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Two Years On: MSF sees no solutions in sight for Rohingyas

Dhaka – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on Tuesday said very little progress has been made to address the lack of legal status for the Rohingya in the region, or to address the underlying causes of the Rohingyas’ exclusion in Myanmar. A marginalised ethnic minority from Rakhine state, the Rohingya people have in recent decades been subject to mounting targeted state ... Read More »

India keen to enhance energy sector cooperation: Jaishankar

Dhaka – Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Tuesday expressed their interest in enhancing cooperation in energy sector, especially in hydroelectricity projects, to meet the growing demand of energy in the two neighbouring countries. “Hydroelectric projects can be implemented effectively as the cost of such projects are lower,” Jaishankar said when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at ... Read More »

Trump speaks with leader of Pakistan

Islamabad, Aug 20 (AP/UNB) — The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken by telephone with Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, on the need to reduce tensions and moderate rhetoric with India. Earlier in the day, the White House said Trump had a similar call with India’s prime minister over the situation in Kashmir. White House spokesman Judd Deere ... Read More »

2nd Moon Mission enters lunar orbit

New Delhi, Aug 20 (Xinhua/UNB) – India’s second Moon Mission, or Chandrayaan-2, successfully entered into the Moon’s Orbit on Tuesday, confirmed the country’s space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). This is said to be the biggest milestone achieved by Chandrayaan-2 so far. Launched on July 22, it’s lander named “Vikram” will attempt to make a soft-landing on the ... Read More »

UN joint team to help Bangladesh control Aedes

Dhaka  – A joint expert team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nation will assess the feasibility of Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) in controlling Aedes mosquitoes in Bangladesh. Read More »

Freeway crossing to give wildlife room to roam

Los Angeles, Aug 20 (AP/UNB) — Like many urban singles, the mountain lion P-22 lives a solitary life in a too-small habitat. And he has a hard time finding a mate in the big city. Famous for traveling across two freeways and making a huge Los Angeles park his home, the lonesome big cat has become a symbol of the ... Read More »

Zakir Naik apologises, says he isn’t racist

Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB) – Fugitive preacher Dr Zakir Naik apologised today for causing any “misunderstanding” after being questioned twice by the police for his alleged racial and religious remarks during a recent lecture in Kelantan, reports Malay Mail. The India-born man wanted in his home country for allegedly funding terror activities also said racism is “evil” and denies he ... Read More »

Amartya Sen view on Kashmir move: ‘Not proud as an Indian’

Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB) – Nobel laureate Dr Amartya Sen on Monday vehemently criticised the government’s move on Kashmir, saying it not only emphasised majority rule “as opposed to it sustaining the rights of all human beings”. “I don’t think ultimately you will have any resolution in Kashmir without democracy,” he told NDTV in an interview. Pointing out the loopholes ... Read More »

Twitter shuts Chinese accounts targeting Hong Kong protests

Washington, Aug 20 (AP/UNB) — Twitter says it has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that it believes were linked to the Chinese government and a disinformation campaign targeting the protests in Hong Kong. The company also says it will prohibit ads from state-backed media companies that have amounted to propaganda. A senior Twitter official tells The Associated Press that both ... Read More »

Madrasah student’s headless body found in Chandpur

Chandpur, Aug 19 (UNB) – Police recovered a headless body of a madrasa student from Piarikhola village in Matlab Dakshin upazila on Monday noon. The deceased was identified as Sohel Rana, 17, son of Jamir Hossain of the village. He was a student of Nandikhola Madrasa here. Locals found the body on the bank of his uncle’s pond and informed ... Read More »

Indian FM Jaishankar in Dhaka says, many things to discuss

Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) – Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Monday night said Bangladesh and India have many things to discuss to take the relationship between the two neighbouring countries to a higher level. “We’ve a very good relationship. We’ve a very strong relationship. We’ve many things to discuss about taking the relationship to a higher level,” ... Read More »

GOB, UNHCR prepares to start repatriation of Rohingyas Aug 22

Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB) – The government and the UNHCR have taken all necessary steps to begin repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Myanmar’s Rakhine State on August 22, an official said on Monday. Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner’s (RRRC) office and the UN refugee agency are looking into various aspects of preparation including safety measures. Myanmar ... Read More »

Woman gang-raped while strolling at Munshiganj tourist spot

Munshiganj, Aug 19 (UNB) – A young woman has reportedly been gang-raped by miscreants when she was hanging around with her husband at a tourist spot in Sirajdikhan upazila. Locals caught an accused, Sohel, 23, son of Osman Mia of Baghapur village in Keraniganj upazila of Dhaka, and handed him over to police. He was produced before a court on ... Read More »

None compensates the BD poor for the rawhide market collapse

The rawhide and skin merchants have started selling their merchandise – hide collected during the Eid-ul-Adha festival – after mediation by the apex business chamber FBCCI. Before the meeting with the FBCCI and the tanners, organised by the Ministry of Commerce, the merchants said they were prepared to export rawhide but did not have the papers like licences to do ... Read More »

Sonam Kapoor replies to trolls after told to ‘shift to Pakistan’

Actor Sonam Kapoor, who spoke about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and abrogation of Article 370 in a recent interview, was mercilessly trolled for her comments. The actor has now reacted to the trolls, asking them to calm down. Sonam tweeted, “Guys please calm down..and get a life. Twisting, misinterpreting and understanding what you want from what someone has ... Read More »

Pilu Khan bringing his first music album

Culture Desk Pilu Khan, a famous music composer and director from the 70s has finished his first album as a singer. Titled ‘Tomra Bhalo Acho To’ the album contains eight songs. With lyrics from Shahid Mahmud Jangi, Pilu Khan himself has composed music of the album. Three of the songs are duets with Samina Chowdhury, while another one is a ... Read More »

Tisha,Yash Rohan’s ‘Mayaboti’ gets release date

Culture Desk Director Arun Chowdhury’s upcoming film, Mayaboti is set to be released nationwide on September 13. The film received an uncut censor certificate from the Bangladesh Film Censor Board in June. The story of the film revolves around Maya, a girl who is stolen from her mother at a very young age. Maya ends up in the Daulatdia Ghat ... Read More »

Because chuddies are forever

Sudhirendar Sharma It is a decade since unsuspecting women and men drinking at a bar in Mangalore were at the receiving end of unprovoked violence at the hands of the self-styled moral custodians, the-so-called valiant foot soldiers of Sri Ram Sena, who had held the group responsible for violating Indian values. Read More »

জহির রায়হানের জীবন থেকে নেয়া!

সময়টা ১৯৬৯ সাল। বিহারী প্রযোজক আনিস দোসানি ডাকলেন জহির রায়হানকে একটি চলচ্চিত্র বানানোর জন্য। এর আগেও জহির রায়হান সঙ্গম, কাঁচের দেয়াল, বাহানা, আনোয়ারা, টাকা আনা পাই- এর মতো চলচ্চিত্র নির্মাণ করেছিলেন। আনিস কেবল প্রযোজনার দায়িত্বে ছিলেন, কিন্তু জহির রায়হান যে কী ধরণের ছবি বানাতে চাচ্ছিলেন তা সম্পর্কে কখনো তিনি ধারণাও করতে পারেননি। Read More »

What steps taken for security of Kulaura rail bridge: HC

Dhaka, Aug 19 – The High Court (HC) on Monday directed the Director General of Bangladesh Railways to submit a report before it by on October 24 on what steps they have been taken to ensure security of the Boromchal Bridge under Kulaura upazila of Moulavibazar district following the accident took place of that area on June 23 this year. ... Read More »