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Austrian FM Karin Kneissl pays tribute to language martyrs

Dhaka, Feb 20 – Austria wants to boots its bilateral cooperation with Bangladesh in various sectors especially in trade and investment, technology transfer and start a direct international flight between Dhaka and Vienna. Visiting Austrian foreign minister Karin Kneissl on Wednesday came up with the statements after holding a bilateral talk with Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen at the ... Read More »

13 hurt as train hits picnic bus in Chattogram

Chattogram, Feb 20 (UNB) – At least 13 people were injured as a Chattogram- bound train hit a picnic bus  carrying students and guardians of a madrasha on a level crossing near the Eco -Park in Sitakundu upazila on Wednesday. Eleven of the injured were identified as Daud, 45, Shirin Aktar Kamal, 45, Masuda Begum, 44, Muzahid, 10, Farzana Aktar ... Read More »

Wake up and smell the organic coffee

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Feb 20 2019 (IPS) – In 1992, the idea of replanting her father’s ruined coffee farm seemed foolhardy at the time. But in retrospect it was the best business decision that Dorienne Rowan-Campbell, an international development consultant and broadcast journalist, could have made. Nearly three decades later, Rowan-Campbell grows organic coffee on her two hectare, Rowan’s Royale farm. The nearly ... Read More »

PM for protection, practice of own languages

Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday stressed the importance of protection and practice of own languages and cultures for making a healthy environment for the future generation. “It’s our duty to protect, exercise and take forward our independence, language rights and culture as well as create a decent environment for the next generation,” she said ... Read More »

Sabbir’s ton goes in vain as Bangladesh suffer clean sweep

Dhaka – Sabbir Rahman hit his first international century on Wednesday at Dunedin but Bangladesh failed to avoid a clean sweep against the hosts New Zealand. The Tigers suffered a big loss of 88 runs after losing first two matches by eight wickets each, and subsequently, they lost the series 3-0. The New Zealanders posted 330 for six wickets in ... Read More »

Bangladesh need to end poor show ahead of World Cup: Mashrafe

Dhaka – Bangladesh started their tour with lots of expectations and hope of winning their maiden ODI series in New Zealand. But they ended up losing all three matches. The Tigers lost the third and final match by 88 runs. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the captain, said they have to find a way to perform better, with the World Cup just ... Read More »

Grouping of the Premier League T20 Cricket finalised

Dhaka – The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) on Wednesday finalised the grouping of the Dhaka Premier Division T20 Cricket League (DPDCL). CCDM Chairman Kazi Inam Ahmed announced the grouping of the 12 teams at the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) office in Mirpur. “We have finalised the four groups of the upcoming T20 edition of DPDCL scheduled to start ... Read More »

BCL Football: Dhaka City FC beats Wari Club 2-0

Dhaka – Dhaka City FC earned a 2-0 goal victory over old horse Wari Club in the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football at the Kamalapur Stadium here on Wednesday. After a barren first, Aurangocheb scored the first goal for Dhaka City FC in the 60th minute while Munna confirmed the victory adding one more goal for Dhaka City FC in ... Read More »

It is time to restore the wage share

Old economic ‘truths’ are being re-evaluated by economists and international organisations. Obsolete thoughts—such as that an equal income distribution is a threat to growth—have been replaced by a growing concern about widening income gaps and their negative consequences for macroeconomic performance and political stability. It should now be clear to everyone that inequality is bad for business and becomes a ... Read More »

8 burned as city bus catches fire from leaked gas pipeline

Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – At least eight people suffered burn injuries as a bus caught fire from a leaked gas pipeline in the city’s Dhanmondi area on Wednesday afternoon. Mizanur Rahman, duty officer at the Fire Service Central Control Room, said the bus went up in flames as soon as it stopped in front of Sunrise Plaza at Dhanmondi-27 ... Read More »

Dhaka’s air quality unhealthy; world’s 5th worst

Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka ranked fifth on Wednesday in the AirVisual Index of the world’s cities with the worst air quality. In the real-time air quality ranking, Dhaka scored 164 on Wednesday and classified as “unhealthy”, according to AirVisual. On Tuesday, Dhaka remained on top of the air quality index for some time scoring 361 and ... Read More »

Nation pays homage to language martyrs Thursday

Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – The nation is set to pay rich tributes to the martyrs of the 1952 historic Language Movement with the clock striking 00.01am on Thursday, marking ‘Amar Ekushey’, the Language Martyrs’ Day and International Mother Language Day. The great Language Movement, a significant event in the nation’s history, was aimed at establishing the right of the ... Read More »

BNP wants Jamaat to apologise for 1971 role

Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan on Wednesday said Jamaat-e-Islami should apologise to the nation for its anti-liberation war role in 1971. Talking to reporters after placing a wreath at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave, he also said their party wants the trial and punishment of all the anti-liberation war elements. “Offering apology by ... Read More »

PM hands over Ekushey Award to 21 eminent citizens

Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday distributed coveted Ekushey Padak-2019 among 21 eminent citizens for their contributions to their respective fields. The Prime Minister handed over the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award in Bangladesh, to the awardees or their family members at a function organised by Cultural Affairs Ministry at Bangabandhu International Conference ... Read More »

Sci-fi fantasy ‘Alita’ tops N. American box office

Entertainment Desk Fox’s new sci-fi fantasy “Alita: Battle Angel” dominated the North American box office charts over the four- day holiday weekend, earning $33.5 million, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said today. The futuristic film, which stars Rosa Salazar voicing “Alita,” a cyborg almost more human than machine, is a computer-animated adaptation of a Japanese cyberpunk manga story. Directed by Robert ... Read More »

Three suspected drug traders killed in ‘gunfights’

Dhaka, Feb 20 – Three suspected drug traders were killed in separate ‘gunfights’ in the capital, Cox’s Bazar and Benapole early Wednesday. Of them, two ‘drug traders’ were killed in separate ‘gunfights’ with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Border Guad Bangladesh (BGB) while the bullet-hit body of another alleged drug trader was found in Benapole. In the capital, ... Read More »

Dr Kamal welcomes Razzaq’s call for Jamaat to apologise

Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Tuesday welcomed Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdur Razzaq’s call to the Islamic party to apologise over its anti-liberation war role in 1971. “I welcome the call for seeking apology by Jamaat,” he said. Dr Kamal, also the president of Gono Forum, came up with the remark while talking to reporters ... Read More »

Pakistani PM willing to talk but warns India not to attack

Islamabad, Feb 20 (AP/UNB) — Pakistan’s prime minister offered to hold talks with India, even as he warned New Delhi to refrain from launching any attacks on his country following last week’s suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Imran Khan said he hoped “better sense” would prevail after the attack on a paramilitary convoy that killed at least 40 Indian troops. ... Read More »

Bangladesh PM Hasina returns home from Abu Dhabi

Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Wednesday morning, wrapping up her weeklong visit to Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 6:28am. The flight departed Abu Dhabi International Airport for Dhaka at early ... Read More »

Sexual violence surging in South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 19 2019 (IPS) – Women and girls continue to face the brunt of violence in the northern region of South Sudan with persistently high and brutal levels of sexual violence, a new report found. Despite the signing of a peace deal nearly five months ago, United Nations investigators have found an “endemic” rise in cases of sexual violence in South Sudan’s Unity ... Read More »

The hidden drama of domestic workers: Roma the movie

STOCKHOLM / ROME, Feb 18 2019 (IPS) – Roma, a 2018 Mexican film written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, is currently on a triumphal journey through the world. It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, the best director and best foreign language film at the Golden Globe Awards, best director and best picture at the Critics´ Choice Awards, best film, best direction and best ... Read More »

যুগ-চাহিদা অনুযায়ী মাদরাসা সিলেবাসকে ঢেলে সাজাতে হবে

দারুল উলূম দেওবন্দের সিলেবাস রাসূল সা. এর মিশনকে সামনে রেখে প্রণয়ন করা হয়েছে। ফলে এ সিলেবাসের মাধ্যমে যুগে যুগে অসংখ্য যুগশ্রেষ্ঠ ব্যক্তিত্ব সৃষ্টি হয়েছে। তবে সময়ের পরিবর্তনে দেওবন্দের সিলেবাসের মূল বিষয়াদি ঠিক রেখে কওমী মাদরাসার শিক্ষা সিলেবাসে সংযোজন ও বিয়োজন করতে হবে। তাই যুগ-চাহিদা অনুযায়ী কওমী মাদরাসার সিলেবাসকে ঢেলে সাজাতে হবে। এক্ষেত্রে লক্ষনীয় বিষয় হলো আমাদের সিলেবাস অধ্যায়নকারীরা যেন রাষ্ট্রীয় ... Read More »

ডাকসু নির্বাচনে ইশা ছাত্র আন্দোলনের মনোনয়নপত্র সংগ্রহ

আসন্ন ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় কেন্দ্রীয় ছাত্র সংসদ (ডাকসু) নির্বাচন ২০১৯ এ মনোনয়ন পত্র সংগ্রহ করে ইসলামী শাসনতন্ত্র ছাত্র আন্দোলন । র্দীঘ ২৯ বছর পর অনুষ্ঠিতব্য ডাকসু নির্বাচনের মনোনয়ন পত্র বিতরণরে প্রথম দিনইে ইসলামী শাসনতন্ত্র ছাত্র আন্দোলন সর্মথিত ভিপি পদে বিশ্বর্ধম ও সংস্কৃতি বিভাগে অধ্যয়নরত র্সূযসনে হলের শিক্ষার্থী ঢাবি শাখার সাবকে সভাপতি এস এম আতায়ে রাব্বী এবং ঢাবি শাখার সাধারণ সম্পাদক যোগাযোগ ... Read More »

Dhaka Land Acquisition Officer sent to jail

Dhaka, Feb 19 – Land acquisition officer of Dhaka Deputy Commissioner’s office and six others were yesterday sent to the jail in five cases filed against them for misappropriating Tk 2 crore making forged documents. The accused persons are Land Acquisition Officer Chowdhury Golam Mortuja and six others whose identity is yet to be detected They surrendered before the court ... Read More »

Shipping Ex-Chief Engineer indicted

Dhaka, Feb 19 – Former Department of Shipping Chief Engineer Dr SM Nazmul Haque was on Tuesday indicated in a graft case. Judge of Special Judge Court-6 Dr Sheikh Golam Mambub passed an order to frame charge sheet against SM Nazmul Haque on Tuesday. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) arrested Nazmul Haque while taking bribe at a hotel in Dhaka’s Segunbagicha ... Read More »