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Heavy rains swamp, paralyse Dhaka City roads

Jahangirnagar University, Sept 17 (UNB) – A seminar titled ‘Basics and Research Trends in Fibre Optic Communication System’ was held at Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Monday. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) of JU student unit organised the seminar at the seminar room of Zahir Raihan auditorium.  Professor of University of Yamanashi, Japan Dr Masanori Hanawa delivered the ... Read More »

India’s squeeze on exporters doubles price of onions in BD

Benapole, July 12 (UN) – Onion prices at retail level have doubled in the space of just 10 days, following India’s withdrawal of incentives on onion export for its farmers. Consumers though smelt a local conspiracy amid old suspicions of ‘syndicates’ – powerful networks with presence throughout a supply chain, who work to manipulate the market. A look back through ... Read More »

Jamuna turns disastrous; devours over 200 houses in 2 weeks

Manikganj, July 12 (UNB) – Over 200 houses and other establishments went into the gorge of the Jamuna River in the last two weeks as erosion by the mighty river has taken a serious turn in Shibalaya and Daulatpur upazilas due to the onrush of water from the upstream. Fifty dwelling houses in Shibalaya upazila, over 200 houses, including a ... Read More »

Anti-graft body concede wrong accusing Jaha Alam for graft

Dhaka, July 11 – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday acknowledged that it was the wrong of its investigation officers who identified Jaha Alam as Abu Salek, the real accused of 26 cases on charges of misappropriating Tk 18.5 crore from Sonali Bank. In its internal investigation report over Jaha Alam identity mess-up incident, the ACC probe body also alleged ... Read More »

Promote roadmap to Islamic tourism: PM Hasina

Dhaka, Jul 11 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday stressed the need for preparing a roadmap to promote Islamic tourism as a global brand to unlock the potentials of its rapidly growing market. “The value of Islamic tourism market will increase to $243 billion by 2021 with an annual 8.3 percent growth. So, we’ll have to take all-out ... Read More »

UK aid to help develop better business media outlets models

Dhaka, July 11 (UNB) – UK aid, through one of its programmes, will look at creative ways for independent media outlets in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone to develop better business models by helping them cut production costs and find new funding streams. The UK aid through its new package will help media experts, charities, the private sector and academics, ... Read More »

Fishing ban at breeding time in Sundarbans hits fisherfolk

Khulna, July 11 (UNB) – Amid a 65-day-ban on netting fish in the Bay of Bengal, the authorities imposed a fresh ban on all kinds of fishing in rivers and canals that flow through the Sundarbans. In a prohibitive order, the Forest Department banned fishing in 13 rivers and 450 canals inside the Sundarbans for two months starting from July ... Read More »

Rohingya: Cox’s Bazar ecological balance at stake: Hasina

PM seeks global solution to climate change Dhaka, July 10 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the environmental balance of Cox’s Bazar is under threat as settlements are being established there for Rohingyas clearing hills and forests. “For this (Rohingya presence), the natural equilibrium is being destabilised in that area… settlements are being established in the area clearing ... Read More »

Khaleda a serious threat to politics: Hasan Mahmud

Dhaka, July 10 (UNB) – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Wednesday said BNP Chairperson Khaleda is a big threat to the country’s politics as her party does not believe in people’s welfare. “The politics is for the welfare of the common people, not for making people suffer, but BNP had made people hostage for a long time enforcing [road] ... Read More »

Bangladesh’s Ex-Chief Justice Sinha, 10 more sued for graft

Dhaka, July 10 (UNB) — The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case on Wednesday against former chief justice SK Sinha and 10 others accusing them of accumulating illegal wealth and laundering Tk 4 crore. On September 25 last year, the ACC summoned five officials of the Farmers Bank Ltd for interrogation over deposit of Tk 4 crore in SK Sinha’s ... Read More »

Sustainable development needs fundamental governance changes

New York, 8 July 2019: “The world is off-track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Most governments have failed to turn the transformational vision of the 2030 Agenda into real transformational policies. Even worse, xenophobia and authoritarianism are on the rise in a growing number of countries.” “The implementation of the 2030 Agenda is not just a matter of ... Read More »

Rain induced floods, landslides, Rohingya children at risk

Dhaka, July 9 (UNB) – Thousands of people in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps and host communities are facing the risk of flooding and landslides after several days of heavy rain, Unicef said on Tuesday. Some of the over 4,000 families affected in the camps, have been relocated to safe places. Unicef has appealed for $152.5 million to support the organisation’s ... Read More »

Some OCs, DCs consider themselves supreme: Observes HC

Dhaka, July 09 – “Some officers-in-charge (OCs) and Deputy Commissioners (DCs) thought that they are the supreme authority. It seems they are all in all,” an HC bench comprising Justice Md Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Khizir Hayat made the comments while hearing on the OC Moazzem Hossain’s bail petition. The High Court on Tuesday rejected the bail petition of ... Read More »

Dengue incidence higher this year: Dhaka South City Mayor

Dhaka, July 9 (UNB) – Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon on Tuesday said the infection rate of dengue fever is comparatively higher than the previous years.  “The medicines we’re using to kill the mosquitos are slightly less effective than promised … overall, the outbreak is relatively higher,” he told reporters after attending a workshop at Pan Pacific ... Read More »

SC stays HC bar on BB’s special concession to loan defaulters

Dhaka, July 08 – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for two months a High Court order that imposed a status-quo on a Bangladesh Bank circular that had allowed special concession for loan defaulters by rescheduling their loans with a repayment period of up to 10 years. “Stay for two months,” the four-member Appellate Division bench ... Read More »

Rohingyas woes worsen as rains pound camps

Cox’s Bazar, July 8 (UNB) – Five days of heavy rains and winds have pounded Rohingya camps in the district displacing over 2,700, damaging over 3,400 houses and leaving two people dead, said IOM on Monday. “We’re only half way into the monsoon season and helped over 2,000 people in the past 72 hours. Our teams have been working round ... Read More »

450 fishermen with 32 Indian trawlers taken into Paira custody

Dhaka, July 07 – At least 450 fishermen with 32 Indian fishing trawlers have been taken in safe custody by Paira Sea Port coastguard in Kalapara under Patuakhali district on Sunday afternoon. As the sea was clogged due to hostile weather, the Coast Guard members took their Paira Sea Port from the deep sea area while they catching fish by ... Read More »

Rains trigger landslide fear; Over 50 families moved in Ctg

Chattogram, July 7 (UNB) – Over 50 families have been evacuated from Jalalbad hill in the city on Sunday fearing landslides amid rains for the last couple of days. The local administration started asking people through loudspeakers to shift shelter centres or other safer places on Saturday morning, said Md Delwar Hossain, member secretary of hill management committee and additional ... Read More »

Hartal lost its appeal in BD, says Govt minister Quader

Dhaka, July 7 (UNB) – Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said hartal has lost its appeal as people hardly respond to such programmes.  The minister came up with the remark as left-leaning political parties observed a half-day hartal today protesting the hike in gas prices. “Gas price hike is realistic as the authorities concerned have to ... Read More »

Trump administration is ‘inept and insecure’, says UK envoy

The Trump administration has been labelled “inept”, insecure and incompetent in leaked emails from the UK ambassador to Washington. Sir Kim Darroch said that the White House was “uniquely dysfunctional” and “divided” under Donald Trump. But he also warned that the US president should not be written off. The Foreign Office said the leak of the memos to the Mail on ... Read More »

Kushtia rape victim forced to detail in public; video goes viral

Kushtia, July 7 – The video clip of a mentally-challenged teenage rape victim being harassed publicly by arbitrators in the name of settling the issue in Khoksa Upazila has gone viral, triggering public outcry. Although six days have elapsed since the arbitration, no action has been taken yet against the arbitrators. In the video clips, it was seen that the ... Read More »

Southern California reels from 7.1 quake

Los Angeles, Jul 6 (AP/UNB) — Small communities in the Mojave Desert are reeling from a magnitude 7.1 earthquake — the second major temblor in as many days to rock Southern California. Authorities say Friday night’s shaker was centered near the town of Ridgecrest — the same area where a 6.4-magnitude quake hit on Independence Day. Mark Ghillarducci, director of ... Read More »

Chinese President agrees on quick end to Rohingya crisis

Beijing, July 5 – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday agreed that there should be a quick solution to Rohingya crisis so that the displaced people can go back to their homeland soon. “The two leaders agreed that the Rohingya crisis will have to be solved quickly. It can’t be kept unsolved anymore. Two years have elapsed after signing the ... Read More »

AL doesn’t support extra-judicial killing, says Obaidul Quader

Dhaka, July 05 – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday said the government doesn’t support extra-judicial killing. Referring to a High Court the AL general secretary came up with the statement at a press conference at the party president Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office in the city. “The government or home ministry didn’t describe the killing incident of Nayan ... Read More »

Expats seek ‘protection’ first to invest in Bangladesh

Dhaka, July 5 (UNB) – Bangladeshi expatriates will invest back at home provided the government ensures an environment free from any kind of unnecessary harassments, says a Bangladeshi community leader in the Thai city of Pattaya. “I personally think Bangladeshi expatriates, wherever they live, will invest in Bangladesh if they get protection from any unnecessary harassment,” Nazir Ahmed Sharkar, general ... Read More »

Strongest earthquake in 20 years rattles Southern California

Los Angeles, July 5 (AP/UNB) — The strongest earthquake in 20 years shook a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on Thursday, rattling nerves on the July 4th holiday and causing injuries and damage in a town near the epicentre, followed by a swarm of ongoing aftershocks. The 6.4 magnitude quake struck at 10:33 a.m. in the ... Read More »

Writ challenging legality of gas price hike filed

Dhaka, July 04 – A writ petition was filed yesterday with the High Court challenging the legality of government notification of increasing the gas price without giving any prior notice. Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Eunus Ali Akond filed the writ petition with the related branch of the HC seeking a stay order on the government decision of hiking gas price. ... Read More »

ICC for judicial backing to probe crimes against Rohingyas

Dhaka, July 4 – The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday requested its Judges to authorise an investigation into alleged crimes like deportation, other inhumane acts and persecution committed against Rohingyas from Myanmar. As Myanmar is not a State Party to the Rome Statute, but Bangladesh is, it is important to keep in mind that the authorisation ... Read More »

Dhaka, Beijing sign nine instruments – five on power development

Beijing, Jul 4 – Bangladesh and China on Thursday signed nine instruments for further strengthening cooperation on power, water resources, culture and tourism sectors as well as providing 2,500 metric tonnes of rice for the displaced Rohingyas. The instruments, including two loan deals, were signed in presence of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang after ... Read More »