Awami League MP of Bogura -1 constituency Abdul Mannan died at a hospital in the capital early Friday after suffering a cardiac arrest.
He was 60.
Motiur Rahman Moti, joint general secretary of Sariakandi upazila Awami League, said Mannan, also party’s former joint secretary, suffered a cardiac arrest on Thursday afternoon in the national parliament when he went there to join the ongoing session.
Later, he was admitted to Labaid Hospital and was kept on life support.
He breathed his last around 8:15am, Moti said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock at the death of the Awami League lawmaker.
Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka was ranked fifth worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Saturday morning.
It had an AQI score of 228 around 8:20am. The air was classified as ‘very unhealthy’.
Everyone may experience more serious health effects when the AQI score is between 201 and 300.
China’s Shenyang and Bosnia Herzegovina’s Sarajevo occupied the top two positions in the list of cities with worst air with scores of 304 and 294 respectively.
When the value is more than 300, the air quality is considered hazardous and the entire population is more likely to be affected.
The AQI, an index for reporting daily air quality, informs people how clean or polluted the air of a certain city is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for them.
In Bangladesh, the AQI is based on five criteria pollutants - Particulate Matter (PM10 and PM2.5), NO2, CO, SO2 and Ozone (O3). The Department of Environment has also set national ambient air quality standards for these pollutants. These standards aim to protect against adverse human health impacts.
Dhaka, an overcrowded megacity, has long been grappling with air pollution. The air quality usually improves during monsoon.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Friday said new gas connections will not be provided to households.
“The houses will have to use gas cylinder for cooking. Gas connections will be provided in industrial areas. Connections have already been given to some industrial units,” he said at a views exchange meeting with the journalists at the circuit house in the afternoon.
Referring to observance of ‘Mujib Borsho’ by the Foreign Ministry he said the ministry has taken up a two-year plan.
The process is on to name roads after Bangabandhu in various countries. Process is also going on to establish ‘Bangbandhu Chair’ at various universities, he added.
State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak on Friday said Bangladesh’s banking sector will be digitalised within the next five years.
“All financial institutions will be brought under Digital Interoperable and Digital Transaction,” he said, according to a PID handout.
He informed this while talking at Millennium’s ‘Tahkik’ audit system inauguration programme at a city hotel.
Ali Reza Iftekhar, chairman, Bangladesh Bankers Association, Niaz Ahmed, chairman, Millennium, AKM Nurul Fazal Bulbul, vice-chairman, Islamic Banks Consultative Forum (IBCF), and among others spoke at the programme.