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Bangladesh will work with the United Nations refugee agency

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At least 223 people died in accidents that took place on road, rail and waterways across the country in 12 days of Eid-ul-Azha journey. According to Road Safety Foundation, a total of 176 accidents took place throughout the country on August 6-17. In those accidents, at least 670 sustained injuries, the foundation said in a press release.

Among the total number of accidents, 146 incidents occurred on roads, where 197 people died and 627 were injured, the release said. The foundation also enumerated some observations on the traffic condition during Eid holidays, including unbearable traffic jams and tailbacks, mismanagement of the transport sector, and extortion. The reasons cited behind the high number of crashes were unfit vehicles and unskilled drivers, driving without rest, and lack of awareness

 

Bangladesh will work with the United Nations refugee agency to determine if more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees will accept Myanmar’s offer to return home, nearly a year after an initial repatriation plan failed. More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine for camps in Bangladesh after a military-led crackdown in August 2017 that the United Nations said was perpetrated with “genocidal intent”. Understandably, most refuse to go back, fearing more violence.

 

Abul Kalam, Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner, told Reuters that the process to ascertain the refugees’ willingness to go back now will be a joint exercise led by UNHCR, referring to the UN refugee agency. Myanmar has cleared 3,450 people from a list of more than 22,000 refugees provided by Bangladesh, government spokesman Zaw Htay told a news conference in the capital Naypyitaw. The extremely low portion cleared by Myanmar itself reflects the complexities, and perhaps even the inadequacies of the process.

 

Tradeshi Limited and Alibaba.com’s channel partner has announced Bangladeshi SMEs are to be included for the first time in the Chinese e-commerce giant’s massive B2B sourcing event, #SuperSeptember. The maturity of marketing alignment and budget spent by Alibaba makes buying or sourcing events more exciting nowadays. The financials are humongous, and capacity by which leads are generated for suppliers and deals brokered with buyers are limitless.

Alibaba Group will watch Bangladeshi SMEs' performance at #SuperSeptember very closely, which may determine further investment by the e-commerce giant in one-stop solutions for Bangladeshi exporters such as financing, logistics and inspection services, said Shadab Parvez, founder of Tradeshi Ltd. More than five million products from over 50,000 suppliers listed in the edition of #SuperSeptember-2017.

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