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Messi looking forward eagerly to ‘weird’ La Liga restart

MADRID – Barcelona and Argentina captain Lionel Messi said he was eager to start playing again but thought La Liga games behind closed doors would feel “weird”. Messi, who after a few weeks confined like the rest of Spain by the coronavirus pandemic, is training with Barca again ahead of a planned resumption of La Liga behind closed doors on ... Read More »

Relief irregularity: 2 UP chairmen, 3 members suspended

The Local Government Ministry on Thursday suspended two union parishad chairmen and three members for their involvement in relief embezzlement. The Local Government Division of the ministry issued separate notifications in this regard. The suspended chairmen are- Kabir Ahmed of Birgaon union in Nabinagar upazila and Md Jamal Uddin Bhuiyan of Bishnupur union of Bijoynagar upazila in Brahmanbaria district. The ... Read More »

No domestic cricket in England until August – ECB

LONDON – There will be no domestic cricket in England until August 1 at the earliest, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Thursday. The start of the English season had already been delayed by the outbreak of the coronavirus, with officials initially hoping to resume in July. But England’s postponed Test series at home against the West Indies ... Read More »

‘Restricted reopening’ after protracted shutdown

DHAKA – The government today issued an order allowing restricted or conditional reopening of offices and transport services from May 31 easing a nationwide total shutdown since March 26 despite fears of continued coronavirus onslaughts.     The authorities simultaneously issued a 15-point directive restricting all public activities from May 31 to June 15 as part of measures against COVID-19 when ... Read More »

Bangladesh domestic flights to resume on June 1: CAAB

Limited domestic flights will resume on Dhaka, Chattogram, Sylhet and Syedpur routes from June 1, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) announced Thursday. “But the embargo on international flights will be in place until June 15,” CAAB Chairman Air Vice Marshall Muhammad Mafidur Rahman told UNB. Primarily, four domestic flights will operate on a small scale and later gradually ... Read More »

Taka1 billion project to repair Amphan-damaged embankments

The government is taking a Tk 100 crore project to repair embankments damaged during cyclone Amphan, State Minister for Water Resources Zahid Faruk said Thursday. He made the remarks while visiting Amphan-hit areas of Satkhira Sadar Upazila. The government is taking the Army’s help to complete the repair work within a short time, he said. “We’re working to ensure sustainable solution as natural calamity ... Read More »

Rescue, disembark Rohingyas floating at sea: IOM

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said they are “increasingly concerned” about the plight of hundreds of Rohingyas believed to be stranded at sea, noting that cyclone Amphan signalled a ferocious start to the cyclone season in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. “A coordinated response to this situation, inclusive of search and rescue operations and safe disembarkation, ... Read More »

Memorable days in the career of an unsung newspaper editor

Mostafa Kamal Majumder When I was offered to be the editor of The New Nation, Dhaka on 4 May 2005, I had already worked there as Executive Editor for nearly two years. I thought it was time for me to take responsibility. The management of the paper was happy with the services I rendered as Executive Editor under editor Mohiuddin ... Read More »

কেবিন বুকড থাকার পরও আপনি হাসপাতালে না গিয়ে বাসায় আছেন কেন?

আমি তো ডাক্তার। করোনা রোগ নিয়েও কাজ করছি। আমি জানি, করোনা রোগীর কোন সময় হাসপাতালে যেতে হবে আর কোন সময় বাসায় থাকতে হবে। করোনা শনাক্ত হওয়ার সঙ্গে সঙ্গে হাসপাতালে চলে যেতে হবে— এটি একেবারেই ঠিক নয়। আমি যদি হাসপাতালে গিয়ে কেবিনে উঠি তাহলে জনগণের কাছে ভুল বার্তা যাবে যে, শনাক্ত হাওয়ার সঙ্গে সঙ্গে হাসপাতালে চলে যেতে হয়। Read More »

Digital agri: Zimbabwe farmers gain but mobile money costly

By Tonderayi Mukeredzi HARARE, May 27 2020 (IPS) – Shurugwi communal farmer, Elizabeth Siyapi (57) can no longer be scammed by unscrupulous middlemen to sell her crops cheaply. Nowadays, before she takes her produce to the market she scours her mobile phone, which has become an essential digital agriculture data bank, for the best prices on the market. “When my ... Read More »

SDG setback ‘tremendous’ as Covid-19 accelerates slide

By Gareth Willmer and Fiona Broom May 26 2020 (IPS) – Crucial global goals to reduce hunger and poverty and curb climate change have gone backwards or stalled, the United Nations Secretary-General warns in a new report, as the COVID-19 outbreak moves from being a health crisis to becoming the “worst human and economic crisis of our lifetimes”. Read More »