The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) has received its fair share of criticism over the years, but the head coach of the Bangladesh national team has gone further, saying he turns off TV when he sees BPL. In a recent interview with ESPNCricinfo, Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha expressed his disappointment with the culture T20 events. “There has to be some regulation,” he said. “A player is playing one tournament and then playing another tournament. It's like a circus.” Hathurusingha clearly outlined his frustration with Bangladesh “not having a proper T20 tournament.” He goes so far as to say, “This sounds very odd, but when I'm watching the BPL, I sometimes turn off the TV. Some players are not even of the class. I have a big issue with the current system.” The coach emphasized the need for a T20 event where Bangladeshi bowlers can practice bowling in the death overs, and where Bangladeshi batters can gain experience batting at the top of the order. Read more: BPL Spectacle: What Makes Tawhid Shine with a Century? “A franchise does what it wants,” Hathurusingha added. “Some of my best players are not playing (the BPL). So then how do you expect the Bangladesh team to be up with the other teams? I am fighting a steep battle.” The BPL 2024 has entered the playoffs, with the eliminator and the first qualifier taking place in Dhaka on February 27. Right after BPL, Bangladesh will take on Sri Lanka in a full series — three T20Is, three ODIs, and two Tests. Hathurusingha believes the series against Sri Lanka will see the real rivalry in the field, but he also mentioned that Bangladesh will be underdog against Sri Lanka in T20Is. “We are developing as a T20 team. We are underdogs, to be honest. It is a good challenge for us. I am still confident we will give them a good fight. We will understand where we are at, ahead of the World Cup, after this series,” Hathurusingha added in the interview. Read more: BPL Mid-Season Standout Stars: Naim, Shoriful Lead as Tournament Shifts to Chattogram
Selecting the right attire for a job interview is pivotal. It demonstrates professionalism and respect for the company's culture. It profoundly influences the initial impression, making it crucial to present yourself appropriately. It underscores the significance of making a positive and lasting impact. Tips to Choose the Perfect Attire for a Job Interview An interviewer's initial assessment often centres on appearance, forming a swift judgement. A carefully chosen attire helps to create a good impression, as it conveys confidence and competence. Consider the Industry Type Understanding the nuances of workplace culture significantly aids in selecting the appropriate dress code. In creative industries, a more relaxed dress code might prevail, encouraging individual expression. And corporate settings often demand formal wear to align with the professional environment. Opting for professional attire tailored to the job role is imperative. For conservative fields, such as finance or law, a tailored suit or formal business attire denotes a serious, business-oriented approach. The attire should not only fit well but also resonate with the company's ethos. Reead more: Antifragile Career: 10 ways to make your profession sustainable Review Guidelines A proactive approach involves reviewing any guidelines furnished by the company regarding dress code expectations. This act showcases meticulous attention to detail and a genuine respect for the company's policies. It also sets a positive tone even before the interview commences. Taking a proactive stance in understanding the industry's norms, adhering to company guidelines, and selecting an appropriate attire that resonates with the role and company culture enhances the candidate's chances of leaving a positive impression during the crucial job interview process. Moderate Accessories and Mild Fragrance Accessorising should be approached with restraint. It is recommended to practise minimalism while wearing jewellery to complement the applicant’s professional look. Read more: 10 Ways to Boost Team Productivity in Workplace Opting for subtlety in choosing a light, neutral fragrance, if any, ensures a more comfortable and focused environment during the interview. Grooming Grooming plays an equally vital role. Neatly styled hair, well-groomed nails, and subtle accessories contribute to an overall polished appearance. It reinforces the impression of professionalism and attention to detail. These aspects collectively create a cohesive and impactful visual presentation that aligns with the company's expectations. Tidy Footwear Furthermore, shoes play a significant role in completing the professional ensemble. Clean and appropriate footwear that aligns with the dress code is crucial. Professional Look Maintaining a professional appearance during a job interview is integral to directing the focus towards one's qualifications and capabilities. Adhering to dress codes, ensuring well-fitted and tidy attire, opting for subtle accessories and fragrances, and choosing appropriate footwear collectively contribute to a polished and professional image. They align with the expectations of the interview setting. Read more: 10 Best Programming Languages for 2024
Company Secretary of HATIL, Md. Rezaul Karim ndc, has affirmed that the renowned furniture brand is firmly dedicated to working towards its sustainability commitment to the environment. “When we talk about a sustainable industry, there are some criteria to ascertain whether the company or the industry is sustainable. The first criterion is environmental sustainability, which includes practices like sustainable sourcing, recycling and reusing of waste,” Md. Rezaul Karim ndc, told UNB during an exclusive interview. During the interview, the HATIL Company Secretary shared his deep admiration for the nation’s foremost furniture brand, shed light on the brand’s path to sustainability, and a glimpse into its sustainable practices. One of the most notable sustainable practices at HATIL revolves around the sourcing of one of its most vital raw materials: wood. “HATIL is committed to sustainability in terms of sourcing raw materials from overseas. For example, we don’t use local timber to manufacture our furniture as quality wood is not available. Initially, we used to source oak wood from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests in Canada. Now, we source FSC-certified Beech wood from Germany and pine wood from Spain. Our use of FSC-certified wood aligns with our commitment to environmental preservation,” Md. Rezaul Karim ndc, said. At the same time, HATIL is reducing deforestation in Bangladesh where forests are below minimum standards. A product being certified by the Forest Stewardship Council means it meets the “gold standard” of ethical production. An FSC-certified forest, from where HATIL sources its wood, means that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves biodiversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring economic viability, according to the Forest Stewardship Council website. Read more: HATIL’s ‘slim is smart’ has global appeal: Marketing Director Moshiur Rahman ‘REDUCE WASTE, MAXIMIZE PRODUCTIVITY’ One of HATIL’s key strategies to achieve maximum efficiency is embodied by the motto: “Reduce waste, maximize productivity.” But how does HATIL do that? “Well, if we want to reduce waste, we need to introduce better technologies, in other words, better machinery which would, in turn, enhance our overall productivity. The process also included recycling and reusing the waste,” the HATIL company secretary said. He also provided some insights into HATIL’s recycling and reuse policy to reduce waste. “For example, we have installed a Coral Anti-pollution System to collect dust in HATIL. We collect dust from every piece of machinery. Then we recycle it and turn it into briquettes. We use the briquettes as fuel for our Thermo fluid heater,” he said, adding, “This is one of the examples of how we recycle our waste and reuse it in HATIL.” HATIL also recycles and uses wood offcuts to manufacture particle boards, he added. Karim stressed the need to cease actions that harm the environment. “This holds true for the furniture industry as well. We must ensure that we are not contributing to deforestation in any manner, and we should strive to minimize our wood usage as much as possible,” he added. Read more: Commitment to quality behind HATIL’s success: Director Mahfuzur Rahman
HATIL’s “Slim is Smart” slogan has global appeal, according to Moshiur Rahman, the furniture brand’s director of marketing. “At our showrooms abroad, we see that customers like our designs and are interested in them,” he said. “Those who are looking for furniture like IKEA but of slightly better quality and are willing to pay a bit more, prefer HATIL furniture over IKEA's.” Over a span of 26 years, while being an integral part of HATIL, Director of Sales and Marketing Moshiur Rahman has been witness to some of the most pivotal transformations that the nation's foremost furniture brand has undergone. During an exclusive interview with United News of Bangladesh (UNB), Director Moshiur shared his personal journey, HATIL’s sales and marketing strategies that have propelled it to become the nation's top furniture brand, and future prospects, among other topics. ‘Didn’t want to take business as a career’ Before stepping into the realm of HATIL in 1997, Director Moshiur Rahman had some different plans in mind. Despite being one of the five sons of the visionary businessman late Al-Hajj Habibur Rahman, the founder of H.A. Timber Industries Ltd, Moshiur didn't initially aspire to follow in his father's footsteps. “I completed my bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature,” he said. “I wanted to study English literature and become a teacher, and I also wanted to write,” he added. Despite his involvement with the country's leading furniture brand, Moshiur continued to pursue his desired path up to a certain point. “I have done some writing, including books of poetry and novels. At some point, I also worked as a teacher at a university (for a few months),” he told UNB. From ‘for those who could afford’ to ‘for everyone’ As part of the country’s leading furniture brand, Moshiur has been a witness to all the significant transformations in HATIL's business, sales, and marketing strategies over the past 26 years. “Initially, our strategy was to make furniture not for everyone but for those who could afford the very best. However, our strategy has changed now. We are now targeting not only the affluent but also the middle-class,” he said. For Moshiur Rahman, trade fairs have been the most pivotal part of HATIL’s marketing strategy since 1995 — the first time HATIL participated in a trade fair. “Participating in trade fairs was a significant part of our marketing strategy because these trade fairs used to provide us with some breakthroughs. We used to experience a significant boost in sales during each fair,” he said. Read more: Commitment to quality behind HATIL’s success: Director Mahfuzur Rahman “After each fair, we would supply the products showcased for the next one or two months.” These fairs have assisted HATIL in shaping their strategy, enabling them to offer the same product model at various price points, ranging from high-end to more affordable, depending on the materials used in manufacturing these products. “We introduced a unique sofa design for HATIL at the 1997 trade fair. We named this model ‘Mela 97’ and it received around 100 orders,” Moshiur Rahman recalled. “We offered the same model at different price points based on the type of wood we used to manufacture it.” “This is when we started thinking about how to offer our products at a more reasonable price,” he added. ‘Slim is smart’ at the center of HATIL’s success Like many other brands in the furniture industry, HATIL's furniture designs differed significantly from the ones we see today. “Our furniture designs were not as modern as they are now; we used to follow more traditional designs,” Moshiur said, referring to the slim and minimalistic design which is at the center of the brand’s success. “People nowadays prefer slim-designed furniture because urban apartments are becoming smaller in size,” he said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s jail term suspension will have to be revoked first and she needs to go to jail again if she wants to go abroad for treatment. She said this during an interview with the Bangla service of Voice of America (VoA) aired on Saturday (September 30, 2023). The prime minister, now on a visit to the US, responded to a number of questions on US Visa sanction, human rights, Khaleda’s treatment abroad, caretaker government, the constitution and other issues. Khaleda Zia has been kept captive to remain in power: Fakhrul When asked about the possibility of reconsidering the decision to send Khaleda abroad for improved medical care, she said, “My question is, which country in the world can send a convicted criminal abroad for better treatment? Will any country allow it?” “If they want to apply, they have to go to the court and take court permission. We have no authority over work of the judiciary," she stated. Khaleda Zia again moved to CCU from cabin at Evercare Hospital “But yes, we have suspended her jail term, given permission to stay at home. And she is taking treatment now in the most expensive hospital in Bangladesh. If they need to go abroad, the permission to stay at home would first need to be revoked, she will need to return to prison again, and court. Only after obtaining court permission could she travel abroad,” she said. Khaleda under close observation of medical board; no improvement, say doctors
Full transcript of UNB’s email interview with Michael Kugelman (MK), director of the South Asia Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, in the wake of the US announcing it was taking steps to impose the first batch of visa restrictions on Bangladeshi law enforcement officials, and members of the ruling party and political opposition: UNB: First of all, what do you make of the timing? There was an impression earlier that these restrictions would most likely be imposed after the election, as they were in the case of Nicaragua and Zimbabwe. What do you think Washington is trying to signal by coming out 3 months prior and announcing the first restrictions? Is it dissatisfaction with how the overall preparations are going? MK: I think the US wanted to act proactively, to send a tough message. In effect: This is important to us, we mean business, we want that free and fair election, and here's what we'll do in the weeks leading up to it when we see someone trying to imperil that outcome. Keep in mind that the Biden administration genuinely wants a close relationship with Dhaka, and so it doesn't want to be in the tough position of having to decide whether to review the future of the relationship if the election is deemed to be unfree and unfair. For Washington, the goal is to give the full Bangladesh state—the political class, law enforcement, media, business leaders, and so on—the strongest possible incentive to ensure a free and fair election, so that the US doesn't have to make that difficult decision. Read: Visa restrictions imposed upon 'careful review of evidence': US embassy UNB: Although US law doesn't allow it, to the extent that we're allowed to speculate, do you think there are some really big fish that would have come under the restrictions? Without them it may be futile don't you think? MK: I don't know the identities of the people targeted, though indeed a stronger message would be sent if some big fish were among them. UNB: Visa restrictions are not the same of course, as Magnitsky sanctions. Do you think these individuals, whoever they are, should now worry that they might be brought under Magnitsky, say if they turn out to be repeat offenders in the days ahead? MK: I think this depends on who the people are that were targeted. If some of those targeted are business leaders and others that depend on transactions with the US, then one can't rule out Magnitsky. That said, as I understand them, these visa restriction policies are specific in scope and don't stipulate—at least not publicly—that they could expand into wider restrictions that would encompass Magnitsky. Read: US taking steps to impose first batch of visa restrictions UNB: A US delegation is due next month to assess the situation on the ground for an observer mission during the election. The EU has already said it won't send observers after its own team came and assessed the conditions. How much of a blow do you think it would be if the US also says no? Do you see a 'No' as a rejection of the process? MK: A decision not to send observers can be spun differently depending on where you sit politically. Certainly, for the opposition and other government critics, not sending observers can be pointed to as an indication of the international community having lost faith in the idea of a free and fair election and not wanting to be part of an electoral process that it feels is destined to fail. But the government could spin it as a success, that the international community must be sufficiently confident about the election being free and fair if it has no need to have observers in place. Read: 'Nothing to lose' from visa restrictions: Shahriar Alam UNB: Finally, do you see the possibility of wider sanctions on say trade or other things, depending on the quality of the election? MK: I do think the administration will review the future of the relationship if the election is deemed to be rigged. This could result in a decision to downgrade some aspects of the relationship, and possibly new sanctions. But the administration will need to be careful. It truly values its partnership with Bangladesh, which has grown in recent years, especially on the trade side. And against the backdrop of rapidly intensifying great power competition, Bangladesh, as a non-aligned state sitting astride the Indian Ocean, has great strategic importance for Washington. There are also influential actors, like the US-Bangladesh Business Council, which would likely push back against trade sanctions and any plan to rein in commercial relations. So the US would need to be cautious in its approach. Read more: A big moment for Bangladesh and its relations with US: South Asia specialist
Finding a new job is a part of career growth for both young and experienced professionals. However, nowadays, every vacancy attracts a multitude of applicants. Sometimes educational qualifications, skills and experiences are not enough to convince the employers. So how can a candidate showcase his or her eligibility for the job? Mastering the art of self-marketing can be the key to improving their career. Let’s find out how self-marketing can help job seekers to get hired. What is Self-marketing? Why is it Important for Career Growth Self-marketing is the practice of promoting one’s skills, experience, and personal brand to potential employers. It's about showcasing what makes a job seeker unique and prove why he or she is the best fit for a particular job. In today's competitive job market, effective self-marketing is vital. It helps a job candidate stand out amid a sea of candidates, emphasizing his or her strengths and achievements. Beyond impressing employers, self-marketing boosts the job seeker’s confidence. It makes a difference in interviews and negotiations. Read more: 10 Ways You Can Improve Your English Pronunciation Crafting a strong personal brand aligns with an individual’s career goals. It simplifies the attraction of suitable opportunities and valuable connections through networking. In a fast-paced job market, effective self-marketing can be a critical asset for career success, as it showcases both the skills and adaptability of young professionals who are looking for suitable employment scopes . 10 Tips for Marketing Yourself as a Job Candidate Craft an Outstanding Resume Crafting an outstanding resume is the cornerstone of successful self-marketing. It involves creating a well-structured document that highlights one’s qualifications, experience, and achievements concisely. Tailoring your resume to the specific job you are applying for is important. Try to use clear language, quantify your accomplishments with numbers where possible, and ensure it's error-free. Your resume is your first impression on potential employers, so it must captivate their attention and make them eager to learn more about you. Read more: Recession-Proof Your Career With Tech Skills Nowadays, video resumes are both popular and trendy. Therefore, you can submit video resumes besides the traditional resumes while applying for jobs. Develop an Elevator Pitch Developing an elevator pitch is about crafting a brief, compelling introduction of yourself and your skills, like a verbal business card. It should be concise, engaging, and memorable, typically lasting about 30 seconds – the time it takes for an elevator ride. Your elevator pitch should encapsulate your key qualifications, experience, and what sets you apart from others in your field. It's a powerful tool for networking events, job interviews, or any situation where you need to make a quick and impactful impression. Read more: Making a Perfect Video Resume: Tips and Tricks Similar strategies are applicable while you prepare a video resume for any job application process. Know the Potential Employer Understanding your potential employer is crucial when marketing yourself as a job candidate. Research the company thoroughly to gain insights into its culture, values, and goals. This knowledge allows you to tailor your application and interview responses to align with what the company is seeking.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines is working to expand its international routes to enhance air connectivity for Bangladeshi passengers, Managing Director and CEO of the national flag carrier, Shafiul Azim, has said. “We have taken initiatives to operate flights on some important routes across the globe including to New York, Chennai, Bengaluru, Los Angeles, Rome, Male, and Guangzhou.” The Biman CEO shared the information during an exclusive interview with UNB “Gradually we will be able to start flights on these routes. We are evaluating and working on how to start flights on each of these routes within the shortest possible time,” he added. Biman currently operates regular flights to 19 destinations around the world. “We have a fleet of 21 aircraft including Dreamliners. Ten new aircraft are being purchased from Airbus,” he added. New aircraft from Airbus will facilitate the expansion of routes and will open up new directions in coordination with other countries, the Biman CEO hoped. Read: Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Gulf Air forge strategic partnership for enhanced travel connectivity With the addition of the new aircraft, the number of flights on popular routes can also be increased, which would in turn create a more competitive market and help in reducing ticket prices. The Biman CEO said, “We are working on expanding our network not only in Asia but also in western countries, especially in Europe.” Besides, Biman has already done everything to launch direct flights from Dhaka to New York, he said. He further said some formal work is going on with Civil Aviation, Federal Aviation Authority and their Department of Transport. If everything goes well, all activities regarding flight operations on the new routes, including New York, are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. He said that Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Gulf Air have recently started a partnership – set to revolutionise travel between Bangladesh and the Gulf region. As a result, passengers can travel from Dhaka to Bahrain and Bahrain to Dhaka with onward connection to Chattogram and Sylhet via both airlines (Biman and Gulf Air). Read: Biman Bangladesh Airlines launches online travel date change service In addition, it will benefit both airlines through enhanced operational efficiency and shared expertise in the aviation industry, he added. “We are starting flights to Narita (Tokyo), Japan from September 1. Chennai is also being considered as a destination. Apart from this, we are going to resume flights to Guangzhou in China by the middle of September. Besides, we are trying to establish communication and code sharing with other countries through Narita in Japan,” the Biman CEO said. Regarding the launch of flights to Japan, he said that Bangladesh has very good bilateral relations with Japan, and they have investments here. “We are launching a direct Dhaka-Narita (Tokyo) flight from September 1, 2023 and it is a major achievement for us,” the Biman Bangladesh Airlines CEO said, adding, “Bangladeshi students are going to study in Japan and Japanese businessmen are coming here. Besides, many people travel to Japan from neighbouring countries. We have a good air network with the West compared to the East. Through Dhaka-Narita (Tokyo) direct flights, a new horizon will open,” CEO Azim added. Besides, Biman will take initiative for improvement of the Bangladesh-Japan tourism sector. Read more: 2 flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Friday cancelled At the same time, “we are moving forward with marketing strategies so that passengers from neighbouring countries can travel to and from Japan via Dhaka,” the Biman Bangladesh Airlines CEO said.
Future of Bangladesh should be determined by Bangladeshis: Ambassador Yao reiterates China’s non-intervention policy
Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Yao Wen has reiterated his country’s non-intervention policy and said the future of Bangladesh should be determined by Bangladeshis. “Our policy is very consistent – that China never intervenes in any country’s internal affairs,” he told UNB in an exclusive interview. Ambassador Yao said the upcoming election is an internal affair of Bangladesh. China upholds Bangladesh’s efforts to fend off external interference and maintain domestic unity and stability, so as to ensure development and revitalization, said the ambassador referring to what the Chinese President Xi Jinping said during the Johannesburg meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. China supports Bangladesh in safeguarding national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, he elaborated referring to what President Xi said at the Johannesburg meeting. Read: Bangladesh's youth makes it 'vigorous' in Chinese eyes: Amb. Yao Wen “China is full of confidence over the better future of Bangladesh as well as China-Bangladesh relations,” said Ambassador Yao. Currently, over 600 Chinese enterprises are functioning in Bangladesh, and tens of thousands of Chinese citizens are living and working here, he said. According to Ambassador Yao, the Chinese companies proactively undertake social responsibilities on boosting local economy, protecting the environment, providing social services to host communities, helping create job opportunities, building capacity for manpower and promoting charity. “With their contribution and efforts, the hearts of the two peoples are brought together ever closer,” he said. Read: ‘China adheres to true multilateralism’: Ambassador Yao Wen When asked about the interests of Chinese companies and citizens in the context of heated political environment, Yao replied that the Chinese people are here for friendship and joint development with Bangladeshi people. “Their safety and security should surely be guaranteed, and their lawful interests should be protected,” he said. Bangladesh Election Commission is taking preparations for the next national election which is likely to be held in December this year or January next year. During his first interview since his arrival in Dhaka late last year, the Chinese ambassador touched upon issues related to trade and investment, Global Development Initiative, Belt and Road Initiative, people to people relations, and opportunities ahead. Read more: No limit to potential of Bangladesh-China ties: Ambassador Yao Wen
China hopes Bangladesh would make good use of preferential loans, GDI and South-South Cooperation Fund: Ambassador Yao
Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh, Yao Wen, has said the Global Development Initiative (GDI), a twin sister of BRI, is aimed at supporting the timely achievement of all 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by revitalizing global development partnership and promoting stronger, greener and healthier global development. “We hope that Bangladesh would make good use of China’s aid, preferential loans, and the Global Development and South-South Cooperation Fund to actively carry out policy dialogue, experience sharing, capacity building and practical cooperation,” the envoy told UNB during his first interview since his arrival here late last year. Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward GDI at the United Nations in 2021. Rohingya Genocide Case at ICJ: US shares info with The Gambia The Global Development Initiative promotes international cooperation in eight priority areas, namely poverty alleviation, food security, pandemic response and vaccines, financing for development, climate change and green development, industrialization, digital economy and connectivity in the digital-era, said the ambassador. “All these are also the focus of Bangladesh in its Vision 2041 perspective plan,” he said. According to the United Nations, over 100 countries and international organizations have expressed their support to the GDI and 68 countries have joined the Group of Friends of the GDI at the UN. In July, the first high-level meeting of the Global Action Forum for Shared Development was held in Beijing, with more than 800 guests from 158 countries and international organizations attending online and offline. Minister of Planning MA Mannan took part in the event on behalf of Bangladesh. China bans seafood from Japan after the Fukushima nuclear plant begins its wastewater release Priorities Ahead Bangladesh and China will celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2025. “It would be a perfect occasion to review achievements in the past and map forward for the future,” the ambassador said. He promised that China would do its part to help Bangladesh graduate from the LDC status by 2026, and fuel joint development to achieve respective national dreams which are “well-connected”. “Practical cooperation is the cornerstone of China-Bangladesh relations. While implementing projects agreed during high-level visits back in 2016 and 2019, we will take the initiative with Bangladesh to figure out more under the Belt and Road Initiative and the Global Development Initiative on connectivity infrastructure, renewable energy, blue economy, digital empowerment, so on and so forth,” said the Chinese envoy. China to support Bangladesh in joining BRICS: XI tells Hasina during talks In terms of trade, he said, local exporters are encouraged to fully leverage China’s 98 percent zero-tariff treatment for Bangladeshi products and showcase the “Made in Bangladesh” brand on expositions held in China, such as China International Import Expo, China-South Asia Expo and Canton Fair. The Chinese Economic and Industrial Zone in Chattogram should eye high-end and high-value industries to serve the Smart Bangladesh development strategy as well as the high-quality development paradigm of China, he said. “We’d encourage Chinese entrepreneurs to increase investment in promising fields like new energy, ICT, advanced manufacturing, and agri-product processing,” Ambassador Yao said, adding that he would also push forward the cooperation on disaster management and relief, military exchanges, law enforcement coordination and maritime cooperation during his tenure in Dhaka. “Of course, as the Chinese ambassador, I’d play my role in mediating between Bangladesh and Myanmar to facilitate early and sustainable repatriation of displaced people from the Rakhine State,” he said. Producing Green Energy Responding to a question, the envoy said China, a key contributor to the Paris Agreement, pledged to peak its carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, and to reach carbon neutrality by 2060. “By 2035, China will broadly establish eco-friendly ways of work and life, lower carbon emissions after reaching a peak, improve the environment and largely accomplish the goal of developing a ‘Beautiful China’,” he added. UN Security Council, minus China and Russia, condemns Myanmar military's killing of civilians Bangladesh also faces critical challenges of environmental degradation and climate change. “Fortunately, the country has become well aware of the gravity of these issues, and has taken plausible actions,” the Chinese envoy said, noting that the Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan (MCPP) adopted in 2020 plays a key role in guiding the country’s development paradigm into the track of green transition by 2030. “As Bangladesh and China converge on environmental goals, significant potentials emerge for the two countries to synergize on green development strategies, thereby building a shared human community in harmony with nature,” said Ambassador Yao. “In fact, we’ve already kickstarted cooperation in this regard. When I visited Cox’s Bazar a few months ago, I saw photovoltaic panels of Chinese brand on top of many roofs. A wind farm project is also being built there by Chinese contractors,” he added. Next Generation of Green Traffic It was reported that Bangladesh had its first electric vehicle (EV) charging station installed in Dhaka earlier this month. “I read it in the newspaper. But there are only 35 EV registered in Bangladesh for the time being. That is a negligible amount compared to the 170 million population of Bangladesh,” he said. China is a key designer and manufacturer of EV. There are over 16 million EV and mixed-fuel vehicles running on the roads in China, and the number is still soaring. “We would encourage more Chinese EV manufacturers to come to Bangladesh, explore the local market, and meet the demands of Bangladeshi people, thereby helping Bangladesh transit towards the next generation of green traffic,” said the ambassador.