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Queen’s birthday in the corona year

M Zahidul Haque BRITAIN’s Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her birthday twice a year—one on her actual date of birth, that is, April 21 and the other on her official birthday usually on the second Saturday in June, which this year falls on June 13. Read More »

Editor Mahbubul Alam won’t be forgotten

Tribute by Sir Frank Peters Saturday, June 6, 2020, is indeed a special day of remembrance. It marks the sixth death anniversary of Mahbubul Alam, that wonderful human being and newspaper doyen who once walked proudly among us sprinkling his blessings and kind wishes upon those in his path. Mahbubul was one of those gentlemen – and indeed he was ... Read More »

Woman branded ‘witch for 31 fingers ,19 toes

A woman boasting a record breaking 31 fingers and toes has been branded a ‘witch’ by her superstitious neighbours. Kumari Nayak, 63, is set to enter the Guinness World Records for having the most digits in the world – 19 toes and 12 fingers. She beats previous record holder Devendra Suthar, who entered the record book in 2014 – with ... Read More »

‘I Am Dying, I Can’t Breathe, Ma’

Pham Thi Tra May, 26 years, from Nghen Town, Ha Tinh, Vietnam. Tra May was one of 39 people being smuggled into Britain in a refrigerated lorry by criminal gangs who thrive on migrants seeking better lives in places away from their home countries. All 39 were found dead in Essex on 23 October 2019. Read More »

Rare baby panda twins born at Belgian zoo

A Belgian zoo announced  yesterday the “extremely rare” birth of twin baby giant pandas, three years after the arrival of a young male, which was a first for Belgium at the time. The Pairi Daiza zoo said the safe delivery of the twins, one male and one female, on Thursday represented a “new hope” for the charismatic black and white ... Read More »

Baby box opens lid on South Africa’s adoption crisis

When the alarm sounds at an orphanage in the Berea district of Johannesburg, all eyes turn to a video surveillance screen in the living room. The screen is linked to a camera inside a metal box, built into the perimeter wall of the orphanage garden. Today, it is a false alarm, but the night before, at about 8:30 pm, the ... Read More »

9-year-old boy has built over 30 mobile games

Seated in a stylish living room of a home in a suburb of Nigeria’s commercial center, Lagos, Basil Okpara Jr. is tapping away on his laptop keyboard. The 9-year-old is building a hide and seek game, using a free programming application called Scratch 2. Scratch 2 allows users to create games, animations, and stories online or offline. So far, Basil ... Read More »

Mass bee deaths sting Russian beekeepers

Anatoly Rubtsov looked despondently at the beehives lining his property. “The farm used to be loud, it sang,” he said. Today just a faint buzz is audible but an overpowering rotting stench hung in the air after his bees were likely poisoned by a pesticide. Rubtsov, who keeps a large honeybee farm on the edge of a small village in ... Read More »

Bangladeshi computer genius’s game on Google Play

Another feather has been added to the crown of Wasik Farhan Roopkotha, a teenage Bangladeshi computer sensation, as an arcade game developed by him was released recently from Google Play Store. “The tech giant Google has recently approved the game called ‘Space Collider’ and it has been downloaded over 1500 times from Google Play in the last couple of days,” ... Read More »

Cuban centenarians, aim for 120

Looking into a mirror, Delia Barrios applies blush and lipstick — she wants to look her best for her 102nd birthday celebration, when she will be surrounded by loved ones. Barrios is one of more than 2,000 people in impoverished Cuba who are 100 years or old — a reality that has piqued the interest of experts, and led some ... Read More »

Roman-era shipwreck off Cyprus discovered

Researchers in Cyprus have discovered a Roman-era shipwreck off a popular beach resort, thought to be the first well-preserved discovery of its kind around the east Mediterranean island. The wreck and its cargo were discovered by divers off the eastern Protaras area and is presently being examined by underwater archaeologists. The vessel had been carrying amphorae – tall clay jars ... Read More »

Gold Fair starts in Barishal

Barishal Correspondent A two day-long fair organised by National Board of Revenue for legalizing undisclosed gold and precious materials, starts at Hotel Grand Park of the city on Monday. Serniabad Sadik Abdullah, Barishal City Corporation Mayor, flying pigeons and festoons inaugurated the fair as chief guest. Khairul Islam, commissioner of taxes Barishal taxes region, presided over the inauguration programme. Among ... Read More »

Where bear greet you!

The magic of animal diversity will thrill you there! There are so many mysteries hide around us. Are you still in doubt about the headline above here? Then you can make plan for a quick visit at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park in Gazipur to unveil the thrilling! A bear is greeting the visitors and opening the gate at the ... Read More »

Transboundary climate adaptation with river basin orgs

Submitted by Christina Leb On Wed, 01/30/2019; co-authors: Sonja Köppel Water, climate, and finance know no borders. This brings both challenges and opportunities. When it comes to freshwater, a majority of the world’s surface water flows in transboundary basins, spanning multiple federal states and countries. At the same time, most impacts from climate change are felt through the global water ... 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 »

Chinese cos give Dhaka US$4bn 2000mw coal-based power deal

Dhaka, 18 Jan – GCM Resources plc and POWERCHINA (a People’s Republic of China Central Government State Owned Enterprise) signed a Joint Venture Agreement and EPC Contract for the development of 2,000MW of mine-mouth coal-fired power plants with an approximate investment of US$4bn in Dinajpur District, North-West Bangladesh. Read More »

Let’s do this together: Barack Obama

Hi Mostafa Kamal, Today marks what would have been Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday. And although he’s not with us today, Dr King’s steadfast commitment to the causes of equality and justice continue to transform the world. I still draw inspiration from his words to an audience in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1957: Read More »

Indian driver suspended to let monkey “drive” bus

An Indian bus driver has been suspended – for letting a monkey “drive” his bus. This is despite not one of the 30-or-so passengers on board the vehicle in southern Karnataka state complaining about their furry chauffeur. However, when a video of the relaxed – and apparently competent – langur monkey taking the wheel went viral, the human driver’s employers ... Read More »