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.
A Bill was passed in Parliament on Wednesday to empower courts of the country to run trial proceedings through videoconferences and other digital means.
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq, move the 'Adalat Kartik Tathiya Projukti Bebohar Bill 2020' in the House. It was passed by voice vote.
This law is already promulgated by the President to reduce the piling of cases in the courts during the general holidays enforced for controlling coronavirus as ordinance as the Parliament was not in session.
The ordinance was approved by the cabinet on May 7 where the country was in general holidays since March 27.
According to the previous law, the trial proceedings are run in physical presence of judges, counsels and witnesses in the court.
By this ordinance, it was possible to run the proceedings during the COVID-19 period when social distancing was a must.
It was possible for the judges to run the trial proceedings of the cases through videoconferences and other digital means keeping the accused in jails, the lawyers in their residences and the witnesses in other places during the coronavirus crisis.
If independent MP Mohammad Shahid Islam, elected from Laxmipur-2, is a Kuwait citizen then his seat will be declared vacant, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Wednesday.
"We’re in talks with Kuwait (government) whether he (Mohammad Shahid Islam) is a citizen of Kuwait or not…we’ll look into it. If he’s a citizen of Kuwait, then we’ve to vacant his seat because law will take its own course. We’ve launched investigation against him in our country, too," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while taking part in an unscheduled debate initiated by BNP MP Hanunur Rashid.
The BNP MP raised the question of citizenship of Mohammad Shahid Islam arrested in Kuwait.
Hanunur Rashid cited news of various newspapers where Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Kuwaiti authorities detained Bangladeshi MP to face money laundering and human trafficking charges as a “local resident” of the Middle Eastern country as he was on a visit there without using diplomatic or official passport.”
Hasina mentioned that the independent MP in the last general election sought nomination from Awami League, but she did not give him nomination for Laxmipur-2 constituency. “That seat was allotted for Jatiya Party. Later, he (Shahid Islam) joined the election as an independent candidate. Jatiya Party gave nomination to Noman, but he did not participate in the election.”
She also said Shahid Islam somehow made his wife MP from a seat reserved for women. "But she’s not our nominated or elected MP."
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Kuwait arrested Papul on June 6 in connection with cases related to human trafficking, residency visa trading and money laundering.
Then, the Public Prosecutor of Kuwait had approached the Central Bank to freeze the bank accounts of Mohammad Shahid Islam. The financial balance of the company amounts to about 5 million Kiewit dinars, including 3 million dinars as company’s capital.
On June 25, Papul was sent to central prison of the country.
The Attorney General of Kuwait decided to imprison the Bangladeshi MP for 21 days in the central prison.
Earlier, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) sought income tax documents of Mohammad Shahid Islam, MP, his family and his sister-in-law from the National Board of Revenue (NBR).
Deputy director of ACC Mohammad Salauddin sought the documents from NBR in connection with the MP’s alleged involvement in money laundering and accumulating illegal wealth.
Besides, it also served a notice to the Election Commission to get the electoral affidavit of MP Shahid and his wife Selina Islam.
The ACC earlier requested the Special Branch of Police seeking restriction on MP Shahid and his family’s foreign travel.
Earlier, on June 9, the ACC served notices to MP Shahid Islam, and his family members, seeking their wealth statements.
ACC Assistant Director M Salahuddin served the notices to Shahid, his wife lawmaker Selina Islam, their daughter Kazi Wafa Islam and Selina’s sister Jemin Akter.
They were asked to submit their copies of passports, National Identity Cards, TINs and income tax returns within 15 days.
The Bangladesh Bank (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was placed in Parliament on Wednesday to extend the age limit of the governor of the central bank to 67 years.
Planning Minister MA Mannan in absence of Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal placed the Bill in the House and it was sent to the respective scrutiny committee for further examination.
Currently the age limit is 65 years for the Bangladesh Bank governors.
According to the Bangladesh Bank Order 1972, no person can remain in the governor post after the age of 65 years.
The initiative has been taken to abolish the provision, related to the age ceiling for the governors of Bangladesh Bank, in the clause-5 of the Article 10 of the Bangladesh Bank Order 1972 for the public interest.
According to the Bill, since the 65-year age ceiling is fixed, it is not possible to consider many qualified candidates for the post of governor, despite having relevant expertise and experiences in the financial sector.
And it is not even possible to reappoint someone who may have been serving in that position, and doing so with distinction, once he or she crossed the age of 65.