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Myanmar court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters journos

The highest court of Myanmar has denied the final appeal of the two Reuters journalists who were imprisoned for their reporting on the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, upholding the seven-year prison sentence and dashing the last hope that justice would be served. The swift ruling, by Myanmar’s highest court, was a devastating blow to Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, ... Read More »

Grants to flourish dairy industry urged

Dhaka, Apr 23 (UNB)- Speakers at a roundtable discussion on Tuesday suggested that the potentials of dairy sector should be utilized by providing grants to the farmers and reducing the production cost of milk. The theme of the roundtable programme was “Present and future of dairy sector of Bangladesh” was organised by daily newspaper Prothom Alo in association with PRAN ... Read More »

AL MP, big leaders involved in Nusrat murder, says BNP

Dhaka, Apr 23 (UNB) – BNP on Tuesday alleged that local ruling party MP and its big leaders are involved in the murder of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi. Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also alleged that the government is trying to hush up the incident ... Read More »

BD eyes greater energy sector cooperation with Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan, Apr 23 (UNB) – Bangladesh and Brunei have agreed to explore the possibility of comprehensive collaboration in the energy sector amid the growing demand for energy in Bangladesh to support the rapid economic growth. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah also agreed to encourage the relevant agencies from both sides to continue discussions ... Read More »

IS group claims responsibility for Sri Lanka attacks

Sri Lanka, Apr 23 (AP/UNB) — The Islamic State group is claiming responsibility for the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka that killed at least 321 people, but offered no evidence. The extremist group made the claim Tuesday via its Aamaq news agency. The claim said: “The perpetrators of the attack that targeted nationals of the countries of the coalitions and ... Read More »

Sri Lanka arrests 40 suspects after bombings, toll up to 310

Colombo, Apr 23 (AP/UNB) — As a state of emergency took effect Tuesday giving the Sri Lankan military war-time powers, police arrested 40 suspects, including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers involved in deadly Easter bombings and the owner of a house where some of them lived, officials said. Sri Lanka’s president gave the military a ... Read More »

Sri Lanka military gets special powers after deadly bombings

Colombo, Apr 23 (AP/UNB) — Sri Lanka’s president gave the military sweeping police powers starting Tuesday in the wake of the Easter bombings that killed nearly 300 people, while officials disclosed that intelligence agencies had warned weeks ago of the possibility of an attack by the radical Muslim group blamed for the bloodshed. The suicide bombings struck three churches and ... Read More »

BCL Football: Victoria SC, Bangladesh Police win

Dhaka- Victoria SC and Bangladesh Police FC won their respective matches in the ongoing Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football on Tuesday. Victoria SC defeated Soccer Club, Feni by 1-0 goal at Bir Shreshta Shaheed Shipahi M Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur. Hridoy netted the lone goal for Victoria in the 24th minute. In the day’s other match, Bangladesh Police FC ... Read More »

Neymar to be fit at Copa America, says Tite

Rio De Janeiro (Xinhua/UNB) — Brazil captain Neymar has enough time to be in peak condition for the Copa America after a foot injury, national team coach Tite said on Monday. Neymar returned to the pitch for Paris Saint-Germain in their 3-1 Ligue 1 victory over Monaco on Sunday, his first appearance since suffering a metatarsal fracture in January. “Neymar ... Read More »

4th BPO summit ends with call for wider outsourcing market

Dhaka, Apr 22 (UNB)-The two-day-long 4th BPO Summit wrapped up on Monday with a call on public and private sectors to expand digital markets. Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Division, Department of ICT and Bangladesh Association of Call Centre and Outsourcing (BACCO) organized the summit at the capital’s Sonargaon Hotel with a view to presenting the local and international markets’ ... Read More »

“Climate of Fear” marks media landscape

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 19 2019 (IPS) – Journalists around the world are increasingly seeing threats of violence, detention, and even death simply for doing their job, a new press index found. In the 2019 World Press Freedom Index, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has found a worrisome decline in media freedoms as toxic anti-press rhetoric have devolved into violence, triggering a climate of fear. “The ... Read More »

Soumya’s double ton clinches Dhaka Cricket League title for Abahani

Dhaka – Soumya Sarkar has become the first Bangladeshi batsman to score a double century in the List-A cricket scoring unbeaten 208 in the last match to help Dhaka Abahani Limited lift the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League crown at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) ground on Tuesday. Soumya Sarkar’s magical innings off 153 balls with 14 fours and 16 ... Read More »

Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday Carnage: Quo Vadis?

NEW YORK, Apr 22 2019 (IPS) – I returned from attending a three-hour Easter Sunday mass at the Fordham University Church around midnight New York time on April 20, 2019, when my phone rang and a colleague asked me what’s going on in Sri Lanka? I said what is going on? He said there were a series of coordinated terrorist bombings ... Read More »

‘BCL men’ attack police station in Bhola: 6 cops injured

Bhola, Apr 22 – Awami League’s student-associate Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men reportedly attacked Borhanuddin Police Station here on Sunday night over the seizure of a fellow’s motorcycle, injuring six policemen. Officer-in-charge of the police station Ashim Kumar said a police team intercepted the motorbike of Mizanur Rahman, general secretary of Borhanuddin Abdul Jabbar Govt College unit BCL, in front ... Read More »

8 million new voters expected in BD voter list update by EC

Dhaka, April 22 – The Election Commission (EC) is going to start gathering data to update their voter list targeting about 8 million citizens across the country from Tuesday. According to the EC sources, the commission will collect data on citizens who are over 16 years old – born on or before January 1, 2003. They will be enrolled as ... Read More »

HC may hear another case of wrong-imprisonment Tuesday

Dhaka, April 22 – A High Court bench is likely to hold a hearing on Tuesday on a writ petition filed for releasing Md Arman, whose story is identical to Jaha Alam, who languished in jail for three years in place of the real accused in 26 corruption cases. The HC bench comprising Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul ... Read More »