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Bangladesh to face Pakistan, India before World Cup

Dhaka – Bangladesh will play against Pakistan and India in official warm-up matches before the ICC World Cup 2019. The International Cricket Council on Thursday announced the fixture of warm-up matches. Tigers will lock horn with Pakistan on May 26 at Cardiff Wales Stadium. They will face India at the same venue on May 28. The forthcoming mega cricket event ... Read More »

SM Jahangir elected GS of Table Tennis Federation

Dhaka – The Executive Committee of Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation (BTTF) was elected unopposed on Thursday with Sheikh Mohammad Jahangir Alam as the general secretary. All of the 23 office bearers and members out of 24 of the executive committee were declared elected uncontested by the returning officer on Thursday as no rival candidates participated in the elections. But, a ... Read More »

Alex Hales ruled out of BPL

Dhaka – English cricketer Alex Hales has been ruled out of the ongoing edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) due to a shoulder injury he sustained during the game against Rajshahi Kings in Chattogram. Hales was playing for defending champions Rangpur Riders. He scored 304 runs in eight matches at an average of 43.42 with a century and two fifties. ... Read More »

Corruption takes a ‘devastating turn’: BNP

Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday alleged that corruption has now taken a devastating turn in the country, but the media are unable to publish reports on the malpractice due to the government’s control. Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also said Information Minister Hasan Mahmud ... Read More »

MPs-elect not joining parliament, no tea with PM: Dr Kamal

Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) – Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Thursday said they have asked their two MPs-elect not to join parliament as per their party’s decision. “We’ve clearly conveyed them (two MPs) our party’s decision of not joining parliament, and they won’t do it,” he said. Dr Kamal came up with the remarks while talking to reporters ... Read More »

Are anti-immigrant parties in Europe anti-democratic?

In May this year we will have elections for the European Parliament. We can agree that the parliament is the most democratic body in the European Union. We also can agree that the election process for the parliament is democratic and supports the principles and ideas of political liberalism. In that light, we should consider the democratic criteria and attitudes ... Read More »

Golden Rice to be released soon: Minister

Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) –Golden rice, a new variety of rice helpful to fight Vitamin A deficiency, will be released soon, said Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzak on Thursday. He came up with the information after a meeting with International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at the secretariat on Thursday. “Golden rice is important than the other varieties of rice as ... Read More »

185 people murdered in Bd in January: BHRC

Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) – Six people were murdered everyday on average in the first month of the new year, the Bangladesh Human Rights Commission (BHRC) said on Thursday. A BHRC report documented 185 killings in January alone. ‘Social violence’ claimed most lives (64), followed by deaths under unclear circumstances (36), killing by law enforcement agencies (18) and family violence ... Read More »

Govt to ensure equal rights for all: PM

Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said her government’s goal is to ensure equal rights for all people irrespective of their religions and casts. “There should be equal rights for all people, irrespective of their religions, race, casts and ethnic community. We want to ensure it and we’ll certainly do this. It’s our goal,” she ... Read More »

Rooftop solar power sale growing fast in Dhaka city

Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) – The sale of unconsumed rooftop solar electricity to government power distribution entities is rising fast in the capital city. According to the latest statistics placed in a review meeting at Power Division, the number of such consumers who are selling their unconsumed solar power to the government distribution companies stood at 50 as of January ... Read More »

Fuad’s popular song selected for joint-production film

Culture Desk “Nitol Paye Ilik Jhilik” is a hugely popular song from Fuad. The song was voiced by Rajib. Now the song has been selected for a film named “Prem Amaar-2”. For the film the song has been recorded again with singer Imran Mahmudul. It has already been published on YouTube. In the music video Adrit is seen as the ... Read More »

For some whales, sonar may provoke suicidal behaviour

Scientists have long known that some beaked whales beach themselves and die in agony after exposure to naval sonar. Now they know why: the giant sea mammals suffer decompression sickness, just like scuba divers. At first blush, the explanation laid out Wednesday by 21 experts in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B seems implausible. Millions of years of evolution have ... Read More »

7th founding anniv ,2nd film festival at DU

Entertainment Desk TV, film and Photography Department of Dhaka University, 7th founding Anniversary and 2nd film festival here almost 230 film participated only 15 best film got selected and staged. A little story from a film- “A lonely middle-aged busy city man gets a letter at almost every midnight. The letter is for some ‘Kamrul Islam’ who is not known ... Read More »

Zahid, Nadia, Urmila share screen for the first time

Entertainment Desk For the first time in an ongoing drama-serial popular model-actresses Nadia Ahmed and Urmila Srabonti Kar sharing the screen with celebrated actor-director Zahid Hasan titled ‘Don’. Zahid Hasan plays the role of the main protagonist. Jointly directed by Ahmed Rohan Rubel and Hanif Khan. Zahid is also the adviser director of the drama-serial. Actresses Nadia and Urmila play ... Read More »

The world order that’s now emerging

By Eric Zuesse The Post-World-War-II world order was dominated by the one WW II major combatant that had only 0.32% of its population (the lowest percentage) killed by the war: the United States. The Soviet Union’s comparable number killed by the war was the highest — it was 13.7% — 42 .8.times higher than America’s. The U.S. was the main ... Read More »

লেবাসের অসম্মান করা অনুচিত নয়কি?

মোস্তফা কামাল মজুমদারইংরেজীতে বলে ‘ফেস ইজ দ্য ইন্ডেক্স অব মাইন্ড’। তার মানে, চেহারা দেখে মন চেনা যায়। এটাতো একটা চিরন্তন বাকধারা। আমরা একে অন্যকে চেনা ও বোঝার জন্য যে কয়টা জিনিষ পরখ করি তার মধ্যে অন্যতম হচ্ছে বেশভূষা – জীর্ণশীর্ণ, সাধারণ, স্মার্ট না আনস্মার্ট, চেহারা মলিন না হাস্যোজ্জ্বল; কোন কিছুর দিকে লক্ষ্য নির্দিষ্ট নাকি খোলা মন এবং যে কোন আকার-ইংগিতে ... Read More »

China’s factory activity shrinks

Chinese factory activity contracted for a second straight month in January, the official Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) showed. The index ticked up to 49.5, but remained below the 50-point level that separates growth from contraction. China reported its weakest economic expansion in 28 years in 2018, and growth is expected to slow further. Already, a number of multinationals have said ... Read More »

Five more senior secretaries

Dhaka, Jan 30 – The government has made five more Senior Secretaries after satisfying their better performances as secretary in five different ministries and divisions yesterday. They are: secretary of Secondary and Higher Education Division of Education Ministry Md. Sohorab Hossain, secretary of Security Service Division of Home Ministry Fadid Uddon Ahmed Chowdhury, secretary of Ministry of Disaster Management and ... Read More »

Bd HC landmark verdict declares Turag river as living being

Dhaka, Jan 30 – In a historic verdict, the High Court on Wednesday declared the Turag River as a legal/juristic person or a living being to save the river from illegal encroachment. In its partial judgment, the HC bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice M Ashraful Kamal said Bangladesh, i.e. the humankind will fall in danger if rivers ... Read More »

‘Finalise land-use policy very quickly to save farm land’

Dhaka, Jan 30 – Land-use policy needs to be finalised very quickly to completely stop the use of agricultural lands in non-farm activities, said experts on Wednesday. They said, it is necessary to take measures to rescue the agricultural land which has already gone to non- agricultural sector. Besides, we have to ensure that the farmers can buy and sell ... Read More »

17 Jahangirnagar University students suspended

Savar (Dhaka), Jan 30 – The authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) suspended 17 students on separate charges of sexual harassment, taking drugs, and assault. The decision was taken at the January 18 syndicate meeting, said Acting Registrar Rahima Kaniz. An official notification, published on January 29, said 11 microbiology students were found guilty of sexual harassment. They had published screenshots ... Read More »

Problems noted at some centres where EVMs were used: CEC

Dhaka, Jan 30 – Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda yesterday said there were problems in some of the places where electronic voting machines (EVM) were used in the 11th parliamentary election on December 30 last year. He said, form the pools-time mistakes the concerned officials should learn and to be ready for the forthcoming upazila elections. The CEC asked ... Read More »

New monetary policy unveiled: Surplus liquidity Tk 793 bn

Central bank set to file case over its heist Wednesday night Dhaka, Jan 30 – Bangladesh Bank on Wednesday unveiled its monetary policy statement (MPS) for the second half (January-June) of the 2018-19 fiscal year. Central bank Governor Fazle Kabir presented the MPS at a press briefing at the BB’s Jahangir Alam Conference Hall in the morning. Speaking on the ... Read More »

President emphasises national unity to achieve prosperity

Dhaka, Jan 30 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday called for forging a unity of all on basic issues mentioning that peace and prosperity cannot take the permanent shape without the national unity.  He also urged all the MPs from both the treasury and opposition benches to play an appropriate and effective role in fulfilling the expectations of people. ... Read More »

BPL Cricket: Vikings advance to play-off stage beating Dynamites

Dhaka – Chittagong Vikings rallied into the play-off stage of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) beating former champions Dhaka Dynamites by 11 runs on Wednesday. The victory at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium after three consecutive defeats helped Vikings secure a spot in the super-four play-off stage after Rangpur Riders and Comilla Victorians. They have secured 14 points from 11 matches. ... Read More »

1st Div Hockey: PWD SC maintains winning run beating Bachelors SC 3-2

Dhaka – Public Works Department (PWD) Sporting Club maintained their winning run in the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League beating Bachelors Sporting Club by 3-2 goal at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Wednesday. PWD SC outplayed Bornak Samaj by 11-0 goal in their last match on Tuesday. In the day’s first match, Alamgir, Akash and Labjat ... Read More »

BFF greets whip Shamsul Haque Chwodhury

Dhaka – Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has congratulated Secretary General of Chattogram Abahani Ltd and Chairman of BFF DFA Monitoring Committee Shamsul Haque Chowdhury on his election as a whip. Extending the greetings to him, BFF President Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin, Senior Vice-president Abdus Salam Murshedy, MP, VPs, members of the Executive Committee, Standing Committees and BFF officials and staff on ... Read More »

Jatiya Oikya Front cent percent united: Dr Kamal

Dhaka, Jan 30 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Wednesday said their alliance is cent percent united with the country’s 16 crore people. He, however, did not make any comment whether his party Gonoforum’s two MPs–elect will join parliament or not. “Our Jatiya Oikyafront is cent percent united. Our unity is forged with the country’s 16 crore ... Read More »

Criticism of govt is welcome, says PM

Dhaka, Jan 30 (UNB) – Mentioning that criticism is important in a democratic process, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday assured that the opposition will be able to make enough criticisms of the government as no obstacle will be created to this end. “I can at least give assurance that our opposition parties will be able to make enough criticisms. ... Read More »