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7 killed in road crash

Seven people, including two children, were killed and 10 others injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Noabazar of Chauddagram yesterday. The fatal accident occurred when a Dhaka-bound bus of Unique Paribahan collided head on with a CNG-run auto-rickshaw around 6:25pm.  All the seven people of the auto-rickshaw died on the spot while 10 passengers of the bus received injuries from the crash, said Md Rezaul Karim, superintendent of highway police. The dead are Rosina Akhter, 45 and...

Islamic State 'abducts 90 Christians in Syria'

Islamic State 'abducts 90 Christians in Syria'

Islamic State (IS) has abducted dozens of Assyrian Christians from villages in north-eastern Syria, activists say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 90 men, women and children were seized in a series of dawn raids near the town of Tal Tamr. Some Assyrians managed to escape and made their way east...

Syria forces execute 10 children of rebels: monitor

Syria forces execute 10 children of rebels: monitor

Ten children were among at least 48 people killed in a Syrian village this week when regime forces executed six families of rebel fighters, a monitoring group said on Saturday. Tuesday's executions took place in the village of Rityan, north of second city Aleppo, after regime forces entered that day during an offensive aimed...

Bangla Academy for children at book fair

Bangla Academy for children at book fair

One category of books which can be found in almost all stalls of the Amar Ekushey Granthamela-2015 is literature written for children and teenagers. In fact, the fair's Bangla Academy premises have been dedicated for publishers who bring out only children's books. This year 32 such publishers along with Bangladesh Shishu Academy and Bangla Academy have set up stalls there. However, publications fit for children and teenagers are available at almost all publication houses on the fair's Suhrawardy Udyan portion. “Books for children sell more,” said Johirul Abedin Jewel, publisher of Ittadi which brought out nine new books for teenagers this year. “Parents feel that their children should develop the habit of reading as...

Puerto Rico mulls fining parents of obese kids

Puerto Rico mulls fining parents of obese kids

Legislators in Puerto Rico are debating a bill that would fine parents of obese children up to $800 if they don't lose weight. The bill aims to improve children's wellbeing and help parents make healthier choices, Sen Gilberto Rodriguez said in a statement issued Monday. Public hearings for the bill are scheduled to begin Friday. If...

WB gives $300m to run cash handouts for poor women

The government yesterday signed a $300 million financing agreement with the World Bank Group to finance a cash handout programme for poor mothers to ensure proper nutrition for their children. Under the programme, about 600,000 poor mothers with children below the age of five and pregnant women from 42 upazilas in the northern parts of the country will receive monthly payments through biometric-enabled Bangladesh Post Office cash cards. In return, the women will have to go for regular visits for antenatal...

10 babies among 32 dead at Sylhet hospital in 24hrs

10 babies among 32 dead at Sylhet hospital in 24hrs

At least 32 people, including 10 babies, died in 24 hours until this morning at Sylhet’s state-managed MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital for “various reasons”. Not abnormal, says government Baby deaths: 4 of birth complex, 3 of septicemia, 2 of diarrhea and pneumonia, 1 of intestinal block Among 22 others were casualties of a clash, brain...

Woman born with no womb gives birth to twins

Woman born with no womb gives birth to twins

A woman born with no reproductive organs who was told she could never have children has given birth to twin girls. Doctors used hormone therapy to grow a womb, ovaries, and fallopian tubes inside Hayley Haynes, who is from North London. Ms Haynes, who is now 28, discovered her condition at age 19 after consulting...

Small screens prevent kids from sleeping

Small screens prevent kids from sleeping

Children who have access to tablets or smartphones in their bedrooms get less sleep than children who do not have the devices with them at night, a US study said yesterday. The findings in the January 5 edition of the journal Pediatrics show that having a so-called "small screen" within reach was slightly worse...

Shelter, education for all children

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the social welfare ministry to take steps to ensure shelter and education for all the children, including orphans and street urchins. “I don't want to see any child passing days in a miserable condition living alongside streets without going to school…we'll have to ensure a better life for them all,” she said. The PM was speaking at the National Social Services Day 2015 and inaugural of the Social Services Week 2015 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium...

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