April 15, 2021

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The book fair will be held at Lockdown from 12 noon to 5 pm

Due to the prevalence of coronavirus infection, the time of Amar Ekushey Book Fair has been reduced. In a press release on Sunday, the culture ministry said it had decided to run the book fair every day from 12 noon to 5 pm.

It said the schedule would continue until further notice from the government on the lockdown directive.

Although Ekushey Book Fair is held throughout the month of February every year, this time it has been postponed from March 16 due to the epidemic.

This year’s delayed book fair is scheduled to run till April 14, the day of Bengali New Year.

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has emphasized the need for concerted global action and strong leadership to resolve the liquidity crisis quickly and reduce the debt burden in the post-KVID-19 and post-KVID period. “We need an ambitious and integrated global action plan to address the liquidity crisis and reduce the debt burden in the current context and in the post-Cavid-19 period,” he said. He said this in a video message at a virtual meeting of heads of state and government titled ‘And Beyond Initiative’.

The meeting was convened to call on the international community to take urgent and swift action to ensure a speedy recovery from the situation as the world faces a very difficult situation to overcome the humanitarian and economic catastrophe of Cavid-19. The meeting was convened by the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness and the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres. The goal of this high-level virtual meeting is to highlight the need for more bold and coordinated action to address liquidity and debt problems.

The virtual meeting follows a series of meetings in 2020 sponsored by the Financing for Development in the Era of Cavid-19 and Beyond Initiative (FFDI) to work out a plan of action to help the economy recover from the epidemic.

“We need strong leadership from the G7, G20 and OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) member countries,” she said in a video message. The International Financial Institutions (IFIs) should increase liquidity on a large scale and through new allocations such as ‘Special Drawing Rights’.

The Prime Minister suggested the need to revise the international credit structure for appropriate reforms. Sheikh Hasina expressed satisfaction at being able to attend this virtual meeting on the occasion of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of independence. He said that more than a year has passed since the outbreak of Cavid-19 and the world has not yet been able to overcome the socio-economic challenges posed by Corona. Sheikh Hasina said the United Nations feared an estimated অর্থ 7.5 trillion in losses to the world economy in the next two years.

The government issued 16-point ‘safety guidelines’ last Monday in the face of the country’s record for coronavirus infection. After that, discussions are going on for two days on how much these instructions will be followed and who will be responsible for implementing them. Earlier, everyone was looking to the health department to implement any instructions. And there was a kind of pushing of other ministries or departments with the Ministry of Health in some cases. As a result, in many cases the guidelines have not been implemented to the correct level or have not met with the expected success.

With this in mind, instructions have been given directly from the Prime Minister’s Office, where 10 of the 18-point directives are the responsibility of other ministries outside the Ministry of Health. At least 10 ministries will implement the directives directly. Ministries are the Ministries of Public Administration, Health, Foreign Affairs, Home, Local Government, Roads, Shipping, Aviation, Industry and Commerce, and Religion. Again a few instructions need to be implemented in a coordinated manner. In this case, the Ministry of Public Administration, the District Administration and the Ministry of Home Affairs, the police and other law enforcement agencies have more responsibility. In addition, other ministries will implement the guidelines applicable to their respective sectors.

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