Week 01 of 2021 – Bangladesh This Week!

(2nd JANUARY 2021 TO 8th JANUARY 2021 )
Contributors : Malik Araf, Shudipto Ahmed, Mohammad Sifat and Tawsif Zaman

Week 1, 2021 Economy
World Bank keeps Bangladesh’s growth forecast unchanged at 1.6%

The World Bank has kept its projection of Bangladesh's economic growth unchanged at only 1.6% for the fiscal year 2020-21 in the latest report released yesterday.The forecast in the January 2021 Global Economic Prospects report is in stark contrast with the optimistic outlook of two other global lenders – the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – as well as with the government's own projection.The World Bank, however, forecasts 3.4% growth of Bangladesh's gross domestic product (GDP) in the next fiscal year, expecting a widespread rollout of Covid vaccines.

More : https://tbsnews.net/economy/world-bank-keeps-bangladeshs-growth-forecast-unchanged-16-181846

Week 1, 2021 Trade & Business
Tariff Commission proposes 30% duty on onion imports

In its report, Bangladesh Trade and Tariff Commission has proposed imposing a 30% regulatory duty on the import for the protection of local onion farmers. The report was recently sent to the Ministry of Commerce. According to the commerce ministry, the report recommends maintaining a regulatory tariff on the import from February to May every year.

More :https://tbsnews.net/.../tariff-commission-proposes-30...

Week 1, 2021 Healthcare
Facebook partners with Bangladeshi organizations on mental health
According to a 2019 survey, nearly 17 percent of adults in Bangladesh are suffering from mental health issues, and 92 percent among them do not seek professional help. Through Facebook, people in Bangladesh can now access support resources at National Institute of Mental Health and Hospital, Moner Bondhu and Kaan Pete Roi.These organisations provide regular counseling on suicide, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and other related issues.

More: https://www.thedailystar.net/online/news/facebook-partners-bangladeshi-organizations-mental-health-2024373
Week 1, 2021 Technology & Science
Technology & Science : New strain, new worry as experts say RT-PCR testing in Bangladesh hardly capable of detecting new Covid strain
Normally, the strength of a virus is measured by two indicators -- its spread and infection capabilities. We found the new strain is 70 more contagious. However, it is yet to be proved whether the new strain is deadlier than the previous one.

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