Joe Biden is close to victory but Trump disagrees to accept defeat



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The whole world is now looking at whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden will win the US presidential election. In response to this question, the counting of votes was not completed on the night of November 4 after the election ended on November 3. Leading the preliminary poll is Democrat candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, who is close to winning at once.

On the other hand, Donald Trump has demanded a recount of votes, and has announced that he will go to court if necessary. President Trump is not willing to accept defeat before he loses.

Joe Biden is leading not only in the electoral vote, but also in the general election. He has already recorded a high turnout. Biden has broken former President Barack Obama's record. He is the first presidential candidate to receive so many votes in any US presidential election.

In the country somewhere the demand is to continue the counting of votes, somewhere the demand is to postpone the counting of votes again. In this way, the tension surrounding the counting of votes is slowly rising in the whole of the USA. Therefore, it is expected that this problem will not be solved easily if the results are announced. Republicans have filed lawsuits in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to suspend the count in Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Lawyers in the country have come down to the hair-raising analysis of how much the Trump camp will get if it goes to the US Supreme Court after losing the vote. "We don't think the court will support Trump's announcement to come to court to stop the counting of ballots on or before Election Day," they said. There are doubts that the court could handle any disputes that could change the direction of the Pennsylvania and Michigan state vote.

According to US media reports, Biden received 264 of the 538 electoral votes. Biden will be elected president with only 270 electoral votes if only six electoral votes are confirmed. On the other hand, Donald Trump got 214 electoral votes.

Georgia (16), Nevada (6), North Carolina (15) and Pennsylvania (20) are still counting votes. Fierce fighting is going on between the two candidates in the states. Biden will get the ticket to victory if he gets 6 electoral votes in Nevada, while Trump will get out of the fight for power in the second term.

According to international media reports, more than 88 percent of the votes in the state of Nevada have been counted. Biden is also ahead in this state. He received 49.3 percent of the vote, compared to Trump's 47.6 percent. Biden is a little behind Trump in Georgia. Here, Trump is breathing down his neck with 49.6 percent of the vote, Biden with 49.2 percent of the vote. But the Pennsylvania gap is still more than 2 percent.

Trump has been behind the polls since the start of the election campaign in the United States, which was devastated by the coronavirus. Trump was frustrated with the economic crisis, the deaths of more than 2.50 lakh from Corona and racism. Therefore, the issue of his popularity in the election was not unexpected at once, but the fight was not expected evenly.

In the states where Biden has won

Connecticut (7), Delaware (3), District of Columbia (3), Illinois (20), Maryland (10), Massachusetts (11), New Jersey (14), New York (29), Rhode Island (4), Vermont (3), Virginia (13), New California (55), New Hampshire (4), Arizona (11), Wisconsin (10) and in Michigan, Joe Biden has won.

The states that Trump has won

Trump won in Alabama (9), Arkansas (6), Indiana (11), Kentucky (8), Louisiana (8), Mississippi (6), North Dakota (3), Oklahoma (7), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (1) ), West Virginia (5), Weming (3), Kansas (9), Ohio (11), Florida (29), Texas (36).

12 international human rights groups write to UN to exclude RAB



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Twelve international human rights groups have demanded the exclusion of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) from UN peacekeeping missions. 

The agencies have written to UN Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix. 

The letter was published on the Human Rights Watch (HRW) website on Thursday (January 20). 

The letter was signed by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Asian Federation Against In-Voluntary Disappearances (AFAD), Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development or Forum Asia, Asian Human Rights Commission, Asian for Free Elections (Unfrel), Capital Punishment Justice Project, International Federation for Human Rights, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, The Advocates for Human Rights, World Organization Against Torture (OMCT). 

In the letter, human rights groups have accused the RAB of torture, enforced disappearances and other human rights abuses. UN human rights experts have expressed concern about this.

Although the letter was sent on November 8, 2021, the UN peacekeeping operations department has not yet responded to the letter. 

Earlier, on December 10 last year, the United States issued sanctions on seven former and current members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) for alleged human rights abuses. .The sanction  was imposed separately by the US Treasury Department and the State Department on International Human Rights Day.

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Tsunami warning for the coastal area of USA & Japan



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After the volcanic eruption below the South Pacific Ocean floor, a tsunami alert was issued. People have already been told to stay at a safe distance from the coast.

The BBC reports that waves up to 3 meters high in the sea off the coast of Japan and 1.2 meters high in the south of the country have been warned.

Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least two places in the United States.

A tsunami alert was issued in the Pacific island nation of Tonga on Saturday (January 15) following a volcanic eruption.

Footage released through social media showed a church and several houses flooded after a volcanic eruption on the seabed.

The New Zealand national daily, the New Zealand Herald, reported that the country's volcanic mountains, Hunga Tonga and Hunga Hapai, became active on Thursday. The eruption has caused huge waves in the sea.

In addition, ash, gas and smoke from volcanic eruptions have risen up to 20 km above sea level. Volcanic ash has been falling like rain for two days in the capital Nuku'alofa.

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Bangladesh is on the ‘exceptional red list’ of travel policy of Qatar



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Qatar's Ministry of Public Health has included nine countries, including Bangladesh, in the COVID-19 exceptional red list. Qatar will introduce new travel rules for passengers from these countries, which are expected to take effect on Saturday (January 8).

As a result, Bangladeshi passengers will have to face many difficulties in coming and going to the country. However, Bangladesh Civil Aviation said Bangladeshis have nothing to worry about.

Counselor of the Bangladesh Embassy in Qatar Muhammad Mustafizur Rahman said that the country's Ministry of Public Health has put Bangladesh on its website as 'Covid-19-Exceptional Red List Countries'.

As can be seen on the website of the Ministry of Health of the country, there are names of nine countries including Bangladesh in this list. The rest are Egypt, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

An official of Bangladesh Civil Aviation, who did not want to be named, said there was nothing to worry about coming and going from Bangladesh because of the list. This is done to make sure that the Covid protocol is being followed properly.

Qatar had two lists, red and green, based on the risk of Covid-19. Now the country has made an 'exceptional red list' outside of it.

Even if a full dose of the vaccine is taken, Qatari residents will have to be quarantined for two days after returning from the exceptional red list countries, including Bangladesh. The PCR test should be done within 72 hours before landing in Qatar and within 36 hours after arrival.

And non-vaccinated passengers will have to do home quarantine for seven days after arriving in Qatar. In addition to the PCR test within 72 hours of arrival in the country, the test must be done on the sixth day of quarantine. The passenger will be released from the quarantine only on the seventh day if the test is negative. The Ministry of Health has said that no unvaccinated passenger will be allowed to enter the country.

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Even though they are twins, their birth year and month are different!



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Preparations to welcome a new guest into a family begin as soon as it is known while the news comes that twins are coming together, that joy seems to double. There is a lot of curiosity around them.

It is estimated that 3 percent of the world's population is twins. According to medical science, when two sperm fertilize two eggs together, twins are born. In terms of age, they are usually one to 10 minutes older or younger than each other.

Can the birth year of twin children in the womb of the same mother be considered different? Surprisingly, two such babies were born in 2021 and 2022 in Greenfield, California, USA. Residents Fatima Madrigal and Robert Trujillo recently welcomed twin children.

Alfredo, the son of the Fatima-Robert couple, was born on December 31, 2021 at 11:45 pm, according to a report in the Western Daily Mail. Their daughter, Eileen Alfredo, was born 15 minutes later, on January 1, 2022.

Fatima, the mother of Alfredo-Eileen, was overwhelmed by the incident. "Even though my children are twins, their birth dates are different," she said. This is a great thing. Eileen was born on January 1, 2022 and gave me a gift. '

In the United States, 120,000 twins are born each year. But births of twins on different dates or years are rare.

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