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Russian capsule carrying robot fails space station docking

Moscow, Aug 24 (AP/UNB) — A Russian space capsule carrying a humanoid robot has failed to dock as planned with the International Space Station. A statement from the Russian space agency Roscosmos said the failure to dock on Saturday was because of problems in the docking system. It said the space station itself and the six-person crew are safe. Vladimir ... Read More »

India’s Modi awarded UAE medal amid Kashmir crackdown

Dubai, Aug 24 (AP/UNB) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received the United Arab Emirates’ highest civilian honor during a visit to the oil-rich Gulf nation. Modi’s induction into the Order of Zayed on Saturday shows the importance the UAE places on India, the world’s third-largest consumer of crude oil, even as the Indian leader pursues stripping statehood from ... Read More »

Mashrafe visits his domestic help’s house in Sherpur

Sherpur, Aug 24 (UNB) – Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza along with his wife Sumona Haque Sumi and two children paid a visit to their domestic help’s house at Jugania village in Nalitabari upazila of Sherpur. They together with Tuni arrived at the house around 2pm on Friday and spent two and half an hours with her family. Locals ... Read More »

Pressure should be on Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation: US

Kurigram, Aug 24 (UNB) – US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller on Saturday said they will continue to put pressure on Myanmar to create conditions on the ground for the “voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable” return of all Rohingyas to Myanmar’s Rakhine State. “The pressure should be squarely on Myanmar,” he said conveying US’ position which is to see ... Read More »

‘Bangabandhu’s portraits, name being abused for plundering’

Dhaka, Aug 24 (UNB) – Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday said those making their own fortunes depriving people of their ownership of the country and voting rights using the name and portraits of Bangabandhu are committing the ‘most grievous crime’. “They (AL) are using the name and portraits of Bangabandhu, but indulging in acts contrary to his ideals. ... Read More »

8 dead, 20 injured as bus skides off bridge in Faridpur

Faridpur, Aug 24 (UNB) – At least eight people were killed and 20 others injured after a bus fell off a bridge in Sadar upazila on Saturday afternoon. Three of the deceased were identified as Habibur Rahman, Faruk Hossain and Asma Akhter. Further details about them and the identities of the other victims are still awaited. Superintendent of Police of ... Read More »

Little hope of justice for Rohingya, two years after exodus

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 23 2019 (IPS) – Two years after the start of an exodus of Rohingya civilians from genocide-like attacks in Myanmar, members of the mainly Muslim minority have little hope of securing justice, rights or returning to their homes, according to the United Nations and aid groups. Reports this week from the U.N. and Oxfam, a charity, show ... Read More »

Former Iraq PM warns Israel of ‘strong response’

Baghdad, Aug 23 (AP/UNB) — The Latest on the situation in Iraq, after U.S. officials confirmed Israel last month bombed a weapons depot belonging to Iran-backed Shiite militias (all times local): Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is warning of a “strong response” if it is proven that Israel was behind recent airstrikes in Iraq. In statements issued by his ... Read More »

Sri Lanka lifts emergency imposed after Easter bombings

Colombo, Aug 23 (AP/UNB) — Sri Lanka has ended four months of emergency rule imposed after Easter Sunday suicide attacks killed more than 260 people, the president’s office said Friday. President Maithripala Sirisena allowed the emergency rule to lapse by not signing a decree extending it for another month. Two local Muslim groups have been blamed for the attacks on ... Read More »

Rohingyas, Locals pick up conflict after JL leader’s murder

Cox’s Bazar, Aug 23 (UNB) – Hundreds of agitated locals stormed a Rohingya camp and vandalised makeshift houses and NGO offices following the murder of a local Jubo League leader in Teknaf. They burned tyres and plastic boxes to block a five-kilometre road from Teknaf municipality to Leda Point for three hours. The residence of Rohingya leader Noor Mohammad was ... Read More »

Strong global move must to resolve Rohingya crisis: BD FM

Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Friday said Bangladesh will take a tougher position over Rohingya issue saying the global leadership must resolve it quickly to ensure greater peace and stability in the region. “We tried our best, we worked as per your suggestions but finally it (repatriation) didn’t happen. We’ll make our position ... Read More »

Enemies of Hindus are enemies of the nation: Quader

Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB) – Ruling Awami League’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said the enemies of the country’s Hindu community are also the enemies of the nation. “Those who are your (the Hindu community) enemies and hostile to you are communal forces … They’re the enemies of the state,” he told a rally at Palashi intersection in the ... Read More »

BNP’s forum to support victims of rape, repression

Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB) – Amid the growing incidents of rape and violence against women and children, BNP has formed a forum to stand by the victims of such repression with legal and other support, and create a social movement to prevent these menaces. Party standing committee member Selima Rahman has been made convener of the 61-member “Nari O Shishu ... Read More »

Language Movement veteran Dr MA Gafur dies

Chandpur, Aug 23 (UNB) – Language Movement veteran Dr MA Gafur passed away on Friday at a Dhaka hospital. He was 85. He breathed his last at Samarita Hospital, said his eldest son Dr Shakil Gafur. Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, and Advocate Nurul Amin Ruhul, MP, extended condolences to the bereaved family. Gafur is survived by two sons and ... Read More »

BNP blames govt for failure to repatriate Rohingyas

Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB) – BNP on Friday alleged that the government has diplomatically failed to initiate the repartition of Rohingyas to their homeland in Myanmar. “The government couldn’t do anything to start the repatriation of Rohingyas. It’s been a long time since they (Rohingyas) came here, but you (govt) couldn’t still send any of them,” said BNP senior joint ... Read More »

Who’s Afraid of Arabic Numerals?

Should Americans, as part of their school curriculum, learn Arabic numerals? CivicScience, a Pittsburgh-based research firm, put that question to some 3,200 Americans recently in a poll seemingly about mathematics, but the outcome was a measure of students’ attitudes toward the Arab world. Some 56 percent of the respondents said, “No.” Fifteen percent had no opinion. Read More »

Amazon fires stir bitter dispute over who is to blame

Rio De Janeiro, Aug 22 (AP/UNB) — As fires raged in the Amazon rainforest, the Brazilian government on Thursday denounced international critics who say President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb massive deforestation. The growing threat to what some call “the lungs of the planet” has ignited a bitter dispute about who is to blame during the tenure ... Read More »

With autarky, BD challenge to provide safe, nutritious food

Dhaka, Aug 22 (UNB) – Agriculture Minister Md Abdur Razzaque on Thursday said the government is determined to ensure safe and nutritious food for the country. “The country’s agricultural sector witnessed huge growth over last several years. There was a time when many Bangladeshis went hungry. They would miss two or even three meals in a day. Now they eat ... Read More »

Primary school and Ebtedayi madrasah exams from Nov 17

Dhaka, Aug 22 (UNB) – This year’s primary and Ebtedayi examinations will be held from November 17 to 24. National steering committee on Primary and Ebtedayi terminal examinations in a meeting Thursday fixed the dates. M Zakir Hossain, State Minister for Primary and Mass Education, presided over the meeting. “Primary and Ebtedayi examinations are the biggest programmes under the ministry,” ... Read More »

First-round fireworks: Serena, Sharapova to meet at US Open

New York, Aug 22 (AP/UNB) — Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet in the U.S. Open, and they’ll do it in their very first match. A long-awaited Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal showdown could come only in the final. Williams and Sharapova, past U.S. Open champions and two of the biggest stars in women’s tennis, were scheduled for an opening-round ... Read More »

PM inducts ‘Gaangchil’ 3rd Boeing 787-8 to Biman fleet

Dhaka, Aug 22 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday directed the authorities concerned to improve the standard of passenger services of Biman Bangladesh Airlines so that it can brighten the country’s image abroad. “We hope you’ll uphold and enhance Biman’s reputation by improving the standard of its services for passengers,” she said. The Prime Minister was addressing a ... Read More »

Film on factory is first Netflix project endorsed by Obamas

New York, Aug 22 (AP/UNB) — A documentary about an Ohio auto glass factory that is run by a Chinese investor debuted Wednesday on Netflix as the streaming service’s first project backed by Michelle and Barack Obama’s new production company. Filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert said they learned of the Obamas’ interest after “American Factory” was shown at the ... Read More »

Two buses collide, kill 3, injure 30 others in Thakurgaon

Thakurgaon, Aug 22 (UNB) – A head-on collision between two buses on Thakurgaon-Panchagarh Highway left four people dead and 29 others injured on Thursday morning. The deceased were identified as Babul, 28, a minibus driver AbulKalam Azad, 50, son of Abdul Majid,Mojibur Rahman, 75, and Quamruzzaman, 35, of Sadar upazila. The accident took place at Salandar Bhutpara in the upazila ... Read More »

Aug-21 grenade attack: BNP says govt misleading people

Dhaka, Aug 22 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday alleged that the Prime Minister and some ruling party leaders are making ‘futile’ efforts to mislead people with their ‘false’ propaganda involving Khaleda Zia and her on Tarique Rahman with the August-21 grenade attack. Speaking at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi ... Read More »

‘Rohingyas refuse to go back’: Repatriation move fails again

Cox’s Bazar, Aug 22 (UNB) – Despite all the preparations, no Rohingya turned up on Thursday to avail of the “voluntary” repatriation offer given to them to go back to their place of origin in Rakhine State of Myanmar prompting the authorities to suspend the repatriation process for the day. While briefing reporters, Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abul ... Read More »

Murder accused killed in Mymensingh ‘gunfight’

Mymensingh, Aug 22 (UNB) – A man accused of murder was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Chakua Daria intersection in Gafargaon upazila early Thursday. The deceased was identified as Ekhlas Uddin, 32, son of Nurul Islam of Chakua village. He was wanted in two murder cases – the latest one was for killing an auto-rickshaw driver last ... Read More »

WHO says, drinking microplastics in water not look risky

Geneva, Aug 22 (AP/UNB) — The World Health Organization says the levels of microplastics in drinking water don’t appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health. Microplastics are created when man-made materials break down into tiny particles smaller than about 5 millimeters (roughly one-fifth of an ... Read More »

Spacewalking astronauts add parking spot to space station

Cape Canaveral, Aug 22 (AP/UNB) — Spacewalking astronauts added another parking spot to the International Space Station on Wednesday. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan successfully installed a docking port delivered by SpaceX last month. It will be used by SpaceX and Boeing once they start launching astronauts to the orbiting lab late this year or early next year. ... Read More »

Tigress found dead in the Sundarbans: Likely cause old age

Bagerhat, Aug 21 (UNB) – A Royal Bengal tiger has been found dead in the Sundarbans under Sharankhola upazila here. Forest department workers recovered the carcass of the female tiger from Chhaprakhali area under Sharankhola range of the Sundarbans East Zone on Tuesday afternoon. Later, it was taken to the range office on Wednesday. The skin of the tiger, 3 ... Read More »