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AFC Cup: Dhaka Abahani to play Manang Marshyangdi on Apr 3

Dhaka – Bangladesh champions Dhaka Abahani Limited will play Nepalese champions Manang Marshyangdi Club in the opening Group E (South) match of the AFC Cup’2019 on April 3 at the ANFA Complex in Kathmandu. Earlier, Dhaka Abahani Limited were placed in four-team Group E (South) with Minerva Punjab of India and the winner of PO South to play with each ... Read More »

282 structures razed to rivive Buriganga, Karnaphuli rivers

Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) on Wednesday pulled down some 282 illegal establishments along the Buriganga River in the capital and the Karnaphuli in Chattogram. In the capital, the BIWTA mobile court bulldozed as many as 252 structures along the Buriganga River from Islambagh to Loharpool. The drive began around 10:30 am and continued ... Read More »

1st Div Hockey: Dhaka United outplay Shisu Kishore 9-0

Dhaka – Hockey Dhaka United outplayed Shisu Kishore Sangha by 9-0 goals in the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Wednesday. Arafat Hossain Pial struck four, Vijender Singh scored three, Sajib Hossain Sifat and Syed Al Masum scored one goal each for the winners. In the day’s other match, Mukta Bihanga ... Read More »

Bd prisoners may be able to talk to relatives over phone

Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Wednesday told Parliament that the government has taken a project to make arrangements for prisoners to talk to their relatives through telephone from the country’s all jails. Replying to a question from treasury bench member Didarul Alam (Chattogram-4), the minister, however, said militants, top terrorists and prisoners of sensational cases ... Read More »

ICC chief Shashank Manohar in city

Dhaka- International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Shashank Manohar arrived here on Wednesday on a three-visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan. The BCB chief received the ICC chairman on his arrival in Dhaka along with his wife Varsha Manohar. The ICC boss will spend a busy day on Thursday, starting with a visit ... Read More »

Shop owners demand closure of Dhaka Int’l Trade Fair-2019

Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – Bangladesh Shop Owners’ Association (BSOA) on Wednesday urged the government to end the month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2019 saying it was hampering their business. At a press conference in a Dhaka hotel, they demanded that fairs, including DITF, must not extend beyond seven days. “DITF originally started to draw international attention towards Bangladeshi ... Read More »

Medical examiner: North Texas man killed when e-cig explodes

Fort Worth, Feb 6 (AP/UNB) — A medical examiner says a North Texas man was killed when an e-cigarette exploded in his face. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office reports 24-year-old William Brown of Fort Worth died Jan. 29, two days after a vaporizer pen he was using at an e-cigarette shop in nearby Keller exploded. The medical examiner says ... Read More »

6 BSMRST University students sued over ragging

Gopalganj, Feb 6 (UNB) – The Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU) authorities filed a case against six students, who had been expelled for life for ragging two first-year students. Assistant Proctor Dr Nazmul Haque filed the case at Sadar Police Station under the Digital Security Act on Tuesday night, said Officer-in-Charge Md Monirul Islam. The accused ... Read More »

News on ‘plastic rice’ baseless: Minister

Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzak on Wednesday trashed reports on the manufacturing of so-called plastic rice in Bangladesh, saying it was impossible. “News reports on plastic rice are baseless. The rice in question has been cooked and also made into puffed rice. Claims about it being plastic rice aren’t realistic,” he told reporters at secretariat after ... Read More »

BNP slams CEC for his UZ election comment

Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday termed ‘deceptive’ Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda’s comment about holding the upcoming by-polls to Dhaka North City Corporation ‘as fair as the 11th parliamentary election’. “The CEC yesterday (Tuesday) said the city corporation by-polls will be fair like the national election. With such a comment, he has just given a hint ... Read More »

Govt has nothing to do with Jamaat ban: PM

Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told Parliament that the government has nothing to do right now to ban Jamaat-e-Islami as a political party as a case in this regard remains pending with the court. “There’s a case now pending with the court over banning Jamaat. We perhaps can do nothing here until the court ... Read More »

21 named for Ekushey Padak

Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – Twenty-one eminent personalities will get the country’s second-highest civilian award, Ekushey Padak, this year in recognition of their contributions to various fields. The Cultural Affairs Ministry announced the names of the recipients on Wednesday. Prof Halima Khatun (posthumous), Advocate Golam Arif Tipu and Prof Monowara Islam have been selected for their roles in the Language ... Read More »

Actress Jennifer Lawrence engaged

Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, one of the most popular film stars in the world, is engaged to her boyfriend, an art gallery director, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday. Her future husband is Cooke Maroney, 34, her representative confirmed to People Magazine, the publication reported on its website. Lawrence 28, was spotted wearing a “massive ring” and enjoying what appeared ... Read More »

Oscars takes place without host

The upcoming Academy Awards, the biggest night in Hollywood, will take place this year without a host for the first time in three decades, organizers said Tuesday. “We can confirm that there will be no host,” a spokesperson from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences told AFP without elaborating. The Academy was left hostless after actor and comedian ... Read More »

43rd death anniversary of Ritwik Ghatak today

Culture Desk Born in Dhaka on November 4, 1925, in East Bengal (now Bangladesh) of then British India, Ritwik played a key role in shaping the Bangla film industry. Today(Wednesday) is the 43rd death anniversary of legendary Bangla film-maker Ritwik Ghatak who changed the history of Bangla films along with his contemporaries Satyajit Ray, and Mrinal Sen. Ghatak depicted social ... Read More »

Dhaka, Delhi to sign 5 MoUs during 5th JCC Friday

Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Bangladesh and India have planned to sign five MoUs during the next round of foreign minister-level bilateral talks on Friday, aiming to take the relations between the two countries to newer heights. The meeting – 5th Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) – will be held in New Delhi paving the way for new Foreign Minister Dr ... Read More »

Apple’s top retail exec to leave amid iPhone sales slowdown

San Francisco, Feb 6 (AP/UNB)  — Apple’s top retailing executive is stepping down amid a slowdown in iPhone sales that has raised doubts about the company’s future growth prospects. The shake-up announced Tuesday ends Angela Ahrendts’ five-year stint overseeing Apple’s 506 retail stores and e-commerce operations. She is being replaced by Deirdre O’Brien, a longtime Apple executive who also runs ... Read More »

Pope publicly acknowledges clergy sexual abuse of nuns

Aboard The Papal Plane, Feb 6 (AP/UNB) — Pope Francis on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and vowed to do more to fight the problem, the latest sign that there is no end in sight to the Catholic Church’s abuse crisis — and that it now has a reckoning from the #MeToo movement. ... Read More »

Four of alleged question paper-leak syndicate held in Bd

Joypurhat, Feb 6 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four members of a syndicate involved in question paper leak at Boiragir intersection in the district town on Tuesday. The arrestees were identified as Dhrubha Das, 16, son of Bilash Das of Khanjanpur in Sadar upazila, Arman Obhi, 17, son of Saiful Islam, Arnab Khandaker, 17, son of ... Read More »

Many BNP leaders ready to join UZ polls, claims Quader

Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said many BNP leaders want to participate in the upazila parishad elections and they have the proof of that. “Whatever the decision at the centre is, the fact is that many BNP leaders want to participate in the election, and we have the evidence of that,” said ... Read More »

Trump to meet North Korean leader Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam

Washington, Feb 6 (AP/UNB) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he will hold a two-day summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam to continue his efforts to persuade Kim to give up his nuclear weapons. Trump has said his outreach to Kim and their first meeting last June in Singapore opened a path to ... Read More »

Pancheshwar high dam: Expedite works

Early finalisation of the detailed project report of the Pancheshwar high dam will bring benefits for both Nepal and India It has been 23 years since the much-hyped Integrated Development of the Mahakali Barrage including Sarada Barrage, Tanakpur Barrage and Pancheshwar Project, known as the Mahakali Treaty, was signed between Nepal and India in February 1996. It came into force ... Read More »

Venezuela’s dueling political movements each push elections

Caracas, Feb 6 (AP/UNB) — Venezuela’s opposition-dominated Congress on Tuesday said it will hold new elections as soon as possible within a year — once embattled President Nicolas Maduro is ousted from power. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s socialist party boss, Diosdado Cabello, threatened to hold early legislative elections that could gut the congress, which is the only branch of government controlled by ... Read More »

Jessore schoolboy beaten ‘by headmaster’ hospitalized

Benapole, Feb 6 – A student of Sharsha Pilot Model Secondary School was reportedly beaten up by the headmaster of the school for failing to attend the school with uniform in Sharsha Upazila of Jashore district on Tuesday. Local people said Mehedi Hasan Sagar, 15, a class IX student of the school and son of Mahinur Rahman, a brick kiln ... Read More »

RU BCL leader suspended for assaulting journalist

Rajshahi, Feb 05 – A leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League Rajshahi University (RU) unit was suspended for a month yesterday (Monday) for assaulting a campus reporter in last year. The suspended leader is Sabrun Zamil Sushmoy, is the organizing secretary of the RU unit. The victim was, Ali Younus Hridoy, a final-year student of mass communication and journalism, and RU ... Read More »

Does European Union generate external instability?

by Branko Milanovic The historic achievement of peace within a Europe of universal norms is belied by the external instability engendered by violent and incoherent interventions. The European Union is justly admired for making war among its members impossible. This is no small achievement in a continent which was in a state of semi-permanent warfare for the past two millennia. ... Read More »

No alternative to practice book reading: RU VC

Rajshahi, Feb 05 – Every student should practice book reading habit in library. This practice can only keep away from drug addiction and social crimes. Professor Dr. M Abdus Sobhan, Vice chancellor of Rajshahi University made this comment in pre-rally gathering at the university on occasion of the National Library Day on Tuesday. Calling upon the students to enlighten the ... Read More »

৩ বছর কারাবাসী জাহালমের ক্ষতিপূরণ চাই – চরমোনাই পীর

ইসলামী আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশ-এর আমীর মুফতী সৈয়দ মুহাম্মদ রেজাউল করীম পীর সাহেব চরমোনাই বলেছেণ, দেশে আইনের শাসন নেই বলেই বিনা অপরাধে তিন বছর কারাবাস করতে হয়েছে পাটকলশ্রমিক জাহালমকে। যদিও হাইকোর্টের হস্তক্ষেপে জাহালম মুক্তি পেয়েছে। তিনি বলেন, জাহালমের জীবন থেকে মহামূল্যবান তিনটি বছর নষ্ট হওয়ায় অবিলম্বে তাঁকে যথোপযুক্ত ক্ষতিপূরণ দিতে হবে। এ ঘটনায় জড়িত ব্যক্তিদের বিরুদ্ধে হাইকোর্টের নির্দেশনা অনুযায়ী কঠোর শাস্তিমূলক ব্যবস্থা ... Read More »

New EU program of EUR 205mn to strengthen Education in Bd

Dhaka, 5 February – Today, with the launch of the Human Capital Development Programme 2021 (HCDP-21) the European Union confirms its continued commitment to Bangladesh for the development of the country’s Education sector. This EU-funded programme aims to provide improved quality education and training to Bangladesh’s young population. It will promote the implementation of long-term sustainable Education policies towards a ... Read More »

Complete drug trials proceedings in six months: HC

Dhaka, Feb 05 – The High Court on Tuesday directed the lower court concerned to complete trials proceedings of all Yaba and other drug and narcotics related cases by six months. The HC bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Mostafizur Rahman also asked the deputy commissioners (DCs) and superintendents of police (SPs) to monitor whether the investigation officers ... Read More »