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The saga of Rohingya refugees 

Mostafa Kamal Majumder A tiny tot, playing near a hand-pump beside shanties covered with polythene-sheet roofs was visibly worried as he saw a handful of visitors getting closer to him, and at one stage he ran away into one such make-do shelter of Rohingya refugees, the worst persecuted ethnic minority in the world, from Myanmar. Before him a young lady ... Read More »

Endangered giant soft-shell turtle nest found in Cambodia

Conservationists have found a nest of the endangered Asian giant softshell turtle on a Mekong River sandbar in northeastern Cambodia, while 115 new species of various other animal and plant life have been discovered in the greater Mekong region. The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society said Tuesday that a nest of Asian giant softshell turtles was found on the Mekong ... Read More »

Victory Day from a foreign perspective

When the names of freedom fighters are long forgotten, their memory will live eternally in the Bangladesh soil that their blood helped fertilize Sir Frank Peters Today, December 16, is Victory Day… as if you didn’t know and wondered what the thousands of national flags were doing enthusiastically fluttering their little hearts out in celebration! Read More »

Scientist recalls training dog Lika for1st trip to space

“I asked her to forgive us and I even cried as I stroked her for the last time,” says 90-year-old Russian biologist Adilya Kotovskaya, recalling the day she bid farewell to her charge Laika. The former street dog was about to make history as the first living creature to orbit the earth, blasting off on a one-way journey. The Soviet ... Read More »

How would world’s millennials combat racism?

A recent study by Pew concludes that over 58% of Americans believe racism is a “big problem” in society. H. Richard Milner, a noted researcher and expert on race and education at the University of Pittsburgh says that, “education is the key to addressing inequity and racism in society,” and if we are not, “working in education to combat racism, ... Read More »

Mass death of Antarctic penguin chicks alarm scientists

Almost the entire cohort of chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic was wiped out by starvation last summer in what scientists say is only the second such incident in over 40 years. Researchers said Sunday the mass die-off occurred because unusually large amounts of sea ice forced penguin parents to travel farther in search of food ... Read More »

The world running out of much needed new antibiotics

By Baher Kamal Rome, Oct 4 (IPS) – The world is running out of new antibiotics to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, a new specialised report warns ahead of this year’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week, adding that most of the drugs currently in the clinical pipeline are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and are only short-term solutions. Read More »

Saudi Arabia to lift driving ban on women

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a decree allowing women to drive for the first time, to the joy of activists. The Gulf kingdom is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. Until now, only men were allowed licences and women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined. Read More »

6000 Rohingya orphans to get smart cards

State Minister for Social Welfare Nuruzzaman Ahmed today said the ministry will issue smart cards to around 6,000 orphan Rohingya children for taking responsibilities to provide their food, shelter and other basic needs. “Orphan Rohingya children up to 18-year will be given separate smart cards to provide them foods, shelter and other facilities.. . Some 120 workers of Social Welfare ... Read More »

Land for refugees not yet habitable – report

470,000 in need of shelters; 13,418 take part in biometric registration AKM Moinuddin, UNB Staff Writer Dhaka, Sept 25 – The land that has been allocated for the new site for providing shelter to Rohingyas is ‘not suitable’ for habitation yet, says a new report on Sunday. Read More »

‘Asia will be home to 60% of world’s over 65s by 2030’

Demography — the fundamental driver of all economies — is shifting the balance of power in Asia, according to Deloitte’s Voice of Asia report: By 2042 there will be more over-65s in Asia than the populations of the Eurozone and North America combined. This will provide a target-rich environment for business opportunities, focused on a growth cluster targeting megatrends such ... Read More »