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Tigresses off to Netherlands to join training camp

Dhaka – Bangladesh National Women’s Cricket team left here for the Netherlands on Thursday to take part in a 10-day training camp as part of their preparations for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier’2019 in Scotland. Bangladesh will take on Papua New Guinea in the opening day of the Qualifiers on August 31.Two top teams of the eight –team ... Read More »

Captain hailed hero after bird strike disables Russian plane

Moscow, Aug 15 (AP/UNB) — The captain of a Russian passenger jet was hailed as a hero Thursday for landing his plane in a cornfield after it collided with a flock of gulls seconds after takeoff, causing both engines to malfunction. While dozens of people sought medical assistance, only one was hospitalized. The event drew comparisons to the 2009 “Miracle ... Read More »

Indian business ties underpin muted Arab response to Kashmir

Dubai, Aug 15 (AP/UNB) — Gulf Arab countries have remained mostly silent as India’s government moved to strip the Indian-administered sector of Kashmir of its limited autonomy, imposing a sweeping military curfew in the disputed Muslim-majority region and cutting off residents from all communication and the internet. This muted response is underpinned by more than $100 billion in annual trade ... Read More »

Goal of ending AIDS by 2030 within the world’s reach: UNAIDS

Dhaka, Aug 15 (UNB) – Winnie Byanyima, the newly-appointed Executive Director of UNAIDS says the end of AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 is a goal that is within the world’s reach. “But I don’t underestimate the scale of the challenge ahead. Working with all its partners, UNAIDS must continue to speak up for the people left behind ... Read More »

2 die of dengue in Dhaka, Chandpur

Dhaka, Aug 15 (UNB)- Two people, including a madrasha student, died of dengue in Chandpur and Dhaka districts on Wednesday and Thursday. In Dhaka, a woman died of the mosquito-borne disease at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Thursday. The deceased was identified as Mousumi Akhter, 25, wife of Md Mamun of Bhandaria in Pirojpur. Quoting family members, DMCH police ... Read More »

National Mourning Day observed

Dhaka, Aug 15 (UNB) – People across the country are observing the National Mourning Day, the darkest chapter in the history of independent Bangladesh. On this day in 1975, the nation’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members were assassinated by a cabal of military men. Eighteen members of his family, including Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa ... Read More »

‘Efforts reinforced to bring Bangabandhu’s killers back’

Dhaka, Aug 15 (UNB) – Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the government has intensified its diplomatic efforts to bring the condemned killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman back. Quader, also the general secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after paying tributes to the departed souls of Bangabandhu ... Read More »

Bangladeshi woman missing in Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart, Germany – Stuttgart police have launched a search programme on a missing Bangladeshi woman with her original photo who had to leave on 6 July 2019. Her name is Shanaz Parveen 38. She was staying in a Stuttgart hotel in Marien Street. Parveen had not been seen since she left her hotel on 06 July. She leaves no trace. ... Read More »

Climate change and disasters in Asia and the Pacific

Climate change and disasters threaten the long-term sustainability of development in Asia and the Pacific. The region has experienced a significant increase in the number, intensity, and impact of extreme weather events such as tropical cyclones, floods, droughts, and heatwaves . Geophysical hazards, including earthquakes and tsunamis, have also caused significant loss of lives and economic damage. Read More »

Khaleda turns 75 Thursday: Doa Mohfil Friday: BNP

Dhaka, Aug 14 (UNB) – BNP chairperson and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, now in jail, turns ‘75′ on Thursday. BNP has no scheduled programme to celebrate the day on Thursday. However, the party will arrange doa mahfil across the country on Friday on the occasion. BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programme at a press ... Read More »

Mourning Day: President, PM pay homage to Bangabandhu

Dhaka, Aug 15 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the nation is observing the 44th anniversary of his martyrdom in a somber mood. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage to the architect of the Independence by placing wreaths ... Read More »

Pure as snow? Scientists say air carrying plastics to Arctic

Berlin, Aug 15 (AP/UNB) — Scientists say they’ve found an abundance of tiny plastic particles in Arctic snow, indicating that so-called microplastics are being sucked into the atmosphere and carried long distances to some of the remotest corners of the planet. The researchers examined snow collected from sites in the Arctic, northern Germany, the Bavarian and Swiss Alps and the ... Read More »

Lalbagh polythene factory fire guts a number of tinsheds

Dhaka, Aug 15 (UNB) – A fire that broke out at a polythene factory in Lalbagh on Wednesday night was put out on early Thursday. Ershad Hossain, duty officer at Fire Service and Civil Defence control room, said firefighters extinguished the blaze around 4am. A number of tin-shed rooms were gutted in the fire that broke out on Water Works ... Read More »

6 of a picnic party killed, 18 hurt as bus hits tree in Feni

Dhaka, Aug 15 (UNB) – Six people were killed and 18 others injured in a road accident in Feni Sadar Upazila’s Lemua on Thursday morning. The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately. Nurunnabi, superintendent of Feni police, said the accident took place around 5:45am. “A Cox’s Bazar-bound picnic bus of ‘Prime Paribahan’ from Dhaka hit a roadside ... Read More »

BNP wants govt’s immediate resignation, opposes hide export

Thakurgaon, Aug 14 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday urged the government to quit immediately considering the country’s current situation. Talking to reporters at his local residence before starting his journey for the capital, he also said the leather industry suffered a setback during this Eid-ul-Azha due to the foul play of a syndicate and ... Read More »

Dhakabashi’s Eid rally celebrates the festival

Dhaka, Aug 14 (UNB) – To celebrate the holy Eid-Ul-Adha in the capital, the socio-cultural voluntary organization ‘Dhakabashi’ arranged a vibrant and festive Eid rally at TSC of Dhaka University on Wednesday. Keeping the ongoing catastrophic dengue-crisis in mind, this year’s slogan of the rally was “Be alert and aware to prevent Dengue”. State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M ... Read More »

Those behind rawhide price slump won’t be spared: Quader

Dhaka, Aug 14 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday warned that people responsible for the rawhide price fall will be punished. “The government will investigate to see if any syndicate is behind this situation and take legal steps,” he told a post-Eid news conference at the Secretariat. Quader, also the transport minister, said he does not ... Read More »

Tannery owners to buy rawhide, oppose export

Dhaka, Aug 14 (UNB)- Bangladesh Tanners Association will begin rawhide procurement soon, upon directives issued by the Commerce Ministry. The ministry urged the tannery owners and preservers to follow the necessary steps to tackle the waste of rawhide and maintain its quality, said a handout of Commerce Ministry on Wednesday. The Ministry urged Bangladesh Tanners Association to begin procuring rawhide ... Read More »

National Mourning Day Thursday

Dhaka, Aug 14 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have urged all to work together for building happy and prosperous Bangladesh by completing the unfinished tasks of Bangabandhu as the country is set to observe National Mourning Day on Thursday, a black chapter in the country’s history. The 15th August is the National Mourning Day of ... Read More »

Cast for Mira Nair’s ‘A Suitable Boy’ announced

Entertainment Desk The cast of six-part BBC One drama, A Suitable Boy has been announced, reports BBC. The series is an adaptation of Vikram Seth’s 1993 eponymous novel. Adapted by Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, War & Peace, Les Misérables), internationally acclaimed director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake, Queen of Katwe) will direct the series. Produced by Lookout Point, ... Read More »

Made in Bangladesh set to premiere at TIFF

Culture Desk Bangladeshi filmmaker Rubaiyat Hossain’s film, Made in Bangladesh is set to see its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIIF), under the Contemporary World Cinema category. Contemporary World Cinema category of TIFF features narrative films generally made by young directors. Known as a festival of festivals, TIFF first started out in 1976. Over the years, the ... Read More »

Soumitra Chatterjee suffers from respiratory tract infection

Entertainment Desk Legendary Indian actor, Soumitra Chatterjee, was admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata  yesterday . The veteran actor was taken to the hospital after he complained of breathing problems. The 84-year-old actor, who frequently collaborated with Satyajit Ray and appeared in 14 film directed by Ray, was admitted to the hospital around 9.30 am. A hospital statement said ... Read More »

Fresh flood alert in southern India, death toll hits 244

India issued a fresh flood alert Wednesday for parts of the southern state of Kerala, as the nationwide death toll from the annual monsoon deluge rose to at least 244. Authorities warned Kerala locals of heavy rainfall over the next 24-48 hours in some of the worst affected regions of the state popular with tourists. Heavy rain in parts of ... Read More »

NASA descends on Icelandic lava field to prepare for Mars

To prepare for the next mission to Mars in 2020, NASA has taken to the lava fields of Iceland to get its new robotic space explorer ready for the job. With its black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes and craggy peaks, the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland’s second biggest glacier, Langjokull, was chosen as a stand-in for the ... Read More »

Women and Green Economy: Engaging with New Dev Bank

By Govind Kelkar and Sudeshna Sengupta PWESCR is happy to present BRICS Feminist Watch’s position paper, Women and the Green Economy: Engaging with New Development Bank. The concept of Green Economy has been operationalized for the last 10 years. Politically, the concept became prevalent from the negotiation in Environmental Summit of 1992. Rio 20 became the platform where the idea ... Read More »