Bangladesh’s capital city was ranked the worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) for the third consecutive day on Tuesday.
Dhaka had a score of 252at 8am on Tuesday, indicating that the air quality was ‘very unhealthy.’
In the index, Pakistan’s Lahore, Mongolia’s Ulaanbaatarand India’s Delhi occupiedthe next three slots with a score of 243, 217 and 208 respectively.
When the AQI value is between 201 and 300, every city dweller may begin to experience health effects.
Children, adults, and people with respiratory diseases are advised to avoid outdoor exertion while everyone else is suggested to limit outdoor exertion in this situation.
The air quality is categorised as good when the AQI score remains between 0-50 while the air is moderate when score is 51-100. When the number is between 101 and 150, the air is classified as unhealthy for sensitive groups.
The AQI, an index for reporting daily air quality, tells people how clean or polluted the air of a certain city is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for them.
Bangladesh’s overcrowded capital has been grappling with air pollution for a long time. The quality usually improves during monsoon.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested an alleged drug peddler with four firearms and ammunition in Choudala bridge area in Gomostapur upazila here on Monday.
The arrestee is Abdus Samad, 30, of Doshimani Kathal area in the upazila.
Sajal Kumar Sarkar, camp commander of Rab-5, said on secret information, a Rab team searched a three-wheeler and arrested Abdus with three foreign-made pistols, one shooter gun, seven rounds of bullet and three magazines from a fruits carrying carton in the evening.
Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to arrive here on Friday on a brief visit which will be his second visit to Bangladesh this year after leaving the United Nations.
This time, the former UN chief is coming to attend the 13th convocation of Brac University which will be held at Army Stadium on Saturday afternoon, an official told UNB.
President Abdul Hamid is also scheduled to attend the convocation ceremony.
Ban will arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 7am on Friday and l join lunch to be hosted by Brac in his honor on Saturday.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen will hold a meeting with the former UN chief, known as a very good friend of Bangladesh, at 11 am on Saturday.
Ban will leave Dhaka at 6:30 pm same day.
In July last, Moon attended the ‘Dhaka Meeting of the Global Commission on Adaptation’ held in the capital.
During his first visit to Bangladesh after leaving the UN, Brac University President and Vice-Chancellor Prof Vincent Chang invited the former UN chief who is currently the chairman of the Global Commission on Adaptation, to visit Brac University and energise students to participate further in the global arena.
Bus workers went on strike and blocked Dhaka-Mymenisngh highway on Monday morning protesting against implementation of the Road Transport Act.
Hundreds of bus workers took to the streets and put up barricade at Mawna intersection in Sreepur area on the highway around 8 am, causing immense sufferings to thousands of commuters.
Thousands of school going children, office goers and Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNISU) admission seekers were the worst sufferers.
Bus workers said they have blocked the road demanding cancellation of the new law and they will continue the strike until their demands are met.
Ayub Hossain, sub inspector of Mawna Highway Police Station, said when they requested the protesting workers they allowed a bus carrying JKKNISU admission seekers to cross the area.
The much talked-about Act came into effect from November 1. The Road Transport and Bridges Ministry had announced the decision through a notification on October 22.
Earlier on Monday,thousands of commuters suffered much as bus workers went on strike in various districts including Jhenaidah, Khulna, Rajshahi, Narail, Kushtia and Satkhira protesting against implementation of the RTA.
Six people, including a Bangladeshi national, were killed in an airstrike on a biscuit factory in Libya’s capital Tripoli on Monday, said the Bangladeshi envoy there.
The Bangladeshi victim was identified as Abul Hasan alias Babulal, hailing from Rajshahi.
Bangladeshi Ambassador to Libya Sk Sekander Ali said they contacted the authorities of Al-Sunbulah Biscuit Factory in Wadi Al-Rabie area after the drone attack when they informed that the victims were sent to different hospitals.
After visiting different hospitals, Babulal was identified as the Bangladeshi national, he said, adding that 15 other Bangladeshis were found taking treatment at the hospitals.
The ambassador also said the condition of M Emon of Cumilla and Mohabbat Ali of Jhenaidah was critical and they were undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit of Tripoli Medical College.
Of the rest deceased, two are Libyan citizens while three of different African countries, he said.
Talking to UNB, ASM Ashraful Islam, labour counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy in Tripoli, earlier said one of the victims is Bangladesh national.
Earlier, The Associated Press reported that five Bangladeshis among seven were killed in the airstrike.
Malek Merset, a spokesman with the ministry, told the AP that the dead included five workers from Bangladesh, and two Libyan nationals.
The airstrike also wounded at least 33 workers, mostly from Niger and Bangladesh, who were taken to nearby hospitals for urgent treatment, Merset said.
Tripoli has been the scene of fighting since April between the self-styled Libyan National Army, led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter, and an array of militias loosely allied with the U.N.-supported but weak government which holds the capital.
The Tripoli-based health ministry said the airstrike took place in the capital’s Wadi el-Rabie neighborhood, south of the city center where fighting has been raging for months.
Footage shared online showed wounded people with bandages and blood on their legs on stretchers before being taken by ambulances to hospitals.
Fighting for Tripoli has stalled in recent months, with both sides dug in and shelling one another along the city’s southern reaches. The months of combat have killed hundreds of people and displaced thousands.