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Vigilante ‘Cow Protection’ groups attack minorities

Authorities Should End Communal Rhetoric, Prosecute Assailants New York – The Indian government should prevent and prosecute mob violence by vigilante groups targeting minorities in the name of so-called cow protection, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 104-page report, “Violent Cow Protection in India: Vigilante Groups Attack Minorities,” describes the use of communal rhetoric by members ... Read More »

Former rice farmer praises vitamin A orange sweet potatoes

Angella Atero, Nutrition, Communication, and Advocacy Specialist, Uganda Walter Odongo, a 31-year-old farmer from Dokolo district in Northern Uganda, has only praise for vitamin A orange sweet potatoes (OSP). He was previously a rice farmer, but was persuaded to switch to a healthier, less labor-intensive crop by an awareness-raising campaign. Walter is married to Judith Adongo, and they have two ... Read More »

HC bench annoyed over lack of mosquito control

Dhaka, Feb 19 – A High Court bench Tuesday expressed dissatisfaction for not taking effective step to curb the mosquito menace in the capital city of Dhaka. “You (city corporation lawyer) are not taking effective step to curb the mosquito menace in the city. People are going hospital following the mosquito’s bite,” the HC bench comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan ... Read More »

Pak to address actionable evidence from India: Imran Khan

Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – In a video message, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said Islamabad will take action if Delhi shares any actionable evidence concerning last week’s suicide bombing in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama area which had targeted Indian paramilitary soldiers, reports the Dawn. While offering cooperation and another chance at a dialogue over the Kashmir issue, the premier ... Read More »

UZ polls going to lose its charm, says EC Mahbub

Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder on Tuesday reiterated that the upcoming upazila parishad election is going to lose its charm following the boycott by the main opposition party. “The main opposition party is refraining from participating in the upazila parishad polls this time. That’s why the election is going to lose its glamour. However, the election ... Read More »

Bangladesh eye to end ODI series on a positive note

Dhaka – Bangladesh are looking to ending the three-match ODI series against New Zealand on a positive note. Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza on Tuesday said they are keen to earn some confidence in the final match of the series when they face the hosts on February 20 at 4am (Bangladesh time). Tigers lost the first two matches. Bangladesh failed to ... Read More »

JOF’s public hearing on Dec 30 polls advanced to Feb 22

Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront will now hold its public hearing in the city on February 22 instead of February 24 to depict the “real scenario of vote robbery” in the 11th parliamentary election before the country’s people and international community. The programme will be held at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium, said Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal ... Read More »

BPL Football: Team BJMC force Bashundhara Kings to play goalless draw

Dhaka – Bottom-placed Team BJMC made the biggest upset in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football forcing Independence Cup champions and star-studded Bashundhara Kings to drop their first point after five consecutive victories in a goalless draw at their home venue –Shaheed Bulu Stadium in Noakhali — on Tuesday. With this, big-budgeted Bashundhara Kings remained at the 2nd slot ... Read More »

All matches of Premier League T20 Cricket to get List ‘A’ status

Dhaka – All the matches of the T20 version of the 12-team Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) beginning here on Monday (February 25) will get the List ‘A’ status. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has granted the status and informed the International Cricket Council of it accordingly, said its senior media manager Rabeed Imam on Tuesday. As per the decision, ... Read More »

BNP takes up 2-day programme to mark Feb 21

Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – BNP  on Tuesday announced a two-day programme to observe the Shaheed Day and International Mother Language Day with due respect. BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office. February 21 will be observed simultaneously as Shaheed Dibas and International Mother Language Day ... Read More »

16,000 cops to be deployed in Dhaka on Ekushey duty

Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – Around 16,000 police personnel will be deployed across the capital city on February 21, the Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day. “Of them, 6, 000 will be working to ensure safety around the Central Shaheed Minar,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said on Tuesday. “There’s no fear of militant attack,” he ... Read More »

HC orders confiscation of ‘Bangladesh Banker Itihash’

Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday ordered confiscation of all the copies of the book, ‘Bangladesh Banker Itihash’, from the market and the ongoing Ekushey Book Fair for the distortion of history. The HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali also summoned the editor of the editorial panel, Shubhankar Saha, to appear ... Read More »

Hybrid solar-powered boat, ‘Sunflower’, to be launched

Chattogram, Feb 19 (UNB) – ‘Sunflower’, a solar-powered hybrid boat, will soon be launched in Bangladesh by Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy and Chattogram-based Taratari Shipyard. The boat, locally known as kayak, was designed by French-born Bangladeshi Yves Marre, who is also the managing director of Taratari Shipyard. “For the first time in Bangladesh, a kayak has been equipped with a hybrid ... Read More »

Two under-5 Bd children die of Pneumonia every hour: Report

Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – The burden of Pneumonia in Bangladesh is one of the leading killers of children under 5 years of age as the deadly disease took the lives of over 16,960 under-five children in 2016, which is close to two deaths every hour. Although the overall child death (under 5) rate has declined steeply over the last ... Read More »

Committee for road safety with Shajahan a mockery: BNP

Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – Stating that former minister Shajahan Khan is mainly responsible for the growing road accidents in the country, BNP on Tuesday termed absurd and mockery the formation of a 15-member committee headed by him to restore discipline in the transport sector. “The national committee to curb road accidents making Shahjahan Khan its convener is an absurd ... Read More »

Plenty of fish in Bay of Bengal; still it has 475 species

Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – The Bay of Bengal has 475 different species of fish and 36 species of shrimps, said State Minister for Fisheries Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru said on Tuesday. In the 2017-18 fiscal year, 16 percent (6.5 lakh ton) of Bangladesh’s total fish production (43.34 lakh ton) came from the sea, he told a workshop in the ... Read More »

Madan Tak rarely seen in Bangladesh rescued in Sirajganj

Sirajganj, Feb 19 (UNB) – A rarely seen bird species ‘Madan Tak’ (Lesser Adjutant Stork) was rescued from Gachbari village in Sayedabad union of Sadar upazila on Tuesday morning. Members of ‘Bird Safety House’, an environmental organization, rescued the bird after being informed by locals.  Earlier on Saturday, villagers spotted two Madan Tak birds on a tree in the village ... Read More »

New Universe map unearths 300,000 more galaxies

The known Universe just got a lot bigger. A new map of the night sky published charts hundreds of thousands of previously unknown galaxies discovered yesterday . Using a telescope that can detect light sources optical instruments cannot see. The international team behind the unprecedented space survey said their discovery literally shed new light on some of the Universe’s deepest ... Read More »

Aussie rodent becomes first ‘climate change extinction’

Australia officially declared a Great Barrier Reef rodent extinct today , making it the first mammal believed to have been killed off by human-induced climate change. The rat-like Bramble Cay melomys — whose only known habitat was a small sandy island in far northern Australia — has not been spotted in a decade. Researchers from Queensland determined a key factor ... Read More »

PDB implements Tk964.16 crore project in Rajshahi division

Power Development Board (PDB) has been implementing a mega project to ensure a safe and dependable power supply to meet increasing demand for electricity till 2025. PDB sources said the four and half-year project styled “Power Distribution Management Development, Rajshahi Zone” is being implemented in Rajshahi City and 16 upazilas in eight districts under Rajshahi division. The Tk 964.16 crore ... Read More »

Ranbir , Alia’s dinner date was all about love

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt might be not officially talking much about their relationship. But the couple never hides their special equation and bonding from the paparazzi. Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the perfect way, Ranbir and Alia enjoyed a special three course meal prepared by RK’s personal chef, Harsh Dixit. He shared a picture of the couple from their dinner ... Read More »

200 marginal farmers get agri-incentives in Dimla

The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) distributed special agriculture incentives in terms of seed and fertilisers among 200 small and marginal farmers of Dimla upazila in Nilphamari on Monday. The incentives were distributed at a function held at Dimla upazila parisahd office premises to assist the small and marginal farmers in cultivating various crops during the Kharip-1 season. Member of ... Read More »

Who votes for the Oscars, how does it work?

The ballots are almost all in! Millions of television viewers around the globe will tune on Sunday. To watch the Oscars, the glitziest night in showbiz, but most don’t know how the winners are chosen. Less than 8,000 people in the entertainment industry select the honorees — and Tuesday marks the final day of voting. The following is a look ... Read More »

Visually impaired people enthralled audience by reciting poems

Culture Desk To the delight of the audience more than 100 visually impaired people captivated them by reciting poems. .Written by country’s 71 renowned poets depicting different turns of PM Sheikh Hasina. The occasion turned into an enthralling event as the visually impaired people had animated discussions with the poets and writers as well. The poems were recited from a ... Read More »

Making Shajahan head of committee on road mishaps slammed

Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) – An opposition MP criticised the government in parliament on Monday for making former minister Shajahan Khan the head of a 15-member committee to make recommendations for curbing road accidents and restoring discipline in the transport sector. While raising a supplementary question in the House, Jatiya Party MP Fakhrul Imam said whether it will be fruitful ... Read More »

Saving the Buriganga: 50 more illegal structures evicted

Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) – More than 50 illegal establishments were demolished in an eviction drive Monday by the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA)  along the Buriganga River’s banks. BIWTA Executive Magistrate Mostafizur Rahman led the drive that started from Bochila in Mohammadpur around 10 am but had to stop after a few hours as the demolition of one ... Read More »

Scientist who popularized term ‘global warming’ dies at 87

New York, Feb 19 (AP/UNB) — A scientist who raised early alarms about climate change and popularized the term “global warming” has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87. The longtime Columbia University professor and researcher died Monday at a New York City hospital, according to a spokesman for the university’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Kevin Krajick said Broecker had been ailing ... Read More »

16 US states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

Sacramento, Feb 19 (AP/UNB) — California and 15 other states filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying the suit alleges the Trump administration’s action violates the Constitution. “President Trump treats the rule of law with utter contempt,” Becerra said. ... Read More »

Tensions rising after Kashmir attack as gunbattle kills 9

India, Feb 19 (AP/UNB) — Tensions escalated after a suicide attack in disputed Kashmir, with nine people killed Monday in a gunbattle that broke out as Indian soldiers searched for militants. Government forces surrounded a village in the southern Pulwama area on a tip that militants were hiding there, security officials said. As troops began conducting searches, they came under ... Read More »