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5 Bangladeshi workers killed in KSA road crash

5 Bangladeshi workers killed in KSA road crash

At least five Bangladeshi workers were killed, two injured as two passenger vehicles collided head-on in Mecca city of Saudi Arabia today. The victims are initially identified as Faridul Alam, 45, Md Alam, 36, Ayub, 30, Mansur Alam, 30, and Najir Hossain, 35, Md Mokammal Hossain, a counsellor at Bangladesh Consulate in Jeddah told The Daily Star over phone this evening. All of them hailed from Edigaon unioin under Sadar upazila of Cox’s Bazar.

Yemen bombing death toll rises to 67

Yemen bombing death toll rises to 67

Suicide bombers targeting Yemen's powerful Shi'ite Houthi group and an army camp killed at least 67 people in two separate attacks on Thursday, hours after a political crisis forced the new prime minister to step down. At least 47 people were killed, including four children, when a suicide bomber detonated a belt packed with...

Hit extremists with 'iron hand': Top Saudi cleric

Hit extremists with 'iron hand': Top Saudi cleric

Muslim leaders must strike the enemies of Islam with "an iron hand", Saudi Arabia's top cleric said during Friday prayers, in apparent condemnation of the Islamic State jihadist group. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh's comments came after Saudi Arabia and four other Arab nations joined the United States in aerial bombardment of the ISIS militants in Syria. Speaking to Muslims from around the world in an address during the annual hajj pilgrimage, the mufti called on fellow Islamic leaders to "hit with an iron hand the enemies of Islam." The ISIS group has declared a "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq where they have committed a spate of atrocities including crucifixions and...

Hajj in prayers, tears

Hajj in prayers, tears

Tears flowed and prayers filled the air as the annual Muslim hajj by close to two million believers from around the world reached its zenith on a vast plain in western Saudi Arabia yesterday. "I am now a newborn baby and I don't have any sin," Nigerian pilgrim Taofik Odunewu told AFP, standing at...

Statement of Latif Siddique is his own: Inu

Statement of Latif Siddique is his own: Inu

Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu said that the statement of Abdul Latif Siddique was his own and that he alone would bear responsibility for it. The government has nothing to do with it. "What he had said in a discussion with the Tangail Association of New York is absolutely his personal opinion. The government...

Remittance rises 16pc in Aug from year ago

Remittance rises 16pc in Aug from year ago

Inward remittances accelerated 16 percent to $1.16 billion in August, compared to the same month a year ago. However, remittances fell 22.14 percent in August from a record $1.49 billion in the previous month, data from Bangladesh Bank shows. The record remittance receipts in July prompted rating agency Moody's to raise its growth forecast for Bangladesh for this fiscal year to 6 percent from 5.8 percent. “The rebound in remittance inflows helps consumption and will enable Bangladesh to maintain its relatively strong economic growth performance this year,” Moody's said in a recent report. “The improvement is credit positive for Bangladesh (Ba3 stable) because it suggests a bolstering of the sovereign's external payments position,...

Biman hajj flight with 409 pilgrims leaves for KSA

Biman hajj flight with 409 pilgrims leaves for KSA

The first hajj flight with 409 pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at the schedule time on Wednesday. Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Religious Affairs Minister Matiur Rahman and top Biman officials bade farewell to the pilgrims at the airport as Biman Bangladesh Airlines started hajj operation. The...

Child Pornography

Interpol on trail of foreign buyers

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is assisting Interpol to identify and apprehend the foreigners who had bought child pornography from Bangladesh. The move to nab the international clientele was initiated following the arrest of Tipu Kibria, an author of children's literature, and three of his associates on June 12 for using street children in pornographic shoots and selling those to foreign buyers. "So far we have identified 13 customers and dealers from eight countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Saudi...

Saudi men barred from marrying Bangladeshis

Saudi Arabia has banned its male citizens from marrying women from four countries - - Pakistan, Bangladesh, Chad and Myanmar, a police officer said. The announcement comes as a part of Saudi Arabia's efforts to prohibit Saudi men from marrying expatriates, a subject widely debated in the Gulf nation. There is an estimated 500,000 women from the four countries, residing in Saudi Arabia. Makkah Police Director Assaf Al-Qurashi said additional formalities have been placed before issuing the permission for marriage with foreigners,...

Expats face MRP trouble

Several lakh Bangladeshi migrants in Saudi Arabia will be considered illegal workers if they fail to obtain machine readable passports (MRPs) before November 24, 2015, said officials at the Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh. In consequence, they will not be able to transfer work permits to change their professions, and may also face deportation, a senior official of the embassy told The Daily Star, preferring not to be named.  As many as two million Bangladeshis are working in different sectors in the...

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