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First TEDx Gulshan held in city

Country’s first TEDx Gulshan was held on Saturday at convention center in the city amid inspiring talks and reflective interactions of 14 esteemed speakers that featured the intriguing theme ‘Innovation Enabling Social Change’. Read More »

Viola Davis to play Michelle Obama in First Ladies

Viola Davis is set to portray Michelle Obama in a Showtime series under development about America’s first ladies, reports The Indian Express. Davis also is an executive producer on the project, which Showtime said Monday will “peel back the curtain” on the lives of presidential spouses. The first season will focus on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Obama. Showtime said ... Read More »

NASA investigating first crime committed in space

US space agency NASA is investigating what may be the first crime committed in outer space, The New York Times reported today. Astronaut Anne McClain is accused of identity theft and improperly accessing her estranged wife’s private financial records while on a sixth-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), the Times said. The astronaut’s spouse Summer Worden filed a ... Read More »

Bangladesh’s first bike stunt reality show begins

Culture Desk According to a press release, the reality show, which is meant to thrill and give adrenaline rush to its viewers, will showcase Wheelie, Stoppie, Burn Out, Circle, Human Compass and many other stunts known to the motorcycle community Bangladesh’s first bike stunt reality show, titled Pulsar StuntMania, began its telecast on Friday. The episodes will air only on ... Read More »

Russia to send ‘Fedor’ its first humanoid robot into space

Russia was set to launch on today an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station. Named Fedor, for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research with identification number Skybot F850, the robot is the first ever sent up by Russia. Fedor was to blast off in a Soyuz ... Read More »

Pilu Khan bringing his first music album

Culture Desk Pilu Khan, a famous music composer and director from the 70s has finished his first album as a singer. Titled ‘Tomra Bhalo Acho To’ the album contains eight songs. With lyrics from Shahid Mahmud Jangi, Pilu Khan himself has composed music of the album. Three of the songs are duets with Samina Chowdhury, while another one is a ... Read More »

Iceland honours first glacier lost to climate change

Iceland is planning to mark the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change which threatens some 400 others on the subarctic island. On August 18, a plaque will be unveiled to Okjokull — which translates to “OK glacier” — in the west of Iceland, local researchers and their peers at Rice University in the United States, who ... Read More »

50 years ago, humanity’s first steps on another world

Americans were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing on Saturday, a generation-defining event watched by half a billion people globally, as the US seeks to pivot to a new era of crewed space exploration. At 4:18pm ET (2018 GMT) on July 20, 1969, the lunar module carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down on the ... Read More »

Expats seek ‘protection’ first to invest in Bangladesh

Dhaka, July 5 (UNB) – Bangladeshi expatriates will invest back at home provided the government ensures an environment free from any kind of unnecessary harassments, says a Bangladeshi community leader in the Thai city of Pattaya. “I personally think Bangladeshi expatriates, wherever they live, will invest in Bangladesh if they get protection from any unnecessary harassment,” Nazir Ahmed Sharkar, general ... Read More »

New York declares climate emergency, first US city to do so

Dhaka, June 28 – New York City officials declared a climate emergency in an effort to mobilize local and national responses to stall global warming, reports CNN. It’s the largest city in the US, with over 8.62 million inhabitants. The New York City Council passed the legislation Wednesday, calling for an immediate response to the global climate crises. The bill ... Read More »

First James Bond film poster sells for £15k at auction

Dhaka, June 26 (UNB) – A poster from the first ever James Bond movie, Dr No, has sold for £15,000, reports BBC. It was among more than 400 cinema posters on sale in what auctioneers said was the “largest cinema poster auction in Europe this year”. It took place at Prop Store in Chenies, Buckinghamshire, with buyers around the world ... Read More »

Bangladesh’s first iron ore mine discovered in Dinajpur

Dinajpur, June 18 (UNB) – For the first time in Bangladesh, a magnetite (iron ore) mine has been discovered at Isabpur village in Hakimpur upazila of the district, bringing new hopes for the country’s economy. The Geological Survey of Bangladesh (GSB) made the groundbreaking announcement on Tuesday morning following extensive examinations after drilling a well for two months. A 400-foot ... Read More »

All-girl pop band Lace Fita releases first single

Entertainment Desk Reality show “Sunsilk Divas” ended a couple of months ago. The winners of the competition Antara, Moumita, Sheetal, and Sunanda formed an all-girl pop band, Lace Fita, as announced before the competition. A song by the newly formed girls pop band, “Shwapno Akhon Amar Haate,” was released recently,with tune and music direction by singer Hridoy Khan. The band ... 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 »

Adam Scott relishes putting women first in ‘Big Little Lies’

Los Angeles, Jun 8 (AP/UNB) — Women dominate “Big Little Lies ,” both on the screen and in the behind-the-scenes power of Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who are executive producers as well as stars of the HBO series. But how does Adam Scott, who plays husband Ed to Witherspoon’s Madeline, feel about flipping the gender dynamic with a male ... Read More »

China conducts first sea-based space rocket launch

China launched a space rocket from sea for the first time yesterday, its space agency announced, the latest step in Beijing’s push to become a major space power. The Asian giant now spends more than Russia and Japan on its civil and military space programmes — unveiling ambitious plans for missions to the moon and beyond in the coming decade. ... Read More »

SpaceX launches first satellites of its internet network

SpaceX on Thursday launched a rocket containing the first 60 satellites of its “Starlink” constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space and could one day number 12,000 satellites. One of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets took off without incident from Cape Canaveral in Florida around 10:30 pm (0230 GMT). The second stage of the rocket will begin to ... Read More »

Jokha Alharthi 1st Arab wins Man Booker International Prize

Omani author Jokha Alharthi has won this year’s Man Booker International Prize – the first Arabic writer to do so. Her novel Celestial Bodies centres on the lives of three sisters and their families coming to terms with social changes in Oman. Judges described it as “a richly imagined, engaging and poetic insight”. Alharthi shares the award of £50,000 ($63,000) ... Read More »