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BNP for reorganising party to free Khaleda from jail

Dhaka, Feb 8 – BNP senior leaders on Friday laid emphasis on the rehabilitation of party’s affected leaders and activists to launch a strong movement to free their chairperson Khaleda Zia through reorganising the party. Speaking at a protest rally marking the 1st anniversary of Khaleda’s jailing, they also regretted that they could not ensure Khaleda’s release using the strength ... Read More »

Bd-origin Anisha Faruk elected Oxford student union president

Dhaka, Feb 8 – Anisha Faruk, a Bangladeshi-origin student and former co-chair of the Oxford University Labour Club, has been elected president of the Oxford University Student Union. She clinched the victory in a tough election for President of the Oxford SU. The results were announced at an event at the Weston Library, and show significant victories for Faruk’s Impact: ... Read More »

Malaysia ranks 1st in world’s best healthcare category

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 7 (UNB)- Malaysia, with a score of 95 out of 100, was ranked first in the Best Healthcare in the World category of the 2019 International Living Annual Global Retirement Index. According to the International Living website, among top six countries that obtained the best ratings in the category of Best Healthcare in the World for this year, ... Read More »

Descendants block Shahbagh for FF quota

Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) – Children and grandchildren of freedom fighters (FFs) on Friday blocked Shahbagh intersection in the city to realise their six-point demand, including reinstatement of 30 percent quota facilities for them in government jobs. Witnesses said over 200 protesters under the banner of ‘Muktijoddhar Santan and Projonmo’ took to the street around 5pm and blocked the intersection, ... Read More »

3 Army men killed in Noakhali road crash

Noakhali, Feb 8 (UNB) – Three army personnel were killed and nine others injured in a road accident in Subarnachar upazila here on Friday afternoon.  The deceased were identified as sepoys Mamun, Foyez and Firoz of the Engineer Corp-21 of Jalalabad Cantonment in Sylhet.  Md Shahed Uddin, officer in-charge of Char Jabbar Police Station, said a motorcade of the army ... Read More »

Halal Accreditation Scheme to expedite Bd exports

DHAKA, Feb 8, 2019 (BSS) – Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB) is goingto introduce ‘Halal Accreditation Scheme’ through the existing halalcertificate provider laboratories for increasing export of Bangladeshi halalproducts. The information came on Thursday from a closing function on “24th BABAssessor Course” at the Industries Ministry conference room in the city, saida press release. Secretary-in-Charge of the Industries Ministry M Abdul ... Read More »

Empowered women driving Bd’s dev journey: Envoy to Holland

Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) – Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal has said women in Bangladesh are driving its development journey in a bigger way as Bangladesh’s economic transformation is driven, in large part, by social changes, starting with the empowerment of women. Ambassador Belal made the remarks while speaking in a high-level seminar at the International Criminal ... Read More »

Compilation of PM Hasina’s question hour in parliament out

Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) – The first two parts of a compilation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s questions and answers in the ninth parliament have been published. They will give readers a glimpse of the PM’s prudence and her determination and wilingess to take the country forward.  It will also give an idea about the vast development activities under various ... Read More »

US envoy visits book fair; spends time with children

Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB)–US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller along with his wife on Friday visited Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela and spent time with children at the children’s corner of the fair. Talking to reporters, Ambassador Miller said the month-long book fair of the country comes with a message of language movement to the young folks and it’s an ... Read More »

Bishwo Shahitto Kendro turns 40

Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) – Seeking a better society of enlightened people, Bishwo Shahitto Kendro, one of the leading organisations of the country promoting literature among the people, celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday. The day was commemorated with a colourful rally starting from in front of Bangladesh National Museum and ending at the Bishwo Shahitto Kendro Building in the city’s ... Read More »

Govt has nothing to do with Khaleda’s release: Quader

Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) -Terming Khaleda Zia’s release from jail ‘legal matter’, Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges minister Obaidul Quader has said the government has no influence over the issue. He said this at a press briefing at the political office of Awami League president Sheikh Hasina at Dhanmondi in the capital on Friday morning. Quader ... Read More »

Dhaka, Delhi sign 4 MoUs to strengthen cooperation

Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) – Bangladesh and India on Friday signed four MoUs to further strengthen the existing “multifaceted cooperation” between the two countries, according to a joint press release. The MoUs were signed at the fifth meeting of the Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) held in New Delhi. Foreign Minister Dr Ak Abdul Momen and his Indian counterpart Sushma ... Read More »

Dhaka wants Delhi’s steps for common river water sharing

Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) – Bangladesh has urged India to take steps for sharing the water of all the common rivers and resolving the long-pending Teesta water-sharing deal. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen raised the issue at the 5th meeting of the Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) between Bangladesh and India held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan in New Delhi ... Read More »

Sonu Nigam hospitalized for food allergy

Entertainment Desk Popular Bollywood playback singer Sonu Nigam has revealed that he was hospitalized in Mumbai earlier this week due to an allergic reaction from seafood. Sonu recovered by Tuesday for a concert in Orissa, and advised fans to “never ever ever ever take a chance with allergies.” The “Kal Ho Na Ho” singer took to Instagram to post two ... Read More »

3.53 lakh babies to get vitamin A plus capsules in Rajshahi

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) and Civil Surgeon Office have adopted massive preparations to observe the National Vitamin ‘A’ Plus Campaign-2019 (second round) in the city and nine upazilas of the district tomorrow (Saturday). The campaign will begin at 8 am at 2,138 centres and continue till 4 pm. Over 3.53 lakh children, aged between six months to 59 months, will ... Read More »

‘Game of Thrones’: New photos give glimpse of the final season

The final season of the adaptation of George RR Martin’s fantasy novels will be premiered on April 14 on Star World and Hotstar in India. The previous seven seasons are being streamed on Hotstar. HBO released photographs of key characters from the upcoming eighth and final season of its blockbuster series “Game of Thrones” on Wednesday. Featured in the photographs ... Read More »

Bezos accuses Enquirer of ‘blackmail’ over intimate photos

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday accused the publisher of the National Enquirer of “blackmail” after it threatened to publish intimate photographs. That were sent by the billionaire to his mistress if he did not cease his investigation into how the newspaper got the pictures. It comes after the tabloid, having accessed private text messages, last month reported Bezos had ... Read More »

Desertification: The right to life, liberty, and land

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 7 2019 (IPS) – Sustainable land management is becoming more important than ever as rates of emissions, deforestation, and water scarcity continue to increase. But what if you don’t have rights to the land?While the impact of agriculture on land is well known, the relationship between land degradation and land tenure seems to be less understood. In fact, ... Read More »

Chicken Pox outbreak infects 20000 in Rohingya camps

Cox’s Bazar, Feb 7 (UNB) – Around 20,000 Rohingya people in the Ukhia and Teknaf camps have been infected in an outbreak of chicken pox, a quite common disease of childhood in Bangladesh. “All of a sudden, chicken pox cropped in a few houses in Balukhali Camp, later it soon spread to 15 houses, creating panic among the camp dwellers,” ... Read More »

Apple releases update to prevent FaceTime eavesdropping

San Francisco, Feb 8 (AP/UNB) — Apple has released an iPhone update to fix a software flaw that allowed people to eavesdrop on others while using FaceTime. The bug enabled interlopers to turn an iPhone into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime. Callers were able to activate another person’s microphone remotely even before the person has accepted or rejected ... Read More »

Argentine footballer Sala’s body found in plane wreckage

London, Feb 8 (AP/UNB) — More than two weeks after the plane carrying Emiliano Sala to a new career in the English Premier League crashed into the sea, police confirmed Thursday that the body recovered from the wreckage was the Argentine soccer player. A search of the seabed of the English Channel only discovered the Piper Malibu aircraft on Sunday ... Read More »

BNP workers upset as Khaleda’s jailing passes one year

Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) – Amid deep uncertainty about the party’s political future following a massive defeat in the December-30 polls, BNP is going to observe the 1st anniversary of the jailing of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case with a simple programme on Friday. Party senior leaders and Khaleda’s lawyers don not see any ray of hope to ... Read More »

Singapore’s ASEAN tenure marked by crises and disputes

By Nile Bowie When Singapore took the reins last year of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (Asean) rotating leadership, the regional grouping’s credibility and relevance was at stake. Amid rising geopolitical tensions, maritime disputes in the South China Sea and abuses in Myanmar against the Rohingya Muslim minority that the United Nations has said constitute crimes against humanity, consensus ... Read More »

‘What hell feels like’ – Acid violence in Cambodia

Sitting on a thin mattress on the floor of their home in a Phnom Penh slum, 3-year-old Molita delicately touches the scars that cover her mother’s back. In November 2014, when Molita was an infant, the owners of a neighbouring market stall attacked her mother, Moung Sreymom, with highly concentrated acid. They doused nearly half her body, leaving penetrating burns ... Read More »

Tapon Killing: Justice demanded at RU

Rajshahi, Feb 7 – After the passing of two ages no visible progress appeared in Tapon murder case. Bangladesh Student Union Rajshahi University unit has demanded the trial of the murder of Tapon on Thursday. The demand came from an official statement of the party signed by office secretary Shakil Hossain. The demands include building a monument in commemorating the ... Read More »

Workshop on measuring water quality held at BAU

Mymensingh, Feb 07 – Digital logger is a device by which water temperature, pH (Acidic or Alkali condition) and dissolved oxygen can be measured. In developed countries use this device for measurement of the water condition and diseased condition of aquacultures. If the device accepts our fish farmers to measure water condition, they will be benefited- said Professor Dr M ... Read More »

SM hall champion in RU Athletics competition

Rajshahi, Feb 07 – Shah Makhdum hall of Rajshahi University has been emerged as champion in two days long 441st inter-college athletics competition defeating the Shaheed Ziaur Rahman hall on Wednesday. University vice-chancellor Prof M Abdus Sobhan handed over the trophy to the champion team. The champion team wins 9 gold medals 3 silvers medals and 3 Bronze Medals. On ... Read More »

Charge-sheet against Latif Siddiqui for misusing power

Dhaka, Feb 07 – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday approved charge sheet against two persons including former Jute and Textile Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui in a case filed for misusing power and damaging government property. The charge-sheet was issued for incurring a loss of Tk 40.69 lakh of the national exchequer through selling land of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC). ... Read More »

Charge hearing against Khaleda Zia, 16 others in Gatco case

Dhaka, Feb 7 – A Dhaka court yesterday started hearing on charge framing against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and 16 others in the Gatco corruption case. Before beginning of the hearing, Khaleda Zia was taken to the Special Judge Court-3 of Judge Abu Syed Diljar Hossain of Dhaka in a wheelchair around 12:45pm. Public Prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajol, during ... Read More »

Civil society for resuming South Asian Regional Cooperation

Colombo, 30 January 2019 We, members of civil society networks of South Asia gathered in Colombo to deliberate on a South Asian Regional Agenda for Collective Advocacy on Human Rights, Peace and Democracy, have resolved to re-energise collaborations across South Asian frontiers for peace, democracy and human rights. Distressed by the progressive weakening of the inter-governmental SAARC organisation, we resolved ... Read More »