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  • Bengal Classical Music Festival 2015 to start November 27

    Bengal Classical Music Festival 2015 to start November 27

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    Online and off-line registration will open in early November, as the five-day-long festival’s line-up is confirmed, which features the major exponents of classical music from both Bangladesh and India
    Bengal Foundation has confirmed that the fourth edition of Bengal Classical Music Festival will run from November 27 to December 1 at the Army Stadium.

  • Indian scientist warns of ‘golden rice’ impact

    Challenging the claims about genetically modified “Golden Rice” as a remedy to vitamin A deficiency among mothers and children, renowned Indian scientist Dr Tusher Chakraborty has cautioned that the controversial rice poses a serious threat to human health and rice itself.

    Talking to the UNB on the sidelines of a workshop on Food Security and Modern Biotechnology in the capital yesterday, he noted that the basic safety concern over “Golden Rice” is the presence of retinoic acid, which is a metabolite of vitamin A.

  • No progress in Hoshi, Tavella murder cases

    No progress in Hoshi, Tavella murder cases

    Investigators are still in the dark about the motives of the murders of two foreign nationals, but they are claiming to have made a lot of progress in solving the crimes.

    In Rangpur, were Japanese national Hoshi Kunio was murdered last week, a court yesterday sent local BNP leader Rashidunnabi Khan Biplob to jail after rejecting his remand.

    Investigators said Biplob had given all the information that he could and so there was no need for remand. He was arrested right after the murder took place on last Saturday.

  • Yunus Social Business Japan to be launched

    A social business firm established by a group of young Japanese entrepreneurs is to launch Yunus Social Business Japan, a company dedicated to creating social businesses in their country and abroad.

    On October 8, Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus attended a meeting of the members of the board of Tomoni Corporation, who are setting up Yunus Social Business Japan as part of a global network of Yunus Social Business companies around the world, says a press release.

    The network of the social business companies is headquartered in Germany’s Frankfurt.

  • Quader: Foreign staff in Padma Bridge project to get extra security

    Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said extra security would be provided to foreign staff working in the Padma Bridge project.

    He made the announcement this afternoon after holding a meeting with the contractor firm, consultant firm and members of law enforcing agencies in the project area in Naodoba under Jajira upazila in Shariatpur.

  • Jamaat-backed militant group Allahr Dol active in the north

    ‘All the militant outfits emerged from the JMB’A militant outfit named Allahr Dol, meaning Allah’s party, has been trying to organise in recent times mainly in the northern parts of Bangladesh.

    Local law enforcers said the outfit’s activities have so far spread to Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Rajshahi and Dinajpur districts in the north, Khulna in the south-west and Jhalakathi in the south.

    They also said the outfit has been getting support, shelter and backup from the local chapter of Jamaat-e-Islami.

  • Indigenous people deprived of rights

    Indigenous people deprived of rights

    Indigenous people of Sirajganj, Natore and Pabna districts are deprived of their basic rights.

    According to sources, Illiteracy, absence of healthcare facilities, grabbing of land and other properties by exploiters, unemployment and insecurity, and loss of traditional and cultural heritages are some of the drawbacks of the downtrodden people.

    As a result, they are lagging far behind the mainstream development of the country and their substandard livelihood cannot assure them of brighter prospect.

  • 15-day restriction on ilish catching ends

    The ilish catching period has started anew yesterday following a 15-day ban enforced from September 25 by the directorate of fisheries.

    The ban was applied aiming to boost ilish resources through ensuring safe spawning as well as proper breeding environment for the mother fishes, said Bimal Chandra Das, Barisal fisheries officer (ilish)

    Bazlur Rashid, Barisal divisional officer and deputy director of fisheries department, claimed their move against netting, marketing, and transportation of ilish across his locality appeared success.

  • Farmgate park a turn-off for want of maintenance

    Lack of maintenance has caused Farmgate park in the capital to become a place where visitors no longer want to go to willingly.

    Because of the apathy of the park authorities to ensure its cleanliness, part of it has almost become a landfill site where wastes are dumped regularly.

    Known as Farmgate Anwar Park, this is also a place where drug peddlers and floating sex workers roam freely.

  • ‘Gas crisis in Chittagong to go in 2 years’

    State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid yesterday said that gas crisis in Chittagong would be resolved within two and a half years if the projects undertaken by the government could be implemented within the stipulated time frame.

  • Speakers: Bt Brinjal cultivation may fall prey to insect attack

    Speakers at a workshop yesterday feared that the targeted insect to grow resistance to the controversial Bt Brinjal varieties for lack of implementation of the refuge system during the their cultivation at farmers’ level in Bangladesh.

    They said the lack of implementation of the refuge system during the cultivation of GM Bt Cotton at farmers’ level in India has helped the targeted insect to grow resistance to the insecticidal Bt crop and

    That similar outcome could be seen in Bt Brinjal cultivation in Bangladesh.

  • Malaysia Healthcare Week kicks off

    Malaysia Healthcare Week (MHW) has kicked off in the capital aiming to extend quality healthcare services for Bangladeshi patients in the country as well as to ensure their smooth accessibility and affordability. 

    Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) and GDAssist hosted the week-long programme in the National Press Club yesterday and it would continue till October 17.

  • Hasina again blames Khaleda for foreigner killings

    Hasina again blames Khaleda for foreigner killings

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her party’s senior leaders yesterday reiterated that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, now visiting her son in London, was conspiring from abroad to destabilise the country through killing of foreign nationals in Bangladesh.

    Also president of the Awami League, Hasina alleged that the BNP chief had killed people in the name of anti-government movement when she was in the country. “Now while staying abroad, she is killing foreigners in the country to create panic among them with a view to tainting the country’s image.”

  • Bangkok agrees to sign deal with Dhaka on security cooperation

    Thailand has agreed to a Bangladesh proposal to sign an instrument on security cooperation to combat human trafficking and terrorism.

    The two sides reached the agreement while Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem met Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan in his office yesterday.

    The Bangladesh ambassador stressed the need for establishing a bilateral security forum between the neighbours to address the menace of transnational crimes including human trafficking, drug smuggling and terrorism, said a press release.

  • BGB deployed in diplomatic zone for foreigners’ security

    Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have been deployed in the capital’s diplomatic zone as part of ongoing measures to beef up security for the foreigners.

    BGB sources said two platoons of BGB were deployed in the area comprising Baridhara, Gulshan and parts of Banani in north Dhaka yesterday evening, where a high proportion of foreign nationals live and work, following an instruction from the Home Ministry.

  • Durga Puja to be celebrated at 314 mandaps

    Narsingdi district administration held a preparatory meeting yesterday to ensure peaceful celebration of Durja puja, one of the biggest festival of the Hindu community, which kicks off on October 19.

    The meeting was presided over by Deputy Commissioner Abu Hena Morshed Zaman.

    Adequate security measures have also been taken to celebrate the Durja Puja through 314 puja mandaps in a befitting manner across the district, the meeting sources said.

  • 2 suspected cattle lifters lynched in Pabna

    At least two alleged cattle lifters have been beaten to death by an angry mob at Soradangi village in Ataikula upazila.

    The untoward incident took place early yesterday, during which the infuriated villagers gave a good number of beating to three cow more lifters and police got admitted them to the district hospital in a critical condition.

    One of the victims is Shahidul Islam, 40, from Singra village in Natore, while the identity of another could not be confirmed yet.

  • 3 Malaysians held with Tk27 crore gold bars

    3 Malaysians held with Tk27 crore gold bars

    Customs officials at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport detained three Malaysian citizens and seized gold bars worth over Tk27 crore from their possession yesterday noon.

    They are Hi Buying Khong, 38, Zohari Bin Harun, 41, and Mohammad Ajwan Bin Salehin, 21.

    The three were suspected by customs officials of being involved with an international gold smuggling racket but they said they had only carried the gold bars. The gold bars weigh 45 kilogrammes, said officials.

  • 3 Malaysians held with Tk27 crore gold bars

    3 Malaysians held with Tk27 crore gold bars

    Customs officials at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport detained three Malaysian citizens and seized gold bars worth over Tk27 crore from their possession yesterday noon.

    They are Hi Buying Khong, 38, Zohari Bin Harun, 41, and Mohammad Ajwan Bin Salehin, 21.

    The three were suspected by customs officials of being involved with an international gold smuggling racket but they said they had only carried the gold bars. The gold bars weigh 45 kilogrammes, said officials.

  • Palliative care inclusion in national health policy demanded

    Hospice and palliative care should be included in the national health policy, speakers said at a programme yesterday.

    They also said the inclusion should happen as early as possible.

    The programme marking the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day was organised by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University’s (BSMMU) Centre for Palliative Care and Palliative Care Society of Bangladesh at the BSMMU auditorium in the capital. It was inaugurated by the BSMMU acting vice-chancellor, Dr Ruhul Amin Mia.

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