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  • Dubai TV pays tribute to Bangladeshi woman

    She did a heroic act by saving my son and his three friends. We all owe this woman and we are all saddened by her death, says Abu Abdullah last weekDubai TV has paid tributes to a heroic Bangladeshi housemaid who saved the life of four children before drowning in Abu Dhabi’s waters last week.

    Emirates247.com, an online news portal, reported this on Tuesday.

    According to the report, the TV announcer started the programme by saying the maid “sacrificed her life to save the lives of her employers’ children".

    “This incident totally contravenes accusations against housemaids in the UAE…it could be a result of good treatment of the maid by her employers,” he said.

  • US mid-terms: Battle for the Senate as polls open

    Americans are voting in mid-term elections which will decide who controls the Senate and pave the way for the 2016 race for the White House.

    Polling booths opened in the eastern states at 06:00 local time (11:00 GMT).

    The Republicans, who already control the House of Representatives, need to gain just six seats to take the Senate.

    Meanwhile the Democrats are battling to stay ahead as President Barack Obama's approval ratings fall to the lowest they have been since he was elected.

  • Noted singer Mohammad Ali Siddiqui dies

    He was awarded with many prizes including the National Award, Dinesh Padak, Bandhan Lifetime Award and Shilpakala Academy AwardVeteran singer Mohammad Ali Siddiqui died of old-age complications on Tuesday morning. He was 70.

    He died at around 9.30am at his Mirpur section-2 residence, said Suraya Siddiqui, widow of the deceased, reports BSS.

    He was buried at Mirpur Intellectual Graveyard after Namaz-e-Janaza at Masjidul Fitr at Mirpur-2 after Asar prayers.

    He left behind his wife, three daughters and a host of relatives, fans and well wishers to mourn his death.

  • BGB deployed across country

    Jamaat enforces a 48-hour shutdown from 6am on Wednesday till 6am on FridayMembers of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have been deployed in the capital as well as different parts of the country on Tuesday evening ahead of the 48-hour hartal called by Jamaat-e-Islami starting from Wednesday morning.

    The paramilitary force members started patrolling different strategic points of the city alongside members of other law enforcement agencies, said sources at the BGB headquarters, reports UNB.

  • Indian fellowship programme for Bangladeshi researchers

    The researchers of Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka are also included for the programme initiated by Department of Science and Technology (DST) of IndiaIndia has launched India Science and Research Fellowship (ISRF) programme for Bangladeshi researchers to work in Indian universities and research Institutions.

    The researchers of Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka were also included for the programme initiated by Department of Science and Technology (DST) of India, reports BSS.

    The fellowship programme was launched as part of India's initiatives to engage with its neighboring countries to develop Science and Technology partnerships.

  • For the war criminal, being a journalist was a privilege

    Following the Shahbagh uprising, the National Press Club authorities said last year that they had cancelled both Quader Molla and Kamaruzzaman’s membershipsSixty two-year old war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman enjoyed a journalist’s status for more than three decades including a membership of the National Press Club.

    With yesterday’s verdict, Kamaruzzaman became the second Jamaat-e-Islami leader whose death penalty got final confirmation from the Supreme Court, following his party colleague Quader Molla, who was executed in December last year.

  • BNP reschedules party meetings

    BNP has postponed its three scheduled meetings due to nationwide hartals enforced by the Jamaat-e-Islami.

    Maruf Kamal Khan, press secretary of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, on Tuesday told the Dhaka Tribune about the rearranging of the three key meetings.

    Maruf said party's Standing Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been shifted to November 13.

    And Thursday’s scheduled meeting with BNP's vice chairmen and join secretaries general will take place on November 11, he informed.

  • Evening Brief

    Kamaruzzaman shifted to Dhaka jail

    Death condemned war criminal Kamaruzzaman has been brought to Dhaka Central Jail from Kashimpur Jail.

    Jannatul Farhad, jailer of Kashimpur High Security Jail, told the Dhaka Tribune that Kamaruzzaman was sent to Dhaka Central Jail around 12pm.

    Kolkata port on high alert

    Kolkata port in West Bengal has been put on a high alert, with central security agencies warning of a terror threat, reports India Today.

  • 14 fishermen kidnapped in Patuakhali

    Pirates have kidnapped 14 fishermen from the Bay of Bengal under Kalapara upazila in Patuakhali.

    A gang of bandits of Raja Bahini swooped on two trawlers at Char Gangamati adjacent to Kuakata sea beach around 10am on Tuesday, reports UNB.

    They looted fish and nets from the trawlers and fled into the sea taking 14 fishermen along with a fishing boat with them.

    The pirates demanded ransom for the release of the abducted fisherman.

    Sub-Inspector Sanjay Mondal of Kuakata police camp confirmed the incident.

  • Kolkata port on high alert

    Pakistani terrorists were planning an attack with the help of Pakistan Navy elements, Indian central security agencies sayKolkata port in West Bengal has been put on a high alert, with central security agencies warning of a terror threat, reports India Today.

    Pakistani terrorists were planning an attack with the help of Pakistan Navy elements, the report said.

    Two Navy warships – INS Khukri and INS Sumitra – docked in the city for the Indian Navy Week celebrations, have reportedly been sent back to sea.

    A Defence Ministry statement said that they were "withdrawn for undisclosed operational reasons".

  • Facebook sets up ‘dark web’ service

    Tor is a network that anonymises usersFacebook has created the ability for users to connect directly to the social network via anonymising "dark web" service Tor.

    While it was already possible to access Facebook via Tor, the new set-up means all data is encrypted and Tor users are not mistaken for hacked accounts.

    Users could access the site "without losing the cryptographic protections" of Tor, Facebook said.

    It may appeal to people in places where the network is blocked.

  • Policeman openly threatens to kill teacher

    The policeman beat me as well though I didn’t make any fault, Tonmoy allegesA policeman has allegedly threatened a teacher to kill him with showing his gun in a broad daylight with the presence of mass people in the capital’s Uttara.

    The incident happened in Sonargaon Janapath Road area of Uttara on Tuesday afternoon.

    The victim is Mohammad Tonmoy, 28, a school teacher of the capital's Dhanmondi area.

    The complaint was made against the police constable Habib, 30, working in Uttara west police station.

    The incident happened around 1pm, Tonmoy said.

  • Mayor held in Mexico missing case

    43 students went missing in September while travelling to Iguala to raise funds and protestPolice have arrested the fugitive mayor of the Mexican town of Iguala, where 43 students went missing in September, media reports say.

    According to the reports, Jose Luis Abarca was arrested by federal police officers in the capital, Mexico City.

    Mexican officials have accused Abarca of ordering police to confront the students on the day of their disappearance on 26 September.

    Eyewitnesses described seeing them being bundled into police cars.

  • 1 killed, 2 injured in Natore clash

    At one stage, they locked into a fierce clash with lethal and sharp weapons, says Baraigram police station OCA man has been killed and two others have been injured in a clash between two groups of workers in Baraigram upazila of Natore district.

    The deceased is Shakib, son of Ramzan Ali of Gormati village.

    Injured Saifuddin and Sumon have been admitted to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH).

    Manirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Baraigram police station, said: “A group of workers went into Rashid Auto Rice Mill to work early Tuesday. Later, another group of workers drove them out of the rice mill.”

  • Shift work dulls your brain

    The body’s internal clock is designed for us to be active in the day and asleep at nightWorking antisocial hours can prematurely age the brain and dull intellectual ability, scientists warn.

    Their study, in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, suggested a decade of shifts aged the brain by more than six years.

    There was some recovery after people stopped working antisocial shifts, but it took five years to return to normal.

    Experts say the findings could be important in dementia, as many patients have disrupted sleep.

    The body's internal clock is designed for us to be active in the day and asleep at night.

  • Republicans may win big

    The battle for control of the Senate also could extend beyond Tuesday nightRepublicans are poised to make major gains and possibly recapture control of the US Senate on Tuesday in midterm elections that could serve as a public referendum on President Barack Obama's job performance.

    Millions of Americans will cast ballots to elect 36 senators, 36 governors and all 435 members of the House of Representatives in campaigns influenced by Obama's low job approval rating, partisan gridlock in Washington and a US economy that is not growing widely enough to help many in the middle class.

  • Speaker leaves for London

    She will take part in a two-day programme “Stakeholder Meeting: Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health” in the Swiss city of Geneva on ThursdaySpeaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, also the Chairperson of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's (CPU) executive committee, left Dhaka for CPA headquarters in London on Monday evening.

    A press release of the Parliament Secretariat said this on Tuesday.

    The CPA chairperson will perform her official work there for the first time, the release said.

    Moreover, she will take part in a two-day programme "Stakeholder Meeting: Accountability for Women's and Children's Health" in the Swiss city of Geneva on Thursday.

  • Kamaruzzaman shifted to Dhaka jail

    Kamaruzzaman has been found guilty of the Shohagpur massacreDeath condemned war criminal Kamaruzzaman has been brought to Dhaka Central Jail from Kashimpur Jail.

    Jannatul Farhad, jailer of Kashimpur High Security Jail, told the Dhaka Tribune that Kamaruzzaman was sent to Dhaka Central Jail around 12pm.

    "The death row convict was shifted to the Dhaka jail following the order from higher authority," he said.

    Earlier, the war criminal was shifted to Kashimpur High Security Jail from Dhaka Central Jail 2 in Kashimpur on Monday night

  • Dhamrai road accident injures 10

    The injured have been admitted to a local hospitalAt least 10 persons have been injured in a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a covered van in Bathuli area on Dhaka-Aricha highway.

    Vehicular movement on the highway was halted for about one and a half hour because of the road accident on Tuesday morning.

    Witnesses said a Khulna-bound bus collided head-on with a covered van near a bridge in Bathuli area around 6:30am, leaving 10 people injured.

    The injured were admitted to a local hospital.

  • Why green jobs are booming in Bangladesh

    Bangladeshis are installing small photovoltaic systems at a rate of 80,000 a month, says a report of IRENABangladesh is known for its apparel manufacturing industry—and for the conditions faced by garment workers toiling in Dickensian factories for a dollar a day. But according to a report released Sunday, the South Asian nation has become a top hot spot for renewable energy jobs, creating a green workforce as large as Spain’s in 2013.

    How? Solar energy

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