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New variety of layer chickens developed

New variety of layer chickens developed

Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) has developed a new variety of layer chickens “BLRI Layer Strain-2” which can be distinguished by sex from day one, an advantage that will help save rearing cost significantly. The new species nicknamed “Shorna” is the second species to be developed after “BLRI Layer Strain-1”, popularly known as “Shuvra”,...

Target groups for climate awareness

As the causes of climate change and its implications are largely unknown to the rural people of coastal regions, mass media should run awareness campaigns specifically targeted at them, journalists said yesterday. Although people living in vulnerable areas have their own knowledge of the environment, continued media campaigns can limit the damage of natural calamities, they told a seminar at The Daily Star Centre in the capital, organised by The Media Alliance for Social Change. Chief News Editor of SATV Saiful...

Row over naming Chicago road after Zia

When the Chicago City Council decided to add former Bangladesh president Ziaur Rahman to the long list of people after whom 1,500 honourary roadways have been named, it had little idea that it was bringing in a long-standing South Asian political feud to play out on the Far North Side, reports Chicago Tribune. It was Joe Moore, councillor of 49th ward, who backed the naming of the street at Rogers Park on behalf of a group of residents including one...

Review CHT peace accord

A BNP leader who is the Rangamati municipality mayor yesterday demanded review of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord, claiming it was prepared without consulting the region's communities for which there was dissatisfaction among both Bangalee settlers and indigenous communities and that it was depriving Bangalees. Saiful Islam Chowdhury was addressing “Bangladesh Dialogue” organised by BBC in Rangamati. Ruling Awami League lawmaker of Rangamati Firoza Begum claimed that Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma aka Santu Larma, chairman of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati...

Build country together leaving behind beliefs

Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday urged people irrespective of political identities and beliefs to work together to build a prosperous Bangladesh in line with the Liberation War's spirit. “This is everyone's country. It is not owned by any individual, any party, any family. People are the owners of this country. So, let us come together to build a Sonar (golden) Bangladesh which the martyrs had dreamt of,” he said. Dr Kamal was addressing a rally, “We demand corruption free and...

Cancellation of plan for 16 Indian barrages sought

Unilateral diversion of water from transboundary rivers like Teesta has already led to desertification of vast areas in Bangladesh and so the Indian government must nullify its decision to build 16 barrages in the Ganges, otherwise it will worsen the situation. Some environmentalists and rights activists made the demand forming a human chain organised by International Farakka Committee (IFC), an environmental and water rights group, before the capital's Jatiya Press Club yesterday. Each to be 100 metres apart from the other,...

Rickshaw Puller's Body Found in Ctg

Murder case filed finally

At last the family members filed a murder case with Double Mooring Police Station in Chittagong city on Friday midnight in connection with a rickshaw puller's body that was left to rot on a road for almost eight hours as none of the three nearby police stations bothered about it. The body of Mostafa Kamal Parvez, 23, with injury marks in the forehead, was recovered from beside rail lines at Ambagan. Additional Commissioner (crime and operation) of CMP Banaz Kumar Mazumdar...

Create bank for Adivasis

Create bank for Adivasis

Eminent economist Prof MM Akash yesterday called for establishment of a separate bank, which will dole out special loans to the indigenous communities across the country for their economic development.  He also stressed the need for protecting their land from grabbers, providing subsidy to the poor households directly through bank accounts to prevent embezzlement midway, and issuing special identity cards to them for their easy inclusion in development projects. The Dhaka University professor was addressing a roundtable at Dhaka Reporters Unity, jointly organised by Bangladesh Adibashi Forum and ActionAid Bangladesh, demanding equitable allocation for these minority communities in the next budget. Citing in his keynote paper that the indigenous make up two...

People with Special Needs

Engage them in development

Society itself has become intellectually challenged for not utilising persons with disabilities while engaging this large part of society in work and development activities will benefit the nation, said Parliamentary Standing Committee on Estimates Chairman Abdul Matin Khasru yesterday. “Employment's precondition is capability and the government's duty is to make people with special needs proficient. There should be a highly specialised multi-disciplinary training institute for people with disabilities,” the former law minister added. He was addressing a policy dialogue, “Disability and...

Road crashes kill 6

Six people were killed and 21 others injured in road accidents in the country yesterday. UNB from Kishoreganj reports, three people, including a woman, were killed and 20 others injured when a Habiganj-bound bus plunged into a roadside ditch after the driver lost control over the steering amid dense fog at Manohorpur in Kuliarchar upazila. Two of the dead were identified as Jasim Uddin, 60, and Omeda Begum, 52. Eight of the injured were admitted to Bajitpur Jahurul Islam Medical College and...

Sundarbans Oil Spill

Immediate impact assessment must

Voicing grave concerns over the recent oil spill on the rivers Shela and Pashur in the Sundarbans, WildTeam has urged the authorities concerned to prepare a baseline report on the immediate impact the incident had on the forest. The report would help assess the ecosystem recovery in the long-run, said the Bangladesh-based organisation fighting for nature conservation. “We hope that the concerned authorities will prepare a baseline report on the immediate impact based on water quality on the impacted zone, spatio-temporal...

Prof Razzaq stirred students' hunger for knowledge

Through his unconventional way of teaching, Abdur Razzaq would always create a hunger for knowledge among his students, academics and writers told a discussion on the national professor's birth centenary yesterday, at the capital's Bangladesh National Museum. He would relate theory to practice in the classroom, said Prof Anisuzzaman, shedding light on the professor's advocacy for a secular Bangladesh and keen awareness of society. Reverently called the "teacher of teachers", Razzaq was born in Nawabganj upazila of Dhaka in 1914. He...

Girl found dead in employer's house

Police recovered the body of a female domestic worker from her employer Muhsena Akter's house in the capital's Uttara yesterday. Quoting Muhsena, Inspector Moinul Kabir of Uttara Paschim Police Station said Kulsum Akter, 14, was suffering from dysentery and was decalared dead at a hospital, he said adding that the body was sent for  autopsy to find out the cause of death.

News in Brief

News in Brief

President visits Taj Mahal, Agra Fort Our Correspondent, New Delhi On a three-day visit to India, President Md Abdul Hamid yesterday did some sightseeing, visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Accompanied by his wife Rashida, he spent about half-an-hour there, Hamid's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told The Daily Star over the phone from Agra. Hamid is scheduled to fly to Jaipur today for visiting the Pink City and the Dargarh at Ajmer. Later, he will go to Kolkata tomorrow.     'In-laws' torture pregnant woman Staff Correspondent A pregnant woman was assaulted allegedly by her in-laws for refusing to give them dowry, in the capital's Shahbagh yesterday. Fatema Akhter, 21, took treatment from Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Her husband Gulzar...

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