Weekly Bangla Mirror | http://banglamirrornews.com Bangla Mirror, Bangladeshi news in UK, bangla mirror news Fri, 04 Dec 2020 17:23:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 http://banglamirrornews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/cropped-logo-32x32.png Weekly Bangla Mirror | http://banglamirrornews.com 32 32 Tower Hamlets Labour calls for action on fire safety http://banglamirrornews.com/2020/12/04/tower-hamlets-labour-calls-for-action-on-fire-safety/ Fri, 04 Dec 2020 17:23:52 +0000 http://banglamirrornews.com/?p=99117 At a Full Council meeting earlier this month, Tower Hamlets councillors adopted a Labour amendment calling on the government to increase funding for its building safety fund to fix cladding issues on private sector tall buildings. The Labour Group also called on government to publish a database of affected buildings and to streamline access to ...

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At a Full Council meeting earlier this month, Tower Hamlets councillors adopted a Labour amendment calling on the government to increase funding for its building safety fund to fix cladding issues on private sector tall buildings.

The Labour Group also called on government to publish a database of affected buildings and to streamline access to the building safety fund as many residents are struggling to apply to the scheme because of a complicated application process.

The council is calling on the government to expand the funding available to deal with these issues rather than leaving it to home-owners to foot the bill for failures in regulation. Currently, many homeowners face enormous financial bills because of the prospect of having to fund remediation works themselves.

After Mayor Biggs was elected, he commissioned a review of fire safety in council-owned blocks and the council invested over £6m over three years. Following the Grenfell fire, further checks were carried out.

A new report out this month – from the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee – called on the Government to ‘recommit to the principle that leaseholders should not pay anything towards the cost of remediating historical building safety defects’, however the Government’s recent Spending Review did not allocate any new funding to remove unsafe cladding from high rise buildings.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “We all have a responsibility to ensure that the dreadful events of the Grenfell fire do not happen again. This is why it’s vital for the government to increase its building safety fund so that works can be undertaken as soon as possible without causing financial ruin to those living in the affected buildings.

“It can’t be right for homeowners to foot the bill for failures in regulation, and I agree with the Housing Select Committee that leaseholders shouldn’t face these bills.”

Cllr Sirajul Islam, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing said: “Tower Hamlets has more tall buildings than anywhere else in the country so fire remediation is a key priority for the council. I’m pleased that members agreed that we should investigate ways for the council to provide support to residents who are understandably worried about their safety and financial futures.”

Cllr Eve McQuillan, Cabinet Member leading on Planning, said: “I’m glad that these proposals have been agreed on a cross-party basis and that there’s recognition that the Government must do more in order to address these serious issues. We welcome the Government’s Hackitt review and will lobby for changes to building regulations, particularly fire safety regulations, to be as robust as possible.”

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Time running out as Brexit trade talks restart http://banglamirrornews.com/2020/12/04/time-running-out-as-brexit-trade-talks-restart/ Fri, 04 Dec 2020 16:58:25 +0000 http://banglamirrornews.com/?p=99114 The UK and the EU have resumed talks on post-Brexit trade in London, with time running out to achieve a deal. A senior UK government source said the prospects of a breakthrough were “receding” and accused the EU of making “11th-hour” demands. But a Brussels source denied this, with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier calling ...

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The UK and the EU have resumed talks on post-Brexit trade in London, with time running out to achieve a deal.

A senior UK government source said the prospects of a breakthrough were “receding” and accused the EU of making “11th-hour” demands.

But a Brussels source denied this, with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier calling Friday an “important day”.

Both sides have to agree and ratify any deal by 31 December, when the current rules on EU-UK trade end.

If they do not, they will do business on World Trade Organization rules, meaning the introduction of tariffs, or taxes on imports.

The negotiating teams are seeking compromises in key areas – including fishing rights and business competition rule – in time for EU leaders to discuss them at a summit scheduled for Thursday.

And, rather than returning to Brussels as planned on Friday, Mr Barnier is staying in London to continue discussions.

Brexit – The basics

Brexit happened but rules didn’t change at once: The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020, but leaders needed time to negotiate a deal for life afterwards – they got 11 months.

Talks are happening: The UK and the EU have until 31 December 2020 to agree a trade deal as well as other things, such as fishing rights.

If there is no deal: Border checks and taxes will be introduced for goods travelling between the UK and the EU. But deal or no deal, we will still see changes.

What happens next with Brexit?

Business Secretary Alok Sharma told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the talks were “in a difficult phase”.

He added that the UK must be recognised as “a sovereign and independent nation” and it was “on the basis of that that a deal will be done”.

Fishing rights remain a major area of contention between the UK and France – one of the EU’s most powerful members.

France’s Europe minister, Clement Beaune, warned that his government could “veto” any deal reached between the UK and EU, if it did not satisfy his country’s demands.

But European Council President Charles Michel urged the EU’s 27 member states to maintain “unity” as negotiations continue.

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Ensure universal, equitable, affordable access to vaccines: PM http://banglamirrornews.com/2020/12/04/ensure-universal-equitable-affordable-access-to-vaccines-pm/ Fri, 04 Dec 2020 16:54:12 +0000 http://banglamirrornews.com/?p=99111 Stressing the importance of ensuring the universal, equitable, timely and affordable access to quality vaccines, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Covid-19 can never be controlled unless it is stopped everywhere. “Let’s also take a renewed pledge to accomplish the 2030 Agenda for a sustainable world where our next generations stay resilient to future pandemics,” ...

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Stressing the importance of ensuring the universal, equitable, timely and affordable access to quality vaccines, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Covid-19 can never be controlled unless it is stopped everywhere.

“Let’s also take a renewed pledge to accomplish the 2030 Agenda for a sustainable world where our next generations stay resilient to future pandemics,” she said.

The Prime Minister said this while delivering her pre-recorded speech at the 31st Special Session of UNGA in response to Covid-19 pandemic.

For a sustainable world, she said, there is a need for urgent attention and further collaboration in some priority areas.

Firstly, Hasina said, “We need to ensure universal, equitable, timely and affordable access to quality vaccines.”

The 2030 Development agenda recognised the fundamental role of Universal Health Coverage for achieving the SDGs guided by the principle of equity.

“In the same spirit, when it comes to the access to vaccines, no one should be left behind. This will help us defeat the pandemic, save lives and accelerate our economic recovery,” she said.

Secondly, Sheikh Hasina mentioned, the world must treat the Covid-19 vaccine as a ‘global public good’. The WHO initiative of ACT and COVAX facility can play a vital role in this regard.

“Developed countries should commit to technology transfer for the local manufacturing of vaccines in developing countries using IP rights waiver under TRIPS Agreement,” she said, adding that Bangladesh has the capacity and is ready to produce vaccines if it gets the opportunity.

Thirdly, Hasina said, the challenges faced by the developing countries in the context of Covid-19, including financial assistance, should be specifically recognised.

“The UN, IFIs, civil society alongside the national governments must do their share and actively cooperate with each other to combat Covid-19,” she said.

The Prime Minister said the Covid-19 pandemic has devastated the health systems and economies across the world. Globally, over 1.4 million people have already died and many more are dying every day.

She said the pandemic has made many people poorer while many others are sliding back into poverty. “Malnutrition, discrimination and increasing inequalities are gripping the nations, and education system got disrupted.”

She said Covid-19 pandemic caused a sharp decline in trade, commerce and tourism impacting people’s livelihoods. “However, the pandemic offers us an opportunity for a united response to safeguard people’s lives and their livelihoods, and learn from the crisis to build back better.”

The PM went on saying: “Unfortunately, our fight against Covid-19 has not yet ended. Many countries are facing a second or third wave.”

Hasina said Bangladesh is also badly affected by the pandemic. Covid-19 has heavily impacted its economy, lives and livelihoods, migrant communities and jeopardized hard-earned development gains, she said.

“However, we intervened early and effectively, and took bold actions to protect our economy and people from the fallouts of the pandemic,” she said.

Hasina said the government has announced stimulus packages worth USD 14.14 billion, which is equivalent to 4.3 percent of country’s GDP, to minimise the impacts on business, employment and productivity.

“We’ve expanded the social safety-net coverage providing assistance to more than 25 million people since the detection of the virus in early March. Extensive measures are put in place to contain the 2nd wave of the pandemic,” she said.

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Govt urges not to undermine or misinterpret the efforts to voluntary relocation of Rohingyas http://banglamirrornews.com/2020/12/04/govt-urges-not-to-undermine-or-misinterpret-the-efforts-to-voluntary-relocation-of-rohingyas/ Fri, 04 Dec 2020 11:59:05 +0000 http://banglamirrornews.com/?p=99108 In the face of growing concern over the extreme congestion in the camps of Cox’s Bazar and to avert any risk of death due to landslides and other unwarranted incidents, the Government of Bangladesh has decided to relocate, in phases, 1,00,000 Rohingyas to Bhashan Char, said the Foreign Ministry on Friday. Accordingly, in the first ...

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In the face of growing concern over the extreme congestion in the camps of Cox’s Bazar and to avert any risk of death due to landslides and other unwarranted incidents, the Government of Bangladesh has decided to relocate, in phases, 1,00,000 Rohingyas to Bhashan Char, said the Foreign Ministry on Friday.

Accordingly, in the first phase, more than 1600 Rohingyas, who expressed their willingness voluntarily for relocation, have been shifted to Bhashan Char on Friday.

The relocation has become imperative to de-congest the over-crowded camps in Cox’s Bazar that have temporarily been accommodating nearly a million of Rohingyas with many more thousands born each year.

The deteriorating security situation due to prolonged stay of these frustrated people in Cox’s Bazar also compelled the GOB to come up with a contingency plan and develop Bhashan Char from its own budgetary allocation. Accordingly, the Government invested more than USD 350.00 million to develop the island.

The 13,000 acres island has all modern amenities, year-round fresh water, beautiful lake and proper infrastructure and enhanced facilities. These include uninterrupted supply of electricity and water, agricultural plots, cyclone shelters, two hospitals, four community clinics, mosques, warehouses, telecommunication services, police station, recreation and learning centers, playgrounds, etc.

In contrast to the makeshift structures of the camps in Cox’s Bazar, the accommodation in Bhashan Char is strongly-built with concrete foundation which can withstand natural disasters such as cyclones and tidal waves. Super Cyclone AMPHAN proved the strength of the structures of Bhashan Char.

Contrary to the apprehension of some quarters about the feasibility of the island, Bhashan Char stood firm against the massive storm. Despite the heightened tidal wave, all the 1440 houses and 120 shelter stations in the island remained unharmed. The island is connected with the mainland through waterways.

The Government of Bangladesh has ensured adequate supply of food along with proper sanitation and medical facilities for Rohingyas in Bhashan Char.

Proper hospitals with highly qualified health professionals, adequate COVID testing and treatment facilities are in place.

In addition to Government agencies, around 22 NGOs are already there to extend all possible support to the relocated Rohingyas. Adequate security has been ensured in the island by deployment of police personnel including female police.  The area is fully covered with CCTV cameras.

On the relocation, GOB’s position was very clear and transparent from the very beginning that any relocation would be entirely on a voluntary basis. Accordingly, a good number of Rohingya representatives undertook a “go and see” visit to Bhashan Char to see the facilities and make an independent and informed choice. A number of NGOs and journalists also visited the island.

All of them expressed their high satisfaction at the available facilities in Bhashan Char.

A media team and a group of senior journalists are already in Bhashan Char.  More importantly, the relocation was preceded by adequate preparations and consultations held with different stakeholders.

Several rounds of discussions, based on the queries of the United Nations, were also arranged and Bangladesh hope that the international community and the United Nations, as per its mandate, will be involved in the process very soon.

It may be mentioned that the relocation is a part of the broader plan of repatriation which is the only priority for the Government of Bangladesh. The skill development and livelihood opportunity that the Rohingyas would be able to avail in Bhashan Char would prepare them for their reintegration in the Myanmar society on return. The types of economic activities such as fishing, agriculture, goal rearing, etc that they used to pursue in Rakhine state is available in Bhashan Char.

When the persecuted Rohingyas from Myanmar were fleeing en mass from the violence, persecution and atrocities in the hands of their own people in their own land, it was Bangladesh who, purely out of humanitarian gesture, responded immediately and opened her borders and thus saved nearly a million of precious lives.

The generous people of Bangladesh offered all kinds of assistance to these persecuted Myanmar nationals before any international humanitarian agency stepped in. Bangladesh set another unique example of humanity in the world by developing a modern island to temporarily accommodate some of these persecuted Rohingyas.

The Rohingyas are Myanmar nationals and they must return to Myanmar. The Government of Bangladesh is doing its best for the safety and security of these temporarily sheltered Myanmar Nationals.

At this stage, it is only practical that International Community including the United Nations fulfill their responsibility and meaningfully engage with Myanmar to commence repatriation, which is the only durable solution of this crisis.

At the same time, “Bangladesh urge all to exercise utmost caution not to undermine or misinterpret the genuine efforts of the Government of Bangladesh.”

“The government would encourage human rights groups to put their efforts in creating conducive environment inside Myanmar for their quick, safe and dignified repatriation to their land of origin, Myanmar,” said the the Foreign Ministry statement.

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Fortune or foresight? AstraZeneca and Oxford’s stories clash on COVID-19 vaccine http://banglamirrornews.com/2020/12/04/fortune-or-foresight-astrazeneca-and-oxfords-stories-clash-on-covid-19-vaccine/ Fri, 04 Dec 2020 11:54:34 +0000 http://banglamirrornews.com/?p=99105 AstraZeneca and Oxford University have given conflicting accounts of how they came upon the most effective dosing pattern for their COVID-19 vaccine, a rare instance of public dissension between major institutions collaborating on a pivotal project. The discrepancy, reported for the first time by Reuters, centres on the regimen administered to a smaller group of ...

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The discrepancy, reported for the first time by Reuters, centres on the regimen administered to a smaller group of volunteers in the late-stage trials, of half a dose followed by a full dose. This diverged from the original plan of two full doses, given to the majority of participants.

The half-dose pattern was found to be 90% effective, versus the 62% success rate of the two-full-dose main study, based on interim data.

AstraZeneca’s research chief told Reuters 10 days ago, when interim trial data was released, the half-dose was given inadvertently as a first shot to some trial participants, and emerged as a stroke of fortune – “serendipity” – that scientists expertly harnessed.

This narrative was refuted by a leading Oxford University scientist, however, who told Reuters on Monday that the half-dose shot was given deliberately after thorough consultations.

Uncertainty over how the dosing regimen came about raises questions about the robustness of the data, according to some experts who said it risked slowing down the process of gaining regulatory approval for the shot and denting public confidence.

“These differing accounts are worrying,” Eleanor Riley, a professor of immunology and infectious disease at the University of Edinburgh, told Reuters.

“Trust is at a premium when it comes to vaccines and we must not do anything that might in any way undermine it.”

There is also the potential impact on AstraZeneca, whose shares have underperformed rival vaccine developers that have also announced successful results, partly due to concerns from scientists about the relatively small sample size for the half-dose sub-group that led to the 90% efficacy finding.

AstraZeneca declined to comment about the conflicting accounts.

An Oxford University spokesman said that a media briefing would be held once the detailed interim trial results are peer-reviewed and published in a scientific journal.

“This will be the appropriate time to discuss the complicated intricacies of the global trial design,” he said.

OXFORD SCIENTIST: ‘THAT’S NOT TRUE’

More than 20 countries, including many poorer nations, have ordered the vaccine, which costs less than some rival shots and is easier to distribute.

The trial data was released on Nov. 23, when developers hailed “a vaccine for the world”. Hours later, AstraZeneca’s head of non-oncology research and development, Mene Pangalos, told Reuters the half-dose schedule had been a case of miscalculated dosing given to some volunteers.

It came to light, he said, after side effects in some participants turned out to be surprisingly mild.

“The reason we had the half dose is serendipity,” he said.

However, professor Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford which co-developed the COVID-19 shot with AstraZeneca and led the UK trials, told Reuters in a phone interview on Monday that it was a conscious decision by researchers to administer a lower dose.

“There had been some confusion suggesting that we didn’t know we were giving a half dose when we gave it – that is really not true,” he said.

“What we were aware of was that we were using a different batch of a vaccine from a different manufacturer. We knew the measurements on it and we had been in discussions with regulators about how to move forward.”

“The dosing that we started with that new batch, was a half dosing compared to what we had used previously,” he added, without giving details about the different manufacturer.

Both AstraZeneca and Oxford University scientists said they had consulted health regulators and were given the go-ahead to continue with the half-dose among a limited group of volunteers in Britain, and to follow up with the full-dose booster shot at the scheduled time.

Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said its rolling review of the vaccine is ongoing and that any vaccine must undergo robust clinical trials in line with international standards.

“No vaccine would be authorised for supply in the UK unless the expected standards of safety, quality and efficacy are met,” a spokeswoman said. She did not comment on when the regulator was consulted about the half-dose regimen.

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More than 400 lawmakers from 34 countries back ‘Make Amazon Pay’ campaign http://banglamirrornews.com/2020/12/04/more-than-400-lawmakers-from-34-countries-back-make-amazon-pay-campaign/ Fri, 04 Dec 2020 11:47:05 +0000 http://banglamirrornews.com/?p=99101 More than 400 lawmakers from 34 countries have signed a letter to Amazon.com Inc boss Jeff Bezos backing a campaign that claims the tech giant has “dodged and dismissed … debts to workers, societies, and the planet,” organisers said. The “Make Amazon Pay” campaign was launched on Nov. 27 – the annual Black Friday shopping ...

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The letter’s signatories include US Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, former UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Vice President of the European Parliament Heidi Hautala, co-convenors Progressive International and UNI Global Union said.

“We urge you to act decisively to change your policies and priorities to do right by your workers, their communities, and our planet,” the letter said.

“We stand ready to act in our respective legislatures to support the movement that is growing around the world to Make Amazon Pay.”

Amazon, the world’s biggest retailer, has faced criticism for its tax practices before, including in the UK and the EU. It says its profits remain low given retail is a highly competitive, low margin business and it invests heavily.

It said on Thursday that while it accepted scrutiny from policymakers, many of the matters raised in the letter stemmed from misleading assertions.

“Amazon has a strong track record of supporting our employees, our customers, and our communities, including providing safe working conditions, competitive wages and great benefits,” it said, adding it was “paying billions of dollars in taxes globally.” The company has also pledged to be net carbon neutral by 2040.

Amazon grew rapidly during the pandemic, with sales soaring as restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus closed bricks-and-mortar shops and sent consumers online.

Governments worldwide are considering tougher rules for big tech to assuage worries about competition.

The European Union, for example, last month charged Amazon with damaging retail competition, alleging it used its size, power and data to gain an unfair advantage over smaller merchants that sell on its online platform.

Amazon disagreed with the EU assertions, saying it represented less than 1% of the global retail market and there were larger retailers in every country in which it operated.

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UK hopes for millions of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine doses this year http://banglamirrornews.com/2020/12/04/uk-hopes-for-millions-of-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-doses-this-year/ Fri, 04 Dec 2020 11:40:48 +0000 http://banglamirrornews.com/?p=99098 Britain hopes that millions of doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered by the end of the year but the total will depend on how quickly it can be manufactured, Britain’s business minister Alok Sharma said on Friday. Britain approved Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, jumping ahead of the rest of the ...

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Britain approved Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, jumping ahead of the rest of the world in the race to begin the most crucial mass inoculation programme in history.

Last month Britain said it expected 10 million doses of the shot in 2020, but the government has said the pace of roll-out will be dependence on delivery. It has ordered 40 million doses in all, enough to vaccinate 20 million people.

Sharma said he was confident the first batch of 800,000 doses would be in place to begin roll-out next week, but would not give an exact figure on how much Britain would get before the end of the month.

“We are starting initially with 800,000 and then let’s see where we end up by the end of the year in terms of the numbers that we acquire. That will depend on the manufacturing,” Sharma said on Sky News.

“I hope we will have some millions by the end of this year but of course what we also always said is that the vast majority of this vaccination programme will take place in the new year.”

Britain has used an emergency approval process to jump ahead of the European Union and United States in roll-out plans of the vaccine.

Top U.S. infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci apologised on Thursday for casting doubt on the rigour of the British regulators who approved it, saying he had faith in the quality of their work.

Sharma said that Britain’s Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) was the “gold standard” in the industry.

 

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Covid-19 in Bangladesh : 24 more die, 2,252 test positive in 24hrs http://banglamirrornews.com/2020/12/04/covid-19-in-bangladesh-24-more-die-2252-test-positive-in-24hrs/ Fri, 04 Dec 2020 11:31:34 +0000 http://banglamirrornews.com/?p=99095 Bangladesh reported 24 new deaths from the novel coronavirus infection in a daily count, taking a total of 6,772. Another 2,252 coronavirus patients are found in 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 473,991. A press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) made the disclosure on Friday afternoon. Health authorities ...

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Bangladesh reported 24 new deaths from the novel coronavirus infection in a daily count, taking a total of 6,772.

Another 2,252 coronavirus patients are found in 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 473,991.
A press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) made the disclosure on Friday afternoon.

Health authorities reported another 2,572 people recovered from the disease in a day, rising the total number of recoveries to 390,951.

In the last 24 hours, 118 coronavirus testing laboratories across the country tested 15,527 samples.

Of the total sample tests, 14.59 percent tested positive in the past 24 hours, while 16.71 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added.

Among the total infections, 82.48 percent patients have recovered, while 1.43 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8.

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First batch of Rohingyas reaches Bhasan Char http://banglamirrornews.com/2020/12/04/first-batch-of-rohingyas-reaches-bhasan-char/ Fri, 04 Dec 2020 11:27:47 +0000 http://banglamirrornews.com/?p=99092 The first batch of 1,642 Rohingyas from Ukhiya’s Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar reached Bhasan Char, an island around 37 miles off the coast of Bay of Bengal under Hatiya upazila of Noakhali, on Friday afternoon. Earlier, eight ships carrying the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals left Chattogram port at 9:00am on Friday under the supervision ...

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The first batch of 1,642 Rohingyas from Ukhiya’s Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar reached Bhasan Char, an island around 37 miles off the coast of Bay of Bengal under Hatiya upazila of Noakhali, on Friday afternoon.

Earlier, eight ships carrying the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals left Chattogram port at 9:00am on Friday under the supervision of the Navy after an overnight stay at a temporary transit camp at the BAF Shaheen College.

Two vessels and two defender boat and four country boat gave Scots to the caravan.

Two other vessels carrying goods have already reached the island, Lt Commander MK Zaman Shamim told The Daily Sun.

Naval vessels Shah Paran and shah Makhdum carrying 1019 luggage reached to Bhasan Char Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, they reached Chattogram from Cox’s Bazar, where they have been staying since 2017. They stayed overnight at BF base Zahur in Chattogram.

The Navy has prepared the Tk 3,100-crore housing project, funded with public money, after some 750,000 Rohingyas fled a brutal military campaign in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and took shelter in Cox’s Bazar in the months following August 2017.

They joined some 300,000 other Rohingyas, who had fled previous waves of violence in Rakhine.

The UN and various rights groups alleged that they have limited information about what has been going on and that the government has yet to allow a technical team to assess the feasibility of the housing project in Bhasan Char.

UN and rights groups have been questioning the idea of relocation them to Bhasan Char, saying it is a low-lying isolated island and has risks of flooding, but at a point last year agreed to send a technical team to assess the condition and requested the government to allow the visit before relocation.

In a statement on Wednesday, the UN said it has limited information on the relocation exercise and has not been involved in the preparation process. It said it is ready for the visit by a technical team and for consultation with the government. The UN also said any relocation should be voluntary and all protection measures must be in place.

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40th span of Padma Bridge installed, only one more to go http://banglamirrornews.com/2020/12/04/40th-span-of-padma-bridge-installed-only-one-more-to-go/ Fri, 04 Dec 2020 06:19:21 +0000 http://banglamirrornews.com/?p=99089 The 40th span of the Padma Bridge was installed on Friday morning, making 6 kilometers stretch of the main structure visible. Only one more span is needed to complete the 6.15-kilometre long bridge, said officials concerned. The “2-E” span was installed over the pillars 11 and 12 at Munshganj’s Mawa end within seven days of ...

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The 40th span of the Padma Bridge was installed on Friday morning, making 6 kilometers stretch of the main structure visible.

Only one more span is needed to complete the 6.15-kilometre long bridge, said officials concerned.
The “2-E” span was installed over the pillars 11 and 12 at Munshganj’s Mawa end within seven days of installation of the 39th span, said Dewan Abdul Kader, executive engineer and project manager (main bridge).

A specialised floating crane took the span to the designated poles from Mawa’s Kumarbhog Construction Yard at around 9:00am. The procedure was completed at 11:0am with no glitches amid favourable weather, the engineer added.

Meanwhile, after the installation of the 40th span, the 41st span (2-F), which is the last span, will be installed on the Piers 12 and 13 within December 16.

The 6.15-km long double-layered bridge will have a total of 41 spans which would be installed on 42 piers — 21 piers at Mawa-end and other 21 piers at Jajira-end as all the piers have already become visible.

The multi-purpose Padma Bridge is expected to be opened in 2021.

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