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Fresh air strikes kill 57 terrorists in Pakistan: ISPR

Fresh air strikes kill 57 terrorists in Pakistan: ISPR

In the aftermath of deadly Taliban attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan’s military on Wednesday launched 20 air strikes including “dynamic targeting” killing 57 terrorists in Khyber Agency’s Tirah Valley, Army spokesman said today. Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj-Gen Asim Bajwa said in a tweet that the fresh operation...

Death penalty for Nigerian soldiers

Death penalty for Nigerian soldiers

A Nigerian court martial has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants. The soldiers, who were found guilty of mutiny, were accused of refusing to help recapture three towns that had been seized by Boko Haram in August. A lawyer for the soldiers said the 54 would face a...

Raul Castro urges US to lift Cuba trade embargo

Raul Castro urges US to lift Cuba trade embargo

Cuban President Raul Castro has urged the US to end its trade embargo after the two countries opened formal talks on restoring diplomatic relations. He said the five-decade embargo "caused enormous human and economic damage". But only the US Congress has the power to lift the embargo, and correspondents say many Republicans are still deeply...

Sharif vows to end Pakistan terrorism

Sharif vows to end Pakistan terrorism

Pakistan's prime minister has vowed to rid his country of terrorism after a Taliban attack at a school in Peshawar killed 141 people, mostly children. Nawaz Sharif spoke after talks between political parties about the massacre. Gunmen went from class to class shooting the students in the Pakistani Taliban's deadliest attack to date. Funerals of...

Uber plans tighter screening for drivers

Uber plans tighter screening for drivers

Online taxi service Uber Technologies Inc, which had a driver was accused of rape in New Delhi, said it was exploring adding new methods to verify drivers' credentials and make its service safer. Uber has started research and development on biometrics and voice verification to build tools for enhanced driver screening, Phillip Cardenas, the...

India launches largest rocket, unmanned capsule

India launches largest rocket, unmanned capsule

India has successfully launched its largest rocket and an unmanned capsule which could send astronauts into space. The 630-tonne Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (MK III) blasted off from Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday morning. The new rocket will be able to carry heavier satellites into space. India has successfully launched lighter...

Arrest warrant against Tarique

Arrest warrant against Tarique

A Dhaka court today issued arrest warrant for BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman in a defamation case for calling Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman a ‘top Razakar,’ hours after 5 cases were filed against him. Metropolitan Magistrate Md Yunus Khan ordered the arrest after Dhaka judges court lawyer Mostafizur Rahman Dulal filed a defamation case...

Judge dealing Khaleda's graft cases transferred

Judge dealing Khaleda's graft cases transferred

The judge dealing the two graft cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and eight others has been transferred midway in the trial of the corruption cases. Judge Bashudev Roy, special judge-3 of Dhaka, has been transferred to the position of a special judge in Patuakhali. He will be replaced by Abu Ahmed Jomadar, a...

Boko Haram unrest: Nigerian militants 'kidnap 100 villagers'

Boko Haram unrest: Nigerian militants 'kidnap 100 villagers'

Militants have stormed a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping at least 100, a survivor has told the BBC. He said that suspected Boko Haram militants had seized young men, women and children from Gumsuri village. The attack happened on Sunday but news has only just emerged, after survivors...

9,822 clear written tests of 34th BCS

9,822 clear written tests of 34th BCS

The written test result of the 34th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations was published today. A total of 9,822 candidates appeared successful in the written tests. The result of the written tests is published at the website of the Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) website, a press release of the commission said. Also, the result can...

Taliban release images of Peshawar killers

Taliban release images of Peshawar killers

The Taliban gunmen who stormed a school on Tuesday in the Pakistani city of Peshawar killing 148 people, including 132 children, have been identified by the militant group, reports the Times of India. The Pakistani Taliban released the pictures as they issued a statement claiming the attack was justified because the Pakistani army had...

Fakhrul summoned for calling Hasina a “killer”

Fakhrul summoned for calling Hasina a “killer”

A Dhaka court today summoned BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a defamation case filed against him for terming the ruling Awami League a “killer party” and its chief Sheikh Hasina a “killer”. Fakhrul will have to appear before the court on January 22. Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Kumar Dey passed the order after Paltan police submitted a probe report saying that the BNP leader was found guilty of making derogatory comments about AL and its president. Nur-e-Alam Siddique, vice president of Awami Matsyajibi League, a pro-AL organisation, filed the suit against Fakhrul with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka on September 1. "The Awami League is a killer party...

BGP kills ‘illegal’ Myanmar national in Teknaf

BGP kills ‘illegal’ Myanmar national in Teknaf

Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) shot dead a Myanmar national living in Bangladesh “illegally” while fishing in Naf River in Cox’s Bazar this morning. Police identified the deceased as Kala Miah, 40, son of Shahid Alam, a resident of Gudampara in Teknaf upazila, reports our Cox’s Bazar correspondent. Kala along with two others went to...

Charge framed against Forkan ‘Razakar’

Charge framed against Forkan ‘Razakar’

A tribunal in Dhaka today framed five charges against suspected war criminal Forkan Mallik for his alleged crimes against humanity committed in Patuakhali during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. A Razakar commander in Mirzaganj upazila of Patuakhali, the 63-year-old was involved in anti-liberation Muslim League, according to the case statement. Forkan pleaded not guilty when the International Crimes Tribunal-2 read out the charges against him. Later, the tribunal fixed January 19 for beginning the trial. Prosecution on November 17 pressed eight charges against the alleged Razakar commander, hails from Chailabunia village in Mirzaganj upazila of Patuakhali. The charges include mass killing, murder, rape, arson and forced religious conversion. Earlier on June 25, the...

Arctic still heating up twice as fast as rest of planet

Arctic still heating up twice as fast as rest of planet

Annual average temperatures have continued to rise for Arctic as a whole throughout the recent slowdown in the pace of global warming, according to a new analysis. If global warming has paused, someone forgot to tell the Arctic. Annual average temperatures have continued to rise for the region as a whole throughout the recent slowdown in the pace of warming globally, according to a new analysis of conditions above 60 degrees north latitude, reports The Christian Science Monitor.

Businessman Moosa denies graft allegation

Businessman Moosa denies graft allegation

Controversial businessman Moosa Bin Shamsher today denied the allegation brought against him of amassing wealth illegally and siphoning off a huge amount of money to Switzerland. Moosa was talking to reporters after emerging from the Anti-Corruption Commission’s head office, where he was interrogated for three and a half hours over the allegation. A team led...

Mobarak appeals against death penalty

Mobarak appeals against death penalty

Convicted war criminal Mobarak Hossain today challenged the death penalty awarded him by a war crimes tribunal for his crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. Mobarok submitted an 82-page appeal before the Supreme Court seeking his acquittal of all the two charges on which he was found guilty. He also...

Fakhrul asks PM to speak cautiously

Fakhrul asks PM to speak cautiously

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today asked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to speak cautiously. The BNP spokesperson was reacting to a recent comment of Hasina who had termed the party’s Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman a “spoiled son” of Khaleda Zia, chief of the party. Fakhrul was addressing the day-long convention of former...

Khaleda denies meeting govt officials

Khaleda denies meeting govt officials

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today denied that any government officials met her saying intelligence agencies have provided the premier with wrong information as her time is running out. “You intelligence officials have provided you (Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina) with false information about the meeting as your time is about to end,” she said while...

Global life expectancy has 'increased by 6 years since 1990'

Global life expectancy has 'increased by 6 years since 1990'

Between 1990 and 2013, global life expectancy increased by nearly 5.8 years in men and 6.6 years in women, reports Medical News Today based on a new analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 published in The Lancet. "The progress we are seeing against a variety of illnesses and injuries is good, even remarkable, but we can and must do even better," says lead author Dr Christopher Murray, professor of Global Health at the University of Washington. "The huge increase in collective action and funding given to the major infectious diseases such as diarrhea, measles, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria has had a real impact," he says. "However, this study shows...

Errant pvt universities to face legal action: Nahid

Errant pvt universities to face legal action: Nahid

The authorities will go for legal action against the private universities that are not following the rules and regulations, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said today. The minister said some of the private universities are using it to serve their petty interests by irregularities, corruption, setting up illegal campuses and earning excess profits. In spite...

UN experts in Dhaka to support Sundarbans cleanup efforts

UN experts in Dhaka to support Sundarbans cleanup efforts

A United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team has arrived in Dhaka to support the government’s cleanup efforts of the oil spill in the Sundarbans. The team will support the ground work in coordination with the government and also conduct an assessment and advise on recovery and risk reduction measures. “In response to a...

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