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RU prepares to observe Language Day, Teachers Day

Rajshahi, Feb 15 – The Rajshahi University authority is taking preparation to observe the ‘Teachers day’ and ‘International Mother’s Language day’ on 18 and 21 February respectively with due respect and somberness. They have chalked out various programs to mark the days. Student advisor also the member-secretary of Teacher’s Day and Language Day observance committee of RU Prof Dr Laila ... Read More »

Photojournalist Farhad passes away

Dhaka, Feb 15 – Senior photojournalist Farhad Hossain died on Friday after a prolonged illness since 2011. He was 71. He left behind his wife Asia Begum, only son Ashik Mohammad, a host of relatives, friends, colleagues and well wishers to mourn his dead. Ashik Mohammad is a photo journalist working with the Daily Observer. Farhad Hossain started his career ... Read More »

300 babies die in war zones every day: Save the Children

War zone acts including denial of aid, damage to hospitals and outright attacks killed 100,000 babies every year in the world’s 10 worst conflict-affected countries, the international charity Save the Children said on the eve of Munich’s Security Conference. And, a fifth of children were living in zones impacted by conflict, more than any time in the past two decades, ... Read More »

The loss of European memory

The greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression (1929-1939) has produced a crisis of democratic legitimacy not unlike the one that fuelled the rise of fascism in the interwar years. During the postwar era (1945-1989) collective memories of total war—as well as the economic success of liberal democracy—ensured that neo-fascist movements remained politically marginal. However, the Great Recession (2007-13) has ... Read More »

PM Hasina heads Panel on Bangabandhu’s birth centenary

Dhaka, Feb 15 (UNB) – The government has constituted a national committee to smoothly celebrate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the national level. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lead the 102-member Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Committee. The Cabinet Division issued a notification on Thursday ... Read More »

PM Sheikh Hasina takes part in Munich Security Conference

Munich, Feb 15 (UNB) – The three-day Munich Security Conference (MSC 2019) began here on Friday to discuss the future of arms control and cooperation in defence policy as well as examine intersection between trade and international security, effects of climate change and technological innovations on the international security. The MSC has brought together over 450 senior decision-makers and thought-leaders ... Read More »

False ‘Brinjal bomb’ panic in Chittagong University

Chattogram, Feb 15 (UNB) – Chittagong University students and authorities spent a sleepless night on Thursday as they mistook a brinjal as a bomb. Witnesses said panic spread to such extent that first police and then the bomb disposal unit of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) were called in, and the police guarded the bomb-like object overnight. “It looked exactly like ... Read More »

Ensure Rohingyas’ basic rights, their repatriation: Dhaka

Dhaka, Feb 15 (UNB) – State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam has said the international community has a shared responsibility to help restore the Rohingyas’ fundamental rights and freedoms, including their right to return to Myanmar in safety and dignity. “By opening our borders to the persecuted Rohingya, Bangladesh has not only saved lives but also stabilized the ... Read More »

Bd inks MoUs with Holland for water-sector capacity building

Dhaka, Feb 15 (UNB) – Bangladesh and the Netherlands have signed two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for capacity building of the water sector in Bangladesh. The Water Resources Ministry signed the MoUs — one with Deltares, a prominent Dutch research organisation involved in water-related research, and the other with the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, a world famous Dutch ... Read More »

One-party rule imposed undercover of democracy: BNP

Dhaka, Feb 15 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan on Friday alleged that the government has imposed an autocratic role in the country undercover of democracy. “The government has established an unwritten one-party rule Baksal, but they pretend to be democratic and often talk about democracy,” he said. Speaking at a human-chain programme, the BNP leader further ... Read More »

Barrister Razzaq quits Jamaat

Dhaka, Feb 15 (UNB) – Barrister Abdur Razzaq resigned from Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami on Friday as he said the party failed to apologise for its anti-liberation war role in 1971 and reform the organistion based on reality. The Jamaat assistant secretary general sent his resignation letter from the UK to Jamaat Ameer Maqbul Ahmed in the morning. In his resignation letter, ... Read More »

Youth Test: Batsmen guide England U-19 to 295/6 on Day 1

Dhaka – Visiting England Under-19 posted 295 runs for six wickets on the first day of the second Youth Test against Bangladesh on Friday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram. England lost the first match by eight wickets. But their batsmen have recovered well, taking advantage of the batting-friendly wicket. Bangladesh U-19, looking for a consecutive series win, won the ... Read More »

Bangladesh in dire need to bounce back against New Zealand

Dhaka – To keep the dream of winning an ODI series in New Zealand alive, Bangladesh are in a dire need to bounce back in the second game of the three-match series in Christchurch on Saturday. The match will kick off at 4am Bangladesh time.The Tigers were outclassed in the first match of the series in Napier where the hosts ... Read More »

JPC, IEB refuse Oikya Jote halls for public hearing

Jatiya Oikya Front (JOF) has accused the Awami League of playing fowl game to foil their public hearing program of the scheduled for February 24 to air what its leaders call gross irregularities and corrupt practices adopted in the December 30 election. Jatiya Oikya Front leader and General Secretary of the Gano Forum Mustafa Mohsin Montu said they booked the ... Read More »

The hidden economic costs of displacement

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 14 2019 (IPS) – While the impacts of displacement on wellbeing are well-known, one group has pointed to the equally burdensome economic costs for those displaced as well as host communities. In a new report, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) examines the financial costs of internal displacement across major crises around the world, raising awareness of the importance of preventing ... Read More »

How devastating is climate change for world peace, security?

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 2019 (IPS) – When the Security Council, the most powerful body at the United Nations, met last month to discuss the growing new threats to world peace and security, the discussion veered away from international terrorism, nuclear Armageddon and the rash of ongoing military conflicts in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. And 83 of the 193 ... Read More »

Emojis with disabilities a step for inclusion

As a person with a disability, I have never seen myself represented in the vast range of emojis – those small digital images – found on smartphones. There are magician, mermaid and merman, zombie, and vampire emojis. There are thousands of emojis but up until now, no one with a disability. That is all about to change. Later this year, smartphones ... Read More »

Power plant final deal with Reliance Group ‘soon’

Dhaka, Feb 15 (UNB) – The final deal with Indian Reliance Group is finally going to be signed for its proposed LNG-based 750 MW power plant as the Power Division has recently received clearance from the ministries of Law and Finance for the agreement, official sources said. Officials said it has almost been four years since Indian Reliance Group signed a ... Read More »

BNP trying hard to make Dec-30 election questionable: PM

Munich, Feb 15 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said BNP had an evil intention to make the 2018 general election questionable and they are still trying to do so. “Their [BNP’s] intention was to make the Dec-30 election questionable and they’re still trying hard for that,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while addressing a civic reception ... Read More »

29 Bangladeshi apparel makers take part in Paris Texworld

Dhaka, Feb 15 – A total of 29 Bangladeshi apparel, fabric and leather manufacturers took part in the four-day Texworld or Apparel Sourcing Paris that ended in Paris on Thursday. Additional Commerce Secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh visited the show and appreciated Bangladeshi entrepreneurs. Dilara Begum, Commercial Counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy in France, was also there. Combined with Apparel Sourcing and ... Read More »

Clean air act in the offing

The government is working on enactment of a law with a provision for imprisonment up to 10 years against air polluters aiming to ensure clean air for all. The Department of Environment (DoE) with support from Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) has already prepared a draft of the ‘Bangladesh Clean Air Bill-2019’, which was presented at function here yesterday. The ... Read More »

Roblox, the game platform teaching young kids to code

With its Lego-like avatars and easy-to-learn coding for budding programmers, the online gaming app Roblox has cornered the market in younger gamers, with 80 million monthly users, many of them under 16. Now the platform, which has already taken the United States by storm, is setting its sights on Europe and Asia to become a global giant. Kids log on ... Read More »

Deadline of submitting films for National Award March 7

Culture Desk The jury board made by the Ministry of Information for the National Film Award Competitions 2017 and 2018 yesterday asked the film producers to submit their films by March 7 for taking part in competitions. Bangladesh Film Censor Board will receive the applications for the competitions till 5 pm on the day, said an official handout here. The ... Read More »

Oscar organizers struggle to keep show relevant

From going without a host to handing out key awards during commercial breaks, to a quickly nixed idea for a popular film category. Oscar organizers are struggling to keep Hollywood’s biggest night relevant while dealing with a string of messy controversies. With less than two weeks to go before the February 24 gala, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and ... Read More »

Only immediate climate action can save the future

by John Scales Avery Only immediate climate action can save the future. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon. A new book. I have written a 396-page book about the steps that are urgently needed in order to save the future for our children ... Read More »

Make hunger thing of past Pope Francis at IFAD annual meet

Rome, 14 February 2019 – Pope Francis set the tone for the 42nd session of the annual Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) by saying that hunger can be made a part of the world’s past, but only if all institutions and people work together, and only if these efforts are owned locally and driven by ... Read More »

Committed to Constitution, not party, says Bd election boss

Dhaka, Feb 14 – Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda yesterday said as a state official, we are committed to the constitution, not to any political party and person. He urged the election officials to arrange the Upazila polls in fully neutral aspect. The CEC came up with the remarks while briefing the Returning Officers (RO) and Assistant Returning ... Read More »

Bd regulators block 1279 more pornographic websites

Dhaka, Feb 14 – The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Thursday blocked 1,279 more pornographic websites in the country to all International Internet Gateway (IIG). Confirming the matter an official of an IIG said the BTRC ordered to block pornographic websites and implement of the directive instantly. Earlier on February 6, the BTRC also blocked 244 pornography websites to ... Read More »