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The surrender of intelligence

Sudhirendar Sharma While there is no denying that algorithms have eased life by managing the information explosion, that it does so at the cost of reducing rich diversity into a world of niches has often gone unnoticed? Google does what confidantes used to, lending advice for resolving personal and professional matters. Read More »

‘Peace Be Upon You, Davos’

17 poets and 55 poems, these are the numbers of this verse, in short, strongly desired by the Malaysian poet Rokiah Hashim. The title already contains the ultimate essence: peace and harmony as languages proper to poetry, as an open hand to welcome differences and to change the world. Read More »

Beginnings without end

Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma Early through the novel one learns a rather strange practice of women giving birth while ‘standing like a mare’, priding themselves that nobody other than the midwives witness the child birth. 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 »

Rabindranath’s 78th death anniversary observed

Dhaka, Aug 6 (UNB) – The 78th death anniversary of the Bard of Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore, is being observed on Tuesday. Tagore, who enriched the Bengali language and literature with his astounding talent and merit, died on this day in 1941 at the age of 80. Different organisations are holding many programmes while television channels are airing special productions based ... Read More »

New book on antimicrobial resistance published

TWN Series on Antimicrobial Resistance no. 1 The Global Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance and the Challenges and Needs of Developing Countries By Martin Khor Publisher: TWN ISBN: 978-967-0747-30-9 Year: 2019 No. of pages: 40 14 cm x 21 cm About the Book Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – in which a microorganism (such as a bacterium, virus, fungus or parasite) becomes resistant ... Read More »

Can a book tell the history of the Ganga?

May 26, 2019 SANDRP Book Review: “Ganga: The Many Pasts of a River” by Sudipta Sen. Penguin Viking. 2019. PP 445 + (xvi) “Panditaraja Jagannath, Mughal court poet extraordinaire, a scholar of Linguistics, poetics, and philosophy, hounded by the Brahmin orthodoxy led by Hara Dikshita for marrying a Muslim woman, sought refuge on the steps of Banaras by the side ... Read More »

Columbia University to produce Obama presidency oral history

Chicago, May 17 (AP/UNB) — Columbia University Libraries in New York will produce the official oral history of Barack Obama’s presidency. Obama Foundation officials announced Thursday that the project at The Columbia Center for Oral History Research will provide a record of the decisions, actions and effects of Obama’s presidency. The former president is a graduate of Columbia University, which ... Read More »

Aid to education falls slightly in 2017

In 2017, aid to education totaled US$ 13.2 billion, down 2% or US$288 million compared to 2016. The figures, released by the Global Education Monitoring Report, published by UNESCO, show the levels of aid to education continue to stagnate, growing by only 1% per year on average since 2009. Much of the cut to total aid to education can be ... Read More »

Complex at Tagore’s house Kuthibari in BD nears completion

Kushtia, May 10 – The construction of a magnificent complex is on in full swing at Shilaidaha Kuthibari, Rabindranath Tagore’s country house that holds numerous memories of the celebrated poet. Deputy Commissioner of the district Aslam Hossain says he is happy with the pace of work. “Everyone’s saying that the work’s quality is very good. At the current pace, I ... Read More »

Francophonie prize-winning ceremony Friday

Every year, the Francophone community celebrates and promotes worldwide the use of the French language as well as cultural and linguistic diversity. In the framework of the 2019 edition, Alliance Française de Dhaka with the Francophone diplomatic missions in Bangladesh has offered a rich programme of activities (concerts, exhibitions, contests, Francophonie short film festival 2019…) during the month of March. ... 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 »

PM unveils ‘Bangla Bhashar Bangabandhu’

Dhaka, Mar 18 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday unveiled the cover of a book titled ‘Bangla Bhashar Bangabandhu’, which illustrated the contributions of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to the Language Movement and Bangla. She uncovered the pictorial book at the outset of cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office, said Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam while ... Read More »

Ekushey Book Fair ends – sale proceeds Taka 780 milliom

Dhaka, Mar 2 (UNB)— The extended Amar Ekushey Book Fair ended Saturday, recording huge sale and witnessing a mass gathering of book lovers. The fair was originally scheduled to end on Thursday but the government extended it. In the last days, many visitors complained that they could not find the books they were looking for. Most of the stalls also ... Read More »

Bangla Academy announces ‘Gunijon Sahitya Puroskar’

Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) – Bangla Academy announced the list of winners of its “Gunijon Sahitya Puroskar” chosen from among the publishing houses participating at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair. The awards will be handed over to the winners on the closing day of the month-long fair on February 28, said a press release of Bangla academy issued on Sunday ... Read More »

Mother tongue unites people from across benapole border

Dhaka, Feb 21 (UNB) – Thousands of people from two neighbouring countries, Bangladesh and India came into one platform showing deep affection for mother tongue on International Mother Language Day, at no-man’s land between Benapole and Petrapole on Thursday. Forgetting borders, defying the barbed wire people in groups joined the assembled carrying banners, festoons and placards for their mother tongue ... Read More »

Write verdicts in Bangla: PM to higher court judges

Dhaka, Feb 21 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the higher court judges to write verdicts in Bangla so that justice-seekers can easily understand those without depending on lawyers. “If those who work in courts practise the writing of verdicts in Bangla, less-educated people like us can at least get the scope to understand the judgments going ... Read More »

President, PM pay homage to Language Heroes

News Desk President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid their rich tributes to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement on the occasion of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid the homage by placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar here at one minute past midnight ... Read More »

Austrian FM Karin Kneissl pays tribute to language martyrs

Dhaka, Feb 20 – Austria wants to boots its bilateral cooperation with Bangladesh in various sectors especially in trade and investment, technology transfer and start a direct international flight between Dhaka and Vienna. Visiting Austrian foreign minister Karin Kneissl on Wednesday came up with the statements after holding a bilateral talk with Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen at the ... Read More »

PM for protection, practice of own languages

Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday stressed the importance of protection and practice of own languages and cultures for making a healthy environment for the future generation. “It’s our duty to protect, exercise and take forward our independence, language rights and culture as well as create a decent environment for the next generation,” she said ... Read More »

Nation pays homage to language martyrs Thursday

Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – The nation is set to pay rich tributes to the martyrs of the 1952 historic Language Movement with the clock striking 00.01am on Thursday, marking ‘Amar Ekushey’, the Language Martyrs’ Day and International Mother Language Day. The great Language Movement, a significant event in the nation’s history, was aimed at establishing the right of the ... Read More »

PM hands over Ekushey Award to 21 eminent citizens

Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday distributed coveted Ekushey Padak-2019 among 21 eminent citizens for their contributions to their respective fields. The Prime Minister handed over the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award in Bangladesh, to the awardees or their family members at a function organised by Cultural Affairs Ministry at Bangabandhu International Conference ... Read More »

Rain damages a huge quantity of Ekushey book fair books

Dhaka, Feb 17 (UNB) – An early morning shower on Sunday caught the book publishers at the Amar Ekushey book fair off-guarded as it damaged huge books at the fair venue.   Jalal Ahmed, member secretary of the book fair management committee, told UNB that some stalls were also damaged due to the rain that swept the city coupled with ... Read More »

Allow Al Mahmud’s body at Shaheed Minar: BNP asks govt

Dhaka, Feb 16 (UNB) – BNP on Saturday demanded the government that the body of great poet Al Mahmud to be taken the Central Shaheed Minar to enable people to pay their last respects to him. “The government should give permission for bringing the body of freedom fighter and poet (Al Mahmud) to Shaheed Minar so that the people of ... Read More »

Emojis with disabilities a step for inclusion

As a person with a disability, I have never seen myself represented in the vast range of emojis – those small digital images – found on smartphones. There are magician, mermaid and merman, zombie, and vampire emojis. There are thousands of emojis but up until now, no one with a disability. That is all about to change. Later this year, smartphones ... Read More »

Only immediate climate action can save the future

by John Scales Avery Only immediate climate action can save the future. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon. A new book. I have written a 396-page book about the steps that are urgently needed in order to save the future for our children ... Read More »