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Write verdicts in Bangla: PM to higher court judges

Dhaka, Feb 21 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the higher court judges to write verdicts in Bangla so that justice-seekers can easily understand those without depending on lawyers. “If those who work in courts practise the writing of verdicts in Bangla, less-educated people like us can at least get the scope to understand the judgments going ... Read More »

Mbappe scores 20th league goal as PSG routs Montpellier 5-1

Paris (AP/UNB) – Kylian Mbappe scored his league-leading 20th goal of the season as Paris Saint-Germain beat Montpellier 5-1 on Wednesday to move 15 points clear, having played one game less than second-place Lille. Mbappe has led PSG’s attack with ease in the absence of Edinson Cavani and Neymar. The 20-year-old France forward has netted in three straight games since ... Read More »

Chelsea coach Sarri looking for run of wins to appease fans

London (AP/UNB) – Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri says he needs a run of wins to get the club’s fans back on his side after a series of bad results. The Italian, who was subjected to abuse from Chelsea supporters after the side’s FA Cup exit to Manchester United on Sunday, says: “We need to win three, four matches in a ... Read More »

Mysterious frog species with hidden spots, insect-like call

It was after a heavy spell of rain during the 2015 monsoon that Sonali Garg walked out to a spot she had been visiting regularly, and unsuccessfully, for more than two years. A large muddy puddle. But this time, she struck gold in the form of a new species of frog, Mysticellus frankisp. nov., which turned out to be so unique ... Read More »

The great tax debate—the world is turning

Policy proposals by lawmakers in the United States have spurred a hotly contested debate on taxation among economists in recent weeks. The Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued that the US needed to raise additional revenue by going back to marginal top-income tax rates of up to 70 per cent to fund social programmes and a Green New Deal, while the ... Read More »

Govt to give compensation to fire victims: Quader

Dhaka, Feb 21 (UNB) –Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the government will provide compensation to the victims of Chawkbazar fire. Investigation will be carried out into the incident and necessary legal measures would be taken after investigation, Quader, also general secretary of ruling Awami League, told reporters while visiting the spot in the morning. The ... Read More »

Mining grabs up land, deals blow to agriculture

SAN SALVADOR, Feb 19 2019 (IPS) – Like an octopus, metals mining has been spreading its tentacles throughout Central America and dealing a blow to the region’s agriculture and natural ecosystems, according to affected villagers, activists and a new report on the problem. “Where the mining company is operating was land that peasants leased to plant corn and beans, our staple ... Read More »

Agribusiness is the problem, not the solution

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb 19 2019 (IPS) – For two centuries, all too many discussions about hunger and resource scarcity has been haunted by the ghost of Parson Thomas Malthus. Malthus warned that rising populations would exhaust resources, especially those needed for food production. Exponential population growth would outstrip food output. Jomo Kwame Sundaram Humanity now faces a major challenge as ... Read More »

In the world of sustainability, colonialism is not dead

SINGAPORE, Feb 19 2019 (IPS) – Scandinavian fashion label and global It-brand Ganni hardly caused a stir recently when it closed Copenhagen Fashion Week with a sustainability-themed showcase titled “Life on Earth.” Considering that sustainability is now a consumer trend, it is no surprise that a luxury brand touted as “a magnet for cool girls all over the planet” aimed to boost its ... Read More »

PM orders proper treatment to Chawkbazar fire victims

Dhaka, Feb 21 (UNB)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday ordered the authorities concerned to provide proper treatment to the injured people and necessary support to the families of those killed in the fire incident at Chawkbazar in Old Dhaka. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said that the Prime Minister expressed profound shock at the loss of lives in the ... Read More »

Shamima not a Bd citizen; no entry for her: Dhaka

Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – The government of Bangladesh on Wednesday made it clear that radicalized IS teenager and British citizen Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen and there is no question to allow her to enter Bangladesh. “She (Shamima) never visited Bangladesh in the past despite her parental lineage. So, there’s no question of her being allowed to ... Read More »

Death toll in old Dhaka chemical warehouse 81

Dhaka, Feb 21 (UNB) – At least 81 people were killed and around 41 others injured in a devastating fire that broke out at a chemical warehouse and raged through four other adjacent buildings in the city’s Chawkbazar area on Wednesday night. Major AKM Shakil Newaz, Director (Operation and Maintenance) of Fire Service and Civil Defence, at a press briefing ... Read More »

Govt’s irresponsibility behind Chawkbazar fire: BNP

Dhaka, February 21 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday blamed the government’s mismanagement and irresponsibility for the loss of huge lives in fire at a chemical warehouse in Chawkbazar area of Old Dhaka. “The government has failed to deliver on all fronts. It’s utterly exposing its failure in protecting people’s lives. We’re seeing people are losing lives everywhere due to the ... Read More »

Two launches collide in Meghna; 30 injured

Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – At least 30 people were injured as two launches collided in the Maghna River near Katpatti Launchghat in Sadar upazila of Munshinganj district on Wednesday. Dhaka-bound launch ‘MV Karnaphuli-14’ crashed into ‘MV Imam Hasan’ coming from Chandpur launchghat around 8am, said Jahid Tareque, a staff of ‘MV Imam Hasan’.  Passengers started jostling inside the launches ... Read More »

Iran’s Islamic Revolution at 40 – aiming at New World Order

By Firoz Osman Forty years ago a momentous event took place when the Shah of the Pahlavi dynasty, installed by the CIA, fled Iran, ushering in the Iranian Islamic Revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on February 1, 1979. Western countries and Israel, who had dominated and exploited the oil-rich region through the puppet Arab regimes they installed and protected, ... Read More »

DU chalks out elaborate programmes to observe Amar Ekushey

DU Correspondent Dhaka University (DU) authority has chalked ut a series of programmes to observe Amar Ekushey, the International Mother Language Day on February 21 with due respect. University’s “Central Coordination Committee for Observing Amar Ekushey” and various sub-committees are working to observe the day smoothly and peacefully. Teachers, students and various organaisations of DU will place wreathsn at the ... Read More »

President, PM pay homage to Language Heroes

News Desk President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid their rich tributes to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement on the occasion of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid the homage by placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar here at one minute past midnight ... Read More »

Vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer

The rapid scale-up of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer in a handful of rich countries within three decades, and in most other nations by century’s end, researchers said yesterday . Without screening and HPV vaccination, more than 44 million women will likely be diagnosed with the disease over the next 50 years. They reported in ... Read More »

Samsung launches folding smartphone, first 5G handset

Samsung unveiled a smartphone that folds open to be a tablet, becoming the first major manufacturer to offer the feature as it strives to stoke excitement in a slumping market yesterday. The South Korean giant also appeared to get the jump on rivals by announcing the first smartphone for fifth-generation — or 5G — wireless networks, while stepping up its ... Read More »

Japan govt, Fukushima operator told to pay over nuclear disaster

A Japanese court awarded nearly $4 million in fresh damages to scores of residents forced to flee their homes after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown yesterday. The Yokohama district court ordered the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) to pay 419.6 million yen ($3.8 million) to 152 local residents, a court spokeswoman told AFP. The verdict was the fifth ... Read More »

Oscars chef cooks up a storm for the big night

They will nibble on Oscar-shaped flatbreads topped with smoked salmon and caviar, sip French champagne and sink their teeth into tiny chocolate Oscar statuettes. Nothing is good enough for Hollywood’s elite who will be wined and dined after the Academy Awards on Sunday by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Puck has catered the extravagant post-Oscars party — the Governors Ball — ... Read More »

Pantha Kanai sings for Fahmida Nabi

Culture Desk Fahmida Nabi is all set to appear as a music composer of a whole album. Primarily focusing on patriotic songs the album contains fifteen songs sung by different vocalists. One of the vocalists is Pantha Kanai. His song relates to the anthropological and archeological heritage of the country. The album titled “Jiboner Joygaan” also contains singing from Rafiqul ... Read More »

Filmmaker Muhammad Khasru dead

Culture Desk Muhammad Khasru, a pioneering figure in the movement for decent films in the country has passed away. The filmmaker breathed his last at BIRDEM, Shahbagh yesterday. He was suffering from asthma, diabetes. He had been living in his residence at Keraniganj. Last month he was admitted to BIRDEM as his health conditions deteriorated. After receiving treatment at CCU ... Read More »

কাশ্মিরে নির্যাতন বন্ধে ঐক্যবদ্ধ হতে হবে – চরমোনাই পীর

ভারতের কাশ্মিরে নির্যাতন ও ধর্ষণের সংবাদে গভীর উদ্বেগ ও ক্ষোভ প্রকাশ করেছেন ইসলামী আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশ-এর আমীর মুফতী সৈয়দ মুহাম্মদ রেজাউল করীম পীর সাহেব চরমোনাই। বুধবার এক বিবৃতিতে তিনি কাশ্মিরে নির্যাতন বন্ধে বিশ্বমুসলিমকে ঐক্য গড়ে তোলার আহ্বান জানান। তিনি বলেন, মুসলমানদের সহ্য করতে পারছে না, তাই তারা মুসলিম শূণ্য করতেই এধরণের নির্যাতনে পথ বেছে নিয়েছে। ভারতের বিভিন্ন প্রদেশে বিনা উস্কানীতে মুসলিম ... Read More »

Bd NGO Network for Radio and Com projects get recognition

The Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)’s two projects have been recognized as the Champions of the prestigious UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes contest 2019. Projects are; Climate justice and resilience through Community Radio at coastal areas of the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh, Supported by the COAST Trust, Bangladesh. https://bnnrc.net/climate-justice-resilience/Creating Awareness on Right ... Read More »

Poor quality employment a major challenge says ILO

Geneva (Kanaga Raja) – A majority of the 3.3 billion people employed globally in 2018 experienced a lack of material well-being, economic security, equal opportunities or scope for human development, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has found. In its latest World Employment and Social Outlook report released this week, the ILO pointed out that being in employment does not always ... Read More »

Container-based sanitation: one way to reach the last mile

Submitted by Clementine Marie Stip On Tue, 02/19/2019 co-authors: Seema Thomas, Martin Gambrill Cities are growing at unprecedented rates, with over two-thirds of the world population projected to live in urban areas by 2050 (UN DESA 2018), and city governments struggle to keep up with the increasing demand for urban services, including sanitation. This unplanned growth and the resulting dense ... Read More »