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Dhaka Tops Global Air Quality Index with ‘Very Unhealthy’ Rating

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Once again, Dhaka has claimed the undesirable distinction of having the worst air quality among cities worldwide. At 9:15 am this morning, the city recorded an Air Quality Index (AQI) score of 296, categorizing its air as ‘very unhealthy,’ as reported by the air quality index.

Following closely, India’s Delhi secured the second position with an AQI score of 289, while Pakistan’s Lahore and Karachi ranked third and fourth with scores of 205 and 196, respectively.

The AQI values offer a scale for assessing air quality, where a score between 101 and 150 denotes air quality as ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups.’ Readings between 150 and 200 are categorized as ‘unhealthy,’ while the range of 201 to 300 falls under the label of ‘very unhealthy.’ A concerning reading of 301 and above is considered ‘hazardous,’ signifying severe health risks for residents.

Dhaka’s recurrent presence at the top of this global list underscores the critical need for concerted efforts to address and mitigate the factors contributing to the city’s consistently poor air quality.

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Rain Expected Amidst Sweeping Heatwave, Met

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Rain or thundershowers, accompanied by temporary gusty or squally winds, are likely to occur at one or two places over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Barishal, Chattogram, and Sylhet divisions, with hail expected at isolated places in the next 24 hours starting from 9 am today.

“A severe heatwave is sweeping over the districts of Rajshahi, Pabna, Bagerhat, Jashore, Chuadanga, and Kushtia, while a mild to moderate heatwave is sweeping over Dhaka, Rangpur, and Barishal divisions, along with the rest of Rajshahi and Khulna divisions, and the district of Moulvibazar. It may continue,” the weather bulletin said.

Day and night temperatures may remain nearly unchanged across the country. Due to increased moisture incursion, discomfort may increase, it added.

The country’s maximum temperature on Wednesday was recorded at 40.8 degrees Celsius in Chuadanga, while today’s minimum temperature of 20.5 degrees Celsius was recorded in Nikli.

Rainfall for the last 24 hours until 6:00 am today was recorded at 22 mm in Srimangal.

The sun sets at 6:22 pm today and rises at 5:33 am tomorrow in the capital.

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PM Sheikh Hasina Inaugurates Poultry & Dairy Promotion Event

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Livestock Services Week and Fair on Thursday with the aim of promoting poultry and dairy farmers through the development of the sector.

The prime minister officially opened the 2-day fair at the old Trade Fair Ground at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar beside the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).

The Department of Livestock Services of the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry organized the fair with the assistance of the Bangladesh Dairy Farmers Association (BDFA) and the Bangladesh Poultry Industries Council (BPIC).

The fair will be open from 10 am to 8:00 pm daily, with no entry fee required for visitors.

Farmers from the poultry and dairy sectors across the country will participate in the event to display their cattle and birds at the fair.

Simultaneous fairs have been organized at 466 upazilas of 64 districts.

The prime minister toured the fairground, stopping at various stalls to see the livestock displayed at the show.

According to the organizers, some 25 pavilions and 30 stalls have been set up at the fairground to showcase the varieties of livestock in the country. Seven pavilions have been dedicated to government authorities.

More than 3,000 farmers out of the total 55,000 members of the BDFA from Dhaka, Cumilla, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Gazipur, Narayanganj, Bogura, Pabna, Sirajganj, Jashore, Benapole, Kushtia, and Chuadanga, and other districts participated in the fair.

According to the organizers, the fair will provide grassroots farmers with the opportunity to conduct business with mega-companies.

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Dhaka Air Quality Hits ‘Unhealthy’ Level, Ranks 4th Globally

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This morning, Dhaka’s air quality has been categorized as ‘unhealthy’. With an Air Quality Index (AQI) reading of 159 at 08:56 am, Dhaka stands as the fourth city on the global list with the poorest air quality. Topping the list are Lahore in Pakistan, Kathmandu in Nepal, and Delhi in India, with AQI scores of 172, 167, and 163 respectively.

According to the classification, when the AQI value for particle pollution falls between 101 and 150, the air quality is labeled as ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups’. Between 151 and 200, it’s termed as ‘unhealthy’, while readings between 201 and 300 indicate ‘very unhealthy’ conditions. A reading exceeding 301 is considered ‘hazardous’, posing severe health risks to the residents.

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