Archive for: June 2015

Former minister Latif Siddique freed on bail in cases for ‘hurting religious sensitivities’

REF: Former telecoms minister Adbul Latif Siddique has been released from jail after securing bails in several cases that accuse him of ‘hurting religious sentiment’.

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Dhaka Central Jail’s Senior Superintendent Farman Ali told bdnews24.com that the former Awami League presidium member was released from the prison cell of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

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Deadly car bomb hits army hospital in Yemeni capital

REF: A car bomb has exploded near a military hospital in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, killing at least 28 people, security officials have said.

In a statement posted online on Monday, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group claimed responsibility for the car bomb attack that also injured 20 others – adding that they had organised the attack on what they called a “Shia nest” in the Yemeni capital.

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Education secretary defies minister, causes college admissions system crash

REF: Education Secretary Nazrul Islam Khan allegedly defied Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and forced all colleges to use the automated students selection system, causing a crisis.

A bdnews24.com investigation into the cause behind the three-day delay in publication of college admission results found that he disregarded a written instruction by the minister which was to include only colleges with seats above 300 into the system.

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Gaza-bound flotilla vessel seized by Israeli navy

REF: Israel has boarded and taken over a vessel attempting to break the blockade of the Palestinian territory.In a statement the Israeli army said on Monday that it did not use force in redirecting the main boat “Marianne” to the Israeli city of Ashdod.

Avichay Adraee, the Israeli army spokesman, said that the takeover of the flotilla happened after the vessel refused to listen to the warning of its navy. He said it happened quickly and “without anyone getting harm”.

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10 killed in flash flood, storm, landslides in Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban 10 killed in flash flood, storm, landslides in Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban

REF: At least 10 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban due to heavy rain.Thirteen others were injured and two were reported missing.

Five were killed in flash flood at Ramu, and two died after trees fell on them during the storm at Saint Martin’s Island on Friday.

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ISIL on 24 hour ‘killing rampage’ through Kobane

REF: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has killed at least 146 civilians in a 24-hour rampage through the Kurdish town of Kobane in what a monitor described as one of the group’s “worst massacres” in Syria.

Women and children were among the slain civilians whose bodies were found in their homes and in the streets, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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US Supreme Court rules in favour of gay marriage

REF: The US Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the country, in a culmination of two decades of litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.

 

“No union is more profound than marriage,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy, joined by the court’s four more liberal justices on Friday.

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Rohingyas tell Europe they are Burmese

REF: Denied citizenship at home, Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority is trying to tell the world that they are Burmese.

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Fleeing sectarian violence, hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have taken refuge in Bangladesh, but the Burmese authorities have so far refused to take them back.

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Morgues overflow in Pakistan as heatwave toll nears 800

REF: Karachi, Pakistan – The death toll from a severe heatwave in southern Pakistan is edging towards 800, with the threat of more deaths to come as temperatures remain unseasonably high for the fourth consecutive day, officials have told Al Jazeera.

At least 775 people have died of heatstroke, dehydration or other heat-related illnesses in Karachi, the country’s largest city, since Saturday, according to government figures.

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Myanmar will release abducted Nayek Razzak this week, says BGB chief

REF: Myanmar’s border force will repatriate abducted Nayek Abdur Razzak this week, says the Border Guard Bangladesh chief.Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) sent a letter intimating the decision on Tuesday evening, BGB chief Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed told bdnews24.com.
Referring to the letter, he said they would release Razzak in a flag meeting.He, however, did not say if Myanmar set any condition to send back Razzak.

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