Hygiene rules ignored at Benapole rail station, Omicron risk increasing



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Despite the government's various directives to prevent new types of corona Omicron transmission, there is no safety net for passenger at the Benapole port railway station. Passengers traveling without masks ignore the health rules as there is no supervision by the health department and railway authorities.

Although there is a scanning booth of health department in the station, there is no activity. This increases the risk of infection. Railway services and import trade on this route were shut down last year due to increased traffic. People were affected in different ways. Conscious passengers and traders demand increased security.

It is learned that at present, in this situation, along with the roads of Benapole port, the import trade with India is going on by rail. Freight trains are entering the port every day. Besides, multiple passenger trains are running on this route inland. At present, hundreds of people from home and abroad are flocking to the station for business and medical treatment in India.

The government has various guidelines to prevent infection to keep passenger traffic and trade active. However, in the case of trade and passenger travel by road, there is some health protection system, but there is no protection in railways. Passengers are walking without masks in front of the security guards without following the hygiene rules.

Last year, the health department staff worked to check the health of the train drivers and their assistants at the station to prevent corona infection, but now it is closed. This puts the immune system at risk.

"We are terrified of Omicron," said Shawkat, a train passenger. Hundreds of people are gathering at the railway station. Indians are also coming and going. There is no hygiene here. Many do not wear masks. There is no oversight of the security system.

C&F trader Obaidur Rahman said there was a risk of further damage if rail services were shut down like last year due to increased transmission.

Benapole Railway Station Master Saidur Rahman said that at present passenger Benapole Express on Dhaka-Benapole route, Betna Express on Khulna-Benapole route and Cargo Rail between India and Bangladesh are importing and supplying goods. The train drivers and their associates are coming to the station. Besides, hundreds of passport passengers are gathering every day. The health department has two scans but its activities are closed. It is better if the security system of the health department is on here.

Sharsha Upazila Family Planning and Health Officer Yusuf Ali said a scanning booth of the health department was set up at the station earlier when passengers were traveling on the Khulna-Kolkata route. At present, due to the shortage of manpower, the activities of the health department at the railway station are closed. However, if there is an emergency, they will take measures to strengthen the security system again.

According to reliable sources, the number of people infected with Omicron has increased to 30 in the country. In the last 24 hours, the number of corona cases in neighboring India has increased to 1 lakh 94 thousand 720 people. 442 deaths. Two weeks ago, the number was 9195 people.

The infection has increased almost 22 times. The number of people infected with Omicron in the country is 4,033. Yesterday, 358 Bangladeshi passport passengers went to India and 94 Indian passengers came to Bangladesh. Passenger traffic has declined due to the increase in the transmission of Omicron.

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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