All 26 Bangladeshi nationals, who were killed in a gun attack in Libya on Thursday, have been buried at Mizdah.
M Ashraful Islam, Counsellor (Labour wing) at Bangladesh Embassy in Libya, confirmed it to UNB.
The Bangladeshi citizens were killed while 11 others were injured in a gun attack by some human traffickers on Thursday in the desert town of Mizdah, some 180km from Tripoli.
Bangladesh had communicated with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to make arrangements for the bodies of the victims and sought compensation for their families.
Bangladesh has also sought information on the human traffickers and demanded punishment of those involved in human trafficking and killing after their arrest.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Friday said six out of 11 injured Bangladesh citizens have fully recovered and Bangladesh Mission in Libya is in touch with them to get further details on the incident.
On Saturday, Bangladesh released names of 23 of those killed.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with information from Bangladesh Embassy in Tripoli, also provided the identities of the injured.
The 23 deceased are -- Sujan and Kamrul from Gopalganj; Jakir Hossain, Jewel, Firuz, Jewel-2, Manik, Asadul, Aynal Mollah, Monir, Sajib, Shaheen, and Shamim from Madaripur; Arfan from Dhaka; Lal Chand from Magura; Rajon, Rahim, Shakil, Sakib, Akash, Shohag and Muhammad Ali from Kishoreganj; and Rakibul from Jashore.
Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the government will issue a gazette notification on "an adjusted and logical" bus fare.
The proposed bus fare by Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) will be reduced, he said during a videoconference from his residence.
BRTA on Saturday recommended raising bus fare by 80 percent in order to compensate bus owners carrying 50 percent less passengers to prevent the transmission of coronavirus.
Quader said 80 percent increased bus fare will be an extra burden on the people at this moment.
"The government is going to adjust a logical bus fare according to the financial ability of the people," he added.
Quader said passengers have been told to maintain a three-foot distance from each other all the time.
Passengers, drivers, helpers, and ticket sellers must wear face masks while hand sanitiser, soaps and hand washing facilities must be available at terminals.
The government on Thursday issued a gazette notification allowing limited operation of public transport and offices from May 31 to June 15 amid the coronavirus outbreak.
It said public transports – buses, trains and vessels – will have to maintain health guidelines.
All government, semi-government and autonomous offices will resume under self-management but ailing staff and pregnant women have been asked to refrain from joining work, the notification said.
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Anjuman Ara Begum, mother of UNB District Editor Shahriar Polash, died of old age complications in Munshiganj.
She was 77.
She had been suffering from diabetes and heart diseases, her family sources said.
Anjuman Ara breathed her last around 10am at her youngest son's residence in Munshiganj.
She left behind six sons, five daughters and a host of relatives to mourn her death.
She will be laid to rest at Moishadi in Chandpur after Asr prayer.
UNB family condoled her death and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family members.
Dhaka’s air quality was ranked fifth worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Sunday morning.
Dhaka had an AQI score of 154 at 08:41am and the air was classified as ‘unhealthy’.
The air quality in Dhaka has been improving significantly over the last few days thanks to the government-announced holiday to curb the transmission of coronavirus.
When the AQI value is between 151 and 200, everyone may begin to experience health effects while members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.
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United Arab Emirates' Dubai, Chile’s Santiago and China’s Chengdu occupied the first three spots in the list of cities with the worst air with scores of 793, 177 and 159 respectively.
The AQI, an index for reporting daily air quality, informs people how clean or polluted the air of a certain city is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for them.
In Bangladesh, the AQI is based on five criteria pollutants - Particulate Matter (PM10 and PM2.5), NO2, CO, SO2 and Ozone.
Dhaka has long been grappling with air pollution. Its air quality usually improves during monsoon.
But the capital's air quality declined much in recent days, forcing the High Court to come up with a nine-point directive to improve the air quality.
Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin admitted that the air pollution in the capital reached an intolerable level and blamed 58 percent of the pollution on brick kilns.
He said the government has taken plans to shut traditional kilns currently in operation.
"Air pollution should be seen as an important national crisis," he told UNB in an interview in February.
Road transport workers have been busy taking necessary preparations as bus services are going to be restored after disruption of over two months due to the covid-19 pandemic.
When the coronavirus situation started to worsen, the government on March 24 declared general holidays and suspended movement of all public transports throughout the country in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.
Despite absence of any significant improvement in coronavirus situation, the government has recently announced not to extend the ongoing public holidays and somewhat abruptly directed to operate all offices on a limited scale maintaining advised health guidelines. Side-by-side it was also declared that all public transports will resume services on a limited scale.
Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday said buses, and other vehicles will start running on highways as well from Sunday keeping 50 percent seats empty.
The passengers will have to maintain three-feet distance from each other while getting on and off the bus, the minister said, adding that stern action will be taken against vehicles defying the government directives.
A UNB photographer visited the Mohakhali Bus Terminal in the capital city and took some photos of the preparations of transport workers to hit the road again.
The bus had been lying idle for over two months at the bus terminal. This photo was captured when a worker was cleaning the bus ahead of the restoration of bus service
Two workers take a break from cleaning to scroll their smartphones.
A driver carries out one last inspection of the vehicle he will be driving all day tomorrow.
Staffers at different ticket counters were taking preparations to return to their previous schedules.