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The Sabarmati, Gandhi once chose to live by, now dry, nasty

Significant stretches of Gujarat’s Sabarmati river have gone dry or are plagued with pollution, says a latest report by a team of activists and environmentalists. The river in the Ahmedabad city stretch, before the Sabarmati Riverfront, is dry while the stretch along the Sabarmati Riverfront, is brimming with stagnant water, the investigation found.   The report, by non-governmental organisation Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti ... Read More »

Strong syndicate controls Dhaka’s transport sector

Dhaka, Apr 10 (UNB) – Speakers at a discussion here on Wednesday alleged that a strong syndicate is controlling the entire transport sector in the capital making it hard to restore discipline on roads. They also opposed different expert proposals for bringing buses under five-six franchises as they think it will turn the syndicate of bus owners into a monster. ... Read More »

Burn victim Feni madrasa girl Rafi dies at DMCH

Dhaka, Apr 10 (UNB) – After fighting for her life for five days, madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi who was set afire in Songazi upazila of Feni succumbed to her injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Wednesday night. She died at the DMCH Burn and Plastic Surgery unit around 9:30pm, said its chief Prof Rayhana Awwal Sumi. On ... Read More »

Buses to run 22 Dhaka routes under 6 cos: DS Mayor

Dhaka, Apr 10 (UNB) – Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon on Wednesday said buses in capital Dhaka and adjoining areas will run on 22 routes under six companies, apparently to bring discipline on roads. He came up with the announcement at a briefing after a meeting at the Nagar Bhaban. The DSCC mayor said the six companies ... Read More »

Pathways of antibiotic use in Bangladesh explored

Dhaka, Apr 10 (UNB)-Scientists at icddr,b in collaboration with Loughborough University, Durham University and the University of Bristol, UK have organised a dissemination seminar at icddr,b’s Sasakawa auditorium in Mohakhali  to share insights regarding pathways of antibiotic use in Bangladesh.  The scientists have also shared ways to address this growing problem by using social and behaviour change communication messages and ... Read More »

Nasir Hossain guides Sheikh Jamal to Super League

Dhaka – Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club beat defending champions Dhaka Abahani Limited by three wickets in a crucial match of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League at BKSP ground in Savar on Wednesday to confirm their super league berth. National coloured all-rounder of Sheikh Jamal Nasir Hossain played the key role in Sheikh Jamal’s victory scoring 45 runs and scalping ... Read More »

BNP finds ill-motive behind debate over Khaleda’s parole

Dhaka, Apr 10 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday alleged that ruling party leaders and ministers are talking about the release of their chairperson Khaleda Zia on parole with an ‘evil’ motive. “The government is now talking about our leader’s (Khaleda’s) parole after putting her life at risk. It’s a mockery of the government over her life and treatment,” said BNP ... Read More »

Emissions inequality—a gulf between global rich and poor

The American congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently shook up environmental politics by releasing a broad outline of a Green New Deal—a plan to make the US a carbon-neutral economy in the next ten years, while reducing both poverty and inequality. Lauded by many as a radical and necessary step, President Trump responded in typical style, tweeting: ‘I think it is very important ... Read More »

BCL Football: Wari Club, Fakirerpool YC win

Dhaka – Wari Club and Fakirerpool Youngmen’s Club won their respective matches in the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football at Kamalapur Stadium here on Wednesday. Wari Club beat Victoria Sporting Club by a 1-0 goal scored by Shymol in the 20th minute while Fakirerpool Youngmens Club beat Swadhinata KS also by 1-0 goal scored by Zilon in the 23rd minute. ... Read More »

Is climate changing: Reflections on a 1977-story

I zoomed back 42 years into the past as I was looking at my new portrait taken only yesterday as the old ones do not resemble me in full right now. I did go to make some copies of an old photograph from a photoshop. The man at the counter handed my old photo over to one of his colleagues ... Read More »

Dirgha Bridge opens in Pirojpur

The long-awaited 360-meter long Dirgha Bridge over Taltala River on the Pirojpur-Nesarabad road in Najirpur upazila of the district opened recently. Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) constructed the bridge, including approaching road of both sides at a cost of Taka 32 crore, said Susanta Ranjan Roy, executive engineer of LGED, Pirojpur. The long standing communication problem of the region ... Read More »

Alpine glaciers risk 90-percent melt by 2100

Unchecked greenhouse gas emissions could see more than 90 percent of glaciers in the Alps disappear by the end of the century, scientists said Tuesday in new research. There are more than 4,000 glaciers — vast, ancient reserves of ice — dotted throughout the Alps, providing seasonal water to millions and forming some of Europe’s most stunning landscapes. But as ... Read More »

BD JS model draws huge attention in photo show at UN

Culture Desk The Permanent Mission of Bangladesh and the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the UN jointly organized the photo exhibition titled ‘From Island to Island- The creative journey of Louis Kahn’ at the UN headquarters, where a model of Bangladesh national parliament was displayed at the centre of the hall, according to a message received here yesterday. The model ... Read More »

Late Sridevi’s Mom to release in China on Mother’s Day

Entertainment Desk Sridevi’s last movie, Mom, was not only critically acclaimed but also a commercial success. Now the makers of the film, Zee Studios, have decided to release it on the occasion of Mother’s Day in China on May 10, 2019. The movie was earlier scheduled to release on March 22 in China. Ravi Udyawar directed Mom is about how ... Read More »

Coolie No 1 to be released on Varun ’s birthday

Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan are set to captivate the audience with their crackling chemistry in David Dhawan’s Coolie No 1. The 90s hit is being remade by David Dhawan and will feature Varun and Sara in the lead. And now fresh reports suggest that the first look of the film is soon going to be released. If sources ... Read More »

Rise in cyberlaws spell bad news for SE Asia HR, democracy

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 9 2019 (IPS) – Around the globe, cyberspace has become the new battleground in the fight for the heart and soul of democracy. And Southeast Asia is fast becoming one of the global hotspots where the screws are being tightened on freedom of expression online. Governments across the region have been passing legislation ostensibly aimed at regulating ... Read More »

Finding a way to food sustainability

AUSTIN, United States, Apr 9 2019 (IPS) – There’s much to think about regarding food this month. April is Reducing Food Waste Month in the United States, as efforts mount here to reduce food loss and waste, while globally Sunday Apr. 7 was World Heath Day. In dustbins across America, food is the single largest type of daily waste. More than ... Read More »

Burnt Feni madrassa girl undergoes surgery on life support

Feni, Apr 9 (UNB) – A surgery on Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who was undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) after being set on fire, was carried out on Tuesday keeping her under life support. After the two-hour operation, her brother said her sister’s condition was a bit better. Dr Abul Kalam, chief of the medical ... Read More »

Newcomer Emma Corrin nabs Diana role in ‘The Crown’

Los Angeles, Apr 10 (AP/UNB) — Lady Diana Spencer, aka Princess Diana, is joining Netflix’s “The Crown.” British newcomer Emma Corrin will play the ill-fated future wife of Prince Charles in the drama series. Corrin’s credits include a guest part on the PBS series “Grantchester” and the upcoming projects “Pennyworth” for TV and “Misbehaviour” for the big screen. In a ... Read More »

Bangladesh Ports to check money-laundering by scanners

Dhaka, Apr 10 (UNB) – The Working Committee on Anti-Money Laundering-Combating Financing of Terrorism has directed all the ports in the country to install scanners to examine incoming and outgoing goods to prevent the siphoning off money through export and import. At a recent meeting, the committee has also asked the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to make sure that ... Read More »

Dhaka wants US support to create safe zone for Rohingyas

Dhaka, April 09 – Bangladesh has sought support from the United States to create a safe zone for Rohingyas in the Rakhine Stay of Myanmar, monitored by international human rights groups, with credible international pressure on Myanmar for their safe return. Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen made the request to the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo while ... Read More »

Holey Artisan Bakery, witnesses don’t appear

Dhaka, April 09 – The witnesses of the Holey Artisan Bakery case did not appear in the court on Tuesday while Dhaka’s Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal Judge Md Mojibur Rahman fixed April 17 as the next date for recording the depositions of the witnesses. Of the 211 witnesses of the case, the court so far recorded the depositions of 28 witnesses. ... Read More »

Govt conspiring to undermine Khaleda: BNP

Dhaka, Apr 9 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Tuesday alleged that the government is hatching various plots to belittle their chairperson Khaleda Zia. Party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that a pro-government electronic media ran news on BNP chairperson’s domestic help Fatema Begum, who has been staying with her in jail, to malign ... Read More »

HC refuses bail to Sohel Rana of Rana Plaza

Dhaka,April 09 – The High Court Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday discharged a rule on the bail petiton of Sohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza which collapsed in 2103 killing 1,136 persons. The High Court bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam, on Tuesday, disposed off the rule asking why the bail should ... Read More »

BAU scientist invents Pangas fish pickles and powder

Mymensingh, A Research teams led by Prof Dr A K M Nowsad Alam of Fisheries Technology Department of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) have succeeded to make dried crispy pickles and powder from Pangas fish after 2 years of research. The Pangas pickles contain 37 percent protein, 28 percent fat, 16 percent mineral and 11 percent fiber and it can be ... Read More »