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Data for Planning and Development: A Perspective on Violence Against Women

Data for Planning and Development: A Perspective on Violence Against Women

Arup Barua Violence against women (VAW), across the globe, is a common form of discrimination and infraction of human rights. It engenders endless torment and placing countless women in distress and fear in all parts of the world. Violence against women and girls preclude them from fulfilling their potential, restricts empowerment and undermines national development. […]


Clean running water crisis in Yemen

Eight million people in Yemen will be without running water within days as fuel runs out due to the Saudi-led coalition blockade of the country’s northern ports, Oxfam warned. They will join the almost 16 million people in Yemen who already cannot get clean piped water, leaving more than four in five people without a […]

PM approves 3rd phase design of Swadhinata Stambha

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has approved the design of the master plan (third phase) of the ‘Swadhinata Stambha’ (Independence Monument) being constructed at Suhrawardi Udyan. The premier gave the approval after reviewing the proposed design of the project at a meeting at her Gonobhaban residence, reports BSS. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said […]

Private sector’s participation emphasized for implementing SDGs

DHAKA – Speakers at a discussion here today emphasized on the participation of the private sector for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reports BSS. Grameenphone and Telenor Group jointly hosted the discussion titled “Partnering for Reduced Inequalities: How business can contribute to the UN SDGs” at GPHouse where a range of stakeholders, including government […]

Nahid for adequate global financing in education to achieve SDG-4

DHAKA – Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid today urged the international communities to fulfil their commitment of financing in education to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals-4 (SDG-4) and targets within the given time, reports BSS. He made the call while addressing a ‘High Level Ministerial Panel Discussion on SDG-4 Education 2030’, on behalf of the […]

Farmers made agri revolution in the country: Noor

NILPHAMARI – Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor today said farmers made record through agriculture revolution in the country, reports BSS. “The present government is changing the fortune of country’s farmers and the agriculture revolution has been possible for timely initiatives taken by the government”, he said. The minister said this as the chief guest while […]

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All primary schools to get multimedia classrooms

DHAKA – All the 65,000 government primary schools will be brought under multimedia classrooms’ facility to promote ICT-based education among early graders to make their study easily understandable, interesting and attractive, an official told BSS, reports BSS. “We are working on bringing all government primary schools under multimedia classrooms so that students get the opportunity […]

Bangladeshi researchers develop advanced drug for Hepatitis B

DHAKA – Patients infected with Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) may get much better and more effective treatment than even before as an advanced prescription medicine, developed by two Bangladeshi researchers, is set to hit local drugstores early next year after getting approval from the drug administration, reports BSS. The two Bangladeshi researchers, also doctors, have […]

Teletalk to give 20 lakh free SIMs to women

DHAKA – State-own mobile operator Teletalk will provide 20 lakh SIMs (subscriber identification module) to women free of cost for their empowerment through easy access to the internet and low-cost phone calls, reports BSS. To this end, State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim yesterday launched a Teletalk scheme named “Aparajita SIM” at her […]

Sushma inaugurates Chancery Complex, 15 more India-funded projects

Dhaka – Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday morning inaugurated the Chancery Complex of the Indian High Commission in Dhaka, reports UNB. She also inaugurated 15 development projects in Bangladesh funded by the government of India. The cost of the projects is around 71.64 crore. Prime Minister’s Political Affairs Adviser HT Imam and […]

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3rd $4.5b LoC deal signed

DHAKA : Indian Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said connectivity is crucial to the success of Bangladesh-India bilateral development partnership, sub-regional economic cooperation and economic prosperity in the region, reports UNB. “India-Bangladesh relations are at their best today and stand out as a model for other countries to emulate,” he […]

Sustainable waste management: Mobile app coming to help you

Dhaka – A Bangladeshi youth has come up with an innovative idea to ensure sustainable waste management the lack of which remains a major health and environmental concern in urban areas of the developing countries, including Bangladesh, reports UNB. Shougat Nazbin Khan, now playing a role as ‘Young Leader for Sustainable Development Goals’ at the […]

Nahid urges students to generate new ideals for economic development

DHAKA – Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday urged students to generate new ideas by utilizing their creativity to build an economically developed country, reports BSS. “Our new generation possesses world standard talents… They should utilize their talents to invent new ideas and knowledge,” he told the inaugural function of the two-day ‘Innovative, Teaching and […]

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Govt to distribute 35.13cr free textbooks in 2018

DHAKA – The government will distribute 35,13,26,000 textbooks free of cost among the primary and secondary level students in the academic year of 2018, reports BSS. Officials said the free textbooks would be distributed among 4,36,98,663 pre-primary, primary, secondary, ibtedayi, dakhil, dakhil vocational and SSC vocational students across the country. National Curriculum and Textbook Board […]