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Load shedding may spike in summer

Power generation is not growing in line with the forecasted spike in demand in the coming months centring on warmer temperatures, the fasting month and the irrigation season, leaving people staring at frequent and extended power cuts.

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Have to use vast maritime resources for our progress: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today stressed on extracting marine resources from Bangladesh's vast maritime zones maintaining friendly relations with the neighbouring countries to tap potential of the "Blue Economy" for the country's socio-economic advancement

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European Commission pledges enhanced cooperation with Bangladesh

Congratulating Sheikh Hasina on her recent re-appointment as Prime Minister of Bangladesh, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said she looks forward to continue working with PM Hasina towards further strengthening the relations between the EU and Bangladesh in the coming years

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At least 16 dead in Venezuela illegal mine collapse

At least 16 people died when an illegal gold mine collapsed in the jungles of southern Venezuela, officials said Wednesday revising down an earlier figure

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US urges Pakistan to lift internet shutdowns, social media restrictions

The US State Department on Wednesday condemned internet shutdowns in Pakistan, including restrictions on social media platforms, and urged the Pakistani government to lift such restrictions

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Opinion

Opinion

Evidence to policy. Truth to power.

"Policy" as an institutional process is a nebulous mixture of concepts, thinking, ideology, values, pragmatism, interests and, hopefully, evidence: prior, during, and afterwards.

Hybrid rule 3.0 in Pakistan?

Notwithstanding the alleged manipulations, the elections have changed the country’s political dynamics.

How Ekushey was commemorated during the Pakistan period

The Language Movement began in the immediate aftermath of the establishment of Pakistan, spurred by the demands of student organisations in the then East Pakistan. It was a crucial component of a broader set of demands addressing the realities of East Pakistan.

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Sports

Sports

Abahani coach Cruciani wants Jamal to sign for Sky Blues

Abahani are mulling roping in Bangladesh national team captain Jamal Bhuiya after Argentine coach Andres Cruciani convinced the team management that they would need a local midfielder like Jamal, who currently plays for Argentina's third-division outfit Sol de Mayo.

Match-fixing alert / PCB instructs PSL players to avoid one Bangladeshi and three others

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has instructed players featuring in the ongoing ninth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) to stay away from four individuals, one of whom has been identified as a Bangladeshi, in an attempt to curb potential match-fixing threats in the franchise-based T20 tournament.

Galeno stuns timid Arsenal with late Porto winner

Appearing in a first knockout match in Europe's premier club competition for seven years, Arsenal struggled to break down an organised Porto defence before Galeno's stroke of brilliance in the 94th minute.

News

News

US FDA warns against using smartwatches to measure blood glucose

The US Food and Drug Administration warned consumers on Wednesday against using smartwatches or smart rings that claim to measure blood glucose levels without piercing the skin, regardless of manufacturer or brand

In Michigan, Arab American voters vow to 'punish' Biden

It's common to hear residents chatting in Arabic just as often as English in this Detroit suburb's stores or mosques, those buildings themselves often sporting bilingual signage out front

Dhaka’s air 4th most polluted in the world this morning

With an air quality index (AQI) score of 165 at 9:30am today, Dhaka ranked 4th on the list of cities worldwide with the worst air quality

Biden calls Putin a 'crazy SOB'

President Joe Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "crazy SOB" during a fundraiser in San Francisco on Wednesday, warning there is always the threat of nuclear conflict but that the existential threat to humanity remains climate. ."This is the last existential threat.

How unhealthy are processed foods?

Processing food is a method in production. It doesn't always mean the food is unhealthy, but it is more likely to be high in calories and low in nutrition

Entertainment

Entertainment

An artistic homage to the martyrs

Dr Azharul Islam Sheikh Chanchal, a Professor of the Department of Ceramics of the Faculty of Fine Art (FFA), University of Dhaka (DU), is showcasing an array of artworks in his third solo show titled “Mrittikanjali” at Zainul Gallery 1. Professor Emeritus Rafiqun Nabi along with renowned artists -- Mohammad Eunus, also the Chairman of Art Bangla Foundation, and Professor Nisar Hossain, also the dean of FFA, DU, -- graced the inaugural ceremony as distinguished guests on February 19. Prominent art critic and teacher Moinuddin Khaled has curated the exhibition.

Joy Bangla Concert to be held outside Dhaka for the first time

The Joy Bangla Concert, traditionally held in Dhaka since 2015, will take place at the MA Aziz Stadium in the port city of Chattogram on March 7 this year. This marks the first time the concert will be held outside Dhaka.

‘Learning from Puran Dhaka’: Research teams unite to preserve lost heritage

An architectural exhibition titled "Learning from Puran Dhaka: Exploring the Future of Living Heritage" is currently underway at La Galerie of Alliance Française de Dhaka. Organised by a collaborative effort of architecture students from various prestigious universities and supported by distinguished dignitaries, the exhibition aims to shed light on the rich cultural heritage of Puran Dhaka and its significance in shaping the future urban landscape.

Life & Living

Life & Living

How to stop stressing over small things

Do you find yourself getting stressed over the smallest of things lately? Getting triggered by something as simple as your phone not connecting to its charger properly or being overwhelmed when your YouTube video begins to lag? It is okay, we have all been there. In our fast-paced lives, it is not too uncommon to get consumed by the smallest of inconveniences and let them drain us.

Say hello to spring with these strawberry-infused delicacies!

Resembling a dazzling red ruby, but bursting with sweet and tart flavours — a fruit filled with the goodness of nature. Yes, it’s strawberries we are talking about! While there exists a plethora of dishes you can make with them, local strawberries grace us with their presence only once a year. Well, we are in luck because it is that time of the year again where strawberries are in season. So, stock up and make the most of this strawberry season with these delicious recipes!

#Perspective / Why every child deserves a cousin like Feluda!

Discover the Enduring Legacy of Feluda: Satyajit Ray's beloved detective series continues to enchant audiences, with its charismatic protagonist, Felu, and his youthful sidekick Topshey. Drawing parallels to Sherlock Holmes, Feluda's adventures inspire curiosity and admiration, much like real-life figures such as the author's cousin, Russell. Despite societal misgivings, Russell, like Feluda, nurtured a thirst for knowledge and exploration. Through literature and personal anecdotes, the article celebrates the timeless appeal of childhood heroes, advocating for every child to have their own Feluda-like mentor.

Youth

Youth

Footsteps Co-Founder and President receives Youth Leaders Award

Footsteps Co-Founder and President Shah Rafayat Chowdhury has received the Global Citizen Youth Leaders Award.

46th BCS preliminary exam on April 26

The 46th BCS preliminary examination will be held on April 26, the Public Service Commission (PSC) said today

Anime / Anime to look out for in 2024

Keeping aside the continuations of old anime, 2024 has no dearth of new stories that show high promise and potential,

Tech & Startup

Tech & Startup

Don't put your iPhone in rice: Apple

Accidents happen, and if your iPhone or accessory takes an unexpected dive into water, it's essential to know the right steps to take. Contrary to popular belief, putting your iPhone in a bag of rice is not recommended, according to an official guideline set by Apple. Let's take a look at the ways Apple recommends you should dry your iPhone in case it gets wet or exposed to water. 

Teletalk launches eSIM

Teletalk, Bangladesh's state-owned mobile operator, has officially entered the era of eSIM technology, marking a new era in digital connectivity for the state-owned operator.

Nintendo Switch 2 to be launched early 2025: reports

The successor to the Nintendo Switch, the popular video game console by Nintendo, is now expected to be released in early 2025, according to a recent report by Bloomberg News. This announcement follows earlier speculations that the new console, referred to as 'Nintendo Switch 2' by fans, was initially slated for release in 2024.

Star Multimedia

Star Multimedia

From reverence to disrespect

In a gesture of respect, individuals and organisations pay homage to the martyrs of the Language Movement barefoot at the Central Shaheed Minar

Putin gifts North Korea's Kim a Russian-made car

Russian President Vladimir Putin has gifted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a Russian-made car, Pyongyang's state media said Tuesday, as the two countries bolster ties in areas from tourism to defence

Kui: Only 4 speakers of this language in Bangladesh

As a result, the Kui language is now on the list of endangered languages in the country

'Myanmar junta is attacking people knowing defeat is certain'

The Arakan Army, a rebel group in exile in Thailand, told these to Myanmar's Irrawaddy news outlet

What’s next for Pakistan?

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Environment

Environment

Phulbari Municipality: Chhoto Jamuna now a dumping zone

Garbage, including plastic waste, piled up across 400 metres under a footbridge on Chhoto Jamuna river, and also scattered along the riverbank on both sides -- this was what this correspondent saw during a recent visit to Phulbari municipality in Dinajpur.

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Summit Power suffers 46% drop in profit

Its profit hit Tk 221 crore in FY23, down from Tk 413 crore previous year

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Dhaka’s air 3rd most polluted in the world this morning

Dhaka has ranked third on the list of cities worldwide with the worst air quality with an AQI score of 167 at 10:30am today

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BELA serves legal notice to CoxDA, 8 authorities to stop hill cutting

Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) has issued a legal notice to the Cox's Bazar Development Authority (CoxDA) and eight other authorities concerned to stop cutting hills and filling water bodies

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‘Hazardous’ air: DoE asks Dhaka residents to wear masks outdoors

The Department of Environment (DoE) has advised people in Dhaka to wear masks if the air pollution in the capital reaches "hazardous" level

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2 dead turtles wash ashore on Sonapara sea beach in Cox's Bazar

Two dead turtles of Olive Ridley species washed ashore on the Sonapara sea beach in Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhiya upazila this morning

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Dhaka’s air ‘unhealthy’, 5th worst in the world this morning

Dhaka has ranked fifth on the list of cities worldwide with the worst air quality this morning

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Dhaka’s air ‘hazardous’, worst in the world this morning

Dhaka has again topped the list of cities worldwide with the worst air quality for the second consecutive day today

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Fact-check

Fact-check

Misinformation and disinformation: A threat to democracy in Bangladesh

In today’s digital age, the spread of misinformation and disinformation has arisen as a major challenge to global democracy.

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OpenAI to launch anti-disinformation tools for 2024 elections

The explosive success of text generator ChatGPT spurred a global artificial intelligence revolution but also triggered warnings that such tools could flood the internet with disinformation and sway voters.

Deepfake video targeting Gaibandha-1 candidate surfaces on Facebook

On the day of the National Election 2024, a fabricated video surfaced on Facebook featuring Nahid Niger, an independent candidate for the Gaibandha-1 seat, announcing her withdrawal from the election. Subsequent verification by Dismislab, an online platform specialising in media research and verification, confirmed that the video was a product of AI-based deepfake technology.

Podcast on fake news: Impact of Israel-Hamas conflict on Bangladesh's national election

Uncover the sources and intentions behind these circulating rumors.

Fake videos targeting BNP resurfacing on social media: reports

A distorted video featuring a speech by Begum Khaleda Zia, Chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has once again surfaced on Facebook, raising concerns about the spread of misinformation during the upcoming election. The video, created by adding together different portions of a speech delivered by Khaleda Zia in London back in 2015, resurfaced on social media platforms despite being fact-checked by three different fact-checking organisations in 2021 and 2022.

Doctors Without Borders targeted by Israel-Hamas war misinformation

"Basically he abused his position as a medic, which the IDF cannot shoot, to break the law and assist terrorists to get a weapon."

Curb social media rumors

The National Security Council yesterday directed law enforcement and intelligence agencies to be on alert so that no one can spread any disinformation on social media centring the next national election.

Spin doctors go into overdrive ahead of polls

With the national election just around the corner, both pro-government and anti-government elements are out to manipulate public opinion through a vigorous campaign on social media platforms and private messaging apps, turning them into hotbeds of spin doctoring, disinformation and fake news.