‘Free arrested Chhatra Odhikar Parishad activists’: Nur, Saki submit memo to DU VC

Member Secretary of Gono Adhikar Parishad Nurul Haque Nur and Coordinator of Ganasanghati Andolan Junaid Saki on Thursday submitted a memorandum to Dhaka University (DU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Md Akhtaruzaman, asking for steps to free the arrested activists of Bangladesh Chhatra Odhikar Parishad.


Earlier, Nur and Saki along with some general students and guardians of the arrested students gathered in front of the National Museum at Shahbagh intersection, from where they formed a rally and marched towards the VC’s office around 12:40pm.


The two had a 50-minute conversation with the VC, during which they talked about the unconditional release of the students who were arrested by police over holding a “peaceful, non-political” program.


“Although I’m a former Vice President (VP) of Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU), I’m still concerned about the rights of the students of this campus. BCL activists had attacked the activists of Chhatra Odhikar Parishad while the latter were undergoing treatment at the hospital, which had crossed the last limit of cruelty,” Nur said in a press briefing after leaving VC’s office.


Nur added that the DU VC has assured them of taking necessary steps to release the arrested students.


During the briefing, Saki said, “We were the students of this university too. During our time, activists of different political organizations could arrange their programs without any fear of getting attacked by rival groups. Nowadays it seems like the ruling party thugs are trying to suppress those who have a dissenting voice.”


Saki added that police should’ve arrested the attackers instead of arresting the injured students.


In the memorandum submitted to DU VC, Nur and Saki raised four demands which include ensuring the safety of all students irrespective of their political affiliations, taking necessary steps against the recent attacks, proper investigation and administrative and legal actions against the attackers and arranging DUCSU elections regularly.


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Mizanur Rahman, father of one of the arrested students, said, “My son Saddam Hossen is not involved with any political party. Police have arrested him on false charges.”


When asked about the meeting, DU VC Prof Akhtaruzzaman said, “Students are our first priority. When I learned that some guardians and student representatives have come to me with their demands, I gave them the opportunity to speak. As a legal guardian, it’s my duty to stand with my students in times of hardship and I’ll try my best to do so,” the VC said.


The VC added that the whole Chhatra Odhikar Parishad incident was unexpected.


“Students are not expected to carry sticks. As the incident took place in front of DMCH and police were present there, they took legal steps,” Akhtaruzzaman added.


Earlier on October 7, police detained 24 students, including 22 Bangladesh Chhatra Odhikar Parishad activists, from in front of DMCH following a clash between the parishad and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) DU unit over arranging a program in memory of BUET student Abrar Fahad.


Later, the students were shown arrested after a BCL activist filed a case with Shahbagh Police Station, accusing the Chhatra Odhikar Parishad activists of creating unrest and attacking BCL members.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


‘Some misunderstandings can hurt Bangladesh-China relations’

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming today said that Bangladesh-China relations have seen rapid and sound development.


However, he also noted: “I should admit that there are still some misunderstandings on China-related issue, originating from cultural difference, cognitive bias or fake news.”


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The envoy said these will inevitably undermine the friendly base of China-Bangladesh relations and further hinder the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.


He was speaking at a programme titled “National Image on China in Bangladesh” held in a city hotel.


The ambassador said there is no so-called “Chinese debt trap” and the government of Bangladesh knows this well.


According to the data published by the Ministry of Finance of Bangladesh, the country’s debt to GDP ratio is 38 percent, as of June 2021, and external debt accounts for 37 percent of the overall debt portfolio, said the envoy.


“Among others, debt to China accounts for only 7 percent of Bangladesh’s external debt, as many as 2.58 percent of the overall debt and 0.98 percent of GDP,” he said.


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Apparently, the envoy said, the data says that Bangladesh’s debt to China falls way below any fiscal threshold of a “debt trap”.


The envoy referred to Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen who said it many times that “there’s no scope that Bangladesh will fall into the Chinese debt trap. We cut our coat according to our clothes.


Shabbir Ahmad Chowdhury, Secretary (West) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Imtiaz Ahmed, Professor of International Relations; and Director, Centre for Genocide Studies, University of Dhaka, Ambassador Nasim Firdaus, President of Bangladesh Alliance for Women Leadership (BDAWL), Dr. Mahbubul Mokaddem (M. M. Akash), Professor & Chairman, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka, Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad, former Chairman, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies, also spoke at the event.


The envoy said what Professor Imtiaz briefed just now has vividly and powerfully shown that China and Bangladesh enjoy cordial and close bilateral relations, the relations strongly based on the friendship and bond between the two peoples.


“Particularly, I feel gratified and encouraged by the immensely positive responses and realizing the joint efforts by our two countries and two peoples have been proved to be effective,” he said.


Rohingya Issue


On the Rohingya issue, Ambassador Li said the key to the Rohingya issue is building confidence between the stakeholders, not the unilateral efforts from a certain country.


He said China has been working on Bangladesh and Myanmar to help to resolve the Rohingya issue through talks because both Bangladesh and Myanmar are China’s friendly neighbors.


“Though the present domestic condition of Myanmar is still facing uncertainty, the communication between the two sides is not interrupted under the mediation of China and actually, the incumbent authority of Myanmar is showing a positive attitude to this issue,” said the Chinese envoy.


Thus, he said, the Chinese side hopes Bangladesh and Myanmar could work in the same direction so that the repatriation could start at an early date.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Senior Div Football: Bangladesh Boys Club beat Victoria SC 1-0

Bangladesh Boys Club clinched 1-0 goal win over Victoria Sporting Club in the Bashundhara Group Senior Division Football League here on Thursday.


After barren first, Shohag Mia scored the match winning goal for Gopibagh outfit Bangladesh Boys in the 57th minute.


In the day’s another league match, PWD Sporting Club beat Friends Social Welfare Organization by the same margin.


Ariful Islam netted the match winner for PWD SC in the 33rd minute.


In the day’s another league match, Koshaituli Samaj Kallayan Parishad defeated East End Club by 2-0 goals.


Abid Hasan Abir and Pronab Augastin Hemrom scored for Koshaituli team, one in each half.


In the BFF U-18 Football League, Rahmatganj MFS outplayed Muktijoddha Sangsad KC by 3-0.


Sajjad struck twice and Nabidul netted one for the old Dhaka outfit Rahmatganj MFS.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Sheikh Russell Cup Invitational Team Chess begins

The six-nation Sheikh Russell Cup Invitational Team Chess Championship 2022, began Thursday at the Bangladesh Chess Federation in Dhaka, marking Sheikh Russell Day.


All the six zone 3.2 countries of the World Chess Federation – Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and hosts Bangladesh are taking part in the invitational team chess event.


Youth and Sports Secretary Mesbah Uddin officially inaugurated the six-nation meet as the chief guest.


Tarafder Md Ruhul Saif, director of the competition’s sponsor Saif Powertec, Syed Shahab Uddin Shamim, general secretary of the Bangladesh Chess Federation, and KM Shahidullah, vice-president of the federation, were also present.


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All teams will participate in the round-robin league system. At the end of the first phase, the super league will be held with the top three teams. It will also be held in a round-robin league format.


A total of $10,000 will be awarded to the winners. The champion team will receive $ 4,000, the runners-up $3,000, the third-place finishers $2,000 and the fourth-place team $1,000.


In the day’s first-round matches after the inauguration ceremony, Bangladesh played against Sri Lanka, Pakistan faced the Maldives, and Nepal played against Bhutan.


The second round matches will start at 3pm Friday at the same venue.


In the second round, Pakistan will play Bangladesh, Bhutan will face Sri Lanka and the Maldives will play Nepal.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Couple dies from smoke inhalation in Gulshan house fire

An elderly couple died from smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at their house in Dhaka’s Gulshan early Thursday, police said.


The deceased were identified as Md Obaidul Hoque, 72, and his wife Jahanara Begum, 68.


The fire broke out in their flat on the fifth floor of the building when the couple was asleep and was doused immediately, Md Kaijul, sub-inspector (SI) of Gulshan police station, said.


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The couple was rushed to United Hospital with smoke inhalation and died while undergoing treatment there.


“Obaidul and Jahanara had no burns on their bodies. They fell ill due to suffocation. The bodies were kept at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsies,” the SI said.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Bangladesh RMG industry globally praised for strides in safety, sustainability: BGMEA President


Bangladesh is recognized and praised globally as one of the safest and greenest apparel sourcing destinations in the world, said President of BGMEA Faruque Hassan on Thursday.


“Its (RMG) impressive achievements have boosted the trust and confidence of global buyers in the garments with Made in Bangladesh tag,” he said.


Building on the achievements Bangladesh’s RMG industry has continued its all-out efforts to grow in a manner that is sustainable and keeps positive impacts on the planet and the people, said the BGMEA chief.


His comments came while speaking at a webinar organized by International Trade Center (ITC) where he shared the strides BGMEA has made towards making the RMG industry of Bangladesh one of the safest and greenest industries in the world.


BGMEA President Faruque Hassan was invited to the webinar by ITC to share his views, insights and experience of heading BGMEA, the apex RMG industry association in Bangladesh.


He also shed lights on the best practices and initiatives of BGMEA and the clothing sector in Bangladesh at large.


Faruque Hassan said Bangladesh earned global accolades for the remarkable strides in the areas of workplace safety, environmental sustainability and workers’ rights and welfare.


He thanked the ITC for featuring the commendable good practices of Bangladesh’s RMG industry in the Good Practices in the Global Apparel Industry which is the latest publication launched by the ITC.


BGMEA has been selected in the publication as a case study of best practices in the category of “Effective management of industry”.


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“While the recognition will inspire us to pursue excellence, it will motivate other countries to follow the suit,” he said.


Dr. Rajesh Bheda – author of publication and CEO of Rajesh Bheda Consulting; Tuli Cooray, Secretary General, Joint Apparel Association Forum, Sri Lanka; and Dr. Vandana Bhandari –Professor, National Institute of Fashion Technology, India also spoke at the webinar which was moderated by Delphine Clement, Programme Officer at ITC.


The RMG industry of Bangladesh places utmost importance to sustainability, Faruque Hassan said, adding that having the highest number of green factories in Bangladesh is the glowing example of our committed efforts towards sustainability.


He said BGMEA has taken an initiative of industry wide “ESG Digital Cloud based data disclosure Platform” through which all BGMEA member factories would be disclosing their data in the digital platform through which BGMEA would be able to develop an industry ESG dash board.


BGMEA has published its “Sustainability Strategic ESG vision 2030” that looks into all ESG issues pertinent to the industry and is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Bangladesh’s National Priority Indicators.


BGMEA has established the “Centre of innovation efficiency and OSH” to support the industry to enhance sustainability and boost productivity and innovation within the sector, he added.


Faruque Hassan invited the guests to the “Made in Bangladesh Week” which will be organized by BGMEA in Dhaka on 12-18 November 2022 to promote Bangladesh and the RMG industry.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

UN calls on Russia to stop its “illegal” annexations of Ukraine

The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to condemn Russia’s “attempted illegal annexation” of four Ukrainian regions and demand its immediate reversal, a sign of strong global opposition to the seven-month war and Moscow’s attempt to grab its neighbor’s territory.


The vote in the 193-member world body was 143-5 with 35 abstentions. It was the strongest support from the General Assembly for Ukraine and against Russia of the four resolutions it has approved since Russian troops invaded Ukraine Feb. 24.


Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador, Sergiy Kyslytsya, called the vote “amazing” and “a historic moment.” U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said supporters were “holding our breaths” and called it “a monumental day.” European Union Ambassador Olof Skoog called it “a great success” that sends “a resounding message to Russia that they are and remain isolated.”


U.S. President Joe Biden said in a statement that the vote demonstrated the world “is more united and more determined than ever to hold Russia accountable for its violations.” It is “a clear message” that “Russia cannot erase a sovereign state from the map” and it “cannot change borders by force,” he said.


The Western-sponsored resolution was a response to Russia’s announced annexation last month of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions. Moscow acted following Kremlin-orchestrated “referendums” that the Ukrainian government and the West have dismissed as sham votes conducted on occupied land amid warfare and displacement.


During two days of speeches at the assembly’s resumed emergency special session on Ukraine speaker after speaker accused Russia of violating key principles of the United Nations Charter — respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all U.N. member nations.


There was intense lobbying by supporters of the EU-facilitated resolution ahead of Wednesday’s vote.


U.S. envoy Thomas-Greenfield told the assembly before the vote that when the United Nations was established on the ashes of World War II it was built on an idea — “that never again would one country be allowed to take another’s territory by force.”


Afterward, she told reporters the vote means “that in the eyes of the world and the United Nations, Ukraine’s borders remain the same.”


“The resolution also sends an enormously important signal to Moscow and to everyone: It does not matter if you as a nation are big or small, rich or poor, old or new. If you are a U.N. member state, your borders are your own and are protected by international law,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “They cannot be redrawn by anyone else by force.”


A key issue for the resolution’s Western backers was how many countries would support it, and the result went beyond their most optimistic expectations.


The General Assembly voted 141-5 with 35 abstentions March 2 to demand an immediate Russian cease-fire, withdrawal of all its troops and protection for all civilians. On March 24, it voted 140-5 with 38 abstentions on a resolution blaming Russia for Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis and urging an immediate cease-fire and protection for millions of civilians and the homes, schools and hospitals critical to their survival.


But the assembly voted by a far smaller margin April 7 to suspend Russia from the U.N.’s Geneva-based Human Rights Council over allegations Russian soldiers in Ukraine engaged in rights violations that the United States and Ukraine have called war crimes. That vote was 93-24 with 58 abstentions.


A 2014 resolution affirming Ukraine’s territorial integrity and declaring the referendum that led to Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula illegal was adopted by a vote of 100-11 with 58 abstentions.


Among the surprise supporters of Wednesday’s resolution were the “yes” votes from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council as well as Brazil.


Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, had appealed to countries to vote against the resolution, calling it “a politicized and openly provocative document” and denouncing its sponsors as “unscrupulous Western blackmailers.” He expressed regret the vote was not by secret ballot, as Russia sought but the assembly rejected.


Nebenzia reiterated Russia’s claims the referendums were valid, saying “the populations of these regions do not want to return to Ukraine.”


The four countries that joined Russia in voting against the resolution were North Korea, Belarus, Syria and Nicaragua.


Ukraine’s Kyslytsya expressed profound regret that the four countries made “the wrong choice against the U.N. Charter” and urged them to reconsider their commitment to the U.N.’s principles.


Among the 35 countries that abstained, 19 were from Africa, including South Africa. China and India, the world’s two most populous countries, also abstained along with Pakistan and Cuba.


The more powerful Security Council, whose resolutions are legally binding, has been stymied on taking action on Ukraine because of Russia’s veto power, which it used Sept. 29 to block condemnation of Russia’s attempts to annex Ukrainian territory.


By contrast, the General Assembly, where there are no vetoes, has now approved four resolutions criticizing Russia over Ukraine. Its votes reflect world opinion but are not legally binding.


The resolution adopted Wednesday declares that Moscow’s actions violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, are “inconsistent” with the principles of the U.N. Charter, and “have no validity under international law and do not form the basis for any alternation of the status of these regions of Ukraine.”


It demands that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.”


And it supports “the de-escalation of the current situation and a peaceful resolution of the conflict through political dialogue, negotiation, mediation and other peaceful means” that respect Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and internationally recognized borders.


Many countries among the more than 70 speakers urged a negotiated end to the war. The EU’s Skoog called the appeal for a peaceful solution “very important,” but stressed it must be based on Ukraine’s territorial integrity.


During Wednesday’s debate there was strong support for the resolution.


Australian Ambassador Mitch Fifield called Russia’s attempted annexation “illegal and a dangerous escalation” and urged all countries to oppose acts of aggression.


Ambassador Fergal Mythen of Ireland said voters in the “sham” referendums in the four regions “faced intimidation by the Russian military and Russia’s illegitimately appointed authorities.”


Cambodian Ambassador Sovann Ke didn’t indicate how he would vote but said that “the forcible annexation of regions from a sovereign country is a flagrant violation of the U.N. Charter and international laws, which is not acceptable” and urged that internationally respected borders “be fully respected.” In the voting, Cambodia supported the resolution.


South Korea’s ambassador, Hwang Joonkook, gave unequivocal support “to the sovereignty, political independence and the territorial integrity of Ukraine.” He said his country’s “own painful experiences” after the 1950-53 Korean War “can testify that any attempt to divide a nation in any form or method is merely the beginning of lasting very serious troubles, rather than a solution.”


On the other side of that divide, North Korean Ambassador Kim Song supported the “self-determination” of the people in the four regions annexed by Russia as a right protected in the U.N. Charter and said the results must be respected.


He accused the United States and Western countries of “brutally” violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya under “the pretext” of promoting international peace and security without ever having its actions called into question by the Security Council. He argued that U.S. interference in the internal affairs of countries is continuing in the 21st century.


Syrian Ambassador Bassam Sabbagh accused the General Assembly of “being manipulated flagrantly by some Western countries for their own geopolitical interests” and urged countries to oppose efforts “to isolate Russia and to employ double standards.”


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Tecno Pova 4 Review: Gaming on a Budget

Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Tecno Mobile is situated in Shenzhen. It was founded in 2006 as a subsidiary of Transsion holdings. Tecno Mobile has created a reputation in the mid-range smartphone market over the last decade. Holding this legacy, the company recently launched its mid-range gaming smartphone, Tecno Pova 4. The phone was officially launched in Bangladesh on 6th October 2022. Let’s take a look at the key specs, pros, and cons of Tecno Pova 4.


Key Specifications of Tecno Pova 4


Design and Build Quality


The design of the Pova 4 is probably the most striking and eye-catching feature of the device. Even though the device is made from plastic, there’s a distinctly geometric design on the back. The brushed and polished back makes for an impressive aesthetic with the camera housing having the most unconventional and attractive design.


The two vertical camera lenses on the back side reminisce iPhone 12. But that’s a design choice we’ve seen increasingly on the budget to mid-range devices and the Pova 4 honestly pulls it off.


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Its dimensions are 170.59 mm high, 77.52mm wide, and 8.7mm thick. The build quality of the device is passable. It’s nothing sturdy and the device feels light in the hand because of the plastic build. The ports and button choices are the same as usual.


The fingerprint sensor is housed on the power button as usual. The existing sim tray also houses expandable storage. Type-C port, single loudspeaker, and 3.5 mm headphone jack are all located on the bottom of the device.


On the whole, the Pova 4 brings a breath of fresh air to stagnating design choices. But it’s only visible if you use a clear case or no case at all. Techno Pove 4 is available in two colours: Uranolith Grey and Fluorite Blue.


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The 6.82″ HD+ display of the Pova 4 is an LCD panel with a 90 Hz refresh rate. It is quite common that in budget devices the cost-saving measure is applied on either display or processor. Since Tecno Mobile is marketing the Pova 4 as a budget gaming device, the obvious choice of LCD over AMOLED is understandable.


But what doesn’t make sense is the resolution. The Pova 4 has a 720P resolution which is good enough for only 257 PPI. The low resolution combined with LCD technology makes for a lackluster experience overall.


Considering devices like Redmi Note 11 SE or POCO F1 priced in a similar bracket comes with FHD+ AMOLED panels. Therefore, the manufacturer’s choice of a 720P panel in Pova 4 isn’t really justifiable.


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The display won’t blow you away as a deeper look easily allows you to see the individual pixel. But for day-to-day usage, the panel holds up pretty well. And it’s true for outdoor experience as well. But will it be a multimedia consumption device? Probably not.




One of the prime complaints with Tecno phones is their average cameras. With the prime focus on gaming, it was expected that photography would take a backseat on the Pova 4. And it did.


The dual camera on the back features a 50 MP main sensor along with a secondary sensor which is unrated. The camera work is mainly done by the main sensor here.


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Like the ancestor Pova 3, Tecno Mobile doesn’t bring any hardware improvement in the camera segment of Pova 4.


The main camera has PDAF which is its only notable feature. Tecno claims that they are using AI for the main camera pictures which can render better post-processing.


The pictures from the main camera came out decent in bright outdoor light. The camera has a dedicated HDR mode which also enhances the picture quality in both outdoor and indoor lighting.


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The main camera can shoot videos up to 1440P at 30 fps which is a welcome addition.


On the front users will get a generic 8 MP camera whose capabilities are limited to 1080P.


Overall, the camera performance pales in comparison to some of its competitors. The quality of images could’ve definitely been better on the Pova 4.


Processor and Performance


Tecno Pova 4 is powered by a MediaTek MT8781 Helio G99 processor based on the 6 Nm architecture. G99 is a well-capable processor in the budget segment. It’s an octa-core one with 2 2.2 GHz Cortex-A76 and 6 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 chips. The processor has been tweaked a bit to clock higher performance than usual.


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The G99 is complemented by the Mali-G52 MC2 GPU. This device runs on Android 12 OS. Pova 4 sports 8GB RAM combined with 128GB ROM.


Speaking of performance, the G99 absolutely breezes past everything. It perfectly handles whatever is thrown at it without a hiccup. Leading gaming titles like Asphalt 9, COD or PUBG easily runs at max settings which were otherwise not possible before.


Even though it’s a capable processor, it does tend to heat up the device quite easily. A mere 30 minutes of gaming at the highest setting will cause the device to really heat up and thermal throttle.


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Still, the performance combined with a 90 Hz smooth refresh rate makes for an impressive UI experience.


Battery and Charge Time


The battery on the Tecno Pova 4 is 6000 mAh. The device also supports fast charging up to 18W. Given the efficient chip and the HD display, users will get an amazing battery life on the device. However, with just 18 W of fast charging, the charge will be much higher, unfortunately.


Other Features


Tecno Pova 4 bears a bunch of handy sensors: G-Sensor, Electronic compass, NFC, Ambient Light Distance sensor, Gyroscope, and Fingerprint Sensor.


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It also has other necessary features like Bluetooth, GPS, FM, WiFi, OTG, etc.


Official Price of Tecno Pova 4 in Bangladesh


The price of the Tecno Pova 4 is 21,990 BDT for the 8/128 GB model. The 8/128 GB version of the device is the only available model in Bangladesh. The price is subject to change.


Final Words


The Tecno Mobile company has slowly evolved into a market dominator in Africa and South Asia. Tecno Phones have gained a reputation in Bangladesh too.


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Like its predecessor, the Pova 4, the latest addition to the Pova lineup, brings high performance at an affordable entry-level budget price. But it comes at some cut corners.


The display and the camera are probably the main downsides of the Pova 4. These segments are something that Tecno Mobile needs to work its way through. Other than that, the device brings an innovative design, a capable processor, and an amazing battery life.


So, who is this for actually? Anyone looking for a solid daily driver or an entry-level gaming smartphone can easily consider the Tecno Pova 4.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Global Covid cases top 628 million

The overall number of global Covid cases has now crossed 628 million.


According to the latest global data, the total case count mounted to 628,345,850 while the death toll from the virus reached 6,565,764 on Thursday morning.


The US has recorded 98,727,236 cases so far while 1,089,385 people have died from the virus in the country, both highest counts around the world.


India’s daily Covid-19 caseload Wednesday increased to 2,139, officials said.


According to federal health ministry data released on Wednesday morning, 2,139 new cases of Covid were reported in 24 hours, taking the total tally to 44,618,533 in the country.


With the reporting of fresh cases, India’s active caseload currently stands at 26,292.


The country also logged 13 related deaths in 24 hours, pushing the overall death toll to 528,835, the ministry said.


Covid in Bangladesh


Bangladesh reported two more deaths from Covid-19 and 456 fresh cases in 24 hours till Wednesday morning.


The country’s total fatalities rose to 29,388 with the new deaths. The new cases raised the country’s total caseload to 2,031,006, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).


The daily case test positivity rate rose to 9.57 per cent from Tuesday’s 8.86 per cent as 4, 763 samples were tested.


The mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.45 per cent and the recovery rate at 97.08 per cent.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Man beaten to death in Natore, 2 held

A 56-year-old man was beaten to death allegedly by his rivals in Nilchara village of Natore’s Singra upazila on Wednesday night.


The deceased was identified as Sakir Sheikh, 56, of the village.


Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Singra Police Station, said Sakir and Ashraful, a local Chhatra League leader, had been at loggerheads over the use of a road adjacent to their houses in the same neighborhood.


As a sequel to the enmity, an argument broke out between Sakir and Ashraful over the issue on Wednesday night.


“The argument turned violent when Ashraful began beating Sakir up with an iron rod mercilessly, leaving him dead on the spot. One of his accomplices also joined in,” the OC said on Thursday.


Abdur Rahim, a neighbour of Sakir, also sustained injuries while trying to save him. He has been undergoing treatment at Sadar Hospital.


On information, police arrested Ashraful and his accomplice, Barkat Ali, in connection with the killing last night.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Tri-Series: Liton, Shakib propel Tigers to 173 vs Pakistan

Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan hit a fifty each and propelled Bangladesh to a challenging total of 173 for six against Pakistan on Thursday.


Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first. Najmul Hossain Shanto and Soumya Sarkar opened the innings for Bangladesh.


Soumya scored four off as many balls while Shanto failed one more time to justify his inclusion in the T20 team. He made 12 off 15 balls.


After the openers continued on a dismal batting display, Liton Das was firm at one end of the wicket coming to bat at three. Shakib Al Hasan joined him in the third wicket stand.


Despite having a hamstring injury, Liton was batting so well. He scored his fifty off just 31 balls with five fours and one six.


Before falling prey to Mohammad Nawaz for 69 off 42 balls, Liton partnered Shakib in the third wicket stand and they added 88 runs off 55 deliveries — the best partnership Bangladesh got in this Tri- Series.


After Liton’s dismissal, Shakib took charge on the Pakistani attack. He fell for 68 off 42 balls with seven fours and three sixes.


Eventually, Bangladesh ended up on 173 for six — their highest in this event. Before Thursday’s match, Bangladesh lost three matches in a row.


Bangladesh made two changes in this match, replacing Mosaddek Hossain and Ebadot Hossain with Taskin Ahmed and Hasan Mahmud.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Times Higher Education Rankings 2023: DU, NSU ranked top Bangladeshi universities

Dhaka University (DU) and North South University (NSU) have been ranked as the top two Bangladeshi universities in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.


Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 – which includes 1,799 universities across 104 countries and regions – placed DU and NSU between 601 and 800 higher education institutions worldwide.


The ranking is based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.


Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), and Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) were placed between 1201 and 1500 universities worldwide.


The University of Oxford topped the ranking for the seventh consecutive year. Harvard University remained in second place, but the University of Cambridge jumped from joint fifth last year to joint third.


The US was the most-represented country overall, with 177 institutions, and also the most represented in the top 200 (58).


China had the fourth-highest number of institutions in the top 200 (11, compared to 10 last year), having overtaken Australia, which dropped to fifth (jointly with the Netherlands).


Five countries entered the ranking for the first time – all of them in Africa (Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Mauritius).


Harvard topped the teaching pillar. Oxford led the research pillar.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

India’s Supreme Court delivers split judgment on hijab ban

India’s Supreme Court Thursday delivered a split judgment on a bunch of petitions challenging the ban on hijabs in classrooms in the state of Karnataka.


Hijabs are headscarves worn by Muslim women. Muslims are a minority community in India.


The government in the southern Indian state banned hijabs in schools and colleges in February this year, an order that was upheld by the state’s High Court.


A top court bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia this morning gave the split judgment, paving the way for the petitions to be heard by a larger bench.


While Justice Gupta dismissed the pleas against the hijab ban, Justice Dhulia allowed them.


“It’s ultimately a matter of choice and nothing else. Uppermost in my mind was education of the girl child. I respectfully disagree with my brother judge,” Justice Dhulia said.


The top court, on September 22, reserved its order on the pleas against the Karnataka High Court judgement refusing to lift the ban on hijabs.


The row, in fact, began in Karnataka’s Udupi district in the wake of a government college barrring six teenage students from wearing hijabs in classrooms.


The move sparked massive protests in the state, prompting the state government to enforce a blanket ban on wearing “religious outfits” in educational institutions.


Source: United News of Bangladesh