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Microscope trailblazers win chemistry Nobel for ‘freeze framing’ life

STOCKHOLM/LONDON : A trio of Swiss, American and British scientists won the 2017 Nobel chemistry prize on Wednesday for developing cryo-electron microscopy, allowing researchers to see biological molecules frozen in action , reports Reuters. The work by Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson makes it possible to image proteins and other molecules after freezing […]

Public hearing on bulk power tariff reduction today

DHAKA : Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) will hold a public hearing on Thursday on a proposal placed by the Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) to reduce the bulk power tariff. This is for the fist time that the energy watchdog is entertaining such a proposal from the consumer rights group for public hearing, reports […]

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No politics over CJ issue, says Law Minister

DHAKA : Reiterating that Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha is sick, Law Minister Anisul Huq on Wednesday said there is nothing to do politics over the issue, reports UNB. “Sickness is one’s individual matter and there’s nothing to do politics over the issue,” he told reporters at his office. About BNP’s claim that the Chief […]

Teletalk PCOs offer free services at Rohingya camps

COX’S BAZAR : State-own mobile phone operator Teletalk is offering free of cost services to the destitute Rohingya people at the camps to facilitate communication with their near and dear ones. To this end, the operator has opened 10 public call offices (PCOs) at the camps which were established temporarily at Kutupalong and its adjacent […]

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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 […]

Foreign envoys in Myanmar say villages burned to ground

DHAKA : Ambassadors of 20 mostly western countries based in Myanmar in a joint statement has said they saw Rohingya villages were burned to the ground with residents fleeing elsewhere while visiting the Rakhine state, the scene of the violent military crackdown, reports BSS. “We saw villages which had been burned to the ground and […]

US to provide $6mn more for Rohingyas in BD

DHAKA : The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $6 million to the UN World Food Program (WFP) to assist the Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh amid persecution in Myanmar, reports UNB. This funding is in addition to the $1 million provided to WFP earlier this […]

Rohingya new arrivals hit 501,800

DHAKA : Some 501,800 new arrivals of Rohingyas from Myanmar were reported as of September 27 though the influx is now slower than the recent past, says a new report on Thursday, reports UNB. The latest figure was said to be 448,100 as mentioned in IOM Needs and Population Monitoring assessments in four upazilas of […]

UK joins BD’s call for an end to Rakhine violence

Dhaka : Mark Field, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the British Foreign Office, on Thursday joined the Bangladesh government’s call for an immediate end to violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar, reports UNB. He had a productive meeting with State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam on the ongoing […]

Nuke weapons’ total elimination guarantees against its use: Momen

DHAKA : Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen has said the only absolute guarantee against the use of nuclear weapons is its total elimination, reports UNB. “Bangladesh believes that the only absolute guarantee against the use of nuclear weapons is their total elimination,” Momen said at the High-level Plenary Meeting […]

Vision for 24,000 MW power to be fulfilled by 2021

DHAKA : Till September 10 this year, the electricity generation capacity reached to 15,821 MW bringing more than 80 percent people under elasticity coverage now from 47 percent before 2009, a three-time rise over that in the previous BNP-Jamaat regime. “The present government’s vision is to supply uninterrupted electricity to all citizens by 2021 with […]

Bangladesh ups 7 grades in Global Competitiveness Index

DHAKA : Bangladesh has been ranked 99th among 138 counties in an index of global competitiveness conducted by the World Economic Forum (WEF) This is a rise of seven place compared with its 2016 ranking in Global Competitiveness Index in 2016-17, according to WEF website issued on Tuesday, reports UNB. Overall score has improved by […]

Uber to lose its license to operate in London

LONDON : London’s transport authority says it won’t renew Uber’s license to operate in the British capital, arguing that it demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility with implications in public safety and security, reports UNB. Transport for London says the car-hailing app was not “fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license.” It […]

Rohingya: MSF for scaling up aid to avoid healthcare disaster

DHAKA : International medical humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontires (MSF) fears a public health disaster following the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees if adequate humanitarian support is not ensured, reports UNB. “A massive scale-up of humanitarian aid in Bangladesh is needed to avoid a public healthcare disaster,” said the MSF or Doctors […]

Saudi aid for Rohingya to arrive today

DHAKA : An aircraft of the International Organisation for Migration (IMO), the UN Migration Agency, carrying Saudi Arabian humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees will arrive in Chittagong today. “The Boeing 747, chartered by IOM, carrying 100 tonnes of tents, sleeping mats, blankets and food baskets will leave Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, today and will arrive in […]

Imran H Sarkar gets bail in defamation case

DHAKA : A court here on Thursday granted bail to Ganajagaran Manch spokesperson Imran H Sarkar and cultural activist Sanatan Ullash in a defamation case filed for their derogatory remarks on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, reports UNB. Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sheikh Samidul Islam granted the bail upon a bond of Tk 10,000 each […]

Army to help distribute relief among Rohingyas: Quader

COX’S BAZAR : Road Transport and Bridges MinisterObaidul Quader on Wednesday said army will be deployed at Rohingya camps for the proper distribution of relief materials and rehabilitation of the refugees who have fled to Bangladesh amid persecution in Myanmar, reports UNB. “The government has decided to deploy army at the Rohingya camps…they’ll help the […]

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Take steps to address Rohingya crisis : UN

DHAKA : As the number of Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh surpassed 400,000, UN agencies are scaling up their efforts to assist the displaced people with Secretary-General Antenio Guterres renewing his call to Myanmar to take steps to address the crisis, reports UNB “We’re all shocked by the dramatic escalation of sectarian tensions in […]