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Accord Alliance new conditions harm apparel industry: BGMEA

Dhaka, Aug 3 (UNB)— BGMEA President Rubana Huq on Saturday said new fire safety related conditions being imposed by Accord is harming the apparel industry. “Accord takes many decisions without discussing with us. The new conditions are slowing down our pace,” the BGMEA chief said at ‘Workshop on Fire Safety Issues and Technical Guideline’ at a hotel in the capital. ... Read More »

July the hottest month in history: UN

Dhaka, Aug 3 (UNB) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has shared new data from the World Meteorological Organization and Copernicus Climate Change Programme, including that July at least equaled, if not surpassed, the hottest month in recorded history. “According to the very latest data from the World Meteorological Organization and its climate centre—the month of July at least equaled ... Read More »

Plastic bottles sales banned at San Francisco airport

San Francisco, Aug 3 (AP/UNB) — San Francisco International Airport is banning the sale of single-use plastic water bottles. The unprecedented move at one of the major airports in the country will take effect Aug. 20, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday. The new rule will apply to airport restaurants, cafes and vending machines. Travelers who need plain water will ... Read More »

Govt totally failed to tackle dengue: GM Quader

Kurigram, Aug 3 (UNB) – Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader on Saturday said the government has utterly failed to tackle dengue, the mosquito-borne disease which has spread across the country. He said this while distributing relief goods among flood victims at Pachgachi College in Kurigram Sadar Upazila. The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Friday said 1,687 new patients ... Read More »

Judiciary politicised, people have no last resort, says BNP

Dhaka, Aug 3 (UNB) – Accusing the government of politicising the judiciary and administration, BNP on Saturday said now people have nowhere to go to seek justice. “They (govt) have taken the judiciary under their control. The way the administration has been reshaped with Chhatra League and Jubo League people, the same way they’re being recruited there (judiciary),” said BNP ... Read More »

‘ডেঙ্গুকে জাতীয় দুর্যোগ ঘোষণা করে জনগণকে নিয়ে মোকাবেলা করুন’

১৯৭৬ সালের ৮ই আগস্ট বাংলাদেশে মুসলিম লীগের পুনর্গঠন কালীন সময়ে দেশের রাজনৈতিক প্রেক্ষাপট ছিল টালমাটাল-ঘোলাটে। খান-এ-সবুর, কাজী কাদের, এম.এ মতিন, জমির আলী, এ.এন.এম ইউসুফদের মত পরিক্ষীত-জননন্দিত মুসলিম লীগাররা ব্যক্তিগত ক্ষমতার অভিলাসে রাজনীতি করতে চাইলে অন্য দলে যোগ দিয়ে ইচ্ছে করলেই এম.পি-মন্ত্রী হতে পারতেন। পরবর্তীতে মুসলিম লীগেরই অনেক নেতাকর্মী ক্ষমতার মোহে অন্য দলে যোগ দিয়ে প্রধানমন্ত্রী, মন্ত্রী, এম.পি হয়েছিলেন। Read More »

San Francisco airport bans sale of plastic bottles

San Francisco International Airport is banning the sale of single-use plastic bottles and will require fliers to buy refillable bottles if they’re not already carrying their own, US media reported on Friday. The new rule comes into effect on August 20, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, and is part of a five-year plan to lower landfill waste, net carbon emissions ... Read More »

Privacy missteps cast cloud over digital assistants

A series of privacy missteps in recent months has raised fresh concerns over the future of voice-controlled digital assistants, a growing market seen by some as the next frontier in computing. Recent incidents involving Google, Apple and Amazon devices underscore that despite strong growth in the market for smart speakers and devices, more work is needed to reassure consumers that ... Read More »

Akshay on Twinkle ’s special contribution to Mission Mangal

Akshay Kumar is currently gearing up for his August 15 release Mission Mangal. The film also stars Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Vidya Balan, Kriti Kulhari, Nithya Menen and Sharman Joshi. The film is about the first Indian satellite that made its way to Mars and how people working on it fought against all odd to come out victorious. Recently during ... Read More »

Janhvi wraps up Agra schedule of RoohiAfza

Janhvi Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao have collaborated for the first time ever on a project. Titled RoohiAfza the film is currently in the shooting stage and the team was in Agra recently to shoot for the film. Janhvi Kapoor was snapped returning to Mumbai last night after wrapping up the Agra schedule of the film. The newbie looked flawless in ... Read More »

Fazlur Rahman Babu in new short film

Culture Desk Kingkor Ahsan is a popular young story writer of recent times. This time a short film titled ‘Kader Ice-cream’ has been made based on a story book of Kingkor Ahsan titled ‘Kissapuran’. The leading character of the short film is Fazlur Rahman Babu. Side casts are Moutushi Biswas, child artiste Shariful Islam, AK Azad Shetu and others. The ... Read More »

The leftovers of cross-border hostility

Sudhirendar Sharma Despite my wife’s trepidation, I couldn’t resist travelling to support local communities in their post-war rehabilitation, just about the time when the guns were falling silent during the Kargil War. The occasional thunder from the burning ammunition dump that had been targeted by the enemy didn’t bother the locals who had been through the worst. Read More »

The age of digital geopolitics, proxy war between US & China

BERLIN, Jul 29 2019 (IPS) – The geopolitical significance of key digital technologies now takes centre stage in a new global conflict between the US and China. The dispute over the Chinese technology group Huawei exemplifies this situation. The US government perceives the Chinese telecom equipment provider as the Trojan horse of a hostile regime that stands for fundamentally different ... Read More »

Dhaka wants Asean Regional Forum help Rohingya repatriation

Dhaka, Aug 2 (UNB) – Bangladesh has sought cooperation from Asean Regional Forum (ARF) partners to ensure repatriation of Rohingyas to their homeland in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in safety and security. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen conveyed the message at the 26th ARF in Bangkok on Friday, mentioning that if the Rohingya crisis remains unresolved for long, it may ... Read More »

Is civil society arguing itself out of political space?

By Felix Dodds New York, Jul 29 2019 (IPS) – As some of you will know I have a new book out Stakeholder Democracy: Represented Democracy in a Time of Fear. (other contributors to the book were: Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Carolina Duque Chopitea, Minu Hemmati, Susanne Salz, Bernd Lakemeier, Laura Schmitz, and Jana Borkenhagen). Read More »

21235 dengue patients hospitalised, new cases 1687 Friday

Munshiganj, Aug 2 (UNB) – A dengue patient died after suffering from the mosquito-borne disease at Dhaka’s Mitford Hospital on Friday. The deceased was named as Md Anwar Hossain, an organising secretary of Tongibari upazila Human Rights Commission. Family sources said he was admitted to Mitford Hospital on Wednesday with dengue fever. He died around 5am. Anwar was buried at ... Read More »

Katy Perry co. ordered to pay $2.78 million for copying song

Dhaka, Aug 2 (UNB) – Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record label must pay more than $2.78 million because the pop star’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” copied a 2009 Christian rap song, a federal jury decided Thursday. It was an underdog victory for rapper Marcus Gray, a relatively obscure artist once known as Flame, whose 5-year-old lawsuit survived constant ... Read More »

Dengue spreads to all 64 Bangladesh districts, says DG Health

Dhaka, Aug 2 (UNB) – The government on Friday confirmed that dengue has spread to all corners of Bangladesh, indicating that the situation has taken a turn for the worse. “We can say without a doubt that there’re dengue patients in all 64 districts,” Health Emergency Operations Center DGHS control room’s doctor Borhan told UNB in the evening. The Directorate ... Read More »

Our poisonous air is harming our children’s brains: HRW

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says almost 700,000 children under five die each year as a result of air pollution. Millions more are being condemned to a life of ill health because of the damage it does to their developing brains and bodies. Which is hardly surprising when you realise nine out of ten of us are breathing polluted air. ... Read More »

N Korea likely tested new ballistic missile Friday

U.S. and South Korea set to conduct ‘additional detailed analysis,’ statement says Oliver Hotham August 2nd, 2019 – North Korea is believed to have tested a “new-type” of short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) on Friday morning, South Korea’s Blue House said in a statement following a meeting of its National Crisis Management Center. Read More »

জাতির অস্তিত্বের স্বার্থে আজকে সবাইকে এক কাতারে শামিল করুন।

আজ ২ আগস্ট ২০১৯ বেলা সাড়ে ৪ টায় সাহাবাগস্থ জাতীয় যাদুঘরের সামনে সম্মিলিত সামাজিক আন্দোলনের উদ্যোগে ডেঙ্গু আতঙ্কিত দেশবাসিকে বাচানোর দাবি ও গুজব ছড়িয়ে গণপিটুনিতে মানুষ হত্যার বিরুদ্ধে জাতীয় জাগরন গড়ে তোলার আহবানে মানব বন্ধন ও সমা বেশ অনুষ্ঠিত হয়। সংগঠনের ঢাকা মহানগর শাখার আহবায়ক অধ্যক্ষ সিরাজুল ইসলামের সভাপতিত্বে অনুষ্ঠিত মানব বন্ধনে বক্তব্য রাখেন, জননেতা পঙ্কজ ভট্টাচার্য, সংগঠনের প্রেসিডিয়াম সদস্য ... Read More »