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Enormous alien fish spotted in Kerala’s rivers after the 2018 floods

by Aathira Perinchery on 16 August 2019 • Kerala researchers have found that alien fish species, arapaima and alligator gar, were caught from four rivers after the floods of 2018. • The fish probably escaped from aquaculture facilities during the floods, and are now ‘fugitives’ in the natural ecosystem, claim the authors. • These predatory species are much larger compared ... Read More »

BCB announces 15-member one-day squad for HP

Dhaka, Aug 16 (UNB) — Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Friday announced a 15-member squad for the High-Performance Unit (HP). They will play a three-match one-day and two-match four-day series against their Sri Lankan counterparts. Najmul Hossain Shanto, the 20-year-old top-order batsman, will lead HP while Yasir Ali was appointed as his deputy. On August 18, 21 and 24, Bangladesh ... Read More »

Hong Kong cuts taxes to shore up economy amid protests

Hong Kong, Aug 16 (AP/UNB) — Hong Kong’s government announced tax cuts and higher social spending Thursday to reverse a deepening economic slump aggravated by anti-government protests and the U.S.-Chinese tariff war. The territory’s financial secretary, Paul Chan, cut this year’s official growth forecast to 0 to 1%, which could be the worst performance since 2009 during the global financial ... Read More »

UN says 2nd attempt to return Rohingya to Myanmar planned

Bangkok, Aug 16 (AP/UNB) — Myanmar and Bangladesh are making a second attempt to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims after more than 700,000 of them fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago, Bangladeshi and U.N. officials said Friday. Caroline Gluck, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, told The Associated Press that the Bangladesh government has ... Read More »

BNP accuses govt of destroying leather industry

Dhaka, Aug 16 (UNB) – BNP on Friday alleged that the government has destroyed the leather industry after that of jute in a planned way to make the country dependent on others. “We earn foreign currency through the leather industry as huge rawhides are collected after every Eid-ul-Azha, but the government has destroyed it in a planned way. They did ... Read More »

Novelist Rizia Rahman passes away

Dhaka, Aug 16 (UNB) – Noted novelist RiziaRahman died at a hospital in the city on Friday. She was 79. Rizia breathed her last at Apollo Hospital in the morning, said an official release. Born on December 28, 1939 in Bhabanipur, Kolkata, she authored many memorable books including ‘Bong Theke Bangla (1978)’, ‘Rokter Okshor (1978)’, ‘Ghar-Bhanga-Ghar (1974)’, ‘Uttar Purush (1977)’, ... Read More »

4 of a family killed as bus hits car in Mymensingh

Mymensingh, Aug 16 (UNB) – Four members of a family were killed and two others injured in a collision between a private car and a bus at Ramgopalpur in Gouripur upazila here on Friday. The deceased were identified as Rafiquzzaman, 45, a textile mill owner, his wife Najmunnahar, 40, son Nadim, 25 and daughter Ronjahan, 15, of Netrakona district. Quamrul ... Read More »

Diploma engineering student dies falling into Ctg fountain

Chattogram, Aug 15 (UNB) – A diploma engineering student died after falling into a fountain from a hillock in Mirasarai upazila on Thursday. The deceased is Mehedi Hasan, 21, a student of National Institute of Technology (NIT). He slipped into Ruposhi Fountain from the top of the hillock at Baro Kamaldaha around 11 am and went missing, said Shariful Islam, ... Read More »

Nick Kyrgios fined more than $100,000 for vulgar conduct

Mason, Aug 15 (AP/UNB) — Nick Kyrgios was fined $113,000 by the ATP for expletive-filled outbursts in which he smashed rackets, insulted a chair umpire and refused to get ready to return serve during a second-round match at the Western & Southern Open. The tour announced the penalties Thursday, a day after Kyrgios berated chair umpire Fergus Murphy and left ... Read More »

Man held for ‘rape attempt’ on minor girl in Jessore

Jashore, Aug 15 (UNB) – A man was held on Thursday for his alleged rape attempt on a four-year-old girl in Chaugachha upazila. The arrestee is Khairul Islam, 38, son of Khelafat Ali of Ichhapur village in the municipality. The minor girl used to call him uncle. The victim’s father said his daughter went to neighbour Khairul’s house around 11am ... Read More »

Gibraltar frees held Iran oil tanker that US sought to seize

Madrid, Aug 15 (AP/UNB) — Gibraltar on Thursday allowed a detained Iranian supertanker to leave the British overseas territory after a last-minute U.S. attempt to seize the vessel, potentially defusing tensions between London and Tehran as a British-flagged tanker remains held by the Islamic Republic. The release of the Grace 1 comes after the U.S. under President Donald Trump pulled ... Read More »

Russian pilot safely lands jetliner disabled by bird strike

Moscow, Aug 16 (AP/UNB) — A Russian pilot whose passenger jet lost power in both engines after colliding with a flock of gulls shortly after takeoff Thursday managed to land in a cornfield smoothly enough that only one of the 233 people on board was hurt seriously enough to be hospitalized. The quick thinking of the captain, 41-year old Damir ... Read More »

Messi, Ronaldo, Van Dijk nominated for UEFA award

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been named as the finalists for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award, reports ESPN soccer. While Ronaldo, a three-time winner, has been ever-present in the final three since the award was created in 2011, Van Dijk makes his first appearance after helping Liverpool win the Champions League title last ... Read More »

Winner of DSC Prize to be announced on Dec 16

Culture Desk The winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature -2019 will be announced at the Nepal Literature Festival in Pokhara on December 16. The final announcement and award-giving ceremony will constitute the final event of the festival, which takes place from December 13 to 16 this year. The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature celebrates the rich ... Read More »

Kona finally reveals her secret marriage

Culture Desk Popular singer Dilshad Nahar Kona revealed yesterday that she had tied the knot with the person she loved, on April 21 of this year. Her husband, Golam Md Iftekhar, is a businessman, and has been in a relationship with Kona for seven years. Kona was heard saying to the reporters: “We have been seeing each other for almost ... Read More »

Two Assemblywomen organise Eid-ul-Adha reuinon in New York

From Mahfuz Adnan, US Correspondent New York, (USA) – An Eid reunion was held in New York’s Bronx park Chester organised by two Women of the Assembly on August 14. Assembly Member Carinus Reyes (Assembly District-87) and Assembly Member Nathalia Fernandez (Assembly District-80) jointly organised the event at St Paul’s church for the Bronx Bangla Bazaar on Wednesday from 5 ... Read More »

French ‘Spiderman’ scales Hong Kong skyscraper urging peace

A French climber known as “Spiderman” has scaled a Hong Kong skyscraper and put up a banner urging peace in the city rocked by political unrest. Alain Robert unfurled a banner showing a handshake and the flags of Hong Kong and China on Friday morning. Hong Kong has seen months of anti-government protests that have sometimes led to violent clashes ... Read More »

চামড়া শিল্প ধ্বংসে সিন্ডিকেট সরকার দায় এড়াতে পারবে না -আইএবি

ইসলামী আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশ-এর ভারপ্রাপ্ত মহাসচিব অধ্যাপক মাহবুবুর রহমান বলেছেন, প্রভাবশালী সংঘবদ্ধ চক্রের কারণে এবার ‘গরিবের হক’ কোরবানির পশুর চামড়ার বাজারে বড় ধস নেমেছে। বাড়তি মুনাফার লোভে ট্যানারির মালিকদের বেশির ভাগই সিন্ডিকেট করে কোরবানির পশুর চামড়া কিনছে না। Read More »

Restore Internet in Jammu and Kashmir – ARTICLE19

Faruq Faisel, Regional Director, ARTICLE 19, Bangladesh and South Asia, has stated: “ARTICLE 19 is deeply concerned about this blanket restriction on communication imposed by the Indian Government in Jammu and Kashmir. The shutdown is a clear violation of international freedom of expression standards in the country. “It is deeply alarming that in a period that sees us entering what ... Read More »