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BD to warm up for qualifier playing Indian team

Dhaka – Bangladesh Women’s Hockey team will play some six preparatory matches against the touring Sports Authority of India (SAI) team in the 3rd and 4th week of this month, ahead of their maiden Women’s Junior Asia Cup Hockey Qualifiers beginning in Singapore on September 9. Read More »

Trump official: Statue of Liberty poem refers to Europeans

Washington, Aug 14 (AP/UNB) — A top Trump administration official said Tuesday that the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants into the country is about “people coming from Europe” and that America is looking to receive migrants “who can stand on their own two feet.” The comments from Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and ... Read More »

Govt decides to allow export of raw hide

Dhaka, Aug 13 (UNB) – The government has decided to give permission for export of raw hide to ensure fair price. “Businessmen’s cooperation sought for buying and selling of raw hide at the prices fixed by Commerce Ministry”, said a handout on Tuesday. It is being noticed that the hide of the sacrificial animals are not being sold at the ... Read More »

Indian-controlled Kashmir under strict lockdown for 9th day

Srinagar, Aug 14 (AP/UNB) — Residents of Indian-administered Kashmir were running low on essential supplies Tuesday as an unprecedented security lockdown kept people indoors for a ninth day. India has imposed a near-constant curfew and a communications blackout as it tries to stave off a violent reaction to the government’s decision on Aug. 5 to strip Kashmir of its autonomy. ... Read More »

Pakistan seeks urgent UN meeting on India action in Kashmir

United Nations, Aug 14 (AP/UNB) — Pakistan called Tuesday for an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council, saying India’s decision to strip its part of disputed Kashmir of autonomy poses “an imminent threat” to international peace and could lead to ethnic cleansing and genocide in the Muslim-majority region. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi denounced “recent aggressive actions” by ... Read More »

Two rape suspects killed in ‘crossfire’

Bhola, Aug 14 (UNB) – Two men, suspected of raping a schoolgirl, were killed in an alleged crossfire at Dakshin Rajapur village in Sadar upazila on early Wednesday. The deceased were identified as Alamin, 25, son of Sayed Ahmed; and Manju, 30, son of Kalam Mistry. They were residents of Char Samaiya union of the upazila, said Sub-Inspector Shikor of ... Read More »

2 women die as boat capsizes in the Jamuna

Bogura, Aug 13 (UNB)- Two women died while five others remained missing after a boat capsized in the Jamuna river in Sariakandi upazila on Tuesday. The deceased were identified as Amena Begum, 58, wife of Monser Ali of Chaluabari union and Johra Begum, 30, wife of Yusuf Ali of Jamalpur’s Madarganj Upazila. Shawkat Ali, Chairman of Chaluabari Union Parishad in ... Read More »

National Mourning Day tomorrow

News Desk Bangladesh Awami League (AL) has chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Mourning Day tomorrow (August 15). On this day in 1975, the greatest Bangalee of all time, Bangabandhu, along with most of his family members, was assassinated in one of the most ... Read More »

More than 200 killed in flood in India

The death toll from India’s monsoon floods climbed to 202  till today as heavy rainfall kept pounding coastalregions in the west and south. Authorities have already moved more than 1.2 million people to relief camps. The southern tourist hotspot of Kerala, which was hit by its worst floods in almost a century last year leaving 450 dead, was once again ... Read More »

Australia offers climate funding to Pacific islands

Australia on Tuesday announced a Aus$500 million ($340 million) climate change package for Pacific island countries, which have been increasingly vocal in demanding their powerful neighbour curb its carbon emissions. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the funding, drawn from Australia’s existing international aid budget, would help Pacific island nations invest in renewable energy and climate change resilience. The climate-sceptic leader ... Read More »

K-pop superstars BTS to take ‘long-term break’

K-pop superstars BTS will take a ‘long-term break’ from the music scene, their agency said yesterday, after the boy band topped charts in the US and Britain earlier this year. But the pause may only last a few weeks, with the septet due to play a controversial show in Saudi Arabia in October. The K-pop industry is known for cutthroat ... Read More »

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ still leads N.American box office

“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs Shaw” slowed a bit but still finished in first place at North American theaters this weekend, taking in $25.3 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said  yesterday. That was a drop-off from the previous weekend’s $60 million, but was enough to keep the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham action film from Universal Pictures ahead ... Read More »

Govts adopt new IPCC report on climate change and land

Geneva, 13 August (Indrajit Bose) – Member governments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) adopted the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the ‘Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse gas fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems’ (also called the ‘Land Report’) and the underlying assessment report on Wednesday, 7 August in Geneva ... Read More »