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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 Rain and Thunder Showers Across Multiple Divisions



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Light to moderate rain or thunder showers, accompanied by temporary gusty winds, are expected to occur at most locations across the Rangpur and Sylhet divisions. Many places in the Mymensingh and Chattogram divisions will also experience similar weather, while a few areas in the Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna, and Barishal divisions will see these conditions as well. Moderately heavy to heavy rainfall is anticipated in parts of Rangpur, Mymensingh, Chattogram, and Sylhet divisions, according to the latest forecast from the meteorological office.

The axis of the monsoon trough extends from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal to Assam, crossing the northern part of Bangladesh. An associated trough also reaches up to the North Bay. This monsoon activity is fairly active over Bangladesh and moderate over the North Bay, as per the forecast valid for the next 24 hours starting from 9 AM today.

Daytime temperatures may drop slightly, while nighttime temperatures are expected to remain relatively unchanged across the country. On Tuesday, the highest temperature was recorded at 36.0 degrees Celsius in Sayedpur, and the lowest temperature today was 24.0 degrees Celsius in Rangamati.

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Bangladesh, China Sign 21 Instruments, Announce 7 Projects to Strengthen Ties on Diverse Fronts




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7 projects announced:

  • China-Bangladesh Free Trade Agreement
  • China-Bangladesh Bilateral Investment Treaty
  • Digital Connectivity project
  • Double Pipe Line project
  • Rajshahi WASA Surface Water Treatment Plant
  • MoU between Shandong Agricultural University and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Gazipur.
  • Luban Workshop in Bangladesh

Bangladesh and China signed 21 instruments today (10 July), including three renewed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs), and announced seven additional projects to elevate their relationship from a “strategic partnership” to a “comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.”

The instruments were inked in the presence of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Chinese counterpart Li Qiang after the delegation-level talks between the two countries at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing.

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Earlier, the Bangladesh prime minister was accorded a red-carpet reception as she reached the Great Hall of the People to have a bilateral meeting with her Chinese counterpart Li Qiang.

On her arrival at the premises of the Great Hall of the People, the prime minister was received by the Chinese premier.

The bilateral talks mainly featured Rohingya issue, business, trade and commerce, investments, and bilateral relations alongside various regional and international matters.

After the delegation-level meeting, the Bangladesh prime minister along with her Chinese counterpart witnessed the exchange of the documents.

The instruments on cooperation in the economic and banking sector, trade and investment, digital economy, infrastructure development, assistance in disaster management, construction of 6th and 9th Bangladesh-China friendship bridges, export of agricultural products from Bangladesh and people to people connectivity were signed.

Among the instruments, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Managing Director and Chief Editor Abul Kalam Azad signed a MoU with the China Media Group (CMG) and an Agreement with the Xinhua News Agency.

The signed instruments are:

1. The MoU on Strengthening Investment Cooperation in the Digital Economy.

2. The MoU on Banking and Insurance Regulatory between China National Financial Regulatory Administration (NFRA) and Bangladesh Bank.

3. A Protocol of Phytosanitary Requirements Export of Fresh Mangoes from Bangladesh to China.

4. The MoU on Exchange and Cooperation in the field of Economic Development Policy.

5. The MoU on Trade and Investment Cooperation.

6. The MoU on Strengthening Digital Economy Cooperation.

7. Signing of Minutes of Discussions on the Feasibility Study of the China-aid National Emergency Operation Center in Bangladesh Project.

8. Exchange the Letter on the China-aid 6th Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge Renovation Project.

9. Exchange the Letters on the Feasibility Study of China-aid Construction of Nateshwar Archaeological Site Park in Bangladesh Project.

10. Exchange the Letters on the China-aid 9th Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge Project.

11. The MoU on Strengthening the Cooperation in Medical Care and Public Health.

12. The MoU on Strengthening the Infrastructure Cooperation.

13. The MoU on Cooperation on Green and Low-Carbon Development.

14. Renewing the MoU on Provision of Hydrological Information of the Yaluzangbu/ Brahmaputra River in Flood Season by China to Bangladesh.

15. The MoU between National Radio and Television Administration and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of Bangladesh.

16. The MoU between the China Media Group (CMG) and Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS).

17. The MoU between the China Media Group (CMG) and BTV.

18. An Agreement between the Xinhua News Agency and BSS.

19. An Agreement between the Xinhua News Agency and BTV.

20. Renewing the MoU between the Ministry of Education of China and the Ministry of Education of Bangladesh.

21. The MoU Regarding Public-Private Partnership for Sustainable Infrastructure Development.

7 announced projects are:

1. Announcement of the Conclusion of Joint Feasibility Study on China-Bangladesh Free Trade Agreement.

2. Announcing the commencement of negotiation on the Optimization of China-Bangladesh Bilateral Investment Treaty.

3. Announcing the completion of the Modernization of Telecommunication Network for Digital Connectivity project.

4. Announcing the completion of trial run of the Single Point Mooring with Double Pipe Line project.

5. Announcing the commencement of Rajshahi WASA Surface Water Treatment Plant.

6. Signing the MoU between Shandong Agricultural University and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Gazipur.

7. Announcing the construction of Luban Workshop in Bangladesh.

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PM Sheikh Hasina Honoured with Red Carpet Reception in Beijing



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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was given a red carpet reception upon her arrival at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing this morning, ahead of her bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Li Qiang.

Upon reaching the premises of the Great Hall of the People, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was warmly received by Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang.

Following the welcome, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina proceeded to a specially adorned dais, where a smartly turned-out contingent of the Chinese Armed Forces presented a guard of honour. The national anthems of both countries were played, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina saluted and inspected the guard.

In her honour, a gun salute was conducted, marking the occasion with great respect. Both prime ministers then introduced their respective delegation members.

After the welcoming ceremony, the bilateral meeting between Bangladesh and China commenced in the Great Hall of the People. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is leading the Bangladesh delegation, while Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang is heading the Chinese delegation.

The Great Hall of the People, a significant state building, is utilized for legislative and ceremonial activities by the Chinese government and the ruling Communist Party of China.

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