Whether Ekushey Book Fair will be held?



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Whether Ekushey Book Fair will be held?

Whether Ekushey Book Fair will be held?

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Dhaka: Corona infection has started to increase again in the country. Therefore, the Cabinet Division imposed several restrictions yesterday to restrict public gatherings. In this case, no one will be able to go to restaurants, shopping malls and fairs or get on the plane and train without the certificate of double dose vaccination. Mohammad Nurul Huda, director general of Bangla Academy, the organizer of the book fair, said that a decision will be taken today on whether the book fair will be held or not in this upward situation of corona infection.

The Director General of Bangla Academy told the media, "We are preparing for the Ekushey Book Fair from February 1. The work of making stalls has started. However, as the Corona pandemic is on the rise again in the country and a number of restrictions were imposed yesterday to avoid public gatherings, we will hold a meeting with the concerned authorities, including the ministry, on organizing the fair. There, after reviewing the overall issues, a decision will be taken about organizing the fair.

The Amar Ekushey Book Fair was organized a month and a half back last year due to the Corona pandemic. The fair started on March 18 and ended before the scheduled time. Although the book fair was postponed last year, this time the Bangla Academy has already started preparations for the fair from the first day of February. In order to maintain the hygiene rules, work has been started to make the fair premises empty in front of each stall.

Amar Ekushey Book Fair-2022 Steering Committee Member Secretary and Director of the Bangla Academy Jalal Ahmed told the media, "Despite the fears of Omicron, we have already made all kinds of preparations to organize the book fair using the experience of the last time." We hope that the Amar Ekushey Book Fair, nurtured in the spirit of the great language movement, will be well-planned and well completed.

Meanwhile, the government has again imposed new restrictions to prevent the transmission of the new type of corona, Omicron, in the country. Earlier, the latest ban was lifted in August. After that, the situation was under control. But due to Omicron, the infection has been on the rise for the past four weeks and has reached alarming levels this week. In view of this, the ban was imposed again five months after the last ban.

The Ministry of Public Administration has issued a notification regarding the restrictions on Monday. It said the ban would take effect next Thursday and would remain in force until further notice. During the restrictions, the bus-train will again carry half the passengers. Any social and religious ceremonies or political gatherings in the open are prohibited.

Bangladesh condemns attack by Huthi Militia in UAE



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Bangladesh has strongly condemned the drone strikes by Huthi militias in the United Arab Emirates. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in Musaffah, causing extensive damage to civilian property.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that the latest attack was "an intense form of aggression by Huthi militias that has escalated tensions in the region."

This is a repeat of the terrorist attack after the hijacking of the UAE-flagged cargo ship Rawabi off the coast of Al Hudayah Governorate on January 2.

The statement said that Bangladesh considers the recent drone strikes targeting civilian installations and killing of innocent civilians an illegal, cowardly act of terrorism and a clear violation of international law and civil code.

Noting that such irresponsible actions could escalate tensions in the region, Bangladesh has called on Huthi militias to refrain from repeating such illegal activities and deliberately escalating tensions.

Dhaka expresses its strong solidarity against any threat to the security and safety of the people of the United Arab Emirates and its brotherly people.

The statement further said that Bangladesh is firmly committed to all efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region.

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DU Professor Tazmeri Islam gets bail



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BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's adviser and former professor of chemistry department of Dhaka University Dr. Tazmeri Islam arrested in the sabotage case filed at Uttara West police station has been granted bail by the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Mahbub Ahmed.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mahbub Ahmed on Tuesday (January 18) granted her bail on a bond of Tk. 10,000 after a court hearing.

Relevant police court General Registration Officer (GRO) Liaquat Ali confirmed the news to Jago News.

Earlier, Advocate Masud Ahmed Talukder applied for bail of Tazmeri Islam. Bail was opposed by the state. After hearing both sides, the court granted bail. General Registration Branch Officer of the cour Liaquat Ali confirmed the information.

The case was filed at Uttara West Police Station on September 23, 2018 on the charge of sabotage. Professor Tazmeri and 133 leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat were accused in the case. On November 26 of the same year, the High Court granted bail to Professor Tazmeri until the investigation report in the case was submitted.

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‘Our family lives on people’s money’: President to the DCs



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President Abdul Hamid

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President Abdul Hamid addressing the Deputy Commissioners said that we  have to remember that our family lives on people's money. So people have the right to receive services. He said that serving the people is not a matter of kindness or generosity.

The president made the remarks while addressing a video conference from Bangabhaban at the Deputy Commissioners' Conference at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Tuesday (January 18).

"You are acting as the coordinator and supervisor of various government activities at the field level, which is playing an important role in the development of the country as a whole," he said.

The President, as a servant of the people, advised to put the interests of the country and the people above all, and said, "We and you are the servants of the people." So do your duty as a servant of the people. Deliver government services to the doorsteps of the people.

He said social security programs are an effective means of alleviating poverty and establishing social justice. Through these programs, DCs need to provide effective leadership in meeting the basic needs of the country's poor, ensuring social security and empowerment of the people, especially women.

The President directed the Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners to build a culture of transparency and accountability at every level of field administration.

President Hamid said corruption is the biggest obstacle to development. Sustainable development is being hampered by corruption. Therefore, a culture of transparency and accountability must be built at every level of field administration.

Noting that responsibilities and powers are vested in every level of bureaucracy and political leadership, the President said that exercise of power is essential for proper and efficient discharge of responsibilities, but it is more important to ensure that power is not misused.

He said the DCs need to provide effective leadership in ensuring that the basic needs of the poor, social security and empowerment of the people, especially women, are met through these programs.

The President said that the Deputy Commissioners should make efforts so that the real poor could enjoy the benefits of this program.

He said the government has given special importance to eco-friendly rural development, which is different from previous years. In villages like cities, all kinds of facilities have to be ensured. In order to ensure civic amenities in Mofussil areas, President DCs should take special initiative to develop Upazila Sadar and growing industrial centers as modern cities and suburbs through housing, education, expansion of agro-based industries, medical services, electricity, gas, drinking water and sewerage system.

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More 10 people die, 8407 get covid & 475 recovered



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Ten more people died from deadly virus corona while 8407 people got infected by the virus in the last 24 hours across the country.

This information was sent to the media on Tuesday ( January 18) by DGHS through a press release.

According to the press release, the latest deaths and cases of infection have brought the toll to 28164 and 1632788 respectively.

The release said that 475 people have recovered bringing the recovery figure to 1553795 so far.

During the period 35916 samples were tested in 852 authorized labs making a total 11929321 samples so far.

It may be mentioned here that the first case of corona infection was detected in Bangladesh on last March 8 (2020) while the first death occurred on March 18.

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