Covid-19 situation in India: Lessons for Bangladesh

Pranab Kumar Panday: In the past few weeks, the Covid-19 situation in India has deteriorated significantly, which received adequate attention from the Bangladeshi media. The news of the deaths of patients in various media has made everyone puzzled. We have already noticed that the Covid-19 situation in India is largely out of control. The scen...

Don’t put dear ones’ lives in risk: HPM Sheikh Hasina warns homebound people

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the countrymen not to put their near and dear ones’ lives into threat rushing to village homes to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. “I know people are rushing towards villages on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr. You may contact the coronavirus on the ferry or in the vehicle on your way as you don’t know who ...

Lockdown extension a prudent decision

Pranab Kumar Panday: The government of Bangladesh has been implementing lockdown since April 14 to deal with the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have already learned that the implementation of complete lockdown is one of the most effective tools to prevent the spread of the lethal Coronavirus. Implementing lockdown means forcing people...

Why Sheikh Hasina is an inspirational leader in the fight against Covid?

Pranab Kumar Panday: When almost all the countries of the world are making desperate efforts to tackle the scourge of coronavirus, the visionary leadership of Sheikh Hasina has been appreciated all over the world in tackling the COVID-19 catastrophe. Since the beginning of the Corona pandemic, every decision taken by the Prime Minister Sheikh H...

HPM Sheikh Hasina launches cash disbursement among pandemic-hit people

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has launched the second phase of cash support disbursement among 36.50 lakh families hit hard by the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. The premier joined the inauguration ceremony virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban where the district administrations of Chattogram, Bhola and Joypur...

Come forward to recover quickly from the pandemic: HPM Sheikh Hasina urges global leaders

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the international community to come forward to achieve a quick recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The prime minister remarked during a speech at the 77th annual session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, or ESCAP, on Monday. Sheikh Hasina highlighted the devastating impac...

Coronavirus vaccines should be declared 'global public goods': HPM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Bangladesh firmly believes that coronavirus vaccines should be declared "global public goods", and called for a strong partnership to tackle challenges posed by the pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic, she noted, has brought mankind at a crossroad of history, confronting possibly the gravest global challen...

3.6 million families to get cash aid from HPM Sheikh Hasina

The government is going to provide another round of cash assistance to nearly 36 lakh poor families facing income losses and hardship amid the ongoing nationwide lockdown. Each family will receive one-off cash support of Tk 2,500 before the Eid-ul-Fitr through mobile financial services, say finance ministry officials. The Finance Division on A...

Sheikh Hasina: Leading Bangladesh through pandemic

2020 was a significant year for Bangladesh. The country and its people were all gearing up to celebrate the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence. The nation’s mood was optimistic. 2019 had been a good year, both economically and socially....

Bangladesh epitomises handling of Coronavirus

Ajoy Dasgupta: Across the length and breadth of the country, the spree now going on among the people from all walks of life is registering for the coronavirus vaccine and waiting for one’s turn. While some adults might have some apprehension about the vaccination, children and women played the pioneering role in eliminating that fear sinc...

Comprehensive Efforts to Counter Rumours and Conspiracy

Dr. Pranab Kumar Panday: Political opposition groups in every country tend to disseminate various forms of propaganda and rumours as a political tactic to undermine the government’s popularity. Consequently, every government across the globe remains watchful of rumour-making efforts to spread such adverse news about the government. The si...

Rumour-Mongers' Failed Attempt to Defame Government

Pranab Kumar Panday Like the whole world, the people and the government of Bangladesh have been passing through the worst ever time of the century due to the catastrophic effect of Covid-19 pandemic. In the most challenging time of the history when the citizens and the government should help each other overcome the pandemic triggered devastatio...

Bangladesh govt rolls out new stimulus package worth Tk 27 billion

The government has announced two more stimulus packages worth Tk 27 billion to help small, medium and cottage industries and expand social safety coverage. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has approved the new packages to cushion small businesses against the effects of the pandemic, the finance ministry said in a statement on Sunday. Bangladesh ha...

Bangladesh's fight against COVID-19 and Sheikh Hasina factor

Pranab Kumar Panday: In 2020, the Covid-19 paralyzed all sectors worldwide as one of the major catastrophes of the century. The virus spread around the globe within a relatively brief span after it appeared in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It also brought changes in the people's behaviour, along with its negative impact on the economy and oth...

2020 tested Sheikh Hasina. She prevailed. Thankfully

Barrister Shah Ali Farhad: The first case of COVID-19 in Bangladesh was detected on Mar 8, 2020. By that time, preparations were well underway for the grand inaugural ceremony of Mujib Barsha. An emergency meeting was called at the Ganabhaban on that very day, where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in the presence of her younger sister Sheikh Reha...

HPM Sheikh Hasina orders preparing another stimulus plan to tackle second wave of Coronavirus

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the finance ministry to roll out a plan on another shot of stimulus package to further cushion economy from the pandemic shock amid soaring cases in winter as the world fights its way back from the financial crisis. The prime minister ordered the fiscal stimulus package at a meeting on finalising the 8th F...

Bangladesh among top 20 nations in Bloomberg's COVID-19 resilience ranking

Bangladesh has climbed four spots into the top 20 of Bloomberg’s latest monthly Covid-19 resilience rankings. The Bloomberg rankings consider 10 key metrics, including increases in the number of Covid-19 cases, overall mortality rate and testing capability. The capacity of local healthcare systems, impact of virus-related restrictions on ...

Bangladesh economy recovered more strongly than expected: ADB

Economic activity in Bangladesh has recovered more strongly than expected with both exports and remittances growing in recent months amid the Covid-19 pandemic, said a new report of Asian Development Bank (ADB). But the country still has external risks to face as Covid-19 outbreaks renew in major export destinations, according to the new growth...

Taming the Pandemic: Let Us All Behave Responsibly

Pranab Kumar Panday: The heat of the second wave of Covid-19 is being felt worldwide. The number of new cases and the fatality rate from this lethal infection has been increasing every day. The United States and many countries of Europe have begun witnessing the crippling impact of the second wave. The government of Bangladesh, like other count...

Awami League Govt succeeded in keeping the Economy Afloat during Corona crisis

After the government announced 21 stimulus packages involving more than Tk 1,21,000 crore to tackle the pandemic fallout, 39.23 percent of the total amount or Tk 47,615 crore was disbursed till October 31, according to a report of the finance ministry. A total of 3.54 crore people have received assistance from various stimulus-cash-food support...