Archive for August 16th, 2014

Airstrikes on IS militants in Iraq after ‘massacre’

Airstrikes on IS militants in Iraq after ‘massacre’

Airstrikes pounded the area around Iraq’s largest dam on Saturday in an effort to drive out militants who captured it earlier this month, as reports emerged of the massacre of some 80 members of the Yazidi religious minority by Islamic extremists.

August 16, 2014 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Pakistan protesters vow no let-up until PM Sharif steps down

Pakistan protesters vow no let-up until PM Sharif steps down

More than 20,000 anti-government protesters flooded the centre of Pakistan’s capital on Saturday, vowing to stay in the streets until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns.

August 16, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia
4 killed in Keraniganj road accident

4 killed in Keraniganj road accident

At least four people were killed and three others injured when a bridal party microbus collided head on with a bus at Keraniganj on Dhaka-Mawa road on Saturday afternoon.

August 16, 2014 · 0 comments · National
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BNP begins black-flag march

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance begun their procession carrying black flags from the party’s central office at Naya Paltan Saturday afternoon in protest against Israeli brutality in Palestine.

August 16, 2014 · 0 comments · National, Politics
Heavy falls all over the country triggering flood alarm

Heavy falls all over the country triggering flood alarm

Water height on the major rivers rose sharply in the basins of Brahmaputra, Meghna and South Eastern Hill, causing floods at places in Nilphamari and Feni.

August 16, 2014 · 0 comments · National
Cake cutting ruins atmosphere of dialogue: Obaidul Quader

Cake cutting ruins atmosphere of dialogue: Obaidul Quader

The communications minister, Obaidul Quader, on Saturday said that atmosphere of holding dialogue goes away when a cake is cut for (birthday) celebration during the month of mourning.

August 16, 2014 · 0 comments · National, Politics
Journalist Obaidul Gani Chandan passes away

Journalist Obaidul Gani Chandan passes away

Noted journalist and feature editor of the vernacular daily ‘Dainik Manabkantha’ Obaidul Gani Chandan died of a cardiac arrest Saturday morning, the Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha reports.

August 16, 2014 · 0 comments · National
7 suspected carjackers held in city, Sylhet

7 suspected carjackers held in city, Sylhet

The Rapid Action Battalion arrested seven suspected members, including the ringleader of a carjacking gang, from different parts of the city and Sylhet district, the United News of Bangladesh reports on Saturday.

August 16, 2014 · 0 comments · National
Heavy rain claims 19 lives in Uttarakhand of India

Heavy rain claims 19 lives in Uttarakhand of India

At least 19 people were killed in the last 24 hours in landslides and incidents of house collapse as heavy rain continued in the hill state of Uttarakhand of India on Saturday, the NDTV reports.

August 16, 2014 · 0 comments · International, South Asia

Hilary Clinton’s break with Obama on Syria

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s split with the US president Barack Obama over a foreign policy ‘organising principle’ is not likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two.

August 16, 2014 · 0 comments · Europe & Americas, International
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, says prayers at the grave side of her family members, who were slain along with Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975, at Banani graveyard in Dhaka on Friday. — New Age photo

Nat’l Mourning Day observed

Deep homage was paid to the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the 39th anniversary of his death observed on Friday recalling his struggle for achieving political and economic freedom for the Bengalis.
Mujib was assassinated along with all but two of his family members by a disgruntled section of army officers at his Dhaanmondi residence on August 15, 1975…

August 16, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES
Quality dips as enrolment rises

Quality dips as enrolment rises

The standard of education in public universities has declined sharply in recent years, say experts and a number of studies and global rankings, while student enrolment goes up by the year.
In 1994, there were only 62,095 students in 10 public universities which shot up to nearly 19 lakh in 2012 in 34 universities. ..

August 16, 2014 · 1 comment · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES
500 children forced into pornography supplied to west

500 children forced into pornography supplied to west

An organised gang in Dhaka has forced at least 500 children, mostly urchins, into working for porn videos produced for consumers in the West in last nine years, the Criminal Investigation Department officials said…

August 16, 2014 · 1 comment · Front Page, TOP STORIES
Two three-wheelers go out of order in stagnant water at Muradpur in Chittagong city on Friday as torrential rains inundate most parts of the city. — Focusbangla photo

Rains, inclement weather continue to disrupt life

Intermittent rains in cloudy weather under the influence of late monsoon continued to disrupt people’s normal life across the country for the second consecutive day on Friday.
Though people’s sufferings were less on Friday compared to that of Thursday as Friday was a public holiday, most of the people opted not to go outside their houses due to inclement weather…

August 16, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES
Israeli soldiers detain Palestinians during clashes at a protest  against Israeli military action in Gaza, in the West Bank village of Silwad, near Ramallah on Friday. — Reuters photo

Gaza truce holds as US ties with Israel show strain

A fragile ceasefire around Gaza held for a second day Friday as Israel’s relations with its US ally showed new signs of strain with tough talks looming on a more lasting peace.
Washington denied a report that the White House was tightening the reins on the routine delivery of military aid to Israel over concerns about the proportionality of its military action in Gaza…

No committee still to examine Darya-e-Noor

No committee still to examine Darya-e-Noor

The land ministry is yet to form a committee recommended by a parliamentary body to examine the originality of splendid bajoo of arm ornament containing the rarest diamond Darya-e-Noor kept in a bank vault for more than a century…

August 16, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES
Clashes as Pakistan anti-government marches advance on capital

Clashes as Pakistan anti-government marches advance on capital

Clashes broke out Friday as protesters led in convoys by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and a populist cleric advanced on the Pakistani capital to try to topple the government they say was elected by fraud.

Brown Rot disease in Bangladeshi potato

Russia has recently detected Brown Rot disease in a consignment of Bangladeshi potato, which created problems in potato exports from Bangladesh, officials and exporters said…

August 16, 2014 · 1 comment · Back Page, National

Bangladesh well ahead of India, Pakistan in peace index

Bangladesh is well ahead of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan in terms of ‘state of peace’ though Nepal and Bhutan took the leading role as peaceful states in the South Asia, according to 2014 Global Peace Index released recently…

August 16, 2014 · 0 comments · Back Page

US, Canada on double standard over Bangabandhu killers: Ashraf

Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam, also the minister for local government and rural development, on Friday said the United States and Canada had a double standard over sending back the fugitive killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman…

August 16, 2014 · 0 comments · Back Page, National

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