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Can social safety nets help address climate change

Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – Representatives from the government, development partners, academia, think tanks and UN agencies came together here on Monday to discuss the role social safety nets play in addressing climate change, building community resilience and helping Bangladesh achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. “This is an important shift in our thought process on disaster management. ... Read More »

BTV transmission begins in India thru Doordarshan

Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – The broadcasting of Bangladesh Television (BTV) programmes started in India on Monday through state-of-the-art television Doordarshan’s DTH platform-DD Free Dish. This was discussed at the Cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, said Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam while briefing reporters after the meeting. “The formal transmission ... Read More »

Fakhrul among 8 BNP leaders given bail in ‘sabotage’ case

Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – A court here on Monday granted bail to eight BNP leaders, including its Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a case of sabotage filed with Hatirjheel Police Station. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Sarafuzzaman Ansari granted the bail on a bond of Tk 5,000 to each, when they surrendered before it seeking bail for them, said ... Read More »

Bangladesh had top GDP growth in last ten years

Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – Bangladesh has topped the growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the last 10 years since 2009, according to the recently released Spectator Index. This was discussed at the Cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat on Monday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. During the decade, Bangladesh’s GDP grew by 188 percent ... Read More »

Neymar looks set to stay at PSG as transfer window nears end

New York  (AP/UNB) – Neymar looks set to stay at Paris Saint-Germain as the clock ticks down on the French league’s transfer window, which closes at midnight Monday. Much publicized talks with Barcelona have seemingly led to very little, in what appears much ado about nothing. Two years after joining PSG for a world record 222 million euros (now $242 ... Read More »

Dhaka, Riyadh for bolstering defence cooperation

Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – Visiting Commander of Royal Saudi Naval Forces Let Gen Admiral Fahad bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily on Monday met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said Sheikh Hasina and the Saudi Naval Chief put emphasis on strengthening defence cooperation between the two countries. ... Read More »

Afghanistan-BCB XI practice match ends in draw

Dhaka – The two-day practice match between touring Afghanistan and hosts BCB Eleven ended in a draw on the 2nd and final day at MA Aziz Stadium in Chattogram on Monday amid a huge threat by Afghan spinners ahead of the one-off Test against the Tigers beginning on September 5 in Chattogram. Afghanistan resumed the first innings on Monday with ... Read More »

Bangladesh earn 2nd successive win beating PNG by 6 runs

Dhaka- Bangladesh Women’s team earned 2nd successive victory in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers defeating Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 6 runs in their postponed match in Dundee, Scotland on Monday. The first match between two teams was halted last Saturday due to rain and scheduled for Monday.Earlier on Sunday, Bangladesh (47 for 2 in 8.2 overs) beat ... Read More »

Bangladesh football team reaches Tajikistan

Dhaka – Bangladesh National Football team reached Tajikistan Monday for an 8-day preparation camp ahead of their first-leg away match for the joint Qualification (Round-1) of the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 against Afghanistan on Sept 10 in the capital Dushanbe. Bangladeshi booters will play their first of two preparatory matches against FC Kuktosh of Tajikistan ... Read More »

Mike Bryan fined $10,000 for gun gesture at US Open

American doubles player Mike Bryan was fined $10,000 by the US Open on Sunday for his using racquet his to make a shooting gesture at a line judge. Bryan, playing alongside twin brother Bob, held his racquet upside down and pointed it towards the official after successfully challenging an incorrect call. Chair umpire Mariana Alves issued a code violation against ... Read More »

Art Maestro Mustafa Monwar turns 84

Country’s legendary artist, puppeteer, painter, sculptor, fine-arts professor and media personality Mustafa Monwar turns 84 on Sunday. This celebrated artist was born on September 1, 1935 at Jessore to the renowned poet Golam Mostafa. Currently serving as the chairman of the Bangladesh Shishu Academy and a professor of the Department of Drawing and Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, ... Read More »

Malinga sets T20 bowling record, Sri Lanka loses to NZ

Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga became the outright highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 internationals as his team lost to New Zealand by five wickets in their series opener on Sunday. Malinga (2-23) reached 99 wickets in his 74th game when he bowled Colin de Grandhomme with a yorker. He surpassed Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi on 98. De Grandhomme stayed around long enough ... Read More »

Xiaomi launches Mi A3 with 32MP selfie, 48MP triple camera

Xiaomi, global technology leader, announced Mi A3, the latest smartphone in their lineup of Android One-powered phones with the world’s highest resolution camera setup. It succeeds Mi A2, world’s number one Android One smartphone previously. Mi A3 marks a shift in the design of the Mi A series. It brings a new design while retaining the functional aspects which made ... Read More »

Actor Kevin Hart injured in car accident

Actor Kevin Hart suffered major injuries in a car accident in Los Angeles early on Sunday morning, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said. Hart, 40, was being driven in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda shortly after midnight on Mulholland Highway when the driver lost control of the car and it tumbled down an embankment, CHP said in a statement. California Highway ... Read More »

Taliban attack 2nd Afghan city as US envoy says deal is near

Afghanistan, Sept 02 (AP/UNB) — The Taliban attacked a second Afghan city in as many days on Sunday, killing several civilians and security forces, officials said, even as Washington’s peace envoy said the U.S. and the militant group are “at the threshold of an agreement” to end America’s longest war. The attack on the capital of Baghlan province came hours ... Read More »

Cleaning Dhaka’s air: Brick kilns blamed for 58pc pollution

Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – The government has taken a series of measures to tackle air pollution in the capital and protect the environment, said Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin. In an interview with UNB, he blamed various development projects in general and brick kilns in particular for the unhealthy air quality of Dhaka. “Brick kilns ... Read More »

For Africa, going green is not a luxury

by Carlos Lopes Cape Town – Earlier this year, Tropical Cyclone Idai tore through southern Africa, killing hundreds, injuring thousands, and displacing even more. In Mozambique, as much as half of all annual crops and critical infrastructure were destroyed. In total, over three million people in the region were affected. It was a stark reminder of Africa’s vulnerability to the ... Read More »

Managing the next gold rush

by Sharon E. Burke Washington, DC – The International Seabed Authority (ISA) sits perched above the concrete boardwalk of Jamaica’s Kingston Harbor, across the bay from the spot where “Calico Jack” Rackham was once gibbeted as a warning to other eighteenth-century pirates. Today, this small United Nations agency rules the high seas – or, more precisely, the seafloor some three ... Read More »

Students, teachers want judicial probe of JU graft charges

Jahangirnagar Unversity, Sep 1 (UNB) – Jahangirnagar Against Corruption, a joint platform of students and teachers of Jahangirnagar University, on Sunday declared a siege program on the campus from September 3 demanding judicial investigation into the allegations of corruption in the mega-development project of the university. They made the declaration at a press conference at the Teachers and Students Center ... Read More »

Govt has no foreign friend, says BNP

Dhaka, Sept 1 (UNB) – BNP on Sunday alleged that the current Awami League-led government has no foreign friend to get support for resolving the protracted Rohingya crisis. “They (govt) are acting like slaves with their knee-jerk foreign policy. They’re sacrificing the rights and interests of Bangladesh and its people,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Speaking at ... Read More »

Divorce rate marks a sharp rise in BD Khulna divisional city

Sept 2 (UNB) – Khulna City Corporation (KCC) recorded some 14,088 cases of divorce in nine and a half years till July last, showing a sharp rise in marriage termination. The degradation of family bonds and values, lack of social accountability, high ambition, women empowerment and their independence, polygamy, extramarital affairs, impact of the western culture, and physical and mental ... Read More »

All women committees launched for Rohingya with IOM support

Dhaka, Sept 1 – To give Rohingya refugee women a platform to raise their voice, access to information and obtain referrals for service, “all women’s committees” were launched yesterday at the refugee camp with support from International Organization of Migration (IOM), said a press release of IOM.A total of 110 women are now active in those committees, including 10 with ... Read More »