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Fight for HR & racial justice overriding coronavirus risk?

By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Jun 2 2020 (IPS) – The deadly coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of over 372,000 people worldwide, has reinforced the concept of “social distancing” which bars any gathering of over 10 or 20 people – whether at a social event, a wedding, a political rally or even a funeral. Read More »

It’s time for all of us to Stop. Hate. Now.

Danielle Nierenberg Like so many of us, I feel sad and enraged by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, and many others at the hands of police. These murders are a travesty and not something that should happen in the United States of America—or any nation. It’s time for people of all backgrounds to call ... Read More »

Superpower in chaos

By Chandra Muzaffar Minneapolis could not have happened at a worse time for the US elites. While violence perpetrated against African Americans by White police officers has happened a number of times before, its occurrence right in the midst of a huge health emergency that has already claimed more than a 100,000 lives and a related massive economic disaster that ... Read More »

HC seeks explanation from United Hospital for 5 fire deaths

The High Court on Tuesday ordered United Hospital authorities to explain the reason behind the death of five people, who died in a fire at the hospital. The hospital authorities will have to file a written statement within June 14. Separately, the court also asked the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Fire Service and Civil Defence and Rajuk authorities to ... Read More »

1,256 more included in freedom fighters’ list

The government on Tuesday formally included 1,256 more people in the list of freedom fighters after scrutinising around 150,000 applications. The Ministry of Liberation War Affairs issued a gazette notification, saying the decision was taken at the 66th meeting of the National Freedom Fighters Council as per The National Freedom Fighter Council Act-2002. The gazette was made available on the website of the BG Press. According to the notification, the newly-included ... Read More »

Govt Secretariat to function with 25pc manpower by rotation

DHAKA – In the wake of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, 25 percent officials and employees of every ministry and division would discharge official duties at a time or together by remaining present at the secretariat. “This directive is only for the secretariat. Our first priority is that none gets infected by the deadly virus. So, we will do essential ... Read More »

4,868 members of Bangladesh police Coronavirus infected

A total of 4,868 members of Bangladesh police have been infected  with coronavirus as of Sunday . “Among the total infected policemen, 1,801 have made full recovery,” said Sohel Rana, additional inspector general (AIG) (media) of Police headquarters. Among the total cases, 1,652 are from Dhaka Metropolitan Police alone. However, 153 policemen went home from Rajarbag Central Police Hospital on ... Read More »

PM orders greater engagement of local reps in COVID-19 fight

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday directed the authorities concerned to engage the local public representatives in a greater way in containing novel coronavirus in the country. “The Prime Minister issued the directives while addressing a meeting of the National Technical Advisory Committee formed to fight COVID-19 in the country,” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told UNB. The meeting was ... Read More »

Video: Former Norwegian PM Brundtland on Pandemic Leadership

Chicago Council on Global Affairs May 27 2020 (IPS) – Between 2002 and 2004, the World Health Organization (WHO) faced the first pandemic of the globalized 21st century, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Under the leadership of Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland and through epidemiological, clinical, and logistical coordination, the WHO facilitated a strong and ultimately successful response to the outbreak. Read More »

Relief irregularity: 2 UP chairmen, 3 members suspended

The Local Government Ministry on Thursday suspended two union parishad chairmen and three members for their involvement in relief embezzlement. The Local Government Division of the ministry issued separate notifications in this regard. The suspended chairmen are- Kabir Ahmed of Birgaon union in Nabinagar upazila and Md Jamal Uddin Bhuiyan of Bishnupur union of Bijoynagar upazila in Brahmanbaria district. The ... Read More »

‘Restricted reopening’ after protracted shutdown

DHAKA – The government today issued an order allowing restricted or conditional reopening of offices and transport services from May 31 easing a nationwide total shutdown since March 26 despite fears of continued coronavirus onslaughts.     The authorities simultaneously issued a 15-point directive restricting all public activities from May 31 to June 15 as part of measures against COVID-19 when ... Read More »

Three Sons arrested for abandoning mother

Police arrested three men from Janiar Bagan area of Sadar upazila on Monday for abandoning their 80-year-old mother on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr. They are — Abdur Razzak, Moazzem Hossain and Mozamel Haque, sons of late Nur Mohammad Mollah and Chharitunnesa. Locals said they found Chharitunnesa abandoned beside the Joyurhat-Akkelpur road and called 999. Police rushed to the spot and ... Read More »