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Give befitting reply to BNP-Jamaat propaganda, PM Hasina

Finland, June 6 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged expatriate Awami League leaders and workers to give a befitting reply to the BNP-Jamaat which, she said, is carrying out false propaganda and hatching conspiracies against the country. “The BNP-Jamaat clique is out to tarnish the country’s image by orchestrating conspiracies and carrying out false propaganda against the country. So, ... Read More »

Standing up for the clean air we deserve!

By Mahamadou Tounkara Jun 5 2019 – (GGGI) – Air pollution has become the number one environmental problem affecting people’s health, impacting 300 million children worldwide and contributing to the premature death of 600 thousand children every year. Indoor air pollution from cooking on an open fire using firewood or charcoal is a major problem in many developing countries. In ... Read More »

Rain dampens Eid celebrations

Dhaka, June 5 — The celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest festival of Muslims in Bangladesh, was dampened by incessant rainfall since Wednesday morning. On this day, people usually go out in a festive mood but the downpour forced many to stay indoors. Many areas in the capital have gone under water. The Met Office in a bulletin said parts of ... Read More »

Bangladesh, Malaysia must transparently regulate recruitment

The Malaysia-based migrant and human rights network organizations –CARAM Asia, TENAGANITA and North South Initiatives have called upon Bangladesh and Malaysia governments to strictly regulate and reform recruitment process with transparency and integrity. In a message, those NGOs said that ‘as Malaysia hosted a joint working group meeting in Kuala Lumpur on May 30-31 to work out the new recruitment ... Read More »

Dr Kamal demands Khaleda’s release before eid

Dhaka, June 2 (UNB) – Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain and its general secretary Reza Kibria on Sunday demanded the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and other political prisoners before the Eid-ul-Fitr. In a message on the occasion of eid, they said, “We demand that former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and all other political prisoners be freed before the ... Read More »

Explosion at Russian TNT plant injures 79

Moscow, June 2 (AP/UNB) — Russia’s health ministry says 79 people have been injured in an explosion in a plant manufacturing TNT. The blast took place Saturday in Dzerzhinsk, 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Moscow. An investigation is underway but the cause of the blast has not been determined. The ministry said 38 employees at the plant and 41 ... Read More »

Dhaka’s wayside shops attract fixed-income people

Dhaka, June 2 – A large number of vendors have set up makeshift shops on the capital’s footpaths and lanes along major streets and markets to claim their stakes in the frenzied Eid shopping. These shops, offering goods at cheaper prices, usually attract lower-middle-class and poor people but many from the middle class also visit them. Items that are on ... Read More »

Pakistani and Afghan refugees seek safe haven in Sri Lanka

By Caroline Gluck Negombo, Sri Lanka, May 31 2019 (IPS) – Thirteen-year-old Bariea, a Pakistani asylum seeker in Sri Lanka, is taking shelter at a mosque in the city of Negombo, where an uneasy mix of high anxiety and extreme boredom hover over the room. “We just have a few small bags, mostly clothes,” said Bariea. “We thought we would ... Read More »

Hasina arrives in Jeddah to attend Makkah Summit

Jeddah, May 31 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday afternoon arrived here in Saudi Arabia, the second destination of her tri-nation tour, from Tokyo wrapping up her four-day visit to Japan.A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at 5:10pm (local time).Bangladesh Ambassador ... Read More »

Dhaka waits to see Teesta issue resolved: Hamid tells Modi

New Delhi, May 31 (UNB)— The people of Bangladesh have been waiting for years to see the Teesta River water sharing issue settled, President Abdul Hamid told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. “I believe an agreement will be signed soon, which will fulfill India’s commitment in this regard,” President Hamid said. A deal on sharing the water of ... Read More »

Chittagong jail prisoner killed in fight with inmate

Dhaka, May 30 – A prisoner of Chattogram Central Jail was killed on Wednesday over infighting with his inmate, said Chattogram jail authority. Over the murder incident, Chattogram Central Jail’s jailor Nasir Ahmed filed a case at city’s Kotwali Police Station yesterday (Thursday) accusing deceased inmate Ripon Nath. The deceased was identified as Amit Muhuri, 32, a notorious terrorist and ... Read More »

Pneumonia kills 2 children per hour in Bangladesh: Report

Dhaka, May 30 (UNB)- Pneumonia is still the leading cause of death among children under five in Bangladesh killing two children on average every hour, according to a report published Wednesday. The third annual launch of ‘Global Childhood Report 2019’ by Save the Children Bangladesh at Jatiya Press Club revealed the situation. Bangladesh is positioned at 127 out of 176 ... Read More »

Bangladesh to export 10-15 lakh tonnes rice: Minister

Dhaka, May 30 (UNB) – Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque on Thursday said the government has decided to export 10 to 15 tonnes of rice, aiming to save famers from losses. Dr Razzaque disclosed the decision at a press conference on the government steps over the market price of paddy at his ministry’s auditorium. The minister said the government is ... Read More »

Summit Group signs MoU with Japan’s Energy for New Era

Tokyo, May 29 (UNB) – Summit Group of Bangladesh and Japan’s Energy for New Era (JERA) signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday to initiate a mega energy infrastructure project. The project will have the capacity to handle 20 million tonnes of bulk cargo at Matarbari area in Cox’s Bazara year. It will provide impetus to Bangladesh’s trade by development ... Read More »

Hasina wants to transform BD into another Japan

Dhaka, May 28 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has shared her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s aspiration to transform Bangladesh into another Japan saying a new era with hope and harmony has begun in Japan. “Japan was always close to my heart. This was transmitted to me from my father. I share his aspiration to transform my country into ... Read More »

Maternal mortality rate to fall with child marriage decline

Dhaka, May 28 (UNB) – The maternal mortality rate will come down in the country with the decline in child marriage, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Tuesday. The minister came up with the information while speaking at a press conference at the secretariat arranged on the occasion of Safe Motherhood Day observed on Tuesday. “Emergency maternity ... Read More »

Modernity triumphs over Feudal attitude in India

By Ranjit Devraj New Delhi, May 25 2019 (IPS) – “We worked for the poor and they voted us back to power,” was the explanation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made to newly-elected legislators on Saturday, May 25, on the spectacular win scored by his nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India’s just concluded general elections. Modi’s statement appeared refreshingly ... Read More »

Development not possible amid money laundering: Dr Kamal

Dhaka, May 27 (UNB) – Criticising the government for what he said not taking action against those who siphoned off money, Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Monday alleged that the country’s real development is not possible if money laundering is not stopped. “Huge money is being siphoned off abroad from Bangladesh. “It can’t be called development when money ... Read More »

BNP demands ex-PM Khaleda’s release before eid

Dhaka, May 27 (UNB) – BNP on Monday urged the government to ensure the release of its ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia on bail from jail before the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. “Though Begum Zia has been staying in jail, she’s still the most popular leader in the country. That’s why Awami League is hatching a new plot to eliminate her from earth,” ... Read More »

Speedy trial law to remain valid until 2024, Bill approved

Dhaka, May 27 (UNB) – The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for extending its validity till 2024. The approval came at the Cabinet meeting held here with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. “The duration of the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) Act, 2002 expired in ... Read More »

PM urges people’s representatives to win their trust

Dhaka, May 27 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the public representatives to win the hearts of people as well as attain their trust and confidence to have the opportunity to serve them repeatedly. “You’re the public representatives as people cast their votes. You have to win their trust and confidence…you’ve responsibilities and duties to them,” she ... Read More »

Hasina-Modi goodwill sharing likely on Delhi stopover June 8

Dhaka, May 27 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has planned to make a 12-hour stopover in New Delhi on June 8 on her way back home after wrapping up her tri-nation visit to Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland.  There is likely to have a “goodwill exchange” between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during her brief ... Read More »

Europe-wide vote fragments centre as far right, Greens gain

Brussels, May 27 (AP/UNB) — The European Union’s traditional center splintered in the hardest-fought European Parliament elections in decades, with the far right and pro-environment Greens gaining ground on Sunday after four days of a polarized vote. Turnout was at a two-decade high over the balloting across the 28 European Union countries. The elections were seen as a test of ... Read More »

World Health Assembly for antimicrobial resistance action

Geneva, 27 May (Heba Wanis): Member States at the 72nd World Health Assembly adopted a resolution on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), reiterating their commitment to urgently address AMR in recognition of the emerging public health threat of the loss of treatment options. AMR is estimated to kill 700,000 globally per year. By 2050, if AMR is not addressed, 10 million people ... Read More »

BNP invites PM to its Tuesday’s iftar party

Dhaka, May 26 (UNB) – BNP on Sunday invited Awami League (AL) President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her party’s presidium members to its iftar party to be held here on Tuesday. The party will host the iftar party in honour of political leaders at Ladies Club. A three-member BNP delegation, led by its assistant office secretary Taiful Islam ... Read More »

Minister Mozammel to join Modi’s swearing-in: FM

Dhaka, May 26 (UNB) – Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque will represent Bangladesh at the swearing-in ceremony of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi is likely to take oath as Indian Prime Minister for the second term on May 30 at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan in the evening.  Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Minister Mozammel ... Read More »

Solar-powered dug-wells bring hopes to drought-prone BD people

Naogaon, May 26 – The phrase ‘drought-prone region’ to describe a cluster of districts in Bangladesh’s north sounds almost benign, and hardly captures the perpetual hardships of people engaged in a daily battle for water, the other name of life. The paucity of water also makes it extremely difficult for farming or any form of agriculture to thrive in the ... Read More »

Dhaka offering exclusive economic zone to Japanese investors

Dhaka, May 25 (UNB) – An exclusive economic zone for Japanese investors is going to be developed at Araihazar upazila in Nayaranganj alongside Dhaka-Syhet Highway. Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA) will sign a joint venture agreement with Sumitomo Corporation of Japan for development of the proposed economic zone, official sources at BEZA said. According to them, the new economic zone ... Read More »

BD railway faces huge crowd for advance Eid Festival tickets

Dhaka, May 25 – A massive crowd was seen at Kamalapur Railway Station and Airport Railway station as Hundreds of ticket-seekers thronged the ticket counters. Everyone needed a ticket of June 3. Ticket seekers gathered at the stations in huge numbers for the fourth consecutive day especially at Kamalapur and Airport railway stations with some people waiting for the counters ... Read More »

Govt working to improve living standard of people: PM

Dhaka, May 25 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the aim of her government is to improve the living standard of people and free the country from poverty. “We’re taking Bangladesh to the trajectory of development through reducing poverty…we’ve always one goal — to develop people’s lifestyle, free them from poverty and make the country economically self-reliant,” ... Read More »