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Bangladeshi students experience Chinese-style modernization in China




In order to truly, comprehensively and objectively understand China, experience Chinese-style modernization, and promote mutual cooperation and people-to-people exchange between China and foreign countries, the five-day “China in My Eyes – Zhejiang Trip” was successfully held in Zhejiang province. Bangladeshi students had spontaneous participation in this event.

The five-day trip from April 24 to April 28 was organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries with overall cooperation from the Zhejiang Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries so that foreign students can gain practical experience.

Winners of the “China in My Eyes” short video contest get to participate in the event. Participants in the event visited Hangzhou, Jiaxing, and Huzhou cities and other places in Zhejiang province. The event was supervised by Zhu Dan, Director of the Cultural Exchange Department of The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

Three Bangladeshi students studying in China participated in the video competition and received awards, and participated in the event. They are Mainul Islam Apon, Mehedi Hassan Sunny, and Md Sohag Hossen.

Zhu Dan, Director of the Cultural Exchange Department of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries said this time, we organized 25 winners of the “China in My Eyes” short video from 19 countries on four continents to visit Zhejiang. First of all, we would like to thank the Zhejiang Friendship Association for its thoughtful arrangement and warm reception. Why did we choose to come to Zhejiang? Because Zhejiang has outstanding people, Liangzhu culture 5,000 years ago, and Southern Song culture 800 years ago. There is also the “Red Boat” culture 100 years ago. As a pioneer of reform and opening up and a demonstration area of socialist common prosperity, Zhejiang can not only understand China’s past and perceive the present, but also see China’s future. We are like a harmonious big family. Everyone also uses their mobile phone cameras to record what they see and hear along the way at any time and spreads it to more friends at home and abroad through videos. They are well-deserved messengers of cross-cultural communication. I hope that all the participants will introduce the real, three-dimensional, and colorful China to the world, and become envoys to promote the friendship between the Chinese people and the people of other countries.

25 delegates from 19 countries and regions of 4 continents including Bangladesh, Nepal, America, United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Laos, Thailand, Nigeria, and Kenya participated in the five-day trip to Zhejiang province. Moreover, Zhejiang Provincial Friendship Association, Jiaxing and Huzhou Friendship Association, and other related officials participated in the event.

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Fire in Mangaf Workers’ Accommodation Claims 41 Lives



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A devastating fire broke out early Wednesday in a building housing workers in Mangaf, southern Kuwait, resulting in the deaths of at least 41 people, according to Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Fahad Yusuf Saud Al-Sabah.

During his visit to the site, Sheikh Fahad, who also oversees the interior and defense ministries, criticized real estate owners for their violations and greed, attributing these factors to the tragic incident.

“Unfortunately, the greed of real estate owners is what leads to these matters,” Sheikh Fahad stated.

The blaze was reported to authorities at 6:00 a.m. local time (0300 GMT), according to Major General Eid Rashed Hamad.

“The building was used to house a large number of workers. Dozens were rescued, but sadly, many succumbed to smoke inhalation,” a senior police commander informed state television.

He further emphasized the longstanding warnings against overcrowding in worker accommodations, though he did not specify the workers’ occupations or nationalities.

The fire has been contained, and authorities are currently investigating its cause, officials said.

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Baltimore shipping lane fully reopens after bridge collapse





The Baltimore shipping lane blocked for more than two months after a cargo ship collided with a major bridge in
March, sending it crashing into the water, fully reopened on Monday, authorities said.

The US Army Corps of Engineers, along with Navy salvage divers, restored the channel to its original dimensions by removing about 50,000 tons of debris from the Patapsco River, a statement from the Key Bridge Response Unified Command said.

The riverbed was certified as safe for transit on Monday.

“We are proud of the unified efforts that fully reopened the Federal Channel to port operations,” said Lieutenant General Scott Spellmon, commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers.

“The partnerships that endured through this response made this pivotal mission successful.”

On March 26, the Singapore-flagged M/V Dali lost power and plowed into a support column of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing it to collapse and killing six road workers who had been filling potholes overnight.

The 106,000-ton ship had been headed for Sri Lanka at the time of the accident.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is investigating the incident along with the FBI, has said the ship had two electricity blackouts in the moments before the disaster.

The Dali was refloated last month and towed back into port.

The port of Baltimore is one of America’s busiest ports and a key hub for the auto industry, handling almost 850,000 autos and light trucks last year — more than any other US port, according to state figures.

The full reopening of the shipping channel will allow for two-way traffic, Monday’s statement said.

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PM Sheikh Hasina and Modi Exchange Pleasantries at Swearing-In



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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh and her Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, exchanged pleasantries following Modi’s swearing-in ceremony this evening.

Foreign leaders, including the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, took turns approaching the podium to congratulate Modi on taking his oath as the Indian Premier for a third consecutive term.

Clad in light purple, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stepped forward to greet Modi, who extended his hand to her. They exchanged a warm handshake and brief pleasantries, inquiring about each other’s well-being.

Modi then escorted Prime Minister Hasina to the banquet hall, guiding her to the dinner hosted by President Smt. Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Prime Minister Hasina, accompanied by her daughter Saima Wazed, entered the Rashtrapati Bhavan as the third foreign leader to attend the oath-taking ceremony.

Top leaders from Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal, Mauritius, and Seychelles were also present at the swearing-in event, which saw a record attendance of over 8,000 dignitaries.

Prime Minister Hasina arrived in New Delhi on Saturday to participate in the ceremony. She is scheduled to depart for Dhaka tomorrow afternoon.

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