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BPL Football: Dhaka Abahani take solo lead beating Arambagh 2-1

Dhaka – A double strike by national striker Nabib Newas Zibon enabled defending champions Dhaka Abahani Limited to take the solo lead in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football beating Arambagh KS by 2-1 goal in the 6th round match at the Rofiq Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh on Tuesday. With the day’s feat, Dhaka Abahani Ltd secured highest 15 ... Read More »

Bangladesh upbeat ahead of New Zealand ODIs

Dhaka – Bangladesh are all set to start their three-match ODI series against hosts New Zealand at Napier. The first match of the series, which is Bangladesh’s first ODI of the year, will start at 7am on Wednesday. Steve Rhodes, the head coach of the Tigers, said they would play this series keeping a win in mind.  Bangladeshi players were ... Read More »

Bangamata U-19 Women’s Int’l Gold Cup Football to begin Apr 23

Dhaka – The first-ever Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup Football Tournament under the auspices of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will begin here on April 23. Six U-19 national women’s football teams are expected to participate in the 11-day meet named after Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib. Satellite TV channel Rtv won the broadcast rights of the tournament to telecast live ... Read More »

1st Div Hockey: Combined SC beat Bachelors Club 4-1

Dhaka – Combined Sporting Club earned a facile 4-1 victory over Bachelors Sporting Club in the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Tuesday. Javed Hossain scored twice, and Ashrafuzzaman and Shibu Das contributed one each for the winners while Harvir Singh netted the consolation goal for the losers. In the day’s ... Read More »

The migrants genocide: the banality of democracy

In 40 years from now what we define as the ‘migration crisis’ in Europe will be reported in history books as the migrants genocide. The migrants genocide of the early XXI century unveils the banality of democracy and its supposed norms, principles, values and institutions. The violence committed by non-democratic regimes could be explained by their intrinsic oppression. In periods ... Read More »

People calling what happened on Dec 30 a drama: Dr Kamal

Dhaka, Feb 12 – Jatiya Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain Tuesday said 16 crore people have been deprived of their rights through holding what he said a farcical election on December 30. “December 30 election has deprived the 16 crore people of their rights in violation of the constitution. The people will never accept it,” he said while speaking at ... Read More »

Pak envoy summoned; protest over remarks on Bd, Bangabandhu

Dhaka, Feb 12 (UNB) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday summoned acting high commissioner of Pakistan Shah Fasial Kakar and strongly protested indecent remarks over Bangladesh and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a government website. Director General (South Asia wing) at the ministry Tareque Muhammad summoned the Charge d’ Affaires and handed over a ... Read More »

Bhupen Hazarika’s family turns down Bharat Ratna award

Dhaka, Feb 12 (UNB) – Late singer Bhupen Hazarika’s only son, Tej Hazarika, who lives in USA, has said that they won’t accept Bharat Ratna award conferred on his father in the backdrop of the situation arisen out of Citizenship Amendment Bill. Tej Hazarika has issued a statement in this regard from the United States and alleged that his father’s ... Read More »

Stay alert against drugs, militancy, terrorism: PM to Ansar, VDP

Gazipur, Feb 12 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked all concerned, including the Ansar and VDP members, to always remain vigilant against drug abuse, militancy and terrorism in the country. “We must remain alert in resisting drug abuse, militancy and terrorism,” she said while addressing the 39th National Rally of Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) ... Read More »

‘Concentrate on chaotic roads’, Rizvi’s tells Quader

Dhaka, Feb 12 (UNB) – BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Tuesday urged Awami League general secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader to look at chaotic roads and public transport instead of advising BNP and others. “Awami League general secretary has now opened a counseling centre for others driving out the rule of law ... Read More »

BNP leader Dulu sent to Natore jail

Natore, Feb 12 (UNB) – A court here on Tuesday sent BNP central leader Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu to jail in a case filed over a double murder. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Mamunur Rashid passed the order rejecting his bail petition. On January 1, 2015, two young men Rakib and Raihan were killed in a terrorist attack carried out on ... Read More »

Zia’s name erased from Ctg Zia Memorial Museum signboard

Chattogram, Feb 12 (UNB) – Members of two ruling Awami League front organisations erased former president Ziaur Rahman’s name from a signboard in front of Zia Memorial Museum in the city on Tuesday. Bangladesh Chhatra League and Jubo League activists also put up another signboard there with the photo of Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel. They held a ... Read More »

BGB firing in Thakurgaon ‘clash with cattle smugglers’; dead

Thakurgaon, Feb 12 (UNB) – Four people, including a Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinee, were killed and at least 16 others injured after members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) opened fire during, what the paramilitary force claimed, a clash with cattle smugglers on Tuesday. The incident took place at Bahrampur village in Haripur upazila in the morning. Police Super Mohammad ... Read More »

Fake female doctor held in Chittagong

Chattogram, Feb 12 (UNB) – Police arrested a fake female doctor from New Market area in the port city on Monday evening on charges of taking huge money from several women luring them of providing nurse job at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH). The arrestee Ruma Akhter, 21, wife of Md Sujan, hailing from Lalmohan upazila in Bhola district, used ... Read More »

Net house potato farming gains ground in Rajshahi

Potato farming through net house system for multiplying the tissue-culture based potato seed successfully has been gaining popularity in Rajshahi region. That opens up a new door in the cash crop farming. Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal, a commercial farmer of Mollikpur village under Paba upazila, said number and acreage of the modern farming method has been enhanced significantly for the ... Read More »

Flower a blooming business in Jessore area of Bangladesh

Jashore, Feb 12 (UNB) – February, the second month of the calendar year, occupies a special place in the hearts of Bangalis. In this very month in 1952, people laid down their lives demanding the right to speak in their mother tongue – Bangla.Bangladeshis remember the fallen heroes – some known and many other unknown – on February 21 through ... Read More »

Dhaka University building rooftops for solar power

Dhaka, Feb 12 (UNB) – Having failed to get necessary cooperation from government departments in using the rooftops of their buildings, Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC) is now moving to Dhaka University buildings to implement a solar power project on their rooftops. According to official sources, the Dhaka University authorities have agreed to provide the rooftops of its 72 structures, ... Read More »

Trumps orders government to prioritize artificial intelligence

President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the US administration to give greater priority to artificial intelligence. That has a move seen as firing up a battle for leadership with China. The American AI Initiative executive order calls for the administration to “devote the full resources of the federal government” to help fuel AI innovation. “Americans have profited tremendously from being ... Read More »

AI system spots childhood disease like doctor

An artificial intelligence (AI) programme developed in China that combs through test results, health records. Even handwritten notes diagnosed childhood diseases as accurately as doctors, researchers said Monday. From the flu and asthma to life-threatening pneumonia and meningitis, the system consistently matched or out-performed primary care paediatricians, they reported in Nature Medicine. Dozens of studies in recent months have detailed ... Read More »

Two cops held for rape in Manikganj

Manikganj, Feb 12 (UNB) – Police arrested two officers of Saturia Police Station early Tuesday on charges of gang-raping a young woman after keeping her confined to the upazila Duck-bungalow here. They were arrested around 2 am after the victim filed a case with the police station accusing the two officials on Monday night, said Rifat Rahman Shamim, superintendent of ... Read More »

Fagun Haway to be released on February 15

Culture Desk Fagun Haway, the film on the Language Movement of 1952 will be released on February 15 at 52 cinema halls across the country. Members of Censors’ Board have reportedly praised the film. President Abdul Hamid has consented to attend the premiere show at Star Cineplex, Shimanta Shambhar, Dhanmondi. Fagun Haway is about the setting of a remote rural ... Read More »

Swedish Krona supported the struggle against apartheid

STOCKHOLM, Feb 11 2019 (IPS) – Between 1982 and 1988 Birgitta Karlström Dorph was on a secret mission in South Africa. “Why didn’t they stop us? Probably they were not aware of the scope of the operation. The money was transferred through so many different channels. We were clever, ” Karlström Dorph says.  The work was initiated by the Swedish prime ... Read More »

Farmers secure land and food thanks to ‘eyes in the skies’

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Feb 11 2019 (IPS) – Six years ago while wondering how best to use her engineering skills, Tanzanian ICT entrepreneur Rose Funja decided to enter an innovation competition. Years later she has turned a digital idea into a viable business that helps smallholder farmers across the East African nation access credit.    In Tanzania farmers struggle to obtain credit ... Read More »

Berlin film fest tackles climate change

True to its nature as a socially conscious film festival, this month’s Berlinale showcases a string of unflinching climate change documentaries raising the alarm about mankind’s destructive behaviour while proposing some solutions. Among the Berlin festival’s highlights is “Anthropocene: the Human Epoch” filmed over three years on six continents, with stunning panoramic shots to show the devastating and at times ... Read More »

Women reign at glitzy Grammys gala

A bold streak of feminism ran through the Grammys gala on Sunday, as women artists dominated in the competition and on the concert stage. Rappers Cardi B and Childish Gambino delivered a history-making night for hip-hop. Gambino — the musical alter ego of actor Donald Glover — posted four big wins for his provocative hit “This Is America,” but did ... Read More »

Dhaka, Feb 12 – A suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Gopibagh Railgate area here early Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Shanto, 18. Being informed that a gang of robber was taking preparation to commit robbery in the area, police conducted a drive there around 11:30 pm Monday, said Sub-inspector Mofiz Uddin of Wari ... Read More »

Border security deal reached to avert new US shutdown

Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement in principle over border security to fund the US government and avert another partial shutdown. Lawmakers said the deal had been struck in a closed-door meeting in Washington. No details have been released. Talks had stalled on the detention of undocumented migrants and funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall. Speaking late on ... Read More »

Tk 68 bln Electricity bill in arrears, Bd Parliament told

Dhaka, Feb 11 – The total electricity bill arrears as of October 2018 stood at Tk 6882.95 crore, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told parliament on Monday. Of the arrears, electricity bills amounting to Tk 642.98 crore remain unpaid by various ministries and government agencies, he said placing the statistics in reply to a starred ... Read More »

2 MPs want probe why pregnant UNO made OSD

Dhaka, Feb 11 – Two ruling party MPs on Monday demanded departmental probe into why Sadar Upazila Nirhabi Officer (UNO) of Narayanganj Hosne Ara Begum Bina has been made an officer on special duty (OSD) during her pregnancy for unknown reasons. Taking floor on the point of order, former State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki raised ... Read More »