First electric ship of the world



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There is no substitute for reducing global carbon emissions. With this goal in mind, Norway unveiled the world's first fully electric and automated cargo ship. The ship named 'Yara Berkland' was shown to the media last Friday. This was stated in a report by the international media AFP.

Another feature of the ship is that it is able to move without a pilot or automatically. The ship is said to be a small step in reducing carbon emissions, but it could also help mitigate climate change in the marine industry.

The ship began operations by sending 120 containers of fertilizer to the port of Brevik, 8 miles from a factory in the southeastern Norwegian town of Porgrusen. The operation of the ship will eliminate the need to run about 40,000 diesel-powered trucks a year. This will reduce environmental pollution.

Sven Tore Hallsether, chief executive of the Norwegian fertilizer manufacturer Yara, said there were difficulties and difficulties in building automated and environmentally friendly ships. Standing in front of this ship, we can see that we have done it. That seems like a big reward.

Authorities said the 80-meter-long, 3,200-tonne vessel will be piloted for the next two years. During this time the ship will learn the techniques of automatic navigation.

In the next four to five years, the entire Wheel House could be extinct, Hallsether said. If you can complete the whole journey by yourself with the help of the sensor installed in it, the driver will not be needed anymore.

Project Manager Justin Bratten said a lot can happen when a pilot forgets while sailing. These mistakes can happen due to driver fatigue. Safe travel can be ensured if automated shipping is possible.

As far as the Yara ship will go, the distance is short but there are many obstacles in the way. It will have to cross many narrow channels and pass under the bridge. In addition, there will be many merchant ships and boats en route. The next few months are the ship's training time. During the voyage the ship must learn to recognize other objects. Then you have to learn how to deal with that object.

In addition, new rules will be required for automatic navigation. So far there is no such policy.

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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