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Media boot camp begins at Rajshahi University

Rajshahi, March 08 – A three-day Media Tech Challenge Boot Camp-2019, jointly organized by Mass-communication and Journalism department (MCJ), Computer Science and Engineering department (CSE) of Rajshahi University and Deutsche Welle (DW) Academy of Germany began on campus on Friday. Chairman of MCJ department Prof A Abdul Mamun, Chairman of CSE department Prof Bimol Kumar Pramanik, Project Manager of Asian ... Read More »

Sultan Mansur deceived People by disobeying party of origin

Dhaka, March 08 – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir thinks that Sultan Muhammad Mansur, who took part in the December 30 parliamentary elections, undermined him by taking oath as an MP bypassing the decision of opposition alliance Jatiya Oikyafront. “Mansur has undermined him to the people…Joining a parliamentary within elected representatives, he (Mansur) not only undermined him, he ... Read More »

A quarter of eligible countries haven’t accessed Green Fund

Interesting findings surface in the evaluation of Green Fund’s readiness programme Kathmandu/New Delhi, 8 March (Prerna Bomzan and Indrajit Bose) – At the 22nd Board meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) held in Songdo, South Korea from 26-28 February, the findings and recommendations by the Fund’s Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU) of the GCF’s Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme (RPSP) ... Read More »

Can Zuckerberg really make a privacy-friendly Facebook?

San Francisco, Mar 8 (AP/UNB) — After building a social network that turned into a surveillance system, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he’s shifting his company’s focus to messaging services designed to serve as fortresses of privacy. Instead of just being the network that connects everyone, Facebook wants to encourage small groups of people to carry on encrypted conversations that ... Read More »

Women extremely oppressed in Bangladesh: Fakhrul

Dhaka, Mar 8 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday alleged that women are being seriously repressed in the country as the government ‘usurped power by snatching people’s all rights’. “The Women’s Day is being observed in Bangladesh today (Friday) where women are being extremely oppressed,” he told a human chain programme.  The BNP leader also ... Read More »

Break the menstrual taboo

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, Mar 8 2019 (IPS) – It is time to rise up and fight a long-neglected taboo: menstruation. Marking International Women’s Day, United Nations human rights experts called on the international community to break taboos around menstruation, noting its impacts on women and girls’ human rights. “Persistent harmful socio-cultural norms, stigma, misconceptions and taboos around menstruation, continue ... Read More »

Buriganga River boat capsize: Woman’s body recovered

Keraniganj, Mar 8 (UNB) – The body of a woman, who went missing along with five other members of her family following a boat capsize in the Buriganga River in the city’s Sadarghat area on Thursday, was recovered from the river near Mill Barrack Police Lines area here on Friday. The deceased was identified as Jamshida, 20 of Sakhipur in ... Read More »

Antibiotic free meat, eggs by 2030: Bd farmers

Dhaka, Mar 8 (UNB) – President of Bangladesh Poultry Industries Central Council (BPICC) Mashiur Rahman on Friday said they were working to produce antibiotic-free meat and eggs by 2030. “A number of initiatives are underway. The use of antibiotic in the poultry industry has started to come down. Huge probiotics and prebiotics are being imported now,” he said while addressing ... Read More »

Whistleblowers directive still needs to change

The European Union’s proposal for a directive to protect whistleblowers is reaching the final stages of its legislative journey. Major changes must however be made to the directive, even at this late stage, for the legislation to serve the citizen and encourage the reporting of wrongdoing within European companies and other organisations. For many years, Eurocadres has lobbied hard for ... Read More »

Candidates busy campaigning ahead of Ducsu polls

Dhaka, Mar 5 (UNB) – Candidates contesting the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) polls are busy trying to woo voters. The election, being held after 28 years, is scheduled for March 11. Candidates from various student organisations, alliances and independent forums are distributing leaflets and seeking votes. According to the final list published on Sunday, 229 candidates are vying for ... Read More »

Doctors thinking of bypass surgery on Quader

Dhaka, Mar 5 (UNB) – Doctors at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore are considering conducting a bypass surgery on ailing minister Obaidul Quader, said a Bangladeshi physician on Tuesday. He, however, said it will take some time as Quader has slight problems in his kidneys and developed infections. A medical board constituted with Dr Koh Siam Soon Philip, a senior ... Read More »

Khaleda Zia to be in BSMMU hospital soon: Minister

Dhaka, Mar 5 (UNB) – BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, jailed in a corruption case, will soon be taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for medical tests, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on Tuesday. Shortly after a meeting with senior BNP leaders at his Secretariat office, the minister also said the former prime minister has been receiving “the best ... Read More »

Scientists discover different kind of killer whale off Chile

Washington, Mar 8 (AP/UNB) — For decades, there were tales from fishermen and tourists, even lots of photos, of a mysterious killer whale that just didn’t look like all the others, but scientists had never seen one. Now they have. An international team of researchers says they found a couple dozen of these distinctly different orcas roaming in the oceans ... Read More »

Int’l Women’s Day needs to return to its radical roots

ACCRA/MONTEVIDEO, Mar 5 2019 (IPS) – The theme for International Women’s Day this year doesn’t resonate with us. #BalanceForBetter brings to mind slow gradual change, and assumes that if you provide women and girls with equal access then the society will automatically be better. We know that’s false. Access to a broken capitalist system that privileges the richest 1% over the rest of the ... Read More »

The future women want: Free of violence

KAMPALA, Mar 6 2019 (IPS) – Bakera excelled in school. As a girl who grew up in a rural, poor community, she had, against all odds, realized her education goals and was elated to go to the capital city, Kampala where she would now work. She had studied Statistics – a field where women were few. She knew many girls and ... Read More »

Ducsu polls suspense: Demand for extending voting hours

Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) – Claiming that some 43,000 voters will not be able to cast their votes within only six hours, some candidates in the elections to Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) and hall unions on Thursday demanded extending the voting time. Students will exercise their franchise on March 11 from 8am to 2pm to choose their representatives ... Read More »

Women still struggle globally to find jobs: ILO

Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) – Women’s job opportunities have barely improved globally since the early 1990s, UN labour experts said on Thursday, warning that female workers are still penalised for having children and looking after them. Released on the eve of International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, the International Labour Organization (ILO) report found that 1.3 billion women were ... Read More »

Boat sinks in Dhaka’s Buriganga River: 6 of a family missing

Keraniganj, Mar 7 (UNB) – Six members of a family went missing when a boat capsized in the Buriganga River after being hit by a launch in the city’s Sadarghat area on Thursday night. The boat sank near the Sadarghat Launch Terminal around 10pm as the launch, ‘MV Suravi-7’ hit it, said Abdur Razzak, officer-in-charge of Sadarghat River Police Station. ... Read More »

New mothers suffer nerves, guilt as maternity leave ends

Many new mothers worldwide express anxiety and guilt about leaving their babies to return to work, and some worry their nations’ maternity policies reflect societies that value productivity over raising children. In a series of interviews for Reuters ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, mothers from the United States to Uruguay to South Africa to Singapore told of ... Read More »

BP problem rising in youth

Increasing blood pressure is now becoming a common matter. This problem is very noticeable at any age . Although many familiar reasons are known, the mass people are not aware of the exact reason. . When blood pressure increases, it is called hypertension. It is common to see that due to genetic factors, due to various diseases, food irregularities, and ... Read More »

Tamim ‘fully fit’ to play Wellington Test

Sports Desk While Mushfiqur Rahim’s availability for the second Test looks extremely doubtful, Bangladesh can heave a sigh of relief that opener Tamim Iqbal gained his full fitness ahead of the Wellington Test,beginning today. Tamim Iqbal felt some pain in the groin while fielding just after the first Test in Hamilton. Even though it was not considered to be a ... Read More »

Historic March 7 observed in Chatttogram

Chattogram Bureau The Historic March 7, is being observed in Chattogram and its adjacent districts in a befitting manner with fresh vow to materialize the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman yesterday. On this day in 1971, great leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered his epoch-making speech of independence at the Race Course Maidan, now Suhrawardy ... Read More »

MMR vaccine doesn’t cause autism

A study following more than 650,000 Danish children for over a decade has led researchers to the same conclusion as previous efforts: the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine does not increase a child’s risk of autism. The study, which followed all Danish children born between 1999 and 2010 until 2013, compared the number of vaccinated and unvaccinated kids who were ... Read More »

Huawei accuses US of hacking its servers, stealing emails

Chinese telecom giant Huawei accused the US government on Thursday of hacking its servers and stealing company emails. Rotating chairman Guo Ping did not provide further details about the allegations, which he made as he announced a lawsuit against US legislation barring American federal agencies from buying Huawei products. The US government “has hacked our servers and stolen our emails ... Read More »

Group watercolour exhibition at Galleri Kaya

Entertainmne3t Desk A group watercolour exhibition titled “Soaked in Paper” is now on at Galleri Kaya in Uttara. The exhibition features watercolour by renowned and promising Bangladeshi artists like Murtaja Baseer, Hashem Khan, Rafiqun Nabi, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Chandra Shekhar Dey, Ratan Majumder, Jamal Ahmed, Kazi Rakib, Ranjit Das, Ahmed Shamsuddoha, Masuda Kazi, Goutam Chakraborty, Mohammad Iqbal, Aloptogin Tushar, Anisuzzaman Anis, ... Read More »

Celebration of Int’l Women’s Day at Australian High Commission in Dhaka

Culture Desk International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate and reflect on progress made but also to recommit to addressing persistent barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment. The all female leadership team at the Australian High Commission, High Commissioner Julia Niblett, Deputy High Commissioner Penny Morton and Senior Corporate Officer and Consul Sanuki Jayarajah, are driving change through ... Read More »

Peru opens military base to protect Amazon from deforestation

Peru opened a military base in the Amazon on Tuesday in a bid to tackle illegal mining, the main culprit for deforestation in the world’s largest rainforest. “The government has taken the political decision to be present in this region to eradicate illegal mining,” said Defense Minister Jose Huerta at the inauguration of the base in the Tambopata nature reserve. ... Read More »

Youths in hundreds join Joy Bangla Concert reviving historic March 7

Culture Desk Wearing colorful t-shirts and paper-made bracelets youths in hundreds have joined the long-awaited youth-centric annual “Joy Bangla Concert”, the largest musical extravaganza, at the Bangladesh Army Stadium that started yesterday afternoon. The concert is being staged on a red-letter day when the nation is observing the historic 7th March commemorating the landmark speech by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ... Read More »