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UN begins food aid to Ukraine's war-torn east

The UN's World Food Programme announced yesterday the launch of its first food aid operation in Ukraine, saying it had begun distributing rations in the country's conflict-torn east. "In its first operation in Ukraine, the United Nations World Food Programme is rolling out food assistance for vulnerable people affected by the conflict, distributing food in transit centres and public shelters in Donetsk and Lugansk in East Ukraine," WFP said in a statement. The UN agency said it was responding to a...

A poor man's fruit: Now a miracle food!

JACKFRUIT is a very popular fruit in Bangladesh, though not appreciated by all alike. It is sweet, delicious, juicy and very tasty. Jackfruit with rice and milk is a great traditional delicacy in the summer. Because of its popularity, it has been named the national fruit of Bangladesh. Known as the poor man's fruit, jackfruit is now considered as a miracle food of south and south-east Asia as it is likely to save millions of people from starvation when major...

UN pledges to rebuild Gaza for the 'last time'

UN pledges to rebuild Gaza for the 'last time'

The United Nations is ready to help rebuild Gaza but for the last time, UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned yesterday as Egyptian mediators engaged in shuttle diplomacy on extending a 72-hour truce. Ban opened a special meeting of the United Nations General Assembly with an appeal for a lasting peace. "The senseless cycle of suffering...

Israel offers Gaza truce extension

Israel offers Gaza truce extension

Israel has offered to extend a three-day ceasefire in Gaza which began on Tuesday after nearly a month of conflict, Israeli officials say. But there has no far been no agreement from the militant Hamas movement, which controls Gaza, as indirect talks continue in Cairo. US President Barack Obama has said a more durable truce...

Bangladeshis want UN to force Israel to stop 'genocide' in Gaza

Different organisations in Bangladesh yesterday demanded that the United Nations and the western countries immediately stop Israel from carrying out "genocide" in Gaza. Human Rights Forum Bangladesh, in a press statement, demanded that Israel pull out its military from Gaza. The forum held Israel responsible for violating truce despite the international obligations to follow the rules of ceasefire. It also condemned that the UN is not playing a due role because the USA and other super powers disagree to take any action...

Israel gets boost from US, UK

When musician Brian Eno saw a picture of a Palestinian man carrying the remains of his dead son in a plastic bag, he was moved to write a an open letter to his American friends, asking them to explain their country's unconditional support for Israel. “Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? Why?” While Israel comes in for harsh criticism in many parts of the world for the Gaza onslaught that so far killed...

Israel's Attack On Gaza

Urdu speakers in Bangladesh urge permanent ceasefire

Minority Council of Urdu Speaking People of Indian Origin in Bangladesh has urged the UN to intervene and lift the siege on Gaza and broker a permanent ceasefire. The council formed a human chain in front of the United Nations office in Agargaon in the capital yesterday protesting Israel's 20-day long military attack on Gaza, which left more  than 1,000 people dead, said a press release. Later, the council submitted a written petition to the local UN office addressed to UN...


Gaza in critical condition: UN chief

Gaza in critical condition: UN chief

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged an immediate halt to violence in Gaza, saying the Palestinian territory is in a "critical condition". "In the name of humanity, the violence must stop," he told reporters. Shortly after he spoke, news agencies reported that the compound housing Gaza's main hospital had been hit by an Israeli...

Eid joy eludes them

As millions have been rushing home to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with near and dear ones, families of eight missing people, allegedly abducted by Rab eight months ago, took to the street yesterday demanding their return home. They expressed their desire, with tears in eyes, to share the happy moments with their missing family members during Eid. The families formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the capital after arranging a press conference, which was attended by the...

Anomalies in district hospitals

WITH a very low income and high population, Bangladesh has outpaced many of its peers in social development indicators of similar per capita GDP. Improvements in some health indicators are remarkable, especially in reducing child mortality rate. Bangladesh has made dramatic advances and received the United Nations MDG award for being on track for reducing infant and child mortality. However, this overall progress in the health sector has not been equally realised throughout the country, rather regional variations are high...

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