Bangladesh records highest COVID-19 deaths, fresh cases

 Staff Reporter: Bangladesh today recorded the biggest single-day spike of deaths of 22 people from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), raising the total number of fatalities from the pandemic to 408.

The caseload also soared to 28,511 after 1,773 people, the highest in a single day,

Cyclone ‘Amphan’ destroys 82,000 homesteads in Khulna

Khulna Correspondent: The extremely severe Cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’
totally and partially damaged 82,000 homesteads, bringing a storm surge that
washed away several embankments in low-lying coastal areas, said a district
Relief and Rehabilitation Management official here today.

At least 5 lakh people of 68 unions under nine upazilas

Amphan hits southwestern Bangladesh, Indian coasts

Staff Correspondent: Super cyclone Amphan hit southwestern Bangladesh coastlines bordering India coast this evening with pounding winds and torrential rains, inflating sea waters causing as high as 12 feet tidal surges.

Meteorologists said the “extremely severe cyclonic storm” was packing maximum sustained winds around 160-170

Chinese president phones PM, offers sending expert team to fight COVID-19

Staff Correspondent: Chinese President Xi Jinping today called
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and proposed sending an expert team to help
Bangladesh combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The Chinese president phoned the prime minister around 5 pm today and
wanted to know from her about the coronavirus situation

BNP could not tolerate protection of people’s livelihoods: Hasan

Staff Correspondent: Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said BNP could not tolerate that people are maintaining their livelihoods and devotees are offering prayers at mosques following the health guidelines amid coronavirus crisis.

“It is possible to maintain the livelihoods of working people and offer

Cyclone Amphan likely to hit by tomorrow evening

Staff Correspondent: The Super Cyclonic Storm ‘Amphan’ over West Central Bay of Bengal moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 17 kilometres per hour (kmph) during past 06 hours and lay centred at 1130 hrs (Indian Standard Time) of today as an extremely severe cyclonic storm over West Central

NEC approves Taka 2,05,145cr ADP for FY21

Staff Correspondent: The National Economic Council (NEC) today approved a Taka 2,05,145 crore Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the next fiscal year (FY21) giving the highest priority to the transport sector.

The approval came from a meeting of the NEC held at its conference room