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Ctg garment factory fire doused

Ctg garment factory fire doused

A fire broke that out at a garment factory in Chittagong city this morning has been doused four hours after it originated. No casualty was reported from the fire that originated at the building of Precious Apparels Limited in Dakkhin Madhyam Halishahar around 7:30am, our district correspondent reports quoting Jasimuddin, deputy assistant director of...

Manikganj cylinder blast toll rises to 6

Manikganj cylinder blast toll rises to 6

Five people, who received burn injuries in a cylinder explosion at a CNG filling station in Manikganj, died at two separate hospitals in Dhaka today, raising the death toll to six. With over 85 percent burn injuries, four of them succumbed at Dhaka Medical College Hospital while another at Enam Medical College Hospital in...

Hong Kong leader in protest appeal

Hong Kong leader in protest appeal

Hong Kong leader CY Leung has urged pro-democracy protesters to "immediately" stop their campaign, as huge crowds continue to bring parts of the territory to a standstill. On Monday night, tens of thousands blocked streets, singing and chanting. The protesters want Beijing to give Hong Kong a free vote for its next leader, something Beijing...

Netanyahu says Iran greater threat than Islamic State

Netanyahu says Iran greater threat than Islamic State

Israel's prime minister describes Iran, ISIL and Hamas as part of a single team, and compares them to Germany's Nazis. Israel's prime minister has warned the United Nations that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a far greater threat than the armed group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which he compared to...

Japan volcano eruption intensifies

Japan volcano eruption intensifies

Efforts to recover the bodies of at least 24 climbers have been suspended again after the eruption on Japan's Mount Ontake intensified. A BBC correspondent near the mountain on Tuesday said the volcano was shooting out even more ash, smoke and rocks than before. At least 36 people are thought to have died in Saturday's...

Third video of UK hostage John Cantlie released

Third video of UK hostage John Cantlie released

A third video has appeared featuring British hostage John Cantlie who is being held by Islamic State militants. The journalist delivers a scripted message responding to US President Barack Obama's recent speech on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The script mocks the US's strategy of employing air power combined with local ground forces. Cantile appears sat at a desk against a black backdrop, following the same format as in previous videos. Further messages The message ends with a comment by him that Islamic State (IS) says it welcomes meeting with what is described as President Obama's under-construction army.

Hasina out to portray Bangladesh as a 'militant state': Tarique

Hasina out to portray Bangladesh as a 'militant state': Tarique

BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman has alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants to portray militant Bangladesh. He made the allegation at a discussion on late president and BNP founder Ziaur Rahman at York Hall in East London, UK yesterday. "Whenever Hasina is in power, she tries to portray Bangladesh as a militant state. This...

Modi pulls a 'fast' at Obama banquet

Modi pulls a 'fast' at Obama banquet

In diplomacy, as in life, it has long been believed that a way to a guest's heart is through his stomach. Which is why there is so much fanfare about state dinners and banquets, a Washington specialty that is choreographed and chronicled to the last excruciating detail. But in a remarkable reversal, a...

Obama, Modi vow to boost ties, create world model

Obama, Modi vow to boost ties, create world model

US President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed on Monday to expand and deepen their countries' strategic partnership and make it a model for the rest of the world. In a joint "vision statement" issued after their first meeting at a White House dinner, the two leaders said they would...

Khaleda convenes 20-party alliance meeting

Khaleda convenes 20-party alliance meeting

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has convened an emergency meeting of the 20-party alliance this evening. The meeting will be held at the BNP chief’s Gulshan office at 8:00pm, Shahin Kabir Khan, a staff of BNP chairperson’s media wing, told The Daily Star. Chiefs of all component of the BNP-led 20-party alliance have been asked to...

Protests in NY, Ctg against Latif Siddique

Protests in NY, Ctg against Latif Siddique

Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Latif Siddique’s comments on hajj, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's son Sajeeb Wazed Joy, Tablighi Jamaat and expatiate Bangladeshis in New York have sparked protests here and in the United States, reports Bangla daily Prothom Alo. The minister, who is in NY as part of the PM's entourage,...

50km tailback on Dhaka-Ctg highway

50km tailback on Dhaka-Ctg highway

An accident on the road early today has caused an immense tailback of 50 kilometres on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Comilla. Holidaymakers were seen in profound distress and suffering on their journey home ahead of Eid-ul-Azha and Durga Puja, our local correspondent reports. Cattle traders were also seen stuck in the tailback that stretched from...

Bangladesh ineligible for DV 2016

Bangladesh ineligible for DV 2016

Bangladesh is among 19 countries which are ineligible for the Diversity Visa programme of the United States for 2016, the US Department of State announced yesterday. The 2016 Diversity Visa Program will open at noon ET on October 1. More info: http://t.co/ZvdvrbYwa2 or http://t.co/5lzj4PphDS. — Department of State (@StateDept) September 29, 2014 The natives of the...

London lawyer weds Clooney

London lawyer weds Clooney

After George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin exchanged traditional vows, platinum bands and, yes, a lengthy kiss at their 30-minute wedding ceremony on September 27 in Venice, Italy, the newlyweds turned to their family and friends, reports People magazine. And the place went wild! Cheers and applause filled the gilded hall at Italy's historic Aman Canal...

Narayanganj court jails Nur Hossain for keeping illegal pets

Narayanganj court jails Nur Hossain for keeping illegal pets

A Narayanganj court today sentenced Nur Hossain, prime accused in the seven-murder case, to one year in jail and Tk 50,000 fine for illegally keeping wild animals as pets.  Nur, who is now in a Kolkata jail for intrusion in India, will have to serve jail for an additional three months if he fails to pay the fine. Senior Judicial Magistrate HM Shafiqul Islam passed the verdict in Nur’s absentia, our Narayanganj correspondent reports quoting Md Nasir Ahmed, inspector of Special Branch of district police. Authorities seized about 41 species of wild animals, including some rare birds and pigeons, from Nur’s house in Shimrail Intersection in Narayanganj on May 15, court sources...

PM decides to drop Latif Siddique from cabinet

PM decides to drop Latif Siddique from cabinet

The prime minister has decided to drop Abdul Latif Siddique from the cabinet over his comments in New York on hajj, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and Tablighi Jamaat, sources said. Aggrieved by the posts, telecommunications and information technology minister's comments made during a discussion at Jackson Heights Sunday, the PM took the decision in London...

Hillary Clinton focuses on policy, not personal issues

Hillary Clinton focuses on policy, not personal issues

When he first ran for president, Barack Obama's themes were "hope" and "change." Hillary Clinton, appearing at a conference last week, trumpeted what she called "evidence-based optimism." With this approach, Hillary is bringing to policy debates ahead of the 2016 presidential contest. That isn't a phrase that lends itself to a campaign slogan, but...

Mashrafe to lead Tigers in ODIs against Zimbabwe

Mashrafe to lead Tigers in ODIs against Zimbabwe

Pacer Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will lead the Bangladesh cricket team in the five-match one day international (ODI) series against Zimbabwe in Dhaka scheduled to take place in October. Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been made his deputy for the series. On the other hand, Mushfiqur Rahim has been retained as captain of the Test side with opener Tamim Iqbal as his deputy. Bangladesh are scheduled to begin their series against Zimbabwe with three Tests in October. The Zimbabwe Cricket Team are scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on October 17.

Pay more attention to radiation in imaging procedures: American Heart Association

Pay more attention to radiation in imaging procedures: American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is urging physicians to better understand the risks of radiation in cardiac imaging procedures. When ordering these procedures physicians should understand the appropriate use of each procedure, the radiation dose associated with the procedure, and the risks associated with that dose. Both the risks and benefits should be fully explained...

The hospital where patients 'feel more like guests on a cruise'

The hospital where patients 'feel more like guests on a cruise'

A Russian billionaire has designed a huge boat-shaped hospital for the new Dubai-style Tunisia Economic City. Vasily Klyukin, 38, claims the White Sails Hospital and Spa will be the “most pleasant hospital in the world”, reports a UK-based daily The Independent. Doctors and nurses will have to wear “marine uniforms” and the concept aims to...

New Afghan govt signs US troops deal

New Afghan govt signs US troops deal

The new Afghan government has signed a security deal with American officials that will allow US troops to remain in the country beyond this year. The agreement was signed by Afghanistan's newly appointed national security adviser, Hanif Atmar. The previous President, Hamid Karzai, refused to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US, straining...