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Thirty young political leaders graduate from Fellowship

Dhaka: Thirty young political leaders affiliated with Bangladesh Awami League (AL), Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jatiya Party (JaPa) graduated today (July 11, 2019) from theYoung Leaders Fellowship Program.’ Democracy International (DI) awarded the young leaders with graduation certificates during the ceremony held at the Ascott Hotel in Dhaka. Top political leaders participated in the graduation ceremony including 1) Dr. ... Read More »

Unlock opportunities for sustainable development: UN Chief

UN, July 11 – As the number of people on the planet continues to rise, UN Secretary-General António Guterres marked World Population Day by highlighting the close link between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and demographic trends – urging everyone to “unlock opportunities for those left behind and help pave the way for sustainable, equitable and inclusive development for ... Read More »

Anti-graft body concede wrong accusing Jaha Alam for graft

Dhaka, July 11 – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday acknowledged that it was the wrong of its investigation officers who identified Jaha Alam as Abu Salek, the real accused of 26 cases on charges of misappropriating Tk 18.5 crore from Sonali Bank. In its internal investigation report over Jaha Alam identity mess-up incident, the ACC probe body also alleged ... Read More »

BPL Football: Dhaka Abahani manage 1-0 win over Sheikh Russel KC

Dhaka – A late-strike by forward Nabib Newaz Jiban helped holders Dhaka Abahani Limited to earn 1-0 goal victory over Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra in the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football at the floodlight Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday. This was a sweet revenge for Dhaka Abahani Ltd of the 0-2 goals defeat against Sheikh Russel KC in ... Read More »

England march into final beating Australia

Dhaka – England marched into the final of the ICC Men’s World Cup for the fourth time, defeating defending champion Australia by eight wickets at Edgbaston on Thursday. Before England, New Zealand knocked India out of the World Cup to book a spot in the finals for the second successive time. None of the finalists won a World Cup before. ... Read More »

Buriganga illegal settlement eviction team attacked; 5 hurt

Keraniganj, July 11 (UNB) – A group miscreants attacked a team of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) during an eviction drive at Postogola along the Buriganga riverbank on Thursday, leaving an executive magistrate and four members of the team injured. The BIWTA team, led by an executive magistrate, launched the drive in the morning. At one stage, when the ... Read More »

Promote roadmap to Islamic tourism: PM Hasina

Dhaka, Jul 11 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday stressed the need for preparing a roadmap to promote Islamic tourism as a global brand to unlock the potentials of its rapidly growing market. “The value of Islamic tourism market will increase to $243 billion by 2021 with an annual 8.3 percent growth. So, we’ll have to take all-out ... Read More »

Aedes mosquito: Legal notice to Dhaka South City Corpn

Dhaka, July 11 (UNB) – A legal notice has been served to Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor and its chief executive officer asking them to provide Tk 50 lakh as compensation for its failure to take any effective measure to destroy Aedes mosquito. Supreme Court lawyer Tanjim Al Islam served the notice. According to the notice, Tanjim’s wife was ... Read More »

UK aid to help develop better business media outlets models

Dhaka, July 11 (UNB) – UK aid, through one of its programmes, will look at creative ways for independent media outlets in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone to develop better business models by helping them cut production costs and find new funding streams. The UK aid through its new package will help media experts, charities, the private sector and academics, ... Read More »

Landslide: 248 BD families moved to Khagrachhari shelters

Khagrachhari, Jul 10 (UNB) – A total of 248 families residing in low-lying and landslide-prone areas of Dighinala upazila in Khagrachhari have been moved to 12 shelter centres following incessant rain and bad weather in the district. Many families who were evacuated with them from muddy hill areas across 4 of the unions in Dighinala took shelter at their relatives’ ... Read More »

India captain Virat Kohli: Kiwis defeat broke their hearts

India’s “45 minutes of bad cricket” against New Zealand cost them a place in the World Cup final and “broke our hearts,” says captain Virat Kohli. Chasing 240 for victory, India were reduced to 5-3 inside the first four overs and ultimately fell to a tight 18-run defeat at Old Trafford. “It breaks our hearts because you work so hard ... Read More »

Suspected drug trader killed in Cox’s Bazar ‘gunfight’

Cox’s Bazar, July 11 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Lengurbil Mathchara in Teknaf upazila Wednesday midnight. The deceased was identified as Abdul Malek, 36, son of Makbul Ahmed of Pallanpara in Teknaf upazila. Tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 11:45 pm for recovering ... Read More »

Scientists get peek into how some fish change sex as adults

New York, Jul 11 (AP/UNB) — If in the beginning there was male and female, fish seem to have forgotten the memo. For nearly 500 fish species, including the clownfish in “Finding Nemo,” the great divide between sexes is more like a murky line: If circumstances call for it, the fish can swap their sex, with females turning into males ... Read More »

Air pollution may age your lungs faster, says study

Dhaka, July 11 (UNB) – Exposure to outdoor air pollution is linked to decreased lung function and an increased risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study of over 300,000 people published Tuesday, reports The Indian Express.  COPD is a long-term condition linked to reduced lung function that causes inflammation in the lungs and a narrowing ... Read More »

Fishing ban at breeding time in Sundarbans hits fisherfolk

Khulna, July 11 (UNB) – Amid a 65-day-ban on netting fish in the Bay of Bengal, the authorities imposed a fresh ban on all kinds of fishing in rivers and canals that flow through the Sundarbans. In a prohibitive order, the Forest Department banned fishing in 13 rivers and 450 canals inside the Sundarbans for two months starting from July ... Read More »

The Brexit revolution eats its Conservative parents

by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust 9th July 2019 Much justified criticism has been heaped upon Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt for the unrealistic European policies they have promised the Conservative membership in the current leadership contest. It is not however always sufficiently understood how necessary such unrealistic promises are in order to win over the current Conservative membership; ... Read More »

KSA donates dates to support Bangladeshi schoolchildren

Dhaka, July 11 – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated 300 metric tons of dates to support schoolchildren and their families in Bangladesh. The contribution was acknowledged at a function this week at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia attended by Mohamed Askar of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Centre (KSRelief) and Alpha Bah, WFP ... Read More »

Venezuela – A risk to Dollar hegemony

By Peter Koenig After the new coup attempt – or propaganda coup – Venezuela lives in a state of foreign imposed insecurity. The failed coup was executed on 30 April by Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed and Washington-trained and endorsed “interim President”, and the opposition leader, Leopoldo López, who was hurriedly freed from house arrest by Guaidó with a couple of ... Read More »

Progress of financial inclusion in BD exciting: Queen Maxima

It can accelerate progress, empower women, she says Dhaka, July 10 – UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA) Queen Maxima on Wednesday said financial inclusion can empower women and accelerate Bangladesh’s progress and noted significant progress made so far in the country. “Financial inclusion has increased from 31 percent in 2014 to 50 percent in 2017 ... Read More »

Walton Primo H8 released in turbo edition

Tech Desk Walton has released its 4G smartphone ‘Primo H8’ in Turbo Edition with upgraded processor yesterday. The attractively designed device which was earlier released in different versions of 2GB and 3 GB RAM, now comes with a 1.5 GHz Quad Core processor. Asifur Rahman Khan, Chief of Walton Cellular Phone sales department, said this upgradation on processor will let ... Read More »

Nigeria’s Lagos battles Atlantic erosion

Sprawled around a lagoon, Nigeria’s frenetic economic capital faces a threat from the Atlantic on its doorstep. The ocean has pounded the soft, sandy shoreline on a timescale far surpassing human history — but now its waves spell a major threat to the city and its booming population. The coastline is eroding, driven partly by higher water levels caused by ... Read More »

Japan boyband star-maker Johnny Kitagawa dead

Japan’s leading boyband star-maker Johnny Kitagawa, who built an entertainment empire and broke records with his acts, has died of a stroke, his company said. He was 87. Kitagawa was behind the birth of J-pop groups including SMAP, TOKIO and Arashi that dominated Japan’s showbusiness industry and won adoring fans across Asia. The Los Angeles-native started as a producer in ... Read More »

Kamruzzaman Sagar wins award in National Art Exhibition

Culture DeskThis year feted print maker Kamruzzaman Sagar has bagged the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award 2019 (valued at BDT 2 lakhs) at the 23rd National Art Exhibition for his work Global Warming (Lithograph). He is now an Assistant Professor of Printmaking Department at the Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), University of Dhaka (DU). It might be added here that global ... Read More »

Fagun Haway bags two awards at SAARC Film Fest

Culture Desk Fagun Haway has now won two awards at the 9th SAARC Film Festival. After much debacle regarding the terror attack on April 21 in Sri Lankan churches the festival started on July 2 in the Sri Lankan capital city Colombo. The film has won Best Cinematographer Award for Enamul Haque Sohel and Best Sound Planning Award for Ripon ... Read More »

Defeat ruling party with strength of unity: BNP

Dhaka, July 10 – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday urged his party colleagues to find out effective ways based on political reality to defeat the ruling party with the strength of people’s unity. “The world politics has changed a lot. Just think those who had killed Mahatma Gandhi in India are now in power. This is ... Read More »

Dhaka to invite World Heritage Committee to the Sundarbans

Dhaka, Jul 10 – Bangladesh will invite World Heritage Committee (WHC) team to visit the Sundarbans and adjoining areas to prepare report on the environmental issue regarding the Rampal power plant, Prime Minister’s Energy Advisor Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury said Wednesday. “We’ll fully cooperate with the WHC team although it wasn’t an obligation for Bangladesh to invite them,” he said while ... Read More »

Rohingya: Cox’s Bazar ecological balance at stake: Hasina

PM seeks global solution to climate change Dhaka, July 10 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the environmental balance of Cox’s Bazar is under threat as settlements are being established there for Rohingyas clearing hills and forests. “For this (Rohingya presence), the natural equilibrium is being destabilised in that area… settlements are being established in the area clearing ... Read More »

BAU appoints new associate adviser

Mymensingh, July 10 – Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) authorities have appointed Prof Dr Md Azharul Islam of Environmental Science Department as new students’ affairs associate adviser of the university for 2 years. The duties of the office handed over to new associate adviser after completion of tenure of Prof Dr Md Mokter Hossain of horticulture Department. – BAU Correspondent Read More »

হাতেখড়ি শিশু-কিশোর আর্ট ও ফটোগ্রাফী এক্সিবিশন অনুষ্ঠিত

ঢাকা: জাতীয় শিশু-কিশোর পত্রিকা হাতেখড়ির আয়োজনে রাজধানীর দৃক গ্যালারীতে ৮ জুলাই সোমবার শিশু-কিশোর আর্ট ও ফটোগ্রাফী এক্সিবিশন অনুষ্ঠিত হয়েছে। হাতেখড়ি আর্ট এন্ড ফটো চ্যালেঞ্জে অংশগ্রহনকারীদের বাছাইকৃত ছবি নিয়ে এক্সিবিশন চলে সকাল ১১টা থেকে সন্ধ্যা ৭টা পর্যন্ত। প্রথমবারের মতো হাতেখড়ির এআয়োজনে তিনটি ক্যাটাগরিতে মোট ৪০জন শিশু-কিশোর ও তরুণের ৫১টি ছবি প্রদর্শীত হয়। প্রদর্শীত ছবির মধ্যে বিচারকদের রায়ে ক্যামেরা ফটোগ্রাফীতে পর্যায়ক্রমে প্রথম ... Read More »

HC orders death row convict Nur Hossain’s graft case trial

Dhaka, July 10 – The High Court yesterday cancelled a lower court verdict that exonerated Nur Hossain, a death-row convict in Narayanganj seven-murder case, from a corruption case. The HC also directed the lower court to finish the trial of the corruption case against Nur Hossain in next six months. In response to a revision petition, the HC bench comprising ... Read More »