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Trade unions tackling populism

‘The Andalusians have made history,’ said the national Vox party leader, Santiago Abascal, on election night in the Spanish region in December, claiming a ‘triumph’. This was the most recent success for a far-right populist party entering a democratically elected parliament in Europe. Asylum policy and unemployment, especially among young people, were the dominant themes in the election campaign, with the losers ... Read More »

Modern day slavery world’s largest single crime industry

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 2019 (IPS) – After an exhaustive study of modern day slavery, the Geneva-based International Labour Organization (ILO) concluded there are over 40 million people who are victims of slavery, including 25 million in forced labour and 15 million in forced marriages – with at least 71 percent of them comprising women and girls. The current figures are ... Read More »

Dr Kamal slams govt for loss of lives in Chawkbazar fire

Dhaka – Jatiya Oikyafront Convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Tuesday blamed the government’s irresponsible role for the Chawkbazar fire as it did not take any step in compliance with a High Court order to make the Old Dhaka safe for people after the deadly Nimtoli fire incident in 2010. “After the Nimtoli fire incident nine years ago, the High Court ... Read More »

World’s youth are being left behind

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 22 2019 (IPS) – Globally, youth are being left behind in education and employment, threatening the future vision of sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous societies. In a new report, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) highlight the need to pay attention to and invest in youth as they are critical to building the world’s future including by helping ... Read More »

Pakistan says Indian aircraft bomb its territory

Peshawar, Feb 26 (AP/UNB) — Pakistan says India launched an airstrike on its territory early Tuesday that caused no casualties, while India said it targeted a terrorist training camp in a pre-emptive strike that killed a “very large number” of militants. The overnight raid was the latest escalation between the nuclear-armed rivals since a deadly militant attack in the disputed ... Read More »

Federer wins in Dubai to begin latest bid for 100th title

Dubai(AP/UNB) – Roger Federer’s latest attempt to win his 100th ATP singles title made a shaky start at the Dubai Championships where he overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Monday. Federer entered the first-round match with a 13-0 record against the German, and broke in the first game to run through the first set. But Kohlschreiber forced a third ... Read More »

Light earthquake felt in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) – The light tremor, measuring 4.1 magnitude on the Richter scale, was felt in different parts of the country including the capital on Tuesday morning. The epicenter of the quake was in Gazipur at 10:50am, said the Met office. However, no damage or casualty was reported by the tremor till filling of the report around 11:55 ... Read More »

Curtain falls on TRESemmé Fashion Week

Dhaka, Feb 25 (UNB) – The three-day long TRESemmé Bangladesh Fashion Week 2019 showcasing the works of fashion designers of home and abroad came to an end on Monday.  The event, arranged by TRESemmé, an American luxury brand took place at Bashundhara International Convention City.  Starting on Saturday, it displayed works of 19 Bangladeshi and 11 international designers of Asia. ... Read More »

Gazi Group win rain-hit game against BKSP

Dhaka – Gazi Group Cricketers won their first match of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) T20 on Tuesday at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium against Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan by 27 runs. BKSP won the toss and bowled first in the rain-interrupted match which was played in 10 overs each side. Gazi posted 123/4 but BKSP managed to score ... Read More »

Nielsen: 29.6 million viewers for Oscars, up from 2018

New York, Feb 26 (AP/UNB) — The Oscars ended its four-year streak of dwindling viewership, reaching 29.6 million on Sunday to beat last year’s audience by 12 percent, but it still represents the second-smallest audience in the award show’s history. The 2018 show had reached only 26.5 million viewers, a figure that set off alarm bells at ABC and the ... Read More »

Biman ‘hijacker’ buried in Narayanganj

Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) – The alleged hijacker of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight, Polash Ahmed, was buried at Dudhghata village in Sonargaon upazila on Tuesday morning. He was buried around 9:10, said his father Piyar Jahan. Earlier on Monday night, his father was taken to Chattogram to identify his son’s body, said Jahidul Islam, assistant commissioner of Karnaphuli Zonal ... Read More »

3 sued in Bd for ‘embezzling’ Tk 1.33 bln from AB Bank

Chattogram, Feb 26 (UNB) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday filed a case against three people, including an incumbent and a former officer of Arab-Bangladesh Bank, for allegedly embezzling Tk 133 crore from the bank. ACC Assistant Director Mohammad Sirajul Haque filed the case with Halishahar police, said ACC Deputy Director (HR) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya. The accused are – ... Read More »

Bd govt planning to 30% permanent prosecutors

Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) – The government is going to introduce independent prosecution service and appoint 30 percent of the prosecutors on permanent basis, Law Minister Anisul Huq said on Tuesday “Currently, prosecutors are temporarily appointed based on political considerations. We want to appoint 30 percent prosecutors permanently and 70 percent politically,” he said. The government has taken an initiative ... Read More »

JU teachers demand dean election

Jahangirnagar University, Feb 26 (UNB)- A group of Jahangirnagar University (JU) teachers have demanded dean election as tenures of all deans have already expired. The last dean election was held on May 10, 2016. A representative team of ‘Sammilito Shikkhak Samaj’ met JU Vice-Chancellor Professor Farzana Islam at her office around 11am on Tuesday with their demands. They staged a ... Read More »

NBR awards top 10 VAT payers at DITF

Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) – The National Board of Revenue (NBR) on Tuesday honoured 10 firms for depositing large amounts of value-added tax (VAT) from sales at this year’s Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) that wrapped up on February 9. NBR Chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan handed over the awards to the representatives of the companies at a ceremony at ... Read More »

Govt conspiring to push Khaleda to death: BNP

Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday alleged that the government is conspiring to push its seriously sick chairperson Khaleda Zia to death by depriving her of medical treatment in jail. “The medial board examined our leader (Khaleda) on Sunday after nearly three and a half months following a court order. They [board] ... Read More »

Bangla Academy announces ‘Gunijon Sahitya Puroskar’

Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) – Bangla Academy announced the list of winners of its “Gunijon Sahitya Puroskar” chosen from among the publishing houses participating at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair. The awards will be handed over to the winners on the closing day of the month-long fair on February 28, said a press release of Bangla academy issued on Sunday ... Read More »

Jobs for Chawkbazar victims, families mulled: Minister

Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) – The government is planning to provide jobs to survivors and family members of Chawkbazar fire victims, said Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed on Tuesday. “Chawkbazar fire is a tragic incident,” he said after visiting the blaze victims at Burn Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). “We’ve been providing compensations to the families of the ... Read More »

Myanmar not upholding deal over Rohingya repatriation: PM

Dhaka, Feb 25 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Myanmar is not working as per its commitment with Bangladesh on the repatriation of Rohingyas to their homeland in Rakhine. The Prime Minister said this when US couple — Paul Connett and Ellen Connett — who received Bangladesh’s “Friends of Liberation War Honour” met her at her Jatiya Sangsad ... Read More »

PM urges expatriates to invest in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said Bangladesh expatriates can come up with their investment in the country’s 100 economic zones alongside foreign investors. “We’re setting up 100 economic zones. Not only the foreigners, but also our expatriates should invest there…we hope that as we’ve created scopes for the expatriates to make investment (in the ... Read More »

Jamaat men to be tried for 1971 roles: Minister

Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) – No matter how much the Jamaat-e-Islami is reformed, its members will be put on trial if they committed war crimes in 1971, Law Minister Anisul Huq said on Tuesday. “We’re trying to conduct trials of war criminals,” he said after Muktodhara Foundation handed over a letter from New York governor announcing September 25 as ‘Bangladesh ... Read More »

The biodiversity crucial for our food, agri is disappearing

Rome – FAO News Release – The first-ever report of its kind presents mounting and worrying evidence that the biodiversity that underpins our food systems is disappearing – putting the future of our food, livelihoods, health and environment under severe threat. Once lost, warns FAO’s State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture report, launched today, biodiversity for food ... Read More »

The unbearable unrealism of the present

by Paul Mason on 25th February 2019 @paulmasonnews What characterises the present moment in history is a pervasive sense of unrealism among elites. Official discourses are no longer used as guides to action, laws are not applied and regulations are ignored. The ultimate symbol of the unrealism in the world is contained in two graphs. The first is the projection ... Read More »

Unwanted people of Burma: Tropical Srebrenica in Pagoda land

By Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim Geneva, Feb 22 (IPS) – The massacre of Srebrenica will enter human history as one of our darkest chapters. From 11 to 22 July 1995, Bosnian Serb military forces massacred approximately 8,000 Muslim Bosniaks. It became the largest massacre committed on European soil since the end of the Second World War. In November ... Read More »

বিমান ছিনতাই প্রমাণ করে আইন-শৃঙ্খলা পরিস্থিতি নাজুক -আইএবি

ইসলামী আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশ-এর মহাসচিব অধ্যক্ষ মাওলানা ইউনুছ আহমাদ বলেছেন, বিভিন্ন ঘটনায় সরকারের ব্যর্থতা ক্রমেই ফুটে উঠছে। সরকারের ব্যর্থতায় ১০ বছর আগে পিলখানার হত্যাকান্ড সংঘটিত হয়েছিল। এভাবে বিভিন্ন ঘটনার মোড়কে জনগণকে জিম্মি করা হচ্ছে। কত মায়ের বুক খালি হচ্ছে, কত পরিবার নিঃস্ব হয়েছে সে হিসেব সরকারকে একদিন দিতে হবে। তিনি বলেন, চকবাজারের অগ্নিকান্ড ট্রাজেডীর জন্যও সরকারের ব্যর্থতা দায়ী। নিমতলীর ট্রাজেডীর পর ... Read More »

Dispose of Khaleda’s Barapukuia case in 6 months: HC

Dhaka, Feb 25 – The High Court Division on Monday ordered the subordinate court to dispose of the Barapukuria coalmine graft case against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and 10 others within six months. The High Court bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order after rejecting a petition filed by Barrister Aminul ... Read More »

Peelkhana carnage masterminds not yet identified: BNP

Dhaka, Feb 25 – The BNP on Monday alleged that the masterminds behind the killings in the BDR mutiny yet to be identified as the investigative report carried out by the army was not made public. “None of the investigations carried out over the BDR munity was made public. Particularly, the investigation report of the army is yet to disclose ... Read More »