The development operation policy was approved on ThursdayTo help the Bangladesh government strengthen its capacity to create more, better-paid and quality jobs in a rapidly changing environment, the World Bank approved a $250 million development policy operation on Thursday. Women, workers in backward regions, and youths in particular, face challenges in accessing quality jobs. Qimiao Fan, World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, said: "Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in accelerating growth and reducing poverty, but the rate of job creation has not kept up with economic growth. Notably, the Jobs Development Policy Credit is the first in a series of three operations that complements the World Bank portfolio in the country. Bangladesh currently has the largest IDA program totaling $12.2billion, according to the World Bank.
December 13, 2018 13:07 UTC
Gazipur Superintendent of Police Shamsunnahar cited arrest warrants in seven cases filed with different police stations in Dhaka metropolitan areas. Based on those warrants, Milon was arrested by the detective police in his village in Gazipur’s Kaliganj Upazila on Thursday afternoon. Milon's lawyer Parvin Akhter and his wife Shampa Haque told reporters that there were 33 cases against Milon. He was on bail in all the cases, they said. More to follow
December 13, 2018 12:33 UTC
The order came in response to public interest litigation filed by a group of people on Thursday. The petition also called into question the operators’ reluctance to compensate the subscribers for call drops. More to follow
December 13, 2018 12:22 UTC
Burma Campaign UK said Facebook was on the “dirty list” because it had “consistently allowed its platform to be used to incite hatred and violence [against] minorities in Burma, in particular the the minority group – Rohingya, and Muslims in general”. Facebook has also come under scrutiny of late elsewhere for allowing racially inflammatory and harmful content to spread on its platform, unchecked, for years. A recent UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar specifically singled out the social media giant for playing a vital role in further stoking ethnic tensions. In November, an independent report commissioned by Facebook concluded that, in Myanmar, “Facebook has become a means for those seeking to spread hate and cause harm, and posts have been linked to offline violence”. Burma Campaign UK acknowledged that Facebook had recently taken action to rectify abuse of social media in Myanmar, but on the “dirty list” accused it of not going far enough.
December 13, 2018 12:22 UTC
According to the United Nations Development Programme - funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance. This year, ahead of the national parliamentary election, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has been successful in organizing youth rallies and human chains in throughout all the 64 districts of Bangladesh. Without an effective response from the government and ACC, the fight against corruption will fail.”-Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director of Transparency International Bangladesh. Like every other year, TIB organized the 13th Anti-Corruption Cartoon Competition and the 4th Anti-Corruption Photo Competition. Three best cartoonists were awarded; 1st prize - Tk75,000, 2nd prize - Tk50,000, and 3rd prize - Tk40,000, each receiving a cheque, crest and certificate.
December 13, 2018 12:22 UTC
A campaign poster of Zonayed Saki is hanging in a tree in Dhaka on Thursday; December 13, 2018 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka TribuneSaki was running his election campaign with his entourage when the attack took placeUnidentified men reportedly launched an assault on Ganasanghati Andolon Chief Coordinator Zonayed Saki and his entourage while they were campaigning at Dhaka’s Tejgaon College area on Thursday afternoon. According to witnesses, the assaulters swooped on Saki and his men right after the leftist leader finished speaking at a street rally outside the college premises. Suddenly some goons launched the attack on us,” Saki said while speaking to the Dhaka Tribune over phone. “The ruling party neither wants any strong opposition candidate nor people’s participation in the polls. Our election campaign posters were also torn apart at night.
December 13, 2018 12:16 UTC
Federal law requires that the contribution of "anything of value" to a campaign must be disclosed, and an individual donation cannot exceed $2,700. Trump and his lawyers have argued the payments were a personal matter unrelated to the election. Legal experts said the deal with AMI strengthened prosecutors' position in any potential case against Trump, however. A New York-based appellate lawyer, Mark Zauderer, said the deal with AMI was "another arrow in the prosecutors' quiver." Before the AMI deal was revealed, he said, the only known source of information about the payment was Cohen, whom the president has dismissed as a liar.
December 13, 2018 12:00 UTC
About 30 people attended a rally outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, holding placards calling for Lion Air to put safety over profit and for President Joko Widodo to ensure the remains are recovered. "Funds for the CVR search will be borne by Lion Air which has signed a contract for a ship from a Singaporean company," a finance ministry spokesman told Reuters. The family members are seeking daily updates from Lion Air on the search, according to a letter addressed to Widodo and distributed by the group at the rally. They also want the government to ensure Lion Air keeps its promises. In this case, investigators said they had faced bureaucratic wrangling and funding problems before Lion Air stepped in.
A truck collided with a three-wheeler van leaving the van driver and two passers-by dead. The deceased have been identified as van driver Liton Hossain, 34, and two brothers -- Rakib, 22, and Sakib, 12. Alamdanga Police Station OC Abu Jihad said the two injured in the accident on Thursday were passengers of the van. “A Chuadanga-bound speeding truck collided with a van head-on. The van driver died on the spot as a result of the collision,” said the OC.
Sreepur Police Station OC Jabedul Islam said they were detained on Thursday from a house in Bhangnahati village. They detainees are -- Gazipur District BNP Vice President Humayun Kabir Sarker and Sreepur Upazila former BNP President Abdul Motaleb. They are the joint conveners of the election management team for Jatiya Oikya Front candidate Iqbal Siddiqui in the Gazipur-3 constituency, according to the police. “They were accused of sabotage and so they have been brought to the police station for interrogation," he added. He also said the top two leaders of the election management committee were detained without any arrest warrant or case against them.
Pope Francis celebrates a special mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Dec 12, 2018. Months earlier, during a trip to Chile and Peru, the pope had defended Chilean bishops against accusations of covering up abuse. In September, Pope Francis defrocked — or “reduced to the lay state” — the Rev. Pope Francis is facing the greatest crisis of his pontificate as the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church has exploded once again in countries around the world. Opponents to Pope Francis have seized on the accusations, which have until now been unsubstantiated, to weaken the 81-year-old pontiff.
December 13, 2018 11:03 UTC
With the audio leaks out in the open, BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain now faces a sedition case that accuses him of plotting to “sabotage” the national election set for Dec 30. Mosharraf Hossain, on the other hand, dismissed the audio as ‘fake’ saying he never spoke to anyone from the ISI. The two voices in the audio are purportedly of Mosharraf Hossain and the alleged ISI operative. This is my position,” said a man believed to be Mosharraf Hossain. I didn’t have any conversation with the said person or ISI official,” Mosharraf said in a statement.
December 13, 2018 10:52 UTC
Energy Efficiency 101The next Energy Efficiency 101 Workshop will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Hal Jensen Recreation Center (2403 N Izabel Street). Those interested in attending can sign up online at www.flagstaff.az.gov/1628/Energy-Efficiency-at-Home or by calling the Sustainability Program at 928-213-2144.
December 13, 2018 10:18 UTC
But Canadian diplomatic experts have said they have no doubt the two cases are linked. US prosecutors accuse Meng of misleading multinational banks about Iran-linked transactions, putting the banks at risk of violating US sanctions. "Our extradition partners should not seek to politicise the extradition process or use it for ends other than the pursuit of justice and following the rule of law," she said when asked about Trump's comments. Canadian government officials earlier told a briefing that Meng had many legal options to fight extradition and the process could take years. Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland listens to a question during a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 12, 2018.
December 13, 2018 09:33 UTC