Corona compels active people to be disabled!



Dr. Mahfuz Parvez, Associate Editor, Barta24.com
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Various statistics about the ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus are being disclosed both locally and abroad every day. In addition to the number of infections and deaths, the number of people recovering is also known. Apart from these, attempts are being made to identify the speed and nature of corona by region, class, age and gender through data.

Early forecasts found that children and the elderly people were at greater risks of corona infection. But recent studies have shown that a large portion of the world's working population suffers from co-morbidity in corona. This information provides new insights into the nature of the corona.

Experts also said that South Asia has a larger working population than any other country in the world. Working manpower is defined as people in the age group of 25 to 65 years, which is positive in terms of productivity, who are at risk of corona.

The scary thing is that these working people are not out of corona's grasp so in many countries of the world, especially in developing countries, it cannot be said that the working population is entitled to good health. Like all citizens, working people also suffer from general health problems. Corona is attacking them whenever it gets chance.

According to a recent statistics, many of the working population become victims of premature old into their thirties. Due to various irregularities, due to occupation and lifestyle, various diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney and heart diseases settle in their body.

Another deadly piece of information has also come to everyone's notice. That is, the South Asians living in those countries have a 20 percent higher mortality rate due to Covid-19 than whites in Europe and America. Diabetes has been blamed as the primary cause. It has been found that the average age of blacks is lower than that of corona infected whites and that their other complex diseases are also lower. But their blood sugar level is too high or they are more or less diabetic.

According to experts, about 40 percent of South Asians living in the Northern Hemisphere suffer from type-one or type-two diabetes. Experts warn that pandemics such as corona could increase mortality by at least 50 percent. Corona infected South Asian and other underdeveloped countries also have higher mortality rates among middle-aged people, so experts' cautious predictions are coming true.

As a result, the importance of focusing on the working population is increasing in the background of corona resistance. In particular, it has become vital to control the risk of co-morbidity by regularly monitoring working people, according to expert warnings.
Of course, in this case, the reality is quite opposite. Because of the acute outbreak of the corona, the entire medical infrastructure has become the focus of pandemic prevention overnight. Outpatient departments of many hospitals, doctors' chambers closed in corona infection-panic. Home locked patients are also unable to monitor blood pressure and sugar regularly.

In addition, the supply of essential medicines is being disrupted due to lockdown or social distancing. In the long run, lower and middle class families are also being forced to reduce their blood pressure, diabetes tests and drug purchases to save on daily expenses. In such a suicidal situation, some diseases are increasing in the human body in the form of silent killers, so they are at greater risk of contracting corona.

Experts think that there are more professional and working people among these people. Experts also pointed to the potential for excessive increase in ‘chronic- morbidity’ among young people. Everyone knows that these diseases are silent killers. The same information has been published in the research paper of ESCAP of the United Nations. However, no additional health precautions were taken during the ongoing pandemic.

As everyone knows, as soon as professional and financial activities start in corona, working people have to go out of the house in need of work. Then the risk of infection will increase in their case. So the death rate and the number of infected will also increase, such is the fear of the experts.

As a result, along with the ongoing emergency health care against corona, regular monitoring and treatment of other lethal diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney problems, must be ensured. The routine work of the general clinic-hospital has to be revived by making the home locked doctors active in their profession. In big cities like Dhaka, Chittagram and in Mofussil and rural areas, the treatment and testing of these so-called silent killer diseases should be included in the primary health care system. For this, if there are not enough health workers and technicians, new appointments have to be made urgently.

The reality is that there is no doubt that everyone in the health sector is worried and excited about corona and the health care situation for other diseases is fragile, which will further complicate the situation. Then the number of deaths and infections in other diseases like corona can increase alarmingly.

Particularly the working population is an invaluable asset for all countries. If they are attacked too much, the country's driving force structure will collapse. The socio-economic impact will be terrible. As a result, keeping them healthy and corona-free with regular treatment for other diseases should be considered as an important challenge of the existing health-medical structure.

Padma Bridge, the Wonder of Bangladesh



News Desk, Barta24.com
Padma Bridge, the Wonder of Bangladesh

Padma Bridge, the Wonder of Bangladesh

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The wait period is over. The dream came true. Today (June 25), the door of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge, which stands on the two banks of the river Padma, is opening.

This dream bridge of about 60 million people in 21 districts of the south-west is a proud history of the whole country. The wonder of the whole world. The bridge connecting Mawa in Munshiganj to Banglabazar in Shariatpur is a harbinger of a new day in the country's economy, investment, trade and overall development.

The celebration of Padma victory will touch the whole country today. Various programs have been taken all over the country on the occasion of inauguration of Padma Bridge. The people of the south are happy with the new day.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will open the much-anticipated 6.15-kilometer Padma Bridge for vehicular movement on Saturday which will bring massive progress in road connectivity of 21 south and southwestern districts with the capital of Dhaka and other major cities.

Marking the grand opening of the bridge, a festive mood is prevailing in the country, particularly in the southern and southwestern region which will be directly facilitated through the major road connectivity.

The premier will join the Padma Bridge inaugural ceremony at Mawa point in Munshiganj at 10 am.

As per the premier’s programme schedule, she will also unveil commemorative postage stamps, souvenir sheets, opening day cover and seals at 11am at Mawa point to mark the grand opening of the country’s biggest self-financed mega project which is likely to boost GDP by 1.2 to 2 percent.

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Bangladesh Floods: Six Million People Marooned



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Bangladesh Floods: Six Million People Marooned

Bangladesh Floods: Six Million People Marooned

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Incessant rains and gushing waters have marooned at least six million people in Bangladesh, prompting authorities to call in the Army to assist in the rescue and relief operations.

Officials estimate that six million people were marooned at their nearly inundated homes or were forced to take makeshift refuge elsewhere as water level in rivers in northeastern and northern regions continued to rise.

“Water now continued to surpass much above the danger lines in two of the country’s four major river basin. The situation appears to be nearly as bad as that of the 2004 flooding, a Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) spokesman said. The FFWC attributed the flooding to excessive rainfalls simultaneously in upstream Meghlaya and Bangladesh.

Many people were forced to initially take refuge on their rooftops amid gushing rising waters until rescue boats came in Sunamganj, said local officials. Meanwhile, due to huge rainfall, many districts of norther Bangladeh are facing threat of fresh flood.

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CHT, Bay of Bengal and Security Perspective



Dr. Mahfuz Parvez
CHT, Bay of Bengal and Security Perspective

CHT, Bay of Bengal and Security Perspective

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The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is a group of districts within the Chittagong Division in southeastern Bangladesh, bordering India and Myanmar (Burma) and covering 13,295 square kilometers. Historically settled by tribal groups, now the CHT is also inhabited by huge Bengali settlers.

The CHT region witnessed bloodshed beginning in the early 1970s, when ethnic groups protested the government’s policy of recognizing only the Bengali culture and language and designating all Bangladeshi citizens as Bengalis.

The CHT Peace Accord, signed in 1997 with the promise to end ethnic insurgency and grant a host of benefits to the people, was hailed by all.

With two decades passed since the signing of the CHT Accord, its lack of implementation has reached alarming levels. Ethnic groups and Bengali community are also demanding different types of political, citizenship and land rights.

As per ground realities, there could be fresh tension, political confrontation and security problem in the CHT if the emerging issues are not addressed.

The fact that the CHT people are overwhelmingly in favor of peace as a necessary precondition to all round development of the region is good augury. But the biggest challenge is to continue the peace that has emerged from the conflict with the wisdom, determination and political skill of the leadership.

However, the proximity of the Chittagong Hill Tracts to the Bay of Bengal (BoB) poses a security risk. In a research report, Angshuman Choudhury, Siddharth Anil Nair, Ashutosh Nagda & Garima Maheshwari mentioned the BoB region is one of the most climate-vulnerable in the world. Its strategic, political, social and economic faultlines are also extensive. Together they create fertile ground for volatile security dynamics, social friction and violent conflict. It is a textbook example of the complex relationship between climate change and security, and how an aggregate of both could create emerging challenges for policy-planners (CLIMATE SECURITY IN THE BAY OF BENGAL, 18 Jan, 2022, 212, IPCS Special Report).

Growing strategic significance of the Bay of Bengal within the emerging and increasingly contested geography of the Indo-Pacific, is sharply visible in various ways. BoB's strategic location at the heart of the Indo-Pacific, and ponders the unfolding challenges to regionalism in the Bay of Bengal. It is important for Bangladesh to intensify its efforts to construct a more secure and cooperative Bay of Bengal littoral (C. Raja Mohan, "The Bay of Bengal in the Emerging Indo-Pacific").

Dr. Mahfuz Parvez, Professor, Political Science, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh; Associate Editor, www.barta24.com



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Dr. Kamal's Writ Hearing on Tax Evasion Adjourned for a Week



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Dr. Kamal's Writ Hearing on Tax Evasion Adjourned for a Week

Dr. Kamal's Writ Hearing on Tax Evasion Adjourned for a Week

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The High Court has adjourned the hearing of prominent lawyer, constitutional expert Dr. Kamal Hossain's writ petition for a week.

A High Court bench of Justice Syed Rifat Ahmed and Justice Mohammad Mahbub-ul-Islam granted the order on behalf of Kamal Hossain on Sunday (June 5).

Junior lawyer Barrister Tanim Hossain Shaon appeared for the writ petition. "We asked for a one-day court hearing," the lawyer said. The court has given one week time.

Earlier, a writ petition was filed in the High Court by Kamal Hossain over a dispute over the amount of income tax applicable to him for one year. The writ petition challenging the order of the tax appeals tribunal was on the agenda for hearing today.

Writ has said, for the tax year 2018-19, Kamal Hossain in his income tax return file shows annual income of 1 crore 4 lakh 3 thousand 495 Taka. On the other hand, it is mentioned in the return file that the applicable tax has been deducted at the source as 76 lakh 41 thousand 548 Taka.

Meanwhile, on December 30, 2019, the Deputy Tax Commissioner in an order fixed Kamal's annual income at 20 crore 11 lakh 4 thousand 219 Taka. Due to non-submission on time, with a late charge of 87 lakh 35 thousand 634 Taka,
a total of 6 crore 9 lakh 85 thousand 351 Taka income tax was demanded from Kamal Hossain.

Against the decision of the Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Kamal Hossain appealed to the Tax Appeal Tribunal. However, the tribunal dismissed the appeal.

Later, a writ petition was filed in the High Court on behalf of Dr. Kamal Hossain. The High Court on Sunday (June 5) adjourned the hearing of the writ petition for a week.

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