‘Fear of dying 5 lakh people from Coronavirus within March if Europe fails to prevent infection’



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Fatal coronavirus infections have increased in most European countries. Since the beginning of this month, the coronavirus situation has deteriorated in several countries, including Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland and Austria.

Many health experts refer to it as the "fourth wave" of the pandemic coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) is "extremely concerned" about the sudden rise in corona disease in Europe.  BBC reports.

WHO Regional Director Dr. Hans Cluz told the BBC: "As corona infections and deaths continue to rise in Europe, at least 5 lakh more lives could be lost by next March unless immediate action is taken to stop the spread of the disease."

He said, "If precautionary measures are taken like wearing a mask, the results will be immediate." Infections are on the rise due to the winter season and lack of adequate vaccines. Delta variants may also be the reason behind the sudden increase in infections.

"The coronavirus has become the leading cause of death worldwide," said Hans Cluz. But the hope is that we now know what to fight this deadly virus. "

"Compulsory vaccination should be seen as a last resort," he said. However, no one should be involved in the debate to curtail individual freedom. We need to be socially vigilant.

The BBC reports that corona infections have been on the rise in major European countries for the past week. A booster dose of corona vaccine has been announced in Germany to control the spread of the infection. The country has also imposed restrictions on citizens to be vaccinated.

Austria's chancellor is considering legislation to make vaccination compulsory by next February. A 20-day lockdown has also been announced there. It is also forbidden to travel outside without the vaccination ID. The Austrian government has canceled all events on the occasion of the English New Year.

The Dutch government has announced a lockdown to prevent Netherlands’ corona infection. In addition, the governments of countries including Switzerland, Croatia, Italy and Austria are working to make vaccination compulsory. #

However, citizens of these European countries are angry that making vaccination compulsory is against individual freedom. They have also taken to the streets in protest of government-imposed restrictions to prevent lockdowns and infections. Protests and clashes erupted in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Saturday. Several people were shot in it.

Meanwhile, thousands of people protested in the Austrian capital, Vienna. People have taken to the streets in several Australian states to protest vaccination. As a result, the heads of government of the European countries have to retreat in the face of the protests of the citizens.

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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