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Bangladesh faces challenge of winning overseas Tests

Dhaka – Bangladesh have played 51 overseas Tests and won just four of them. Ahead of another Test series away from home of the Tigers against New Zealand starting from February 28, a common question was raised- will Bangladesh be able to strengthen their overseas record in Tests? Bangladesh have lost the three-match ODI series against the same opponent ahead ... Read More »

Premier Cricket: Prime Bank, Sheikh Jamal advance to semifinals

Dhaka – With the back-to-back wins, Prime Bank Cricket Club and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club advanced to the semifinals of Dhaka Premier Division T20 Cricket League on Wednesday. Both the semifinals will be held on Friday (March 1) at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur with Sheikh Jamal DC taking on Shinepukur CC and Prime Bank CC playing against the ... Read More »

Premier Football: Saif SC beat Sheikh Jamal 3-0

Dhaka – Saif Sporting Club outplayed formidable Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club by 3-0 goals in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Wednesday. Saif SC played to a goalless draw with Chattogram Abahani Ltd in the last match in Mymensingh on Saturday. With the feat, Saif SC shared the 3rd slot in the league ... Read More »

Southeast Asia’s eastern hog deer found in Manipur, India

Researchers at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, had been, for long, puzzled by the features of hog deer at the Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) in Manipur. Although larger, with no speckling, and sporting a brighter ochre coat and bulkier antlers compared to the rest of their species India, these had hitherto assumed to be the western hog deer species. However, a genetic intervention ... Read More »

The impact of trade conflict on developing Asia

The 2018 trade conflict between the United States and the People’s Republic of China presents a stumbling block to the global manufacturing and international trade that has driven growth and prosperity in Asia. Findings suggest that if all documented threats and retaliations were to be carried out, gross domestic product would fall by around 1% in the People’s Republic of ... Read More »

Trump, Kim open 2nd nuke summit with handshake, smiles

Hanoi, Feb 27 (AP/UNB) — U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, leaders of nations with a long history of hostilities, opened their second summit Wednesday with smiles and friendly banter before sitting down for a dinner that will set the stage for difficult talks about North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. “I think it’ll lead to ... Read More »

FB pledges to follow Bangladesh culture, legal framework

Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) – Facebook authorities have pledged to follow the legal framework and culture of Bangladesh in publishing contents. They came up with the promise during a meeting with Tele Communication and ICT Minister Mostafa Jabbar at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona of Spain on Tuesday. The minister urged the FB authorities to take steps to ensure ... Read More »

UN envoy for political solution to Rohingya crisis

Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) – UN Secretary General’s Humanitarian Envoy Dr Ahmed Al Meraikhi on Wednesday laid emphasis on working together to find a political solution to Rohingya crisis saying humanitarian aid or action is not the only solution. “I think it’s very important to have a political solution…we have to work together,” he told reporters at a press conference ... Read More »

Khaleda seeks HC bail in Comilla arson case

Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) – BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed an appeal with the High Court seeking bail for her in a case filed over the killing of eight people in an arson attack on a bus in 2015 in Cumilla. On behalf of Khaleda Zia, her lawyer Kaisar Kamal filed the petition with the concerned bench of the HC ... Read More »

Hailstorm kills ‘several thousand birds’ in Narail

Narail, Feb 27 (UNB) – Several thousand birds, mostly migratory birds, were killed in ‘Anurima Eco Park’ at Panipara village of Kalia upazila in hailstorm accompanying rain that ripped through the country in last three days. Erfan Ahmed, the managing director of the Ecopark, said that heavy rainfall accompanied by stormy wind and hailstorm lashed Narail like other parts of the ... Read More »

Bangladesh needs to invest more to ensure quality education: WB

Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) – Bangladesh needs to invest more in education to improve its quality and do it more effectively to address its learning crisis, a World Bank report said on Wednesday. Despite Bangladesh’s remarkable success in bringing nearly all children to primary school, the education quality remains a concern, it said. Many young students in Bangladesh, as in ... Read More »

Pragmatic movement necessary to oust govt: Dr Moyeen

Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan on Wednesday said a pragmatic movement needs to be launched to ensure the fall of the current government. “The way the ruling party is running the country, no one is safe here now and no one has the right of freedom of expression. The government issues threats and files ... Read More »

Helicopter with 6 on board missing in Nepal’s mountains

Kathmandu, Feb 27 (AP/UNB) — Police say a helicopter with six people on board that was flying in bad weather is missing in Nepal’s mountainous region. Nepal Police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi says the helicopter lost contact with the airport tower in Kathmandu on Wednesday. Subedi says rescuers are searching for the chopper but the weather is making the operation ... Read More »

India not looking for escalation with Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 27 (AP/UNB) — India says it does not wish to see a further escalation of the situation with Pakistan and will continue to act with responsibility and restraint. This shortly after Pakistani police said mortar shells fired by Indian troops from across the frontier in the Himalayan region of Kashmir killed six civilians on Wednesday. India’s External Affairs ... Read More »

Police say Indian mortar shells kills 6 civilians in Kashmir

Pakistan, Feb 27 (AP/UNB) — Pakistani police say mortar shells fired by Indian troops from across the frontier in the Himalayan region of Kashmir have struck homes, killing six civilians and wounding several others amid increasing tensions between the two South Asian nuclear rivals. Local police official Mohammad Altaf says six people, including children, were killed Wednesday in Kotli village ... Read More »

Pakistani PM Khan calls for talks with India

Islamabad, Feb 27 (AP/UNB) —  Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has extended an offer to Indian Prime Minister Nerendra Modi for talks to de-escalate rising tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. Khan says that war benefits neither nation and that he hopes “better sense can prevail.” In a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, Khan says Pakistan is “ready ... Read More »

Pakistan says it downed 2 Indian warplanes, captured pilot

Muzaffarabad, Feb 27 (AP/UNB) — Pakistan’s air force shot down two Indian warplanes after they crossed the boundary between the two nuclear-armed rivals in the disputed territory of Kashmir on Wednesday and captured one Indian pilot, a military spokesman said. The dramatic escalation came hours after Pakistan said mortar shells fired by Indian troops from across the frontier dividing the ... Read More »

India: Pakistan engaging in cross-border fire

Islamabad, Feb 26 (AP/UNB) —India says Pakistani soldiers are firing mortar shells and small-arms fire along the boundary separating Pakistan’s and India’s sector of control in the disputed region of Kashmir. Lt. Col. Devender Anand, an Indian army spokesman, says Pakistani troops are carrying out an “unprovoked” violation of the 2003 cease-fire along the so-called Line of Control by firing ... Read More »

Aircraft hijack bid an isolated incident: Police IG

Rangamati, Feb 26 (UNB) – Terming the bid to hijack a Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft an isolated incident, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary on Tuesday claimed that the country’s law-and-order situation is better than any time in the past. He came up with the remarks after inaugurating newly constructed arsenal, three thana bhabans and one police ... Read More »

Nine BNP leaders expelled

Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) – Nine grassroots BNP leaders have been expelled from the party on charge of violating its discipline. They are Panchagarh Sadar upazila BNP president Abu Daud Prodhan, its Pirojpur’s Kawkhali upazila joint secretary Kafi Chowdhury, women affairs secretary Fatema Yesmin Popy, South Sunamganj upazila president Farroque Ahmed, Sunamganj district BNP vice president Anisul Haque, Sunamganj district ... Read More »

30 years ago European Walls were destroyed

STOCKHOLM / ROME, Feb 25 2019 (IPS) – On January 25, 2017, the Trump administration signed Executive Order 13767, instructing the Government to begin new constructions and replacements of walls between the US and Mexico. From December 22, 2018 to January 25, 2019, the federal government was partially shut down due to President Trump’s declared intention to veto any spending bill that ... Read More »

Survivors protest sexual, gender violence in India

NEW DELHI, Feb 26 2019 (IPS) – In an historic first, thousands of people participated in a 10,000-kilometre long Dignity March across India to raise awareness about sexual violence, bring an end to stigma faced by survivors, and highlight the barriers women and children face in accessing justice. Covering 200 districts in 24 states, the March began in Mumbai on December 20 and ... Read More »

Two killed, houses razed in BD localised Nor’Westers

Dhaka, Feb 26 – An elderly man was killed in hailstorm in Satkhira while another man died in a lightning strike in Brahmanbaria as localised storms struck during transition of season on Tuesday. The deceased were identified as Zamshed Ali, 70, resident of Khashpur village in Kolaroa Upazila of Satkhira, and Shamsul Alam, 32, hailing from Chhoygaon village in Barhatta ... Read More »

Fuel loading at unit-2 of Novovoronezh NPP-2 in Russia ends

Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation has announced the successful completion of the fuel loading at Unit-2 of Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Plant-2. The Unit 2 is scheduled to become operational by the end of 2019. It is one of the reference units of under-construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh. Equipped with the “Generation 3+” VVER-1200 reactor, the first batch ... Read More »

EU Del to Bangladesh condole Chawkbazar fire victims

“The EU Delegation expresses its heartfelt condolences for all those affected by the fire which occurred at Old Dhaka’s Chawkbazar on 20 February. Our thoughts are with the Government and people of Bangladesh as well as with the bereaved families and friends of the victims during such difficult time. The EU Delegation wishes speedy recovery of those injured in the ... Read More »

Production Warrant issued against jailed Khaleda

Dhaka, Feb 26 – The Special Judge’s Court-2 of Dhaka on Tuesday issued a production warrant (PW) against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia to appear before the court on March 13 in the Barapukuria coalmine graft case. Judge ASM Ruhul Imran issued the order after hearing an appeal of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday. Of the accused, Motiur Rahman ... Read More »

Dhaka Bar Association election begins Wednesday

Dhaka, Feb 26 – Voting in the two-day polls to elect the office bearers for 2019-2020 of Dhaka Bar Association, kicks off on Wednesday. Seven thousand eight hundred ninety seven voters are expected to cast their vote, starting from 9 am and that ends at 5 pm with one-hour break. A total of 57 candidates will vie for 27 posts. ... Read More »

Investigation on in Biman hijack attempt case

Dhaka, Feb 26 – The Investigation Officer (IO) of the reported Biman aircraft hijack case on Tuesday seized the Bangladesh Biman Airlines BG-147 and wanted the black box as the evidence of the case lodged on Monday with Patenga police station Chattogram by Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) over the attempt of hijacking the plane on Sunday. Earlier yesterday ... Read More »

Woes of relatives awaiting identification of 19 more bodies

Dhaka, Feb 26 – To identify untraced Nurul Haq, his elder brother Aynul Haq has given DNA samples to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police. Outside Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) with sad eyes, he told journalists that he gave blood and saliva to the CID forensic team on Friday. “They (CID team) haven’t given any information on regard ... Read More »