Movement without masks



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Why not wear a mask? When asked, rickshaw puller Muktar said, what will happen after the mask? Corona will not attack us. Abul Kashem, a pedestrian in his sixties, said that he faces problems breathing while wearing the mask. He said he wears a mask when he sees a small crowd. Sajjad, a young man who came to the market, said that the mask was soaked with sweat so he left it open.

Although wearing a mask to prevent coronavirus infection, many people still do not comply. On Friday, the second day of the ban, the picture of different areas of the capital was the same as the first day. On weekends, entertainment centers, shopping malls and kitchen markets were crowded and passengers on public transport and transport workers did not wear masks. Many of the Musallis who came to the mosque for Friday prayers were not seen wearing masks.

On Friday, it was seen that in different areas of the capital, hygiene is not being observed even in the shopping malls. Most of the city's public transport has also been seen standing to pick up passengers. More than half of the passengers did not have masks on their faces again. Most of the people who came to Mirpur, ECB Chattar, Kuril, Mohakhali and Vashantek areas of the capital since morning did not wear face masks. Anyone who came to eat at the restaurants did not have to show the certificate of vaccination. Although there was awareness among the Musallis who came to the mosque about hygiene and wearing of masks, many did not have masks on their faces.

Why not wear a mask? When asked, rickshaw puller Muktar Ali of Manikdi area of the capital told Barta24.com, what will happen with the mask? Corona will not infect us. Why not? When asked, he said, Corona is a disease of the rich. It will not be for the poor like us.

Abul Kashem, a 60-year-old pedestrian from the Baganbari area said he stopped breathing after wearing the mask. Asked why he was walking with a mask in his hand, he told Barta24.com that he wears a mask when he sees a crowd of people. I am an old; wearing a mask makes it difficult for me to breathe.

Why are you hanging the mask around your neck? When asked, Sajjad Hossain, a young man who came to market Matikata, told Barta24.com that he was wearing a mask. But now the mask got wet while walking so I left it open.

Meanwhile, coronavirus infection is on the rise in the country. The number of patients has increased to 1,019 in one day. In the last 24 hours (6 am on Thursday to 8 am on Friday) 4378 people were identified and 6 died. On August 26 last year, 4,698 more patients were identified in one day. In other words, after 5 and half months, the number of patients increased to 4 thousand again. Earlier in the day, 3,359 people were identified and 12 died.

An 11-point notification was issued last Monday. It said the ban would be effective across the country from Thursday and would remain in force until further notice. During the restrictions, the bus-train will again carry half the passengers. No social and religious ceremonies or political gatherings may be held in the open. It is compulsory for all to wear masks in all public places including shops, shopping malls and markets, buyers and sellers and hotels and restaurants. Otherwise he will have to face legal punishment.

More 15 people die, 15807 get covid & 1037 recovered



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Seventeen more people died from deadly virus corona while 15807 people got infected by the virus in the last 24 hours across the country.

This information was sent to the media on Thursday ( January 27) by DGHS through a press release.

According to the press release, the latest deaths and cases of infection have brought the toll to 28288 and 1747331 respectively.

The release said that 1037 people have recovered bringing the recovery figure to 1561043 so far.

During the period 49425 samples were tested in 852 authorized labs making a total 12310679 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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It is difficult to hold election in political arena: CEC



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Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has said that it is difficult to hold elections in the political arena.

He said a choice could be made with the gun on head. That cannot be forever. It is difficult to choose in the political arena. But it is possible.

The CEC said this while addressing a RFED talk at the media center of Election Building in Agargaon on Thursday (January 27) at 11am.

KM Nurul Huda said former Chief Election Commissioner Dr. ATM Shamsul Huda criticized the current Commission, but had violated the law by holding 90-day elections in 690 days. He has done a lot of illegal things while in charge.

Regarding the various comments of EC Mahbub Talukder, he said, "I have always spoken about Mahbub Talukder." He is implementing his personal agenda in the EC. He is a sick person. Mahbub was sometimes in the ICU and sometimes in the CCU. He has also received treatment in Singapore, India. The cost of these treatments was borne by the Commission. The amount of this money is about Tk. 30 to Tk.40 lakh.

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EC formation bill passed in Jatiyo Sangsad



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Dhaka: The Election Commission (EC) Formation Bill-2022 has been passed in the Jatiyo Sangsad(JS) with the provision of appointment of Chief Election Commissioner (EC) and other Election Commissioners through the formation of Search Committee.

On Thursday (January 26), Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Advocate Anisul Haque proposed to pass the 'Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioner Appointment Bill-2022' as per Article 118 (1) of the Constitution, which was passed by voice vote.

Earlier, some opposition MPs had proposed to send the bill to the committee for scrutiny.

After the President assent to the bill, it will be a law.

The bill passed stipulates that one of the two prominent citizens nominated by the President in the search committee will be a woman. The work of the search committee has been asked to be completed within 15 working days which was 10 working days in the bill raised in Parliament.

Earlier on Sunday (January 23), Law Minister Advocate Anisul Haque introduced the bill in JS. When BNP MP Harunur Rashid objected to raising the bill, it was rejected by voice vote.

The parliamentary committee has recommended changing the eligibility clause of CEC and Commissioners in the bill placed in the parliament. Section 5 (c) states that in order to become a CEC and Commissioner, he must have at least 20 years of working experience in any important government, judicial, semi-government or private position. This section will include government, judicial, semi-government or private positions as well as 'autonomous and other occupations'.And in case of disqualification, section 6 (d) is being changed. Now it is said that a person cannot be a CEC or a Commissioner if he is convicted of a criminal offense of moral turpitude and sentenced to at least two years imprisonment. Here, only two years imprisonment has been excluded. That is, moral turpitude would be considered a disqualification from becoming a CEC or Commissioner if convicted for any term in a criminal offense.

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It began with Shishir Kumar, more who refused ‘Padma Samman’



Afsana Ripa, News Room Editor, Barta24.com
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Dhaka: India's highest civilian award, the Padma Samman. The Padma Award was introduced on 2 January 1954 by the President of India. The Padma is awarded by the Government of India in recognition of its special contribution to the nation. The awards were given in three categories namely Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.

On January 25 this year, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced the list of recipients of the Padma Award. Former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya has refused this year's Padma Bhushan award from that list.
Buddhadeb Bhattacharya himself said in a statement, "I don't know anything about the Padma Bhushan award. No one told me anything about this. If I was given the Padma Bhushan award, I would refuse it. '

Not only Buddhadeb Bhattacharya but also three others have returned the Padma honors given by the government from West Bengal this year. Former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, Geetashree Sandhya Mukherjee and prominent Tabla player Anindya Chatterjee.

The refusal of the Padma honor began with the playwright Shishirkumar Bhaduri. The then Congress government at the Center felt that this eminent personality of Bengal needed to be given Padma Samman. And Shishir Bhaduri was 70 years old then. Refusing to accept the honor bestowed on him by the government, the eminent artist of the theater said, "The state honor is in fact an attempt to form a team of flatterer."

Since then, for decades, many prominent Bengalis have politely returned the Padma Samman.

Prominent journalist Nikhil Chakraborty rejected the Padma Bhushan in 1990. At that time there was a Congress government at the center. He made it clear to the Center that a journalist should not be burdened by the generosity of the state.

Hemanta Mukherjee, the artist of the golden age of West Bengal, returned the Padma awards like Sandhya Mukherjee and Anindya Chattopadhyay. He refused to accept the Padma award given to the eminent artist by the Center in 1988.
West Bengal playwright Badal Sarkar has returned the Padma award more than once. He was first awarded the Padma Shri in 1972. He refused to take it. Four years ago, Badal Sarkar received the Sangeet-Natak Academy honor. Badal Sarkar said that as a writer he has got the respect he deserves. He does not need any new respect.

The only exception was Soumitra Chatterjee, a prominent Indian actor. By returning the Padma award in 1970, he received an even higher honor. Explaining the reason for accepting the Padma Bhushan award in 2004, he said, "If this honor is not taken, the fans will be hurt emotionally."

‘Balo Bir Chiro Unnata Momo Shir’
Seeing the storm of rejection of Padma award, Nazrul's rebellious poem comes to mind again and again. In the words of those who have rejected this honor, it seems that in the greed of getting an honor, one's self-dignity cannot be sacrificed in any way.

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