PM opens investment summit today



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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the investors from across the world to invest in Bangladesh, making the best use of the opportunities the government is offering for foreign investment.

“I believe investors will be able to learn more about the potential of different investment sectors in Bangladesh through this conference. New markets will particularly be created for Bangladeshi products, and Bangladesh will be able to attract the desired investment,” she said.

The Prime Minister said this while addressing the inaugural session of the two- day International Investment Summit 2021 organised by Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel to brand new Bangladesh among investors from around the world.

She joined the programme virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban.

Hasina said the government has identified 11 potential investment sectors, including infrastructure, capital markets, financial services, information technology, electronics manufacturing, leather, automotive and light engineering, agro-products and food processing, healthcare and medicine, jute textiles, and blue economy.

The Prime Minister mentioned that Awami League got people’s verdict for three consecutive times since 2008.

She said the importance of Bangladesh in terms of political stability, creation of a skilled workforce, liberal investment policy through attractive incentives, and geographical position between the huge markets of South and Southeast Asia is increasing day by day.

More 18 people die, 16033 get covid & 1095 recovered



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Eighteen more people died from deadly virus corona while 16033 people got infected by the virus in the last 24 hours across the country.

This information was sent to the media on Tuesday ( January 25) by DGHS through a press release.

According to the press release, the latest deaths and cases of infection have brought the toll to 28256 and 1715997 respectively.

The release said that 1095 people have recovered bringing the recovery figure to 1558954 so far.

During the period 49492 samples were tested in 852 authorized labs making a total 12212181 samples so far.

It may be mentioned here that the first case of corona infection was detected in Bangladesh on last March 8 (2020) while the first death occurred on March 18.

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198th birth anniversary of Michael Madhusudan Dutt today



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Today is the 198th birth anniversary of the great poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt. Michael Madusudan Dutt was born on January 25, 1824 in the village of Sagardari on the banks of the Kopotaksh river in Keshabpur upazila of Jashore in the famous Dutt family.

Due to the corona situation, there will be no ‘Madhu Mela’ or wide range of events around Madhusudan Dutt's birthday. Today, however, the one-day program will be celebrated on a limited scale in keeping with the social distance. Among them, wreath-laying at the portrait of the great poet and discussion meeting on the life and works of the poet at Madhumancha of Sagardari organized by the district administration. There will be also recitation of poems.

Madhusudan's father Rajnarayan Dutt was a zamindar. Mother was Jahnavi Devi. His early education began with his mother Jahnavi Devi. At the age of thirteen, Madhusudan Dutt went to Kolkata and after a short stay at a local school, he was admitted to the then Hindu College (now Presidency University).

He was educated in Bengali, French and Sanskrit. He then studied at Bishop's College, Kolkata. There he learned Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit. He later went to England to study law.

Michael Madhusudan Dutt was the pioneer of sonnet and amitrakshara rhymes in Bengali. The world remembers this wise poet with gratitude for his outstanding contribution in Bengali literature as well as English literature. His greatest work is the epic poem Meghnadabadha epic based on the anecdote of Ramayana in Amitrakshara verse.

His other notable books are The Captive Lady, Sharmistha, Krishnakumari (Drama), Padmavati (Drama), Buro Shaliker Ghare Ro, Ekei Ki Bele Sabhyata, Tilottamasambhav epic, Birangana epic, Brajangana epic, Chaturdashpadi.

Due to the birth of this great poet, Sagardari and Kopotaksh river are world famous. Although the Kopotaksh River has lost its youth in the course of time, the Kopotaksh river in Michael's poetry has been flowing through the ages.

The great poet breathed his last on June 29, 1873 in Kolkata. He was buried in Kolkata.

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SUST agitators returned the food and medicine of Vice-Chancellor



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The agitating students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) returned the food and medicine taken for Vice Chancellor Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed.

On Monday (January 24) evening, the university's teacher representatives took food and emergency medicine for the confined vice-chancellor. However, the agitating students returned the food.

At that time SUST Proctor Associate Professor Alamgir Kabir, Assistant Proctor Assistant Professor Abu Hena Pahil, Student Adviser and Director of Instruction Professor Zahir Uddin Ahmed wanted to meet Vice Chancellor Farid Uddin Ahmed but the agitated students refused. Later they returned with food.

Earlier in the day, the agitated students also returned food brought by two councilors of Sylhet City Corporation.

Meanwhile, at a press conference at noon, the protesters said that if the Vice-Chancellor does not resign, all the protesting students will join the mass hunger strike at once.

Earlier, students set up a human wall on the street in front of the Vice-Chancellor's residence on Sunday afternoon. At around 8 pm, the protesters cut off the power supply to the Vice-Chancellor's residence. Since then, the Vice-Chancellor has been under siege. They are not allowing anyone except the police and media personnel to enter the residence of the VC.

Twenty-four students of SUST went on a hunger strike from 2.30 pm on Wednesday to demand the resignation of the VC. The father of one of them had a heart attack and he went home the day after the start of the fast. On Saturday night, 4 more students joined as part of the mass hunger strike. In all, 27 people are on hunger strike now.

Incidentally, on the night of January 13 hundreds of female students had started a movement protesting the alleged misconduct of Begum Sirajunnesa Chowdhury Hall Provost Jafrin Ahmed. Hundreds of female students in the hall started a movement demanding three points including her resignation. The BCL attacked the students of the hall on Saturday evening. On Sunday, the students seized the Vice-Chancellor. Upon receiving the news, the police baton charged, fired rubber bullets and released the VC. Fifty students were injured. Since then, there has been a demand for the resignation of the Vice-Chancellor.

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About 64 crore students affected due to two years closure of schools



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Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the education of 3 crore 70 lakh children in Bangladesh for more than a year and a half. According to a UNICEF survey, more than 63 crore 50 lakh students worldwide have been affected by the pandemic due to the complete or partial closure of schools worldwide.

On International Education Day and two years after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, UNICEF released the latest data on the impact of the pandemic on children's education.

The Bangladesh government has announced the closure of schools from January 23 to February 6, 2022 due to the resurgence of coronavirus infection.

UNICEF representative in Bangladesh Sheldon Yate said: "In order to deal with the Covid-19, the school must be closed on a temporary basis as a last resort. Among the steps we are taking to tackle the tide of infection, schools should be the last to close and the first to open. ”

UNICEF's head of education, Robert Janeconsi, said: Simply put, we are seeing almost irreparable damage to children's education, but this barrier to learning needs to be removed, and reopening schools alone is not enough. Students need intensive support to overcome the loss of learning. In order to restore the mental and physical health, social development and nutrition of the children, the schools have to go beyond the prescribed limits of teaching. '

According to a UNICEF survey, 70 per cent of 10-year-olds in the low- and middle-income countries have not been able to read or understand simple text books due to the loss of education due to school closures, 53 per cent more than before the pandemic.

UNICEF says children have lost basic counting and literacy skills due to school closures during the pandemic. Globally, disruption of learning means that millions of children have been significantly deprived of the academic education they could have had if they had been in the classroom, where younger and more marginalized children have suffered the most.

UNICEF estimates that Ethiopian primary school children have learned only 30 to 40 percent of the mathematics they could have learned in a normal school year.

In several Brazilian provinces, 3 out of 4 children in grade 2 have deviated from reading skills which was one in every two children before the pandemic. In the country, 1 in 10 students aged 10-15 reported. They have no plans to return to school after reopening their school. In Texas 2021, two-thirds of Grade 3 children had poor math skills for their grades. In 2019, this rate was half that of children.

In the United States, there has been a loss of education in many states, including Texas, California, Colorado, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Maryland.

In South Africa, schoolchildren are 75 to 100 percent behind in the school year. Between March 2020 and July 2021, about 4 to 5 lakh students dropped out of school.

School closures affect the mental health of children as well as the loss of education, reduce their regular sources of nutrition and increase their risk of bullying.

A UNICEF study found that Covid-19 caused high levels of anxiety and depression among children and young people, with a higher rate among adolescents and children living in rural areas.

UNICEF also said that more than 37 core children worldwide were deprived of school meals during school closures, which is the only reliable source of food and daily nutrition for some children and they lose it.

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