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New Metro Rail Schedule Eases Commuting Hassles for Dhaka Residents

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Daily commuters, including service holders and traders, are rejoicing as the Metro Rail authorities have adjusted their schedule, now operating trains every 8 minutes during peak hours from Saturday. The increased frequency of metro rail trips, now totaling 26, results in a daily count of 178 trains, a rise from the previous 152, according to MN Siddique, the managing director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL).

Siddique outlined the new schedule, mentioning that three trains will run from Uttara between 7:10 am to 7:30 am, and then every 8 minutes from 7:31 am to 11:48 am during peak hours. Post-peak hours, from 11:49 am to 3:12 pm, the trains will run every 12 minutes, reverting to an 8-minute frequency from 3:13 pm to 8:00 pm during peak hours.

Commuters, such as Nazrul Islam at Mirpur-11 Rail Station, have expressed relief due to the less crowded conditions resulting from the new schedule. Another commuter, Hossain, suggested further improvement, stating, “It will be better if the timing can be reduced to 3.5 minutes.”

Except on Fridays, Metro Rail will now operate from Uttara to Motijheel from 7:10 am to 8:40 pm. MRT and Rapid Pass users can travel until 8 pm from Motijheel station. Currently, trains run every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 12 minutes during off-peak hours. The adjusted timings apply only during peak hours, clarified MN Siddique, adding that the daily train trips have increased from 152 to 178.

Siddique highlighted that the metro trains presently carry an average of about 2.70 lakh passengers daily. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the first metro rail in Dhaka on December 28, 2022, initially running from Uttara to Agargaon. Later expansions included the Agargaon to Motijheel section, inaugurated on November 4 last year, enabling metro rail service from Uttara to Motijheel since November 5.

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PM Sheikh Hasina to Address Media on China Visit Tomorrow

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold a media briefing tomorrow (14 July) to discuss her recent visit to China, according to a statement from her press wing.

“The press conference will take place at the prime minister’s official residence, Gono Bhaban, at 4pm,” the release stated.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina embarked on an official visit to China on Monday (8 July) at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Qiang and returned on Thursday (11 July).

During her stay in Beijing from 8-10 July, she met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and held bilateral talks with her Chinese counterpart Li Qiang at the Great Hall of the People.

Following the delegation-level discussions on Wednesday morning, Bangladesh and China signed and renewed 21 cooperation documents, primarily Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs), aimed at strengthening development and economic ties between the two nations.

Additionally, both countries announced seven key outcomes, including the completion of a joint feasibility study on a Bangladesh-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

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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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