Bangladesh on Sunday started exporting mangoes to Switzerland thanks to a private initiative.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam made the disclosure through a post on his Facebook handle.
“The North Bengal Agro Farm Ltd. has started exporting mangoes of Rajshahi to Switzerland. The first shipment is scheduled to leave here for Switzerland this evening,” the state minister wrote on Facebook in the afternoon.
State Minister Shahriar said if everything is okay, the shipment will continue until mid-August.
He also revealed a plan over mango export, saying “Rajshahi will have its own fruit quarantine and processing center next year”
Although the export target was determined at 100 tonnes, it is likely to remain unfulfilled this year. The next target will be set in line with the experience of the running year, he added.
The position of Bangladeshi passports slipped two places to 101 in the Henley Passport Index 2020.
The index is the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
In 2009 and 2020, the ranking of the passport was 73rd and 102nd.
Other passports that were ranked more poorly compared to Bangladesh are Lebanon, Kosovo, Sudan, North Korea, Palestine, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and only South Asian country Nepal.
The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintained the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information, and enhanced by ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department.
With expert commentary and historical data spanning 15 years, the Henley Passport Index is an invaluable resource for global citizens and the standard reference tool for governments in this field.
State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak purchased a cattle from a digital cattle market (haat) and donated it to welfare platform Manabseba.com.
Considering the health security amid Covid-19, Dhaka City Corporation and E-commerce Association of Bangladesh (e-cab) jointly inaugurated the digital haat on Saturday.
Palak bought the cattle at Tk 1 lakh from Food for Nation online and instantly donated it to Manabseba.com, said a press release of the ministry.
Manabseba has been trying hard to provide food for unemployed and poverty-stricken people of the country during the pandemic, the state minister said.
He also requested all to donate row hides of sacrificial animal to the welfare platform Manabseba.
For the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, the customers will be able to buy cattle from different online shops including Daraz, ek-shop launched by food for nation, Sobjibazaar.com limited, and Ajker deal.com.
Bangladesh citizens, willing to go abroad, must obtain coronavirus negative certificates from the government approved testing centres following due process, the government said Sunday.
The decision was taken at a virtual inter ministerial meeting held with Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen in the chair.
It was also suggested to post the COVID-19 testing reports on concerned institutions website so that the Immigration Department can easily verify those certificates.
Meanwhile, a dedicated COVID-19 testing facility will be developed for Bangladesh nationals who will go abroad for work.
Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry will set up the dedicated testing centre for expatriates Bangladeshis.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque, Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed and State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam attended the meeting.
Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and secretaries of other relevant ministries were connected.
The government on Sunday urged Muslim devotees to offer Eid prayer in the nearest mosques instead of Eidgah and open spaces maintaining recommended health advice amid coronavirus pandemic.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs came up with the call from an inter-ministerial virtual (online) meeting organised on the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, said a handout.
This year, the main congregation of Eid will be held at Baitul Mukarram national mosque instead of the National Eidgah following the hygiene rules considering the corona infection situation.
The President and the Prime Minister will address the nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
On this occasion, the national flag will be hoisted in government, private buildings and Bangladesh missions abroad.
It has been also decided to display the banner emblazoned with "Eid Mubarak" in important traffic islands of Dhaka city.
Besides, certain government buildings and important military buildings will be illuminated.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private media will broadcast special programs with due importance and newspapers will publish special supplements.
On the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha celebrations, arrangements will be made to serve special diets in all hospitals, prisons, government maternity hospitals, old homes and drug rehabilitation centers in the country.
The holy Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated in Bangladesh embassies and missions abroad.
Special measures will be taken to maintain law and order situation in the country.
All necessary measures will be taken to ensure that the environment is not polluted by the blood and waste material of the sacrificed animal after the qurbani.