Authorities in North Macedonia rescued 211 migrants, including 144 Bangladeshis packed into a truck near the country's southern border with Greece, said police on Tuesday.
During a routine check on a regional road, a border patrol stopped the truck around midnight Monday near the town of Gevgelija, and found the migrants including the Bangladeshis and 67 Pakistani migrants, reports AP.
Among the rescued migrants, there were also 63 children.
Police also arrested the truck driver, a 27-year-old Macedonian national identified by only by his initials E.P.
The migrants were detained and transferred to a shelter transit center in Gevgelija pending deportation back to Greece.
The Greek border with North Macedonia was closed earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but trafficking networks remain active in the area, ferrying migrants who make their way from Turkey into Greece and then head north toward more prosperous countries in the European Union's center and north.
A fugitive accused was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Char Shibrampur in Sadar upazila early Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as Mohammad Tanjib, 30, son of Babu Sheikh of Ramchandrapur Police Station.
Sheikh Rafiqul Islam, superintendent of Pabna Police, said police arrested Tanjib from Library Bazar around 10:30 pm. He was wanted in five criminal cases, said the SP.
After confessional statement, police along with Tanjib conducted a drive in the area for recovering arms around 2:40 am.
When police reached Beribadh Bottola intersection, the associates of Tanjib opened fire on police apprehending trouble, forcing the law enforcers to fire back which triggered a skirmish.
Tanjib was caught in the line of fire while trying to flee from police custody and sustained bullet injury.
Later, he was taken to a local hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Four policemen were injured in the gunfight that lasted for 10-12 minutes.
One pistol, one revolver and two bullets were recovered from the spot.
Bangladesh on Wednesday saw the detection of another 3,489 coronavirus patients in 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 1,72,134 since the first detection of the disease on March 8.
During the period the country registered death of 46 new victims which increased total number of fatalities to 2,197.
On the opposite side, the number of recoveries have been seeing significant improvement since June 15. Health authorities reported that another 2,736 people have recovered from the disease in a day, taking the total number of recoveries to 80,838.
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, over 70 coronavirus testing laboratories across the country tested 15,672 samples. “The number of total tests conducted in the country is 8,89,152.”
The detection rate of new patients on Wednesday has been recorded 22.26 percent while the overall rate of infection since March 8 is 19.36 percent.
Against the total number of detected cases, the recovery rate is nearly 47 percent and the mortality rate is 1.28 percent in the country.
Dr Nasima highlighted that so far, 1741 male and 456 female died from the deadly disease.
Among the new deceased, 38 were male and eight were female. “Their age-based analysis says, two were between 21 and 30 years, two between 31 and 40, one between 41 and 50, 15 between 51 and 60, 16 between 61 and 70, six between 71 and 80, three between 81 and 90 and another was between 91 and 100 years,” she said.
Twelve patients died in Dhaka division, 14 died in Chattogram division, three in Rajshahi division, nine in Khulna division, three in Barishal division, four in Sylhet division and another died in Rangpur division during the period.
According to DGHS data, Mymensingh division has the lowest mortality rate from the disease and Dhaka has the highest.
“Among those who lost their lives, so far, 50.80 percent patients died in Dhaka division, 25.99 in Chattogram, 5.01 in Rajshahi, 4.82 in Khulna, 4.32 in Sylhet, 3.69 in Barishal, three in Rangpur and 2.37 percent died in Mymensingh division,” said Dr Nasima.
Age-based data recorded since March 11 show that 0.59 percent of the deceased were below 10 years, 1.14 percent were between 11 and 20 years, 3.32 percent between 21 and 30, 7.15 percent between 31 and 40, 14.75 percent between 41 and 50, 29.09 percent between 51 and 60 and highest 43.97 percent were above 60 years.
Thirty eight of 46 new deceased died at hospitals across the country while eight others died at home.
Across the country, 792 more people were taken to isolation in the last 24 hours while 809 were released. During the period, 2,691 people were home and institutionally quarantined and 3,134 were released.
The United States is welcoming international students amid COVID-19 pandemic with a mixture of both in-person and some online coursework.
The United States has long been the destination of choice for international students.
"We are pleased that many international students who had planned to study this fall in the United States may still have the opportunity to do so," said the Spokesperson at the US Department of State.
The US Department of Homeland Security has announced its plan for temporary modifications to F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant visa requirements for the fall 2020 semester.
This will allow a mixture of both in-person and some online coursework to meet the requirements for nonimmigrant student status.
This temporary accommodation provides greater flexibility for nonimmigrant students to continue their education in the United States, while also allowing for proper social distancing on open and operating campuses across America.
International students will still have to obtain the appropriate visa and may still be subject to other visa processing or travel restrictions due to COVID-19, said the Spokesperson.
Students should check with the local U.S. embassy or consulate for information specific to their country, according to the US Department of State.
The number of students from Bangladesh studying in the United States increased to 8,249 during the most recent academic year - 2018/2019, according to the 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.
This is an all-time high for Bangladesh, reflecting a 10 percent increase over the 2018 report and more than tripling since 2009, said the US Embassy in Dhaka recently.
The Embassy said Bangladesh is among the fastest-growing countries of origin for international students in the United States.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the irregularities in Regent Hospital over coronavirus test will be unveiled though investigations.
"The government has taken initiatives in every step, we’ll dig out all the irregularities, we’ve already arrested the culprits," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while taking part in an unscheduled debate initiated by BNP MP Hanunur Rashid in Parliament.
Sheikh Hasina also said she would have been happy had the BNP MP divulged those earlier. "No one provided those information to us, we, from the government, digs out those, we’ve taken steps…Rab [members] had been there and taken proper measurers," she said.
About the corruption and irregularities in distribution of government relief materials during this Covid-19 period, the Prime Minister said the government is giving assistance to 50 lakh families and a list is prepared for this.
"The list is being prepared based on three steps of scrutiny…we’re also matching their names as per their NIDs and their names in the voter list, after examining those properly we’re giving the assistance to those who need it," she said.
She said these assistance are being sent through their mobile phones or bank accounts. "We’ve taken some time for this scrutiny. We’re dropping all the fake names."
Earlier taking floor on point of order, BNP MP Harunur Rashid said Regent Hospital has so far provided fake coronavirus test results and demanded money from the government. “The Health Ministry and Health Department have given it license.”
He mentioned that there were irregularities in providing licenses to private hospitals. "It was done based on party affiliation. As a result, many capable and efficient hospitals did not get licenses."
The BNP MP mentioned that Regent Hospital played with the lives of so many people spreading coronavirus. "Those who are involved in this shouldn’t be kept alive, they should be put on crossfire," he demanded.
Harun raised the matter of irregularities in disbursing financial assistance to 50 lakh families and demanded stern action against the culprits irrespective of their party affiliation.