The country’s highest state award ‘Swadhinata Padak-2021’ will not be presented on April 11. Due to Corona’s situation, the award ceremony was postponed for the second time. The function was to be held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium. This has been informed in an official information statement on Wednesday.It is said that the cabinet department has informed about this decision through a notification.
The government has been giving this award on March 26 every year since 1986.
In recognition of their glorious and meritorious contribution at the national level, 9 eminent individuals and an organization are receiving the 2021 Independence Award. On March 8, the Cabinet Division released the list of nominees for the Independence Award.
The coronavirus situation was deteriorating and the Independence Award ceremony at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium was postponed on March 24. The new time is set for April 11.
But in the last few days, corona infections and deaths have surpassed all previous records. In this situation, it was informed that the program would not be held on April 11.
Meanwhile, ride-sharing Uber has been launched amid rising Coronavirus (Covid-19) infection. A Uber spokesperson in Bangladesh told the media on Wednesday, “Following the directives of the Bangladesh government and the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), we have re-launched car services as UberX, Premier and fare. We believe that Uber will provide an alternative to safe and reliable movement for riders during this challenging time.
However, he said the government had not made any decision on launching Uber’s motorcycle service.
The BRTA issued an order on March 31 banning the transport of passengers on motorcycles through the Ride Sharing Service due to the rising epidemic of Corona in the country. Ride-sharing services have been banned from carrying passengers on motorcycles until further notice to prevent corona infections, the order said.
Since April 5, the ban has been in place across the country for a week. It announced the closure of air transport, launches and trains, including public transport. But in an emergency notification on April 6, the Department of Road Transport and Highways allowed conditional public transport in all city corporation areas of the country, including Dhaka, from 7 am to 6 pm from Wednesday until further notice. However, no vehicle will be allowed to enter from one city to another, the notification said. Uber also launched their service in response to the government’s announcement.
The Meteorological Department said in a forecast that strong winds could blow over seven regions of the country. Temperatures may drop in the north, rising elsewhere.
This information has been informed on Wednesday night. It further said that the increase in light pressure is located in Bihar and adjoining areas and extends to the North Bay.
There may be temporary gusts or thundershowers in Jessore and Kushtia, Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions.