The government has planned to import rice, if needed, by reducing import duty to keep its market stable and prevent price manipulation.
There has been a bumper production of crops this year and farmers are getting fair prices, said a Food Ministry handout on Tuesday.
If the rice market is desabilised drspite this and millers make delay in supplying rice to government warehouses defying deals with them, the government will import import rice, if necessary, by reducing import duty, the handout added.
Three members of a family were killed as a private cur overturned on Daudkandi-Chandpur Matlab road in Cumilla on Tuesday morning.
The deceased were identified as Sirajul Islam, 80, his wife Jahanara Begum, 70, and their twelve-year-old grandson Abu Bakar Siddique.
Barkar’s father, who was driving the car, escaped unhurt.
Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Daudkandi Police Station, said the private car overturned and fell into a roadside ditch at around 5am, leaving the trio dead on the spot.
Police recovered the bodies, he added.
Family sources said that the victims were going to Faridganj upazila in Chandpur from Dhaka.
Four day labourers went missing as two boat capsized in the Padma River in Sadipur union in Kumarkhali upazila on Tuesday morning.
The missing people are- Jewel, 30, son of Haran Sheikh, Jakir, 25, son of Nozu, Shariful, 31, son of Jalil and Juba, 32, all are residents of Jamalpur village in Bahadurpur union of Bheramara upazila.
Tofazzal Hossain, union parishad chairman of Sadipur union, said the two boats carrying 13 day labourers were going to a char of the Padma river for cutting grass.
At one stage, the two boats sank in the middle of the river due to strong current around 8:30am.
Though nine labourers managed to swim ashore, four went missing, he said.
Omio Kumar Biswas , duty officer of Kumarkhali fire service, said a fire service
team of Pabna reached the spot and they are conducting rescue drive.
Sumona Haque, wife of former captain of Bangladesh cricket team Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, also tested positive for coronavirus after he was infected with the virus.
Golam Mortaza Swapan, father of Mashrafe, said Mashrafe’s wife was infected with coronavirus and they got the report on Tuesday.
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She is, however, receiving treatment from her home in Dhaka and doing well, according to Mashrafe’s family.
Mashrafe tested positive for the virus on June 20 and has been receiving treatment also at their home in Dhaka since then.
Mashrafe tested positive for COVID-19 again after a second test on July 4. However, his health condition is stable.
After Mashrafe , his younger brother, Morsalin Bin Mortaza, was also tested positive. He is also doing well.
Former vice- president of Khulna divisional and district Krira Sangstha died of Covid-19 at a hospital in Khulna on Tuesday morning.
The deceased was identified as Sardar Rafiqul Islam, 68, of Choto Mirjapur area in the city.
Dr Sheikh Fariduddin, resident medical officer of Khulna Medical College Hospital, said coronavirus-infected Rafiqul was brought to the hospital at 10 pm Monday and later he was referred to a coronavirus dedicated hospital in the city.
He breathed his last at the hospital at 4 am today, he added.
Islam was the director of Premier Division Cricket Club Kapilmuni Krira Shikkha Protisthan (KKSP). He was also a lifelong member of Khulna Abahani Krira Chakra, Mohammedan Sporting Club and Sonali Otit Club.
Besides cricket, he also organized a number of volleyball, handball and basketball teams in the district level.