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International Mother Language Day: Languages we may lose soon

Mang Pru Marma, 78, from Kranchipara of Bandarban’s Alikadam upazila, is among the last seven speakers, all of whom are elderly, of Rengmitcha language.

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Commerce ministry to share commodity prices on website daily

The commerce ministry will only fix price of a commodity if it seems too high

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President, PM pay homage to Language Movement heroes

President Md Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement on the occasion of Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day

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Ankle injury forces Alcaraz out in first round of ATP Rio Open

The Spanish star took a medical timeout, had the ankle taped and won the first game but after dropping his serve in the second game he called it quits, in another setback to a so-far disappointing 2024 campaign.

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Xavi wary of Napoli under new coach

Struggling Napoli sacked Walter Mazzarri and brought in Slovakia coach Francesco Calzona on Monday, 48 hours before they host Barcelona.

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Opinion

Opinion

The Trump Effect Takes Europe

Perhaps Trump’s biggest contribution has been to Europe’s political unity.

Italicisation policing, penning with a colonised mind

When a foreign word—one that isn’t part of the language in which the text is being written—is highlighted in italics in a work of literature, it becomes “other.”

Blood, oil, and sand: The US' colonisation of Iraq

What are US troops doing in Iraq in the first place? And do they have a right to be there?

Business

Business

Higher raw material imports signal end of pharma sector’s slump

Bangladesh’s pharmaceuticals sector is rebounding on the back of smooth imports of raw materials, a well-maintained supply chain, and a higher opening of letters of credit, highlighting the recovery following challenges over the last two years, industry people say.

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Sports

Sports

UCL / Arnautovic gives Inter slender advantage over Atletico

Marko Arnautovic gave Inter Milan a single-goal advantage in their Champions League last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid after netting the only goal in Tuesday's hard-fought 1-0 win.

Haaland 'shuts mouths' as Man City close on Liverpool

Erling Haaland took Manchester City to within one point of Premier League leaders Liverpool but the champions were made to sweat for a 1-0 win over Brentford on Tuesday.

A coming-of-age knock from Tamim

Despite being rated highly by pundits and fans for a long time, Tanzid Hasan Tamim was unable to live up to the expectations. But yesterday the youngster made quite an impression with his maiden T20 century as Chattogram Challengers booked a playoff spot with a 65-run win over Khulna Tigers in a Bangladesh Premier (BPL) League match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

News

News

Shoal areas in Sirajganj, Jamalpur: Farmers celebrate bumper chilli yield

Farmers in shoal areas of Sirajganj and Jamalpur districts are celebrating a successful season, reaping abundant profits from this year’s bumper chilli harvest.

Vanishing voices: Only 4 people speak ‘Kui’ in Bangladesh

A language is quietly but surely becoming extinct in some villages at the tea estates of Moulvibazar, Habiganj, and Sylhet, along the Bangladesh-India border.

Unite against tobacco, vaping: Saima Wazed

In a decisive call to nations within its South-East Asia Region, the World Health Organisation is emphasizing the urgent need to escalate actions against the consumption of tobacco and the growing trend of e-cigarette use

Flights won’t be diverted to foreign airports

Ctg, Sylhet airports to operate 24/7 in winter

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

Entertainment

Entertainment

International Mother Language Day specials on television today

As the world celebrates linguistic and cultural diversity on International Mother Language Day today (February 21) and the nation pays homage to Language Movement martyrs who made supreme sacrifices to establish the rights of Bangla as a language, The Daily Star brings its readers a compilation of some notable television shows that will be aired.

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma welcome second child

Former Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma have joyously welcomed the arrival of their second child, a baby boy named Akaay.

Kiara Advani joins Farhan Akhtar's ‘Don 3’

Actress Kiara Advani has officially confirmed her role in the controversially discussed film "Don 3", directed by Farhan Akhtar. In an announcement made on social media, Kiara expressed her thrill to be joining the esteemed Don franchise and working alongside the talented team.

Life & Living

Life & Living

Faiza Ahmed’s artistic ode to women freedom fighters

Reputed designer and artist, Faiza Ahmed — proprietor and fashion designer of the clothing brand Manas — has decided to combine these mediums and feature them in her design collection.

#Perspective / Rewriting the narrative: Valuing diversity in speech and expression

Accents and dialects weave colourful threads in our cultural identity. Yet, despite their significance, people with linguistic variations often find themselves subject to ridicule and discrimination. It’s time we addressed this.

#Events / Hair and Beauty Fest 2024: A new beginning by BSOAB

The inaugural Hair and Beauty Fest 2024, organised by the Beauty Service Owners Association of Bangladesh (BSOAB), unfolded as a two-day extravaganza on 11 and 12 February that's successfully made a mark on the landscape of beauty and fashion in the country.

Tech & Startup

Tech & Startup

Lockbit’s dark web leak site seized by Intl. security agencies

LockBit's dark web leak site, where the ransomware gang publicly lists its victims and issues ransom demands, was replaced with a notice from law enforcement agencies. The National Crime Agency of the U.K. in collaboration with the FBI and the international law enforcement task force 'Operation Cronos,' confirms that LockBit's services have been disrupted due to international law enforcement action, according to the notice.

Toyota announces anime series 'GRIP'

Toyota, the reputed automotive manufacturer, has recently announced that it is launching a new anime series. Called 'GRIP', the five-episode series will feature several popular Toyota cars such as the GR Corolla, the Renaissance Red 2.0 GR Supra, and the GR86 in a futuristic city setting.

How to use the new 'remix' feature in YouTube Shorts

YouTube Shorts, the popular video-sharing platform's short-form video feature, has recently introduced a 'remix' option, with which users can creatively enhance their videos. Here is a quick breakdown of how you can use the new 'remix' feature in YouTube Shorts. 

Star Multimedia

Star Multimedia

'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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This is Hasina’s monarchy: Rizvi

Find out more on today's Star Newsbytes

Now, you can have Trump sneakers

Donald Trump has launched his own sneaker brand, a day after a New York judge ordered him to pay $354.9m in penalties for fraudulently overstating his net worth to dupe lenders.

Ukraine matter of life and death for Russia: Putin

Events on the battlefield in Ukraine are a matter of "life and death" for Russia that could determine its fate, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks aired Sunday

Environment

Environment

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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Breath of (not so) fresh air!

Covering his nose, a man hurries away from a gust of dust on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway in Savar’s Amin Bazar area yesterday. Dust from road-digging as well as unplanned and uncoordinated construction works continue to plague this stretch of the road, posing health risk to commuters.

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Petition seeks HC directive to prevent torture of elephants

A petition was filed with the High Court today seeking its directive on the government to prevent the torture of elephants in the name of training, and unnecessary usage of elephants in circuses and various social events and street extortion

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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.