DPL Super League: Abahani overpower Mohammedan

Abahani beat Mohammedan by 60 runs Sunday in their first match of the Super League of the ongoing Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division T20 Cricket League.

Mohammedan won the toss and opted to bowl first at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Abahani – asked to bat first – scored 193/7 in 20 overs as captain Mushfiqur Rahim hit 57 off 32 balls with eight fours and one six; and Munim Shahriar posted 43 off 27 balls with five fours and two sixes.

Also, Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mohammad Naim scored 27 and 24; Mosaddek Hossain came to bat at number seven and posted 14 off seven balls.

In the last five overs of their innings, Abahani scored 61 runs, which eventually helped them seal the game.

Ruyel Miah was the most successful bowler for Mohammedan, who took three wickets conceding 19 runs in four overs. Asif Hasan also scalped three wickets but he conceded 47 runs in four overs.

Chasing 194, Mohammedan suffered a batting collapse in the first over when they lost two wickets to Mohammad Saifuddin. In the sixth over, the last over of the powerplay, they lost two more wickets to Mosaddek Hossain. In the very next over, Mohammedan lost two more wickets.

At the halfway stage of their innings, Mohammedan were struggling at 49 for six. Four of Mohammedan’s recognised batsmen were dismissed for a duck.

They could not make up for the early loss of wickets and lost the game by a big margin. However, Abu Hider Rony hit a fifty and remained unbeaten on 53 off 42 balls with five fours and two sixes.

For Abahani, Saifuddin and Mosaddek bagged two wickets each while Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Arafat Sunny took one wicket each.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Woke revolution: The latest fad in fashion!

Fashion has always been about fitting in. But the last two decades of the 21st century has witnessed a paradigm shift in the global fashion trends, the latest being “woke” — a Gen Z and millennial term for being “awake” to the social and environmental issues.

Appearing Woke In Fashion

The views of these young shoppers are critical when it comes to social injustice, and most of them are more than willing to switch or shun brands based on their stance on contentious issues. This trend is increasingly forcing brands to integrate social and green themes into their products.

According to McKinsey & Company, an American management consulting firm, the rise of “woke” consumers was nine of 10 trends in the fashion industry in 2019.

They believe that the companies have a responsibility to address environmental and social issues. This category of consumers spends around $350 billion in the United States alone. Some 40 percent of the global consumers is Gen Z. Not only young consumers but also two-thirds of consumers worldwide are certain to evolve with their stance on greening. Half of them are activists and driven by passion while the other half is destined to make a decision based on a given situation.

Brands like Levi’s and Nike have taken a clear stance on social issues in recent months. Nike is supporting Colin Kaepernick, the face of the NFL’s anthem protests, and Levi’s is leading a campaign against gun violence in the US. Gucci has also come forward to support a student-led march calling for more gun control in the US.

Fast Retailing, the parent company of Japanese retailer Uniqlo, has been recruiting refugees since 2016. British retailer ASOS has launched an exclusive lingerie line in partnership with designer Katharine Hamnett. A fashion player, Balenciaga collaborated with World Food Programme.

Companies like Ben & Jerry’s, Danone, Patagonia, Allbirds, and Eileen Fisher have been certified for the impact of their decisions on people, society and the planet. From just seven in 2010, nearly 200 companies worldwide have risen up to woke as of April 2018. Some 40 percent of their products are made of recycled and sustainable materials.

Woke In Place Of Fast Fashion

Woke goes for companies that are aligned with values and social responsibilities. Rapid production is, in fact, now considered bad for the environment as it pollutes water, dissipates toxic chemicals.

With per annum 100 billion plus global textile production, environmental groups claim that if this trend continues, the environmental balance will be destroyed. As a result, the woke generation has become a conscious fashion movement against this fast trend. The influence of woke precisely gives importance to quality, ethics and sustainability over brief trends, cheap labour and wasteful manufacturing.


Developing greener themes into products in order to appeal to woke consumers can be risky for firms, but opportunities galore. The situation is likely to change soon, as stakeholders in the fashion industry currently tend to dominate the movement for environmental and social conscience. The number of consumers in other industries can be expected to rise to ensure the social commitment of global brands.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bidens’ older dog, Champ, has died; German shepherd was 13

President Joe Biden announced Saturday that Champ, the older of the family’s two dogs, had died “peacefully at home.” The German shepherd was 13.

“He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family,” Biden and first lady Jill Biden said in a statement posted to the president’s official Twitter account. The Bidens are spending the weekend at their home in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Bidens got Champ from a breeder after Biden was elected vice president in 2008. Champ was a fixture at both the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory and now the White House. In their statement, the Bidens said that when Champ was young, “he was happiest chasing golf balls on the front lawn of the Naval Observatory,” and that more recently he enjoyed “joining us as a comforting presence in meetings or sunning himself in the White House garden.”

“In our most joyful moments and in our most grief-stricken days, he was there with us, sensitive to our every unspoken feeling and emotion,” the Bidens said.

Champ’s passing leaves the Bidens with their younger German shepherd, Major, whom the family adopted from the Delaware Humane Society in 2018.

The Bidens could occasionally be seen walking their two dogs on the White House South Lawn, and the dogs sometimes would join the president on trips to Camp David or visits home in Delaware.

Major has drawn headlines for his bad behavior in the past. Major caused Biden to suffer a foot injury in November, after the then-president-elect tripped over the younger dog while they were playing. Major and Champ were brought home to Delaware at one point, and Major went through training after the younger dog had two separate biting incidents at the White House and an unknown dog appeared to have pooped in a White House hallway.

Champ, who showed his age in recent months in his graying fur and slower gait, was often a more tranquil presence.

The Bidens are expected to bring a cat to the White House to join the family sometime soon.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

India keen to resume vaccine export to Bangladesh, says the country’s envoy

India is boosting its production of Covid-19 vaccine, but there is no word yet when it can resume its export of the jabs to Bangladesh, the country’s high commissioner in Dhaka said on Sunday.

“We hope the problem will be resolved soon,” High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami told reporters after a meeting with Awami Jubo League Chairman Fazle Shams Parash at the central office of Awami League.

The Indian envoy said: “We are increasing corona vaccine production. The corona situation in India is still at a dangerous stage. So we are not yet able to say the exact time of giving corona vaccine to Bangladesh,”

Parash recalled India’s crucial help during the 1971 Liberation War and said India has always been by Bangladesh side in everything.

“India is our friend of bad days and partner in good days as well,” he said.

Parash said that he discussed with the Indian envoy the corona and the current situation in India.

Doraiswami watched two documentaries on the humanitarian activities of the Juba League during the corona crisis.

Juba League general secretary Mainul Hossain Khan Nikhil and other leaders and workers of the central committee were present during the envoy’s visit.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s single largest rooftop solar power plant inaugurated in Korean EPZ

The country’s single largest rooftop solar plant was inaugurated on Sunday at the privately owned Korean Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in Anwara upazila of Chattagram.

The power plant, installed on the rooftop of the factories in the EPZ will generate 16 MW in the first phase while the total capacity of the plant will be 40 MW.

Inaugurating the plant, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said the government has been laying special emphasis on promotion of renewable energy across the country.

“We’ve set a target to generate 40 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2041”, he told the function.

The function was also addressed by South Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Lee Jang-keun and Chairman & CEO Youngone Corporation Kihak Sung. South Korean conglomerate Youngone Corporation set up the Korean EPZ.

Nasrul Hamid said the project will encourage other industries to set up similar projects to promote green energy in the industrial sector.

Ambassador Lee Jang-keun said the 40MW rooftop solar panel project shows the vision and innovation of the KEPZ which sets an example not only to the other companies in Bangladesh but also to all in the region and in the whole world.

“It is not only saving money and production cost, but also makes the KEPZ and its business sustainable and resilient”, he added.

It is how businesses can get along with nature and reduce the threat of climate change. It is perfectly in line with the Bangladesh government vision and energy strategy, he added.

He said Bangladesh’s economy amid the corona pandemic might owe to the success of the KEPZ’s operation and business.

“That is the reason why I keep saying that Bangladesh’s success depends on the success of its business sector, its factories and companies as it has been the case for Korea”.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Global Covid-19 cases top 178 million

Over 178 million people have been found infected with Covid-19 as many countries are still grappling with a spike in cases and deaths across the world.

The total caseload and deaths from the virus stand at 178, 123, 144 and 3,857,806, respectively as of Sunday morning, as per the latest data released by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

So far, 2,566,401, 042 Covid vaccine doses have been administered across the globe, according to the university data.

The US has logged 33,537, 807 cases and 601,748 deaths to date. The death toll in the United States is the highest in the world.

In Brazil, the death toll from the virus has surpassed half a million after recording 2,301 more deaths from the fatal disease in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said Saturday.

With the national death toll reaching 500,800, Brazil has become the second country in the world to record more than half a million pandemic deaths, after the United States.

The country’s total caseload reached 17,883,750 as the health authorities has logged 82,288 new cases during this period.

India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 29,823,546 on Saturday, with 60,753 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, said the health ministry.

Besides, 1,647 more patients died during the period, taking the death toll to 385,137.

Situation in Bangladesh

Covid-19 in Bangladesh claimed the lives of 67 people in 24 hours until Saturday morning, the highest daily deaths in 48 days.

The country last recorded 69 deaths on May 2 this year.

Meanwhile, 3,057 new infections were detected after testing 16,964 samples, said a handout issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHs).

With these, the country’s death toll rose to 13,466 while the caseload to 848,027.

Bangladesh rolls out Sinopharm vaccine

Bangladesh on Saturday started administering Sinopharm vaccine doses across the country, aiming to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

The vaccination started in the capital and elsewhere of the country with 11 lakh doses of Sinopharm vaccine gifted by China, said the DGHS.

The vaccine doses are being administered at four hospitals in Dhaka district — Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital, Sir Salimullah Medical College and Hospital, and Mughda Medical College and Hospital.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Heavy rains batter Khulna, cause sufferings

Heavy monsoon rain pouring since Saturday morning flooded streets, caused waterlogging and disrupted traffic and public life in this south-western city.

Overflowing rainwater swamped many shops, office buildings and houses.

The meteorological office recorded 81 mm of rain from 6 am Saturday to 12 pm Sunday.

The city’s Royal Junction, Baiti Para Road, Mistri Para, Jinnah Para, Shipyard Road and other low-lying areas were inundated due to the torrential downpour.

High fares charged by rickshaws, battery-powered easy bikes and three-wheelers compounded sufferings of the commuters.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Govt’s focus is both on life and livelihood: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said the government with its limited resources is trying to improve the lifestyle of the people at the grassroots.

“With our limited resources, we’re trying to reach the common people and grassroots ones for improving their lives and livelihoods. That’s our aim,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said this while distributing 53,340 well-built semi-pucca homes along with land ownership documents among homeless and landless families across the country in the second phase under the Ashrayan-2 project.

The highest 12,436 houses were given in Rangpur division, while 10,547 in Chattogram, 7,630 in Dhaka, 7,172 in Rajshahi, 7,153 in Barishal, 911 in Khulna, 2512 in Mymensingh and 1979 in Sylhet divisions.

The Prime Minister virtually joined the distribution programme from her official residence Ganobhaban.

Hasina said the government, since assuming power, has been trying to help the ultra-poor in every way and the result of which is now visible. “The ultra-poor are gradually learning to stand on their feet …they’re coming up…that’s what we want.”

She mentioned that the government’s main target is to improve the living standard of the people at the grassroots by engaging them in livelihood activities.

The economic policy of the government is to ensure resources up to rural level in addition to ensuring their access to education and healthcare, Hasina said adding, “That’s the policy of the Awami League and that’s what the Father of the Nation taught us.”

“When one gets a home, he or she is thrilled with joy and happiness, and that becomes visible on their smiling faces. I want nothing more than that,” she said.

Hasina said the departed soul of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be in peace when every person of the country will get the shelter.

She said natural calamities like cyclone, tidal surge, riverbank erosion and flooding cause sufferings to people and leave them homeless frequently as Bangladesh is a calamity-prone country. “Our aim is to ensure homes for them, rehabilitate them by ensuring livelihood options for them.”

Hasina said the government has set its goal to make Bangladesh free from poverty and the government is doing everything to achieve that.

Local public representatives and public servants, on behalf of the Prime Minister, handed over the joint ownership documents of the two-decimal houses to both husbands and wives ensuring gender equality.

On January 23 last, 70,000 such houses along with documents were given to homeless and landless people in the first phase of the project in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement that there would be no homeless and landless people in Bangladesh.

According to the lists prepared under the Ashrayan project, the number of homeless and landless families (under class-K) is 293,361 in the country, while that of just-homeless families (under class-Kha) is 592,261.

Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus conducted the programme and made a power-point presentation.

A song describing the project was also played in the programme.

Later, the Prime Minister talked to the beneficiaries who joined the event from different parts of the country.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Chuadanga cattle trader ‘commits suicide’ over Covid stigma

A 50-year-old cattle trader, who tested Covid-19 positive four days ago, reportedly committed suicide by hanging after being subjected to social stigma.

Police identified the deceased as Abdur Razzaque, of Chuadanga’s Alamdanga upazila, who was found hanging at his residence Sunday morning.

When asked about the likely trigger behind the suicide, Alamdanga Police Station Officer-in-Charge Alamgir Kabir said, “Razzaque had been suffering from Covid-19 symptoms and tested positive on June 16. After that, he was undergoing isolation at home following the advice of the doctors.”

“I heard my husband coughing in the morning. I went to his room to serve him breakfast but found that he ended his life by hanging,” Moyna Khatun, wife of the deceased, said.

“On June 17, the local administration hoisted a red flag on Razzaque’s residence and put it under lockdown. Next, the locals started to harass and humiliate Razzaque,” Aminul Haque Rokon, chairman of Alamdanga’s Jehala union parishad, said.

“The locals did not allow us to leave the house – even to shop for groceries,” Moyna said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Driver rams cyclists in Arizona race, critically injuring 6

A driver in a pickup truck plowed into bicyclists during a community road race in Arizona on Saturday, critically injuring several riders before police chased the driver and shot him outside a nearby hardware store, authorities said.

Six people were taken to a hospital in critical condition after the crash in the mountain town of Show Low, about a three-hour drive northeast of Phoenix, police said. Helmets, shoes and crumpled and broken bicycles were strewn across the street after the crash, and a tire was wedged into the grill of the truck, which had damage to its top and sides and a bullet hole in a window.

Two other people went to a hospital themselves, city spokeswoman Grace Payne said, and one of the severely injured was later flown by medical helicopter to a Phoenix-area hospital.

The suspect, a 35-year-old man, also was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

“We don’t know the motivation,” Payne told The Associated Press. “We know he fled the scene.”

Police said a Ford pickup truck struck the bicyclists about 7:25 a.m. in downtown Show Low during the annual 58-mile (93-kilometer) Bike the Bluff race, then fled. Officers pursued the driver and tried to stop him before he was shot, authorities said.

Payne said the driver did not comply when officers tried to arrest him, but the circumstances of the shooting were not immediately released. Neither were the identities of the suspect and victims.

Officials said the race had 270 participants.

“Our community is shocked at this incident and our hearts and prayers are with the injured and their families at this time,” police spokeswoman Kristine Sleighter said in a statement.

The Navajo County sheriff’s office and Arizona Department of Public Safety were helping investigate. U.S. 60, the main street in the town tucked in the White Mountains, was closed in the area.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

110th birth anniversary of Sufia Kamal today

Sunday marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of poet and feminist Begum Sufia Kamal.

Also revered as the trailblazing woman rights activist, poet and educationist who took part in the Bengali nationalist movement of the 1950s and then established herself as one of the iconic civil society leaders in independent Bangladesh, Sufia Kamal was born on June 20, 1911, at Shayestabad, Barisal in then British India.

The day is being observed in befitting manners by different socio-cultural organisations.

Commemorating the day, several socio-cultural organisations including Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) and Chhayanaut are organizing special programmes in remembrance of the poet and activist.

However, due to the ongoing second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, both organizations are celebrating the day with virtual programmes.

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) is hosting a special online event at 3 pm on its official Facebook page. To commemorate the pioneer’s 110th birth anniversary, the programme is featuring online memorial speeches, poet Sufia Kamal Award giving ceremony and musical performances. BMP’s current president Dr Fauzia Moslem will preside over the event.

Rabindra University Vice-Chancellor Professor Biswajit Ghosh will deliver a commemorative speech titled “Sufia Kamal and the Feminist Movement of Bangladesh” at the event, while the Poet Sufia Kamal Award-2020 (posthumously) will be conferred to journalist, teacher, politician and activist Nurjahan Murshid and Poet Sufia Kamal Award-2021 will be given to Kumudini Welfare Trust.

Celebrating the founding president’s birth anniversary and the return of monsoon, country’s leading cultural institution Chhayanat has been organizing a commemorative event every year, which could not take place last year due to the COVID-19 situation.

This year, Chhayanat is organizing a special online event featuring songs, poems and dances of the rainy season, alongside a special speech of Sultana Kamal, daughter of the eminent poet and a member of the advisory council of Chhayanat, noted human rights activist and former adviser to the Caretaker government of Bangladesh.

The programme will be telecast through the digital platforms of Chhayanaut including its Facebook page and YouTube channel on Sunday at 9 pm.

A woman ahead of her time and her contemporaries, Sufia Kamal was instrumental in naming the first women’s dormitory of Dhaka University as Rokeya Hall after the name of Begum Rokeya, the legendary educationist who was her own inspiration. She went on to become a civil society leader and a pioneer activist for women’s rights.

As a brave social activist, Sufia Kamal played active role in the 1952 language movement, the oppressions against the nation before and during the 1971 Liberation War and took part in every major human rights movement in Bangladesh till her demise.

Despite lacking formal education during her childhood, she learned multiple languages at her home including Bengali, Hindi, English, Urdu, Arabic, Kurdish and Persian. Her first book of poems, Sanjher Maya (The Eventide Spell), was published in Kolkata in 1938, which were praised by legendary litterateur Kazi Nazrul Islam and Rabindranath Tagore.

As a poet and writer, she then went on authoring more than a dozen volumes of poetry and several volumes of short stories, short novels, travelogues, etc. Her documentary book Ekatturer Diary (Diary of 71) narrated the horrific stories during the 1971 Liberation War. She was the founding editor of Begum, Bangladesh’s maiden women’s magazine.

Sufia Kamal was the founding chairperson of The Bangladesh Women’s Rehabilitation Board, Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, Dustha Punarbasan Sangstha. She was the president of the Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation and Nari Kalyan Sangstha. She was also the first Chairperson of BRAC.

Sufia Kamal received many awards including the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (1961), a major national award conferred by the Pakistani government that she returned in 1969 in protest against the then government’s oppressive treatment to Bengali people. Her major achievements include Bangla Academy Award for Literature (1962), Ekushey Padak (1976), Jatiya Kabita Parishad Award (1995), Women’s Federation for World Peace Crest (1996), Begum Rokeya Padak (1996), Deshbandhu CR Das Gold Medal (1996), Independence Day Award (1997), Czechoslovakia Medal (1986) and more.

Besides, the National Public Library in Dhaka is named as Sufia Kamal National Public Library and Bangladesh National Museum named one of its main auditoriums in her honour.

Begum Sufia Kamal passed away on November 20, 1999. For her tremendous contribution in the society, she became the first woman to receive a state funeral in Bangladesh.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Narsingdi road crash leaves five dead

At least five people were killed and nine others injured when a truck hit a microbus on Panchdona-Ghorashal road at Bhatpara Sakurar intersection in Madhabdi upazila of Narsingdi district on Saturday night.

The deceased were identified as Mukti Akhter, 30, Sadiqul, 8, son of Mukti, Ruby Akhter, 40, Rahima, 3, daughter of Ruby and Rokeya Akhter, 52.

Enamul Haque Sagar, superintendent of Narsingdi Police, said the accident occurred around 12 am when the truck rammed the Savar-bound microbus carrying 14 people, leaving two dead on the spot and 12 others injured.

Three of the injured died while being moved to hospitals.

The rest of the injured were taken to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).

They met the accident while returning to Jirabo in Savar from Sylhet shrine, said police.

Police seized the truck but could not arrest its driver as he fled the scene after the accident.

Road accident in Bangladesh

Road accidents are common in Bangladesh and have been a major cause of deaths.

During the last Eid-ul-Fitr holiday rush, road accidents claimed 323 lives in just 15 days, said Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Shamiti, a human rights body.

Besides, 513 people, including 63 children, were killed and 598 injured in 409 road accidents across the country in March, said another rights body, Road Safety Foundation, on April 5.

It said 147 lives were lost in 138 motorcycle accidents, which is 28.65% of the total deaths.

In a report released in February 2020, the World Bank pointed out that Bangladesh needs to invest an estimated $7.8 billion over the next decade to halve its road crash fatalities.

The report attributed the high death rate on Bangladesh’s roads to lack of investments in systemic, targeted, and sustained road safety programmes.

Source: United News of Bangladesh