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  • US withdrawal from UNESCO: Abandonment of principles

    A woman shopkeeper is standing on a plastic chair to avoid knee high swirling rainwater mixed with sewage. “I work with a women's cooperative selling products made by Palestinian women in my shop.

  • UNESCO

    Unesco to pick new chief after US walkout

    The United Nations' cultural agency will elect a new chief, seeking someone who can revive Unesco's fortunes after the United States and Israel pull out.

  • UNESCO

    US withdraws from Unesco

    The United States announces it is going to withdraw from Unesco, the UN's cultural and educational agency, complaining about how it is run and about what Washington described as bias against Israel.

  • Tackling the learning deficit

    Our society has quantified the education process so enthusiastically that we have forgotten to consider the risks of the regressive models of rote memorisation and lack of conceptualisa-tion across almost all subjects being taught at public schools.

  • Govt to go ahead with Rampal work

    The government would go ahead with the construction of Rampal power plant near the Sundarbans and take measures to mitigate adverse effects, if necessary, upon the strategic environmental assessment (SEA).

  • Did UNESCO really “endorse” Rampal coal plant?

    A draft resolution adopted as amended by the 41st Session of the UNESCO Heritage Committee contradicts the claim made by the foreign ministry that the Committee “endorsed” the construction of a coal-based power plant at Rampal near the Sundarbans.

  • BNP trashes govt’s claim of Unesco’s objection withdrawal

    BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleges that the government is 'deceiving' people by carrying out a propaganda saying that Unesco has lifted its objection to Rampal power station near the Sundarbans.

  • Rampal Power Plant: Govt to comply with Unesco conditions

    The government would fulfil the conditions set by Unesco for implementing the Rampal power plant project near the Sundarbans, two ministers told The Daily Star yesterday.

  • Rampal Project: Unesco ‘lifts objection’

    The World Heritage Committee of Unesco has withdrawn its objection to the setting up of Rampal power plant at its current site near

  • Education a mirage for them

    There are about 10 million out-of-school children, adolescents and youths in Bangladesh, says a new Unesco policy paper.

  • Rampal Power Plant: Myths debunked

    The critics of Rampal include environmentalists, scientists and experts. Yet, the defence for the power plant has remained the same. But, under scrutiny, how do these claims, meant to relieve us of our fears about the potential risks of the power plant, hold?

  • Won’t suspend Rampal project: Nasrul

    The construction work of Rampal power plant will not be suspended despite Unesco's advice, State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid says.

  • Afghan fury as Iran, Turkey claim Rumi

    Who can lay claim to Rumi, the Sufi mystic who is one of the world's most beloved poets? A bid by Iran and Turkey to do so has exasperated Afghanistan, country of his birth eight centuries ago.

  • Unesco visit

    The recent visit of a joint Reactive Monitoring Mission involving the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) raises more questions than answers.

  • Unesco report may not be accurate

    The National Committee to Protect Sundarbans doubts whether the Unesco team would be able to prepare an accurate report on its recent visit to the world’s largest mangrove forest.

  • Activists doubt Unesco’s upcoming Sundarbans report

    The National Committee to Protect Sundarbans expresses doubt over the report on the Sundarbans that the Unesco is about to prepare based on their recent visit to the largest mangrove forest.

  • Social media goes green for Sundarbans

    As the country gears up for a four-day-long long march from Dhaka to Khulna in protest of the Rampal power plant, netizens are advocating on social media by changing their profile picture to show their support for the cause.

  • Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari

    Doha seeks Dhaka's support for its Unesco DG candidate

    Qatar has sought Bangladesh's support for its nominee and Qatar Emir's Cultural Adviser Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari who will contest for the next director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

  • Education in Mother Language: 40% population denied globally

    Though children should be taught in a language they speak or understand, as much as 40 percent of the global population does not have access to that kind of education.

  • Unesco team to visit Sundarbans

    A high-profile Unesco delegation will visit the Sundarbans soon to assess the possible impacts of the proposed coal-based Rampal power plant on the world's largest mangrove forest.

  • Unesco to assess Rampal power plant's impacts on Sundarbans

    A high-profile Unesco delegation will visit the Sundarbans soon to assess the possible impacts of the proposed coal-based Rampal power plant on the world's largest mangrove forest.

  • IS militants destroy ancient tombs in Syria

    Islamic State militants destroyed three ancient tower tombs in the central city of Palmyra in the last few days, a Syrian government official says.

  • UN: IS destruction of heritage sites a war crime

    The UN's cultural agency says destruction of antiquities and heritage sites in conflict zones by Islamic State and other extremist groups could amount to war crimes.

  • Historic Nepal sites set to reopen after quake

    Nepal is set to reopen all the heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley to the public, in a bid to attract tourists after April's devastating earthquake.

  • A day with a weaver (video)

    The traditional art of Jamdani weaving, which is included in UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, is an intricate process that takes several years to master. Nevertheless, as an outsider, the process is a fascinating one to observe - from the indigenous loom to the fine tasks of the weavers.

  • Punish Ananta's killers to ensure free expression: Unesco

    Punishment of blogger Ananta Das' murder is mandated for freedom of expression in Bangladesh, head of the UNESCO has said.

  • Nepal quake-ravaged temples face threat from looters

    Some of the seventh-century stupas remain intact and a few statues miraculously survive the disaster, but now are at risk being taken by looters after the devastation.

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