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Bangladesh include Shafiul, Ebadat for New Zealand tour

Dhaka – The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday included Shafiul Islam and uncapped pacer Ebadat Hossain for the Tigers’ tour of New Zealand.While Shaful has been included in the ODI side, Ebadat earned a maiden call to the Test squad, according to a BCB media statement. Shafiul last played for the Tigers in an ODI back in 2016 against ... Read More »

1st Div Hockey: Combined SC crush Bornak Samaj 10-0

Dhaka – A brilliant double hat-trick by Javed Hossain guided Combined Sporting Club to register a 10-0 goal victory over Bornak Samaj in the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Tuesday. Javed Hossain made the first double hat-trick in the ongoing league scoring seven field goals in the 10th, 19th, 21st, ... Read More »

Riders, Dynamites lock horns Wednesday for last final berth

Dhaka – Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza-led Rangpur Riders and Bangladesh Test and T20 skipper Shakib Al Hasan’s Dhaka Dynamites will lock horns in the Qualifier-2 of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday for a final berth. The Titans’ clash will start at 6:30 pm. The winners of the match will qualify for ... Read More »

Oikya Front to protest ‘vote robbery’ wearing black badges

Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront is going to form a human chain wearing black badge in the capital on Wednesday, protesting what it said ‘vote robbery’ in the December-30 national election. The programme will begin at 3pm in front of the Jatiya Press Club and conclude at 4 pm with the participation of Oikyafront leaders and activists. Senior ... Read More »

Crusade against sex edu undermines progress in Latin America

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 30 2019 (IPS) – The crusade against comprehensive sex education by conservative and religious sectors undermines progress in Latin America and could further drive up rates of teen pregnancy, communicable diseases and abuse against girls and adolescents. In Brazil, where far-right President Jair Bolsonaro took office on Jan. 1, backed by the country’s neo-Petencostal churches, the crusade has ... Read More »

Robot, know thyself; machines get more self-aware

New York, Feb 5 (AP/UNB) — Forget dreaming of electric sheep. Robots first need to figure out how to imagine themselves. One New York robot has done just that. It’s learned that it’s a robotic arm using a process of self-simulation. Columbia University engineers have given the robot the ability to model itself without prior knowledge of physics or its ... Read More »

Pope Francis celebrates historic Mass on Arabian Peninsula

Abu Dhabi, Feb 5 (AP/UNB) — Pope Francis ministered on Tuesday to the thriving Catholic community in the United Arab Emirates as he concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass here. Cheers erupted inside and out the the Zayed Sports City Stadium as Francis arrived and looped through the crowd in his open-sided popemobile ... Read More »

2 killed in Gopalganj bus plunge

Gopalganj, Feb 5 (UNB) – A bank official and a woman were killed and 20 others injured after a bus plunged into a roadside ditch in the Sadar Upazila on Tuesday morning. The deceased are Nurul Islam, 40, son of late Abdul Mazed Mollah, resident of Sultanshahi village. He was the senior officer (cash) of BASIC Bank. The other victim ... Read More »

Jaha Alam’s imprisonment regrettable: Information Minister

Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Monday termed regrettable the incident of long imprisonment of an innocent person, Jaha Alam, in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). “It’s unfortunate that Jaha Alam suffered imprisonment without committing any crime.  He had to undergo three years of imprisonment mistakenly,” he said. The minister came up ... Read More »

PM asks police to be people friendly

Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked the police personnel to discharge their duties with patriotism saying they will have to be people-friendly ones. “Police have to discharge their duties being imbued with patriotism for turning it as a people-friendly force,” she said. The Prime Minister was addressing senior police officials at a function at ... Read More »

Show genuine will to end displacement in Rakhine: Jolie

Cox’s Bazar, Feb 5 (UNB) – UNHCR special envoy and famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie on Tuesday urged the Myanmar authorities to show the genuine commitment to end the cycle of violence, displacement, and improve the conditions for all communities in Rakhine State, including Rohingyas. She made the call while briefing media here after meeting Rohingyas and visiting Kutupalong Rohingya ... Read More »

Karisma don’t miss being in front of camera

Karisma Kapoor says she does not miss being on the movie sets and is enjoying her time off camera. The 44-year-old actor, who last appeared in 2012 film ‘Dangerous Ishqq’, said she never had a career plan as she believed in doing what interested her as an artiste. “I am not missing being in front of the camera. Everybody says ... Read More »

Samad, Sujat reelected to lead National Poetry Council

Cultural Correspondent The new committee of Jatiya Kabita Parishad (National Poetry Council) for the term 2019-2021 was announced in the National Poetry Festival which was held in the city recently. Noted poet and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Muhammad Samad and Tarik Sujat have been selected again respectively as the president and general secretary of the Parishad. Poets Rabiul Husain, Rubi Rahman, ... Read More »

Fagun Haway, Jodi Ekdin get Censors’ approval

Culture Desk Fagun Haway, the first film on the Language Movement of 1952 has received Censor Board’s approval. Members of the board have reportedly praised the film and given it an uncut certificate. Now the film is on its way for getting released on February 15. Jahid Hasan Ovi, chief of the promotional partner of the film has expressed his ... Read More »

Removing arsenic from groundwater: Let’s use the tools

HAMILTON, Canada, Feb 1 2019 (IPS) – Cost-effective technologies are available to remove arsenic in groundwater. Why then do tens of millions still fall ill to this chronic problem? High natural levels of arsenic are characteristic of the groundwater supply in many countries, including Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Mongolia, and the United States. Some of the contamination is caused by mining, fertilizers ... Read More »

Bullets in the Crackdown on Venezuela’s Protests

CARACAS, Feb 1 2019 (IPS) – The protests in Venezuela demanding an end to the presidency of Nicolás Maduro in the last 10 days of January, whose soundtrack was the sound of banging on pots and pans in working-class neighbourhoods, had a high human cost: more than 40 deaths, dozens wounded and about a thousand detainees, including 100 women and 90 ... Read More »

Awkwafina, Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez to present at Oscars

New York, Feb 5 (AP/UNB) — Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg and Brie Larson will be presenters at the 91st Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Monday announced its first slate of presenters. Also among the 13 stars are Daniel Craig, Jennifer Lopez, Amandla Stenberg and Awkwafina. Chris Evans, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Charlize Theron, Tessa ... Read More »

Ali Asghar Lobi quits BNP on health ground?

Khulna, Feb 4 (UNB) – Former MP and party’s executive committee member Ali Asghar Lobi has quit BNP on health grounds. Lobi, also ex-president of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and former convener of Khulna city unit BNP, sent his resignation letter to BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on January 24 last, his personal secretary Farhin Akhter told local ... Read More »

IBBL inaugurates special campaign on financial inclusion

Dhaka, Feb (UNB)-Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) has inaugurated a special campaign on financial inclusion with a slogan- ‘Financial Inclusion: Small Savings & Accelerated Development’ on Monday. The campaign will continue until March 14 with a view to bring students, farmers, laborers, small traders, expatriates and people of all class and profession under the banking service. Md Mahbub ul Alam, ... Read More »

Two held with fake SSC question papers in Natore

Natore, Feb 5 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two people with fake SSC question papers at Gurudashpur upazila on Monday night.The arrestees were identified as Taher and Shihab, said to be members of an organised gang of criminals engaged in question paper leak.Tracking their mobile phones, a team of Rab-5 conducted a drive in Mosinda High ... Read More »

DU female student kidnapping case: 4 asked to surrender

Dhaka, Feb 5 – The High Court on Monday asked four people to surrender before the trial court by Wednesday in a case filed for attempting to kidnap a female student of Dhaka University. The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order rejecting their bail petitions seeking interim bail in the case. ... Read More »

Suicide mistake should not multiply

Suicide is a touchy issue. Only people with tender mental state take recourse to suicide for their inability to absorb shocks. Yet it’s considered a crime. In some areas, Muslim religious leaders refuse to say janaza funeral prayer of suicide victims. A failed suicide attempt may invite prosecution. I would love to relay a piece of advice I heard Dr ... Read More »

Venezuela crisis: Lima Group backs Guaidó

A group of Latin American countries and Canada has urged the Venezuelan military to support opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president. In a statement, 11 of the 14 members of the Lima Group called for a change of power without the use of force and the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid. Mr Guaidó has declared himself interim president and ... Read More »

Khaleda in Niko graft case: Next charge hearing in a week

Dhaka, Feb 4 – A court here on Monday set February 12 for the next hearing on charge-framing against 11 people, including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, in the Niko graft case. Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Dhaka Special Judge Court-9 fixed the date after a partial hearing with all the accused present in the dock. Khaleda’s lawyer Abdur Razzak Khan ... Read More »

Media plays role in disasters as part of society: Journos

Nalaka Gunawardene Starting in 2008, the Indian government has been convening a global event platform called World Congress on Disaster Management to bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners from around the world to discuss challenges of disaster risk reduction (DRR). The 4th in the series was held in Mumbai from 29 Jan to 1 Feb 2019, hosted by the ... Read More »

A-2oC temperature rise could melt half the Himalaya glaciers

Dhaka, Feb 04 – A Two-degree C temperature rise could melt half of the laciers in Hindu Kush Himalaya region, destabilizing Asia’s rivers, according to a new study. The comprehensive study of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region, known as the world’s “Third Pole” for its vast store of ice, and home to Mount Everest, K2 and other soaring peaks, ... Read More »

Writ petition filed against private practice by govt doctors

Dhaka, Feb 04 – A writ petition was filed on Monday with the High Court seeking its directive upon the government to take necessary steps to completely stop private practice of the government appointed doctors. Five Supreme Court lawyers including Abdus Sattar Palwan jointly filed the petition challenging the legality of inaction of the authorities concerned to stop private practice ... Read More »

Family in tears as innocent Jaha Alam is released from jail

Dhaka, Feb 04 – Jaha Alam, who got released from jail after imprisoned wrongly for three years, wants compensation and justice for his sufferings. He was released from Kashimpur Central Jail in Gazipur in the wee hours of of Monday under orders from the High Court. “The ACC has kept me in jail for three years over a false case. ... Read More »