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Kiron’s bail cancellation hearing in defamation case, April 15

Dhaka, April 02 – The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka on Tuesday fixed April 15 for hearing on the cancellation of bail granted to Bangladdesh Football Federation’s women wing Chairperson and FIF Council member Mahfuza Akter Kiron in a defamation case filed for saying defaming words against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Magistrate Sharafuzzaman Ansari of the CMM Court ... Read More »

Sri Lanka: Don’t end death penalty moratorium – HRW

The Sri Lankan government should drop plans to resume executions, which would end an unofficial 43-year moratorium in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. On March 31, 2019, President Maithripala Sirisena said that a date had been set to resume carrying out the death penaltyin drug trafficking cases. Sirisena renewed calls for the death penalty following a visit to the Philippines in ... Read More »

The case of Rohingya refugee students in BD – HRW

The Bangladeshi government has expelled scores of Rohingya refugee children from schools in southeast Bangladesh since late January 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials have ordered secondary schools near the refugee settlements in the Cox’s Bazar district to dismiss Rohingya students, who lack Bangladeshi citizenship. The Bangladesh government should cease the expulsions of Rohingya refugee students from schools and ensure that ... Read More »

Elephant habitat in subcontinent to shift towards Himalayas

Already struggling with the loss and fragmentation of its habitat, the Endangeredspecies of the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) will be faced with further “heavy loss” in its habitat over the next few decades due to climate change, said a recent study, which predicts that with this situation, elephant range would likely shift towards higher elevations in the Himalayas. The study, recently published ... Read More »

Lailat-ul-Miraj Tuesday

DHAKA, April 2, 2019 (BSS) – The holy Lailat-ul-Miraj will be observed in the country tomorrow night in religious festivity and befitting manner. Marking the holy night, Islamic Foundation (IF) will arrange a waz and milad mahfil on the importance and significance of Lailat-ul-Miraj at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the capital after Asar prayers tomorrow, an IF press release ... Read More »

2nd woman recounts unwanted touching by Biden

Washington, Apr 2 (AP/UNB) — Aides to Joe Biden are striking a more aggressive tone as the former vice president faces scrutiny over his past behavior toward women. In a statement Monday, Biden spokesman Bill Russo blasted “right wing trolls” from “the dark recesses of the internet” for conflating images of Biden embracing acquaintances, colleagues and friends in his official ... Read More »

Buriganga boat capsize death toll rises to 5

Keraniganj, April 2 (UNB) –The body of the boatman, who went missing in a boat capsize in the Buriganga river during Sunday night’s storm, was recovered from the river in Barishur area on Tuesday morning. The death toll from the boat capsize incidents in the river rose to five with the recovery of the body of Makbul Hossain. Locals spotted ... Read More »

Chawkbazar fire: Manson owner’s 2 sons sent to jail

Dhaka, April 2 (UNB) – A court here on Tuesday sent two sons of the owner of Wahed Mansion in Chawkbazar, from where a devastating fire originated on the night of February 20 that killed at least 71 people, to jail rejecting their bail petitions. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Qaisarul Islam sent Md Hasan and Sohel alias Shahid to jail upon ... Read More »

Khaleda’s health improving, says BSMMU hospital

Dhaka, Apr 2 (UNB) – Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) authorities on Tuesday claimed that the health condition of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s is improving. “Khaleda Zia was admitted to our hospital 24 hours back. Her condition is now better than that of yesterday,” said BSMMU director Brig Gen AK Mahbubul Hoque. Briefing reporters at the hospital, he also ... Read More »

BNP’s token hunger Sunday seeking Khaleda’s release

Dhaka, Apr 2 (UNB) – BNP will observe a 6-hour token hunger strike in the capital on Sunday (Apr 7) demanding its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail. Besides, the party will arrange milad mahfil across the country on Wednesday seeking Khaleda’s early recovery. Party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes at a milad mahfil. BNP ... Read More »

Memory, myth and ‘post-truth’

Collective memory has always been a symbolic political battleground. Historians and politicians have long been aware that shared representations of the past constrain political choices in the present by shaping communal ‘horizons of expectation’ of the future. The link between memory and identity thus helps to explain the import of official chronicles of history, as well as of attempts to ... Read More »

Cholera cases mount to over 1,000 in cyclone-hit Mozambique

Cholera has infected at least 1,052 people in Mozambique’s cyclone-hit region, the health ministry said Monday. In a new report, marking a massive increase from 139 cases reported four days ago. The mounting cases represent on average more than 200 cases of new infections each day. Although hundreds have been taken ill with cholera since last week, only one death ... Read More »

Canada experiencing warming at twice global level

Canada is experiencing warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. With the effects most pronounced in the country’s north, according to a new government report cited by local media Monday. Average temperatures have risen by 1.7 degrees Celsius (3.1 degrees Fahrenheit) since 1948, or about double the global average of 0.8 degrees Celsius, and “will warm ... Read More »

Mexico rocker dies in apparent suicide

A Mexican rock star was found dead Monday after tweeting that he planned to kill himself in a “radical declaration of innocence” after being accused of sexual harassment by the country’s #MeToo movement. Armando Vega Gil, 63, the bassist for veteran rock band Botellita de Jerez (Little Bottle of Sherry), died early Monday, the group said on Twitter. A prosecution ... Read More »

‘Meenalaap’ wins Ritwik Ghatak Golden Award

Entertainment Desk Bangladeshi film-maker Suborna Senjutee Tushee’s short film “Meenalaap”- “Fish Musing”- won the Ritwick Ghatak Golden Award for the Best Short Fiction, at the 2nd South Asian Short Film Festival 2019 in Kolkata on Monday. Amitabh Reza Chowdhury also won at this festival, which was organized by the Federation of Film Societies of India. Amitabh won the Special Jury ... Read More »

National Film Day tomorrow

Culture Desk The National Film Day will be observed in a befitting manner under the auspices of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC), National Film Observance Committee and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on tomorrow (April 3). Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, understanding the impact of films on society, tabled a bill in the provincial assembly of erstwhile East Pakistan ... Read More »

Jute mill workers’ on 72-hour strike in Khulna, snap rail link

Khulna, Apr 2 (UNB) – Workers of state-owned jute mills went on a 72-hour strike in Khulna region on Tuesday morning to press home their demands including implementation of the wage commission. The workers took position on Notun Rasta, Shiromoni and Khan Jahan Ali Road from the morning and halted vehicular movement. They announced to block roads and rail routes ... Read More »

Cyclone Idai: Time to reassess disaster management

HARARE, Mar 28 2019 (IPS) – It was one of the worst tropical cyclones hit Southern Africa in recent times. Cyclone Idai, which has been characterised by heavy rains and flooding including mudslides in some parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, has left more than 750 dead, with thousands marooned in remote rural areas, whilst others are still unaccounted for. More ... Read More »

HR defenders need to be defended as much as they defend rights

GENEVA, Apr 1 2019 (IPS) – They are ordinary people – mothers, fathers, sisters, sons, daughters, brothers, friends. But for me they are extraordinary people – the ones who have the courage to stand up for everyone else’s rights. They are the human rights defenders. Last year, according to reliable sources, 321 of them were killed, in 27 countries. Their murders ... Read More »

UNHCR gives buses for students in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar city

Dhaka, Apr 1 (UNB)— UN refugee agency UNHCR donated five buses for students of local colleges in Ukhiya and Cox’s Bazar city. The gesture is part of the agency’s appreciation of the local community’s role in responding to the Rohingya influx since August 2017, UNHCR said in a statement. A handover ceremony was attended by Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner ... Read More »

UK Parliament rejects alternatives to May’s Brexit deal

London, Apr 2 (AP/UNB) — Britain’s Parliament has spoken — and it has said no, again. Lawmakers seeking a way out of the country’s Brexit morass on Monday rejected four alternatives to the government’s unpopular European Union divorce deal that would have softened or even halted Britain’s departure. With just 12 days until the U.K. must come up with a ... Read More »

Zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance ring alarm bells

Data released recently by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reveal that antibiotics used to treat infections that can be transmitted between animals and humans (zoonoses) like campylobacteriosis and salmonellosis are becoming less effective. The joint report refers to 2017 data collected from 28 EU member states from humans, pigs and ... Read More »

Ex-Customs Commissioner sent to jail on illegal property charge

Dhaka, April 01 – A Dhaka court on Monday sent a former Customs Commissioner and former member of Customs, Excise and VAT Appellate Tribunal to the jail in a graft case filed for acquiring illegal property. The Metropolitan Sessions Judge of Dhaka, KM Imrul Kayes passed the order rejecting the accused Mohammad Nurul Islam’s bail plea. On October 2, last ... Read More »

Regulators start inspecting Dhaka’s highrise buildings

Dhaka, April 01 – Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (RAJUK) yesterday started a two-day inspection of high-rise buildings to find out buildings constructed flouting the building codes and in compliance with fire safety rules. Twenty-four teams of RAJUK—the capital development authority—started its drive to inspect and find buildings that have violated rules and regulations. The 24 teams—under eight RAJUK zones—inspected buildings that ... Read More »