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Thakurgaon shooting: Home minister vows action ‘as per law’

Dhaka, Feb 14 – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said that the authorities concerned are inquiring the incident of killing three people by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) shooting at Thakurgaon’s Haripur recently. “No one is above the law. Action will be taken against those, if found guilty after the probe,” he told reporters after attending the celebration of the ... Read More »

74 JOF candidates file petitions with HC for reelection

Dhaka, Feb 14 – At least 74 Jatiya Oikya Front leaders filed separate writ petitions with the High Court seeking cancellation of the December 30 national election to their constituencies, citing widespread irregularities. In their petitions, they sought HC directives upon the authorities concerned to cancel the December 30 election results of their constituencies and to direct the Election Commission ... Read More »

112 killed a year in waterway accidents, Minister says

Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) – A total of 4,732 people were killed in 639 waterway accidents in the country over the last 42 years. State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury came up with the statistics in parliament while responding to a query from treasury bench member Didarul Alam (Chattogram-4). “Legal action is being taken against those responsible for waterway ... Read More »

Four-day Tablig Biswa Ijtema begins Friday

Gazipur, Feb 14 (UNB) – Biswa Ijtema, one of the largest Muslim congregations in the world, begins on the bank of the Turag River at Tongi here on Friday. The Ijtema to be held for four days this time will begin with “a’m bayan” (general sermons) after Fazr prayers. On the first two days, followers of Maulana Jubair Hassan will ... Read More »

Dredging of 25 rivers underway, Minister tells Parliament

Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) – State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Thursday told parliament that the dredging of 25 rivers, including 13 almost dead ones, are now underway to maintain the navigability of river routes. “The ongoing dredging work on the 25 rivers will be completed by 2026,” he said. The state minister came up with the remarks ... Read More »

Burma again shows St Martin’s as its territory: Envoy called

Dhaka, Feb 14 – Myanmar keeps distorting facts showing Bangladesh’s St Martin’s Island as part of its territory in Myanmar’s government maps prompting Dhaka to react sharply and lodge a strong protest officially against the ‘deliberate’ attempt. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday summoned acting Ambassador of Myanmar Aung Kyaw here and strongly protested the matter. Director General ... Read More »

Climate change may destroy Sundarbans tigers in 50 years

Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) – A new study has warned that the Sundarbans’ famed ‘Royal Bengal Tigers’ could be gone within 50 years, especially from the Bangladeshi part, because of constant rise in sea levels and climate change. The study titled ‘Combined effects of climate change and sea-level rise project dramatic habitat loss of the globally endangered Bengal tiger in ... Read More »

Big fire at Suhrawardy Hospital

Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) – A big fire broke out at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital in the capital on Thursday afternoon. The fire originated at a storeroom on the first floor of a new building of the hospital around 5:50pm, said Rasel, duty officer of fire control room. Sixteen firefighting units are trying to extinguish the flame. “It’s a ... Read More »

Oikya Front’s public hearing on election a ‘mockery’: Quader

Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday described Jatiya Oikyafront’s public hearing over the December-30 general election as a ‘mass mockery’. He made the remarks while addressing a press briefing at Awami League President Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office in the city. Jatiya Oikyafront wants to depict the “real scenario of vote robbery” in the ... Read More »

Bangladesh, KSA sign MoU on military cooperation

Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) – Bangladesh on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), aiming to enhance military cooperation between the two countries. Principal Staff Officer Lt Gen Md Mahfuzur Rahman of the Armed Forces Division of Bangladesh and Deputy Chief of Staff of Saudi Armed Forces Lt Gen Mutlaqbin Salim Al-azaima singed ... Read More »

BCB to restart DPL T20 from this year

Dhaka – Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will restart the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) T20 this year to produce more quality players for the shortest format of the game. “The T20 contest will take place after DPL’s regular 50-over tournament scheduled to start from March 1,” Amir Khan, the coordinator of Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM), told the media on ... Read More »

BPL Football: Kings maintain all-win record beating Rahmatganj 1-0

Dhaka – Star-studded Bashundhara Kings maintained their all-win record to share top slot in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football with holders Dhaka Abahani Limited beating Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society by 1-0 goal at their home venue Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari on Thursday. With the feat, Independent Cup champions Bashundhara Kings shared the top slot in the league table ... Read More »

First Division Hockey: Bachelors SC, Combined SC register wins

Dhaka – Bachelors SC and Combined SC have registered wins in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League 2018. They defeated Shantinagor SC and Shishukishor Shongho in their respective matches. In the first game between Bachelors and Shantinagor, Bachelors came up victorious by 10-0 goals. Meheruzzaman Rista scored four goals. He scored the first goal in sixth minute of the ... Read More »

BNP demands fair probe of Thakurgaon killings by BGB

Dhaka, Feb 13 (UNB) – Condemning the killings of people by the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Thakurgaon’s Baharampur village, BNP on Wednesday demanded a neutral investigation into the incident. In a statement, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also questioned whose interest BGB is protecting by killing citizens of the country. “Four people were killed and ... Read More »

US says ex-intel official defected to Iran, revealed secrets

Washington, Feb 14 (AP/UNB) — A former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence specialist who defected to Iran despite warnings from the FBI has been charged with revealing classified information to the Tehran government, including the code name and secret mission of a Pentagon program, prosecutors said Wednesday. The Justice Department also accused Monica Elfriede Witt, 39, of betraying former colleagues in ... Read More »

Suicide bomber target Iran’s Revolutionary Guard kills 27

Iran, Feb 14 (AP/UNB) — A suicide car bomber claimed by an al-Qaida-linked group attacked a bus carrying members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard paramilitary force Wednesday, killing at least 27 people and wounding 13 others, state media reported. Tehran immediately linked the attack in Iran’s restive southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province to an ongoing U.S.-led conference in Warsaw largely ... Read More »

Bd Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina flies to Germany

Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left here Thursday morning on her one-week visit to Germany and United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend a security conference in Munich and a defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi. The Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2019 will be held on February 15-17 in Munich, Germany and the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX-2019) will ... Read More »

9 signs your Thyroid is underactive

Your thyroid—a small gland in your neck—has a huge impact on your body. It produces thyroid hormone (TH), which is responsible for keeping your metabolism, heartbeat, temperature, mood, and more, in check. An underactive thyroid doesn’t produce enough TH, and that can cause a host of health problems. There are nine warning signs. Your thyroid—a small gland in your neck—has ... Read More »

‘Komola Rocket’ wins Hiralal Sen Award

Culture Desk On the fourth day of ‘Amar Bhashar Cholocchitro 1425’, Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) honoured the movie ‘Komola Rocket’, awarding it the Hiralal Sen Padak. Producer Faridur Reza Sagar received the award on behalf of the ‘Komola Rocket’ team. Information Minister Hasan Mahmod handed over the award to Faridur Reza Sagar at an event held at Teacher Student ... Read More »

Ekushey Book Fair” draws huge crowd in Khulna

With beginning of the Bangla month Falgun, Amar Ekushey Book Fair wore a festive look as thousands of enthusiastic book lovers and people from all strata thronged the fair at the Divisional Public Library premises in Boyra area by exhibiting books of different genres of literature and other areas of knowledge. Khulna Divisional Public Library organized the month-long “Ekushey Book ... Read More »

NASA announces demise of Opportunity rover

During 14 years of intrepid exploration across Mars, it advanced human knowledge by confirming that water once flowed on the red planet . NASA’s Opportunity rover has analyzed its last soil sample. The robot has been missing since the US space agency lost contact during a dust storm in June last year and was declared officially dead on Wednesday. Ending ... Read More »

Food commodity prices begin new year on buoyant note

Geneva, (Kanaga Raja) – The international prices of a basket of key agricultural food commodities rose in January 2019, driven by a sharp rebound in dairy price quotations and firmer prices for palm and soy oils, the Food an d Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has reported. According to FAO, its latest Food Price Index (FFPI) averaged 164.8 ... Read More »

Jatiya Oikya Front public hearing Feb 24

Dhaka, Feb 13 – Jatiya Oikyafront wants to depict the “real scenario of vote robbery” in the 11th parliamentary election before the people and international community through a public hearing on February 24 with Dr Kamal Hossain playing the role of its judge. Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rob came up with the information while talking to reporters ... Read More »

Grandmaster Flash wins Polar Music Prize

Grandmaster Flash, one of the pioneers of hip hop and DJ music, on Wednesday shared Sweden’s Polar Music Prize with German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and US charity Playing for Change Foundation. The winners will each receive one million Swedish kronor (95,700 euros, $108,000) at a gala in Stockholm on June 11 in the presence of King Carl XVI Gustaf. Grandmaster ... Read More »

Thailand bans critical TV station

A Thai television station, Voice TV, provided airtime to candidates critical of Thailand’s military government and was then banned for 15 days during which it will be off air completely. Thailand goes to the polls in a few weeks, and free press is key for polls to be perceived as free and fair. Lift ban on outspoken TV station: HRW ... Read More »

46 illegally built religious structures on rivers

Dhaka, Feb 13 – The government has decided to relocate 46 religious structures that built illegally alongside the riverbanks of Buriganga, Turag and Shitlakhya. The shipping ministry has given responsibility to the mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) to arrange lands for relocating these religious establishments, chairman of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Commodore M Mozammel Haque told ... Read More »

Shafat’s bail cancelled in Banani rape case

Dhaka, Feb 13 – The Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 of Dhaka on Wednesday cancelled the bail of Shafat Ahmed, prime accused in the sensational Banani double rape case. Judge Khademul Kayes of tribunal passed the order after Chief Public Prosecutor of Dhaka Metropolitan Session’s Judge Court, M Abdullah Abu submitted a petition seeking cancellation of the bail. The ... Read More »

Krishibid Day observed at BAU amid festivity

Mymensingh, Feb 13 – Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) and BAU alumni association jointly observed Krishibid Day on Wednesday at the Bangabandhu smritty chattar with much enthusiasm and festivity. The day inaugurated by Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque giving floral wreaths at Bangabandhu’s portrait, hoisted the national flag at the helipad, releasing balloons and pigeons. Then a colourful rally started from ... Read More »

তামাক ব্যবহার হ্রাসের গতি তামাকমুক্ত বাংলাদেশের জন্য যথেষ্ট নয়

সস্তা তামাকপণ্য, আইনগত দুর্বলতা, আইনের দুর্বল বাস্তবায়ন প্রভৃতি প্রধান অন্তরায় হিসেবে কাজ করছে সম্প্রতি প্রকাশিত গ্লোবাল অ্যাডাল্ট টোব্যাকো সার্ভে (গ্যাটস) ২০১৭ এর ফলাফল অনুযায়ী, ১৫ বছর এবং তদূর্ধ্ব জনগোষ্ঠীর মধ্যে তামাকের ব্যবহার ২০০৯ সালের তুলনায় ২০১৭ সালে ১৮.৫ শতাংশ হ্রাস (Relative decline) পেয়েছে। এই অগ্রগতি প্রশংসনীয় তবে ২০৪০ সালের মধ্যে তামাকমুক্ত বাংলাদেশ অর্জনের জন্য যথেষ্ট নয়। গ্যাটস ২০১৭ এর ফলাফল ... Read More »