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PM inaugurates country’s first solar food silo

  26th February, 2017   Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday inaugurated a modern multistoried food warehouse, having a capacity of storing 25,000 metric tons of food grains at Santahar of Bogra, BSS reports.   Department of Food has constructed the air-conditioned warehouse at a cost of around Taka 232.71 crore with the financial and technical support from Japan. It ...

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Oscars 2017: Do the best films and performances win?

The Oscars are supposed to reward the best films and performances of the year. But in reality, lots of other factors influence who gets their hands on a golden statuette. Do the Oscars pick the best films? “God, no,” laughs film critic Thelma Adams. “That’s the simple answer.” There are plenty of winners from Academy Awards history that stand the ...

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Spider phobia brain ‘processes unconscious fear’

  Showing arachnopohobes images of spiders so briefly they remain unaware of them could help them overcome their fear, US researchers suggest. Scans suggested the brain worked harder to regulate emotional and behavioural responses to fear when it was not conscious of it. The women in the small study were shown pictures of flowers interspersed very briefly with images of ...

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Fasting diet ‘regenerates diabetic pancreas’

The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers. Restoring the function of the organ – which helps control blood sugar levels – reversed symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments. The study, published in the journal Cell, says the diet reboots the body. Experts said the findings were “potentially very exciting” as ...

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Labour MP Gerald Kaufman dies at 86

  Media captionSir Gerald was the longest serving MP in Westminster, so was given the title of Father of the House Sir Gerald Kaufman, Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and Father of the House of Commons, has died aged 86. His family made the announcement late on Sunday, calling him “a great socialist and parliamentarian”. Sir Gerald, who was the ...

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UK government spends £25,000 on judges’ security

 Almost £25,000 has been spent on installing security measures at the homes of four judges, a Freedom of Information request has revea Ministry of Justice figures show £20,918.74 was spent on safety improvements at one judge’s house in 2014/15, the Press Association found. Security at the homes of three judges was upgraded the following year, at a cost of £3,393.93. ...

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Child sex abuse inquiry public hearings to start

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales is to hold its first public hearings later. It will start by examining the cases of British children sent to Australia between 1945 and 1974. The inquiry will eventually investigate claims against councils, religious organisations, the armed forces and public and private institutions. The inquiry, set up in 2014, ...

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Rihanna named Harvard University’s humanitarian of the year

24th February, 2017 01:48:49     Rihanna is Harvard-bound — not to study, but to pick up the university’s prestigious Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award.   The Barbados-born singer will receive her award next Tuesday at the university.   “Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen ...

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Awami League wants to homes for all, reelect us Hasina urges

26th February, 2017 07:03:46   Sheikh Hasina, president of the ruling Awami League and also Prime Minister of the country, on Sunday urged people to reelect her party in the next general election giving it another chance to serve people.   Mentioning that her government has been working tirelessly for the development of the country and improving socioeconomic conditions of ...

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China in preliminary deal to buy Chevron’s Bangladesh gas fields

  Chevron operates total three gas fields in north-eastern districts and a compression project. The Jalalabad gas field in Block 13, pictured here, is currently the third highest gas producer in Bangladesh.   China’s state-run Zhenhua Oil has signed a preliminary deal with Chevron to buy the U.S. oil major’s natural gas fields in Bangladesh that are worth about $2 ...

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