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With the aim of proper implementation of Smoking and Use of Tobacco Products (Control) Act (Amendment-2013) initiative of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority-BRTA and Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Health Sector training has been provided to 400 public transport drivers at the Zoar Sahara BRTC Bus Depot in capital on 1st and 8th April’24. Adut Rahman Emon, Program Officer of the Tobacco Control Project of the Health Sector of DAM, presented a documentary on the implementation of the Tobacco Control Act and health damage among professional drivers. In the training public transport drivers (Bus, CNG, Laguna, Tempu) are informed about the bad effects…

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Together for Bangladesh, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to community welfare, is proud to announce the continuation of its সবার জন্যে ইফতার, সবাই মিলে ইফতার initiative for the third consecutive year. This initiative, aimed at fostering unity and spreading happiness during the holy month of Ramadan, has been making a significant impact in the lives of disadvantaged individuals across Bangladesh. The organization recently hosted its second "সবার জন্যে ইফতার, সবাই মিলে ইফতার" event of the month at LEEDO Peace Home, an orphanage in Dhaka. The event was filled with laughter, camaraderie, and engaging activities such as arts and crafts, providing…

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Bangladesh is witnessing an alarming surge in deaths attributed to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). However, the budgetary allocation to combat NCDs remains significantly inadequate. Against this backdrop, public health experts have called for increased allocation in this sector in the upcoming FY 2024-25 national budget. Such recommendations were highlighted at a webinar titled “Budgetary Allocation to Combat NCDs: Bangladesh Perspective” held on 6 April 2024 on the occasion of World Health Day. The webinar was organized by the research and advocacy organization PROGGA (Knowledge for Progress) with support from the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI). This year the day will be…

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Hiking prices of tobacco products through effective taxation will not only increase the government’s revenue earnings but also reduce the prevalence of tobacco use and thereby, the government’s healthcare cost attributable to tobacco-induced diseases. Therefore, in the upcoming national budget for FY 2024-25, the prices of tobacco products particularly the price and tax rate of low-tier cigarettes must be increased to push these products out of the purchasing capacity of the youth and the poor. Speakers said this today (1 April 2024, Monday) during a journalists’ workshop titled “Tobacco Tax and Price Measures: National Budget FY 2024-25”, held at the…

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There is no alternative to preventing tobacco-related deaths and reducing illness caused by tobacco use without strengthening the tobacco control law. The Honorable Health Minister Dr. Samanta Lal Sen said this today (20 March 2024, Wednesday) during a meeting with a delegation from PROGGA (Knowledge for Progress) and ATMA (Anti-Tobacco Media Alliance) held at the Secretariat. The Minister also hailed the initiative to amend tobacco control law as “time-befitting” one. During the meeting, it was informed that currently (as per 2017 WHO report) the prevalence of tobacco use among the adult population (15 y/o and above) stands at 35.3 percent,…

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently called for a ban on cigarette filters and vaporizers, considering the devastating impact of these products on the environment. This time-fitting decision has come as a move towards strengthening the implementation of FCTC Article 18 during the WHO FCTC COP-10, held in Panama on 5-10 February 2024. As a signatory party to FCTC, Bangladesh is legally obligated to implement the decision adopted during COP-10. A delegation from PROGGA (Knowledge for Progress) and ATMA (Anti-tobacco Media Alliance) has met today (14 March) Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Environment, Forest and…

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Abdul Kader, a student from the Department of Mathematics at Jagannath University, recently authored a book titled “Shongkha Shahitto- Internal Mystery of Mathematics.” Released on January 15th by Anuj Publication, this book aims to unravel the enigma surrounding mathematics, offering a unique perspective on the subject. In the narrative, Abdul Kader shares his motivation behind writing the book, addressing the common perception that mathematics is a challenging subject. He emphasizes the importance of demystifying mathematical concepts, shedding light on the formation of values and the accuracy behind them. The book serves as a guide, solving numerous mysteries in the realm…

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EDOTCO Bangladesh and Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited signed an MoU to introduce advanced eco-friendly telecommunications tower made of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics (FRP). The MoU signing was held at the world’s most coveted event, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week. Through this collaboration, EDOTCO Bangladesh will become the first TowerCo in the country to offer the fiberglass tower solutions to the Mobile Network Operators. As a technology partner Huawei will provide expertise to complete the FRP tower jointly EDOTCO team. The innovative FRP solutions will reduce up to 44% tower weight and increase construction efficiency up to 75%, which are…

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Dhaka Ahsania Mission rallied in front of its head office in Dhanmondi on Monday morning, urging for an increase in tobacco tax rates in the upcoming fiscal year 2024-25 budget. This demand aims to safeguard the health of women, children, and youth. Speakers at the event highlighted the critical importance of imposing a higher tax on tobacco products. They emphasized that such a measure could prevent approximately 1 million young individuals from taking up tobacco use and save about 500,000 young lives from premature death. Additionally, it is estimated that enforcing higher taxes could generate an extra revenue of around…

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PROGGA (Knowledge for Progress), a research and advocacy organization as well as a member of Stop Tobacco Pollution Alliance (STPA), has written a letter to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, urging the ministries to work together in banning cigarette filters and vaporizers to address plastic pollution. The letter upheld a landmark decision on the implementation of Article 18 (Protection of the Environment) adopted by the 183 Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) Conference of the Parties (COP10), held on February 10, 2024. WHO has…

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