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  • Islamic State fight seen costing US $2.4bn or more annually

    Islamic State fight seen costing US $2.4bn or more annually

    US planes are flying about 60 reconnaissance sorties per dayUS military efforts against Islamic State have cost nearly $1bn so far and are likely to run between $2.4bn  and $3.8bn per year if air and ground operations continue at the current pace, according to a think tank analysis.

    But a ramp-up, including more airstrikes and a significant boost in ground forces, could send costs soaring to between $13bn and $22bn annually, said the analysis released on Monday by the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

  • Israel PM tries to shift focus from IS to Iran

    Netanyahu described Iran, Islamic State and Hamas as part of a single teamIsrael’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday tried to shift the spotlight away from the Islamic State militant group and back to Iran, warning the United Nations that a nuclear-armed Tehran would pose a far greater threat than “militant Islamists on pickup trucks.”

    Islamic State’s seizure of large swaths of Syria and Iraq and its killings of civilians and soldiers have dominated discussions during five days of speeches at the United Nations General Assembly podium and on the sidelines.

  • Russian economy to see zero growth this year as Ukraine fall-out bites

    Russian economy to see zero growth this year as Ukraine fall-out bites

    Economists cut back their growth Russia’s economy will fail to grow at all in 2014 and inflation will reach a four-year high, a Reuters poll of economists showed yesterday, as Western sanctions over Ukraine bite.

    Economists cut back their growth forecasts for Russia this year as the escalating Ukraine crisis prompted waves of Western sanctions and a massive outflow of capital that are both hurting Russian companies’ ability to
    raise finance.

  • Ukraine opens criminal case against Russian officials

    Ukrainian state prosecutors said yesterday they had opened a criminal investigation against a Russian law enforcement agency, accusing it of supporting separatist and “terrorist” groups in the east of the country.

    The move appeared to be a tit-for-tat response to a criminal case launched on Monday by Russia against “unidentified representatives of Ukraine’s senior political and military leadership,” National Guard and nationalist organisations, in which it accused them of committing “genocide.”

  • The disappearing sea! Once the world’s fourth biggest lake, Aral Sea is now almost totally dry

    The disappearing sea! Once the world’s fourth biggest lake, Aral Sea is now almost totally dry

    It was once the fourth largest lake in the world, but what used to be an expanse of water in the basin of the Kyzylkum Desert now lies almost completely dry.

    The Aral Sea has been retreating over the last half-century since a massive Soviet irrigation project diverted water from the rivers that fed it into farmland, according to a report by The Independent.

  • Model fooled into giving birth to fake footballer’s child

    Model fooled into giving birth to fake footballer’s child

    The pair went on to have a relationship, meeting for sex in hotels, with Cunningham telling friends she was dating an unnamed Premier League starA wannabe WAG claims she was conned into believing her boyfriend was Hull City captain Curtis Davies for 18 months – and only realised she’d been duped hours before giving birth to the fraudster’s child.

    Josie Cunningham – who is best known for having undergone nearly £5,000 worth of cosmetic breast enhancement surgery on the NHS – says she was “manipulated” into having a relationship with a man pretending to be the Premier League defender.

    And she is now having his baby, having gone into labour at the weekend.

  • Nadal wins on return, Djokovic stays perfect

    Nadal wins on return, Djokovic stays perfect

    Nadal’s last match before Beijing was a last 16 defeat to Australian Nick Kyrgios at WimbledonRafa Nadal enjoyed an emphatic return to singles action as he powered past Richard Gasquet at the China Open on Tuesday, while world number one Novak Djokovic overcame a sluggish start to continue his perfect run in Beijing.

  • Narine reported for suspect action

    Narine reported for suspect action

    If Narine is reported again for the same problem, he will be debarred from bowling further in the Champions League T20 although he can play as batsmanWest Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been reported for suspect bowling action during a Champions League T20 match between KKR and Dolphins, in Hyderabad on Monday in what turned out to be another ICC crackdown on chucking.

    The CLT20 organising committee issued a media advisory, confirming the development, that on-field umpires Anil Chaudhary and Chettihody Shamshuddin along with third umpire Kumar Dharmasena have expressed their suspicion about the quicker delivery bowled by Narine.

  • Obama, Modi vow to boost strategic ties

    Obama, Modi vow to boost strategic ties

    Modi has received a warm welcome in the United States even though he was denied a visa in 2005US President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have vowed to expand and deepen their countries’ strategic partnership and make it a model for the rest of
    the world.

    In a joint “vision statement” issued after their first meeting at a White House dinner on Monday, the two leaders said they would work together “not just for the benefit of both our nations, but for the benefit of the world.”

  • Modi: Terrorism in India exported, not homegrown

    The prime minister dwelt at length on the challenges posed by terrorism while addressing the Council for Foreign Relations in New York on MondayIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that all terrorism in India is “exported” and are not “home-grown,” asserting it has “no borders.” Modi said this even as he rejected any distinction between good and bad terrorism and called for a collective fight to effectively tackle the global challenge.

    The prime minister dwelt at length on the challenges posed by terrorism while addressing the Council for Foreign Relations in New York on Monday, on the fourth day of his five-day visit to the US, PTI reported.

  • Minister Latif in the dog-house

    Minister Latif in the dog-house

    PMO official says removal of minister after Hasina’s return from UKStatements from government officials and ruling party leaders have deepened the confusion surrounding the removal of Post, Telecommunications and IT Minister Abdul Latif Siddique over a speech he delivered in the USA.

    On Sunday, addressing a programme organised by immigrant Bangladeshis in New York, the minister said he was against Hajj and Ijtema and that the pilgrimages were wastage of valuable money and manpower.

    He also said prime minister’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy was no one to make any important decision of the state.

  • US signs pact to keep troops in Afghanistan past 2014

    Ghani’s predecessor, Hamid Karzai, had long refused to agree to the deal, souring his ties with the United StatesOfficials from Afghanistan and the United States yesterday signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani.

    National security adviser Hanif Atmar and US Ambassador James Cunningham signed the bilateral security agreement in a televised ceremony at the presidential palace, one day after Ghani was inaugurated.

  • Tk500cr gap between new and old rates

    The telecom minister and influential industry figures had reportedly been trying to give the fresh rate a retrospective effect from July 1The fate of around Tk500 crore, which IGW operators reportedly owe to the government in accordance to the previous call termination rate, has become uncertain because of confusion over the recently announced rate and revenue sharing structure.

    The new termination rate was reduced to ¢1.5 per minute from ¢3, following Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s approval on September 18. According to the approval letter, the new rate and revenue sharing structure was supposed to come into effect from the date of issuance.

  • Northern Afghans threaten to rebel if power-sharing deal fails

    The new president is an ethnic Pashtun with a support base in the east and south of the countryAfghans in a strategically important province north of the capital have threatened to rebel if the country’s new president does not respect an agreement to share power with their chosen leader, Abdullah Abdullah.

    Ashraf Ghani, a former finance minister, was sworn in as president on Monday, ending the stand-off with Abdullah, an ex-foreign minister, over who won the vote. Stability will now depend on how well the alliance holds.

  • HK leader says China adamant; students seek talks on democracy

    Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s rejection of the student demandsPro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong’s top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a speech ahead of Wednesday’s National Day holiday, vowed to “steadfastly safeguard” Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability. He said Beijing believes Hong Kong will “create an even better future in the big family of the motherland.”

  • Modi: Delhi to stand by Dhaka

    Hasina visited New York from September 22 to 28 to attend the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and met Modi on the sidelines on September 27Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina that New Delhi would always stand by Dhaka and its relationship with Bangladesh was the most important in the South Asian region.

    “Modi expressed interest in working with all South Asian countries to strengthen cooperation and ensure development in the region. Hasina also assured him of working with India in this regard,” Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told a press briefing at his ministry yesterday.

  • Joj Mia testifies, accuses CID officials of harassment

    Former CID officials Ruhul Amin and Abdur Rashid were the investigators of the caseFor the first time before any court, Joj Mia yesterday described how some CID officials had orchestrated a cooked-up story in connection with the August 21 attack on an Awami League rally in 2004.

    To make him play the role of the key player in the two cases filed over the attack, Joj said the top officials of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) had threatened to implicate him in many false cases, kill him in “crossfire” and endanger the lives of his family members.

  • US cable: Tarique phoned for JMB leader Khamaru’s release

    Tarique intervened at the behest of former state minister for land Ruhul Kuddus Talukder DuluMahtab Khamaru, the second-in-command of hanged JMJB chief Bangla Bhai, was arrested in 2005 but subsequently released since then prime minister Khaleda Zia’s elder son Tarique Rahman had asked the home state minister to do so, says a US embassy cable leaked by WikiLeaks.

  • Tarique: Hasina’s Bangladesh a militant state

    He made the allegation in a speech delivered at a programme on the late president and BNP founder Ziaur Rahman in London on MondayBNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman has alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants to portray Bangladesh as a militant state to the world.

    He made the allegation in a speech delivered at a programme on the late president and BNP founder Ziaur Rahman in London on Monday.

    “When Hasina comes to power, she wants to represent Bangladesh as a militant state. She has accomplished the same task at the UN General Assembly this time too,” Tarique said.

  • Illegal saw mills mushrooming in Patuakhali coastal areas

    A total of 59 saw mills are running in the upazila. Of them, 40 saw mills have approval from the Department of Environment and Forest department while 19 others are operating without any approvalRunning of illegal saw mills at different places in Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali has created havoc on environment making the coastal belt more vulnerable to the adverse impact of climate change. 

    According to Kalapara forest office, a total of 59 saw mills are running in the upazila. Of them, 40 saw mills have approval from the Department of Environment and Forest department while 19 others are operating without any approval.

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