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BKMEA, BWA Sign MoU to Boost Bangladesh’s Exports



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The Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) and the Federal Association for Economic Development and Foreign Trade (BWA) of Germany have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation for boosting Bangladesh’s exports and bilateral business relationships.

The MoU signing took place at the Berlin BWA office, with Tapan Kanti Ghosh, the Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, and Michael Schumann, BWA Board Chairman, in attendance. Urs Unkauf, Federal Managing Director of BWA in Germany, and Fazlee Shamim Ehsan, Vice President of BKMEA, signed the agreement on behalf of their organizations.

Tapan Kanti Ghosh is leading a delegation on an official visit to Germany, accompanied by BKMEA representatives including Mohammad Hatem, Executive President, and Vice Presidents Fazlee Shamim Ehsan, Amal Podder, Mohammad Rashed, and Md Samsuzzaman.

During the MoU signing, Ghosh expressed optimism about the meetings’ outcomes, emphasizing their role in strengthening bilateral trade relations and fostering economic cooperation. The discussions covered diverse topics such as trade policies, investment prospects, and knowledge exchange across various sectors.

Ghosh highlighted Bangladesh’s recent achievements, including transitioning from a Least Developed Country (LDC) to a Developing Country. He informed his German counterpart, Michael Kellner, State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action, about Bangladesh’s three-year Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) eligibility after becoming a Developing Country in 2026. Ghosh urged the extension of existing GSP benefits for six years and emphasized Germany’s influential role in this regard as a significant economy in Europe.

Kellner commended Bangladesh’s success story and noteworthy accomplishments, mentioning the ongoing development of the European Union’s Due Diligence law. He noted that the German law for due diligence will align with the EU law, highlighting the collaborative efforts between the two countries.

The meeting was coordinated by Saiful Islam, Minister (Commercial) of the Bangladesh Embassy in Berlin, Germany. The discussions reflect the commitment of both nations to fostering enduring relationships that contribute to mutual progress and prosperity.

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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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