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Daily Archives: September 4, 2019

Family of 5, teens among 34 presumed dead in dive boat fire

Santa Barbara, Sep 4 (AP/UNB) — High school students, a science teacher and his daughter, an adventurous marine biologist and a family of five celebrating a birthday are among those presumed dead after a fire engulfed a scuba diving boat off Southern California’s coast, trapping dozens of sleeping people below deck. Authorities on Tuesday ended the search for survivors of ... Read More »

Act against anti-govt propaganda: PM asks businessmen

Dhaka, Sep 4 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the business community to act against anti-government propaganda as it ultimately affects them. “Some people are relentlessly carrying out propaganda against us (the government). You’ll (the businessmen) have to address it as you’re being affected due to it,” she told them. The Prime Minister said this when the ... Read More »

ADB to finance upgradation of four BD highways

Dhaka, Sep 4 (UNB) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is going to provide funds for the upgradation of the country’s four highways into four-lane ones, said its country director Manmohan Parkash on Wednesday. The four highways — Dhaka-Sylhet, Rangpur-Banglabandha, Rangpur-Burimari and Faridpur-Barishal — will also have separate lanes for slow-moving vehicles. Manmohan said this when he met Road, Transport ... Read More »

Pneumonia outbreak strains health facilities in Chuadanga

Chuadanga, Sept 4 (UNB) – The outbreak of pneumonia in the district has put severe strain on the limited resources of the Sadar Upazila hospital which is struggling to cope with the situation. More than 400 children were admitted there over the last two weeks with pneumonia while dozens of children are receiving treatment from the outdoor daily for the ... Read More »

Oikya Front briefs foreign diplomats on political issues

Dhaka, Sept 4 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, on Wednesday briefed foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka about the country’s latest situation and some other political issues, including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s health condition and Barrister Mainul Hosein’s jailing. The two- hour briefing that began at 10am was held at BNP standing committee member Dr Abdul Moyeen ... Read More »

FIFA, AFC Football: Booters realize need to pull up their socks

Dhaka – Bangladesh National Football team, now in the Tajikistan to particsipate in their away match for the joint qualifiers of the FIFA and AFC meets against Afghanistan, will play their 2nd preparatory match with Tajik Club CSKA Pamir at the Hisar Stadium in Dushanbe on Thursday. The match will kick-off at 5 pm (Bangladesh time).CSKA Pamir finished 4th in ... Read More »

Ho Chi Minh to be premiered at Shilpakala stage

Dhaka, Sept 4 (UNB) – Turongomi’s latest production Ho Chi Minh will be premiered at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday. The production, scheduled for 7:30pm and 8:30pm, will have no entry fee.Ho Chi Minh is based on the life, journey and philosophy of the Vietnamese leader. This is going to be the first-ever biography dance theatre ... Read More »

Five-week-long Jamdani festival begins in Dhaka Friday

Dhaka, Sept 3 ( UNB) – A five- week long Jamdani festival will begin at Bengal Shilpalay in the city’s Dhanmondi on Friday. Bengal Foundation organised the festival in association with World Crafts Council. A press conference on the festival was held at Bengal Boi in the city on Tuesday. Addressing the press conference, President of the National Crafts Council ... Read More »

US plans for fake social media run afoul of Facebook rules?

Washington, Sept 4 (AP/UNB) — Facebook said Tuesday that the US Department of Homeland Security would be violating the company’s rules if agents create fake profiles to monitor the social media of foreigners seeking to enter the country. “Law enforcement authorities, like everyone else, are required to use their real names on Facebook and we make this policy clear,” Facebook ... Read More »

UK’s Johnson weakened by party defections over Brexit

London, Sep 3 (AP/UNB) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered key defections from his party Tuesday, losing a working majority in Parliament and weakening his position as he tried to prevent lawmakers from blocking his Brexit plans. On a day of high drama and acerbic debate in the House of Commons, lawmakers returned from their summer recess to confront ... Read More »

Prince Harry announces massive travel sustainability project

New York, Sept 4 (AP/UNB) — The eco-minded Prince Harry is embarking on a massive travel sustainability initiative in partnership with key travel providers. They aim to improve the practices of the global industry amid an ever-increasing number of travelers. The Duke of Sussex picked Amsterdam, a city hit hard by over-tourism, to announce Travalyst at a news conference Tuesday ... Read More »

‘3 more die of dengue’; 783 new cases in BD hospitals

Dhaka, Sept 3 (UNB) – Three persons reportedly died of dengue in the last 24 hours as the government confirmed 783 new cases across the country, showing a slight improvement in the situation. In Jashore, an elderly man died of dengue at a private hospital in the morning. Shajahan Ali, 70, was a resident of Bhangura village of Bagherpara upazila. ... Read More »

Five-week-long Jamdani festival begins in Dhaka Friday

A five- week long Jamdani festival will begin at Bengal Shilpalay in the city’s Dhanmondi on Friday. Bengal Foundation organised the festival in association with World Crafts Council. A press conference on the festival was held at Bengal Boi in the city on Tuesday. Addressing the press conference, President of the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh Rafiqul Islam said it ... Read More »

Tibetan vocabulary takes over 1,500 new words, expressions

More than 1,500 new words and expressions have been added to Tibetan vocabulary since 2018, authorities from southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region said. The list includes frequently used expressions in politics, finance, the internet, over 500 terms related to electric power and 150-plus terms involving Tibetan Opera and traditional Tibetan dances, according to the regional committee on the standardization of ... Read More »

Dhaka cuts Rohingya camps off cellphone 3G, 4G services

Dhaka, Sep 3 (UNB) – Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Tuesday directed the mobile operators to suspend 3G and 4G services for a certain period every day in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps. Between 5pm and 6am, Rohingyas in the camp areas will only be able to make voice calls. People at the camp site will get 3G and 4G ... Read More »

Justin Bieber opens up about his steep fall from grace

Justin Bieber is opening up about a string of “bad decisions” that led him to go from being a beloved teen performer to “the most ridiculed, judged and hated person in the world.” In a very personal and introspective Instagram post , the pop star examines how childhood fame led to depression, lack of responsibility, “doing pretty heavy drugs” and ... Read More »

US Open: Serena Williams in semi-finals beating Wang Qiang

Serena Williams underlined her tag as the favourite for the US Open with a brutal quarter-final win over China’s Wang Qiang in just 44 minutes. The 37-year-old American broke serve five times and hit 25 winners as she eased to a 6-1 6-0 win over the 18th seed on Arthur Ashe Stadium Williams, seeded eighth, is chasing a record-equalling 24th ... Read More »

Trade Huawei accuses US of cyber-attacks, threats to staff

Huawei has accused the US government of “using every tool at its disposal” to disrupt its business. In a press release on Tuesday, the Chinese tech giant said the US had launched cyber-attacks to infiltrate its networks and was threatening its employees. The firm, which was put on a US trade blacklist this year, did not offer evidence for the ... Read More »

Our food systems need transformation

By Zoltán Kálmán Rome, Aug 28 2019 (IPS) – The right to food is a universal human right. Yet, over 820 million people are going hungry, according the latest edition of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2019). In addition, 2 billion people in the world are food insecure with great risk of malnutrition and ... Read More »

Eastern Caribbean takes up strategy for blue-green economy

By Jewel Fraser Saint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, Sep 3 2019 (IPS) – Micro, small and medium enterprises as well as niche markets and experiences such as bee tourism may well hold the key for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States as countries of that sub-region, known as the OECS, ramp up efforts to build economies that are resilient to ... Read More »

Different kinds of dam floods affecting India this monsoon

September 2, 2019 SANDRP Different kinds of Dam Floods is affecting India this monsoon. Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) Dam, thanks to decision of the Govt of India and its Ministry of Water Resources, Narmada Control Authority including its Chairperson UP Singh (Secretary, Union Ministry of Water Resources), Gujarat Govt is flooding hundreds of villages in Madhya Pradesh, displacing Thousands of ... Read More »

Hockey players Association wishes Women’s Hockey team good luck

Dhaka – Bangladesh Hockey Players Welfare Association wished Bangladesh Women’s Hockey team a good luck over their maiden participation in the Women’s Junior (U-21) AHF Cup Hockey Qualifiers scheduled to be held from September 9–15 in Singapore. Bangladesh Women’s Hockey team will leave Dhaka for Singapore on Wednesday morning at 8:20am. The leaders of Hockey players Welfare Association came up with ... Read More »

Thrill is worth a try, risk it

Sudhirendar Sharma It is only recently, after he turned 70, that he sought to do away with the impulsive act he defined as ‘thrill’, something that seems to have eluded the forthright government official. Having known him from his pre-retirement days, I used to wonder why he would avoid using the ‘red beacon’ on his official car. Read More »