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52,683 tonnes mustard production target fixed in Rangpur region

52,683 tonnes mustard production target fixed in Rangpur region

RANGPUR,  – The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has fixed a target of producing 52,683 tonnes of mustard from 40,525 hectares of land in all five districts under Rangpur agriculture region during this Rabi season, reports BSS. The DAE officials said farmers have so far brought 30,205 hectares of land, 74.53 percent against the fixed […]

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Nation set to celebrate 47th Victory Day tomorrow

DHAKA, – The nation is set to celebrate tomorrow the 47th Victory Day, marking the most precious day when the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation, reports BSS. Forty-six years back on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership […]

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Tofail seeks duty, quota free access to Ukraine

DHAKA,  – Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed has requested Ukraine to provide duty and quota free market access for Bangladesh, reports BSS. The minister made the request at a meeting with Ukrainian first vice prime minister and minister of economic development Stepan Kubiv on the sidelines of WTO’s 11th ministerial conference (MC) in Argentine’s capital Buenos […]

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US to give $14.5m for Rohingyas: US Ambassador

DHAKA, – US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat today said the United States would give a grant of 14.5 million US dollars to help the Rohingya people, who are now being sheltered in Bangladesh, reports BSS. “The United States of America feels proud to be a part with Bangladesh in helping Rohingyas, who have fled […]

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Google opens AI centre in China as competition heats up

BEIJING,  – Google announced Wednesday that it will open a new artificial intelligence research centre in Beijing, tapping China’s talent pool in the promising technology despite the US search giant’s exclusion from the country’s internet, reports BSS. Artificial intelligence, especially machine learning, has been an area of intense focus for American tech stalwarts Google, Microsoft […]

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Gaming platform ‘MyPlay’ launched

DHAKA,  – Mobile phone operator Robi introduced gaming platform ‘MyPlay’ today in a city hotel. Both Robi and Airtel users can enjoy this amazing gaming platform MyPlay that is accessible through APP or WAP or WEB. Robi has partnered with Gakk Media for the gaming platform which contains more than 21,000 games, said a press release, reports BSS. Robi’s Chief […]

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Joy inaugurates emergency service ‘999’

DHAKA,  – Prime Minister’s Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy today inaugurated the national emergency service ‘999’ aimed at providing emergency assistance to people across the country, reports BSS. “The Awami League government always thinks about the future of the country where people will not face any type of hurdle,” he […]

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Google Doodle marks Begum Rokeya Day

DHAKA,  – Google, the world’s most popular search engine, has created a new Google Doodle on its homepage to celebrate Begum Rokeya Day, marking the 137th birth and 85th death anniversary of the pioneer of women rights in the subcontinent, reports BSS. Bangladesh will observe Begum Rokeya Day tomorrow with due respect. Women and Children […]

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No special move for BNP’s election participation: PM

DHAKA,  – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today ruled out possibilities of any special initiative on her part to ensure BNP’s polls participation unlike the past saying the 2018 polls would be held as parliamentary democracy is practiced in other countries, reports BSS. “I’m not going to pour butter in an improper saucepan . . . […]

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Ways to break emotional eating patterns

You feel stressed out. You are bored. Or you are angry at your spouse. So you walk a short distance to the fridge, swing open the door and look for a solution. Is it the leftover tapioca pudding? A slab of last night’s lasagna? That pint of premium ice cream in the freezer? Trigger, craving, […]

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Teenage brains can’t tell what appropriate behavior is

Teenagers may know full well how important final exams are – but that won’t stop some putting in minimal effort. This may be because their brains aren’t developed enough to properly assess how high the stakes are, and adapt their behaviour accordingly. Adults are generally pretty good at being able to tell when a situation […]

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How Brexit affecting Britain’s food standards

Brexit poses huge risks to food standards in the UK and will have “seismic implications” for its food and farming systems, according to a new report. Author Dan Crossley, executive director of the Food Ethics Council, said that the UK faced a stark choice between promoting a high quality, ethical and sustainable system and “a […]

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Human activity poses risk to thousands of species

Thousands of animal species are at critical risk of going extinct due to unsustainable farming and fishing methods and climate change, a conservation group has warned as it released the latest red list of endangered species. In a rare piece of good news, the International Union for Conservation of Nature[IUCN] praised New Zealand for its […]

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The nights are getting brighter – Is it a good sign?

Satellite observations made by researchers during five consecutive Octobers show Earth’s artificially lit outdoor area grew by 2% a year from 2012 to 2016. So did nighttime brightness. Light pollution was even worse than that, according to the German-led team, because the sensor used cannot detect some of the LED lighting that is becoming more […]

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NSTU admission process closed

NSTU Correspondent: Students of the Noakhali University of Science and Technology (NSTU) have closed the admission process for the first year undergraduate programs in the academic year 2017-18 for demanding eight-point to reduce the admission fee of Tk 5,000. This morning the admission process was going on shortly for the second day when the agitated students hang a […]

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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 […]

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Is sustainable investment a distinct possibility?

A recent article posted by McKinsey & Company provides great insights into the evolution towards sustainable investment practices. It has been a road fraught with difficulties related to measurement, resetting definitions as well as understanding how the implementation will proceed, in case compliance issues surface after an investment program has run a part of the […]

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A quick guide to clean earwax

Ears that are blocked with wax should not be syringed. For thousands of years, the syringe has been the ear doctor’s tool of choice (Roman author Celsus wrote about it in De Medicina), but now the health watchdog Nice says a syringe pumping water into the ear is “potentially harmful”. Why? “You can’t control the […]

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Russia loses contact with satellite after launch

Russia said it had lost contact Tuesday with a weather satellite just hours after it was launched from its Vostochny cosmodrome, in only the second rocket liftoff from the new spaceport. The glitch was a fresh embarrassment for the Kremlin and emblematic of problems plaguing Russia’s beleaguered space programme which has suffered a series of […]

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