Archive for: August 2015

Border firing kills nine on India-Pakistan war anniversary

REF : Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least nine people on Friday, the day India marked the 50th anniversary of a war between the two South Asian nations.

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On the Pakistani side of the frontier, six civilians were killed and more than 40 were treated for wounds in hospital in the town of Sialkot, the media wing of the Pakistani military said.

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Housewife gang-raped in Dhaka amidst outcry over rise in crime against women

REF: Another woman has purportedly been raped by a group of youths at Sabujbagh’s Nandiparha in Dhaka amid outcry over a rise of reported incidents in past several months in the capital alone.


The housewife, who returned from Oman four months ago, on Thursday night filed a case at Sabujbagh Police Station accusing 10 unidentified people, including a woman, OC Md Rafiqul Islam said.
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Dozens of dead refugees found on boats off Libya

REF: Rescuers have saved about 3,000 refugees but found more than 50 dead on boats near the coast of Libya, according to the Italian coastguard.


At least 55 bodies were discovered on Wednesday on three overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean Sea, the coastguard said.

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Army, BGB launch joint operation in Bandarban after firing by ‘Arakan Army’

REF: The army and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have launched a joint operation along the border with Myanmar at Thanchi Upazila in Bandarban after a gunbattle between a ‘separatist outfit’ and the border guards.


Two teams of the army and another of the BGB were flown in to Barha Modak area after the incident on Wednesday morning.

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Why is ISIL targeting cultural heritage?

REF: The armed group’s destruction of ancient sites in Syria and Iraq is drawing condemnation worldwide.

The latest site ISIL fighters have destroyed is the ancient temple of Baal Shamin in the Syrian city of Palmyra.

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Home Minister Kamal defends under fire RAB, says the force always follows law

REF: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has sprung to the defence of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), which is under fire for allegedly carrying out extrajudicial killings.


He says the force always adheres to the law.His remark comes after a Dhaka court ordered a judicial enquiry into the death of Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Md Arzu Mia in a ‘gunfight’ with RAB.

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China extends its Black Monday stocks selloff

REF: Chinese stocks have tumbled another 6.41 percent on the opening of its markets on Tuesday, extending Monday’s nine percent plunge as worries mount over the state of its economy.


The falls followed wild early trading in Asian stocks, with some indices appearing to be recovering after opening lower on Tuesday.

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JaSaD finds Sheikh Selim, BNP rants similar, sounds warning to coalition partner Awami League

REF: Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal is angry at the similarity in the nature of tirades launched by Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and BNP leader Asaduzzaman Ripon over JaSaD’s role after the Liberation War.


Such remarks will create confusion in the ruling 14-Party alliance, JaSaD has said in a veiled warning to the Awami League which leads the coalition.

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ISIL destroys ancient temple in Syria’s Palmyra

REF: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has blown up a 2,000-year-old temple in the UNESCO-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, a rights group and the country’s antiquities chief have said.


Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s antiquities chief, said the group placed a large quantity of explosives in the temple of Baal Shamin on Sunday and blew it up, causing much damage.

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Oil prices to drop in Bangladesh in line with global slump

REF: The government will lower fuel prices after months of resisting downward revision despite the freefall of global oil prices.

The prices of fuel oil in the domestic market would be re-fixed in September by adjusting them with the international prices, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said on Sunday.

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