One new dengue patient was hospitalised in the last 24 hours until 8am on Sunday, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
According to the daily update from DGHS, eight dengue patients, including seven in the capital, are being treated at hospitals across the country.
Bangladesh experienced a massive dengue outbreak last year.
The government confirmed that dengue had claimed the lives of 164 people in 2019.The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) confirmed the number after reviewing 263 out of 266 reports of dengue-related deaths.
Last year, 101,354 people were hospitalised with dengue in the country. Of them, 101,037 made full recovery.
Since the beginning of this year, 231 dengue cases were reported. Of them, 223 had been discharged from hospitals.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday said the government is yet to receive any appeal for the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on parole.
“I haven’t received any appeal [from BNP]. Moreover, it’s a matter of the court,” he said after attending a branch opening ceremony of Sydney International School in Gulshan.
Meanwhile, Khaleda’s lawyer Advocate Zainul Abedin told UNB that they will again file a bail petition this week seeking the BNP chief’s release.
Pointing at section 401(1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, he said the government can suspend jail term of such convicts under special consideration.
The section says: “When any person has been sentenced to punishment for an offence, the government may at any time without conditions or upon any conditions which the person sentenced excepts, suspend the execution of his sentence or remit the whole or any part of the punishment to which he has been sentenced.”
Abedin said the government will initiate the process.
BNP leaders and activists on Saturday demonstrated in front of the party’s Nayapaltan central office demanding its chairperson’s release.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said the government urgently needs to free Khaleda Zia on humanitarian ground instead of doing politics over the issue.
Khaleda has been in jail since she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018. She was found guilty in another corruption case later the same year, though her party claims both cases are politically motivated.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday laid emphasis on allocating more funds for technical and vocational training from the Prime Minister’s Education Assistance Trust to develop a skilled and efficient generation.
"Skilled and efficient youths can be entrepreneurs instead of running after jobs. We should change the mindset of running after jobs," she said at the 6th advisory council members’ meeting of Prime Minister’s Education Assistance Trust at her office.
Sheikh Hasina, also Chief Patron of the advisory council of the trust, said the government formed it to give educational assistance to talented but poor students.
Stressing the need for updating information on stipends, she directed the authorities to give responsibilities to this end to the officials of the ministry concerned.
The Prime Minister also gave her consent to a proposal for allocating Tk 5 crore more as the seed money to give financial assistance to MPhil and Phd students. The government earlier gave Tk 5 crore to this end. With the new money, the amount will be Tk 10 crore.
Irked by the excessive number of students in classrooms, she asked the authorities to take effective measures in allowing students to get admitted to educational institutions in accordance with their seat capacity.
Prime Minister’s Education Assistance Trust was constituted in 2012 with Tk 1,000 crore as seed money aimed at providing scholarships to poor and meritorious students.
Since 2013, some Tk 550.9 crore has been distributed among the poor talented students as stipend and financial assistance.
The trust has decided to distribute over Tk 111.4 crore among 2,09,600 poor students of the private educational institutions this year.
Advisory Council members of the trust Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Planning Minister MA Mannan and State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Mohammad Zakir Hossen were present.
Deputy Education Minister Barrister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury, PM's Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Finance Secretary Abdur Rouf Talukder, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, PMO Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, University Grants Commission Chairman Kazi Shahidullah, Bangladesh Association of Banks (BAB) Chairman Nazrul Islam Mazumder were, among others, present on the occasion.
Managing Director of the trust Additional Secretary Nasrin Afroz made a brief presentation on the overall activities of the trust and its future plan.