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Miss World Bangladesh starts journey with Huawei

Dhaka, Feb 16 (UNB)- Huawei, a leading smartphone manufacturer recently announced that Jannatul Ferdous Oishee, winner of ‘Miss World Bangladesh 2018’ crown, will serve as its new product ambassador in the country. From now on, she will participate in different campaigns and promotional activities of the company. Besides, Oishee, will be seen performing in Huawei’s different advertisements. Huawei Consumer Business ... Read More »

Al Mahmud to be laid to rest at his hometown Sunday

Dhaka, Feb 16 (UNB) – Al Mahmud, one of the major poets of modern Bengali literature who died on Friday night, will be laid to rest at his hometown, Brahmanbaria, on Sunday afternoon. “We’re taking my father’s body to Brahmanbaria. He’ll be buried at a graveyard at Dakkhin Morail there after Zohr prayers on Sunday,” Mahmud’s son Mir Sharif Mahmud ... Read More »

Recent attacks on religious minorities protested

Dhaka, Feb 16 – Violent attacks on religious minorities in recent days have evoked popular protests at home and abroad. The situation of minorities in Bangladesh is a human rights issue. The Bangladesh Hindu-Buddha-Christian Oikya Parishad has called upon leaders of the political parties to remain alert and stop repressions on religious and ethnic minorities. They revealed a report that ... Read More »

Dilkusha SC emerge unbeaten champions in 1st Div Hockey

Dhaka – Dilkusha Sporting Club clinched the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League crown with all-win record beating Dhaka Hockey United by 4-3 goals in the last league match at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium on Saturday. As the first division champions, Dilkusha SC promoted to the Premier Division Hockey League. President of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) and ... Read More »

102 Yaba dealers surrender to Bangladesh Police

Cox’s Bazar, Feb 16 – A total of 102 Yaba dealers surrendered to the police yesterday in presence of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazaar. The one of a kind event titled “Surrendering program of drug traders for returning to normal life” was arranged by the government to give the drug dealers a chance to go back ... Read More »

Free-flowing rivers, the soul of South Asia

South Asia is a fascinating and important region for the world in numerous respects. Although the eight countries of South Asia form just 3.5 percent of the world’s surface area, the region is home to 1.89 billion people or 24 percent of the world’s population, making it one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Many iconic mountain ... Read More »

IBBL holds Business Development Conference for Agent Banking

Dhaka – Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited organized a business development conference for agent banking at a hotel in the city on Saturday, 16 February, 2019. Md. Mahbub ul Alam, Managing Director & CEO of the Bank addressed the concluding session of the program as chief guest. Abu Reza Md. Yeahia, Deputy Managing Director presided over the meeting. Taher Ahmed Chowdhury, ... Read More »

Child protection in Rohingya camps still a priority for JRP

Dhaka, Feb 16 (UNB) – As children face “serious protection risks”, including psychosocial distress, neglect, abuse, separation from caregivers, sexual violence, child marriage and labour, child protection system will remain a priority in Rohingya camps this year as well,  officials said. Rapid and effective humanitarian action under the leadership of the government of Bangladesh has saved many lives since August ... Read More »

Russian citizen electrocuted at Rooppur power plant site

Pabna, Feb 16 (UNB) – A Russian citizen died from electrocution at Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant site in Ishwardi uapzila here on Saturday morning. The deceased was identified as Zeleski Bhatzism, 34, an installer of ‘Tret Roshim’ farm. He used to live on the 14th floor of 3 no building at Green City in the project area. Neighbours spotted his ... Read More »

India high speed train breaks down on first trip

Dhaka, Feb 16 (UNB)- India’s fastest train has broken down on its first trip, a day after it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi, reports BBC. The Indian-built semi high-speed Vande Bharat Express was returning to the capital Delhi from the city of Varanasi after its first outing when brakes in a carriage reportedly jammed. Indian media quoted a railways ... Read More »

Saudi crown prince delays visit to Pakistan by a day

Islamabad, Feb 16 (AP/UNB) — Pakistani officials said Saturday a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Islamabad has been delayed by a day, a sudden announcement that surprised many Pakistanis, who were preparing to welcome the Saudi delegation amid extraordinary security in the capital. Without giving any explanation, the Foreign Ministry said Prince Mohammad will now arrive ... Read More »

Allow Al Mahmud’s body at Shaheed Minar: BNP asks govt

Dhaka, Feb 16 (UNB) – BNP on Saturday demanded the government that the body of great poet Al Mahmud to be taken the Central Shaheed Minar to enable people to pay their last respects to him. “The government should give permission for bringing the body of freedom fighter and poet (Al Mahmud) to Shaheed Minar so that the people of ... Read More »

It’s Myanmar’s ‘audacity’ to post St Martin’s in map: BNP

Dhaka, Feb 16 (UNB) – BNP on Saturday alleged that Myanmar is showing St Martin’s Island as part of its territory in its official map only because of Bangladesh government’s a ‘knee-jerk foreign policy’. “Myanmar is repeatedly showing St Martin’s Island as its territory in its map on the country’s official websites. We think Myanmar is showing such audacity due ... Read More »

War crimes trial to go on though Jamaat seeks mercy: Quader

Dhaka, Feb 16 (UNB)- Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday said that the war crimes trial would continue even if Jamaat-e-Islami seeks apology for its crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at the political office of Awami League at Dhanmondi. “It’s not clear yet ... Read More »

Gas supply disrupted in parts of Dhaka, adjoining areas

Dhaka, Feb 16 (UNB) – Different areas of Dhaka city, including Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Kalabagan, Shyamoli, Agargaon and some adjacent areas like Dhamrai, Ashulia, Aminbazar, Savar and Manikganj have been experiencing disruption in gas supply since Friday night due to a technical glitch. According to officials at Titag Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, a technical fault in the valve of ... Read More »

The right investments to address the human capital crisis

By Kristalina Georgieva Washington, DC – For 75 years, the World Bank has been at the forefront of development, helping countries make smart investments to prepare their citizens for the future. It has been particularly focused on the poorest and most vulnerable – their access to infrastructure, health, education, assets, jobs, and markets. In recent years, it has embraced policies ... Read More »

Breaking Germany’s coal addiction

By Johan Rockström and Owen Gaffney Berlin – Germany is about to break its coal addiction. Last year, the government created a 28-member “coal commission” – comprising scientists, politicians, environmental campaigners, trade unions, and utilities representatives – with the unenviable mandate of deciding when the country would get clean. Balancing pragmatic considerations with recognition of the reality of climate change, ... Read More »

A green new deal for Europe

By Massimiliano Santini and Fabrizio Tassinari Florence – Earlier last month, Jim Yong Kim abruptly resigned from his post as World Bank president, leaving a pillar of the international financial order without leadership or direction. Kim will join a private equity firm, where he believes he can “make the largest impact on major global issues like climate change.” True, the ... Read More »

How to eat to save the World

By Modi Mwatsama and Howard Frumkin London – There is not a country in the world that is not grappling with the serious health and environmental consequences of their people’s diets. There has to be a better way to feed everyone well and sustainably. As it stands, roughly 820 million people worldwide lack sufficient food, and many more – often ... Read More »

Reflections on achieving global education goals

Amina J. Mohammed New York – Throughout my life, I have seen the power of education. I have witnessed how quality education for all can support the creation of dynamic economies and help to sustain peace, prosperity, and stability. I have also observed how education instills in individuals, no matter their circumstances, a strong sense of self, as well as ... Read More »

Geoengineering is a dangerous distraction

Carroll Muffett Washington, DC – As concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide surpass 400 parts per million, the costs of the climate crisis – in terms of economic losses, environmental impacts, and human lives – continue to rise. Last October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that global temperatures approaching 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels will have serious consequences for ... Read More »

Bringing #MeToo to the Fashion Industry

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 15 2019 (IPS) – The global #MeToo movement has put a spotlight on sexual harassment and violence in various industries including the film and music industries. Is it now time for the fashion industry to address these issues within their supply chains, one organisation says. Coinciding with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum on Due Diligence in ... Read More »

Dismantling sexual health stigma in India

NEW DELHI, Feb 15 2019 (IPS) – Results from a survey with young and unmarried women suggest that as low as 1% of women have received information on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) from their mothers, doctors or government campaigns. And 53% of these women feel unsure if the sexual health problems they faced were severe enough to visit ... Read More »

Bangladesh condemns Thursday’s attack on Indian troops

Dhaka, Feb 15 (UNB) – Bangladesh has strongly condemned the dastardly terrorist attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy in Pulwana District of Jammu and Kashmir. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in a message addressed to her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi said, “On behalf of the people and the government of Bangladesh, and on my own behalf, let me convey our heartfelt ... Read More »

Age limit for govt jobs to be 35 from March: Obaidul

Dhaka, Feb 15 (UNB) – Awami League (AL) Secretary General Obaidul Quader on Friday said the government is planning to announce 35 years to be the maximum age for applying for government jobs.“An announcement in this regard will be made in the next month,” said Obaidul, also Road, Transport and Bridges Minister.The minister came up with the comment when a ... Read More »

India warns of ‘crushing response’ to Kashmir suicide attack

Srinagar, Feb 15 (AP/UNB) — India’s prime minister warned Friday of a “crushing response” to the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir which killed 41 people and was the deadliest in the divided region’s volatile history. Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed the blame for Thursday’s bombing squarely on neighboring Pakistan, which India accuses of supporting rebels in ... Read More »

কবি আল-মাহমুদ আর নেই

১৫ ফেব্রুয়ারি শুক্রবার রাত ১১ টা ৫ মিনিটে বাংলাভাষার বরেণ্য ও শীর্ষকবি আল মাহমুদ চিকিৎসাধীন অবস্থায় ইন্তিকাল করেছেন। ইন্না লিল্লাহি ওয়া ইন্না ইলাইহি রাজিউন। তার ছেলে শরীফ মাহমুদ এই তথ্য নিশ্চিত করেছেন। আল মাহমুদ একাধারে কবি, ঔপন্যাসিক, প্রাবন্ধিক, ছোটগল্প লেখক, শিশুসাহিত্যিক এবং সাংবাদিক ছিলেন। বিংশ শতাব্দীর দ্বিতীয়াংশে সক্রিয় থেকে তিনি আধুনিক বাংলা কবিতাকে নতুন আঙ্গিকে, চেতনায় ও বাক্ভঙ্গীতে বিশেষভাবে সমৃদ্ধ ... Read More »

China, India respond robustly to US paper on ‘differentiation’

Geneva, 15 Feb (D. Ravi Kanth) – China and India have offered a robust response to the United States over its attempts to “differentiate” among developing countries on which none of them could avail of special and differential treatment (S&DT) at the World Trade Organization. In a joint draft paper, India and China have outlined why no one among the ... Read More »

Innovative impact fund to create jobs for rural youth

Rome, 15 February 2019 – An impact fund with an innovative approach for attracting much-needed capital to the rural areas of developing countries will be launched at the annual meeting of Member States of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). IFAD, along with the European Union, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), the government of Luxembourg ... Read More »