Man killed in Natore welding factory cylinder explosion

A man died and at least three others sustained burns as a gas cylinder exploded at a welding factory at Kumgram village of Singra Upazila on Wednesday night.


The deceased was identified as Jogo Pramanik, 48, a local van driver of the village.


Ariful Islam, chairman of the Etali union, said that a gas cylinder exploded in a welding factory of Kumgram village, leaving Jago dead on the spot.


As the fire spread soon, three more people and at least 5 shops were also burnt, he added.


On information, the fire service team rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control.


Masmuda Khatun, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Singra Upazila, confirmed the incident.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Wife slaughtered by husband in Joypurhat

A 31-year-old woman was slaughtered by her husband over a family dispute on Tuesday night in Akkelpur Upazila of Joypurhat district.


The deceased was identified as Panna Begum, 31, wife of Sirajul Islam, resident of Gudumba-Purbapara village of Akkelpur Upazila.


Jaipurhat Superintendent of Police Mohammad Noore Alam confirmed the matter.


The Superintendent of Police said that the husband and wife often quarrel over family disputes and not having any children.


Following an argument, Sirajul Islam slaughtered Panna Begum on Tuesday night and went to the mosque quietly with other worshipers of the village to perform Shab-e-Barat prayers, leaving the body on the floor.


An hour later, he returned from the mosque and started screaming, pretending to be surprised to see the bloodied body of his wife, said the SP.


Panna Begum’s father Anwar Hossain filed a case with Akkelpur Police Station in this regard.


Police arrested Sirajul Islam with three others in this incident on Tuesday night and he confessed to killing his wife brutally in police interrogation.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Strengthen efforts to ensure protection, reparations for sale, sexual exploitation of children: UN expert

Fighting impunity and providing reparations must be at the heart of the international response to suffering and harm inflicted on child victims and survivors of sale and sexual exploitation, a UN expert said Wednesday.


In a report to the 52nd Session of the Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and exploitation of children Mama Fatima Singhateh said despite progress in providing reparations to child victims and survivors in a handful of states, these efforts need to be universal and strengthened following international legal standards.


“My report is not just a reflection on existing systems of reparations for children around the world,” Singhateh said. “It is intended to signal to the international community, in large areas where current provisions in national, regional, and international frameworks can better respond to the needs of child victims and survivors.”


The expert lamented major challenges in effectively combating these abhorrent crimes – all of which urgently need to be addressed through accountability, she said.


To date, no reparations scheme has provided a complete and comprehensive programme that addresses all categories of child exploitation, violence, and abuse, exposing children to the risk of secondary victimisation.


“Where reparations are attempted, they are rarely effective in reaching the most marginalised groups of children. These children are most often outside or on the margins of the formal state machinery in terms of recognition of their identity and are therefore at risk of being excluded from legal protection,” Singhateh said.


A crucial first step, the UN expert said, would be for states to introduce and strengthen specific legislation on reparations for child victims and survivors in the national context.


Singhateh’s report analysed the role of non-state actors, including non-state armed groups, corporations, the World Bank-funded development projects and multilateral development banks, and found that they have historically fallen short of their responsibilities in addressing and facilitating redress for child victims and survivors of sale and sexual exploitation.


“The reparations process should be empowering, transformative, sustainable, victim-centred and survivor-centred,” she said.


“Reparations for child victims and survivors of sale and sexual exploitation require a strong and sustained national, regional and international commitment,” Singhateh added.


The special rapporteur said it should include survivor-centred reparations; a co-design model with meaningful participation of children; development and implementation of transitional measures; strengthening inter-agency cooperation; a child-friendly, multidisciplinary and inter-agency model; age-, gender- and local context-sensitive reparations; immediate delivery of reparations; mobile courts and child-focused mechanisms in vulnerable areas; and the use of information and communication technology to support reparations through targeted detection and mandatory reporting.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Vivo launches Y22 model smartphone in Bangladesh

Vivo launched its Y22 smartphone in Bangladesh on March 2.


The mobile phone started selling in the market from March 7 and can be purchased from any authorized showroom and also from E-store. It is priced at Tk 19,999, said a press release.


The smartphone features a 50 mega-pixel rear back camera. The front camera consists of 8 Mega-pixel with F/2.0 lens. Other than that, it has also a super night camera.


Vivo Y22 has side-mounted fingerprint scanner in the power button. Which means, this button can be used as a both power button and a fingerprint scanner and can scan a fingerprint for 15 lakh, said the release.


The phone comes with an 18 watt type-C charger for its 5000 mAh battery, it added.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Walton customer wins 101 products under its ‘Digital Campaign’

Md Jashim Uddin, a fertilizer and pesticide seller from Ramu upazila of Cox’s Bazar, has won 101 Walton products after he purchased a Walton brand refrigerator in instalments.


Walton is providing the facilities to its customers under the ongoing “Digital Campaign Season-17.”


Various benefits are given to customers under this campaign. Customers can get 101 free products or cash vouchers of up to Tk 1 lakh or sure gifts, according to a press release.


Walton Plaza CEO Mohammad Rayhan, Walton Hi-Tech Industries deputy managing directors Amdadul Haque Sarker and Humayun Kabir and Senior Executive Director Amin Khan, on Monday, handed over the free products to Jashim at a programme at Walton Plaza in Moricha Bazar of Ukhiya.


Jashim said he purchased a 220-litre refrigerator from Moricha Bazar Walton Plaza for his family on March 1 and received an SMS in his mobile phone from Walton with the notification of getting 101 free products upon registration of the fridge


The free products included a Walton fridge, AC, smart TV, washing machine, air cooler, microwave and electric oven, among other products, said the release.


“The lucky customer Jashim got 101 products on the inaugural day of Digital Campaign Season-17 which we have handed over within a very short time,” said Walton Plaza CEO Mohammad Rayhan.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Damaged buildings won’t be demolished now: RAJUK

The damaged buildings in Dhaka’s Siddique Bazar area which had an explosion on Tuesday that left 19 dead will not be demolished now as it will take time to verify everything and make a decision.


Shamsuddin Haider Chowdhury, convener of RAJUK’s technical committee, said this to journalists in front of the damaged building on Wednesday.


“We have visited the building. It will take two to three months to testify whether the damaged columns should be renovated or rectified and the building should be demolished or not”, he said.


Legal action must be taken if the two damaged buildings were built out of the design, he said while responding to a question.


Rakib Ahsan, A building expert who was with Shamsuddin at the time, said that it should be kept in mind that the building was badly damaged.


The building is now risky for both people on streets and houses located in front and back of the buildings, the expert added.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

15 including cops injured in Lakshmipur AL factional clash

At least 15 people, including five policemen, were injured in a clash between two factions of Awami League at Chandraganj Bazar in Lakshmipur Sadar upazila on Wednesday.


The clash broke out between the followers of Kazi Solaiman and Upazila Parishad Chairman Nurul Amin over the newly formed convening committee of Chandraganj Union Awami League around 7:30 pm.


Police detained 12 people from both sides.


Among the injured are Sub-inspector Zakir Hossain of the Detective Branch of Police, SI Abdur Rahim of Chandraganj Police Station and Constable Mozammel Hossain and Chhatra League activist Akbar Hossain.


Akbar is the brother of M Masudur Rahman, general secretary of Chandraganj Thana Chhatra League.


According to locals, at the time of the incident, a joy procession was taken out congratulating the newly formed committee of Chandraganj Union Awami League. At that time, the attack was led by Masudur Rahman, general secretary of Chandraganj Thana Chhatra League. The two sides clashed.


Police resorted to charging with batons to stop the clash.


Masud is known to be a follower of Kazi Solaiman, a former secretary of the Chandraganj Union Awami League. A tense situation was prevailing in the area.


M Mahfuzjan Ashraf, Superintendent of Police of Lakshmipur, said, there has been a clash between the two groups of Awami League. When they tried to stop them, brickbats were hurled at the police.


“Five policemen were injured. Later, the situation was brought under control after charging with batons. A total of 12 people from both sides of the Awami League have been detained in connection with the incident,” he said.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Foreign diplomats lament rate of women’s economic participation while lauding Bangladesh’s progress in empowering them

Foreign diplomats Wednesday lauded Bangladesh’s progress in women empowerment but lamented that a large number of the women are still out of economic activities.


They said a country cannot move forward leaving half its population out of economic activities.


The diplomats recommended that the poor and vulnerable women should be provided with opportunities for education, skill development and economic activities.


Ambassadors of France, Germany, Canada and Sweden made these observations in two different events – one organised by the Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) at the Jatiya Press Club and the other by the French-German Embassy at its premises in the city – marking International Women’s Day.


At the DCAB event, Swedish Ambassador Alexander Berg von Linde said digital technology is going to be an important factor in the coming days. “It can open doors for many, but also deprive others.”


Lots of hatred and sexual abuses are committed through digital media, she said, adding that the authorities must create opportunities for all so they make the best use of the digital space and it is not used for harassing women.


“Opportunities for education and digital skills for the poor and vulnerable women must be ensured,” Linde said.


Canadian High Commissioner Lilly Nicholls said as the media plays a critical role in creating awareness, participation of women in journalism needs to be increased.


Foreign diplomats lament rate of women’s economic participation while lauding Bangladesh’s progress in empowering them


She said the Free Media Coalition, a global initiative to support free media, will work in promoting women in journalism in Bangladesh as it can create mass awareness of gender equity.


Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said the country’s constitution approves equal rights of all men and women, but economic deprivation leads to various other disparities in the social, political and cultural arena.


So, economic empowerment is the first thing that should be ensured for women’s empowerment in other areas.


Nasim Firdaus, Bangladesh’s first women officer at the foreign ministry, and former ambassador Majeda Rafiqun Nessa were honoured by the DCAB.


Foreign ministry spokesperson Seheli Sabrin, Jatiya Press Club President Farida Yasmin, and journalist Angur Nahar Monty also spoke at the event presided by DCAB President Rezaul Karim Lotus.


At the embassy event, French Ambassador Marie Masdupuy said she was impressed by the assertive qualities of Bangladesh’s women, many of whom are leading in business and civil society while the country’s prime minister is also a woman.


She said France has a feminist foreign policy and will continue to promote women’s empowerment in Bangladesh and elsewhere.


German Ambassador Achim Troster said their foreign policy and development strategy are focused on gender equality while underlining the need for equal opportunities for women for the overall development of society.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Work diligently to protect country’s forestland: Environment minister

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin Wednesday asked the Forest Department officials to work diligently and protect the country’s forest and forestland.


“Not only for jobs, but work should be done for the nation’s welfare with patriotism. Illegal forestland restoration and forest development should be implemented involving people of all walks of life with the government initiative,” said Md. Shahab Uddin.


The minister gave the directions while speaking in a meeting with Forest Department officials at Chattogram Shah Amanat International Airport.


“Bangladesh signed various forest protective international conventions. Therefore forest protection activities should be done with responsibility. Don’t bow down to any fear. Any anti-law activities should be prevented with a strong hand,” said the minister.


Source: United News of Bangladesh

Gulistan blast: Another injured dies at DMCH, death toll now 20

The death toll from the deadly explosion in a 5-storey building in Dhaka’s


Gulistan area rose to 20 as another victim succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital last night.


The deceased was identified as Musa Haider, 45. He had been undergoing treatment at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery with 94% burn injuries. He succumbed to his injuries around 10:35 pm last night, said Inspector Bachhu Mia, in-charge of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital police outpost.


Earlier, on Tuesday, at least 17 people were killed and over 100 were injured in a massive explosion in a 5-storey building near a BRTC bus counter in the capital’s Gulistan area.


Meanwhile, two bodies were recovered from the debris yesterday — raising the death toll to 19.


The explosion occurred around 4:50pm with a big bang on Tuesday at Siddique Bazar in Gulistan.


A sanitary materials shop on the ground floor of the building, BRAC Bank office on one of the other floors and an adjacent 7-storey building were damaged but no building collapsed.


A four-member probe body headed by Lt Col Mohammad Tajul Islam Chowdhury, director of Fire Service and Civil Defense (Operation and maintenance), has been formed to investigate the explosion.


The committee was asked to submit its report within five working days, said Shahjahan Sikder, Deputy Additional Director of Fire service and Civil Defense headquarters media cell.


Source: United News of Bangladesh


Will China’s next premier be a moderating influence on Xi?

The pro-business track record of the man poised to become China’s top economic official will make his term a test of whether he might moderate President Xi Jinping ‘s tendency to intervene.


Li Qiang, 63, who is expected to be chosen China’s premier on Saturday, will have to grapple with a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy, which is dealing with emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, weak global demand for exports, lingering U.S. tariff hikes, a shrinking workforce and an aging population.


Xi, who has bolstered the state sector, has said that he wants the ruling party to return to its “original mission” as China’s economic, social and cultural leader. That has been accompanied by tighter control over some industries, more aggressive censorship of TV and pop culture and the spread of a “social credit” system that penalizes the public for offenses ranging from fraud to littering. Xi took China’s most powerful role in 2012.


Now, observers are watching whether Li can roll out pragmatic policies during his five-year term. But the process of political decision-making in China is opaque, making analyzing the country’s direction a difficult matter for outsiders.


Expectations are based on Li’s performance as the party chief of the country’s largest city — Shanghai — and as the governor of neighboring Zhejiang province, a hub of small and mid-sized business. And, perhaps more importantly, his close ties with Xi.


Li was quoted as saying in a 2013 interview with respected business magazine Caixin that officials should “put the government’s hands back in place, put away the restless hands, retract the overstretched hands.”


Li hailed Zhejiang’s businessmen as the most valuable resource in the province, pointing to e-commerce billionaire Jack Ma, and he highlighted his government’s cutting red tape.


In contrast, Li has also strictly enforced some state controls, including rules meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When his local rule has been out of tune with national policies set by the president and his team, he has eventually fallen into step, seen as key to his rise.


Under President Xi, entrepreneurs have been rattled not just by tighter political controls and anti-COVID curbs but more control over e-commerce and other tech companies. Anti-monopoly and data security crackdowns have wiped billions of dollars off companies’ stock-market value. Beijing is also pressing them to pay for social programs and official initiatives to develop processor chips and other technology.


A native of Zhejiang, Li studied agricultural mechanization and worked his way up the provincial party ranks. In 2003, he started an executive MBA program at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, common among ambitious party cadres.


Priscilla Lau, a former professor of the university and former Hong Kong delegate to China’s legislature, said Li attended her class on Hong Kong’s free-market economy for a chamber in the city and said he recalled her class when they met in Shanghai more than a decade later.


“It shows he’s very diligent,” Lau said.


Li’s working relationship with Xi began in the 2000s when the latter was appointed party chief in Zhejiang. Following Xi’s eventual move to Beijing and appointment as party general secretary, Li was promoted to Zhejiang governor in 2013, the No. 2 role in the provincial government.


Three years later, Li was appointed party chief of Jiangsu province, an economic powerhouse on the east coast of China, marking the first time he held a position outside his home province. In 2017, he was named party boss of Shanghai, a role held by Xi before the president stepped into China’s core leadership roles.


In the commercial hub of Shanghai, Li continued to pursue pro-business policies. In 2018, electric car producer Tesla announced it would build its first factory outside the United States. It broke ground half a year later as the first wholly foreign-owned automaker in China. Even during the strict COVID lockdown in Shanghai last year, the factory managed to resume production after a roughly 20-day suspension, official news agency Xinhua reported.


Tesla vice-president Tao Lin was quoted saying that several government departments had worked almost round-the-clock to help businesses resume work.


“The Shanghai government bent over backwards,” said Tu Le, managing director of Sino Auto Insights, a Beijing-based advisory firm.


On more complicated issues, not everything has been smooth sailing.


Though Li helped shepherd an agreement between Chinese and European companies to produce mRNA vaccines, Beijing was not in favor and the deal was put on hold, said Joerg Wuttke, the president of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China.


Before the citywide lockdown, Li appeared to have more leeway to manage the financial hub’s smaller previous outbreaks than most other cities’ leaders did. Rather than sealing districts off, the government implemented limited lockdowns of housing compounds and workplaces.


When the highly contagious Omicron variant hit Shanghai, Li took a moderate approach until the central government stepped in and sealed off the city. The brutal two-month lockdown last spring confined 25 million people to their homes and severely disrupted the economy.


Li was named No. 2 in the ruling Communist Party in October when China’s president broke with past norms and awarded himself a third five-year term as general secretary.


Unlike most of his predecessors, Li has no government experience at the national level, and his reputation was dented by ruthless enforcement of the lengthy COVID-19 lockdown in the financial hub that was criticized as excessive.


His expected appointment appears to indicate that an ability to win the trust of Xi, China’s most powerful figure in decades, is the key determinant when it comes to political advancement.


As premier, Li faces a diminishing role for the State Council, China’s Cabinet, as Xi moves to absorb government powers into party bodies, believing the party should play a greater role in Chinese society. Still, some commentators believe he will be more trusted, and therefore more influential, than his predecessor, who was seen as a rival to Xi, not a protege.


“Xi Jinping does not have to worry about Li Qiang being a separate locus of power,” said Ho Pin, a veteran journalist and Chinese political observer. “Trust between them also allows Li Qiang to work more proactively and share his worries, and he will directly give Xi a lot of information and suggestions.”


Iris Pang, ING’s chief China economist, sees Li mainly as a loyal enforcer of Xi’s will rather than a moderating influence.


Li was pro-business because he was required to be so in his previous government roles, Pang said.


His key trait, she said, is his “strong execution.”


Source: United News of Bangladesh

7 PS5 Games Releasing in March, April 2023

The PlayStation 5 (PS5) is a home video game console released on April 2019. Developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment, the PS5 game console has gained a reputation among gamers for its boasting improvements such as faster load times, SSD, and improved controllers. The console has a good selection of games available, with more on the horizon, some set to release this month while others are still years away. Let’s take a look at the major PS5 releases for March and April 2023 and speculate on future games.


Most Anticipated PS5 Games in March and April


Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty


Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is an upcoming role-playing adventure game from developer Team NINJA and publisher Koei Tecmo Games was released on March 03, 2023. It will be available on PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S.


Team NINJA, renowned for their success with the Nioh series, appears to be drawing influence from the Souls formula, while also adding a heavy dose of the fantastic to the game’s overall design. With its intriguing blend of RPG elements and action-packed gameplay, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty has garnered a great deal of anticipation from gamers and fans alike.


WWE 2K23


WWE fans can rejoice as the next installment of the franchise, WWE 2K23, is set to release on March 17, 2023. The game will be available on PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S.


Developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K, WWE 2K23 promises to deliver an immersive wrestling experience, with an extensive roster of WWE superstars and legends, improved graphics, and fan-favorite game modes. The legendary John Cena will grace the cover of every edition of the game, adding to the excitement of what’s already shaping up to be a highly anticipated release.


Resident Evil 4


Capcom’s upcoming release, Resident Evil 4, is set to launch on March 24, 2023, and will be available on PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. The game is a remake of 2005 original and follows Leon Kennedy on his mission to rescue the president’s daughter.


Unlike other Resident Evil games, the enemies in this game are infected villagers, which adds a unique twist to the horror franchise. Similar to the Resident Evil 2 remake, Resident Evil 4 will feature gameplay improvements and 4K visuals for modern consoles, ensuring an immersive and spine-chilling experience for players.


Dead Island 2


Dead Island 2, a game that has faced years of development delays, is finally set to release on April 21, 2023. Despite being announced at E3 2014, the game has undergone several changes in development teams.


Star Wars Jedi: Survivor


Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is the upcoming adventure game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. Set five years after the events of the previous game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, players will once again control Jedi Cal Kestis as he navigates the challenges of being one of the few remaining Jedi.


The Last Worker


Scheduled for release on March 30, 2023, The Last Worker is a single-player adventure game that can be played on PlayStation 5, with optional support for PlayStation VR2. Developed by Oiffy and Wolf & Wood Interactive Ltd, the game is published by Wired Productions.


The Last Worker offers an immersive narrative adventure set in a world dominated by automation, where players take on the role of Kurt, a worker who must choose between capitalism and activism. With no user reviews yet available, players can look forward to exploring this thought-provoking story when it launches on PlayStation 5 in March 2023.




So far, we have discussed 7 PS5 games coming in March and April 2023. It’s exciting to be aware of games before they are released. Gamers have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming months, with several highly anticipated games set to release for the PlayStation 5 platform.


The cooperative play seems to be a recurring theme in many of the upcoming titles, allowing players to team up and take on challenges with friends. Overall, it’s an exciting time for gaming, and with these upcoming releases, players can expect to have plenty of new adventures to embark on in the coming months.


Source: United News of Bangladesh