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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 »

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 »

Cop hailed as hero for saving newborn from dogs

Chattogram, Aug 21 (UNB) – A police officer is being praised for protecting a newborn from dogs in the port city on early Tuesday. Sub-Inspector Mostafizur Rahman and tales of his selfless act went viral on the social media within hours. He said he was standing in front of Akteruzzaman Centre near the end of his night shift when he ... Read More »

Zakir Naik apologises, says he isn’t racist

Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB) – Fugitive preacher Dr Zakir Naik apologised today for causing any “misunderstanding” after being questioned twice by the police for his alleged racial and religious remarks during a recent lecture in Kelantan, reports Malay Mail. The India-born man wanted in his home country for allegedly funding terror activities also said racism is “evil” and denies he ... Read More »

Woman gang-raped while strolling at Munshiganj tourist spot

Munshiganj, Aug 19 (UNB) – A young woman has reportedly been gang-raped by miscreants when she was hanging around with her husband at a tourist spot in Sirajdikhan upazila. Locals caught an accused, Sohel, 23, son of Osman Mia of Baghapur village in Keraniganj upazila of Dhaka, and handed him over to police. He was produced before a court on ... Read More »

Six BD girls rescued from child marriage in Sirajganj Dist

Sirajgonj, 18th August (UNB) – A total of six schoolgirls have been saved from the disaster of child marriage in the space of just two days in Sirajganj, thanks to the prompt action of the local administration. According to the sources, the mobile court which was led by Assistant Commissioner (Land) and Executive Magistrate Anisur Rahman, foiled the marriage preparations ... Read More »

Australia branded leading ’emissions exporter’

Australia is the world’s third-largest emissions exporter, with more than a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide shipped abroad each year in the form of coal and liquefied natural gas, a think tank study showed today. The left-leaning Australian Institute reported that Australia’s energy exports rank behind only oil giants Russia and Saudi Arabia in terms of emissions potential. “Australia makes ... Read More »

Mussels, ‘super-filters’ can help beat water pollution

Seafood lovers who prize the mussel for its earthy taste and succulent flesh may be unaware of its growing potential in the fight against water pollution. The mussel is the hoover of the sea, taking in phytoplankton for nourishment along with micro-plastics, pesticides and other pollutants —  which makes it an excellent gauge. One day, it may also be pressed ... Read More »

Mourning Day: President, PM pay homage to Bangabandhu

Dhaka, Aug 15 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the nation is observing the 44th anniversary of his martyrdom in a somber mood. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage to the architect of the Independence by placing wreaths ... Read More »

Dhakabashi’s Eid rally celebrates the festival

Dhaka, Aug 14 (UNB) – To celebrate the holy Eid-Ul-Adha in the capital, the socio-cultural voluntary organization ‘Dhakabashi’ arranged a vibrant and festive Eid rally at TSC of Dhaka University on Wednesday. Keeping the ongoing catastrophic dengue-crisis in mind, this year’s slogan of the rally was “Be alert and aware to prevent Dengue”. State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M ... Read More »

Decade of action needed to protect indigenous languages

Geneva, (Kanaga Raja) – Human rights experts at the United Nations have called for a decade of action to protect and promote the use of indigenous languages, many of which have now become endangered. This call came on the occasion of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples which is commemorated on 9 August. 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 »

Eid-ul-Adha celebrated in BD amid festivity, enthusiasm

Dhaka, Aug 12 – The holy Eid-ul-Adha, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims, was celebrated across the country today with due solemnity and religious fervour and amid tight security. On the occasion, the Muslims across the country offered prayers in Eid congregations and sacrificed animals in the name of almighty Allah. Read More »

PM Hasina to exchange greetings on Eid day

Dhaka, Aug 10, 2019 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will exchange greetings with the cross section of people, including party leaders and workers, judges and foreign diplomats, at her official Ganabhaban residence on August 12 on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims. Read More »

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Aug 9, 2019 – More than two million Muslims begin the annual hajj on Friday as the Saudi hosts seek to deter politicisation of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions. The hajj, one of the world’s largest religious gatherings, is one of Islam’s five pillars and must be undertaken by all rich Muslims with ... Read More »

Int’l Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples today

Dhaka, Aug 9 (UNB)- Members of ethnic groups around the globe are observing the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on Friday with the theme ‘Indigenous Languages’. On December 23, 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided in its resolution 49/214 that the day shall be observed on August 9 every year. This year’s aim is to highlight the ... Read More »

On brutality of violence against women

By Farhana Haque Rahman and Raghav Gaiha Horrific violence against women is unabated and rising in South Asia. Rome and New Delhi, Aug 6 2019 (IPS) – On a cold night in December 2012, a ghastly crime was committed in New Delhi which stunned the world. Six men dragged helpless Nirbhaya-a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern- to the back of the ... Read More »

Biman’s outgoing Hajj flights conclude operations

Dhaka, Aug 05 – The hajj flights run by Biman Bangladesh Airlines concluded on Monday operating all 189 flights while the last Hajj flights of Saudi Arabian Airlines will fly on Tuesday with rest of the pilgrims. On the last day of Hajj flight, the Saudi Airlines will carry around 1,100 pilgrims by operating three flights. Read More »

From child refugee to a president

The little girl who fled from war-torn Latvia spent more than 50 years in exile – but soon after returning she became president. Not only that, Vaira Vike-Freiberga became the first female head of a former Soviet bloc state. “My parents never let me forget that I am Latvian,” she told the BBC. The Baltic state was invaded by Nazi ... Read More »