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50,000 suffer in DND waterlogged area

50,000 suffer in DND waterlogged area

Ashraf, a security guard at an ATM booth of Dutch Bangla Bank Limited in Mirerbagh, has been wearing lungi instead of his uniform while coming to his workplace from home since Tuesday. The reason is but to save his uniform from getting soaked, as dirty water has submerged most parts of his route...

BNP denied permission to form human chain

The BNP-led 20-party alliance is determined to form a human chain in the capital today though police have denied the permission. Earlier, the ruling Awami League requested the alliance to call off the programme. The BNP-led alliance on Monday announced to the programme to be held in the capital and elsewhere in the country to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. On the other side, the AL had earlier this month declared a month-long programme including a...

Syrian rebels surround UN peacekeepers

Syrian rebels surrounded dozens of defiant Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Friday and demanded they give up their weapons, hours after taking 43 Fijian soldiers hostage, authorities said. Seventy-five Filipino members of a United Nations peacekeeping force were defending two posts on the Syrian side of Golan Heights, and were prepared to fight back rather than surrender, their commander in Manila said. "We can use deadly force in defence of the UN facilities," Colonel Roberto Ancan told reporters. "I...

2 Bangladeshis killed in UAE construction site accident

Two Bangladeshi workers died after falling from an under-construction building in Sharjah city of the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, reported the Gulf News, a local English-language daily. MHA, 40, died on the spot while the other unidentified worker succumbed to his injuries at Al Qassimi hospital, said the newspaper on Thursday. MHA would probably be the initials of the victim's name. The daily neither gave further details of the workers nor did it mention the floor number in which they were...

Beating up Engineer

BCL removes RU unit gen secretary

Chhatra League, pro-ruling party student body, has removed its Rajshahi University (RU) unit general secretary SM Touhid-Al-Hossain  Tuhin from the organisation for beating up the university acting chief engineer. Meanwhile, Khaled Hasan Biplob, joint general secretary of the student body's RU running committee, has been made its acting general secretary, said a BCL press release yesterday evening. Biplob is an MBA student of the Management Studies department. BCL central committee president Badiuzzaman Sohag told The Daily Star that they removed Tuhin from...

Three nations to begin coastal shipping in Oct

Bangladesh, India and Myanmar are expected to begin coastal shipping from October. The issue is likely to be prominent during the 8th Bangladesh and Myanmar Foreign Office Consultation in Dhaka on Sunday and the third Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission meeting in New Delhi on September 20, diplomatic sources said. They said the work on coastal shipping line between Bangladesh and Myanmar was at the final stage. Deputy Foreign Minister of Myanmar Thant Kyaw along with a seven-member delegation arrived in Dhaka on...

Discussion on challenges before mass media today

Editors of leading national newspapers will hold a discussion today for sharing views on the challenges the mass media faces at the moment. Titled "Challenges before Mass Media", the discussion will focus on issues arising out of the formulation of policies and laws and other government moves concerning mass media. The programme, organised by Editors' Council, will begin at 3:30pm at the city's CIRDAP auditorium. The body, formed in May last year and consisting of editors of the country's most circulated newspapers,...

Nur Hossain charged for intrusion in India

Investigators in India yesterday pressed charges against Nur Hossain, the prime accused of sensational seven-murder in Narayanganj, for intruding into the country. A North 24 Parganas district court fixed September 1 for hearing on charge matters, reports Channel 24 and Independent Television. The charge sheet stated that Nur Hossain did not have any valid document to enter India. Earlier, Nur Hossain along with his aides Sumon Khan and Ohidur Rahman Shamim were taken to a Barasat court from Dum Dum Jail in...

Youth killed as villagers clash in Sylhet

A youth was killed and 50 others were injured in a clash between villagers and activists of Zila Krishak Sangram Samiti at Shaheb Bazar in the district's Sadar upazila yesterday morning. The dead, Mashukur Rahman, 24, is son of Abdul Bari in Dewair Bohor village. The activists of Krishak Sangram Samiti brought out a rally in the bazar around 10:30am. Brick chips were thrown at shops from the rally, according to Airport police.     The clash ensued when locals protested it. Men...

Google tests drones for goods delivery

Google tests drones for goods delivery

Google has built and tested autonomous aerial vehicles, which it believes could be used for goods deliveries. The project is being developed at Google X, the company's clandestine tech research arm, which is also responsible for its self-driving car. Project Wing has been running for two years, but was a secret until now. Google said that...

Turkey unveils new cabinet

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved a new cabinet stacked with loyal allies just a day after he moved from premier to head of state, with former Europe minister Mevlut Cavusoglu promoted to foreign minister. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who took over Erdogan's former job on Thursday, announced a ministerial line-up little changed from Erdogan's cabinet, with only four new names. Davutoglu had won approval for his cabinet at a meeting with Erdogan at the presidential palace. The most notable appointment was...

Iraqi aircraft strike IS near besieged town

Iraqi aircraft carried out strikes targeting jihadists in the Amerli area yesterday as security forces ready a major assault to break through to the besieged Shiite Turkmen town, officers said. Amerli has been surrounded by jihadists for more than two months, and its residents face severe shortages of food and water, as well as the threat of the militants. Iraqi aircraft struck jihadists in villages in the Amerli area, said Colonel Mustafa al-Bayati, while Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir al-Zaidi said an...

UK terror threat level 'severe'

The UK's terror threat level has been raised from "substantial" to "severe" in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, Home Secretary Theresa May says. The new alert level rates the risk of an attack on the UK "highly likely", although May said there was no evidence to suggest one was "imminent". It is the second highest of five possible UK threat levels. In a Downing Street press conference yesterday, the prime minister said Islamic State (IS) extremists - who are attempting...