Bangladesh announces closure of educational institutions till Feb 6

January 21, 2022

Bangladesh government on Friday announced closure of educational institutions for the next two weeks from today till February 6 amid a surge in Covid-19 transmission across the country.
The cabinet division, in a circular uploaded in its website, also gave five more directives in the backdrop of a spike in Covid cases across Bangladesh.
The directives said that the schools, colleges and their equivalent educational institutions would remain closed between January 21 and February 6 and the authorities of the Read more

School closure disrupts education of 37 million children in Bangladesh

October 20, 2021

Says Unicef, Unesco report
The education of 37 million children in Bangladesh has been disrupted due to school closures since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, according to a report of Unicef and Unesco.
The report titled ‘Situation Analysis on the Effects and Responses to Covid-19 on the Education Sector in Asia’ (SitAn Report) was released on Tuesday.
According to the report, the pandemic has affected about 800 million children in Asia, including South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia.
The report highlights the continued Read more

Gleeful reunion at Dhaka University

October 18, 2021

The Dhaka University campus was full of students as face -to -face teaching restarted yesterday after it was closed for 18 months due to the Covid 19 outbreak.
The students of DU that has been vacant for a year and a half rushed now everywhere on the campus such as classrooms, libraries, seminars and cafeterias.
Students were seen attending their classrooms in a lively environment in different academic buildings. They attended classes according to health guidelines and maintaining physical distance.
Madhu’s canteen was abuzz with Read more

Two ends of Bangabandhu Tunnel joined beneath the Karnaphuli river

October 8, 2021

Two ends of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel were met together under the Karnaphuli river on Thursday afternoon.
With the cutter of the tunnel boring machine cutting through the wall, China Communications Construction Company Limited, the contractor, and China Road and Bridge Corporation, the constructor, successfully achieved breakthrough of both tubes of the tunnel.
The Chinese embassy in Dhaka shared the news on its verified Facebook page at 11:38pm on Thursday.
The 9.3-kilometre Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel is the Read more

Victory Day today

December 16, 2019

The nation is set to celebrate the 49th Victory Day on Monday with elaborate programmes to pay deep homage to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country during the Liberation War in 1971.
Bangladesh was born as an independent country on this day after the Pakistani occupation forces surrendered following a bloody nine-month war.
Along with the government, different socio-political, educational, cultural institutions and organisations have chalked out a series of programmes to celebrate the day. Bangladeshis at home and Read more

Bangla Lesson for carbon polluters

August 23, 2015

Growing solar home system earns Bangladesh UN fund; first in the world
Bangla Lesson for carbon pollutersBangladesh has become the first country to get funds from the United Nations for its fast growing solar home systems, which are not only lighting up houses in off-grid villages but also showing the world the way to a low-carbon future.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) issued 395,286 carbon credits worth €3.56 million to two Bangladeshi organisations — Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL) and Read more

Human-elephant conflict increasing

August 11, 2015

Human-elephant conflict increasingAt least 226 people died and 62 elephants were killed in last 12years and a half in growing incidents of human-elephant conflicts, said forest officials.
They as well as wildlife conservationists blamed destruction of elephant habitats as the main cause for the incidents.
They said that elephants were being squeezed into smaller habitats due to destruction of forest cover.
Increasing use of elephant movement routes and corridors for farming and human settlements was also blamed Read more

Absolutely Awesome

July 16, 2015

Terrific Tigers produce supremely premium stuff to thump down 9-wicket defeat on strong South Africa; clinch one-day series
Absolutely AwesomeWho says bowlers should have all the fun? Ask Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal, and they will tell you that that opening period of the second innings, when they literally demolished one of the best bowling attacks in the world, was the highlight of the series against South Africa.
Ask the fans who braved the rains at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium and they will probably be taunting the spectators in Dhaka, for they managed to witness something that the capital could not; a total annihilation Read more

Bangladesh beat South Africa by 7 wickets 

July 13, 2015

Bangladesh’s participation in Champions Trophy confirmed
Bangladesh beat South Africa by 7 wicketsIt was not a full house at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. But the half-packed audience at Bangladesh’s home of cricket in Mirpur witnessed a turnaround that only suits
a team affectionately called Tigers.
With their back against the wall after three demoralising defeats including the first one-dayer that put their Champions Trophy berth in the balance, the Tigers needed something to answer back at their critics in the second one-day international. And they did it with some style, hammering South Africa for seven-wicket defeat. Read more

Wasa eyes two rivers

February 9, 2014

Plans to cut dependency on groundwater from 78pc to 30pc in seven years
Wasa eyes two riversWith groundwater depleting fast in the capital, Dhaka Wasa is going to set up three more water treatment plants to increase the use of surface water significantly in the next seven years.
The plants will be installed at Gandhabpur of Rupganj, Jasaldi in Mawa and Sayedabad in the capital at an estimated cost of around $1.5 billion, a top Wasa official told The Daily Star on condition of anonymity.
Water has to be piped to the plants from the Padma and the Jamuna rivers Read more

Bishwa Ijtema begins today

January 24, 2014

Bishwa Ijtema begins todayThousands of pilgrims reached the banks of the Turag river in Tongi on Thursday on the eve of Bishwa Ijtema.
The annual holy congregation of Muslims is the second largest after Hajj. It will be held in two phases as the large number of devotees cannot be accommodated at one time. The first phase, beginning on Friday, will end with Akheri Munajat on Sunday (January 26). The second phase will be held from January 31-February 2. It will also end with Akheri Munajat. During Read more

Victory Day today

December 16, 2013

Victory Day todayThe nation would celebrate the 43rd Victory Day on Monday to pay homage to the sons of the soil whose supreme sacrifice brought Independence on this day in 1971. The day is a public holiday.
The day will be celebrated across the country and Bangladesh’s missions abroad will pay glowing tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for leading the nation towards Independence.
The national flag will be hoisted atop government, semi- government and private offices, as well as offices of autonomous Read more

Developers now own most of wetlands

November 23, 2013

Dhaka-mawa Highway
Developers now own most of wetlands
Poor farmers forced to sell lands as law not enforced
Developers now own most of wetlandsLand developers are illegally filling up vast areas of wetland and converting huge areas of seasonal cropland to launch housing projects along the Dhaka-Mawa Highway.
All the laws and policies formulated over the years to protect the environment have simply become a farce as the authorities concerned are turning a blind eye to the misdeed.
During several recent visits to Shikarpur beel, Kuichhamara beel, Abdullahpur, Alampur, Rajendrapur in Sirajdikhan, Read more

Tigers make it 3-0

November 4, 2013

Tigers make it 3-0Bangladesh knocked off a target of over 300 runs to romp to a four-wicket win in the third one-day international, inflicting a 3-0 defeat on New Zealand in the three-match series at Fatullah on Sunday.
The clean sweep victory, which came against the backdrop of a 4-0 win in the previous series between the sides, reconfirmed Bangladesh’s status as a force in one-day cricket to be reckoned with.
The Tigers had had few successes in one-day cricket over the past years, but barring an exception against Zimbabwe in 2009, Read more

Wildlife in peril

October 15, 2013

Large vessels using channel thru’ the forest creating disturbance; regular waterway silted up for long
Wildlife in perilA temporary water transport channel through the Sundarbans has turned into a regular route over the last two years as the authorities concerned have yet to restore the navigability of the original route.
Subsequently, the ecosystem and wildlife of the forest are being seriously disturbed by the daily movement of around 150 motor cargo vessels coming from Chittagong, Dhaka and even India.
The temporary route was arranged for only three months to carry goods to Mongla Port and Khulna in April 2011 after Bangladesh Read more

Jatrabari flyover opens today

October 11, 2013

Jatrabari flyover opens todayThe much-awaited 10-kilometre-long Jatrabari flyover in the capital opens to the public today over three years after its construction work began.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to open the flyover at Shanir Akhra point near Dhaka-Chittagong highway at 3:00pm.
She will later address an inaugural ceremony of the flyover opening at Osmani Memorial Hall, said officials of Dhaka South City Corporation.
After the inauguration, the 5.5 km long main flyover, which stretches from Read more

Risky rickshaws swarm roads

October 8, 2013

Run by battery, they are more prone to accidents; they gain access by bribing cops
Risky rickshaws swarm roadsBattery-run rickshaws are plying many Dhaka streets flouting a government ban as the law enforcers turn a blind eye to it, allegedly taking bribes from the rickshaw owners.
Officials at Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) said controlling rickshaws in city is beyond their jurisdiction as those are run manually.
Saiful Haque, director (engineering) at BRTA, said according to the features of a rickshaw, it can run on a speed of 5-10km per hour.
“When a motor is Read more

Farmers frown at jute prices

October 7, 2013

Cash-strapped BJMC virtually stays out of purchase; poor sale of golden fibre
Farmers frown at jute pricesJute farmers walk a tightrope this season. So does Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation.
The BJMC, the biggest purchaser of raw jute in public sector, is running out of cash and is struggling to buy jute from the farmers and traders during the peak season now.
With the BJMC-run mills remaining cash-strapped, jute market has lost competitiveness, and a depressed market is forcing growers to sell jute at a lower price.
As against Tk 1,400 -1,500 Read more

Gas crisis deepens

September 28, 2013

No hope of improvement before mid-Oct
Gas crisis deepensSurging illegal consumption together with spiralling demand on the one hand and a slight drop in production on the other has created an unusual gas crisis in the capital in recent weeks.
When production is expected to increase keeping pace with a 10 percent annual growth in demand, the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd is actually getting lesser gas this September than that in the corresponding period last year, mainly because a gas field in Fenchuganj has been shut down for maintenance. Read more

Airlines plan big

September 21, 2013

To invest $1 billion to procure 22 aircraft by next year, hoping to expand business
Airlines plan bigThe aviation industry is likely to see an unprecedented boom as both the public and private airlines are expected to invest around $1 billion in
the sector by next year.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines and four other local airlines will either purchase or lease at least 22 aircraft with the sum, said officials at the civil aviation authority and the airlines. National carrier Biman plans to acquire eight aircraft, Regent Airways five, NOVOAIR four, United Airways three and US-Bangla Airlines at least two.
This investment is aimed Read more

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