Over 90 percent of eastbound buses have left the terminals,” inter-district Bus Owners' Association President Abul Kalam told bdnews24.com. Bus services at Mohakhali have not returned to normal as most drivers have gone home, according to Abdul Malek, general secretary of Mohakhali inter-district Bus Owners Association. Only two long-route buses left the terminal whereas the usual number is around 10," Bangladesh Bus-Truck Owners' Association official Salahuddin Ahmed said. But there are a lot of passengers waiting at the stations," said Dhaka Road Transport Owners' Association President Abul Kalam, who also expects normal bus services to resume soon. However, transport workers in a few south-western districts continue to observe the strike.
November 21, 2019 08:15 UTC
The death of the aid worker, Almaas Elman, was confirmed by Brig Gen Zakia Hussein, deputy commissioner of the Somali Police Force, who said investigations into the killing were continuing. Said Fadhaye, a freelance videographer in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, posted on Facebook that he was in the car with Elman when she died. Elman was the daughter of Elman Ali Ahmed, a pioneering peace activist who was gunned down in Mogadishu in 1996. Almaas Elman was the elder sister of Ilwad Elman, a social activist who was shortlisted for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, and of Iman Elman, a commander in the Somali Armed Forces. Almaas Elman previously worked at the Somali Embassy in Kenya and recently began consulting for the European Union delegation to Somalia, according to friends and former colleagues.
November 21, 2019 07:30 UTC
The group has brought together Arab journalists, artists, politicians, diplomats, Quranic scholars and others who share a view that isolating and demonising Israel has cost Arab nations billions in trade. Calling itself the Arab Council for Regional Integration, the group does not purport to be broadly representative of Arab public opinion. The most recognisable name — to Western eyes, at least — may be that of Anwar Sadat, nephew and namesake of the Egyptian president who struck the first Arab peace treaty with Israel. The Arab Council’s members, however, explicitly reject the view that it is possible for Arab countries to reach formal diplomatic relations with Israel without resolution of the Palestinian conflict. And they argue that polls show that when Israelis are offered the enticement of acceptance by Arab nations, they become more willing to compromise, even by giving up land.
November 21, 2019 07:18 UTC
With more than 3 million inhabitants, Sadr City is crowded and littered. Despite the deprivation, Sadr City is a place of intense energy that has produced some of Iraq’s best musicians and poets, as well as painters and sculptors. “Sadr City was always like a quarry filled with clay and when you dig deep, you find jewels,” said Wagih Abbas, a poet and well-known Iraqi writer, who grew up in Sadr City. In Sadr City, ancient taxis spew fumes next to horse-drawn wagons and thousands of tuk-tuks. As they drove off, all of Sadr City seemed to be coming along with them.
November 21, 2019 06:56 UTC
The South Asian nation improved its ranking from 76th last year to 73rd in the Global Connectivity Index 2019. According to the report, Bangladesh has seen significant growth in smartphone demand and mobile broadband subscriptions over the years. User experience has also improved with more affordable mobile and fixed broadband, better cybersecurity, and cloud services. The index identifies several inflection points in a country such as ICT laws, telecom investment, cloud investment, 4G connections, ICT investment and international internet bandwidth, where rising GCI scores can potentially trigger higher economic growth. "On top of 5G testing, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has also issued a directive allowing Internet of Things (IoT) for smart buildings, automation industries, and other city services," it added.
November 21, 2019 06:33 UTC
The staging of the joint training completes one of the goals of a defence pact the two countries signed last year. During the Cold War, India was closer to the Soviet Union than to the United States, and much of the Indian arsenal still harks back to that era. The White House has not been quiet about its view that US allies around the world have been remiss in contributing fairly to global security efforts. The United States and India have long shared common strategic goals and concerns about growing Chinese influence in Asia. After a meeting last week with Japanese leaders in Tokyo, Gen Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described security efforts in the Indo-Pacific region as a top concern.
November 21, 2019 06:11 UTC
Ideally, a tourist knows her time is limited, so she fills her days with what’s meaningful to her. Vacationers don’t walk around a foreign city with headphones blasting, in part because they want to fully experience urban life. The tourist approach looks different for each Cornellian, so I’ll leave you with a call to reflect. But it doesn’t take a lot to productively tourist-ify your life at Cornell. John Sullivan Baker is a senior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
November 21, 2019 05:37 UTC
The candidates said Trump had forced lawmakers to hold him accountable. The Democratic White House race has featured a three-way battle at the top of recent national polls between moderate Biden, the former US vice president, and progressive leaders Warren and US Senator Bernie Sanders. WEALTH TAXBut as in past debates, the candidates disagreed on Warren’s proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy and on her Medicare for All plan. We should build on Obamacare,” Biden said of the healthcare plan passed under Democratic President Barack Obama. The field of debaters has been trimmed from the 12 candidates in last month’s Democratic debate.
November 21, 2019 05:26 UTC
Nestled amongst the maple trees off of Coddington Road, Priscilla Timberlake’s and Lewis Freedman’s cozy country house radiated warm light out into the chilly November night. It’s best described as a giant, vegan, gluten-free family dinner, where the word “family” is employed loosely; in Priscilla and Lewis’s home, anyone and everyone is treated and fed like family. After a twenty minute drive down some dark, winding roads, we kicked off our sneakers by the front door. She began: “Your choices for the night include… that was a joke, there are no choices here,” to which laughter erupted from the guests. Friday dinners are a celebration of healthy, plant-based eating and delicious seasonal vegetables, but more than that, they bring people together in a really profound way.
November 21, 2019 04:30 UTC
When I was a high school sophomore, love felt more substantial because it was reciprocated, but I was just as naive. We say, ‘I love you’ to each other all the time!”Ever since, I’ve had a weird complex with the “L”-word. But clearly, I don’t believe that this ultimate state is something anyone can ever achieve. He doesn’t want to devalue the word, whereas I don’t think it has much value at all. I can’t say it doesn’t hurt a bit that he doesn’t say it to me.
November 21, 2019 04:30 UTC
The bill, passed by the Senate on Tuesday, would require the government to impose sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses in the territory. On Wednesday, the House took up the Senate version and quickly sent it to the White House. The Senate passed the bill, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, by unanimous consent. The House had previously passed its own version unanimously, but gave assent to the Senate version to expedite the legislation. He told China’s president, Xi Jinping, in June that he would not publicly back the protesters as long as trade talks were progressing.
November 21, 2019 04:18 UTC
Though I remained fixated on boys, my closest, most intimate relationships were with other girls. Very little actually happened between Painter Jane and I in high school. With girls, I’ve barely tried, and when I do, I find myself wishing I’d brought a dictionary. Why do I naturally fall into sex and relationships with men while continuing to feel greater closeness with women? Maybe I’m less attracted to girls physically, even though I usually feel closer to them emotionally.
November 21, 2019 04:07 UTC
The building’s owner had refused for years to renovate it, making tenants hard to find. After World War II, veterans from Austria and neighbouring Germany flocked to the house, especially on Hitler’s birthday. Although the neo-Nazi supporters had dwindled recently, the house remained under constant surveillance for potential problems. Fascination with Hitler continues unabated more than 70 years since the end of World War II. “The trade, therefore, in such items should simply not take place.”© 2019 The New York Times Company
November 21, 2019 03:56 UTC
During his visit to the Southeast Asian country, the pope is expected to speak out on human trafficking and to urge compassion for refugees. Thailand's prime minister is hosting official welcoming ceremonies on Thursday before the pope meets with the supreme patriarch of Thai Buddhists, Somdet Phra Maha Muniwong, who at 91 is nearly a decade older than the pope. He is later to meet with King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who was officially crowned earlier this year and is the official protector of Buddhism in Thailand. Tens of thousands are expected to pack into Bangkok's National Stadium on Thursday evening for the first of two masses officiated by the pope. He will hold another mass at Bangkok's Assumption Cathedral before leaving on Saturday for Japan, where he will visit the nuclear ground zeros of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
November 21, 2019 03:45 UTC
Legendary counter-culture icon Bob Dylan performed at Ithaca College’s A&E center to a crowd of thousands on Sunday night. As specified in an email sent out prior to the event, Dylan took the stage promptly at 8 p.m.. He has always been known for his unique voice, but Sunday night took it to another level. Dylan and his band donned sparkly jackets and performed as if they were on a 1950s television show. Dylan barely spoke the whole night, only speaking to introduce the band (although this could not be understood by anyone in the audience).
November 21, 2019 03:22 UTC