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Food organizations combine to reintroduce neglected crops

Danielle Nierenberg It’s spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the perfect time to think of new crops to plant whether you’re a farmer or have a few pots on your balcony. This year may be the time to try some fruits and vegetables that you haven’t heard of because they typically don’t make their way into grocery stores or farmers ... Read More »

Dad saved toddler from dingo attack in Australia

Sydney, Apr 19 (AP/UNB) — Rescue personnel said a father fought off several dingoes to save his 14-month-old son from one of the wild dogs that was dragging the boy from their campervan on an Australian island early Friday. The boy had deep cuts on his head from the attack on Fraser Island in Queensland state, paramedic Ben Du Toit ... Read More »

Premier Cricket: Abahani, Rupganj’s winning streak continues

Dhaka – In the third round Super League matches of the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, Abahani Limited, Legends of Rupganj and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club registered wins on Friday. While Sheikh Jamal are not in the race of the championship, Rupganj and Abahani have strong chance to clinch the title. In the match between Abahani and Prime Bank ... Read More »

Taskin shines after missing out World Cup selection

Dhaka – Right-arm Bangladeshi pacer Taskin Ahmed has not been included in the World Cup squad of the Tigers. But the pacer did not lose his strength to do well as he bagged four wickets on Friday in the ongoing season of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League. The pacer hurt his ankle during the last match of Sylhet Sixers in ... Read More »

BPL Football: Saif, Rahmatganj end first phase with wins

Dhaka – Saif Sporting Club and Rahmatganj MFS completed the first phase of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) football with wins on Friday. Saif SC defeated Muktijoddha Sangsad KC by 2-0 goals at Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Stadium in Gopalganj while Rahmatganj MFS overwhelmed Dhaka Mohammedan by 2-1 goals at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. With this win, Saif have ... Read More »

Dhaka’s proposals on more effective multilateral trading

Dhaka, April 19 (UNB) – Bangladesh has placed six proposals to make the multilateral trading system more effective recognizing importance of multilateral trading system for sustainable development. Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Md Nojibur Rahman placed the recommendations at the high-level thematic panel discussion titled ‘trade, science, technology, innovation and capacity building’ of the 4th ECOSOC Forum on Financing ... Read More »

‘Line of Ages’ print art exhibition begins in city

Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB) – A 10-day print art exhibition featuring works of noted Japanese artist Toshihiko Ikeda began on Friday at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the city.  The solo exhibition, titled ‘Line of Ages’, was jointly hosted by Cosmos Atelier-71 Studio and BSA.  The exhibition was inaugurated by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Director General (DG) ... Read More »

BNP remains resolute not to join parliament: Moudud

Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB) – Trashing various media speculations, BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday said their party will not back off from its decision of not sending their party MPs-elect to parliament. “There’s no question …our six MPs-elect won’t join parliament. Our party has a decision that our elected members won’t take oath. We’ve also decided to convey ... Read More »

C-sections greatest burden in childbirth expenses: icddr,b

Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB)- Families may be spending the highest amount from their pockets for caesarian section deliveries among different child delivery-related expenses in Bangladesh, said a recent icddr,b analysis. C-section deliveries fork out an average USD 250 (equivalent to Tk21,121) out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditure while a normal delivery burden on the pocket is only around USD 60 (equivalent to Tk ... Read More »

Narmada, the forgotten Indian river, not on anyone’s agenda

Sanjaybhai Machhi, 33, a resident of Bharuch in Gujarat, was a fisherman until a few years ago. He would earn enough from fishing in the Narmada river, to sustain his family. But now things have taken a turn for the worse and Sanjaybhai has had to switch professions to earn a living. With heavy pollution, seawater ingress and lack of ... Read More »

PM receives treatment at Institute of Ophthalmology

Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday received treatment at the National Institute of Ophthalmology (NIO) and Hospital at city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. She went there in the morning, bought a ticket from the counter and took treatment like any other patient. Sheikh Hasina had also received treatment from NIO this way in the past, according to a release ... Read More »

Suspected arms trader killed in Gazipur ‘gunfight’

Gazipur, Apr 19 – A suspected arms trader was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Salna area here early Friday. The deceased could not be identified yet. Acting on a tip-off, a team of the elite force conducted a drive in the area around 2:30 am, said Rab-1 Company ... Read More »

You cannot muzzle the media: Press under Nigeria’s Buhari

By Jonathan Rozen New York, Apr 17 2019 (IPS) – When Nigeria’s incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari won re-election this year, he campaigned (as he did in 2015) on an image of good governance and anti-corruption. Billboards in the capital, Abuja, bore the smiling faces of the president–who first led Nigeria as military ruler from 1983-1985–and his vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, and ... Read More »

Mining: ‘A Question of Life or Death’

STOCKHOLM, Apr 18 2019 (IPS) – The mining industry is one of the world’s most dangerous industries. Globally, the death toll is at least 14,000 workers per year. But how many lives are actually lost is something that neither trade unions, national governments or the United Nations know. The men were sitting down for lunch in the canteen. January was about ... Read More »

Brunei’s new stoning law

This month, the Sultanate of Brunei confirmed plans to impose a new penal code with brutal punishments. These include whipping or death by stoning for extramarital sex and anal sex, among other things, and amputations of limbs for theft. Abortion is also criminalized, and lesbian sex is punished by 40 lashes. Many of these new “crimes” were already prohibited under the country’s Syariah Penal Code ... Read More »

Mali violence: PM and entire government resigns

Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB) – The prime minister of Mali and his entire government have resigned, following an upsurge of violence in the country, reports BBC.  On Wednesday, a motion of no confidence was submitted as MPs blamed Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga for failing to handle the unrest. Last month, scores of herders were killed by a rival ethnic ... Read More »

Dhaka court rules Freezing Tarique couple’s UK bank accounts

Dhaka, Apr 18 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday ordered freezing three bank accounts of BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman and his wife Dr Zubaida Rahman with a UK bank. Judge of the Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Sessions’ Judge Court KM Imrul Kayes passed the order following a permission case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), said ACC prosecutor ... Read More »

Secondary school enrollment still low in Bangladesh: UNFPA

Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB)- The net enrollment rate for secondary education in Bangladesh is still significantly low, but better compared to the past, according to the UNFPA annual report. The ‘State of World Population Report 2019’ puts the enrollment rate at 57 percent for male children and 67 percent for female in 2017. But in 1999, the rate was 43 percent ... Read More »

Court defers hearing against Khaleda in Gatco case

Dhaka, April 18 – A special judge court of Dhaka on Thursday deferred the hearing on charge framing in Gatco corruption case against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and 17 others to April 30. The BNP chief was not produced before the special court installed at Alia Madrasha of Bakshibazar in Old Dhaka on Wednesday as she has been undergoing ... Read More »

Use of nuke energy to ensure sustainable development urged

While countries all over the world are committed to cut down their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the Paris Agreement goal, nuclear experts gathered at the 11th edition of the international atomic energy forum- Atomexpo 2019, held in Sochi, Russia expressed their opinion in favour of atomic energy, as an imperative for sustainability of growth. Organised by Rosatom, state nuclear ... Read More »

Probe over Titumir student Rajib killing deferred

Dhaka, April 18 – A Dhaka court Thursday directed Shahbagh Police Station to submit probe report by May 22 in the case filed over the death of Titumir College student Rajib Hossain in April last year. Magistrate Md Sarafuzzaman Ansary of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka passed the order after Sub-Inspector (SI) Edrish Ali, the Investigation Officer ... Read More »

Incompetent people hold charges of public universities: HC

Dhaka, April 18 – Expressing grave concerned over the ongoing erosion of values in public universities, the High Court yesterday commented that incompetent persons were occupying top posts of the universities across the country. “Incompetent persons are occupying the big posts of the universities across the country that resulted in the ongoing erosion of image of the universities. “None of ... Read More »

Bangladesh Fashionology Summit in Dhaka on May 2

Dhaka, April 18 – Smart clothing is the fourth industrial textile revolution, a sector that will reach a sales volume of more than $130 billion in 2025, said Mostafiz Uddin, founder of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE). He said this at a press conference which held at a hotel in the capital yesterday. The second ever Bangladesh Fashionology Summit will be ... Read More »

507 enforced disappearances in BD in 11 years, 159 not traced

Dhaka, April 18 – A new report from International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) establishes that enforced disappearances in Bangladesh constitute crimes against humanity, and calls on the international community to take all necessary measures to ensure that the government fulfils the right of victims to truth, justice, and reparation. In a statement, it said a total of 507 were ... Read More »

BD-Burma Joint Working Group meet May 3

Dhaka, April 18 – Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen yesterday said a high powered delegation from Bangladesh is going to hold a meeting with Myanmar government next month to bring out a solution to address the Rohingya crisis. “Rohingya problem is the creation of Myanmar government. Hence they have to solve it. Without their assistance, this crisis cannot be resolved. ... Read More »

IFPRI launches global food policy report

Dhaka, April 18 – The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), an international agricultural research centre, on Thursday launched ‘global food policy report 2019’ that highlights Bangladesh as one of South Asia’s leaders in improving rural development indicators and food and nutrition security. The report also pointed out that the need to close persistent rural-urban development gaps by continuing to ... Read More »

Dimuth Karunaratne to lead Sri Lanka at World Cup

Colombo,(AP/UNB) – Test opener Dimuth Karunaratne was named Thursday to lead Sri Lanka’s World Cup team despite not having played a one-day international in more than four years. Sri Lanka Cricket announced a 15-member squad for the tournament in England starting May 30. Karunaratne played his last one-day international during the last World Cup in 2015 against England. He has ... Read More »

Premier Cricket: 3rd round of Super League on Friday

Dhaka – Third round Super League matches of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League will be played on Friday. In this round, defending champions Abahani Limited will take on Prime Bank Cricket Club at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mohammedan Sporting Club will face Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in Fatullah while the table-topper Legends of Rupganj will play Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club ... Read More »