Omicron is spreading rapidly: PM



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon all to be vigilant as new type of coronavirus Omicron is spreading rapidly.

She made the call while inaugurating the newly constructed National Science and Technology Complex in Agargaon via video conference from Ganobhaban on Thursday (January 13) morning.

The Prime Minister said Omicron is spreading fast. So I will tell everyone to follow the health care and we have already given some instructions and everyone will follow those instructions.

Calling for coronavirus vaccination, the head of government said those who have not yet been vaccinated will be vaccinated soon. School children shall have also been vaccinated. Vaccination will at least save lives.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Zahid Malek said on Wednesday (January 12) that the way the infection was spreading, it was understood that Omicron's community transmission had slowed down a bit.

Now 15 to 20 percent of those who are affected by Corona are affected by Omicron. So I think there has been a community transmission.

The Prime Minister said that along with the research, we are emphasizing on how this research knowledge can be used for our socio-economic development. Emphasis should be placed on basic research as well as applied research. Researchers will definitely work on this.

We have a lot of invaluable resources that we have yet to use or that are out of reach, she said. .We have to pay special attention to the research so that they can be used by the people of the country.

Minister for Science and Technology Yafes Osman, among others, addressed the inaugural function.

 

More 12 people die, 9500 get covid & 473 recovered



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Twelve more people died from deadly virus corona while 9500 people got infected by the virus in the last 24 hours across the country.

This information was sent to the media on Wednesday ( January 19) by DGHS through a press release.

According to the press release, the latest deaths and cases of infection have brought the toll to 28176 and 1642294 respectively.

The release said that 473 people have recovered bringing the recovery figure to 1554268 so far.

During the period 37830 samples were tested in 852 authorized labs making a total 11966289 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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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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