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‘Secular Bangladesh Movement’ helping Orao community during lock down

Ansar Ahmed Ullah:   Once there was a single settlement of the Orao indigenous community in the Baluchor area of Sylhet. Now only seventeen families live in a small hill. Their total number is ninety. Due to the corona breakout, all the earners of these families are now stuck at home. None of these families have wealthy relatives. There is ...

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Mayor agrees extra £10.5 million fund to tackle Covid-19

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, has established a new £10.5 million fund using money received from a central government fund of £1.6 billion announced on 19 March that will support local authorities with some of the cost of supporting residents, businesses and local organisations tackling the impact of coronavirus. Councils are able to make their own decisions about ...

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Four more Bangladeshis die of coronavirus in UK

Four more Bangladeshis have died of coronavirus (COVID-19) in UK in the last 24 hours. The deceased were identified as Abdur Nur of Sunamganj, Habibur Rahman of Sylhet, Shafikul Islam of Narayanganj and Suruj Ali of Sylhet. With this, the death toll of Bangladeshi immigrants in the UK reaches 94, unofficial sources said.However, coronavirus deaths in the UK have jumped ...

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Corona fears for the Rohingya

  Ansar Ahmed Ullah:   A UK House of Commons briefing paper released on 9 April warned fears for Rohingyas due to Corona outbreak. The paper authored by Louisa Brooke -Holland says refugees camps are especially vulnerable to serious outbreaks of Covid-19 because of high density settlements with poor access to water and sanitation and limited health services. In March 2020 ...

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British-Bangladeshi doctor who pleaded for more hospital PPE dies of coronavirus

A British-Bangladeshi hospital consultant in London has died from the coronavirus weeks after pleading to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for more personal protective equipment for frontline staff. Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 53, a consultant urologist at Homerton hospital in Hackney in east London, died after spending 15 days in Queens hospital, according to a report published in The Guardian on ...

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Coronavirus: Seven residents of east London care home die

  Seven residents of an east London care home have died with coronavirus. Another 21 residents are displaying Covid-19 symptoms at the Hawthorn Green home in Stepney – which houses 48 people. A dozen staff members are also off work, either self-isolating or shielding, the care home said. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said it was “working ...

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Barrister Monir Jaman Sheikh dies from coronavirus in UK

Barrister Monir Jaman Sheikh, president of Graduate Club, UK, who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, has died during treatment at a hospital in UK. He was 62. Monir Jaman breathed his last at Newham Hospital in East London at around 10:00pm (local time) on Tuesday.Hailing from Kumail village of Rampal in Bagerhat, Monir is survived by his wife, ...

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Bangladesh have introduced measures to limit the spread of Corona virus

Ansar Ahmed Ullah:   Biman Airlines has announced today that it was extending the temporary suspension of its flights from Dhaka to London until 14 April and to Manchester until 15 April. China Southern and US Bangla airlines are still operating flights to China, but these are for Chinese nationals only This latest development will be increasingly concerning for British ...

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European Diaspora leaders appeal to Bangladesh to protect rights of migrants amid coronavirus pandemic

  A group of diaspora leaders, social & development activists and media personalities based in Europe, in a joint statement issued yesterday, appealed to the Bangladeshi authorities to show humanitarian behaviour towards Bangladeshi returnee migrant workers & expats who are being targeted or harassed in the light of Corona virus outbreak in Bangladesh. They also appealed to the honourable Prime ...

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