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Daily Archives: July 10, 2019

BNP starts withdrawing expulsions on UZ-level leaders

Dhaka, July 10 – The BNP now starts backing home around 200 grassroots leaders who were expelled for participating in last Upazila elections held followed the December 30 parliamentary polls. As part of the endavour, the party has withdrawn expulsion order from 34 leaders at district and Upazila levels till Monday. A senior BNP leader preferring anonymity said that the ... Read More »

BPL Football: Sheikh Jamal beat Dhaka Mohammedan 2-1

Dhaka – Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club defeated Dhaka Mohammedan SC by 2-1 goals in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football at the floodlight Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Wednesday. With the day’s feat, Sheikh Jamal DC advanced to the 6th slot from 7th securing 24 points from 20 matches while Dhaka Mohammedan remained at the 9th slot with their ... Read More »

New Zealand knock India out of World Cup

Dhaka – New Zealand knocked India out of the ongoing ICC Men’s World Cup, winning the first semifinal by 18 runs on Wednesday at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. The Kiwis marched into the final for the second successive time. They lost the 2015 final to Australia. New Zealand bundled India for 221 all-out in 46.3 overs. India’s were chasing 240 ... Read More »

BD swimmers to compete in FINA World Champs in South Korea

Dhaka – A five-member swimming team comprising of three swimmers and two officials will represent Bangladesh in the 18th FINA World Championship scheduled to be held in Gwangju of South Korea from July 12-28. Of the five member team, two officials -M Abdul Hamid (Team Official) and Tapan Chanda (Congress representative) are due to leave Dhaka for Korea on Wednesday ... Read More »

Khaleda a serious threat to politics: Hasan Mahmud

Dhaka, July 10 (UNB) – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Wednesday said BNP Chairperson Khaleda is a big threat to the country’s politics as her party does not believe in people’s welfare. “The politics is for the welfare of the common people, not for making people suffer, but BNP had made people hostage for a long time enforcing [road] ... Read More »

Ban Ki-Moon wants global climate adaptation centre in Dhaka

Dhaka, Jul 10 (UNB) – Former UN Secretary-General, who is also the chairman of the Global Commission on Adaptation, Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday proposed setting up a global centre for adaptation in Bangladesh for the South and South-East Asia. He placed the proposal when he along with President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Dr Hilda C Heine met ... Read More »

2 Viqarunnissa school teachers sued over student suicide

Dhaka, July 10 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday indicted two teachers of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College in a case over the suicide of schoolgirl Aritree Adhikari.  Dhaka Third Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Rabiul Alam framed the charges against them in the case. Those indicted are— principal of the school Nazneen Ferdous and its morning shift in-charge ... Read More »

Docu-Fiction film “Jonmobhumi” on Rohingya screened at UNHQs

Dhaka, July 10 (UNB) – In commemoration of World Refugee Day, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN has recently hosted the screening of a docu-fiction film on the forcibly displaced Rohingyas residing in the camps in Cox’s Bazar.  The event, held at the United Nations headquarters, was co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Kenya to the UN and United ... Read More »

Man lynched after he knifed to death 3 villagers in Comilla

Cumilla, July 10 (UNB) – Three people, including a woman and her a 12-year-old boy, were stabbed to death allegedly by a man who was subsequently beaten to death by local people at Radhanagar in Debidwar upazila on Wednesday. The three victims were identified as Anwara Begum, 45, wife of Shah Alam, her son Abu Hanif, 12 and Nazma Begum, ... Read More »

Fake voices ‘help cyber-crooks steal cash’

Dhaka, Jul 10 (UNB) – A security firm says deepfaked audio is being used to steal millions of pounds, reports the BBC. Symantec said it had seen three cases of seemingly deepfaked audio of different chief executives used to trick senior financial controllers into transferring cash. Deepfakes use artificial intelligence to create convincing fake footage. The AI system could be ... Read More »

Bangladesh’s Ex-Chief Justice Sinha, 10 more sued for graft

Dhaka, July 10 (UNB) — The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case on Wednesday against former chief justice SK Sinha and 10 others accusing them of accumulating illegal wealth and laundering Tk 4 crore. On September 25 last year, the ACC summoned five officials of the Farmers Bank Ltd for interrogation over deposit of Tk 4 crore in SK Sinha’s ... Read More »

6 bodies recovered from Cox’s Bazar sea beach

Cox’s Bazar, July 10 – Police recovered bodies of six people from Sughanda point of Cox’s Bazar sea beach in the district town on early Wednesday. The identities of the deceased could not be known yet. Khairuzzaman, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Sadar Model Police Station, said being informed by local people a team of police recovered four bodies from the beach ... Read More »

E-com rules promoted in name of women’s economic empowerment

Geneva, Jul (Kinda Mohamadieh) – Women in digital trade was the subject of a workshop convened at the World Trade Organization on 1 July. The day-long workshop was co-convened by the European Union, Trinidad and Tobago and Senegal, the fifth since the release of the Joint Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos ... Read More »

The challenge ahead: a safer and more dynamic Europe

by Gustav Horn In the latest in our ‘Europe2025’ series, Gustav Horn focuses on macroeconomic institutional reforms for crisis-proofing and a programme of investment to engender vital public goods. After the European Parliament elections, it is time to decide how the European Union will meet the challenges of the near future. If the EU is to survive in the long ... Read More »

Sustainable development needs fundamental governance changes

New York, 8 July 2019: “The world is off-track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Most governments have failed to turn the transformational vision of the 2030 Agenda into real transformational policies. Even worse, xenophobia and authoritarianism are on the rise in a growing number of countries.” “The implementation of the 2030 Agenda is not just a matter of ... Read More »

Twitter bans ‘dehumanising’ posts toward religious groups

San Francisco, July 9 (AP/UNB) — Twitter now prohibits hate speech that targets religious groups by using dehumanizing language, a ban it says may extend to other categories like race and gender. The social network already bars hateful language directed at individual religious adherents. It also bans hate speech on the basis of someone’s race, gender and other categories. Tuesday’s ... Read More »

US to enlist military allies in Gulf and Yemen waters

Dhaka, Jul 10 (UNB) – A senior general has said the US wants to create an international military coalition to safeguard waters around Iran and Yemen, reports the BBC. Marine General Joseph Dunford said he wanted to “ensure freedom of navigation” in the region, which provides essential trade routes. Last month the US blamed Iranian-backed fighters for attacks on two ... Read More »

Rain induced floods, landslides, Rohingya children at risk

Dhaka, July 9 (UNB) – Thousands of people in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps and host communities are facing the risk of flooding and landslides after several days of heavy rain, Unicef said on Tuesday. Some of the over 4,000 families affected in the camps, have been relocated to safe places. Unicef has appealed for $152.5 million to support the organisation’s ... Read More »

Signing bar: Khaleda Zia’s legal notice to Home Secretary

Dhaka, July 9 – Former prime minister Khaleda Zia on Tuesday sent legal notices to five persons, including the Home Secretary, for not allowing her to sign the power of attorney. Khaleda’s lawyer Barrister Kayser Kamal sent the notice to the Home Secretary, Dhaka Deputy Commissioner, Inspector General of Police, Inspector General of Prisons and the superintendent of Keraniganj Central ... Read More »

Internet users in Bangladesh hit 94 million: Minister

Dhaka, Jul 9 – Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Tuesday said the number of internet subscribers reached 94.4 million as of May. The minister said this in Parliament while replying to a starred question from ruling party MP M Abdul Latif. He said the number of the country’s total internet users was 60 lakh in December 2008 and ... Read More »

Gonoforum to intensify anti-govt role: Reza Kibria

Dhaka, July 9 – Gonoforum general secretary Reza Kibria on Tuesday said their party will intensify its anti-government role both in parliament and outside. “Gonoforum is a party of people. We stand here in protest against the increase in gas price. We’ll oppose this government’s all unfair and repressive acts where we can. We’ll do it even if we get ... Read More »

Bill extending the life of Speedy Trial up to 2024 passed

Dhaka, Jul 9 – The Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in Parliament on Tuesday for extending its validity till 2024. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan moved the Bill and it was passed by voice vote. The duration of the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) Act, 2002 expired in April 2019. So, its validity has ... Read More »

Some OCs, DCs consider themselves supreme: Observes HC

Dhaka, July 09 – “Some officers-in-charge (OCs) and Deputy Commissioners (DCs) thought that they are the supreme authority. It seems they are all in all,” an HC bench comprising Justice Md Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Khizir Hayat made the comments while hearing on the OC Moazzem Hossain’s bail petition. The High Court on Tuesday rejected the bail petition of ... Read More »

Shujan demands Supreme Judicial Council probe 100pc voting

Dhaka, July 09 – Terming the 100 percent vote cast in 213 centres in the 11th parliamentary polls as ‘illogical and unusual’, Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) Tuesday demanded the Judicial Supreme Council (JSC) to investigate the irregularities and to bring the responsible person to justice. The cast of 100 percent votes in any centre is not logical and not at ... Read More »