The Bahrain government has regularized visas of 30,000 Bangladeshis amid the COVID-19 pandemic under the nine-month general amnesty from April to December last year with 25,000 more irregular Bangladeshis there.
The government of Bangladesh has requested the Bahrain government for regularization of the irregular Bangladeshis or renewal of visas of those which got expired, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Bahrain government did not not sendback any Bangladeshi forcibly amid the pandemic, MoFA said.
However, many Bangladeshis returned home either willingly or due to COVID-19 situation, it said.
The Bahrain government only deported those Bangladeshis who were in
prison on in deportation camps under a general amnesty, MoFA said.
The government of Bangladesh is continuing diplomatic efforts to resume visas for Bangladeshis which remain halted since 2018.
The government is working sincerely to send back Bangladeshi expatriates to Bahrain who had returned home before outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, it said.
Bangladesh Mission in Bahrain is in constantcommunication with the Bahrain government.
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Bangladeshi expatriates, who had returned home before the pandemic
and whose visas got expired, were urged to register online with the Bangladesh Mission in Manama to renew their visas.
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However, only 967 Bangladeshi expatriates registered online.
Bangladesh Mission has already submitted the list to Bahrain Foreign Ministry requesting to consider their cases.
There is still scope for those who are yet to register online to renew their visas.
Amid the rise in Covid-19 infections across the globe, over 95 million people have been infected with the virus until Monday, according to the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
The total case count reached 95,003,533 with 2,029,938 deaths as of today.
JHU data also show that the virus is surging in many regions and areas of 191 countries.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 23,928,643 as of Monday while the death toll climbed to 397,532.
Amid the mass vaccination programme, the US has registered 22,385,975 cases with 374,072 fatalities as of Monday morning.
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Brazil, which remain the second worst-hit country in number of deaths, has so far registered almost 8.5 million COVID-19 cases, and nearly 209,847 deaths.
Brazil will begin mass vaccination against COVID-19 starting Wednesday, its health ministry announced Sunday.
The Brazilian government will begin to distribute vaccines throughout the country starting early Monday morning, Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello told a press conference.
The decision came after Brazil's Health Regulatory Agency unanimously approved on Sunday the emergency use of the CoronaVac vaccine, from the Chinese laboratory Sinovac, as well as the AstraZeneca-University of Oxford vaccine.
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India, the second worst hit country in number of cases recorded 10,557,985 cases and the death toll rose to 152,274.
Situation in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is seeing a sharp decline in the number of new Covid-19 cases over the past week.
The health authorities announced the detection of 569 new cases in 24 hours until Sunday morning.
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During this time, 23 more coronavirus deaths were recorded, pushing up the country’s death tally to 7,906. The mortality rate now stands at 1.5 percent, according to a handout from the Directorate General of Health Services.
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With the new cases, the caseload now stands at 527,632. So far, 472,437 of the patients (89.5 percent) have recovered including 681 in the past 24 hours.
The country recorded a daily infection rate of 4.90 percent on January 14, 8.29 percent on January 10, 7.52 percent on January 4, and 8.18 percent on January 1.
Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.
The migrant workers are among the most affected people of Bangladesh due to the ongoing pandemic.
Sectors like the ready-made garments, small and medium enterprises, and agriculture were also wallopped by this pandemic, but the migrant workers got less attention when it came to incentive disbursement.
Although the government formed a Tk700 crore fund for the rehabilitation and re-employment of jobless migrant workers, the dissemination got stuck at the banking level.
Only Probashi Kallyan Bank is assigned for the disbursement now. As the bank does not have enough branches throughout the country, assigning other banks in this process can accelerate the process.
Also, migrants do not have transaction track records that the banks ask for.
So, the introduction of the remittance flow record as transaction track records of the migrants will make their access to incentives easier. This can also lead to an increase in formal transactions.
However, a rise in the remittance flow was seen during the second half of 2020 despite Covid-19. An upward trend was observed despite the predictions of lower flows.
These observations emerged from the online dialogue “Recent remittance inflow: Where so much money is coming from?” organised by the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh on Sunday.
Professor Mustafizur Rahman, distinguished fellow of Centre for Policy Dialogue, said there were no distinct changes in the sourcing of Bangladesh’s remittances, except for an increase in cash flow.
“So, only a high number of migrant workers are not the reason for high remittance flow. The 2% incentives on remittances declared by the government lowered informal transactions significantly.”
“bKash and other mobile financial services are paying an extra 1% which may have also encouraged larger flows,” Professor Mustafizur said.
Twenty-two charge-sheeted accused in Narayanganj mosque blast case secured bail for one month after they surrendered at a court on Sunday.
Narayanganj Senior Judicial Magistrate Court Judge Mohammad Miltan passed the order, said Court inspector Asaduzzaman.
Earlier on December 31, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) pressed charges against 29 people in connection with the case.
On September 4, some 40 people suffered burn injuries as all the air conditioners of the mosque exploded during Esha prayers in Fatullah. Thirty four of the injured died later.
A case was filed with Fatullah Model Thana for negligence over blast at the Baitul Salam Jame Mosque.
Police arrested 11 people, including eight officials of Titas, in this connection.
The Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2021 will be held physically in February-March following COVID-19 health safety guidelines.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid made the remark at a press conference held at the Poet Shamsur Rahman Seminar Room of Bangla Academy on Sunday.
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Bangla Academy director general Habibullah Siraji and cultural affairs secretary M Badrul Arefin were present at the press conference.
‘The event has been delayed considering the COVID-19 situation. The date for the beginning of the fair has not been fixed yet. Bangla Academy and the ministry of Cultural affairs will propose three possible dates to the prime minister including February 20, March 7, March 17,’ said KM Khalid.
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Earlier, a view exchange meeting was held at 11:00 am at the academy where the state minister for cultural affairs, Bangla Academy director general and publishers were present.
"We thought that the book fair could be organised in the post COVID-19 situation. Such preparations were taken to begin the fair virtually but we couldn't do so as the second wave of COVID-19 hit across the country," said KM Khalid.
"We discussed how we could start the book fair as soon as possible. As the COVID-19 situation is under control now and people are looking forward to getting thew vaccine, we decided to hold the fair physically," Khalid added.
Director of Bangla Academy Habibullah Siraji said, "We are agreed with the three possible dates. We are thinking to inaugurate the book fair on February 20 - if the government agrees, we will be taking all-out preparations considering the Covid-19 pandemic."
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Previously, Bangla Academy had proposed a virtual book fair considering the COVID-19 situation i.
Earlier on December 13, publishers demanded that the Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2021 should be held at the usual venues following the govern-set health directives. They also proposed that the fair should begin before February 21.
The book fair began on the Bangla Academy premises informally in 1972, and it became institutionalised in 1978. The fair was named Amar Ekushey Granthamela and a guideline for it was formulated in 1984.