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Armyworm set to swarm croplands

Armyworm set to swarm croplands
A new destructive worm, aptly called ‘fall armyworm’, is posing a big threat to farmers in Bangladesh and may even cause a famine-like situation, leaving farmers without any grain because of its massive destructive power. Scientists have identified the presence of this worm in 36 upazilas of 16 districts in the country. The districts are Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Naogaon, Pabna, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Bogura, Sirajganj, Manikganj, Chuadanga, Jessore, Jhinedah and Moulvibazar. The fall armyworm cannot be killed with chemical pesticides. They can only be controlled by applying bio-pesticides, but cannot be eradicated fully, scientists told The Independent yesterday. The fall armyworm, the scientific…

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New ocean governance law soon

New ocean governance law soon
After coming to power for the fourth time, the Awami Leaque-led Grand Alliance government is going to…

Dispose of Khaleda plea by Feb 4:HC

Dispose of Khaleda plea by Feb 4:HC

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the Cumilla district and sessions judge’s court to dispose the bail application of BNP chair Khaleda Zia by February 4 in Cumilla arson attack case. It directed the Cumilla district judge to dispose of the BNP chairperson's bail petition without failure…
    Musician Imtiaz Bulbul laid to rest

    Musician Imtiaz Bulbul laid to rest

    Noted musician and freedom fighter Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul was laid to eternal rest at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard yesterday after Asr prayers. The noted musician died of cardiac arrest at his Aftabnagar resident in the capital in the early hours of Tuesday at the age of 63. The body…
    Minister’s tough stance against question leak

    Minister’s tough stance against question leak

    Soon after assuming office of the education minister, Dipu Moni, stated her resolve to fight against question paper leak in different public exams which for the last few years baffled the ministry and the people concerned. It was only in the last time, during the HSC exams, we did not hear about this…
    Conditions of prisoners and prison cells in Bangladesh

    Conditions of prisoners and prison cells in Bangladesh

    All present, there are 80 prison cells in Bangladesh. Among them there are four central jails, 30 district jails/prisons, 27 sub-jails and 16 thana jails. About fifty thousand prisoners are accommodated in these jails. But in reality more than one lakh prisoners live in prison cells. All prisoners are…
    Legal notice served to inquiry into bank irregularities

    Legal notice served to inquiry into bank irregularities

    A legal notice was served yesterday asking the authorities concerned to conduct an inquiry into irregularities in the banking sector of Bangladesh during the last 20 years. Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), a human rights body, sent the notice asking the government to form a commission led…
    Zimbabwe troops accused of ‘systematic torture

    Zimbabwe troops accused of ‘systematic torture

    A government-appointed human rights group in Zimbabwe has accused soldiers of using “systematic torture” in a crackdown on protests. The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission strongly criticised authorities for using troops to quell demonstrations. A government spokesman defended the crackdown,…
    ‘Confluence of Music and Poetry’
 at Nat’l Museum tomorrow

    ‘Confluence of Music and Poetry’ at Nat’l Museum tomorrow

    Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) is organising an evening of ‘Confluence of Music and Poetry’ by Madhuban Chakrabarty from India and Afsana Runa and Shihab Shahriar from Bangladesh tomorrow at Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum in Shahbag of the capital. Madhuban…
    Mushfiq leads Vikings to secure top spot

    Mushfiq leads Vikings to secure top spot

    Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim led the side from the front, smashing a 46 ball-64 not out as his side Chittagong Vikings went atop of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) point table with a comprehensive six-wicket win over Rajshahi Kings yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Mushfiqur’s…
    New power connection now in 5 minutes

    New power connection now in 5 minutes

    One fine morning, some people came to the house of Md Monjurul Islam, a farmer of Mussudi village, and asked him if he needed a power connection. Monjurul told them he had heard that a new connection costs Tk. 10,000 and he did not have that kind of money. But Monjurul did not know that things have…
    145,000 Rohingya children return to Bangladesh schools: UNICEF

    145,000 Rohingya children return to Bangladesh schools: UNICEF

    More than 145,000 Rohingya children living in Bangladesh camps are now attending UNICEF-supported learning centres, as a new school year begins. Currently 97 per cent of adolescents and youths aged 15 to 24 do not receive any kind of education in the camps, says UNICEF yesterday. This group is extremely…
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