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Expert panel sounds alarm on Bayer-Monsanto merger

Rome, 13th October – Dominant agri-food firms have become too big to feed humanity sustainably, too big to operate on equitable terms with other food system actors, and too big to drive the types of innovation we need. This was the verdict of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), as it sounded the alarm on the ... Read More »

Australia skydiving: Three dead after midair collision

Three skydivers have died in Queensland after they apparently collided mid-air, say Australian authorities. Paramedics and police were called to Mission Beach, a popular skydiving spot about 140km (87 miles) south of Cairns. Two men in their 30s, and a woman in her 50s, were found dead at the scene, Queensland police said in a statement. Police said initial investigations ... Read More »

China’s trade accelerated in September

China’s trade growth accelerated in September in a sign of resilient global and domestic consumer demand. Exports rose 8.1 percent to $198.3 billion, up from August’s 5.5 percent, trade data showed Friday. Imports rose 18.7 percent to $169.8 billion, an improvement from the previous month’s 13.3 percent. The figures were a positive sign for Chinese demand despite forecasters’ expectations that ... Read More »

Egg Fair ends in chaos as queue too big against supply

A special egg sale in Dhaka has ended in drama after police scuffled with people who formed chaotic queues, surprising organisers by turning up in the thousands. The sale aimed to mark World Egg Day on Friday and was jointly organised by the Department of Livestock Services and the Bangladesh Poultry Industries Central Council or BPICC. The prospect of buying ... Read More »

Facebook’s Sandberg favours release of Russia-linked ads

A top Facebook executive says ads linked to Russia trying to influence the U.S. presidential election should “absolutely” be released to the public, along with information on whom the ads were targeting. Previously, Facebook declined to make the ads public. While Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, now favors the release, she didn’t say Thursday when the company would do ... Read More »

Hackers still targetting SWIFT

Hackers continue to target the SWIFT bank messaging system, though security controls instituted after last year’s $81 million heist at Bangladesh’s central bank have helped thwart many of those attempts, a senior SWIFT official told Reuters. “Attempts continue,” said Stephen Gilderdale, head of SWIFT’s Customer Security Programme, in a phone interview. “That is what we expected. We didn’t expect the ... Read More »

Chief Justice being sent abroad by force: BNP

BNP on Friday alleged that the government is sending Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha abroad by ‘force’ to establish its full control over the judiciary. Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam made the allegation while talking to reporters after visiting ailing BNP standing committee member Tariqul Islam. “It’s now clear to the entire nation that the government has taken all ... Read More »

18 Rohingya people held in Satkhira

Dhaka – Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) detained 18 Rohingya people in Hijaldi border area in Kolaroa upazila in Satkhira early Friday.Omar Faruk, company commander of BGB Hijaldi BOP camp, said that a team of BGB detained them when they were trying to enter Bangladesh territory through Indian border. Read More »

DIU student’s killer held in N’ganj

Dhaka – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested the ringleader of a mugger gang, which killed a private university student in the city, from Rupsha area in Narayanganj district on Friday morning.The arrested was identified as Jibon Hossian Litu, 28, the kingpin of the gang which used to mug in the city’s Tikatuli area. Read More »

US loses to Colombia 3-1 at Under-17 World Cup

Dhaka,(AP/UNB) -The United States stumbled to a 3-1 loss to Colombia in its final group-stage game at the Under-17 World Cup in India on Thursday, and will play Paraguay, Germany or Iran in the second round next week.The Americans (2-1) began the day leading Group A but fell to third place with the defeat at Navi Mumbia, falling behind Ghana ... Read More »

Test championship, one-day league get ICC nod

Dhaka- The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday gave the green light to a nine-team Test league and a 13-team ODI league aimed at bringing context and meaning to bilateral cricket.The schedules of the leagues, due to start in 2019 and 2020 respectively, will now be finalized, said a press release of ICC. Read More »

Hero Asia Cup: Japan hold Pakistan 2-2

Dhaka – Japan forced three-time champions Pakistan to share points as they played 2-2 draw in their Pool A second match of the eight-team Hero 10th Men’s Asia Cup Hockey at Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium on Friday.After an aggressive but fruitless 1st quarter, Muhammad Arslan Qadir scored a penalty corner goal in the 16th minute to put Pakistan ahead. ... Read More »

Bangladesh A need 105 runs on final day vs Ireland 

Dhaka -Bangladesh A team will need 105 runs more on the final day on Saturday with eight wickets remaining in the 2nd innings of the one-off unofficial Test for the victory against Ireland A team at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.Bangladesh A team were at 27/2 in 11 overs at stumps on the third day on Friday where Shadman Islam (14*) ... Read More »

Sharapova marches into Tianjin semi-finals

TIANJIN, China,(BSS/AFP) – Maria Sharapova equalled her best performance since returning from a doping suspension as she breezed into the Tianjin Open semi-finals on Friday.The Russian easily defeated Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 6-3, 6-1 in 64 minutes and the former world number one will face China’s Peng Shuai in the last four. Read More »

Bangladesh go down 0-7 to India in Asia Cup Hockey

Dhaka- Bangladesh again suffered a 0-7 goal defeat to former champions India in the one-sided Hero Men’s Asia Cup Hockey held on Friday at Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium here.India dominated in the match taking 5-0 lead at the first half and they kept their donation till the final whistle. Read More »

Kuwait to make expats present degrees for visa renewal

Kuwait’s government will begin checking and auditing university degree certificates when expats renew their residency visas, according to reports. Kuwait Times cited sources as confirming the measure, which will come into effect by the end of the month. They said: “residencies will not be renewed no matter what the excuses are” if the certificate is not presented. Read More »

2,000 evacuated after Dubai school fire

More than 2,000 students and teachers were evacuated after a fire broke out at a Dubai school earlier on the day. Dubai Civil Defence said the fire started in a classroom air conditioning unit at Gulf National School in Al Garhoud at around 11:50am. Read More »

Three skydivers die after ‘mid-air collision’

Three skydivers have died in Queensland after they apparently collided mid-air, say Australian authorities. Paramedics and police were called to Mission Beach, a popular skydiving spot about 140km (87 miles) south of Cairns. Two men in their 30s, and a woman in her 50s, were found dead at the scene, Queensland police said in a statement. Police said initial investigations ... Read More »

Scandal deluging Hollywood producer Weinstein deepens

The scandal deluging Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has deepened after US actress Rose McGowan publicly accused him of raping her. In a series of tweets, McGowan also accused Amazon Studio chief Roy Price of having ignored her when she made the allegation earlier. Amazon has put Price – himself accused on Thursday of sexually harassing a female producer – on ... Read More »

Rohingya cleansing began before August 25: UN

Geneva (Kanaga Raja) – The brutal attacks against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine State, as well as other serious human rights violations committed since 25 August 2017, were executed in “a well-organized, coordinated and systematic manner”, according to a new United Nations report released on Wednesday. Read More »

রোহিঙ্গা সংকট: শুধু ত্রাণ বিলানোতেই দায়িত্ব শেষ নয়

রোহিঙ্গা সংকটে শুধু ত্রাণ বিলানোতেই দায়িত্ব শেষ মনে করলে হবে না। এই সংকট তৈরির পেছনে আঞ্চলিক ও পরাশক্তিসমূহের দূরভীসন্ধির বিষয়েও সতর্কতামূলক পদক্ষেপ এবং জনসচেনতা তৈরিতে গুরুত্বের সাথে বিবেচনায় রাখতে হবে। Read More »