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Oil Spill in Sundarbans

Stop movement of vessels in Shela

A government committee probing the Sundarbans oil spill has recommended a permanent halt to the operation of cargo vessels through the Shela river in the mangrove forest, said one of its members yesterday. It also suggested conducting periodic studies to assess long-term impact of the oil spill from the December 9 sinking of a...

Revenge Attack

Two NY cops shot dead

Two NY cops shot dead

A gunman shot dead two New York City police officers and then killed himself, police said, after a social media post indicated he may having been seeking revenge for the death of an unarmed black man during an arrest attempt. The two New York City Police Department officers, Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu,...

India to hand over Nur Hossain soon

India to hand over Nur Hossain soon

India is likely to hand over Nur Hossain, the main accused in the Narayanganj seven-murder case, soon, said Mozammel Huq Khan, secretary of the home ministry. “We have directed the police to take all necessary measures to bring him back following India's external affairs ministry's letter last week.” In the letter, India wanted to know where and when it could hand over Nur who is now imprisoned in Kolkata. He was arrested with two other Bangladeshis in a Kolkata apartment on June 14 for not having any document required for entering the country.   “So far we have learnt that India may take a few more days to complete the necessary legal process...

Black, white tomatoes grow in same plant

Black, white tomatoes grow in same plant

A British horticulturalist has created the world's first black and white tomato plant by blending two rare strains together. Tomato experts at Sutton Seeds have a history for pioneering plants, having previously created the first ever black strain which they named Indigo Rose. For their latest creation, the green-fingered gardeners blended Indigo Rose with a...

Freedom in the air

Freedom in the air

While trying in vain to quell the Banglaees' struggle for freedom, the Pakistani military turned mad dogs during the nine months of the 1971 Liberation War. Trampling on the Geneva Conventions, they brutally tortured their captives, especially the Bangladeshi women. Their brutality was exposed, during and after the war, by local and international media. According to different official fact sheets on the Liberation War, as many as 200,000 to 400,000 women, aged between eight and 75, were raped by the Pak army and their local collaborators in 1971. Tens of thousands of them were made pregnant. At least 23,000 abortions were performed in Dhaka alone and 300-400 “war-children” were born in...

Recruitment at CAG

TIB worried at ministers' 'interference'

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday expressed concern over some ministers' intervention in the ongoing recruitment process at the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). Six ministers, two state ministers, chairman of a parliamentary standing committee and one central leader of the ruling party have made written recommendations and created pressure on officials to recruit certain candidates at the CAG, it said. According to the anti-corruption watchdog, 10,000 candidates out of 16,000 have passed the written test for 36 posts...

Cuba won't change political system

Cuba won't change political system

Cuban President Raul Castro said Saturday he was ready to discuss any topic with Washington after the historic bilateral rapprochement, but warned not to expect political change. And while the leader of the Americas' only communist nation hailed the agreement for removing of an "obstacle" in US-Cuba relations, he reiterated that "the most important...

More than 100 hurt in B'baria clash

More than 100 hurt in B'baria clash

At least 100 people, including seven police personnel, were injured as inhabitants of two villages in Sarail upazila clashed for nearly six hours yesterday. Five houses were torched and police detained 23 villagers during the clash that broke out around 7:30am, said Ali Ashraf, officer-in-charge of Sarail Police Station. He said a scuffle between Mujibur...

Illegal Stay

12 Bangladeshis held in Malaysia

Raiding a market in Bukit Mertajam of Penang state, Malaysian Immigration Department has detained 55 foreigners, including 12 Bangladeshis, who were reportedly working there illegally. Abdul Rashid, chairman of the department, said sixty-two foreign workers were screened during the two-hour raid carried out on Friday morning, reported local newspaper The Star yesterday. The 55 detainees were found either to be working without any work permits or have overstayed in the country. Among the detainees, 42 were from Myanmar, said Rashid. Meanwhile, an...

Outlaw killed in Kushtia

A regional leader of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party was found dead in the district's Khoksa upazila early yesterday. Akram Ali alias Bhadu, also known as Bhadu dakat, 40, was a son of Adhar Ali in Ektarpur village of the upazila. He was very close to Akdil Hossain alias Buro, one of the founders of the party. Akdil, who was also the acting chief of the banned outfit, was killed in a “shootout” with police in 2008. Around 4:30am, a patrol team...

Robbers loot jewellery shop in Natore

Robbers looted gold ornaments and cash worth around Tk 65 lakh from a jewellery shop at Biharkol Bazaar in Bagatipara upazila early yesterday. Aminur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Bagatipara Police Station, said a gang of armed robbers tied two night guards to a pole of the shop. They then entered the shop by breaking its lock around 3:00am and took away the gold ornaments and around Tk 1.5 lakh in cash. Dhrubo Kumar Kundu, owner of the shop, estimated the loss at...

War on ISIS

Kurd chief hails advances

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani hailed advances by peshmerga fighters against the Islamic State group yesterdayas they battled the jihadists for a northern town with the backing of US-led strikes. Thousands of the autonomous Kurdish region's peshmerga launched a major operation on Wednesday which broke the second IS siege this year of Mount Sinjar. The Kurdish offensive threatens the links between the city of Mosul, the main IS stronghold in Iraq, and territory the militants control in neighbouring Syria. "During the past...

Immigration minister promoted in Australia cabinet reshuffle

Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison was yesterday chosen to head up the social services ministry in a major cabinet reshuffle, a move widely seen as a promotion following his handling of controversial asylum-seeker policies. Defence Minister David Johnston, under fire for saying last month that a government shipbuilding firm could not be trusted to "build a canoe", was dumped from the front bench. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the reshuffle would "reset and refocus" his government for 2015, following a challenging...

Belarus strongman looks to revive Ukraine peace talks

The authoritarian leader of Belarus visited Kiev yesterday hoping to revive stalled Ukrainian peace talks he has been hosting in order to calm Europe's volatile eastern edge. But a high-ranking Ukrainian official said Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko will be just as keen to use the trip to build bridges to Europe that ease his dependence on an increasingly isolated Russia. Two major rounds of negotiations in the Belarussian capital Minsk in September produced deals on a truce and disarmament that granted...

US seeks to overthrow Venezuela government: official

Tighter new US sanctions against Venezuela are aimed to foment violent unrest to try to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, his defense minister said Saturday. "This US interference is aimed at promoting violence... against our institutions" to oust staunch US critic Maduro, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino told Telesur television. US President Barack Obama signed a law on Thursday to allow sanctions against senior Venezuelan officials accused of violating the rights of protesters during anti-government demonstrations that rocked the country earlier this year. The...

Uzbekistan votes in parliamentary polls

Polls opened in Uzbekistan early yesterday for parliamentary elections in the ex-Soviet Central Asian state where all four competing parties support President Islam Karimov's policies. More than 20 million voters have registered to elect the 150-seat lower house of parliament, the Oliy Majlis, after the authorities sent out text messages urging people to vote. Polling stations opened at 6:00 am and were due to close at 8:00 pm. Head of the central election commission Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalamov said the conditions had been set...

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