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BNP demands exemplary punishment of Nusrat’s killers

Dhaka, Apr 11 (UNB) – Demanding exemplary punishment of those who killed madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi by setting her on fire, BNP on Thursday said social injustice has marked an alarming rise as a result of dangerous misrule by the current ‘illegal’ regime. In a condolence message, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also said people have now ... Read More »

WikiLeaks’ Assange arrested at Ecuador embassy in London

London, Apr 11 (AP/UNB) — Police in London say they’ve arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy on a court warrant dating back to 2012. In a statement Thursday, police said Assange has been taken into “custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as is ... Read More »

Tearful adieu to Feni madrasa girl Nusrat

Feni, Apr 11 (UNB) – Madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi who died after being set on fire was laid to eternal rest at her village home in Sonagazi upazila on Thursday evening. She was buried at their family graveyard at Char Chandia village following a namaz-e-janaza at Mohammad Saber Pilot High School ground around 5:50pm. Nusrat’s father Maulana KM Musa, ... Read More »

Ankle injury throws Mustafizur out of action for 2 weeks

Dhaka – Bangladesh suffered a further blow before the selection of the World Cup squad as speedster Mustafizur Rahman has been sidelined for two weeks due to an injury on his left ankle. “We went through an X-ray of his (Fiz) injured ankle. Everything is fine as per the report. But we want to go slowly and we suggested him ... Read More »

Hockey Federation election now April 29

Dhaka – Election to the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) will now be held on April 29 next. The election commission formed by the National Sports Council (NSC) announced the fresh polls schedule on Thursday. The Hockey Federation election was earlier postponed twice in the dying moment on excuses — first for flood in the country’s northern region and then for ... Read More »

BPL Football: Bashundhara Kings beat Saif SC 3-2

Dhaka – League leader Bashundhara Kings maintained their unbeaten record as the only team in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Football League beating 4th placed Saif Sporting Club by 3-2 goals in the 12th round match at Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari on Thursday. In the day’s other league match, Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra beat mediocre Rahmatganj MKS by 2-0 ... Read More »

BCL Football: Uttar Baridhara beat Soccer Club, Feni 4-2

Dhaka – Uttar Baridhara Club earned a facile 4-2 goals victory over Soccer Club, Feni in the Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football at Kamalapur Stadium here on Thursday. The match was locked in 1-1 goals in the first half.Sumon, Shahidul, Samir and Arif scored one each for the winners while Shafiqul and Shawon netted for the losers. The day’s other ... Read More »

WikiLeaks’ Assange held at Ecuador embassy in London

London, Apr 11 (AP/UNB) — Police in London say they’ve arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy on a court warrant dating back to 2012. In a statement Thursday, police said Assange has been taken into “custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as is ... Read More »

The future of manufacturing—is it in Europe?

Europe can remain a manufacturing hub if it ensures early adoption of game-changing technologies, engages with global supply chains and manages the green transition. Manufacturing is dead, they said. But after four years, ten research reports, 47 case studies, an analysis of 27 policy instruments, countless seminars and debate, the Future of Manufacturing in Europe project is anticipating no funeral. ... Read More »

Stop discharging wastes into rivers: PM

Dhaka, Apr 11 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged all, particularly mills and factories, to stop discharging wastes into rivers as water pollution has appeared to be a severe problem for the country. “I would like to request you all to stop discharging wastes into rivers…every industrial unit will have to have waste management system so that ... Read More »

Facebook cracks down on groups spreading harmful info

Menlo Park, April 11 (AP/UNB) — Facebook said Wednesday it is rolling out a wide range of updates aimed at combatting the spread of false and harmful information on the social media site — stepping up the company’s fight against misinformation and hate speech as it faces growing outside pressure. The updates will limit the visibility of links found to ... Read More »

SDGs ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’

Unless the world faces its “social, economic and environmental challenges head-on”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will not be met. Addressing the final plenary of the UN Youth Forum on Tuesday, he warned that “the once-in-a-generation opportunity we have to end poverty and bring lasting prosperity for all on a healthy planet, ... Read More »

4 alleged drug traders killed in ‘gunfights’ in 4 districts

Dhaka, Apr 11 – Four people including three alleged drug traders were killed in separate ‘gunfights’ with law enforcers in Dhaka, Cox’s Bazar, Meherpur and Chattogram districts early Thursday. Nabi Hossain, 48, a ‘drug trader’ from Teknaf, was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in city’s Mohammadpur area early Thursday. Tipped off that a ... Read More »

Once ‘world’s new superpower,’ civil society faces many odds

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 10 2019 (IPS) – A former UN Secretary-General, the late Kofi Annan, once described civil society organizations (CSOs), as “the world’s new superpower” – perhaps ranking behind the US and the former Soviet Union. But that political glory has continued to diminish over the years– and more so — against the current backdrop of repressive regimes, hard right ... Read More »

Civil society faces smears, laws, noncooperation

BELGRADE, Apr 10 2019 (IPS) – The murder of Brazilian politician and human rights activist Marielle Franco just over a year ago and attacks on other rights activists around the world have galvanised civil society organisations, with the United Nations heightening its own strategy to protect rights defenders.However, some countries aren’t interested in cooperating with civil society or international governmental bodies ... Read More »

Polls open in 1st phase of India’s lengthy general election

New Delhi, Apr 11 (AP/UNB) — Polls opened Thursday in the first phase of India’s general elections, seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party. A festive spirit prevailed as men and women in colorful clothes made their way to heavily guarded voting stations in large numbers. Voters in 18 Indian states and two ... Read More »

Jaha Alam ordered to appear before HC

Dhaka, Apr 10 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday asked Jaha Alam, who languished in jail in place of the real accused in corruption cases, to appear before it on April 17. Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader’s bench issued the order and fixed the new date for hearing. Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan ... Read More »

Francophonie prize-winning ceremony Friday

Every year, the Francophone community celebrates and promotes worldwide the use of the French language as well as cultural and linguistic diversity. In the framework of the 2019 edition, Alliance Française de Dhaka with the Francophone diplomatic missions in Bangladesh has offered a rich programme of activities (concerts, exhibitions, contests, Francophonie short film festival 2019…) during the month of March. ... Read More »

Bengali Music Concert: Haimanti Sukla and Manzurul Islam Khan

Alliance Française de Dhaka is elated to organise an evening of music by the eminent singer Haimanti Sukla as well as Manzurul Islam Khan at its La Galerie on Friday, 12 April 2019 from 6.30 pm to 8 pm. The concert will be followed by the launching ceremony of a new CD of Manzurul Islam Khan named ‘‘Joshnar Beshamal’’. Kunal ... Read More »

Zero tolerance to food adulteration in BD

Dhaka, April 10 – The government will to show zero tolerance to prevent adulteration in food and pollution, says Minister for Food Sadhan Chandra Majumder. Like eradication of drugs and militancy, the drive against food adulteration will also be strengthened across the country. Zero tolerance will be shown to thwart food adulteration and pollution,” he said while speaking at a ... Read More »

2500 schools colleges to get govt monthly pay order from May

Dhaka, April 10 – Education minister Dr Dipu Moni yesterday said at least 2,500 non-government educational institutions across the country are going to enjoy the monthly pay order (MPO) facilities from next month. The minister said they have screened approximately 2,500 non-government educational institutions out of nearly 6,000 through the digital process and now they have decided to announce MPO ... Read More »

Dhaka for US sanction against entities that persecuted Rohingyas

Dhaka, April 10 – Bangladesh has urged the United States to pass a resolution imposing sanctions on perpetrators and entities in Myanmar who had persecuted the minority Rohingyas and grossly violated their human rights. In his meeting with Senator Christopher Murphy, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr Momen suggested that it would be effective if both the US houses could pass the ... Read More »

Niko graft hearing against Khaleda again on April 23

Dhaka, April 10 – A Dhaka court on Wednesday fixed April 23 to hold next hearing on the charge framing in Niko Graft case against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia. Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Special Judge Court-9 of Dhaka deferred the date as Khaleda Zia was admitted at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital for treatment. Later Khaleda ... Read More »

Avijit murder case: Farabi acquitted

Dhaka, April 10 – A tribunal of Dhaka yesterday acquitted Shafiur Rahman Farabi, who had issued repeated death threats to writer-blogger Avijit Roy before his death, in a case filed under the ICT case. Judge Ash Sams Joglul Hossain of the Dhaka Cyber Tribunal passed the acquittal order in presence of Farabi, and also an accused in the Avijit murder ... Read More »

কোলকাতাতে সভ্যতার মানববন্ধন

“বৃদ্ধাশ্রম নয়, অধিকার প্রতিষ্ঠা থাকুক নিজ গৃহে” ও “প্রবীণদের সেবা দিন, নিজ বাধ্যক্যের প্রস্ত্ততি নিন” এদুটি বিশেষ মানবিক বিষয় নিয়ে বাংলাদেশ ও ভারতের বন্ধুত্বের সেতু বন্ধন আরো জোরদার করার লক্ষ্যে গত ৩-৯ এপ্রিল ২০১৯ কোলকাতা প্রেসক্লাব সহ শহরের বিভিন্ন স্থানে বাংলাদেশের গণমাধ্যম সংস্থা সভ্যতার আয়োজনে এক মানববন্ধন এর আয়োজন করা হয়। আজ দিন দিন যেমন বেড়ে যাচ্ছে পিতা-মাতা ও প্রবীণদের ... Read More »

যৌন হয়রানির দায়ে ফেনী মাদরাসা অধ্যক্ষের শাস্তি দাবী

-ইশা ছাত্র আন্দোলন যৌন হয়রানি আজ মহামারি আকার ধারণ করেছে। একের পর এক যৌন হয়রানি দেশ ও জাতিকে ভাবিয়ে তুলছে। সাম্প্রতিক ফেনীতে অধ্যক্ষ কর্তৃক ছাত্রী নিপীড়ন ও নির্যাতনে সমাজে উদ্বেগ সৃষ্টি করেছে। আমরা এর তীব্র নিন্দা ও প্রতিবাদ জানাই। আজ ১০ এপ্রিল ’১৯ এক যৌথ বিবৃতিতে ইশা ছাত্র আন্দোলন এর কেন্দ্রীয় সভাপতি শেখ ফজলুল করীম মারুফ ও সেক্রেটারি জেনারেল মুহাম্মাদ ... Read More »