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16 organisations fined for providing illegal internet connections

Dhaka, June 10 – Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has fined 16 internet providers Tk 20.20 lakh and filed cases against four others for providing internet connections without licences. The cases were filed with Sonadanga Model Police Station in Khulna, Rupganj Police Station in Narayanganj, and Chawkbazar Model Police Station and Kamrangirchar Police Station in Dhaka, said a BTRC press ... Read More »

Nushrat murder accused OC Moazzem to be arrested soon

Dhaka, June 10 (UNB) – Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Monday said former Sonagazi OC Moazzem Hossain will be arrested soon. “It’s difficult to arrest someone when he or she goes into hiding, but there’s no lack of effort (from the government) to find him out. I hope, he’ll be arrested soon and action will be taken ... Read More »

Digital Security Act not for curbing press freedom: Minister

Dhaka, Jun 10 (UNB) – Law Minister Anisul Huq on Monday told visiting European Union Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore that the government has enacted the Digital Security Act to deal with cybercrimes, not to suppress press freedom. “We’ve elaborately talked about overall Rohingya situation. We’ve also discussed some other issues as he (EU envoy) talked about the ... Read More »

2 gang-rape suspects wounded in Comilla ‘gunfight’ with cops

Cumilla, June 9 (UNB) – Two gang-rape suspects were injured in a reported gunfight with police at Baldakhal in Daudkandi upazila on Sunday afternoon. Police arrested the bullet-hit suspects -– Golam Rabbi and Rabbi Ahmed — after the gun battle and took them to Comilla Medical College Hospital under their custody, said officer-in-charge of Daudkandi Police Station M Rafiqul Islam. ... Read More »

800 ducks ‘poisoned’ to death in Netrakona

Netrakona, June 9 (UNB) – Some 800 ducks of a physically challenged farmer were ‘poisoned’ to death at Chhabila village in Kendua upazila on Sunday. Victim Abdul Quashem said he took his 1,700 ducks to a nearby haor from his farm in the morning as usual.  The ducks grazed in an abandoned paddy field and soon some of them started ... Read More »

Biman pilot travels to Doha sans passport: Cop suspended

Dhaka, June 8 – An immigration police officer at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport has been suspended over the travel of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines pilot to Qatar without his passport. On June 5, Captain Fazal Mahmud reached Doha Hamad International Airport in Qatar operating an aircraft from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here without any passport. Contacted, Additional Superintendent of Police ... Read More »

2 suspected drug dealers killed in Feni ‘gunfight’

Chattogram, June 9 – Two suspected drug dealers were killed in an alleged gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Fatehpur in Feni Sadar Upazila on early Sunday. The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately. Rab raided an abandoned house in rail gate area around 1:30am after being tipped off that a gang of drug dealers was ... Read More »

Sri Lanka’s sacred games

By Satya Sagar In the times we live in, where smoke and mirrors are the world’s two chief weapons of war, fiction is a better guide to contemporary events than ‘facts’ presented by governments and media. A case in point is the horrific Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, that killed over 250 and maimed scores of people, and has ... Read More »

The world has lost its compass

By Roberto Savio Rome, Jun 3 2019 (IPS) – The terrible feeling I had on waking up and seeing the Italian voting results at the recent European elections was that my country was suddenly full of strangers. How could the majority of Italians reconfirm a government which has been the most inefficient in history, quarrelling on everything every single day ... Read More »

No bail for man accused of Times Square plot

New York, Jun 8 (AP/UNB) — A New York City man accused of planning a terrorist attack on Times Square is being held without bail. Ashiqul Alam was arraigned Friday on charges he bought illegal guns from an undercover agent to move the plot forward. Federal prosecutors said in court that the 22-year-old is a flight risk and a danger ... Read More »

Aung San Suu Kyi finds common ground with Orbán over Islam

On a rare trip to Europe, Myanmar leader and Hungary PM discuss issue of ‘growing Muslim populations’ Hannah Ellis-Petersen Thu 6 Jun 2019 06.12 BST Last modified on Fri 7 Jun 2019 02.39 BST From her failure to speak out against ethnic cleansing to imprisoning journalists, the reputation of Aung San Suu Kyi in the west has taken a battering ... Read More »

3 Rohingyas one suspected drug peddler killed in ‘gunfights’

Cox’s Bazar, June 7 – Three Rohingya youths were killed in an alleged gunfight with police in connection with the kidnap of a minor girl in Teknaf Upazila while a suspected drug peddler was killed in Comilla on early Friday. Police identified them as Ukhiya Rohingya camp residents Shamsul Alam, 35, and Nur Alam, 21, and Leda Camp resident Habib, ... Read More »

Curbs on migration or freedom of movement— Swiss experience

by Vasco Pedrina Arguments about immigration have polarised between restriction and liberalisation. But key are accompanying measures to ensure freedom of movement is associated with wage and social protection. Together with Luxembourg, Switzerland is one of the countries with the highest proportion of foreign nationals: they are responsible for one-third of the country’s total working hours. Due to Switzerland’s higher ... Read More »

Road crashes kill 23 across Bangladesh during Eid fest

Dhaka, June 6 (UNB) – Road crashes between Tuesday and Thursday killed at least 23 people when millions of people went to their village homes and tourist destinations to celebrate the long Eid-ul-Fitr vacation. Accidents on highways during the holiday are common in Bangladesh. They are mostly blamed on reckless driving, unfit vehicles and dilapidated road conditions. During the ongoing ... Read More »

2 bodies of a woman and an old man recovered near Dhaka City

Keraniganj, June 5 – Police recovered the bodies of a woman from an under-construction building and that of an elderly man from the Buriganga River in Keraniganj on Wednesday. The deceased could not be identified till Wednesday evening. Officer-in-charge of South Keraniganj Police Station Shah Zaman said they recovered the body of the woman, aged around 30, from the 3rd ... Read More »

Lack of governance caused moonsighting confusion: BNP

Dhaka, June 5 – BNP on Wednesday slammed the government for creating confusion over the sighting of the moon and said it happened for the lack of good governance. “What happen yesterday (over moon sighting) is I think an outcome of the lack of good governance in the country,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Talking to reporters ... Read More »

Is ‘Big Tech’ too big? A look at growing antitrust scrutiny

Is Big Tech headed for a big breakup? San Francisco, June 5 (AP/UNB) —The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are moving to investigate Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple over their aggressive business practices, and the House Judiciary Committee has announced an unprecedented antitrust probe , promising “a top-to-bottom review of the market power held by giant tech ... Read More »

Militant attack kills 10 police in Sinai: Cairo

Egypt, June 5 (AP/UNB) — Islamic militants attacked a checkpoint in Egypt’s restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing at least 10 policemen, security officials said. The attack took place as Muslims in the city of el-Arish were holding prayers marking the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which follows the holy month of Ramadan, early in the morning. ... Read More »

Consumer Rights Protection official’s transfer halted

Dhaka, June 4 – A day after transferring him to the Road Transport and Highways Division, the government on Tuesday revoked the transfer of Deputy Director of the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection (DNCRP) Manzur Mohammad Shahriar, who led Monday’s drive against popular local brand Aarong. The Public Administration Ministry issued a notification cancelling the transfer order. Aarong’s Uttara ... Read More »

35 dead as Sudan troops move against democracy protesters

Sudan, June 4 (AP/UNB) — Sudan’s ruling military moved to crush the protest movement opposing its grip on power as security forces overran the main sit-in site in the capital Monday, unleashing furious volleys of gunfire, burning down tents and killing at least 35 people, witnesses and protest leaders said. With the assault, the generals signaled an end of their ... Read More »

World military spending at 3-decade high, biggest spender US

By Countercurrents TeamThe past year has been immensely successful for the war industry. The US is leading the charge, while some of its NATO allies are also buffing their war budgets citing the Russian threat despite Moscow decreasing its military spending. The driving force behind this increase is the growing appetite of the US military-industrial complex rather than real threats, ... Read More »

PBI pickup ploughs through RMG workers in Comilla; 3 dead

Comilla, June 3 – Three female garment workers were killed and nine people injured as a vehicle carrying Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) officials, including the investigation office of Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case, ploughed through them at Chandul in Chouddagaram Upazila on Monday afternoon. The deceased were identified as Kazal, Nasima and Tanjina, workers of Dragon ... Read More »

OIC to launch case at ICJ over HR violation of Rohingyas

Dhaka, June 3 (UNB) – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called upon the ad hoc ministerial committee led by the Gambia to take immediate measures to launch the case of Myanmar’s human rights violations against Rohingyas at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on behalf of the OIC. It affirmed its support for the ad hoc ministerial committee ... Read More »

Bangladeshi shot dead in South Africa

Chattogram, June 3 (UNB)- A Bangladeshi youth was gunned down by ‘robbers’ at East Ran Diepsloot of Johannesburg in South Africa on Sunday. The deceased was identified as Shahadat Hossain, 24, son of Estefaz Uddin of Borhatia union under Lohagara upazila. Mohammad Rubel, elder brother of Shahadat, said  a gang of armed robbers looted valuables from a shop at 6pm ... Read More »

Pentagon tells White House to stop politicizing military

Seoul, Jun 3 (AP/UNB) — The Pentagon has told the White House to stop politicizing the military, amid a furor over a Trump administration order to have the Navy ship named for the late U.S. Sen. John McCain hidden from view during President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Japan. Trump’s top aide scoffed at the idea that anyone working for ... Read More »

Populists, greens and the new map of European politics

by Sheri Berman In light of the gains by green parties and right-wing populists in the Euro-elections, Sheri Berman explores how the traditionally dominant parties respond to such challenges. ‘Peak populism’ and the ‘green wave‘ was how many observers summarised the outcome of the recent European Parliament elections. Green parties will have 69 seats in the new parliament, up from ... Read More »

Suspected drug peddler killed in Cox’s Bazar ‘gunfight’

Cox’s Bazar, June 3 – A suspected drug peddler was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Teknaf Upazila early Monday. The deceased was identified as Mufizur Rahman, 40, son of Golam Akbar of Hoaikang union’s Ulubunia Katakhali area of Teknaf upazila. He was a listed drug peddler. According to information given by Mufizur, a police team conducted a ... Read More »

Lack of future prompts Rohingya to flee Bangladesh

Md. Kamruzzaman Dhaka, Bangladesh – Nineteen-year-old Mohammad Amin is one of the 54 Rohingya refugees who each paid 45,000 Bangladeshi taka ($532) to local traffickers to go to Malaysia earlier this month. For three days and two nights they believed they were on a boat headed to Malaysia where they would be taken for a job. They were instead left ... Read More »

DG Rab wants lawyers to shun legal assistance to militants

Dhaka, June 2 – Director General (DG) of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Benazir Ahmed yesterday (Sunday) asked lawyers to refrain from extending legal assistance to the militants. He urged lawyers of the country to reconsider the issue of providing legal aid to the fundamentalists and militants. “Those who are advocating for militants can also be attacked by them. Militants have ... Read More »

GM Siraj to contest Bogura-6 by-polls with ‘Sheaf of Paddy’

Dhaka, Jun 2 (UNB) – BNP has finally kept trust in its former MP GM Siraj by allocating the party election symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ for him to contest the   by-election to Bogura-6 parliamentary seat. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday handed over a party letter to GM Siraj at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office nominating him as ... Read More »