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The criminalization of peaceful expression in Myanmar

This is the time to talk about freedom of expression. We expected it to become better, but it’s becoming worse and worse. —Maung Saungkha, activist and poet, Yangon, April 2018 They are not using the law to protect the people but to restrict the people. —Khin Sandar Tun, civic educator, Yangon, June 2018 The National League for Democracy (NLD) took ... Read More »

The 100pc cure for cancer?

Dhaka, Feb 01 – At a time when cancer is spreading at a disturbingly fast pace across the globe, an Israeli biotech company has claimed that they will have the cure for this deadly disease by 2020. Although different types of treatments are available in the market, but nothing promises to cure this deadly disease 100percent. But Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies ... Read More »

33rd Bangladesh Poetry Festival 2019 begins

Dhaka, Feb 1 – The 33rd edition of ‘Jatiya Kobita Utshab’ (national poetry festival) started on Friday at the Dhaka University’s Central Library square. This year’s slogan of the two-day festival is ‘Bangalir joy kobitar joy’ (the victory of Bangali is the victory of poetry). The festival originally began in 1987 with a view to raising voices through poems against ... Read More »

Mahbub for taking to streets to free Khaleda

Dhaka, Feb 1 – BNP Vice-chairman Khandker Mahbub Hossain on Friday urged their party leaders and activists to heat up the streets to have their chairperson Khaleda Zia freed from jail. “It would be very tough to free Khaleda Zia through a normal legal process as the government has destroyed all the institutions, including the judiciary. I personally don’t believe ... Read More »

Oikya Front hails PM for invite explains why it can’t join tea

Dhaka, Feb 01 – The opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front on Friday hailed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for inviting its leaders to her today’s tea party at her official residence Ganabhaban regretting their inability to take part in it. The Oikya Front in a letter sent to the Prime Minister questioned the morality of the government formed after what it ... Read More »

Victorians stun Dynamites winning low-scoring thriller by one run

Dhaka – Comilla Victorians defeated Dhaka Dynamites by one run on Friday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the Bangladesh Premier League. Victorians posted 127 in 20 overs but Dynamites failed to chase it down in spite of superb efforts from Keiron Pollard and Andre Russell. Mohammad Saifuddin bagged four wickets for 22. Dynamites needed 38 runs in last 24 ... Read More »

Quader criticises BNP for declining to join PM’s tea party

Dhaka, Feb 1 (UNB) – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said BNP’s decision not to join the Ganobhaban tea party at the invitation of the Prime Ministers has exposed the party’s old negative political attitude. Speaking at a press conference at Awami League president’s Dhanmondi office, he said the leaders of Jatiya Oikyafront can openly discuss various ... Read More »

Fletcher guides Sixers to 165 vs Vikings

Dhaka – With Andre Fletchers 66 off 53, Sylhet Sixers posted 165 in 20 overs in their last match of the ongoing season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) against Chittagong Vikings at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here on Friday.Vikings have won the toss and decided to bowl first in the wicket which is slightly better for the bowlers. They managed ... Read More »

Dhaka sues Manila’ bank RCBC over central bank cyber heist

Dhaka, Feb 1 (UNB) – Bangladesh filed a case against Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) of the Philippines’ over the heist of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank’s account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The case was filed with a New York bank accusing RCBC, casinos and others involved in the heist, Abu Hena Mohammed Raji Hasan, head ... Read More »

Month-long book fair marking Language martyrs’ Day begins

Dhaka, Feb 1 (UNB) – The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair, a yearly event for booklovers and publishers, began on the Bangla Academy premises and at adjoining Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on Friday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the book fair in the afternoon. Two foreign guests — Indian poet Shankha Ghosh and Egyptian writer and poet Mohsin Al ... Read More »

‘Living some sort of ‘captive life’, says PM Hasina

Dhaka, Feb 1 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday lamented her inability to roam around the Ekushey Book Fair freely, saying she is now living some sort of a ‘captive life’. “When I was not in power, I used to come at the book fair and roam around freely. But now, I’m living some sort of a captive ... Read More »

Heavy rain, flooding causes 12 deaths in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, Jan 31 (AP/UNB) — Saudi Arabia says 12 people have died and more than 170 have been injured this week due to flooding from heavy rain in the northwest. The Civil Defense says Thursday that 10 people died in the area of Tabuk, one in Medina and another in the Northern Borders region. It did not say what ... 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 »

Sultan Abdullah sworn in as Malaysia’s new king

Kuala Lumpur, Jan 31 (Xinhua/UNB) — Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was sworn in as Malaysia’s 16th king in a ceremony at the national palace on Thursday. Abdullah took his oath and signed the instruments of office with the country’s other hereditary rulers witnessing the event. Abdullah, ruler of the Malaysian state of Pahang, is joined by Sultan Nazrin Shah ... Read More »

Month-long Ekushey book fair begins Friday

Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) – The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair, a yearly event for booklovers and publishers, will begin on the Bangla Academy premises and at adjoining Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Friday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the book fair on the Bangla Academy premises at 3:00 pm on the day. She will also unveil a ... Read More »

Mobile users in Bd nearly 12 million up in 2018

Dhaka, Jan 31 (Xinhua/UNB) – The total number of Bangladesh’s mobile phone subscribers hit about 157 million at the end of 2018, with addition of nearly 12 million new users in last year, statistics of the country’s telecom regulator showed Thursday. According to data from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), the number of subscribers in the country reached 156.989 million ... Read More »

Delhi invites Dhaka business community to Maritime Conclave

Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) – India has invited Bangladesh business community, particularly those from shipping and waterways industries, to attend ‘Maritime Conclave 2019’ to be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on February 14-15. “Besides presenting opportunities for investment in the maritime sector of India, I am certain that Maritime Conclave 2019 will also generate new ideas on further enhancing bilateral cooperation ... Read More »

21 organizations transforming Australia’s food system

From Danielle Nierenberg Greetings from Melbourne, where I’m speaking at festival21—a celebration of the potential for change in Australia’s future food system, joining food experts like Fabrice DeClerck, Science Director at EAT; David Nabarro, Strategic Director of 4SD and recipient of the 2018 World Food Prize; Kaitlin Yarnall, Senior Vice President of Media Innovation for the National Geographic Society; Linda ... Read More »

সুপারম্যানের আকাশে ওড়া এবং দুর্নীতির পাগলাঘোড়া

মোতাহারহোসেন গত শতাব্দীর শেষের দিকে মার্কিন যুক্তরাষ্ট্রে সুপারম্যান চলচ্চিত্রটি মুক্তি পায়। মুক্তি পাওয়ার পর পরই অসম্ভব ব্যবসা সফল এ ছবি নিয়ে সারা দুনিয়ায় হইচই পড়ে যায়। কারন, ছবিটি তে অত্যাধুনিক ক্যামেরার অসাধারন সব কারুকলা দেখানো হয়েছে। গল্পের নায়ক আকাশ দিয়ে উড়ে যায় স্বাচ্ছন্দে। এ বোমা ফাটানো ছবি দেখে বিশ্ববাসী হতবাক; ক্যামেরার এরকম জাদুকরী কারুকাজ কেউ দেখেনি অতীতে। ছবির পরিচালক রিচার্ড ... Read More »

RU Pathok Forum gets new committee

Rajshahi, Jan 31 – Making Rashedul Islam of Folklore department president and Abdul Alim of Economics general secretary a new executive committee of Rajshahi University Sangbadpatra Pathok Forum has been formed for the next consecutive session. Other office bearer are Abdul Alim Vice-president, Samia Rahman, Vice president, Rifat Sultana Joint-general secretary, Md Raihan Ali Organizing secretary, Md Saiful Islam Treasurer, ... Read More »

Barapukuria charge hearing against Khaleda deferred

Dhaka, Jan 31 – The Special Judge’s Court-2 of Dhaka yesterday deferred the hearing on charge framing against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and nine others in the Barapukuria graft case till February 26. Judge ASM Ruhul Imran of the special court passed the order after Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Ziauddin Zia submitted a petition seeking adjournment of hearing. Lawyer of ... Read More »

সংসদে নির্বাচন নিয়ে অসত্য কথা দুর্ভাগ্যজনক- চরমোনাই পীর

ইসলামী আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশ-এর আমীর মুফতী সৈয়দ মুহাম্মদ রেজাউল করীম পীর সাহেব চরমোনাই বলেছেন, বৃহষ্পতিবার জাতীয় সংসদের উদ্বোধনী অধিবেশনে অসত্য ভাষণ দুর্ভাগ্যজনক। এহেন জঘন্য নির্বাচনকে প্রধানমন্ত্রী সফল বলায় দেশবাসী চরমভাবে হতাশ হয়েছে। পীর সাহেব চরমোনাই বলেন, আমরা দেশের মুরব্বী মনে করে প্রেসিডেন্টের কাছে নতুন নির্বাচন চেয়ে স্মারকলিপি দিয়েছিলাম। অথচ প্রেসিডেন্টও বিতর্কিত সংসদে উদ্বোধনী ভাষণ দিয়ে আমাদেরকে হতাশ করেছে। তিনি বলেন, এ ... Read More »