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Hefty power bill to weigh on consumers

The government has decided to increase electricity prices by Tk 0.34 and Tk 0.70 a unit from March, which according to experts will have a domino effect on the prices of essentials ahead of Ramadan.

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Electric vehicles etching their way into domestic automobile industry

The automobile industry of Bangladesh is seeing a notable shift towards electric vehicles (EVs) with BYD Auto Co Ltd, the world’s biggest EV maker, set to launch its Seal model on the domestic market.

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Biden primary win in Michigan overshadowed by Gaza protest vote

US President Joe Biden cruised to an easy victory in Michigan's presidential primary on Tuesday -- but was bracing for a substantial rebuke from an Arab American-led protest over his handling of the war in Gaza

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Ctg Govt Teachers’ Training College / Year-long waterlogging, endless misery

If one visits Government Teachers’ Training College in Chawk Bazar area, they will notice a field inundated by water, entrances and ground floors of male and female hostels submerged, and hyacinths growing everywhere on the waterlogged premises.

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Towhid Hridoy: The adaptable prodigy

‘You couldn’t hit one boundary!’. In the 2022 BPL final, Towhid Hridoy of the Fortune Barishal was on strike against Comilla Victorians pacer Shohidul Islam for the last three balls of the match with his side seven runs away from victory.

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Opinion

Opinion

If a dam must be built, it must be built right

Bagerhat dredging/dam project shows why strategic foresight is key

The world in the eyes of Palestinian children

Many of the surviving children in Palestine, especially those in Gaza, have no idea why they have been attacked and killed day in and day out.

Roadmap for banking reforms: Old wine in a new bottle?

In February 2019, the central bank lowered the timeframe to three years from five years. And what has that achieved?

Business

Business

Daraz to go for significant layoff in Bangladesh to cut costs

Daraz Group, Alibaba’s South Asian e-commerce arm that operates in five markets including Bangladesh, has announced that it will “bid farewell to many valued members” but stopped short of disclosing the number.

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Sports

Sports

USA to face Brazil in Copa America warm-up

The June 12 fixture will take place at Orlando's Camping World Stadium in Florida as the two teams prepare for the Copa, which is being held in the United States from June 20 to July 14.

Rangpur and Barishal face off in blockbuster clash 

The rivalry between Tamim and Shakib only intensifies the hype of the fixture.

SAFF U-16 Women's Championship / Titu eyeing another title with age-group girls

Bangladesh team will leave for Kathmandu on Wednesday with a target of playing in the to play the final of the SAFF U-16 Women’s Championship to be held in Nepal from March 1 to 10.

News

News

One quarter of Gaza's people one step away from famine, UN says

At least 576,000 people in the Gaza Strip - one quarter of the population - are one step away from famine, a senior UN aid official told the Security Council on Tuesday, warning that widespread famine could be "almost inevitable" without action

Dhaka calls back high commissioner to Canada

Bangladesh High Commissioner to Canada Dr Khalilur Rahman has been called back to Dhaka immediately

Killing of passenger: Security concerns persist at Mymensingh Railway Station

The recent killing of Gopal Pal, a 35-year-old passenger, by alleged snatchers at Mymensingh Railway Station has created anxiety among travellers

Chunnu criticises govt move to hike power prices

Opposition Chief Whip and Jatiya Party MP Mujibul Haque Chunnu yesterday in parliament slammed the government for its plan to hike electricity and energy prices, saying such moves will add to the misery of people.

AL govt behind BDR mutiny: Rizvi

Responding to Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud’s comment that BNP was involved in the BDR mutiny, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi yesterday said the incident occurred under the patronage of the Awami League government.

Entertainment

Entertainment

Raihan Rafi’s web-film to be sent to censor board!

Featuring Tanzika Amin and Imtiaz Barshon in the leading roles, the film was scheduled to start streaming on February 29 on the OTT platform iScreen. However, as per the latest reports the film’s release has been postponed.

Pankaj Udhas funeral: Singer laid to rest with gun salute, friends pay final respects

Renowned ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas, whose velvet smooth voice gave expression to the many colours of love, longing and heartache in songs such as “Chitthi Ayee Hai” and “Aur Ahista Kijiye Baatein”, died in Mumbai on Monday after a prolonged illness. He was laid to rest by his family and friends on Tuesday afternoon.

'Tumlu' brings about an alien on Duronto TV

The story of Sara and her two brothers, Bilu and Bipu’s lives takes a bizarre turn when they encounter an alien named Tumlu. Despite being 4,211 years old according to Earth's standards, Tumlu struggles in class as per the rules of his home planet.

Life & Living

Life & Living

Summer chic: The essential summer jacket guide

Jackets for summer? What an oxymoron that is! In our part of the world where summer is sweltering hot, why on earth would one need jackets, one would ask. The jackets we are suggesting are not the heavy, woollen ones meant for colder climates. Rather, easy, breezy and beautiful — summer jackets are an absolute staple for your wardrobe and beyond!

#Fiction / Dhaka 2084: Interview of a Time Traveller

The sudden appearance — and the equally sudden disappearance — of a middle-aged woman named Eli Kaizer, who claimed to be a time traveller, has caught the attention of not only our city, but the entire world.

Tasting authentic Dhakaiya food outside Puran Dhaka

Discover Dhakaiya Chapkhana, a new aesthetic cafe in town serving authentic Dhaka cuisine. Admire the colourful wall depicting Dhaka's historic monuments as you indulge in flavourful dishes.

Youth

Youth

Music / Linkin Park’s "Friendly Fire": A heart-wrenching reminder of Chester Bennington’s talents

Linkin Park’s latest release “Friendly Fire” was a fitting tribute to the life and exploits of Chester Bennington.

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.

Team BUP set to represent Bangladesh at the Jessup int’l rounds in USA after winning national rounds

Team BUP achieved a historic win at Jessup Bangladesh, marking a triumphant moment for Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) and making them the flag bearer of Bangladesh at the international rounds in Washington DC, USA. 

Tech & Startup

Tech & Startup

Lenovo unveils transparent display laptop concept

Called the ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop Concept, the proof of concept features a 17.3-inch Micro-LED borderless and see-through display facilitated by Artificial Intelligence Generated Content (AIGC).

Modi announces names of Gaganyaan space mission astronauts

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, today announced the names of four Indian Air Force officers who will be the astronauts in the country’s first manned mission to space, which is expected to be launched next year.

Press Release / Redmi A3 launched in Bangladesh

Redmi A3 has recently been launched in Bangladesh. The smartphone comes with a 6.71-inch dot drop display with a 90 Hz refresh rate, a side fingerprint sensor, and a 5000 mAh battery.

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Star Multimedia

'Frenchwoman' finds answers, peace in Baul philosophy

Deborah Jannat came to Bangladesh eight years ago for research. While working on Baul philosophy, she found answers to many questions of life and decided to stay back in a remote village.

Elevated Expressway: Why investors want to raise toll?

After the partial opening of Dhaka Elevated Expressway, traffic is moving from Uttara to Farmgate. Despite the increase in traffic and toll collection on the expressway in the last six months, investment firm FDEE says the revenue is still not satisfactory

Hasina writes back to Biden

Foreign minister hands over PM’s letter to Eileen Laubacher

Extortion forces fishermen to look elsewhere

Fishing is the main source of livelihood for at least 60 families in Nayakandi village of Arua union in Shivalay, Manikganj

More military bases seized in Myanmar, Rebels claim

These include Kachin, Rakhine and Mon states, and Sagaing and Bago regions

Environment

Environment

Chunnu criticises govt move to hike power prices

Opposition Chief Whip and Jatiya Party MP Mujibul Haque Chunnu today in parliament slammed the government for its plan to hike electricity and energy prices, saying such moves will add to the misery of people

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Saving Jadukata river: BELA serves legal notice on 13 govt bodies

The Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) today issued legal notices on 13 government bodies, including three ministries, urging them to cease leasing parts of the Jadukata river in Sunamganj and take action to safeguard the transboundary river

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Russia bans fuel exports for 6 months from March 1

Russia on Tuesday ordered a six-month ban on gasoline exports from March 1 to keep prices stable amid rising demand from consumers and farmers and to allow for maintenance of refineries in the world's second-largest oil exporter

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US committed to supporting Bangladesh in combating trafficking: embassy

A project titled "Bangladesh Programme to End Modern Slavery (B-PEMS) AugroJatra Climate Change" was launched today

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Restoration of Kirtankhola’s natural flow demanded

Students and artists in Barishal have demanded that the natural flow of the Kirtankhola be restored

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Gas supply to be halted for 15 hours in parts of Dhaka tomorrow

Gas supply in different areas of Dhaka city will be suspended for 15 hours from 9:00am tomorrow for emergency replacement and relocation of gas transmission lines under the Dhaka Elevated Expressway

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Dhaka’s air 2nd worst in the world this morning

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

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Fund allocated for combating climate change not sufficient: Saber

The minister says UN has pledged funding for climate actions in Bangladesh

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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.