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Living in danger

Living in danger

Constable Sirajul Islam was covering a portion of the ceiling over his bed with a piece of rexine in his shabby room at Lalbagh Police Outpost barracks. The ramshackle two-storey building has innumerable cracks, and in some places, bricks have come off the walls, creating large holes. So when he was hammering nails into...

Cuba to work with US against Ebola

Cuba stands ready to cooperate with the United States in the battle against Ebola, former leader Fidel Castro said in an article published Saturday. Cuba is sending about 460 doctors and nurses to West Africa to help fight Ebola, an effort that was praised on Friday by US Secretary of State John Kerry. The US is sending hundreds of soldiers to set up clinics and train health care workers and it also has sent officials from the Centres for Disease Control...

Crisis spiralled 'out of control'

Crisis spiralled 'out of control'

The humanitarian crisis wrought by the deadly Ebola virus raging through West Africa will not be over until a vaccine is developed, the scientist who discovered the virus has warned. Professor Peter Piot, part of the team who identified the Ebola virus in north western Zaire in 1976, warned the crisis has spiralled 'out of control'. While he predicted the epidemic could be over by this time next year, he said it will take years to help reconstruct the countries devastated by the virus. But he warned the crisis is unlikely to come to a halt until one of three experimental vaccines, currently being trialled in the UK and US, is available...

Primary Teacher Recruitment

PM for separate commission

PM for separate commission

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday underscored the need for constituting a separate commission to recruit qualified teachers for primary schools. The prime minister came up with the view in her introductory speech at a programme of the high officials of Primary and Mass Education Ministry at the Secretariat. Sheikh Hasina said there might be a...

Sonadia Deep-sea Port

Netherlands shows interest

The Netherlands has expressed interest in taking part in the construction of the proposed deep-sea port at Sonadia Island under public-private partnership. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte expressed the desire during a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Italian city of Milan on the sidelines of the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). During a briefing on the outcome of the summit yesterday in Dhaka, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali quoting Hasina told reporters that the government was receiving various...

DMP to crack down on illegal foreigners

Law enforcers are going to launch a crackdown on foreigners staying illegally in Bangladesh following reports of involvement of some of them in criminal activities. "We are making a list of foreigners staying illegally in the country and will raid flats and hotels soon," Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of Detective Branch of Police told reporters at the media centre of Dhaka Metropolitan Police in the capital. Action would be taken against owners of hotels and houses if they rent out rooms...

Court orders probe into Tareq's death

A Dhaka court yesterday directed the Criminal Investigation Department to investigate a case filed for killing Majbah Uddin Tareq in the capital's Mughda in mid-September. The court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ali Masud Sheikh gave the order after hearing the case filed by Tareq's father Abu Zafor Sikder with another Dhaka court on September 25, said sources. He accused seven DB officials, a Bangladesh Bank official and his wife, and one of his brothers-in-law for murdering Tareq. The DB members are...

Woman found dead at home

A middle-aged woman was found dead in her flat at Kadamtoli yesterday evening with marks of stabs in her body. The deceased, Anwara Begum, 46, was living alone. Her son Masud Rana, 28, lives in the United Kingdom and her husband Jainal Abedin, who runs a travel agency in the capital, was in Saudi Arabia to perform hajj and was yet to return. Sources said after Maghrib prayers yesterday, Khokon, security guard of her six-storey building at Janatabagh, went to her flat...

Addict kills parents

After being shot by police, an alleged drug addict was lynched by locals, barely an hour after he stabbed his parents to death at Niltek village under Singair upazila of Manikganj yesterday morning. The dead are Saidur Rahman, 30, his father Mohiuddin Pramanik, 60, a rickshaw-puller, and his wife Shufia Khatun, 50. Rickshaw-puller Saidur got involved in an altercation with his father around 10:30am over distribution of property, said AMM Kamrul Islam, assistant superintendent of police of Manikganj Sadar Circle, quoting...

Mammals can spot storms from 150 miles away

Mammals can spot storms from 150 miles away

Elephants are known for their impressive memories, but they are also adept meteorologists, a new study claims. Researchers say the large animals can detect an approaching rainstorm up to 150 miles away. And they think elephants' forecasting abilities could be used to help conservationists monitor herds to keep them safe from poachers. Unsurprisingly, considering the size...

Iran, powers resume expert-level nuclear talks Wednesday

Expert-level talks between Iran and world powers aimed at clearing the path toward a nuclear deal will be held Wednesday and Thursday in Vienna, a top Iranian official said. Iran and the P5+1 group of nations (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany) are seeking a comprehensive agreement over Tehran's nuclear programme by a November 24 deadline. However the talks have been hit by disputes over what limits should be placed on Iran's atomic activities, particularly its enrichment of...

'Critical moment' for Hong Kong protests after new clashes

'Critical moment' for Hong Kong protests after new clashes

Pro-democracy protesters yesterday accused police of using excessive force against them after violent clashes in Hong Kong, as a senior politician said weeks of rallies have reached a "critical moment". Dozens of police with riot gear pushed into a crowd of angry demonstrators in the Mongkok district early Sunday, striking at them repeatedly with...

Reformist Pope Paul VI moves step away from sainthood

Pope Paul VI, who banned contraception but presided over Vatican reforms in the 1960s, moved one step away from sainthood on Sunday as Pope Francis beatified him. The beatification mass took place in a sun-drenched St Peter's Square, with a red tapestry bearing an image of Paul VI smiling with open arms unfurled from the basilica. "To this great pope, this brave Christian, this tireless apostle, we can say only one word today before God, as simple as it is sincere...

HRW calls on Kuwait to stop stripping citizenship

International advocacy group Human Rights Watch called on Kuwait to stop targeting opponents through revoking their citizenship and to reinstate withdrawn nationalities. Kuwait -- where citizens have elected a parliament for decades and which is traditionally seen as one of the more tolerant Gulf monarchies -- was damaging its reputation with the practice, HRW said. "Kuwaiti authorities should immediately stop stripping nationals of their citizenship because they exercise free speech or other legitimate human rights," New York-based HRW said in a...

Bilawal Bhutto vows defeat for jihadists in Pakistan

The son of slain former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto launched his formal political debut in a massive rally Saturday, vowing to resist extremism and stop the Islamic State group from gaining a foothold in the country. Tens of thousands of people gathered to hear Bilawal Bhutto Zardari amid ultra-tight security measures in the Pakistan's largest city Karachi, where crowds of supporters sang and danced, waving the flag of Bhutto's main opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP). Bilawal, 26, is being groomed to...