Category: News

Seven-murder case plaintiff Beauty worried for witnesses

REF: Selina Islam Beauty, wife of slain city councillor Nazrul Islam, said ‘cadres’ of prime suspect Nur Hossain created a ‘environment of fear for the witnesses’ by their presence on the court premises during the last hearing.

She raised the allegations on Tuesday, a day after a Narayanganj court indicted 35 persons, including former city councillor Nur Hossain and three former RAB officials, for the 2014 murders in the town.
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Norway probes child sex abuse cases at refugee centres

REF: Norwegian police say they are investigating “several” cases of children suffering from sexual abuse at asylum-seekers’ reception centers in the country.


Axel Wilhelm Due, from the National Criminal Investigation Services, told The Associated Press news agency on Tuesday that the abuse cases were reported to authorities towards the end of last year, without providing specific figures.

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Justice Shamsuddin says Supreme Court finally ‘agrees to accept his verdicts, orders’

REF: After several developments throughout the day, retired Supreme Court judge AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury says he now can submit the verdicts and orders he wrote after retirement.


UN Security Council condemns N Korea rocket launch

REF: The UN Security Council strongly condemned North Korea’s rocket launch and said it would speed up work on a sanctions resolution “in response to these dangerous and serious violations.”


The statement on Sunday was adopted by China, Pyongyang’s ally, and the 14 other council members during an emergency meeting called after Pyongyang said it had put a satellite into orbit with a rocket launch.

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Bangladesh gears up Zika virus prevention plan after WHO emergency call

REF: Bangladesh official will meet in a “technical committee” meeting on Thursday to devise a plan to prevent the mosquito-borne Zika virus.


Prof AKM Shamsuzzaman, Line Director of the Centre for Disease Control, told they have made the move after the World Health Organization declared the virus an “international public health emergency” on Monday.


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Zika virus infection ‘through sex’ reported in US

REF: A rare case of the Zika virus being transmitted through sex, not a mosquito bite, has been reported in the US.


A patient infected in Dallas, Texas, is likely to have been infected by sexual contact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) told the BBC.

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Israeli forces and settlers besiege Hebron

REF: Israeli troops raided the offices of an activist group that monitors human rights violations by Israeli military forces and Jewish settlers, and took over homes in neighbouring districts, a rights group and residents told Al Jazeera.


“The area is besieged,” Issa Amro, coordinator ofYouth Against Settlements in the Old City of Hebron, told Al Jazeera by telephone on Saturday.

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Booths packed as Myanmar votes in historic election

REF: Yangon, Myanmar – Voting is under way in Myanmar’s parliamentary election, the first openly contested poll in 25 years, which could determine if the military-backed ruling party will hold on to power, or lose to the opposition led by pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi.


Amid allegations of voting irregularities, around 30 million voters will cast their ballots on Sunday, and pick from among the 6,065 candidates to fill the two houses of the national parliament and regional assemblies.

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Taiwan and China leaders to meet for the first time

REF: Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday, in what will be the first meeting between leaders from the two rival nations since the end of a civil war in 1949.


The two presidents will “exchange views on cross-strait issues” Ma’s spokesman Charles Chen said on Tuesday, referring to the stretch of water separating mainland China and Taiwan.


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Bangladesh important IS target, says former Indian army general

REF: A former Indian army officer says Muslim majority Bangladesh, despite its “initial success” in countering radicalisation, remains an “important” target of the Islamic State to expand its caliphate.


Lt General Syed Ata Hasnain, however, did not see any ‘big’ IS presence in the region, including in Bangladesh, at present.
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