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Oceans as an investment priority

By Emma Navarro Oslo – The Earth’s oceans face many threats, none of which have quick fixes. Still, the solutions are known, and with a sufficiently broad coalition of partners, we can get the ball rolling on a number of fronts. Read More »

Patients die as Manila traffic jams block ambulances

Gridlock in Manila is costing lives as ambulances stuck in traffic face severe delays in the race against the clock to reach the city’s hospitals, medics warn. Special lanes for emergency vehicles are not enforced, the infrastructure is outdated, and local drivers are often unwilling or unable to make way — a situation experts say is causing patients to die ... Read More »

Boris Johnson takes over as UK PM

London, Jul 24 (AP/UNB) — Boris Johnson became Britain’s new prime minister Wednesday, vowing to lead the U.K. out of the European Union, “no ifs, ands or buts.” Standing outside the shiny black door of 10 Downing St., Johnson said that “after three years of unfounded self-doubt, it is time to change the record.” Read More »

Auto DraftTon-up Bairstow stars as England book World Cup semi-final

CHESTER-LE-STREET, United Kingdom, (BSS/AFP) – Jonny Bairstow’s second successive hundred laid the foundation for England’s 119-run thrashing of New Zealand that saw the tournament hosts secure their place in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday. It is the first time England have reached this stage since 1992, when they made the last of their three losing appearances in ... Read More »

Shakib, Liton stars as Tigers maul West Indies

Shakib hits back-to-back centuries, becomes top scorer Dhaka, June 17 – Riding on the back-to-back tons by Shakib Al Hasan and a brisk half-century by Liton Das, Bangladesh outclassed West Indies by seven wickets with 51 balls to spare in their fifth game of the ongoing World Cup at Taunton on Monday. Chasing a record total of 321 runs, the ... Read More »

Jaya coming as first woman serial killer

Cultural Correspondent Jaya Ahsan is now set to revive the first female serial killer in India. Named Troilokya this lady roamed the streets of West Bengal in the late 1800s to switch from one crime to another for livelihood before finally turning to a chain of murders. Tollywood filmmaker Arindam Sil would direct the film on her titled after her ... Read More »

Amazon dethrones Google as top global brand: survey

US retail giant Amazon has moved past hi-tech titans Apple and Google to become the world’s most valuable brand, a key survey showed Tuesday. The brand value of Amazon surged by 52 percent to $315 billion, global market research agency Kantar said in its 2019 100 Top BrandZ report. Amazon jumped from third to first place to eclipse Google — ... Read More »

BNP shrugs off 8.13pc GDP growth claim as mathematical hype

Dhaka, May 26 – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that the government’s assertion o achieving 8.13 percent GDP growth in 2018-19 fiscal year is nothing but a trick of mathematics. “The government used to talk about widespread development of the country. Are they (govt) really developing the country? Economists are saying the government’s statistics on ... Read More »

John Wick’ opens strongly as ‘Avengers’ nears historic mark

John Wick’ opens strongly as ‘Avengers’ nears historic mark . But the Marvel Studios/Disney blockbuster edged closer to historic status as the all-time No. 1 grossing film. “Avengers” took in a domestic total of $30 million in its fourth weekend out, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday, bringing its worldwide total to $2.62 billion, just shy of the $2.79 billion ... Read More »

Jaya Ahsan to star as serial killer in Zee5 series

Culture Desk Popular Bangladeshi actor Jaya Ahsan will star as a serial killer in an upcoming Zee5 original web series, according to a recent report by The Telegraph India. The series, titled “Troyilokyo,” will be the debut web series of critically-acclaimed Indian film-maker Arindam Sil. Sil told The Telegraph India: “Set in mid-19th century Bengal, the web series tells the ... Read More »

Mandatory measles jabs as cases surge

Vaccination against measles should be mandatory for children before they start school in order to prevent future outbreaks of the resurgent disease, according to new analysis released Friday. The World Health Organization says cases of measles — a highly contagious viral infection that causes rashes and fever that can prove fatal — surged 300 percent in 2018. While many new ... Read More »

GM Quader reinstated as Jatiya Party cochairman

Dhaka, Apr 4 – Nearly two weeks after his removal, Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on Thursday reinstated his younger brother GM Quader as his party’s cochairman. A press release, signed by Ershad, SCO-chairman decision came into effect on Thursday. The maverick former military strongman, known for frequently changing his decisions, relieved GM Quader of Jatiya Party’s cochairman post and ... Read More »

Acute food insecurity ‘far too high’ as 113 million go hungry

Approximately 113 million people in 53 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity last year, according to a new joint UN and European Union (EU) report released on Tuesday, which warns that these crises are primarily driven by conflict and climate-related disasters. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and EU “Global Report on Food Crises 2019”, ... Read More »