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Coach and 10 players at Peruvian club have coronavirus

LIMA – The coach and 10 players from a Peruvian football team tested positive for the new coronavirus just before they were due to board a humanitarian flight, the ministry of health said on Friday. The 11 members of the third division Credicoop San Roman have been placed in quarantine in a hotel in the southeastern city of Juliaca, near ... Read More »

Setien keen on Neymar Barca return

MADRID – Barcelona coach Quique Setien says he would love to coach Neymar and would be “delighted” if the Brazilian returns to the club from Paris Saint-Germain. Barca tried to re-sign Neymar last year but were unable to agree a deal with French champions PSG, whom he joined for a world-record fee of 222 million euros ($264 million at the ... Read More »

Osaka tops Serena as world’s highest-paid female athlete

NEW YORK – Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has become the world’s highest-paid female athlete, making $37.4 million (34.3 million euros) in the past 12 months for an earnings record, Forbes magazine reported Friday. The 22-year-old Asian star, a two-time Grand Slam champion, edged US rival Serena Williams by $1.4 million in prize money and endorsement income over the past ... Read More »

Music Against Hunger: Charity concert for an era of pandemic

The first instalment of a two-night residency in virtual space through Facebook, titled ‘Music Against Hunger’, is set to invade living rooms, dormitories, bedrooms and wherever else Bangladeshis may crawl into wherever they may be resident in today’s world – with the same noble aim as another famous gig in the nation’s history. To paraphrase the chorus to the song ... Read More »

PM to address nation Sunday evening on Eid

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address the nation on Sunday evening on the occasion of Eid-ul- Fitr. “The Prime Minister will address the nation at 7:30 pm on the occasion of Holy Eid-ul Fitr,” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. State-owned Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television will simultaneously broadcast the Prime Minister’s address. Private television channels and radio stations will also ... Read More »

Turkey steps up to act against Israeli plans on West Bank

Ankara – As Turkey steps up to mobilize the international community against Israeli plans to annex West Bank, Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu on May 21 had phone conversations with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Yousef Al-Othaimeen. Read More »

Eid-ul-Fitr in Bangladesh on Monday

Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in the country on Monday as the Shawwal moon was not sighted in Bangladesh sky on Saturday. Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Monday as Shawwal moon was not sighted at any place in the country’s 64 districts, said Md Nurul Islam, secretary to the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The decision ... Read More »

Corona Vaccine from Tobacco?

M Zahidul Haque IN April 2020, an international media reported that the British-American Tobacco’s biotech subsidiary, Kentucky Bio Processing has started working on a potential vaccine for the novel coronavirus from tobacco plant. Corona vaccine from Tobacco? One would definitely get skeptical because tobacco is considered a curse to the humankind. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) tobacco kills ... Read More »

The Digital Path to Citizen-Centric Finance

By Achim Steiner and Maria Ramos NEW YORK/JOHANNESBURG – Today, “mobile money” – a service enabling people to send, receive, and store money on a cellphone – allows a market trader in Kenya to borrow a modest amount at sunrise to buy her stock, and then pay it back at sunset from her daily earnings. This seemingly simple micro-level exchange ... Read More »

Biological Diversity is Fundamental to Human Health

By Samira Sadeque UNITED NATIONS, May 22 2020 (IPS) – This year’s International Day of Biological Diversity falls amid the coronavirus pandemic and the slow easing, in some nations, of a global lockdown. While the lockdown has forced most people to stay at home, there have been reports of more wildlife being spotted – even in once-busy city centres. Read More »

IBBL Shari’ah Supervisory Committee Chairman Sheikh Moulana Mohammad Qutubuddin (Rah.) no more

Sheikh Moulana Mohammad Qutubuddin (Rah.), Chairman of Shari`ah Supervisory Committee of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited and Chairman of Baitush Sharaf Anjuman-E-Ittehad Bangladesh passed away at a hospital in the capital on Wednesday, 20 May 2020. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun. Professor Md. Nazmul Hassan, Ph.D, Chairman and Md. Mahbub ul Alam, Managing Director and CEO of IBBL along with ... Read More »

Season of netting carp fries from Halda River begins Friday

The fishermen carry on their ancestral tradition by collecting roe of fishes in Halda River, the country’s only natural breading ground of carp species. According to Integrated Development Foundation (IDF), the Halda River is unique and distinct due to genetical purity of fertilised spawn of Rui type fishes. Simultaneously, this river also plays a significant role in providing livelihood of ... Read More »

Shakib to remain absent as Tamim’s Live Show ends Saturday

DHAKA -Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal’s popular programme ‘Tamim’ Live Show’ is set to end on Saturday after it gave the fans some delightful moments over the past three weeks amid countrywide unofficial shutdown. The last episode will feature three other cricketers Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad, which means four of the Bangladesh’s ‘Feb 5’ will be ... Read More »

Olympics official sees ‘problems’ in holding Games in 2021

SYDNEY – A senior Olympics official has warned that holding the postponed Tokyo Games next year faces “real problems”, with even a vaccine unlikely to stave off the threat of the coronavirus. John Coates, the International Olympic Committee’s pointman for Tokyo 2020, indicated that officials would start deciding in October if and how the pandemic-hit Games could go ahead in ... Read More »

Coronavirus makes meat dearer in Dhaka

Supply chain disruption and temporary closure of businesses amid a government-announced ‘holiday’ to curb coronavirus transmission have pushed up meat prices by as much as Tk 250/kg in Dhaka. Last week, a kg beef cost Tk 600-630, mutton Tk 900-1,000 and boiler Tk 180-450 – much higher than prices set by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC). The city corporation set ... Read More »