Nine Indonesians dead, 29 missing after boat capsizes off Malaysia

The agency said a combination of overloading and bad weather and heavy seas were believed to have caused the accident. There has been a string of accidents in the waterways between Indonesia and Malaysia involving overloaded boats ferrying laborers seeking work in Malaysian factories and plantations. Four months earlier, a boat sank while en-route to Batam. Malaysian authorities recovered eight bodies and rescued 34 people. Malaysian police recovered 17 bodies in January last year after a boat carrying illegal migrants capsized in high seas..

January 23, 2017 11:56 UTC

United computer glitch cancels 6 flights, delays 200 more

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January 23, 2017 11:41 UTC

Abu Hasan Shahriar, Shahaduzzaman among recipients of 2017 Bangla Academy Literary Awards

Academy's Director General Shamsuzzaman Khan made the announcement on Monday at a media briefing. The others nominated are Morshed Shafiul Hasan for research, Niyaz Zaman for translation, MA Hasan for literatures on Liberation War, Noorjahan Bose for autobiography and memoir and Rashed Rouf for children’s literature.

January 23, 2017 11:40 UTC

Fugitive Union Parishad member held over Gaibandha MP Liton murder

Rezaul Islam Liton alias Dish Liton, 40, was picked up from Sundarganj Upazila's Dhopadanga Union early on Monday. Shorbanondo Union's Ward 6 member Liton is an activist of Jamaat-e-Islami and accused in multiple case of sabotage. Charged over the 2013 killings of four policemen, when an outpost at Bamondanga Union was attacked, Rezaul went into hiding, said OC Rahman. "Rezaul managed to escape a police raid that day (Jan 14)," he told His sister Tahmida Bulbul started a case at Sundarganj Police Station the next day accusing four to five unidentified people.

January 23, 2017 11:22 UTC

Federer in dreamland to win 18th Grand Slam

It seemed unthinkable just a few days ago, but Roger Federer's chances of winning an age-defying 18th Grand Slam title are looking better all the time after an astonishing turn of events at the Australian Open. Federer hasn't won a Grand Slam title in five years, and he could also become the oldest player since 37-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1972 to win one of the sport's major trophies. - Rocket's man -Australian legend Rod 'Rocket' Laver, whose name adorns the Melbourne centre court, was one observer hoping for a ninth Grand Slam final between the long-time rivals. Laver, who called Federer his "favourite" modern-day player, added: "It is amazing to think that Roger Federer is playing as well as he is at this moment. Women's defending champion Angelique Kerber was upset by Coco Vandeweghe late on Sunday, making it the first Grand Slam since the 2004 French Open that both top seeds have departed before the quarter-finals.

January 23, 2017 11:20 UTC

Hotline 106 to be launched for lodging graft complaints

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is set to introduce a hotline 106 to lodge complaints against corruption over phones from home and abroad aimed at fighting the menace effectively. "The commission will introduce the hotline 106 at the quickest possible time," public relations officer of ACC Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee told BSS here today. The complaints lodged over the phones will be written first and then place before the commission to decide the next course of action, he added. People are now making complaints through written statements as complaint boxes have been set up at ACC offices across the country. Talking about graft cases, he said, "A total of 339 graft cases were lodged while charge sheets in 528 cases have been placed before the court in 2016."

January 23, 2017 11:15 UTC

Authorities shut Mymensingh Medical College indefinitely

Students have been instructed to vacate dormitories by Monday evening, said Principal Anwar Hossain. "The decision came from a meeting of the academic council to avoid anymore untoward incidents," he said. Those who have been expelled are fourth-year student Neyamul Haque Siyam, second-year students Anupam Dutta Arghya and Anik Mustafa Himel. Principal Hossain said three days ago, these three had assaulted a fifth-year student Shahidul Haque.

January 23, 2017 11:10 UTC

Dowry case filed against Arafat after he denies allegations

A dowry case has been filed against national team cricketer Arafat Sunny on Monday. The woman who earlier filed a case against him alleging that Arafat Sunny was married to her and harassing her on Facebook, filed the dowry case. Earlier, in the morning, Arafat Sunny denied the allegation of cyber harassment and being married to the plaintiff woman. Arafat Sunny was arrested in a case filed under Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act on Sunday. The woman filed the case saying she got married with Arafat on 4 December, 2014.

January 23, 2017 11:02 UTC

Philippine leader tames his words for Miss Universe hopefuls

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January 23, 2017 10:56 UTC

Shootout at Texas mall leaves one dead, seven wounded

The robbery took place at a Kay Jewelers outlet in the Rolling Oaks Mall in San Antonio, Police Chief William McManus said in a video posted on the city's Facebook page. The other bystander, who was licensed to carry a concealed firearm, shot and wounded the other suspect, who was later hospitalized, McManus said. The first robber ran through the mall, firing his gun as he fled, shooting six people. San Antonio police said he was caught after crashing a stolen vehicle that contained two guns, and was charged with capital murder and two counts of aggravated assault. The mall, located in the northwestern part of the city, was locked down while police hunted for the second suspect.

January 23, 2017 10:45 UTC

Israeli leader accepts invitation from Trump

Israeli media reported that Netanyahu was gearing up plans to expand settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem - a policy that had been condemned by Obama. Maaleh Adumim is also strategically located in the middle of the West Bank, potentially hindering the establishment of their state. The fate of east Jerusalem, home to the city’s most sensitive religious sites, is deeply emotional, and disagreements have boiled over into violence in the past. “And we hope that the American administration will not do that.”Also Sunday, Jerusalem city officials granted building permits for 566 new homes in east Jerusalem. “I hope that era is over.”Unlike other West Bank settlements, Israel annexed east Jerusalem and considers its neighborhoods inseparable parts of its capital.

January 23, 2017 10:43 UTC

Solma repatriated but many more in Indian jail

Solma Begum, a 38-year-old Bangladeshi woman who was rescued by police in India's West Bengal in 2015, is finally going to come home. Solma, after receiving counselling, began to recover and was able to recall her family. CHRI release forwarded to Prothom Alo said Solma Begum was repatriated on Monday morning thanks to a unique collaborative effort of police, civil society and judicial system in solving the case. Tired of struggling to preserve the hope of seeing her children one day, Solma, according to CHRI, said, "Coming here is easy, going back, difficult." 98 per cent of these are Bangladesh nationals," CHRI press release said.

January 23, 2017 10:38 UTC

2 killed in Sylhet landslide

Two workers were killed and several others injured in a landslide while cutting a hillock for lifting stone in Companiganj upazila on Monday morning. The deceased were identified as Jalal Uddin of Chhanbari village and Chunu Miah of Bhagarpar village of the upazila. Pashchim Islampur union chairman Shah Jamal Uddin said when a group of workers were cutting a hillock, locally known as Shah Arpin, for lifting stone in the morning a big chunk of earth fell on them, leaving the duo dead on the spot and several others injured. Local people said the death toll may rise. However, officer in-charge of Companiganj police station Bayes Alam said one worker was killed in the incident.

January 23, 2017 10:35 UTC

Legal watchdog to sue Trump

A US legal watchdog says it will file a lawsuit on Monday against president Donald Trump, alleging he is violating a constitutional ban on accepting payments from foreign governments. The group of lawyers and researchers said Trump was receiving payments from foreign governments via guests at his hotels and leases on his buildings, the BBC reported. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (Crew) argued that a clause in the constitution bans such payments. Eric Trump, who is an executive vice-president of the Trump Organization, said the company had taken greater steps than the law required to avoid legal exposure, the New York Times reported. "It was our hope that president Trump would take the necessary steps to avoid violating the Constitution before he took office.

January 23, 2017 10:35 UTC

Media delegitimising Trump: White House

White House officials made clear no truce was on the horizon on Sunday in television interviews that set a much harsher tone in the traditionally adversarial relationship between the White House and the press corps. He repeated White House press secretary Sean Spicer's assertions on Saturday that the media manipulated photographs of the National Mall to make the crowds on Friday look smaller than they really were. Spicer's categorical assertion that "this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration - period" was widely challenged in media reports citing crowd count experts and was lampooned on social media as well. Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" why the press secretary was uttering provable falsehoods, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway fired back. "President Trump ought to realise he's not campaigning anymore.

January 23, 2017 10:31 UTC

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