‘Goblin Mode’: What does Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year mean?

Asked to sum up 2022 in a word, the public has chosen a phrase.


Oxford Dictionaries said Monday that “goblin mode” has been selected by online vote as its word of the year.


It defines the term as “a type of behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.”


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First seen on Twitter in 2009, “goblin mode” gained popularity in 2022 as people around the world emerged uncertainly from pandemic lockdowns.


“Given the year we’ve just experienced, ‘goblin mode’ resonates with all of us who are feeling a little overwhelmed at this point,” said Oxford Languages President Casper Grathwohl.


The word of the year is intended to reflect “the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the past twelve months.” For the first time this year’s winning phrase was chosen by public vote, from among three finalists selected by Oxford Languages lexicographers: goblin mode, metaverse and the hashtag IStandWith.


Despite being relatively unknown offline, goblin mode was the overwhelming favorite, winning 93% of the more than 340,000 votes cast.


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The choice is more evidence of a world unsettled after years of pandemic turmoil, and by the huge changes in behavior and politics brought by social media.


Last week Merriam-Webster announced that its word of the year is “gaslighting” — psychological manipulation intended to make a person question the validity of their own thoughts.


In 2021 the Oxford word of the year was “vax” and Merriam-Webster’s was “vaccine.”


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Poland finds its true level at World Cup, beaten by the best

Poland heads home from the World Cup as the latest team unable to overcome an inspired Kylian Mbappé, who dominated in France’s 3-1 win in the round of 16.


It meant back-to-back losses against the game’s superstars, after Lionel Messi and Argentina won 2-0 in the last round of group-stage games.


Poland looked over-matched at the highest level and unable to create enough chances for its scoring great Robert Lewandowski.




Poland’s World Cup was a success on one metric — advancing from the group stage for the first time since 1986.


The standard now is very different from four decades ago, when a round of 16 exit would have been considered a failure for fans who cheered on third-place finishes at the 1974 and 1982 tournaments.


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But there is realism now about Poland’s place in soccer, especially when its clubs struggle to be competitive in European competitions.


“We have some limitations,” Poland coach Czesław Michniewicz said after his team was eliminated Sunday.


As France coach Didier Deschamps noted before the game in praising Poland: “They are good at defending, and I think that they actually like defending.”


Still, Poland advanced from Group C thanks to a solid 2-0 win over a Saudi Arabia team that had just impressed the world beating Argentina 2-1 in their opener.


And for a 10-minute spell late in the first half, Poland had France reeling and Piotr Zieliński probably should have scored the game’s first goal.




Maybe the whole band stays together, at least for the next European Championship cycle.


Poland’s power trio for the past decade has been the veteran core of Lewandowski, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny and defender Kamil Glik. No one was ending their international career after the loss to France.


Lewandowski was hesitant when asked if he wanted to aim for the 2026 World Cup, which starts in North America two months before his 38th birthday.


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But playing in the 2024 European Championships in Germany, a second home for the former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich star, is within his sights.


Coach Michniewicz is set to lead that campaign. Hired in January on a short-term contract, he is reportedly getting an automatic extension through Euro 2024 for advancing to the round of 16.




At age 28, Zieliński has stepped up a level to shine in an excellent Napoli team that leads Serie A and looks set to go deep in the Champions League.


Roma defender Nicola Zalewski has flourished in coach Jose Mourinho’s team though was not used as a starter in Qatar.


“Nico is still a young 20-year-old for him to come to a major tournament,” Poland full-back Matty Cash said. “We have got many good players coming through.”


And Lewandowski’s replacement could come from Major League Soccer, where 25-year-old Karol Świderski scored 10 goals and added six assists last season with Charlotte FC.




Poland is the top-seeded team in a Euro 2024 qualifying group that plays through next year and is strongly favored to advance to the 24-team tournament.


The top two of Poland, Czechia, Albania, Moldova and the Faeroe Islands in the five-team standings will qualify. The Poles start March 24 with their toughest game, away to the Czechs.


Poland will expect Lewandowski there adding to his national record of 78 goals in 138 games.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Will make Dhaka rally a success at any cost: Fakhrul

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said their party will hold its December-10 rally in the capital at any cost, braving all barriers and adversities.


“Alongside the people of Bangladesh, the entire world is keeping an eye on our rally in Dhaka on December 10. We must make this rally a success at any cost,” he said.


Speaking at a views-exchange meeting, Fakhrul also said the BNP leaders are working tirelessly and going to people amid serious obstacles and arrest dives by police to successfully hold the rally.


“We must hold a peaceful and successful rally on December 10 if we want to protect the nation, the country’s independence and sovereignty and if we want to get back democracy,” he said.


Read: Action as per law if BNP holds rally in Nayapaltan: DMP Chief


Bangladesh Smmalita Peshajibi Parishad arranged the programme at BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office ahead of the BNP’s rally.


Fakhrul called upon the professionals and intellectuals to join their party’s December 10 rally and intensify the current movement for the restoration of democracy and voting rights of people.


He recalled that the intellectuals and the professionals came forward and played outstanding roles whenever the country faced crises in the past. “We hope they’ll do the same this time as well.”


“Our backs are now against the wall and we’re at the very edge of the gorge. The existence of our nation is now at stake and the dreams for which we liberated the country have got shattered,” the BNP leader said.


He alleged the Awami League government has destroyed both the country’s political and economic structures by staying in power without the people’s mandate.


Read: BNP ready to hold rally in Dhaka on December 10 braving all obstacles


“This regime has established a reign of plundering in the country as looting is Awami League’s basic characteristic. Whenever Awami League comes to power they indulge in two things–looting public money and spreading fear among people to continue its misrule,” Fakhrul Observed.


Narrating Awami League’s misrule during 1972-1975, he said, this party has established one-party rule Baksal as the party does not believe in democracy. “They can’t move forward together with people. They come to power by deceiving people and resorting to tricks. Their real coulour gets exposed when they come to power which is now evident.”


The BNP leader said entire Bangladesh has now woken up to restore people’s voting rights through their party’s nine divisional rallies. “Out of 10, we’ve already held 9 divisional rallies and people made these programmes complete success with their spontaneous participation overcoming many obstacles. They joined rallies for the restoration of democracy in the country.”


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Murder after abduction: Police recover child’s body in Dinajpur

The body of a child who was abducted and murdered in Dinajpur’s Khansama upazila was recovered by police early Monday.


The deceased has been identified as Arifuzzaman, 8, son of Atiur Rahman from Kayempur Daktarpara area of Khamarpara union under the upazila. Arif was a second-grade student at the local Chehelgazi Kindergarten School.


Police have also detained Shariful Islam, a college student, in connection with the abduction and killing.


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According to locals, Arif went missing on Friday afternoon while playing in the field. Later, Shariful called the child’s father on that night and asked for a ransom of Tk 1 lakh. Instead of giving in to Shariful’s demand, Arif’s father lodged a General Diary with the local police station.


“We detained Shariful, a Computer Trade student of Gowaldihi BM College, by tracking his mobile number. Based on information provided by him, we launched a drive on the premises of a house owned by one Abdus Salam beside a rice mill in Pakerhat and found Arif’s body inside a sack after some excavation,” said Chittaranjan Das, Officer In-charge (OC) of Khansama Police Station.


Chittaranjan added that the body has been sent to the morgue of M Abdur Rahim Medical College Hospital for autopsy.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangladesh reports 308 dengue cases, zero death in 24 hrs

Another 308 people were hospitalised with dengue in 24 hours till Monday morning.


The total fatalities remained unchanged at 257 as no death was reported during this period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).


Of the new patients, 172 were admitted to the hospitals of Dhaka and 136 outside it, said DGHS.


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A total of 1,332 dengue patients, including 777 in the capital, are now receiving treatment at hospitals across the country.


The DGHS has recorded 58,927 dengue cases and 57,338 recoveries so far this year.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

BRTA is helping auto-rickshaw owners exploit drivers: BALTWF

Leaders of the Bangladesh Auto-Rickshaw Light Vehicle Transport Workers Federation (BALTWF) have alleged that Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) is helping auto-rickshaw owners exploit their drivers.


“BRTA is allowing CNG-run auto-rickshaw owners to realise excessive deposits from drivers against their vehicles in daily operation”, said Golam Faruk, general secretary of BALTWF while addressing a human-chain protest in front of Jatiya Press club on Monday.


He also alleged that by collecting excessive daily deposits the owners are forcing the drivers to ask their passengers to pay more against the rides.


“Actually, the CNG-auto-rickshaw drivers are being used by owners as a tool to make their extra profits. The drivers are the victims of the vehicle owners’ greed”, he added.


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The other leaders of the BALTWF alleged that the BRTA is not taking any action against such malpractices of the CNG auto-rickshaw owners.


Rather, BRTA is holding meeting with the representatives of some so-collard workers organisations which don’t have any legal registration with the Labour Directorate.


So, CNG auto-rickshaw drivers will never accept any decision of the meeting of BRTA where their true representation is not ensured, they said.


They also demanded that the government takes action against the owners for unauthorised fixation of daily deposits.


The protest programme, with Sikder Benezir Ahmed in the chair, was also addressed by


BALTWF leaders Rafiqul Islam, Joynul Abedin Shanto, Md Noab Ali and Selim Mahmud.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

India fined for slow over-rate in 1st ODI vs Bangladesh

Despite the bitter taste of defeat in the first match still lingering, the Indian team was penalised 80 percent of their match fee due to maintaining a slow over-rate in the initial ODI versus Bangladesh in Dhaka on Sunday.


The ICC revealed the development on Monday afternoon.


Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the fine after India were ruled to be four overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.


Read: BAN vs IND: Tigers not letting first win go to their head


In spite of being ahead in the match for the bulk of Bangladesh’s innings, India eventually succumbed to defeat by one wicket. The visitors batted first after losing the toss, and were restricted to only 186 runs due to the superior bowling performances of Shakib Al Hasan and Ebadot Hossain.


While Shakib scalped five wickets in the match, Ebadot registered his maiden four-wicket haul.


In reply, Mehidy spearheaded Bangladesh to an extraordinary victory. Needing 51 runs for victory with only a solitary wicket remaining, the home side displayed immense courage in the face of adversity to pull off a remarkable win, largely due to the heroic batting efforts of Mehidy.


Read: Is Mehidy Hasan Miraz best Bangladeshi all-rounder in 2022?


Although Mohammed Siraj picked up three wickets for India, his hard work ultimately went unrewarded.


The second and third ODIs of the series will take place on December 7th and 10th in Dhaka and Chattogram, respectively.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Action as per law if BNP holds rally in Nayapaltan: DMP Chief

Action will be taken against BNP as per the country’s law if they hold their rally in Nayapaltan on December 10, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Khandaker Golam Faruq said on Monday.


“BNP sought permission to hold their December 10 rally at Nayapaltan but we provided permission for Suhrawardy Udyan,” he said while talking to UNB.


Replying to a question about other venue options, the DMP chief said as an alternative to Suhrawardy Udyan, the field in Pallabi, Kalshi and Ijtema ground can be the rally venue. “In that case, we’ll consider it.”


On November 29, DMP permitted BNP to hold its rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on December 10 on 26 conditions.


A notification was issued in this regard from the DMP headquarters, signed by Deputy Police Commissioner (Headquarters and Admin) Abdul Momen, on behalf of the DMP commissioner.


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Following BNP’s application, DMP permitted the party to hold the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in Shahbagh instead of Nayapaltan, as it may cause traffic jam and public suffering.


BNP can hold the rally at the venue from 12pm to 4:30pm on December 10, according to the notification.


BNP has to seek permission from the authorities concerned for using the venue, mentioning the 26 conditions, as only DMP permission is not enough for this purpose, it said.


Anti-state activities and statements at the rally venue are prohibited, read the conditions.


Also read: BNP ready to hold rally in Dhaka on December 10 braving all obstacles


On Sunday, a five-member delegation of BNP met DMP Commissioner Khandker Golam Faruq around 4pm and urged him to either allow their party to have the programme in front of their Nayapaltan central office or any venue other than Suhrawardy Udyan.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


BAN vs IND: Tigers not letting first win go to their head

Right-arm pacer Ebadot Hossain stated that his team’s remarkable one-wicket victory in the first of the three-match ODI series against India is not going to their head. The teams will face off again in the second ODI on December 7 at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.


When the ninth wicket fell, Bangladesh were still needing a daunting 51 runs for victory. Yet, through sheer determination and skill, Mehidy Hasan Miraz steered Bangladesh to an unlikely victory over India, utterly defying the odds before the final run was scored.


Mustafizur Rahman joined Mehidy in the last wicket partnership that the Mirpur crowd will cherish for years to come.


“We are pleased to have gotten off to a good start in this series,” Ebadot commented on Monday while addressing the media. “However, we cannot forget that the series is not over yet. We still have more matches to play and everyone is determined to do their best and achieve a favorable result.”


Read: Is Mehidy Hasan Miraz best Bangladeshi all-rounder in 2022?


It was only the second ODI for the right-handed pacer, but he made the most of the opportunity and had a great game in the middle, taking four wickets for just 47 runs – his best performance yet in his short career.


BAN vs IND: Tigers not letting first win go to their head


“We were in dire need of a win like this,” Ebadot added, expressing Bangladesh’s desire to triumph over a high profile team such as India. “We are an incredibly capable team in ODIs and a victory over India is always something to be celebrated.”


It was only the sixth win for Bangladesh over India in 37 ODIs.


Ahead of the ongoing series, India previously toured Bangladesh for an ODI series in 2015 when Mustafizur Rahman ran rampant over the Indian team and took two five-fors in two matches, thus propelling the Tigers to their first-ever ODI series victory over India.


Read: Had only winning in mind: Mehidy


The ODI series will draw to a close on December 10 in Chattogram, when the two teams go up against each other in the final match. After the conclusion of the ODI series, these neighbouring countries will then battle in a two-match Test series, beginning on December 14 in the port city. The second and last Test of the series will be held in Dhaka from December 22.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

BAN vs IND: Tigers not letting first win go to their head


“We were in dire need of a win like this,” Ebadot added, expressing Bangladesh’s desire to triumph over a high profile team such as India. “We are an incredibly capable team in ODIs and a victory over India is always something to be celebrated.”


It was only the sixth win for Bangladesh over India in 37 ODIs.


Ahead of the ongoing series, India previously toured Bangladesh for an ODI series in 2015 when Mustafizur Rahman ran rampant over the Indian team and took two five-fors in two matches, thus propelling the Tigers to their first-ever ODI series victory over India.


Read: Had only winning in mind: Mehidy


The ODI series will draw to a close on December 10 in Chattogram, when the two teams go up against each other in the final match. After the conclusion of the ODI series, these neighbouring countries will then battle in a two-match Test series, beginning on December 14 in the port city. The second and last Test of the series will be held in Dhaka from December 22.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Under, over-invoicing to stop if commodity exchange is launched: BSEC Chairman

Prof Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam, Chairman of Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC), said on Monday that commodity exchange once introduced in the country would eliminate the scope for under-invoicing and over-invoicing.


“Work is going on to introduce commodity exchange in the country. If commodity exchange is introduced, then it will be possible to see both the international market and the scenario in the local market while staying inside the country,” he said.


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The BSEC Chairman said this while addressing as the chief guest in a discussion titled “Problems and Challenges of Capital Market in Bangladesh” organised by the Economic Reporters Forum (ERF), at its auditorium in the capital’s Paltan area on Monday.


Terming generating employment as one of the major problems of the country, the BSEC Chairman said, “We were working hard to accommodate suitable workforce with better jobs with higher salaries. But, all of a sudden, the (Ukraine-Russia) war started and thus put an impact on the global economy.”


The supply of the world’s second largest gas and fuel oil producing country has suddenly stopped supplying due to the war., he said. The country which supplies the basic foods to other countries was also engaged in war. Subsequently, the impact started to put on other European countries, he said.


He said whenever there is an impact on the fuel oil, and then it puts an impact on the global economy.


“As a result of the shock following the start of the war, an unusual situation was created in the country as Bangladesh had to suffer from load-shedding although there was surplus electricity. Although the country had been self-reliant on food, its people have been asked to remain prepared for facing a future situation,” he said.


The BSEC Chairman noted that many big incidents took place across the globe over the last few months beyond the analysis and imagination of the common people.


He said that the British Prime Minister was changed thrice while the leadership of some four to five countries has also changed. “But, we’re yet to fall into such a situation,”


Turning to the capital market situation, Shibli said that Bangladesh did not receive such a shock as it was supposed to experience owing to the global condition.


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He said although institutional investors occupy around 80 to 90 percent of the capital market across the globe, the situation is totally reversed in the country as around 80 percent of investors in the capital market here are small investors.


“We need to take necessary measures to give protection to the small investors. That’s why we’ve taken a temporary measure through floor price. But it’s not a permanent measure,” he added.


The BSEC Chairman mentioned that if the commodity exchange is launched in the country, then anyone can know the price of rice in Ghana while staying in Bangladesh as well as which countries want to take Bangladeshi RMG items in what price.


“With commodity exchange, we’ll be able to see the international market and the local market while saying at home for which there will be no scope for under-invoicing and over-invoicing,” he noted.


DSE Chairman Eunusur Rahman while highlighting the various challenges of the capital market said that the number of knowledgeable investors in the country is very small.


“We often make investments after taking advice from others. This is a big challenge for us. Besides, the number of institutional investors and skilled workforce is also less here in Bangladesh,”


Noting that the policy support in the country is still insufficient, he said that there are still caps on the bank interest rates, which means that anyone can take loans from banks at a 9 percent interest rate. But large companies can take loans from the banks at an 8 percent interest rate, the DSE chairman said adding that for this they might not go to the capital market as they would have to give dividends at a higher rate.


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CSE Chairman Asif Ibrahim said that there is no commodity exchange in Bangladesh considering the overall size of the economy. “We’ll ink an agreement very soon with the Indian multi-commodity exchange. We’ve already sent the draft rules to BSEC in this regard. If we get approval, then hopefully we’ll be able to launch here commodity exchange,”


Former President, Bangladesh Association of Publicly Listed Companies (BAPLC) Azam J. Chowdhury, and Vice President of Bangladesh Merchant Bankers Association (BMBA) Md. Moniruzzaman also spoke at the function.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Indy Cup Football: Bashundhara Kings clinch title beating Sheikh Russell KC in penalty shootout

Star studded Bashundhara Kings clinched the Independent Cup Football crown for the 3rd time beating former champions Sheikh Russell KC by 4-2 in a penalty shootout at the Shaheed Dhirendranath Dutta Stadium in Cumilla Monday afternoon.


The final match of the season’s curtain raiser soccer meet, the Bashundhara Group Independence Cup 2022 between two former champions was locked at 2-2 in the stipulated 90 minutes.


Mayor of the Cumilla City Corporation Arfanul Haque Rifat and BFF Vice President M Ataur Rahman Bhuiyan Manik witnessed the day’s final and distributed the trophies.


Rakib Hossain of Bashundhara Kings was adjudged the best player, Dorielton Gome of the same team named as the highest scorer, Kings custodian Anisur Rahman named as the best player of the final while Dhaka Abahani Limited named as the most disciplined team to receive the “Fair play trophy”


All the four goals of the final were scored in the first half.


Brazilian medio Miguel Ferreira scored first for the Kings in the very first minute of the match (1-0) while Nigerian striker Mfon Sunday Udoh leveled the margin for Sheikh Russel KC in the 12th minute (1-1).


Ivory Coast midfielder Charles Didier put Sheikh Russel KC ahead from behind in the 32nd minute (2-1) while Brazilian forward cum Kings captain Robson Robinho neutralized the margin in the 45th minute of the match (2-2).


In the day’s title deciding penalty shootout, Bashundhara Kings beat Sheikh Russel KC by 4-2 goals to win the tournament’s title after the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. Dhaka Abahani Limited won the Independence title in the 2021-22 season.


Earlier, last time champions Dhaka Abahani Limited finished 3rd in the tournament beating Bangladesh Police FC by 4-2 goals in a place-deciding match at the Bir Shrestha Fl Lt Matiur Rahman Stadium in Munshiganj on Sunday.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Govt. encouraging youth volunteers as social workers

Primary and Mass Education State Minister Md Zakir Hossain on Monday said it is not possible to build a beautiful country without volunteers who are genuine social workers.


He said currently about ten lakh volunteers are working in the country as the government is encouraging youth volunteers, youths struggled during the National Language Movement voluntarily and they liberated the country.


The state minister said this at a seminar marking the International ‘Volunteer Day’ organized by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Building at Dhaka University (DU) on Monday.


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DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman chaired the function. Country Representative of Malala Fund Mosharraf Tansen presented the keynote papers while Programme Director of British Council David Knox, Education Advisor of Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office Mohammad Golam Kibria, Programme Development Specialist of USAID Shaheen Bin Siraz and Executive Director of Sesame Bangladesh Mohammad Shah Alam and Acting Country Director of the VSO Khabirul Haque Kamal addressed the inaugural session of the function.


Zakir Hossain said the government has undertaken many initiatives, including the formation of the Voluntary Policy with the aim of developing the country.


He urged volunteers across the country to come forward to fight any disasters in the country, further seeking help from them to prevent early marriage in the country.


Prof Akhtaruzzaman also urged the young generation to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country through participation in voluntary activities.


Read: 15 get Inspiring Women Volunteer Award 2021


Several representatives from the government, donor agencies, NGOs, International NGOs, CSO, UN, Youth Organizations, volunteers, and Civil Society participated in the event.


The event was divided into four sessions – ‘Volunteerism to Rebuild the Nation’, ‘Climate Change and Youth Actions’, ‘Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Women Empowerment’, and ‘Youth and Entrepreneurship.


Source: United News of Bangladesh