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Govt to procure 19.5 lakh mts Boro paddy, rice

Boiled rice at Tk 36 per kg, non-boiled (atap) rice at Tk 35 The government will procure some 11.5 lakh metric tonnes of rice (boiled and non-boiled) and eight lakh metric tonnes of paddy during the current Boro season. Besides, some 75,000 metric tonnes of wheat will be procured from local markets in the season, said a handout of the ...

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German company begins human trials of coronavirus vaccine

The headquarters of biopharmaceutical company BioNTech in Mainz, Germany German pharmaceutical company BioNTech has begun testing a potential vaccine for the new coronavirus on volunteers. BioNTech, which is working with the US-based Pfizer, said on Wednesday that 12 participants of a clinical trial in Germany received doses of the vaccine candidate BNT162 since April 23. Numerous pharmaceutical companies are racing ...

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PM provides financial assistance to 6,959 Qawmi madrasas

File photo. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday provided financial assistance of over Tk 8.31 crore to 6,959 Qawmi madrasas across the country on the occasion of holy Ramadan. “The Prime Minister has given the financial assistance of Tk 8,31,25000 to the country’s 6,959 Qawmi Madrasas,” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told UNB. The financial assistance has already sent to ...

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5 more die of coronavirus, 564 new cases detected in Bangladesh

Five more people died from coronavirus in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours till Thursday, taking the death toll in the country to 168. Besides, 564 more people tested positive for coronavirus during the period, raising the number of such cases in the country to 7,667. Additional Director General (Admin) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Nasima ...

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PPE ‘designed for women’ needed on frontline

There is growing concern that standard personal protective equipment (PPE), which often has a unisex design, doesn’t always fit women properly. PPE is essential for protecting frontline workers exposed to Covid-19. The Department of Health said the kit is designed to protect “both genders”. However, healthcare workers are saying that even the smallest sizes are too big for some women ...

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Remdesivir: Drug has ‘clear cut’ power to fight coronavirus

There is “clear-cut” evidence that a drug can help people recover from the coronavirus, say US officials. Remdesivir cut the duration of symptoms from 15 days down to 11 in clinical trial at hospitals around the world. The full details have not been published, but experts said it would be a “fantastic result” if confirmed, but not a “magic bullet” ...

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Shell cuts dividend for first time since WW2

Royal Dutch Shell has cut its dividend for the first time since World War Two following the collapse in global oil demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. The energy giant also suspended the next tranche of its share buyback programme.The move came as it announced a 46% fall in first-quarter net income to $2.9bn (£2.3bn). Chief executive Ben van Beurden ...

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Indian states start plasma therapy trials

Plasma therapy trials have already started in some states — like Maharashtra, UP and Madhya Pradesh — though on a very small scale involving only one or a couple of patients. The use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets as a preventive measure for front-line healthcare workers, and on patients and their contacts, also has started in some states. In Maharashtra, just ...

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PCB legal advisor Rizvi files defamation case against Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar has yet again landed himself into trouble after PCB legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi filed a criminal as well as defamation suit against the former fast bowler for his allegedly inappropriate comments against him in a YouTube show. Rizvi, the long serving legal advisor of the board, made it clear he had initiated defamation and criminal proceedings against Akhtar ...

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Guinea-Bissau PM and three ministers test positive for coronavirus

Guinea-Bissau’s prime minister, Nuno Gomes Nabiam, said Wednesday he had been infected with coronavirus, as three other ministers in the fragile West African state also tested positive. “I have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, I am at home and I feel well,” Nabiam said in a Facebook post. Adding that the virus “exists and spreads easily,” the prime minister ...

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