Bangladesh begins vaccination against COVID-19

Bangladesh begins vaccination against COVID-19

Runu Veronica Costa, a senior nurse of Kurmitola General Hospital, received the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina virtually inaugurated the pilot vaccination programme.

State-run BTV telecast the event live. ‘I’m glad that we have succeeded in collecting the vaccines and hope we could protect our people with the vaccination against coronavirus,’ said Hasina as she officially inaugurated the vaccination.

She also expressed her condolence at the loss of lives due to COVID-19. ‘Please work and help us to make the vaccination campaign a success,’ PM said.

While inaugurating the programme Hasina asked Runu if she was afraid and the nurse replied in the negative. ‘You are so courageous to receive the vaccine first.

We are proud of you,’ Hasina complimented her. Followed by Runu, KGH doctor Ahmed Lutful Moben, Directorate General of Health Services additional director general Nasima Sultana, police officer Didarul Islam of Dhaka Metropolitan Police and Brigadier General Emran Hamid of Bangladesh Army received the jab, which prime minister witnessed.

Bangladesh plans to begin the mass vaccination on February 7, after vaccinating about 500 healthcare providers in four other hospitals in the capital.

The vaccinated healthcare providers will be observed for a week. Bangladesh has so far secured 70 lakh doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India.

Pakistan International Snowboarding Championship

Pakistan International Snowboarding Championship festival kicks off in Malam Jabba

Pakistan International Snowboarding Championship festival kicks off in Malam Jabba

Pakistan International Snowboarding Championship and Festival kicked off at the Malam Jabba tourist resort in Swat valley on Friday.

Over 44 national and international players, including four women players from Europe, Afghanistan and Pakistan, are participating, according to a statement issued here.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority (KP-CTA) and the Samson Group of Companies are jointly organizing the event.

Besides snowboarding, traditional foods and a music festival are also part of the gala to entertain the visitors. The statement said men and women joint slalom and parallel joint slalom competitions were held on Friday, while concluding ceremony would be held on Saturday (today).

Malam Jabba is the only civil skiing resort in Pakistan at about 8,500 height. The tourism department had also arranged the snowboarding championship at Malam Jabba last year.

A large number of people from across the country and internationally had participated in the event.

Foreigners Forced to do 50 Push-Ups for not Wearing Masks in Bali

Foreigners Forced to do 50 Push-Ups for not Wearing Masks in Bali

Foreigners Forced to do 50 Push-Ups for not Wearing Masks in Bali

Several foreigners were caught for not wearing face masks on an Indonesian resort and were made to pay a fine; those without money had to do push-ups.

Police authorities in Bali took to a surprise when they made a sudden visit to a resort and caught foreigners for not wearing a mask.

A Video footage circulating on social media shows tourists in T-shirts and shorts being made to do the exercise in sweltering tropical heat as masked security officials stood over them.

Foreigners Forced to do 50 Push-Ups for not Wearing Masks in Bali

Meanwhile, more than 70 people paid a fine of 100,000 rupiah ($7), however, about 30 foreigners said that they did not have the cash, hence they were ordered to do push-ups.

Those who were not carrying a mask had to do up to 50 while those who were wearing a mask improperly were punished with 15 push-ups. Bali’s authorities have also warned that foreigners who break virus regulations could be thrown out of the country, although so far there have no reports of anyone being deported for failing to wear a mask.

The island, which has been hammered by the epidemic, remains officially closed to overseas tourists but is home to many long-term residents from abroad, however, foreigners living elsewhere in Indonesia can still visit.

The authorities made wearing a face mask in public mandatory in 2020 as Indonesia battled a raging Covid-19 outbreak. It is to be mentioned that 60 per cent of Bali’s (GDP) gross domestic product used to come from tourism.

Foreigners Forced to do 50 Push-Ups for not Wearing Masks in Bali

However, the island’s economy has been the hardest hit in Indonesia by the coronavirus pandemic. The government has imposed restrictions on international arrivals from certain countries since April last year and completely shut down the country last month amid reports on the new strain of coronavirus from the United Kingdom.

Apart from coronavirus, Indonesia has also experienced a series of natural disasters that include landslides, floods, and volcanic eruptions over the past week.

However, environmentalists blame the deforestation done by mining, palm oil, and agricultural industries for these calamities. Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs.