Vaccine production possible in country within 6 months



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The only way to deal with the deadly coronavirus is to get vaccinated and follow health guidelines. In densely populated Bangladesh, it is difficult to follow and adhere to hygiene rules.

Therefore, experts believe that there is no alternative to vaccinating a large number of people. But to bring most of the people of the country under the Covid-19 vaccine, it is not enough to just sit for help or import from abroad.

In this context, experts have suggested the production of vaccines in the country. Moreover, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already emphasized on the production of vaccines in the country without depending on the import of vaccines. He has already given necessary instructions in this regard.

The Ministry of Health and concerned departments are working as per the instructions of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Two committees were formed to implement the vaccine production activities.

Apart from this, a 9-member technical committee has been formed. The committee has been convened by the director general of the health department.

The main function of the two committees is to take steps for effective and safe vaccine production in the country, review the proposals and make recommendations to the government, take steps to increase the country's capacity in vaccine production, quality control at production, storage and use level.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque said the process of making vaccines domestically needs to be expedited with the approval of various agencies as well as before confirming which country will import the raw material and finish it at the domestic production center.

The issue of vaccine production was also discussed at a meeting of the Parliamenntary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday (October 13).

If the third wave of corona strikes again, the committee suggested that the vaccine, made in own country, be given to people as soon as possible.

After the meeting, committee member Muhibur Rahman Manik told barta24.com over his mobile phone: “Corona is under control due to the direction and determination of our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”

He (Muhibur) also said the health minister informed the committee that it would be possible to bring 70 million people under vaccination by December this year.

Surrogacy: Taste of motherhood, poor mother’s ‘profitable’ business too!



Afsana Ripa, Newsroom Editor, Barta24.com
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The practice of renting a womb has started all over the world just like renting a house. In a word, this womb rental has become a new business medium all over the world which is called ‘surrogacy’.

Surrogacy is no longer uncommon among financially well-off people to maintain a healthy physique and avoid maternal distress. On the other hand, surrogacy is also a way to get the taste of motherhood by overcoming the barrier of infertility.

More than one woman is earning lakhs of money by using this scientific method of motherhood. Nowadays surrogacy has suddenly become very popular all over the world.

Recently, Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has become a mother in this surrogacy method. She said on social media at midnight on January 23 that she had recently tasted motherhood through surrogacy. Needless to say, this surrogacy has been prevalent in Bollywood for a long time. Before Priyanka, big Bollywood stars like Preity Zinta, Shilpa Shetty, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan have become parents with the help of this method.

The movie 'Mimi', starring Sanon, which was released in Bollywood last year, shows that in a city in Rajasthan, girls are being made to like things. But why? Because their womb is being rented at a high price as soon as the desired girl is found. The business is usually run by foreign customers and many foreign couples come here just to have children.

Although the whole story of the movie seems to be fictional, recently the story of this movie has matched with the real time.

According to the Times of India, this business is equally popular not only in India but also abroad. At the top of it is the name of Ukraine. Over the past few years, many aspiring parents have moved to Ukraine, where surrogacy rules have already been legalized.

According to the report, thousands of babies are born in this way every year in Ukraine after legalization. This is the main reason why the birth rate is increasing.

All the information that has come to light in this study is eye-popping. It is learned that the number of surrogates has increased so much in several countries like India, Nepal and Ukraine since 2015 that the government has recently failed to provide accurate information in this regard. According to government estimates, between 2,000 and 2,500 babies a year are born in these countries, mainly through surrogacy in Ukraine alone. Most of the women who are used in this work are from very poor families and they rent their wombs mainly to earn money.

On the other hand, out of greed for money, some women agree to become surrogate mothers more than once. It is also causing them physical and mental damage. The houses where they are kept during pregnancy are also not very healthy. As a result, the physical problems of women in all these countries are increasing day by day.

There are also multiple brokers in this business. They basically communicate between the two parties. In this case, the brokers take a part of the money of all the women who rent their wombs.

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Iliyash Kanchan, President of BFAA, Zayed Khan Secretary



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Ilias Kanchan has been elected as the President of Bangladesh Film Artists Association(BFAA) for the 2022-24 terms. Zayed Khan has been elected as the general secretary. This time 365 artists have voted.

Chief Election Commissioner Peerzada Shahidul Harun announced the results on Saturday (January 29) at around 6:15 am.

Iliyas Kanchan was elected president with 191 votes for the next two years, and Zayed Khan was elected general secretary with 176 votes.

Their nearest rival Misha Saudagar got 148 votes for the post of president and Nipun got 163 votes for the post of general secretary.

Winners at a glance:

President - Iliyas Kanchan (191)

Vice-Presidents - Dipzol (219) and Rubel (191)

General Secretary - Zayed Khan (176)

Assistant General Secretary - Simon Sadiq (212)

Organizing Secretary - Shahanur (184)

International Secretary - Joy Chowdhury (205)

Office and Publicity Secretary - Arman (232)

Culture and Sports Secretary - Emon (203)

Treasurer - Azad Khan (193)

Executive Committee members: Rozina (185), Mausumi (225), Keya (212), Jasmine (208), Anjana (225), Amit Hasan (227), Chunnu (220), Aliraj (203), Sucharita (201), Ferdous. (240) and Aruna Biswas (192).

Earlier, voting started at 9:12 am on Friday at the office of BFAA. Voting ended at 6:10 p.m.

This time the association had 428 voters. But 365 people voted.

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Lowest temperature in five years: public life disrupted in the Northern area



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Rangpur
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In the middle of Magh, winter is in full swing in the northern districts. Although there is no dense fog, public life has been disrupted by the frosty wind. In the severe winter, people are not going out without urgent work. People and animals have become exhausted in the snowy winds of the Himalayas. The fog is raining like rain at night.

On Friday (January 28) morning, Rangpur recorded a low of 8.2 degrees Celsius and Kurigram a low of 6.1 degrees Celsius. This is the lowest temperature in the last five years in the northern region including Rangpur, the meteorological office said.

Meanwhile, in the severe winter, the symptoms of cold have created more panic in public life. According to local health department sources, 15 people, including children and the elderly, have died of cold-related diseases in Rangpur district in the last one month.

For the last few days from morning till noon and after 4 pm thick fog has been falling in this area. The deeper the night, fog becomes thicker. Due to the fog falling like rain, the movement of vehicles on the road is being severely disrupted. Road accidents are increasing, deaths are also happening.

People who work hard in winter are in extreme danger. From morning till noon people are not able to do normal activities in the frosty air with dense fog. Rickshaw-van drivers are also in trouble in Rangpur city. Children and the elderly cannot leave the house. Homemade quilts (Kantha)-blankets have to be wrapped around the body all day long. Again, many people are warming themselves by burning straw.

Matiar Rahman came out with a battery-powered auto rickshaw in Satmatha area of Rangpur city. He said the cold is more biting today than the other days. It is not possible to drive properly in the cold. What if the poor people can't drive?

Altab Hossain of Madhupur Char in Kaunia Upazila said, “I could not buy warm clothes to prevent cold. It was going on as it was. I could not purchase warm clothes for want of money but not from tomorrow. So I have to enter the house in the afternoon.

Mojibar Rahman, a resident of Rahmat Char in Pirgachha Upazila, said there was not much fog this time. Himel is not going to go out of the house in the afternoon.

Rangpur Meteorological Official Mostafizur Rahman said the temperature in Rangpur has been fluctuating between 8 to 11 degrees Celsius for the last few days. However, the intensity of winter has increased. Such a situation is likely to continue for another two-three days.

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Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival holds CDST filmmaking workshop with Munda community



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Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival holds CDST filmmaking workshop with Munda community

Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival holds CDST filmmaking workshop with Munda community

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The Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival has held a six-day CDST Filmmaking Workshop with Munda Community in Shyamnagar, Satkhira which started on Sunday 23rd January 2022. This mobile filmmaking workshop solely focused on climate change and its aftermath in Munda’s life. Total 10 participants from the Munda Community joined the workshop.

Global warming is real and rapid climate change is the effect of it. Participants have tried their best to cover different problem areas and how those create a long-term effect in the Munda community. In those diverge topics they talk about the tiger widow, child marriage, culture and language, job crisis and alternative solutions and sufferings of displacements. Through their stories, they display the sufferings and sacrifices the Munda community bears, the threat of child marriage overshadows the happiness of the conjugal lives and the importance of keeping their heritage intact.

The intensive mobile filmmaking workshop, the first of its kind in Shyamnagar, provided the opportunity for participants from the Munda community to understand and appreciate the process of telling their stories with a smartphone. Besides that, through this workshop, they have gathered the basic knowledge of filmmaking, which will help them find their voice on a broader scale. At the closing event, each participant has showcased their films in front of the audience. And those films vividly display their everyday lives- struggles for survival fighting against nature.

The Closing Ceremony of the ‘CDST Filmmaking Workshop with Munda Community, Shyamnagar2022 is held on Friday, 28th January 2022, at 3:30 pm. ULAB’ MSJ Department Head Dr Jude William Genilo sent a Thank You speech to the participants, and so did the project researcher Angelos Theocharis from Durham University. The program started with a brief introduction to the research project and was followed by screening participants’ projects. At the event UP Chairman of Burighoalini, Bhobotosh Kumar Mondol, founder of Initiative for Coastal Development, Asikuzzaman Asik, founder of PROGOTI Ashek-e- Elahi were grace the event.

The “Community Digital Storytelling and Delta Futures in India, Bangladesh and Vietnam” project is funded by the UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Hub and the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) at Durham University. The workshop were conducted in collaboration with the Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival (DIMFF), the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), and the Initiative for Coastal Development (ICD). From DIMFF, advisor Dr Abdul Kabil Khan and executive advisor Syeda Sadia Mehjabin were the facilitators and Senior Lecturer Muhammad Aminuzzaman from ULABwas the coordinator of the workshop. From PROGOTI, Ashek-e- Elahi acted as the coordinator from the local side.

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