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Dhaka South City Corpn cuts off utility lines to warehouses

Dhaka, Feb 28 – Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) authorities in separate drive cut off utility lines of 23 chemical warehouse and factories of Islambagh and Shahidnagar area of old Dhaka yesterday in the aftermath of deadly Chawkbazar fire that claimed 69 lives. The month-long drive began from yesterday in Shahidnagar and Islambagh areas from around 11:30 am. In Islambagh, ... Read More »

City election also witnessed ‘nocturnal exercise’: BNP

Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday alleged that the voting in the by-election to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) was “actually held on Wednesday night” determining the fate of a particular person. “The election results were determined last night (Wednesday night). Ballots were stuffed in favour of the ruling party nominated (mayoral) candidate. Now ... Read More »

Pakistan, India trade fire in Kashmir; villagers flee homes

Muzafarabad, Feb 28 (AP/UNB) — Pakistani police say troops deployed in the disputed region of Kashmir continued trading fire with India overnight, forcing villagers living near the contested frontier to move to safer places even as the two nuclear-armed nations appear to be stepping back from the brink. Police official Mohammad Tahir says cross-border fire continued into Thursday but there ... Read More »

Indian Air Force pilot to be released Friday, says Pak PM

Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB/AP) – Pakistan’s prime minister pledged on Thursday his country would release a captured Indian jetfighter pilot the following day, a move that could help defuse the most-serious confrontation in two decades between the nuclear-armed neighbors over the disputed region of Kashmir. Prime Minister Imran Khan made the announcement in an address to both houses of Parliament, ... Read More »

BNP expels 4 more leaders for contesting Upazila polls

Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – BNP has expelled another four of its grassroots leaders for contesting the upcoming Upazila elections violating the party’s decisions. They are Bogura Sadar Upazila BNP President Maftun Ahmed Khan Rubel, Magura’s Mohammadpur Upazila general secretary Jahangir Alam Khan Bachchu, Sirajganj’s Chauhali Upazila member Mahfuza Khatun and the party’s primary member Abdullah Al Mamun. A press release ... Read More »

Bangladesh, India army joint training exercise from Mar 2

Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – An Indian Army contingent, as in the past, comprising 170 personnel will participate in a joint training exercise ‘SAMPRITI-8’ in Bangladesh from March 2-15.  The Indian Army contingent will arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Friday in Indian Air Force special aircraft IL-76. This is the 8th edition of the joint training exercise which ... Read More »

Trump, Kim summit ends without reaching a deal

Hanoi, Feb 28 (AP/UNB) — President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un abruptly cut short their second summit Thursday without reaching an agreement, a stunning collapse of talks that caused both leaders to leave their Vietnam meeting early and cancel a planned signing ceremony. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the leaders had a “very good and ... Read More »

Shafin brings allegation of vote irregularities

Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – Singer Shafin Ahmed, the mayoral candidate of Jatiya Party for Dhaka North City Corporation by-election, on Thursday brought the allegation of some irregularities in the voting. He, however, did not specify the allegations saying he will talk about it in the afternoon visiting some more polling stations. Shafin cast his vote at Manarat International School ... Read More »

EC not responsible for low voter turnout: CEC

Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Thursday said the low voter turnout in the ongoing elections to the two city corporations is not the liability of the Commission.  “It’s the responsibility of candidates and political parties to bring voters to polling centres,” he said while talking to reporters after casting  his vote at IES ... Read More »

Indian PM: Enemies trying to create instability

Islamabad, Feb 28 (AP/UNB) — India’s prime minister says his country’s enemies are conspiring to create instability through terror attacks. The remarks by Prime Minister Narendra Modi come amid tensions with Pakistan following the areal skirmish between the two countries in disputed Kashmir. Pakistan said it shot down two Indian warplanes and captured a pilot on Wednesday. Modi spoke to ... Read More »

Closure of Pakistan air space snarls flights across Asia

Bangkok, Feb 28 (AP/UNB) — A temporary closure of air space over Pakistan snarled air traffic Thursday, especially between Asia and Europe, though some airlines adjusted by rerouting their flights. In Bangkok, an important and busy hub for transcontinental flights, thousands of travelers were stranded. Bangkok airport officials said over 4,000 travelers were affected. Those needing help were getting access ... Read More »

Hate speech threatens our humanity

BHUBANESWAR, India and KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 2019 (IPS) – Do politicians’ words matter? Since becoming US President, Donald J Trump has dismissed his opponents and others he does not like as evil, stupid or both. He has referred to undocumented immigrants as animals, and to poor countries as shitholes. Fostering culture of hateAround the world, such harsh words have become ... Read More »

UN accused of failing to move strongly against sexual abuse

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 27 2019 (IPS) – The United Nations, which prides itself with a “zero tolerance” policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, has come under relentless fire for failing to match its words with deeds—specifically in relation to some of the high-profile cases that have jolted the Organization. There have been several cases where no action has been taken either ... Read More »

Portugal’s ‘contraption’ govt: substance beyond rhetoric?

I was in a rush, running late to where I needed to be, which on 4th October 2015 was the electoral-results party of the Portuguese Bloco de Esquerda (Left Bloc), at Lisbon’s São Jorge cinema. So I took a cab. Cabs are the best way to know what is going through Portuguese consciousness—even what is going on in the Portuguese parliament. Cab ... Read More »

Tigers fail to capitalise Tamim’s ton in Hamilton

Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) — Visiting Tigers failed to post a handsome total on the scoreboard despite Timam Iqbal’s fine century in the first innings of the first Test of three-match series against New Zealand at Hamilton on Thursday. Bangladesh was bowled out for 234/10 in 59.2 overs where Tamim struck 126 off 128 but the others batsmen managed only ... Read More »

Voting to elect Dhaka North Mayor, 48 Councillors begins

Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – Voting in the by-election to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), and in 36 wards of Dhaka north and south city corporations (DSCC) began on Thursday amid rain. The balloting that began at 8 am will continue 4 pm without any break. Awami League’s Atiqul Islam cast his vote around 9:10 am ... Read More »

Trump, Kim hold 1st formal bilateral meeting

Hanoi, Feb 28 (AP/UNB) — U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un appeared more relaxed as they convened near the pool of the luxury Vietnamese hotel where they’re holding their second summit. Trump and Kim emerged after their first formal bilateral meeting Thursday morning on the Metropole hotel’s pool patio, where they were joined by U.S. Secretary ... Read More »

BSF on alert at Bangladesh border amid Indo-Pak tension

Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – India has put its Border Security Force (BSF) on alert at the Bangladesh border as tension is roiling in the region due to an ongoing India-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir. The BSF has issued an alert and taken all preventive measures at the India-Bangladesh border, reports Indian media citing a BSF official. The measures aim to ... Read More »

PIB DG Shah Alamgir dies

Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – Director General (DG) of the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) and senior journalist Shah Alamgir passed away at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) here on Thursday. He was 62. Shah Alamgir breathed his last around 10:10 am at the CMH, said Mizan Malik, a special correspondent of the Daily Jugantor. Shah Alamgir had been undergoing ... Read More »

Boro,cultivation surpasses target in Narsingdi

Narsingdi Correspondent Cultivation of Boro paddy in Narsingdi district has surpassed its target this season. The reason are due to favourable climate condition and adequate supply of high quality seed. Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) official sources said the department has set a target to cultivate Boro paddy on 55,580 hectares of land in the six upazilas of the district ... Read More »

Tech Mahindra’ keen to invest in ICT sector: Palak

Science Desk State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak yesterday said the ‘Tech Mahindra’ company is keen to work with Bangladesh. The aim is to further its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. He said this after holding a bilateral meeting with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of ‘Tech Mahindra’ CP Gurnani at the Mobile World Congress ... Read More »

45 percent children with cancer left undiagnosed, untreated

Some 45 percent of children with cancer are left undiagnosed and untreated. According to an innovative study of the disease’s global footprint among under-15s, published Wednesday. Worldwide, there are some 400,000 news cases of childhood cancer each year, but barely half are logged in national health registries, researchers reported in The Lancet Oncology, a medical journal. “The patients will almost ... Read More »

Robinson Crusoe island sets example to world in conservation

For almost a century, the inhabitants of Robinson Crusoe — named for literature’s most famous castaway . The island’s fragile ecosystem depends on them conserving its unique wildlife. One of three islands in the Juan Fernandez archipelago, 700 kilometers (430 miles) off the Pacific coast of Chile, it was discovered in the sixteenth century. The island chain secured its place ... Read More »

Mexican filmmaker takes Oscars

Alfonso Cuaron’s big Oscars night — three golden statuettes for his personal film “Roma,” including his second for best director — once again highlights the major success in Hollywood for Mexican filmmakers. Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron won Oscars for film ‘Roma’ on personal film category. This time, though, is a bit different. When Cuaron won the first time, it was ... Read More »

Palestinian DJs bring past into present with fresh beats

A mixing desk at her fingertips, the artist known as Sarouna coaxed a haunting refrain from the bass track — music both about the past and the present. Like other popular names on the Palestinian electro scene, the 23-year-old, wearing a hoodie emblazoned with “Made in Palestine” in Arabic, creates songs by drawing on local folk music. “Why would I ... Read More »

12th Int’l Children’s Film Festival begins on Mar 2

Culture Desk The 12th International Children’s Film Festival will begin on March 2 .That will featuring 179 films from 32 countries simultaneously at four venues in the city. National Professor Anisuzzaman will formally inaugurate the weeklong festival while Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmood is scheduled to be present as the chief guest on the occasion. General Secretary of Children’s Film ... Read More »

Aid in reverse: How poor countries develop rich countries

By Jason Hickel We have long been told a compelling story about the relationship between rich countries and poor countries. The story holds that the rich nations of the OECD give generously of their wealth to the poorer nations of the global south, to help them eradicate poverty and push them up the development ladder. Yes, during colonialism western powers ... Read More »

Dhaka Bar election began on Wednesday

Dhaka, Feb 27 – Voting in the two-day polls to elect the office bearers for 2019-2020 of Dhaka Bar Association, begun Wednesday with big enthusiasm. Of the total voters of 17,8,97, four thousand six hundred and thirty-five voters cast their votes on the first day (Wednesday), starting from 9 am and that ended at 5 pm (Wednesday) with an one-hour ... Read More »

Gatco case hearing against Khaleda deferred

Dhaka, Feb 27 – The Special Judge Court-3 of Dhaka on Wednesday fixed March 18 for hearing on charge framing against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and 16 others in connection with the Gatco corruption case. Judge Abu Syed Diljar Hossain of the court passed the order after hearing both defence and prosecution lawyers. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was taken ... Read More »