NEWS OF THE DAYTurkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday claimed victory over anti-government protesters after a heavy crackdown on the movement, as police raided homes and arrested dozens of demonstrators to stamp out nearly three weeks of unrest.
Health Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque told parliament Tuesday that the country’s population size would boom to 17.24 crore in 2021 with the present growth rate of 1.27 percent. According to the count of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, the population was 15.25 crore in 2012, he said in reply to a scripted question from ruling Awami League lawmaker M Abdul Latif of Chittagong-10 constituency. Responding to a question of AL lawmaker Nasimul Alam Chowdhury of Comilla-8 constituency, the minister said the crude estimate of birth rate is 19.2 per thousand while death rate is 5.6 per thousand as per the Statistical Pocket Book Bangladesh 2011. Some 61.2 percent of the couples use... more ›
In a world first, a healthy baby has been born using a “safer” method of the infertility treatment IVF. Baby Heath -- who is now nearly eight weeks old -- was conceived using a natural hormone to kick-start his mother’s ovaries. UK doctors at Hammersmith Hospital and Imperial College London say their pioneering “kisspeptin” treatment could help many other women. It avoids a rare but fatal complication seen with conventional IVF. Experts welcomed the breakthrough but warned it would be years before the treatment became widely available. Studies in more women are needed. About one... more ›
Bangladesh celebrated the installation of 2 million solar home systems this month thanks to the hard work of the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) and the Partner Organisations. Starting in 2002 with a target to install 50,000 systems over a period of 5 years, more than 50,000 solar home systems are now being installed in Bangladesh in a month, said a World Bank release. The release said renewable energy programme of the government is an excellent example of a successful demand-driven Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programme. The World Bank-supported Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development (RERED) Project helped... more ›
BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, charged with committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War, on Tuesday engaged into altercation with some prosecutors as he made an objectionable remark about them. Chowdhury, submitting his deposition for himself as the first defence witness (DW), termed the prosecutors as persecutors, saying, “Attempts by the prosecutors and persecutors to oppose deride the two-nation theory, for which Bangabandhu personally recorded sacrifices, amounts to a blatant and audacious proposition.” At this point, almost all the prosecutors reacted sharply and kept protesting Chowdhury’s remark about them. The flamboyant lawmaker also kept replying them in a loud voice from the dock. Defence council Barrister Fakhrul Islam too joined the row... more ›
The first day of a 72-hour hartal enforced by Parbatya Bangalee Chhatra Parishad (PBCP) and Parbatya Nagorik Parisahd protesting the Cabinet approval to the CHT Land Commission (Amendment) Bill passed off peacefully in the three hill districts on Tuesday. There was no report of any major untoward incident in Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrachhari districts during the hartal hours on the first day. In Bandarban, the presence of busses on the town roads was thin but movement of CNG-run auto-rickshaws and rickshaws was normal. No long route bus left or entered the town. Most of the shops remained open in the town as huge law enforcers were seen patrolling the streets at all... more ›
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