Met office forecasts rain in parts of country

DHAKA, Rain or thundershowers is likely to occur in different parts of the country as day temperature may fall further amid severe heat wave in the districts of Pabna, Jashore, Chuadanga and Bagerhat, a met release said today. The release said rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty/squally wind is likely to occur at a few places over Sylhet division and at one or two places over Rangpur, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Barishal and Chattogram divisions with hails at isolated places in the next 24 hours starting from 9am today. Mild to moderate heat wave sweeping over Dhaka, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Mymensingh and Barishal divisions and rest part of Khulna division and the districts of Moulvibazar and Chandpur may continue, it added. Weather may remain mainly dry with temporary partly cloudy sky elsewhere over the country. Day and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country. The sun sets at 6:29 pm today and rises at 5:21am tomorrow in the capital. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Dhunche Gosaikunda cable car should be built: chairman Oli

Former Prime Minister and Chairman of CPN (UML) KP Sharma Oli has emphasized on the construction of Dhunche Gosaikund cable car. Inaugurating the ninth session of CPN (UML) Rasuwa district today in Dhunche, chairman Oli said that a cable car is necessary for the pilgrims and devotees to easily reach the holy site. Since the development of the cable car will not affect the habitat of red pandas here, everyone should help from their end to make it possible, the former PM said. Oli urged everyone not to engage in divisive activities among individuals or communities, leaving aside development issues noting they should move forward with the pro-people development works. Chairman Oli said if the 24 km tunnel is built, it will be possible to reach Betravati from Syafrubensi in half an hour. Source: National News Agency Nepal

T20 series: Final match between Nepal and West Indies ‘A’ today

Kathmandu: The final match of the T20 series between Nepal and West Indies 'A' is being held at the TU cricket ground in Kirtipur today. The visiting side has already won the series before the last match, after winning three matches in a row following the first loss. It's 3-1 currently in favour of West Indies 'A'. In the first match of the series, Nepal won by 4 wickets but lost by 10 runs and 76 runs in the second and third match respectively. Likewise, Nepal was defeated by West Indies by 28 runs in the fourth match. Source: National News Agency Nepal

‘Global challenges could be averted thru Buddhist teaching’

Buddhist monks and experts from different countries who have arrived in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, said that challenges surfacing in the world could be averted through Buddhist teachings. They also insisted on promoting Buddhist education to make it useful for life in order to end natural imbalance, animosity and mutual disharmony seen in the world. Thailand's Prof Dr Monk Sugandha (Anil Shakya) said Buddha's teachings are essential to lead a person's life to a positive direction. He said Buddha's teaching is important to maintain friendship, compassion and peace in the world and expressed his belief that such seminars will help for developing shared understanding. Likewise, Dr. Ramesh Chandra Paudel, a member of the National Planning Commission, opined for utilizing the Buddhist teaching in a practical way. He further argued the development of peace and fraternity will increase when Buddhist education is promoted by connecting nearly one billion Buddhist followers in the world. Lumbini Buddhist U niversity Vice-Chancellor Suvarna Lal Bajracharya said that the seminar will play an important role in sharing insights and viewpoints in the propagation of Buddhist education, exchanging educational and cultural values and contributing to the global promotion of Buddhist values. Dr. Manikaratna Shakya, Dean of the Faculty of Buddhist Studies, said it is necessary to use Buddhist teachings in practical life to address global challenges. Also speaking on the occasion, Chinese Bhante Dawjin, Japan's Kohji Ohkura, Myanmar's Monk Shovit, Mongolia's Sen Negui, Nepal's Khangs or Rimpoche expressed urged everyone to follow Buddhist education as it is essential practical knowledge for life. On the first day of the symposium, Dr. Shovit Shakya from Estonia, Prof Dr Bijoy Baruwa from Bangladesh, and monk Vinay Nanda from Myanmar discussed how Buddhist education and good governance could be used. Dr. Sachini Hansika from Sri Lanka, Mathew Ricard from France, the happiest person in the world, emphasized that it is ne cessary to implement Buddha's teachings in life for happiness, peace and non-violence. Similarly, Prof. Dr. Uday Kumar from India, Prof. Dr. SattSandar from Myanmar, Prof. Dr. Kristi Chang from Taiwan, Bhikshu Buddhaghosh from Myanmar, Dr. Sonia Gomes from Portugal and others said that it is necessary to embrace Buddhist education to make people morally responsible. Writers Sonu Gurung, Mohan Singh Gurung, Vikshu Calson and others commented on the working paper at the programme. Buddhist monks and experts from various countries including Nepal, Thailand, France, Estonia, Myanmar, Japan, Bangladesh, India, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Portugal, and Norway are participating in the seminar. Acharya Balakrishna, Dr. Chintamani Yogi, Bhanu Sharma, Prof. Dr. Vishal Sitaula, Prof. Dr. Kshitij Barakoti and Dr. Vikasananda will present papers on Buddhist philosophy and yoga. There will be a discussion on the papers on Sunday Source: National News Agency Nepal

BNP considers democratic rules, regulations as pitfall: Quader

DHAKA, Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said BNP considers democratic rules, relegations and elections as pitfall as the party doesn't believe in democracy. "As BNP considers democratic matters as a trap, it is making ill efforts to present the upcoming upazila parishad elections as a hollow thing," he said in a statement. Quader said BNP's only target is to seize state power through conspiracy and destroy democratic continuity and political stability. That's why the party is making falsehood and spreading propaganda and rumors constantly to mislead the people, he said. "The people know BNP very well. They have no interest in BNP's so-called movement and the party leaders' loud call," he said. About BNP leaders' allegation that efforts are on to erase the name of Ziaur Rahman from history, Quader said BNP is trying to present an ill-famed person, who seized power down the barrel of a gun, as a mass-leader but the people never accept such evil eff orts of the party. So, there is no question of erasing the name of Ziaur Rahman from the history, he said. In the history, Ziaur Rahman will remain as a killer of democracy and a dictator who seized state power, he said. "Awami League never believes in distortion of history. Rather Ziaur Rahman made evil attempts to erase the name of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman after seizing state power," he said. During the BNP tenure, state sponsored distorted and false history was spread, he said. Even, the record of historic March 7 speech was not allowed to be played, he said. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

State will play parental role to address juvenile justice needs-CJ Shrestha

Kathmandu: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Bishwombhar Prasad Shrestha said the State would play a guardian role to address the importance and need of juvenile justice. At a national workshop on juvenile justice organized in Kathmandu today, he said the State would play a parental role to address the importance and needs of juvenile justice taking it an an important dimension of child rights. "It is the responsibility of every civilized nation to ensure proper and effective implementation of juvenile justice. Therefore, Nepal is also committed to it. ' The government is preparing to establish a separate children's court in the Kathmandu Valley in the current fiscal year, he pointed out that several challenges were prevailing despite various efforts to strengthen the juvenile justice system. On the occasion, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, Dhananjay Yashwant Chandrachud said that children are the future of the society. "Children go through different dimensions of society. Due to family brea kdown, domestic violence, poverty or other reasons, they do not get necessary guidance and are negatively affected," he said. There was a need to pay attention to all angles in providing justice to the children. Chandrachud stressed the need to raise voice on behalf of the children, especially from the marginalized and backward communities. He said the risk of cybercrime has increased all over the world and children are mainly targeted. On the occasion, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Padam Giri stressed the need of formulating necessary acts and laws to address the problems in the children's sector. "Nepal has signed the Convention on the Children as a party and we are committed and determined to abide by it in letter and spirit," he said, adding, "Although many treaties and laws have been adopted, there is a need to stand firm in implementing them in practice. "We will take concrete steps in the future". Source: National News Agency Nepal

PM likely to open Bhanga-Khulna-Jeshore train-line by two months

DHAKA, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to open the Bhanga-Khulna-Jeshore-Benapole train-line by next two months. Railways Minister Md Zillur Hakim today said this while inaugurating two commuter trains on this route to make Dhaka's communication system easier with Rajbari. The minister inaugurated the commuter train on the Dhaka-Bhanga- Chandrana route at Shibchar in Madaripur. On the occasion, he said, "Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken up the plan to reach the rail communication system the people's door." Zillur Hakim said a railway line will be built from Bhanga to Payra port via Barisal attaching eight districts and the entire line will be elevated as the soil in this area is not good. He added: "Currently there are two zones in the railways and we are thinking to create two more zones. One of them will be Bhanga-Faridpur having zonal office in Bhanga. This will increase the railway service in Bhanga." Chief Whip Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury said Bangabandhu's daughter Prime Minister Sheikh H asina connected Faridpur to the rail link as a gift. Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury also spoke. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

PM pledges better socioeconomic development in Tarai

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has said that he was committed to the dignity of Madhesi people and their socioeconomic development. Addressing a mass meeting at Balara of Sarhali to welcome different people in the CPN (Maoist Centre) on Saturday, the PM and CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman expressed confidence that people in Madhes would stand for their liberation since public awakening has been created there lately. The PM stated that his government has worked with top priority to address the issues of the usury victims and those deprived of citizenship. In his speech, the PM reiterated his stance to seriously address the concerns of Madhes in the coming days as well adding that the upcoming fiscal year's budget will accord top priority to the agendas of Madhes. He shared that irrigation and electrification drives are the priority in Tarai adding that productivity will not increase without irrigation supply. "Irrigation supply in Madhes is my first priority," PM Dahal added. Expressing seriou s concerns about the ongoing incidences of fire taking place across the country, the PM pledged to provide relief to the fire victims. The PM shared that the government has decided to provide Rs 50,000 per household for immediate relief assistance to the fire victims. On the occasion, a large number of party leaders and cadres from Nepali Congress, CPN (UML), Janata Samajwadi Party, Loktantrik Samajwadi Party, Janamat Party and other political parties defected to join the Maoist Centre. Earlier, the PM inaugurated the newly constructed building of Janata Namuna Secondary School at Balara of Gadhiya Dumariya Municipality, Sarlahi. Source: National News Agency Nepal

Fire breaks out at Sundarbans

DHAKA, Amid the ongoing extreme heat wave, a fire broke out in the forest adjacent to Amarbunia area of Chandpai range in the eastern region of the Sundarbans under Bagerhat around 4 pm today. Confirming the matter to BSS, Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) of Chandpai Range in the East Sundarbans Rana Dev said that four units of the Department of Forest and locals were working relentlessly to douse the blaze. The fire has been brought under control partially till fling of the report. Chandpai Range Station Officer Anisur Rahman said that the fire spread around two kilometers radius and the fire was originated from the flare torched by honey collectors to drive away the bees from their hives. Kazi Muhammad Nurul Karim, divisional forest officer (DFO) of the Sundarbans (East Zone), said due to darkness, the drive has been stopped and it will begin tomorrow again. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

President extends best wishes to cricket players

Kathmandu: President Ramchandra Paudel has extended best wishes to the cricket players participating in the ICC T20 World Cup Championship. President Paudel extended best wishes for the success of team members in ICC T20 world cup to be held in West Indies and the United States, President's press advisor Kiran Pokharel informed. The Nepali cricket team is leaving for the US tonight. The T20 World Cup is beginning on June 1. Nepal is included in the Group 'D' with South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Netherlands in the world cup. Nepal will play the first match against the Netherlands on June 4. Source: National News Agency Nepal

BCL expresses solidarity with demand of independent Palestinian state

Dhaka, Bangladesh Chhatra League, student wing of ruling Awami League, expressed solidarity with the ongoing global student movement advocating for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. "BCL stands united in solidarity with the ongoing global student movement for an independent Palestinian state", said a statement signed by BCL central President Saddam Hussein and General Secretary Sheikh Wali Asif Enan. Expressing solidarity, calling for an end to the on- going genocide and demanding the establishment of the independent Palestanian state, BCL also announced to hold demonstrations including flag-raising, procession and student-gathering in support of Palestine on May 6 in front of the Madhu's canteen and on the premises of Raju Memorial Sculpture on Dhaka University campus. The leaders of the organization also directed all of its units to carry out the same programme simultaneously in all educational institutions across the country. In the statement BCL said, "In alignment with the princi ples of our founding father, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who declared, 'The world is divided into two camps, the oppressed and the oppressors. I am with the oppressed,' we stand resolutely alongside justice-seeking students and educators globally". They said, "As an organization deeply intertwined with the sacrifices of our nation's freedom struggle, we express unwavering support for the global student movement resonating across campuses worldwide". This movement strives for the recognition of Palestine's sovereignty, upholding justice, and vehemently opposing the genocide, breaches of international law, and crimes against humanity perpetrated by the oppressors, they added. Condemning the atrocity, massacres and ongoing human rights violations against innocent Palestinian civilians spanning over eight decades, BCL pledges unwavering support to those who are preaching for establishment of peace in the region. "We are proud to see Bangladesh remaining actively engaged on the global stage in advocatin g for the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina", they said, adding "A cornerstone of the foreign policy of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the realization of the Palestinian independence". Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Nepal wins final match against West Indies ‘A’ in T20 Series

Kathmandu: Nepal has defeated West Indies 'A' by six wickets in the final match of T20- Series held on Saturday. Earlier, West Indies 'A' had defeated Nepal in three consecutive matches in the series. Nepal had won the first match against West Indies 'A' by four wickets. Nepal was defeated by 10 runs, 76 runs and 28 runs in the second, third and fourth match respectively. Put to bat first after winning the toss in Kirtipur-based TU Cricket Ground today, West Indies made 172 runs in 20 overs losing seven wickets. Alick Athanaze scored the highest 42 runs for West Indies 'A', while Roston Chase 33 runs, Johnson Charles 24 runs, Matthew Forde 23 runs, Kadeem Alleyne 11 runs and Mark Deyal 11 runs. Towards bowling, Nepal's Sompal Kami and Sagar Dhakal took three wickets each while Abinash Bohara took one wicket. Chasing the target of 173 posted by West Indies 'A', Nepal met the target in 18.5 overs at the loss of four wickets. It became easier for Nepal to win the match after Kushal Malla scored 37 runs (no t out) off 18 balls. Similarly, Asif Sheikh contributed 51 runs while Anil Shah stroke 58 runs, Kushal Bhurtel 13 and Dipendra Singh Airee five runs. Likewise, Obed McCoy took three wickets and Matthew Forde one wicket. Source: National News Agency Nepal