A union parishad chairman and a member have been suspended for their alleged irregularities in cash aid disbursement and relief distribution among destitute people amid the coronavirus pandemic.
With these, so far 104 public representatives have been suspended.
According to a notification of Local Government Division (LGD) issued on Thursday, so far 33 UP chairmen, 65 UP members, a zila parishad member, four municipality councilors and a upazila vice-chairman have been suspended.
LGD issued two seperate notifications today suspending the two public representatives.
The suspended are —Hadi Humayun Kabir, chairman of 5 no Bana Union Parishad in Alfadanga upazila in Faridpur district and Zillur Rahman, member of 2 no ward in Rajiura union parishad in Habiganj district.
The European Union (EU) has announced €32 million or Tk 304 crore in funding to contribute to the needs of Bangladeshi host communities of Cox’s Bazar and Rohingya in the camps.
The allocation came in support to the generous efforts deployed by Bangladesh by hosting around one million Rohingya.
Some € 12 million or Tk 114 crore will be dedicated to COVID-19 responses and € 20 million or Tk 190 crore will address the need of both host communities and Rohingya through an integrated approach on improved access to basic services in education, food security and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and enhance their resilience and protection.
The €20 million action also includes a complementary small cross-border operation worth € 1 million to enhance conflict sensitivity and mutual understanding among CSOs assisting the refugee, IDP and host communities on the other side of the border.
All EU-funded activities will address important cross-cutting issues such as Protection of Girls and Women, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), and psychosocial support.
“The € 32 million funding is an important contribution to Bangladesh’s continuous generosity and humanity in hosting Rohingya that fled neighbouring Myanmar”, said EU Ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink.
“It is part of the Team Europe global response to COVID-19 in the country with a specific component to support the needs of both Bangladeshi Host Communities of Cox’s Bazar and Rohingya in the camps to address the crisis worsened by the pandemic”, she added.
The funding contributes to the 2030 Agenda's call to ‘leave no one behind’, in line with the Strategic Objectives of the UN Joint Response Plan 2020 including the current COVID19 challenges. It promotes a comprehensive, development-led response to forced displacement, in line with EU policy and the Team Europe global response to COVID-19.
The actions will be implemented by UNHCR, UNICEF and UNOPS.
Nobel Laureate Professor Dr Muhammad Yunus urged the global population to sign the pledge, 111 world eminent personalities made earlier, to declare the Covid-19 vaccine as ‘Global Common Good’.
Anyone one can make his/her own pledge at www.vaccinecommongood.org, said a press release from the Yunus Centre.
Earlier, 111 world eminent personalities, 19 Nobel laureates, 32 former government heads, political leaders, civil society leaders, artists, international development agency chiefs and world moral leaders from all over the globe made the unique call.
“We appeal to set up an international committee responsible for monitoring the vaccine research and assure equal access to the vaccine for all countries and all people within a publicly announced predetermined time frame,” they said.
Global Common Good
The eminent personalities urged all the global leaders, international organizations, and governments to adopt legal measures and make official statements declaring COVID-19 vaccines as a Global Common Good, free from any patent right belonging to anyone.
The only way to definitively eradicate the pandemic is to have a vaccine that can be administered to all the inhabitants of the planet, urban or rural, men or women, living in rich or poor countries, they said.
They also suggested the governments, foundations, international financial organizations like the World Bank and the regional development banks to work out details of how to make the vaccines available free of cost.
“We appeal to governments, foundations, charity organizations, philanthropist individuals, and social businesses to come forward to produce and/or distribute the vaccines all over the world,” they said in their statement.
They also invited all social, political, and health entities to re-affirm the collective responsibility for the protection of all vulnerable persons related to poverty, discrimination, gender, illness, loss of autonomy or functionality, or age.
Investments in Vaccine Research
The Covid-19 vaccine research is a long process and the estimated time for developing the vaccine is about 18 months or less, which would be an absolute speed record.
This research needs immense economic investments and private sector research laboratories who are engaged in the vaccine research will be expecting a return on their investments.
The global prominent personalities said “We must work out an unambiguous procedure to determine what would be a fair level of this return in exchange for putting the vaccine in the public domain.”
Information issued by the private sector, scientists, and authorities, needs to be timely, accurate, clear, complete, and transparent.
The research results should be in the public domain, making it available to any production facility that pledges to operate under strict international regulatory supervision and only to such facilities, they said.
Designing an Action Plan
The WHO was urged to design a World Action Plan on COVID-19 vaccine.
The global eminent personalities urged all world leaders, the UN Secretary-General, Director General of the WHO, religious leaders, social leaders, moral leaders, leaders of research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and media leaders to join hands to ensure all to have a global consensus for free universal access, far ahead of its actual production and distribution to COVID-19 vaccine.
Bangladesh on Thursday saw the highest-ever spike in coronavirus cases in a single day as 4,019 more people were diagnosed with the virus in a span of 24 hours.
The death toll from the disease now stands at 1,926 as 38 more people died during the people.
With the fresh ones, the total number of confirmed cases in the country surged to 1,53,227 since the detection of the first cases on March 8.
On June 17, the health authorities confirmed the detection of 4,008 new patients while 4,014 patients in a single day on June 29.
The daily infection rate for Thursday was recorded at 21.89 percent.
Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana came up with the disclosure at its daily health bulletin.
In the last 24 hours, 70 laboratories across the country tested 18,362 samples, she said adding, “So far, 8,02,697 tests have been conducted.”
Against the number of total tests, Dr Nasima noted, the infection rate is 19.10 percent in the country.
Besides, she said, 4,334 more patients made recovery raising the total number to 66,442.
Against the total number of detected cases, the recovery rate in the country is 43.35 percent while the mortality rate 1.26 percent.
Since the beginning of the outbreak, Dr Nasima noted, the government has kept increasing the number of tests.
Among the new deceased, 32 were male and six were female, she said.
“Their age-based analysis says, one was aged between 21 and 30, two were aged between 31 and 40, two between 41 and 50, 16 between 51 and 60, eight between 61 and 70, seven between 71 and 80 and two more between 81 and 90,” she said.
Dr Nasima presented the overall mortality rate divided into age groups since March 11.
According to DGHS data, 0.62 percent of the total deceased were aged below 10, 1.14 percent were aged between 11 and 20, 3.47 percent between 21 and 30, 7.58 percent between 31 and 40, 14.80 percent between 41 and 50, 29.08 percent between 51 and 60, and highest 43.31 percent were aged above 60.
In the last 24 hours, 11 patients died in Dhaka division, 12 in Chattogram division, five in Khulna division, five in Rajshahi division, one in Rangpur division, two in Sylhet division and two more died in Barishal division.
“Thirty-three people died at hospitals across the country while five others at their homes,” Dr Nasima added.
New 518 COVID-19 patients were admitted to different hospitals in the last 24 hours and 736 recovered patients were released during the period.
Dr Nasima reiterated that the government will charge fees for collecting COVID-19 samples for testing. She, however, noted that cash memos will be provided to sample givers. “The collected money will go to the public coffer.”
She urged every organisation to comply with the quarantine guideline while dealing with employees. “If someone is affected by COVID-19, then it’s a must to stay in quarantine for 14 days, and if the symptoms are gone that person must remain in quarantine for another 14 days...There is no need for follow-up tests,” she added.
Another 960 people were taken to isolation in the last 24 hours while 675 were released and 15,757 are currently in isolation.
During the period, another 2,894 people were home and institutionally quarantined and 3,168 were released. At present, 63,608 people are quarantined across the country.
The United Nations has invited all to join unique photography competition promoting the UN's universal values.
Through this competition, people from all around the world xan share their vision of the future using the hashtag #TheWorldWeWant.
The competition deadline for photos is July 24, 2020, said the UN office in Dhaka.
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Commemoration of the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary and Devex, also announced the launch of an Essay Competition for the best essay by a young person on the topic ‘The Future We Want, The UN We Need’.
Rules of the competition:
• Participants must be between the ages of 15 and 29.
• Participants must have written the essay by themselves. Only individual entries are admitted, no teams are allowed to take part in the competition.
• Essays must answer the question by making a case, analyzing the situation, and building a case based on researched arguments and facts.
• Essays may be submitted in English only.
• Entries must be no longer than 800 words.
• The names of the 3 finalists will be published on the official page of the competition hosted on the OSGEY’s website and by Devex.
• The final winner’s essay will be published on the official page of the competition and promoted via the United Nations platforms and by Devex.
• The winner will be invited to take part in the UN 75 Commemoration events which will take place virtually.