Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Climate change to hurt food security

Bangladesh must improve financial management to get int’l fund to fight its impacts, say experts Bangladesh must improve its financial management to obtain a significant share of funds available globally to combat climate change impacts and ensure food security, said an eminent climatologist yesterday. “The developed countries are ready to release billions of dollars to ... Read more

BASIS honours IT innovators

A platform for software and ICT developers, BASIS, yesterday awarded 31 companies, professionals and students for their innovations and extraordinary performances in their respective fields. Of the awards, 26 were given on the basis of competition and five were awarded in recognition of the winners’ contribution to software development and the ICT

Explosive Pollard delivers easy win

Kieron Pollard played a hurricane knock after Imran Nazir’s blitzkrieg as Dhaka Gladiators bounced back strongly with a five-wicket victory against Barisal Burners in the crucial match of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Smarting from a 13-run defeat in their previous match, a low-scoring encounter against

Cheats target mobile users

Sending junk SMS, call to mint money You have dealt with junk e-mails but how do you deal with junk calls and texts? In recent weeks, mobile phone users have been complaining that they were noticing missed calls on their handsets from certain seemingly overseas numbers on a regular basis. Many said they were getting ... Read more

Living gets tough

Inflation dwarfs wage growth All’s not well when it comes to cost of living and wages in the country. According to the data of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), due to high inflation the real wages of the working class people suddenly marked a sharp drop last fiscal year. As the inflation has exceeded 10 ... Read more

Aamra Technologies’ IPO approved

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday approved the initial public offering prospectus of Aamra Technologies Ltd (ATL) to raise Tk 51.77 crore from the public. The approval came at a meeting of the stockmarket regulator with SEC Chairman M Khairul Hossain in the chair. Using the fixed price method, ATL will float 2.15 crore ordinary ... Read more

Telcos seek more time to pay licence renewal fees

Four mobile operators will not pay outstanding fees for their licence renewal before they receive the certified copies of the High Court’s verdict on the Grameenphone versus BTRC case. Officials of Grameenphone, Banglalink, Robi and Citycell yesterday met Zia Ahmed, chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, and expressed

Stranded cats rescued

Firefighters rescued two cats stuck on two high rises in the city’s New Eskaton and Mohakhali DOHS area in the last two days. The Eskaton cat was stuck on a ledge between the 8th and 9th floors on the outer surface of the 16-storied building, Queen’s Garden Homes, informed the feline’s owner

Yunus banks on youths

Says they will change politics Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday called for an alternative political stream in the country, saying politicians were failing to fulfil the aspirations of the people. He said frustration over politics was deepening among the people. “People are not satisfied with the politicians. So, politics has to be pursued in new ways. ... Read more

Awards go to 10

Bangla Academy yesterday announced its literary award for 2011 in nine fields of literature. Dr Shamsuzzaman Khan, director general of the academy, named the 10 winners of Bangla Academy Sahitya Award 2011 at its premises. The awardees are Ashim Shaha and Kamal Chowdhury for poetry, Anisul Hoque for literature

Talent Unplugged

In conversation with Rizia Parvin Rizia Parvin is a popular name on the music scene, busy with both playbacks and modern music. She recently talked about her life and hectic schedule. Tell us about your latest album? Rizia Parvin: My last album was “Abar Hobe Toh Dekha”, featuring 12 songs by Manna Dey. I admire ... Read more

InterContinental agrees to take over Ruposhi Bangla

After a gap of 29 years, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a leading global hotel chain, has agreed to take over the operations and management of Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in Dhaka, officials said yesterday. At a ceremony today, the UK-based hotel group will sign a deal with Bangladesh Services Ltd (BSL) that owns Ruposhi Bangla, one ... Read more

Shilpakala Academy Celebrates 38th Anniversary

Two-day programme begins today Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy–the premier cultural organisation of the country– celebrates its 38th founding anniversary this year. To practice and uphold local culture and to manifest and evaluate the artistes, the academy was established under the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Act 1974. Now the Academy is functioning under the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Ordinance ... Read more

21 Bangladeshis on death row abroad

Another 31 facing murder trials in 6 Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian countries At least 21 Bangladeshis are facing death sentence and 31 undergoing trial for murder in six Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian countries — Bangladesh’s major labour markets. The cases involve 43 murders, including those of 28 Bangladeshis, over trading of visas and involvement ... Read more

House rent increase outstrips inflation

Tenants living in Dhaka continued in 2011 to face above inflation increases in house rents, with slum dwellers paying higher than the rich, according to a report published by the Consumers Association of Bangladesh In 2011, average rents increased by 16 per cent, according to the report, whilst in the same period, inflation rose by ... Read more