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Dhaka Tops List of Cities with Worst Air Quality

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Dhaka has claimed the unenviable title of the city with the most severe air quality issues globally, registering an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 237 at 8:45 am today. The air in Dhaka was deemed ‘very unhealthy,’ according to the air quality index. Chengdu in China, Lahore, and Karachi in Pakistan secured the second, third, and fourth positions on the list, with AQI scores of 209, 206, and 202, respectively.

When the AQI for particle pollution falls between 101 and 150, air quality is labeled ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups.’ Between 150 and 200 is classified as ‘unhealthy,’ 201 to 300 as ‘very unhealthy,’ and a reading exceeding 301 is considered ‘hazardous,’ posing significant health risks.

The AQI serves as a crucial indicator of daily air quality, informing residents about the cleanliness or pollution levels in their city and potential health concerns. In Bangladesh, the AQI is determined by monitoring five pollutants: particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), NO2, CO, SO2, and ozone.

Dhaka has grappled with persistent air pollution problems, particularly worsening during the winter and improving during the monsoon. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is a global threat, causing an estimated seven million deaths annually. The health risks associated with air pollution include increased mortality from stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, and acute respiratory infections.

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Met Forecasts Showers and Gusty Winds Across the Country

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The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has forecasted rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty winds in various parts of the country over the next 24 hours from 9:00 am today (25 February).

According to a bulletin from the meteorological office, the anticipated precipitation is likely to occur in one or two places across Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, and Sylhet divisions. The rest of the country is expected to experience mainly dry conditions with a temporary partly cloudy sky.

The bulletin also mentioned a slight decrease of (1-2) degrees Celsius in night temperatures, while day temperatures are expected to remain nearly unchanged nationwide.

On Saturday, the maximum temperature reached 31.2 degrees Celsius in Cumilla, Chattogram division. The minimum temperature recorded today is 13.0 degrees Celsius in Tetulia, Rangpur division.

The highest rainfall in the last 24 hours, until 6 am today, was reported at 28 millimeters (mm) in Bogura, Rajshahi division.

In the capital, the sun is set to set at 5:59 pm today and rise at 6:24 am tomorrow.

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Nation to observe Holy Shab-e-Barat Tonight

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The holy night of Shab-e-Barat, known as the night of fortune, will be observed nationwide tonight with profound religious fervor and devotion. The Islamic Foundation (IF) has organized programs at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, including religious sermons (waz) and doa-mahfils.

President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina extended greetings to Muslims worldwide on this occasion. President Shahabuddin highlighted the significance of Shab-e-Barat, emphasizing its role as a night of good fortune, offering opportunities for special grace and forgiveness from Almighty Allah. He urged affluent individuals to assist the distressed and poor, wishing for progress, welfare, and unity for the Muslim Ummah.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina echoed the sentiment, stating that the night brings mercy and blessings for humanity, showcasing Allah’s greatness in forgiving and fulfilling desires. She encouraged dedicating oneself to human welfare and nation-building in line with Shab-e-Barat’s teachings, emphasizing the establishment of Islamic values at personal, social, and national levels while rejecting injustice, violence, and superstition.

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Rainfall Likely in Parts of Bangladesh, says Met

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The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has forecasted rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty winds in various parts of the country in the next 24 hours from 9 am today.

According to a bulletin from the met office, these weather conditions are likely in one or two places over Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, and Khulna divisions. The rest of the country may experience mainly dry weather with a temporary partly cloudy sky. The bulletin also anticipates a rise in both night and day temperatures by 1-2 degrees Celsius across the country.

On Friday, the maximum temperature recorded in the country was 31.2 degrees Celsius at Teknaf in the Chattogram division, while today’s minimum temperature of 09 degrees Celsius was recorded at Tetulia in the Rangpur division. The sun is expected to set at 5:58 pm today and rise at 6:25 am tomorrow in the capital.

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