Mets' Cespedes limps off after injuring left hamstring

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April 27, 2017 18:33 UTC

Five-year-old Sumaiya speaks about her 'abduction'

Police rescued the child from a house at Dhaka's Jurain neighbourhood in the wee hours of Wednesday. Five persons, including a woman Sabina Akter Brishti, were detained from the scene for their suspected involvement in the "abduction of the child" on Apr 3. At the media briefing, Sumaiya described the manner in which she was kidnapped on Apr 3. As per the general diary filed by Zakir, Sumaiya went missing from a road in front of her house in Kamrangirchar's Borogram around 5pm on Apr 3. Zakir, a garment worker, filed the GD the same day and lodged an abduction case at Kamrangirchar Police Station on Monday.

April 27, 2017 18:22 UTC

Rescuing dogs on the reservation, a story of hope

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April 27, 2017 18:22 UTC

Demand for Gopalganj division getting popular

The people of Gopalganj, the birthplace of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, have demanded that the district should be declared a division soon. Several hundred activists of different parties and common people joined a human chain around 10am on Thursday in front of the press club to drum up public support for the demand. It was organised by different socio-cultural and political organisations including Awami League, Communist Party of Bangladesh and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD). They announced that they would continue campaigns until the government fulfilled their demand. Latest, Mymensingh was declared as the eighth division of the country in 2015.

April 27, 2017 18:11 UTC

Bhola teacher held for abusing child

A seven-year-old madrasa girl has been abused sexually by her teacher in Bhola town. Md Shahabuddin, 22, son of late Fazle Hossain from the same area, was arrested on Wednesday night, hours after the assault. An honours student at a local college, Shahabuddin was serving as a part-time teacher at Hosainia Pre-Cadet Madrasa. According to police and locals, Shahabuddin molested the girl in his room after class and threatened her not to disclose the incident. During interrogation, Shahabuddin told the police that he just beat up the girl as she had not prepared her lessons.

April 27, 2017 18:11 UTC

Arrest at Coconino High School not related to Flagstaff High threats

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April 27, 2017 18:00 UTC

Korea Telecom poised to transform Moheshkhali into digitised island

The GiGA island project of Korea Telecom is going to crave a real boon for Moheshkhali – an island famous for its beauty and tranquillity in the Bay of Bengal. Moheshkali is the location for the first KT (Korea Telecom) ‘GiGA Island’ project in Bangladesh. However, with KT’s GiGA Island project coming to Moheshkali, everything is poised to transform. These students on Moheshkhali Island are now offered quality English classes from highly skilled teachers in Dhaka three times a week. Lastly, Ultrasound and Yodoc, are two high-speed internet-based mobile healthcare solutions that will be provided to the medical institutes on Moheshkhali Island.

April 27, 2017 17:48 UTC

State schools chief backs sales tax hike for teacher pay

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April 27, 2017 17:48 UTC

Tofail: Costly dollar to raise prices of essentials

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said prices of imported essential commodities such as edible oil may increase due to hike of US dollar, affecting the living cost of people. “Prices of imported essential products such as edible oil will increase if the prices of US dollar went up. “It is unfortunate, but true that the prices of US dollar has suddenly gone up ahead of Ramadan. As a result, prices of a US dollar came down to Tk82 from TK84,” Tofail said. According to the Bangladesh Bank data, bilateral trade between Bangladesh and Vietnam stood at $452m as of fiscal year 2015-16.

April 27, 2017 17:37 UTC

Infrastructure, expertise crisis hit exploration of blue economy

Speakers at a programme observed that it is necessary to develop policy, infrastructure and expertise to explore the potentials of emerging blue economy in a bid to eradicating poverty and creating employment. They made the observations at a seminar styled “Blue Economy: New Frontier, New Possibility” organised by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) at its headquarters in Dhaka on Thursday. “The Bay of Bengal could be the powerhouse of our economy by exploring the potentials of blue economy. The government has already set up a cell – Blue Economy Cell (BEC) – for tapping the opportunities from blue economy, the minister said, hoping that Bangladesh will benefit from blue economy. Blue economy would play a role in this regard,” added Anisul.

April 27, 2017 17:26 UTC

Heart of Texas Roadshow to play Palace April 28

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April 27, 2017 17:15 UTC

Tehrik-e-Taliban: Pakistan using prisoner for propaganda

Meanwhile, two Pakistani intelligence officials said Thursday an overnight US drone strike killed seven militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border, the first such strike since 2014. Mohammad Khurasani, spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, commented late Wednesday after the Pakistani army released a video of militant Ahsanullah Ahsan. Nafees Zakaria, spokesman for Pakistan’s foreign ministry, said Thursday that Ahsan had laid down arms and revealed the role of foreign spy agencies in attacks in Pakistan. However, Khurasani said Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence was using a “prisoner” for propaganda against the group. Ahsan quit Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in 2014 and joined the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar group.

April 27, 2017 16:52 UTC

Israel strikes Syrian arms depot near Damascus airport

Israeli strikes have hit an arms depot operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport, Syrian opposition sources said. Witnesses said a total of five strikes occurred near the Damascus airport road, about 25km from the capital, early on Thursday. Syrian state TV quoted a military source saying rockets fired from Israeli territory targeted a military area in the south-western part of the airport which caused explosions. Activist-operated Diary of a Mortar, which reports from Damascus, said the explosions near the airport road were followed by flames rising above the area. ‘Unacceptable’The Kremlin strongly criticised Israeli air strikes on targets inside Syria on Thursday, saying Israel and other countries should avoid any action that heightened tension in the region.

April 27, 2017 16:52 UTC

Right-wing US media reports State Department threatened Joy to protect Yunus

According to the Daily Caller, their investigators discovered that State Department aides had threatened Joy – a US citizen – with IRS (Internal Revenue Service) to look into his financials. The Daily Caller claims to have spoken to Joy, who told them that 2010 and 2012, US State Department officials frequently told him to ask his mother to drop investigations against Prof Yunus. Joy told the Daily Caller he found it “astounding and mind-boggling” that the US government would behave in such a manner with one of its own citizens. During his stay, he was frequently visited by US government officials who would relentlessly bring up the Yunus issue, the Daily Caller reports. The Associated Press reports Prof Yunus met with Hillary three times during the course of the Bangladesh government investigation against him.

April 27, 2017 16:52 UTC

EC plans to halve number of poll observers

EC plans to halve number of poll observersThe Election Commission (EC) is considering halving the number of election observers, reports many as 120 election observers are registered with the commission, but most of them cannot be seen on the ground during balloting.Many of the observers have hailed as positive the move taken at the second meeting presided over by the new Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda.According to the minutes of the meeting held on March 28, three of the five election commissioners recommended checking the presence of the poll observers, bringing the journalists under a separate guideline and monitoring the observers.EC’s Public Relations Department Director SM Asaduzzaman is in charge of supervising the observers.He said 120 organisations were given registration as election observers for the first time in 2011.The five-year validity of the registration was extended twice until June this year.EC officials said a significant number of those organisations do not observe elections. Only a few of them that do observe vote submit regular reports to the EC.A total of 75 local organisations observed the ninth parliamentary election. The number dropped to 35 in the next general election.In the local government elections, the number of observers dwindled greatly. The Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) election last year was observed by only 16 organisations.Election Commissioners Rafiqul Islam, Mahbub Talukder, and Kabita Khanam are in favour of halving the number of observers.National Election Observation Council (JANIPOP) has welcomed the move.“It’s meaningless to keep those who do not work after getting registration to observe elections,” JANIPOP chairman Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah said.He fears some organisations may try to create disorder ‘in the name of observing elections’ during the next parliamentary election.Abdul Alim, director of Election Working Group, a platform of 28 observers, said many got registered under the EC to use the name for other purposes.

April 27, 2017 16:39 UTC

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