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Human rights and compassion must guide COVID-19 mitigation

By Siddharth Chatterjee NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 6 2020 (IPS) – Covid-19 infections continue to rise, bringing normal life to a virtual standstill and causing countries to shut themselves off from the rest of the world. Increasingly, governments are turning to ever more stringent measures including curfews and lockdowns, with police and military being used to enforce those measures. Read More »

How COVID-19 is affecting women’s sexual, reproductive health

By Samira Sadeque UNITED NATIONS, Apr 7 2020 (IPS) – A little over half of women across the globe are able to freely make choices about their sexual and reproductive health, according to a latest report based on data from 57 countries. However, as much of the world has gone into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, with countries implementing ... Read More »

UEFA explores financial rule changes due to pandemic impact

UEFA is exploring changes to Financial Fair Play rules as clubs grapple with the sudden loss in revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic abruptly halting competitions across Europe. The cost-control regulations were introduced a decade ago as a response to the global financial crisis caused by the banking collapse in a bid to prevent European clubs accumulating big losses. But ... Read More »

Thomas Müller extends contract at Bayern Munich

Munich (AP/UNB) — Thomas Müller signed a two-year contract extension with Bayern Munich, the German champions said Tuesday. The 30-year-old attacking midfielder’s contract had been due to expire at the end of next season but he is now tied to the team until 2023. Müller has been with Bayern for 20 years, winning eight German titles and the 2013 Champions ... Read More »

Paralympians adapt to new challenges as virus spreads

Düsseldorf, Apr 7 (AP/UNB) — Sam Grewe could end up missing the start of medical school to go to the Paralympics, and that will be fine with him. With the games postponed until 2021, the Notre Dame student and Paralympic silver medalist in the high jump will face a packed senior year and graduation. “I would expect an extra element ... Read More »

Mahmudullah blessed with a baby boy

Dhaka — Bangladesh T20 captain Mahmudullah Riyad was blessed with a baby boy on Monday night. Both the newborn baby and its mother are good in health now, confirmed a source close to their family. This is the second time when Mahmudullah became a father. He also has an eight-year-old boy. While Mahmudullhah was blessed with the second child, Shakib ... Read More »

Autocrats’ Quandary: You Can’t Arrest a Virus

The world’s strongmen are reverting to their standard playbook to project an aura of control. It’s a risky strategy for a chaotic crisis. By Declan Walsh CAIRO — When the virus hit, the strongmen hit back as they know best. For Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, that meant deploying chemical warfare troops, clad in protective suits and armed with disinfectant, ... Read More »

Tabligh Jamat asks its followers to return home

DHAKA, April 7, 2020 (BSS) – Tabligh Jamat Bangladesh today urged its followers, who are now in different chillas (pattern of spending time to different mosques for preaching Islam), to return home from their respective tours. In a statement signed by its Ahlea Shura Prof Yusuf Shikder, the Tabligh Jamat said: “Considering the notice of the Religious Affairs Ministry issued ... Read More »

Novel coronairus: A battle to win

M ZAHIDUL HAQUE Ever since the intrusion of novel Corona virus, our smiling planet has been turned into a mortuary; everyday people are dying in every nook and corner of the globe. The world has become as if a dystopia wherein people are living as captives to a bad utopian governance of the novel corona brigade! But it's a battle ... Read More »

With lockdown strengthened it’s time to expedite virus tests

Mostafa Kamal Majumder With the Muazzin (a man who calls devotees to prayers) asking devotees over loudspeakers on Monday to say prayers at homes, instead of going to mosques, five times a day, the public awareness about the war against the coronavirus pandemic has entered a new phase in Bangladesh. The same loudspeakers are normally used to pronounce ‘Azan’ calling ... Read More »