Cricket-Australia eye seventh World Cup in ‘Ashes’ final

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By Nick Mulvenney (Reuters) – Australia will be strong favourites to win the Women’s World Cup for a seventh time in Christchurch on Sunday but reigning champions England have hit their stride at the business end of the tournament and will not give up the trophy easily. While the top ranked Australians have romped through the tournament with eight straight wins, four-times champions England have been in crisis management since losing their first three contests. They qualified for the semi-finals with a thumping win over Bangladesh, however, and were at their very best when they crushed second-… Continue reading “Cricket-Australia eye seventh World Cup in ‘Ashes’ final”

Webinar underlines digital innovation to boost agro production

Speakers at a webinar has underlined digital innovation and adaptation to aware farmers about agriculture, crops varieties, seed and fertilizer to boost agro production.

The webinar titled ‘needs of digital innovation and leadership to raise technical literacy growing agriculture- food production’ was organized by Entrepreneurial Economists club (EEC), an organization of Dhaka School of Economics on Wednesday.

The speakers said the development of digital platforms with service and consultation on different varieties of crops and the yield can be reached rural and remote areas through digital innovation.

Multi use of digital innovation is needed for agro-products marketing as well as connecting businesses and famers, they said.

According to them the digital economy is well suited in the Bangladesh economy.

They said cyber security and leadership are needed to get maximum benefits. Digital literacy has also been stressed at the webinar. Leadership is needed to cope up with the challenges for which digital literacy is needed,”

Prof Mahesh Gandhi, academic administrator, Strategist-Students Recruitment & Expert- Regulatory Processes, India was the chief guest at the webinar.

He said that every country should move to digital transformation so that everything can function smoothly.

There is no alternative to the digital revolution for inclusive economic growth, he said.

KSM Mustafizur Rahman, Chairman, Veterinarian National Agricare Import & Export Ltd was joined the function as the special guest.

Dr Muhammad Mahboob Ali, professor and coordinator, department of entrepreneurship, Dhaka School of Economics (DScE) chaired the programme.

Among others Rehana Parvin and Sara Tasneem Assistant Professors of DScE were discussed on the topics. Mohammad Aman Ullah Aman, adjunct faculty also spoke on this occasion.

Mustafizur Rahman was awarded honorary life membership of the entrepreneurial economists’ club of DScE for his contribution in the entrepreneurship development.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Dhaka invites more investments from Seoul

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has invited more South Korean investments in the country – namely, in renewable, pharmaceuticals, ICT, light engineering, consumer electronics sectors.

He appreciated Korea’s contributions to the infrastructure sector of Bangladesh and its humanitarian support for the Rohingyas temporarily sheltered here.

Choi Jong Kun, South Korean 1st vice-minister of foreign affairs, met Momen at the State guesthouse Padma Thursday.

They discussed bilateral issues and other regional and international issues of common interests.

Foreign Minister Momen called South Korea a tested and trusted friend and a proven development partner of Bangladesh.

He recalled with gratitude Korea’s recognition of Bangladesh as an independent state on May 12, 1972, and the country’s continued development cooperation in Bangladesh’s priority sectors.

The Korean 1st vice-minister assured of continued development cooperation for the rapid socio-economic advancement of Bangladesh and enhanced investments in the country.

He highlighted the importance of Korea’s robust partnership with Bangladesh and agreed to deepen engagement on the 50th anniversary of bilateral ties next year.

The Korean 1st vice-minister also assured of taking more workers and students from Bangladesh.

Momen assured to continue Bangladesh’s strong support to all international measures for denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and committed to working closely with South Korea on global peace and security and climate change.

The Korean 1st vice-minister highly appreciated Bangladesh’s diplomatic endeavours in resolving disputes through dialogue and diplomacy.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

WB loan to help Bangladesh sustain post-Covid growth

The World Bank has approved a $250 million financing to help Bangladesh strengthen its policies to sustain growth following the pandemic and enhance resilience to future shocks.

The Bangladesh First Recovery and Resilience Development Policy Credit — the first in a series of two credits — supports fiscal and financial sector policies to enhance macroeconomic stability and sustain growth.

It supports expanding and modernising social protection programmes and energy sector policies to improve efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These actions will help the country build resilience against future shocks, including climate change, the World Bank said in a release.

“Since 2020, the World Bank has provided over $3 billion to Bangladesh to support emergency response, vaccination, and other Covid-19 recovery efforts,” said Mercy Tembon, World Bank country director for Bangladesh and Bhutan.

“This credit will further accelerate the government’s endeavours to strengthen its policies and regulatory framework to pave the way for a green, resilient, inclusive recovery and low-carbon growth.”

This programme supports the development of the National Tariff Policy, which will help modernise trade taxes. New policies also enable foreign firms, including non-resident digital services companies, such as the search, social media, and cloud services firms, to submit VAT returns and make payments.

Expanded coverage of the national e-Government Procurement (e-GP) system will increase the efficiency of public expenditure. The financing will also help streamline the bank recovery framework. All scheduled banks will prepare recovery plans, which will be updated annually.

New legislation will be prepared to strengthen the stability and efficiency of payment and settlement systems, which will also foster digital and mobile financial services, according to the World Bank.

The programme also supports adjustments to the interest rates of several public savings instruments, bringing them closer to the market to reduce distortions.

This programme will help the government rapidly scale up cash transfer programmes to respond to future shocks and to expand the use of the government-to-person payment platform for cash-based schemes.

This will allow the government to respond more quickly to climate-related crises, including floods and cyclones, by identifying and targeting new and existing beneficiaries for emergency assistance.

It will also help Bangladesh with its transition to a low-carbon economy. The revised National Building Code will improve energy efficiency in buildings, while the cancellation of 8,451 MW of planned investment in coal-fired power generation projects supports progress towards Bangladesh’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) 2021.

“This financing will help Bangladesh harness digital technology to ensure green and resilient growth,” said Bernard Haven, World Bank senior economist and task team leader for the project.

“Fiscal and financial sector policies will help sustain growth, while enhancing the coverage and efficiency of social protection programmes will protect the poor and vulnerable during economic shocks and natural disasters.”

The credit is from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), which provides concessional financing, has a 30-year term, including a five-year grace period. Bangladesh currently has the largest ongoing IDA programme, totalling over $14.5 billion.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Worker dies falling off city flyover

A construction worker died after falling off an under-construction flyover in the city’s Mirpur area on Friday.

The dead was identified as Alamgir Hossain, 30, of Nilphamari district. He was a labourer of the under-construction Kalshi flyover.

Co-worker Kazi Tanvir Hossain said Alamgir slipped off the flyover while tying rods of the pillars like every other day in the afternoon and received serious injuries on his head.

Later, he was rushed to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) where the doctor declared him dead, said Inspector Bachchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH Police Outpost.

The body has been kept in DMCH morgue for an autopsy, he added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Man held with 12.5 kg gold in Jhenaidah

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Friday held a suspected gold smuggler along with 99 gold bars, weighing 12.5 kg from Hatir Mor area of Maheshpur upazila in Jhenaidah district.

The suspect has been named as Ibrahim Khalil, son of Abdul Latif of Jagusa village in the upazila.

Tipped off, a team of BGB-58 conducted a drive and nabbed Khalil along with the gold bars, said Lieutenant Colonel Shahin Azad, director of BGB-58 in a press briefing on Friday noon.

Process is underway to take legal action against the detainee, he added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Maritime awareness system: EU awaits Bangladesh’s reply on CRIMARIO

European Union (EU) Special Envoy for the Indo-Pacific Gabriele Visentin Friday said they are still waiting for a final answer from Bangladesh on their offer to use the maritime awareness system CRIMARIO.

“We’re very positively engaging (with the Bangladesh authority). This is a very concrete proposal that is on the table,” he said while responding to a question during an interaction with diplomatic correspondents.

EU Critical Maritime Route Wider Indian Ocean (CRIMARIO) aims to support countries in the Indo-Pacific to enhance their maritime situational awareness (MSA), the sharing and fusion of data from various sources to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the maritime domain and to promote its security and safety.

“It’s software that can be used for many purposes. It could equip both navies and coastguards, and allows knowing what is exactly happening at sea,” said the EU special envoy, hoping that they would soon get a final answer from Bangladesh.

Visentin spoke at an interactive session organised by the Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) at the Jatiya Press Club.

The EU special envoy highlighted seven priority areas for EU action – sustainable and inclusive prosperity, green transition, ocean governance, digital governance and partnerships, security and defence, connectivity, and human security.

Referring to one of the seven pillars of the EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy – security and defence – he said they very much want to strengthen their presence in this area.

Deputy Head of Mission of the EU to Bangladesh Jeremy Opritesco, DCAB President Rezaul Karim Lotus and General Secretary AKM Moinuddin were also present.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Samsung brings Galaxy A53 5G to Bangladesh market

Samsung Bangladesh recently launched the much-anticipated Galaxy A53 5G handset in the market.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is for customers who want to enjoy flagship features at an affordable range.

Priced at Tk43,999, Galaxy A53 5G is available in all official outlets of Samsung Bangladesh across the country in three colours – black, blue and peach.

The phone is equipped with a new and faster 5nm Exynos 1280 octa-core processor, 64MP main camera, a 5000mAh battery (with AI managed power consumption) and other features.

Samsung has crafted this device keeping the urban and youthful customers in mind.

The sleek look and feel of Galaxy A53 5G is augmented by its 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display.

Besides the 64MP main camera, the device’s quad-camera setup also includes a 32MP front camera and another 12MP ultra-wide camera.

Also, Galaxy A53 5G comes with 128 GB of storage space, which can be expanded up to 1TB.

Samsung has power-packed the handset with powerful 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 25W charging support, and other durability features like IP67-rated water resistance and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bongo to bring Kazakh movie ‘Diamond Sword’ as ‘Hirar Talwar’ on April 1

Video streaming platform Bongo will release the Kazakh movie “Diamond Sword” – dubbed in Bangla as “Hirar Talwar” – Friday.

The film is based on true Islamic history directed by acclaimed film director, screenwriter and artist Rustem Abdrashev.

Famous Kazakh stars Kairat Kemalov, Yerkebulan Daiyrov, Meirgat Amangeldin, Madina Esmanova, and Isbek Abilmazhinov played the noted roles.

The film shows the historical era of 13th century Mongol emperor Genghis Khan. When his descendants built their independent kingdoms, the surrounding states of Eurasia were crushed.

The bloody battle started to stop the legendary sultan Abu’l-Khayr Shaybani’s tyranny.

This epic movie was first released in 2016 as “Kazakh Khanate: Diamond Sword.”

BBC compared “Kazakh Khanate” to the American fantasy series “Game of Thrones.”

The movie involved around 500 people in production including famous actors from Russia, Mongolia and Uzbekistan.

Mushfiqur Rahman Manzu, chief content officer of Bongo, said: “We value historical movies that the viewers can relate to. Previously we published ‘The Golden Throne’ or ‘Sonar Singhason’ which is another great movie of this Kazakh series.”

“Movies like ‘The Golden Throne’ and ‘Diamond Sword’ are for those who love to watch Islamic history.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

The big cat count: Tiger census in Sunderbans begins in April

This month only, the much-awaited tiger census will begin in the Sunderbans — the world’s largest and only mangrove delta inhabited by the big cats.

Along with tigers, the government will also enumerate deer and pigs in the delta under the ‘Sundarbans Tiger Conservation Project’ estimated to cost the state exchequer a whopping Tk 35.93 crore.

On March 23, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change gave its nod to the project with a three-year timeline.

“The census will be conducted inside the tiger sanctuary in the Sunderbans as well as its periphery,” Abu Naser Mohsin, divisional forest area officer, told UNB.

This month only, the much-awaited tiger census will begin in the Sunderbans — the world’s largest and only mangrove delta inhabited by the big cats.

Along with tigers, the government will also enumerate deer and pigs in the delta under the ‘Sundarbans Tiger Conservation Project’ estimated to cost the state exchequer a whopping Tk 35.93 crore.

On March 23, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change gave its nod to the project with a three-year timeline.

“The census will be conducted inside the tiger sanctuary in the Sunderbans as well as its periphery,” Abu Naser Mohsin, divisional forest area officer, told UNB.

Two observatory towers will also be established and firefighting equipment and drones will be used under the project as every year some tiger habitats get destroyed in sudden forest fires during the dry season, he said.

A 60km-long fencing will be raised along the villages adjacent to the forest areas as tigers often sneak into human habitats, according to the forest department.

Twelve mud fortresses will also be built in the forest areas where wild animals can take refuge during natural calamities like cyclones.

“The project has a provision for temporary appointment of 12 expert consultants for conducting training, survey, data collection, analysis and preparing reports. Also, all the research and survey work under the project will be recorded as a documentary,” said Mohsin.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

RU says yes to second-time admission seekers

Rajshahi University (RU) Thursday decided to give the second-time admission seekers the chance to sit for the admission test in the upcoming 2021-22 academic session.

The decision was taken at the meeting of the admission test sub-committee, with RU vice-chancellor Professor Golam Sabbir Sattar, said RU student adviser Professor M Tareq Nur.

He said the university had decided to allow the second-time admission seekers to sit for the entry tests considering the Covid-19 outbreak.

However, there would be no such opportunity from next year, Professor Tareq Nur added.

According to the decision of the admission test sub-committee, the online preliminary application process for undergraduate courses for the 2021-22 session will begin on May 25 and will continue till June 9.

And the admission tests will be held on July 24-27 in three units.

Earlier in 2018, RU allowed students to sit for its undergraduate admission tests only once.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Shahjahanpur double murder: Second suspect put on 1-day police remand

A Dhaka court on Friday placed Arfanullah Damal, the second suspect in the murder of an Awami League politician and a female college student in Shahjahanpur, on one-day police remand.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Begum Yeasmin Ara passed the order.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) detectives arrested Arfanullah conducting a drive in the city’s Kamalapur area on Thursday night, said Rifat Mohammad Shamim, deputy commissioner of the detective branch (Motijheel division).

A gun was seized from his possession, he told UNB.

A case was filed against Arfanullah under the Arms Act at the Motijheel police station today.

On the night of March 24, AL politician Zahidul Islam Tipu, who was on a microbus, and Samia Afrin Priti, a 22-year-old college student, who was returning home on a rickshaw, were killed in firing in front of Islami Bank Hospital.

Tipu was a former general secretary of the AL Motijheel committee and Priti was a student of Begum Badrunnesa Government College. Tipu’s driver was also injured in the firing.

They were all stuck in a traffic jam in the area when a biker wearing a helmet and a mask appeared from nowhere and fired at them.

The next day, a case was filed against unidentified people over the double murder.

On March 27, police arrested Akash, 34, the prime accused in the double murder case from Bogura district. The next day, a Dhaka court placed Akash on a seven-day police remand for custodial interrogation.

Source: United News of Bangladesh