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Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia

Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia

WARDER, Ethiopia,  – The Somali people of Ethiopia’s southeast have a name for the drought that has killed livestock, dried up wells and forced hundreds of thousands into camps: sima, which means “equalised”, reports BSS. It’s an appropriate name, they say, because this drought has left no person untouched, spared no corner of their arid […]

Energy firms take fresh hit but most Asia markets bounce

HONG KONG,  – Energy firms once again sank in Asian trade Thursday after another plunge in oil prices as glut fears return, though most regional markets enjoyed a recovery from the previous day’s sell-off, reports BSS. Crude traders are firmly in retreat as production cuts led by OPEC and Russia fail to calm fears about […]

No ICC World T20 in 2018, next edition in 2020

DHAKA, June 18, 2017 – The World Twenty20 Championship’s seventh edition next year is all set to be scrapped and pushed to 2020 as the top member nations will be busy with bilateral commitments in 2018 as reported in Indian newspaper on Sunday, reports BSS. According to highly-placed sources in the International Cricket Council, the […]

RAB prepares digital database of 2.53 lakh criminals

DHAKA, – Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has prepared the largest ever digital database of over 2 lakh 53 thousand identified criminals, including a large number of militants, reports BSS. The database contains 150 types of information such as photographs, biometric finger prints, irises and previous criminal records and punishments in criminal offences, according to official […]

Drug Act is being amended with tougher actions: Nasim

SANGSAD BHABAN,  – Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim today said the existing drug act is being amended keeping some provisions of harsher punishments and major penalties to discourage all sorts of irregularities in this sector, reports BSS. “The existing law (Drug Act) is being amended to prevent all sorts of irregularities and corruption […]

$300m loan deal for Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar railway June 21

DHAKA, – The government is set to sign two separate loan agreements on June 21 for construction of Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Railway Line, reports BSS. “A total of two contracts would be signed between Bangladesh government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) worth of US$ 300 million at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar for Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Railway Project, Phase-1-Tranche-1under […]

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British defense minister: Russian aggression to NATO growing

Bucharest, Jun 15 (AP/UNB) – Britain’s defense minister says Russian aggression toward NATO is increasing and the alliance was right to have agreed to a “very high readiness taskforce”, reports AP/UNB. Michael Fallon said Thursday that Russia had annexed Crimea, threatened the Baltic states, and interfered in the democratic processes in Western Europe with “propaganda […]


US, Qatar agree F-15 fighter sale

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2017 – US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and his Qatari counterpart Khalid al-Attiyah signed a letter of agreement Wednesday for a $12-billion sale of US-manufactured F-15 fighters, the Pentagon said, reports AFP/BSS. The sale comes amid a simmering crisis in the Gulf after Qatar’s neighbors accused it of supporting terrorism and […]

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Israel’s David Grossman wins International Booker Prize

London, Jun 15 – Israeli author David Grossman has won the Man Booker International Prize for his novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar”, reports AP/UNB. The award was announced Wednesday in London. Grossman beat out five other finalists, including fellow Israeli author Amos Oz for the counterpart to Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize. Grossman’s novel […]


Tigers score 264 against India

Dhaka, Jun 15 – Bangladesh posted a target of 265 runs against giant India in the 2nd semifinal of the eight-nation ICC Champions Trophy against India at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday, reports UNB. The first-ever semifinalists in this ICC event, Bangladesh scored 264 for 7 in 50 overs spurred with two half centuries of […]

120 families evicted from risky hill slopes

CHITTAGONG, -Chittagong District Administration (CDA) against the backdrop of continuous rainfall started eviction of the people living on hillocks and risky places here today, reports BSS. A CDA team led by Assistant Commissioner (land) Masudur Rahman conducted a drive in the hill slopes of Motijhorna area under Lalkhan Bazar around 11 am and evicted 72 […]

Amu for improving inland waterways to boost economy in South Asia

DHAKA,  – Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu today called for improving inland waterways in Bangladesh to help boost the economy of the South Asian region through easy movement of people and goods, reports BSS. “The inland waterway transport has the potentials to support regional cooperation and integration by creating a common transportation route across several […]

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ICC CT 17: Bangladesh lose Soumya early

Dhaka, June 5 – Opening bat first Bangladesh lost their opening batsman Soumya Sarkar early at 22 in the 5.2 overs against Australia in their 2nd match of the 8th ICC Champions Trophy at Kennington Oval in London on Monday, reports UNB. Pace bowler Josh Hazlewood delivered a full length ball to Soumya (3 off […]

BNP for prompt action against Langadu attackers

Dhaka, Jun 4 – Terming brutal the attacks on innocent Chakma community and torching of their houses in Rangamati’s Langadu upazila, BNP on Sunday demanded immediate action against the perpetrators, reports UNB. In a statement, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also demanded the government track down the killers of local Jubo League leader […]


5 more held over Rangamati arson attacks

Rangamati, Jun 4 – Police on Sunday arrested five more people over the arson attacks on over 100 houses of three hill villages in Langadu upazila following the killing of a Jubo League leader, reports UNB. With this, 12 people have so far been arrested over the incident, said police super of the district Syed […]

ACC developing software to check institutional graft

DHAKA,  – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is developing a digital monitoring software to check institutional graft, reports BSS. “The anti-graft watchdog has taken the initiative to build a corruption-free Bangladesh, which is one of the indices for achieving sustainable development,” ACC officials said. ACC Secretary Abu Md Mostafa Kamal told this correspondent that the commission […]


Rajshahi’s mango to be exported to six European countries

RAJSHAHI, – Mangoes produced in Bagha Upazila areas nationwide famous for the delicious seasonal fruit are going to be exported to six European countries like England, Sweden, France, Norway, Portugal and Russia this year, reports BSS. The venture has been started since last year. Hortex Foundation and Department of Upazila Agriculture Extension jointly launched the […]