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8 million new voters expected in BD voter list update by EC

Dhaka, April 22 – The Election Commission (EC) is going to start gathering data to update their voter list targeting about 8 million citizens across the country from Tuesday. According to the EC sources, the commission will collect data on citizens who are over 16 years old – born on or before January 1, 2003. They will be enrolled as ... Read More »

Body of Sheikh Selim’s grandson to arrive from Lanka Tuesday

Dhaka, April 22 – The body of the ruling Awami League veteran leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim’s grandson Zayan Chowdhury, 8, will be brought home on Tuesday noon. Zayan was killed in the Sri Lanka attacks that claimed at least 290 lives and wounded more than 500 people. Talking to the media, Information minister Hasan Mahmud on Monday said, “His ... Read More »

B Chy for introducing politics of respect

Dhaka, Apr 22 (UNB) – President of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Monday laid emphasis on establishing the politics of respect coming out of that of hatred to give democracy an institutional shape in the country. Speaking at a discussion-cum-doa mahfil, he also recalled the contributions of national leaders to the country and its development. BBD ... Read More »

Sri Lanka failed to heed warnings of attacks

Colombo, Apr 22 (AP/UNB) — Sri Lankan officials failed to heed warnings from intelligence agencies about the threat of an attack by a domestic radical Muslim group that officials blame for Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 200 people, the country’s health minister said Monday. The coordinated bombings that ripped through churches and luxury hotels were carried out by ... Read More »

Sri Lanka blasts: 2 Bangladeshi tourists unaccounted for

Dhaka, Apr 21 (UNB)— Bangladesh says two of its nationals have remained missing since blasts rocked three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. “Two Bangladesh nationals are unaccounted for. They went to Colombo as tourists with their family,” State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam told the media in Dhaka. But details about their ... Read More »

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina reaches Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei), Apr 21 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here this afternoon  on a three-day official visit when the two countries are expected to sign seven Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs). A special Biman flight that left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8:25am landed at Brunei International Airport at 2:30pm (local time). Crown Prince of Brunei Darussalam Haji ... Read More »

2 more deadly explosions hit Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, Apr 21 (AP/UNB) —  A Sri Lankan military spokesman has confirmed two more explosions just outside the capital, hours after six nearly simultaneous blasts rocked churches and luxury hotels, killing at least 138 people. The spokesman, Brig. Atapattu, says a seventh blast occurred at a guesthouse in Dehiwala, killing at least two people. Atapattu says an eighth blast ... Read More »

3 school-going first drown while taking bath in Padma River

Rajshahi, Apr 21 (UNB) – Three girls drowned in the Padma river in Bagha upazila on Sunday. The deceased were identified as Jeam, 17, a class XI student of Mirganj College, Esha Khatun, 9, a student of Bagha Government Primary school–two daughters of Zillur Rahman and Shipra, 12, a class  VI student of Mirganj Girls’ High School and daughter of Shahidul ... Read More »

Rubana Huq takes charge as BGMEA President

Dhaka, Apr 20 (UNB) – Rubana Huq took charge as the first female president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Saturday. She will lead the organisation for the 2019-2021 term. Outgoing BGMEA President Md Siddiqur Rahman handed over the charge to Rubana at their new office in Uttara. Rubana, managing director of Mohammadi Group, is the wife ... Read More »

Schools, colleges asked to form groups to face sexual attack

Dhaka, Apr 20 (UNB) – The government has directed all the educational institutions under the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) to form five-member committees to prevent incidents of sexual harassment.DSHE director (college and admin) Shahedul Khabir Chowdhury said they have sent the notice to all the government and non-government educational institutions along with the 2009 High Court directive ... Read More »

495 foreign nationals in jail for illegal migration: Minister

Dhaka, Apr 20 (UNB) – Terming human trafficking a global menace, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday said 495 people have so far been arrested for illegal migration from neighbouring countries. The Home Minister also said 57 of them have been convicted. He made the remarks at a seminar titled ‘Combatting trafficking: Repatriation of Victims of Human Trafficking’ jointly arranged ... Read More »

Gonoforum to serve show-cause notice to erring MP Mokabbir

Dhaka, Apr 20 (UNB) – Gonoforum will send a show-cause notice to party presidium member and MP Mokabbir Khan for ‘violating’ its constitution and indulging ‘anti- party’ activities. The decision was taken on Saturday at a meeting of the party’s central committee, said a press release. “The meeting has decided to serve a show-cause notice to Mokabbir Khan for his ... Read More »

Burqa used during Nusrat murder recovered in Feni

Feni, Apr 20 (UNB) – A team of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) recovered a burqa used during the killing of Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi from Dangi canal in Sonagazi municipality area on Saturday. Shaha Alam, inspector of PBI and also the investigation officer of the case, said from the confessional statement of Nur Uddin and Sahadat Hossain ... Read More »

PM flies to Brunei Sunday

Dhaka, Apr 20 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina goes to Brunei Darussalam on Sunday on a three-day official visit as the two countries are expected to sign seven Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs).   The Prime Minister takes up the tour at the invitation of Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah. Six of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) will ... Read More »

4 killed in Mymensingh road crash

Mymensingh, Apr 20 (UNB) – At least four people, including a woman, were killed and two others injured when a truck hit an auto-rickshaw and a human hauler on Mymensingh-Haluaghat road at Alalpur in the city on Saturday morning. The deceased were identified as Yunus, 60, Kuddus, 38 of Baula village in Phulpur upazila, Mustafijur Rahman, 62 and his wife ... Read More »

AL’s popularity up: PM Sheikh Hasina

Dhaka, April 19 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday directed her party rank and file to strengthen its grassroots by holding district councils respectively ahead of the party national council session likely to be held in October this year. Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, came up with the direction at a joint meeting of Awami League ... Read More »

Foreign banks reluctant to disclose syphoned money: FM

Dhaka, April 19 – Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen yesterday said the banks of developed countries don’t want to disclose the information regarding the syphoning off the money by Bangladeshi nationals. He said his ministry would follow the directives of the law ministry regarding what can be done about freezing the bank accounts of Tarique Rahman and his wife Dr ... Read More »

PM receives treatment at Institute of Ophthalmology

Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday received treatment at the National Institute of Ophthalmology (NIO) and Hospital at city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. She went there in the morning, bought a ticket from the counter and took treatment like any other patient. Sheikh Hasina had also received treatment from NIO this way in the past, according to a release ... Read More »

Use of nuke energy to ensure sustainable development urged

While countries all over the world are committed to cut down their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the Paris Agreement goal, nuclear experts gathered at the 11th edition of the international atomic energy forum- Atomexpo 2019, held in Sochi, Russia expressed their opinion in favour of atomic energy, as an imperative for sustainability of growth. Organised by Rosatom, state nuclear ... Read More »

Bangladesh Fashionology Summit in Dhaka on May 2

Dhaka, April 18 – Smart clothing is the fourth industrial textile revolution, a sector that will reach a sales volume of more than $130 billion in 2025, said Mostafiz Uddin, founder of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE). He said this at a press conference which held at a hotel in the capital yesterday. The second ever Bangladesh Fashionology Summit will be ... Read More »

507 enforced disappearances in BD in 11 years, 159 not traced

Dhaka, April 18 – A new report from International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) establishes that enforced disappearances in Bangladesh constitute crimes against humanity, and calls on the international community to take all necessary measures to ensure that the government fulfils the right of victims to truth, justice, and reparation. In a statement, it said a total of 507 were ... Read More »

IFPRI launches global food policy report

Dhaka, April 18 – The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), an international agricultural research centre, on Thursday launched ‘global food policy report 2019’ that highlights Bangladesh as one of South Asia’s leaders in improving rural development indicators and food and nutrition security. The report also pointed out that the need to close persistent rural-urban development gaps by continuing to ... Read More »

BD traders want export-import simplified at Benapole

Dhaka, Apr 17 (UNB)- Speakers at a meeting urged the government to simplify export and import process through the Benapole land port. They called for capacity enhancement, developing infrastructure and continuing 24 hours operation of the port for smoother export and import process at a meeting held recently at Benapole Custom House Office.  Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) ... Read More »

WHO releases first guideline on digital health interventions

Dhaka, April 17 (UNB)- World Health Organization(WHO) on Wednesday released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve people’s health and essential services. WHO Director-General DrTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “Ultimately, digital technologies are not ends in themselves; they are vital tools to promote health, keep the world ... Read More »

Poaching interrupts study of migratory birds in Kashmir

by Athar Parvaiz on 16 April 2019 • Around half a million birds visit the Ramsar site, Hokersar Wetland and other wetlands in Kashmir. But many of these birds are victims of hunting. • While attempting to study the birds, researchers fear that many of the birds that they had tagged with devices for studying migration patterns have been hunted ... Read More »

Deer attack kills man in Australia

Dhaka, Apr 17 (UNN) – A man was killed while a woman suffered life-threatening injuries by a deer in a rare attack on a rural property in the state of Victoria of southern Australia early Wednesday. The injured woman was flown to a hospital for treatment, reports BBC citing local police. A study into deaths caused by animals in Australia ... Read More »

Dhaka highrise fire sparked by short-circuit: Govt Minister

Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) – An electric short-circuit on the eighth floor of FR Tower sparked the deadly fire that killed 26 people last month, State Minister for Disaster Management Enamur Rahman said Tuesday. “The fire spread to the ninth and 10th floors. A number of people died because of smoke in the 11th, 12th and 13th floors,” he said ... Read More »

Mujibnagar Day Wednesday

Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) – The historic Mujibnagar Day will be observed on Wednesday, marking the formation of Bangladesh’s first government that led the War of Liberation in 1971. Senior leaders of Awami League assembled at Baidyanathtala, a mango orchard, which was later named as Mujibnagar, in Meherpur district on April 17, 1971 to form the provisional government of independent ... Read More »

HRW calls for ensuring justice for Nusrat

Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said the government of Bangladesh should “thoroughly investigate” the murder of madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi and fairly prosecute all those responsible for the incident. “The horrifying murder of a brave woman who sought justice shows how badly the Bangladesh government has failed victims of sexual assault,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, ... Read More »

Female magistrates to record testimonies of rape victims: SC

Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) – Bangladesh’s top court says it wants female magistrates to record the testimonies of female victims of rape and sexual harassment from now on. “This is for the sake of fair investigation and trial,” the Supreme Court said in a circular issued on Monday. The chief judicial magistrates and chief metropolitan magistrates have been requested to ... Read More »