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5-tier security at Nat’l Eidgah, Baitul Mukarram for Eid-ul- Azha Jamaat

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia today said 5-tier security has been arranged for the prayer of Eid-ul-Azha, at Jatiya Eidgah and Baitul Mukarram, scheduled to be held on August 12. “Police personnel both in uniform and plain clothes, members of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit and bomb ... Read More »

Green Climate Fund agrees on ways to decide sans consensus

Songdo, 11 July (Indrajit Bose) — The Board of the UNFCCC’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) adopted a key decision on how the Board will make decisions in the event consensus could not be reached at its 23rd meeting in Songdo, South Korea from 6-8 July. In what several Board members termed as a “historic” decision, the Board adopted the decision ... Read More »

Ban Ki-Moon wants global climate adaptation centre in Dhaka

Dhaka, Jul 10 (UNB) – Former UN Secretary-General, who is also the chairman of the Global Commission on Adaptation, Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday proposed setting up a global centre for adaptation in Bangladesh for the South and South-East Asia. He placed the proposal when he along with President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Dr Hilda C Heine met ... Read More »

US to enlist military allies in Gulf and Yemen waters

Dhaka, Jul 10 (UNB) – A senior general has said the US wants to create an international military coalition to safeguard waters around Iran and Yemen, reports the BBC. Marine General Joseph Dunford said he wanted to “ensure freedom of navigation” in the region, which provides essential trade routes. Last month the US blamed Iranian-backed fighters for attacks on two ... Read More »

UK’s Labour shifts policy, now backs new Brexit referendum

London, Jul 9 (AP/UNB) — In a significant shift, Britain’s main opposition Labour Party said Tuesday that Britain’s next prime minister should hold a referendum on whether to leave the European Union or remain in the bloc. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the party would campaign to stay in the EU if a referendum was called by whoever succeeds Prime ... Read More »

Far-right Greek party crashes out of Parliament

Greece, July 8 (AP/UNB) — Golden Dawn, the far-right, anti-immigrant party that had shocked Greek politics by evolving from a marginal, violent neo-Nazi group into Greece’s third-largest party during the country’s economic crisis, was knocked out of Parliament in Sunday’s national election. With nearly 95 percent of precincts reporting, Golden Dawn had 2.95% of the votes, just under the 3 ... Read More »

Dhaka-Beijing strategic ties helpful for prosperity in Asia

Dhaka, July 6 (UNB) – China has conveyed Bangladesh that the strategic partnership of cooperation between the two countries will be ‘helpful in a big way’ towards the prosperity and stability in Asia and beyond apart from serving the mutual interest of the two nations. The Chinese leadership conveyed it to Bangladesh during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s five-day official that ... Read More »

World is off track in its education commitments for 2030

Almost a third of the way to the 2030 deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals, new UNESCO projections prepared for the UN High-level Political Forum show that the world will fail its education commitments without a rapid acceleration of progress. In 2030, when all children should be in school, one in six aged 6-17 will still be excluded. Many children ... Read More »

More than 80 migrants feared drowned off Tunisia Coast

Dhaka, July 5 – Dozens of African migrants are feared to have drowned after their boat capsized off the coast of Tunisia after setting off for Europe from Libya, a government source and the Tunisian Red Crescent said on Thursday, reports The New York Times. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement more ... Read More »

Rouhani: Iran will enrich uranium to ‘any amount we want’

Tehran, Jul 4 (AP/UNB) — Iran’s president warned that Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to “any amount that we want” beginning on Sunday, putting further pressure on European nations to save its faltering nuclear deal and offer a way around intense U.S. sanctions. President Hassan Rouhani’s threat, combined with Iran surpassing the stockpile limits of the 2015 atomic ... Read More »

Airstrike hits migrant detention center in Libya, 44 killed

Benghazi, Jul 3 (AP/UNB) — An airstrike hit a detention center for migrants in the Libyan capital early Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and wounding more than 130, the U.N. mission to the war-torn country said. The airstrike raises further concerns about the European Union’s policy of partnering with Libyan militias to prevent migrants from crossing the Mediterranean, which ... Read More »

EU needs new noisy electric cars for pedestrian safety

Brussels, July 1 (Xinhua/UNB)– From July 1, new types of electric and hybrid vehicles in the European Union (EU) are required to install sound generating devices to help increase the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. An electric car’s acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS) must make a continuous audible noise when travelling below 19 km per hour to signal the vehicle’s ... Read More »

Trump becomes 1st sitting US leader to enter North Korea

Panmunjom, Jun 30 (AP/UNB) — With grins and handshakes, President Donald Trump welcomed North Korea’s Kim Jong Un at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone Sunday, seeking to revive talks on the pariah nation’s nuclear program in a bid for a legacy-defining accord. Trump then became the first sitting American leader to step into North Korea. The brief photo-op, another historic ... Read More »

G20 summit: World leaders sans Trump agree on climate deal

Leaders have agreed on a climate deal similar to the one struck in Argentina in 2018. The US has again refused to commit to tackling climate change. World leaders attending the 2019 G20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka on Saturday agreed to a climate change deal similar to that signed in Argentina last year. Speaking at the conclusion ... Read More »

‘Back on track’: Trump, Xi seal trade war truce

Osaka, Japan, June 30, 2019 – US President Donald Trump on Sunday hailed trade talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as “far better than expected” and vowed to hold off on further tariffs as negotiations continue. “The quality of the transaction is far more important to me than speed. I am in no hurry, but things look very good!” ... Read More »

Atrocities against Rohingyas: ICC forms pre-trial chamber

Dhaka, June 26 (UNB) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has constituted pre-trial Chamber-III demonstrating further progress over ongoing process to look into the atrocities committed against the Rohingyas. The Chamber is composed of Judge Robert Fremr, Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Judge Geoffrey Henderson , according to a media release issued by ICC on Wednesday. This decision follows a ... Read More »

Convince Myanmar to take Rohingyas back: PM to China

Dhaka, Jun 25 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged China to persuade Myanmar so that they take back their over one million Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh. The Prime Minister made the plea when Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo met her at her Sangsad Bhaban office. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. He ... Read More »

Europeans cool on Iran coalition talk, seek de-escalation

Berlin, June 24 (AP/UNB) — European officials on Monday appeared cool toward U.S. talk of building a global coalition against Iran, with the German foreign minister warning that “maximum pressure” without diplomacy increases the risks of a war and several others stressing that their priority is to de-escalate tensions in the Middle East. The split over Iran comes amid deepening ... Read More »

Trump signs order imposing sanctions on Iran supreme leader

Washington, Jun 25 (AP/UNB) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday targeting Iran’s supreme leader and his associates with financial sanctions, the latest action the U.S. has taken to discourage Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and supporting militant groups. The sanctions follow Iran’s downing of a more than $100 million U.S. surveillance drone over the Strait of ... Read More »

Warrant against Artist Mila for not testifying before court

Dhaka, June 24 – A court of Dhaka on Sunday issued warrant of arresst against singer Mila as she did not appear in the court to testify for a long time.Judge Md Sharif Uddin of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-9 of Dhaka issued the warrant on Sunday.Earlier, the court fixed Sunday to record the depositions of complainant Mila. ... Read More »

Iranians say their ‘bones breaking’ under US sanctions

Tehran, Jun 24 (AP/UNB) — As the U.S. piles sanction after sanction on Iran, it’s the average person who feels it the most. From a subway performer’s battered leather hat devoid of tips, to a bride-to-be’s empty purse, the lack of cash from the economic pressure facing Iran’s 80 million people can be seen everywhere. Many blame President Donald Trump ... Read More »

White House unveils $50 billion Palestinian economic plan

Washington, Jun 23 (AP/UNB)  — The Trump administration on Saturday unveiled a $50 billion Palestinian investment and infrastructure proposal intended to be the economic engine to power its much-anticipated but still unreleased “deal of the century” Middle East peace plan. The scheme, which calls for a mix of public and private financing and intends to create at least a million ... Read More »

UK arms sales to Saudis suspended after court ruling

The court holds the government failed to consider violations in Yemen London – The Court of Appeal in London ruled on June 20, 2019, that the United Kingdom government’s refusal to consider Saudi Arabia’s laws-of-war violations in Yemen before licensing arms sales was unlawful, Human Rights Watch said today. The landmark decision requires the UK government to reconsider its decision ... Read More »

China, North Korean leaders hold talks

Beijing, June 20 (AP/UNB) — The leaders of China and North Korea are holding talks in the North Korean capital. China’s official Xinhua News Agency said President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sat down for talks Thursday in Pyongyang. It provided no further details. Xi arrived earlier Thursday for a two-day state visit. He and Kim are ... Read More »

Tensions rise as Iran speeds up enrichment, US sends troops

Tehran, Jun 18 (AP/UNB) — Iran will surpass the uranium-stockpile limit set by its nuclear deal in the next 10 days, an official said Monday, raising pressure on Europeans trying to save the accord a year after the U.S. withdrawal lit the fuse for the heightened tensions now between Tehran and Washington. Hours later, the two countries seemed locked in ... Read More »

Shakib, Liton stars as Tigers maul West Indies

Shakib hits back-to-back centuries, becomes top scorer Dhaka, June 17 – Riding on the back-to-back tons by Shakib Al Hasan and a brisk half-century by Liton Das, Bangladesh outclassed West Indies by seven wickets with 51 balls to spare in their fifth game of the ongoing World Cup at Taunton on Monday. Chasing a record total of 321 runs, the ... Read More »

Hong Kong leader suspends unpopular bill for now

Hong Kong, Jun 15 (AP/UNB) -Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said she will suspend a proposed extradition bill indefinitely. Lam told media Saturday she took the move in response to widespread public unhappiness over the measure, which would enable authorities to send some suspects to stand trial in mainland courts. Many in the former British colony worry it ... Read More »

Proposed budget business-friendly: FBCCI

Dhaka, June 15 — The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has lauded the proposed national budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year as a “business-friendly” one. “We thank Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Finance Minister Mustafa Kamal for announcing such a public and business-friendly budget. We hope it’ll help flourish the economic development of the country,” FBCCI ... Read More »

Tankers struck near Strait of Hormuz; US blames Iran

Dubai, June 14 (AP/UNB) — The U.S. blamed Iran for suspected attacks on two oil tankers Thursday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, denouncing what it called a campaign of “escalating tensions” in a region crucial to global energy supplies. The U.S. Navy rushed to assist the stricken vessels in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of Iran, including ... Read More »