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Dhaka again ranks third least liveable city

Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) – Dhaka has ranked third worst liveable city in the Global Liveability Index 2019 while Vienna of Austria the finest liveable city in the world. The index placed war-torn Syrian capital Damascus and Lagos to the least liveable cities. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) publishes an annual Global Liveability Ranking, which ranks 140 cities of the ... Read More »

UN: Revival of Multilateralism or Obituary for World Order

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 5 2019 (IPS) – The United Nations will be hosting six high level plenary meetings –- unprecedented even by its own standards—during the beginning of the 74th session of the General Assembly in late September. The meetings are being viewed primarily as an attempt at reviving multilateral diplomacy at a time when a rash of hard-right nationalist ... Read More »

Blue economy confce adopts 17-point declaration

DHAKA, Sept 5, 2019 (BSS) – The 3rd Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Blue Economy Ministerial Conference ended here today adopting a 17-point Dhaka declaration that underlined to consider ‘Marine Spatial Planning’ as useful tool to develop marine value chains recognizing oceanic resources as a means to attain sustainable development. According to the declaration, the IORA member states will strengthen ... Read More »

HK leader says extradition bill withdrawal own decision

Hong Kong, Sept 5 (AP/UNB) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Thursday that the decision to withdraw an extradition bill that sparked months of demonstrations in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory was her government’s own initiative to break the impasse, and not Beijing’s directive. Lam told a news conference that China’s central government “understands, respects and supports” her government in ... Read More »

ACC turns blind eye to corruption in different projects: BNP

Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday alleged that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been playing a silent role though corruption has ‘turned epidemic’ in every sector and at different projects. Speaking at a press beefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also likened the ACC to the ‘one-eyed demon’ of Arabian ... Read More »

5000 sharp weapons seized from NGO godown: Ukhiya Upazila

Cox’s Bazar, Sept 6 (UNB) – Five thousand sharp weapons were recovered from a godown of a local NGO at Malbhitapara in Ukhiya upaizla on Thursday night. Tipped off, a team, led by executive magistrate and assistant commissioner (land) Fakhrul Islam, conducted a drive in the godown of Shed, an NGO, and recovered the locally-made weapons kept in 20/25 sacks. ... Read More »

Suspected criminal killed in gunfight hours after surrender

Chattogram, Sept 5 (UNB) – A suspected criminal was killed in an alleged gunfight with police in Chattogram on early Thursday, hours after turning himself in. The deceased was identified as Mohammad Belal, 43, son of Abdul Quader of Cumilla’s Chandina upazila. He was wanted in 13 criminal cases including murder, said police. Pranab Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of Khulshi Police Station, ... Read More »

Help protect marine ecology: PM asks Indian Ocean Rim Assoc

Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the IORA member states to respond quickly to save the marine ecological system as the protection of ocean and sea resources is essential to get long-term benefits from the Indian Ocean belt. “We’ve to realise that every investment we make and every step we take to protect our ... Read More »

Dhaka North City earmarks Tk 490mn to control mosquitoes

Dhaka, Sep 5 (UNB) – The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has earmarked Tk 49.3 crore for mosquito extermination programmes in its proposed budget for the 2019-20 financial year. It was revealed when Mayor Atiqul Islam unveiled the city corporation’s budget at DNCC Nagar Bhaban in Gulshan on Thursday. This is the first time he has announced the budget after ... Read More »

BD telecom regulator BTRC serves notice to GP, Robi

Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) – Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Thursday issued show-causes notices to Grameenphone and Robi seeking explanation as to why their 2G and 3G licences should not be revoked for failure to pay dues. The two mobile phone operators have been asked to respond to the notices within 30 days, said BTRC Senior Assistant Director Zakir ... Read More »

Nations must have trade partners freely: Iran FM Javad Zarif

Dhaka, Sep 4 (UNB) – Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has urged countries including Bangladesh not to bow to what he termed ‘economic terrorism’ by the United States government, and encouraged them to avail a number of alternative trading mechanisms that circumvent the US financial system to carry on trading with Iran – without falling foul of Washington’s sanctions regime. ... Read More »

No. of NGOs withdrawn from Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps now 43

Cox’s Bazar, Sept 4 (UNB) – The government has banned the activities of two more NGOs – ADRA Bangladesh and Al-Markazul Islami — for providing financial assistance for the August 25 rally of Rohingyas and campaigning against the Rohingya repatriation. The NGO Affairs Bureau issued an order on Wednesday in this regard, said Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Mohammad Ashraful Afar. ... Read More »

Dr Akash suicide: Wife Mitu released on bail

Chattogram, Sept 4 (UNB) – Tanzila Haq Chowdhury Mitu, who was arrested for instigating the suicide of her husband Dr Mustafa Murshed Akash, was released from jail on Wednesday evening after over seven and half months. She walked out of Chittagong Central Jail around 7pm, said its Deputy Jailer Abdus Salam. Mitu was released after the order of her permanent ... Read More »

Police constable among 2 held during mugging in city

Dhaka, Sept 4 (UNB) – Two people, including a ‘constable’, were held while fleeing after mugging a businessman in the city’s Motijheel area on Wednesday. The arrestees are Mamun, said to be a constable of Bangshal Police Station, and his friend Jitu. Abul Kalam Azad, the victim, said Mamun and Jitu waylaid him around 3:30pm when he was returning after ... Read More »

9 jailed for selling wild birds in Chittagong

Chattogram, Sept 5 (UNB) – A mobile court here on Wednesday night sentenced nine people to one month in jail for selling wild birds at Reazuddin Bazar in the port city. During a drive at 11 shops, the court seized 150 birds that included parrot and Mayna, said Executive Magistrate Tahmilur Rahman. Later, the court fined them Tk 5,000 each ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Toll on using national highways for long-distance trips: PM

Dhaka, Sept 3 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said toll should be collected from the long-distance vehicles that plyfour national highways and the money should be used forthe maintenance of the major roads. The Prime Minister said this while presiding over a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) at the NEC conference ... Read More »

Minni freed on bail in husband Rifat murder case

Barguna, Sept 3 (UNB) – Ayesha Siddika Minni was released from the district jail on bail on Tuesday in a case over the murder of her husband Rifat Sharif. Mozammel Hossain, father of Minni, received her at the jail gate when she walked out of the jail around 4:35 pm, said Anwar Hossain, Jail Super of Barguna District Jail. Earlier ... Read More »

Barrister Mainul refused bail, sent to jail again

Dhaka, Sep 3 (UNB) – A court here on Tuesday rejected a bail plea of former caretaker government adviser Mainul Hosein and sent him to jail in a defamation case filed by journalist Masuda Bhatti. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Tofazzol Hossain passed the order when Mainul surrendered before the court after expiry of his five-month bail. Dhaka Bar Association’s former president ... Read More »