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Big Techs’ control of consumer data raises concerns

Geneva, 11 Jul (Kanaga Raja) – Large technology companies have penetrated many aspects of people’s lifestyles, with such digital platforms providing many benefits, but also gaining significant control of consumer data, which confers market power, raising not only competition-related concerns, but also concerns related to consumer protection and privacy. Read More »

Unlock opportunities for sustainable development: UN Chief

UN, July 11 – As the number of people on the planet continues to rise, UN Secretary-General António Guterres marked World Population Day by highlighting the close link between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and demographic trends – urging everyone to “unlock opportunities for those left behind and help pave the way for sustainable, equitable and inclusive development for ... Read More »

Spanish town hosts annual wine battle

Haro, June 29 (AP/UNB) — Getting drenched with red wine might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but it is the idea behind one of Spain’s most popular — and unusual — fiestas. The town of Haro staged the annual Wine Battle in Spain’s Rioja wine-growing region on Saturday. Organizers say the aim is to “cover your neighbor in wine ... Read More »

Europe must answer the climate call

By Christiana Figueres Brussels – In early 2015, the European Union became the first major economy to set a post-2020 target for limiting greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. By committing to reducing emissions to at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, the EU initiated a global movement that culminated in the adoption of the Paris climate agreement later that year. This ... Read More »

The world is running out of time

By Bertrand Badré Washington, DC – In 2015, the international community launched a renewed effort to tackle collective global challenges under the auspices of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda and the Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). But after an initial flurry of interest, the progress that has been made toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and tackling climate ... Read More »

New Mexico governor seeks ideas for recreational pot law

Santa Fe, Jun 29 (AP/UNB) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is launching a new effort to craft legislation that could legalize recreational marijuana sales next year. The first-year Democratic governor announced Friday her recruitment of health, legal and fiscal policy experts to serve in a new discussion group that provides recommendations on state legalization. Members of the group ... Read More »

Sustainable Food Systems: The Biofortification Connection

Peter Goldstein The speakers at this year’s EAT Stockholm Food Forum delivered a consistent message to the roughly 1,000 attendees: Current global diets are damaging human health and planetary well-being. The foods we produce, and the ways we produce them, contribute to alarming trends in the global climate, pollution, and biodiversity loss. We need to take remedial actions locally and ... Read More »

7 foods that stimulate hair growth

Life, style Desk Whether it’s hair loss, damage or length that you are trying to overcome or achieve, you need more than just shampoos or hair masks to nourish your hair from inside out. These seven foods will not only help accelerate your hair growth but will also keep them healthy and nourished. Chicken.Rich in animal protein, chicken greatly aids ... Read More »

Quick ways to stay fresh in summer

Life & Style Desk Summer’s about hot sticky afternoons and humid evenings that will have you desperate for a shower every 10 minutes! Not to mention greasy hair and oily skin. Here’s quick ways to stay fresh, keep the hair away from your face and smell good. For your skin: -Make sure you carry a face wash at all times. ... Read More »

Robi launches women- focused digital lifestyle service

Dhaka, June 15 (UNB)- Robi has launched a women focused digital lifestyle service, Ichchedana. Combining safety and security features, Ichchedana provides complete lifestyle solution for the women. Any Robi prepaid customer can register for this service by just dialing the USSD code: *123*80# for free of cost. The launching programme was held at the Robi Corporate Office located in Gulshan-1, ... Read More »

Ex Belgian king faces $5,000 fine daily over paternity test

By Emily Dixon and Samuel Quashie-Idun, CNN . (CNN)A Belgian court has ruled that Albert II, the former king of Belgium, will be fined €5,000 ($5,600) every day until he takes a DNA test to determine whether he fathered a child during an alleged affair. Delphine Boel, a Belgian artist and sculptor, claims the king had an affair with her ... Read More »

The good life after work

To manage the latest wave of automation, we must have ends that are more compelling than merely wanting more products and services. Almost all ‘robots are coming’ stories follow a tried-and-true pattern. ‘Shop Direct puts 2,000 UK jobs at risk’ screams a typical headline. Then, quoting from authoritative reports from prestigious institutes and think tanks, the article in question usually alarms ... Read More »

The beautiful Blue Raintree

Stuttgart, Germany – It looks just beautiful. A beauty does not need to be explained in so many words. The Blue Raintree makes one happy at the first look. At the Stuttgart Garden exhibition held from 25-28, April 2019, I saw this tree once again and wondered how beautiful nature is? I took a seat with my friend to enjoy ... Read More »

Writ to make doctor’s prescription for antibiotics must

Dhaka, April 24 – A writ petition was filed with the High Court Wednesday seeking its directive on the authorities concerned to make mandatory a doctor’s prescription for the purchase of antibiotics from pharmacies. Barrister Sayedul Haque Suman, a Supreme Court lawyer, filed the petition with the related as public interest litigation seeking its directive to restrict the sales of ... Read More »

Diets cutting kill one in five lives every year

The food we eat is putting 11 million of into an early grave each year, an influential study shows. The analysis, in the Lancet, found that our daily diet is a bigger killer than smoking and is now involved in one in five deaths around the world, reports BBC. Salt – whether in bread, soy sauce or processed meals – ... Read More »

Zero tolerance to food adulteration in BD

Dhaka, April 10 – The government will to show zero tolerance to prevent adulteration in food and pollution, says Minister for Food Sadhan Chandra Majumder. Like eradication of drugs and militancy, the drive against food adulteration will also be strengthened across the country. Zero tolerance will be shown to thwart food adulteration and pollution,” he said while speaking at a ... Read More »

All what your jeans can (and do) hide!

ROME, Apr 5 2019 (IPS) – Paris, Milan, New York, Tokyo… These are just some of the world’s most prestigious fashion catwalks. There, and elsewhere, perfectly – and often unrealistically – silhouetted young women and men graciously parade to impress elite guests and TV watchers with surprising, fabulous creativity of the most renowned fashion designers and dressmakers. Yet… … Yet, regardless ... Read More »

How to accelerate access to adequate sanitation, hygiene

by Ayat Soliman Globally, 2.4 billion people still live without access to basic sanitation – and over 760 million of these people live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Today only 27% of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population has access to basic sanitation and 220 million people across the continent still practice open defecation – in some countries, this number is increasing, as service providers ... Read More »

Amsterdam bans red light district tours

(CNN) — Amsterdam has moved to end one of the city’s most popular travel activities.The city government has announced that it will end tours of the Red Light District in the Netherlands’ capital, citing concerns about people — in this case sex workers — being treated as a tourist attraction.”We do not consider it appropriate for tourists to leer at sex workers,” city ... Read More »

Lalan Festival on at BD mystic lyricist Lalon Shah Shrine

Kushtia, Mar 21 – A three-day Lalon festival, which began on Wednesday at Lalon Shah Shrine at Chheuria village in Kushtia will end Friday. Every year, the Lalon Academy and Kushtia district administration jointly organise the festival in memory of legendary mystic bard Baul king Lalon Shah. The festival will feature Lalon Mela, discussion and musical soiree. On the occasion, ... Read More »

BP problem rising in youth

Increasing blood pressure is now becoming a common matter. This problem is very noticeable at any age . Although many familiar reasons are known, the mass people are not aware of the exact reason. . When blood pressure increases, it is called hypertension. It is common to see that due to genetic factors, due to various diseases, food irregularities, and ... Read More »

Healthy ways of make-up

Can you really use make-up without damaging your skin? Most people will say, “no.” To them, I say, “challenge accepted!” When you love make-up as much, you have to find ways to get around its ill effects. Many have spent years trying to figure out the right combination of makeup and skincare for a healthy, everyday make-up routine. Healthy make-up ... Read More »

A day that’s been five years in the making: Barack

Mostafa Kamal, Tomorrow is a day that’s been five years in the making. In the aftermath of the killing of Trayvon Martin, I called on Americans to take action on behalf of our nation’s boys and young men of colour. It was a call to love our neighbor’s child recolour much as we love our own; to make sure every ... Read More »

How to eat to save the World

By Modi Mwatsama and Howard Frumkin London – There is not a country in the world that is not grappling with the serious health and environmental consequences of their people’s diets. There has to be a better way to feed everyone well and sustainably. As it stands, roughly 820 million people worldwide lack sufficient food, and many more – often ... Read More »

Canada implements new guidelines on food, not food waste

By Stephen Leahy ONTARIO, Canada, Feb 8 2019 (IPS) – Canada introduced a new healthy eating food guide in January 2019 and, for the first time, the meat, dairy and processed food and beverage industries were not involved. Based on the recommendations of health and nutrition experts, the guide places a new emphasis on eating plants, drinking water and cooking ... Read More »

RU Pathok Forum gets new committee

Rajshahi, Jan 31 – Making Rashedul Islam of Folklore department president and Abdul Alim of Economics general secretary a new executive committee of Rajshahi University Sangbadpatra Pathok Forum has been formed for the next consecutive session. Other office bearer are Abdul Alim Vice-president, Samia Rahman, Vice president, Rifat Sultana Joint-general secretary, Md Raihan Ali Organizing secretary, Md Saiful Islam Treasurer, ... Read More »

BURGER KING TM receives A+ from BFSA

BURGER KING TM, the famous US fast food chain, has been awarded A+ Green Grade Certificate by BFSA from Bangladesh Food Minister based on the compliance they maintained so far inspecting all their 7 outlets. Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA), under the ministry of food, rated the outlets after inspecting overall food safety and hygienic conditions. Read More »

Traditional diverse food systems can help solve malnutrition

Worldwide, 2 billion people are affected by hidden hunger (micronutrient deficiency), of which 225 million (or 9%) are from India. There, 14.5% of the total population are undernourished, 21% of all children in the age group 0-5 suffer from wasting, 38.4% of all children in this age group range suffer from stunting, and 51.4% of women in the reproductive age-range ... Read More »