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** Arab countries must supply weapons to Palestinians so that they can defend themselves against Israel's brutalities ** It means to clinging to power thru elections under partisan govt: Civil society ** After JNU, students of Tata Institute watch banned BBC documentary on PM Modi despite warnings ** Country on way of fully vaccinated ** Walkways are being constructed on both sides of the canal of the Dhaka-Narayanganj-Dhaka (DND) dam at Siddhirganj of Narayanganj as the authorities took a project to develop the dam like Hatirjheel Lake in the capital. NN photo ** ‘Fierce’ battle raging in Ukraine for control of Vuhledar ** BNP asks govt to resign without delay ** FM likely to visit New Delhi March 1-2 ** Islami Jubo Khelafat Bangladesh stages a demonstration in front of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the capital on Friday to protest the burning of the Holy Quran in Sweden and the Israeli aggression against Palestinian Muslims. ** Shoppers in thousands throng the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) at newly inaugurated Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Centre at Purbachal on Friday. ** 18 years of Kibria murder Trial deferred repeatedly due to lack of witnesses ** Gas supply shortage hits households, industries ** Production remains halted in 8 Ctg power plants ** Israeli violence BD condemns killing of ten Palestinians ** HC-order to ban single-use plastic items ** 532 students commit suicide in 2022 ** ‘Work of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will not be stopped’ ** Protests against Quran burning held across Middle East ** More delay in change will lead to more miseries for people ** Chaos between bench and bar ** Workers busy preparing stalls for the month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela, which is scheduled to begin on the Bangla Academy premises and part of Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital from February 1. NN photo ** USAID announces additional $75m assistance for Rohingyas ** Sugar price rises by Tk 5 per kg ** Germany, US, to send battle tanks to help Ukraine fight off Russia ** Israel army kills nine Palestinians **

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17 July 2020


Novartis to provide 'no profit' Covid-19 drugs to developing countries

Swiss drugmaker Novartis will provide 15 generic drugs for treating the symptoms of coronavirus to developing countries on a not:for:profit basis.
The drugs range from antibiotics to steroids and pills for diarrhoea, and will be provided to 79 low: and lower:middle:income countries.
"We shouldn't underestimate the stress that COVID puts particularly on fragile health systems," Chief Operating Officer Lutz Hegermann told Reuters news agency in an interview.

India to allow Hindu pilgrims to Kashmir despite Coronavirus risk

Authorities in Indian:administered Kashmir have decided to allow Hindu pilgrims to visit the Himalayan cave shrine of Amarnath : a decision Kashmiri analysts say contradicts the government's coronavirus lockdown policy.
The annual Amarnath Yatra (journey), which receives hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across India, will likely begin on July 21, but this year it has been shortened to two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pakistan reports lowest number of daily deaths

Pakistan has reported its lowest number of daily COVID:19 deaths in about a month.
It recorded 40 deaths in the past 24 hours on Thursday, compared to the highest single:day toll of 153 on June 19.
Pakistan has recorded 257,914 confirmed cases, including 2,145 in the past 24 hours, and 5,426 fatalities.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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