Moudud AhmedSenior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed has said his party is trying to reach an understanding with the government for the sake of better elections in the country.Saying that the BNP will contest the next parliamentary polls, he made clear the party’s position that they want elections under such a government which would have no political ambition.”That’s why, we’re tryng to reach an understanding with the govenment,” he said at a programme in Faridpur on Friday.Moudud, a standing committee member of the BNP, pointed out that the BNP did not hold any protest demonstration in the past two years to create confidence in the ruling camp.”We didn’t do anything (protest demonstration) which can embarrass the government,” he said adding that they hoped that the Awami League govenment would show democratic attitude to reciprocate the BNP’s gesture of doing peaceful politics.The BNP leadership has been demanding fair elections to be held under an election-time neutral government.Moudud emphasised that “the BNP wants solution, not conflict”.He made the observations while replyng to questions from journlaists after distributing scholarship among students at Palli Kabi Jasimuddin’s home at Gabindapur village of Ambikapur union in Faridpur.The BNP leader said, “The BNP does not do vindictive politics. If the government does not come to an understaniding, it would mean that it is afraid of facing trial for their corruption and plundering of resources once they are out of power.”Moudud, a former vice president and law minister, alleged that the government has no accountability. “Killing, plundering and rape are going on unabated in the country,” he added.Moudud Ahmed went on to say, “We’ll try to reach the understaing until the last moment. If the government does not respond to our demand, there is no alternative to movement.”
An aedes mosquito. File PhotoThree more dengue patients died in Keraniganj of Dhaka, Faridpur and Shariatpur on Monday night and early Tuesday although there is a downtrend in fresh dengue cases across the country, reports UNB.At least 1,572 patients were hospitalised in 24 hours till 8am on Tuesday while 6,470 patients are currently undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics.Of the deceased, a rickshaw-puller identified as Shaheb Ali, 35, died in Faridpur district while a housewife, Fatema, 45 died at Mitford Hospital.In Faridpur, Shaheb Ali of Matikanda in Sadar upazila of Rajbari was admitted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital with fever on Monday, said Mahfuzur Rahman Bulu, an assistant director at the hospital.He died around 10:30pm.Seven people have so far died of dengue at the hospital, Bulu said.At least 70 people infected with dengue were admitted to the hospital in the last 24 hours, raising the number of dengue patients to 357.Fatema, hailing from Bandar upazila of Narayanganj, died at Mitford Hospital on Monday after being diagnosed with dengue.Some 105 new patients with dengue fever were admitted to the hospital in the last 24 hours as of Tuesday while 81 people got released from the hospital after taking dengue treatment.In Shariatpur, housewife Suraiya Begum, 35, wife of Kamal Dhali, died after being infected with dengue at her house in Damuda upazila, said former upazila health and family planning officer Syed Anowar Hossain.She was diagnosed with dengue on 16 Aug.Civil surgeon Khalilur Rahman said so far 326 dengue patients were identified. Currently, 56 patients were being treated at hospitals in the district.The number of dengue patients was 1,615 on Monday, 1,706 on Sunday, 1,460 on Saturday, and 1,719 on Friday, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).Meanwhile, the number of new infections at district level also declined in the last 24 hours from Monday’s 858 to 822 on Tuesday.Currently, 3, 413 patients are hospitalised in the capital and 3,057 around the country.The government has so far confirmed the deaths of 40 people although unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.Since the beginning of this year, 56,369 patients infected with dengue were hospitalised.
Share Sgt. Aaron Patterson/3rd Marine Division/DVIDSU.S. Marines fire the Carl Gustav rocket system during live-fire training last October. With each firing, the shooter’s brain is exposed to pulses of high pressure air emanating from the explosion that travel faster than the speed of sound.Military personnel may be endangering their own brains when they operate certain shoulder-fired weapons, according to an Army-commissioned report released Monday.The report, from the Center for a New American Security, says these bazooka-like weapons pose a hazard because they are powered by an explosion just inches from the operator’s head.“When you fire it, the pressure wave feels like getting hit in the face,” says Paul Scharre, a former Army Ranger who directs the technology and national security program at the center. Scharre is a co-author of the center’s report: Protecting Warfighters from Blast Injury.The report looks at a range of injuries caused by blast waves — pulses of high pressure air that emanate from an explosion and travel faster than the speed of sound.During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military officials recognized that the blast wave from a roadside bomb could damage a person’s brain without leaving any visible sign of injury. And in 2010, the Pentagon issued a memo outlining steps to improve care of troops exposed to these explosions.Since then, there’s been growing evidence that blasts from weapons like the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle and the AT4 anti-tank weapon can also affect the brain.Cpl. Devon Tindle/III Marine Expeditionary Force/DVIDSSgt. John Wagley fires an AT4 anti-tank missile during a training session at Camp Fuji in Japan. Studies find that some who fire these weapons repeatedly have short-term problems with memory and thinking. It’s still not clear, scientists say, whether those temporary changes can lead to permanent deficits.“If you’re looking at a large anti-tank rocket that a soldier would carry on his or her shoulder, that’s now a pretty large explosion — and it’s happening right next to your head,” Scharre says.Studies show that some service members who fire these weapons repeatedly have short-term problems with memory and thinking. What’s not clear is whether those temporary changes can lead to permanent deficits.“If you’re exposed to these weapons throughout the course of your military career, this might have some subtle and insidious long-term effect that doesn’t materialize until later,” Scharre says.The military is studying that possibility, and the new report is a part of that effort. But a definitive answer about the risks from firing weapons is probably many years off.The report says the military should make changes now, despite the uncertainty.One recommendation is much wider use of devices known as blast gauges, which measure the intensity of blast waves. The gauges are typically about the size of a wristwatch and service members attach them to their shoulders and helmet.“Every service member who is in a position where he or she might be exposed to blast waves should be wearing these devices,” Scharre says. “And we need to be recording that data, putting it in their record and then putting it in a database for medical studies.”Authors of the report also recommend steps to reduce service members’ exposure to blast waves during training exercises. For example, they say, the military should reduce the maximum number of times a person can fire certain weapons in a single day, and over several days.The military should also look into a new type of helmet that’s designed to protect the brain from blast waves, the report says.The findings of the analysis are no surprise to Kyle Sims, a former Special Forces medic who helped deploy blast gauges in Afghanistan.Sims realized something disturbing when he started looking into research on brain damage among football players who’d taken repeated blows to the head.“It’s not that one time that the guy got knocked unconscious,” Sims says. “It’s the 500 times that the guy got hit prior to that.”Sims is especially worried about service members involved in training others to fire heavy weapons. These people often spend entire days on a range where the weapons are being fired.One retired officer told Sims about a day of training when he’d been exposed to more than 100 blasts from anti-tank weapons.“When he got done talking, I said, ‘Well, don’t tell me — let me guess. At the end of the day you felt nauseous, you had a headache, you felt tired [and] all you wanted to do was take a Motrin, lay down and go to bed.’ He’s like, ‘Yeah.’ And I was like, ‘Well, that’s typical post-concussive symptoms there, buddy.’ “The military should start treating personnel exposed to blast waves the way it treats people who work around hazardous radiation, Sims says. In other words, set a limit to how much blast exposure a person can receive during their military career.“If there was a hazard in the civilian world for workers to be exposed to blast overpressure, we would have had a standard in place decades ago,” he says.An Army spokesperson tells NPR the military is reviewing the report and will offer a response and recommendations.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.