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Deaths in Thakurgaon firing ‘unexpected’: BGB chief

Thakurgaon, Feb 18 – The Director General (DG) of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Major General Md Shafeenul Islam on Monday described the killings of three people in firing by the paramilitary force members at Bahrampur in Haripur Upazila here as ‘unexpected’. He came up with the remark while speaking at a press conference at Thakurgaon Circuit House in the afternoon. ... Read More »

11th Bd nat’l election can be put on record, says CEC

Dhaka, Feb 18 – Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Monday claimed that the 11th national election was held in such a credible manner that it can be put on record. “The 11th parliamentary polls were held in such a free and fair environment that its scenario can be kept in the record. I can claim it publicly. ... Read More »

Chhayanaut receives Tagore Award from Indian President

Dhaka, Feb 18 – Chhayanaut, a leading cultural outfit of Bangladesh, was honoured with India’s prestigious Rabindranath Tagore Award for cultural harmony on Monday for the year 2015 by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind. Chhayanaut is a cultural organisation of Bangladesh which has played a leading role in the promotion of Tagore’s works and Bangla arts and literature not only ... Read More »

Bd High Court rejects writ challenging oath by new MPs

Dhaka, Feb 18 – The High Court on Monday rejected a writ petition filed challenging the legality of oath taking by lawmakers elected in the 11th parliamentary election held on December 30 last year. The HC bench rejected the petition saying that there was no violation of the constitution by administrating oath of lawmakers as the new MPs entered into ... Read More »

Gas supply to remain suspended in some parts of capital

Dhaka, Feb 18 – Gas supply in most parts of the capital will remain suspended for 12 hours starting from Tuesday evening due to the relocation of the gas pipelines as part of the construction work of metro rail project. Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company limited yesterday said the gas supply will remain disrupted from 6:00pm Tuesday until 6:00am ... Read More »

BCB to host domestic T20 league from Feb 25

Dhaka – The T20 version of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) will begin on February 25, announced Chairman of the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis Kazi Inam on Monday. While most of the other Test-playing nations have more than one T20 domestic league, Bangladesh only has the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Now, the local players found another place ... Read More »

BPL Football: Arambagh KS return to winning ways beating NoFeL SC 1-0

Dhaka – Arambagh Krira Sangha returned to winning ways following two successive defeats in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Monday, beating bottom-ranked novices NoFeL Sporting Club 1-0 at the latter’s home venue, the Rofiq Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh. Cameroon forward Paul Emile headed the lone goal that turned out to be the matchwinner for Maruful Haque’s Arambagh KS ... Read More »

Int’l aid feeds hope and fuels confrontation in Venezuela

CARACAS, Feb 16 2019 (IPS) – The international food and medical aid awaiting entry into Venezuela from neighboring Colombia, Brazil and Curacao is at the crux of the struggle for power between President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognised as “legitimate president” by 50 governments. The current situation “offers advantages to Guaidó. It is trying to break the ... Read More »

Play a responsible role: Bd President urges media

Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid on Monday urged the media to play a responsible role by following journalistic codes and prioritising national interests. “Media, democracy and development are complimentary to each other. One is stagnant without the other,” he said at an award-giving ceremony on the occasion of Bangladesh Press Council Day at Hotel Intercontinental in the ... Read More »

US-China trade war, big concern for global economy: ICCB

Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) – International Chamber of Commerce, Bangladesh (ICCB) has said the trade conflict between the United States and China is a major concern for global economy as the two countries are the world’s two biggest economies. “Trade and economic relations between the two countries are of great significance for world economy,” said the ICCB quoting the editorial ... Read More »

4 killed in overnight encounter in J&K’s Pulwama

India, Feb 18 (AP/UNB) — Four Indian soldiers, two suspected militants and a civilian were killed in a gunbattle in disputed Kashmir on Monday, officials said, further escalating tensions in the restive region. Another soldier was wounded in the gunbattle, which came after a local Kashmiri militant rammed an explosive-laden van into a paramilitary bus on Thursday, killing at least ... Read More »

Abu Dhabi arms fair opens amid Yemen war criticism

United Arab Emirates, Feb 18 (AP/UNB) — The United Arab Emirates’ yearslong war in Yemen alongside Saudi Arabia bled into the start of a biennial Abu Dhabi arms fair Sunday, which saw the Emirates sign $1.3 billion in weapons deals. One manufacturer displayed a model of a machine gun on sale that’s now in the hands of Emirati-backed militiamen in ... Read More »

Stop ragging on campus, demand JU teachers

Jahangirnagar University (Savar), Feb 17 (UNB) – A group of teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Sunday demanded that the university authorities take steps to stop physical and mental harassment of newcomers in the name of ragging on the campus.  The teachers under the banner of ‘Sammilita Shikkhak Samaj’ made the demand at a press conference in front of the ... Read More »

EVMs to be used in last phases of Bd UZ (sub-district) polls

Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) – Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Monday said Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in the last three phases of the countrywide upazila elections. “The upcoming upazila elections will be held in five phases. The EC has decided not to use EVMs in the first two phases. But, the machines will be used in ... Read More »

India, Nepal to ink agreement for biodiversity conservation

India and Nepal are all set to ink an agreement to cooperate on biodiversity conservation, including transboundary landscape management and focus on conservation of species like tigers, elephants and rhinos. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is expected to be signed before India’s upcoming parliamentary elections starts. India and Nepal allow free movement of their people across borders. The shared India-Nepal ... Read More »

600 thousand Rohingyas ‘exposed’ to cyclone risks: IFRC

Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) – International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has said an estimated 574,000 people in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya will face the coming cyclone seasons with only rotting bamboo and shredding plastic to protect them. After 18 months, it said, housing conditions have dramatically deteriorated, leaving people “worryingly exposed”. A Red Cross Red Crescent ... Read More »

Avijit murder case: Police prepare chargesheet accusing six

Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) – Police have prepared a chargesheet accusing six people, including sacked Major Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haque, a suspected coordinator of the banned militant outfit Ansar-Al-Islam, and Shafiur Rahman Farabi, in a case filed over the murder of blogger Avijit Roy. Monirul Islam, the chief of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTT) unit, came up with the information ... Read More »

Saudi crown prince arrives in Pakistan for regional visit

Islamabad, Feb 18 (AP/UNB) — Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began his four-day regional visit on Sunday, arriving in Pakistan where Saudi officials signed agreements worth $20 billion to help the Islamic nation overcome its financial crisis. Prime Minister Imran Khan and top government and military officials greeted him at Islamabad’s airport, where he received a 21-gun ... Read More »

Plan taken up to preserve historic Suhrawardy Udyan

Dhaka, Feb 17 (UNB) – The government has taken a mega plan over Suhrawardy Udyan to help the posterity know all the historic moments that it witnessed, including the historic March 7, 1971 speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Senior ruling party MP and former Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain disclosed it in ... Read More »

Enforcing labour standards via EU free-trade agreements

The European Union is an extremely active international actor in the area of trade, being widely involved in the negotiation and conclusion of free-trade agreements (FTAs) with partner countries.  Many of them, such as the CETA with Canada, the now aborted transatlantic TTIP or the EU-Japan FTA, made the news and spurred intense social debate. All new-generation free-trade agreements include ... Read More »

Young Tigers set record whitewashing England U-19

Chattogram, Feb 18 (UNB) – A brilliant century by two down batsman Mahmudual Hasan Joy guided the Young Tigers to the landmark of whitewashing England U-19 team in all three formats of cricket beating them by three wickets in the 2nd Youth Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here on Monday. Bangladesh U-19 team got off to a good ... Read More »

UAE wants to expand business in Bangladesh, PM Hasina told

Abu Dhabi, Feb 17 (UNB) – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) wants to expand its business in Bangladesh, especially investment in various sectors like energy, port and industrial zone, in a newer way, said its Economic Minister Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori on Sunday. The UAE minister expressed his country’s interest when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with a ... Read More »

Urgent steps’ needed to save Australia’s biggest river system

The viability of a key river that feeds into Australia’s biggest water system is under threat if poor conditions that killed millions of fish are not improved within six months. The scientists warned today. The management of the Murray-Darling River system, which stretches thousands of kilometres across several states and supplies Australia’s food bowl, has been under close scrutiny following ... Read More »

Pakistani women seek abortions as birth control

Pregnant, desperate, and poor, Pakistani mother Zameena faced a stark choice: risk her life by having a secret abortion, or risk her life bearing her husband a sixth child.In the end, she opted for the former, one of more than two million women a year to do so in a country where religious leaders are critical of family planning measures ... Read More »

Kangana to direct her own biopic

Kangana Ranaut impressed the audience as well as the critics with her act in her latest release Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. The actress not just mesmerized the audience with her acting skills but she also proved that she can direct well. Manikarnika was her first project as a director and she received a lot praise for it. Now it ... Read More »

Gully Boy records an impressive start at the box-office

Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, which also marks Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt’s first collaboration together, has finally hit the screens and has kick started its journey at the box-office on an impressive note. The film released on 14 February, on Valentine’s day, and has managed to collect a total of Rs.19.40 crore on its first day at the box-office. Even ... Read More »

Film ‘Jodi Ekdin’ to be released March 8

Entertainment Desk “Jodi Ekdin,” produced by Bengal Multimedia Limited, will be released on March 8 International Women’s Day, March 8. Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Raj directed the film. Bangladesh Film Censor Board cleared the film on January 31 without any edits. Bengal Multimedia Limited announced the release of the film with a press release. The Director of Bengal Multimedia Limited, who ... Read More »

Bahrain authorities trying to solve Bramco wages problem

Bahrain authorities have stepped in to resolve an ongoing unpaid wages row in a company, with labour officials handing over scores of passports back to the employees in the past week. Officials from both the Labour and Social Development Ministry and the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) are reportedly stationed at the Bramco Group labour camp in Askar, making a ... Read More »

Breaking Germany’s Coal Addiction

by Johan Rockström, 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, the ... Read More »