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SpaceX blasts off NASA’s new planet-hunter, TESS

SpaceX blasts off NASA’s new planet-hunter, TESS

TAMPA – NASA on Wednesday blasted off its newest planet-hunting spacecraft, TESS, a $337 million satellite that aims to scan 85 percent of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist, reports BSS. “Three, two, one and liftoff!” said a NASA commentator as the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) soared into the blue sky […]

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UN in talks with Syria, Russia on security for chemical weapons experts

UNITED NATIONS, United States – A UN team is discussing security arrangements with Syrian and Russian authorities in Douma to allow experts to deploy soon to investigate an alleged chemical weapons attack, UN security officials said Wednesday, reports BSS. The fact-finding mission from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the Syrian […]

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France, Britain, US want to regain ‘prestige’ with Syria strikes: dissident

MADRID – Far from “saving Syrians from brutality”, the United States, France and Britain were likely only trying to regain international “prestige” when they attacked Bashar al-Assad’s regime, prominent Syrian dissident Yassin al Haj Saleh told AFP, reports BSS. The three countries launched missile strikes against suspected chemical weapons development and storage sites in Syria […]

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Cuba: six decades of Castro power

HAVANA – The departure of Cuba’s President Raul Castro brings to an end his family’s six-decade grip on power, which began with his late brother and revolutionary hero Fidel, reports BSS. Here are some highlights. – Revolution – On New Year’s Day in 1959, dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba, defeated by 26 months of guerrilla […]

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Historic March 7 today

DHAKA : The nation is set to observe the ‘Historic March 7’, a red-letter day in the country’s history, today in a befitting manner, reports BSS. On this day in 1971, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in his historic speech at a mammoth rally in the then ‘Race Course Maidan’, now Suhrawardy […]

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Unlock potentials of jute, jute products: PM

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged all to work sincerely for unlocking the huge potentials of jute and jute products, reports UNB. “Jute is our national asset…this is an agricultural product and industrial material as well…its multipurpose use is important for us…we can expedite our socioeconomic development by using it,” she said. […]

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Myanmar’ forces continue to drive Rohingya into Bangladesh

DHAKA : UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human RightsAndrew Gilmour has said the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya from Myanmar continues and raised voices over Myanmar’s double standard role, reports UNB. “The government of Myanmar is busy telling the world that it’s ready to receive Rohingya returnees, while at the same time its forces are continuing to […]

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Catalan parliament to vote on regional leader next week

MADRID : Catalonia’s parliament will vote next week on whether to elect a jailed separatist leader as the region’s new president, as part of an ongoing effort to gain independence from Spain, reports UNB. Parliamentary speaker Roger Torrent on Tuesday convened the plenary session in Barcelona for March 12, when Catalan lawmakers will vote on […]

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Without Neymar, PSG eye memorable comeback against Real Madrid

PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain will attempt to overturn a 3-1 deficit when they host Real Madrid in their heavyweight Champions League last-16 second leg on Tuesday (1945 GMT), but do so without the injured Neymar, reports BSS. The world’s most expensive player is recovering from a foot operation in Brazil, yet the French club remain hopeful […]

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Bidi industry demands withdrawal of ‘extra tax’

TBT Economics: Leaders of Bidi workers have urged the government to protect the country’s Bidi industry and demanding announcement it as cottage industry. They also urged to withdraw ‘extra tax’ on the home-grown bidi industry to save the sector, which employs people mostly from the extremely poor community. The speakers came up with the demands […]

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HC rejects writ filed against quota system in govt job

DHAKA : The High Court on Monday rejected a writ petition filed seeking reformation of quota system in government jobs, reports UNB. The HC bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan passed the order after hearing the petition. Advocate Eklas Uddin Bhuiyan moved for the petition while Deputy Attorney […]

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Kuwait reinstates ban on Bangladeshi workers

  DHAKA : Kuwait has imposed a ban on recruiting Bangladeshis to work in the northern Arabian Gulf state, reports UNB.   Kuwait’s Interior Minister Shaikh Khalid Al Jarrah has ordered the ban and asked the interior ministry to apply it, reports Gulf News on Monday quoting Kuwaiti daily Al Jareeda. The decision to irregularities […]

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Germany coalition deal: Social Democrats vote to join government

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to form her fourth government after the opposition Social Democrats voted in favour of another grand coalition. The vote by 464,000 rank-and-file members ends five months of political deadlock since September’s election. The Social Democrats (SPD) had been split between the party’s leadership, which backed joining the coalition, and […]

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Modi’’s nationalist party notches win in key Indian state

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party ended 25 years of uninterrupted communist party rule in a northeastern state and consolidated its position in two other states in key provincial elections. Saturday’s impressive win is expected to boost the prospects of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party when it seeks a second term in national elections […]

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Neymar leaving hospital to begin rehab

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil: Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar was to leave hospital Sunday after a successful operation on his broken foot, but it will be six weeks before doctors know when the world’s most expensive player can train again, reports BSS. Neymar was due to be discharged early in the morning from the Mater […]

JP to do everything for Rangpur’s development: Ershad

RANGPUR : Special Envoy to the Prime Minister and Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman Alhaj Hussein Muhammad Ershad on Saturday said his party would do everything for the development of Rangpur City Corporation (RpCC). “We will continue our efforts to ensure development of all areas of Rangpur city in future,” Ershad said while addressing a views-sharing […]

DNC proposes categorizing ‘shisha’ as drug

DHAKA : Against the backdrop of growing demand of deadly ‘shisha’ (hookah) among the youths, the Department of Narcotic Control (DNC) has proposed to incorporate it as a drug in the relevant law. “We have sent a proposal to the government with a request to include shisha as a drug in the law as its […]

US to remain beside Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis: Curtis

COX’S BAZAR : The US government will remain beside Bangladesh to resolve the long-standing Rohingya crisis and ensure safe, secure and dignified return of Rohingya people to their homeland in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, reports BSS. “The USA will work with Bangladesh for safe return of Rohingyas along with providing all out support to Bangladesh in […]

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Dr Zafar Iqbal injured in knife attack

SHAHJALAL UNIVERSITY : Renowned writer and teacher of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) Dr Muhammed Zafar Iqbal was seriously injured in a knife attack on the campus on Saturday afternoon, reports UNB. Witnesses said a young man swooped on Dr Zafar Iqbal, a teacher of SUST Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department, around […]

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