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ICC WC: Rain disrupts India-New Zealand semifinal clash

Dhaka— The first semifinal of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup was stopped due to rain when New Zealand was batting against two time champions India at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester on Tuesday. A record four matches of the ongoing World Cup were washed out due to rain.   New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first. They ... Read More »

21st round of BPL Football begins Wednesday

Dhaka – The 21st round of the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football begins Wednesday after recess of one day. Two matches will be held on the day at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) here with Chattogram Abahani Limited taking on Saif Sporting Club at 4pm while Sheikh Jamal DC Ltd playing against Dhaka Mohammedan SC at 7pm. On the ... Read More »

BCB looking for new head coach

Dhaka – Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is looking for a new head coach after its ‘mutual separation’ with Steve Rhodes. BCB Chief Executive Officer Nizam Uddin Chowdhury on Tuesday said they are searching for a new coach who will take charge of the national team for a longer period. “We’re not renewing agreements with Courtney Walsh and Thilan Chandramohan, who ... Read More »

Olympics Test Event: Ruman Shana to fly for Tokyo Wednesday

Dhaka – Bangladesh’s premier archer Mohammad Ruman Shana will fly for Tokyo early Wednesday to participate in Tokyo 2020 Olympics Test Event which is scheduled to be held at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field in Tokyo from July 12-18. The German Coach of Bangladesh Archery team Martin Frederick who is now in Germany will also join Ruman Shana in Tokyo. Convener ... Read More »

BD Tannery workers demand environment-friendly industry

Dhaka, July 9 (UNB) — Leather industry workers on Tuesday urged the government to build an environment-friendly industry and ensure their rights. “Savar Tannery Estate should be built as modern and environment-friendly. Tanneries are polluting surrounding areas and the environment isn’t safe for the workers,” Tannery Workers Union President Abul Kalam Azad told a press conference at Jatiya Press Club. ... Read More »

UK’s Labour shifts policy, now backs new Brexit referendum

London, Jul 9 (AP/UNB) — In a significant shift, Britain’s main opposition Labour Party said Tuesday that Britain’s next prime minister should hold a referendum on whether to leave the European Union or remain in the bloc. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the party would campaign to stay in the EU if a referendum was called by whoever succeeds Prime ... Read More »

Prof Yunus wins 2019 Global Women’s Leadership award

Dhaka, July 9 (UNB) – Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has been honored with the ‘2019 Global Women’s Leadership Award’ at the Global Summit of Women in Basel, Switzerland. Prof Yunus received the award on July 5 for his internationally-recognised work in poverty alleviation and economic empowerment of women globally through his pioneering work of microfinance and social business, said ... Read More »

Dengue incidence higher this year: Dhaka South City Mayor

Dhaka, July 9 (UNB) – Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon on Tuesday said the infection rate of dengue fever is comparatively higher than the previous years.  “The medicines we’re using to kill the mosquitos are slightly less effective than promised … overall, the outbreak is relatively higher,” he told reporters after attending a workshop at Pan Pacific ... Read More »

Queen Maxima in Dhaka to promote financial services access

Dhaka, July 9 (UNB) – UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA) Queen Maxima arrived here on Tuesday evening to promote people’s access to financial services in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is currently developing a national strategy to improve people’s access to financial services. In Bangladesh, only 36 percent of women have bank accounts, compared to 65 percent of ... Read More »

Karan Johar planning to make web series based on SOTY franchise?

Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions has launched its own digital platform called Dharmatic Entertainment. We hear that Karan is personally looking into the kind of content that is being created for this portal. Karan is known for his larger than life films with a dose of drama, romance as well as complications. And with Dharma Productions now having its own web ... Read More »

Canada takes new steps to protect endangered right whales

Canada implements further measures on Tuesday to protect the North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered species, after six of the mammals died since June in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. At least three of these deaths have been tentatively blamed on their being hit by ships, said Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Transport. In response to the “extremely troubling” ... Read More »

Great leaps in science thanks to Apollo

The Apollo 11 mission to the Moon and back 50 years ago went down in history as mankind’s giant leap, changing the way we saw our place in the universe. But the program was also the catalyst for profound scientific and engineering breakthroughs that reverberate to this day. It required overcoming myriad technical challenges, a task made possible only by ... Read More »

Stevie Wonder have kidney transplant

Stevie Wonder told thousands of fans watching him perform in London on Monday night he is due to have a kidney transplant in September. The singer, songwriter and musician told the crowd at an event in Hyde Park that he had a donor lined up, and was making the announcement to avoid rumors spreading about his health. “I’m going to ... Read More »

National advisory committee on film formed

Culture Desk A national advisory committee on film has been formed to advise the government on the local film industry and its development. Information ministry issued a circular in this regard on July 6 on its website. The committee, according to the circular, comprises 24 members from administration and film industry insiders including information minister, state minister for information, secretaries ... Read More »

Rickshawalas block Dhaka City road protesting rickshaw ban

Dhaka, July 9 (UNB) – Rickshaw-pullers blocked roads in different areas of the city on Tuesday morning protesting the decision banning the plying of rickshaws on three major thoroughfares of the capital, including the Kuril-Sayedabad one. Abdul Kuddus Fakir, officer-in-charge of Rampura Police Station, said several hundred rickshaw-pullers took to the street and put barricades on both carriageways in front ... Read More »

Imam of mosque ‘missing’ for 19 days in Shariatpur

Shariatpur, July 9 (UNB) – The imam of a local mosque in Zanjira upazila reportedly remained missing for the last 19 days. The victim is Faridul Islam, 45, imam of Moralkandi mosque in the upazila and son of late Ershad Ali of Muktagachha upazila in Mymensingh district. Alleging that her husband might have been killed and abduction in a planned ... Read More »

Bladder cancer ‘attacked and killed by common cold virus’

Dhaka, Jul 8 (UNB) – A strain of the common cold virus can infect and kill bladder cancer cells, a small study suggests, reports the BBC. All signs of the disease disappeared in one patient, and in 14 others there was evidence that cancer cells had died. University of Surrey researchers said the virus could “help revolutionise treatment” for the ... Read More »

BNP accuses govt of politicising, controlling judiciary

Dhaka, July 8 (UNB) – BNP on Monday alleged that the government is controlling the judiciary through its politicisation for hanging onto power. “Since it came to power in 2008, Awami League politicised the judiciary in a cunning way to ensure its absolute power. Now there’s no independence of the judiciary as it has been regulated by the government,” said ... Read More »

Monsoons must not wash away Rohingyas’ hopes: UN chief

Dhaka, July 8 (UNB) – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said they cannot allow the monsoons to wash away hopes of Rohingyas living in Cox’s Bazar camps.  “The horrific stories of suffering in Myanmar I heard from Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh last July remain vivid in my memory. A year later, their shelters are once again threatened by the ... Read More »

Rights group calls Duterte’s drug war crime against humanity

Manila, Jul 9 (AP/UNB) — Amnesty International urgently called for international pressure and an immediate U.N. investigation to help end what it says are possible crimes against humanity in the Philippine president’s bloody anti-drug crackdown. The London-based rights watchdog said in a study released Monday that extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte’s 3-year-old campaign remain rampant and the scale of ... Read More »

Of leaders then and now

By Issa Sikiti da Silva Cotonou, Benin, Jul 8 2019 (IPS) – Richard Dossevi parks his motorcycle taxi on one of the busiest street corners in Cotonou, Benin’s commercial capital, to wait for commuters amid the summer heat. It has been four years since he left his native Togo to seek work opportunities in neighbouring Benin. He found none. So ... Read More »

Floating body of missing poultry trader found in Sirajganj

Sirajganj, July 9 – A poultry trader was found dead in Shahjadpur Upazila on Monday, a day after he went missing. Police recovered the floating body of Dabir Mollah, 60, son of late Tahaj Mollah of Jotpara village in the Upazila, from the Hurasagar River. Officer-in-charge of Shahjadpur Police Station Ataur Rahman said Dabir came out of their house on ... Read More »

Steps taken to make Bangladesh capital market vibrant: PM

Dhaka, Jul 8 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said her government has taken various steps to ensure a vibrant capital market that will supplement its efforts to make Bangladesh a developed country by the year 2041. “Various measures are being taken to protect the interests of investors which will ensure a conducive environment for a vibrant capital market,” ... Read More »

Libra: Facebook’s new currency fails the Hayek test

by Peter Bofinger Libra means ‘balance’ in Latin. But Peter Bofinger argues that Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency would be highly risky for holders and a giant enrichment programme for the company. Facebook’s idea of issuing its own cryptocurrency has met strong criticism. Katherina Pistor has called on governments to protect citizens from the Libra, while Joe Stiglitz has said they should ... Read More »

Zero Population Growth vs Population Control

By Marian Starkey Washington, Jul 4 2019 (IPS) – Knowledge is power, but with the caveat that said knowledge is based on fact. Otherwise, it’s misinformation. I appreciate the journalism of IPS. Similarly, I respect and spend much of my time advocating for Americans to demand that the United States support the work of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Therefore, ... Read More »

Bangladesh national killed in BSF firing

Dhaka, July 08 – A Bangladesh national was shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Indian territory across Kiranganj frontier in Chapainawabganj district on Sunday night. The dead body was supposed to be of Dulal Uddin, 18, son of Shafiqul Islam of Kiranganj Jharutola village under Binodpur union of Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj district. Commanding officer (CO) of ... Read More »