Qatar population soars 13.2pc in year ahead World Cup
Qatar’s population has hiked by 13.2pc over the last year, official data showed, as the tiny Gulf Arab state recruits thousands of overseas workers ahead of hosting the soccer World Cup next month to cope with a surprising increase in fans.
The wealthy gas producer’s population stood at 2.94 million after some 370,000 additional people moved to Qatar over the last year, based on data collected in September and released by Qatar’s statistics authority last week.
Low-income migrant workers and other foreigners make up the majority of the country’s population while Qatari nationals number around 380,000.
World Cup organizers face a personnel deficit as Qatar prepares to receive an estimated 1.2 million visitors during soccer’s largest event, which is expected to put pressure on its infrastructure, hospitality and security sector.
Hotel operator Accor is recruiting 12,000 temporary overseas employees to operate 65,000 rooms in apartments and homes serving as temporary fan housing. Qatar has an agreement with Turkey to provide more than 3,000 riot police and Pakistan has also agreed to deploy troops to Qatar during the tournament.
Qatar has built expressways, seven soccer stadiums, hotels and skyscrapers, spending at least $229 billion on infrastructure, according to budget documents. Around half of Qatar’s population is employed in the construction industry.
In the years after the tournament, Qatar’s population is expected to decline by about 1.2pc year-on-year and shrink to 2.5 million by 2027, the International Monetary Fund forecasts.
Shakib scores 7000 ODI runs as top 2nd Bangladeshi Cricketer
Bangladeshi Cricketer and star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan have scored 7000 runs in ODIs.
He scored the milestone during the first ODI of the 3-match series against Ireland in Sylhet today, when he scored 24 runs.
Shakib took 228 matches and 216 innings to score 7000 runs in ODIs, happening to be the second Bangladeshi batsman after Tamim Iqbal to reach this feat.
During his ODI career, Shakib has scored 9 centuries and 52 half-centuries and has also taken 300 wickets in the same format.
Additionally, Shakib is the 3rd player to score over 7000 runs and take 300 or more wickets in ODIs, after Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka and Shahid Afridi of Pakistan.
Guinness WR achieved by Md Sameen Rahman in a ‘Fastest Time To Tie A Windsor Knot’
Guinness World Record holder Md Sameen Rahman from Bangladesh holds the title for the “Fastest Time To Tie A Windsor Knot.” He pinned the record on 4th November 2022 from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Presently, he is an undergraduate student at Independent University, Bangladesh aside he is also an entrepreneur and musician.
Md Sameen Rahman briefs, “Wearing a tie was always a habit since childhood, as it was a part of school uniform. As I have gained so much experience since childhood by wearing a tie, I imagined of challenging myself to break the Guinness World Record for the “Fastest Time To Tie A Windsor Knot.”
Hence, I will try to break many more records by developing the skills I have gained so far. I have always kept myself motivated and inspired to carry out and search for new things with a dream of showcasing my nation Bangladesh. ”
“With such solid beliefs and pure intentions accomplishing a Guinness World Record for my country is a fascinating experience. I urge to inspire this new generation to believe that the future is in the palm of our hands and that our potential is infinite,” he concludes.
The drive of ambition can take you to great heights, and Md Sameen Rahman’s dedication is the massive example for this generation.
Argentine FM arrives in Dhaka to reopen embassay & deepen ties
Argentina’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship Santiago Andrés Cafiero arrived in Dhaka at the morning (27 February) to inaugurate the South American country’s new embassy here and deepen trade and cultural relations.
Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen received him at the VIP Lounge of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport upon his arrival in Dhaka.
Argentina is reopening its embassy here after 45 years. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam will join the Argentine foreign minister to inaugurate the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Banani this afternoon.
The Argentine embassy in Dhaka was closed in 1978 by the military junta that ruled the country at the time. Diplomatic operations, such as visas in order to travel, have since been handled by the Argentine embassy in India.
Argentina says it is convenient to reopen the embassy in accordance with foreign policy guidelines based on “political, strategic and commercial” reasons. Apart from reopening the Argentine embassy in Dhaka, Cafiero is likely to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi.
“There is also the possibility of signing visa exemption agreements on diplomatic and official passports, MoUs on cooperation in agriculture and diplomatic training academies of the two countries,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Seheli Sabrin told reporters. The two countries are working on a memorandum of understanding on football related matters as well, she said.
Apart from the import of soybean oil and wheat from Argentina, the two sides are likely to discuss Bangladesh’s inclusion in South America’s powerful economic alliance Mercosur. Mercosur, or the Southern Common Market, is an economic and political bloc originally comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
The Argentine visiting team is likely to enjoy a friendly match between two teams comprising Bangladesh’s junior footballers as well as meeting with football officials.
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