Three products including Jamalpur’s Nakshikantha to get GI status

The appeal to recognise three items including Jamalpur’s Nakshikantha (embroidered hand-stitched quilts) as Geographical Indication (GI) product has been published in the form of a journal. The other two items on this list are Jashore’s date molasses and Rajshahi’s sweet betel leaf. Director general of the Department of Patent, Designs and Trademarks (DPDT) under the … Read more

Teknaf border area shakes with deafening noise, intermittent gunfire all night

Intermittent gunfire was heard throughout Thursday night along the border with Myanmar at the eastern and southern parts of Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar. And two deafening noises shook the ground this side of the border this (Friday) morning, local residents said. Residents from Saint Martin and Shahporir Dwip in the southern parts of Teknaf … Read more

CU mired in grouping and irregularities

The University of Chittagong (CU) is mired in numerous issues like grouping among teachers, irregularities in recruitment, sexual harassment of female students, factional clashes among BCL activists and domination of non-students on campus. Despite repeated warnings from the University Grant Commission over irregularities in recruitment, there has been no resolution to the problems. Meanwhile, at … Read more

Israel-Gaza conflict: Education becomes latest casualty of war for Palestine’s youth

More than 100 days of intense Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip have demolished schools and classrooms, displaced or killed teachers, and shuttered access to learning for the hundreds of thousands of children coping with daily horrors as education becomes the latest casualty of the Middle Eastern war. On the International Day of Education … Read more

Seismic threats: Are earthquakes becoming more common and deadly in the Middle East?

After some of the most devastating earthquakes to decimate the region in recent years, some may fear quakes and seismic shocks are becoming a more common occurrence around the world. Tremors have ripped apart communities across Afghanistan, Morocco, Turkey and Syria in the past 18 months. Seismologists and geologists, however, have told Al Arabiya English … Read more

Turkey-Syria earthquakes one year on: Deadly disaster continues to haunt survivors

When the February 6 early-morning earthquakes struck war-torn Syria, mother-of-three Em Hussein and her children were fast asleep at their Aleppo home. “Suddenly there was thunder,” the Syrian-born mother told Al Arabiya English, recalling the 2023 disaster, which saw a 7.8 magnitude earthquake batter parts of Syria and neighboring Turkey. “The doors started shaking heavily.”

More defense firms establish, localize in Saudi as Mideast situation stays ‘dynamic’

As a historically volatile region grapples with a war between Israel and Hamas that is threatening to expand within the Middle East, an increasing number of defense firms are finding a home in a rapidly globalizing Saudi Arabia. With rising Israeli attacks on supposed militant sites in Gaza in retaliation to the October 7 Hamas … Read more