Restrictions begin



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The 11-point ban imposed by the government to prevent corona infection and new type of corona Omicron is going to start in the country from today (Thursday). Mobile courts will also be conducted to ensure hygiene. Last Monday, the Ministry of Public Administration issued a notification regarding the 11-point restriction. Meanwhile, for the first time in the country, Omicron was identified in the bodies of three people outside Dhaka yesterday. A total of 33 people were infected with Omicron in the last one month till yesterday.

Experts said that if these restrictions are properly observed, the upward trend of corona infection can be curbed within the next two weeks. And if the restrictions are not properly complied with, then the overall restrictions like lockdown will have to be clamped. In that case, everyone will have to face losses.

President of the Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Sahidullah told the media that the restrictions are good enough. If we can implement each one then each one will help to reduce the infection at an individual rate. Collectively, these 11-point restrictions will play a significant role in controlling corona.

Adviser to the government's Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) and former chief scientific officer Dr. Mushtaq Hossain said that these restrictions have to be implemented by all because when the infection increases, the hospitals are full of patients, then the government will be forced to go for overall restrictions. Then public transport, restaurants, shops, offices and courts will all be closed. So we have to maintain normal activities for a long time by enforcing partial restrictions.

Railway authorities have decided to transport half of the passengers in the country's intercity trains during the restrictions. Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has said that public transport should be operated on old fares. However, even though the fare has not been increased, the owner has asked for permission to transport as many passengers as there are seats. These two decisions will be effective from next Saturday.

The 11-point restriction is that: Everyone must wear a mask in all public places, including shops, shopping malls and markets, buyers and sellers, and hotels and restaurants; Masks must be used outside the office and court. Mobile courts should be set up across the country to prevent any deviation in hygiene compliance; Corona Vaccine Certificate must be displayed for meals at hotel-restaurants and for accommodation in residential hotels; All students above 12 years of age will not be allowed to enter the educational institution without the vaccination certificate after the date fixed by the Ministry of Education; The number of screenings at land ports, seaports and airports should be increased. The crew at the port should not come out of the ship. There will be only drivers with the trucks coming to the land ports. No assistant will be allowed to come out of the port. Visitors will be barred from entering the airport with foreigners; Trains, buses and launches will carry half the capacity of passengers. The concerned authorities will issue specific instructions in this regard along with the date of implementation. Drivers and assistants must be vaccinated against corona; Passengers from abroad must have a COVID vaccine certificate. Once in the country, they need to be tested by rapid antigen; Imams will warn about the observance of hygiene rules and wearing a mask in the sermon of Friday prayers in the mosque. Deputy Commissioner and Upazila Nirbahi Officers will confirm the matter; The Ministry of Health will take necessary publicity and initiatives to expedite corona vaccine and booster doses. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will assist them; Social, political, religious ceremonies and gatherings will be closed in the open until further notice and the local administration will be able to take action in consultation with the concerned if any special situation arises in any area.

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 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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