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AL must repay people for their trust, says Hasina

Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said Awami League will have to repay the trust and confidence the people placed in it through continuing the development spree in the country and advancing it further. “We’ve attained the confidence and trust of people. We’ve to repay the dignity of that trust. The development spree that has started ... Read More »

Inter-university handball contest starts Saturday at IU

Islamic University – The inter-university handball competition will begin at Islamic University in Kushtia on Saturday. The competition will continue until February 27, sources at IU Physical Education Department said on Friday. IU Vice-Chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari will inaugurate the contest at the university’s football ground in the morning. IU Treasurer Professor M Selim Toha will attend as the ... Read More »

Bangladesh expect a good display in Tests vs New Zealand

Dhaka – After the poor show in the three-match ODI series, Bangladesh are now preparing for the toughest part of the series– three-match Test battle — against hosts New Zealand. The first Test of the series will take the field on February 28. Before that, the Tigers are set to play a two-day practice match against New Zealand XI. In ... Read More »

Players back in action ahead of Premier League T20

Dhaka – After a two-week break, local cricketers have started their preparations for the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League T20, scheduled to start from February 25. As the tournament got the T20 status from the ICC, the players are considering it as a platform for proving their mettle. Twelve clubs will participate in the tournament. Four of them, Mohammedan Sporting ... Read More »

Dec-30 election was a farce, people own the state: Dr Kamal

Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) – Claiming that the government staged a ‘farce’ on December 30 in the name of election, Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Friday urged all to be united to take  the country’s ownership back and ensure the voting rights of people.“…this can’t be called an election. This is a farce. There was a ceremony on ... Read More »

Election commitments to youth should be realised

Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) – Speakers at a dialogue on Friday observed that it is high time for the policymakers to reflect the youth aspirations in the national agenda and implement the election commitments.  Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh in collaboration with Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Nagorik Uddyog and Jaago Foundation organised the dialogue on ‘Electoral Commitments and Youth ... Read More »

Police killed, 4 injured in firing in Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 22 (Xinhua/UNB) – At least one policeman was killed and four others were injured when some unknown gunmen sprayed bullets on them in Rawalpindi of Pakistan’s Punjab province Thursday night, police sources told Xinhua. The policemen stopped a suspicious motorbike carrying two people on a check post, when they opened fire at them before fleeing from the scene. ... Read More »

No one can avoid liability for Chawkbazar tragedy: Quader

Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) – The government will not let anyone responsible for the Chawkbazar get fire off the hook, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said on Friday. A fire broke out at a Chawkbazar building where chemicals were stored on the ground floor. The blaze swept through the surrounding areas killing at least 67 people. “The government ... Read More »

6 killed in ‘gunfights’ across Bangladesh

Dhaka, Jan 22 (UNB) – Six people, including a Rohingya youth, were killed in alleged gunfights with law enforcement agencies in Dhaka, Cox’s Bazar, Mymensingh, Khulna and Cumilla. In Dhaka, suspected drug trader Hazrat Ali was killed in a skirmish with police around 2:15am in Jatrabari’s Targendaria, said Kazi Wazed Ali, in-charge of the local police station.  In Cox’s Bazar, ... Read More »

Insects decline: What do insects actually do?

Reports show many insect populations are declining. How will that affect us? A recent study found that bees, ants and beetles were disappearing eight time faster than mammals, birds and reptiles. The general insect decline is being caused by intensive agriculture, pesticides and climate change. Read More »

Mother tongue unites people from across benapole border

Dhaka, Feb 21 (UNB) – Thousands of people from two neighbouring countries, Bangladesh and India came into one platform showing deep affection for mother tongue on International Mother Language Day, at no-man’s land between Benapole and Petrapole on Thursday. Forgetting borders, defying the barbed wire people in groups joined the assembled carrying banners, festoons and placards for their mother tongue ... Read More »

Bodies of 45 Chawkbazar fire victims given over to families

Dhaka, Feb 21 (UNB)– Bodies of 46 victims of the devastating Chawkbazar fire were handed over to their families on Friday. Forty-five bodies were handed over by 10am from Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). Family members received the mortal remains of another victim around 1pm, said DMCH camp in-charge Inspector Bachchu Miah. Dozens of people were killed and injured in ... Read More »

Fire spread from chemical warehouse: Dhaka South City

Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) – The fire that broke out at Wahed Mansion at Churihatta of Chawkbazar spread fast as chemicals were stored in the building, said a probe body of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) formed over the devastating fire that claimed 67 lives. “There must have been a chemical warehouse inside the building and there was no fire ... Read More »

Public hearing arranged as respect to Constitution: Kamal

Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Friday said they are holding the public hearing on the ‘irregularities in the 11th parliamentary election to show respect to the Constitution.“We’re not judges, and we don’t have any judicial authority or responsibility to hold any trial. In the public hearing, the candidates (of December-30 election) will present ... Read More »

Elephants along India-Bangladesh border fight for survival

A tiny reserve forest in Assam along a fenced stretch of the India-Bangladesh border is facing a unique predicament. Bereft of a male elephant, the population of six remaining border-cruising female elephants in the wildlife haven could soon collapse, warn researchers. They add, if transboundary measures are not introduced, the Patharia Hills Reserve Forest will be a “dense human settlement area ... Read More »

White House says US will keep 200 troops in Syria

Washington, Feb 22(AP/UNB) — The Trump administration, which abruptly announced in December that it was pulling out of Syria, said Thursday that it will keep 200 U.S. troops in the country for now. “A small peace keeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for period of time,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a one-sentence statement. ... Read More »

Pak athletes refused visa: IOC revokes shooting event status

Switzerland, Feb 22(AP/UNB) — The International Olympic Committee has revoked the Olympic qualification status of a 25-meter shooting event in New Delhi because Indian officials refused to grant entry visas to two Pakistani athletes and an official. The IOC said Thursday it was informed on Monday that the Indian government authorities did not grant entry visas to the Pakistani delegation ... Read More »

Officials say, 67 killed in Chawkbazar chemical warehouse fire

Dhaka, Feb 21 (UNB) – At least 67 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. Duty officer at the Fire Service Central Control Room Rasel Shikder told UNB around 9pm that the firefighters recovered ... Read More »

M’singh, Khulna gunfights: 2 suspected drug traders killed

Dhaka, Feb – Two suspected drug traders were killed in ‘gunfights’ between their cohorts and police in Mymensingh and Khulna districts early Friday. In Mymensingh, Abdur Rashid,50, a listed drug trader, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ between police and his cohorts at Trishal bus stand in the town. Officer-in-charge of district DB police Shah Kamal Akand said tipped of that ... Read More »

$400 billion climate investment plan for Sahel region

Heads of state of 17 countries in the Sahel region of Africa will hold a summit on Monday in Niamey . To approve a climate investment plan worth $400 billion over 12 years, the Niger government said Wednesday. The “ambitious” plan for the period 2018-30 will involve “17 nations from the Atlantic Ocean to the Horn of Africa” and will ... Read More »

Obscure releases music video for Altaf Mahmud

Entertainment Desk Band Obscure has released a new music video. Titled ‘Surer Barputra,’ the song has been dedicated to veteran music composer the Martyred Intellectual Altaf Mahmud. The music video was launched yesterday on the official YouTube channel of Obscure. Sayed Hasan Tipu of Obscure has confirmed the news. Lutfor Rahman Riton has written lyrics of the song while Obscure ... Read More »

Fahim Faisal’s musical film launched

Culture Desk Asif is in deep love with Trishna, spending whole days in his beloved’s thoughts. Sadly enough, Trishna is unaware of this. These pros and cons of their affair have been portrayed in musical film ‘Angul Chute Chai’. The lyric goes like this- ‘Ami Tomar Angul Khani Chute Chai, Ami Tomay Roj Ghumete Khuje Pai’. The singer is Fahim ... Read More »

Kuddus Boyati critically sick

Culture Desk One of the popular Boul singers of the country Kuddus Boyati is critically sick. He was admitted to the National Institute of Chest, Mahakhali in the capital yesterday. He has been suffering from afflictions in his gonadal and lungs for quite some time now. Last year he received medical donations from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. But now for ... Read More »

Amazon’s ‘collaborative’ robots offer peek into the future

Hundreds of orange robots zoom and whiz back and forth like miniature bumper cars — but instead of colliding, they’re following a carefully plotted path to transport thousands of items ordered from online giant Amazon. A young woman fitted out in a red safety vest, with pouches full of sensors and radio transmitters on her belt and a tablet in ... Read More »

RU student dies of kidney ailments

Rajshahi, Feb 21 – An English department student of Rajshahi University (RU) died on Wednesday night at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). He died of kidney disease. The deceased was identified as Junayed Rijbi, a third year student of English dept third-year16 academic sessions. He was a resident of Harigasi under Rangpur district. Asif Hasan colleague of deceased said, ... Read More »

IBBL holds Business Development Confce for Agent Banking

Dhaka, Feb 21 – Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited organized a business development conference for agent banking at a hotel in the city on Wednesday, 20 February 2019. Professor Md. Nazmul Hassan, Ph.D, Chairman of the Bank inaugurated the daylong conference as chief guest. Md. Shamsuzzaman, Additional Managing Director presided over the meeting. Mohammad Ali, Abu Reza Md. Yeahia and Hasne ... Read More »

Jatiya Oikya Front’s public hearing on Dec-30 polls Friday

Dhaka, Feb 21 – Jatiya Oikya Front will hold a public hearing in the city on February 22 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. It will begin at 10am and continue till 4-5pm with ... Read More »

Kidney awareness society gives free service to poor patients

Dhaka, Feb 21 – At least 3000 poor patients have received free health consultancy, medicine and laboratory tests from specialist Doctors in a free medical camp, organized by voluntary organization KAMPS on Thursday. Aiming to pay tribute to the language martyrs in marking the World Mother Language Day-2019 in a different way, the non-profit organization Kidney Awareness Monitoring and Prevention ... Read More »

Parliamentary control of Brexit is easier said than done

by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust A frequent criticism of the Prime Minister is that she prematurely triggered the Article 50 negotiations in March 2017 and did so without a realistic plan for their conduct. If she had waited longer and planned better, her critics contend, she could have negotiated a more acceptable Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration than ... Read More »

IBBL paid tribute to the language movement martyrs

Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited paid tribute to the language movement martyrs led by Major General (Retd.) Engr. Abdul Matin, Chairman, Risk Management Committee and Md. Mahbub ul Alam, Managing Director & CEO of the bank in observance of Martyrdom Day and International Mother Language Day by placing wreath at Central Shaheed Minar on 21 February 2019 Thursday. Mohammad Ali, Abu ... Read More »