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JFA Football: Thakurgaon to play Rangpur in final Friday

Dhaka- Thakurgaon District will play Rangpur District in the final match of the JFA U-14 National Women’s Football Championship’2019 at Bir Sherestha Shaheed Shipahi Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Friday. The final match will begin at 3:15 pm. Thakurgaon reached to the final eliminating Mymensingh in penalty shootout (3-2) as the first semifinal between the two teams was locked ... Read More »

Fans upset ‘Game of Thrones’ cast

Game of Thrones’ now sits at a 58 per cent critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, with a much lesser audience score, at 33 per cent. Now, hate responses from disappointed fans have seeped into the cast’s WhatsApp groups, reports Eonline. “Every season has been intense in terms of the attention and discussion, but it was extraordinarily intense for a final ... Read More »

Facebook’s Libra prospects dim

Facebook’s planned global digital coin Libra has run into a wall of opposition in Washington that could prevent its launch as envisioned, but analysts say cryptocurrencies are likely to make gains around the world nonetheless. The plan by Facebook and its partners has generated skepticism from US lawmakers and G7 finance ministers as well as from central banks and regulators ... Read More »

Pooja finally confirms her marriage

Pooja Batra has finally revealed that she secretly got married to beau Nawab Shah. In an interview with Bombay Times, the ‘Viraasat’ actor confirmed that  today the duo indeed tied the knot on July 4 in Delhi. In an interview with BT, Pooja said, “Nawab and I exchanged vows in Delhi, with only our families in attendance. Our loved ones ... Read More »

US judge slashes jury award in Roundup cancer case

A US judge on Wednesday slashed punitive damages a jury ordered Monsanto to pay in a Roundup cancer trial, saying the sum was too high despite the company’s “reprehensible” conduct. US District Court Judge Vince Chhabria denied a request by Monsanto for a new trial, but ruled that the $75 million in punitive damages was “constitutionally impermissible.” Chhabria reduced to ... Read More »

Fagun Haway to open Rainbow Film Festival in London

Culture Desk The Rainbow Film Festival is once again set to be held in London next week. This year’s festival will be the 20th edition of the event, which is going to be organized differently from previous ones. The opening ceremony will be held on Sunday at 12pm, at the Genesis Cinema hall on London’s Mile End Rd. Following the ... Read More »

Ensure security at courts, urges President Hamid

Dhaka, July 17 (UNB) – President M Abdul Hamid on Wednesday asked the government and other agencies concerned to take specific measures to ensure security at all the courts, including the High Court, across the country. He made the directives when a delegation of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), led by its President AM Aminuddin, met him at Bangabhaban in ... Read More »

Stand beside flood victims: Dr Kamal

Dhaka, July 17 (UNB) – Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Wednesday urged the country’s people, including his party leaders and activists, to stand beside flood-hit people with relief materials at different parts of the country. He made the call at an emergency meeting of the party held at his Motijheel chamber. Dr Kamal expressed deep shock at the loss ... Read More »

Carp spawning spot Halda River, polluter plant fined

Chittagong, July 17 –The Department of Environment on Wednesday suspended the production of Picking power plant in Hathazari Upazila and fined it Tk 20 lakh (Taka 2mn) on the charge of polluting Halda river by dumping wastes. The Halda is the last remaining natural carp spawning ground in Bangladesh. Read More »

Old Brahmaputra swells: Sherpur flood situation worsens

Sherpur, July 18 (UNB) – The sudden swelling of the Old Brahmaputra River has led to the inundation of new Char areas, croplands and houses in the district, triggering fears of a devastating flood. Water Development Board said the river rose by three feet within 24 hours and was flowing just below the danger level at Sherpur Ferryghat Point at ... Read More »

Nelson Mandela International Day Thursday

Dhaka, July 17 (UNB) – Paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said Mandela’s calls for social cohesion and an end to racism are particularly relevant today, with hate speech casting a growing shadow around the world. “We pay tribute to an extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality, and one of the most iconic and inspirational ... Read More »

Old Dhaka building collapse: Another body recovered

Dhaka, July 18 (UNB) – Rescuers recovered the body of another man from the rubble of a two-storied building that caved in on Wednesday in Old Dhaka’s Patuatuli. The body was retrieved around midnight, said Fire Service Control Room Duty Officer Rasel Shikder. Locals said the victims were banana traders residing on the first floor of the abandoned building for ... Read More »

US defunds UNFPA for the third year– on wrong assumptions

By Thalif Deen UN, Jul 17 2019 (IPS) – The Trump administration, in its continued hostility towards the United Nations– and as part of its policy aimed at undermining multilateral institutions and international commitments– has withheld its annual contributions to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) – for the third consecutive year. The three- year annual cuts, which began in 2017, ... Read More »

Incautious optimism: Things look great for Caribbean PPPs

S. Brian Samuel – July 17, 2019 In June I participated in the biannual Private Equity & Infrastructure Development Conference hosted by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) in Kingston. This year I had the pleasure of moderating a panel on the privatization of the Kingston Container Terminal and joined a practitioner’s workshop on Implementing Climate Resiliency in Jamaica’s PPPs. ... Read More »

ICC convicts Warlord Bosco Ntaganda for sexual slavery

Warlord Bosco Ntaganda becomes the first person to be convicted of sexual slavery by the International Criminal Court. Women and girls conscripted into his army were forced into sexual servitude amongst multiple horrific crimes committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo including using child soldiers, rape and murder. Read More »

বন্যা মোকাবেলায় তৎপর না হলে বিপর্যয় ঘটবে -মুসলিম লীগ

ভারতীয় পাহাড়ি ঢলে গোটা দেশের উত্তর পূর্বাঞ্চলের অগুনতি মানুষের সীমাহীন ভোগান্তি হ্রাসে দলমত নির্বিশেষে সকলকে সেবার মনোভাব নিয়ে এগিয়ে আসা এবং সর্বোপরি সরকারের পক্ষ থেকে দৃশ্যমান সার্বিক সহযোগিতার জন্য জোর দাবী জানিয়ে বাংলাদেশ মুসলিম লীগ নেতৃবৃন্দ বলেছেন বন্যার সার্বিক পরিস্থিতি প্রলঙ্করী রূপ ধারণের আভাস দিচ্ছে। এ পরিস্থিতি মোকাবেলায় তৎপর না হলে বিপর্যয় ঘটবে। Read More »

Support Needed to Tackle ICC Shortcomings: HRW

Court Faces Internal, External Challenges on 21st Anniversary New York – Member countries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should renew their commitment on International Justice Day, July 17, 2019, to defend and strengthen this important justice institution, Human Right Watch said today. On July 17, 1998, 120 countries adopted the Rome Statute creating the ICC. Read More »

What steps taken to ensure security of judges: HC asks govt

Dhaka, July 17 – The High Court on Wednesday wanted to know from the government on what steps it has taken to ensure the security of the judges, lawyers and officials in the courts across the country. It also wanted to know about steps taken against those police officials who were in charge of the security at the Cumilla Additional ... Read More »

Girls outshine boys in HSC examinations

Dhaka, July 17 – The girls are outshining the boys in pass rates in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations over the last several years which are good but lower pass rate of the boys should not be a good sign, experts said on Wednesday. Read More »