Pakistan’s water bearers quench thirst in Ramadan, but fear for their trade

Mohammad Ramzan, a 60-year-old traditional goatskin water carrier also known as a mashki, fills a water trough for pigeons along a road on a hot and humid day during the fasting month of Ramadan, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Karachi, Pakistan April 23, 2021. REUTERS

For more than four decades Ramzan has been a “mashki”, or water bearer, an age-old profession now in decline as water companies and tankers increasingly supply residents. But his services are at least in high demand during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, during which fasting can be a challenge when the weather is hot. […]

2 Indian delegates at G-7 test positive for COVID-19: source

2 Indian delegates at G-7 test positive for COVID-19: source

Two members of India’s delegation to the Group of Seven foreign ministerial meeting in London have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a source close to Japan-Britain relations said Wednesday. The development forced Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to pull out of attending the last-day session of the three-day meeting in the British capital. […]

Eight lions in Indian zoo test positive for COVID-19

An Asiatic lion rests in Gir forest, about 355 km (221 miles) from the western Indian city of Ahmedabad April 14, 2007. Reuters

Zoo authorities in the southern state of Hyderabad shared samples with a government research laboratory on March 24 after the lions showed signs of respiratory distress. The test results come amid a huge surge in coronavirus infections among humans in India. “Based on experience with zoo animals elsewhere in the world that have experienced SARS-COV2 […]

PM Hasina: Drug-resistant diseases will be worse than coronavirus if not addressed

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File photo: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joins the cabinet meeting virtually from Ganabhaban on Monday, April 5, 2021 Focus Bangla The anti-drug resistance will not only endanger human, animal and plant health, but also threaten food security, Hasina warns Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said, if not contained properly, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will be […]

AMR could be more lethal than coronavirus: PM

AMR could be more lethal than coronavirus: PM

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said, if not contained properly, antimicrobial resistance will be more devastating than the coronavirus pandemic as it can endanger every living creature alongside food security and progress towards the SDGs. ‘The COVID-19 pandemic is the defining public health crisis of our time that has already […]

Hasina calls for global support for pandemic recovery

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The prime minister made the remark during a speech at the 77th annual session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, or ESCAP, on Monday. Hasina highlighted the devastating impact the crisis has had on people, health systems and economies across the globe. “Nearly 2.95 million people have died and hundreds […]

US is under pressure to release vaccine supplies as India faces deadly surge

A health care worker assists a patient with COVID-19 at a hospital in Delhi, India, April 23, 2021. India’s coronavirus second wave is rapidly sliding into a devastating crisis, with hospitals unbearably full, oxygen supplies running low, desperate people dying in line waiting to see doctors — and mounting evidence that the actual death toll is far higher than officially reported. (Atul Loke/The New York Times)

Funeral pyres have lit up the night sky in the worst affected cities, and the country has set a global record of 350,000 new infections a day, which experts say could be a vast undercount. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in response to questions about the export ban that “the United States first and […]

PM Hasina allocates 10.50C for the poor affected by Covid lockdown

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The DCs of 64 districts will provide the assistance after making lists of the poor, distressed and insolvent people Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has allocated Tk10.50 crore in favour of deputy commissioners across the country to provide assistance to the poor, distressed and insolvent people, who have been affected due to the ongoing lockdown that […]

Coronavirus vaccines should be declared ‘global public goods’: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Bangladesh firmly believes that coronavirus vaccines should be declared “global public goods”, and called for a strong partnership to tackle challenges posed by the pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic, she noted, has brought mankind at a crossroad of history, confronting possibly the gravest global challenge of our times. For all […]