing from some international conflict situations in the recent past.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

President Hamid congratulates Macron on re-election

President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday congratulated Emmanuel Macron on being re-elected as the President of France.

In a congratulatory message, Hamid said your re-election testifies the trust and confidence the French people have reposted on your leadership and your all inclusive projects and commitments for their better future.

“I hope, under your stewardship, France will continue a leading role in ensuring global peace, prosperity and security,” he also said.

He said that Bangladesh and France enjoy excellent bilateral relations which are rooted in shared values, democracy, equality and fraternity.

“We also recall moral and material support of the French people during our Liberation war in 1971. Since our independence, our relations have grown over the years and expanded in many areas of co-operation through meaningful engagement,” he also said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Dhaka to see Eid exodus from Thursday as millions set to head home

The mass exodus of the homebound people from the bustling capital Dhaka is expected to begin on Thursday as it is the last workday of government, semi-government and many private offices before the Eid-ul-Fitr.

Experts and officials said city dwellers in their thousands are set to rush towards their respective village homes on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the festival with their near and dear ones.

They, however, said the frenzied rush of home-goers will reach its peak on Friday and Saturday as one-fourth of the total holidaymakers to head for their native villages in the two days amid the worry of sufferings on the highways, train stations and launch and ferry terminals.

Meanwhile, some holidaymakers have already left the capital to avoid possible hassles while many have sent their families to village homes much ahead of the Eid vacation since the educational institutions remain closed.

Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated either on Sunday or Monday subject to the sighting of the Shawal moon.

Talking to UNB, General Secretary of National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways Ashish Kumar Dey said around 1.20 crore people are expected to leave Dhaka and its adjoining areas during this Eid.

Of them, he said 55 per cent (66 lakh) will go home by road, 25 per cent (30 lakh) by waterways and 20 per cent (24 lakh) by trains.

Ashish said an estimated 65 lakh holidaymakers are supposed to leave Dhaka by road, waterway and rail in eight days in between April 20 to 28. “Over 12 lakh people will head home alone on April 28 (Thursday).

Besides, he said the remaining 55 lakh people will leave Dhaka in between April 29 and May 1-2.

Ashis said the pressure of holidaymakers on the road is much higher this time than in the past as the Covid situation became normal during eid occasion after two years. “Besides, the number of train passengers decreased by 5 per cent due to lack of railway’s capacity.”

In the last four days ahead of Eid, he said 60 per cent (33 lakh) out of 55 lakh homebound people will go home by road. “The remaining 25% (13 lakh 75 thousand) and 15 per cent (8 lakh 25 thousand) people will go home by waterways and railways respectively.

A large portion of the 33 lakh road commuters will travel in various types of vehicles, including buses, private cars, microbuses, local buses, trucks, pickup vans and motorbikes.

As the number of different modes of vehicles, including unfit ones, will increase on the roads, Ashis said the rate of accidents may also increase this time.

Similarly, he said the launches will carry 5-6 times more passengers than their capacity.

Ashis said the condition of most of the rivers before the Eid may become risky with the possibility of nor’westers, strong current and gusty winds due to the influence of new moon as the passenger launch accidents in the country’s inland waterways happen at this time mainly for overloading of passengers, faulty vessels, risky competition, mismanagement and lack of trained, skilled and competent crews.

Contacted, Superintendent of Police (SP- Highway) of Cumilla Md Rahmat Ullah said they have full preparation so that no traffic congestion occurs on Dhaka-Chattoagram highway, especially from Daudkandi to Teknaf, during the rush hours before the Eid day.

“We have already made special deployment on the highway from April 24 as part of an initiative to avert traffic congestion. Besides, we have formed 15 Quick Response Team (QRT) and set up six sub-control rooms, “he said.

Rahmat said they have already evicted roadsides temporary bazars on the highway and permanent bazars will not run during the holidays before the Eid.

Replying to a question, he said there is no possibility of severe traffic congestions on Dhaka-Chattogram highway during the upcoming Eid vacations, except light tailbacks on the toll plazas of two bridges.

Contacted, SP (Highway- Gazipur) Ali Ahmed Khan said no serious traffic congestion may occur on six national highways–Dhaka-Tangail, Dhaka-Mymenshingh, Dhaka-Aricha, Dhaka-Mawa and Dhaka-Sylhet highways– under his jurisdiction.

He said the road conditions are very good while three flyovers on Dhaka-Tangail highway were opened to traffic.

“The other parts of the national highways are also good. The situation is now better compared to anytime in the past. “We hope the holidaymakers will reach their respective destinations without much hassles,” the SP said.

He, however, said that the homebound travellers may suffer in different ferry terminals, including Paturia-Daulatdia, Shimulia-Banglabazar and Shimulia-Majhirkandi terminals.

But another official said the holidaymakers may suffer on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway, Dhaka-Tangail-Rangpur highway and in the area from Elenga to Bangabandhu Bridge due to the heavy pressure of vehicles.

Dhaka to see Eid exodus from Thursday as millions set to head home

A large portion of the 33 lakh road commuters will travel in various types of vehicles, including buses, private cars, microbuses, local buses, trucks, pickup vans and motorbikes.

As the number of different modes of vehicles, including unfit ones, will increase on the roads, Ashis said the rate of accidents may also increase this time.

Similarly, the launches will carry 5-6 times more passengers than their capacity.

Ashis said the condition of most of the rivers before the Eid may become risky with the possibility of nor’westers, strong current and gusty winds due to the influence of new moon as the passenger launch accidents in the country’s inland waterways happen at this time mainly for overloading of passengers, faulty vessels, risky competition, mismanagement and lack of trained, skilled and competent crews.

Contacted, Superintendent of Police (SP- Highway) of Cumilla Md Rahmat Ullah said they have full preparation so that no traffic congestion occurs in Cumilla region on Dhaka-Chattragram highway specially Daudkandi to Teknaf during rush hour before Eid day.

“We have already made special deployment on the highway from April 24 as part of an initiative to avert traffic congestion. Besides, we have formed 15 Quick Response Team (QRT) and set up six sub-control rooms, “he said.

Rahmat said they have already evicted roadsides temporary bazars on the highway and permanent bazar will not run during the holidays before the Eid.

Replying to a question, he said there is no possibility of severe traffic congestions on Dhaka-Chattogram highway during the upcoming Eid vacations.

Contacted, SP (Highway- Gazipur) Ali Ahmed Khan said no serious traffic congestion may occur on six national highways–Dhaka-Tangail, Dhaka-Mymenshing, Dhaka-Aricha, Dhaka-Mawa and Dhaka-Sylhet highways– under his jurisdiction.

He said the road conditions are very good while three flyovers on Dhaka-Tangail highway were opened to traffic.

“The others parts of the national highways are also good. The situation is now better compared to anytime in the past. “We hope holidaymakers will reach their respective destinations without much hassle,” the SP said.

He, however, said that homebound travellers may suffer in different ferry terminals, including Paturia-Daulatdia, Shimulia-Banglabazar, Shimulia-Majhirkandi terminals.

Another official, however, holidaymakers may suffer on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway, Dhaka-Tangail-Rangpur highway, Elenga to Bangabandhu Bridge due to the heavy pressure of vehicles.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Mad rush of homebound people at Shimulia ferry ghat

Several thousand homebound people thronged Shimulia ferry terminal on Wednesday morning to cross the Padma River five days ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.

The authorities concerned of the ferry terminal are struggling a lot to manage the huge rush of home bound people as only seven ferries are operating now instead of 18-21.

People were seen waiting at the ferry terminal for several hours amid the scorching heat.

Talking to UNB, some passengers said this year the number of ferries is less than the previous year and they are going to their homes today to avoid mad rush.

Md Soleman, inspector of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) at Shimulia ghat, said currently 153 speedboats and 83 launches are operating on the route as the number of ferries is insufficient.

HM Yeadul Islam, terminal super of BIWTC, said Bangladesh Inland and Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) has taken adequate measures to ensure safe journey of the homebound people.

“We are trying our best to tackle huge pressure of vehicles,” he said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Jaishankar to meet PM Hasina, hold talks with FM Thursday

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrives here on Thursday afternoon as the two countries eye Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New Delhi in July.

Jaishankar’s visit may be seen in the context of frequent bilateral high-level visits and exchanges between the two countries, said the Indian Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday.

Both sides commemorate 50 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties.

The last visit by Jaishankar to Bangladesh was in March 2021.

During his brief official visit, he will meet with the prime minister at 4pm.

He will also hold discussions with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen at the Foreign Service Academy at 5pm on Thursday, said an official.

Momen will also host an Iftar-cum-dinner in honor of his Indian counterpart.

The Indian external affairs minister is scheduled to land at BAF Base Bangabandhu at around 2:30m by a special flight of Indian Air Force.

He will visit Bhutan after wrapping up his Bangladesh visit.

What’s Good News?

Momen on Tuesday said his Indian counterpart Jaishankar might bring good news. “May be he’ll bring good news and we’re yet to know what that news is exactly.”

He said the relationship between Bangladesh and India is very sweet and they are very happy that Jaishankar is coming to Bangladesh. “We always welcome him. He’ll give us surprise.”

Jaishankar will be coming with the formal invitation for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on behalf of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an impending visit to Delhi – likely to be held in the first week of July, a diplomatic source told UNB on Sunday.

At the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Modi paid a State Visit to Bangladesh from 26 to 27 March 2021 to join the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the Independence of Bangladesh, the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 50 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Bangladesh.

At the invitation of President Abdul Hamid, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind paid a State visit to Bangladesh from December 15 to 17 last year to attend the 50th Victory Day celebrations here as the guest of honour.

It was the Indian President’s maiden visit to Bangladesh and also his first visit overseas since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The visits symbolised the partnership of half-a-century between India and Bangladesh that has strengthened, matured and evolved as a model for bilateral relations for the entire region.

In an effort to give further impetus to Dhaka-Delhi relations, the two neighboring countries are now planning to have enhanced engagement including preparation for Hasina’s visit to India at a convenient time this year, officials said.

Minister-Level Talks

Before the prime minister’s visit, the next round of Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting will be held in New Delhi, most likely next month.

The JCC will be co-chaired by Foreign Minister Momen and his Indian counterpart Jaishankar and a date is likely to be finalized during the visit of the Indian external affairs minister.

Momen said there are some meetings that need to be held before the JCC.

Asked about the issues to be discussed in the next JCC, he said Bangladesh will raise all the outstanding issues in the meeting.

Asked about Teesta River water sharing and border killing issues, he said Bangladesh always raise these issues and will reiterate those.

The sixth meeting of the JCC was held on September 29, 2020. Although Dhaka was scheduled to host the meeting, due to the COVID-19 situation the meeting was held on virtual platform.

2 children drown in Barishal

Two minor children drowned in a pond at Muladi in Sadar upazila of Barishal on Wednesday morning.

The deceased were identified as six-month-old boy Ariyan Khan, son of Sumon Khan, and his cousin two-year-old girl Sarika Aktar, daughter of Abdul Jabbar of Chardakatia village of the upazila.

The two children fell into the pond while playing around 11 am, said Md Yusuf, sub-inspector (SI) of Muladi police station.

Later, local people found the floating bodies of the two children around 2pm and took them to Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared them dead, the SI added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

What Musk’s past tweets reveal about Twitter’s next owner

Three days before Elon Musk agreed to buy Twitter, the world’s richest man tweeted a photo of Bill Gates and used a crude sexual term to make fun of his belly.

Playful, aggressive and often juvenile, Musk’s past tweets show how he has used social media to craft his public image as a brash billionaire unafraid to offend. They may also reveal clues as to how Musk will govern the platform he hopes to own.

“Look at the feed: It’s all over the place. It’s erratic. At times it’s pretty extreme,” said Jennifer Grygiel, a Syracuse University professor who studies social media and who recently assigned Musk’s tweets as reading material for their students. “It paints him as some sort of rebel leader who will take control of the public square to save it. That is a myth he has constructed.”

Musk joined Twitter in 2010 and now has more than 85 million followers — the seventh most of any account and the highest for any business leader. He had mused about buying the site before he agreed on Monday to pay $44 billion for Twitter, which he said he hopes to turn into a haven where all speech is allowed.

“I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means,” Musk wrote in a tweet.

As the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Musk uses his Twitter account to make business announcements and promote his enterprises. He muses about technology and trade, but has also posted jokes about women’s breasts and once compared Canada’s prime minister to Hitler. He regularly weighs in on global events, as he did in March 2020 when he tweeted that “The coronavirus pandemic is dumb.”

He’s also used the account to punch back at critics, such as when he called a diver working to rescue boys trapped in a cave in Thailand a “pedo,” short for pedophile. The diver had previously criticized Musk’s proposal to use a sub to rescue the boys. Musk, who won a defamation suit filed by the diver, later said he never intended “pedo” to be interpreted as “pedophile.”

A few years ago, after software engineer Cher Scarlett criticized Musk’s handling of the cave incident, the tech billionaire fired back and she was soon being harassed by dozens of Musk’s online fans. He later deleted the posts, but not before Scarlett had to lock down her account because she was receiving so many hateful messages.

“It’s ironic to me that somebody who claims they want to buy Twitter to protect free speech has such thin skin,” she said. “He’s a very smart man, and when he replies to people that criticize him, he knows what he’s doing. To me that’s not championing free speech, it’s weaponizing free speech, and I think that’s what he’ll do owning this platform.”

Nineteen-year-old Jack Sweeney got Musk’s attention when he created an automated Twitter account that tracked the movements of Musk’s jet. Musk responded by offering Sweeney $5,000 to pull the account. When Sweeney refused, Musk blocked him on Twitter.

Sweeney said he’s worried he may get kicked off the site entirely if Musk’s takeover is approved. But he said he likes Musk’s free speech absolutism, and hopes he sees it through.

“He’ll make it more open, and I think that’s a good thing,” Sweeney said.

Musk’s use of Twitter has also led to problems for his own companies. In one August 2018 tweet, for instance, Musk asserted that he had the funding to take Tesla private for $420 a share, although a court has ruled that it wasn’t true. That led to an SEC investigation that Musk is still fighting.

More recently, Musk appeared to have violated SEC rules that required him to disclose that he’d acquired a 5% stake in Twitter; instead he waited until he had more than 9%. Experts say these issues aren’t likely to affect his Twitter acquisition.

Last year another federal agency, the National Labor Relations Board, ordered Musk to delete a tweet that officials said illegally threatened to cut stock options for Tesla employees who joined the United Auto Workers union.

Those tweets helped cement Musk’s reputation as a brash outsider, a workingman’s billionaire, Grygiel said. But that doesn’t mean he is equipped to run a social media platform with more than 200 million users, the professor added.

“Maybe he wants to burn it down,” Grygiel said. “I don’t know. But I do know that it shows that no one person should have this kind of power.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

PM: Bangladesh Railway is now a profitable organisation

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said her government has turned state-run Bangladesh Railway into a profitable agency, which was left in tatters during the past BNP rule.

“As we made BRTC a profitable one, today we’ve proven that train service can be made profitable,” she said at the launching ceremony of two Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Mobile Rail Museums and 46 locomotives.

The prime minister said the past BNP government shut down train services on different routes at the suggestion of the World Bank.

She said her government has not only revived the rail transport service agency, but has made it profitable too.

She joined the function at Kamalapur Railways Station through a video conference from her official residence Ganobhaban.

Hasina commissioned 30 meter-gauge locomotives and 16 broad-gauge locomotives of Bangladesh Railways by flagging off these vehicles.

She also opened two Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Mobile Rail Museums, built on a Broad-gauge coach and a meter-gauge coach on the occasion of Mujib Year.

She stressed the need for expediting the process of recruiting more manpower for the Bangladesh Railway to expand its services.

“There is a manpower shortage in our railway. We’ll have to increase its manpower. A step has already been taken for this. I think it should be executed soon,” said the PM.

She said though Bangladesh Railway is a service organisation, it should also earn profit.

It would be possible after the expansion of railway network and opening of new routes being constructed by the government, she said.

PM: Bangladesh Railway is now a profitable organisation

The PM said once it was advised that BRTC be shut down as it was not a profitable venture.

“What matters most for a state-owned agency is how much services it renders to the people, not how much profit it makes,” she said.

Keeping this in mind the AL government took massive steps to expand the railway network in the country and bring new areas under the railway connectivity. Thus the railway service now continues for the people even during any calamity, she added.

Hasina blasted the BNP for damaging the Railway’s property through arson attacks in the name of movement.

“When we procured new coaches, locomotives and engines, BNP uleashed arson violence,” she said.

“The most unfortunate part is that new train coaches carrying passengers were set on fire….. What type of movement was it? These were rather terrorist activities,” she said, attacking opposition BNP.

Noting that BNP was founded by power grabbers, she said “They didn’t come from the people. So, they didn’t care for the welfare of the people.”

About the newly commissioned locomotives ahead of the Eid-ul Fitr, the PM said it would help the people travel smoothly to their homes to celebrate the festival with families.

Railway Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan presided over the function and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railway Ministry ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury also spoke on the occasion.

PMO senior secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah and US Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas were present at the function, while Railway secretary Dr Md Humayun Kabir delivered the welcome speech.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

No chance of Chinese debt trap: FM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday reiterated that there is no scope for Bangladesh to get into Chinese “debt trap” noting that the economists who say such things might have an intention to appease the United States.

He said Bangladesh has borrowed the highest amount from Japan but nobody talks about it with their only headache about Chinese loan.

“We remain very careful. There’s no scope that we’ll fall into debt trap. We cut our coat according to our clothes,” he told reporters while responding to a question at his office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Foreign Minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina takes decisions through proper scrutiny and analyzing every aspect and in no way Bangladesh should be compared with the Sri Lankan case.

“‘We don’t know what we hear from you sometimes. You write Bangladesh is falling into the Chinese debt trap. Later, I see that you write completely illusory words,” he said.

While talking about negative comments on Chinese loans by the economist, Momen said maybe they want to please the United States.”

Bangladesh has so far managed foreign debt very well but there is a lot of discussion in the public domain following the economic crisis in Sri Lanka.

In February, Foreign Minister Momen said China has come forward with the “basket of money” along with “aggressive and affordable” proposals amid Bangladesh’s growing infrastructure need when help from many countries has been “declining”.

However, Indian External Affairs Minister Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar who was present at the same event in Germany laid emphasis on making an “informed decision” and cited the problems that they have seen in some countries in the region.

Source: United News of Bangladesh