Deputy Minister for Water Resources Enamul Haque Shamim said on Wednesday that permanent embankment projects are being taken up in all risky areas in phases.
He said this while inspecting erosion-hit areas of Beltia Ghat in Gohalia Bari Union of Kalihati upazila in Tangail.
The Ministry of Water Resources has continued project works during the coronavirus crisis, he said.
“Under the direction of the Prime Minister, I've been monitoring all the flood affected areas and after receiving the flood forecast, I've instructed the executive engineers to be ready with geo bags on an urgent basis,” said the deputy minister.
A total of Tk 610 crore projects are underway in Tangail, he said.
Shamim also distributed TK 10,000 in cash and relief items among each affected family on behalf of the Prime Minister.
Kuwait's Ministry of Interior on Thursday said that Bangladeshi MP Shahid Islam Papul, arrested on charges of human trafficking, visa trading, and money laundering, is not a Kuwaiti citizen.
The ministry made the statement in a tweet a day after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in the parliament that his seat will be declared vacant if he is a Kuwait citizen.
In its statement, the ministry also confirmed that the news which was circulated in some social media that the Bangladeshi accused obtained Kuwaiti citizenship, is incorrect and called upon all media to be accurate in publishing any news, reports Arab Times.
Its doors are open round the clock to respond to any inquiries related to security affairs, said the statement.
The deputy prime minister, minister of the interior and minister of state of cabinet affairs Anas-Al-Saleh said that it is an important issue that has manifestations of corruption and is now under the authority of Public Prosecution.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday pointed out that a number of newspapers published Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen's remarks wrongly.
The Foreign Ministry made it clear that the Foreign Minister did not identify MP Shahid as a citizen of Kuwait but said he might have resident permit there.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday said MP Shahid did not go to Kuwait using the government or diplomatic passport and he had been doing business in Kuwait for over 29 years. He is the Managing Director and CEO of a company there.
The Kuwait government arrested him not as an MP of Bangladesh but as a businessman of Kuwait, said the Foreign Minister adding that he is probably a local resident of Kuwait.
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On June 6, Kuwait's Criminal Investigation Department arrested Shahid on charges of human trafficking, visa trading, and money laundering.
On June 20, the lawmaker from Laxmipur-2 constituency (independent), landed in Kuwait prison.
The Public Prosecutor of Kuwait had approached the Central Bank to freeze the bank accounts of Mohammad Shahid Islam.
The financial balance of the company amounts to about 5 million Kuwait dinars, including 3 million dinars as company’s capital.
Ambassador of Thailand to Bangladesh Arunrung Phothong Humphreys on Thursday handed over basic food items worth around Tk 100,000 to Bidyanondo Foundation to support its emergency response in flood-affected areas in Bangladesh during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Firoz Salah Uddin, Executive Member, represented Bidyanondo Foundation while receiving the support.
This donation represents friendship between Thais and Bangladeshis, said the Embassy.
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The Thai community and the Embassy hoped that this contribution would help address the needs of those affected by COVID-19 at this difficult time.
Donated food items included rice, lentils, gram seeds, semolina and cooking oil.
"Together we will get through this difficult time," said the Embassy.
Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim on Thursday said the government won’t allow import of sacrificial animals on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
“Under no circumstance, it will allow bringing cattle from abroad this year,” he said while addressing an online meeting on ensuring the supply and sale of healthy cattle at ‘Haats’.
The minister noted that the government will take all necessary measures to ensure the animal sacrifice in a healthy manner.
“With a view to protect the environment, all necessary arrangements will be made for marketing and selling of sacrificial animals in a healthy way during Eid-ul-Azha,” the minister said.
He cautioned all to abide by health guidelines at cattle markets and urged to discharge own duties with responsibility and ethics.
Recalling previous experience, Minister Rezaul said, “We want no incident of extortion to happen this year. If animals are sold from farms, the lessee won’t be allowed to collect tolls from there. ”
He also assured that there is an adequate supply of sacrificial animals.
According to the Department of Livestock Services, there is a stock of around 1.18 crore of sacrificial animals this year, he said.
The Minister mentioned that 1200 medical teams will work at the cattle markets to prevent sale of sick cattle and monitoring teams will be formed in coordination with the officials of the ministry.
He also revealed that the authorities are trying to focus on arranging online markets due tpo the coronavirus situation.
Fisheries and Livestock Secretary Raunak Mahmud, Additional Secretary Kazi Washi Uddin, Director General of the Department of Livestock Services Dr Abdul Jabbar Sikder, among others, participated in the occasion.
Two new dengue cases were reported in the country on Thursday, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
According to a daily update from DGHS, two dengue patients are currently undergoing treatment at hospitals in the capital.
The health authorities reported 329 dengue cases since the beginning of this year. So far 327 of them made recovery.
Bangladesh had a massive dengue outbreak last year when 101,354 people were hospitalised. Of them, 101,037 made full recovery.
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According to official figures, the mosquito-borne disease killed 179 people last year.
In order to protect the city dwellers from dengue, a special clean-up operation to control Aedes mosquito was launched in all 54 wards of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) from June 6.
On the other hand, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh on June 7 launched a year-long mosquito extermination campaign in 73 wards.