Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard recovered the bodies of two people, believed to have been the victims of trawler capsize of February 11, from Paschimpara beach in St Martin’s Island in Teknaf upazila here on Monday, raising the death from the accident to 21.
Station Commander of Coast Guard, Teknaf, Lieutenant M Sohel Rana, said Coast Guard members recovered the bodies of the two unidentified men from the Bay around 9:30 am.
Earlier, Coast Guard members recovered two other bodies from the Bay of Bengal near Chhera Dwip on Friday evening and Saturday.
The incident of trawler capsize took place in early hours of February 11 near the St. Martin’s Island, leaving 15 Rohingyas dead.
Seventy three passengers were rescued alive.
A case was filed over the incident accusing 19 human traffickers and police have so far arrested 10 of them.
Two Bangladeshi students, who returned from China as it fights with a coronavirus outbreak, were admitted to Sadar Hospitals in Habiganj and Barguna district on Monday.
Among the ailing students Raihan, 28, a medical student, who returned from China on February 8 and was released from quarantine in Ashkona Hajj Camp on Feb 15.
Another student Imran, a student of Shandong University in China after being cleared of virus infection by the China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, returned home on Sunday.
Habiganj Civil Surgeon Mustafizur Rahman said Raihan has been suffering from cold-related diseases and shoulder pain for the last three days.
He has been kept in an isolated room for intensive care, Rahman said.
His blood sample has been sent to Dhaka, the Civil Surgeon said, hoping to receive the report in two days.
A medical board was formed in the hospital.
Meanwhile, Barguna Civil Surgeon Dr Humayun Shahin Khan said Imran was admitted to the hospital with fever on Sunday.
Samples of blood, nose and throat have been collected from Imran and sent to the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in Dhaka for testing, he said.
Attending a press conference in his office he also urged people not to be terrified over the coronavirus.
The viral outbreak that began in China has so far infected more than 71,000 people and killed 1775 others, according to figures released on Monday by China, reports AP.
A total of eight dengue patients, including seven in the capital, are being treated at hospitals across the country, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said on Monday.
One new dengue case was reported in the last 24 hours until 8am on Monday.
Bangladesh experienced a massive dengue outbreak last year.
The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) confirmed that dengue had claimed the lives of 164 people in 2019 after reviewing 263 out of 266 reports of dengue-related cases last year.
Since the beginning of this year, 232 dengue cases were reported. Of them, 224 had been discharged from hospitals.
Bangladesh Honda Private Limited on Monday handed over two units of its flagship "GL1800 Goldwing" motorcycles to the Special Security Force (SSF).
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh Honda Private Limited Himihiko Katsuki handed over the keys of the two 1800CC motorcycles to SSF Director General Major General Md Majibur Rahman at a function at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was present at the programme.
PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told reporters that six more motorcycles of this brand will be handed over to the SSF shortly.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, PM's Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, PMO Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Mian, Industries Secretary Abdul Halim, Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito, NBR Chairman Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) Paban Chowdhury and Chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) Dr Md Kamrul Ahsan were present at the function.
Besides, Chairman of Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation Md Rois Uddin, Managing Director and CEO of Abdul Monem Economic Zone ASM Mainuddin Monem and representatives of Bangladesh Honda Private Limited were also present.
Bangladesh Honda Private Limited, Honda’s joint venture with Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC), is expanding its motorcycle business in Bangladesh.
Honda, along with its partner BSEC under the Ministry of Industries, has invested a total of Tk 3.6 billion on buildings, facilities, equipment, and a land area of 25 acres for its new factory at Abdul Monem Economic Zone in Munshiganj district.
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) says the level of radiation emitted by mobile phone towers is not harmful for human health risks and the environment.
“The standard permissible amount of radiation exposure from mobile network tower is below the level of international standards and BTRC guidelines. So, there’s no reason to get scared,” Brig Gen Md Shahidul Alam, Director General (SM) BTRC, assured the people citing a survey they conducted.
He made remarks during a discussion meeting on ‘tower radiation measurement and recent survey’ at a Sonargaon hotel on Monday.
Senior BTRC officials, Buet researcher and representatives of the mobile industry were also present at the discussion.
BTRC Commissioner Aminul Hasan said they have already conducted the mobile tower radiation survey and examined its effect in many places of the country and noted that the survey will continue in future.
He said ‘rumours’ about tower radiation are “completely baseless”, adding that the telecom regulator has already informed the government, private companies and building owners. “We’ve asked [the stakeholders] not to be afraid,” he said.
Hasan said the High Court asked them to submit a report on this issue, which will be filed soon.
Dr Shamsuzzoha, Deputy Director of BTRC’s Engineering and Operations Division presented the keynote paper at the discussion. Radiation is of two types - Ionising and non-Ionising. Ionising radiation is harmful to health.
But mobile radiation is non-Ionising which is very low. “So, it has no health risks. There are national and international specific standards regarding the EMF radiation of appliances used in mobile towers, and we’ve found that radiation of mobile towers in the country is below the minimum prescribed limit,” he noted.
He said BTRC conducted surveys in many areas including Dhaka, Chattogram, Khulna, Sundarbans, Feni, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Rangpur, and Jamalpur and so far there has not been much radiation more than the standard limit.
"A sufficient number of well-planned towers will scatter the radiation of low energy which is much safer," he said, hoping that the people’s confusion over this tower radiation will be removed.
He said he had seen bird nests on several towers during the survey. These birds have been there for a long time. Many rooftop gardens with mobile towers are producing good vegetables.
Buet Professor Dr Satya Prasad Majumder said the BTRC survey finding is very satisfactory. “Rumours regarding the tower need to be overcome. There’s nothing to be afraid of,” he said, urging the BTRC to continue the survey and take appropriate steps to eliminate public misperception.
He criticised videos that made “fictitious comments” about radiation. “I urge them to refrain from making such statements. Rather, the radiation used in X-rays or other tests in diagnostic centres is harmful and they need to be more conscious.”
AMTOB Secretary General and CEO Brig Gen SM Farhad (retd), said, “We’ll need more sites when 5G will be introduced. So, there’s no reason to halt technology just by being scared. This will cause us to fall behind.”
He said rumours that exposure to radiation from mobile phones and mobile tower is harmful to human health is not true at all.
“Some people feel that their health is at risk due to the rooftop towers and some are asking for removing them. We assure them that the radiation of the mobile tower does not do any harm. Mobile operators of Bangladesh use the same technology used in mobiles all over the world,” he said.