1. Who has been named for this year’s prestigious Ekushey Padak 2019?
Ans : 21 persons. They are Prof Halima Khatun (posthumous), advocate Golam Arif Tipu and Prof Monowara Islam in the Language Movement category, Subir Nandi, Azam Khan (posthumous) and Khairul Anam Shakil in music while Lucky Enam, Suborna Mustafa and Liaquat Ali Lucky in performing arts; Sayeda Khanam and Jamal Uddin Ahmed in photography and fine arts respectively; Khitindra Chandra Baishya in the Liberation War;
Dr Biswajit Ghosh and Dr Mahbubul Haque in research; Dr Pranab Kumar Barua in education; Rizia Rahman, Imdadul Haq Milon, Ashim Saha, Anwara Syed Haq, Mainul Ahsan Saber and Harishankar Jaladas in language and literature. Each awardee will get a gold medal, a certificate and a cheque for Tk 2 lakh.
2. How many countries does Bangladesh have foreign missions in now?
Ans : 77 missions in 58 countries. Foreign minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen very recently informed the parliament about it.
3. Where has The Philippines recently opened its visa center outside Dhaka?
Ans : Chattogram.