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Dhaka South Mayor asks for demolishing illegal building

Dhaka, March 31 – Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon yesterday challenged Rajdhani Unnyan Katripakkha (RAJUK) to demolish a building owned by an influential person. “No one in the city believes that any building owned by an influential person could be demolished. I am asking them to demolish one, just for the sake of setting up an ... Read More »

Lightning kills four in BD as volatile transition to summer begins

Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) – Four people, including two minor sisters, were killed in separate incidents of lightning strikes in Habiganj, Kishoreganj and Moulvibazar districts on Sunday. In Moulvibazar, two minor sisters died after a thunderbolt struck them at Patanushar village in Kaliganj upazila. The deceased were identified as Sadia Akhter, 6 and Munni Akhter, 4, daughters of Junayed Mia ... Read More »

HSC & equivalent examinations begin Monday

Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) – The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations will begin across the country on Monday. This year, a total of 13,51,309 students are expected to sit for the exams. The examinations will end on May 5 while the practical exams will begin on May 12 and end on May 21. Read More »

Dhaka highrise fire: BNP accuses govt of shifting blame

Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) – BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Sunday alleged their leader Tasvir Ul Islam was arrested in connection with the FR Tower fire as the government is trying to shift its blame onto their party for the incident.  “She (PM) has taken a strategy to shift blame onto BNP for whatever bad things ... Read More »

Bank loan interest rate to be brought down: PM

Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) – Expressing here government’s firm stance to bring down the interest rate of bank loan to a single digit, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said the government will take measures again to reduce the interest rate for the sake of the country’s industrialisation. “We’ll sit again to discuss how to reduce the interest rate of ... Read More »

Bangladesh all-rounder Mehidy aims to support pacers in World Cup

Dhaka – Bangladesh all-rounder Mehidy Hasan on Sunday said his principal role in the upcoming World Cup will be to support the pace bowlers. Mehidy, who got married recently, is currently busy playing the ongoing season of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League. After coming back from New Zealand, Mehidy was out of action for a few days. However, he returned ... Read More »

Nor’wester kills 3, causes traffic chaos in BD capital Dhaka

Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) – At least three people were killed as a nor’wester coupled with hailstorm and rain swept the capital on Sunday evening. The victims were identified as Md Hanif, 50, a tea vendor of Paltan crossing, Mili de-Costa, 62, a resident of Monipuripara, and Md Dulal Mia, 40, a driver by profession. The women died after a ... Read More »

2nd Div Football: Azampur FC beat Dilkusha SC 2-0

Dhaka – Azampur Football Club, Uttara earned a 2-0 victory over old horse Dilkusha Sporting Club in the Dhaka Metropolis 2nd Division Football League at the Kamalpur Stadium here on Sunday. After a barren first half, Jahangir and Mohammad Ali scored one each for the winners. The day’s other match between Little Friends Club and Shantinagar Club ended in 1-1 ... Read More »

Dhaka highrise fire: Arrested building owners on remand

Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) – A court here on Sunday placed Faruk Hossain, land owner and Tasvir Ul Islam , owner of the extended portion of FR Tower, on a seven-day remand each, in connection with a case filed over the deadly fire incident at Banani. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shatbir Ahsan Yeasir Chowdhury passed the order when DB inspector Mohammad ... Read More »

SC stays Khaleda’s bail in Comilla arson case

Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) – The Appellate Division on Sunday stayed the High Court order that had granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed over the deaths of eight people in an arson attack in Cumilla in 2015. Chamber Judge Md Nuruzzaman passed the order and sent the petition to the full bench of the Appellate ... Read More »

Trophy of Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open 2019 unveiled

Dhaka – The trophy of the “Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open 2019”, an Asian Tour Professional Golf Tournament, was officially unveiled at the Kurmitola Golf Club here on Sunday. Quarter Master General of Bangladesh Army Lt Gen Mohammad Shamsul Haque officially unveiled the tournament’s logo at a function at the Banquet Hall of Kurmitola Golf Club Sunday evening. BCB President Nazmul ... Read More »

Liberal upstart Caputova1st Slovak female president

Slovakia, Mar 31 (AP/UNB) — An liberal environmental activist has been elected as the first female president of Slovakia. Relative newcomer Zuzana Caputova had 58 percent of the vote with almost 95 percent of returns counted in Saturday’s runoff election, topping European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, who had 42 percent. Sefcovic conceded defeat and congratulated his rival. “I’m extremely ... Read More »

Work together to combat TB

Speakers at a discussion here yesterday urged all government and non-government organisations to work unitedly for eliminating the deadly disease Tuberculosis (TB) from the country. “All have to work together to eliminate TB from the country to help achieving health-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG),” Director General of Health Services Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad said. He was speaking as the ... Read More »

Global landmarks go dark for Earth Hour environmental campaign

New York’s Empire State Building, Egypt’s pyramids, London’s Big Ben and Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue were . The world’s most renowned monuments plunged into darkness for an hour Saturday as part of a global campaign to raise awareness about climate change and its impact on the planet’s vanishing plant and animal life. The 13th edition of Earth Hour, organized ... Read More »

Aamir to undergo major transformation for his next project

Aamir Khan is also known as Mr. Perfectionist for all the good reasons. The actor not only plays amazing characters in his movies but also makes serious efforts in making them look realistic. Aamir Khan has undergone incredible transformation for his roles in movies like Ghajini, Dhoom 3 and Dangal. Recently, the actor confirmed that he will be seen in ... Read More »

Janhvi to star opposite Rajkummar Rao

Janhvi Kapoor made her Bollywood debut with Shashank Khaitan’s Dhadak. Being the daughter of a legendary actress like the late Sridevi sure comes with its fair share of expectations. But Janhvi managed to impress the audience and the critics with her performance in her debut film. The promising actor then went on to bag two films, Gunjan Saxena biopic and ... Read More »

Kesari becomes the biggest first week grosser of 2019

It is no surprise for movie lovers that an Akshay Kumar starrer is registering record-breaking collections at the box-office. Kesari is a tribute to the 21 Sikh soldiers of the British Indian army, who fought against an army of 6000-10000 Afghans in 1897. The film stars Akshay Kumar as the protagonist, narrating the events that lead to the Battle of ... Read More »

2 suspected drug traders killed in Cox’s Bazar gunfight

Cox’s Bazar, Mar 31 – Two suspected drug traders were killed in a reported gunfight with police at Moulvibazar in Teknaf upazila’s Hneela union early Sunday. The deceased were identified as Mahamudur Rahman, 28, son of Miah Hossain, resident of Ali Akbar Para, and Mohammad Ashraf, 25, son of Nurul Islam, a resident of Noyapara. Six LGs, bullets and 10,000 ... Read More »

Britain faces calls for unity govt amid Brexit impasse

London, Mar 31 (AP/UNB) — The U.K. may be forced to create a national unity government to end the impasse over Britain leaving the European Union, as Prime Minister Theresa May clings to the Brexit divorce agreement that Parliament has rejected three times, a senior Conservative suggested Saturday. Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s comments came a day after the House ... Read More »

Owner of fire disaster-hit Dhaka-highrise held

Dhaka, Mar 30 (UNB) – Detectives detained BNP leader Tasveer Ul Islam, owner of the extended portion of Faruk Rupayan (FR) Tower, from his Baridhara residence on Saturday night. Members of Detective Branch (DB) of Police arrested Tasveer around 10:45 pm, said Shahjahan Saju, additional deputy commissioner of DB (North). The detainee claimed that he is the owner of the ... Read More »

66 pc buildings in BD capital Dhaka unplanned: Minister

Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) – Around 66 percent buildings in capital Dhaka and its adjoining areas under the jurisdiction of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) have been constructed in an unplanned way, said Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim. “Of the buildings, some have no approval at all while some others flouted approved designs,” he told UNB in an interview ... Read More »

Rising inequalities in Asia-Pacific a major obstacle to progress

BANGKOK, Thailand, Mar 28 2019 (IPS) – 2019 will be a defining year for the 2030 Agenda; and the regional forums will pave the way for our first stocktaking on the SDGs in the General Assembly in September. Asia-Pacific is a region like no other. This is an incredibly diverse group of countries. From large economies to the small island states. ... Read More »

Dhaka South City Mayor suspects sabotage in fire incidents

Dhaka, Mar 30 – Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokon on Saturday directed the Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence to ascertain whether the recent incidents of fire were acts of sabotage. He came up with the directive at a discussion programme on safe chemical management at DCCI auditorium. Sayeed Khokon suggested the businesspeople to remain alert whether anyone ... Read More »

BNP slams govt for ‘failure’ to modernise fire service

Dhaka, Mar 30 – BNP on Saturday alleged that the government has failed to modernise the Fire Service and Civil Defence with modern life-saving equipment as it has only enhanced the capacity of law enforcers to “suppress the opposition”. Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also said many ... Read More »

B Chy for judicial commission to probe fire incidents

Dhaka, Mar 30 – President of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Saturday called for forming a judicial probe commission to ensure proper investigations into the recent deadly fire incidents. In a statement, he also voiced deep concern over the fire incident at Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) kitchen market at Gulshan, just two days after a ... Read More »

Ctg BNP holds token hunger strike demanding Khaleda’s release

Chattogram, Mar 30 – The leaders and activists of BNP port city unit on Saturday observed a token hunger strike demanding immediate release of their chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail. The hunger strike was staged in front of the party’s office at Nur Ahmed Road around 10 am and continued till 1 pm. During the programme, BNP president of Chattogram ... Read More »

Cities around the world turn off lights to mark Earth Hour

Hong Kong, Mar 30 (AP/UNB) — Cities around the world were marking Earth Hour on Saturday night by turning off the lights in a call for global action on climate change. In Hong Kong, major buildings along Victoria Harbour turned off their non-essential lights at 8:30 p.m., and the city’s popular tourist attraction known as the Symphony of Lights was ... Read More »

Dhaka Abahani booters to fly for Nepal Sunday

Dhaka – A 30-member football team of Dhaka Abahani will leave here for Nepal on Sunday morning to compete in the Group E match of AFC Cup Football 2019 beginning on Wednesday (April 3) at the ANFA Complex in Kathmandu. The team comprises 20 booters and 10 officials.Earlier, the 6th time Premier League champions Dhaka Abahani Limited was put in ... Read More »

Premier cricket: Prime Bank outclass Brothers

Dhaka – Prime Bank Cricket Club won a high-scoring match against Brothers Union by five wickets on Saturday in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League. It was Prime Bank’s fifth consecutive and sixth overall win. On the other hand, Brothers suffered their fifth loss in seven matches of the league so far. Sent to bat first, Brothers posted a massive ... Read More »

Illness costs Africa hundreds of millions every year: WHO

The World Health Organization has estimated that disease strips hundreds of millions of dollars from Africa’s economic output. As the burden of untreated disease hugely outweighs the potential expense of healthcare. In a report published at the end of a three-day UN forum for universal health coverage in Africa, the WHO estimated that the 47 countries in its Africa region ... Read More »