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10 orgs highlighting the true cost of food

Danielle Nierenberg I’m thrilled to join the Global Alliance for the Future of Food and over 100 thinkers and doers in the food system for The Future of Food: True Cost Accounting for Transformative Change event. Together we will discuss some the challenges the food system faces—at least one-third of food is lost or wasted, agriculture fuels 70 to 90 ... Read More »

Never to fly again

M ZAHIDUL HAQUE The sky was clear The sun was shining A dazzling morning! Everything was perfect No fear of any turbulence The pilot was in relaxed mood Navigating me in his full confidence. I was in a maiden flight, From New York to London Feeling proud to be A Queen in the sky! Then so many winters passed With ... Read More »

Thai Election Commission blames software for counting error

Bangkok, Mar 30 (AP/UNB) — Thailand’s Election Commission said that computer software was partly to blame for inconsistent and delayed vote totals from last Sunday’s general election. During early reporting of the election results, its tabulation software had trouble handling data entered simultaneously from several points and sometimes displayed incorrect numbers, the commission said in a statement Friday as it ... Read More »

UN urges BD govt not to relocate Rohingya refugees

Dhaka, March 25 – United Nations (UN) on Monday urged the govt of Bangladesh not to relocate Rohingyas to Bhasan Char before reaching a consensus with them on the modalities. Appreciating the Bangladesh government’s move to decongest the overcrowded settlements of Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar, UN in a press release said they are discussing with the government the ‘critical protection ... Read More »

Govt out to split BNP alliances: Fakhrul

Dhaka, Mar 24 – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that the ruling party is out to destroy their party’s unity with other parties in a planned way. Speaking at a discussion, he also warned BNP leaders and activists that they will not be able to oust the current ‘autocratic’ government only driven by emotion without ... Read More »

গ্যাস-বিদ্যুতের মূল্যবৃদ্ধির প্রস্তাব জনগণ প্রতিহত করবে -আইএবি

ইসলামী আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশের আমীর মুফতী সৈয়দ মুহাম্মাদ রেজাউল করীম পীর সাহেব চরমোনাই গ্যাস-বিদ্যুত খাতে সীমাহীন ঘুষ, দুর্নীতি বন্ধ না করে গ্যাস-বিদ্যুতের মূল্যবৃদ্ধির প্রস্তাবনাকে জনগণের পকেট কাটার শামিল বলে মন্তব্য করেছেন। দুর্নীতি ও সিস্টেম লস বন্ধ না করে তা জনগণের উপর চাপিয়ে দেয়ার চেষ্টা করলে জনগণ তা রুখে দিবে। পীর সাহেব বলেন, দলীয় সরকারের অধীনে যে সুষ্ঠু ও নিরপেক্ষ নির্বাচন সম্ভব ... Read More »

Himu Akram — a wizard of TV drama

Himu Akram has made a name for himself in the Bangladesh television industry for making dramas evolving with unconventional stories. His stories are full of subtle and funny characters. He likes to carry the audiences back to their childhood and adolescence period. The plots of the stories of the dramas have been revolving around village, its markets and rural areas ... Read More »

2 suspected drug traders killed in Cox’s Bazar ‘gunfight’

Cox’s Bazar, Mar 22 – Two suspected drug traders were killed in a reported gunfight with police at Rajarchhara in Teknaf upazila early Friday. The deceased were identified as Nur Mohammad, 40, son of Azahar Mia of Nazir Para, and Nurul Amin, 35, son of Abdus Shukkur of Jaliapara in the upazila. Dipak Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station, ... Read More »

Musical concert by AFD held at Shilpakala Academy

A musical cconcert, organised by Alliance Française, Dhaka entitled entitled ‘Trans-portées / Scale to Scale’ was held at National Theater Hall , Bangladeshi Shilpakala Academy on Friday, 8 March. This exceptional program was a rendez-vous between two continents, two cultures, two time periods. A musical dialogue between traditional Bangladeshi music and the contemporary creation of the French composer Laurent Cuniot. ... Read More »

Pro-Al penal wins 18 out of 27 posts in Dhaka Bar election

Dhaka, Feb 09 – Of 27 positions of Dhaka Bar Association, Pro-Awami League lawyers (White panel) got 18 posts including the President, Vice President, General Secretary and Treasurer in the elections for 2019-2020. On the other hand, the BNP-Jamaat backed blue panel bagged the remaining nine posts including the Senior Vice President. The result was declared on Friday midnight after ... Read More »

A quarter of eligible countries haven’t accessed Green Fund

Interesting findings surface in the evaluation of Green Fund’s readiness programme Kathmandu/New Delhi, 8 March (Prerna Bomzan and Indrajit Bose) – At the 22nd Board meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) held in Songdo, South Korea from 26-28 February, the findings and recommendations by the Fund’s Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU) of the GCF’s Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme (RPSP) ... Read More »

Int’l Nuclear Power Forum ‘ATOMEXPO 2019’ in April in Russia

Russia’s southern city of Sochi will host the 11th International nuclear power Forum ATOMEXPO 2019 on 15th and 16th April. Dedicated to the advanced modern nuclear power technologies, the two-day event will cover global issues including carbon-free energy, responsible approach to the environment and natural resources, “Green” investments and international partnership for sustainable development among many others. The Forum will ... Read More »

IBBL iBanking campaign prizes distributed

Dhaka, Feb 27 – The Dhanmondi Branch of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited organized a Prize Distribution Program among the winners of a month-long iBanking Campaign on 26 February 2019 Tuesday at branch premises. Abu Reza Md. Yeahia, Deputy Managing Director of the Bank distributed the prizes as chief guest. Md. Shafiqur Rahman, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Dhaka ... Read More »

Bahrain contractor’s move to stop migrant worker suicides

karim.gfbtu@gmail.com via list.jca.apc.org A Bahraini employer has taken the lead in initiating programmes to help workers lead a stress-free life in the wake of a rising number of expat suicides. Waheed Al Ansari, owner of Areena Contracting that employs 1,000 people, mainly expatriates, has joined hands with the Bangladesh Embassy to conduct the first set of stress management and mind ... Read More »

Mahi says, he had to take his father’s resignation letter

Dhaka, Feb 24 – Bikalpa Dhara lawmaker Mahi B Chowdhury on Sunday told parliament that his father former president Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury was forced to resign from his post as he did not visit the Mazar of late President Ziaur Rahman. He disclosed this while speaking on thanksgiving motion of the President’s address to the nation. Mahi, joint secretary general ... Read More »

BNP candidates at public hearing want Khaleda release first

Dhaka, Feb 22 – BNP’s candidates of the 11th parliamentary election who joined Jatiya Oikya Front’s public hearing on Friday, slammed their party senior leaders for not announcing any action programme to get their chairperson Khaleda Zia released from jail. They also want the party to arrange a hearing of its own candidates to identify its mistakes in the elections ... Read More »

RU student dies of kidney ailments

Rajshahi, Feb 21 – An English department student of Rajshahi University (RU) died on Wednesday night at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). He died of kidney disease. The deceased was identified as Junayed Rijbi, a third year student of English dept third-year16 academic sessions. He was a resident of Harigasi under Rangpur district. Asif Hasan colleague of deceased said, ... Read More »

Jatiya Oikya Front’s public hearing on Dec-30 polls Friday

Dhaka, Feb 21 – Jatiya Oikya Front will hold a public hearing in the city on February 22 to depict the “real scenario of vote robbery” in the 11th parliamentary election before the country’s people and international community. The programme will be held at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium. It will begin at 10am and continue till 4-5pm with ... Read More »

Newsletter from North-East: CAB row generate patriotism!

by Nava Thakuria As if the people of the northeast (NE) India became more conscious about India’s constitution, rule of law and its secular image abroad. So groups of people, including politicians, civil society group representatives, media personnel came to hit the streets raising strong voices against the Union government’s proposed citizenship amendment initiatives. The move by the ruling Bharatiya ... Read More »

‘Bangladesh in Nuclear Club’ at Ekushey Book Fair

Engineer Md. Anwar Hossain, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology unveiled the book titled “Bangladesh in Nuclear Club: Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in the journey for development” written by himself at the Morok Unmochon Moncho of Ekushey Book Fair today, February 12, 2019. Mahbubul Hoq, Chairman, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC), and Rabindranath Roy Chowdhury, Adviser, Nuclear Power Plant Company ... Read More »

নারীর জন্যই গড়েছে তাজমহল, ভেংগেছে ট্রয়!

মোতাহারহোসেন ১৭৫৭ সালে পলাসীর আম্রকাননে একটি পাতানো যুদ্ধে বাংলার স্বাধীনতা সূর্য অস্তমিত হয়েছিল। কিশোর নবাব সিরাজের আপন বড় খালা ঘষেটি বেগমের ষড়যন্ত্র আর মীরজাফর, জগত সেটদের বিশ্বাসঘাতকতায় এ পরাজয়ের কালিমালিপ্ত ইতিহাস সকলেই জানে। আমরা অনেকে এও জানি যে এ পরাজয়ের বীজ বপন করা হয়েছিল এর থেকেও শতবর্ষ পূর্বে, ১৬শ শতাব্দীতে, মোগল সম্রাট শাহজাহান এর আমলে। মোগল সম্রাট শাহজাহান ভালবাসতেন তার ... Read More »

Niko case against Khaleda, next hearing Feb 20

Dhaka, Feb 12 – The Special Judge Court-9 of Dhaka court on Tuesday fixed February 20 as the next date for hearing in the Niko graft case filed against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and ten others. Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of the special judge court passed the order after hearing the arguments of both sides. BNP leader Barrister Moudud ... Read More »

Venezuela’s dueling political movements each push elections

Caracas, Feb 6 (AP/UNB) — Venezuela’s opposition-dominated Congress on Tuesday said it will hold new elections as soon as possible within a year — once embattled President Nicolas Maduro is ousted from power. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s socialist party boss, Diosdado Cabello, threatened to hold early legislative elections that could gut the congress, which is the only branch of government controlled by ... Read More »

RU BCL leader suspended for assaulting journalist

Rajshahi, Feb 05 – A leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League Rajshahi University (RU) unit was suspended for a month yesterday (Monday) for assaulting a campus reporter in last year. The suspended leader is Sabrun Zamil Sushmoy, is the organizing secretary of the RU unit. The victim was, Ali Younus Hridoy, a final-year student of mass communication and journalism, and RU ... Read More »

৩ বছর কারাবাসী জাহালমের ক্ষতিপূরণ চাই – চরমোনাই পীর

ইসলামী আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশ-এর আমীর মুফতী সৈয়দ মুহাম্মদ রেজাউল করীম পীর সাহেব চরমোনাই বলেছেণ, দেশে আইনের শাসন নেই বলেই বিনা অপরাধে তিন বছর কারাবাস করতে হয়েছে পাটকলশ্রমিক জাহালমকে। যদিও হাইকোর্টের হস্তক্ষেপে জাহালম মুক্তি পেয়েছে। তিনি বলেন, জাহালমের জীবন থেকে মহামূল্যবান তিনটি বছর নষ্ট হওয়ায় অবিলম্বে তাঁকে যথোপযুক্ত ক্ষতিপূরণ দিতে হবে। এ ঘটনায় জড়িত ব্যক্তিদের বিরুদ্ধে হাইকোর্টের নির্দেশনা অনুযায়ী কঠোর শাস্তিমূলক ব্যবস্থা ... Read More »

DU female student kidnapping case: 4 asked to surrender

Dhaka, Feb 5 – The High Court on Monday asked four people to surrender before the trial court by Wednesday in a case filed for attempting to kidnap a female student of Dhaka University. The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order rejecting their bail petitions seeking interim bail in the case. ... Read More »

Khaleda in Niko graft case: Next charge hearing in a week

Dhaka, Feb 4 – A court here on Monday set February 12 for the next hearing on charge-framing against 11 people, including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, in the Niko graft case. Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Dhaka Special Judge Court-9 fixed the date after a partial hearing with all the accused present in the dock. Khaleda’s lawyer Abdur Razzak Khan ... Read More »

Compatriots forced Bd women domestic help into illicit work

Bahrain, Feb 01 – Two pimps who locked a woman in apartments for three months and forced her to have sex with multiple men have been jailed for 10 years each. The Bangladeshi men, aged 29 and 44, were convicted by the High Criminal Court yesterday of holding their victim captive, forcing her into prostitution, human trafficking, torture and rape. ... Read More »

Free visa, illegal hiring behind rising worker accidents

Bahrain, Sunday, Feb 2 – Illegal hiring of workers and employing free-visa labourers are major challenges facing authorities trying to curb accidents at work sites, according to a top official. A number of companies bring in workers on daily wages at construction sites, without providing them with proper contracts and/or safety equipment, said Labour and Social Development Ministry occupation safety ... Read More »

Costs of post-9/11 US wars to 2019: $5.9 trillion

By Neta C. Crawford Nov 2018 –The United States has appropriated and is obligated to spend an estimated $5.9 trillion on the war on terror through the Fiscal Year 2019, including direct war and war-related spending and obligations for future spending on post-9/11 war veterans. This number differs substantially from the Pentagon’s estimates of the costs of the post-9/11 wars ... Read More »