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Mahmudullah starts gearing up with batting, bowling

Dhaka – Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad started gearing up after the Eid vacation as he batted for an hour and bowled five overs at the academy ground in Mirpur on Sunday. Mahmudullah had been suffering from several injuries. But as per the latest update, he felt no pain while batting, and bowled five overs without complaining any pain as well. ... Read More »

Merchants agree to sell rawhides to tanners

Dhaka – Merchants have agreed to resume the sales of rawhides of sacrificed animals to tanners from today (Sunday) backing off from its Saturday’s announcement, paving the way for resolving the crisis in the leather industry. President of the Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchants Association (BHSMA) Mohammad Delwar Hossain came up with the new announcement after a tripartite meeting of ... Read More »

6 of a family among 8 killed: Comilla bus smashes 3-wheeler

Cumilla, Aug 18 (UNB) – At least eight people, including six members of a family, were killed and another was injured as a bus crashed into an auto-rickshaw on Cumilla-Noakhali regional highway at Jamtola in Lalmai upazila on Sunday noon. The deceased were identified as Jashim Uddin, 47, a hotel owner, his mother Sakhina Begum, 70, wife Selina Begum, 42, ... Read More »

Dengue infections in BD bounce back; another dies

Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) – After a significant fall on Saturday, dengue infections have marked a rise again as 1,706 new patients were hospitalised across the country in 24 hours till Sunday morning with the report of a death. The number of dengue patients was 1,460 on Saturday against 1,719 on Friday and 1,929 on Thursday. Meanwhile, a total of ... Read More »

Keep surroundings clean to prevent dengue: PM

Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) -Terming the dengue outbreak a big problem, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the people of the country to remain aware about the mosquito-borne disease and keep their houses and surroundings clean to check the breeding of aedes mosquitoes. “The dengue prevalence is still there…it used to be believed that these elite aedes mosquitoes are ... Read More »

BD Paper Mill shut to save lone carp spawning Halda River

Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) -The Department of Environment (DoE) here on Sunday ordered the closure of Asian Paper Mills for polluting the Halda River, the country’s largest fish spawning ground. DoE director (Chattogram) Azadur Rahman Mollick said a team from the divisional office of the department visited the mill on August 14 and issued the order to shut it saying ... Read More »

KU research uncovers health risks of handling currency notes

Khulna, Aug 18 (UNB) – Currency notes move from hand to hand collecting dirt and bacteria that make people very uncomfortable to touch them. But, according to research by a student of Khulna University, such notes are even more harmful than we think of. “Taka notes and coins contain bacteria like E. Coli and faecal coliform which are very harmful ... Read More »

Facebook rolls out new privacy settings for groups

Facebook is homing in on Facebook groups to help crack down on harmful content on the platform. In a tandem of blog posts this week, Facebook detailed two major changes to its user-created groups feature — one of which will simplify privacy settings across the platform. According to the company, groups will now have just two privacy settings, public or ... Read More »

Mussels, ‘super-filters’ can help beat water pollution

Seafood lovers who prize the mussel for its earthy taste and succulent flesh may be unaware of its growing potential in the fight against water pollution. The mussel is the hoover of the sea, taking in phytoplankton for nourishment along with micro-plastics, pesticides and other pollutants —  which makes it an excellent gauge. One day, it may also be pressed ... Read More »

Vijay Varma, Janhvi to star in short film

We’ve all seen how brilliant an actor Vijay Varma is after his character Moen won several hearts in Gully Boy. Similarly, Janhvi Kapoor proved to be one of the most promising debutants last year with Dhadak. Both these young actors have now signed on the dotted line and their latest project is Zoya Akhtar’s thirty minutes short film in the ... Read More »

Jyotika Jyoti to debut on Kolkata’s silver screen

Culture Desk Bangladeshi actor Jyotika Jyoti will soon debut on Kolkata’s silver screen with the film Rajlokhi O Srikanto. The film will be released in West Bengal on September 20. Rajlokhi O Srikanto’s poster was unveiled on Friday, which also confirmed the release date. The film, which was inspired by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s immortal characters, stars Jyoti in the role ... Read More »

Falling demand, syndicate behind BD Eid rawhide price slide

Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) – Experts have blamed the lack of policy, syndication by tanners, their ‘cash crunch’ and a fall in the demand for leather products for the unprecedented fall in the prices of rawhide of sacrificed animals this year. The drastic fall in rawhide prices forced seasonal traders in different districts, including Dhaka, Chattogram, Narayanganj, Narsingdi, Sylhet, Rajshahi ... Read More »

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Geneva, Aug 17 (AP/UNB) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind’s exploitation of the planet’s fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues including the trade in ivory and the demand for ... Read More »

4 girls sexually assaulted, 2 men held in Barguna, Sylhet

Dhaka, Aug 17 (UNB) – Two schoolgirls have reportedly been raped in Satkhira and Shariatpur districts while two people, including a teacher, were arrested in Barguna and Sylhet for repeatedly violating two other girls. In Satkhira, a nine-year-old girl was raped by a neighbour at Gobindakati village in Sadar upazila on Saturday. Accused Saju Sardar, 22, son of Alamgir Hossain ... Read More »

Bridge collapses only 3 months after its opening in Kurigram

Kurigram, Aug 17 (UNB) – A 40-foot bridge constructed at a cost of Tk 31 lakh has collapsed in only three months, causing extreme suffering to commuters. The bridge was constructed over the Abashongami canal at Purba Dhoniram of Fulbari in Kurigram under the ‘15 metre wide and breadth bridge/culvert construction project’ on the rural roads under Disaster and Relief ... Read More »

Panicked, 19 grazing goats run under speedy train crushed

Chuadanga, Aug 17 (UNB) – Some 19 goats and a sheep were crushed under the wheels of a train near Darshana Railway Station in Damurhuda upazila on Saturday afternoon. Nur Islam, owner of seven of the goats, said the accident took place in Akandbaria area around 2pm on Saturday when around 80 goats of some locals were grazing in a ... Read More »

চামড়া বাজারে নৈরাজ্য গরীব ও এতিমের পেটে লাথি: আইএবি

ইসলামী আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশ-এর যুগ্ম মহাসচিব মাওলানা গাজী আতাউর রহমান বলেছেন, চামড়ার বাজারে নৈরাজ্য সৃষ্টি করে দাম বিপর্যয়ের মাধ্যমে যারা গরীব ও এতিমের হক নষ্ট করেছে তাদেরকে বিচারের আওতায় আনতে হবে। তিনি বলেন, সিন্ডিকেটে ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত শিক্ষাপ্রতিষ্ঠানগুলোকে ক্ষতিপুরণ দিতে হবে। Read More »

রপ্তানিই চামড়া বিপর্যয় ঠেকানোর একমাত্র সমাধান -মাও. নেজামী

ইসলামী ঐক্যজোটের চেয়ারম্যান ও বাংলাদেশ নেজামে ইসলাম পার্টির সভাপতি মাওলানা আবদুল লতিফ নেজামী বলেছেন, রপ্তানির ওপর বহাল নিষেধাজ্ঞা প্রত্যাহার করে উদ্বৃত্ত কাঁচা চামড়া (ওয়েট ব্লু) রপ্তানিই চামড়ার ক্ষেত্রে সৃষ্ট ঐতিহাসিক বিপর্যয় ঠেকানোর একমাত্র সমাধান। তিনি বলেন, কাঁচাচামড়া রপ্তানির ফলে অতিরিক্ত চামড়া পাচার বন্ধ হবে। Read More »

The water is so hot in Alaska it’s killing large numbers of salmon

By Ryan Prior, CNN Alaska has been in the throes of an unprecedented heat wave this summer, and the heat stress is killing salmon in large numbers. Scientists have observed die-offs of several varieties of Alaskan salmon, including sockeye, chum and pink salmon. Stephanie Quinn-Davidson, director of the Yukon Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, told CNN she took a group of scientists ... Read More »

Several thousand families homeless in Mirpur – 7 slum fire

Dhaka, Aug 17 (UNB) – There is nothing new in slum fire in Dhaka city. When it happens, it leaves thousands of people in deep despair. Over 20,000 slum dwellers turned paupers within hours in Friday night’s fast-moving fire in the city’s Mirpur area. “We’ve lost all that we had — fans, utensils, clothes and money whatever. We’ve been left ... Read More »

Stand by Mirpur slum fire victims: Dr Kamal

Dhaka – Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday urged the government and social organisations to come forward in aid of the victims of Friday’s fire at a slum in the city’s Mirpur-7 area. “Thousands of people are living under the open sky without food, shelter and clothes in a dengue-hit city following the fire. I call upon the government ... Read More »