Infection increasing worldwide; in the country hygiene and social distance ignored!



Kanak Joty, Contributing Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Corona infections are on the rise worldwide. Strict rules have been given in many countries. Many countries are thinking of lockdown. On the other hand, on the eve of the footsteps of such a serious crisis in Bangladesh, it is as if the hygiene, social distance is going to the abyss day by day! The mask is down on their cheeks and they are saying goodbye. New types of corona are emerging all over the world and in Bangladesh it is as if caution, mask, hygiene and social distance are saying goodbye. It's like a reverse journey!

Incidentally, the number of daily deaths worldwide due to the ongoing Corona pandemic has increased significantly. At the same time, the number of newly identified patients has also increased significantly as compared to the previous day. In the last 24 hours, more than 7,000 people have died of corona disease worldwide. At the same time, the number of new cases of the virus has exceeded 7 lakh 41 thousand.

But in the time of great crisis, Bengali speaking people need to be informed anew about the meaning of the word abyss though everyone hears or says the word always. If anything, they kept saying, everything went to the dogs. Or said, his daughter, her son have gone the astray. Despite seeing so much, the global pandemic, especially in the growing situation of Omicron, the ignore of sanitation and social distance is slipping into the abyss!

Abyss means going downhill. This type of talk is usually done when it comes to deterioration or extreme awareness. To go to the abyss means to go under the juice or under the water. Drowned! This is something deadly which is almost everywhere in the case of caution and hygiene during corona.

At home, outside, in the office, in the market, in ceremonies, in vehicles, in public places, no one seems to obey the rules of hygiene and social distance. The use of masks seems to have gone up. Some people's names are just hanging masks on their chins. Crowds, pushing and shoving are going on at the same pace.

The eyes of the world are not red. In particular, the new variant of the Corona is approaching the omnipotent power of Omicron all over the world. But there is no frown on these issues in Bangladesh! In the last 24 hours, the United States has had the highest number of infections and deaths worldwide. Russia, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and France are next on the list. As a result, the number of people affected by Corona worldwide has exceeded 27 crore 65 lakh houses. On the other hand, the death toll has exceeded 53 lakh 84 thousand.

In the last 24 hours, 7,071 people have died of coronavirus worldwide, according to the latest data from the World Metrics website, which tracks death and recovery from coronavirus infections on Wednesday (December 22) morning. In other words, the number of deaths has increased by more than two thousand as compared to the previous day. The death toll has reached 53 lakh 84 thousand 57 people worldwide.

During the same period, 7 lakh 41 thousand 490 people were newly infected with the virus. In other words, the number of newly identified patients has increased by about 2 lakh 10 thousand as compared to the previous day. As a result, the total number of patients infected with the virus has increased from the beginning of the pandemic to 27 crore 85 lakh 62 thousand 47 people.

In the last 24 hours, the United States has had the highest number of coronavirus infections and deaths in the world. During this period, 1 lakh 80 thousand 338 people were newly infected with coronavirus in the country and 1 thousand 811 people died. In this country which is most affected by coronavirus, 5 crore 22 lakh 51 thousand 273 people have been infected with coronavirus and 8 lakh 30 thousand 990 people have died so far.

Russia, on the other hand, ranks second in the list of daily casualties. In the last 24 hours, 1,027 people have died of corona in the country and 25,907 people have been newly infected with corona. Besides, the total number of identified patients in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is 1 crore 2 lakh 67 thousand 719 people and 2 lakh 99 thousand 249 people have died.

In the face of the new Corona catastrophe in the world, the use of masks in Bangladesh, observance of hygiene rules and observance of social distances are very few and far between. On the one hand, although the infection is increasing in the world, but the health and social distance is going to the abyss in the country!

Padma Bridge, the Wonder of Bangladesh



News Desk, Barta24.com
Padma Bridge, the Wonder of Bangladesh

Padma Bridge, the Wonder of Bangladesh

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The wait period is over. The dream came true. Today (June 25), the door of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge, which stands on the two banks of the river Padma, is opening.

This dream bridge of about 60 million people in 21 districts of the south-west is a proud history of the whole country. The wonder of the whole world. The bridge connecting Mawa in Munshiganj to Banglabazar in Shariatpur is a harbinger of a new day in the country's economy, investment, trade and overall development.

The celebration of Padma victory will touch the whole country today. Various programs have been taken all over the country on the occasion of inauguration of Padma Bridge. The people of the south are happy with the new day.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will open the much-anticipated 6.15-kilometer Padma Bridge for vehicular movement on Saturday which will bring massive progress in road connectivity of 21 south and southwestern districts with the capital of Dhaka and other major cities.

Marking the grand opening of the bridge, a festive mood is prevailing in the country, particularly in the southern and southwestern region which will be directly facilitated through the major road connectivity.

The premier will join the Padma Bridge inaugural ceremony at Mawa point in Munshiganj at 10 am.

As per the premier’s programme schedule, she will also unveil commemorative postage stamps, souvenir sheets, opening day cover and seals at 11am at Mawa point to mark the grand opening of the country’s biggest self-financed mega project which is likely to boost GDP by 1.2 to 2 percent.

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Bangladesh Floods: Six Million People Marooned



News Desk, Barta24.com
Bangladesh Floods: Six Million People Marooned

Bangladesh Floods: Six Million People Marooned

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Incessant rains and gushing waters have marooned at least six million people in Bangladesh, prompting authorities to call in the Army to assist in the rescue and relief operations.

Officials estimate that six million people were marooned at their nearly inundated homes or were forced to take makeshift refuge elsewhere as water level in rivers in northeastern and northern regions continued to rise.

“Water now continued to surpass much above the danger lines in two of the country’s four major river basin. The situation appears to be nearly as bad as that of the 2004 flooding, a Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) spokesman said. The FFWC attributed the flooding to excessive rainfalls simultaneously in upstream Meghlaya and Bangladesh.

Many people were forced to initially take refuge on their rooftops amid gushing rising waters until rescue boats came in Sunamganj, said local officials. Meanwhile, due to huge rainfall, many districts of norther Bangladeh are facing threat of fresh flood.

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CHT, Bay of Bengal and Security Perspective



Dr. Mahfuz Parvez
CHT, Bay of Bengal and Security Perspective

CHT, Bay of Bengal and Security Perspective

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The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is a group of districts within the Chittagong Division in southeastern Bangladesh, bordering India and Myanmar (Burma) and covering 13,295 square kilometers. Historically settled by tribal groups, now the CHT is also inhabited by huge Bengali settlers.

The CHT region witnessed bloodshed beginning in the early 1970s, when ethnic groups protested the government’s policy of recognizing only the Bengali culture and language and designating all Bangladeshi citizens as Bengalis.

The CHT Peace Accord, signed in 1997 with the promise to end ethnic insurgency and grant a host of benefits to the people, was hailed by all.

With two decades passed since the signing of the CHT Accord, its lack of implementation has reached alarming levels. Ethnic groups and Bengali community are also demanding different types of political, citizenship and land rights.

As per ground realities, there could be fresh tension, political confrontation and security problem in the CHT if the emerging issues are not addressed.

The fact that the CHT people are overwhelmingly in favor of peace as a necessary precondition to all round development of the region is good augury. But the biggest challenge is to continue the peace that has emerged from the conflict with the wisdom, determination and political skill of the leadership.

However, the proximity of the Chittagong Hill Tracts to the Bay of Bengal (BoB) poses a security risk. In a research report, Angshuman Choudhury, Siddharth Anil Nair, Ashutosh Nagda & Garima Maheshwari mentioned the BoB region is one of the most climate-vulnerable in the world. Its strategic, political, social and economic faultlines are also extensive. Together they create fertile ground for volatile security dynamics, social friction and violent conflict. It is a textbook example of the complex relationship between climate change and security, and how an aggregate of both could create emerging challenges for policy-planners (CLIMATE SECURITY IN THE BAY OF BENGAL, 18 Jan, 2022, 212, IPCS Special Report).

Growing strategic significance of the Bay of Bengal within the emerging and increasingly contested geography of the Indo-Pacific, is sharply visible in various ways. BoB's strategic location at the heart of the Indo-Pacific, and ponders the unfolding challenges to regionalism in the Bay of Bengal. It is important for Bangladesh to intensify its efforts to construct a more secure and cooperative Bay of Bengal littoral (C. Raja Mohan, "The Bay of Bengal in the Emerging Indo-Pacific").

Dr. Mahfuz Parvez, Professor, Political Science, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh; Associate Editor, www.barta24.com



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Dr. Kamal's Writ Hearing on Tax Evasion Adjourned for a Week



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Dr. Kamal's Writ Hearing on Tax Evasion Adjourned for a Week

Dr. Kamal's Writ Hearing on Tax Evasion Adjourned for a Week

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The High Court has adjourned the hearing of prominent lawyer, constitutional expert Dr. Kamal Hossain's writ petition for a week.

A High Court bench of Justice Syed Rifat Ahmed and Justice Mohammad Mahbub-ul-Islam granted the order on behalf of Kamal Hossain on Sunday (June 5).

Junior lawyer Barrister Tanim Hossain Shaon appeared for the writ petition. "We asked for a one-day court hearing," the lawyer said. The court has given one week time.

Earlier, a writ petition was filed in the High Court by Kamal Hossain over a dispute over the amount of income tax applicable to him for one year. The writ petition challenging the order of the tax appeals tribunal was on the agenda for hearing today.

Writ has said, for the tax year 2018-19, Kamal Hossain in his income tax return file shows annual income of 1 crore 4 lakh 3 thousand 495 Taka. On the other hand, it is mentioned in the return file that the applicable tax has been deducted at the source as 76 lakh 41 thousand 548 Taka.

Meanwhile, on December 30, 2019, the Deputy Tax Commissioner in an order fixed Kamal's annual income at 20 crore 11 lakh 4 thousand 219 Taka. Due to non-submission on time, with a late charge of 87 lakh 35 thousand 634 Taka,
a total of 6 crore 9 lakh 85 thousand 351 Taka income tax was demanded from Kamal Hossain.

Against the decision of the Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Kamal Hossain appealed to the Tax Appeal Tribunal. However, the tribunal dismissed the appeal.

Later, a writ petition was filed in the High Court on behalf of Dr. Kamal Hossain. The High Court on Sunday (June 5) adjourned the hearing of the writ petition for a week.

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