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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 »

Imagery shows 200 buildings in Rakhine burned on May 16: HRW

Independent Inquiry Needed in Embattled Rakhine State Yangon – Satellite imagery shows that about 200 homes and other buildings were destroyed by fire on May 16, 2020, in Myanmar’s embattled Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today. An impartial investigation is urgently needed to determine responsibility for this mass destruction of residential property in the predominantly ethnic Rakhine village of ... Read More »

Turkey steps up to act against Israeli plans on West Bank

Ankara – As Turkey steps up to mobilize the international community against Israeli plans to annex West Bank, Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu on May 21 had phone conversations with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Yousef Al-Othaimeen. Read More »

Need for a new architecture on international public finance

Coventry, United Kingdom, 6 May (Celine Tan) – The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the systemic failures of the international framework for development cooperation and international public finance. Based on an outdated, post-war system that is premised on charity, not solidarity, the current architecture of public finance aggravates power asymmetries and socioeconomic and geopolitical inequalities and is inadequate for dealing with ... Read More »

No return to business as usual: Mayors on Covid-19 recovery

C40 mayors issue call for a healthy, equitable and sustainable economic recovery to COVID-19 pandemic. London, 07 May – Mayors from many of the world’s most powerful cities have warned that the recovery from COVID-19 “should not be a return to ‘business as usual’ – because that is a world on track for 3°C or more of over-heating.” Read More »

EU draft for WHA on “COVID-19 Response” lacks clarity: CSOs

Geneva, 4 May (TWN) – The European Union’s draft resolution on “COVID-19 Response” for the upcoming Seventy-third World Health Assembly (WHA) lacks clarity on the way forward with regard to shortages on access to medical products, according to civil society groups active on health issues. The draft is also unclear on access to new products, currently under development. Read More »

Gonoshasthaya Kendra sample local Covid testing kits Apr 25

GK will go for bulk production immediately after getting the approval from the appropriate authority of the government and would be able to supply 100,000 kits per month. At least 10 government organizations will get locally manufactured Covid-19 test kits as samples for further test, Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder and trustee Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury confirmed on Thursday. Read More »

Earth Day on Wednesday

Earth Day will be observed in Bangladesh, as across the globe, on Wednesday. Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Read More »

Addressing the effects of COVID-19 on Bangladesh agriculture

Prof. Dr. Md. Sekender Ali The Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic is a crisis of a completely different magnitude and it requires a response of unprecedented scale. Public and private Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (AEAS) of Bangladesh should come together to respond to the immediate threats of the agricultural system to overcome the effects of COVID-19. Read More »

Covid-19 cases on sharp rise in Dhaka; 2 more die in a day

Dhaka, April 4 – In a sharp rise 9 more new COVID-19 positive cases were detected in Bangladesh during in 24 hours ending on Saturday morning , according to Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR). Two more coronavirus (COVID-19) patients died in the country overnight raising the death toll to eight, IEDCR sources said. Read More »

Developing countries spurn US proposal on differentiation

Geneva, 4 Mar (D. Ravi Kanth) — India, South Africa, China, and several other countries have spurned the controversial proposal from the United States to bring about differentiation for availing of special and differential treatment (S&DT) among developing countries in current and future trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO), trade envoys told the SUNS. Read More »

Police resist Chatra Dal program on RU campus

Rajshahi, March 05 – Students’ organisation of ‘Bangladesh Jatiyotabadi Dal’ Chatra Dal on Thursday formed a human chain at the main gate of Rajshahi University after around 5 years demanding freedom of Khaleda Zia and protesting price hike of electricity and water. Read More »

A perfect storm on the horizon

By Askiah Adam Russia is pushing back the Turkish Army in Idlib. As the Turks broke through the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defence the latter called for air assistance from Russia. The fighters came and victory was the SAA’s. With that all uncertainty is gone. Russia will keep its promise of maintaining the integrity of the Syrian state, even when ... Read More »

Exhibition on education, literature and culture to be held at RU

Rajshahi, Feb 20 – A day-long exhibition on education, literature and culture will be held on Friday at Rajshahi University to observe ‘Mujib Borsho’, according to the president of Education-Literature-culture research centre, Rajshahi-Dinajpur area Dwijendranath Banerjee said in a press conference held at Sheikh Rasel Model School playground of the university. Read More »